Top Roofing Trends For 2016
In the last few years, there have been significant changes in the roofing industry owing to a number of factors, including environmental concerns, new technologies, and fiscal uncertainty. In 2016 and beyond, you can expect to see some options grow in popularity and others get replaced by more durable, sustainable, and cost effective ones. Here are some roofing trends to watch out for:
Increasing popularity for green building materials
The demand for eco-friendly homes has been growing steadily. And with more stylish green materials becoming readily available, such as shingles made from recycled rubber, cedar shake, and lighter colours, the green building market will continue to grow.
The more environmentally friendly your home is, with regard to efficient materials, efficient designs, roof design, and sustainable construction practices, the lower your environmental footprint and utility bills, and the more attractive your home will be for potential buyers.
Asphalt shingles will remain a favourite roofing choice
Many roofers and homeowners have always opted for asphalt, and this will not change. But with more durable and energy efficient asphalt options now available, their popularity will continue to grow in a similar manner to other eco-friendly roofing options.
Flat roofs are making a comeback
Although trends typically look at the future of design, it can also be argued that design is cyclical. For instance, flat roofs were very popular in the mid-century design era where clean lines were favoured above all else. Today, flat roofs are becoming as popular as contemporary interior decorating, especially for homeowners looking for an alluring combination of traditional and modern styles.
The allure of lighter roofing shades
Roofs have traditionally been associated with dark coloured materials, but this notion has been changing over the past few years. Lighter shades such as beiges, grays, white, and light blues are becoming increasingly popular roofing choices because they give your home a softer, warmer look, and retain less heat so your home can stay cooler during the summer.
Sheet metal roofs for exceptional durability
One roofing material that has appealed to roofers and homeowners looking for sustainability is sheet metal. Sheet metal roofs are guaranteed to give you decades of trouble-free service, while reducing your carbon footprint.
Lastly, you can also expect to see a surge in the demand for solar roofing. There are more solar roofing options to choose from than before, including solar shingles, tile solar roofing, photovoltaic roofing, and photovoltaic modules, all of which allow you to harness thermal energy from the sun and convert it to electricity, reducing your utility bills and carbon emissions. The only inhibitive factor could be the huge cost of installation compared to other green and sustainable options.