How to Pick Shingle Colors

Roofing shingles are made of a variety of materials including asphalt, clay and wood.

The right roof shingle can contribute to a building's energy efficiency.The right roof shingle can contribute to a building's energy efficiency.
No matter what type of shingle you choose, color selection should be one of the main considerations. In addition to adding or detracting from the overall appearance of your home, shingle colors can actually improve energy efficiency, as well. As a wide variety of shingle colors are available, you must consider all of the benefits and negatives of shingle colors before making your selection.

Read the building guidelines for your homeowner's association, if applicable. Some homeowner's agreements specify what color shingles you can install.

Look at the height of the house or building and choose a light shingle color, such as white, if the house is only one storey and low to the ground. The lighter color makes the house seem larger. If the house is tall with multiple stories, choose a darker shingle color, such as black, to make the house appear less imposing.

Match the shingle with the color of the exterior house paint or trim. For example, if you have green exterior paint, red shingles may look out of place, whereas brown or tan shingles will complement the exterior color.

Pick a shingle color based on the temperatures of the region in which you live. If you live in a very hot area of the country, choosing a white or light-gray shingle will reflect sunlight and create a cooler home. If you live in a region where winters are very cold, choose a black or dark-gray shingle that absorbs heat to warm the interior and to melt snow faster.

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