Most Common Roof Color

What is the most common shingle color?

The photo above is a typical North Dallas neighborhood with most of the homes built in the early 1980s.  You can easily see that the gray tone dominates.  This roof color is commonly called “Weathered Wood”.  Weathered Wood is somewhat the same color as an aged cedar shingle which is what was on most of these houses in the 80s and into the 90s before they were replaced for the first time with asphalt composition shingles.  Other colors are the upper right tan (called “cedar” or “shakewood”), lower middle blacks (call “charcoal”, “onyx”, or “sableblewood”). There is also a spot of brown (called “brownwood”, “barkwood” or “burnt sienna”).  The white roof is a low sloped commercial grade roof not visible at street level.

Many Variations of Weathered Wood

While weathered wood is easily the dominant color, there is actually a variety of weathered woods.  There are differences between each manufacturer’s interpretation of the color.  Both GAF and CertainTeed have two different weathered woods. They have their traditional weathered wood and a more variegated version (HD or High Definition in GAF and “Max Def” in CertainTeed).  Which one is right for you is a personal decision.

Driftwood is Essentially Weathered Wood

Owens Corning has the same weathered wood color that is dominant in the photo at the top of the page but they call their version of that color “Driftwood”.  The differences from one manufacturer to the next still exist, but driftwood in Owens Corning is essentially the same weathered wood.

Exact Color Match Difficulties on Roof Repairs

With so many different weathered wood selections (or any color for that matter) you can see how getting an exact shingle color match on a roof repair is very difficult. Now when you consider that most roof repairs are on older roofs, exact color match is just not always possible. Please let your Bert Roofing Representative know brand, age, and color should you know them when getting a roof repair.


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One comment on “Most Common Roof Color
  1. kenneth detone says:

    Ttying to match Gaf burnt siena from 2002. What elk or gaf colors match now

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