There are over 130 million 'housing units' in the US according to the 2018 census. While the phrase 'housing units' is not defined, we can assume that it refers, at least occasionally, to houses. Even if only one-tenth of people own houses, that still adds up to over 13 million.
As with so many other aspects of our lives, houses often start trends. One part of the house that's more susceptible to trends is the roof. There are many different styles of residential roofing, and what's in-style tends to change quite often.
We'll talk about some of the current roofing trends in the paragraphs below.
Metal roofing is expected to undergo a sort of renaissance this year. As more styles and designs are created for metal roofing, they will likely appeal to a wider range of people. It also doesn't hurt that metal roofing can be recycled.
Metal roofing also offers a few benefits that make it particularly useful right now. A typical metal roof will last over 50 years and will not become weaker over time. This is important, especially since metal roofing is resistant to both wind and fire.
Though it's initially more expensive than other roofing types, it will save you money over time by helping to cool and insulate your home. A comfortable home at an affordable price is especially important now since almost half of us are still under stay-at-home orders.
Cool colors are lighter colors on the color spectrum. Lighter colors reflect more light, which causes us to see them as lighter colors.
However, this is about more than just how we see light. Since these colors reflect more light, they also reflect much of the heat that comes with it, so the object is colder. When applied to a roof, this phenomenon can help cool down our homes.
You have many different options when it comes to choosing light colors, but one of your best options is white. White gets its color because it reflects all light, so we see all the colors at once. Because it reflects more light than any other color, it's also less affected by heat than other colors.
Flat roofing is another growing trend in residential roofing. A staple of city life and the best friend of superheroes everywhere, flat roofs are seen as more modern and smarter.
However, the appeal of flat roofs goes beyond just looks. Flat roofing is much easier to install, and much safer than sloped roofs. They're also more versatile.
There's virtually no limit to the number of things you can do on a flat rooftop. People sometimes have social gatherings on them. Hotels and apartments sometimes build rooftop pools on flat roofs.
Some people even add solar panels or plants to the roof.
A lot of people are passionate about saving the environment, especially now with the growing threat of climate change. This has inspired many of us to make changes in our lives to be more eco-friendly.
Solar panels are among the most popular of these changes. Solar panels produce power, which can save us money on electricity.
Part of the growing appeal of solar panels has nothing to do with environmental consciousness. Over the years, as solar panels have become more popular, they have also become more accessible and practical.
Modern solar panels are far more weather-resistant than their predecessors. They're also being produced at a lower cost, which means that they can be sold at a lower cost.
Prices are expected to continue to drop for a few more decades at least. Perhaps this is the beginning of a new era in housing. Solar panels may one day become standard when building homes.
In addition to solar panels, green roofs are also catching the attention of environmentalists. Imagine having a roof that is covered with plants. This is the reality of green roofing.
Green roofs are a great benefit to the environment. They help fight acid rain and insulate your home. It also creates a tiny habitat on the top of your home that certain plants and animals can call home.
Your home needs to have gutters if you're adding a green roof. Otherwise, you may get leaks.
Synthetic Roofing Materials
If you want something natural without the potential risks, you might want to try synthetic materials. Synthetic materials are another trend in residential roofing, mostly due to the creation of new materials. Science has recently created CeDUR, a synthetic material that looks like wood.
CeDUR is a lot stronger than wood, though. It can withstand wind speeds of over 100 miles per hour. It's also highly fire-resistant and handles collisions well.
To top it all off, it's lighter than wood and never loses its look. That's just one of the synthetic materials on the market. There are also synthetic stone alternatives.
Who knows what kind of synthetic materials will soon become available?
The Top Trends in Residential Roofing
There are many trends when it comes to residential roofing, and they seem to be changing all the time. We've mentioned some of the current trends in the paragraphs above, but there are others out there. We encourage you to do more research on your own if you're interested.