Replacing your roof can be a big expense. Unfortunately, it is an essential expense that you will most likely face at one point if you are a homeowner. Thankfully, choosing the right material for your new roof will ensure you are making a great investment for your home and family.
Metal roofing is becoming more and more popular due to its intense durability and appeal. However, most people are overwhelmed by the options available when it comes to choosing the type of metal and color of their new roof. With this guide and your roofing contractor's help, you will be able to choose the right metal gauge and color for your new metal roof.
While surprising for most homeowners to learn, all metal gauges are not created equal. Therefore, you will need to decide which gauge is right for your budget, home, and climate.
Most people believe gauge refers to the size, but that is not actually true when referring to metal roofing. The gauge actually refers to the thickness of the metal used on your roof. The higher the gauge, the thinner the metal is.
On average, 29-gauge steel will measure 0.36 millimeters thick. 26-gauge steel measures 0.48 millimeters thick.
Traditionally, experts recommend that 29-gauge metal be used on homes because it is thinner and lighter in weight. If you live in a climate that experiences heavy wind or severe weather, a lower gauge, such as 24-gauge steel, may be a better option. This thicker metal offers more protection for your home in case your roof is damaged by wind, hail, sleet, snow, ice, or fallen tree branches due to the severe weather.
If you are on a strict budget, you may want to save money by choosing a thinner metal. The higher gauge that is thinner may be more affordable initially. Unfortunately, this more affordable gauge could lead to damage that is more costly to repair. Again, if you live in an area that sees excess wind and severe weather, make a smarter investment in the lower-gauge metal because it is thicker.
Choosing the color of asphalt shingles is pretty simple, since they consist of mostly blacks, greys, and browns. However, choosing the color of your metal roof will require a bit more time and effort because there is a multitude of options available.
Focus on the style and overall exterior of your home before choosing a color for your metal roof. The roof should complement the other parts of your home's exterior, creating a uniformed look that enhances curb appeal and value.
If you want a monochromatic look, choose a metal color that matches the color of your siding. For example, a white, silver, or light grey metal roof for a home with white or light grey siding will create this monochromatic design.
If you want the roof to stand out, opt for a brighter or more bold color for your roof against a lighter siding. A red or blue metal roof on a home with white siding or with a brick exterior will definitely make your home stand out from others.
If you are hoping to add a splash of color with a red, blue, green, or even orange metal roof, make sure to consult your city board or homeowner's association. Today, more and more regulations are in place by the city government or HOA boards that help protect the appeal and value of homes in one given city or neighborhood. If you choose a color that is not permitted by the city or your neighborhood board or committee, you may be responsible for removing your new roof and replacing it with a color that is approved. In addition, you may be fined.
Metal roofing is a great investment for your home. This guide will help you narrow down the type of metal gauge and color that works best for your budget, climate, and home's appeal.