Thirty years ago, most residential roofs had three-tab shingles in either black or gray. Architectural shingles were unheard of and people just didn’t put colors on the roof. Over time, trends change, and roofs now come in more colors and dimensions than ever before. Here are the roofing trends to watch for in 2011/2012.
Roofs don’t have to be gray anymore. Shingles are now available in an incredible range of colors, so you can match your roof to your siding and shingles. A quality roofing company in Oklahoma City will provide you with a list of addresses in your area that have shingles in different colors. You can then drive by the houses to choose the shingle color you like the best – the one that you think will fit your home perfectly. Whether you are looking for red, motivated by blue or really love the idea of shingles in deeply variegated colors, you can get the exact look you want.
Architectural shingles were slow to catch on, but they are fast taking over the market. Most homeowners faced with the expense of having a new roof installed will choose to pay the small fee to get architectural shingles. They are modern, they are updated, and they look sharp on any house. When you receive a free quote on roofing, be sure to ask about these shingles. They are heavier, more resistant to high winds and sturdier. You may decide that the small extra price is well worth the fantastic look your house will have when you use them.
It’s a slightly older trend, driven largely by building codes; but ice guards are a requirement now when a roof replacement is being done. If it’s been a while since you looked into having a roof replaced, don’t be surprised when experienced roofers start talking to you about ice guards. They are necessary, they work, and they will help keep your home safe from ice dams.
No More Second Roofs
There was a time when putting a second roof over the original shingles was generally accepted practice. However, this construction method has fallen out of favor because Oklahoma City contractors know that the new shingles will have a shorter life span and will be more likely to blow off the roof. Another trend that’s becoming more prominent is to do a full tear-off and install shingles directly on the roof deck, even if there is only one layer of shingles.
The changes in the roofing industry are positive and will result in longer-lasting, more secure roofs. At Robbins Roofing, Inc., we are current with the trends and the new building codes. We will provide you with a quality roof and a professional installation. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about the products we offer and the benefits offered by dimensional shingles.