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Choosing The Best Metal Roof Colors For Your Homes

You’ve finally decided on a metal roof for your home (because of their many benefits!) and it’s on to the next choice: what color?

You’ll want to select a roof color that not only matches the exterior of your home, but also enhances its overall curb appeal. You might also be interested in a metal roof color that lowers your energy bills. Whether you’re considering stone coated steel or a standing seam roof, this is your guide to choosing the perfect color for your metal roof.

Part 1 covers the basics of choosing metal roof colors, and Part 2 will talk about how the style of your home affects your choice.

Choosing Metal Roof Colors

No matter what style your home is, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind.

Design Guidelines for Metal Roofs

An example of Colorview by CertainTeed, an online tool for color combinations for your home.
An example of Colorview by CertainTeed, an online tool for color combinations for your home.

Look at your potential color choice in natural light, not just under synthetic light in the showroom or your home. Get an idea of how the color changes in the bright sunshine as opposed to a gray day. Do you like the color in the morning sun, as well as the subdued dusk of the evening?

Create harmony between all elements of your home: not just the roof and the brick, but also other features like stone, wood facades, doors, trim, shutters, and decorative accents.

Don’t get too matchy-matchy. Homes tend to look more dramatic and attractive when you choose a roofing color that isn’t an exact match to the exterior. Color specialists advise staying in the same color family as your exterior siding, but going darker for your roof.

There are some pretty fun online tools to explore as well. We like these two by the Metal Roofing Association and CertainTeed, where you can even upload a photo of your own house and play around with different color combinations.

The Dark Side or the Light Side?

The same house with a light and a dark metal roof done in Colorview by CertainTeed.
Image courtesy of CertainTeed.

Choosing a dark or light roof color has a tremendous impact on the look of your entire home. A dark shingle can help balance the look of a taller multi-level home, while dark shingles on a single-story home can make the house seem “all roof.” A light shingle can be a good choice when your roof is large and you want to help it blend in.

Energy-Efficient Metal Roof Colors

Sample of ENERGY STAR metal roof rated color options from Berridge.
Energy Star rated metal roof color options from Berridge.

You can also consider a lighter roof color to make your home more energy-efficient.

Homeowners in Texas know that keeping your home cool during the summer can be costly! Lighter colored roofs will reflect the sun’s heat and can help lower your monthly energy bill by as much as 20-30%.

But if you really want a darker color, don’t despair. Metal is one of the most energy efficient roofing materials, and standing seam roofs in particular reflect so much radiation that even dark colors can be Energy Star rated. All our metal roofing suppliers – Boral, Berridge, McElrory, Decra and Varitile – offer either Energy Star rated roofing products or Energy Star color options.

Considering Copper

Cooper is a color option for metal roofs
Image courtesy of Coastal Shows.

If you want a copper roof, you don’t have to consider any other color options! While all roofs fade over time, no other roofing material undergoes copper’s drastic change. Initially, copper is a distinct bright orange-brown color. As the metal oxidizes with the air over its first 20 years, it slowly changes to different hues of brown and gray before developing a striking blue-green patina.

Homeowners Association Rules for Metal Roofs

Row of homes with matching metal roofs.
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Before you become too attached to a certain color, it’s best to consider the overall look of your neighborhood (hello, HOAs!). Do you want to blend in or stand out? What is and isn’t allowed?

We once installed a standing seam metal roof on a home in Dallas, and only when the job was finished did the homeowner discover that it wasn’t allowed under his HOA rules! In the end, we had to take it all off and replace it with a stone coated steel roof instead.

Paint Finishes

Image showing the ageing affects of paint

A metal roof is an investment. You want it to last as long as possible, so please make sure your installer uses a top-quality paint. You need paint treated with a special acrylic resin which blocks UV light and prevents premature fading, corrosion, peeling, water infiltration and rust. The current industry standard is PVDF and is generally marketed as Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000.

Choosing Metal Roof Colors for Different Architectural Styles

With those general considerations out of the way, let’s discuss how your home’s architectural style affects your choice of metal roof colors. If you have a more traditional home in a Tudor or Colonial style, then more muted colors like gray, brown, and cream can help create a classic look. If you have a more modern home, you have the freedom to be more adventurous. A survey by Trulia shows that Americans favor craftsman-style homes (43%), followed closely by ranch (41%) and colonial (36%). In Texas the most popular home is the ranch home, followed by modern and contemporary styles.

Standing seam metal roof on a ranch home.

Ranch Homes With Metal Roofs

First built in the 1930s, ranch homes were originally modeled after rural western ranches and became widely popular in the 1960s. This is the most popular home style in Texas, typically single-story with a low-pitched gable end or hipped roof. They’re common across all the DFW suburbs, including Bedford, Irving, Mesquite, and Richardson.

With ranch-style homes, you may prefer a lighter roof color. A dark roof can make your home appear squished, while a light color will add height to your home. To tie in with the theme many ranch homes have of connecting to the outside, weathered greys or muted green will complement the natural surroundings and create a laid-back look.

