Shingles 101

What you want to remember most through your shingles-picking process is what you want your house to say to the world. This will help you decide the style, color, and material of your new shingles.


Choosing your shingles according to other elements of your house can greatly benefit how well it all comes together in the end. You want to compare your bricks, stone, stucco, or wooden siding to the different colored shingles you’re thinking of. Dark gray or black will work well with a gray or blue house and, tans and browns with brown or cream-colored. However, if your house is a color outside of the neutral color scheme, for example green, red, or yellow, you’ll have more flexibility as to which color shingles will compliment.


As crazy as it sounds, the color shingle you choose does, in fact, affect how well your house will cope with different temperatures. This means you have the opportunity to keep electric bills low while you get to stay comfortable. Lightly-colored shingles keep the temperature down as they reflect sunlight. This may be a good way to go if you live in an area where the sun is always shining. On the other end, dark shingles absorb the sunlight, heating your home and melting snow and ice from your roof during the winter season. If you hate the cold, dark it is!


This idea incorporates with the look you want your house to have. Creating an illusion can help set your home apart from others in the neighborhood, or can simply be what you’ve always wanted. Darker-colored shingles make your home appear a lot smaller than the lighter-colored shingles so if having a home that appears to be large has always been on your agenda, then dark shingles will work just fine for you. But, if you’re interested in a more cozy, small home, then lighter shade shingles should be your first choice!

Neighborly Etiquette

Before starting your renovations check with your neighborhood association, if you have one, on whether you’re allowed to choose that specific color of shingle. In some cases, you’ll find it’s against the neighborhood’s rules to have shingles a certain color. You also want to consider complimenting your neighbor’s roof and not clashing, this will allow your entire street to look great, clean, and welcoming.


From metals to clay, there are many types of material you can choose from for your roof. Again, keeping your look in mind will help you easily decide which ones fit your idea. Concrete tiles happen to come in many colors and can even appear to be other types of shingles. Concrete tiles can look like wood shakes, slate, or even clay tiles, and tend to be a fairly cheaper option. Traditionally, clay tiles tend to be shades of red or tan, but there are other color options. With these, you’ll want to be sure the tiles were fired in a kiln, otherwise, they’re likely to lose their color over time. Natural thin layers of slate, though pricey, offer you a nice look but are limited in natural colors. If you’re looking for an energy-saver, metal roofing is your best candidate! While saving you money, it’s also fire resistant, and very strong.