You may not be able to see it unless you’re looking up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with the design and look of your home’s roof!
These days, there’s plenty of options to choose from with colours, materials and even added features that you can use to customise the way that your roof looks and works – and you may even be able to add a little market resale value to your home in the process.
Here are five roofing trends to look out for in 2021, along with the reasons why they could work for your home.
These days, it’s more important than ever to be good to the environment! We do what we can within our homes, trying our best to re-use and recycle, use less water and keep an eye on our electricity use, so why not go one step further in 2021 and try to make your roof a little more environmentally friendly, too?
One way to do this is, of course, to have solar panels installed on your current roof so that you can make use of renewable energy within your home. It’s not as expensive as you may think to do this and – as solar panel roofing is growing so much in popularity – could add thousands onto the resale value of your home. In fact, a survey carried out by mortgage provider ING Direct in 2019 found that 4 out of 10 people stated that solar panels were their most desired added feature when looking to purchase a new home.
However, there are other ways to make your roof a little more eco-friendly that don’t involve adding solar panelling. There’s also been a huge increase in the popularity of sustainable roofing materials, such as reclaimed tiles made from recycled plastic, rubber and clay.
Increasingly, homeowners are choosing lighter colours for their roofing materials, avoiding dark grey and black tiles in favour of beige, light grey and tan.
One reason for this is simply changing trends – new build homes are more commonly roofed with light grey or tan tiles, rather than the slate tiles that were popular among the new-build homes of previous decades.
However, this also has a little to do with the long-term quality of the colour of the roof. Tiles can become weathered over the years by the weather, whether it’s the bright UV rays shining down on them over the summer or the harsh wind and rain of the winter. Before long, the weather will begin to take its toll and may lead to a fade in the colour of the tiles – and with a new roof being such an investment, you want to keep them looking good for as long as possible.
So, when choosing the tiles for your new roof, why not give a lighter colour a go?
Concrete roofing may sound a little industrial, but concrete tiles can look great on any home and will work great for years to come once they’ve been installed.
Due to the hardiness of the material, any roof constructed using concrete tiles will work great in protecting your home from harsh conditions and will not weather anywhere near as quickly as some of the much older materials that were used in new build homes of previous decades. The high-quality of a concrete roof and long-term functionality will also be a very attractive feature to those who look to purchase your home if you put it on the market in the future, too.
Don’t worry about the colour of the tiles, either! Concrete tiles don’t necessarily have to be dark grey or black – there’s still plenty of choice.
One way to make your roof stand out from others on the street that your home is situated on is to mix the colours of your tiles, a trend that is used increasingly in new build homes in the 2020s.
They can be of the same material (though some homes may even mix roofing materials!) and even of the same colour but with slightly different tones. Either way, this is a simple and effective way to give the roof of your home a unique and contemporary touch without needing to compromise on the quality of your roofing materials.
Why not take a look around online for some inspiration and ask if this is possible when you next look to get your roof updated?
If you’re looking to have your roof replaced, ensure that you have the correct roof insulation fitted underneath first!
Roof insulation has never been more important – not only is it yet another way to keep your home a little more environmentally friendly, but you could find that you save a great deal of money, too. After all, high-quality roof insulation will lessen the need to have your central heating turned right up all the time.
Remember, however, that different roof materials work best with different roof insulation, so you’re always best deciding on the materials that will be used to build the roof itself before organising to have insulation put down beforehand.
Whatever trends you’re looking to introduce into your roof design with your next home upgrade, you’ll find that a high-quality, great looking roof is a welcome upgrade to your home!
At CJS, we have years of experience in putting together great-looking, high-quality roofing. Our customers’ needs are at the centre of every job we do, so why not get in touch with us and find out what we can do to improve the look and quality of your home’s roof?