One of the biggest investments that you will make to your home is having its roof replaced. Given its sheer size and importance to your home’s value and functionality, it’s no surprise that replacing the rooftop is expensive. In fact, it’s one of the highest costs associated with home renovations. Luckily, there are many roofing options and trends to choose from to fit any budget.
When it comes to roofing companies in Kansas City, Smart Exteriors paves the way for industry-leading products, award-winning customer service, and professional roofing installation. Today, we are going to look at some of the biggest roofing trends that we’ve seen rising in popularity in 2020 to give you a better idea of what your choices are when replacing your roof.
SBS Impact Resistant Roofing
One of the newest roofing trends to sweep the nation is impact resistant composite shingles. These shingles, also known as SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene) shingles, are widely regarded as a more impact resistant alternative when compared to asphalt shingles. SBS offers better resistance to the elements when compared to asphalt, which can be great for the strong storms Kansas City sees.
One of the biggest advantages of SBS roofing shingles is its high flexibility—which is due to its webbed, polymer-based composition. This means that it can take a beating from hail, tree limbs, and other items by flexing rather than cracking.
Most SBS shingle products are categorized as Class-4 impact resistant, which means that these shingles stand strong in all weather conditions.
Next on the list is polymer roofing. In 2020, high-quality yet environmentally conscious choices are a must for many people, which could be why polymer roofing options are still in high demand. Polymer roofing is made from man-made composite materials that can be designed to look like cedar, slate, clay, or concrete. This usually means that homeowners can get a higher-end look without the constant maintenance cost of raw, natural materials. Real slate, cedar, and tile can cost thousands in repairs and maintenance over time, whereas polymer roofing can provide high-performance durability throughout any weather conditions.
The other great thing about polymer is that it’s also fire-proof and water-resistant, making it great for those who want a resilient roofing material. As we mentioned before, polymer materials are environmentally friendly and very cost-efficient in the long run. Polymer roofing is 100% recyclable and made from renewable resources.
A very modern solution for homes in all types of environments is steel roofing. Steel roofing has been around for ages and is one of the most durable roofing types on this list.
Smart Exteriors uses DECRA Steel Roofing products, which were used as a wartime solution to camouflage important buildings from German airstrikes in World War II. With over 50 years of innovations, the DECRA roofing products have evolved into maximum energy-efficient, beautiful, and strong roofing shingles that we consider to be one of the best products on the market today.
There are many advantages to using steel, and today’s steel rooftops are strong and last a very long time. Aesthetically, steel rooftops are gorgeous and sophisticated looking. If you want a modern look without sacrificing quality or performance, steel is worth considering in 2020.
Tile is and has always been a sought-after, high-end option for homeowners in the USA. Gaining popularity from Mediterranean, Spanish, and Southwestern home styling, the terracotta clay barrel-shaped roof tiles offer a very unique look—although some alternative options do closely resemble tile shingles. Despite its higher maintenance needs and the higher price tag of tile, it’s true that in the US, tile will never go out of style.
To help make this type of roofing more affordable and more versatile, Smart Exteriors offers concrete tiles that mimic the same iconic style. Concrete is much more versatile, affordable, and lighter in weight than clay or slate. This makes upgrading your home much easier if you want clay tiles at a much lower cost.
When it comes to commercial roofing, business owners usually deal with rooftop structures that are flat or steep-sloped, where shingles and tiles are not the most practical solution. Most commercial buildings in 2020 are focused on longevity and eco-friendlier options for their rooftop replacement projects.
For flat and low-sloped rooftops, the ideal solution among those replacing their commercial rooftops is a product that is heat-reflective, energy-efficient, and that results in lower energy costs throughout the year. We have noticed that TPO single-ply roofing membranes are the most popular solution for replacements in 2020, as this material provides exceptional resistance to chemical, ozone, and ultraviolet exposure.
For steep-sloped buildings, rubber, polymer, steel, or tile roofing are great choices for office or commercial building roof replacements. The type of roofing that you choose will greatly depend on your building’s roof style, so having professionals access your roof first will give you a better idea of what your choices are going to be.
Tesla Solar Roofing
Solar roofing has been an increasingly popular roofing option ever since Elon Musk announced his solar panel roofing tile that he says will change the roofing industry. Unlike most solar panel roofs where the solar panel is mounted above the actual roofing material, these solar panel roofing shingles act as the actual roof, at what Musk claims will be a lower cost.
Tesla solar roofing is not yet available in Kansas City or most of the USA and is still in its very early phases in the areas where it is available. Whether it works as Musk promises, and if it truly beats traditional roofing options remains to be seen.
The Tesla solar roof panel looks like traditional roofing materials but is made up of solar panels that are three times stronger than standard roofing tiles. This means 24/7 energy monitoring from Tesla, which could mean exceptional value and energy-efficiency. Performance can be monitored through the Tesla app which gives you a one-tap look at the solar power that your panels have taken in. While this is still a very new roofing type, it looks to be very promising.
Roofing Solutions in Kansas City
With over 20 years of service in the Kansas City Metro area, Smart Exteriors is your roofing solution for Kansas City. If you’re interested in remodeling your home with the best products and materials on the market, we’d love to hear from you.
For more information or roofing trends and solutions, give our team a call now or fill out our online form to get started with a free quote.