2020 and 2021 have seen an uptick in the number of home renovations both inside and out. Check out these three roofing material trends that have been rising in popularity lately.
Pick a Durable Metal Roof Over Other Materials
Metal roofing has been used for years but has continued to rise in popularity as a roofing material choice. This roofing material is aesthetically pleasing, durable, and available in several shapes and textures.
Although metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt shingles, their extended lifespan makes them well-worth the investment. They can last for 50 years with little to no annual maintenance. Additionally, metal roofs are more eco-friendly than other roofing materials.
Invest in Solar Energy With Solar Shingle Installations
Image courtesy of Modernize.
Solar shingles are a new invention that aim to look like traditional asphalt shingles on your roof. They are durable and flexible, just like ordinary shingles but act as solar panels. Depending on the brand, each solar shingle can produce between 13 and 63 watts.
Unlike solar panels, solar shingles are more aesthetically pleasing, tend to be more cost-effective, and can easily be removed and reinstalled. These shingles are lightweight and can endure heavy winds, rain, and hail storms. However, solar shingles can sometimes be less energy efficient than solar panels and require a roof slope with great sunlight exposure.
When appropriately maintained, solar shingles can last for 20 to 30 years. Installation of solar shingles can cost anywhere from $21 to $25 per sq. foot.
Go Green With Synthetic Slate Shingles
Synthetic slate shingles are similar to slate shingles in appearance but are made of pure or recycled plastic, steel, clay, polymer, cement, asphalt, fiber, and rubber. Because of the materials used to make synthetic slate shingles they are considered to be eco-friendly options. There are a wide variety of designs and styles available that are suitable for any home.
Synthetic slate shingles are less expensive—cost 50-60% less than authentic slate—and are easy to install. If maintained properly, synthetic slate shingles can last for one hundred years. But keep in mind, the appearance of the roof will still change. Synthetic slate shingles will show wear and tear, will begin to chip, and will show discoloration. Because the synthetic slate products have only been used for 20 years, it’s impossible to know if they will truly match the claims being advertised. This roofing material is also fire-resistant and durable against inclement weather.
Considering a Roof-Related Home Improvement?
An old or damaged roof will need to be repaired one way or another. This gives you a chance to switch to a better roofing material or consider other roofing trends that may improve your home’s overall appearance. New roofs can increase the value and aesthetics of your entire home. However, replacing your roof is a major investment, so you’ll want to make sure you’re installing the right roofing material and working with trustworthy experts.
Experts at Hippo Roofing can help you decide which roofing material will meet your needs without compromising on the overall aesthetics of your home. Contact us to get started with a free quote.