Asphalt Shingles, Wood-Shake Looks and Other 2019 Roofing Trends

August 6, 2019

Asphalt Shingles, Wood-Shake Looks and Other 2019 Roofing Trends

We’ve talked before about how roofing choices can maximize curb appeal. So, what about this question: What do homebuyers actually want in their roofs? 

From what we can tell, classic options like asphalt shingles and wood-shake styles are still hugely popular while consumers are also more conscious of energy savings through solar options and cool roofing. Here’s a more in-depth look.

Classic asphalt 

There’s a reason asphalt shingles remain the most popular choice. As HGTV lays it out, they’re economical and easy to install, and they come in a variety of colors. The classic look of asphalt shingles also works with many architectural styles, especially more traditional, suburban homes. And they can be surprisingly high-tech too, if optimized for weathering and long-term performance. 

Cool roofing 

Cool roofing is one way homeowners can reduce power consumption. As Extreme How-To puts it, a cool roof, “reflects and emits the sun’s heat back to the sky instead of absorbing and transferring it to the building below.” Family Handyman also argues it’s a good option for warmer climates. 

Wood-shake style 

Wood shingles and shakes are ever-popular thanks to their rustic appeal, and HGTV has it right when they note how great the style looks on bungalows, Cape Cod homes and cottages. As also puts it, “there is no denying the appeal of a wood roof on a traditional or historical-style house.” The downside, however, is that wood can be problematic and even prohibited in some areas. The good news is that the wood shake style can be mimicked using newer technologies. 

Solar roofing

Another rising trend, though pricey, is the use of solar panels. As Extreme How-To notes, they save energy and cut bills. For homebuyers with the budget, solar roofing can be a great add-on, especially as designs get sleeker and less bulky. Some companies, like GAF Energy, are looking to boost its usage with residential contractors.

Cooler hues

To go along with the cool roofing trends, more homeowners are looking to cooler-toned and more neutral hues, like gray, white and light blue. The trend makes sense as more homeowners are becoming conscious of different ways to save on energy. 

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GAF Roofing Camelot 11 asphalt shingles

GAF Roofing’s Camelot® II Designer Shingles

GAF Roofing’s Camelot II shingles offer a luxury look that complements any home’s exterior at a surprisingly affordable price. The shingles are a fraction of the cost of traditional slate or wood shakes with artisan-crafted shapes that add dimensional beauty. Pictured are the Camelot II shingles in antique slate.


GAF Roofing Timberline asphalt shingles

GAF Roofing’s Timberline HD® Shingles

GAF Roofing’s Timberline HD shingles provide value and performance in a genuine wood-shake look. The shingles offer the right combination of beauty, performance and reliability. These shingles have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal in the U.S. Pictured are the Timberline HD shingles in shakewood.


GAF Roofing Royal Sovereign asphalt shingles

GAF Roofing’s Royal Sovereign® Three‑Tab Shingles

GAF Roofing’s Royal Sovereign three-tab shingles are strip shingles designed to provide an excellent performance that resists cracking and splitting. The strip shingles are designed to be long-lasting and maintain their rich color. Pictured are the Royal Sovereign three-tab shingles in weathered gray.


What roofing trends are you seeing more of?

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