When properly installed and maintained, roofing shingles are able to last for years and even decades. Here at Just In Time Roofing & Restoration, we want you to be pleased with your roofing shingle selection during that time. We have some great tips that will help you make your decision on the colors and types of shingles here:
- Where you live matters! Choosing your roofing is as much a regional choice as it is a personal one. Light-colored shingles are a great choice for warm, sunny climates whereas darker ones can absorb the heat in cooler climates.
- Think about the style of your home. The difference between a brick home and a more uniform stucco home should be considered when looking at roofing shingles. Because roofing occupies a large percentage of your home’s exterior, it should play a role in the style and design of your home.
- Choose between uniform or variegated. Roofing shingles can come in a more uniform color or have variations. Choose to mix colors and patterns carefully, taking care to get large samples if you are interested in a variegated style of roofing shingles.
- Opt for colors that will form a cohesive look with lasting elements. If you live in a wooded area, then choosing colors that play off the greens and browns of the elements will help your home to be consistently beautiful. The same goes for matching your home to ocean blues and greens or the dark reds and browns of a desert environment.
- Light or dark shingles can play a role in efficiency. While the insulation and ventilation of your home are what matter most in terms of energy efficiency, the shingle color can also contribute. Some areas that have lots of sunny days will even have city codes requiring light shingles, so be sure to check with your builder!
- Don’t forget about adjacent properties. When looking at new shingles, don’t forget about outbuildings, sheds and other adjacent structures on your property. Replacing them all at the same time will give your property a more cohesive and high-end appearance.
- It’s okay to keep up with the Joneses when selecting roofing. Homes close to each other or in the same neighborhood are often built around the same time and with similar materials. If your neighbors all have dark roofs, it will make your house stand out in an unpleasant way if you choose a light one.
- Look at your samples throughout the day instead of just once. It should come as no surprise that colors can change at different times of day. Instead of only viewing your sample materials at one time of day, leave it up and look at it over the course of several days, not hours.
We hope that these tips have been helpful when selecting different roofing shingles and options. We would love to help you further if you have additional questions. Please contact us today!