Technology is improving the way we work and live each day. Building on a foundation of advanced manufacturing processes, new technologies have become increasingly common in the roofing industry. Some of these technologies are already beginning to impact the field, while others are still developing substantially.
Green Roofing System
Green roofs are a type of roofing system that incorporates plants into an existing structure. They have many benefits, including increased energy efficiency, improved air quality, and stormwater management. Many cities now require green roofs on new buildings as part of their green building codes; however, they can also be retrofitted onto existing structures.
A green roof consists of soil-less growing medium covered by plastic sheeting or other waterproof material, which allows water to drain through while preventing roots from growing through the system. The growing medium provides nutrients for plants and absorbs rainfall, acting as a natural filter for stormwater runoff before it reaches local waterways.
One of the most exciting developments in roofing is solar tiles. These are tiles that can be covered with photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. They’re made from glass or plastic and can be installed on any type of roof, even asphalt shingles. The panels aren’t just for homes — they can also be used on commercial buildings and other structures. In addition to generating electricity, solar tiles improve the look of your home or business by adding a design element: some models come in different shapes and colors that match your home’s exterior design.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) Membranes
Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membranes are a type of polyolefin membrane. They are often used as single-ply roof systems but can also be used as two-ply systems or with a metal or wood deck. The most used TPOs are ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). These products have good UV resistance, excellent weatherability, good chemical resistance, and limited crack growth.
Blue Roof Installation
Blue roofs are a newer option for homeowners who want to reduce their carbon footprint. These roofs are made with a special coating that reflects heat back into the atmosphere, which helps keep homes cooler in the summer months. These roofs also increase the lifespan of shingles and reduce energy costs by keeping homes cooler in the summer months.
Cool roofs are roofs that are designed to reflect sunlight and reduce the heat absorbed by a building, thereby reducing cooling costs. Cool roofs can also help to lower air conditioning bills and improve energy efficiency. Cool roofs are made of light-colored materials such as white or reflective colors. They can be found on the tops of buildings in urban areas, but they are not limited to urban areas. Cool roofs provide many benefits, including:
- Lowering energy costs by reducing cooling costs
- Reducing summertime peak demand on the electrical grid
- Reducing air conditioning bills for commercial buildings
- Improving worker productivity
These are exciting times. The roofing industry is seeing some of the most dramatic changes that it has ever experienced. Technology is changing the way that roofs are made and installed, which is revolutionizing the construction of homes and buildings, as well as their intended uses.