How to Pick the Right Metal Roof Color: Consumer Guide 2017

Choosing a color for your new metal roof is an exciting process, especially today, when you have more options available to you than ever before. It is important not to get lost in this sea of choices and keep in mind that the color you choose will greatly affect the overall look and feel of your home. Therefore, take your time and research a variety of color options, as well as consider a number of practical and aesthetic factors that are associated with various colors.

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Sample Chart of Kynar 500 Metal Roof Colors

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Here are a few considerations to keep in mind to help you successfully navigate all your metal roof color options, and pick the one that will be the best fit for your home:

Quality of Paint Finish: Kynar 500 vs. Acrylic Paints

It is crucial to select a high quality paint for your metal roof that will stand up to the elements, while looking fresh and new for years to come. Make sure to choose a paint that has been treated with a special acrylic resin that blocks ultraviolet light. It will help prevent premature fading, peeling, corrosion, rust and water infiltration. It is also possible to apply different types of coatings and sealants as an additional protective layer, which will make the paint last longer, and will protect the metal from sun rays, moisture and mildew.

The current industry standard is “Kynar 500” paint finish that comes with a 30 year warranty. You will probably discover other paint finishes that don’t have the Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000 label. — If you don’t see the EnergyStar and Kynar 500 label or its equivalent, then you are probably looking at lower quality acrylic paint finishes that should be avoided for residential applications.

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Style of Your Home

The color of metal that you choose for your roof needs to match the overall style of your home. Choose a color based on all the elements of your home’s exterior design, such as the color of the siding, doors, windows, landscape, etc. Remember that a metal roof will keep its original color for years, so you should choose a color that you will be pleased with for many years down the line.

As a general rule of thumb, it is best to go for a roof color that complements your home’s existing colors, creating a unified and balanced look. Take a look at different color samples during different times of the day to make sure that you like a particular color both during bright light hours, as well as when the sun is going down and colors look more subdued.

galvalume color standing metal roof

Image Inspiration Credits: Rauser Design

Achieve Desired Effects with Any Roof Color

Today, color choices available in metal roofing are virtually limitless, so it is up to you to decide what effect you want to achieve with the color of your roof. Choosing a color for your roof that contrasts with your home’s siding or brick color will instantly help your home stand out and command attention. On the other hand, choosing complimentary colors will create a monochromatic scheme that will convey a more classic look and feel.

Another option is to go for an ultra-modern look of bare metal. Stainless steel, Galvalume, titanium, aluminum, copper, zinc, and other exotic metals have a natural distinctive color that sets them apart, and can create a beautiful and unique look for your home.

It is also important to know that dark vs. light colors have a tremendous impact on the look of your entire home. Having a lighter color roof will make your house appear taller and may be a great option if your home has a low roof, or if it has a shallow pitch. By contrast, darker color can make a tall roof seem less overwhelming.

Sample Charts for Standing Seam Metal Roof Colors:

1. Englert

Englert Color Chart

Englert Custom Colors

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Englert Metal Coils

Englert Light Color Standing Seam

Englert Architectural Steel Standing Seam

2. Berridge

Berridge

3. PacLad

4. Drexel Metals

5. Affordable Metal

Trends in Your Neighborhood

While you want the overall look of your home to reflect your personal aesthetic taste, it is also important to consider the general trends of roof colors in your neighborhood. Walk around and get a sense for the “unwritten aesthetic rules” of your neighborhood. Certainly you should pick the color that you like the most, but also make sure that your home does not become an eyesore on the block.

Energy Efficiency

The color of your roof plays a major role in helping make your home more energy-efficient, so taking this into consideration will help you save money on your monthly electric bill. Lighter color roofs reflect sun’s heat much better than darker colors. In fact, a white metal roof is Energy Star rated as a cool roof, and can be 50 to 60 degrees cooler than a dark color asphalt shingles roof.

It is best to choose a light color metal such as white, light bronze, beige, peach, light green or blue, if you live in a region that has a lot of sun and a hotter climate.

A lighter color of the roof will protect your home from unpleasant heat, as well as help lower your monthly energy expenses by as much as 20-30%, as well as help reduce the load on your AC systems in the summer.

If your home is located in a cooler climate or you happen to live in a house that has a remarkably well-insulated and ventilated attic space, then choosing a darker color won’t have an impact on your home’s energy performance.

Did you know? Many modern metal roofs boast high energy efficiency and CoolRoof ratings even for darker colors. 😉

To achieve the most energy efficiency and to make your home greener, you can also consider installing photovoltaic solar panels on top of your standing seam metal roof. PV Solar panels can be easily integrated with standing seam metal roofs, without compromising your roof’s beautiful looks or structural integrity.

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Custom Colors and Profiles

The beauty of metal roofing is that it comes in a virtually limitless variety of colors and profiles. If you want to achieve a highly sophisticated and original look for your home, it is possible to order custom colors in just about any profile that will match a specific palette. You can even order custom levels of gloss or shininess for your metal roof. In addition to custom, solid colors, new technology makes it possible to produce a number of two-tone and variegated colors that can add a lot of aesthetic appeal to your roof.

