Unless you are an Austin roofing contractor, you might not think too much about trends going on in the roofing industry. But as a homeowner with a roof over your head, they might just be things that you would want to implement when you need a new roof someday. Here are three emerging trends to think about for your Austin roofing.
Recycling Asphalt Shingles
For decades asphalt shingles got a reputation as a decidedly unfriendly product for the environment, mainly because when they reached the end of their useful life roofers in Austin and around the country would send the shingles to a landfill. In fact, there are about 11 million tons of asphalt shingles disposed in landfills every year in the U.S. Fortunately a growing trends in the roofing industry is the ability to recycle your asphalt shingles, where they are often repurposed for pavement. It’s available in most major cities throughout the U.S. and you can find more online at www.shinglerecycling.org.
Metal & Copper Roofing
If you’re not interested in asphalt shingles, many homeowners today are installing metal or copper roofing. This material provides several benefits, including:
- Durability and longevity, often lasting 50 years or more
- Exceptional fire resistance
- Environmentally friendly, with light weight and 100% recyclability
- Great protection from wind, rain, hail, and other severe weather
Metal roofing in Austin also comes in a wide variety of colors and styles so you can get something that mimics the look of other materials, or a unique metal roof that matches your home and shows off your style.
Eliminating Bland Designs
People building new homes are opting for exterior styles that are more “architectural” than ever before, giving their home personality with textures, materials, windows, and more. This trend toward a home exterior that expresses your style should also extend to the roof, where traditional asphalt shingles are often traded for tile, stone, slate, metal, and other visually interesting options. If asphalt roofing isn’t your thing, there are many Austin roofing options out there to make your home stand out from the crowd.