Stone coated steel metal roof installed by Designer Roofing on a Mediterranean home in Texas.

Mediterranean Homes With Metal Roofs

The Mediterranean style, also called Spanish Revival or Spanish Mission, became popular in the U.S in the 1920s and 1930s. This distinctive style is modeled after Spanish homes and mission churches, with plaster walls, low-pitched red tile roofs, arches, and bell towers. Homes with Mediterranean architecture can be seen throughout Preston Hollow, University Park, and Highland Park, with newer builds in this style popping up throughout Southlake and Frisco.

Stone coated steel metal roofing is a great option to mimic the look of clay tiles with less weight and greater durability. And don’t feel like you have to go with the classic terracotta color: the slideshow below shows browns and golds also complement this style of home nicely.

Metal roof on a modern home in Dallas, TX.

Modern Homes With Metal Roofs

The “modern” style of architecture comes from the 1950s and 1960s, so these homes actually tend to be over 50 years old. Modern homes have clean, geometric lines and have flat or lower-pitched roofs. You can find them throughout the Metroplex, but they’re particularly common below 635 in Preston Hollow, Oak Lawn, and Lower Greenville.

On a modern home, there’s often not much roof to be seen from the ground. Still, a bold roof color can help accentuate the lines of the home and create a dramatic contrast to the siding.

Metal roof on a contemporary home in Dallas, TX.

Contemporary Homes With Metal Roofs

Contemporary architecture tends to get confused with the Modern style, and it’s an easy mistake to make as they have several similarities. The Contemporary style is always evolving, so these homes have a lot of variety in their design and appearance. Currently, this style tends to have a boxy, modular layout, flat or low-pitched roofs, large windows, and a focus on sustainable building materials.

A popular roofing style is to use either wood or metal cladding on both the wall and roof to create an uninterrupted transition, usually seen with gable roofs. Alternatively, as with modern homes, a flat roof’s color can be used to accentuate the lines of the home.

Metal roof on a Tudor home.

Tudor Homes With Metal Roofs

Originating from England, the Tudor home style is easy to spot, with its steeply pitched, multi-gabled roofs and decorative half-timber framing. This style of home became popular in the first half of the 20th century. Unsurprisingly, considering where they come from, the steeply pitched roofs are perfect for rain and snowy conditions.

Tudor homes tend to look more traditional, so they are often complemented by color schemes of brown, buff, cream, and white. Green tones also work nicely with most Tudor brickwork.

Stone coated steel metal roof installed by Designer Roofing on a home in Texas.

Craftsman Homes With Metal Roofs

The craftsman style is an early 20th century favorite that exemplified the arts and crafts movement, with an emphasis on natural materials like wood, stone and brick. Typically, these homes are short and boxy, with wide front porches, low-pitched roofs, and attractive wooden framing. Many of the older homes in Fort Worth’s Fairmount neighborhood are craftsman style, and in Dallas you can find them in Oak Cliff and East Dallas.

As this style of home is so compact, it can easily be overpowered with too much of a darker color. Pops of brighter, lighter colors work well when paired with a gray or white roof. A brown roof can work well with timber accents on the home’s exterior as long as a lighter color is used for the siding.

McElroy Metal standing seam roof on a colonial home.

Colonial Homes With Metal Roofs

The Colonial style originated with early American settlers in the 1600s and is one of the most popular in our history. There are many variations, but Colonial architecture can be identified by evenly spaced windows, shutters, and columns.

More traditional colors, like shades of grays, browns and blues, enhance the classical look of these homes. If the siding is brick, a brown or black roof compliment the home nicely. Yellow is a popular siding color and works well with a gray roof. Most people choose a dark roof color to highlight the symmetry of their colonial home, but light colors also make an eye-catching design statement.

Standing seam metal roof installed by Designer Roofing on a Traditional home in Prosper, Texas.

Traditional Homes With Metal Roofs

Traditional house plans are the mutt of house styles, as they incorporate a mix of several different styles. The Traditional style is what you find all over North Texas suburbs like Flower Mound and McKinney, with two stories, a simple roofline, and architectural features like turrets, balconies, and stonework.

In Texas, Traditional homes often have mottled gray roofs that blend in, allowing other features to come to the fore. These houses most often have roofs of high-quality architectural shingle, but we’re seeing more and more homeowners choose metal roofing when it’s time to re-roof.

We hope we’ve helped you decide on the metal roof colors that are perfect for your home. For more inspiration, you can check out our gallery and our Facebook page. And if you’d like to share a picture of your new metal roof, we’d love to see what color you chose!

Images used thorough this post are courtesy of Architectural Digest, Berridge, Boral, CertainTeedChristopher Polly, Coastal Shows, DecraFreshome, HomeditHomestratosphereHome Adore, Los Angeles TimesMcElroy MetalMdwstudioMetal Roofing AllianceRealtor.comRoofing Calculator and Varitile.

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