Many roofers may not take their time to pick colors for their roofing shingles. Most people do it purely for aesthetic concerns. In the grand scheme of things, however, there are numerous reasons to give shingle color serious consideration. Below is an overview of the significance of shingle color.
As hinted above, your roof's color plays a role in your home's curb appeal. You need a shingle color that works with your house's architectural style, siding color, and even landscaping to pull out the curb appeal you deserve. For example, if your house's exterior is mainly red, then black, green, and grey are some of the shingle colors you can use. Don't forget that the roof is a huge part of your house's exterior, so you should give the color serious consideration for good curb appeal.
Unless you are certain you won't ever sell your house, you should consider the effect of your roof's color on your home's resale value. Generally, a roof that gives your home good curb appeal is also good for the home's resale value. However, if your taste in colors is unique, you might end up with a color that few people appreciate. In such a case, you can work with your roofing contractor to come up with a color that the majority of home buyers like.
Your roof's color also has an effect on your home's energy efficiency. Dark-colored roofing materials absorb more sunlight and heat than light-colored roofs. Therefore, the dark colors are suitable for cold climates so that they can absorb heat and help reduce heating costs. The light colors, on the other hand, are suitable for hot climates so that they can reflect most of the heat.
Note that some marketers over-hype the effect of roof color on energy efficiency. The right color helps, but you still need to implement other considerations for energy efficiency, such as proper insulation, design, and ventilation.
In some jurisdictions, the local building departments have laws on applicable roofing colors. Your homeowner's association (HOA) may also have a say on the matter to maintain good curb appeal and the desirability of the neighborhood or development. If that is the case, then you must adhere to color restrictions to avoid confrontations with the relevant parties.
As you can see, you do need to take your time when choosing the color of your roof replacement shingles. Luckily, your roofing contractor has a wealth of experience and knowledge and will readily help you chose an appropriate color.