Choosing the best shingle color for your roof has come a long way over the last few years, you no longer need to use a cookie-cutter style or look for your home. There are so many options you can now choose from that make a huge impact on the aesthetics of your home. Long gone are the days of a boring gray roofing shingle, you can now pick from a wide variety of colors to make your home POP. This creates more of an inviting feel while boosting your curb appeal, to surely make your neighbors envious.
There is no “Best color for roofing shingles,” only the best color for your particular home. This will depend on the color of your home/siding, the style of your home, and the surroundings. There are some top trending shingle roofing material colors of 2021, and they include:
- Light brown hues like sand, desert,taupe gray.
- Blues such as sky, denim, blue-green.
- Greens like forest, moss and hunter.
- Off whites, especially in hot climates.
There is of course nothing wrong with the average gray roofing shingle colors, particularly when that is the only color that matches with your home and when your home’s details really stand out.
This home has many pops of white which draw the eye to the trim, having a neutral colored gray roof allows the home to let the details shine on their own. If this owner chose a white roof the aesthetic would not be the same. If you look closely at the siding color it matches very nicely with the color these homeowners chose for their roof. Choosing the right color can be a very tough decision, consulting with your local roofing company is a good start to get some ideas. Most companies will have larger samples available to be viewed in their showroom, this will help give you a better idea of what the overall roof will look like.
Have you ever decided on changing the paint color in a room in your home, only to get one wall done and it looks nothing like the tiny swatch that you choose? This can be a similar process, sometimes a dark charcoal looks great until you see your entire roof looks black and that may not be the look you had in mind. Starting with the color or your home’s siding or whether it’s brick, or even stone, is a good place to consider which colors you might choose.
The best color combinations for your roof and siding
If your home is red or brick colored then the best color combination would be a darker hue for the roof. You can choose between shades of black or darkest gray that would compliment the house color well. If your home is white or light colored, choosing primary colors for the roof is best. Having a white home gives you many options when deciding on the shingle roofing material color, you should take note of the types of details that are on the outside of your home. Do you have a certain color stone or trim? It would make these details pop by adding that detailed color to your roof, even matching the shutters is a great idea.
If your home’s siding is gray, a very common color combination you will see is a gray roof of another shade that doesn’t exactly match the siding of your home. You don’t want the entire house to look like one color blob, you want there to be some dimension. A common choice for homeowners is to choose a darker roof gray than the siding like pictured above. Of course gray is not the only option for the roof, some other colors that work beautifully are hues of blue and light shades. In the more recent years blue siding has become very popular and gives the home a very unique look when done properly. If you are stuck on deciding which color will go great with your blue home, try shades like dark charcoal or lighter grays that will make your home stand out.
Brown homes that have light beige or tan roofs work well or if you would like something less traditional a dark green roof is a unique blend. As we have pictured above a woodsy type of setting is perfect for a combination of a brown home and green roof. As you can see pairing light and dark colors together creates the perfect balance to set your home apart from the rest. If you think of it like putting together the perfect outfit, this can give you a different perspective on what will go together. The key to boosting your home’s curb appeal is making your color choice stand out. You don’t need to own a massive home to make it beautiful and eye-catching, it’s all in the details.
When you should use a dark or light hue for your roofing shingle material
Continuing with the trend of creating contrast between your home’s siding and roof, there are a few do’s and don’t-s when choosing the perfect color for your home’s roof. In general you want your home to stand out in the neighborhood when being compared to other surrounding homes. It creates great resale value for you and overall looks much better than blending in with the crowd. When you get a new roof dark colors are more eye-catching than a lighter dull shade.
Darker shingle roofing materials work great for multi-level homes, this is because it draws more attention to the various levels giving it overall dimension. By using darker tones you can create a balance especially with low pitched roofs. Be cautious of using dark hues on a high pitched roof because it will distract from the rest of the home and take over where the eye follows.
Along with the most popular trends of roofing shingle material colors comes other categories like metal roofing, solar roofs, and even flat roofing colors. Some of these other types of roofing materials are becoming popular and very diverse in the color options that are now available for you to customize your home with.
Just because your home has a flat roof doesn’t mean you are stuck with only one option, you have the choice of choosing various colors or even an Eco-friendly green roof. These “green roofs” have so many benefits for your home and the planet. Of course this would be very different than a traditional shingle roofing installation, if a green roof interests you then contact your local roofing company and get more information.