Everyone knows that your roof’s #1 priority is to protect the home and all of the assets inside of it, including you! While roofs offer plenty of protection, they also aid in other impressive and much-needed benefits, including energy circulation, insulation and temperature regulation. However, with all of these benefits, many people forget about the one aspect that matters to some homeowners the most – style. The style is a big contributor these days; after all, without it many homeowners wouldn’t see a return on investment when it comes time to sell.

Current Roofing Trends

It’s important that you pick a color, any color.

While you may want to stick to the mainstream colors, such as basic grays, blacks and browns, newer trends are starting to take hold in brighter colors. Tones, such as orange, reds and even greens are becoming more popular by the build in many different parts of the country to not only add visual interest to your home’s exterior, but adding complement to the surrounding trees and landscaping.

Consider installing solar panels on your roof.

Turn your home into something a little greener without changing the color of your roof. Solar panels are becoming one of the more popular green projects in Charlotte, and Ace Solar & Roofing is the perfect company to get the job done. There are other options for solar panels too; these are called solar shingles; they are installed every five to six rows and can be blended with nearly any shingle choice. After all is said and done, whichever you choose (solar panels or solar shingles) can greatly impact your utility bills over time, making a huge difference on not only your bank account, but the environment too.

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Biggest Mistake Trends

How long are you planning on living in your current home; is it worth it to install and pay maintenance costs before you move? How long you plan to live in your home is something to consider according to Leslie Sellers, an appraisal expert. She states, “If your roof has been implemented into the focus of design for your home’s exterior, then spending a little more to add dimension and color might be the best route to take. On the other hand, if your home features a lower, more simplistic roof, where strategic design is not an overwhelming feature in the exterior, then play it smart and don’t go overboard.”

Tips from the Experts

If you’re on a budget…

If you have a budget you’ve set, composite asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable choices you can make. They’re king of replacement roofing materials; in fact, 90 percent of the homes around the nation use composite shingles as their first roof replacement choice. Why? They’re available in a wide variety of colors and fit any budget. Plus, if you’re looking to be a little more creative and unique, composite asphalt may be the roofing material for you.

If you have a mid-range budget…

If you want your home to be on the rustic side, you may want to think about a natural material, such as wood shingles or wood shake roofing. Although these roofing materials are harder to come by and not as popular as they used to be, they can last up to 25 years if cared for properly. A more common choice is decay resistant cedar which can cost anywhere between $70 and $179 per 100 square feet.

If you have a high-end range budget…

If you want a high-end look, expect to pay a higher amount of money. Ceramic tiles, clay and slate are durable and heavy; plus, they’re known to last for over 100 years if cared for properly. However, because they are much heavier than other roofing materials, they do require weigh reinforcement. Typically, you can expect the installation of clay or ceramic tiles to cost about $300 to $500 per 100 square feet.

When shopping for a new roof, consider maintenance and roof repairs.

Here at Ace Solar & Roofing in Charlotte, we are your go-to roofers. We provide roof repair and replacements at affordable prices. To learn more about our services, visit our residential roofing page. If you’d like to learn more about the roofing materials available at our roofing company, contact us online or give us a call at (704) 755-4046.