Today’s asphalt shingles are available in virtually any profile, color and style. Choosing one from a sea of choices can be overwhelming, even for a seasoned homeowner.Use the following tips on choosing roofing shingles to make the process easier.
Factor in Existing Components
The only time that you don’t consider other exterior components like siding and trim is if they will be replaced along with, or shortly after, the roof. In most situations, choosing roofing colors and styles that harmonize with existing exterior components can help you narrow down your choices. Permanent components like brick or stone, as well as the house’s architectural style, can help you further narrow your selections down. Some people may consider it as restrictive, but considering the sheer number of choices, having such restrictions helps make the selection process easier.
Consider the Effects of Dark vs. Light Roofing
Neutral colors are considered “safe” colors, but you shouldn’t ignore the impact of light or dark roofing on your home. Light colors are ideal for sprawling, single-story homes as it gives the structure a more “grounded” look. Low-slope, light-colored roofs are more reflective, which can result in lower energy costs. Dark roofs, on the other hand, are ideal for homes with two or more stories as it creates a more balanced look.
Check the Neighborhood Colors
There are two reasons why you should check out your neighbors’ roofs: the local association mandates a specific color palette, or you don’t want your home sticking out like a sore thumb. Take a leisurely walk for a few blocks, paying attention to the roofing and siding combinations of the houses that you pass. By the time you’re back, you should have plenty of ideas on which colors you should – and shouldn’t – choose.
View Roofing Samples Under Different Lighting Conditions
You will eventually narrow down your choices to a handful, and you may find that it becomes more difficult to pick just one. Try to obtain samples from your roofing contractor, and place them against a spot where they’re getting the same exposure to light as the roof itself. View them during different times of the day: sunrise, noon, sunset and evening, eliminating those that do not look good during certain times.