Your residential and commercial roof faces plenty of hazards on a daily basis. With the climate continuously becoming worse with stronger unpleasant weather, it’s important to have the most durable roofs that will last for decades or even a century or longer. Fortunately, roofing material manufacturers and researchers advance roofing technology consistently.

We can expect the following existing roof technologies to reach the next level by 2020 and beyond. While these aren’t sci-fi level improvements, we as your experienced and knowledgeable roofers in South Windsor CT approve the advantages they bring to any home.

Cool Roofing

With the capability to reflect sunlight and prevent UV ray absorption, cool roofs are roof technology advancements that integrate highly reflective paint more advanced than acrylic elastomeric (or a derivative) into its core roofing material. These cool roof are aesthetically similar to their normal counterparts, but they’re capable of reaching cooler by 50 Fahrenheit when you compare them with other roofing materials.

The US Department of Energy states the following benefits of cool roofs for any homeowner inside or outside the country. In addition, it talks about the different roof types and roof technology advancements that help them become cool.

Benefits of Cool Roofs

A cool roof can benefit a building and its occupants by:

  • Reducing energy bills by decreasing air conditioning needs
  • Improving indoor comfort for spaces that are not air conditioned, such as garages or covered patios
  • Decreasing roof temperature, which may extend roof service life.

Beyond the building itself, cool roofs can also benefit the environment, especially when many buildings in a community have them. Cool roofs can:

  • Reduce local air temperatures (sometimes referred to as the urban heat island effect)
  • Lower peak electricity demand, which can help prevent power outages
  • Reduce power plant emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and mercury, by reducing cooling energy use in buildings.

Types of Roofs and How They Can Be Made Cool

There are many types of roof systems available, but the surface exposed to the sun is the one that determines if a roof is cool or not. You can usually make a new or existing roof cool by selecting the appropriate surface.

Cool roof coatings are white or special reflective pigments that reflect sunlight. Coatings are like very thick paints that can protect the roof surface from ultra-violet (UV) light and chemical damage, and some offer water protection and restorative features. Products are available for most roof types.

Low Sloped Roofs

Single-ply membranes are pre-fabricated sheets rolled onto the roof and attached with mechanical fasteners, adhered with chemical adhesives, or held in place with ballast (gravel, stones, or pavers). (Continued)

Improved Green Roofing

While it isn’t high technology, green roofing is a worthwhile investment for both South Windsor CT residential and commercial properties. Your roofing contractor might take some time and use additional equipment to securely install your new green roofing. However, whether you build a patch of green grass or a full-on rooftop skywalk garden, you’ll benefit from a cooler roof that reduces building temperatures up to 100 Fahrenheit lower when you compare it to other roofs.

The soil, plants, and trees will all store water. Meanwhile, moisture that lands right into the PVC base of your green roof the customized drainage system will take care off. You won’t need to worry about severe rain or hailstorms because your green roof can absorb and handle them — and these even help with cooling your roof too.

Synthetic Residential Roofing

Roofing technology advancements allowed many modern and durable materials such as metal, PVC, or rubber roofs to take the form of traditional roofing aesthetics. For example, metal roof shingles allow houses to enjoy the look of a traditional Western home but have the durability and performance of metal roofing materials.

While MBA roofing claims synthetic roofing materials only mimic natural slate or cedar shakes in the explanation below, synthetic roofing aesthetics go beyond mimicking these two roofing materials.

Synthetic roofing is designed to mimic the appearance of natural slate or cedar shakes.  Synthetic slate and cedar shakes are made from polymers and are available in a variety of colors and widths.  Synthetic roofs are durable, long lasting, and fire resistant.  They are also wind and impact resistant.

Synthetic slate and cedar shakes provide the appearance of natural slate and cedar for a fraction of the cost.  In addition to providing lower cost, synthetic roofing offers better fire resistance and lower maintenance than natural cedar shakes.  In fact, synthetic roofing is almost maintenance free.  Synthetic roofing is also lightweight, unlike natural slate, which is heavy and may require extra structural support.

Benefits of Synthetic Slate and Cedar Shake Roofing

Weather and Fire Resistant: Synthetic roofing tiles are wind and impact resistant.  They are also freeze/thaw resistant and fire resistant.  Most synthetic tiles feature UV protection to prevent color fading.

Appearance: Synthetic roofing tiles are designed to mimic the appearance of natural slate or cedar shakes.  These tiles are available in a variety of colors and widths.  With a natural appearance, synthetic tiles can enhance the beauty of any home. (Continued)

Remember, it’s important to still have professional and experienced South Windsor CT roofers to install your roof. In doing so, you guarantee your roof technology advancements definitely maximize the capabilities of your home. Slavin Home Improvements can help you with our experienced team’s knowledge and decades of experience. Contact us today!