When it comes to roofing, asphalt shingles are still the most common for many areas of the United States. Asphalt shingles are popular because they’re affordable, easy to install, and insulate relatively well. An asphalt shingle roof can last you longer than ten years and can be repaired several times fairly easily. One drawback of shingle roofs has been that they’re almost universally available in the same shade of grayish black. They start out dark and fade over time until they’re just gray. However, that is changing.
Blues and Greens
Shades of blue and green are some of the most popular colors for the new asphalt shingles. They’re popular because they are bold without being disruptive or an eyesore for your neighbors. They reflect more heat than the standard grayish black shingles; also, they look great even as they fade. Shingles are often available in rich blue or green when you buy them. Then, as the sun ages the shingles, they will fade to a light blue or a light green. Pale blue and pale green do not look as obviously faded as shingles might when they fade to gray.
Close to White
Some of the most popular colors for shingles are shades that are close to white without actually being white. Those are colors such as tan, taupe, light brown, and very light gray. They’re popular because they can offset a dark exterior. For example, a dark brick facade could pair very well with a taupe roof. They’re also popular because they’re not quite as bright as white while still offering many of the practical benefits.
A tan roof can reduce the temperature of your shingles by as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. That could save you 10% to 15% on your air conditioning bill during the summer. Furthermore, light colors still look great as they fade.
If you want to have the most savings on your cooling bill and the most fade-proof asphalt shingles possible, you need white shingles. White shingles reflect almost 100% of the light that hits them. That reduces the temperature on your roof by as much as 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest days of the summer.
White has a couple of drawbacks. White can be very difficult to match to your home’s exterior, if that’s something that concerns you. Also, white roofs can be very bright on a sunny day. Your neighbors might not appreciate your roof shining so brightly.