When the time comes that your current roof has to be replaced, many important decisions will need to be made. This includes choosing the best color for your new asphalt shingles. Since the roof takes up about half of your home’s exterior, your color selection can and will determine just how attractive your home will appear and how comfortable your indoor environment will be.
Today, local roofing company Glam Roofing & Contracting compares both light- and dark-colored asphalt shingles.
A Quick Comparison
Dark-colored asphalt shingle roofs are commonly found on homes situated in the colder regions of the United States. Because they absorb heat faster than light-colored shingles, snow collecting on top of them can easily melt, minimizing pressure on the roof caused by the extra weight. They also prevent the formation of ice dams that result in leaks during the winter.
Light-colored asphalt shingle roofs, meanwhile, are commonly found on homes across the warmer states. Unlike their counterparts, these roofs reflect the sun’s heat. This is beneficial for homeowners who want to cut down on cooling costs every summer.
Which One Should You Choose?
Your choice of light- or dark-colored asphalt shingles will ultimately depend on several conditions on which you and your roofer will have to weigh in. During the roof replacement process, you must work with the pros to make sure your choice complements the rest of your home’s exterior and will be able to help boost energy efficiency.
In addition to the climate, you must also take the new roof’s insulation into account. If you’re leaning toward dark-colored shingles, it’s likely moisture may get trapped inside your roof as the roof covering absorbs heat. Make sure the roofing system is well-insulated to prevent any form of “sweating” on the ceiling. Of course, the longevity and durability of the product are just as important as the color you choose.
At Glam Roofing & Contracting, we’ll efficiently install a long-lasting, attractive roof on your home. We have an assortment of GAF and CertainTeed roofing materials in many colors and styles. This versatility means we can help you design an eye-catching roof that complements the architecture and aesthetics of your home.