How to Choose a Shingle Color
At ACR, we have anxiously been anticipating spring’s arrival for many reasons. For us, spring is a time of new beginnings; children playing, sunshine is bright, flowers are blooming and colors are vibrant. As the world begins to be brighter so can your home. By choosing the right color for your new roof your home will also have the appearance of being new again.
Choosing a shingle color may seem simple enough, but for many, it can be the most difficult decision when replacing a roof. Everyone has his or her own individual tastes and preferences, so unfortunately there isn’t a perfect formula to use when choosing your shingle color. To help with your color decision, here are a few tips that will offer some guidance:
- Observe your neighbors’ roofs: When you are planning on getting your roof done, you begin to pay more attention to other roofs in your neighborhood. When you observe other homes, make note of the roofs that you like vs. those that you do not like, and take pictures.
- Ask us for a sample: Do not make a final shingle color selection from manufacturer sales brochures or minimized samples. Some colors may not be available in your geographic area, so be sure to ask the contractor about availability.
- Pay close attention to the varying colors of the granules on the sample. Most asphalt shingles contain a mixture of various granules that make up the overall color. Matching some of the granule colors to the existing trim colors or other exterior components help to “connect” the roof color with the aspects of the exterior of the home. Pay attention to how the colors relate to each other throughout the day as the angle in which the sunlight reflects on a roof can amplify differing tones and shades.
- Get sample of your house/trim color, if you are planning on changing it, as well: If you are changing exterior colors, be sure to get color samples of those products and compare with the shingle color.
- Look at our other clients’ homes: Once color preferences have been narrowed, ask us for the addresses of some homes where complete installs have been performed. It’s worth the time to drive by and have a look and most roofs can be viewed from the street.
- Use visualization technology, whenever available: Many asphalt shingle manufacturers have visualization software on their websites whereby you can download a photograph of your home and apply differing styles and colors of shingles.
Ready for a new roof? At American Cowboy Roofing, we have many different styles, textures, and color shingles available. As a trusted contractor with over 50 years’ experience, a Virginia Class A license, and a Certified CertainTeed ShingleMaster, we will give you an honest expert roof evaluation and quote. Call American Cowboy Roofing and you too will be saying YAHOO!
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