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Best Colors For Metal Roofing


Here's another in our Q&A series. Have a burning roofing question? Post in the comments and we'll reply with a blog post dedicated to your question!

Q. Are metal roofs available in more than just shades of gray? What are the best colors for metal roofing?

A. Yes. In fact, one of the features of metal roofing that make it superior to most other roofing materials is the fact that it can come in a virtually unlimited number of profiles and color choices. Like painting a house, metal can be finished in any number of colors, including custom colors to match specific palettes. Now, it's true that to have a particular profile in a particular color might be rather expensive if no one has made that combination before or stocks it regularly. Fortunately, there are a number of color choices that are available as "stock" colors that are readily available in most profiles and metals, as well as regularly available "special order" colors that offer more choices. On top of these offerings it is possible to produce just about any profile we have in just about any color a client might desire. And not only custom colors, but even custom levels of gloss or shininess.

Of course, such customization costs more money and there are minimum quantities of material that any manufacturer would want to finish in order to justify the expense, but it's certainly available and not an uncommon request by architects or knowledgeable clients. Depending on the size of the job - large jobs can have a just small premium for such customization - it can be quite a reasonable option. In addition to the wide variety of solid colors, there are now a number of two-tone and variegated colors that can add a lot of interest to a roof. These multi-tone roofs are relatively new and the number of choices in such finishes is expanding daily as more manufacturers discover ways of accomplishing this technique with more and better results.  

Here's an example of one of the newer metal shake profiles in a two-tone "Aged Copper" finish by one of the top manufacturers of such materials. This effect give the finished product a much more sophisticated look than is usually possible with any single tone finish.

copper colored metal roofing | Metal Roof Network

In addition to the wide variety of smooth and textured finishes available on metal roofing, there are natural or "bare" metal roofs from which to choose. Copper, zinc, steel, aluminum and a few other even more exotic metals are all made into roofing and each has a distinctive color that sets it apart.

The last thing to consider when choosing a color is that the lighter colors are more reflective of heat than the darker. This can be tremendously useful when controlling solar heat transfer to a roof deck (and/or attic) is desirable. In fact, a white metal roof in one of the new "Energy Star" reflective coatings is about the coolest possible roof covering available. Such a roof can be 50 or 60 degrees cooler than a dark shingle roof!

finished steel roof panels | Metal Roof Network


It's amazing how versatile a metal roof can be. Some of those roofs would be hard to tell that they were metal. Great site.
Posted @ Tuesday, September 06, 2011 4:33 PM by Craig
Hey, thanks Craig! And you're right that metal is a versatile product. We've found that some of our customers have admired roofs in their neighborhood without even knowing they were made of metal - and how it changed their perception once they found out! Thanks for visiting.
Posted @ Tuesday, September 06, 2011 6:14 PM by Jessica Timmons
I am intrested in using a colored (brown/bronze color) metal roof, but was told that the color would fade. Is this correct? 
Thank you for your response, 
Posted @ Thursday, January 12, 2012 11:39 PM by Laura
Hi Laura, 
It depends on the quality of the finish. There are a number of types of finishes that are used on zinc-coated steels and aluminum metal roofing (the most popular type of colored metal roofing materials). Some of them are made of very pigment-dense finishes that have 40+ year fade warranties, and some are made of cheaper paints that are likely to fade in a decade or less. Like many other things - you get what you pay for. 
If you're shopping for metal roofing and require a colored finish with a long lifespan, we'd be happy to help you specify and source the best metal and finish for your specific needs. 
Thanks for the question! Hope it helps. 
Posted @ Friday, January 13, 2012 7:16 PM by Jessica Timmons
What color is the pic of the metal steel roof the grey looking one? 
Posted @ Monday, February 20, 2012 10:56 PM by Harmony Marotz
Hi Harmony, 
Thanks for your question. It's actually finished steel panels in white, not gray, though we do have a lovely dove gray in the same material and profile. Please let me know if you need further information, and thanks again.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:49 PM by Jessica Timmons
I'd like to find a source for a long lasting example of one: an aged copper metal roof (with the green/blue patina) and also a new copper metal color roof. I want these to be steel (or other non copper metal) that have been treated to look like copper, with something as close to a lifetime warranty on the color treatment.
Posted @ Friday, May 25, 2012 9:10 AM by Andy Bell
Who is the manufacuter you reference above who makes the tow tone aged copper finish?
Posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 4:05 PM by Nick Boss
Hi Nick, we actually have multiple sources for our printed metal finishes, and different finishes are available on different metals. If you let us know what type of application you have in mind, we can make a useful recommendation. Thanks for the question.
Posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 11:03 PM by Jessica
Hello, I'm looking for a copper colored metal roofing material (like above) to be used on top of a boat house. Can you direct me to the right supplier? Thanks!
Posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 1:54 PM by Brian
I have a red/mocha brick house and plan on getting a copper metallic roof. What trim color is recommended?
Posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 5:22 PM by Jennifer
One thing I want to know is just how easy is it for someone to walk on the rooftop. Would it crease?
Posted @ Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:42 PM by Michael D.
Hi Nick, thanks for the question. Check out the blog post we wrote to answer it:
Posted @ Sunday, September 23, 2012 4:53 PM by Jessica Timmons
Is anyone yet making a metal shingle roof that emulates a slate roof made with different colored tiles randomly mixed.?
Posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 11:57 PM by John Brodemus
what is the deference in white and galvaloom finish for heat reflectivity
Posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:40 PM by joseph robinson
Generally speaking, a white finish will make a metal roof less absorptive of the heat of the sun than an unfinished metal roof. There are different types of white paint with differing glosses, and there are different finishes on zinc-coated steel (including galvalume panels) that will effect their relative performance, but if having the most heat-reflective surface is your priority, then it’s a good bet to specify a white one. 
I hope that answers your question, and if you’re needing to purchase a metal roof with maximized heat-reflective properties we’d be pleased to be considered as your first source!
Posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:40 PM by Jessica Timmons
John, check out our blog post on mixed metal roofing -
Posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:42 PM by Jessica Timmons
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