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Roofing is like clothing: An invention that has existed since the day humans realized they could control their surroundings, yet which is also continually updated and improved upon.

Aristocrats will never sip champagne as they watch lithe models dressed in asphalt shingles and barrel tiles striding down a runway. But we see annual trends in roofing nonetheless! As one of the most experienced roofing inspectors and roofing contractors Sioux Falls has to offer, Restoration RX pays close attention to the latest developments in our industry. Here are the roofing trends to look out for in 2022!

Cool Roofs

Let’s get this out of the way first: Any roof you put on your house is going to be cool, because you yourself are cool. But more specifically, a “cool roof” is designed to reflect a greater amount of sunlight than a conventional one.

The difference is staggering. Whereas a traditional roof can easily reach a temperature of 150° on a sunny day, a cool roof’s reflective coating will allow it to stay about 33% cooler under the same conditions. This makes a huge impact on the homeowner’s air conditioning bill, and also helps underperforming AC units keep up with increasingly balmy summer weather. A cool roof may also outlast a conventional one which gets so hot so often!

Green Roofs

Plants are not always welcome on roofs, as is the case when you have moss growing in your asphalt shingles. But green roofs, which are covered in soil that so they can harbor plants, are becoming increasingly popular.

Green roofs provide multiple benefits when they are incorporated into city landscapes including reduced stormwater runoff, lower ambient air temperatures that can help to combat the urban heat island effect, improved building efficiency and even greater respiratory health. Green roofs are heavy and require special maintenance, so while you likely wouldn’t want one for your 3/2 rambler you can expect to see more of them adorning larger commercial buildings.

Solar Roofs

Photovoltaic technology has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years. Solar panels are no longer necessarily gigantic, blocky black things that you wouldn’t want on your roof where they would detract from your home’s aesthetics.

Photovoltaic shingles (aka solar shingles) look similar to standard asphalt or slate shingles, but they function just like solar panels. The average solar shingle installation cost for a single family home ranges between $15,000 and $20,000, although solar shingles save the average household about $1,390 on annual electricity usage – and they may easily maintain their maximum energy output for two or three decades. Even a partial solar shingle roof can amount to significant savings!

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are hardly some hot new trend that is only just hitting the roofing market. More than 80% of single family homes in America already have asphalt roofs! But the giant corporations which manufacture them are only making asphalt shingles more affordable, more reliable, and more resilient to the kind of hail damage Sioux Falls’ weather is so famous for inflicting.

Lately we’re seeing asphalt shingles becoming available in more and more colors. This is why asphalt shingles play such a prominent role in one of 2022’s most exciting roofing trends:

Contrasting Colors

Homeowners are increasingly embracing the contrasting roof, where the shingles have a different color than the accompanying siding. So long as its different colors complement instead of clash with one another, a home with a contrasting roof can be quite striking – as well as benefit from considerably greater curb appeal if its owners ever decide to put it on the market.

Metal Roofing

Durable metal roofing has always been popular in South Dakota thanks to the roofing damage Sioux Falls’ weather so often threatens. Metal’s innate ability to slough off rain and meltwater rather than absorb them makes it especially popular in damp, snowy climates as well.

But we’re seeing an increasing number of homeowners opting for metal roofing simply because it has become so much more visually appealing in recent years. Metal roofing that looks nearly indistinguishable from shingles is now affordable, which alongside metal’s ability to take any color means it can complement any style and type of architecture!

You may not consider yourself an especially trendy person, but this year’s roofing trends are far more practical than they are stylistic. In addition to enhancing your home’s curb appeal, a modern green roof, asphalt shingle roof or metal roof can save you considerable money over the coming decades.

If you would like to discuss updating your roof in accordance with 2022’s hottest roofing trends, then we welcome you to contact us today. We’re one of the best sources for roofing repair Sioux Falls has to offer, so we’re just as ready to replace a few misbehaving shingles as we are to replace an entire roof. Restoration RX is also on call to take care of any of the roof insurance claims Sioux Falls residents so often have to file!