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Four Tips To Help You Choose The Perfect Color For Your Roof

Tan, light green, navy blue, classic black . . . there are so many different colors of roofing materials to choose from these days! Making a decision is not always easy, but these four tips will help ensure you arrive at the perfect color choice for your roof.

Keep your climate in mind.

Do you live in a hot area where the sun is often or always shining? If you do, then a lighter-colored roof is ideal. A pale color like light gray or pale cream will reflect sunlight rather than absorbing it, which will keep your home cooler. If your climate is more moderate and you rarely (if ever) need to turn on the air conditioning, then you can feel free to go with a darker color—like black or navy blue—if this is what you like.

Look at your color choices in different lighting.

Most shingles have several different colors of granules worked into them. In bright light, certain granules may stand out and give the shingles one hue, while in dim light, a different color may stand out. To make sure you really like your roofing color, look at the colors you're considering in several different levels of light before making your final decision.

Play up a color in your home's exterior.

You don't want a roof that's a completely different color than your home's exterior; this will make the roof look disjointed and unbalanced. You also don't want your roof to be too close in color to the major colors in your home's exterior. For instance, if you have gray siding, you don't want your roof to be the same shade of gray.

Try to choose a color that's seen in small doses throughout your home's exterior. For instance, if you have deep brown window sashes, a deep brown roof may look great.

Pick a brand first.

There are so many different makes and models of shingles. If you let yourself choose a color from the whole array of those available across the many brands, you'll have an overwhelming number of options. A better approach is to first choose the type or brand of shingles you want, based on the shingles' properties and durability, and then choose from the colors that shingle model comes in.

To learn more about the best way to choose a roof color, speak to a roofing contractor at a company like Mid-Miami Roofing, Inc. in your area. They can show you the colors that have worked well for other homeowners with homes and preferences similar to your own.