Roofing Material Trends to Watch Out For
The construction industry is slow to pick up new trends. You might see trends for many years. The main reason for this is increasing cost of construction – industry experts have no chance to err and this is why trying out new trends becomes a cost.
Today, however, the trends move towards sustainable and affordable construction while still not compromising on the beauty of the construction. The construction industry is moving towards:
• Efficiency-improving materials and technology including smart contracts, drones, and augmented reality
• Mobile technology where a roofing company can use mobile apps for efficient use of materials
• Building information modeling
• Construction management software
• Modular and prefabricated buildings
• Green roofing and construction
• Use of better safety equipment in roof repair and other aspects of construction
In roofing, the materials have changed significantly over the last few decades to offer more energy efficiency and affordability. The cost of construction has gone high and labor shortage has also taken a toll on the process. Any roofing contractor who misses out on the trends might be out of the job. Some of the materials that are common in roofs today include:
The move towards sustainable construction has seen the rise in the demand for synthetic roofs. Better yet, homeowners love the fact that synthetic materials can mimic the look and texture of any natural roofing materials to offer great roof quality without breaking the bank or destroying forests.
Synthetic roofs feature plastic and rubber materials, which are easy to maintain, are resistant to the weather, and can last for up to 50 years. Most of these options feature Class 4 impact resistance, which is the highest level of impact resistance for a roofing product. This is great for homeowners and insurers who need a product that resists hail damage. They also feature Class A fire rating, which is the highest fire rating on roofing materials.
Green roofs are rising in popularity. Most roofers today will advise that you get a green roof if you need enhanced energy savings. In Denver, buildings occupying 25,000 square feet or more should have a green roof or a solar roof.
Green roofs look great on any house design. Even better, they can help with management of stormwater, enhanced indoor air quality, and can help reduce the local temperatures.
Cool roofs are great when you need less energy bills. These roofs reflect light away and do not absorb heat. In California, Title 24 has increased the demand for cool roofs. Cool roofs use materials with reflective paint, those that are light in color, reflective tiles or shingles, and materials with sheet covering.
Contractors will choose different roofing materials based on the style of the roof. For instance, shingles and solar tiles are common on low-slope roofs. Metal, shingle, tiles, and asphalt are common on steep-slope roofs. The materials will depend on the roof type. With the best materials, a roof lasts long, thanks to reduced surface costs, and also offers reduced energy bills.
Solar Roof Tiles and Shingles
Some states and countries require that buildings have solar panels, and this has driven the need for solar roofs. In California, for instance, family homes with three stories or less need to have solar panels to reduce energy bills. Even in areas where having solar panels is not a requirement, homeowners are installing the panels to take advantage of the many days or sunshine in a year.
Solar roofing systems have also improved over the years and the systems now look sleek and more appealing to customers.
Metal is strong and durable. However, the initial installation cost is so high that it might be three or four times the cost of other roofing materials such as asphalt. If you are planning for the future, metal is a great option for you. Metal doesn’t need much maintenance, it comes in a variety of styles, it is insulative, and reflects light away. Metal roof also increases the value of your home.
Silicone Roof Coatings
Silicone roof coatings are common with people who do not want to replace their roofs. Instead of removing the entire roof, one covers the roof with silicone. The coat creates an impermeable surface that prevents leakages, and cracking under UV rays. This is a cost-effective roof repair option and one that is also energy efficient. Better yet, it takes less time than a roof replacement.
There are many more roofing materials and roofing styles available for home and business owners, but the above materials are trending. Pick the material that meets your needs and run with it.
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