#FutureofRoofing may never trend on Twitter (hey, we can always dream) but that doesn’t mean we don’t get excited by the new and exciting things that the roofing industry is rolling out each year. Just like in the world of Hollywood, with roofing, you never can predict what’s just a passing trend and what’s here to stay. It’s P.I. Roofing’s philosophy to stay on top of new products and innovative techniques, but always to stay tried and true to what we know works and doesn’t need improving. With that in mind, take a look at what has been popular in the roofing industry this year and you tell us what’s here to stay.
This roof is made to reflect sunlight and reduce the amount of heat conducted in the house it protects. This type of roof is a requirement in some parts of California, with an expectation that the rest of the state will soon follow. These roofs were created for the home with no air conditioning unit or for the homeowner who doesn’t want their AC to work so hard. The solar reflective roofs are ideal for flat or low-slope roofs. In response to global warming warnings, New York City, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia have created their own ordinances requiring cool roof technology.
Green roofs, created with soil and covered with plants, reduce energy intake and absorb rainfall. While booming in Europe for years, the vegetated roofs in the U.S. are struggling to take off. This is partly due to the fact that green roofs cannot be constructed on top of an existing roof because of the weight it will produce. So, green roofing will usually have to be a decision of the homeowner or builder of a new construction.
Tech students have gotten involved in advancing the roof industry by experimenting with materials that will allow a roof’s surface to modify itself to the current weather conditions. Roofing materials fade to white in extreme heat, and turn black in extreme cold. Because most homeowners consider their roofs part of the aesthetics of curb appeal, this option, while innovative, may not reach mass appeal.