It’s time for new roof and you’ve selected a roofing contractor, signed the contract, and agreed upon the date. Now the only thing left to do is choose the color. But what seems like the easiest part of re-roofing, is often the most challenging.
So here are five steps to help you find the right roof color:
- Slow down
Not just should the decision to re-roof not be rushed, but choosing the color should not either – especially because whatever color you choose will likely be with you for the life of your home. So take your time. Look around at other homes. Browse through home magazines. Look over all of the color choices not once, but a few times. By taking your time, you give yourself a much better chance of not only avoiding making a decision that you might regret, but choosing the color that is truly right for you.
- Think about your climate.
Because the color of your shingles directly affects your energy bills, it is wise to consider whether you live in a very cold climate – and need help warming a home – a very warm climate – and need help keeping your home cool – or, like most people, somewhere in the middle. Keep in mind that your roof color can affect the temperature in your attic by as much as 20 to 40 degrees, and while light colored shingles tend to reflect sunlight and decrease a home’s temperature, dark colored shingles do just the opposite, raising the temperature of a home.
- Consider the size of your home.
Not just can the color of your roof affect the temperature of your home, it can also affect how large or small your home appears. Dark colors make a home look smaller while light colors make a home look larger. So if your home is on the small side (and you’d like it to look larger) light colors would be a better choice. On the other hand, a large home can often carry darker colors without causing the home to appear overly small.
- Know all your roofing options.
Not every roofing system is appropriate for every home, but making the right choice starts with knowing all of the options. A qualified roofing contractor should be able to consider your home’s unique style and present you with all of the roofing materials, colors, and designs that would be appropriate for your home. From there, the choice is up to you.
- Use Your Roofing Contractor’s Planning Tools
Because roofing contractors help homeowners choose roofing colors every day, they typically have a host of roofing planning tools that allow you to see your home with various roofing colors. Speaking with a roofing contractor, who has installed thousands of roofs – and seen the results – can also be very helpful as he will likely be able to advise you as to what colors would best complement your home’s structure and style.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national roofing company that specializes in hail restoration, weatherization and exceptional customer service. ASAP has offices in Denver, Dallas, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis.