Owens Corning Names 2018 Shingle Color of the Year: Sand Dune

Owens Corning announced that Sand Dune has been chosen as the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year.

Owens Corning announced that Sand Dune has been chosen as the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year.

Owens Corning announced Sand Dune as the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year. HGTV “Good Bones” home renovation experts Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak – renowned for their use of color as a design element – helped unveil the selection and shared their perspectives on the power of color to inspire home exteriors.

Owens Corning launched the annual roofing color initiative to highlight the roof as a design element that expresses a homeowner’s personal style and contributes to curb appeal. Sand Dune was chosen for its versatile medley of hues embedded in the color, and for how it complements a broad range of exteriors to create a sense of relaxed, natural grandeur.

“Combining elements of bisque beige and light sky blue with hues of driftwood, charcoal and shale creates a canvas of elegance that enhances today’s exterior colors and styles,” said Sue Burkett, Owens Corning Roofing Strategic Marketing Manager.

The versatile shingle color has been endorsed by remodeling experts. Home renovator Starsiak shared her perspective on the appeal of Sand Dune. “It’s no secret that we love using color in and on our homes,” Starsiak said. “We’ve used Owens Corning shingles in the color Sand Dune on our home office and think the fun and bright color is complementary to multiple palettes.”

Complementing the announcement of Sand Dune as the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year, the Owens Corning website offers free, online design tools and visualization resources to help consumers color coordinate their home’s roof and exterior. Resources include a “Design and Inspire” section featuring several style boards, including three new boards created in collaboration with Good Bones’ stars Laine and Starsiak. The newly enhanced Design EyeQ® Roof Visualization Experience is a free tool that allows homeowners to upload a photo of their home and experiment with different color pairings. The mobile-friendly site also includes a series of pre-rendered home images with multiple shingle colors and styles.

Karen E Laine (left) and Mina Starsiak, home renovation experts and the hosts of HGTV’s “Good Bones,” helped unveil the selection of the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year.

Karen E Laine (left) and Mina Starsiak, home renovation experts and the hosts of HGTV’s “Good Bones,” helped unveil the selection of the 2018 Shingle Color of the Year.

“Homeowners – especially women – have told us they are looking for alternatives to traditional roof colors,” said Burkett. “The online style boards and interactive tools available on our website make it easy for homeowners to express their personal style using the TruDefinition® Duration® Designer shingle in Sand Dune, or one of the many other shingle colors available through Owens Corning.

Beyond aesthetic appeal, as part of the Duration shingle series, Sand Dune incorporates the advanced technology and performance of patented SureNail Technology. Part of the TruDefinition Duration Designer Colors collection, Sand Dune becomes the second shingle designated as the Owens Corning Shingle Color of the Year. The 2017 color was Sedona Canyon.

Residential Selling: Consider Color, Contractors!

Mina Starsiak (left) and Karen E. Laine started their own company, Two Chicks and a Hammer, to tackle home restoration projects. The duo currently stars in the HGTV series “Good Bones.” Photo: Two Chicks and a Hammer.

Mina Starsiak (left) and Karen E. Laine started their own company, Two Chicks and a Hammer, to tackle home restoration projects. The duo currently stars in the HGTV series “Good Bones.” Photo: Two Chicks and a Hammer.

“You can be a more profitable, more well-liked contractor if you talk to your clients about color.”

Those are the words of Karen E. Laine, the mother half of the mother-daughter team who started second careers rehabbing houses in their neighborhood near downtown Indianapolis. Laine and her daughter, Mina Starsiak, discovered they had a passion for home restoration and started their own company named Two Chicks and a Hammer. Laine and Starsiak also currently star in the HGTV series “Good Bones,” which chronicles their projects repairing and rehabbing houses. They shared their insights on exterior design and the importance of roof color with Roofing.

Laine and Starsiak note that people have strong emotional connections to color. They often use color to express their personality in both the interior and the exterior of the house. Since the roof is such a prominent exterior component, figuring out how it plays into the home’s color palette is crucial.

Residential roofing contractors can set themselves apart from the competition if they can help homeowners find the right color combination for their home, notes Laine. “If a contactor can say, ‘I see you have a yellow house and a bright red door. I have some roof choices that will go well with that, and allow you to make changes over time,’ your clients are going to think you are a genius.”

Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak believe since the roof is such a prominent exterior component, figuring out how it plays into the home’s color palette is crucial. Their home in the Indianapolis area is shown here. Photo: Owens Corning.

Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak believe figuring out how the roof plays into the home’s color palette is crucial. Their home in the Indianapolis area is shown here. Photo: Owens Corning.

Laine urges contractors to make the most of expanded color choices in shingles available today. “If you are contractor, carry samples with you, walk outside the house and show them how the shingle is going to enhance the exterior appearance and the color of the house,” she says. “Because it’s not just one-dimensional color; shingles are multi-dimensional. Some of them have red, and brown, and yellow. Some have blue and brown and yellow. Looked at from a distance, you might not see those distinct colors, but they inform the color spectrum of the roof and how it looks with the house.”

She also recommends using a paint fan to help determine colors for other elements of the home. “There are usually six colors on each blade of a paint fan,” says Laine. “The top one is the lightest and the bottom one is the darkest. If you’re not secure in your color choices, you can just pick the medium color in the paint fan for your siding, the darkest color in the paint fan for your door, and the lightest color for your trim. Then you are guaranteed that they are all going to coordinate, and you’re not going to have something in the end that clashes.”

Others might want to consider contrasting colors. “If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, then pick out a different color for the door,” says Laine. “For each homeowner, it’s a very individual opportunity to be creative and see how color feels to you. And the great thing about the colored roofs out there is because of the way they are made, they complement a wide variety of color combinations on a house.”

Taking the time to explore different roof colors gives the contractor the opportunity to connect with the customer and build trust. Starsiak recommends that contractors take advantage of online tools that can be customized to demonstrate the ways different colored shingles will look on the house. “You can scan in a picture of your house and see how different paint colors and roof colors would look in just a few minutes,” Starsiak says. “If you were thinking of painting your house a different color, you can see which roof would go with it. There are online tools for everything now.”

The right color combination can also make a home easier to sell when the time comes. “From a real estate perspective, there are a lot of things that go into the first impression of the outside of the house, including the siding and the landscaping or lack thereof,” notes Starsiak. “A huge part of that initial impression is the roof, so you don’t want to miss that opportunity.”

Laine agrees. “A prettier house is going to be easier to sell, and the dimension that a colored roof adds to a house makes it prettier,” Laine says. “Aesthetics are important. You have to consider color, all you contractors out there. Look at all that alliteration—consider color, contractors! That’s your title, right there. I’ll give you that for free—it’s not trademarked.”

Karen E. Laine (left) and Mina Starsiak were on hand at the 2017 International Roofing Expo to offer design advice to show attendees. Photo: Chris King.

Karen E. Laine (left) and Mina Starsiak were on hand at the Owens Corning booth during the 2017 International Roofing Expo to offer design advice to show attendees. Photo: Chris King.