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Choosing the Right Roof Shingle Color for Your Home?

Updated: Oct 24, 2023


Are you replacing your roof or installing one on a new home? The color shingle you select is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your home. Why? Because your roof accounts for as much as 40 percent of your home’s exterior. The right color roof will express your aesthetic and enhance your curb appeal, adding value to your property. Here are some tips to help you choose the right roof shingle color for your home.


1. Complement or contrast your roof shingle colors.

When selecting your roof shingles, choose a color that complements or contrasts with your siding, shutters, doors, and trim. For example, dark brown shingles would work well with beige siding on your home, adding little interest to dark-stained wood siding. If you have plain or light-colored siding, consider shingles with a blended color pattern to add more dimension and appeal to your home. For inspiration in selecting shingles that best complement the color of your home, check out the table below:


Siding and Shingle Color Combinations Chart
Siding and Shingle Color Combinations Chart

2. Don’t clash.

Avoid clashing with your siding or accent features when choosing your roof shingles. For example, if your home’s siding is varied—perhaps with multiple shades of brick or stone—color-blended shingles will clash. It’s best to stick with a solid, contrasting color for your home.


Mixed blended shingles and home siding
Although gorgeous, these blended color shingles clash with this home’s stone veneer. Image Source: roofingcalc.com

3. Complement your home’s architecture and physical surroundings.


If you drive around, you’ll note that many home styles seem to require a specific roofing “look.” For example, a stately, traditional colonial home might be shingled in black or another dark blend to remain consistent with its grand appearance. Stained wood-sided homes nestled among the trees are great candidates for shingles with a deep green and brown blend. A blue-hued roof would complete the beachy vibe of a white coastal home.


4. Take a look around.

While you want to express your own taste and style, you don’t want your home to stand out for the wrong reasons, especially if you decide to sell it. Choose a shingle color that harmonizes well with your landscaping and natural surroundings, including the homes around yours.


Owens Corning Shingles
These blended color shingles from Owens Corning (“Driftwood”) provide dramatic color contrast and dimension to this cream-colored home. Source: owenscorning.com

5. Check neighborhood rules.

If you’re part of a homeowners association, be sure to find out if there are any rules around your choice of roofing color. Even if there are no restrictions, consider how your home will look alongside those of your neighbors.


6. Work with a reputable roofing contractor.

An experienced roofing contractor like Refined Home Services will help you choose the right shingles for your home, boosting its curb appeal and increasing its overall value.


Residential and Commercial Roofing Contractors in Southern NH and Eastern MA

If you’re ready to replace your roof or install a new one, contact the pros at Refined Home Services. We proudly serve the roofing needs of businesses and homeowners throughout Southern New Hampshire and Eastern MA. Visit us online to learn more about our services and schedule a free roof estimate. Get an instant roof quote today.


Feature photo source: owenscorning.com

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