Was your home just featured on HGTV, or is your roof just looking stylish?
The home design and construction industry has made some major moves during the past five to ten years. There’s the tiny house movement; creative businesses are coming up with brilliant ways to build-out external frames for ADU’s and entire homes, and deliver them on-site, ready to assemble. Eco modern has become interior design goals de rigeur, and so many more amazing innovations, we can’t wait to put beautiful roofing on every square foot of these livable pieces of art! Two of the hottest trends in roofing today are: metal roofing on pitched roofs and reflective coatings on flat roofs. These materials provide homeowners with great options for creating a specific look that they love, through their home’s exterior.
First things first: When you find yourself searching “roofers near me” and” roofing companies near me”, the process of determining which roofing companies near you to speak with, and which type of roofing material will best accentuate the architectural style of your house, can be a bigger project than anticipated! When looking for reputable local roofing companies, it’s useful to go by both word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family, as well as online reviews. Once you have a starter list of highly recommended roofing companies near you, you’ll want to check that each of them is certified, qualified, and has at least 10 years in the industry. We advise gathering a few quotes and recommendations from each roofer, before you decide which roofer you’re most confident in hiring.
There are a lot of choices of materials for a new roof, so you’ll have many options. You’ll want to consider pros and cons of different materials, costs, and of course, which material will best accentuate the architecture of your home.
This is a major investment for homeowners, so we want to educate the public about the benefits of two current roofing options that are in high demand: metal roofing and the hottest current trend, reflective coatings. Many people aren’t familiar with reflective coatings, so we’ll focus more on this topic. But first, here’s a quick summary of some of the perks of metal roofing, which has experienced a spike in popularity of late. Due to the aesthetic strength of metal roofing, it can help to modernize the exterior of an older home, or otherwise compliment a new build; so it’s a popular stylist’s choice for renovations, flips, and new builds.
A few of the benefits of metal roofing include: a longer service lifetime for your roof, energy efficiency (which translates to lower cooling costs), and lower environmental impact than traditional shingles, since the metal can be recycled when the roof needs to be replaced.
As with metal roofing, there are plentiful options available to homeowners today when choosing reflective coatings. Having reflective coating applied to existing shingles isn’t just a design choice! Reflective shingles can produce some serious savings and environmental benefits, too. Let’s take a more detailed look at the impactful features of using reflective roof coating:
- Reflective coating extends the life of your roof. Restoring and maintaining your roof with reflective coating treatments can increase the service life of your roof up to 5-15 years. Roof restoration provides a sustainable, easy to maintain roofing membrane while bypassing the time, cost, or disruption of tearing off an existing roof and replacing it. Added bonus: roof maintenance costs are tax deductible!
- Reflective coating significantly reduces energy consumption. According to APOC, “Cool roof systems drastically reduce roof temperatures, thermal shock and roof maintenance requirements. In addition, they extend roof life, improve building comfort and substantially reduce cooling costs. In fact, we refer to cool roof systems as an asset that can provide a return on your investment”.
- Reflective coating lowers heat transfer to a home or building. “Roof restoration systems deliver high solar reflectivity and thermal emittance which significantly reduce roof temperatures. Lower roof temperatures have been proven to decrease internal building temperatures resulting in recurring savings from reduced air conditioning needs. As an added benefit, air conditioning equipment is less strained which can extend the life-span of that equipment too”.
Each home has its own distinct style, and some of our customers still love the look of traditional shingles. Whether you’re planning to install metal roofing, traditional shingles, Mediterranean tiles, etc., we always recommend that you rely on a professional roof installation by a reputable roofer.
If you’re not sure which roofing material is best for your home or your needs, we encourage you to contact us, we’re always happy to help!