High-quality roofing materials can last for a long period of time. In fact, metal roofing materials can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years, depending on the type, grade and finish of the metal. Due to this longevity, many home owners who face re-roofing have never taken on a similar project before.
If you are re-roofing or choosing the roof for a new domestic build in 2018, understanding the current trends can help you make a choice that will stand the test of time. In this blog, we discuss six of the projected roofing trends for this year.
1. Bright Accent Colors
Many roofing authorities, such as the Metal Roofing Alliance in North America, anticipate an increase in bright colour choices over the year. In the past, the most popular roofing colours have stayed in the neutral and earth-tone range, but home owners have begun to seek bolder choices to set their homes apart.
Consider a distinct accent colour that emphasises your home’s architecture, mirrors the colours of your landscaping or reflects your unique personality. Popular choices include reds, greens and dark blues.
2. Creative Cladding
When you think of roofing materials, you probably picture them exclusively on rooftops. However, many architects and home owners have begun to use conventional roofing materials as siding and cladding as well.
Combine different colors of corrugated steel on one side of your home to create an outdoor accent wall or bring a single unified roofing material over the sides to decrease heat transfer and create a sleek and modern look.
While 2018 has put an emphasis on individual tastes and creative designs, these patterns shouldn’t be mistaken as a trend toward ornate or complex roofing choices. On the contrary, many home owners are opting for simpler, cleaner lines this year.
One example of this minimalism is the rising popularity of flat metal roofs in new construction and high-end renovations.
4. Monochromatic Color Schemes
Often, roofing materials, trim and gutter systems feature two or even three colours. However, savvy home owners are opting for a more unified appearance this year by matching multiple exterior elements exactly. This trend includes grey-on-grey and white-on-white colour schemes, but also extends to the bold accent colors discussed in section one.
Home owners seeking this trendy look should consider roofing manufacturers that supply multiple products in the same colour range. For example, Colorbond® steel offers roofing, guttering, fencing and garage doors in a range of matching colours.
5. Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Products
Green material choices continue to be highly popular. These conscientious choices save you money on monthly utility bills and help you decrease your household’s impact on both the local and global environment.
For example, home owners may opt for steel roofing due to its cool roof properties which help control indoor temperatures, as well as the material’s recyclability.
6. Ultra-Light Neutrals
If vivid colour simply isn’t to your liking, you can still stay on trend when you re-roof this year. In addition to the vibrant rainbow of coloured roofing being installed across Australia, many home owners are opting for the opposite: crisp, clean, ultra-light neutrals.
This colour palette can be every bit as bold as a loud accent colour and may suit some homes more. If your home owners’ association vetoes your royal blue roof or you worry that a green would distract from your home’s historical architecture, consider bright whites, creams and sandy browns.
Use these trending ideas as well as recommendations from a reputable roofer to decide on the right roofing material and colour for your home.
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