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How to Choose the Right Shingle Color



Depending on the style of your home, your roof accounts for anywhere between 25 and 40-percent of the visible exterior of your home. This is why picking the right shingle color is an important decision that deserves a bit of thought. And as your go-to Gig Harbor and Kitsap Peninsula roofer we want to make it easy for our clients to make decisions about their new roof. So, before you decide here are three steps to help you choose the right shingle color for your home.


Follow the Rules

First things first, if you live within a Homeowners Association (HOA) you will want to make sure you follow your HOA’s rules and regulations. They often dictate certain colors to choose from, but they may be lenient. Regardless, save yourself any heartache and check with your HOA before you get too far along in the process.


Let Your House be your Guide

Whether you have a red brick exterior, or white siding, designers recommend you coordinate with colors found in your home’s exterior. You want to avoid choosing a roof that is the same color as your home, as that will make it difficult for your home’s defining features to sand out.

If your home is a warm color like tan, or beige, choose a roof with a similar warm shade like red or brown. If your home is a cool color, like blue, gray, or green, you’ll want to choose a roof color like black or slate gray.


When choosing a roof color, you should also consider shutters and architectural features, like a wraparound porch. Make sure these features coordinate with the roof color rather than blend in.


Consider the Climate

A dark roof will absorb heat, while a light-colored roof will reflect light. In the Pacific Northwest, we have a mild climate, but do experience a cold winter and warm summer. Take into consideration whether or not your home gets afternoon sun in the summers. If that’s the case, a lighter roof may be right for you. If not, a darker roof will help keep your roof warmer in the winter.


A new roof is a big decision, and picking the right color is a crucial step. For more than 20 years, we have helped Gig Harbor, Port Orchard and Kitsap Peninsula residents pick the best roof for them. We look forward to helping you do the same. Give us a call today to get started.

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