How to Pick the Right Metal Roof Color: 2024 Buying Guide

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Choosing a color for your new metal roof is an exciting process, especially today, when you have more options available to you than ever before.

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However, it’s important to not get lost in the abundance of available color choices! 😉 keep in mind the color you choose will greatly affect the overall look and curb appeal of your home, and, to some extent, your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

This guide will help you visualize and compare the most common color schemes and options available to you, the homeowner. We’ll also consider a number of practical and aesthetic factors associated with various colors.

Sample Chart of Kynar 500 Metal Roof Colors

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Here are a few considerations to keep in mind to help you successfully navigate all your metal roof color options, and pick the one that will be the best fit for your home:

Quality of Paint Finish: Kynar 500 vs. Polyester and Basic Acrylic Paints

It is crucial to select a high-quality paint finish for your metal roof that will stand up to the elements, while looking fresh and new for years to come. Make sure to choose a paint that has been treated with a special acrylic resin that blocks ultraviolet light. It will help prevent premature fading, peeling, corrosion, rust, and water infiltration.

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It is also possible to apply different types of coatings and sealants as an additional protective layer, decades down the road, which will make the paint last longer, and will protect the metal from sun rays, moisture, and mildew.

The current industry standard is “Kynar 500” paint finish that comes with a 30-year warranty. You will probably discover other paint finishes that don’t have the Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000 label. — If you don’t see the EnergyStar or CoolRoofs and Kynar 500 label or its equivalent, then you are probably looking at a lower quality polyester or acrylic paint finish that should be avoided for residential applications.

Style of Your Home

The color and style of a metal roof you choose should compliment the overall look and feel of your home. Choose a color based on all the elements of your home’s exterior design, such as roof style and height, the color of the siding, doors, windows, trim, landscape, surrounding environment, etc.

Remember that a metal roof will keep its original color for years, so you should choose a color that you will be pleased with for many years to come.

As a rule of thumb, it is best to go for a roof color that best complements your home’s exterior features and jives well with the existing colors, creating a unified and balanced look through the right degree of contrast.

Siding, Shutters, and Trim

The ideal roof color will achieve the right combination of contrast and visual balance to compliment your home’s exterior. Hence, siding, shutters, and trim colors are important to consider when selecting a metal roof color because they can either complement or clash with the roof color.

For example, if the siding, shutters, and trim are a warm earth tone, such as beige or brown, then a metal roof color in a similar warm tone, such as a copper or bronze color, would complement the overall look of your home. On the other hand, if the siding and trim are a cooler color, such as blue or gray, then a metal roof color in a cool tone, such as silver or charcoal, would be a better fit.

A quick guide to color hues below will help put this all together.

Warm Colors Cool Colors

Warm color scale

  • Warm colors include red, orange, and yellow, and variations of those three colors.
  • Red and yellow are both primary colors, with orange falling in the middle.
  • Warm colors appear closer to the observer.

Cool color scale

  • Cool colors include green, blue, and purple, and variations of those three colors.
  • Blue is the only primary color within the cool spectrum.
  • Greens take on some of the attributes of yellow, and purple takes on some of the attributes of red.
  • They are often more subdued than warm colors.
  • Cool colors appear farther from the observer.


Neutral colors Neutral colors include black, white, gray, tans, and browns. They’re commonly combined with brighter accent colors but they can also be used on their own in designs. The meanings and impressions of neutral colors depend more so upon the colors around them.


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Another factor to consider is the amount of contrast between the siding and trim and the metal roof color. If the siding and trim are a light color, then a darker metal roof color can provide a striking contrast. Alternatively, if the siding and trim use darker colors, then a lighter metal roof color can help create a pleasing contrast.

Ultimately, the choice of a metal roof color should complement and enhance the overall aesthetic of a home, taking into account the colors and tones of the siding and trim.

Roof Shape and Height

A steeper roof can benefit from a lighter color hue so the roof doesn’t look too overpowering, whereas a shallower roof can benefit from a darker color hue to create the right visual balance and make sure the shallow roof is “visible” when you approach the house.

Ultimately, the shape and height of a roof can be used to create different visual effects, and the choice of a metal roof color should be based on how well it complements and enhances the overall exterior design of your home.

