How to Pick a Shingle Color

How to Pick a Shingle Color

When it comes to roofs and shingles, it can be tough to pick out the right one. There are quite a few options, and if you're not an expert or have previous knowledge of what works or doesn't work for your house, you can have a difficult experience throughout the process.

Your roof is something that protects your home from a multitude of things. Choosing the right materials doesn't have to mean choosing the most expensive material. However, if the materials you're looking to purchase are incredibly cheap, it's worth taking another look at the product and asking for a second opinion.

Besides pricing, styles and colors play a huge role in your decision process. If you're in the process of planning to replace the shingles on your roof, or will be in the future, there are a few things you should consider before making a commitment or investing in a new roof.

For example, what kind of roof does your home currently have? Is it steep pitched? If the answer is yes, then you'll likely see more of the roof from the outside. This type of roof can play a part in your shingle choice.

Shingle Styles & Material

There are a variety of materials to choose from; this can range from classic shingles all the way to a full metal roof. The material used can be dependent upon where you're located and if you have an HOA.

The most common choices are asphalt shingles or tile shingles. Depending on what was in use before, either can have a completely different look for your home and come with a different set of colors as well.

How to Pick Shingle Colors

Choosing a shingle color is a choice that may not come as easily as you'd expect. There are so many options available in today's market that it can make picking just one difficult. The color you choose will last you for many years, you want to ensure that you're confident in your decision.

Factors to Consider

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If you're not sure how to pick a shingle color, here are a few factors to consider:

  • The style of your home - Different styles, such as traditional, contemporary, or rustic, may call for specific color schemes to complement the overall look.
  • The climate - Lighter shingle colors will help reflect sunlight and keep your home cooler in warmer climates whereas darker shingles will help absorb heat and provide warmth in colder regions.
  • Neighborhood - Take into account your neighbors' homes as well as the homes in your area to see what the common color would be. You'll also want to make sure that any selection is validated with your HOA.
  • Energy efficiency - Lighter colors tend to reflect heat, while darker colors absorb it which also has an effect on energy efficiency. Take into account how much you need to heat up your home in the winter or cool in the summer before making a decision.
  • Long-term aesthetics - Keep in mind that your choice of shingle color should be one that you will be happy with for years to come. Opt for a timeless color that will not go out of style quickly.

With these in mind you may decide you want your home to look similar, or you may want your home to stand out.


While price shouldn't be the only deciding factor in buying shingles, it is a part of it. Some homeowners simply don't have the means to buy certain materials for their home or invest in their home like they'd like to. When it comes down to price, search around and compare other materials and companies.

When you're ready to commit to a new roof, we're happy to help you select the materials, color, and figure out your budget with you. Our sales teams are trained to assist you in every step of the process.