The pace of innovation in technology is rapid. Imagine cell phones 15 years ago. The top manufacturers boasted about their latest models, which featured 1-megapixel cameras. Flip phones were a big deal back then.
Think back to 20 years ago, when you were watching a movie at your home. It wouldn’t be possible to stream movies over WiFi and it would not be possible to watch movies on your mobile phone. Instead, you would put a tape in a VCR and hope that the last person to rent it has rewound it.
Before Google Maps, voice-activated navigation systems in cars and voice-activated navigation systems in cars, driving from Point A to Point B was as simple as drawing your route on a map or stopping at gas stations for directions.
Whenever technology changes, we upgrade–cell phones, movies, maps, appliances, computers, transportation…it’s an extensive list.
What about your roof? The technology behind roofing has advanced over the years. Today’s shingles, tiles and metal panels aren’t as good or as effective as their predecessors 30 years ago.
Engineers have created roofing materials that are stronger, more weather-resistant, and more eco-friendly. As with all emerging technologies, there is always a point at which it makes sense to buy a newer model.
How can you tell if it’s time to replace your roof? It might not seem like a good time to replace your roof if your roof is structurally sound and has no apparent damage or leaks. Your roof’s inability reflect heat means that your air conditioner is likely working overtime. Manufacturers have increased the number of roofing products that are eligible for the Energy Star (r). rating by the federal government in recent years. CertainTeed says that Energy Star’s principles for roofing include energy savings and increased efficiency without compromising performance. They also claim that initial costs can be recovered within a reasonable time. Finally, they verify performance by testing.
Some types of energy-efficient roofing materials may also be eligible for tax incentives and rebates. This is something property owners and managers should consider.
Metal roofs are becoming more popular in Florida because of their durability, weather resistance and energy efficiency. Metal reflects sunlight, thereby directing heat in the opposite direction. This keeps the space between the ceiling and roof cooler which makes living and working spaces more comfortable. It is important to have a roof to keep energy costs down, as Florida has more than one-quarter of its electricity costs due to air conditioning.
Our company bought and installed a state of the art folder and sheerer to be able to bend 4-foot-by-10-foot sheets with custom details such as flashing and transitions. Our machine can produce flat, pencil-ribbed and striated roofing panels. This allows our team to accommodate any roof layout and saves customers time and money.
Other technological advances are changing the landscape in roofing:
- Drones – Roofs are built to withstand Mother Nature’s fury. However, they can be walked on clay tiles by a 200-pound roofing inspector. Drone technology allows estimators and inspectors to see clear HD images of cracks, unhinged roofing shingles, mold and other potential problems without causing further damage to the roof.
- Software – Estimating software generates accurate estimates as soon as an inspector visits the job site of a potential client. A portal can be created by roofing companies that allows project managers to share photos, status updates and other information online.
The majority of property managers, associations boards, and property owners don’t have the expertise to roof. This is why it is important to hire an honest, experienced roofing inspector to tell you when it’s time for a newer, more efficient roof. No roof is guaranteed to last.
It’s been a tradition for centuries, but with recent technological advances in roofing, it might be time to make a shift.
This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, the best Clearwater roofing. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches, and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.