Take a look at the hottest roofing trends on the rise in 2017: Does your roof need one of these upgrades?
Greater Use of Colored Shingles
Thicker, more durable shingles continue to grow popular among homeowners: There are more options than ever before, and they tend to have much better life spans and warranties than traditional flat shingles. However, one particular trend that’s picking up both here and across the country is greater use of colored shingles. Shingles have been available in various shades of red, brown, tan, and even blue for years, but in the past homeowners have usually been content with the traditional shades of gray. Today’s roofing trends, however, lean more toward finding the right shingle color to match siding and environment.
Durable Tile Roofing
Tile roofing is also taking off as more homeowners are willing to look beyond ever-popular shingles to tiles made from slate, concrete, and similar materials. These tile rooftops have a high-quality, modern look that makes them popular on newer homes. Tile also typically lasts longer than shingles and is more resistant to harsh weather when properly installed.
However, tile is also significantly more expensive than shingles, and a lot heavier, which can affect roof design and renovation choices.
Metal Roofing Solutions
Along with tile, metal roofing is also becoming more common in residential neighborhoods. Homeowners now know that metal rooftops aren’t just corrugated sheet metal – they are a mixture of panels, tiles and segments with many different appearances. Metal rooftops are known for their durability: With proper coatings they can shrug off most storms and debris. However, like tile metal, roofing can be heavy, and there is a danger of eventual rust in humid climates.
More Gutter Projects
Gutters are a vital part of homes, especially in climates that see more rain. Homes without gutters see more siding problems, since water runs off the roof and drips down onto the siding and eaves (it also does the foundation no favors). We’re seeing two different kinds of gutter projects on the rise. First, people are installing gutters on older homes that never had them before – or at least never had them on a particular side. Second, people are updating their “standard” gutters with customized gutters designed for the right water load, as well as a more elegant appearance that keeps gutters from being an eyesore.
Advances in green and environmentally friendly roofing continue as well. In areas that receive plenty of sunlight, solar panels have a new competitor with solar tiles that look like a normal roof but can also harvest sunlight for electricity. In wetter and more urban areas, green rooftops that grow various grasses and insulate the home are one of the more popular roofing trends, although they do require a thicker moisture-proof membrane.