Roofing Trends in 2021

roofing trends in 2021

Roofing is the part of our home that gives us the most protection from the elements. It also adds an aesthetic to a home. As we jump into 2021, it’s time to explore some trends that will be on deck for this year. Some are aesthetic, while others can help provide energy efficiency and money savings. Here are our predictions for roofing trends in 2021. 

Roofing Types: Metal On The Rise

Roofing trends in 2021 are definitely going to include metal roofing. Metal roofing has not been the most popular recently when it comes to building residential areas. While they have typically been used for barns or industrial buildings, commercial and residential buildings are starting to pick up on the trend. 

The US demand for metal roofing is expected to rise 2.7% by 2023, according to the Freedonia Group. Metal roofs offer a variety of colors and styles and can be produced from copper, aluminum, steel, or other alloys. They are adaptable to have the look of various other materials of roofing like slate, clay tile, and even wood shakes. Although metal roofs can cost a bit more than traditional asphalt roofing, they are long-lasting and provide you with low maintenance performance. 

This type of roofing is so beneficial. Roofs made from metal great for areas where it snows often. Snow doesn’t stick to metal surfaces easily, and it falls off of it just as easily. Metal doesn’t absorb water, so leaks and water damage are less likely to occur. Metal roofs can also help keep a building cool in the summer and reduce energy bills. Asphalt roofs heat up your attic, thus heating up your house. With this heat blocked out, your air conditioning costs are likely to decrease. 

Energy Saving Roofs

Green energy is more and more popular in 2021 and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Solar energy is often the most common choice for homeowners because it is environmentally friendly, abundant, and cheap. Solar panels are the most popular item used for solar energy generation. They are great and usually pretty easy to install. However, some homeowners are hesitant to add them because of their size and appearance when installed on roofs. Different roof types work better for solar, so definitely check before you start any installation process. 

To remedy this problem, companies are starting to offer solar tiles and shingles. Solar shingles are exactly what they sound like, mini solar panels designed to look like run-of-the-mill shingles. They are designed to protect your roof and have the same durability and flexibility as regular shingles, but with the ability to generate power for your home. Depending on the brand, each solar shingle can produce between 13 and 63 watts of energy. 

Solar shingles are slightly less energy efficient than solar panels, and you’ll likely need a particular roof slope to reap the benefits of the sun. The lifespan for solar shingles is also less than panels. They can also be quite costly. We expect technology to adapt and see solar shingles more and more commonplace in the future.

Roofing Colors

Brighter-hued roofing colors seem to be the upcoming trend this year. Shades like greens, blues, and greys have numerous advantages. These lighter colors can also help keep your home cooler by mirror UV beams instead of retaining the warmth. Darker roofing makes homes look gloomy and dull. 

If your siding is bland, a mixed design on your roof can make your home look more fascinating. Homeowners can arrange roof colors to match their siding or play with colors. Take in color wheel considerations when coordinating roof and siding colors and patterns. For example, if you’re looking for contrast and have a blue or white-colored siding on your home, you can create a wonderful look with darker shingles. 

Painted Brick

More and more homeowners are giving their homes’ brick exteriors a complete makeover by painting them. This design has some mixed trends because it is virtually impossible to go back to the original brick color once painted. However, it can give new life to a dated home exterior. It opens up new roof, shutter, and door options that would otherwise clash with brick. 

Trending Roofing Types

Modern roof trends must ensure that installation, maintenance, and energy efficiency are balanced. There are a few types of roofs that have gained popularity recently. 

  • Rubber Roof: Rubber is one of the greenest choices a homeowner can make. A rubber roof is made of single layers of PVC membranes. It is applied in rows, and the seams are joined together using sealants to ensure there are no leaks. You can choose the color of rubber that you prefer for your home.
  • Built-Up Roof: This is one of the most popular roofing trends in 2021 among homeowners. This type of roofing has organic fabrics built up and held together by layers of coal tar. These tar layers are used to ensure the roof is waterproof and long-lasting. 
  • “Cool” Roof: This is a modern style where builders use a variety of different materials to create the roof. You can distinguish this type of roof by its light-colored finish. This plays a major role in reflecting sunlight while improving efficiency. This roofing system helps to cut electricity costs in the summer and makes a building more energy-efficient. 
  • Plastic Roof: Plastics are typically considered harmful, but reusing plastics is a great method to recycle them. Recently, roofing manufacturers have progressed with plastic. Plastic is no longer challenging to install or more expensive than composite shingles. With a longer lifespan than the traditional 15-year shingle, it makes a financially smart choice over the long term. 

So What’s Next?

As technology moves on, we expect roofs to become even more functional to a home. Your roof can change your home and its experience and appeal. If you are ready to change the look or function of your roof to catch up with the roofing trends of 2021, give us a call at 636-699-0449.