Most Popular Shingle Colors in 2022

house with light and dark grey shingles in grand rapids mi

Fashion color trends come and go with the season, but asphalt shingles are a little different. Since roofing can last 20 years or more, the most popular shingle colors tend to have an enduring quality that will stand the test of time, along with the shingles themselves.

The most popular shingle colors also differ regionally, so the top choices in West Michigan vary somewhat from the roof colors you would see in the Southwestern desert. One way to see for yourself the most popular shingle colors is to drive around new subdivisions in your area. You’ll find that the most popular shingle colors in 2022 are perennial favorites:

  • black 
  • light and dark grey
  • light and dark brown

Certainteed asphalt shingles come in a number of color options that are popular in our area.

Choosing the Right Roof Color for Your Home

Although singles are available in a variety of hues, the most popular shingle colors tend to be those that will stand the test of time, rather than trendy colors that look good on only a subset of homes. For most homes, there is a good color choice that does more than simply function to keep your home safe from the elements.

When choosing the right asphalt shingle color for your own home, you’ll want to consider important factors like:

  • curb appeal
  • neighborhood cohesiveness
  • architecture 
  • home value
  • other exterior colors that you want to match

Even though replacing a roof generally increases the value of your home, color choice definitely can affect that value. A unique choice like blue may be a fun way to reflect your style if you plan to stay in your forever home, but if you want to factor in resale value, a more neutral and classic black, brown, or grey that harmonizes with the rest of the neighborhood is often a safer choice. 

How to Match Roof Shingles to House Color

Both shingles and siding color are long-term choices, so a good match between the two is essential to your long-term enjoyment of your home. Generally, white siding can coordinate with nearly any roof color, so if your home is white, it’s hard to go wrong with any roofing choice. If you have any other color of siding, black roofs are often considered the most versatile color to go with any color siding.

That said, some shingle colors will look better than others on any given home. When you consult a roofer, they may offer insights about how to match roof shingles to house color. After you narrow down your color options, they should be able to provide you a roofing sample to compare with all the materials on your exterior – siding, brick or metal accents, stucco, door color, trim color, stonework, etc. See how the sample looks in natural light outdoors at different times of day.

Siding and Roof Color Visualizer

Home exteriors may include several different materials, and designer shingles often include color variations that look different up close than they do when seen from the curb. Visualizing your home’s entire exterior and imagining it with potential roof colors can be tricky. Wouldn’t it be nice to try on the roof shingle color and then change it if you don’t like it? You can with a siding and roof color visualizer. To get a bigger and more complete picture, snap a photo of your home from the street, and then upload it to the Certainteed Siding and Roof Color Visualizer tool to check out various roofing options. If you’re thinking of changing paint or accent colors, either now or down the road, you can do that as well.

Can Shingle Colors Save Energy?

Saving energy is top of mind, and a lot of people wonder – how much energy can different colors of shingles save me? Generally, lighter colored shingles are favored as a “cool roof” material, which can reflect up to 27% of solar heat and also radiate absorbed heat. Indeed, buildings that are LEED certified can earn points for white or light-colored roofing. However, the amount of energy that white roofing actually saves is debatable, and Energy Star is sunsetting its roof rating program. In Berkely Lab’s research, all asphalt roofing colors exhibited rather low reflectance, and there was not a significant variation between colors.

Overall, the amount of energy you can save based on your asphalt shingle color depends somewhat on the local climate, the layout of your home, and its surroundings. One study at Virginia Tech found that white roofing actually increased the temperature of surrounding building materials.

Common Questions

What is the most popular color of roof shingles? 

Overall, roof shingles in various shades of black, gray, brown, and red are the most popular nationwide. The likely reason that these colors are perennial favorites is that they echo colors of natural building materials used throughout history – slate, metal, wood, and clay. 

What color roof is the coolest? 

As a general rule, white is the coolest roof color. The net effect of a cooler roof color is reduced temperature on the roof, which translates into some amount of energy savings.

What color shingles are most energy efficient?

Lighter colored roofs (think white, light gray, light tan) are the champs when it comes to energy efficiency. However, other factors play an even bigger role than asphalt shingle color when it comes to the energy efficiency of a roof, including:

  • reflectivity
  • roofing materials
  • coating
  • ventilation
  • insulation

Here’s where it helps to get the seasoned advice from a roofer who can help you weigh the performance of various asphalt shingle choices.

What color roof is in style? 

One of the most popular colors for asphalt shingles is black, or near black. You may have noticed a trend in white houses in recent years, and they continue to be popular. A black roof on a white house creates a dramatic exterior, whether paired with black trim and accents or another color. Other neutral asphalt roof colors that remain very much in style include dark gray and light gray.

Why are dark colors the most common for roof shingles? 

You’ve probably noticed that roof shingle colors tend towards darker shades, even though darker colors may lead to higher roof temperatures. All other things being equal, some darker colors can add to the cooling load, or theoretically shorten the life span of the roof, especially if ventilation is poor. 

Dark colors remain popular for a number of reasons. Some people just like the dramatic effect of a dark-colored roof, which draws attention to the roofline. Others have seen old homes with light shingles where the color starts to look dirty over time. 

When making a shingle color choice, you have an opportunity to do a number of beneficial things like:

  • Boosting your curb appeal
  • Saving energy
  • Increasing the lifespan of your roof 
  • Getting the most out of your investment
  • Creating a timeless appearance

When you need a new roof, choosing the right roofer is just as important as choosing the right color. Contact Melvin Belk Roofing for a free consultation and estimate, and assistance weighing your color options.