Best Metal Roof Colors On Houses (2023)

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Contrary to common misconceptions, there is a wide range of metal roof colors and finishes that can beautifully match any house style.

Since metal is a lifetime material, and your new roof will cost at least $9,000-11,000 you want to pick a color that you will be happy with for many years to come.

In addition to curb appeal, it is important to consider the quality of the metal roof paint. Choosing a budget vs. premium coating will have a direct impact on how your roof will look ten, twenty, and thirty years down the line.

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Best Colors of Metal Roofs

You can order your metal roof literally in any color you can imagine! In general, there are five categories:

standard colors
premium special order colors
two-tone colors
bare metal colors
custom roof colors

Lets take a closer look at each of these metal roofing color options below.

1. Standard Tin Roof Colors

There is a wide selection of pre-mixed or stock metal roof coating choices. Each metal roofing manufacturer will have at least a few dozen of these colors readily available.

These color options are the most budget-friendly and convenient, since they are pre-mixed and ready to order.

However, while most standard roofing colors are similar across manufacturers, certain shades will vary.

Something that is pre-mixed from one manufacturer, may have to be a special order from another.

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Take a look at this metal roof color chart:

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Moreover, standard colors can also vary depending on the roof’s profile. For example, standard metal roofing paint for standing seam roofing panels may not be the same as the standard paint used for metal shake.

This means that your best bet is to first look online and then request catalogs from manufacturers whose colors you found appealing.

Special Order Roof Colors

There is a selection of regularly available premium shades for different metal roofing profiles.

You can even chose from multi-tone mixes that very closely resemble Aged Copper, Natural Bronze, etc. These custom color will cost 10-15% more than standard options.

metal roof colors and styles

Two-Toned or Variegated Metal Roof Colors

metal roof colors on houses

This is a fairly new color coating technology that allows the metal roof coating to combine two tones of color, producing a dimensional and sophisticated look.

You may find that the selection of the two-toned options is still limited, but it is growing daily, as manufacturers master the process.

If you are interested in these trendy colors, contact a few different companies to take a look at their selection.

One manufacturer that does a spectacular job with this technology is EDCO. Their steel roof colors realistically replicate wood shake and slate.

Here is an example of their gorgeous ArowLine Slate Roofing product line.

standing seam metal roof colors

Another manufacturer, pioneering two-tone colors is Matterhorn. While the company is a new player in the field, they have been recently acquired by CertainTeed, so they have a highly reputable, building products manufacturer standing behind their products.

Matterhorn has come out with unique and beautiful lines of Metal Shake and Metal Slate that are sure to turn heads. Looking at this roof, very few people would be able to tell its metal!

Here is a sample of their options. You can choose from 4 shades that closely replicate the stages of color changes on a real cedar shake roof, from rich browns to the famous silver-grey tones.

Metal Roof Color Chart

Here is what a finished roof looks like:

steel roof colors

Bare Metal Roof Colors

Who said that a metal roof needs to painted?

Here is an example of an unpainted steel roof on a contemporary beach house.

Colors of Metal Roofs

Plenty of people enjoy the look of bare metal, and for good reasons.

Especially on modern style homes and on the standing seam profile, this option is very attractive.

Aluminum, steel, copper, and zinc each have a distinct look that can rival the beauty of any painted color.

Custom Color Metal Roofs

Colors for a metal roof

If you have your heart set on a special color metal that is not readily available, it can be custom made.

In fact, options are virtually limitless and include custom levels of shininess or gloss. These come with a premium price tag, but may be well worth the cost given the length of time this roof will be on your home.

Note, that the extra cost will depend greatly on the size of the job. There needs to be a minimum quantity of material for which a manufacturer would be willing to produce the custom order.

The larger your metal roof, the more reasonable the extra cost will be.

Your installer can help you figure out exactly how much you can expect to spend to put a custom color on your roof.

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What Is The Best Paint For A Metal Roof?

Typically metal roofs are manufactured using two types of roof color coatings : Kynar/Hylar roof coating or SMP coatings.

Its recommended to go for Kynar color coatings, as these provide more fade and chalking and chipping resistance over time, compared to the cheaper SMP coatings.

If you want to paint your metal roof, you should use Acrylic latex paint. This type of paint can be used to paint both bare metal roofs as well as metal roofs that already have a paint coating on them.

How Often Do You Need To Paint A Metal Roof?

If you got a high-quality Kynar/Hylar paint coating from the metal roofing manufacturer, you will not need to repaint your metal roof for at least 20-30 years.

Even after that time, you will not need to do an entire roof paint job, only small touch ups, here and there.