Pro Tip: Take a look at the different color samples during different times of the day to make sure that you like a particular color both during bright light hours, as well as when the sun is going down and colors look more subdued.

Galvalume color standing metal roof

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Achieve Desired Effects with Any Roof Color

Today, color choices available in metal roofing are virtually limitless, so it is up to you to decide what effect you want to achieve with the color of your roof.

Choosing a color for your roof that contrasts with your home’s siding or brick color will instantly help your home stand out and command attention. On the other hand, choosing complimentary colors will create a monochromatic scheme that will convey a more classic look and feel.

Another option is to go for an ultra-modern look of bare metal. Stainless steel, Galvalume, titanium, aluminum, copper, zinc, and other exotic metals have a natural distinctive color that sets them apart and can create a beautiful and unique look for your home.

It is also important to know that dark vs. light colors have a tremendous impact on the look of your entire home. Having a lighter color roof will make your house appear taller and may be a great option if your home has a low roof, or if it has a shallow pitch. By contrast, a darker color can make a tall roof seem less overwhelming.

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Trends in Your Neighborhood

While you want the overall look of your home to reflect your personal aesthetic taste, it is also important to consider the general trends of roof colors and styles in your neighborhood.

Walk around and get a sense for the “unwritten aesthetic rules” of your neighborhood. Certainly, you should pick the color that you like the most, but also make sure that your home does not become an eyesore on the block.

Energy Efficiency

The color of your roof plays a major role in helping make your home more energy-efficient, so taking this into consideration will help you save money on your monthly electric bill.

Lighter color roofs reflect sun’s heat much better than darker colors. In fact, a high-end Kynar 500 white metal roof is Energy Star rated and classified as a Cool Roof by the Cool Roof rating council. Such a roof can be reasonably expected to be some 50 to 60 degrees cooler than a darker color asphalt shingles roof.

It is best to choose a light color metal such as white, light bronze, beige, peach, light green or blue, if you live in a region that has a lot of sun and a hotter climate.

A lighter color of the roof will protect your home from unpleasant heat, as well as help lower your monthly energy expenses by as much as 20-30%, as well as help reduce the load on your AC systems during summer.

If your home is located in a cooler climate or you happen to live in a house that has a remarkably well-insulated and ventilated attic space, then choosing a darker color won’t have an impact on your home’s energy performance.

Did you know? Many modern metal roofs boast high energy efficiency and CoolRoof ratings even for darker colors. 😉

To achieve the most energy efficiency and to make your home greener, you can also consider installing photovoltaic solar panels on top of your standing seam metal roof. PV Solar panels can be easily integrated with standing seam metal roofs, without compromising your roof’s beautiful looks or structural integrity.

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Custom Colors and Profiles

The beauty of metal roofing is that it comes in a virtually limitless variety of colors and profiles. If you want to achieve a highly sophisticated and original look for your home, it is possible to order custom colors in just about any profile that will match a specific palette.

You can even order custom levels of gloss or shininess for your metal roof. In addition to custom, solid colors, new technology makes it possible to produce several two-tone and variegated colors that can add a lot of aesthetic appeal to your roof.

Custom colors cost more and there are minimum quantities of material that a manufacturer or supplier will require. However, the larger the job, the more reasonable the price for customization will be, and in this case the extra cost may be well worth the premium, custom look you will get.

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Here are some frequently asked questions about metal roof color selection:

  1. What factors should be considered when choosing a metal roof color? When selecting a metal roof color, it is important to consider your home’s style, surrounding environment, and the overall color scheme including doors, siding, and trim. Other factors such as roof shape, height and pitch should also be considered.
  2. What color options are available for metal roofs? Metal roofs come in a wide range of colors, from traditional shades like black, brown, and gray to bold hues like red, blue, and green. Metallic finishes, such as copper and bronze, are also available.
  3. How do I choose a color that complements the surrounding environment? Consider the natural surroundings of your home, such as the color of the landscape and the nearby houses. Choose a color that blends in with these elements, such as a green or brown tone for a house surrounded by trees.
  4. How do I choose a color that complements my home’s style? Consider the architectural style of the house, such as a modern or traditional design. Choose a color that complements the style, such as a gray or silver color for a modern design house or a dark brown or black for a traditional home.
  5. Can the color of the metal roof affect energy efficiency? Yes, the color of the metal roof can affect energy efficiency. Lighter colors, such as white or beige, reflect more heat and can help to reduce cooling costs in hot climates. Darker colors, such as black or dark gray, absorb more heat and can help to reduce heating costs in cold climates.
  6. What is the best way to see how a metal roof color will look on my home? Most metal roofing manufacturers offer online tools that allow you to upload a photo of your home and experiment with different metal roof colors. Another option is to request metal roof color samples to see the colors in person.

