How to Match Roof Shingles to House Color?

October 8, 2020by Bob The Builder

With the right blend and complements, colors can make things gorgeous while evoking powerful emotions. Whereas in combination with light, color transforms the ambiance and sets the mood in spaces.

Just like your home’s interior, color has a significant effect on your home’s outside look. If you have a visually pleasing color combination, you’ll expect to have a stunning and inviting exterior. While a color scheme without depth or impact can make your house look dull and lifeless, thus decreasing thus reducing its curb appeal. 

Finding a locally owned, licensed and insured roofing contractor who can provide in-depth knowledge about shingles and available colors is key to having the sharpest looking home on the block!


What is the Right Roof Color For your Home?

 That is why knowing how to choose the best roof color is so important. What if you have a particular roofing type in mind, such as shingles? Are colors limited to the traditional roof? 


Shingle Color Options  

Homes with roof shingles come with the impression that a cozy and heartwarming feel makes a popular choice for many homeowners. But with so many color variations available, choosing the best color can seem to be an insurmountable task. You can also check out our useful tools which includes our “New Roof Simulator” where you can take a picture with your smartphone and virtually put any color shingle on your home.

Creating a new color palette for your home’s exterior is exciting, but can also feel overwhelming. With so many options for roof and siding color combinations, it helps to get advice from the experts. Our Exterior House Color Visualizer allows you to experiment with house and roof color combinations that have been curated by color experts.

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Matching Roof Shingles To Your House Color


Climate and Location

Does the color of your roof matter when it comes to your interior’s thermal comfort? 

The answer depends on many factors, such as existing insulation, roof slope, and ventilation. If you live in a place where it is mostly hot and humid during the year, you’ll likely find ways to bring the temperature down as much as possible. 

Shingle roofs are generally good at absorbing heat, which is a suitable roofing material when living colder climates. Asphalt shingles, for instance, only reflects 30% of light. According to a Federal study, in attics, plywood under dark roofs in direct sunlight is about 10 to 15°F hotter than the plywood boards underneath the light-colored roof. 

Still, prefer shingles for your home, but live in an arid climate? Apply shingle coating to increase its reflectivity; this way, you can decrease the roof’s heat retention and absorption. However, some manufacturers don’t recommend applying any coating to their products, as it can affect the roof’s longevity. 


What Are Your Local Codes and Requirements? 

 It seems unfair to have it on the top of the list, but living in a community will require you to have one’s fair share. You’ll also need to meet all the local requirements before getting them. 

Depending on your locality, there are likely building codes to be followed when it comes to your roof’s color and specifications. For instance, California requires the SRI (Solar Reflectance Index) value of 16, which is mandatory for the City of Los Angeles. The said requirement is under the state’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

Typically, your local contractor will know what codes apply and will guide you in selecting the shingle color. It is best to know your local requirements beforehand to prevent fines and project delays.  Simple renovations such as painting don’t actually require any kind of permit but it is best to check through your local authorities if there are requirements needed for painting activities. 


 Availability of Brand and Colors?

You can research paint brands that are available in your area, even before contacting a local contractor. Having an initial list of paint brands and their available colors gives you a head start choosing the best roof shingle color for your home.

 Reputable paint brands have websites that offer a complete list of color schemes. You can also access free and comprehensive databases such as Asphalt Roofing by Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, Consumer Reports, and Energy Star for eco-friendly shingle roofing paints.


Your Homeowner’s Association

If you live in a subdivision, your homeowner’s association or village rules and covenants about roof color are likely. Most of these subdivisions will likely agree in one color for uniformity.  


Architectural Style and Color  

The best cue in selecting your roof shingle color is your sidings’ existing color where architectural styles will have an equivalent or suggested color scheme. For example, a Mediterranean style that generally has warm hues such as terra cotta, lavender, and yellow, while Scandinavian houses typically will have vaporous blues, soft gray, and pure whites. 

A good rule of thumb is to pair a warm hue with another or a cool color with another cool color. Samples of cool colors are black, slate gray for roofs and shades of light blue, gray and white for the sidings. But don’t forget about contrast as without visual depth on your exterior can make it look dull and flat. 

Your Outbuildings 

The roof color and material of your Cabana, garage, cottage, woodshed, gazebo or as little as your dog house should be unified with your home’s roof. It is better looking keeping a unified and cohesive look of your whole property which can increase your property value. 


Personal Style Shingle Style and Colors 

Don’t forget to integrate your personal preference when it comes to choosing the color of your home. If you love the sun kissed colors and are in code and available in the market then don’t hesitate to tell your contractor. If its too dark or too light for your neighborhood policies you can find alternative degree of shades to accommodate the rules.  

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Depending on your roof’s slope, your roof takes up about 20 to 40 percent of visibility from the outside of your property, making it a powerful element that affects the overall value of your home. That is why choosing a suitable color for you roof shingles is imperative. 

The most popular colors for shingles are shades of black, brown, pewter gray, and red but will all boil down to the type of shingles you have and existing siding color. 

Other Trending Roof Shingle Color Shades are:

  1. Pacific Wave – Owens Corning Roofing 
  2. -Black Sable Owens Corning Roofing 
  3. Sand Dune – Owens Corning Roofing 
  4. Pinnacle Pristine – Atlas
  5. Royal Sovereign – GAF-Elk 
  6. Timberline Natural Shadow – GAF-Elk 
  7. XT 25 – CertainTeed 
  8. Presidential Shake – CertainTeed 
  9. Storm Master Slate – Atlas
  10. Heritage – Tamko 
  11. Crown Slate- IKO
  12. Cambridge – IKO

To give you an idea, we’ve provided you a color scheme to guide you on your selection: 

General Siding Color COMPARED to Roof Color 

  1. White – gray, blue, red, brown and black
  2. Beige – gray, dark green, dark blue, charcoal gray and black
  3. Gray – gray, dark green, dark blue, charcoal gray and black 
  4. Brown – light and dark brown colors, blue, green and black 
  5. Red – gray, white, brown and black
  6. Blue – black, brown, gray and white 
  7. Wood or Log Houses – gray, green, brown and black

Brick Color COMPARED to Roof Color 

  1. Gold, brown tan – warm hues 
  2. Gray – choose cooler colors 
  3. White – medium-toned hues 

 Another great way to find that perfect color for your roof is to utilize the free color swatches and matching tools availably free online. Owens Corning Shingle Colors for example offers an online Roofing Color Compass Personality Quiz. The interface allows owners to answer 10 fun questions to help determine the owner’s color personality. You may also upload a photo of your home and virtually try the shingle color selections on your roof, much like dressing up a doll.  

Bob The Builder LLC is an Owens Corning “Preferred Contractor” check out all the color shingles we offer: Pick Your Color Shingles Tool

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Pacific Wave was the winner for the Shingle Color of the Year in 2020. The winning color shifts away from the conventional shingle colors which are more warm and earthy quality. Instead, the blue color exudes calmness and serenity. 

Modern and newer shades of roof shingles are available in the market making your selection even more difficult. For sound advice on how to get that right color scheme for your home is to get an expert advice from a reputable roofing contractor. A professional roofing company can cut downtime and frustration in finding that best roof shingle color for your home with years of experience and knowledge.