On the other hand, if you got a lower quality metal roof paint coating, you may need to repaint your roof as quickly as 12-18 years, depending on the severity of the local weather conditions.

If you initially installed a bare metal roof decided to paint it yourself, this paint job will need to be repeated every 10-12 years, depending on a number of factors.

Can You Restore A Faded Metal Roof?

Yes! To bring an old faded metal roof back to life, you will need to first put a thick coat of primer on the entire surface of the roof. Once it dries, you can apply the new roof color.

Its very important to make sure that the primer and paint coating you use is especially designed for metal roofs.

What Color Metal Roof Is The Coolest?

Many homeowners worry that a metal roof may make the inside of their house hotter by attracting heat.

This is actually not true, because all metal roofs are actually a lot more energy efficient compared to asphalt roofs because metal repels sun rays and keeps the house cooler.

However, if you want to ensure that you have a truly cool roof with the most energy efficiency, its best to select the lightest roof color coatings, such as: white, bare metal colors, light blue, light green, beige, light grey, peach, etc.

What Color Metal Roof Fades The Least?

In general, how quickly your metal roof color fades depends on the quality of the original paint coatings. High quality roof paint is manufactured to be resistant to fading for many years to come, even when exposed to sun for many months out of the year.

If you are worried about fading and don’t want to invest into a high-end paint coating, its best to select lighter metal roof colors, since fading will not be very noticeable.

On the other hand, very bright vivid colors will tend to fade faster and will also look less attractive as more fading takes place.

How To Choose The Right Metal Roof Color

Ideally, the color of your roof will complement and elevate the look of your home. Here are simple, but time-tested design tips to consider.

You can also check out our comprehensive guide on the best House and Roof Color Combinations.

1. With permanent house siding, be extra careful about your roof color

metal roof paint colors

There are many beautiful roof and house color combinations. On a stone or brick home, it is critical to pick a color that will match well, as you don’t have the option to repaint your siding.

In case of a metal roof, you also will not be replacing it any time soon.

Consequently, try to avoid very dark or bright shades (especially if you have a large roof), as you don’t want it to be the first and the only thing that stands out about your house.

You should also steer clear of overly earthly colors such as brown, as these make the entire house look heavy and boring.

Instead, your best bet would be something custom. Take a careful look at your brick or stone, and consider some complementary shades.

2. On a traditional style home, stay away from bright, bold hues

blue metal roof

Most traditional style homes work well with both neutral and darker colors. For example, a brown metal roof is usually a very beautiful and safe choice. Unusual or very bright tones may look off -putting on a traditional style home.

Here are home styles that call for special colors:

French Country: these homes look amazing with the green bluish shades that imitate slate

Spanish or Mediterranean: a staple roof color on these homes is the terracotta/orange/reddish tile

Contemporary: these homes may call for a bold shade to complement some unique architectural choices. For example, a black metal roof can beautiful on such a modern house.

Also, as we previously discussed the look of bare metal works very well on many such homes. In recent years, installing a black metal roof has becomes a trend on many modern houses.

3. A light color roof makes the house appear taller
Metal Roof Colors

A light shade may be a great option, if you want your house to appear taller. Moreover, it may work well if your home has a low roof pitch. White metal roofs are a popular choice in areas that get year round exposure to sun and very hot temperatures.

4. Take a look at roof color samples in different lighting conditions

Tin Roof Colors

This is a crucial tip that many people miss. Exterior coatings, including those of your roof will look very different depending on the time of day/amount of light.

Something that looks great in your living room under electric light, may look less than desirable in natural light.

Take your samples and evaluate them in the sun, in the shade and at different hours of the day. Pick the one you like under most of the lighting conditions.

5. The roof should fit in to its surrounding environment

Metal Roofing Colors

In addition to considering the exterior colors of your house, take a look at other dominating hues in your surroundings.

Are there trees around your house, a large green lawn, a lake, or a river? What colors are most of the houses and roofs in your neighborhood?

Picking a similar tone will make your new roof fit right into its surroundings, instead of being an eyesore.

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Author: Leo B
For over 20 years Leo has run a successful roofing business in New England, specializing in metal roofing, as well as cool flat roofing technologies. Having replaced and installed hundreds of roofs in New England, Leo has first hand experience with pretty much every residential roofing material and roofing manufacturer available in the US.
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23 comments on “Best Metal Roof Colors On Houses (2023)

  1. If I send you picture of roof can you see how gray snd also black metal roof would look on my house

  2. We have a house in the country the siding is JH Evening Blue and trim SW 6644. the windowes are white. what color of a metal roof would you recomend?

