As a homeowner, you might have been stuck with the same boring roof for the past decade or so. Since then, roofing materials have gotten lighter but more durable, and there are dozens of trending roofing styles that you have probably never seen before. If you’re going to be searching for a new roof soon, it’s time to catch up on the latest roofing trends of 2021.
1. Metal Roofing is Gaining Popularity
For years, asphalt shingles, clay, and membranes have been considered the most popular roofing materials for sloped and flat roofs. But that may soon change. Metal roofing is a current roofing trend for residential buildings, barns, and industrial buildings. Copper, aluminum, and metal alloys are often used for these roofs. Another benefit? They come in various styles and colors, both of which are being expanded as newer technologies are developed.
There are also advantages to using metal for your roof, especially if you dwell in a snowy climate. Snow won’t stick to the metal surface as easily as it would asphalt; snow also sheds more easily as it melts. Say goodbye to ice damming. Metal also doesn’t absorb moisture, making it ideal for rain and protecting your home from leaks.
You get to save some energy, too. Metal will reflect solar rays in the summer, keeping your home cool.
2. Roofing Meets Technology
The global pandemic changed the ways many industries do business. One trend that continues to pervade the roofing industry is digital everything. Video consultations, satellite imagery and visualizer tools, and more. When shopping for a new roof, don’t be surprised if you can instantly chat with a representative right over the computer or phone.
Another technological advancement we’ve seen booming in the market is reflective coatings. These coatings are made to reflect heat and keep homes cooler in warmer weather. When applied, these coatings can reduce energy costs by 20 percent.
You can also bank on more intense sunlight and get yourself a solar-powered home. No longer do you need bulky panels stuck to the roof. Solar films, solar shingles, solar panels, and many other options now exist on the market. Some states are even offering special solar initiatives that make purchasing this technology much more affordable.
3. Greener Roofing
Would you put a garden on the roof of your home? With the eco-friendly movement going strong, more and more companies are producing green roofs. It might sound strange to grow grass on your roof, but there is an aesthetic appeal. Additionally, the positive impact on the environment can’t be forgotten. By creating a natural habitat on your roof (and one that absorbs heat and CO2), you are helping reduce your CO2 footprint and combating climate change.
Green roofs also protect your home from weather and provide excellent insulation. If you want to make your house unique, go with the green roof.
4. Cool Roofs For Efficiency
Anywhere you look on a map, there is bound to be some kind of change in the climate. The effects of climate change have become more and more pronounced over the years, and so it is no surprise that construction and architecture are starting to pay attention. With that, we have the introduction of cool roofs, which are made with energy-reflective and heat-absorbing materials to keep homes cooler.
In other words, cool roofs are built to reflect the sun’s ultraviolet and infrared rays, thereby reducing the transference of heat into a building. This also means that your air conditioner won’t be working nearly as hard, saving you money in the long run. If a cool roof sounds like a winner, keep in mind that most of them are made with reflective materials and lighter colors. You’ll likely find a style and color that suits your preferences, however.
5. Bring On The Synthetics
Would you opt for a synthetic roofing material? Recently, there has been a wave of synthetic roofs popping up that are made from recyclable plastic and rubber. You can find dozens of options in size, shape, and color, so you can save the environment and make your home look extra chic.
But this goes beyond being aesthetically pleasing. Synthetic roofing materials are astoundingly durable and capable of withstanding harsh environments. You might think they would be heavy, but they’re lightweight, easy to maintain, and can be installed relatively easily. It also helps that these synthetic materials cost less than other natural roofing alternatives.
Ready To Embrace The Top Roofing Trends of 2021?
Considering how important the roof on your home is, knowing how to make it better is important. With the latest technologies and roofing materials available, you can make your roof more durable and environmentally friendly—while potentially saving money. If you’re ready to embrace these roofing trends, give RGB Construction a call. Our professional team of roofers is dedicated to giving you the best roof and the best experience.
Why not learn more about the roofing materials and technologies we can provide? Give us a call and start your roof’s transformation today.