Choosing a color scheme for your roofing materials is not always easy. Whether it is installing slate, metal or asphalt shingles, there are a lot of choices. And for each shingle color choice available, there is a multitude of color and shades combinations. As you are going to live with your roof for the next 20 to 30 years, you should choose wisely.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to do it alone. We are here to help you. Here are some of our tips to help you choose the best roof color for your home.

Dark or light roof colors?

According to one federally funded study, on a sunny day plywood sheathing under black shingles is 10 degrees warmer than an identical white shingled roof. The study found less difference between other shades of roofs (such as grays and browns), though.

Our advice here is to choose the roof color you like. After all, you are going to live with it for a long time.

Choose shingles based on your brick

When you are choosing a roofing color, keep in mind that paint, as well as shutter colors, can always be changed. But, bricks are permanent. So, start by comparing sample shingle colors to the brick. Then, move to the siding or paint colors.

Compare roofing materials to exterior paint colors

Are you planning to make a change to the outside color of your home? If you are, then you will want to compare the new paint color to the shingle or roofing samples. Go to the local hardware store. Buy a 2-by-6 foot board. Then, paint it in the new color. Put the board next to the roof materials that you are considering and next to the permanent colors.