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Roofing Trends to Look Out for in 2021

Flat Roofs

For those interested in a minimalist look, flat roofing can provide a sleek, modern look to a residence. These rooftops tend to be less expensive to install since they are safer to work on than traditional sloped roofs.

Their flat design is also very appealing to homeowners looking to install solar panels. Something to keep in mind: flat roofs can be somewhat difficult to maintain, particularly in areas with a lot of rain or snowfall. 

Metal Roofing

Once associated only with commercial buildings, metal roofing has recently become a popular choice for residential roofing. Metal roofs can provide a sleek look while providing added insulation in the wintertime, and reflecting sunlight to keep your home cool in the summertime.

Decra Metal Roofing has an array of beautiful metal roofing options, such as the Villa Tile which mimics Old World Italian clay rooftops. 

Luxury Asphalt

Also called “designer roofs,” these asphalt shingles are very durable and have a lifetime guarantee. They can, however, be expensive to install. Nonetheless, they remain a popular choice for homes in extreme weather zones due to their durability.

Malarkey Roofing has a line of designer shingles that mimic the look of a high-end cedar shake roof. 

“Living” Roofs

Living roofs combine energy efficiency with the beauty of a rooftop garden. This method uses waterproofing layers combined with engineered soil to allow grass and other vegetation to literally sprout from the rooftop.

While they can be expensive to install, many people find the added insulation provided by the plants results in greater energy efficiency and a lower utility bill.

Light Colors

The last few years saw a trend in dark roofing materials. Lighter colors, however, are making a comeback as both a softer look and a means of reflecting sunlight to cool the home. Certainteed’s line of Grand Manor and Carriage House asphalt shingles come in a variety of lighter colors, such as Sherwood Forest (pale green), Victorian Blue (light blue), and Stonegate Grey (light grey).

Owens Corning offers a line of lighter colors inspired by nature to help you feel more connected to your surroundings. Their “Aged Copper,” for example, is a blend of deep orange, sage green, and browns to give the home a woodland feel. 

Atypical Shapes

Aside from traditional slopes and flat roofs, many homeowners are opting for unique designs that add to both curb appeal and water drainage efficiency. A-frame, gable, saltbox, and mansard are just a few styles available to those looking for more unique roofing architecture. 

Solar Panels

Solar panels are not just an environmentally-friendly choice, they can potentially be a source of income for homeowners! Recent advancements have made solar panels more affordable and more stylish. 

Mixed Materials

One of the latest architectural trends is mixing roofing materials, such as composite shingles and metal roofs. This allows homeowners to enjoy an intriguing exterior with the best of both worlds: the aesthetic of composite shingles and the durability of a metal roof. 

J&K Roofing offers free roof inspections in the Denver Metro, Front Range, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins Areas. Call us today to see how we can help upgrade your roof to a new look or increase energy efficiency! 

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