4 Options When You Want Something New for Your Residential Roof

Construction & Contractors Blog

Just like types of siding and exterior paint colors go through trends, residential roofing has trends that change with time. If your asphalt roof is old, it may be a typical dark color. When it's time for a new roof, you may want to opt for a more trendy, light color, or even switch to a different roofing material. Here are some modern residential roofing options to consider.

1. Architectural and Shaped Shingles

If you want asphalt shingles, but you want something with an interesting appearance, consider architectural shingles. These have a dimensional quality that makes them look like wood shakes from a distance. You can also buy luxury shingles with a scallop shape, and if you want to switch to metal, you can buy metal roofing in scallop shapes and with other designs stamped in the metal. There's no reason to choose a basic asphalt roof if you want to change the style of your roof, because you have a lot of choices when you want something new and different.

2. Metal Shingle Lookalike Roofing

Metal roofing has been around for decades, but it's becoming more popular since it's available in many different forms now. In addition to standing seam panels, you can buy metal shingles. The metal shingles can even be fabricated to look like asphalt, slate, tile, or wood shakes.

Metal roofing has many advantages, such as a longer life, low maintenance requirements, and being lightweight. This makes it possible to have a roof that looks like wood or slate while enjoying the benefits of metal.

3. Spray Foam For A Flat Roof

Spray foam roofing has advantages for a flat roof. The roofer can create the slope needed to ensure drainage, and the foam goes on in a continuous blanket so the roof has no seams. Spray foam also creates its own flashing, and the foam adds insulation to your home. You may even want to talk to your roofer about installing a deck over the foam so you can use the space for outdoor living. The roofer might need to add additional support so the roof will hold the weight of people and furniture, but the roof space could add an additional deck or patio to your home.

4. Cool Roofing In White Or Other Light Colors

Light-color roofing is popular for the sake of appearance and also for energy savings. Asphalt shingles are available in beige and other light colors, and you can buy metal roofing and concrete tiles in a color similar to white. You can also get flat roofing materials in white. White is a good roofing choice when you want your home to stay cooler in the summer.

Dark roofs absorb heat from the sun and heat up your attic. White roofs reflect the sun and stay cooler so your home doesn't get as hot. This gives your air conditioner a break and your energy bills might be lower as a result.

If you have more questions about your options for residential roofing, contact a local roofing company.


28 September 2020

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