In conclusion, when selecting a metal roof color, consider factors such as your home’s style, surrounding environment, and color scheme. Choose a color that complements these elements and consider the potential energy efficiency benefits of different colors. Experiment with online tools and color samples to find the perfect color for your metal roof.

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41 thoughts on “How to Pick the Right Metal Roof Color: 2024 Buying Guide”

  1. I have a white modular home with black shingle roof and black shutters. We are looking to add a roof on our back porch. Price of lumber now is so high, we are looking to try metal on the porch roof. We’ve heard that black could be too hot, although we live in WV. Any suggestion of any other colors that would look good? or stay with black to match our shingle roof and shutters? We have a white washed look stone as foundation.

    • Hi Debbie,

      With CoolRoof rated (CRRC label) metal roof, even with the least energy-efficient or least reflective colors like black or dark brown, you can still have a more energy efficient roof compared to say gray asphalt shingles.

      Here is an example of CoolRoof rated black color for a metal roof.

      The numbers don’t lie: Black color metal roofs can have an SRI rating between 25-30, which is something that most asphalt shingle roof colors cannot achieve.

      That said, black color is typically the hottest and least energy-efficient. This is typically not a problem if you have a well-vented and properly insulated attic space.

      Always look for the SRI score from CoolRoof when deciding on the most appropriate color with energy efficiency in mind.

      The higher the SRI score the more energy-efficient cool the metal roof will be.

  2. We live in Texas and really want to get a dark bronze or black metal roof but am nervous that it’ll make it hard to cool the house during the summer months. Thoughts?

  3. We live in Texas and really want to get a dark bronze or black metal roof but am nervous that it’ll make it hard to cool the house during the summer months. Thoughts?

    • Hi Crystal,

      Did you check to see whether this particular color and coating comes with a CoolRoof rating?

      If you get a CoolRoof rated color/coating, then it will be fine. Yes, you can still have decent energy efficiency and reduce the AC load with CoolRoof rated colors.

      Proper venting and insulation of your attic space can help your home’s energy efficiency even further.

      That said, lighter colors such as sky blue, silver, light gray will generally reflect more solar radiant heat than darker colors.

      Let us know what you decide and Good Luck!

  4. We live in Southern NH. Winters are extremely cold and we have a post and beam house with very high ceiling. We lose a lot of heat via the ceilings (I think), so we are getting more insulation added on, venting and then a metal roof.

    Summers here can be hot, with temperatures mostly in the 80’s, but a month or so in the 90’s.

    The contractor recommended imperial Rib. Too bad we cannot post pictures here. But we were thinking of going with black.

    Any issues with black color?

  5. We live in Southern NH. Winters are extremely cold and we have a post and beam house with very high ceiling. We lose a lot of heat via the ceilings (I think), so we are getting more insulation added on, venting and then a metal roof.

    Summers here can be hot, with temperatures mostly in the 80’s, but a month or so in the 90’s.

    The contractor recommended imperial Rib. Too bad we cannot post pictures here. But we were thinking of going with black.

    Any issues with black color?

    • Hi Manny,

      No issues with the black color. That said, I recommend going with Kynar 500 equivalent, not acrylic paint. It’s the quality of the paint finish that is the key here.

      I would also ensure that you are getting a minimum thickness of metal at gauge 26, not 29. The lesser the gauge numerically, the thicker the metal.

      I would also definitely recommend getting insulation installed to prevent the warm air from escaping during winter. With proper insulation, you can greatly reduce your heating bills and improve the overall comfort in your home.

  6. I am considering a metal roof for a 1930 two-story reddish brown brick house with white windows and a steep, very visible roof.

    The roofline is varied with gable and hip. No other neighbors have metal roof.

    What color and type (standing seam, metal tile) roof do you suggest?


