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  • Choosing your Perfect roof color!
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Karina Z March 2, 2023 0 Comments

While picking a new roof color may seem like an easy task. I can assure you that there are a few things you need to consider. 

The Do’s & Don’ts of picking the PERFECT color. 


  1. Ask your Roofing Contractor for brochures and samples. 

Every contractor should provide you with sample boards of colors you wish to see. There are plenty of color options available. In many instances, homeowners will select from a tiny swatch not realizing that they could see the color on a roof. Before assuming all you have is a 1 square inch shingle sample, ask your contractor about their color resources. 

Pro tip: Beware of contractors that don’t want to provide you with addresses of previous projects. They could be hiding their poor workmanship or how long they’ve been in business.

  1. Look online and at samples

While you don’t want to rely only on photos and samples, they are a great place to start. Take some time to look at the manufacturer’s website, photo galleries, and physical sample boards to select a few colors you like the best. 

  1. Review the color choices with your roofing contractor

Once you’ve picked out a few colors, review them with your contractor and ask for recommendations. If your contractor has been in the industry long enough, they will have a good eye for what will look best on your home.

  1. Visit nearby properties to see the colors in person

After reviewing the colors you like, ask your roofing contractor for local addresses of roofs they’ve replaced in those colors. This way, you can see the colors on different style homes, stretched across full roofs, and in different lightings. Seeing the colors in person is by far the best way to decide on a color. 

DONT’S …..

  1.  Don’t forget to look at the current siding colors

Just like the inside of your home, you do not want the outside to look too monochromatic. Colors and design thrive on contrast. Make sure that, whatever color you select, it isn’t the same color as the rest of your house.

  1.  Decide based on an online picture

No matter how accurate it may look, an online photo of a property will never look the same as it will in person. Even if the photo seems accurate, the shingle color can appear differently depending on the lighting, home exterior, and most digital shingle samples also look different from the physical samples. Lastly, the colors can look different based on your screen brightness and display settings.

  1. Decide solely based on a small shingle sample

Small shingle samples are incredibly helpful. However, they don’t show the full picture. When you look at a small sample, it’s easy to get carried away with the variations and differences between shingle colors. Once you see the color across the full roof, you’ll realize that those subtle variations show up differently depending on the home. 

  1. Forget to check with your HOA

Some HOAs have strict rules regarding roof shingles and colors. If you have a strict HOA, they might want total uniformity across all roofs. In other instances, they might just have a few color restrictions. Avoid the potential fees, and check with your HOA before replacing your roof with Barn Red shingles. 

  1.  Assume a color match will look exactly like what you have now. 

Many homeowners ask us to match the color that is currently on their roof. This is definitely a great option. However, an important thing to remember is that, even if your contractor replaces your roof with the exact color you had before, it will look different.

This is because shingles fade and grow lighter over time. If you had a GAF TImberline HDZ Charcoal (Black) roof twenty years ago and replaced it with the same color, chances are your new roof will look much darker.

Your team here at Perfect Exteriors will always be available to answer any questions you may have regarding picking a new roof color! 

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