How to Choose Your Roof Color: A Homeowner’s Guide

Many New Jersey homeowners recognize that a roof installation offers them an opportunity to have some fun with color selection or to better align a new roof color with contemporary trends. Your roof represents a substantial portion of your home’s vertical profile, so you can really update its curb appeal with the right color selection.

Owens Corning compiles style boards that can help you blend the colors of your new shingles with your siding, trim and entry. The company also offers tips on how you can build a mood board so your exterior color selections, including the color of your roof, will truly reflect your personal preferences. The careful, consistent coordination of harmonious or contrasting colors reflects pride of ownership. This is as true outside of your home as it is inside.

Importance of Function

Although it can be easy to focus almost solely on how to choose a roof color, it is also important to focus on the functionality of your new roof. When you invest in a new roof, you want the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing that, with proper maintenance, it can last for decades.

As you consider the materials for your roof replacement, ask yourself important questions. How well will it shield your home and your valued possessions from moisture intrusion? How well will your shingles lay flat when fierce winds blow through during winter blizzards and summer thunderstorms? And, how well will your roof system shield your home from the sun’s heat?

Color Selection

If you’d like additional help with how to choose a roof color, click here. This post lists more than one dozen-and-a-half exterior color schemes. Some appreciate a more conservative look, while others want to make a splash.

Consider earth tones if your home’s exterior color scheme permits. It’s a great way to harmonize your home with the surrounding environment. Or, take an understated approach that maintains a focus on your home’s facade. Finally, some NJ homeowners choose monochromatic tones like black or shades of gray.

Available Colors

North America’s leading roofing manufacturers, like Owens Corning, work hard to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to emerging color trends. They deliver a wide selection of colors, designs and textures that work well with the varied architecture of NJ residences.

Owens Corning makes it simple to match your favorite shingle color and style. Let’s review the attractive colors offered in the Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration, TruDefinition Duration Designer, Duration Premium Cool, Oakridge, Berkshire and Supreme lines of asphalt shingles.


The TruDefinition Duration series of architectural shingles combine bold color and deep contrast to create a pleasing three-dimensional look that will withstand the test of time. Choose from 15 colors, including lighter tones like Amber and Shasta White and darker tones like Estate Gray and Onyx Black.

Duration Designer

Take the look of your new roof to an even more dramatic level with the  TruDefinition Duration Designer line. These are high contrast architectural shingles with intense, vibrant color. The multiple tones that comprise a Duration Designer roof make it that much easier to coordinate the colors of exterior paint, trim and landscaping. Select from eight colors: Merlot, Black Sable, Aged Copper, Pacific Wave, Sand Dune, Sedona Canyon, Sand Dune, Storm Cloud and Summer Harvest.

Duration Premium Cool

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Duration Premium Cool architectural shingles combine highly reflective granules and lighter colors to reduce the load on your cooling system. Cool roofs reflect more of the sun’s UV rays away from your home and back into the atmosphere. Select from four light, attractive colors: Frosted Oak, Harbor Fog, Sunrise and Sage.


The Oakridge series delivers the warm, inviting look of blended color. Select from a broad palette of a dozen different colors ranging from Shasta White to Onyx Black.


The Berkshire line of architectural shingles delivers the elegant, enduring charm reminiscent of natural slate. Shadow lines behind the large tabs give them a graphic, dimensional look. Choose from five colors: Canterbury Black, Concord, Colonial, Sherwood Beige and Manchester Gray.


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Supreme three-tab shingles are an economical choice when you’re looking to balance value with weather resistance. They come with a 60 mph wind rating and a multi-year warranty. Choose from nine colors, including lighter tones like Shasta White and Aspen Gray and darker shades like Driftwood and Onyx Black.

Expert Recommendation from a Certified Contractor

For added peace-of-mind, get recommendations about how to choose roof color from a qualified, factory-certified roofing contractor. Major roofing manufacturers only factory-certify the relatively few roofing companies they deem trustworthy, and for good reason. Roofing manufacturers need to have high confidence in the installation of roofing products typically warrantied for decades.

Prompt, Professional Assistance

Since 1977, CRS has assisted NJ homeowners with all their roofing needs. We are a true full-service roofing contractor providing certified roof inspections, routine maintenance, emergency work, minor and major repairs, updated roof ventilation and new roofs. CRS is factory-certified through GAF’s Master Elite program and Owens Corning’s Preferred program.

If you are looking at a roof replacement, we’ll gladly discuss your color options, from traditional shades to trending looks. We’d welcome the opportunity to earn your business. To schedule a visit from our certified roof inspector, please contact us today!

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CRS provides full-service roofing including residential roof repair and replacement services, siding installation and replacement, regular roof maintenance, solar shingle installation, and more to homeowners in northern New Jersey from Bergen County to Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. We are local, experienced, and factory-certified by trusted industry names like GAF and Owens Corning. The experienced team at CRS would welcome the opportunity to serve you with the same level of customer service we’ve provided to thousands of other New Jersey homeowners since 1977. We also offer commercial roofing services to the tri-state area and have been trusted by local business owners to keep their employees and businesses safe through all seasons. 



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