Choosing roof shingles is usually something homeowners need to decide when getting a full roof replacement. There may be instances where you’ll need to choose shingles for a localized repair, too. There’s no right or wrong way on how to choose a roof shingle color or style, but here are some tips that might help you narrow down the choices.
What to Consider
There are quite a few ways to eliminate your options when choosing roof shingles. If you live in an area with a Home Owner’s Association, double-check the rules to see if they only allow certain colors. You can also take a look around your neighborhood to see what color roofs people have; you might not want to choose a roof type that is totally different from what’s around you as this can affect both your home’s curb appeal and resale value.
Matching Your Existing Roof
If you already love the roof that you have, your first step may be to try and get the same shingle and color as your old roof. Because your last roof replacement may have been over 20 years ago, though, it’s possible that shingles in that color may not be manufactured anymore! Fortunately, you should be able to find shingles that are similar in color and better designed than your old shingles.
Saving Leftover Shingles
Often, roof replacements will have leftover shingles that will be left with the homeowners. It’s up to you what to do with them, but we recommend saving them in case your roof will need future repair. That way, you don’t have to worry about purchasing new materials or risk not being able to match the right color.
Ask Your Roofer!
If there’s anyone who can offer a reliable opinion, it’s your local roofer’s. After all, we see a variety of homes and roofs every day of the week! Most roofers will have samples of shingles so you can take an up-close look. We can also advise you on the best way to repair a roof when you can’t find the exact same shingles are your current roof. While we can’t make the final decision for you, we’d be happy to tell you what colors are currently popular and trendy.