Regardless of whether you are a new homeowner or you have owned your home for a decade or longer, your roof may not be the first thing on your mind. However, your roof is an important component of your home that needs to be more than a simple afterthought.
The roof of a home is designed to protect the structure of a home, maintain a home’s interior temperature, prevent significant weather damage, and assist in the drainage of water. When having your roof installed, it can pay off well if the latest technology advancements are used.
Over time, the methods and styles of roofing have changed, and newer designs in shingles have become available to assist in the longevity of roofs. Today, the average individual is less likely to spend as much money to repair, maintain, and replace a roof than they would have a decade ago.
Over the years, roofs have evolved in appearance as well as how they make use of newer, longer lasting, and more durable materials that improve the longevity and quality of roofs. Thanks to these newer roofing options, homeowners are able to save on energy expenses. Newer roofs are far more cost-effective and sustainable in the long run.
Keep reading to learn a few of the improvements and advancements that have been made in the roofing industry.
Temperatures across the world are getting more extreme, and this makes it that much more difficult to maintain comfortable temperatures in the home. Luckily, cool roofs have been designed to help with that. Cool roofs absorb less heart while keeping your interior home temperature at a comfortable temperature (the one you set it to!) throughout the day.
In addition, cool roofs help keep your energy costs to a minimum throughout the month because they are energy-efficient, not to mention the fact that you won’t be spending quite as much on electricity/air conditioning to keep your home cool.
If you live in a warmer climate, a cool roof may be just what you need. They will moderate your home temperature during the summer while also working to prevent significant roof damage from UV rays over time.
Flat roofs have long been known to be used for commercial properties, but they are becoming much more modern and being used on residential homes. Flat roofs are aesthetically pleasing and are constructed with beneficial materials.
Flat roof materials aid in the longevity and durability of these roofs. The majority of these materials are Polyvinyl chloride, PVC for short, and thermoplastic polyolefin, TPO for short. These materials are able to weatherproof the home and protect it from exterior and environmental elements.
Regardless of whether it is summer, rainy, or winter, the weather does not need to be a concern of yours as a homeowner. The flat roof materials will prevent mold build-up, leaks, and unnecessary repairs.
If you live in an area where fires are common, fireproof roofing is something you should take into consideration. A solid fireproof roof can be incredibly beneficial for your home, as they are constructed out of asphalt shingles, tiles, and slates.
These materials are non-combustible and are designed to slow down flames. Even if your home is not fully protected by a fireproof roof, it will help in the prevention of a lot of unnecessary fire damage. Developers are currently working and experiencing with volcanic rock, but this type of technology is in its very early stages.
The majority of roofing designs are geared towards offering homes with insulation and comfort. Your roof should protect you from various types of weather conditions. So, regardless of whether it is summer or winter, insulation is always beneficial.
Insulation has a significant impact on maintaining your home’s temperature. There have been many advances in insulation over the years, especially recently. There are certain materials that serve as great insulators that are long-lasting and durable.
For instance, woven glass fiber is one material that can offer great insulator properties and is being used by more and more contractors. In addition, there is another product known as Polymeric Foam, which is a foam that is sprayed into the structure of your roof, and in just mere seconds, it expands and fills in all gaps and cracks.
Both of these insulating materials are cost-efficient and are excellent at keeping your home at a comfortable temperature for the long-term. These can be used in the attic to prevent warm air from impacting the rest of the home.
You should speak to your local roofing contractor to learn more about your local climate as well as the design of your home. At the same time, though, it will depend heavily on your individual preference.
If you are interested in conserving energy, then green roofing is a good choice. However, if you prefer to weatherproof your home, then insulation may be a better investment. Aside from these options, you could do research into the newer materials available on the market that are aesthetically pleasing and value-adding.
If you have any questions, reach out to us at Advanced Roofing.