Tips for Choosing the Color of Your New Metal Roof

Metal roofing has several advantages over other roofing materials. It lasts a long time and it needs very little maintenance. It also comes in many different colors, so you don't have to settle for a white or green roof if you don't want to. If you're considering a metal roof, you may want to keep these tips in mind for selecting the best color.

Consider Your Climate 

The color of your roof can help control the temperature inside your home and make your home more energy efficient. If your concern is with keeping your home as cool as possible, then a white or other light colored roof is a good idea because it reflects solar heat. If you want your roof to absorb heat to keep your home warmer, then a darker roof is a better choice since the dark color will soak up the sun's rays and transfer the heat into your attic.

Match the Color to the Style

While standing seam panels have been a common style for metal roofing, there are other options to consider. Metal roofing can be shaped to look like wood shakes, barrel tile, architectural shingles, and slate. To pull off the look you want, you need to match the color with the style. For instance, if you want the roof to look like slate, then you'll want to go with a gray color. Wood shake metal roofing could be gray or brown to look like natural wood. Barrel tile could be white or the popular orange color of Mediterranean clay tile roofs.

Complement Your House Paint

Another thing to consider when choosing the color of your roof is the paint colors on your house, windows, and doors. If you change the colors often, you'll want a neutral color that will complement just about any color paint you choose. If you plan to keep the same color for years, then you'll want to consider how roof color will affect how your house looks. Light colors tend to make your home look bigger, so a white or light colored roof could make your home look taller and roomier from the street. A dark roof could make your home look smaller and more crowded, so you may not want a dark roof unless you have a large home to offset the effect.

Since a metal roof will probably last for decades, you may also want to think about how the color will affect your home's appeal if you ever put it on the market. While you might like bright or bold colors that make an artsy statement, your home might sell better if it has a neutral roof color.