Choosing the Right Shingles for Your Roof
A new roof is an investment, and a decision that few homeowners will make more than a handful of times in their lives. We live in a society that is “house-proud,” and everyone wants the most beautiful and attractive roof they can afford.
But how do you go about making that decision? Unlike a new car, you will be living with your decision for the next 20 years or more. The stakes feel quite high.
At Style Roofing, our experienced estimators work with homeowners every day to make this very decision. Here are some of our tips:
Consider the Neighborhood
Many neighborhoods have community organizations that have rules or bylaws about types of roofing or colors. Check there first to make sure there isn’t anything you should be aware of.
Consider Curb Appeal
Even if you plan to be in your home for many years, you will almost surely sell it someday, so you will want to consider what type of roof will make your house stand out attractively from its neighbors. Keep in mind any future improvements you may be considering when you think about this, but don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild. You can always bring it down to earth later.
Consider Energy Costs
Generally speaking, a lighter colored roof will keep your home cooler than a darker-colored roof. However, there are many more variables if you are considering non-traditional building materials. This might be something to ask your estimator about.
Consider Your Architectural Style
If you have a Spanish-style house, you might consider a terra-cotta colored roof to evoke the tiles the style is known for. Own a Cape-cod? Perhaps you might like a bright color like blue or red, as coastal towns generally have brightly colored buildings as a beacon to fishermen.
Consider Other Building Elements
Many clients feel frustrated the neutral siding of their homes gives no direction when making style choices. If that’s the case, take a cue from colors like a brick patio or green shutters. You could even match it with the plants growing around your house — slate blue shingles would look smashing with blue hydrangeas in bloom.
Whatever your budget, your Style Roofing contractor will help you make the right choice for your home; a choice you will feel confident about and love for decades to come. For your free estimate, give Style Roofing a call today at 703-754-9906.