How to Choose the Right Metal Roof Color for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Metal Roof Color for Your Home

Choosing the right color of metal roof for your home can be dependent on a number of different factors. Which color you ultimately decide upon may not only be an aesthetic choice. Energy savings, maintenance and other factors such as your neighborhood’s HOA may come into play.

To begin taking the right factors into consideration from the start, here is a list of items to consider when making a decision on the color of your metal roof.

DESIGN

A quality-fabricated, properly installed metal roof can combine well with any home style. However, the color you choose can make a big impact on how well your metal roof fits the overall aesthetic of your home.

A more vintage or victorian-style home may not be the suitable canvas to try exuberant or flashy colors. Staying with something more muted or era-appropriate will help keep the look of your metal roof in line with your overall home’s curb appeal. 

However, a more industrial-looking or modern-style home may offer the flexibility of experimentation with bolder, brighter colors. 

When looking at metal roof samples, it is also good to compare them during different times of day. A color that really blends well in the evening may be a little too contrasty at night, for example. 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Which color of metal roof you choose to install can play a key part in the energy efficiency benefits to your home. This especially holds true in warmer or more tropical climates.

In regions with lots of direct sunlight and warmer climates, lighter colors are recommended. These colors include, white, beige, light bronze, light blue, light green or peach. Choosing a lighter, Energy Star rated color & material in these cases can lead to energy savings of up to 30% over darker colored shingle and tile roofs. 

If you live in a cooler region with less direct sunlight, or have an impeccably well-insulated attic space, then darker colors can be chosen with less of a concern of impact to energy expenses.

NEIGHBORHOOD 

Depending on your neighborhood and if you need to abide by the rules of a Homeowners Association (HOA), you may be limited on the color options at your disposal. 

However, even if you do not have an HOA or other regulatory body governing your color choice, it is still a good idea to adhere to the general trends and aesthetics of your neighborhood. A color that sticks out too much from the pack and can create an eyesore and potentially even limit the interest in your home should you ever decide to sell. 

Maintaining a Metal Roof: the Do’s and the Don’ts

Choosing to invest in a quality metal roof is a decision that can result in many benefits as the owner and resident of your home or business. Energy efficiency, longevity, fire resistance and insurance savings are just a few of the rewards of owning a metal roof over standard materials such as slate shingles.

But as is the case with any quality investment, taking the time to familiarize yourself with and commit to very basic recurring maintenance can go a long way to getting the most out of your metal roof, both functionally and aesthetically.

Do’s for Properly Maintaining Your Metal Roof

1. Regularly inspect for dirt, stains and other buildup

A few times per year should suffice, but unaddressed buildup can lead to permanent abrasions and/or stains. You can choose to scale a ladder to get an up close inspection or simply use a pair of binoculars.. 

2. Use gentle washing practices and materials

Soft cloths and sponges are suggested as they are less abrasive. Additionally you should be using water and lighter cleaning solvents. One quarter cup of detergent with one gallon of water along with a soft bristled brush or non-abrasive pad should do the trick for lighter buildup and stains. 

¼ cup of bleach along with ¼ cup of dish soap and two gallons of water will help remove tougher buildup such as algae or mold while still being gentle on your roof’s surface.   

3. Keep branches clear of your roof

Regular pruning of trees and branches that grow near or over your roof will help avoid damage due to scratches from high winds and debris. A distance of at least six feet is recommended. 

4. Do touch up any scratches or abrasions

When doing a regular inspection and washing dirt or other debris, touch up any abrasions or scratches with a manufacturer-approved paint or sealant. Untreated scratches can attract more debris and cause abrasion-based damage to grow over time. 

Don’ts to Avoid When Maintaining Your Metal Roof

1. Don’t Use Harsh or Abrasive Cleaners

Gritty, powder-based cleaners can be great for agitating and lifting tough stains, but they also can result in scratches and/or paint damage to a metal roof. To maintain the integrity of your roof’s color, sealant and appearance, these cleaners should be avoided for any standard maintenance. 

2. Don’t use spray paints near your roof

This especially includes painting your home with a sprayer. But even spray painting other items should be done at a safe distance from your home or under the cover of your garage where wind cannot carry over spray. 

Any spray painting that comes in contact with your metal roof will be nearly impossible to remove. 

3. Do not walk on your metal roof too much

Metal roofs are sturdy enough to withstand walking around on, but extended periods of stress from walking can cause raised metal roofing panels to dent if you are untrained or not careful with how you are distributing weight when walking. 

Are Metal Roofs Hotter Than Shingles?

ARE METAL ROOFS HOTTER THAN SHINGLES?

No, metal roofs are not hotter than dark shingle roofs made from asphalt or other standard materials such as slate, for example.

That said, metal roofs, just like any other roofing material, will heat up in direct sunlight. But due to the reflective nature of metal, especially in lighter colors, any heat absorption is much more quickly dissipated than in asphalt, slate or ceramic shingles – all of which retain heat over a longer span of time. 

Additionally, most metal roofs are treated with Energy Star finishes which, when coupled with paler colors, can result in surface temperatures up to 50 degrees cooler than shingles. 

WHICH METAL ROOF COLORS ARE THE COOLEST?

Lighter colors tend to be more reflective and are typically the right choice when it comes to picking an energy efficient color for your metal roof. Colors such as pale blue, light green, white, beige and lighter bronze are especially good options if you live in a region that has lots of direct sunlight and a hotter year-round climate.

Additionally, the EPA has an entire list of Energy Star-certified roofing products and information available at https://www.energystar.gov/productfinder/product/certified-roof-products/

WHAT OTHER FACTORS SHOULD I CONSIDER TO KEEP MY HOUSE COOL? 

How hot your home gets from heat hitting your roof has a lot more to do with factors besides just color, finish and material. If your metal roof sits directly over a non temperature controlled room such as an attic, then insulation and ventilation will be an extra important step to ensure that heat is not gathering in a contained space.

Another benefit of proper insulation is that it will prevent your metal roof from becoming too noisy during heavy rain, hail or other inclement weather. 

Lower cooling costs are just one of the benefits of choosing to invest in a quality metal roof over shingles and other older material. Head over to our FAQs page for additional questions related to metal roofing or comment below for answers from our team. We will also use your questions and requests for future posts.