Many homeowners like to stay up to date on the latest trends for design and home improvement, including one of the most important aspects of your home-the roof. Here are several roofing trends to look for in 2020.
Metal roofs have been around for a while, but are growing in popularity due to easy maintenance and variety. Recently, metal roofs have started to pop up in neighborhoods around the country and are no longer exclusively for barns and industrial buildings. Metal roofing is much more durable than other roofing materials and provides extra insulation to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Available in many options, metal roofing is a stylish investment.
The classic dark, rough asphalt shingles have met their match with their lighter counterpart. Expect to see more homes with lighter colored roofing materials in the new decade. Colors like beige, off-white, taupe, and even pastel blues and greens are now available in many different roofing materials. Lighter colored roofs create a softer, more inviting facade. Like metal roofing, lighter colors reflect UV rays and keep your home cooler.
With the green movement in full swing and more consumers catching onto the benefits of renewable energy, solar panels are decorating the roofs and powering homes across the country. Solar panel prices have fallen in recent years as the option has become more accessible. There are many benefits to solar panels including reduced energy costs, tax credits, and protect your roof from debris and damage from water and ageing.
The versatile material is now available to add to your roof. Silicone roof coatings create a seamless, reflective, and waterproof barrier protecting your roof from the elements and other damage. These coatings can be applied to any existing roof. Along with silicone, other synthetic materials are making their way onto roofs. One of these materials, CeDUR is a durable, low-maintenance polymer mimicking the look of natural wood.
Instead of an angled, sloping design, flat roofs create a modern feel perfect for 2020. Flat roofs are often more cost effective for newer structures and can be used for a deck, roof garden, and easily hold solar panels.
Rooftop gardens are another emerging trend. “Green” roofs are covered in soil and various plants. Rooftop gardens are ideal for city dwellers who want a bit of nature and vegetation. These gardens can grow both decorative plants or fruits and vegetables. These roofs will protect your home just like any other materials. However, it is recommended to consult with a roofing company, architect, or other professional to make sure your roof can support the weight of a garden as wet soil is heavy can damage framing.