Can you remember when there were fewer options for consumers than today? Technology, innovation, and opportunity drive change across every industry and commodity — roofing is no exception. Read on to learn how roofing has changed in the last decade and what the changes mean for homeowners.
How Roofing Has Changed
Roofing has changed significantly throughout the US in the last decade. However, we’re going to focus on the most noteworthy changes that have occurred relative to North Central Florida. The most significant changes include the following.
Increased Asphalt Shingle Roof Options
Just like the beverage selection at the convenience store, homeowners now have an array of options when it comes to asphalt shingles. Not only are there hundreds of color and texture options, but there’s also a growing trend of “designer” roofs. Designer roofs transcend the normal consensus regarding roofs – that roofs are not beautiful and are only practical.
Now, roofs can add aesthetic value and curb appeal to homes. Not only do homebuyers want roofs that are newer and built-to-last, but they also desire roofs that are beautiful and add to the overall appearance of the home. This trend continues here in 2022.
More Insurance Scrutiny Regarding Roof Age
In North Central Florida, we see a new trend with insurance carriers regarding roof age. These changes result from rising insurance scams over the last decade, which have cost insurance companies millions of dollars in lawsuits and attorney fees. The added burden of replacement costs due to frequent hurricanes in the last few years is another driving force. We see insurance carriers cancel policies for homeowners whose roofs are only 15 years or older.
In some cases, insurance companies refuse to write homeowner’s policies for homebuyers purchasing a home with roofs 8-10 years of age or older. As a result of insurance carriers tightening their guidelines, homeowners sometimes must decide to purchase a new roof out-of-pocket or lose their insurance coverage. We expect this trend to continue.
Increased Use of Metal Roofing
There’s a growing trend in the usage of metal roofing. Metal roofing has not only become trendy, but it’s also extremely durable and resilient in the harsh Florida climate. Frequent hurricanes, heat, and humidity punish asphalt shingle roofs. Metal roofs, on the other hand, last much longer than asphalt shingle roofs and add great character to a home’s exterior. Growing demand has also led to more color options for metal roofs than before.
The McFall Difference
At McFall Roofing, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality work in Gainesville, Florida. Since our inception, our goal has been to fill a need for a reputable roofing company in Alachua county that uses premium materials and industry best practices. Although roofing has changed, McFall’s commitment to quality is unchanging. If you need residential roof repairs or installation, contact us or request an estimate today to get started on your roofing project!