Top trends in roofing continue to shift to more efficient, eco-friendly materials and adaptable custom designs. With a combination of rapid urbanization and a percentage of the population migrating to more rural properties in need of more dynamic roof panel performance, this has been a big year for the roofing industry.
The supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 have meant nearly all roofers having experienced delays and lost income. For people who need roofs repaired, replaced, or even installed, costs have gone up. Plus, the wait time for certain materials has been elongated. A homeowner or property manager may have to make some tough decisions on what roofing is best.
Here are some roofing trends you may wish to pull from for your next installation or project.
1. Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are still the most used roofing material in North America. Their upfront cost is perceived as more affordable than alternatives like metal, despite metal lasting decades longer. Roughly half of the homes in the country continue to be covered with asphalt shingles in black, despite roofing trends guiding the majority of people away from this somewhat dated look.
Asphalt shingles are popular because of their durability. As the climate and weather have changed in many parts of the world, homeowners are after roofing that will be able to withstand high heat, strong winds, and storms. For roof panel manufacturers, there is immense pressure to develop and deliver high-quality roofing materials.
2. Solar Roofing
With more people moving to rural properties where energy costs are higher, solar roofing has seen an uptick in interest. More accessible than ever, solar panels are durable and attractive. This roofing is a nice addition to one’s roofing in rural areas.
3. Flat Roofing
A lot of us grew up on sloping roofs with angled sides. This roof design is popular because it naturally gets rid of rain, debris, and snow. Modern trends in roofing are moving more homeowners towards flat roofing. Minimalist, cost-effective, and versatile, a flat roofing company can offer a unique design for your house. With a flat roofing design, installing solar panels, having a rooftop garden, or building a rooftop deck is suddenly possible.
4. Reducing Heat
Roofing can get hot. Extremely hot in the summer. With record heat, it’s become more important to ensure your roofing material can handle it. ‘Cool roofing’ is a term used for roofing that’s designed to reduce heat transfer. It does this by reflecting the sun’s UV rays away. This increases a roof’s lifespan and energy efficiency. It is a smart investment to make no matter where a property is situated.
5. Light, Neutral Colors
Shingles have gotten a bad name in a lot of roofing circles. Their darks and blacks are being traded in for lighter-looking roofs. As you might find in interior design at the moment, neutrals like greens, blues, beiges, and off-white are all very popular in roofing at the moment. This creates a softer looking image, but also serves a performance purpose. Light colors retain less heat and reflect the sun’s UV rays better.
6. Rooftop Gardening
Particularly in more urban areas and with commercial roofing, gardens and green roofs are becoming more popular. Hotels. Office buildings. Condos. All sorts of buildings are using eco-friendly green roofs to grow plants, save energy, and more. If you’re a homeowner fortunate enough to have the ability to use your roof in this way, it can be very rewarding.
7. Metal Roof Panels
Metal roofing used to be strictly for barns and industrial buildings. Today, it’s the go-to roofing material used by many residential and commercial roofing installers. Metal comes in a range of styles and colors, which can be fashioned to look like almost anything. It’s durable, long-lasting, insulated, and reflects the sun’s UV rays in a way that traditional asphalt shingles do not.
8. Acrylics, Asphalt & Silicone
Silicone roof coatings are a top trend in roofing at the moment. It’s easy to apply, and silicone naturally repels water. It is much easier to install than any acrylics or asphalt, despite those continuing to be the most popular. Silicone coatings are on an upswing. If you have a flat commercial roof or flat residential roof, sealing it is a significant step to avoid pooling water causing damage to your property.
9. Synthetic Roof Materials
Every year, new synthetic roof materials either become available or are discovered. Meant to mimic natural materials for the most part, synthetics – like metal – can be made to look like anything and sometimes offer much better protection than a material like asphalt. However, the quality of synthetic materials does vary. Their cost can also be high compared to more widely available options.
10. Mixed Roofing Designs
Mixed roofing pulls from different designs, shapes, and profiles. It is essentially a custom roof. Homeowners and property managers can combine different materials for different looks. They can also optimize the shape of their roof to accommodate for flat roofing in some places and angled roofing elsewhere. In terms of what can be done with roofing today, it’s limitless when you jump into the world of custom roofing and mixed roofing design.