    • Hi Pat,

      A quick word of caution: if the roof is really difficult and cut-up with a lot of turrets, penetrations, etc., then standing seam may prove to be a challenging job for most installers. You will need to get an installer who has experience installing standing seam on roofs with sophisticated, complex architecture.

      The same is true for metal shingles and tiles, although it’s especially true for standing seam when it comes to funky-shaped roofs.

      Color-wise, some contrast would be nice. However, without seeing the actual house or pictures, it’s difficult to make an informed suggestion.

      That said, you can look at colors that will contrast with the brick exterior, such as green and different variations of green. Note, there are many nice-looking green colors that can look both chick and modern.

      Silver and grey colors can look great on brick homes, as well. Even some of the darker red colors and off-brown colors can look great on red brick homes.

      Good Luck!

  7. Hello,

    We have a 1890’s home with a combination Mansard style roof and traditional sloped roof. We are going with a combination roof (Malarkey Windsor Shingles on Mansard and standing seam on slope) on the replacement.

    The house is located in Western Montana where we have hot summer days and cool nights and cold winters and generally cool/moderate falls and springs.

    Our initial thought is to go with dark colors on both the shingle and metal roofs (Malarkey’s black oak or midnight black) and grey siding with white trim.

    Any insight or advice would be welcome. Thanks

    • Hi Joshua,

      For the metal roof, I would recommend going with a CoolRoof rated color to help reduce your AC bill and improve your home’s comfort during hot summers. Kynar 500 paint finish and CoolRoof rating is what I would recommend in any metal roof regardless of color.

      It’s also a good idea to match the colors of shingles and metal to achieve more harmonious look, unless you prefer to achieve a more accented look.

      Another option is to go 100% with metal roofing rather than combining it with asphalt.

      If you must go with both asphalt and metal, check out a couple of combination examples below:

      shingles and standing seam metal roof combination

      shingles and metal combo

  8. We live in a Chicago suburb and are in need of a roof. Initially, we thought of sticking with the architectural asphalt shingles that are currently on our roof, but are now also considering metal shingles as an option. We are interested in going with a darker reddish color (brick red, colonial red, etc) to match our newer entry doors which are a dark red color.

    We’re having a tough time finding an asphalt shingle in the shade of red we want, so have now turned our thoughts onto metal. The Colonial Red color seems to be very close to our door color, as does the Sequoia Red from Tamko.

    I tried searching for a qualified installer using 150 Points for our area, and sadly no results were found. Would you be able to recommend a qualified metal shingle installer in the Chicagoland area?

    Also, would lightning be an issue with a metal roof?


    • Hi Linda,

      With metal roofing, lightning is never an issue. A metal roof acts as a Faraday cage and in case of a lightning strike would safely dissipate the electric charge.

      A metal roof does not increase the chances of a lightning striking a house, though. The lightning always strikes the tallest object / peak, regardless of the material. A metal roof is also non-combustible making it a safe bet for fire-prone areas.

      In terms of finding a qualified metal roofing installer in Chicagoland, your best bet is to use the find a contractor form on this site. I know there are many qualified installers who can help you with getting a metal shingles roof in the greater Chicago area. Fill out the form and you will be able to get free estimates, talk to pros and ask questions to see which company is the best fit.

      Good Luck!

  9. Hi,

    We are building a home in the Jacksonville, FL area. I definitely want to go with a light color roof, perhaps even white. Our siding will be hardy plank. I’m having difficulty picking the right color combination. We think our windows will be bronze exterior and white exterior. White gutters, too. Husband doesn’t want White House. I do not want anything creamy gold but considering a light-medium gray. Your color suggestions are welcome or if you can direct me to photos of homes, 2 story, with white or light metal roofs. Thanks.

    • Hi Luann,

      You should definitely aim for some contrast between your home’s siding color and the color of your roof.

      For a lighter-color metal roof you may consider off-white colors such as beige. Metallic colors such as silver, light gray, light blueish tones, and yes, even white, if your home’s siding provides a good contrast with the color of the metal roof.

      If you tell us which color you are considering for your siding, I’ll be happy to offer more suggestions.

  10. Is the stone white color less maintenance than Dove Grey? Would the Stone White show dirt more so it would have to be cleaned more than the Dove Grey? I am building a house and would like to use Stone White. I live in Wilmington, NC. I do not have trees leaning over the house.

