Roofing Trends for 2020

One thing we will always be grateful for is the roof over our head.

Despite any of life’s struggles, at the end of the day, we’re pretty lucky to have a roof protecting us from danger, like freezing snow, or basic discomfort, like too much sun.

The first commercialized roofs date back to the year 700 AD, when thatched roofs were developed.

Even before this, roofs were all about whatever materials could be found to build protection.

As we approach 2020, there are many trends emerging that the first roof experts would have never imagined.


One of the biggest trends for 2020—and not just in the world of roofs—is the need for efficiency. As threats of changing environmental factors continue to loom, people are desperate for something more resourceful.

Whether it’s the use of a roof for more energy or one that you can grow a garden on, these are the top trends for new homemakers and those looking to replace their old roofs.

#1 – Green Roofs

Green roofs are not only eco-friendly, but aesthetically pleasing as well. As we approach 2020, we can be excited by the prospect that in another 100 years, everyone’s roof might become green.

This isn’t just the colour of the shingles. These roofs are specially designed to have layers of soil and vegetation. A protective shield is used and waterproof fabric ensures that the home beneath the green life is protected.

The plant life sustains itself from the natural water and sun it receives being outdoors. This is a great way to give back to the environment, especially when building a home in a place that once belonged to animals.

They’re pricier to install initially, but the benefits show themselves as this contained ecosystem continues to thrive.

#2 – Solar Roofs

Solar roofs are another eco-friendly emerging trend. These have been around long before 2020, but there are some factors that are making solar simpler.

With rising electric bills and pressure from the ever-changing earth to be more conservative with resources, these are a top choice for many environmentally friendly homeowners.

The first generations of solar panels were expensive, bulky, and not very pleasing to the eye. These limitations have hindered adoption of residential solar for decades.

Now, as more emphasis is placed on being environmentally conscious, these roofs have become more advanced, providing a realistic option to those looking for more.

While still a pricey installation, solar can save you a ton of money on your electric bill, and that can make it all worthwhile in the end.


The material of a roof is of the utmost importance. While visual appeal is a desire for most homeowners, you also want to ensure that it is practical. These are the top predicted trends for 2020 in terms of material for roofs.

#3 – Metal Roofing

Metal is incredibly versatile because it comes in so many colours or styles. You can have a straight-up metal roof like the one above, but there are also options that help it look like regular shingles.

This functional roof is a top choice for those who don’t have a ton of money to spend but still want a specific look catered to their personal taste.

Metal is practical in that it will last homeowners for decades without needing constant repairs. It is great for insulation, meaning that it could help cut down on costs like heating or cooling.

These are also appealing because metal is easily recyclable. That might not have as great an effect on environmental sustainability as green or solar roofs, but it’s still a viable option for those conscious of the environment.

It’s still not the cheapest, but there is another trend that offers those looking for a new roof an inexpensive choice.

#4 – Asphalt Roofing

There is nothing new about asphalt shingles. However, as we see the popularity stay steady, we can be assured these will continue to be used throughout 2020. Asphalt shingles are usually chosen because of their price.

They protect the home from all sorts of weather and can last a long time. They won’t last forever, so while you might save money on the initial installation, there is the potential for repairs that might be avoided with something like a metal roof.

This option is customizable by shape and colour for the homeowner. Aside from material, style is an important choice, so let’s take a look at some of the emerging trends in terms of appearance.


Even if a roof might be cheap and environmentally friendly, it can be the style that is the most important aspect. You might not see it when you’re inside, but the roof will tie the overall outside look of your home together.

Houses have transformed throughout time and the style of roof can define entire periods of architectural style. Let’s see what the prediction for roof styles will be in 2020.

#5 – Flat Roofs

Each year style becomes a bit more modern and focused on clean architecture and minimalist design. That will certainly be the case in 2020, as flat roofs become more popular.

Angled roofs not only help with keeping the structure together but with rain and other precipitation run-off. That’s not as big of a concern with modern advancements such as waterproofing features.

They’re still a risky decision for those who live in a very wet area with frequent, violent rain. So make sure if this is the choice, you carefully consider all protective features.

This roof can also be transformed easily into a green roof or one with solar panels. If you don’t have the money just yet for these eco-friendly advancements, you might start with a flat roof.

#6 – Fresh Colours 

Common dark-coloured roofs are quickly becoming a thing of the past, as more are focused on fresh and light colours.

Green, tan, beige, red, and everything in between is rising in popularity. These add an interesting look to the roof and can really change the overall style of a house.

There will always be new trends in architecture on a yearly basis, and it looks as though 2020 won’t be any different. As the new decade approaches, it’s exciting to think of all the changes we’ll be able to witness.

These advancements are only bringing great efficiency, so we can be hopeful of the impact on our world amidst these changes. The big question is what we’ll think about the look of things a few years from now!


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