Choosing the Right Roof Color for Your Home

Getting a new roof is so exciting! It’s a chance to completely revamp the look of your home. But choosing a new roof color can be a scary decision because you will live with your choice for a long time. Where do you start?  Here are several things to consider before making that final decision.

Climate – In Florida they deal with hot temperatures and high cooling costs. It’s important to keep in mind that the color of your shingles can affect the temperature of your attic by 20 to 40 degrees! This can make a big difference in the heating or cooling cost of your home. Light shingles deflect sunlight and help keep temperatures down in hotter climates, while dark shingles absorb heat and help homes stay warm in colder climates.

Color Coordination – You should coordinate your shingle color with colors found elsewhere in the bricks, wooden siding, stone, stucco or trim on your home. For example, a dark gray or black roof will look good with a gray or blue house, while a brown, cream or tan colored house will match better with brown shingles or a mix of cream and brown. Green, red, yellow, or other colors have more flexibility and can be accented by brown, gray, or black.
For more color coordination and style ideas check out Owens Corning’s Inspiration Board.

Style – Personnal style and preferences of course should factor into your decision making.  Whether or not to “make a statement” and pick an unusual color combination with your home or to be more traditional are things to consider. Remember your roof effects not only the look of your home, but also the resale value.

Architectural Design –  The architectural style and colors of your home should be kept in mind. Dark colors make a home look smaller and light colors make a home look larger.  View what the color will really look like either virtually or in real life. For example, Owens Corning has a color visualizer tool, where you can see what different color roofs might look like on a home like yours.

HOA Rules – Keep in mind neighborhood considerations such as homeowner’s association and subdivision rules and covenants. It’s also nice if your roof doesn’t exactly match or clash with your nearby neighbor’s roof.

Color Availability – The color/brand you want may not be available in your area. The experts at Total Home Roofing can help you find with the color shingles that are available near you.

Before you choose a roof color contact a qualified roofing professional like Total Home Roofing. You choose the color and we’ll give you a quality installation to keep your home beautiful and protected from the elements for years to come. Contact us at for a free estimate.

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