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5 Residential Roofing Trends for 2024: What Homeowners Need to Know

Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2024 at 1:07 pm    

Roofing design trends are constantly evolving, especially for single-family homeowners. Whether they’re seeking to increase property value or researching aesthetics for new homes, ideal roof designs vary on individual wants and needs. 

Some homeowners prefer to invest in aesthetics, while others prioritize durability in strong climate conditions. Residential roofing companies have the unique advantage of being first-hand witnesses to the rise and fall of roof trends. 

From sustainable roofing choices to current color trends, the options for homeowners in 2024 are vast.  

1. Sustainable Roofing Materials

Homeowners in 2024 are more eco-conscious than ever—and are willing to pay more for sustainable roofing solutions. A study shows about 40% of homeowners are willing to pay up to 2.5% of their home’s mortgage value to install green roofs on their properties.

Because of the growing market for sustainable roofing, materials such as these are becoming more popular and readily available:

  • Recyclable roofing materials, like shingles and slate
  • Reuse of older materials, like road asphalt tiles, to reduce waste
  • Reflective roofing materials or paint to reduce energy consumption

With growing concerns over climate change hazards, homeowners want to reduce their carbon footprint with an environmentally friendly roof

2. Energy-Efficient Roofing Solutions

Savvy homeowners not only recognize the value in reducing their carbon footprint by using sustainable roofing materials, but they also understand the energy efficiency offered by eco-conscious roofing. “Cool roofs” and highly reflective roofing materials reduce energy consumption costs, allowing homeowners to lower monthly utility expenses. 

Current trending energy-efficient roofing systems include:

Metal Roofs

There are many benefits of metal roofing to consider. But it’s their exceptional energy efficiency that keeps bringing homeowners back to them time and time again. Metal roofs are made with steel, aluminum, copper, and more. These materials naturally reflect prolonged sunlight and UV exposure away from homes to prevent structure overheating in hotter seasons. 

Another important aspect of metal roofing is the ability to recycle the materials after use. In a time when environmental considerations are more important than ever, a sustainable, eco-conscious roofing system that can be recycled is very appealing. 

White Asphalt Shingles

Did you know white roofing products stay the coolest in the sun? According to the Department of Energy, white roofs reflect 60% to 90% of sunlight, while darker materials have a much lower solar reflectance. 

White asphalt shingle roofs are categorized as “cool roofs” because they have special pigments reflecting invisible (near infrared) radiation—which makes up about half of the sunlight! 

Residential roofing companies may also coat asphalt shingles with light-colored reflective paint to enhance the system’s energy efficiency. 

Solar Shingles/Tiles

Not to be confused with solar panels, solar shingles (also known as tiles) are thin sheets that convert sunlight into electricity. They’re more affordable than solar panels as they don’t require a roof replacement and cost less to maintain. 

The benefits of solar tiles don’t end there. Homeowners will find solar tiles have a longer lifespan than panels and blend more seamlessly into an existing roof due to their low profile.

3. Current Color and Design Trends

Roofing color and design trends vary, depending on the homeowner’s budget, needs, and property type. Some are building a new home, providing vast roof customization options. Others may be repairing or remodeling a current property with existing materials to meet community guidelines.

This doesn’t mean they have no options! 

Many existing and new construction neighborhoods follow current roof trends such as:

  • Lighter colors to reflect more sunlight
  • Nature-inspired tones, like earthy browns and cool blues, to meet aesthetics 
  • Architectural shapes, like domes and V-shaped (butterfly) roofs for modern designs
  • Dynamic patterns, like metal accents and multiple roof slopes, to boost curb appeal

4. Compliant HOA Roofing 

With approximately 30% of U.S. homeowners living in Homeowners Association (HOA) communities, following approved roofing designs and including job site protection is critical. 

Some HOAs have various pre-approved roofing colors/types, while others have a much more limited range of options. Certain HOA guidelines also have regulations surrounding the physical roof installation process. 

But, it doesn’t necessarily mean there will be no design choices!

HOA-compliant roofing solutions include:

  • Using consistent roofing materials and installation methods per HOA designs 
  • Taping public landscape areas down around your home from debris or refuse materials to prevent damage or them being ripped out 
  • Laying down plastic coverings in your attic to shield them from dust and nails during servicing 

Homeowners should always consult their HOA before shopping for roofing materials to ensure they follow all requirements.

5. Custom New Builds: Unlimited Roofing Choices

The current housing market is more competitive than ever. According to the National Association of Realtors, the number of newly constructed homes is expected to increase by 13.9% in 2024. With competition of limited pre-constructed homes growing nationwide, homebuyers are exploring different options. 

New home builds give homeowners creative freedom in roof design choices, including styles and materials. They can pick from various colors or patterns, such as gambrel roof styles (commonly found on barns) or multi-layered diagonal shingles. 

Additionally, new roof construction allows homebuyers to choose the quality of roofing materials, significantly impacting their roof’s lifespan. 

Roofing trends are constantly evolving and new technologies are more accessible than ever. Whether homeowners are looking to refresh their homes’ aesthetic or replace a damaged roof, the options are endless.