Need A New Roof? Check Out These 3 New Trends In Roofing

When you're getting ready to remodel your living room, you probably take the time to check out the current trends in interior design. And when you want to buy a new appliance for you home, you probably check out the newest features and models that are available. But when you need a new roof, do you take the time to check out what new trends are emerging in the roofing world, or do you just go with the same old thing that you had before? If you haven't checked out what's new in roofing, you really should. Take a look at a few trends you should consider before you choose your new roof.

Concrete Tiles

The idea of a concrete roof may not sound great at first – you're probably picturing the gray, colorless concrete slabs you've seen on industrial buildings or hospitals. However, the concrete tiles that are used on residential homes don't look like that at all. In fact, they resemble asphalt shingles in size and shape, but are significantly heavier. If you live in an area that's prone to hurricanes or tornadoes, you might appreciate the sturdiness of concrete tiles – they'll survive weather that other roofing materials might not.

Additionally, concrete tiles are affordable. The materials for a 1282 square foot roof come in between $3,501 and $4,995. And if you take their durability into consideration, concrete tiles become an even better deal – concrete tile warranties can cover the materials for up to 50 years. Your investment will go a long way when you put your money into concrete tiles. Keep in mind, however, that your home's structure will need to be able to handle the heavy weight of concrete tiles, and you'll also need extra waterproofing, as concrete is not the most efficient material for repelling water.

Solar Shingles

Solar roofs are also becoming more and more popular, as more homeowners look for ways to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and become more energy independent. It helps that homeowners no longer have to use big, bulky, unattractive panels. Solar shingles are designed to look more like regular asphalt shingles. About 350 of these shingles on your roof can cut your electric bill by as much as 40 to 60 percent. You may also be able to take advantage of local, state, or federal incentives to help cover the cost of installing these shingles.

It's also worth pointing out that adding solar shingles or panels to your home is a good investment if you're thinking about the eventual resale value of your home. A National Renewable Energy Laboratory study conducted in California showed that solar homes sold 17% faster than non-solar homes, and on top of that, they sold for an average of 20% more than the initial estimate. That makes solar roofing materials an investment that will pay off over time.

Light-Colored Roofs

Maybe you'd rather stick with ordinary asphalt shingles. If so, you could always mix things up by choosing a different color for your roof. While at one time dark colors were the default for many roofing tiles, many tile manufacturers are now offering a new variety of shades including light blue, light green, taupe, and beige, as well as various shades of white and off white.

Choosing a lighter colored roof not only gives you the opportunity to brighten up your home a little, it can also save you money. Lighter-colored shingles reflect the sun's rays rather than absorbing them the way that darker colors do. That means that the temperatures in your attic and throughout your house stay lower and your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard to keep up with the heat. And although it's arguable, some studies suggest that light-colored shingles also have a longer life-span because the heat absorbed by darker shingles helps to weaken them faster.

A good roofing contractor will help you explore the latest roofing trends, technologies, and materials to find the roofing materials that are right for your home. If your old roof is getting worn out, contact a roofing company like Allen Roofing & Construction Inc in your area to start checking out the roofing options for your home.