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How to Choose a Shingle Colour for Your New Roof

Coloured roof shingles

What do I want for breakfast? Do I want to use the grey belt or the black one with my outfit? Shall I pass the car in front of me? While these questions don’t seem related, they are the sorts of questions that are part of the estimated 35,000 decisions that each adult makes every day. Yes, 35,000 decision per day.

Of all those daily decisions, only once in every 20 or 25 years will any one of them be: what colour shingles should we get for our new roof?

The fact that it’s not a decision you make very often, and the effect the answer has on the look and value of your home makes your choice for shingle colour very important. Considering the rainbow of colours available for your roof, how do you choose the right one?

Of course, as with all those situations where the options seem endless and you really don’t know which one to choose, no one can make the decision for you.

But, to help you at least narrow the range of possibilities, here are a few considerations for picking the right shingle colour.

1. Match it to Your House’s Style and/or Colour

Making you choice even more difficult, not only are a rainbow of colours available, some shingles are multi-shaded. But depending on the colour of your brick and/or siding, or the style of your home, certain shingle colours and styles will suit them better.

2. Stick with Neutral Colours for Curb Appeal

Neutral colours, like a light gray, can suit most homes. When it’s time to sell, having a striking contrast between your home colour and your roof colour, no matter how much you like it, can be a turn-off for a potential buyer.

3. Look Around

One of the best ways to find what works for your home is to see what works for other houses. From simply looking around as you drive through the neighbourhood, to getting brochures from your roofing company or searching online, the more time your spend researching, the more chance you have a finding the perfect shingle colour for your home.

If you still can’t quite decide, talk to your roofing company representative. They’ve probably installed hundreds of roofs and seen every combination possible, so they should be able to help.

Please note: Chouinard Bros. does not recommend any homeowner complete repairs to their roof of their own. Our technicians are skilled at performing this work and have received years of training to understand how to complete repairs safely.

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