Once upon a time, metal roofs were merely sheets of tin tossed up over southern shanties and red barns. The corrugated metal looked attractive, in a rustic, woodsy sort of way. But metal wasn’t a material you’d use for most residential roofs, especially not if your house was of a certain style.
But today, metal roofing has expanded its repertoire. It’s now a versatile, good-looking option that can look like more traditional roofing materials for residences. Whether your home is a European-style Colonial, a contemporary home, or even a classic SoCal mission style, there’s a metal roof for your home.
But first, the benefits
Of course, other types of roofs will also work for these styles of homes. Colonials, for instance, are often roofed in wood shingles or even asphalt shingles. Contemporary homes typically use shingle roofs, though some other options are used. And on mission-style adobe homes, you’ll usually find slate or clay tile roofing.
Each of these options has its own benefits. But metal can also be an excellent option. For one thing, it’s a comparatively lightweight material, and it can be shaped into many different forms. In fact, a metal roof can easily look like any of these other material options. Metal roofs even come in a huge variety of colors these days.
But one of the best parts about metal is that it need replaced so rarely. It stands up well to weather and UV exposure, and doesn’t need fussed with as often as asphalt shingles. And it’s not as expensive as the other long-lasting option: clay tiles.
Matching the roof to the home
Until recently, even homeowners interested in metal roofing for its environmental and physical benefits couldn’t always take advantage. In some areas, old-fashioned corrugated metal roofs just wouldn’t look right.
Too often, homeowners give little thought to the look and feel of a roof. But when you’re thinking of switching from traditional clay tiles or asphalt shingles to a flat or corrugated metal roof, the problem becomes obvious: Your roof adds much to the overall feel, look, and curb appeal of your home.
Since metal roofs now come in a variety of textures, shapes, and colors, your roof can easily be matched to the style and look for your home. The best Orange County roofing contractors install these roofs, and can talk you through all of your options. Here are some that you need to think about:
The look of other homes in your neighborhood: When choosing a look for your roof, check out the materials used on other homes in your neighborhood. Chances are that your roofer can match a metal roof to the look and feel of other homes in your neighborhood, so that your home continues to fit in nicely.
How you could stand out: At the same time, a metal roof can enhance your home and help it to stand out among the other homes in the neighborhood. The best way to do this is subtly. For instance, choose a roof that looks like the asphalt shingles of your neighbors’ homes, but go with a less typical color. Or choose a uniform color with a slightly different texture.
Contrast your colors: The current--or if you’re building a new home, future--color of your home makes all the difference when choosing the color of your metal roof. The possibilities are practically endless, so think outside the box. But do keep in mind that you’ll add more pizzazz and curb appeal to your home if you choose a roof color that contrasts, but still coordinates with, the color of your siding or brick, shutters, and trim.
Think in terms of longevity: Since a metal roof can last fifty years or more, put plenty of thought into your choice. Choose a color and texture that will suit future iterations of your home, including potential new color schemes for siding, which will need replaced more often than your metal roof.
Metal roofs aren’t for every homeowner. But their increased variety of number of options has made them available to work with more types of homes. Talk to your Orange County roofing contractor about the possibility of a metal roof for your home. This low-maintenance, high-quality option can save you money over time, while giving you a unique way to add personality to your home.
If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing need and situation. Wherever and whenever you need roofing services in Ladera Ranch or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.