How to choose a shingle color

Over the years, I’ve found that the vast majority of homeowners don’t really have a hard preference as to the color of the shingles on their roof. When a roof needs to be replaced, most people choose a roof color the same as, or very close to, the color it had been before (which is more than likely the color the builder put on it). Others point to houses in their neighborhood and say, “I want it to match.” Which is absolutely fine. It’s an easy, low-stress approach in what can often be a stressful situation.

But what if you’re building a house, and you get to choose any color? Or what if you really want a change? To make your home stand out from the rest?

Here are a few factors that might influence your decision.


DesignEyeQ by OCThe most common place to start in choosing a new roof color is the existing siding or brick on the outside of your home. You want to choose a color that complements, rather than clashes with, the exterior of your home.  Owens Corning has created a neat tool called DesignEyeQ (and we have it right here on our website) that you can use to upload a photo of your house and experiment with changing the color of your roof, as well as the color of your siding, brick, trim, windows, and doors! Click the thumbnail at right to try it out!


Utilizing lighter, highly reflective granules that bounce back the sun’s rays, ENERGY STAR® rated shingles help keep roofs cooler, resulting in a more comfortable living space below. In addition, ENERGY STAR® rated shingles:

  • Help lower energy bills by keeping the roof cooler—which also reduces wear and tear on the air conditioning system
  • Can reduce environmental impact—less energy needed to cool a home means less energy consumption, decreasing CO2 emissions
  • Help extend the life of the roof—thanks to solar-reflecting granules that reduce shingle temperature and subsequently slow asphalt aging
  • Are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC)

Stevan Buren Roofing carries Oakridge and Supreme shingles in Shasta White, both of which are ENERGY STAR rated. Click here for a more detailed brochure.


Believe it or not, color trends for the home are greatly influenced by colors on the fashion runways! In the video below, Pantone’s Lee Eiseman explains how color in the home can promote happiness. Where better to promote happiness than on the outside of your home, so you can smile every time you pull into your driveway?