Did you know that homeowners who install new roofing end up getting back on average 63% of their money spent because of an increase in home value?
A home’s roof provides protection against the harsh elements of the weather. Eventually, that wear and tear will start to show on the roof’s materials and it will be time to replace your roof.
Thinking about remodeling your home and want to install new roofing? Or, are you building a new home and want to learn more about roof installation options?
Whatever your reason for roof installation is, you should look into the new roofing technology trends to get an idea of what type of materials and roof style to choose from.
Want to learn more? Read on to see the top five roof installation trends of 2018
Reasons to Update Your Roofing
The average roof made out of asphalt shingle or composition material will have a lifespan of about 20 years. Fiber cement shingles will last 25 years. Roofs made out of wood shake can last 30 years. Roofs made out of slate, copper, or tile can have a lifespan of 50 years or more.
However, extreme weather can shorten the lifespan of any roof.
There are several reasons why you might be looking to install new roofing.
Damage from Hail Storms
Texas has a hail problem. In fact, Texas is one of the most hail-prone states in America.
A hail storm can damage your roof. A hailstone that is one inch in diameter or larger can damage the asphalt shingles. A hailstone that is two inches or bigger can devastate all other parts of the roof.
The damage also depends on the shape, hardness, and velocity of the falling hail. Hail can also wreck your vents, chimneys, gutters, and skylights.
The damage also depends on the roofing material. Asphalt shingles become weaker as time passes. The older your asphalt shingles are, the more likely they will suffer damage from the next hail storm.
How can you tell if your roof has hail damage? Look for these signs:
- Loss of roof granules
- Hail marks from impact
- Damage at the roof’s ridges
Remodeling Your Home
Maybe you are looking to sell your home? If you want to get the highest value for your home, you can consider remodeling it first. Installing new roofing will instantly update the overall look of your house and provide more protection against the strong Texas climate.
Top Roofing Technology Options
We gathered the top trending roof technologies that we’ve seen this year.
1. Metal Roofs
Although there are several different options when it comes to choosing roofing materials, you should consider metal roof installation.
In fact, metal roofs are the best option when it comes to the hot Texas climate. Although asphalt roofs are the most common roofing material used, metal roofing can be 100 degrees cooler. Metal roofs can also save on energy costs by 50%.
Because of its durable material, metal roofing is resistant to many weather elements, lasts longer than traditional roofing, and requires little maintenance.
2. Adding Rain Gutters
Rain gutters are a practical and necessary feature to add to your roof. The main purpose of gutters is to direct rain away from your home and to prevent water damage.
If a house doesn’t have rain gutters, the rain can collect in puddles all around your home.
Rain gutters are also useful because they can collect water that you can use later for your yard or garden.
3. Green Roofs
Green roofs are already popular in Europe but are slowly gaining traction in America.
Green roofs make use of urban infrastructure by adding vegetation on the rooftops of homes. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they last longer than traditional roofs.
Because of the natural insulation, green roofs will save on energy bills. They also absorb rainwater which can decrease the need for costly drainage.
Green roofs also decrease the Urban Heat Island Effect, which is when urban cities tend to trap heat and feel hotter. These roofs also make our air quality better.
Another interesting feature about green roofs is that they can be intensive or extensive.
Intensive roofs are like elevated parks. These roofs are accessible and can have benches and walkways. Extensive green roofs are not accessible.
To get an idea of what a green roof can look like, one popular example is the green roof of Chicago’s City Hall.
4. Cool Roofs
A cool roof absorbs less heat from the sun and reflects harsh sunlight more than a traditional roof. The materials and design of the roof reduce the amount of heat that enters the home and keeps the overall temperature of the house cooler.
Among the benefits of cool roofs include:
- Less need for air conditioning
- Decrease energy bill costs
- Non-air conditioned spaces like the garage are also cooler
- Less roof maintenance costs
There are many different roofing materials that are considered cool roofs. We already went over two of them on this list, green and metal. Other cool roof material options are:
- Terra-Cotta Tiles
- Concrete Tiles
5. Bold Colors
We’ve talked about trending roofing technologies such as materials, but how about trending colors? According to the Metal Roofing Alliance, bold, vibrant colors are trending for 2018.
In the past, homeowners chose neutral, subtle colors such as earth tones. These colors did well to blend in.
However, now more people are opting for bright colors that make a statement and allow beautifully built houses to stand out.
Need a Professional Consultation for Your Roof Repair or Installation?
This list of latest roofing technology shows that there’s a lot to consider when thinking about when installing new roofing.
Roof installation is a big, complex project. We recommend you find trusted, roofing professionals that can help you with your roofing project.
Want to learn more? Contact us to help you get started.