How to Pick the Best Roof Color for Your Home

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Zoe

Subject: Black shingles?

I love the look of a black roof, but I'm afraid it might've too drastic of a change as I'm used to an extremely light gray roof with my white siding (which I feel looks too washed out). My house was built in the late 30s and is small with a relatively steep roof and there are shutters on the windows that I could paint black to match, however, I'm afraid of getting stuck in a black/white color scheme. I could always play with color for the front door, though. I'm looking to stay with a cottagey-type feel, meaning casual and whimsical. Will black and white end up looking too formal? Maybe I could paint the shutters a color other than simply black? Thank you for any help.

Lindsay

Subject: Shingle color

HI, I have an odd colored home.
Salmon type of color with black shingles that need replacing. It is salmon stucco with white trim.
I'm thinking the two tone charcoal colored shingles may be the one.
But thought I would check with you to see if you might have a suggestion to add a bit of bling?
Thanks,
Lindsay

MCB

Subject: Choice of Shingle Color

I have a ranch house with a low pitch roof and the existing shingles are cedar in color (dimensional design GAF Timberline) which need replacing. It is a brick front which are light gold in color. I would like to go with another color roof but I am having difficulty in deciding. Any suggestions? I have black landscaping lighting, black light fixtures, black house numbers and black mailbox. Shutters, windows, door and railing are white. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Becky

Subject: Roof Color?

What color shingle color would you choose to go with a vinyl siding home in Heritage Cream and Historic Charleston Green (almost black) shutters and door?

Thank You,
Becky

Peggy Sannerud

Subject: Shingle color

On thing to takeinto account is that if homeowners started replacing their shingles with the lightest color available, it would decrease energy consumption in the house and also decrease the heat sink effect of their town - if enough of us do it, it could slow heating of the atmosphere. We have a responsibility to our big home, the earth.

no

Subject: Wrong.

You didn't even read the first couple paragraphs of the article you replied to.

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Wow, i aum surprised you didn't get 10 answers already with roofers say X was the best or N was the best or A was the best. In reality you are focusing on the WRONG THING!

5 estimates? Why 5? Why would you do that to yourself? Normally if you are dealing with reputable companies you don't need more than 2 estimates. I advocate to people to always get at least two estimates and if the roofers are saying something very different or if the roofers are way way way off in price, get an equalizer, get a 3rd.  Obviously if you don't trust a roofer disqualify that roofer immediately.  I beliee you have now fallen into "Analysis Paralysis" which is what happens when you have too many opions.

But back to the topic, I said you are focusing on the wrong thing. Why did I say that? Because you can take the best shingle in the world and if installed wrong is compeltely garbage. i can take the worst shingle, known to fail, and if installed properly will last some ammount of time. So you should focus on the roofer, not the product. The roofer is more important and a good quality roofer will only want to install good quality product.

The roof is a system comprised of many components, not just the shingles. You have the water proofing underlayment such as ice shield, the water resistant underlayments such as felt. You have the shingles, the ventilation and the flashing details. All of these things add up to equal one roof. Neglect one and your roof is doomed to fail.

But the roof is more than just product it is detail, know how and heart. Heart? yes heart. It takes the utmost CARING the utmost DESIRE to want to install a good roof. It's hard work and easy to fall into the train of thought as to do what's easier, instead of what's faster.  Faster and easier seldom ever equals better. At the end of the day you ened a roofer that cares about your roof.

So what product is best? That's hard to say. Each manufacturer has multiple plants and it seems each plant puts out varying levels of quality. I will tell you in my area Atlast is known as a cheap commodity shingle. I have Tamko Heritage on my house but I stopped using it because I was having seal failue issues and at the time they offered no contractor certification program, but I hear they started up one. Ownes corning is a decent product backed by a great company. I don't install very many OC's though. I primarily install CertainTeed Landmark shingles and my feeling is that they are the best on the market in my area. I'm sure others will disagree with me.

But don't miss the point, the roofer is more important than the shingle.
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I appreciate the fact that with homeowners like you who want to beat the insurance co out of deductibles, so then my rates and every other homeowners rates can also go up just to save you.....Thanks for NOTHING..[8o|]
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Any roofer worth using should be able to do the roof with NO MONEY DOWN.

 

The only scenario I would ask for a deposit is on a crazy odd ball shingle that had to be special ordered.

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The question was, Can it be done? The answer is yes. The real question is "Should" it be done? The answer is, no, not unless it is an emergency.   But also let's clarify winter, because we are having a pretty mild winter, so there's kinda not a problem this year so far. I'll refrence "below freezing" from this point forward.

As a certified and licensed roofing contractor, my reputation is on the line. I debate this topic quite often with other roofing contractors who seem to care more about profit than a job well done.  Well, I can tell you from past experience having been a professional roofer for 14 years as of the time of this posting, that the chance for failure increases exponentionally when installed below freezing.  It's better just not to risk it.

Personally I will not, unless absolutely necessary and the customer signs a disclaimer of limited liability, install a roof below freezing and really really want to install the roof at 40 or above. The shingles need to seal, and will not seal unless they warm to about 70 degrees F ambient temprature. This does not mean it needs to be 70 outside, because the shingles will warm from the sun.  

So what can be done to install the roof below freezing? Well first, the roof should not be gun nailed below freezing. This is because the shingles become brittle and it's easier to "blow through" with your nails. It's also harder to regulate air pressure when it is cold, I speculate because of barometric pressures, but I am just guessing.  Therefore the roof should be hand nailed. This takes more time. Furthermore since the seal strips will not seal, they must be manually sealed with proper compatible adhesives. This will also take more time, and more material. I once spoke with a roofer in Alaska who builds tents around the houses he is working on and covers them with tarps and heats with propane heaters.  Now that takes real time!    The question is, are you prepared to pay for this extra time? Can you wait a few more weeks?