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Once upon a time, choosing a roof color for your home wasn’t difficult, and almost all shingles were different shades or variations of grey.

Today, picking the right shingle color can be as difficult as choosing the right exterior paint or siding color for your home. While there are always the classic and easy to choose colors, it’s fun to mix it up sometimes.

In this blog, we’ll cover some of the best ways to choose shingle colors and make sure that you get the right thing for your home.

How to Pick and Pair the Perfect Color for Your Roof

The different factors below help us determine what shingle type is right for the roofs that we work on. There are no hard and fast rules, be we encourage you to be thoughtful about the colors you choose for your home.

Your Roof can be a Focal Point and Not Just an Accent

While it seems like shingles are one of those things that people tend to forget about, they can be a great way for your home’s exterior to pop. Instead of letting your shingles accent your paint color or any other part of your home’s exterior, consider choosing a color that makes it a focal point.

This can mean contrasting the rest of your home or choosing a shingle that would make your home’s exterior more of an accent.

roof shingle colors

Find Ideas on Pinterest and Use 3D modeling to Visualize Different Colors

You don’t have to be a professional exterior designer or shingle color expert. Pinterest is full of ideas for shingles and different shingle color combos.

Once you’ve got a few shingle ideas, grab any camera and take pictures of your shingles from different angles to use shingle color visualization software. There are lots of free tools, and some roofers will provide you with 3D models to help you choose the perfect color combination for your home.

Don’t Feel Limited by Your Current Color

If your shingles are worn out or faded, don’t choose the color that you think might be right, and don’t feel like you need to choose the same color again. Roof replacement could help you pick a color that you might not have thought of if your shingles were faded.

If you’re worried about your shingle color choice being too bold, don’t be. At Mars Restoration, we promise to help you choose colors that compliment the rest of your home.

Look for Bold and High-Contrast Designer Shingles

While shingles and other roofing materials come in a range of subtle colors, sometimes a bolder option is what you should look for. Designer shingles and roof materials will help you find different color options that you might not have considered in the past.

Bold and high-contrast will make your home stand out amongst the crowd and add to your curb appeal big time.

contrasting roof

Ask Your Roofer about DIfferent Options and Communicate Your Ideas Well

Don’t be afraid to ask your roofer for help choosing the right color for your home. Roofers are installing and looking at shingles every day. They’ll know what would look good vs. what should be avoided.

But, when it comes to communicating your ideas, don’t be afraid to tell the roofers what you think. After all, it’s your home, and you’ll be the one that’s left to enjoy (or not enjoy) the final outcome.

Check Out Samples of the Shingle Colors You Like

When you’re at the store to pick shingles or look at different options, take a peek at different shingle color samples. While they might not have all the shingle colors you want, they’ll have a pretty good selection of shingles from various brands.

When it comes to finding shingle color samples, building supply stores are a great resource for shingle colors. It’s important that you find what’s perfect for you.

shingle colors sample

Think About what the Shingles Will Look Like: Big Picture

You might be in love with a shingle or roof color when you look at it by itself, but what will the shingles on your roof actually look like? Will it look shabby, bold, or overall too strong for your home’s exterior? It’s best to find out before you purchase anything.

That’s why, even if you’re 99% sure you love the color, we’ll encourage you to check out a 3D model of your home with that new shingle color installed.

Take Note of How the Shingles Look in Different Lighting

Not all shingles and roof colors look the same in every lighting situation. Sometimes it’ll be more noticeable after a big rainfall or when you’re looking at shingles from a different angle. This is something to keep in mind when you choose your shingle color.

What looks good in the store might not look that great in your backyard. And what looks great on a warm sunny day might not be your favorite on a rainy and cloudy day. These are all things to consider before you make your final decision.

When you’re ready to take a step further into the roofing process, Mars Restoration will be there and ready to help. We have the tools to show you 3D examples of your roof and the knowledge to help you make an informed decision. Whether you’re changing your home’s exterior colors altogether or just looking to freshen up the shingles, we’re happy to help.

Reach out to us today and we’ll provide you with a free inspection and estimate for your roof replacement.