When it comes to your roof, no longer do you have to use a cookie-cutter look or style. Your roof can be just as much a part of your curb appeal as your siding and landscaping, so choosing the best roof shingle colors can make a huge impact on your home’s overall look.
Your roof doesn’t have to be gray so that it fades into the background, in fact, more robust colors can make your home look more inviting and boost its curb appeal even more, especially when matched with the right siding. There are however a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing the right color, so we’ll get into that as well.
The Best Roof Shingle Colors for Your Home
For the sake of consistency, we will use the common asphalt shingle as the roofing shingle material. To bring a more dynamic look to your home, using a darker colored shingle can make a huge difference and bring beautiful contrast. Some colors that are not simple gray include light greens and blues and neutrals like beige or off-white. Also, shingles with alternating and blended colors are huge as they give more dimension and texture to your roof.
The top trending roof shingle colors for 2021 include:
- Light and soft greens (forest green, moss green, hunter green)
- Light and pale blues (blue-green, sky blue, denim)
- Beige and off-white (stone, khaki, tan)
- Taupe and light brown hues (sand, desert, taupe gray)
The Best Color Combinations for Your Roof and Siding
Matching your siding with your roof is important to boost your curb appeal and ensure your colors don’t clash. But choosing the right colors can also be a tough decision to make, especially since it is hard to turn back once you start. Depending on the color of your siding, there are some suggested colors for your roof shingles that you should consider. Here are some of our favorite combinations from Sherwin Williams, to make it a little easier for you.
If your house is red, you should consider a darker hue roof color. Your shingles should be black or include shades of black, dark gray, dark brown, and dark green.
If your house is white, solid, and primary colors are your best bet. Depending on the style of your home and roof you can have everything from green to blue to red or black and gray roofs can look really nice with a white house. Adding some pops of color on the doors or shutters can help tie it all together.
One of the more common color combinations you’ll see in homes today is gray hue siding with a darker hue roof. If your siding is gray, consider a black, dark green, dark blue, darker gray, or even white roof.
In recent years, more people have been shifting towards blue siding for a more robust, unique look. A dark blue hue for your siding is beautiful and light accents really make it pop. So if your siding is blue, grays and whites can be your best color combo but a black or brown roof will also look very nice.
Brown houses have many options for roof shingle colors like green, blue, black, charcoal, and dark grays or browns of a different shade (lighter or darker.)
For homes that have a light beige or tan color, brown can be a great color for your roof. Any other dark color of green or blue hues will look really nice too.
As you can see, for the most part, combining dark and light colors together creates a perfect blend of contrast. Making your siding and roof both a light color will look weird, and only some dark hues work together for a roof and siding.
Think of it like putting an outfit together. A nice white blouse with brown pants is going to look much better than another brown blouse with brown pants. Creating contrast is key to boosting your curb appeal and making your colors stand out.
When to Use a Dark or Light Hue for Your Roof Shingles
Continuing with how to create contrast between your siding and roof, there are a few dos and don’t when it comes to using the right color for your roof. There are a few situations that call for a dark hue and others call for a light hue.
In general, if you want to stand out in your neighborhood, especially as you get a brand new roof, keep in mind that dark colors draw more attention. They are very eye-catching and can just create more dimension and texture for your home’s design.
Darker shingles can also work really well for multi-level homes. Often in multi-level homes, you have a few roof peaks over the second level, maybe the foyer, and your garage. So using darker hues can create a nice balance and draw more attention to the varying levels of the house giving it dimension. Be wary of using dark hues on homes with high pitch roofs though as it can be very heavy and take over the look of your home.
Ranch homes and ramblers can bode well with medium hue colors like medium grays, blues, greens, or beige. Using dark roof colors on a single-story home like a rambler can drown your house and make it look like it’s mostly a roof.
Trending Roofing Materials for Your 2021 Re-Roof
When we speak to trends in roofing shingle colors, we are mostly talking about asphalt shingles which is the most commonly used material among homes today. However, there are a number of materials that people are shifting towards due to their ROI and lasting much longer.
On top of shifting to lighter shingle colors as an option, here are some materials that are not your usual roofing shingles that people are trending towards.
Metal roofing has had a recent resurgence in the housing market. Metal roofs can come in a few different forms, as sheets or even shingles that look like a regular shingled roof, but last for upwards of 50-75 years with little maintenance. They are very resistant to roof damage. Metal roofs are generally darker in color so work best with the combinations with green, gray, or black roofs we mention above.
Solar roofs have been growing each year due to their efficiency and in lieu of shifting towards more green energy sources. Solar roofs can have quite a great ROI over time depending on the size of your home and energy usage. Solar roofing panels can go with most home and roof types, and new designs have allowed them to blend in and get built right into your roofing.
Some other options for energy-efficient roofs include flat roofs with green roofs. If your home has a flat roof, installing a green roof can come with many benefits from managing rainwater to insulating your home. They’re a great option for those looking for an alternative to basic roofing materials.
Choosing the right color for your new roof can boost curb appeal, improve energy efficiency (by absorbing or reflecting the sun’s rays), and increase your home’s value. In 2021 the main things to focus on are creating balance, texture, and dimension by contrasting your siding with your roof in the best way possible.
We love working with our clients to get them the right colors for their homes. Even if you have older siding, a new roof with the right hue can make your home look good as new. Get a FREE estimate below for your next roofing project. We look forward to it!