A lot is happening in the world of roofing. Asphalt shingles can now be made with rubberized material to make them more flexible and resistant to harsh weather. Photovoltaic panels can now be embedded into asphalt shingle for a more traditional looking solar roof. And terra cotta tiles are now available in synthetic versions.
Here are three roofing trends you should watch:
Amazon may be your middleman. The behemoth online retailer announced last March that it it’s launching Amazon Home Services, which is designed to connect shoppers with 700 service providers including plumbers, various types of installers, and general contractors. Much like Amazon’s other markets, the home services arm will be powered by customers’ reviews, and to that end, Amazon has already partnered with TaskRabbit, the online handyman finder. But Amazon will also independently vet contractors, do background checks, and even verify licenses. The massive retailer even offers a $2500 refund if customers aren’t satisfied. While Amazon Home Services is currently operating only in major cities, experts agree that it is only a matter of time before Amazon has a front seat in the replacement contracting world. For those in the roofing business, this is all the more reason to pay attention to customer reviews. According to Bill Good, executive vice president of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). “Contractors need to pay attention to online reviews,” he said. “Those review are really going to start to matter now.”
Solar roofing. When President Obama announced his Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by the year 2030, compared with 2005 levels, many people looked to solar energy. Especially in the roofing industry. For this reason, rooftop solar capacity nearly doubled from the beginning of 2013 to the end of 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And while solar still provides only a small percent of residential power, it is a powerful one as homeowners can expect to save 50 percent or more on their energy bills.
Green Roofing Materials. Green has been in the forefront of many industry trends, but for the roofing industry, it hasn’t always been available. However, with the invent of materials such as laminated asphalt, cedar shakes, and recycled metal roofing, it is now enjoys a formidable place in the roofing market. An especially unique new option for homeowners is recycled roofing materials, such as rubber tiles. Made from tires, reconstituted into roofing tiles, rubber tiles are both durable – the average warranty is 30 years – and much less expensive than traditional roofing tiles or shingles.
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