Black Roof Shingles: Pros And Cons
For East Central Indiana
Choosing The Right Roof Shingles
Is An Important Task
Choosing a shingle color for your home is a pretty big deal for most East Central Indiana homeowners. After all, the roof is one of the first things people notice about a home.
But when choosing a shingle color, there’s more to consider than looks. Shingles actually play a surprisingly large role in the overall efficiency of your home.
If you are one of the many Indiana homeowners deciding if black roof shingles are right for you, this pros and cons list should help you make up your mind!
For Starters, What Are Black Roof Shingles?
The term “black roof shingles” refers to the industry-leading roofing material, asphalt shingles. They are given this name because, well, they are generally black or dark gray in color.
Here at Clemens Home Solutions, we ONLY trust CertainTeed for our customer’s roofing needs, asphalt shingles included. CertainTeed asphalt shingles are composed of a heavy fiberglass mat base with a robust layer of ceramic-coated mineral granules on top.
Asphalt holds everything together while producing a water-resistant coating that is extremely flexible.
Now, back to the pros and cons list.
Pros Of Black Roof Shingles:
Save Money On Heating Costs
It is well known that dark-colored surfaces attract and hold heat better than lighter-colored surfaces; the same goes for roof shingles. Black roof shingles trap the sun’s heat throughout the day inside the house, keeping your home warmer throughout the winter without having to run your heating source as frequently.
Because heat rises, this excess heat typically lingers in the attic of a home. Running a fan or keeping your attic door open during the winter will allow that heat to travel down into the home.
CertainTeed asphalt shingles are highly energy-efficient and have even been awarded a rating from Energy Star. Certain (pun intended) CertainTeed products can even earn you a federal tax credit. Who doesn’t want that?
Black Roof Shingles Never Go Out Of Style
Ever since asphalt shingles were invented in 1901, they have been a fan favorite among homeowners all across the country. When we are talking about pure aesthetics and curb appeal alone, you can’t go wrong with asphalt shingles.
Sure, rubber roofs are a great choice for homes with a flat roof, but asphalt shingles are spectacular at highlighting the architectural beauty surrounding the home without drawing the eyes away from it. It’s merely an accessory to the outfit.
Black Roof Shingles Are Effective At Their Job
Shingled roofs are intended to keep outdoor elements from impacting life indoors, and black roof shingles are phenomenal at doing just that. Their ability to draw in and store heat allows for snow to melt much faster than lighter colored shingles.
This reduces the chance of ice dams forming in and around the home along with other water-related damages.
We install CertainTeed’s WinterGuard® waterproofing shingle underlayment, and DiamondDeck® high performance synthetic underlayment to our top-of-the-line asphalt shingles to ensure your home is maximizing its energy efficiency while staying warm and dry through the seasons.
Black Roof Shingles Are Versatile
Black roof shingles are similar to the little black dress that’s suitable for every occasion; it’s almost always a safe bet. Asphalt shingles can be cut and shaped into works of art displayed for the whole neighborhood to see.
Black works well with both darker and lighter colors and just about every accent or trim color you can think of. When done right, asphalt shingles combined with brick siding can look magnificent while potentially adding value to the home.
Still not convinced? Be sure to check out our roofing gallery for examples!
Cons Of Black Roof Shingles:
Black Roof Shingles Can Make Your Home Warmer In
The Summer Months
Just like black roof shingles warm your home during the winter, they do the same during the summer. So, if you do not have a way to ventilate or circulate air within your home, you may find yourself running the air conditioner a bit more in the warmer months of the year.
Not All Black Shingles Are Created The Same
While asphalt shingles are known to last upwards of 30 years, other roofing materials, such as metal and tile, can last considerably longer.
The life expectancy of asphalt shingles goes down dramatically if you opt for a cheaper, more unreliable provider. Luckily, you never have to worry about that problem when you choose Clemens Home Solutions!
Black Roof Shingles Require Regular Maintenance
Moss and mildew have a knack for growing in large patches on asphalt shingles, especially if your roof is partially or fully shaded. These pests can, and should, be easily removed on a regular basis.
It’s important to inspect your black shingle roof after strong winds or heavy precipitation to ensure there is no damage from falling debris.
Indiana Homeowners Love Black Shingle Roofing!
Asphalt shingles are by far our most common roofing request when we undertake new projects in the East Central area. They are reliable, affordable, and highly energy efficient.
What more could you ask of a roof shingle?
If you think black roof shingles are right for your home, or even if you have more questions, feel free to give our friendly and helpful staff a call at (765) 358-7535 today!
Or, you can contact us directly here!