Posted May 25th, 2020 in Roofing Advice.

How to Choose the Best Shingle Color

How to Choose the Best Shingle Color

Your roof is one of the largest home improvement investments you’ll make as a homeowner. Choosing the right shingle color means the difference between joy in the finished project or regret each time you look up from your curb.

Here are several criteria to consider so you can confidently move ahead with a new roof you’ll love for years to come.

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Call us today to schedule a free inspection, and we’ll provide all the information and quality service you need for your roof repair or replacement.

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First, determine your options

In South Dakota and the surrounding areas, seasonal storm damage, though unwelcome, can be an excellent opportunity to change the look of your roof. After a storm, your first step is to define your roofing options clearly .

It’s essential to consult with your Homeowner’s Association, if you have one, to discover any restrictions on the roofing material you choose.

Your HOA agreement likely has a list of approved colors for your roof, and you can simply use that list to guide your shingle color choice. Neutral shingle colors are the norm here, so property values remain consistent throughout the neighborhood.

Don’t have a Homeowners Association? You’ll likely have more freedom in your shingle color choice, but you should still seek some guidance in your decision. 

Neighbors, other family members, or that one friend you have who’s a whiz with design can all be good “consultants” while you’re making your final selection.

Create a harmonious exterior

While bold, contrasting colors like a purple roof and gold siding could be a nod to your favorite sports team, we don’t recommend this option for your exterior.

When you’re choosing your shingle color, think what will invoke the feelings you want to have in and around your home. A little contrast between your shingle color and your exterior walls creates interest and curb appeal. 

Clashing or bold colors between the roof and the walls might be trendy. But, you want your color choices to retain their charm in the long run to increase your home’s value or ease of sale in the future.

If you already have a bold design expression on your exterior walls with color or material like stone or painted brick, try a subtler choice on the roof. That way, your design elements will complement each other rather than competing for attention.

A brightly colored roof can add a pop of flare and style to your home. But, make sure your choice blends well with your exterior walls, and that you’ll love the color 10 years from now as much as you do this season.

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Consider the whole picture

It’s essential to view your home and property in total before selecting your shingle color. Let’s say you have a brilliantly colorful garden and landscaping around your home. 

Choosing a shingle color that more closely matches your exterior walls can shift more attention to the hard-earned blooms in your garden. It’s crucial to know that you can downplay or elevate elements of your property with your shingle color choice. 

Don’t forget to factor in such exterior elements as trim color, railings, natural wood accents like decks and porches as you select your shingle color. 

Ultimately, you’re striving to create a visually pleasing effect for you with your home’s exterior.  If you want to sell your home in the near or distant future, potential buyers must also enjoy your shingle color choice.

Search for real-life examples

Walking or driving around your region can give you some great ideas for shingle color “dos” and “don’ts.” It is always better to find real-world visuals of what’s in your head as you think about home design. 

If you can find a similar home and property to yours with a different type of roof, you can gain expanded perspective on what may look good on your home and fit your style.

Try getting out of your immediate neighborhood for more ideas. Visit new construction areas as well as older, more established areas for the best inspiration. 

Take a look at homes with similar value to yours, as well as perhaps some homes with higher value for an expanded view of both current trends and classic styles..

Select the highest quality

Of course, a shingle color you enjoy is paramount to loving your roof. However, never sacrifice quality for color. Always go for the highest quality your budget allows when selecting your new shingles. 

Be willing to shop around for the best shingle color to fit your style, as well as quality that lasts. Architectural asphalt shingles can last up to 30 years (barring storm damage or other external mishaps.)

Of course, warranty length on shingles is unique to each manufacturer, so be sure to verify this information before your purchase. 

Further, some top-of-the-line asphalt shingles can mimic the look of tile, wood, or slate. So, it can be fun to look into your expanded options for the shingle color and finish of your dreams. 

You’ll never go wrong maxing out the quality of your roof, no matter what color or style you choose.

Roofing material asphalt shingles samples of various colors isolated on white background

Call the professionals at Paramount Exteriors for all the roofing help you need

At Paramount Exteriors, we have a long and trust history of serving our neighbors in South Dakota and the surrounding regions. When Mother Nature forces you into design mode with your home’s exterior, we have you surrounded with care, guidance, and expertise.

For some tips on checking for damage after a storm,  read here.

Our roofing experts can help you select the best roofing materials to fit your style and budget, all while helping you navigate your insurance claim. We’ll help you select a sturdy and reliable roof that can withstand the toughest weather in the region while enhancing your home’s value and appeal.

Reach out to us today for a free roof inspection. Let’s get you under a worry-free roof ASAP!

One thought on “How to Choose the Best Shingle Color”

  1. Afton Jackson says:

    My wife and I have been looking to make some upgrades to our house now that we’ve been earning more money. Your example of choosing shingle colors that match the house exterior to emphasize the garden sounds perfect for our house because my wife has recently started a lot of garden projects and if we can get a nice design to complement that while getting a new durable roof, this would be an ideal addition to our upgrades. I’ll be sure to keep your article in mind and look for any contractors who can help advise us with getting a suitable new roof. Thank you!

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