What’s big in roofing for 2023? Lots of things! In particular, we’re noticing a couple of big themes this year, which include sustainability and environmental friendliness as well as extreme weather preparedness.
So what does that mean? Read below to find out about the roofing trends that homeowners are asking about the most.
1. Solar Roofing
These days, homeowners are doing what they can to reduce energy bills and their carbon footprint. Solar roofing is the next wave of that trend—and it comes in a variety of forms.
Solar roof panels are becoming more commonplace, usually as larger panels are designed to absorb sunlight and turn it into energy. Solar shingles are another up-and-coming option. These are typically made of slim photovoltaic sheets that sit on top of or replace shingles on a rooftop. They do double duty by not only generating electricity but also protecting rooftops from the elements.
Even better? Be sure your homeowner clients are aware of the Inflation Reduction Act, which incentivizes solar power by offering credits of up to 30% of the installation cost.
Continuing from the overarching trend of environmental friendliness, sustainable roofing materials are becoming a big trend, too. In practice, this means that homeowners are looking for materials that can one day be recycled—like metal roofing as opposed to asphalt shingles.
What does that mean for underlayments? It means that homeowners prefer recyclable options here, too—and that means synthetic underlayment. For example, Epilay’s Protectite underlayments are all 100% recyclable, which means that if you create a metal roofing system using any of these underlayments, the roofing system will be fully recyclable once it’s reached the end of its lifespan.
3. Gray Color Palettes
Outside of environmental concerns, people are choosing roofing materials for the color—and gray exterior color palettes are big right now. Skip the black roofing and go with medium to dark gray for white or lighter-toned homes. Lots of homes these days are also featuring medium to dark gray siding, and here, gray roofing that is either a few shades lighter or a few shades darker than the siding is a popular choice.
4. Weather Resistance
Weather resistance has always been a requirement—after all, no one wants a leaky roof, or to have to worry about repairing lifted shingles after every windy storm. But these days, people are placing even greater emphasis on roofing systems that can handle extreme weather. For many, that means skipping shingles and going with wind-resistant metal roofing.
Another up-and-coming trend is impact-resistant roofing, which is a type of roofing made with specialized polymers. This type of roofing is designed to stand up to hail damage, making it a popular choice in areas prone to hailstorms.
And there you have it! Most of the top roofing trends for 2023 focus on the environment, sustainability, and durability against extreme weather. To deliver what today’s homeowners want, stick with materials that can stand up to the harshest elements, and choose roofing products that offer energy savings while being fully recyclable.