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Roof Shingle Colors: 6 Things To Consider Before Making A Purchase

If you plan on replacing your roof, it’s wise to put serious thought into the roof shingle colors you choose for your home.

Given that a roof makes up to 40% of your home’s exterior, its appearance has a large impact on your home’s resale value and curb appeal. To help you with this choice, we are providing you with some tips for choosing a color you will be happy with for years to come.

Color Pairing Options That “Wow”

At Apple Roofing, we work with premium Dynasty™ & Nordic™ Shingles that offer outstanding color and style options that suit any home’s exterior. But you can’t choose just any color— you want something that is timeless, complementary, and suits your style. Chances are you won’t want to replace your roof any time soon, so choose wisely.

If you’re in a position where you also want to replace your siding, then you have endless opportunities to choose a color combination that boosts curb appeal and even ups the resale value of your home.

To help you decide, here are some of our favorite IKO Dynasty & Nordic Shingle color options + the best color combinations.

Our Favorite Solid Shingle Colors

Formal, stoic, Granite Black: Pairs well with natural stone, gray masonry, and gray or white siding.

Earthy and warm, Shadow Brown: Pairs well with brown, cream, or gray siding, and natural stone, wood, or brick.

Blend in with the trees with gorgeous Emerald Green: Pairs well with earth-toned siding, dark red siding, natural log, or dark wood.

Go dramatic with Monaco Red: Pairs best with brick, or white, gray, or beige stone siding.

A true classic, Atlantic Blue: Pairs beautifully with white or gray siding, and stone or brick exteriors.

The Best Multi-Colored Shingles:

Dark, timeless Glacier: This dark roof works exceptionally well with stone, brick, masonry, and composite siding (white, light-gray or dark-blue).

Bring dimension to any home with Biscayne: Pairs well with stone, wood, brick, and light-colored or white siding.

Stay cool with Castle Gray: This tonal gray works well with stone, wood, brick, or white (light) siding.

Earthy, classic Brownstone: Pair this roof color with your stone, brick, wood, or brown, cream, and gray siding. 

Unique and dimensional Pacific Rim: Pairs great with exteriors of stone, wood, and red or gray brick.

6 Valuable Tips When Choosing Roof Shingle Colors

Bright blue house in sunlight with colorful poppies and some graceful trees; roof shingle colors

There are many ways you can look at your home’s exterior and decide which color roof to go with. You have to live with it for a few more decades, so getting it right the first time is vital to getting a new roof you absolutely love that also goes well with your home and makes you feel good! Here are some good places to start.

1. Start With the Color of Your Home’s Siding or Exterior

If you have decent siding, with no plans to update it in the future, this can be your jumping-off point for choosing the best, most complementary color. Some great color combinations include:

  • Gray, blue, or white homes: choose a dark gray or black roof.
  • Brown, cream, or tan homes: choose a brown or light brown roof.
  • Green, red, or yellow homes: brown, gray, or black roofs look great, but you have a lot more flexibility.
  • Homes with brick or stone exteriors: Choose a complementary single-colored shingle. Choosing both a multi-color stone/brick and multi-colored shingles will make your house appear too busy.

2. Consider Curb Appeal for Future Resale Value

Roofs with good resale value tend to be neutral colored, such as tan, cream, brown, black or gray. These colors are classic and tend to stay in style over time.

Meanwhile, trendier roofs include shingles that are mixed, with various color combinations of browns or blacks and grays.

Lastly, high contrast colors (e.g., a white home and black roof or a cream-colored home and dark brown roof) will highlight the features of your home. Low contrast colors, on the other hand, will be more likely to hide defects.

3. Certain Colors Can Give the Illusion of a Bigger (or Smaller) Home

Putting a lighter-colored shingle on your home will make it appear larger, whereas a darker shingle tends to make a house look smaller. This is because a darker roof might absorb so much light, and if you have a largely exposed roof, that big black mass can minimize the rest of your home. Meanwhile, a light-colored roof almost blends in with the sky above, giving the illusion that it extends much further.

4. Take a Look at Your Neighbors’ Roofs

Sometimes, your neighborhood association may have rules regarding what roof colors are allowed. Make sure you look into this before replacing it.

Also, it is good practice not to use the same colored roof as your neighbor. At the same time, it is also wise not to choose a roof color that will clash with your neighbors’ roofs. Your goal should be to choose a color that will look beautiful on both your home and the entire street.

Pro tip: If you notice multiple neighbors replacing their roofs, it could indicate that your roof is also due for a replacement if your neighborhood was built at a similar time. We recommend getting an inspection to be sure!

Buyers in the construction shop choose the soft roof tiles; roof shingle colors

5. Request Color Samples From Your Chosen Contractor

Are you still having trouble deciding? Your local roofer can probably supply some shingle samples of varying colors that you can hold up to your home and see it close-up. Place these samples side by side with your siding/brick/stone and any other outdoor elements it will need to coordinate with. If a small sample clearly clashes against your home, you can be assured that an entire roof would be an eye-sore.

6. Use Apple Roofing’s Product Selector

On our website, check out our product selector, which allows you to view and compare various shingle colors side by side, as well as see the colors on homes that we have completed.

Work With an Expert in Roofing for the Ultimate Shingle Colors

When it comes down to it, a professional roofing contractor can be your best partner in choosing the best roofing color for your home. At Apple Roofing, we love the fun part of planning the roof of your dreams. Then, we are fortunate enough to help make it a reality. So check out our premium shingle options then give us a call to get started on your dream home. 

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