Today’s asphalt shingles come in a wide array of colors from charcoal blacks and greys to mixed shades of reds and browns. With so many options to choose from, you may be wondering how to choose the right color shingle for your home.
Before we look at aesthetic choices, consider how shingles affect the temperature in your home. In a study by the US Department of Agriculture, researchers found that black painted roofs held higher temperatures for significantly longer periods of time than white sheathed roofs. However, they also found that there was very little difference for grey and brown tones.
It is true that lighter shingles will reflect light more efficiently, and darker shingles will hold light and thus heat more efficiently. If you live in a climate where it feels like summer year-round, lighter shingles may be the better option for you. Alternatively, if you live in a colder climate, where snow and ice dams can cause problems, you may want to consider darker shingles.
But if you live in a milder area, like Maryland, then shingle color won’t make much of a difference for temperature regulation. Ventilation and insulation in your attic will play a much more vital role in regulating the temperature inside your home. A professional roofing company will consider not only the top layer of the roof but will also calculate the exact specifications for proper air flow which will help your home’s energy efficiency.
Now that we know the color of the roof does not play a major role in temperature regulation in Maryland, what should you consider when choosing shingle color?
Whichever color you are leaning towards, make sure you choose a contractor you can trust to do the install. You should receive a detailed roof replacement proposal (in writing) with specifics on your current roofing system and a proposal for the new package that considers insulation and ventilation as well as your new shingles.
Brothers roofing experts do exactly that, using specific calculations rather than assumptions to give you an honest and accurate proposal. If you are considering a new roof, schedule a free no-pressure consultation today.