When your asphalt shingle roof is old and worn out, you may decide to get a new roof with the same type of shingles as your old ones. If you like the color and look of your old shingles, then getting the same kind makes your choice of a new roofing material easier. However, you can also change the look of your roof even if you stay with asphalt shingles. Here are some things to consider if you want a new look in your roof.
Change The Shingle Color
The color of your roof impacts the exterior appearance of your home. When you get a new roof, it's a good time to update your exterior paint too. You may want to change the color to something more modern. In that case, you may want a different color for your shingles. You might choose a lighter color that makes your home seem brighter and larger. You may not want the exact color as your paint. Instead, choose a color that complements it or that matches the shutters. Also, think about choosing a color that goes well with many colors of paint since your roof will last a long time, but you may want to change the color of your house paint every few years.
Choose A Different Shingle Style
If your home has 3-tab shingles now, you may want to stay with the same type, especially if you'll apply a new layer of shingles over the old ones. Also, the 3-tab shingles are the least expensive option and a good choice if you have a tight budget. However, if you want a more interesting look, you may want architectural or laminated shingles. These have multiple layers of asphalt so they are heavier and more durable than traditional 3-tab shingles. Plus, they have a different appearance. Both of these types of shingles have a three dimensional appearance that makes the shingles look more like wood shake or even slate tiles. By switching to architectural or laminated shingles, your roof will have a more upscale and interesting appearance.
Change The Roof Accessories
Besides the asphalt shingles, things like gutters and flashing will affect how your roof looks. You may want to go with something luxurious such as copper for the flashing and gutters or opt for gutters of a contrasting color. When you buy new roofing, consider how it will look against all the exterior parts of your home such as the siding, trim, shutters, gutters, and flashing so everything goes together well and gives your home the best curb appeal. If you're not sure what choices to make, talk to your roofer. Roofers are up to date with the latest trends in roofing and home exteriors and can be a big help with your decision.
Contact a company, like Toth Roofing, for more help.