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How to Pick the Right Finish for Your Metal Roof

Metal Roof
When most people think about metal roofs, they picture an aluminum corrugated style. But that's just one of many options for metal roofs.

Metal roofing technologies have progressed leaps and bounds in recent years. You can find a metal roof that matches any kind of home, from Victorian townhouses to rambling ranch homes. You can even find metal roofing that looks just like other roofing types - but lasts longer and prevents leaks better.

To find out more about the various colors and finishes available for your home, just keep reading.

Choose From Any Texture

M people imagine metal roofing as flat strips of metal that can form long, flat surfaces or be bent into waves.

However, metal roofs can be stamped to mimic any material. You can find metal roofing that looks just like traditional roofing materials like shingles, tiles, slate, or even wood. They are even cut into the proper shapes and installed using hidden fastenings and interlocking panels, just like traditional tiles or shingles.

Some metal roofs can be stone-coated with acrylic coatings and granules made of real stone to mimic the texture of asphalt, shingles, or tile. Paint can be applied on top to create the proper tone to match your home.

Then again, you might prefer the classic look of standing-seam metal roofs, which are made up of long vertical panels of metal with visible seams. This style is traditionally installed on an angled roof so rain and snow can easily slide off the roof. Even in mild climates, this look works perfectly with lodges, cabins, and buildings that want to combine the rustic with the modern.

Choose From Any Color

Metal roofs are treated with anticorrosive coatings to prevent damage from weather and moisture. Over the coating, most manufacturers place a layer of paint to provide another layer of protection. Most paints are made of polyester and acrylic, which provide greater waterproofing capabilities and longer-lasting colors. 

Since a metal roof's color is usually determined by paint, your options for color on a metal roof are virtually limitless. If you want a metal roof that mimics natural materials like slate or tile, your supplier can show you collections of roofs in hues that span the color spectrum.

If you want traditional Spanish tiles with their signature warm terracotta color, you can find a metal roof that matches it. Say you want a cool, almost blue, grey slate roof to match your blue siding. There's a metal roof that will work perfectly.

However, metal roofs don't just mimic other roofing materials. Bright colors in pure hues like red, yellow, and blue are also available for adventurous homeowners. And unpainted options are also available in galvanized steel, aluminum, copper, gold, silver - and virtually any other metal imaginable.

Choose a Roof to Match Your Home

Since you can have any texture or color you want, it's helpful to give yourself some limits. Think about the color and style of your home. If you have a craftsman home with wide, square pillars and strong angles, you'll want a roof that matches that aesthetic. Try a metal roof that mimics rectangular shingles with an organic finish like slate or wood.

A Spanish-style home with white stucco walls and friendly arches ought to have traditional Spanish tiles in a warm color like burnt red or orange. The curved tiles mimic the arches in the architecture and create continuity in the home.

Since you have so many options, you're sure to find a metal roof that perfectly suits your home.

Choose Your Metal Roof Today

Why wait to get a long-lasting, attractive roof for your home? Contact a residential roofing contractor to get a free estimate and look at samples of metal roofs.