Oh, the frustration. You’ve gone to great lengths to ensure the aesthetic excellence of your roof. You’ve researched and shopped until you finally discovered the perfect shingles. A qualified Orange County roofing company has installed them with great care. And one day you look up to admire the results and notice some unexpected color variations on your rooftop – dark and light areas interspersed among the shingles. Well, there’s no reason for concern. The phenomenon is quite normal and eventually will go away. What you’re seeing is known in roofing circles as color shading.
Essentially, color shading is noticeable as a result of variances in lighting conditions or viewing angles. Look at the shingles from one position, and the shading is apparent. Glance at them from another, and colors seem normal and uniform. The same holds true for lighting. Morning sunlight might produce one effect; late afternoon, another. Whatever the cause, it’s important to know that the color differentials do not occur during the installation stage. This means, if you own a home in an Orange County city such as Newport Beach, the issue has nothing to do with the techniques and processes of your chosen Newport Beach roofing contractor. What it does have to do with is the manufacturer.
What happens during the manufacturing stage is the development of minor variations in the texture of shingles. It can’t be helped. Because of these textural differences, variations in color shading can result. The darker the hue, the more prone to shading the shingle is. But there’s no cause for alarm. Shading has no negative impact on the water-repelling capabilities or other performance factors of shingles.
If you have questions about color shading, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.
What a cool article. I'd wondered about this for a long time as one side of our house always looked darker as I walked up our entry way. After stumbling across this article on the web, I walked over to our outside fence for a different perspective and sure enough the color changed. Believer!
Our roof was installed about 15 years ago. It's an asphalt shingle roof. It's a dark beige color but there are lighter spots and areas that look more flat in color as well. There's no leaks so I'm not in a hurry and really don't want to spend money right now but wanted to know if you had any thoughts on what could be happening. As well, when I cleaned the rain gutters in November before the rainy season I noticed some small debris that looked like it might be coming off the roof.
Thanks for reaching out Josh. 15 years on a roof is good, but not great. And to honest, your roof may be fine but I'd like our guys to take a look to make that determination. The debris, depending on the type of shingles used, could be the fiberglass wearing away. It doesn't mean you need an emergency roof replacement, but if it is then the life expectancy will be shortened of course. This also can cause some small color variations as well as the fiberglass has a tendency to create a deeper variation of hues. Give us a call and we'd be happy to discuss it with you in person.
Hi Bob! Absolutely! You'll be surprised to see not only a big selection of colors but also different textures and types of roof. Gone are the days of just picking the lowest price shake or asphalt roof. Although I will say that even asphalt roofs have come a long way with regards to textures etc. Happy to talk it through with you any time and give you a free quote on your new roof.
I've been seeing a lot of black and gray roofs lately. Seems like it's the latest trend. Is there any downside to going with such a dark color for a new roof?
Great question Pete!
The temperature on the inside of a home depends on a number of factors. Some of those are climate, insulation and the type of roofing material. There can be small differences based on the color, but less than you'd think. When you're ready to choose a new roof type we can help with all of these types of questions giving you the straight scoop so you can make an informed decision on what's right for your home.