How to Choose the Right Asphalt Shingle Design

How to Choose the Right Asphalt Shingle Design

Your roof has a big impact on the visual appeal of your home. When replacing your asphalt shingle roofing system, it’s important to choose a color and style that complements the other components of your home’s design to achieve a cohesive effect.

How to Choose the Right Asphalt Shingle Design

In today’s post, we review common architectural designs and the roofing styles that suit them best.


Victorian home architecture is influenced by classicism, regency architecture and the Gothic revival style of the 1880s. These homes are characterized by light-colored siding and classic window trimming. Three-tab shingles, the most basic type of asphalt shingles, are the best choice for Victorian homes.


Colonial homes are characterized by a balanced design, typically featuring architectural shingles with a symmetrical cut. The roof and double-hung windows are often in the same color for a cohesive look. If you’re not sure which shingles would work best for your Colonial home, your roofing contractor can provide guidance.


You can have fun with the traditional architecture because you have many options. For example, you can choose either dimensional or laminated shingles in a wide variety of colors. Traditional homes often feature a front gable and a steep roof pitch, with covered porches and open foyers.


Prairie architecture has been around since the late 19th Century. It is characterized by horizontal lines and a low-rise or flat roof. There is no particular shingle type that Prairie architecture requires, so talk to your roofing contractor if you need some tips.

Northern Pacific Roofing, a leading residential and commercial roofing company, can help you choose the best shingles to complement your home’s architectural style. You can call us at (888) 919-8539 or fill out our contact form for a free project quote. We serve homeowners in San Francisco, San Rafael and Petaluma, CA.