Houses will keep coming up and they will definitely need to have roofs. Also some old houses will need reroofing this year. It is therefore important for the homeowners and builders to keep abreast with the latest roofing trends so that they when they get to roof their houses this year they use the best technology and trends in the market. Here are the most common roofing trends this year.
Green roofs are a growing trends for most homeowners and especially those in towns as awareness increases on conservation of the environment. Having a green roof helps to clean the toxic air in towns and also provides the opportunity for the home owner to have their own kitchen garden without the land for that. A green roof also allows the homeowner to have a garden without the space. A green garden keeps the house cool during summer helping to reduce the energy bills. Most cities offer incentives to the homeowners who decide to install green roofs on their houses. Grasses, flowers and small plants are easy to maintain on a green roof.
Building Integrated Photovoltaics and solar panels
Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are used for capturing the suns energy and transforming it into power. Photovoltaics are built in the roof shingles, windows or walls of the building. They are therefore suitable when one is reroofing or installing a roof for the first time. Solar panels on the other hand are not a roofing option but most people will be installing them this year because they are essential at helping you save money. Solar panels are good when you are good for when you are renovating or remodeling because they fit on top of the old roof. These are important installations because they help reduce the power bills in the house by large margins and after sometime the investment is able to pay off. When you have excess electricity produced it can be put back in the main grid and you can earn from that.
Energy efficient roofs
Energy efficient roofs are a new trend that includes installing a roof with high solar thermal emittance and reflective properties. A roof with these properties is referred to as a cool roof. This is because it reflects the energy of the sun away keeping the house cool through very hot temperatures. Cool roofs therefore help the homeowner to reduce energy bills used in cooling the house. Cool roofs also last long because they are not affected by heat as much as other roofs that absorb heat from the sun.
These are not a new trend but they are an old trend that will not be going anywhere soon. Asphalt shingles are a popular choice because they are easy and affordable to manufacture, they are durable and can withstand strong winds. Asphalt shingles are bound to be a favorite for many home owners in this year also.