The benefits of choosing the right shingle color include:

  • Boost curb appeal
  • Get the most out of your investment
  • Longevity of your roof and home
  • Timeless aesthetics

How to Choose a Roof Shingle Color

The best way to choose a roof shingle color is to pick one that accents your siding color(s). If you’re looking for more texture or have multiple shades on your home’s exterior, you can get shingles that combine a few colors for a speckled look that can accent many colors at once.

When in doubt, choose a rustic color like brown or gray. These colors will never go out of style, and they can provide excellent texture to your home’s exterior. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something different but still classic, then black will always be timeless.

When you’re choosing your roof color, you may want to consider more than just how it will accent your siding. There are many considerations to make, especially since this is a significant investment in your home. So when choosing your roof shingle color, consider these aspects below as well.

How Does Texture Come Into Play?

Basic siding can pair really well with a standard shingle roof or any other roof material. But if you have cedar shakes, metal, or any other premium siding, you may want to think twice before installing a basic solid-color shingle roof. More premium shingled roofs like architectural and designer shingles from GAF can give much more dimension and give your home a more premium look and curb appeal.

Do You Want Warm or Cool Colors?

Don’t automatically assume that a dark roof and light siding are going to go together. Helping you avoid mismatched colors is one of the primary reasons we put this guide together. For example, if you have a beige house and slap a bluish-gray roof on it, you might clash because your house is warm and your roof is cool (color-wise). Generally, warmer colors (beige, orange, brown, yellow) and cooler colors (blue, grey, whites) are going to work best together.

Take your landscaping into consideration as well. For example, cooler colors could accent nicely if you always plant bright colored flowers and have hanging plants. While landscaping made up of more naturally occurring plant life like pine trees and bushes, warmer colors will look incredibly nice in juxtaposition.

Which Colors Accent (or distract from) Your Home’s Architecture?

The shape and style of your home and roof should play a big factor in which color shingles you use. For example, if you have a large roof with many peaks and valleys, a black roof is going to take over the look of your home completely. A light grey or textured shingle is going to make those structural elements of your roof pop and accentuate the design and architecture of your home.