5 Tips for Choosing A Roof Shingle Color in 2022

If you are like most homeowners in the market for a new roof, you are probably struggling to decide on the right shingle color for your roof. Do you use the same color as your current roof or change it up? Your roof’s color can definitely make or break your home’s curb appeal, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be a difficult decision.

Here are 5 tips you can use to help decide on the color of your new shingle roof:

1. Consult with Your Roofing Contractor

Most credible roofing contractors have replaced hundreds, maybe thousands of roofs for homeowners just like you, making them the perfect resource for you to consult about all of your roofing decisions including its color. At the end of the day, your roof is part of your contractor’s portfolio and they’ll want to ensure your home looks its best, just as much as you do.

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2. Review the Most Popular Shingle Colors in 2022

Oftentimes knowing what the majority of homeowners choose can help make your decision a heck of a lot easier. There’s nothing wrong with installing the same color as everyone else as long as you are happy and it improves your home’s value.

Craig Roofing has used all of the industry’s top shingle manufacturers including GAF, Owens-Corning and CertainTeed but at the end of the day, CertainTeed is our go-to choice for a number of reasons. The 4 brands of CertainTeed shingles we recommend include Landmark, Landmark Pro, Northgate Climateflex and Belmont.

Here are the most popular CertainTeed Shingle Colors in 2022:

  • Cobblestone Gray
  • Georgetown Gray
  • Weathered Wood
  • Moire Black
  • Charcoal Black
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Resawn Shake
  • Cobblestone Gray
  • Weathered Wood
  • Pewterwood
  • Shenandoah
  • Coastal Blue
  • Red Oak
  • Colonial Slate
  • Silver Birch
  • Georgetown Gray
  • Pewter
  • Moire Black
  • Resawn Shake
  • Driftwood
  • Heather Blend
  • Black Granite
  • Colonial Slate
  • Gatehouse Slate
  • Shenandoah
  • Stonegate Gray
  • Weathered Wood

So, what would our recommendation be?

Most customers throughout Northeast Ohio will choose the Landmark or Landmark Pro shingle lines. The main differences between the two is that the Pro line uses Max Def shingles which offers a 50 year lifespan, deeper color variation, more pop and weight.

3. Get Ideas from Similar Homes Near You

Have you ever been driving or taking a walk when suddenly a home nearby caught your attention? Did its roof have anything to do with it? There’s a good chance it did.

Maybe it was because of the contrast between the roof and siding, the way the sun hits it during the day, or something about the shingle color just made the home pop. Take a look at home’s with a similar style as yours to determine what you like and dislike.

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4. Determine What You Like & Dislike about Your Current Roof Color

If you are struggling to decide on a roof color, it might be because you don’t like what you currently have. Shingle roofs typically last between 20-30 years, if you’ve been living in your home for a long time, its normal to want a change. There’s nothing wrong with freshening things up. Your neighbors might enjoy it too!

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself:

  1. Does your roof and exterior contrast or blend together?
  2. If you have a dark colored roof, does your home get hotter than it should?
  3. Do neighboring homes stand out more?
  4. Does your roof get a lot of sunlight?
  5. Do you want to change your home’s exterior color?

5. Use A Roof Simulator/Visualizer

Thanks to modern technology, shingle manufacturers and other websites offer tools to help you visualize a potential roof’s color. Roof visualizers provide you with a digital experience allowing you to upload photos of your own or use example homes similar to your home’s exterior. of what your roof could look like. Here are a few of our favorites:

Additional Questions to Ask When Picking a Roof Color

What color is your home?

This seems like a no-brainer, but your home’s color is the most important factor in determining whether your new roof will look good or not. Be sure to take a good look at it!

What texture is your home’s exterior?

Is your home made of white or colored siding, brick, wood shake, or metal? The texture of your home plays an important role in determining what shingle color and type makes sense for your roof.

What climate do you live in?

In a hot and humid climate, darker roofs might not make sense for your home given they attract more heat than lighter colored shingles.

Still Unsure About What Roof Color Is Right for You?

Craig Roofing has serviced over 500 roofs throughout Akron & Cleveland and our experts can provide you with a professional opinion.