FROM THE GROUND UP
Home renovation guru and Monier exterior design expert Naomi Findlay says by subtly changing the profile and texture of roof materials you can really change the look of your house.
“People are moving to a flatter, more slimline-looking roof tile over what used to be a higher profile, an almost wavylooking roof tile,” she says.
“They’re now embracing those lower profiles that hark back to the shingle look.”
While a new look roof is a great way to shake up the overall street appeal of a home, Naomi says you don’t have to go to the extent of completely retiling.
“Some people might feel that their street appeal is ruined by a big bolt-on solar system for example,” she says.
According to a recent survey by Monier, 35 per cent of NSW residents would not put solar panels on their house if they think they can be seen from the street.
At the same time, 57 per cent of those surveyed looking to build a new home are interested in ways to include power efficiencies like solar energy.
Bristile recently released a solar roof tile that blends seamlessly into the roofline with electricity generation monitored from your phone. Monier has also released InlineSOLAR (pictured), a streamlined solar panel that sits in flush within your roof line.
“It’s great for people who are serious about energy conservation, but also understand the importance of street appeal,” Naomi says.