Choosing the right color for your metal roof

Choosing the right color for your new metal roof panels can be one of the hardest decisions. It is very similar to the thought process of painting a room in your house with lots of factors to think about. You already know that you want a metal roof that will protect your home for the rest of your lifetime, but what color roof will be pleasant to look at for that long?

One of the benefits of choosing metal roofing is design flexibility. Metal roofing comes in a variety of colors and finishes so your customers can pick the perfect fit for their building project.

Color options

Contrary to common misconceptions, there is a wide range of metal roof colors and finishes that can match any house style.

At Metal Sales, we have a color visualizer where you can upload a photo of your home and see what it would look like with different options. You can see sample photos of other homes as well to help you with your thought process.

Factors in selecting a color

The color you’ve painted your home isn’t the only factor you’ll need to consider when deciding on a metal roof color. 

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You should also consider your current climate, the policies of your HOA and the architectural style of your home. Also, colors will look different throughout the day. If you have a swatch of your potential colors take a look at them outside at different times of the day.

Light vs dark colors

Lighter colored roofs have the effect of making your roof look taller. If you have a shallow pitch or a low roof, this could make your house appear taller than it actually is. Metal roofing in a lighter color will reflect the heat of the sun much better than a darker colored metal roof. Lighter colored roofs will help safeguard your roof from intense heat and even can decrease your energy bill.

Darker colored roofs will have the opposite effect and can make a high slope or tall roof look less profound. When you live in a hot climate a darker colored metal roof will be hotter than a light colored metal roof.

Building and geographic styles

If you want your building to make a statement, choosing a bright or contrasting metal roof color can create visual interest but evaluate your area wisely. It’s critical to match the metal roofing color to your house. You want the color to complement all of the surrounding features, including your neighborhood, environment, and property. Your metal roof should blend in nicely with your stucco, siding, or brick and create a balanced look.

Choosing a neutral color such as tan, white or gray can help a building blend in with surrounding structures. To help a building stand out, consider dark metal roofing colors. To achieve an industrial look, many architects and designers go for darker shades such as gray and black. These shades can be paired with bright colors to create eye-catching contrast. Another popular trend is to pair the traditional look of steel panels with light, warm tones to create a modern feel.

Mountains and forest locations tend to have metal roofing colors that are earth tones and match the surrounding areas. Deserts and the Plains often have metal roofing colors that are warm with earthy tones. Tropical locations tend to be colors that are bright and vibrant, or metallic colors.

Color charts

Metal Sales offers a wide variety of color choices with our high performance PVDF, MS Colorfast45, MS Crinkle Finish, ColorFit40 coating systems. This system features multi-layer protection and is warranted for long lasting durability and chalk and fade resistance.

Incorporating advancements in coating technology, the energy performance characteristics of Metal Sales finishes and colors meet demonstrated requirements established by ENERGY STAR® and the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) for solar reflectance and thermal emittance for steep sloped and/or low sloped buildings. They may also comply with LEED® and Green Globes rating requirements for steep slope Solar Reflectance Index (SRI).

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About Metal Sales

Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation is the premier nationwide provider of metal panels for the construction industry. Metal Sales works with architectural specifiers and commercial construction professionals to create inspirational design solutions. With the industry’s largest and most knowledgeable sales and technical support team, Metal Sales has the expertise to address today’s challenges in high-performance, sustainable and Net-Zero building. Metal Sales has outreach around the world. Delivering outstanding roof, wall and fascia metal panels from its 21 facilities throughout the U.S.

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