The roofing industry has experienced tremendous improvements in better and more sophisticated building materials and construction designs. With technology, advancement comes new trends and this industry has not been left behind. Here are some of the emerging trends.
Energy Conservation and Going Green
The green movement has found its way in the roofing industry. Although it means different things, in this industry, it has everything to do with energy conservation for homeowners. People now expect a certain environmental performance level from their homes as well as offices.
For roofers, this means using sustainable materials and practices in order to save energy. Their ultimate goal is saving the environment while providing better living conditions for homeowners.
When it comes to designs, people want products that are sustainable. Although going green might have become an obsession, there is something else that professionals are looking into. They are considering the environmental impact that different roofing designs and products have.
They are looking for solutions that help minimize waste that normally finds its way to the landfills. Materials such as multi-ply from modified-bitumen designs can easily get repaired and refreshed so that they can last two times longer than their single-ply counterparts. This year, homeowners should expect to see more sustainable roofing lifecycle.
Technology has impacted all industries, roofing included. In recent years, there has been a smooth technological advancement. Shingle manufacturing, sealants, and adhesives are being made with materials that are more sturdy and durable to ensure that they last longer than before.
Contractors are also making use of computer software to demonstrate to their customers the graphic representations of the expected work and also to help them choose roofing systems. When web-based and computer tools are used, it makes it possible for consumers to get the actual representation of how their building is going to look.
People are also using social media to spread information regarding firms and the general knowledge of roofing standards and what consumers should expect when their roofs get repaired or replaced. There are numerous websites that give customer reviews regarding different roofing companies. Such information is very important to consumers as they can use it to make informed decisions.
The price of installing solar panels has drastically dropped and continues to fall. However, there is a new twist to this technology. Tesla, an electronic motor firm is planning to acquire SolarCity which has plans of producing shingles that come with solar cells.
Both aesthetics and cost of solar roofing will get affected by this innovation. It will also prove hard to differentiate between a solar roof and a conventional one. On the other hand, the new shingles will be less costly than the standard solar panels.
They are also designed to offer better insulation and last around 50 years. This is twice the regular roofs lifespan. These panels are expected to at an efficiency of 98 percent of the regular solar panels.
Safety is a very big concern for all contractors. To keep them safe while protecting the consumers, there have been huge ladder technology innovations.
Other things that have been made better include gloves, anti-fall devices, eyewear, helmets, and lifeline kits. However, the main focus is now on providing a safer environment where it is rare for mishaps to occur.
With these trends, the roofing industry is on its way to new heights to provide safer and better services while protecting the environment in the process.