As a homeowner, few things are as important as your roof. Your roof is the first line of defense against the elements and plays an outsized role in making your home as energy efficient as possible. Perhaps it’s the roof’s importance, which has led to all the technological advancements we’ve seen in roofing over the last several years. If you’re considering a new roof for your home, here are some of the latest trends in Atlanta roofing you should be aware of.
As the effects of climate change become increasingly evident, more homeowners than ever before have been installing solar panels on their roofs. In the past, solar panels were bulky and inefficient, and unlikely to make their money back after factoring in the cost of installation. These days, however, modern solar panels are far more efficient, and sleeker and more elegant than the panels of the 1970s. Some solar panels are available that closely resemble roofing tile, and we suspect that in the future solar panels will only improve in both efficiency and aesthetic appeal.
A more passive solution to improving a home’s energy efficiency is the development of the “cool roof.” A cool roof is designed on the principle that bright colors reflect sunlight, and therefore, heat. If you’ve ever worn a dark T-shirt on a sunny day, you likely know how much hotter you get than if you were wearing a white T-shirt. Manufacturers have learned to capitalize on this fact and have developed roofing systems that reflect light using a combination of light colors, reflective paint, and new gravel mixes. By reflecting heat away from your home, you rely less on your air conditioning, saving you money.
A living roof is exactly what it sounds like: a roof with a layer of vegetation on top. Highly sophisticated, these green roofs are made up of several layers of specially engineered soil over a waterproof membrane, providing an environment for plant life to thrive. The result is a natural habitat for vegetation and wildlife (birds, mostly, so don’t worry about coyotes) while saving you money with improved insulation.
Asphalt doesn’t sound like the kind of material you’d include in a list of developing trends, but a lot has changed in roofing in Atlanta, Georgia, over the years. In particular, what’s known as architectural shingles have gained in popularity with homeowners. Three dimensional in both design and construction, architectural shingles (also known as designer shingles) have a more stylish look than traditional asphalt, lending a roof the appearance of being made up of slate of wood shake.
Once upon a time, metal was considered too cold and industrial to be considered for anything other than commercial and industrial uses. This has changed since manufacturers have developed metal roofs that are far more attractive and can resemble other materials such as slate, shingles, shake, and even tile. This allows homeowners to take advantage of metal’s durability and resistance to extreme weather without sacrificing style. Furthermore, metal doesn’t absorb heat, but reflects sunlight, saving you on air conditioning and energy bills.
When you’re ready to go shopping for your own roofing supplies in Atlanta, visit Preferred Roofing. We’re the only roofing experts you need, so give us a call at (678) 395-6880.