Recent Developments in Roofing Technology that are Changing Roofs Everywhere
Long gone are the days when a contractor can haul a bunch of regular shingles up onto a roof, lay them out, pound in a few nails, and let them be for twenty years until they need to be replaced. Nowadays, contractors have many other materials to choose from, as well as some of the best technology options for the installation process.
One of the best technological changes in roofing technology is the availability of 3D printing. Contractors can create 3D models of different roofs with these new 3D printers, which allows building owners to see what their new roof will look like when it is completed. Everyone loves this process, as it prevents a person from wondering if they are making the right or wrong choice or needing to have the work redone afterwards because they hate the results.
3D printing technology has even improved enough to the point that entire roofs can be printed using a type of concrete material. As this roofing technology continues to improve, everyone will be able to choose exactly what they want their roofs to look like and design them accordingly.
Of course, those people who are not interested in having their roof printed out will still find that there are numerous changes available when it comes to roof installation. Roofing materials are being manufactured with reflective technology to ensure that homes stay at a consistent temperature instead of absorbing the strong rays from the sun. In addition to those materials, everyone can also utilize new items that include stainless nails and liquid sealants. Those two items make the process of roof installation easier, more economical, and more durable than ever before.
There are not too many people in this world that are not interested in energy efficiency, which is why there has been a lot of focus on the roofing technology within the area of going green. Installing roofs that are solar ready is gaining in popularity and since the thin solar panels can be installed on either shingled roofs or metal roofs, that number will continue to grow.
Once solar panel roofs are incorporated into roofs that utilize both smart materials and smart installation technology, those roofs are continuously more efficient and last longer than any other type. One of the better smart materials is the synthetic underlayment, which will not stretch, add extra weight, or allow moisture to seep through to the structure below. This material is not standard for all homes, as of yet, but it is hopeful that it will be required for all buildings shortly, due to the excellent protection that it provides.
While there are plenty of smart technology options, one of the ones that most contractors are embracing is any of the advancements that check on the well-being of every worker on the job site. Roofing is difficult work and employees can be outside working in extreme temperatures throughout the year. New smart roofing technology can be placed on helmets and vests to track an employee’s internal temperature, heart rate, and other physical conditions. This technology can also be used to prevent hazardous situations that may arise in certain conditions.
One of the other safety measures that many roofers are enjoying is having the assistance of the newest drone technology. Instead of climbing up onto roofs to look for damage or take measurements, contractors can send the drone up over the roof for aerial surveillance. This way of collecting data is much faster and cheaper in the long-term, while preventing injuries at the same time. Most drones take pictures of the roofs and the surrounding area, but some can also be programmed to stream videos as well. This will allow contractors to focus on specific areas immediately, instead of needing to go back and finding the problem once again.
Every contractor seems to have the same issue when it comes to keeping information straight for all their customers. Some may head to a job only to find that they grabbed the wrong paperwork on the way out of their office, while others may temporarily lose the paperwork that they had about a potential new customer. Thankfully, the newer roofing technology can help with these issues as well.
There are plenty of new software applications that every contractor can utilize from their office of the day. This software can store contact information, location information, the timeline of the current job, and the entire history of communication with a customer. This is quite important, because it allows a contractor to immediately get back to a customer if a problem or concern arises, instead of them needing to wait to return to their office for a phone number.
Some programs will also store all types of documents and have a handy pricing tool for potential jobs. The pricing tool feature is excellent, as a contractor can create estimates without needing to return to their office first. They can even make changes to those estimates immediately, so that customers know what their new price would be automatically. This feature ensures that no contractor is going to lose a customer due to estimates getting lost in the mail or even in the spam folder of an email.
Contractors will also want to use the new roofing technology that allows them to combine customer information, potential leads, employees’ schedules, ordering capability, and payments together for easy access. Of course, all this information can be saved automatically to the cloud to ensure that no one loses everything when a computer goes haywire and completely stops working in the middle of a project. A person can simply pull everything up on a new device and keep working like nothing happened at all.
The new roofing technology is quite helpful with installing roofs that will last longer, but it is also amazing at how much it can improve the work that a contractor does at the same time. While all these changes are wonderful, the roofing technology is still going to improve tremendously in the future, so no one really knows yet how phenomenal future roofs can and will be.