Cost effective, durable, elegant — That’s what Zinc roofing is all about. Add in its magical, self-healing ability and it could just be the best roofing material. Ever.
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Steel and Aluminum roofing see much more play in the roofing market, thanks to their wide availability, lower costs and mass production. Copper roofing is Zinc’s real competition, and yet Zinc wallops Copper when it comes to pricing.
However, Zinc is no stranger to the residential metal roofing market in the US. Consider the fact that galvanized steel means zinc-coated Steel. It plays a significant role in ensuring Steel doesn’t prematurely rust. In the European roofing market, 70% of all residential roofs utilize Zinc.
How much Does a Zinc Roof Cost?
Cost of Materials
The material costs for Zinc roofing range between $4.50 and $8 per sq. ft., or $450 to $800 per square. The breakdown for material costs is as follows:
$4.50 to $6.50 for Zinc Shingles or Tiles
$6.00 to $8.50 for Zinc Standing Seam
Note: A roofing square equals 100 square feet. It’s the term professional contractors routinely use when calculating both costs and materials for a roofing project.
A typical two-story home with a roofing surface measuring 2,300 square feet, is referenced as having 23 squares of roofing work to be done.
All roofing jobs will also require appropriate fasteners, underlayment material, flashing, and other misc. material. — These necessary supplies will add around $1.00 per sq. ft. or $100 per square.
The roof accounts for as much as 25 to 40 percent of your home’s visible exterior and plays a key role in how your home is perceived from the street.
That’s why it is crucial to pick the right shingle color, especially if you want to enhance your home’s overall curb appeal and present it in the best possible light.
What to expect: This guide offers practical and proven tips for choosing the right asphalt shingle color to achieve that WOW effect in highlighting the beauty of your home.
The advice provided below will help your achieve visual harmony with respect to how well the roof color integrates with the rest of your home’s exterior and its surrounding environment. Let’s get started.
Coordinate with Siding and Shutters
Interior designers don’t randomly pick pretty colors for flooring, cabinets, countertops and walls without regard to the big picture.
All colors have to work together to achieve a whole that is visually coordinated and appealing.
The same is true for your home’s exterior. First, the roof color should be dissimilar enough to provide contrast.
A dark brown roof would be boring with wood siding stained dark. Brown shingles would work with beige siding, a mild contrast, or with white, a more distinct contrast.
Also, when the roof color picks up tones in window shutters, the front door or accent trim, it nicely ties together the exterior look.
The table below shows roof colors that integrate best with siding colors.
House Siding Color:
Best Matching Roof Colors:
Black, dark gray, dark brown, dark green
Brown, black, green, gray, blue, red
Black, dark gray, dark blue, dark green, white
Brown, black, dark green, dark blue
Green, black, blue, charcoal and browns that are lighter or darker
Black, brown, gray, white
Know When to Use Color Blends
Asphalt shingle lines are produced in solid colors and blends. For example, CertainTeed Landmark shingles in Hunter Green show no variation. They’re just deep green.
CertainTeed Landmark Hunter Green
By contrast, Landmark Heather Blend shingles are a mix of several brown tones and rust too.
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.
New Shingle Roof
$7,500 Average price
New Metal Roof
$14,500 Average price
New Flat Roof
$8,225 Average price
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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.
Examples of Metal Shingle Colors
Estimated Roof Costs (1,700 sq.ft.)
Asphalt Shingles Metal Roofing Flat Roof
$7,500 $14,500 $8,225
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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.