A few decades ago, if you drove through most any neighborhood, the majority of homes would have black shingle roofs. In recent years, shingle companies have begun offering other options. You can find shingles that are any color from white to bright green. With so many options available, fewer homeowners are opting for a traditional black roof. But there's still a case to be made for traditional black shingles. Here's why they're still a viable and even great option for some people.
Black shingles are easier to find for a discount.
If you're on a tight budget and are looking for shingles that have been marked down or are being sold at a discount, you're likely to have better luck with black shingles. They are not as specialized, every shingle manufacturer makes them, and sometimes companies mark them down just to sell them since other colors tend to be more sought-after these days. Opting for black shingles could save you money on your residential roofing project.
Black shingles are not as energy-efficient as you might think.
Dark colors do absorb more heat from the sun. But this is not as big of a concern with modern shingles. Even the black ones are made to be really shiny and reflective these days, so your home is unlikely to get overly hot, and your energy bills won't sky rocket because you chose black shingles over tan or cream ones.
Black shingles match almost any color scheme.
If you choose a more colorful roof, your options for painting your exterior will be limited. With black shingles, on the other hand, you are free to choose basically any color for your siding, window frames, and other accents. This gives you a little more creativity and enables you to redo your home exterior without having to stress out over whether your roof matches your new color scheme.
Black shingles are not polarizing to home buyers.
If you decide to sell the home in the future, you don't want potential buyers to be turned off by the roof color. Some might walk away from a house with a rust or blue roof, but hardly anyone has a strong opinion on black roofs. They're normal and traditional, and they'll keep your options open when it comes to buyers.
Hopefully this article has made a strong case for black roofs. They're not for everyone, but they are certainly still deserving of a place in the market.