As with interior design, residential home exterior designs are ever-evolving, even in the roofing industry. What was popular 10 years ago now is seen as outdated. Here are some of the latest 2021 roofing trends we see coming.
Recent years have seen a trend in dark-colored roofs, but lighter colored roofs inspired by nature are gaining in popularity. Light-colored roofing material can keep your home cooler by reflecting UV rays rather than absorbing them. They also bring a softer look to a home than dark gray shingles. Roof shingles are now being produced in various light colors, including soft greens, pale blues, beige, taupe, and off white. Both CertainTeed & Owen’s Corning have great light-colored asphalt shingle options.
Solar Roofing Panels
With the green movement’s growth, solar roofs are exploding in popularity even though they’ve been on the market for many years. Over the years, technological advancements have also made solar paneling more affordable and more stylish – making them a more accessible option for residential homeowners. Several companies provide solar paneling options that are not only attractive but more affordable than years past, including CertainTeed’s Solar Technology. While A Better Roofing Company doesn’t specialize in solar panel roofs, we are happy to direct you to a company that does!
Flat roofs have also seen a resurgence fitting perfectly with the minimalistic look of trendy, modern residential homes. Typically less expensive because they’re easier and safer to install than traditional sloped roofs. Adding solar panels or a green roof becomes easier too and brings an interesting, unique curb appeal element.
Cool Roofing Systems
One of the latest 2021 roofing trends around energy efficiency in the roofing industry is cool roofing systems. Manufacturers are developing energy-efficient shingles that contain reflective paint, white glue, and a specific gravel mixture such as Owen’s Corning Cool Roof Technology. This combination of energy-efficient materials creates a reflective surface that bounces the sun’s UV rays back into the sky instead of allowing that heat to absorb into the home. While a more expensive option, much of the cost is recouped through savings in reduced energy costs and utility bills. And, depending on the area you live in, darker colored shingles may have more added benefit than lighter colored shingles. For example, in the Seattle area, darker shingles help to trap heat in our moderate climate whereas Arizona homes can use lighter-colored shingles to bounce heat off.
Green (Living) Roofing
While still a unique option, green living roofs are growing in popularity. When properly installed, plants’ addition to a residential roof increases energy efficiency and provides another layer of insulation. Best on sloped roofs where drainage is possible. These roofing systems have layers of engineered soil, protective fabric, waterproof material, and visible vegetation. Green roofs are expensive to install but save money in the long run with lower energy bills.
Don’t be fooled by the name. Designer roofs are just another term for high quality, luxury asphalt roofs. They are popular for residential homeowners who live in areas with extreme weather risks as designer roofs are incredibly durable and often come with a lifetime warranty. These luxury shingles can also mimic high-end roofing systems such as slate tiles or cedar wood shakes and create contouring style effects such as CertainTeed’s Landmark Series. Typically more expensive due to the high level of customization.
Along with flat roofs, homes with unique architectural roofing designs are becoming more popular. A-frame, Dutch gable, and gable roofing systems are just some options that provide visual complexity to your home. They not only add curb appeal but can also provide better water drainage.
A durable roofing material, metal roofing has been making a comeback in the last several years and becoming one of the hottest 2021 roofing trends. Gone are the days where metal roofing is used just for barns or industrial buildings. Metal roofs are resistant to extreme weather conditions and now come in an array of colors and styles. Not only do metal roofs provide added insulation, but their reflecting capabilities keep your home cooler in the summer. Saving you money in the long run. At A Better Roofing Company, we don’t utilize metal roof materials. We have found asphalt shingles bring all the benefits of metal roofing materials plus more.
About A Better Roofing Company
Founded in 1991, Kurt and Scott started A Better Roofing Company on California Avenue SW in Seattle. This location was a half block away from where the brothers were born and raised on SW Findlay Street.
A Better Roofing Company has grown and expanded to bring Seattle area customers unmatched expertise and knowledge about roofing projects and materials based upon years of hands-on experience and training. From a deep understanding of products, installation methods, and home protection guidelines, your home is safe in the hands of our trained roofing technicians.
We treat our employees with the utmost respect with high rates, retirement plans to ensure low turnover rates, and producing employees that genuinely care about what they do. Now you know that you are getting the best care, and your home is in the best hands possible.
If you need a roofing contractor for any residential roof replacement or roof installation projects in the Seattle area, A Better Roofing Company is the one to call.