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Metal Roof Colors: How to Select the Best Color for a New Metal Roof

Metal roofing offers a great variety of styles, materials, and colors. This guide focuses on color selection. — The item that every home owner can easily relate to.

Styles relate to the shape of the metal when installed on a roof, such as standing seam, corrugated panels, or tiles. Practically speaking, color considerations don’t matter to the style, though some styles will present slightly different colors and paint finishes.

Materials correlate with the type of metal, also called “substrate.” The popular choices for homes today are steel, aluminum, and copper. For the most part, we stick to steel and aluminum as the likely choice for most readers.

Our attention is on color. We’ll cover available options, general information on color, smart factors for selecting color and wrap up with some technical information dealing with the manufacturing of paint for metal roofs as it matters to the consumer (you).

Color choice may seem like a subjective decision, but our Guide presents (10) considerations that really shouldn’t be overlooked. There is an art and science that comes into play. Our goal is to make sure you are well versed in the considerations as well as related information.

Available Options

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Surprisingly, many people think of metal roofs as having limited color options. Perhaps they think the color matches the type of metal. Silver for steel, tin and aluminum; reddish-brown for copper; dark gray for lead. As if those are the extent of the color options. With aluminum and steel, the options are a bit more than these few options. Actually, strike that. The options are limitless! The correct answer to: what are the available color options for a metal roof? All of them. All colors, hues and tints.

Instead of selecting among a few options, the homeowner actually has limitless options to choose from. In some ways, that may seem more daunting. The rest of the article will help simplify things. Well, at least until we get to the technical information.

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Examples of Metal Shingle Colors

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Typical Color Samples from a vendor

Contractors or metal roof vendors are highly likely to keep a limited amount of colors in stock. These are a mixture of popular choices as well as colors deemed best for metal roofs by manufacturers. If for any reason, none of their options appeal to you, there is always the possibility to order a custom-made color. Obviously, this would come with an additional cost as the contractor or vendor has to purchase it as a unique item rather than something they can buy in bulk.

Not so surprisingly, consumers tend to go with the colors that are in stock. These tend to vary from vendor to vendor. The hue changes slightly so as to provide a unique offering. Some colors may be nearly identical between two vendors, but have a different name. All part of the marketing and positioning of vendors in the marketplace. What you are unlikely to find from the specialty vendors (who stock metal roofing material specifically), is standard, or pure colors. Notice in the sample chart (above) there is no yellow, nor a bright green. While blue and red are present, the options in this set aren’t bright. Vendors tend to go with muted tones. The reason: brighter / flashier colors are ones that tend to fade fairly quickly. As, color choice is mostly subjective, there is no reason to think of any color as off limits. Just understand that the pros understand color at a level that the average person may not be aware of.


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Copper Roofing Guide for Homeowners

copper-roofing-tiles-on-a-large-house In building and remodeling of upscale homes, one thing that often gets neglected is the roof. It is surprising to see that a great many number of beautiful modern homes with impeccable design are frequently outfitted with low-quality, inefficient and unattractive roofs. This trend is slowly changing, as some builders, architects and savvy homeowners are beginning to become more selective about roofs they install.

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More often than not fine metals such as stainless steel, zinc, and copper are being chosen as the industry’s time-tested and proven materials offering superior performance in terms of aesthetics, flexibility and strength, durability, and longevity. However, not all metals are created equal, and if you are into the finest things in life, then you should set your eyes on copper roofing.

For centuries, copper roofing has adorned the most celebrated architectural masterpieces in Europe and the US, outlasting most other roofing materials. Most of the original buildings have gone through multiple renovations over the years, and yet their copper roofs continue to remain intact. Copper’s timeless beauty is not only a fit for historic homes, it also accentuates the modern look and feel of any contemporary architectural design.

copper-roof-on-victorian-house Aesthetic appeal is not the sole reason to install copper roofing. In fact, in addition to its stunning looks, copper boasts a number of other advantages that make it an overall superior roofing material and the best investment for your home. These include:


Maintenance and repair free: you may know from personal experience or have heard from others that roof maintenance and repairs can be extremely time consuming, frustrating and expensive. Not so with copper roofing. Unlike a steel roof, copper will never rust and corrode and will not require any additional coating and re-painting throughout its lifetime.

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Superior safety in severe weather: snow, ice, wind, rain, and blazing sun heat can do severe damage to almost any roofing material. Homeowners that live in areas prone to severe weather know all to well the damage that nature can do their roofs. With a copper roof you will never have to worry about the safety of your home: copper will withstand even the most sever weather conditions year after year.

Permanent material: copper is by far the longest lasting roofing material you can install, remaining impeccable and intact for centuries.

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Fire-resistant: you copper roof will never catch on fire and will actually stop it from spreading further.

Lightweight: one of the benefits of copper roofing is that is lightweight puts a lot less weight on the structure of the house. This means that if you are building a new home, you can have a greater variety of creative architectural designs available to you. Moreover, you will be able to save money because the roof will require less supports, thereby decreasing the cost of installation.

Increase resale value of your home: In the event you ever decide to sell your house, a copper roof will help increase the resale value of your home and offer a competitive advantage over similar properties with lower quality roofing materials. Prospective homeowners do not want to worry about and invest money into roof replacement, and the copper roof on your home will offer them safety, security and longevity that they are looking for in their new home.

Green – Sustainable Material: as current and prospective homeowners, many of us are putting in an extra effort to ensure that our homes are sustainable, causing the least damage to our fragile environment. There are still not many truly green building materials to choose from, and copper roofing is one of the few that actually deserves the title. You may be surprised to learn that in the US as much copper is recycled and reused as is newly mined, thereby saving energy and precious natural resources. Your cooper roof will never end up in a landfill. Copper roofs installed today boast over 75% of recycled content, making copper one of the most recyclable materials in the construction industry.

Cost of Copper Roofing

Being a premium roofing material, a copper roof comes with a premium price tag. You can expect to pay $15-$30 per sq. ft. depending on your roof size, style, details, and other conditions. An average size copper roof will cost about $30,000 or more to install.

Today, it is rather rare that an entire roof gets covered with copper. Instead, only sections such as towers, porches, bay windows and low slope sections (copper with soldered seams) get copper for looks or waterproofing purposes. Most people cannot afford to cover the entire roof with copper.

In case you are not interested in having an entire roof done with copper, you can still incorporate copper as valley and flashing metal for slate, wood, and asphalt shingles roofing. It provides an enhanced look for your roof, excellent weather protection and does not corrode.

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$7,500
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$14,500
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$8,225
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Installation Advice

Even the best roofing materials will fail when poorly installed, and copper is no exception. If you are choosing to spend a hefty sum on a copper roof, make sure you hire a professional roofing contractor with good references, who specializes in metal roofing, to install it for you. Avoid attractive but untrue promises of “discounts” or “specials” by roofers who are simply looking to make some quick money, but will be nowhere to be found when something goes wrong with the installation.

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