For many homeowners, installing a new metal roof is a huge home improvement investment and it may even mark the first step of a much larger, full-scale exterior renovation. Whether you’re redesigning from the top down or simply putting on a new roof, finding the right color for your home can be both exciting and exhausting.
We’ve come a long way from the red, green, or unfinished metal roofs of yore. These days, homeowners have dozens of color options ranging from highly reflective whites to eye-grabbing blues. In addition to energy efficiency, another incredible benefit of a metal roof is that they’re engineered to last. Modern metal roofs are coated multiple times to protect against corrosion and color fade. Not only that, but a professionally-installed metal roofing system typically lasts much, much longer than asphalt architectural shingles.
With that in mind, even if you’re not quite ready to update your home’s entire exterior, selecting a roof color that both complements your existing siding and trim, while leaving room for future improvements, is a tricky undertaking. We’ll help you find the right metal roof color for right now, and later.
Be Inspired by Your Neighbors
Park your car, put on your sneakers, and go for a walk around the neighborhood. Take the time to focus on all the details that might otherwise pass you by. You may be surprised to find that Regal Blue and classic yellow play well together or that Barn Red and gray are surprisingly compatible. If a sedated Silver Dollar roof and farmhouse blue siding is more your style, pay attention to the details and trim colors that catch your eye. Be especially mindful of houses that resemble your own, it’s always easier to imagine a fresh look on your own home when you have a solid starting point.
Keep Great Notes
As you wander around town, make a note of the style, colors, and materials that appeal to you and consider whether or not they’ll fit with your existing architecture. We recommend jotting down addresses for future reference and taking pictures of details and color combinations that really stand out.
Head to Pinterest for Inspiration
If you’re not in love with what you’re seeing in your neighborhood and you’re looking to become the local trendsetter, find inspiration on the internet. Pinterest, This Old House, and Houzz are all great resources.
Consider Going Bold
There’s no harm in using your imagination. While you may ultimately feel more at home and comfortable with a timeless dark metal roof over a white and black exterior, you may as well let your imagination roam as you consider your options. If the thought of a Hawaiian Blue roof over a sky blue home makes you smile and dream of the ocean every time you pull into your landlocked driveway, you just may be onto something big.
Take your time and don’t get frustrated. Selecting the right color for your roof is an important decision. Be sure to observe your samples under different lighting conditions and at different times of the day. If you can’t get a good read on a color from the sample chip, ask your roofer if they have any larger scrap pieces that you might be able to borrow.
Location, Location, Location
Vibrant Reflective White may be great for Florida’s beach communities, but if you live in the somber suburbs of New York City, it may not play quite as well. Think about how you can make your house stand out while still fitting in.
Fad vs. Trend Detection
As you consider the best color for your new roof, ask yourself if that little metal chip you’re staring at represents a fad or a trend. A fad is a “blink-and-you-miss-it” phenomenon -- rainbow bagels, anyone? A trend, on the other hand, tends to line up with broader human needs and is something that enjoys some steady traction, thanks to a deep rooting in cultural, historical, economic, and social factors. Before you invest in that custom color, think about whether or not your color will be in favor 25 years from now (and whether or not you’ll care).
Climate is a Consideration
If you live in the South, then you’ll benefit from choosing a highly emissive roof color. Generally speaking, the lighter the roof, the higher the emissivity. Those who live in chillier climates may appreciate a darker roof with lower emissivity. ENERGY STAR writes, “Solar reflectance is the most important characteristic of a roof product in terms of yielding the highest energy savings during warmer months. The higher the solar reflective value the more efficient the product is in reflecting sunlight and heat away from the building and reducing roof temperature. This is particularly important in areas of the U.S. where peak load is a concern.”
Once you find the right color, be sure to contact us to find a StealthBond© dealer near you. Enjoy a weathertight, durable concealed fastener look with the StealthBond© system.