Do Light-Colored Shingled Last Longer?

Dec 07, 2022

Do Light-Colored Shingles Last Longer?

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When you’re preparing to have a new roof installed on your Wisconsin home, there are a number of decisions you’ll need to make. Not only will you have to choose a reputable roofing company to handle your roof replacement, but you’ll also need to settle on all the details of your new roof. Of course, a new roof is a significant investment to make in your home, so you’ll likely want to be sure that every decision you make helps to ensure your roof will last as long as possible.

One factor that you might be wondering about is your shingles’ color. Specifically, do light-colored shingles last longer than dark-colored shingles? Let’s take a closer look.

Do Light-Colored Shingles Have a Longer Lifespan?

Many homeowners may have already heard that the color they choose for their roof’s shingles can actually impact how long they last. Specifically, many have heard that light-colored shingles are known to last longer than dark-colored shingles. At first glance, the logic seems to add up.

Light-colored roofing materials don’t absorb as much sunlight as dark-colored shingles do, but reflect the light away from your home instead. The argument for this is that by absorbing less heat, light-colored shingles won’t break down as quickly as dark-colored shingles can.

Still, most roofing contractors believe this to be a myth. Testing has shown time and again that there is no significant evidence that light-colored shingles last longer. For many homeowners, this likely comes as good news, as it removes the pressure to choose a color you don’t necessarily love just for its additional benefits.

Factors to Consider for Longevity

While the color of your shingles may not affect their lifespan, there are other factors that certainly will. If you’re looking to invest in a roofing system that will last as long as possible on your home, you’re better off turning your attention to the particular roofing systems you’re interested in, rather than their color. Be on the lookout for durable shingles that are made with the best available materials, and that boast features to help them withstand damage from inclement weather conditions, as storm damage most often expedites the need for a roof replacement

Partner With a Top-Tier Roofing Company

In addition to the roofing system you choose for your home, you’ll want to be sure that the company you choose to install it can get the job done right. Pay attention to factors like experience, certifications, and track record when evaluating if a roofing company could be a good partner for your roof replacement.

If you’re looking to enhance your home with a light-colored asphalt shingle roofing system, contact Keeney Home Services today. We proudly install the industry-leading asphalt shingle roofing systems from GAF, which are available in a multitude of light and dark colors for your choosing. A member of our team can answer any questions you have about our roofing systems and get you scheduled for an initial consultation. We look forward to serving you!

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