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As the warmer temperatures of spring arrive, you might be getting out your vacuum, mop, and household cleaners. But the outside of your home likely needs some attention too. Signs of winter damage often show up once the snow melts and the ground thaws, so now's also the time for outdoor spring cleaning. Proper home maintenance—such as inspecting your roof and other areas of your home that might need repair can help preserve your property.
What's old is new again. In addition to musical tastes and clothing trends, this is often the case with certain architectural styles. Today, the modern mansard roof is experiencing a comeback. The first known use of this roof style was in 1550 where it appeared on a portion of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. The mansard roof derives its name from François Mansart, a French architect who favored the style and used it in many of his building designs.
If you're thinking about replacing your old roof or installing a new one, one thing to consider is whether you should choose darker or lighter shingles. Appearance isn't the only factor this choice affects. Depending on your home and where you live, choosing darker or lighter options might also be more beneficial and efficient. Here's what you need to know about selecting between light and dark shingle colors for your roof.
By Mark Soto
It's time to upgrade your home's exterior. But where do you start? Selecting colors and materials for roof shingles and matching them with other features can be challenging. Thankfully, the online GAF Virtual Home Remodeler is here to help you visualize the endless options available by mixing and matching shingle styles along with colors for aspects like siding, trim, and doors. At no cost, you can become your own designer—you can even upload a photo of your home and experiment with new colors and styles to your heart's content. Here's how it's done: