How to Pick the Right Color for Your Roof

Your roof needs to be replaced due to damage from a natural disaster, or maybe its wear and tear over the years. Either way, you might want to consider changing the roof color of your home at this time.

Are there better options than what you currently have that would improve the exterior appearance of your home and increase curb appeal? Sure, it’s easy to go with the same color you already have or whatever the contractor advises, but since this is such a significant investment, you should choose the color you want so that you will be happy with it.

Of course, if you love the color you already have, ask the contractor if you can get the same or similar color with upgraded performance features, such as enhanced durability.

Choosing the best color for your home starts with being confident enough to say that you want to try something different. This article will offer some tips to help you choose a color that you will fall in love with.

10 Tips for Choosing a Roof Color

Below, find 10 tips to help you choose a color and style you will love for your new roof.

Your Roof is a Canvas, Express Your Style

Typically, your roof is about 40% of the overall exterior of your home. Today, there is a wide variety of dimensional colors/styles available on the asphalt shingle market. This means that you can use the same energy designing the exterior of your home as you do the interior.

Use a Mood Board to Gather Your Ideas

Just like with any other design project, there are several elements involved with the exterior of your home. All of these elements are tied together with your roof color. You can find inspiration and assistance in narrowing down your options of what will work best for your home by exploring shingle/color pairings with online mood/style boards. From classic to modern, the combinations on your mood/style board can help you find the aesthetic that makes the statement you desire.

Don’t be Limited by What You Already Have

When it’s time to replace your roof, keep in mind that you don’t have to go with what is already on there; sure, it might be the safe option because you know how it will look- but if you’re not in love with it, you can change it. Give some thought to what color shingles might improve the overall look of your home.

Explore Designer Shingle Options

You can choose from subtle/classic to bold/dynamic to make a statement with your new roof. If bold colors influence your style, then consider doing the same to your roof. The right color can improve the appearance of your home and complement other design elements and the natural surroundings.

Compare Cost Impact for Upgraded Shingles

The actual difference in cost between shingles may not be as much as you think. You may find that upgrading to an architectural shingle in a designer color does fit within your budgetary guidelines. While a roofing contractor is the only way to get an estimate on your personal needs, on average, getting the shingle you’ll be happy with may only cost a few hundred dollars extra. If you’re financing it, that could mean only a few extra dollars on each payment.

Be sure to discuss the cost difference between the various shingle options to help you make an informed decision regarding your new roof color.

Communicate Your Ideas Confidently

There are so many color/style options available for shingles, so don’t limit yourself. It’s fine to ask for extra samples or to ask your contractor to show you more variety so that you can find the best option for your home.

Take some time to review the available colors on the manufacturer’s website and then ask your contractor for some samples. This will eliminate a lot of the back-and-forth.

See the Shingles in Real Life

Experts suggest that you look at other homes in your neighborhood/town that have the same color shingles. If you can find a home that has a similar roofline, you can get an idea of how the shingles will look on your home.

Be sure to ask your contractor to give you some addresses so that you can drive by and see the shingles at various times of the day and in varying weather conditions.

Think about the Big Picture

When matched with another color on the exterior of your home, shingles can have a chameleon effect. Therefore, don’t get stuck on trying to match colors exactly. Take a sample board and lean it against the exterior of your home. This will give you an idea of how it will look once installed on your roof.

Understand how Lighting Impacts Appearance

The appearance of your roof color depends a lot on the time of day and weather conditions, so take your samples outside at various times of the day to make sure that you’re happy with what you see before you choose your roof color.

Work with a Designer

If you are struggling to decide, you can always consider hiring a design professional to help you determine which roof color will look best on your home. Often, one day will be sufficient for finding a color that ties together all of the design elements of your home.


Choosing the right color for your new roof can be a fun and satisfying experience. After all, this is your chance to redesign the exterior of your home in a big way. Contact A & J Reliable Inc. to help with your roofing needs.