Roofing has changed a lot in the last few years. There are now numerous options available to homeowners who are concerned about sustainability, durability, resale value, and weather resistance. And as we look to the next year, some options will grow in popularity, and others will be replaced by better ones. Here are the top trends we can expect in 2016:
There Will Be More Emphasis on Green Building Materials. With an ever-growing demand for green building materials, and more options available every day, the green building market is here to stay – and will continue to grow. And as sustainable become synonymous will stylish, options such as cedar shake, shingles made from recycled rubber, and lighter colors will continue to become more popular.
Asphalt Shingles Will Remain the Top Roofing Choice. While asphalt has always been the go-to choice for most homeowners and roofers, its popularity will continue to rise for one large reason: it now comes in several more durable and energy efficient options. Laminated asphalt shingles, for one increase the life span of typical asphalt shingles. (The Freedonia Group market report expects an 80% jump in demand for laminated asphalt in 2016.) Asphalt shingles can also be combined with “cooling granules” to make them more energy efficient – which means their popularity will grow in line with similar green roofing options.
Solar Roofing Options Will Continue to Grow. Solar roofing options have exploded in the past few years and will only continue to grow. Homeowners can now choose from photovoltaic roofing systems, tile solar roofing, solar shingles and photovoltaic modules. And while solar can be installed either with a new roof (or roof replacement) or to an existing structure, homeowners can now harness the thermal energy from the sun and convert it into electricity to reduce their reliance on the electrical grid and reduce carbon emissions. Not only does this mean savings on the energy bill, but in many states, tax refunds and applied credits.
“Cool Roofing” Will Be One of the Fastest Growing Roofing Choices. As more homeowners recognize how cool roofs can make a home more comfortable and energy efficient during summer months, many are turning to what is known as “cool roofing”. Cool roofing essentially is any roofing option designed to minimize heat. Examples of cool roofing option are: lighter colors, such as, blue, grey, and white, reflective roof coatings, such as, acrylic, silicone, latex and polyurethane. Applying a reflective coating over a darker colored roof to make it “cool” not only dramatically cuts energy consumption, but also decreases roof maintenance costs because cool roofs last longer than average roofing.
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