2017 Trends and Fashions in Brisbane Roofing
It seems every year there are certain trends or fashions in roofing. You can drive past a house and know exactly what time period and style they were most influenced by.
Architects recognise the roof as over 30% of the overall look of a house’s facade. The selection of the roofing style, materials, and look is integral. In this blog post, we look at some of the most popular trends and fashions in roofing in Brisbane this year.
Energy efficient roofing tiles
For anyone who is very conscious of the environment, energy efficient roofing is one way to reduce your carbon footprint. Solar roofing and solar roofing tiles are just a couple of examples. The trend emphasises seamless integration of solar tiles with existing roofing installations, without the sticking out effect of bolt-on solar panels.
The ultimate green roof is a living and breathing one - one that’s built of plants. These roofs have the standard base, which is then covered with a waterproof layer. Many of these green roofs have entire gardens covering them. Not only are they self-sustainable, they save on insulation. There is great appeal and interest in green roofing and they will continue to pique interest in the future.
They have a timeless appeal and are highly colourfast - they're even guaranteed to never fade. Architects generally favour terracotta largely due to their great finish, durability, and low maintenance requirements. They are an ever-enduring trend here in Australia - with a long heritage and the choice of many for their reliability.
Flat and minimal
When we think of modern homes, flat and minimal is usually the first thing that comes to mind when we imagine roofing. This trend can be seen on homes in Brisbane in the form of both flat and skillion roofs. Flat profile tiles embody this ‘modern’ look whilst also remaining versatile.
Colour and shade choices
Traditionally, the approach has been conservative, favouring neutral, black or grey tones. Location has a big bearing on the colour selection of roofing in Australia. Homeowners looking for a very modern, contemporary look for their homes are leaning towards extra-light colours such as off-whites, light brown, and cream. Mid-tone browns have been especially favoured in recent years. Some lighter greens, reds, and even orange are being used to compliment traditional style homes.
The roofing character of suburbs is also a big influence on the other roofs in that area. In more affluent areas you may find bigger homes with either colorbond or terracotta tiles. Queenslanders with metal roofing on the other hand are extremely popualr in Eagle Junction. If the suburb has a lot of Art Deco or Federation style homes then, then the red roof trend will catch on to others. Homeowners in coastal areas are more likely to opt for lighter, airier shades like pale greys.
Metal roofing is an iconic element in Australian building design and construction. The durability of steel and its ability to withstand extremes of heat and cold, as well as the test of time, mean that it’s perfectly suited to the harsh Australian climate.
Thermatech roofs from Colorbond are making waves thanks to their ability to reflect heat effectively, helping homeowners keep their homes cooler. Now, in and around Brisbane, Colorbond roofs are a fast growing trend. There’s a full palette of shades to choose from, ranging through all the shades of red, blue, green, and grey.
Roofing trends change from year to year and from decade to decade, in much the same way that architecture and interior design do. Yet Colorbond steel has endured while many other building materials have lost their appeal.
What does your next roof look like?
If you’re looking to keep up with the latest trends and fashions in roofing, improve your home’s street appeal, and increase its value, replacing your roof is a great way to do this with maximum impact. If you’d like to discuss your roofing options or if you’d like a quote on roof installation or roof replacement, contact us today.