Whether you are installing a new roof on your existing home, or preparing to choose a roof color and material for your new construction, be sure to consider the long term effects of your decision. There are multiple choices in roofing materials, and each type is available in a wide range of colors. Each roofing material has its advantages and disadvantages, but the color you choose for your new roof should also be carefully considered.
The color of your roofing is important to aesthetic appeal, not only to achieve the overall look you prefer for your home, but also as a consideration should you ever decide to sell your home. One study conducted in Madison, WI concluded that the plywood sheathing under a white roof was 10 degrees cooler than a roof with black shingles, so choosing a roof color in the middle color range is likely best if you live in a climate with four seasons.
If your home is located in a warm climate such as Las Vegas where we are located, you will be more concerned with the cost of cooling your home than heating it. If that is the case, you would be wise to choose a white or very light color for your roofing material. While a dark colored roof absorbs heat from the sun, a white roof reflects solar energy. A white roof can reduce the cost of cooling your home up to 20 percent, so the interior of your home is more comfortable while you are able to reduce your energy costs.
Another thing to take into consideration is the neighborhood, you wouldn’t want your house to stand out with a drastically different color roof than the rest of your neighborhood. Also be sure to check with your homeowner’s association (if applicable) to ensure you choose a color they will approve.
Choosing the material and color for a new roof is a decision that will affect the value and appearance of your home for many years. It is essential that you carefully research all your options and contact several local roofing contractors for advice and quotes before finally deciding which choice is best for your home. Call at 702.262.7847 to schedule today.