This year’s roofing trends put more emphasis on green building materials, earthy and nature-inspired roof shingles, and roofing styles that feature arches and curves to allow for different architectural finishing textures. The 2013 roofing trends demonstrate that the roofing industry is keeping pace with green technology while also appealing to younger homebuyers who are looking for more stylish roofs.
This year’s trends in roofing serve as a prelude into what will be trending in residential roofing in 2014. Based on this year’s trends, 2014 roofing trends will have even greater emphasis on eco-friendly materials for new builds and roof replacement. Laminated asphalt, sustainable roofing, like cedar shakes and shingles, and roofing tiles will be popular building materials, while the color of roofing will be on the light side.
1. More Solar-Ready Roofs on the Horizon
This solar shingle uses monocrystalline silicon solar cells to capture solar energy.
As part of the green movement, solar roofing systems will be front and center in 2014, especially with the mandate from the California Energy Commission that requires all new residential and commercial buildings in the state to have solar-ready roofs by January 1, 2014.
Roofing manufacturers continue to apply the latest green technology into roofing materials and the varied selection of solar roofing options is a result of their efforts. Choices include photovoltaic roofing systems, tile solar roofing, solar shingles and photovoltaic modules. Most can be installed on existing roofs as well as new roofs. With solar roofs, homeowners are able to harness the thermal energy from the sun and convert it into electricity to reduce their reliance on the electrical grid and reduce carbon emissions. Savings are realized by (more…)