Metal Types, Styles & Colors
Types, Styles & Colors of Metal Roofing
If your idea of metal roofing is the ridged zinc sheets you associate with barns and pole buildings, you’re in for a surprise. Today’s metal roofing is available in a wide variety of styles and colors, some even matching the appearance of other roofing materials. And yes, you can get that steel gray color you may associate with metal, but you also can choose from a rainbow of shades.
Metal roofing is now manufactured of materials that include aluminum and copper. We believe that steel is the best option for Minnesota homes, and that’s why we specialize in steel roofing. Aluminum and copper are easily damaged by hail and both more expensive than steel.
Modern metal roofing can be manufactured to replicate terra cotta tiles, cedar shakes, and even asphalt shingles. The steel roofing we install from Kassel & Irons as well as EDCO/ArrowLine includes the following styles:
- KasselWood – available in slate, cedar shake, or shingle styles
- KasselShake – stamped to match the look of random sized, hand-split wood shakes
- ArrowLine Permanent Metal Slate – provides the charming old-world style of slate roofing
- ArrowLine Permanent Enhanced Metal Shake – gives the look of weathered wood shake roofing
You might wonder why a common style is missing from our list. Yes, metal roofing available in today’s market includes the most familiar profile, the standing seam roof. But for a number of reasons we don’t recommend the standing seam roof for our climate. If you’ve got your heart set on a standing seam roof, we’d be happy to share our reasons with you. You may decide that one of the above styles is a better choice.
Once you’ve decided on a metal roofing style, your next choice is the color. With the steel roofing we install, your color choices run from white to charcoal and include vibrant shades like red, blue, and green. Some roofing is also available in multi-color combinations.
If you’re going for the utmost in energy savings, you may find that a white metal roof is your best option. White is considered a ‘cool’ roof because it reflects so much of the sun’s radiation. Lighter colored roofs, depending on the type of finish, are extremely reflective and can re-direct up to 90% of the sun’s energy back up from the roof. That means a cooler home in the summer and a cooler attic in the winter (less ice dam potential).
We’ve even got the perfect colors for those who really long for the look of a copper roof. Whether you prefer that new-penny bright copper color or the brown patina of aged copper, we can match it with one of our many steel roofing shades.