How To Choose Metal Roofing Color

Posted on: 18 June 2015

Metal roofs come with numerous benefits, from a 40 year lifespan to tremendous strength and dent-resistance. While the long lifespan of a metal roof is good news for your wallet, it also means that you'll have to live with your new roof for decades, which means that choosing the right color can be critical. While suppliers offer plenty of color charts and samples, and online tools can help you visualize different color combinations, choosing a roof color is about much more than selecting your favorite shade. Check out these tips to help you pick a roof color you'll enjoy for years to come.

Energy Efficiency

Choose a white or light-colored metal roof to keep your home as cool and efficient as possible. Light shades are beneficial because they reflect the sun, leaving them a whopping 50 to 60 degrees cooler than the standard dark asphalt roof. This greater level of reflection means less energy use, lower energy bills, and greater comfort for your family on hot summer days.

Siding Color

Matching your roof to your siding is a definite don't, resulting in a flat, monochromatic look. Instead, choose a shade in the same color family, but make your roof slightly darker than your siding. You should also pair warm siding hues like tan with warm roof colors, like chocolate brown, while cool siding hues should be paired with cooler roof colors. 

Resale Value

If you plan to sell your home in the near future, consider the impact that your chosen roof color could have on home value. While that bright red or deep plum roofing may look good to you, you'll attract a wider range of buyers if you stick to more neutral shades, like tan or slate. You could also consider choosing one of the more popular metal roofing colors, which include charcoal gray, colonial red, chocolate brown, prairie green and copper, according to CBS News. You can also take a trip around the neighborhood and check out how neighbors have incorporated various roof colors to see what's most popular in your area.

Local Laws

Of course, before you settle on a roofing color, it's important to make sure your selection fits within any applicable laws. For example, if you live in a planned community or one governed by a homeowners' association, you may have a limit to what roof colors are permitted. The same is true of those living in historic preservation districts, where homeowners are often required to preserve the original exterior of the home.

If you have specific questions about the installation of a metal roof, contact a business like Palmer Roofing.