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Roofing Fever: Hot Roofing Trends for 2021

As winter gives way to spring, chances are you’ve been daydreaming about making some changes around your home. If your roof was damaged over the winter, is more than 20 years old, or you’re simply looking to bring it into the 21st century, then investing in a new roof is not something you should simply be dreaming about – it’s time to make it a reality. Keep in mind that while minor problems like scraped shingles and broken flashing can be dealt with relatively easily, a more serious roof repair, replacement or upgrade is going to require a call to your roofing contractor.

Before you dial those numbers, here are some hot new roofing trends for 2017 you can be inspired by, so that you don’t waste any time on the phone. The more information you already have, the sooner you can get started on that new roof!

Managing Roofing Construction Via Roofing Software and Mobile Apps

Any construction project is never easy, especially if it is on hard-to-reach areas like the roof. However, the availability of project management tools and software is transforming the industry and making it easier for roofing contractors to manage the various aspects of the job and improve productivity.

What is roofing software?

The construction industry is experiencing many innovative ways that contractors and specialists can take advantage of, and roofing software is one of them. Those applications make monitoring the constant changes easier during the project to ensure it is completed according to plan and schedule. Roofing software also eliminates the need for having stacks of paper highlighting the project scope and other agreements between the property owner and the roofing company. With the software, losing documents or additional vital notes is not possible. The information can be stored on the cloud for retrieval at any moment the need arises. Unlike before, when accessing files about roofing construction was difficult or time-consuming, it can now be done conveniently and even shared among the relevant parties with a few clicks.

The transformation that roofing software brings allows workers to focus more on the task at hand, which increases efficiency and effectiveness.

What software do roofing companies use?

Different software systems are available for various preferences and purposes. The best ones should be portable to enable use in several places and have all the features that allow multiple functionalities without being too complex for the user to understand. The software should also enhance real-time communication among the parties involved in the project to ensure they work seamlessly together.

Reliance on smartphones is the reason the management software exists as a roofing app. They come with many advantages, such as making it easier for users to access information concerning the buildings the roofs to be installed on, allowing remote creation and sharing of reports. They also make it easier for contractors to share information, including clients’ quotations. Professionals can also use Customer Relationship Management software to improve how they can interact with customers efficiently. The roofing software has come when dependence on the internet and such apps is on the rise. That is why it is perfect for the construction sector. Other advantages they bring are:

Generate Leads in Different Ways

One of the latest roofing trends is using more lead generation techniques to improve service delivery standards. It also helps both businesses and customers to get the best value for money. Initially, lead generation in the roofing industry was very challenging, if not impossible. It was difficult for businesses to attract new clients and share their roofing experiences, especially in the commercial roofing sector. Most lead generation methods were more likely to jeopardize the business than bring the intended benefits.

The availability of roofing software has made it possible to infuse technology with service delivery and generate more leads in the process. By increasing productivity and efficiency, customer satisfaction improves, and the clients get a platform to share their reviews.

Lead generating platforms also make it easier for roofers to search for prospective clients remotely. Such platforms have some shared features, such as a filtering tool that contractors can use to narrow down their search according to the location, size of the building, or property age. Some of them have drag and drop tools that make communication with potential clients easier. The best part is that they give users enough time to weigh their options and decide after getting the necessary information. Contractors and clients can research more details about each other before deciding to work together.

Because of these platforms, lead generation in the roofing industry is expected to get better with time. They increase the chances of clients meeting the right contractors and make the roofing process easier. They are also efficient and fast.

Beneficial Use of Drones

The use of drones is another growing trend in the roofing sector, just like in other industries like agriculture and media. The roofing industry has started capitalizing on the many benefits of drones. Unlike before, when they were only used to inspect the construction sites or buildings, they are now being used to gather and analyze information about the state of roofs that need repair, installation, or replacements. They also provide real-time data that can help in the evaluation of the buildings before any work begins.

The use of drones as a roofing trend has also improved safety significantly. Any roofing job is naturally dangerous because of the height and position the roofers have to climb to perform the task. Workers can use a drone to get clear pictures of the roof’s condition before climbing, which reduces the risk levels considerably. They can also measure and map the rooftops with the drone instead of doing it manually. The information gathered with the drones can help in proper planning to avoid potential risks.

