I have a span of windows that is 12 feet long. Had a terrible time trying to find a rod this length in the stores, and when I did they were always over $75. This is a great price for a nice quality rod. Metal is a rusty bronze colour. I ordered the white knob finial, but note the pic is quite different than in person. I got something that was almost a pale yellow (think the shade of old ivory) with white painted brush marks on it. Pretty, and luckily it went with my room, but if you are expecting pure white you may be disappointed.