Reroofing your house should be a straightforward affair. Pick some shingles, hire a contractor and watch them go to work. However, each of these steps has several elements that require your attention. One of these is the color of the shingles. Instead of just going with the same color you had before, look at what your roof color means for your home.
Lighter Colors and Reflectivity Will Save You Money
The size of your energy bill can have a deep impact on your wallet. Any change you make to your home to reduce your energy usage can pay you back many times over in the months and years that follow. One way to keep your bills down is to install light colored shingles.
You probably already know that dark colors absorb more heat than light ones, but many people conveniently forget this fact when it comes time to pick out shingles. Your roof is a huge surface, that can soak up a lot of extra heat day in and day out during the hot summer months if you go with a dark color.
A similar effect can be obtained by purchasing shingles that are reflective. Rather than absorbing the sunlight, it is reflected back, prevented the heat from being absorbed. For the best effect, you should combine both of these energy saving options.
It Needs To Work With Current And Future Exterior Colors
Your shingles aren't the only thing that has to be replaced regularly. Vinyl and aluminum siding last quite awhile, but wood will need to be repainted and replaced and a regular basis. Even if you don't plan on replacing your siding, you may be looking to change up the color. Vinyl and aluminum siding aren't really meant to be painted, but it can be done if you aren't happy with the current color.
You probably already have an idea of what your new siding color will be. That means that you can and should coordinate your roofing color with both your current siding color and the new one you are planning on switching to. Unless you are planning on painting in the next few months, it is best to ensure that you never go through an "ugly house" stage where the shingle color clashes with the siding.
It Might Last Longer Than You Live In The House
Roofing lasts decades, and might not want to stay in your current home that long. Rather than trying to make the current roof last until the new owner moves in, you may want to just take care of getting a new roof and try to recoup the cost in the asking price. However, this presents a bit of a dilemma. While you have your own set of ideas for how you want your home to look, potential buyers may not agree with you. You might be able to find a buyer that shares your views, but it will be easier to sell your home if you stick with colors that appeal to the average person.
What this boils down to is if you don't plan on staying in your home long-term, you should avoid taking risks with your roofing color. A buyer may be willing to replace a carpet that isn't their favorite, or repaint a room, but it isn't likely that they will want a home with a roof they can't stand. Stick with traditional roofing colors that have complementary tones to your siding and accent colors. When all else fails, natural tones will look fine on just about any home.
Picking a roof color might be tough, but it can be done. By considering all the factors carefully you can come to a decision you are sure is the right one. You can also work with your roofing contractor if you need some additional advice on what colors would work well in your situation.