How to Pick the Right Roof Shingle Color for Your Home

How to Pick the Right Roof Shingle Color for Your Home

Are you starting a reroofing project? Let’s get creative this season with a new roof that reflects your personality and makes your home look beautiful (yes, a roof can reflect the homeowner’s personality as odd as that may sound). 

A roof replacement already comes with many decisions you have to make, so that’s why we’ve put together a helpful guide on how to choose the perfect shingle color for your roof. 

What is Your Home’s Style?

What is your home’s style? Is it rustic and woodsy, modern and chic, elegant and cozy? What material is it primarily composed of – beautiful stone, wood, brick? Think about the style of your home and what appeal you’d like it to have. What statement do you want to make? 

You want to pick a tone that does not clash or blend in too much with the color of the rest of the house. For example, a red-brick house should not have a rooftop with reddish tones just like a grey-stone house should steer clear of beige, grey, and blue tones (unless they are mixed in with darker tones such as black or dark grey). For some extra help, take a look at IKO’s color chart to give you some ideas!

Does it Matter What Color Your Roof Is?

Yes, for two main reasons – the color affects the energy efficiency of your rooftop, and it has a significant effect on your home’s aesthetic appeal. Let’s talk about energy efficiency first.

Energy Efficiency

Depending on where you live and the climate of the area, a light- vs. dark-colored rooftop is more energy efficient. In warmer climates, lighter-colored shingles will better reflect the sunlight and absorb less heat. On the other hand, darker-colored shingles are better for colder climates because they absorb more heat and will allow snow to melt off the surface faster. 

Although the color of the shingles does have some effect on the inside temperature of your home, the quality of the ventilation and insulation of your attic and/or ceiling makes the most difference. It’s better to choose a color that best suits your home and focus more on your ventilation and insulation system. This takes us to the aesthetic appeal…


Your roof speaks volumes – it is one of the largest components of your home and largely affects your property’s overall appearance. Think of it as the eyebrows that frame a face. If your rooftop does not match the rest of your property, your home’s appearance will likely not be up to par.

It’s also good to consider whether you care about making your home look larger vs. smaller as the rooftop color impacts that. A lighter-colored roof can make your property look bigger whereas a darker-colored rooftop can make your home appear smaller; it shrinks it down, so to speak.

Give Your Home Some Character With a New Roof

Give your house some personality with a roof color that complements the overall appearance of your property. You don’t want your home to look just like everyone else’s, but you also want to avoid standing out too much and giving the wrong impression. Choose a tone that adds richness to your property. 

Ready to get started? Call your local roofing company in Mechanicsville today! The team at Two Brothers is happy to provide quality service at affordable rates.

We’re always updating our blog with helpful tips and tricks for our local homeowners. Check out our article on how to prepare your roof for the hurricane season!