Roofers can also use the images and videos from the drones to advertise their businesses and attract a larger clientele or improve their websites. That can be a good way of generating leads.

Green Growth

Like many other industries, the roofing industry is beginning to feel the impact of increased consumer demand for eco-friendly or “green” roofing products. This has fueled the growth of an entire new range of roofing trends based on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

Solar Panels

Solar panels can technically be installed anywhere you want, but given that most people opt to have them on their roofs, it’s safe to say that they can fall under ‘roofing’ category. Anyway, Tesla has recently come out with actual solar power tiles, which makes them a roofing material. When you put the tiles together, they act as a complete solar power system, which makes for a stylish replacement if you’re not a fan of the futuristic look of regular solar panels.

Currently, over a million home-owners use solar energy to power their homes to some degree, and these numbers are only set to go up in the next few years. If you want to join their ranks but are intimidated by the cost, don’t forget that there are provincial and federal incentives dedicated to helping Canadians invest in renewable energy projects. Furthermore, solar panels will help keep those energy bills lower in the long run. Contact your roofers to ensure that your home is appropriate for a solar panel project. Keep in mind that your roof’s life-span needs to have at least 10 years remaining on it for you to even consider installing solar panels.

Living Roofs

That’s right, living roofs – not living rooms. You’ve probably seen living roofs in fancy architectural magazines or cool Instagram accounts without knowing what they were called… they’re those lush roof-top gardens, which as it turns out are actually roofs in and of themselves. This eco-friendly trend is picking up steam all over the world, especially in Europe, but many large North American cities are also trying to go green when it comes to roofs. Living roofs are not only unique and beautiful, they allow even urban homeowners without yard space to get a shot at having a beautiful garden! Made up of supportive plants, living roofs can also reduce your monthly energy bills in the summer, as they help keep your house nice and cool.


Building-Integrated Photovoltaics, or BPIVs for short, is another hot new roofing trend for 2021. This is a renewable energy technology that produces electricity out of sunlight. It is quiet and pollutant-free and requires no maintenance. The technology can be used to replace traditional roofing materials and is most commonly used in the construction of new homes as consumers begin to demand that energy efficiency be built right in before they move.

BIPVs are great for homeowners who want a seamless, uniform appearance when it comes to their roofs. This is because many are designed to integrate with traditional roofing materials like concrete tiles, cement tiles, clay tile roofs and more. Since BIPVs are not sold directly to consumers, you’ll have to contact your roofing contractor to get more details on available products. Keep in mind that depending on where you live, you may be able to get rebates and tax credits on BIPVs since they are energy efficient.

Old Faithful – Asphalt

While it can be exciting to think about investing in green roof projects, many homeowners feel safer investing in an old faithful – asphalt. Asphalt shingles are proven to be durable, and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, angles and forms. Many asphalt shingles are also Class A fire-resistant, and are great at dealing with extreme weather, from high winds, heat, sleet and hail. Also consider that asphalt shingles are easy on the pocket, low maintenance as far as roofing materials go, and can even be purchased in the shape, colour and form of other more expensive materials like clay tiles. Lighter colours are very trendy right now, as homeowners begin to value the importance of energy efficiency; the heat-reflective properties of light coloured roofs are just the thing for giving your air conditioner and ceiling fans a break this summer!

Mad for Metal

Are metal roofs becoming more popular? Yes. Despite the various metal roofing options available, most people preferred other types like clay or tile, but that is now changing. The changing trend is because of the innovative approach roofing companies are taking. They are increasing the aesthetic appeal of metal and incorporating it into commercial properties too. The availability of multiple styling and colour options of metal roofs also contribute to why it is one of the top roofing trends in 2021.

Whether you prefer copper, steel, alloy strips, or aluminum, you can have your ideal metal roof for your business or domestic property. Most buildings that have them have shown unmatched durability by remaining in good condition for longer. In addition, they are customizable and can suit any style to enhance the already existing architectural design of the property.

