What to consider when choosing a roof color

Isaiah Choose Roof Color
November 29, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.

By Isaiah Industries. 

With a myriad of options, choosing not only the type of roofing for your home but also the color can be both exciting and challenging. Here are some of the common things to consider when choosing your roof’s look. 

Freedom of choice is an exciting prospect, but also an overwhelming one. Especially when it’s something like the roof of your home, a point where aesthetics and functionality meet. In some scenarios, the roof is half of what a person notices when they arrive at your property. It also can affect the resale value of your home, depending on its curb appeal – the quality of the material and whether the color clashes with your siding. It can be an intimidating decision, but the experts at Isaiah Industries put together a guide to help you understand your options and make an informed decision.  

What’s the hue for you? 

Today’s offerings don’t limit your choices to black, brown or gray. Instead, a broad palette of colors allows you to coordinate your home’s colors or stand out from your neighbors.  

There are many helpful online resources for looking at colors and designs for home exteriors. Paint companies like Behr, Sherwin Williams and Valspar have great websites. Give them a look because updating your roof might inspire change elsewhere. 

On the site Classic Metal Roofing Systems, there is a wide range of colors to help homeowners find the perfect roof. They provide a selection of multi-hued finishes, like their Slate Rock series. They can even create a custom hue for you!  

How does roof color impact energy efficiency? 

Color also impacts the energy efficiency of your roof significantly as modern metal roofing coatings have advanced. For example, Classic Metal Roofing’s PVDF coatings come standard with reflective pigment in all colors, including darker tones. However, despite these advances, lighter colors still outperform darker ones.  

In a Florida Solar Energy Center study, the color Brown Aluminum Shake resulted in a 33.5% reduction in cooling load for a 2000 sq. ft. home compared to asphalt shingles. Compared to asphalt shingles, the study shows a 38% reduction with the color Ivory Aluminum Shake. 

A good rule of thumb is that reflective color coatings plus thermal break plus proper ventilation equals energy savings! 

A thermal break separates the roofing material and the roof deck. This small air gap blocks conductive heat transfer so that, even though the roof gets warm in the sun, it does not contact the deck or transfer the warmth. Studies show that a thermal break reduces air conditioning costs more efficiently than a reflective color. With thermal breaks and proper attic ventilation, a highly reflective roof can reduce summer energy costs by 20% or more.  

Visualize a new color for your roof 

Metal roofs offer many options to beautify and protect your home, from bold colors to comforting earth tones. To help with your color selection, Classic Metal Roofing Systems has an online visualizer. You can try colors on sample homes or upload an image of your own home. They have tutorial videos on using it, but you can also reach out to them for more help. 

Original article source: Isaiah Industries

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