If you are thinking about getting a new roof, there are many things to consider. First, it is important to familiarize yourself with the components that make up the roof. There are a few components that work together to form a properly functional roof. While the standard components such as roof deck protection leak barriers serve a purpose, the most important feature of a new roof is the shingle. The shingles are one of the first things people see when they look at your house. With that in mind, make sure to choose a shingle color that blends well with the rest of your home.
The following tips will be helpful when trying to determine which shingle color is the best choice for your next roof:
- Will the shingles match your house? Take a look at your home’s style— do you have bricks or siding? Is your home painted? Is the style traditional or modern? Please take a moment to look at the GAF Style Guide with HGTV HOME Director of Design, Nancy Fire, to get inspiration and ideas for colors that match a variety of styles.
- Take into consideration curb appeal. Whether you are staying in your home long-term or plan on selling in a few years, a neutral color will keep your house looking current. You can also distinguish your home by using more striking colors.Either of these options can increase your home’s curb appeal, which will in return increase the value of your entire home.
- Talk to your neighbors. If you live in a complex run by an association, make sure there aren’t any rules for choosing a shingle color. Some associations like all homes to look the same. If you’re not in a complex, consider your neighbors and what they have on their roofs. If you like your neighbors’ roofs, find out more about similar shingle colors and styles and how they may complement your home. If you want to be a little different and stand out from your neighbors, explore alternative shingle styles and colors that will make your home unique.
- Most importantly, make sure that you thoroughly do your research. Get some samples and look at online tools like the GAF Virtual Home Remodeler to see which color shingle would look best with your home. It's also important for homeowners to consider the architectural style of their home. What may look good on a Ranch-style house may not work for a Tutor or Colonial. Drive through different neighborhoods to get ideas and see examples.
This information was found on blog.gaf.com