THE ROOFING INDUSTRY is one of many sectors adjusting to the benefits of new technologies and longer-lasting material upgrades. And, as roofers have begun adapting to these new technologies, the industry has been transformed for the better.
Listed below are seven of the key roofing technologies which are changing everything we thought we already knew about this traditional industry.
1.Computer-Aided Roofing Design
Due to emerging technologies, there are several types of software available to aid in modern roofing techniques.
However, perhaps the most advantageous is computer-aided design software – tools that let roofers create, edit, and share digital roof models without ever stepping on a roof.
As a result of this, project timelines can now be more easily streamlined, while providing better value for the client and increased safety for the roofer.
2. Roofing Materials
As technology advances, so do updates in roofing materials. For instance, roofs can now be built from long-lasting and weatherproof materials like Onduline.
“Onduline is an attractive, lightweight but extremely tough corrugated roofing and wall cladding material,” says roofing specialists Southern Sheeting.
“It’s proven weathering qualities, coupled with the ease and safety with which it can be handled and fixed, have resulted in it being used extensively on a wide range of buildings across the globe in all kinds of climatic conditions.”
And, as society shifts its priorities onto environmentally friendly technologies, new roofing materials are quickly being snatched up.
Depending on the property and the requirements of the individual, many people are looking to install sustainable roofs. These often incorporate solar panels, and use materials that reduce energy loss from the home.
These needs are all being met in new and emerging roofing materials that go above and beyond traditional roof tiles.
3. Roofing Estimation Software
Inaccurate roofing project estimates are one of the most common reasons for cost overruns in this industry. Thankfully, however, there are now a variety of estimation software options available to help keep your project on track and on budget.
These estimation tools provide your customers with fair and accurate quotes based on their requirements. What’s more, because computers make the complex calculations, there is no room for error. Not only do they help you quote accurately, but they also save a lot of time, letting you get on with the roofing project you’re involved in.
Since their creation, drones have experienced rapid uptake from mainstream consumers. However, drones aren’t just a fun piece of tech that can be used to take great aerial shots – they can also be used to further construction projects.
Fatalities in construction are common, after all – in fact, almost one in five construction deaths are a result of roof work.
Drones provide a safe alternative, negating the risk of dangerous falls. They can also be flown over properties of all sizes to inspect dimensions, highlight areas of damage, and take high-quality pictures. Through these findings, drones can then inform the design process and provide invaluable information in a safe and efficient way.
5. CRM Technology
Customers are key to business success. However, as your business grows, it can be hard to keep track of every single customer – their requirements, their projects, and their invoices.
This is where Customer Relationship Managers (CRM) can help – a software designed for businesses to help efficiently track and manage their customers.
By breaking down the entire process from the very first call through to project completion, CRM lets roofing companies monitor their roofing projects, the associated costs, and the number of customers being served. In effect, CRM lets roofers streamline their business, saving both time and money.
6. Flat Roofs
Flat roofs aren’t new, right? Wrong. Not like this.
While flat roofs have been used on properties for many years, technology is modifying the bitumen membranes in roofing materials, essentially creating a built-in hybrid roofing solution.
Many flat roofing materials, such as single-ply EPDM, are being used because they offer extreme flexibility, excellent value, and incredible lightness for easy installation. Technology innovation is changing flat roofs faster than ever before, making them easy to install, repair, and maintain.
Technology is drastically changing the construction industry, providing impressive roofing solutions that go above and beyond client requirements and value for money. And this year, in particular, roofing solutions are more than just protection from extreme weather conditions – they are innovative, environmentally conscious, and elegant.