Residential Roofing Trends 2019: Solar and Beyond

As the consumer’s pocket becomes a little bit more padded and their mind a little more open, the roofing industry will see a surge in those waking up to new, innovative, and sustainable roofing materials.

While tariffs, oil prices, and labor shortages continue to affect the roofing industry, storm activity and a bullish economy have kept the demand for reroofing and new construction at a steady incline.

New roofing technology is being created and perfected each year, making 2019 the prime time for a roof of a different color.


Here are some of the residential roofing trends you’ll see in 2019.


Solar Shingles

If solar shingles are on your radar, it may be a result of the ever-sensational, Telsa Motors. Though he may have shed a broader light on them, Telsa founder, Elon Musk didn’t invent them. In fact, there are at least five other companies that have created a solar shingle very similar (and often less expensive) than Tesla’s.


Pros of Solar Shingles

Compared to the bulky, ping pong table-sized solar panels of yesterday, solar shingles are much easier to look at. They look sleek as an all-over material and can often blend seamlessly with existing shingles.


Solar shingles can help you save some coin in the short and long term.  Solar shingle installation costs are still subsidized by the U.S. government and boast a 30 percent federal tax credit and may qualify for state-level credits, too. According to roofing brand, CertainTeed, a typical solar installation will save the average homeowner 40-70 percent on their electric bills.


Cons of Solar Shingles

While traditional solar panels allow air to pass underneath and can be moved for maximum exposure, solar shingles do not. So what you gain aesthetically, you lose in efficiency.

Though a solar roof pays for itself over time, homeowners will have to shell out a pretty penny for installation. Installation can cost anywhere from $10,000-$20,000 depending on the size of the roof and number of shingles needed.


Metal Roofing

While traditionally viewed as a commercial roofing material, the rise in popularity of industrial design has caused some homeowners to do a double take at metal roofing. But even if industrial isn’t your thing, some metal shingles can provide a more traditional appearance.


Pros of Metal Roofs

There’s a reason metal has been coined the “forever roof.” It can really withstand anything: rain, snow, fire, and wind. Most metal roofs last 50-60 years and those made of zinc and copper can last more than 100 years.



Metal is a “cool” roofing material, meaning it reflects much of the heat from the sun and quickly releases what it has absorbed at nightfall. In the summer months, that can do wonders for an electric bill. In the cold weather, metal roofs prevent the accumulation of snow and ice and, in turn, damaging ice dams.


Cons of Metal Roofs

It’s hard to say how trade wars and tariffs will affect the price of installing a metal roof in 2019, but anyone considering it should understand the upfront cost will trump shorter-lasting materials like asphalt shingles.


Living Roofs

While it’s more probable to see atop a downtown apartment than a suburban home, a living roof is proof that your environmental ideals are lofty. With endless design opportunities, a living roof can boost your aesthetic and your ecosystem.


Pros of Living Roofs

First of all, living roofs just look cool. But this statement piece is actually functional. Not only is it an awesome place to grow herbs and veggies, but the layers of waterproofing, fabric, and soil create natural insulation. You can decrease energy costs while increasing the available natural habitat for wildlife.


Cons of Living Roofs

Maintenance is the number one con of installing a living roof. That is if your green thumb isn’t so green. For those who enjoy gardening, a living roof will act as more of an escape than a chore.