Light vs Dark – What Color Should Your New Roof Be?

Did you know that shingles, metal, tiles, and other types of roofing material installed by roofing services come in many different colors?

Though it seems that traditional black and dark gray are the most commonly seen roof colors, they are far from the only shades and colors that roofing manufacturers make.

Brighter and lighter colors are not only available, but they look amazing on the right house, too.

Two Important Details to First Determine

Before opting to have a roofer install a different color on your house, there are two important details to consider.

  1. First, choose the color carefully, as really bright roofing or one that sticks out too much in a housing development could bring the wrong kind of attention.

  2. Secondly, keep thermodynamics in mind.

What Is Thermodynamics?

The basic way that thermodynamics work is that darker colors attract UV heat energy and lighter colors reflect it.

Taking thermodynamics into account for your roof, consider how light or dark shingles or panels might affect your house before just jumping right in.

With such a wide variety of shades and colors now available in high-performance shingles, metal panels, shingles, and other types of materials installed by roofing services, what will switching to a lighter (or darker) color mean for you in terms of home efficiency?

Unless you take the necessary steps to maintain energy efficiency, it could mean higher heating bills in winter with a lighter roof or higher cooling bills in summer with a darker one.

Let Your Roofers Help

Fortunately, roofers have access to an equally wide selection of insulation products that allow homeowners to choose the roofing type and color they like best without losing much in the way of energy efficiency.

Brown, light gray, and even off-white shingles or lighter colored metal panels all look beautiful on homes and when combined with good attic insulation, there is no risk of losing warmth.

Similarly, that classic black roof or even a deep red or dark blue can all be just as efficient when used with reflective decking insulation that blocks UV rays from passing into the home.

Let's Add This Up

In summary, if you are looking for roofing that stands out from the rest while giving your home some real character, a different color might be just the thing.

When you change colors, however, keep thermodynamics in mind.

With the help of your roofer, choose the best insulation technique and product based on your climate and chosen color to keep your home comfortable all year long!