How to Choose Your Roof’s Color

March 24, 2022 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Newsletter Articles

In your search for a new roof, you’ll quickly discover that not only are there many types of roofing, but each one comes with plenty of different colors to choose from. This freedom is exciting to some and paralyzing to others. Why? Unlike many home improvements, a roof is a semi-permanent choice, something you will need to live with for a while. 

Consider how much of your home’s visible exterior is the roof as you plan. In some cases, more than half of what someone sees as they drive up is the roof. This realization may help you understand how critical color selection is. 

If you choose a color that clashes with the rest of your home, you might dramatically limit sale prospects in the future. Also, some materials last much longer than others, adding more weight to the decision. 

The beauty of roof color choice:

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. 

What’s the hue for you?

At Classic Metal Roofing Systems, we offer a wide range of colors to help homeowners find the perfect roof. We provide a selection of multi-hued finishes, like our Slate Rock series. We 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. Classic Metal Roofing’s PVDF coatings come standard with reflective pigment in all colors, including darker tones. Despite these advances, lighter colors still outperform darker ones. 

In a Florida Solar Energy Center study, our 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 our Ivory Aluminum Shake.

Reflective Color Coatings + Thermal Break + Proper Ventilation = 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 doesn’t 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

Bold and Beautiful: Visualize a new color for your roof

A Classic Metal Roof offers many options to beautify and protect your home, from bold colors to comforting earth tones. 

To help with your color selection, try our online visualizer with sample homes or upload an image of your own home. We have tutorial videos, but if you run into any trouble, email us a clear photo of your home, let us know what colors and products you’d like to see, and we will email back images for your consideration. Please send photos and information to us at

Give us a call at 1-800-543-8938. Our friendly team of roofing professionals is here to help answer your roofing, ventilation, and color questions.