Just as there are shifts in the political, social, and cultural climate, there are shifts in the construction and roofing hemisphere as well. One could even argue that they are all interconnected. Over time, elements of architecture have come in and out of style and popularity due to several reasons: weather conditions, advancements in technology and resources, trends in design, breakthroughs in environmentally-efficient alternatives. Let’s take a look at some of the current roofing trends we have started to see in 2020, and what we can expect down the road.
1. Green Roofing
As you can most likely hypothesize from the name, these roofs are green—in every aspect of the word. By covering your roof partially or wholly with vegetation and plants (yes we said that), it can aid with stormwater management, air quality, and reduction of the heat island effect. In other words, this is an amazing eco-friendly option. Let us explain even further. Green roofs are roofs of a building that is partially or wholly covered with vegetation and soil, or a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. This does not refer to roofs, which are merely colored green, such as green shingles. Implementing greenery on your rooftop can double its lifespan, and also give it an earthy aesthetic.
2. Synthetic Roofing
Demand for roofing with synthetic materials, such as ones that are polymer-based made from plastic and rubber, has skyrocketed. These have become popular for homeowners seeking a more durable product that takes the place of wood texture while maintaining the natural colors of traditional shakes and slates. Synthetic roofs are easier to maintain and effective when it comes to resistance to the elements like hail. They can last up to 50 years, and even received Class A ratings for its resistance against fires.
3. Cool Roofing
Another current roofing trend is cool roofing. Lightweight roofing is a fantastic option for those who live in warmer climates. With cool roofing, using materials that are lighter in color, use reflect paint, have a sheet covering, and/or reflective tiles and shingles provide coolness and airiness. If you have a low-slope roof, it’ll require built-up roofing, coatings, and single-ply materials. If you have a steep-slope roof, you can choose from metal, asphalt, shingles, and tiles.
4. Solar Roofing
This has become popular, especially in the state of California. California has mandated that residents living in new single-family homes or multifamily units that are three stories or less must have solar roof panels. Solar roofing is an incredibly efficient way to harness natural resources, in an energy-efficient manner. Using solar power can save you thousands of dollars, and the payback period is very low. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered that homes with solar roofs can sell up to 20% faster and for 17% more money. This may not be a bad option for homes in Florida where the forecast is mainly sunshine 365 days a year.
5. Metal Roofing
Metal roofs have been around for quite some time, but they’re still hot! While they can be more costly at initial installation, the investment is valuable for the long haul. With its reflectiveness and insulation, you will shave money off your bill by purely reducing heating and cooling, as it is unnecessary. There are more than 100 different color variations to choose from, and choosing metal roofing can increase your property value. To be more specific, zinc roofing is corrosion resistant and extremely resilient when it comes to scratches or damages; it requires little to no maintenance.
There you have it. The current roofing trends for 2020!
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