Staying on Top of the Top 5 Roofing Trends for 2021

Rounding the corner into the new year, one can’t help but breathe a sigh of relief.

With 2020 soundly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to face forward and decide what roads we want to take next. And when that road leads home, don’t you want both the journey and the destination to be as beautiful as possible?

That’s why we’re here to keep you up-to-date on the newest roofing trends of 2021. Keep reading to find out about what’s up and coming and what may be best for your home renovation resolutions!

  • Increasingly Eco-Friendly

Consumers today are increasingly concerned about purchasing with a cause, and in recent years we’ve seen the continual rise of environmentally-conscious decision-making. But this trend isn’t only about supporting sustainable brands; rather, homeowners themselves want to build their values into their homes, making a recyclable and eco-friendly roof a priority.

Thus, metal roofs, in particular, are on the rise. After all, not only are they made up of approximately 30% recycled materials on average, but they’re also 100% recyclable, as well as energy-efficient due to their ability to deflect sun and heat.

  • The Flat Forever Roof

When you envision a flat roof, you may first picture some variety of brick and mortar business, as this style is most heavily favored in the commercial sector. However, residential homes are reclaiming the flat roof for themselves in 2021.

Minimalist in both design and cost, homeowners today see the appeal in the idea of maximizing their overall space with this construction, as it affords them both higher indoor ceilings and additional personal space on the roof itself. Plus, a flat roof is conducive to solar panels, thereby playing in to our aforementioned point.

  • The Magic of Mixed Materials

Metal? Meet shingles. In 2021, these two roofing materials will become increasingly cohesive, as the pairing allows one to reap the benefits of metal’s durability and the classic curbside appeal of shingles. Additionally? It’s cost-efficient from the get-go.

Specifically, this combination of mixed materials involves the integration of metal roofing panels with shingles on a separate section of the pitched roof. Meanwhile, other people are taking a similar approach by mixing metal and cement roofing materials, as well as others.

  • Keeping Cool by Toning it Down

According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), 2021 roofing trends are skewing toward color palettes that are more “subtle and subdued” in nature, emphasizing the serious state of mind both home and business owners alike are currently experiencing.

Not only do some view dark roofs as drab and boring, but they also attract a greater volume of sunlight, thereby increasing the property’s cooling costs. Lighter colors, on the other hand — like soft greens, serene blues, pearly whites, or other earthy tones — keep the home cool on the inside and bright on the outside, making these energy-efficient “cool roofs” a new common occurrence.

  • Going Green… Again?

Say hello to the new roofing fad: “Green Roofs.” We talked previously about the rise in environmentally-friendly roofing, but what about bringing the environment onto your roof?

That’s what “green roofs” aim to do, as they allow for a lush expanse of natural vegetation to spread across the roof. Thus, the plants absorb rainwater and sunlight, deflect heat, and remain durable for years to come. While this is largely a commercial phenomenon, we expect to see more residential homes hopping onto this eco-bandwagon in 2021.

That being said, not all 2021 trends are going to suit you, personally. But if and when one does, you know it’s time to contact your locally owned, operated, and trusted roofing company — Universal Roof & Contracting!

With over 27 years of experience in the roofing industry, we’re certified to help you safely and realistically integrate any of your New Year’s dreams into your forever home. Whether you’re looking for maintenance or a replacement, you’ll find the difference is universal with our team!

Learn more or schedule your FREE inspection today by calling 855-ROOF-HELP!