Custom colors cost more and there are minimum quantities of material that a manufacturer or supplier will require. However, the larger the job, the more reasonable the price for customization will be, and in this case the extra cost may be well worth the premium, custom look you will get.

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Tamko MetalWorks Metal Shingles Color Samples:

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27 comments

  1. How does metal roofing affect cell phones and wireless connections on computers? I am hearing its not very good. Was wanting to install metal on my home.

    1. Hello Laura,

      Metal Roofing has no effect on wireless connections. Have you ever tried to use a cellphone on an airplane during the times when the use of electronic devices is allowed? Well, you can use it just fine. The airplane outer body is usually made of aluminum, with the exception of the latest models of airplanes that are made out of carbon fiber. Your wireless connections should function just fine. I have a metal roof on my house, and we use wireless connections for our computers. – They work perfectly fine. Hope this helps!

      1. Not entirely true.

        RF propagation for cell phones is almost a black art especially when it comes to shielding effects.

        WIFI is an entire separate set of problems.

    2. Hi Laura,

      Well, i think it does a little, but I’m not sure 100%.

      I have a metal roof and inside the house the phone reception is not as good as outside. But, I have t-mobile which had bad service around my house for the longest time (just now added LTE) and very weak signal.

      So it is probably t-mobile’s bad reception. When I had AT&T (before metal roof was put on) reception was always weak inside, and good outside as well.

      1. It sounds like a general issue with your cellphone reception due to a weak signal from your carrier. When your signal is barely OK, it will negatively affect your reception inside the house as the signal weakens whenever it travels through the walls of a building and other physical obstacles like concrete walls etc… I had a similar problem with t-mobile signal as well — poor reception inside the house, and fair reception outside. When we switched to a different carrier it was no longer an issue. A metal roof or asphalt should not make a major difference, though. I used to have aluminum siding all around the house, and it did not seem to effect my reception in any noticeable way. I think it’s all about how good the reception in your location is generally speaking… If you got a great signal, then it does not matter what type of roof you have.

    1. No problem, many homeowners go back and forth before making a decision about their next roof. As a homeowner and a contractor who has a metal roof installed on my home, I would highly recommend metal roofing before any other remodeling upgrade. Here is a great read on metal roofing vs. shingles if you are looking for additional points: http://www.metalroofing.systems/metal-roofing-vs-shingles/

      If you happen to live in New England, I can put you in touch with a quality company to help answer any questions you may have including get some idea on how much a new metal roof might cost, as well as comparing different options.

  2. I live in Northern Idaho and do want a metal roof installed. I purchased my home new 14 years ago only to learn now that no flashing was installed and now the roof is leaking when snow melts into my home in addition to particle board rot. Contractors in my area only need to pay a fee to be called licensed contractors. Here today & gone tomorrow. I am especially susceptible to these type of contractors being a single woman. Is there any company you are able to refer me to in my area? Kootenia county.

    1. Hi Deborah,

      Your situation is not unique and it sounds like you will not only have to replace the roof and flashing, but also the particle board that has been exposed to moisture and is now rotting underneath the roof. You can find a quality roofing company on 150 Points

      Good Luck!

    2. Hi Debora,
      I had a financial nightmare with a so-called contractor. I, too, am a single woman and I was devastated by his dishonesty. I had recently moved and knew nobody! Lesson: ask, ask, ask, ask everyone you meet who lives in the area for recommendations. Go SEE their work. Make SURE that YOU, personally, get the work permit(s) from your town. All they need are the project plans/blueprints and money!

  3. I live in Central Texas and most of the year it is hot, with maybe 6-7 weeks cold weather, but we do get lots of heavy rain at times. What color roof would you suggest. I really like the interstate blue, but not sure if that would work in my region for energy saving purpose.

    1. Hi Hope,

      A lighter blue color, such as sky blue, would be more energy efficient than a darker one such as, however you should also focus your attention on the quality of coating. Is there a CoolRoof rating available for that particular color and/or system/coil manufacturer? Most systems and colors will have energy ratings assigned/associated with them. Pick the one that promises the most savings in terms of energy efficiency, while also looking good and aesthetically appropriate in terms of your home’s curb appeal.

      Please share the picture of your home with us, once the job is completed!

  4. Hi Alexander,
    Thank you for posting useful tips and information.

    I live in Catskill region and looking for a reliable contractor for metal roof installation. Could you recommend anyone for 12416 zip code?

    1. Hi Tatiana,

      I’d recommend starting your search for a metal roofing company on 150 Points (Contractor’s Trust Scores) in the state of NY: http://www.150points.com/ny/ – Check out contractors in one of the larger cities / towns nearby to see if you like their work. Aside from the contractor’s trust and transparency score, they also have links to various review sites including BBB, Yelp, etc. Find the company you feel comfortable with before you request any estimates.

      Good Luck and let us know how it goes!

      Good Luck!

