4 Tips for Choosing the Right Asphalt Shingles

Given the sheer amount of asphalt shingle roofing options available today, looking for the right asphalt shingles can feel like a needle-in-a-haystack kind of situation. So, we’ve pulled together some expert tips on finding the right asphalt shingles for your next roof installation.

  1. Factor in Existing Exterior Components — Unless components like siding and trim are up for replacement, too, you should factor their colors and style in when selecting your asphalt shingles. Brick and stone, along with the house’s architectural style, should always be considered as they will outlast all other exterior components. It may sound restrictive at first, but remember that you only need to choose one. These “restrictions” will help you narrow down your choices.

  1. Dark vs. Light Roofing — Neutral roofs are good roof color options because they’re “safe”; you also run the risk of ending up with a boring-looking home. Dark or light roofing can add dramatic flair to your home. There are certain conditions that make one or the other ideal. Light roofs work best with sprawling, single-story homes. Dark roofing, on the other hand, is ideal for multi-story structures as it makes the structure look more balanced.

  1. Check Your Neighbors’ Roofs — There are reasons why you would want to blend in with surrounding homes. The local HOA may already have rules about which exterior colors you can use, or maybe you just don’t want a home that stands out too much. Take a stroll down, paying attention to the colors and styles of your neighbors’ homes. You should have a few ideas which colors and styles to choose by the time you get back.

  1. View Roofing Samples Under Different Times of the Day — You can narrow your selections even further by obtaining samples from your roofing contractor. Place them in a spot in the yard where they can be viewed against the siding and in full light. View them during different times of the day: in the morning, at noon, at sunset and in the evening. Some of these colors may not look as good during certain times. Eliminating them from your candidates will help narrow down your selection, perhaps down to just one.

Thompson Roofing and Construction is your leading provider of roof repair and installation services. Give us a call at (256) 952-3309, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Huntsville, AL, and nearby areas.