When it comes time for your roof replacement, you probably think that you will just look at the color choices and decide which your favorite color for your home is. Before you make such an important decision based solely on preference, though, there are a few things you should know. Choosing a roof color can drastically affect your home’s energy-efficiency, the look of your home, and even your entire neighborhood.
The biggest question is usually whether you should choose light or dark shingles. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each so that you can make an informed decision.
Light Colored Shingles
Light colored roofs are trending this year, especially light gray. Light colors are popular on the coasts where the homes tend to be lighter colors themselves. Choosing shingles that compliment your home’s color is important. A light color roof can make your home look larger and showcase it.
It is also important to take into consideration the colors of the roofs in your neighborhood. It is so important, in fact, that many neighborhoods require permission for certain colors and some even require that you only use highly reflective shingles.
Dark Colored Shingles
Have you ever mistakenly work a black shirt in July? You get halfway through the day and would do just about anything to have a white one on instead. You probably already know the science behind this. Dark colors absorb the sun’s heat. This is not just true for yourself, but also for your home.
While black may be a popular roof color in many areas, you should take into consideration whether or not it is the best choice for your home based on energy-efficiency. A dark roof in the summertime can most definitely mean higher energy bills.
But if this is true for summer, a dark roof can be a wonderful asset during cold Maryland winters. A dark colored roof installation can actually save on your heating bills by holding the heat in your home better and keeping your home warm longer.
This is only true as long as there is no snow on your roof. If your roof is covered in snow, it becomes reflective again and loses this winter heating benefit.
If you do decide that dark shingles are what you want then you should also think about the color of your home. There are many home colors that are very complimentary with dark shingles. One, in particular, is red brick. Red brick with black shingles is a classic.
Dark color roofing can hide any imperfections in your roof and make it all seamlessly blend together. This can be great if your roof is not a new construction but you are replacing an old roof on your home.
If you still can’t decide which roofing color is right for your roof replacement, the experts at Homelife Roofing & Remodelingcan help. After hearing about your home, we will show you what choices will best suit it and help you to make the best decision for you. We only use the highest quality products and offer a warranty on products and labor.