When it comes to choosing what color shingles to get, most homeowners usually just pick their favorite color without giving it much thought. This decision should not be taken lightly as roof color can greatly affect your home’s overall energy efficiency and can save you a ton of money on HVAC bills. It can also affect the overall curb appeal of your home and increase its value.
When choosing a color, the most important question to ask yourself is whether you should go for dark or light-colored shingles. In today’s article, roof and gutter installation expert Pechacek’s General Contracting explains the merits of both.
Why Does it Matter?
Shingle color will affect the internal temperature of your home. If you live in a cold climate with long winters and short summers, getting dark-colored shingles is ideal as they absorb heat from sunlight and can help warm the higher levels of your home. Having a dark-colored roof also helps in melting the snow that collects on your rooftop quickly.
Light-colored shingles, on the other hand, do just the opposite and reflect light away from your house which is ideal for warmer locations. A lighter-colored roof can also make your home look larger than it actually is.
Consider the Rest of the Neighborhood
It is also crucial to take into consideration the colors of the other roofs in your area. A lot of neighborhoods will require special permission for certain colors and some will even require only a certain type of roofing, such as reflective shingles. Talk to your local roofing contractor about this because, more often than not, they will have knowledge of what kind of roof color your neighborhood will allow.
In short, choosing the best kind really depends on your location. Have a long talk with your roof expert before pulling the trigger. This often-overlooked factor when deciding what roof to purchase is actually one of the most important decisions you have to make when it comes to roofing.
In need of roof repair or installation services? Give Pechacek’s General Contracting a call at (715) 330-4060 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in River Falls, WI, and its nearby communities.