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It took about a decade, but it finally looks like all the remnants of the burst housing bubble of 2006 are finally behind us. One of the major industries that are benefiting from the increase in new home construction and existing home renovation is obviously the roofing niche. It’s not your grandpa’s roofing consumer anymore though. Modern homeowners are focusing their roofing wants and needs not only on looks, but are also being attentive to durability, sustainability, eco-friendliness, and perhaps first and foremost energy efficiency.There was a time when roofing contractors like us had to wait for storms to rip through the area in order to enter into a ‘busy season.’ People just didn’t value the importance of their roof even though it is the most crucial barrier between your home’s interior and the outside elements.

One of the top roofing trends of 2017 is that homeowners are finally understanding how key it is to respect your roof in the same manner you would an HVAC system, plumbing, electrical, etc. Our customers are having maintenance and repair done annually – and are opting for roof replacements on their terms, not when a storm or water leaks dictate it. My, what a ways we’ve come! Here are some other ways the roofing industry has changed not only in 2017, but also moving forward:

Simply More Quantity

The entire construction industry was in a lull in the mid-2000s simply because houses weren’t as valuable coupled with people not having their usual amount of disposable income thanks to the economy. Well, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has projected that new single-home residential housing builds in 2017 have already risen 10 percent from last years impressive 1.16 million. They estimate an additional 12 percent increase this coming year which is good news not only for roofers – but construction contractors, plumbers, electricians, concrete workers, painters, and more.

The NAHB report emphasizes that these developments merely outline new-construction – which is always going to need a roof attached. Despite these increases, a majority of work for residential roofing companies will remain in the replacement, repair, maintenance, and upgrade departments.

Consumers Realize Durability Is an Importance

We’ve seen two or three ‘storms of the century’ in the past couple months alone which is why consumers are making an increased durability one of the top roofing trends of 2017. Obviously It is very unfortunate that some of the busiest times for roofing contractors are immediately after good people’s homes have been damaged by storms.

We like to focus on the positive aspect of people moving on, settling back into their homes, and making new memories with a solid roof overhead rather than that our volume of work has increased. Ideally, with a new highly-durable roof, the home will be more combative against storm damage and it’s something our neighbors will have to deal less with going forward. This is also why metal roofs are becoming more common in commercial and residential areas due to their incredible durability in rough weather and long lifespan.

Examining a World Outside of Asphalt

Ever since a majority of roofing contractors in our area have been in business there’s been one specific roofing material that has dominated the market – asphalt shingles. One of the umbrella top roofing trends of 2017 that is having an effect on all the other wants and needs of consumers is that people are opting for different material types.

It’s no joke, asphalt shingles owned about 80% of the market for one major reason – they were the least expensive up front. Never mind that the products had 1/3 of the lifespan of materials such as tile or metal roofs, people simply didn’t like paying that much for a project they couldn’t “physically” enjoy. Since people are now taking into account energy efficiency, product longevity,  sustainability and environmental repercussions we’re seeing an increase in metal roof installations, tile roof installs, and more. Since these types of roofs last longer, homeowners are also realizing that alternative roof types aren’t necessarily that much more expensive in terms of annual costs.

The Trend of Understanding a Roof’s Potential Harm on the Environment

As you might expect, the roof is very influential on the whole-house impact that your property has on the environment. It seems that consumers are realizing this for top roofing trends of 2017 like never before. Asphalt shingles contains a petroleum-based cement that seals and holds the components together. Not only do products like this cause immense emissions during production, they are especially harmful when sent to the landfill at end of life.

Consumers are starting to realize this and when they do opt for asphalt shingles on their home they are looking into recycled materials. They might forego asphalt shingles altogether for roofing types that are more friendly to manufacture such as cement tiles or easier to be recycled such as metal panels.

Sustainable Roofs

Perhaps one of the coolest trends that 2017 has to offer, green roofs also known as living roofs, are a growing popularity in the U.S. Living roofs are a simple way for homeowners to grow vegetation and greenery – you guessed it – right on their roofs!

The trend, which originally derived from Europe, has inspired the interest of many major U.S. cities. Homeowners are typically offered incentives for the implementation of these eco-friendly installments. Chicago’s city hall has even jumped on board; their green roof has been shown to keep their building cooler and help with energy costs.