Mattoon Roofing: Article About Selecting The Right Color Shingle
Homeowners today have a rainbow of colors to choose from when selecting shingles for his or her home. GAF offers multiple shades for its Specialty, Designer and Timberline shingles. Knowing that the choice made is for the lifetime of the roof and that those driving by the home will notice the color choice can be very overwhelming. It is important to get it right.
There are many things to consider when making a color selection. First, find out if there are rules governing the roof color for homes within a neighborhood association. Understanding Mattoon roofing neighborhood association rules will help to know whether options are limited to specific types of shingles or color schemes.
If the home is not governed by neighborhood rules, it is important to consider energy costs impacted by the shingle color decision. Very light shingle colors tend to bounce the light off the roof surface, keeping it cooler in warm climates. Conversely, very dark shingle colors absorb heat making the roof surface hotter. This can be an advantage in cooler climates when the roof retains heat, helping to melt snow and ice.
Some color choices are best made based on the style of the home.
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For example, a traditional home that is light in color typically commands a dark gray or black shingle color. A Victorian style home looks best with a shingle color in a shade of gray. A mix of brown shades might complement a cottage style home painted a warm brown.
Quality roofing materials will last for many years. If the home is sided in brick or stone, the color of the home likely will not change during the lifetime of the roof. However, if the siding of the home is painted, it might be best to choose a more neutral roof color allowing for a variety of coordinating hues if the homeowner wishes to paint the home at some point in the future.
A great way for a homeowner to find his or her style and find the perfect shingle color is to jump in the car and take a leisurely cruise through the surrounding neighborhood look for homes that are similar in color and style to his or her home that has a roof that is attractive and pleasing to the eye. A photo of the house that is found can be provided to the roofing contractor to help find the perfect match.
Roofs by Rodger has worked with hundreds of satisfied clients to find the shingle style and color that is a perfect match for each home and homeowner's personal style.