Thanks to modern technology, different roofing materials are now capable of offering more than they used to. They’ve come a long way but roofing materials are still continuously being improved to offer better form and function. Some of the more notable innovations around include:
● Improved Durability. Roofs are expected to last through anything so manufacturers are working hard to make their products more durable than their last. With improved durability, a roof is not only able to resist various threats better but it also enjoys a longer lifespan with simpler maintenance requirements.
● Reflective Membranes. Roofs are exposed to the sun so it is only natural that they absorb heat. Unfortunately, absorbing excessive heat affects indoor temperature, straining HVAC systems to stabilize conditions inside the home and maintain comfort. Reflective membranes address this problem by reflecting a significant portion of heat back, lessening what a roof does absorb. Flat roofs mostly take advantage of this innovation but shingles can also be treated with reflective coatings.
● Photovoltaic Roof Systems. Also known as solar roofs, photovoltaic roof systems allow you to generate electric power by harnessing solar energy, lessening your dependence on the grid to help you save on electricity costs. As demand for this roofing system grows, it is also becoming more affordable, making it more accessible to more homeowners.
● Green Roofs. What a lot of people think when they hear green roofs is that these are roofs with plants on top. That is correct, but green roofs can also be any kind of roofing material that offer environment-friendly features like high recyclability, which lessens trash in landfills.
● Environmental Product Declaration. Made and published by the roof manufacturers, these reports show and explain the impact of their roofing materials to the environment, which ensures that they are following environmental regulations (such as LEED) in creating roofing products. This gives consumers the opportunity to access data about the roofing materials they intend to buy, most especially if doing their bit for the environment is important to them.