You are a homeowner facing a roof replacement project on your home. As you browse through the samples of architectural shingles, the most popular shingle in America, you may wonder whether or not the color of your roof is important. When selecting the color of your roof, here are the two primary things you will want to take into consideration:

Climate’s Affect on Shingles

Several studies have shown that plywood sheathing on roofs with black shingles is up to 10 degrees warmer than identical roofs with white shingles. This is because black absorbs the heat from the sun, while white reflects more sunlight, allowing it to stay cooler. Because of this, many people in warmer climates frequently select light colored shingles to help keep their house cooler.

The converse is not equally true: darker roofs typically do not promote a warmer home in the winter – insulation and proper ventilation accomplishes that. The main effect that intense heat has on a roof is an escalated aging of the shingles.

In a more moderate climate, like Tulsa, the changing of seasons make heat-induced deterioration to be less of a concern to your home.  While a light colored roof will certainly help with energy efficiency, the aesthetic difference may not pay off for some homeowners.

Architectural Colors

Rather than white, the most popular color for shingles is brown. (Think: Owens Corning’s Duration® Premium Cool Shingles in Frosted Oak.) Which brown?  The one that best complements the color of your siding.  A neutral color should be selected – paying special attention to warm or cool undertones.  As long as the colors of the roof and shingles are not grossly contrasting, the condition of the shingles affects the house’s value more than the color of them.

If your siding is a neutral color, you can select almost any shade of architectural shingles, including unique colors such as the Owens Corning TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles in Harbor Blue or Chateau Green.

However, if your siding is already a bold color, it typically is best to select a neutral color. Consider whether a shade of grey, brown, black, or white will coordinate best with your siding color. Popular neutral architectural shingle choices include Oakridge® Shingles featuring Artisan Colors in Desert Tan, Estate Gray, Sand Castle, and Onyx Black.

You can expect your new roof to last about 15 to 25 years, depending on factors such as the quality of the shingles you select and, of course, the weather. Since you will be enjoying your new roof for many years to come, ultimately the most important thing is to select the color that you like the most.

Contact our Perfection Roofing Team for more information on the architectural shingles available to homeowners in the Tulsa area.

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