by Dymon Brady

When installing a new roof, it can be a challenge to choose the perfect color of shingles. When faced with the vast array of color choices available, it is important to remember that the color of your shingles will serve several functions aside from matching a color pallet or aesthetic value. It is important to keep these options in mind as you search for the perfect color for your new roof.

One important function the color of your shingles will serve is temperature control. The color of your roof can affect your attic temperature by up to 40 degrees. If you use this knowledge to your advantage, you can lower your energy bill significantly, reducing the need for heating or air conditioning.


White or light grey shingles will naturally reflect sunlight, keeping your home cooler. There are also several specially designed ‘cool’ shingles available in more common colors such as browns and tans. See our Cool Roofing post for more information.

Dark shingles are a great asset in cold weather. Not only do they attract sunlight, increasing the temperature of your home, but they will warm snow and ice on your roof, preventing ice dams and snow buildup. Black shingles are the most efficient at warming your home, but any dark shingle color should have a similar effect.


If you look closely at a shingle sample, you can see that a shingle that appears to be a dark grey may actually be comprised of grey, black, blue and green granules. To select a complimentary shingle that will look good on your home, select a color blend that contains the color of your masonry, siding or trim. This will help to pull your home together, while helping your roof to stand out as well.

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Dark color blends can be used on homes with light trim to provide interesting contrast. On the other hand, light color blends can help to simplify harsh angles and lines, making your home appear larger. Determine what effect you would like your roof to have on the appearance of your home in general.

Once you have decided on a few colors to pick from, be sure to ask your roofing contractor for a shingle sample from each option. When choosing a color, hold up the sample next to your siding or masonry. If it clashes, eliminate that shingle color from your options. Compare the remaining samples to your trim color. Again, eliminate colors that don’t work together with your home. You should be left with just a few, beautiful colors to pick from.

Brady Roofing can help you through this decision making process personally. We are willing to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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