The best roofing companies know how huge the effect of a roof’s color is on a home’s aesthetic properties as well as its value. Roof shingle color also has an effect on a home’s energy efficiency. These factors and others make choosing your roof color important, so here are some questions you should ask yourself before making a decision.
Where Do You Live?
The location of your home dictates the climate. In hot regions, it’s best to go with light-colored shingles, as they reflect solar heat more effectively than their dark counterparts. This lowers your home’s solar heat gain by as much as 40 degrees, reducing the need for artificial cooling, thereby lowering energy consumption. In cold and snowy areas, dark shingles can help increase indoor heating, lowering the use of energy to run a furnace. The heat absorption also melts snow and ice more quickly.
Where you live also has to do with your neighborhood. It’s not a good idea to go against the flow all the time. A roof that sticks out like a sore thumb can lower the value of your home. It might even get you in trouble with local authorities or affect relationships with your neighbors. It’s best to consult your homeowners’ association regarding the allowed roof colors.
How Does the Color Connect With the Rest of Your Home?
It’s not just the neighborhood you have to worry about; think about how the roof will look on your home in relation to the rest of its colors. Your chosen color might not look well against the rest of the house.
Is the Color You Like Available?
Some colors may not be available in all areas. Look for a color that is easy to find in your area, so your contractor won’t have trouble looking for it, and you don’t have to spend too much to ship the shingles you want from another region. Consider steel roofs instead of asphalt shingles too. The color you want might be available in steel.
Does the Color Look Good at All Times?
Your contractor might have swatches you can use to determine how every color looks under sunlight and at night. It’s not just the time of day, though; it’s also the season, as well as your location. To find out how a color looks, use swatches or an online app that lets you view roof colors at different times.
Before working on your roof replacement, talk to your contractor regarding the right color choices for your home. Oberg Roofing & Remodeling Inc. is available to help you. Call us at (320) 204-2264 in St. Cloud, MN.