roofing trends

As a homeowner, it’s good to always stay up-to-date on the latest residential roofing design and efficiency trends. In the past, that generally only meant knowing the most popular looks and styles from an aesthetics point of view. Now, with the evolving technology and innovation to make roofing materials more practical and eco-friendly, knowing the latest roofing trends has become a homeowner must. 

Make your neighbors jealous by one of the popular 2020 residential roofing trends discussed below. These roofing industry trends will not only help you reinvent the look and function of your home’s roof, but can also help save you money long term.

Metal Roofing

Due to the striking visual appeal, using metal roofing materials have quickly risen in popularity. The added durability, versatile design opportunities and high functionality have also played a role in the growing metal roofing trend in 2020. Furthermore, using metal materials on your home (or commercial building) also adds curb appeal and protection, giving owners more opportunity to customize the exterior of their home to better reflect their personal tastes.

Although the upfront cost of installing a metal roof may be a deterrent, as it exceeds the cost of traditional roofing materials, the long-term investment is worth the extra cost. This is because metal roofs have a lifespan of up to 50 years and require little to no annual maintenance. Metal roofing has also become more popular due to it’s eco-friendliness. Since common metal roofing materials like aluminum and steel contain high percentages of recycled content, once the time comes to replace your metal roofing materials, you can do so with recycled materials.

Lighter Roof Colors


While dark gray and black shingle roofing colors will likely never fully go out of style, a 2020 roofing trend you can expect to see is more homeowners switching to lighter colored roofing options. Colors like soft greens, warmer blues, taupes, beiges, and off-white are all light-colored roofing possibilities. Not only do light-colored roofs look great, but they also have many benefits. Switching to a lighter-colored roof can help create a softer-looking home exterior and can also help keep your home cooler in the summer months by better reflecting UV rays, rather than absorbing them.

Solar Power Panels

It’s likely no surprise that solar power panel roofing would be on our residential roofing trends list. As homeowners become more concerned with their carbon footprint, they have begun looking for creative solutions to make their households more environmentally friendly. One of the best ways to conserve energy usage and help save on monthly and annual utility costs is to install solar power panels. Although early versions of residential roof solar panels were commonly known to be oversized, expensive, and a quick way to decrease curb appeal, modern solar roofing technology has solved those issues. Solar shingles, also known as photovoltaic shingles, offer all the desired performance of a solar panel but look and function just like conventional roofing materials.

Asphalt Shingle Roof

Asphalt shingle roofs continue to be the most popular roofing material by far. This is likely, in part, due to them being one of the most cost effective roof types and one of the easiest to install by most residential roofing companies. Furthermore, given asphalt shingles are composed of fiberglass, asphalt, mineral granules and tar, they can be manipulated into different angles and shapes, allowing for seamless and easy customization. The ability for customization (including different color selections) and an average life span of about 20 to 30 years (asphalt shingles can withstand extreme winds, thunderstorms, and hail storms) adds to the appeal of asphalt shingle roofs.

Cool Roofing

In states that get a lot of sun like Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico, homeowners have been switching to cool roofing. In states that experience extreme summer temperatures not only do the roofs get very hot, but the extreme sunlight exposure can also start to degrade a roof quicker. As a result, it has led to a growing desire to use roofing materials that reflect sunlight. This is where cool roofing comes in. Cool roofing can come in several different forms, however, light tiles and reflective paint are the most commonly used forms. For the most part, both cooling roof types work the same way. They reflect the sun’s light (instead of absorbing it) to help keep the home cooler. This also allows homeowners to use their A/C system less and save on utility costs. That said, not only will it keep the home cooler, but it will also prolong the lifespan of the roof, which can be an additional money-saving benefit on top of decreased utility costs.

Ready for a change?

If you have questions about or are interested in getting a quote to implement one of the above roofing industry trends, do not hesitate to reach out. We would be more than happy to talk through the options that best suit your style preference and functional needs. Regardless of if you are wanting to go solar, or simply replace your old asphalt shingle roof, our expert roofers at RT Roofing Specialist have got you covered.