Intense color is the theme for this year’s roofing trends, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), and homeowners aren’t shying away from vivid reds, bright whites, and deep blues. MRA also predicts that more homeowners will be drawn to bright titanium or stainless steel options, as well as the multi-tone hues of copper as it patinas over time.

“In years past, the tendency has been towards earth tones and subtle colors that blend in. This year, homeowners are seeking out bolder shades that draw attention and make their home distinctive,” says Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “People are getting creative and they are finding that the latest shades of metal roofing options allow them to do just that.”

Bold color statements seem to be consistent across most 2018 predictions, as with Pantone’s Ultra Violet color of the year, MRA says. The organization, which represents metal roofing manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada, cautions homeowners to be careful with their roof selection and comfortable with its color for the long run, however, as metal roofs can last for 50-plus years.

MRA offers five tips for choosing a unique and on-trend style. First, homeowners should view their option in different weather and at different times of day, since the color will change in appearance depending on lighting. Homeowners should also consider the practicality of the option for their climate. For example, white metal roofs, or “cool roofs,” can be 50 to 60 degrees cooler than black asphalt shingle roofs, MRA says, offering greater energy savings.

MRA encourages homeowners to make sure their roof selection fits with the style of the home and surrounding neighborhood, and to opt for high-quality finishes and metals that will age well. Finally, the organization suggests trying out different color and style options with an online visualizer prior to making a purchase.

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