Choosing shingle color is one of the many decisions you'll have to make when replacing your roof, right after you choose a good roof contractor and decide on asphalt shingles as the material you'll use. In some cases, of course, you may decide that roof color is a no-brainer; you'll just put the same color shingles on that your roof had before.
But if your home had oddly colored shingles that you didn't really like, or if perhaps you're switching to asphalt shingles from some other roofing material, then you'll basically have to start the color selection process from scratch.
In that situation, you'll want to make sure you think through every possible angle during the decision-making process and before you settle on the color. Here are three important factors to help you decide.
1. Heat Retention
Heat retention is more of a problem with asphalt shingles in summer than with some other roofing types, such as metal and tile. However, you can abate a lot of the heat retention by ensuring that you have a well-ventilated attic or roof space. You should know that the color of the roof can affect this as well.
Lighter colored roofs can be much cooler than black roofs of the same material and in the same situation. The biggest difference is between white and black, of course, but even if you're debating between black and light gray, this could still make a difference.
Of course, the more intense sun your roof gets in the summer, the more this factor will matter to you. Lots of intense afternoon summer sun can not only heat up your home (meaning it's harder to stay comfortable and you'll spend more money running your AC) but can also wear your shingles out faster.
Shingles can become weakened by intense heat, and the UV rays tend to degrade their surface, so lighter colors can be better for your budget and your roof's longevity.
2. Color Scheme
You'll want to consider the color scheme and aesthetic of your home's exterior because the roof color can have a big impact on this. If you don't want to repaint your house, you'll need to choose a roof color that goes well with your home's current color.
Even more importantly, you'll need to make sure the color doesn't clash with any brick or stone elements, such as a brick façade or a stone chimney because repainting these can be tricky. It's much easier to just make sure in advance that your roof color will play nice with these elements.
3. Resale Value
Resale value may not be a significant factor in your mind right now, but take a moment to think about your long-term plans. Are you hoping to stay in your home for another thirty years? If so, you'll probably be replacing the roof again before you move out anyway (unless something unforeseen changes your plans), so it's less of a risk.
However, if you might be taking a job in another state sometime this decade, or if this is the first house you've owned and you're considering buying a new one after starting your family, resale value should be a consideration. If your long-term plans might include moving out before you replace this roof, your best bet is to choose a fairly neutral color that won't scare buyers away and drive your home's value down.
These three factors will help you choose a roof shingle color that's not only attractive and appropriate but also functional. For further information on how to choose a roof or to schedule an appointment, call B & F Roofing & Siding Co. today at 864-232-7623 or contact us online.