The roof plays an important role in the building industry. One of the main functions of a roof is to provide protection to the occupants of the building from various climatic conditions of the day. Not long ago, asphalt shingles, slate, clay, or concrete tiles were the only roofing options available. Today, advanced roofing materials provide an unprecedented range of alternatives, as well as new looks for existing materials. Some advanced roofing materials are solar tiles, asphalt shingles, metal roofing, stone-coated steel, slate, clay, concrete tiles, and green roofs. Increased use of environmentally friendly designs, products, and new marketing tools are helping companies streamline their businesses and also helps in introducing new value-added products.
However, as time advances, we are seeing even more trends emerge, including the use of virtual and augmented reality, robotics for faster and more efficient work and the roofing industry is also making new changes seen worldwide.
Virtual Reality for Roofing Contractors.
One of the biggest potential uses for this technology is the ability to show homeowners what a project will look like when it is completed. Virtual and augmented reality are taking the world by storm right now, hovering right on the forefront of cutting edge technology. While the first thing that comes to mind when you hear virtual or augmented reality might be 3D video games, it actually provides useful applications for the roofing industry.
Robotic Replacement for Roofers.
Robotic technology will reduce the time it takes to complete a job and free up your crew for more complex work as well as increasing overall productivity. Using robotics for more dangerous tasks will also increase job site safety, preventing potential short and long term injuries and helping your crew stay healthy. Although robotics have not officially shown up in the roofing industry yet, they are certainly on their way. Robotics is already being used in the construction industry for applications like bricklaying. The time robots could be able to perform jobs like placing shingles may not be that far away.
Creating a Paperless Workplace.
Using software rather than paper helps to keep your roofing company organized, reducing the chance that important documents get lost or damaged. This also makes it easier to find the information you need, saving you time and energy wasted rifling through file cabinets or searching pile after pile for a single piece of paper. A paperless workplace is more efficient and result-oriented than the conventional types and is definitely impacting the roofing industry.