Roofs are a 20 to 30-year investment. Understandably, they don't change dramatically year-to-year. But that doesn't mean they don't change at all. There are trends that have emerged in recent years — many of which have to do with advances in materials and the ability to achieve new, long-lasting styles. Here's what you need to know about the roofing trends for 2021, and what we're excited about seeing for homes in the year ahead.
In the past, many shied away from metal roofs because they could be loud. Advances have made it so that metal roofs are not loud but are instead extremely well-insulated and low-maintenance. Metal roofs can come in different colors and styles. They last a long time and improve property values. Further, they are lightweight as they are made of thin metal, and they can be installed quickly because they can be installed in sheets.
When you think metal, you may think rust, but technology has made that concern a worry of the past. Innovations in paint and coating techniques mean you won't experience corrosion. Metal roofs are also amazingly durable—they stand up to the sun's harsh UV rays and resist fading, discoloration, and cracking.
Green Roofing and Solar Panels
A lot of people are making decisions about their home in terms of sustainability and how environmentally-friendly it is. Roofing is included. There are green roofing options that are more sustainable. As an example, metal is often considered a type of green and sustainable roofing; the metal itself can be recycled.
Solar panels are also a consideration. Many people design their roofs today around solar panels so they can run an energy-efficient home. Solar panels increase the value of homes and can reduce energy usage considerably. Today, there are advanced options like battery packs which make it easier to store energy for times when the sun isn't as powerful.
Lighter Colors and Mixed Shading
Traditionally, roofs were often a slate gray, deep red, or other very neutral color. But today, people are experimenting more with light colors or mixed shading. Some have mottled roofs and others have patterns. People are generally becoming more open to different styles for their roofs.
This has to do with new options when it comes to shingles. New shingles are easier to maintain. Because they are lower maintenance, they are less likely to discolor, and easier to keep as a light, bright color. Additionally, there are other materials that are being more frequently used, such as cedar shake. So, the dark gray default shingles aren't the only option for homeowners who want their property to look a little different.
A homeowner might have more leeway when initially building their home if they want a special type of roof. Some roofs are heavy enough that the building might need extra support in the roof to complete a safe installation.
Slate and ceramic tile roofing is becoming more popular as well, as homeowners look to make long-term investments in their home. Slate roofing can last up to a century if properly cared for. Weather-resilient and fire-resistant, slate has a very distinctive look and can drastically improve the value of your property. It's a well-insulated, attractive material that requires almost no maintenance and can withstand nearly anything. Because they're available in a number of vibrant hues, slate roofs can add unique appeal to homes.
When choosing roofing, aesthetics will always be important, but durability is also important. Many of the roofing trends are looking toward longer-lasting, more durable roofs, which may not have the "classic" roof appearance. More people are choosing roofs that are brighter or unique or are experimenting with materials that weren't traditionally used for roofs.
Of course, there are also roofs that have managed to last even as trends have shifted. Need some inspiration? We're happy to offer suggestions and walk you through your roofing options whenever you're ready!