  3. I would like to HC-16 Panel 22 Gauge Steel 0.040 Aluminum 12 length,in your store/company i would be happy if you can get back to me again with the prices and dimensions you having available in a moment,and also do you take all types of Credit Cards as your payment required?Kindly get back to me here or on phone so that we will work together as one panther.All the best and stay blessed.

  4. Our house is a 30 year old cypress wood framed house & we are thinking of putting a metal roof on. I’m really confused in what color to go with. I’m not really big on the bold colors. My husband suggested the silver. What do you think?

  5. I’ve been considering getting a metal roof for my home. It’s good to know that it can come in several different colors and styles. I really like the look of the forest green one. I think that would end up looking great on my house. A two toned roof would look great for adding more dimension and interest too, like you said.

  6. We have a red brick ranch style house with dark green shutters. what are my color options? Which do you think would be the better pick?

    1. Melvin,

      I think Red, Brown or Grey will work pretty well with brick. Also If you go with a metal shingle type roof, you can get Grey or Patina Green color in Slate profile.

      With that, the only thing is green shutters – that just doesn’t look good in my opinion, but it’s your home, so your decision.

      Cheers, Leo

  7. Hi!

    I have a brick ranch style home. The bricks are a mixture of red, peach, and dark charcoal. We would love to save energy and make the appearance of the ceiling with Light Stone. Would that look alright on our home? Should I choose a dark color instead?

    Thank you so much!

  8. My husband and I have been wanting a metal roof for our home, but we can’t seem to decide on what color we want. That is a good idea to request some catalogs from different manufacturers and see which colors are most appealing. Different manufacturers may have different colors we might not have seen before. Thank you for the information!

  9. Hey there fellow metal roofer,
    I have to admit this is one heck of an article!
    There’s nothing like a brand new metal roof.

    Keep on Roofin’

    1. Mike,

      All colors may show mold and algae. However, those don’t grow well on metal, unless you are in really wooded area, with very humid air, and not much sun on your roof.

      Mold and algae are usually dirty beige/brown color, sometimes greenish… so light brown color is best (in my opinion) to “mask” mold and algae. However, I think best is to trim tree branches over the roof, to expose it to sun.

      Good luck

  10. Wow, I didn’t realize that a light shade of roof can make a house appear taller. My home has a low roof pitch, and the current roof has been leaking a lot lately. Perhaps I should look into getting steel roofing with a light shade when I get it repaired.

  11. Trying to find an answer to this one question . I have searched and searched and only get varied percentages based on shingle vs metal.

    Question: How much in $$$$ would be saved choosing a metal roof in Ocean Blue vs Linen White. I have researched and seen the reflectivity stats. For instance the blue might be 0.23 and the white 0.73 but what does that equate to in dollars. I live in south Florida. Thank you so much.

    1. Hilarie,

      First – no one can answer that question, because of so many OTHER variables that affect savings on energy use. For example – poor wall insulation, leaky windows, poor roof insulation/ventilation, etc. Each house is different, and each town has different electric rates, and AC usage habits differ. Therefore – you pretty much cannot calculate savings for a particular individual.

      However, metal roofs are extremely energy efficient by “nature”, so:

      1 – both colors are very much energy efficient.
      2 – a metal roof is considerably more efficient than asphalt shingles BECAUSE it dissipates heat very fast and does not STORE it (doesn’t act as thermal mass), unlike asphalt shingles. This means that after the sun goes down, the heat is “cut off”. With shingles, the roof continues to transfer heat inside the house for hours after the sun goes down.
      3 – there is usually 1/8″ to 1/4″ gap between metal and roof deck, and this space prevents a lot of heat transfer to the attic.

      Given all of the above, it doesn’t much matter what the actual reflectivity of a “cool roof” paint is – its very efficient.

      Bottom line – choose the color that you like.

  12. Thanks for the tips on choosing a metal roof! My wife and I are going to have a metal roof put in this year, but we haven’t decided which color to use! I like that you mentioned that bare metal coloring is a good option for modern homes. My wife and I are going for a modern vibe, so this might be a perfect choice for us.

  13. Many people are afraid that a metal roof won’t match their home as they have a misconception that with metal roofs there are less choices of colors. The fact is that modern metal roofs are available in wide variety of designs, shapes, colors and textures. This post is definitely going to clear out many misconceptions about metal roofing and thus is worth reading. I often have queries regarding the paint on metal roofs and I also suggest that they look for quality paints instead of low quality ones. Saving on paint can lead to high cost repairs sooner or later.

  14. We are a roofing construction company in Africa.We roof mostly using decra tiles and we are interested in your products in Africa.