2016 Top Roofing Trends
In recent years, we have seen significant changes in the roofing industry. These changes were brought about for various reasons, but most notably due to the emergence of new technologies, environmental concerns and economic uncertainty. The result is an industry that has become dominated by elastomer membrane roofs, offering sustainable and/or energy saving solutions, with increased demand for preventative maintenance and similar services. Let’s take a closer look at the top roofing trends for 2016.
1. Elastomer Membrane Systems
Water repellent, strong and durable, bitumen has been the material of choice for waterproofing requirements for over a century. Essentially, it is a superior product for the covering of flat and low-slope roofs.
The benefits of Elastomer Membrane systems vs. Conventional asphalt & gravel systems:
- A service life that is two times longer
- Less maintenance required
- Lighter in weight, easier to inspect and easier to repair because of the riddance of a gravel coat
- Possibility of resurfacing at the end of its service life
- Eco-friendly and energy-saving options, such as “white” and “green” roofs
Simply put, elastomer membrane roof systems provide the most durable, and longest-lasting covering available today and is a roofing trend that will dominate the industry.
2. The rise of “white” roofs
Environmental concerns and the sustainability of our resources have become an increasingly important consideration in our everyday lives. For example, plastic bags have been replaced with canvas or material totes, plastic water bottles have been replaced with stainless steel water containers, even cleaning products have become more eco-friendly. These same type of considerations are affecting the Canadian construction industry as well. For example, Quebec recently introduced a new refundable tax credit of 20% to encourage eco-friendly construction renovations. The tax credit can help homeowners save up to $10 000 on renovations. Contractors and clients alike are opting for environmentally friendly products, not only for their ecological properties, but also for their energy-saving, and consequently, cost-saving attributes.
While roofing is one of the oldest trades in construction, growing environmental considerations have spawned great innovations and emerging progressive technologies. The rise of “white” roofs is the perfect example. White membranes, called Soprastar, are covered with highly reflective granules and have a Solar Reflective Index of 84, which is exponentially higher than the negative SRI value of most conventional roofs. These white membranes reflect the sun’s UV rays, which reduces the temperature of the roof system. The life expectancy of the membrane is therefore extended due to the reduction of heat absorption in the system but also due to the decrease of the roofing system’s surface temperature (15 to 20 °C less than other colours). This type of system also benefits the environment by reducing the greenhouse effect on the ozone. As a matter of fact, many Montreal municipalities (such as the boroughs of Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie, Outremont, the South-West, Villeray–St-Michel, Ahuntsic–Cartierville , Pierrefonds–Roxboro, etc…) require, by law, that all new roofs be either green (covered in vegetation) or white (SRI of at least 78), to reduce urban heat island effect and to promote sustainable development. Conventional asphalt and gravel roofs are discouraged in these sectors, because they do not take into consideration the well-being of the ecological system and the sustainability of its resources, thus reinforcing the growth and popularity of white roofs.
3. Maintenance & Protection Plans
Studies have proven that it is five times less expensive to conduct regular roof inspections than to wait for a problem to appear. A maintenance plan is the easiest and most economical way to achieve maximum performance and extend the service life of your roofing system. Preventative inspections should be performed at least twice a year, but plans can be tailored to your particular needs, so that you get the frequency and quantity of visits that you deem necessary.
On the other hand, under a protection plan, all maintenance, repairs and emergencies are covered for the life of the policy. This offers customers comfort, because they know that if a situation arises, they will be covered. It also helps with budgeting in preparation for a roof replacement, since no additional expenses can be incurred during the coverage period. Protection plans are a turn-key solution and definitely the economical way to achieve peace of mind.