Selecting A Shingle Color Is A Multistep Process

Selecting A Shingle Color Is A Multistep Process

14 October 2021
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An overlooked, yet important, part of the roof installation process is selecting a shingle color. Yes, there is a huge cosmetic element to this choice, but the color selection is about more than just appearance. To ensure you make the ideal decision, learn more about what goes into the process of roof installation shingle color.

Homeowners Association

Before you get too far along in the process and fall in love with a specific color, save yourself a great deal of time and check in with the homeowner's association. These organizations set restrictions on owners that may include a limit to both the type of shingle installed and the color.

Also, you may want to ask the roofing company to submit their plans to you, as some associations require homeowners to submit any exterior plans for approval before the install can begin. So, if your roof is in bad condition and needs replacement promptly, the sooner you act, the less likely you are to delay the installation.

Curb Appeal

Again, it is impossible to think that shingle color selection for a new roof installation does not have anything to do with appearance or curb appeal. Undoubtedly, any selection you choose should match the exterior of your home, the landscape design of your home, and should somewhat blend in, or at least compliment the other houses in the neighborhood. 

If you are unsure of just how to go about this — there is no need to worry. A roofing professional can use their experience to help you make a color selection that checks all the right boxes. 


Be sure not to overlook the connection between heating and cooling efficiency and the color of your roof. Generally, if you live in a warmer part of the country, you should sway toward lighter color shades, and if you reside in a colder climate, a darker shade should be considered.

The reasoning behind these guidelines is related to heat absorbance. Darker shades tend to absorb more heat than lighter colors. Therefore, in a hot climate, a lighter shade will mean that less heat is absorbed through the roof, which can mean greater cooling efficiency. Whereas in a colder climate, increased heat absorbance with a dark-colored roof installation can mean greater heating efficiency.

Keep these factors in mind as you begin the process of installing a new roof to ensure you make the right selection. Contact a company like Able-Warnecke Roofing Inc to get more advice.