What Color Should I Choose for My Shingled Roof?
Choosing the Right Roof Shingle Color
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Your roof is one of the first things your friends, neighbors, and passers-by will notice about your home’s exterior. Beyond form, it’s functionally one of the most important parts of your home. In order to boost curb appeal, you’re going to want to choose the best color for your Maryland shingled roof. A roof installed by a professional roofing contractor can be expected to have a lifetime of 15-20 years, so you will be stuck with the color you choose for quite some time. To make the best decision you should consider the climate where you live, the look you’re hoping to achieve, and the style of your home.
Pairing with the Color of the House
Shingles can be used to create contrast with your house’s siding, or they can blend in with the other design features of your home. Traditionally, shingles come in gray, brown, or black, which can be perfect for a white, gray, or blue house. These color shingles can also be used for red brick houses, for a sharp-looking contrast. Natural siding, such as stone or earth-toned vinyl, looks best with brown or tan shingles.
Accent Your Home’s Style
It’s a good idea to look for examples of the roofing system you’re looking to have installed. Driving through your neighborhood, you may notice that you’re more attracted to certain patterns or colors on houses that share an architectural style of your home. Often, ranch homes are shingled with a combination of colors, but you might find while researching that you prefer a solid color, such as what one might use on a traditional colonial home.
Check for HOA Regulations
Your neighborhood organization may have particular rules regarding shingle colors that can be installed by a home roofing system specialist. You should read your HOA handbook to ensure that your choice of roofing color doesn’t violate any regulations. Your HOA’s purpose is to promote uniformity amongst the houses in the neighborhood, in order to boost the visual appeal of the neighborhood. They will often have rules regarding paint color as well, so you should keep an eye out for rules regarding this too - should you be performing a complete overhaul of your house’s exterior. Even if there isn’t a set of rules for you to follow, you should carefully consider how your roof will look when viewed alongside your neighbors’ homes. If many of the homes in your neighborhood share a similar style, it’s a good sign that you may want to consider emulating the look.
Talk to a Certified Roofer
You can take photographs of the exterior of your home to a certified roofing contractor in order to get their opinion on shingle color. You should be able to browse options from a catalogue, or bring shingle samples home to see how they would look in person. A reputable, certified roofing contractor will have a license from Maryland’s department of labor, and thus should be able to provide you with proof of liability insurance and a written proposal for the roofing job to be performed.
Having your roofing system replaced is a good way to boost curb appeal and ensure the impermeability of your home. Your shingles are going to last quite some time, so it’s a good idea to spend some time carefully considering the colors you choose. When you’re ready to discuss your options with a professional, contact DC Generals!