How To Pick The Best Asphalt Shingle Color For Your House

mn roofing companiesThe roof of your home accounts for up to 40 percent of the visible exterior and has a key integral role in curb appeal. For this reason, it’s vital to choose the right color of shingles for your roof, especially if you’re trying to sell your home or put it in a better light.


Try to coordinate your roof shingle color with the siding of your home and the shutters. Those color schemes aren’t chosen without a great deal of thought. Flooring, countertops, cabinets, and walls are all color-coordinated with the goal of the colors working together to ensure a continual flow. The entire scheme is designed to compliment and be more visually appealing. This is also true of the roof. For example, a dark brown roof on a dark brown house wouldn’t look as aesthetically appealing. There should be enough contrast to tell where one leaves off and one begins.

When roof colors in Minneapolis, MN match with the shutters and the trim, it’s neatly tied together and gives a uniform look as well as some visual appeal. It’s important to know which colors complement one another. Here are some good examples.

House Siding/Roof Color

Red House/Black, dark brown, dark grey, or dark green roof
White House/ Black, brown, blue, green, grey, or red roof
Beige House/Black, brown, dark blue, or dark green roof
Brown House/Black, green, blue, lighter or darker browns, or charcoal roof
Blue House/Brown, black, white, or grey roof

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Climate Characteristics

It’s important to factor in the fact that darker colors will absorb heat and lighter colors will reflect it. The best protection to prevent heat loss is to have plenty of insulation and your shingle colors can change the temperature of the attic by as much as 40 degrees.

Darker shingles are ideally suited to cooler climates in part due to the extra heat that they will generate and thus help to melt snow and ice. Lighter colors will help to manage the air conditioning bills and control the temperatures in warmer climates, including those with lots of sun.

Try samples out first. Just as in flooring and wall paints, samples can help to make the decision easier. Use sample boards and look to see the contrast. If you’re not sure what to go with, always default to a darker neutral color. Dark neutral colors work well with browns and grays and are an ideal choice. Look over your options and avoid matching colors in lieu of contrast.