Roofing decisions can be hard enough.  From choosing a roofing contractor to shingle type and color.  When deciding on a shingle color there are plenty of choices from standard to artisan color pallets.  One thing is for sure, decide on what your goal with the home is first.  Are you going to sell within 2-5 years or will you be there for the long haul?  If selling then consider a more basic color pallet such as charcoal or weathered wood.

CertainTeed Landmark in Weathered Wood

CertainTeed Landmark in Weathered Wood

If you are staying for the long haul then you should consider shingle types first.  There are options now more than ever with Designer Shingles that can dramatically change the look of a home.  You can stay within the realm of architectural shingles but move up to a Triple Laminate and the shingle itself looks completely different.  There are designer shingles that resemble slate, hand cut cedar shake and even barrel tiles.  With these designer shingles comes additional cost as well.  There is more cost for not only the shingle but for the accessories needed and metal or copper that is needed in the valley’s.

GAF Monaco Designer Series Shingle

GAF Monaco Designer Series Shingle

Once you decide on type then you move to color.  Most think that there is a huge difference in the attic space between a black and white shingle.  With energy loss being such a topic, there have been testing to disprove that this effects the home.  There is actually only a 10% temperature difference between a black and white shingle in the attic space.  Therefore, the color is no longer as important as the attic insulation and roof ventilation to keep a home energy efficient.  Sky is the limit with color choices of your roof when planing to stay in the home for a long period of time.  Always remember, you can change the color of the siding and shutters with paint but the roof is what it is once installed.