    • You should go with the color you like provided it will look good with the rest of the house, siding material, roof pitch, and whatever else may affect the curb appeal.

      Maintenance is really a non-issue with metal roofs, as far as the color is concerned. If a lot of birds decide to poop on your roof one day, you can wash with a garden hose the next day if you like. That’s about it in terms of maintenance, though.

  11. Time to start shopping for a new roof. The previous owner of our house put a 3rd layer of shingles on the roof. Can a metal roof go over the 3 layers?

    We are in Syracuse, NY (lots of snow in the winter, 80-90 degree summers). My main goal is not having to shovel the roof in the winter. Do you recommend a dark color so the snow melts and slides off or a light color to keep the summer heat out? Trying to decide between a tan to keep the heat out or a dark green for the snow (also matches the front door and shutters, but they can be repainted).

    Does a metal roof provide enough protection from leaking in a low pitch valley (current problem spot)?

    • Hi Patrick,

      No three layers of shingles is a no go. They need to be removed, plus the deck needs to be inspected before a metal roof is put on.

      Darker colors will help the snow melt for sure.

      How low pitch is the valley? What type of a metal roof is this? Standing seam, metal shingles, ribbed with exposed fasteners?

      Make sure the slope of the valley is in line with what the roofing system is designed for. I would say a minimum slope of 3 to 12 for standing seam. Metal Shingles would be 3 to 12 or 4 to 12 pitch depending on the systems.

      Once the tear off of the old rood is completed, have the deck inspected, you will probably have rotten or damaged wood from roof leaks in the valley.

      Make sure that a breathable synthetic underlayment is installed underneath the metal roof. — It’s a roof underneath the roof, plus it allows your roof deck to breathe.

  12. Aloha,
    I live in Hawaii and currently have a taupe/tan roof, I’m painting my house and thinking about painting my roof as well. Really wanted to do a fun cute color, plantation vibe like dark green or navy blue but would painting in white be a better choice in terms of keeping the house cool (since it’s very HOT here). Or does it really make much of a difference if you are just painting what currently is. Thanks for the help.

  13. I have a white vinyl sided home, with shades of gray stone. It is a ranch style home. I would like to keep the “country” look. We are getting ready to put on a metal roof and I am absolutely befuddled with what color to go with. Can you make some suggestions, or maybe you have pictures of homes similar to mine that you could show me?

    Thanks in advance,


    • Hi Tina,

      I would recommend a contrasting color — creating visual contrast with the color of your vinyl siding.

      If you want a bolder and contrasting look, you can opt for darker blue, strong red, various shades of green, or black. If you want a more neutral look, you can choose silver or gray color.

      I recommend sifting through various pictures of metal roof examples within the top articles on this site.

      Good Luck!

  14. Hi there,

    I am thinking to install metal roof this summer. We live in Seattle, Washington, raining and cold in the winter. with 3 month summer (2 weeks with temperature above 90 degree). What would be a good color for a metal roof and also what grade of metal roof is the best and can last more than 20 years without rust or dent?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Kathy,

      You should go with a lighter color metal roof, such as lighter shades of green, silver, or off-white if you want to attain maximum energy efficiency and keep your home as cool as possible during Summer. However, you can also go with other colors such as red or even black as long as it’s a cool roof-rated color. All things being equal, lighter colors are more energy efficient.

      If you want rust-free longevity, then go with aluminum rather than steel. If you must go with steel, make sure its galvalume or at the very least galvanized steel in case of steel shingles.

      All things being equal, standing seam metal roof will cost more than metal shingles, although performance-wise they offer pretty much the same benefits and longevity. The overall quality of installation is the key to a long-lasting metal roof.

      Things to keep in mind, PV solar integration is easier with standing seam.

      Best of Luck!

  15. When choosing a COLOR – be aware that the reflected light will be the color of your roof and color whatever it reflects onto. Some years ago we had a porch roof on the north side of our house we roofed with a nice GREEN metal roof. What a surprise (mistake!). After it was installed, the ambient reflected light tinged the 2nd floor rooms above the roof in a pale green color. Very noticeable, very objectionable. We had to paint it a neutral cream/tan/grey. So, be careful on lower level roofs.