Another common question among homeowners is, will metal roofs go out of style? Probably not. Their diversity and quality were unappreciated before, but not anymore. People are discovering that they can add more value than most other roofing materials currently available in the market. As a result, they continue to be sought after, especially in regions that experience extreme climatic conditions. For instance, their ability to withstand snow and freezing temperatures make them a good choice for locations like Toronto. If installed in properties in those places, the issue of snow sticking to the roof will stop. Snow cannot cling to metal easily. That means accumulation and possible formation of ice will be impossible. They also avert dangers associated with added weight on the roof. Another reason metal roofs are less likely to go out of style is their ability to repel water. That reduces the chances of leaks and eliminates the need for frequent repairs.

Metals are also good insulators, and that is another reason they may remain among the top best roofing options. Their ability to reflect heat makes them a better choice during summer; they can maintain lower indoor temperatures. Properties that have them will use up less energy to create a comfortable atmosphere indoors, which translates to savings on utility bills.

Rubber Roof

Rubber roof covering is made with PVC and only consists of single layers. Application is made in rows while paying extra attention to the seams. They are joined with quality sealants to prevent possible leaks. The rubber is also available in multiple colours to give homeowners a variety. The seams can be many or few depending on the layout chosen. These roofing materials are durable and can work in any climate.

Cool Roof

Cool roofs have not been around for very long and are more suitable for modern buildings. They are created using various materials and can be distinguished using several finishes. That possibility can increase their effectiveness and help you save a lot of money in the process. For instance, applying a bright-coloured coating as a finish is important for the reflection of sunlight and improving the roof’s efficiency. The energy savings are more significant during summer and are one of the reasons why most people choose this roofing style.

Plastic Roof

Most people assume that any type of plastic material is dangerous, including plastic roofs. However, they are environmentally friendly because they are made with recycled materials. In addition, because plastics are naturally resilient, the roofs turn out to be very durable.

A few years ago, plastic roof tiles were not as popular as they are now. Because of that, they are not as advanced as other widely used roofing types. For a long time, they remained less superior as most property owners perceived them as fake roofing elements that could not add any visual appeal to a property. The perception also made it harder for the few property owners who used to sell those properties.

All that has changed recently, with roofing manufacturers paying more attention to them and making appropriate advancements. Plastic roof panels are now easier to use and do not cost as much as they did before. They also have impressive longevity.

Built-up Roof

Homeowners in various parts of the world, including Toronto, are choosing the built-up roof system more than any other roofing material. It is composed of several pieces of organic fabrics that are joined by multiple layers of coal tar. The coal also ensures the roofs last longer and makes them more resistant to natural elements like rain, wind, and sunlight. That makes them durable.

People no longer opt for the darker roof colour ideas. The neutral colours are still common in many parts of the world and may never become outdated completely. However, more property owners are now choosing lighter colour shades.

So, what colour roof is best? The colour choices differ with every person. However, beige, blue, green, and grey are some of the most popular. These are used in lighter shades, and in some cases, combined. They all have numerous advantages and can make your house stand out from the others in your neighbourhood. Those lighter hues also increase the efficiency of the property by maintaining cooler temperatures.

Blended Roof Tiles For Your Roofing Upgrade

Choosing a suitable roofing material and colour can transform other sections of the house as well. For instance, if the siding has monotonous colours that do not add any aesthetic appeal to the property, multi-coloured roofs can make it more visually attractive. However, it only works if the colours complement each other. Having shingles with multiple colour shades with multi-layered siding may be too contradictory. Similarly, having a dim-coloured siding with dull roof shingles can create a gloomy atmosphere around the property. A charcoal-base colour with some shades of light green or tan hues results in a more engaging design.

Aged Copper Roofing

Aged copper is still a unique concept in most regions, but many manufacturers are advancing it to make it suitable for home use. It has a distinctive appearance that comes from its style and colour. Aged copper has a combination of shades that make it stand out from all the others easily. The sage green, orange, and other earthy colours create a magnificent outcome that makes the roof attractive. This type of roof also has the advantage of blending with most of the other colour pallets, meaning it will complement any siding colour.

If you’re feeling inspired, give your roofers a call, now that you have a better of idea of how you can make your roofing dreams a reality. They can help you out with consultations, initial inspections, and the installation process. Even if you’re torn between trends, a friendly professional chat can help steer you in the right direction!

For more information, speak to a roofing contractor in your area. If you have any roofing questions you’d like to ask us please don’t hesitate to call us at (905) 387 3000 or contact us using the contact form on our website. We’d love to hear from you!