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The new year is here, and with it comes a variety of new roofing trends. What are our top 2024 roofing trends for the year? There are a few—stay tuned to find out!

1. Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Materials:

Sustainability and energy efficiency have been prominent among top trends throughout the building industry since home buyers and owners alike want environmentally friendly homes that not only use less energy, but that are also built to last.

This is one reason why synthetic underlayments like Epilay’s products are becoming more popular. They last a long time, and they’re recyclable, unlike traditional asphalt roofing felt, which ends up in landfills at the end of its relatively short useful life.

Other top trends include high-performance materials like composite roofing and synthetic slates, which deliver the look of the real thing while offering better thermal performance and better durability.

2. Integrated Solar Roofing

With growing numbers of solar panels popping up on rooftops everywhere, you’ve likely witnessed the growth of this trend firsthand. This year, it’ll go a step further with integrated solar roofing. New technologies are now allowing roofers to install solar panels flush with the roof instead of sticking out above it.

3. Cool and Green Roofs

These trends are reflections of the sustainability and environmental trends we’re currently seeing. Demand is growing for cool roofs, which are rooftops designed to reflect sunlight, keeping the home underneath cooler.

We’re also starting to see more people installing green roofs. These are vegetation-covered roofs that often serve as entertainment space. However, in urban and suburban environments, they can help reduce heat islands while providing important green space.

4. Smart Roofing Systems

With mobile technology and the Internet of Things, everything is connected nowadays—and that’s starting to include rooftops, too. With today’s technology, homeowners can now enjoy roofs capable of detecting leaks, integrating with home automation systems, or even conducting damage assessments in the wake of severe weather.

5. Bold Colors and Modern Designs

Even though the traditional look is still popular, it’s also starting to take a back seat to new, modern aesthetics. What’s hot on today’s rooftops? Lots of homeowners are looking for roofing materials in vibrant colors that can be used to create nice patterns.

Builders are also starting to see trends towards a more modern roofline, too. Think flat rooftops and creative asymmetrical rooftops over your usual A-line shapes.

6. Durability and Resilience

With extreme weather incidents on the rise, many homeowners are looking at ways to safeguard their homes—and installing a more durable roof is one of the top ways to do that. This trend is focusing on durable materials, like synthetic underlayments that feature high tear resistance, and peel-and-stick products that seal to the roof deck so that wind can’t catch the edges. It’s all about creating a stronger home that is better capable of withstanding high winds, damaging hail, and other types of extreme weather.

7. Low Maintenance Roofs

People are busy—and rooftops shouldn’t take lots of time or money to maintain. That’s why the trend of low-maintenance roofing is growing. Rather than attempting to prevent moss from growing on shingles, or doing yearly sealing to prevent leaks, people are turning toward other options that are easier to maintain, like metal roofs or even flat rooftops that are easier to walk on.

8. Photovoltaic Shingles

You’ve heard about integrated solar panels—but what about solar panels that come in the form of shingles? That’s right, there are new products out there designed to mimic the look of shingles. It’s a win-win for homeowners: A great new look, plus energy generation to offset on-grid power use.

9. Architectural Style Changes

Modern home styles are changing, and roofing styles are changing with these trends. Today’s roofs are a reflection of modern design: Low-sloped or flat roofs, roofs at different levels to create more visual interest, and even mixing and matching roofing colors and styles to help make the look even more aesthetically appealing. It’s a blend of form and function since modern styles tend to be more accessible and easily walkable compared to the steep roofs of yesteryear.

Those are our top 2024 roofing trends—and you can bet that synthetic underlayments like those that Epilay offers will be at the forefront of these trends. That’s because synthetic underlayments pair perfectly with new, modern roofing materials. They’re also weather-resistant and more sustainable than traditional roofing felt, too.