  16. Hi Alexander,
    Thank you for posting useful tips and information.

    I live in Catskill region and looking for a reliable contractor for metal roof installation. Could you recommend anyone for 12416 zip code?

    • Hi Tatiana,

      I’d recommend starting your search for a metal roofing company by filling out one of the “find a pro” forms on our website — Check out contractors in one of the larger cities / towns nearby to see if you like their work.

      Good Luck and let us know how it goes!

  17. I live in Central Texas and most of the year it is hot, with maybe 6-7 weeks cold weather, but we do get lots of heavy rain at times. What color roof would you suggest. I really like the interstate blue, but not sure if that would work in my region for energy saving purpose.

    • Hi Hope,

      A lighter blue color, such as sky blue, would be more energy efficient than a darker one such as, however you should also focus your attention on the quality of coating. Is there a CoolRoof rating available for that particular color and/or system/coil manufacturer? Most systems and colors will have energy ratings assigned/associated with them. Pick the one that promises the most savings in terms of energy efficiency, while also looking good and aesthetically appropriate in terms of your home’s curb appeal.

      Please share the picture of your home with us, once the job is completed!

  18. I live in Northern Idaho and do want a metal roof installed. I purchased my home new 14 years ago only to learn now that no flashing was installed and now the roof is leaking when snow melts into my home in addition to particle board rot. Contractors in my area only need to pay a fee to be called licensed contractors. Here today & gone tomorrow. I am especially susceptible to these type of contractors being a single woman. Is there any company you are able to refer me to in my area? Kootenia county.

    • Hi Deborah,

      Your situation is not unique and it sounds like you will not only have to replace the roof and flashing, but also the particle board that has been exposed to moisture and is now rotting underneath the roof. You can find a quality roofing company by filling out the form on our site.

      Good Luck!

    • Hi Debora,
      I had a financial nightmare with a so-called contractor. I, too, am a single woman and I was devastated by his dishonesty. I had recently moved and knew nobody! Lesson: ask, ask, ask, ask everyone you meet who lives in the area for recommendations. Go SEE their work. Make SURE that YOU, personally, get the work permit(s) from your town. All they need are the project plans/blueprints and money!

    • No problem, many homeowners go back and forth before making a decision about their next roof. As a homeowner and a contractor who has a metal roof installed on my home, I would highly recommend metal roofing before any other remodeling upgrade. Here is a great read on metal roofing vs. shingles if you are looking for additional points:

      If you happen to live in New England, I can put you in touch with a quality company to help answer any questions you may have including get some idea on how much a new metal roof might cost, as well as comparing different options.

  19. How does metal roofing affect cell phones and wireless connections on computers? I am hearing its not very good. Was wanting to install metal on my home.

    • Hello Laura,

      Metal Roofing has no effect on wireless connections. Have you ever tried to use a cellphone on an airplane during the times when the use of electronic devices is allowed? Well, you can use it just fine. The airplane outer body is usually made of aluminum, with the exception of the latest models of airplanes that are made out of carbon fiber. Your wireless connections should function just fine. I have a metal roof on my house, and we use wireless connections for our computers. – They work perfectly fine. Hope this helps!

      • Not entirely true.

        RF propagation for cell phones is almost a black art especially when it comes to shielding effects.

        WIFI is an entire separate set of problems.

    • Hi Laura,

      Well, i think it does a little, but I’m not sure 100%.

      I have a metal roof and inside the house the phone reception is not as good as outside. But, I have t-mobile which had bad service around my house for the longest time (just now added LTE) and very weak signal.

      So it is probably t-mobile’s bad reception. When I had AT&T (before metal roof was put on) reception was always weak inside, and good outside as well.

      • It sounds like a general issue with your cellphone reception due to a weak signal from your carrier. When your signal is barely OK, it will negatively affect your reception inside the house as the signal weakens whenever it travels through the walls of a building and other physical obstacles like concrete walls etc… I had a similar problem with t-mobile signal as well — poor reception inside the house, and fair reception outside. When we switched to a different carrier it was no longer an issue. A metal roof or asphalt should not make a major difference, though. I used to have aluminum siding all around the house, and it did not seem to effect my reception in any noticeable way. I think it’s all about how good the reception in your location is generally speaking… If you got a great signal, then it does not matter what type of roof you have.


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