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Roofing Material Options: What’s New in Residential Roofing Materials

Your home's roof isn't just functional, it also adds style. From shingles and tiles to solar panels and green materials, how do you know what's best for your home? Here's a look at what's new in residential roofing materials and some trends to watch in the coming years.

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House with white roof roofing materialsArtazum/Shutterstock

Cool or White Roofing

In response to climate change, many are looking to cool roofing as an option, which is a reflective coating that permits the roof to reflect the warmth of the sun instead of retaining it. Consider a cool roof or a white roof which can reduce your home’s energy use if you live in a warm climate.

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Green Roofing

Green roofs are slowly catching on in America. Green roofs require water proofing and proper drainage, so gutters are a must. While a green roof has an almost limitless lifespan, there are several factors that will determine how much upkeep is needed when it comes to green roofs, so do your research before committing.

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Roofing Tiles Spanish style rooftamara321/Shutterstock

Roofing Tiles


Roofing tiles are growing in popularity due to their price and their appearance. Roof tiles do last longer than asphalt shingles—up to 25 years compared to 15 years, respectively.

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Slate RoofingMonkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Slate Roofing


Slate roofs are a favorite among many roofers and homeowners as they are considered the most durable. Additionally, slate is the most expensive option when it comes to roofing, but since these roofs are made to last, you could save money in the long run.

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Solar Panels Roofnrqemi/Shutterstock

Solar Roof


Solar may be a little pricier upfront, but the long-term savings may be worth it. With more people looking for energy savings, the price of solar roofing materials is on the way down. If your home is south-facing, solar may be a good option.

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Flat Roofing Materials


With the rising popularity of modern design, the types of flat roofing materials hitting the market has grown in recent years. Flat roofing can now be made with PVC or TPO fabrics and is more durable than it was just 10 years ago. Flat roofs are also easy to maintain when compared with traditional asphalt shingle roofs.

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Underlayment

A big change in underlayment over the last decade has been the shift to synthetic underlayment from asphalt felts. Synthetic underlayment is safer for walking on in both wet and dry conditions. Synthetic is also stronger and tears less often than felt.

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Blue Roof Color Trends effective stock photos/Shutterstock

Color Trends


In the coming years, you’ll see more color showing up on roofs. Exterior color trends will include bright red and deep blue roofs, along with black.

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Red Metal, Fire-Resistant RoofingLesPalenik/Shutterstock

Metal, Fire-Resistant Roofing


Fireproof and fire-resistant roofing materials have taken center stage in recent years. Metal roofs and metal roofing panels are a popular fire-resistant option. If you go with a metal roof, you may qualify for a discount on your homeowner’s insurance.

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House roof protection during stormMike Focus/Shutterstock

Weathering the Storm


Researchers have been trying to determine which roof types and shapes best resist high winds and hurricanes. While there isn’t a roofing material or style that is 100 percent guaranteed to stand up to a strong storm, evidence suggests a home with a square floor plan and a multiple panel roof weathers strong storms well.

Follow this storm survival guide to protect your home when the winds start blowing.

Rachel Brougham
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