  5. When choosing a COLOR – be aware that the reflected light will be the color of your roof and color whatever it reflects onto. Some years ago we had a porch roof on the north side of our house we roofed with a nice GREEN metal roof. What a surprise (mistake!). After it was installed, the ambient reflected light tinged the 2nd floor rooms above the roof in a pale green color. Very noticeable, very objectionable. We had to paint it a neutral cream/tan/grey. So, be careful on lower level roofs.

  6. Hi there,

    I am thinking to install metal roof this summer. We live in Seattle, Washington, raining and cold in the winter. with 3 month summer (2 weeks with temperature above 90 degree). What would be a good color for a metal roof and also what grade of metal roof is the best and can last more than 20 years without rust or dent?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Kathy,

      You should go with a lighter color metal roof, such as lighter shades of green, silver, or off-white if you want to attain maximum energy efficiency and keep your home as cool as possible during Summer. However, you can also go with other colors such as red or even black as long as it’s a cool roof-rated color. All things being equal, lighter colors are more energy efficient.

      If you want rust-free longevity, then go with aluminum rather than steel. If you must go with steel, make sure its galvalume or at the very least galvanized steel in case of steel shingles.

      All things being equal, standing seam metal roof will cost more than metal shingles, although performance-wise they offer pretty much the same benefits and longevity. The overall quality of installation is the key to a long-lasting metal roof.

      Things to keep in mind, PV solar integration is easier with standing seam.

      Best of Luck!

  7. I have a white vinyl sided home, with shades of gray stone. It is a ranch style home. I would like to keep the “country” look. We are getting ready to put on a metal roof and I am absolutely befuddled with what color to go with. Can you make some suggestions, or maybe you have pictures of homes similar to mine that you could show me?

    Thanks in advance,

    Tina

    1. Hi Tina,

      I would recommend a contrasting color — creating visual contrast with the color of your vinyl siding.

      If you want a bolder and contrasting look, you can opt for darker blue, strong red, various shades of green, or black. If you want a more neutral look, you can choose silver or gray color.

      I recommend sifting through various pictures of metal roof examples within the top articles on this site.

      Good Luck!

  8. Aloha,
    I live in Hawaii and currently have a taupe/tan roof, I’m painting my house and thinking about painting my roof as well. Really wanted to do a fun cute color, plantation vibe like dark green or navy blue but would painting in white be a better choice in terms of keeping the house cool (since it’s very HOT here). Or does it really make much of a difference if you are just painting what currently is. Thanks for the help.
    Mahalo,
    Molly

  9. Time to start shopping for a new roof. The previous owner of our house put a 3rd layer of shingles on the roof. Can a metal roof go over the 3 layers?

    We are in Syracuse, NY (lots of snow in the winter, 80-90 degree summers). My main goal is not having to shovel the roof in the winter. Do you recommend a dark color so the snow melts and slides off or a light color to keep the summer heat out? Trying to decide between a tan to keep the heat out or a dark green for the snow (also matches the front door and shutters, but they can be repainted).

    Does a metal roof provide enough protection from leaking in a low pitch valley (current problem spot)?

    1. Hi Patrick,

      No three layers of shingles is a no go. They need to be removed, plus the deck needs to be inspected before a metal roof is put on.

      Darker colors will help the snow melt for sure.

      How low pitch is the valley? What type of a metal roof is this? Standing seam, metal shingles, ribbed with exposed fasteners?

      Make sure the slope of the valley is in line with what the roofing system is designed for. I would say a minimum slope of 3 to 12 for standing seam. Metal Shingles would be 3 to 12 or 4 to 12 pitch depending on the systems.

      Once the tear off of the old rood is completed, have the deck inspected, you will probably have rotten or damaged wood from roof leaks in the valley.

      Make sure that a breathable synthetic underlayment is installed underneath the metal roof. — It’s a roof underneath the roof, plus it allows your roof deck to breathe.

  10. Is the stone white color less maintenance than Dove Grey? Would the Stone White show dirt more so it would have to be cleaned more than the Dove Grey? I am building a house and would like to use Stone White. I live in Wilmington, NC. I do not have trees leaning over the house.

    1. You should go with the color you like provided it will look good with the rest of the house, siding material, roof pitch, and whatever else may affect the curb appeal.

      Maintenance is really a non-issue with metal roofs, as far as the color is concerned. If a lot of birds decide to poop on your roof one day, you can wash with a garden hose the next day if you like. That’s about it in terms of maintenance, though.

  11. Hi,

    We are building a home in the Jacksonville, FL area. I definitely want to go with a light color roof, perhaps even white. Our siding will be hardy plank. I’m having difficulty picking the right color combination. We think our windows will be bronze exterior and white exterior. White gutters, too. Husband doesn’t want White House. I do not want anything creamy gold but considering a light-medium gray. Your color suggestions are welcome or if you can direct me to photos of homes, 2 story, with white or light metal roofs. Thanks.

    1. Hi Luann,

      You should definitely aim for some contrast between your home’s siding color and the color of your roof.

      For a lighter-color metal roof you may consider off-white colors such as beige. Metallic colors such as silver. Light gray, light blueish tones, and yes, even white, if your home’s siding provides a good contrast with the color of the metal roof.

      If you tell us which color you are considering for your siding, I’ll be happy to offer more suggestions.

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