The industry that designs and builds our roofs is always moving forward in terms of new and better materials and construction. Here are some of the latest trends.
Going Green and Energy Conservation
The green movement has had a definite and positive effect on the roofing industry. “Going green” has many definitions, and it means different things to different people. For homeowners, it usually has to do with the energy-efficiency of their homes. People have come to expect a level of environmental performance from the places where they live and work. For roofers, it can dictate the use of sustainable products and practices to save energy. Questions are raised about the sources of the materials being used for roof construction.
Is recycled material used?
Is the wood harvested in a responsible manner?
Did the manufacture of adhesives and sealants cause toxic emissions?
As we increasingly move toward environmentally friendly practices in the roofing industry, we reduce our carbon footprint with an ever-present focus on sustainability.
Technology changes rapidly and has a profound impact on all sectors of industry, and the roofing industry is no exception. There has been a steady progression of technological advancements in recent years. Materials used in shingle manufacture, flashing, adhesives, sealants, and other areas has improved in durability and longevity.
Computer technology has also seen a growth as contractors use software to show potential customers graphic presentations of the work to be performed and as a way to select roofing systems. Computer and web-based tools make it possible to provide consumers with an accurate representation of how their building will look.
Social media has also led to widespread information about individual firms as well as a general knowledge of standards and what can be expected from repair or replacement. Websites such as yelp.com offer customer reviews about roofing companies that are valuable to consumers and aid in making choices.
Innovations in Transport and Storage
Materials for roof construction are becoming more manageable. They are easier to store, quicker to transport, and less complicated to install. New developments in shingle design, adhesives, and fasteners have led to greater efficiency all around.
Efficient time management means more significant savings can be passed on to the community. Here again, new trends are a benefit to all involved.
The Focus is on Safety
Safety is a tremendous concern for contractors. We want to keep our technicians safe on the job, and we want to protect our clients. Innovations in ladder technology, eyewear, gloves, lifeline kits, anti-fall devices, and helmets have combined to produce an industry that grows safer with every passing year. The focus is on creating an environment where mishaps are a rare occurrence.
There are trends that are leaning away from traditional wood, tile, and composite shingles. New products are being created all of the time, such as sealants, adhesives, self-adhering membranes, primers, and a wide assortment of reflective substances.
Metal is emerging as a preferred material by homeowners. Metal roofs have significant sustainable characteristics. Leading experts state that metal roofs can improve energy efficiency. Today’s metal roofs consist of anywhere from 25-95 percent recycled materials. Metal roof systems can be used for new installations and re-roofing. Plastic also sees growth as an alternative roofing material.
Lighter-colored roofs are becoming more popular. Shingle manufacturing is producing a variety of shades from soft greens, to warm blues. Neutral colors such as off-white or gray can add a hint of color, improving the overall curb appeal of your home or business.
Building Codes and Regulations
Stricter codes have been enacted to reduce energy consumption and to diminish the impact of so-called urban hot spots. Safety standards and restrictions are continually the focus of ongoing improvements. Building codes are upgraded to reflect the changes in the industry. The results of catastrophic weather situations have created new standards in wind load ratings. The effort is to make construction, material manufacture, and installation as “water-tight” as a good roof should be.
Thanks to the Internet and access to data, consumers are more aware than ever of best practices, as well as pricing, the types of roof systems available, and contractor reputation. With proper research, you can arm yourself with a wealth of information before you ever speak to a roofer.
The roofing industry in general practices responsible business. We deliver quality products at competitive prices, and we have a vested interest in keeping you, the customer, safe and happy. All successful industries must evolve, and ours is no different. We embrace trends that will improve what we do, and we are always on the lookout for better ways to do things efficiently and beyond client expectations.
At Acadian, we endeavor to meet and exceed the changing needs of our industry. Contact us for a quote today.