Trends in Residential Roof Design

health benefits of poolsIn keeping up with the current overall remodeling trend with an eye to green living and conserving energy, the roofing industry has certainly done its part. In an effort to appeal to younger homebuyers, the roofing industry has kept pace with up-and-coming green technology i.e. its emphasis is on earthy, nature-inspired roof shingles, but it also has created roofing styles which arches and curves to allow for different architectural finishing textures. Although these trending concepts in roof design are admirable, they are more than just a beautiful facade. Today’s roofs don’t just look more eco-friendly, they are comprised of materials including laminated asphalt, sustainable roofing like cedar shakes and shingles, or roofing tiles. Contemporary trends in roof colors will be on the light side, perfect for this warm-weather state. Even though buying a roof, solely for energy conversation and being kind to the environment is a driving force with current roofing trends, fashion now pays a bigger role as more homeowners seek stylish roofing that has character as well as architectural interest.

Functionality is important

Two trends that will be mainstays for years to come are green roofing and cool roofs as interest in protecting the environment continues to grow, plus factoring in the recent regulation passed in January 2014.

California’s energy code regulation implemented earlier this year has spurred new roofing trends and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The energy regulations (a/k/a California Building Code, Title 24, Part 6), were implemented in the state’s effort to achieve net-zero energy in residential construction by 2020. The biggest changes have been the reduction of energy consumption by minimizing heat transfer through the rooftop. Since your roof receives the bulk of the direct radiation from the sun, the objective is to aim to keep heat from entering the home by utilizing a “cool roof”. The energy code’s cool roof requirement for warm climate zones is for low-rise, residential steep-slope roofs. Builders now are much more selective when choosing roofing options, as are homeowners when it comes time for a new roof installation. How does one comply with “cool roof” standards and still have an aesthetically appealing home? The short answer is: clay and concrete tile roofs provide the greatest energy efficiency and are the most popular from an aesthetics viewpoint since they are available in a wide range of colors, textures and styles.

Here are your most-popular options for “cool-looking”:

Clay tile is timeless and it is the medium that works best for every home. Using neutral tile colors, your home will be energy efficient to the max, but if you opt for some design or variety as to your clay tile rooftop, you will be enhancing your home, while still meeting the new energy code standards. Builders use different types of clay tile and blend them together to make custom colors. Since the tiles are light colored it takes longer for them to heat up. But, if neutral-toned tiles do not work with your brick colors, that’s no problem. The tiles can be dyed to create natural-looking terra cotta tiles, perfect to complement most walls, or even stucco colors, giving your home an “Old World” look or even a stream-lined contemporary style. Clay or concrete tile can even be used to create “knockoffs” of roofing material such as slate and cedar shake. The possibilities are endless. For multi-family dwellings one trendy idea has been to use several concrete profiles on adjacent units to create a varied “town-like” appearance. A common combination is the mixture of flat-profile tiles with high-profile tiles to keep a project from looking too boxy or plain. So, the key words to remember are that clay is “cool” looking and it also adheres to the new regulations about “cool” roofs, … you really can’t improve on cool, can you?

Concrete tiles are similar to clay or terra cotta tiles, but they are also a good option for warm-weather climates and for durability as well. Concrete is heavy and for that reason, it takes a long time to heat up and its light color makes it attractive if you are trying to keep your home cooler. Concrete tiles may be dyed if you prefer a darker hue to complement the brick color of your home.

A skilled contractor who specializes in residential roofing and roofing construction in Irvine, will be able to advise what the best roofing materials for your home would be. A one-on-one consultation with him or her will enable you to make the best choice for the money you are willing to invest in a new roof, plus counsel you as to important factors such as durability and aesthetic appeal for whatever medium you choose.

Alternative choices

Asphalt shingles will work, but why not stray to a more aesthetically pleasing roof for your home as opposed to merely a functional, energy-efficient item? Asphalt has been around for ages, but its durability is not a strong point and the tar which is affixed to the shingles to apply them to the roof, often draws the heat making your home too warm. In a year-round warm climate like Irvine, California, your roof will continually bake in the sun, day after day, and eventually deterioration will occur. On the opposite end of the budget spectrum is a slate roof, which, if applied correctly, may take up to 100 days for completion, but can last a whopping 100 years!

Slate is beautiful and durable, with a natural color range (including light or neutral colors for cool roofs), and lasts a very long time, with little maintenance, however, initially, you will pay more for the installation of this roofing medium. It is expensive to install, and the materials are more costly and because slate is extremely heavy, it cannot be used on all rooftops.

Metal. Metal roofs in lighter colors, especially all white, will help deflect 60% of the radiation of the sun away from your roof and keep your home cooler. You will also benefit from the cost savings. Metal roofs are middle-of-the-road as to cost … they are more expensive than asphalt shingles, much less expensive than slate, but their long-range durability and maintenance-free properties make them a win-win when considering a new roof.

Keeping your home as well as yourself cool and the high energy bills at bay are great options when considering a new roof. Why not consult with a roofing expert today?