As winter gives way to spring, chances are you’ve been daydreaming about making some changes around your home. If your roof was damaged over the winter, is more than 20 years old, or you’re simply looking to bring it into the 21st century, then investing in a new roof is not something you should simply be dreaming about – it’s time to make it a reality. Keep in mind that while minor problems like scraped shingles and broken flashing can be dealt with relatively easily, a more serious roof repair, replacement or upgrade is going to require a call to your roofing contractor.
Before you dial those numbers, here are some hot new roofing trends for 2017 you can be inspired by, so that you don’t waste any time on the phone. The more information you already have, the sooner you can get started on that new roof!
Like many other industries, the roofing industry is beginning to feel the impact of increased consumer demand for eco-friendly or “green” roofing products. This has fueled the growth of an entire new range of roofing trends based on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.
Solar panels can technically be installed anywhere you want, but given that most people opt to have them on their roofs, it’s safe to say that they can fall under ‘roofing’ category. Anyway, Tesla has recently come out with actual solar power tiles, which makes them a roofing material. When you put the tiles together, they act as a complete solar power system, which makes for a stylish replacement if you’re not a fan of the futuristic look of regular solar panels.
Currently, over a million home-owners use solar energy to power their homes to some degree, and these numbers are only set to go up in the next few years. If you want to join their ranks but are intimidated by the cost, don’t forget that there are provincial and federal incentives dedicated to helping Canadians invest in renewable energy projects. Furthermore, solar panels will help keep those energy bills lower in the long run. Contact your roofers to ensure that your home is appropriate for a solar panel project. Keep in mind that your roof’s life-span needs to have at least 10 years remaining on it for you to even consider installing solar panels.
That’s right, living roofs – not living rooms. You’ve probably seen living roofs in fancy architectural magazines or cool Instagram accounts without knowing what they were called… they’re those lush roof-top gardens, which as it turns out are actually roofs in and of themselves. This eco-friendly trend is picking up steam all over the world, especially in Europe, but many large North American cities are also trying to go green when it comes to roofs. Living roofs are not only unique and beautiful, they allow even urban homeowners without yard space to get a shot at having a beautiful garden! Made up of supportive plants, living roofs can also reduce your monthly energy bills in the summer, as they help keep your house nice and cool.
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics, or BPIVs for short, are another hot new roofing trend for 2017. This is a renewable energy technology which produces electricity out of sunlight. It is quiet and pollutant-free, and requires no maintenance. The technology can be used to replace traditional roofing materials, and is most commonly used in the construction of new homes as consumers begin to demand that energy-efficiency be built right in before they move.
BIPVs are great for homeowners who want a seamless, uniform appearance when it comes to their roofs. This is because many are designed to integrate with traditional roofing materials like concrete-tiles, cement tiles, clay tile roofs and more. Since BIPVs are not sold directly to consumers, you’ll have to contact your roofing contractor to get more details on available products. Keep in mind that depending on where you live, you may be able to get rebates and tax credits on BIPVs, since they are energy efficient.
Old Faithful – Asphalt
While it can be exciting to think about investing in green roof projects, many homeowners feel safer investing in an old faithful – asphalt. Asphalt shingles are proven to be durable, and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, angles and forms. Many asphalt shingles are also Class A fire-resistant, and are great at dealing with extreme weather, from high winds, heat, sleet and hail. Also consider that asphalt shingles are easy on the pocket, low maintenance as far as roofing materials go, and can even be purchased in the shape, colour and form of other more expensive materials like clay tiles. Lighter colours are very trendy right now, as homeowners begin to value the importance of energy efficiency; the heat-reflective properties of light coloured roofs are just the thing for giving your air conditioner and ceiling fans a break this summer!
Mad for Metal
Metal is another emerging roofing trend, currently accounting for 11% of re-roofing jobs. These numbers are only set to grow as homeowners begin to appreciate the value of this durable material. Metal has one of the longest life-spans as far as roofing materials go, and this material is highly resistant to extreme weather, fire, bugs, rot and mildew. You can get them in panels or shingles, with a protective coating to reflect heat away from your home, which means smaller monthly energy bills. This is a relatively low-maintenance option, and you can also choose from different materials such as stainless steel, zinc or more.
If you’re feeling inspired, give your roofers a call, now that you have a better of idea of how you can make your roofing dreams a reality. They can help you out with consultations, initial inspections, and the installation process. Even if you’re torn between trends, a friendly professional chat can help steer you in the right direction!
For more information, speak to a roofing contractor in your area. If you have any roofing questions you’d like to ask us please don’t hesitate to call us at (905) 387 3000 or contact us using the contact form on our website. We’d love to hear from you!