7 Things That Might Surprise You About the Roofing Industry
People are typically blissfully unaware of the roof over their heads and the excellent job it is doing to protect them from the environment. Blissfully unaware that it is, until it springs a leak, or shingles are blown off by a high wind. Until something catastrophic happens, most people never give the Industry that provides the roofs for their homes and offices a thought. It is a growing and fascinating industry, and it that plays a vital role in all of our lives. Think about how every structure you visit from a lowly storage shed to a high-rise skyscraper has a roof. Men and women work very hard designing and constructing these roofs to provide shelter and to function in a safe and efficient manner. At Acadian, we are proud of our industry, and we believe in spreading the good word. Here is a list of things you probably don’t know about our industry:
1. Low Prices Do Not Mean Poor Quality, but Cheap is Not Always Better
As consumers, we tend to look for the best deals. We all want to save money, so we are willing to put an effort into finding the lowest prices. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the desire to save money. In most cases, the discounts we find are worth it, and the quality of the product isn’t compromised. However, an attempt to save money on something that is as important as your roof can lead to the use of low-cost materials. This is a case where cheap is not better. If you happen to need roof repairs or replacement, it is smart to shop around and compare prices. It is also a good idea to get several estimates for the work. You will often find that each estimate is within a few dollars of the others. If a bid comes in a great deal lower, you should probably avoid that company, however tempting the price may be.
2. The Use of Technology
Technology drives most industries. The roofing industry is no different. Contractors make use of a variety technologies at their disposal. From software for accounting to aerial imaging and storm protection, to the use of mobile apps and cloud computing, roofers use software programs to organize data, collaborate and share information, communicate with teams, and grow their business. They also understand the role that social media plays in their marketing strategies. It is a tech-rich environment that saves time, promotes safety, and saves money.
3. Improves the Environment With Sustainable Products
The roofing industry is moving more and more towards sustainable products and methods. Companies and manufacturers are adopting recycling and the use of green materials. A sustainable roof system conserves energy and has a positive impact on the environment. Recycled materials keep waste out of our landfills. Roofers are involved in plans to reuse as much material as possible to keep it out of the waste dumps. This concerted effort is not only good for the environment, but it reduces costs as well. These reduced costs can be passed on to the consumer. New programs come online every day that explore opportunities and strategies for recovering PVC, metal and other materials that are used in roof construction.
4. Reducing Energy Costs
Roofers are happy to use materials and construction methods that will reduce the energy costs of their customers’ homes and offices. The right type of shingles, proper installation, and high-quality construction all work together to make a structure cool during the summer and warmer during the winter. There are roofs known as “cool roofs” designed for the express purpose of insulation against warmer climates. There are many roof designs that provide energy conservation. This translates into great savings over time. By making smart choices about the type of roof materials and roof designs, we will save money and energy.
5. Long Term Reliability
The average lifespan of a typical composite shingle roof is between 20 and 25 years. This is a considerably long time. However, climate, sunlight, and storms are all factors in the life of a roof and can shorten the lifespan. The good news is that roof design and roof systems are benefiting from technological advances. Materials are being developed such as premium stone coated metal that will add decades to the typical lifespan of a roof. Roof systems are more durable and rugged than ever before. They are energy efficient and resistant to ice, wind, hail, and sunlight. There have been many breakthroughs in modern roof construction, and we can look forward to much more in the future.
6. Some of the Leading Edge Roof Related Technologies Have Been Developed by Roofers
Being a roofer is more than just carrying shingles and using a hammer. Some of the most innovative technology concerning roofs has been developed by roofers. This stands to reason since roofers are at the heart of the industry and have their fingers on the pulse of the latest trends. Some of these trends include solar energy solutions, safety, sealants, coatings, and more.
7. The Industry is Honest
This is one of the most honest industries that you will encounter. Unfortunately, there are some less than reputable contractors out there, but that can be said of any business. It just so happens that the majority of roofers take their work extremely seriously and go out of their way to do a better than excellent job. The industry has a deserved reputation for being forthright and dependable. Most contractors understand that to be successful you have to have a happy client base. The customer is the lifeblood of an organization and, therefore, must be satisfied. If not, a contractor would not stay in business for very long. Even so, the real motivation for an honest and hard-working roofer is a job well done.
As we have mentioned before elsewhere in this article and past articles, no one enjoys problems with their roofs. However, if and when an issue occurs, it is nice to know that there are reputable roof contractors that are honest, hard-working, interested in the latest technologies, and who will do a good job.