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February 23, 2016

The average life of a residential roof is 20-30 years, depending on the roofing material used. Given the expense of replacing a roof, it isn’t practical to just replace it if you later regret your choice of shingle color. Here are 5 things you should consider when choosing the shingle color for your new roof.

#1 – Neighboring homes

Look around your neighborhood. What color are the roofs of your neighbor’s houses? Are they fairly consistent? If every other home in your neighborhood has a dark grey roof and you put a light tan roof on your house, your house will stand out…and not in a good way.

#2 – Your home’s style and color

Choosing a roof color to match your home’s architecture and coloring can be more of a challenge than you might think. Request full-sized samples and check each sample against your home’s exterior color. If possible, choose a shingle that has elements of your home’s main color or trim colors. The effect will help to tie the overall exterior aesthetic together nicely.

#3 – Resale value

You may think that a forest green roof will look spectacular on your home. If you plan to sell the home at any time in the future, however, you also need to consider what buyers will think when they view the home. When in doubt, choose a more neutral color.

#4 – Energy efficiency

Your choice of shingle color can drastically affect the energy efficiency of your home. The right shingle color can make a difference of up to 40 degrees in the attic. In hotter climates, lighter shingle colors will reflect more sunlight, helping to keep interior temperatures down. In colder climates, darker shingles absorb more heat, keeping your home warmer and melting snow and ice faster.

#5 – HOA regulations

If your home is part of a homeowner’s association, chances are there are strict regulations in place regarding shingle colors for your roof. Save yourself a lot of headache and expense by checking with the HOA on approved colors before replacing your roof.

Are you ready to choose a shingle color and get your roof replaced? Call RSG Construction, Kansas City’s premium roofing company, at 816.866.4235 for your complimentary consultation.

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