Roofing has come a long way in the past few decades. Metal roofs are more common than ever, thanks to their long lifespans. Even asphalt shingles are lasting longer now that manufacturers are using better materials. But while these two trends have certainly been beneficial for homeowners, there are a few roofing trends that really aren't. Here are three roofing trends you may be better off avoiding.
1. Roofs with multiple angles and pitches.
This one really only applies if you are designing a new home or making additions to your home that involve adding on to the roof. You often have the choice of continuing your new roof along the same pitch as the existing roof or of adding on a new portion of the home with a differently pitched roof that but up against the older roof. Homes with five different roofing angles coming together at different spots look cool and are really popular right now. But they're not a good choice structurally. Water pools in all of those little valleys, and in doing so, it causes the shingles to deteriorate prematurely. Designing your roof with as few peaks and valleys as possible will ensure you have fewer leaks.
2. Shingles in multiple colors.
Shingles with a few different colors mixed together on each shingle are one thing. But shingles with patches of light colors in one spot and patches of dark colors in another are another thing. Although trendy, these patchy roofs are not good for longevity. The darker patches absorb more sunlight, so they break down faster than the light patches. If you don't notice they are deteriorating, which is easy when a roof has a complex pattern like this, you'll end up with leaks.
3. Cedar roofs.
Before asphalt shingles became really popular, most homes were roofed with cedar shakes. These worked, but they did not last all that long. Even cedar, which is more durable and rot-resistant than most woods, does break down rather quickly in comparison to asphalt shingles. Cedar became less popular for a while, but it has experienced a bit of a resurgence as some homeowners are seeking green and eco-friendly solutions. But while it is all-natural, it's not always the best choice for durability. If you want a roof that will last more than 20 years, you're best off avoiding cedar.
Trends are often based on looks, not longevity, especially when it comes to roofing. If you want a roof to last, make this clear to your roofer and ask their opinion.
For more information, contact a roofing service in your area.