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Getting the Most Out of Your Metal Roofing: Choosing Colors, Styles and Materials

Getting the Most Out of Your Metal Roofing: Choosing Colors, Styles and Materials

You can’t go wrong with metal roofing regarding style, durability, and energy efficiency. Nothing compares to its style and beauty, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice practicality. Because metal roofs are made with different materials like steel and zinc, they come in a wide array of colors allowing you to choose the shade that suits your home and lifestyle.

Choosing Colors

Metal roofing comes in many different colors, but there are some things you should know before making a final decision. First of all, traditional metal roofs are all made of steel, which means they’re good at reflecting heat. That’s why they’re often painted white or silver, reflecting as much heat as possible. The downside is that they can also reflect sunlight and glare into your home during the day. If you want to avoid this problem, there are several ways to do so:

1) Choose a dark color for your metal roofing. Darker colors like black or brown absorb more heat than lighter colors like silver or white and reflect less light into your home in the daytime.

2) Paint the underside of your roof with a darker color than the top side. This will help block sunlight from coming through from underneath when it shines through gaps between shingles or tiles.

Popular Metal Roofing Colors

Metal roofs come in an array of colors that you can choose from. Here are some of the most popular:

Black – Black metal roofs are great for homes with a traditional look. They pair well with brick or stone siding on your home, so if you have one of these features, black metal roofing may be a good option for you.

Brown – Brown metal roofs give off an earthy vibe that many people love. They also look great on houses with cedar shakes or other natural materials (such as an A-frame cabin).

Red – Red metal roofs are another popular choice among homeowners because they look beautiful against the blue sky or deep green grass during summer. Red metal roofs also complement many color schemes, such as neutral walls and hardwood floors, inside homes today.

Different Types of Metal Roofing Designs

Metal roofing panels are available in a wide range of styles. Some of the most popular include:

Standing Seam Panels

Installed with a joint seam covered with a protective coating, standing seam panels are made from rectangular sections of steel and can be installed on roofs with any pitch. They’re also resistant to hail damage, making them an excellent choice for areas with frequent storms.

Corrugated Metal Panels

Also known as corrugated steel roofing panels, these systems consist of a series of interlocking channels formed by grooves that run across the panel’s surface. They’re generally used as low-slope roofing material or for covering flat buildings such as garages, warehouses, and barns.

Curved Metal Roofing Panels

Curved metal roofing panels are generally used in commercial applications where there’s sufficient space to install curved roofing systems, such as stadiums or arenas. The curved shape helps deflect wind away from the building while providing an attractive aesthetic appearance.

Batten-seam Roof

A batten seam is a popular choice for residential homes because it is easy to install and inexpensive. These roofs consist of interlocking panels laid over each other like shingles. This type of metal roofing can be installed on flat or sloped roofs and is ideal for homes with a small budget and limited space for storage.

Snap-lock Roof

Snap lock roofs offer greater durability than batten seam roofs because they have fewer seams. Snap lock panels also have an extra layer of insulation that helps keep heat inside during winter while keeping cool air out during summer. The only downside to this type of roof is that it may not be suitable for every home because it requires more storage space than a batten seam roof.


The finish on your metal roof is crucial to its longevity and appearance. The top coat protects the metal from corrosion and oxidation, so ensure it has an exterior grade material such as zinc or aluminum. It should also withstand temperatures between -40F and 180F (-40C to 82C) and resist stains and fading caused by ultraviolet light exposure. Certain finishes may be better suited for high-moisture areas like coastal regions or rainforests, while others are more suited for dry climates like deserts or saltwater environments.

As you can now see, choosing a metal roof for your house is only the first step in the process. It’s essential to do some research before you begin to narrow down your choices, and there are several considerations to be made that may seem minor but will figure heavily into your decision. In any case, it’s helpful to know what to look for when shopping around for a metal roof; hopefully, this article has helped you gain some insight and will help you get the most from your purchase. To learn more about getting the most out of your metal roofing, contact us at Old Time Roofing today!