While many homeowners make a point of staying up to date on the latest home design trends, from open-air kitchens to bright bathroom colours, architectural trends—including roofing trends—are harder for the average layperson to understand. Luckily, if you want to update your roof to a more modern style but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place.
Keep reading to learn about today’s roofing trends, and then contact your roofing experts to start your re-roofing project.
1. Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly Roofs
A few decades ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find an affordable roof that met high environmental quality standards. Fortunately, since at least the mid-2010s, eco-friendliness has become a high priority for many Australian homeowners. And as climate change worsens globally, the drive to ensure homes and buildings help, not harm, the environment continues to grow.
In terms of eco-friendliness, your roof can be your biggest asset or your biggest enemy. If you want your roof to help the environment, consider replacing your old concrete shingles with a colourful metal roof. Metal is just as durable as concrete tiles but comes with more energy-saving benefits. Read our blog on the environmental benefits of metal roofing to learn more.
Other eco-friendly roofing trends like solar panels will definitely grow during 2017, especially as new technology creates well-integrated solar panels that look like less of an eyesore. You could also see more homes and businesses with green roofs, or roofs that devote a section to plant growth, and more buildings that rely on skylights for heat and light to conserve energy.
2. Neutral Colours
In 2017, airy, neutral tones will likely be more popular than bright, flashy and eye-catching colours. In part, the push for neutral colours reflects the architectural emphasis on the environment: light greys, creams and browns retain less heat than darker colours, so if you have a neutral-toned roof, your home will trap less sunlight and cost buy zithromax in uk less to cool.
You’ll have an easy time finding eco-friendly roofing materials like metal in any neutral tone you want, though you can also find Colorbond metal roofs in ocean and forest tones, not just earth and air colours.
Finally, neutral-coloured roofs are in vogue because they’re practical choices: these colours match nicely with nearly any style and shape of home. Further, investing in a neutral tone makes the home easier to resell—while you might love your bright-green roof, you’ll likely struggle to find a buyer who feels the same way.
Of course, while light and neutral tones are currently more popular than bright colours, you should work with your roofing professional to find a colour scheme that works for your unique building and preferences. Just because your top choice isn’t in line with the latest trend doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with it. Who knows—maybe you’ll jumpstart next year’s colour trend all on your own.
“Less is more” has been a decorating and design mantra for years, and the trend will likely hold firm over 2017. If you’re re-roofing this year, don’t draw attention away from your home with a complex, brightly coloured roof. Instead, stay up to date on the minimalist theme: invest in a roof with slim, sleek lines that highlight the building’s best features.
The push for neutral tones complements the minimalist trend nicely. Combine neutral, earthy and airy colours with a simple design and your roof will emphasise your home instead of outshining it.
Have More Questions? Ask the Experts
At RoofTek, we’re pleased to say we know every facet of the metal roofing industry inside and out. Talk to us about how to make any of the above roofing trends work for your new roof, no matter what style of home you own or when it was built. And if you’re interested in learning more roofing tips as you work towards re-roofing, browse our company blog.