Is red the new black? Top roofing trends for 2018 are “standing out from the crowd.” With more color options available than any other roofing type, metal roofing color trends are setting the tone for the latest in homeowner style preferences. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), “predictions for the most popular shades this year include bright reds, brilliant whites and moody deep blues. Multi-tones and raw organic hues such as copper, titanium and bright stainless steel also are attracting homeowners for their one-of-a-kind appeal.”
MRA offers the following tips in choosing the right color roof:
1) View it in all lights
Recognize that colors will look different on cloudy days vs. bright sunshine, in the morning and as the evening turns dark.
2) Make sure pretty is practical
A white metal roof is considered a “cool roof” and can be 50 to 60 degrees cooler than a dark color asphalt shingle roof. Choose a lighter shade if you live in a sunny, hot climate region for maximum energy efficiency.
3) Consider your surroundings
Paint colors tend to change, but metal roofs will last for more than a half century. The best bet is to ensure the color you choose fits with the style of your home and neighborhood.
4) Stand up to the test of time
Homeowners who want to ensure their roof’s color stays the same tomorrow as it is today should select material with high quality paint finishes, such as PVDF coatings. For those who prefer natural variances, some bare metals like copper will patina and naturally change color over time.
5) Try it on
The MRA offers a free online visualizer on its website where homeowners can upload a photo and see how their home might look with different types of roofing color and style options—a good way to try before buying.