Advanced Roof Technologies: What's New & Must Have

Roofing can be pretty labor-intensive. The use of new and advanced roofing technology has made the job much easier, making the process simpler, quicker, and more precise.

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Nicholas Capobianco

Roofing can be pretty labor-intensive. A lot of work and effort is put into ensuring that a roof is adequately done, from placing shingles and tiles to directing drainage. The use of new roofing technology has made the job much easier, making the process simpler, quicker, and more precise. 

Other technologies have simply made roofing more sustainable and have improved durability and satisfaction for customers. New materials and methods have been developed, and these technological strides have revolutionized the way that roofing is done.

This article examines some technological trends in the roofing industry that you can leverage for your business, including top-notch platforms like Roofr.

Measurement technology

Obtaining measurements is a large part of the job, and doing so manually can get pretty exhausting. Plus, even as a professional, it’s not uncommon to slip up every so often, with hand measurements creating room for error. It’s for this reason that measurement technology has been developed to make taking measurements easier.

Look for sales platforms like Roofr that offer measurement tools. Roofr, in particular, uses satellite and high-definition aerial images for calculating measurements with industry-leading accuracy. You can then use that information to calculate expenses and build out a comprehensive report for your customers. You can register with Roofr to get started.

Solar panel shingles

Roofs with solar panels have come to be seen as modern, economical, and visually beautiful in 2022, but new technology has been developed to make its appearance more inconspicuous.

Tiles or shingles with solar power capabilities mimic the shape and appearance of typical roofing materials, and are expected to supersede the design of separate solar panels being placed on top of roofs.

Solar panel shingles may be more initially expensive compared to other solutions, but it can result in significant energy savings in the long run.

Silicone roof coating

Silicone roof coating is a type of roofing technology that was previously more commonly known for its use in commercial roofing. However, to extend the lifespan of their structures, a rising number of homeowners are requesting the application of silicone coating to their existing roofs.

Silicone, either in roll or spray form, is applied over an already established layer of roofing material. Silicone-based roof coatings can last up to 30 years compared to the usual 20.

Synthetic compound-based materials

The advancement of revolutionary and new roofing technology in 2022 has resulted in the development of roofing materials that, despite their light weight, are extremely long-lasting.

In particular, the use of synthetic roofing materials has grown in popularity in recent years. For instance, Polyurethane, a form of polymer composed of organic unit chains, is a common component of synthetic roofing with a lifespan of up to 50 years.

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is sprayed in foam form onto an existing roof, forming a solid layer that can expand twenty times its initial volume. Because the ultimate effect is so seamless, many aren’t able to tell the difference between a synthetic roof and a traditional one once the project is completed.

Green roofing 

Some may find it unusual, but maintaining a garden directly on top of a structure has found some momentum among environmentally aware communities. 

This environmentally-conscious aesthetic is found in both residential and commercial properties. After all, who wouldn't love a product that combines beauty and functionality while benefiting the environment?

Green roofs shade from heat coming from the sun, which not only has a cooling effect, but also helps lessen the impact of human activity on a global scale. Green roofing is also quite durable, and is useful if you live in highly populated areas.

While green roofs are more expensive to install than typical low-slope roofs, they have numerous long-term benefits, including decreased energy costs, more excellent stormwater management, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 

Metal shingle roofing

People have long used shingles and metal roofing to cover their roofs. Metal roofing is not a new concept. However, the advancement of new roofing technology and the creativity of designers have retained this roofing style as the most common design, ensuring that it has remained relevant to this day.

Steel, aluminum, copper, and many other alloys are the primary materials used to make metal shingles and roofs. It’s long-lasting, versatile, and highly customizable, which has aided in the broad acceptance of this type of roofing. You can easily create a range of shapes and sizes based on the design and specifications of your project.

When you have this type of roofing, the only thing you need to do to keep it in good shape is to maintain its beauty and functionality. For various reasons, a metal roofing system is an ideal choice.

One of the most prominent characteristics of metal roofing is its ability to shed water. It also has an extraordinarily lengthy lifespan, lasting up to 70 years if properly cared for and maintained. They're also energy efficient. In the summer, they can cut cooling expenditures by 10% to 25%. Metal is the ideal sustainable roofing alternative for optimal heat protection during the summer. 

Layered roofs

Attractively layered roofs made up of various shingle colors and patterns are becoming more common these days. Silhouettes are becoming more angular and geometric, while eaves and embellishments are becoming simpler, giving them a much cleaner appearance. People see tiered roof concepts in most new architectural homes and in remodeling.

In particular, most houses in 2022 have embraced double-lined roofs with two layers—one flat and one slightly sloped. These multi-layer roofs provide each side a distinct appearance, enhancing the overall style and utility of your structure without the need to construct on top of it. 

Combined with more historic designs, layering roofs for a modern home is an excellent option.

Roofing technology benefits all

As the climate crisis worsens and the demand for roofing increases, many companies will likely turn to new roofing technology to not only streamline operations, but also search for material alternatives.

We hope that reading this article has provided you with new information and aided you in deciding on the sort of roofing material you would recommend for your clients on your next gig.

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