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Old 01-13-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default What color metal roof?

My new building will have in-floor radiant heat, 18' ceiling height. I live in an area with sometimes heavy snow accumulation, and sometimes hot summers. I want a roof that will shed the snow when the sun comes out; so that would suggest a dark color. But then, it seems like a dark color will make the building hotter in the summer.

So, I guess I have to compromise. So, which is the best way for me to go- dark or light?
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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So, I guess I have to compromise. So, which is the best way for me to go- dark or light?
Do you have more months out of the year that you want a roof that absorbs heat to shed snow, or more months when you want a roof to reflect heat and not contribute to a hotter shop?

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Old 01-13-2013, 06:08 PM   #3
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You should install brackets so people don't get knocked out by the sliding ice/snow
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:14 PM   #4
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Green or red are, in my view, the only proper colors for a metal roof. I see a lot of silver in the mid-west, which also looks pretty cool, but of it were up to me, I figure out some shade of the first two that worked with the building/setting.

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Old 01-13-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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I vote green. My roof melts snow pretty quickly.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:36 PM   #6
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I'm from the south, so this subject is low on my priority list. Will the roof color really matter if it is covered with snow so the sun can't reach it?

I don't know, just asking
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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Default Re: What color metal roof?

Good question!

I've been wondering the same thing about shingles on my house. Current shingles are a little darker brown/bronze color and the heat in the summer makes it uncomfortably warm on the second floor.

I've convinced myself that it should be some medium shade of any color. Dark enough to help melt snow and light enough to repel some heat.

Somebody needs to invent a temperature sensitive shingle (or paint for metal roofs) that gets darker in color when it gets cold and lighter in color when it's hot. They would be a good seller!
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:22 PM   #8
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In your area do you have more heating or cooling days a year? Here in MD there are 3x as many heating days so a dark roof is better. If you're in NY, I would assume you want dark.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:31 PM   #9
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I vote for red



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Old 01-13-2013, 07:52 PM   #10
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I went with green.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:01 PM   #11
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I would go with a light brown (tan or almond) and increase the pitch of your roof. jmo & hths.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:05 PM   #12
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<<<< I like mine except I should have put the doors on the gable end.
When we get a foot or more of snow it gets pretty deep in front of them.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:27 PM   #13
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blue is my pick as for color the snow will melt and slide off no mater what color it is unless you have no pitch

FYI it sound like a freight train coming when the snow lets lose,

i know a couple of years ago they were giving you a energy credit on the lighter color roofs.

also if i had to do over with i would have did the 1 inch foil covered foam under the metal on the roof, did it on my side walls and the contractor talked me out of it on the roof (found out later it a PIA to install on the roof
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:09 PM   #14
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Pick your favorite color, and plan as well as you can for the anticipated results. To me it's just as important that you like looking at it, because you will most likely be looking at it for a long time. Mine is black, matches my Harley, looks good with the cedar, and sheds snow nicely. Its been up there 30 years and needs to be painted (faded), but still in good shape. Are place is at 7200 ft and we get long winters with lots of snow. Yearly average around the 380" mark. Mike
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:04 PM   #15
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I went with Green when I did mine. I didn't think of the heating or cooling properties, I went purely for aesthetics.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:05 PM   #16
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I have more warm and less snow, but never really considered JUST the roof color. I played with a whole color scheme. My roof is white, sides red, trim black and wains coat white.

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:42 PM   #17
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I always heard green reflects and absorbs equally. I also liked the color. I wish I would have went with white since I am in florida I dont need any absorbtion AT ALL...... I just redid the roof on my screened patio, this one I went with light grey
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:44 AM   #18
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I did the house with dark brown because it looked best with the wood I thought. I did the detached garage about the same color to match the house a few years ago. Now I need to do the house again and probably will have to match the new garage.

If I was doing it all over I would look at lighter colors.

I had the house built about 25 years ago and it needs to have the metal roof repainted or better replaced. When I did the second garage I went for a better quality of metal roof. House has the raised panels that have exposed screws; screws tend to loosen and back out. Garage has standing seams; seems to allow for expansion.

I will probably check into the insulation when I redo the house.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:54 AM   #19
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Default Re: What color metal roof?

Seeing as you have in-floor heat I assume the rest of the garage is insulated and there is a finished ceiling. The color of the steel isn't gonna make a hole lot of difference on the temperature inside of the garage....especially with a ceiling height of 18 feet.

With that said, I put brown steel on my garage roof purely for aesthetics. But it's the 6/12 pitch that removes the snow... more-so than the color.
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:14 AM   #20
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when im stuck i go with the cheaper usually. galvinized!! if your insulated it shouldnt matter much what color it is. you could go with red, white and blue and be patriotic
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