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November 27, 2019

How to Pick the Right Shingles for Your New Roof

the right shingles for your new roof

When you are ready to change your roof, you have the chance to add color to your home, to choose a new shape, or coordinate the colors of your home. Take a look at all the options below as you plan for a roof replacement. You can bring life back to your home, and the roof will become one of the nicest parts of your house.

Coordinate the Siding with the Shingles 

You should tie the color of the roof into your trim, shutters, and front door. There are some general guidelines that people might like to try. Of course, you can pick any color you want, but it is wise to consider these tips.

  • Red siding works with black, grey, brown, and green
  • White siding works with brown, black, blue, grey, red, and green shingles
  • Grey siding works with any color shingle you like
  • A tan house looks best with black, brown, blue, or green
  • A blue house looks best with black, brown, grey, or white shingles

Can You Blend the Roof with the Colors of the House?

You can easily blend the color of the roof with the color of the house if you choose a blended roofing product. The designer products on the market today will combine colors that look nice from the road. If you choose a blended product that has the colors of your house, you will notice that the roof matches nicely.

People who have not blended their home with the roof need to choose a roof color that does not stick out. The standard black roof does not always look nice, and many brown roofs are the wrong shade for the house.

Darker homes tend to work well with very dark roofs. Lighter homes tend to work well with lighter colors, but you should always choose a roof that is darker than the house. You will notice most people do not live in black houses, and that is because the roof and house color do not play well together.

What About the Windows?

When you have dormer windows around your home, they require their own roofing. Think about how these windows will pop when they have a fun color on them. You should go for a color that is a bit lighter and more obvious. You are showing off the color of the roof, and people might take notice of the windows before they see the rest of the house.

The Roof Should Match the Architectural Style of the House

When you are replacing your roof, you need to consider the style the roof should be. Older homes that are built in the colonial or Victorian style need a dark roof because that suits their style. However, a Floridian home might look best with a light red or tan roof. You can use brick or beige roofs on a Southwestern home, and you can choose Spanish-style tiles that will look like they came from Europe.

A wooden home might need a green roof because most other colors would make the house look bland. You can put a white roof on a white beach house, or you might try a fun blue because of the ocean theming of the house.

Make Sure You Know the Neighborhood Standards

You do not want to have the most unique home in the neighborhood, and you should make certain that there are not any bylaws you must follow when you do a roof replacement. 

Try to blend in with the neighborhood when you get a new roof. You can choose a unique color, but that color should be only a few shades away from other roofs in the area.

What About the Climate?

Use a darker roof if you live in a cooler climate, and try a lighter roof when you live in a warmer climate. Plus, you should remember that the roof needs to fit in with the climate. You do not need to worry about your roof getting too hot in the winter if you live in sunny Florida. It is already hot, and putting a white roof on the house could keep the attic up to 40 degrees cooler. This is very helpful when you get sunshine every day.

Put a dark roof on your home so that you can collect a bit of heat energy in the middle of winter. Plus, this is a good option for you if you prefer to keep your home a bit warmer. 

Also, consider how much sun you get in general. If your home gets sun all day, you do not want to use neutral colors that will appear to be washed out. You should consider which color works with the climate. Reds and blue work well when you live in a tropical area. However, dark blue and dark green or dark brown work well when you live in a colder climate.

If you are considering a roof update, schedule your free estimate with us at Crossover Roofing today. We would be happy to discuss all the colors and styles that are available with you. Should you choose to work with us, you will love the way your home looks, and you will have a new roof that should last several decades.

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