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Posted by McElroy Metal ● Jul 27, 2021 8:00 AM

What to Consider When Picking the Right Roof Color for Your Home

When it comes to selecting a metal roof for your home, the most difficult part can sometimes be finding the color that fits your desired aesthetic.

Ultimately, the color you select is a matter of your personal style and preference, but there are design considerations that can help to guide you through the decision-making process.  

Architectural Color Chip DeckMetal roofing can last 60 or more years with minimal maintenance or repairs, so you want to make sure you evaluate your choices and select a color that leaves you pleased with your investment for decades! 

There are many dynamics to consider when selecting your metal roof color. 

  • Do you want your home to stand out or blend in with the neighborhood? 
  • Do you need to consider how the home fits into its natural environment? 
  • Does your neighborhood or HOA have particular design considerations that your home must comply with? 

The metal roof system you choose will determine the metal roof colors available to you, but the following design considerations can help you decide your personal style for whatever panel system you select. 

Residence Refugio, TXComplementary vs. Contrast

Selecting a contrasting color will make your roof visually pop and stand out from the rest of your home. In this application, your home will command attention and your color selection is designed to make a visual impact. Picture a red metal roof on a light exterior home. On the contrary, selecting a complementary color for your roof will offer your home a more classic look. The complementary color of your roof will blend with the color of your home to create a cohesive look for the exterior of your home. 

Galvalume Provenance House Shreveport, LA  Light Colored vs Dark Colored 

The color you choose for your metal roof can affect the visual height of your home. If you are trying to add height to your home, a lighter-colored roof can make your house appear taller. Homes with a low slope or a shallow pitch will often appear taller with a lighter-colored metal roof. A dark-colored roof will have the opposite effect and create a lower profile to the home’s exterior. Also, it's important to consider that lighter colors can help maximize the 10-20% energy savings that metal roofing can offer.  

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to selecting the roof color that’s the best fit for your home. Even better, McElroy Metal has a variety of resources to help you further navigate the process! 

blog.mcelroymetal.comhs-fshubfsproductsMedallion-LokImage-Gallery5_800x532When to Go Neutral

For homes constructed using brick or natural stone materials, neutral tones are often the best option and can complement the beauty of these natural materials. Browns and grays can play into the warm tones already present in your home’s exterior, while green metal roofs can nicely complement red brick or log construction for a rustic look. Light grays are frequently used for metal roofs on light and colorful coastal-style homes.

McElroy Metal has compiled a selection of resources to help you select the metal roofing color that helps you to achieve an aesthetic you’ll love for decades.

Our Residential Metal Roof Resources include: 

  • Downloadable color charts organized by product and product color and filtering tools to narrow down what colors are available for all roofing products
  • Residential photo gallery to help find your style
  • Visualizer tool – upload a picture of your home and try out different panel and color options!

Download the Residential Metal Roofing Guide

Learn everything you need to know about Residential Metal Roofing. Check out our metal roofing resources for inspiration and answers to your questions.

About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The family-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 13 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.

Topics: Residential

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