Here are some trends in roofing materials being installed in custom homes for 2013. Some of the trends have started this year (2013), a lot of trends where started in the 2012 construction year and continued into this calendar year. There are trends that have been sustained year over year as well; they are considered the long running trends.
Roofing applications in today’s custom homes
Here is a list of the trends that have stayed the same over the last several years;
• Asphalt shingles are still the most common and prevalent material installed on all homes. The ease of installation and the price point make them the simple choice for homeowners.
• Grace Ice and Water Shield is installed on the first 2 feet of the roof and up the valleys.
• Dark coloured asphalt shingles have and are still the most common shingle installed.
• Black valleys are still the most common because they go with any kind of dark roofing material.
• Steel roofs are gradually growing more common with the ever changing severe weather.
• Enviro-shake has all but eliminated the need or want for homeowners to have cedar-shake roofs installed, with the composite material looking so close to real cedar plus giving a lifetime product, something cedar cannot accomplish.
Here is a list of the trends that have started this year and are growing in popularity;
• Large peaked roofs that are now prevalent in most architects plans have brought about growing trend of torch down roof membranes on the top of houses because of height restrictions.
• Roofs being covered completely in waterproofing from eave to peak to protect against future leaks has become a fast growing trend.
• Strip ridge venting is on more and more roofs that have asphalt shingles, giving the clean look and helping to maximize air flow.
• Composite roofing materials are gaining popularity as homeowners look for alternatives to asphalt shingles and are not worried about the higher price.
• Heavier duty and multiple ply asphalt shingles are growing in popularity for their longer life spans and warranties.
• Using multiple materials on custom homes have started to become a more common practice. Installing asphalt shingles on a high steep roof and then installing steel roofs below on porch or lower sloped roofs helps the longevity of the lower roofs and can be very appealing to the eye.
• Standing seam steel roofs have by far become the most wanted and installed look in steel. The standing seam gives a richer look to the roof, making it look less like a barn steel roof and more like a luxury material on a custom home.
Overall people are starting to understand that they need to spend more money on their roofing materials since the weather and the climate has become more unpredictable. A higher quality of roofing material is showing that it will survive the more severe storms and save you money from replacing your roof in the future.
Village Builders Inc.