Roofs are one of the oldest building structures known to man. Primarily functioning as protection against environmental factors, such as rain, wind, and intense heat, roofs are an integral part of any structure. Construction managers and roofing subcontractors ensure the structure’s integrity and quality to properly serve its function.
Since the “invention” of the roof, there have been countless developments to it. Before, it was merely used as a cover to protect the things and occupants in a building. Today, however, people are also focusing on the aesthetic aspect and integrating other uses. In 2021, you can expect to see more of these roofing trends.
Roofing software and mobile apps
Managing construction projects is a complex and taxing job to take on. But with the rise of project management software, contractors and project managers can easily do all those things, as well as enhance efficiency and productivity. Construction crew management, progress tracking for the project, and resource monitoring can be done with one single tool.
Pro Crew Schedule’s Roofing Professional Software is a roofing software that aids roofing subcontractors to manage their projects. Because it’s completely mobile, it can be taken anywhere and allows real-time collaboration between the crew and contractor even if they aren’t together onsite.
In a field like roofing, where things are constantly changing and there are many things to keep track of, it can get pretty chaotic and messy. But with management software, contractors can say “Goodbye!” to the stacks of papers and walls of sticky notes. Since everything is digitalized and most roofing software is cloud-based, you won’t have to worry about losing files or rummaging to find them. These saved files can also be instantly shared with clients and coworkers. And with time freed up to get more work done rather than trying to keep things organized, workers can focus on being productive and efficient and the project can progress more smoothly.
For construction, management software is just one of the many advancements that fall under mobile apps. Today, there are apps for practically everything, like exercising, photo editing, and finance management. Because everyone greatly depends on their phone, the mobile app market is skyrocketing, which means apps for roofing bound to increase.
These affordable and beneficial apps and software can have a variety of other uses. Users can remotely measure buildings and their roofs, create and share reports, and share estimates to customers. With CRM software (or customer relationship management software), contractors can manage all their client interactions, both existing and potential. They can easily make and send estimates to their clients, fluidly communicate with them, send accurate invoices, and even generate more leads.
With the heavy reliance on the Internet and mobile devices, in conjunction with the plethora of benefits management software brings, you can expect an increase in software usage in 2021.
2021 Roofing Trends
1. More ways for generating leads
In any business, lead generation is vital to staying afloat. In the past, lead generating for commercial roofing was very difficult and complicated to do. There were only momentary leads that could jeopardize the business.
Fortunately, today’s developments in technology have added more ways to generate leads. Management software is just one of them. It can help boost productivity and improve efficiency on the worksite, thus garnering rave reviews from clients. This, in turn, can turn into more leads as customer reviews are an essential factor in pulling in more job orders.
Other lead-generating platforms allow contractors to filter the search for prospective clients. Some filters you can apply are:
● The location of the building;
● The age of the building; and
● The surface area of the building.
When you’ve decided on the one you want to work on, you can contact the owners via email, phone, or mail. With the contact drag and drop feature on some of these tools, reaching clients is more comfortable. They even give time for decision-making, letting you directly contact clients and get all the needed information. From there, you can start planning and getting all resources in order.
Lead-generating platforms are predicted to become even more significant in the coming years. Using them is simple, fast, and efficient, helping get leads with just one button.
2. Using drones
The use of drones has drastically increased in recent years across multiple fields like media, agriculture, and construction, and will continue to do so. Lately, the roofing industry has been incorporating drones into its projects as they have plenty of benefits. Formerly used to inspect buildings and job sites, drone technology is now used by roofers to check, analyze, and evaluate roofing projects.
One of the significant contributions drones have to roof is improved safety. With high-resolution drones, users can take crisp aerial images that can be used for mapping and measuring roofs. From there, they can plan and avoid potential hazards. Workers don’t have to go onsite to do these.
In addition to safety, drones can help generate more leads. The high-quality pictures and videos taken can be uploaded to the company’s website where potential clients can see and can even be used in ads to get massive leads. Before and after images are more likely to capture an audience and turn them into clients because it can prove work quality. In essence, drones and the pictures and videos they take can help build your company and brand.
3. The comeback of metal roofing
Metal roofing has been in the game for quite some time now but was not as popular in recent years. People have opted for other roofing materials such as concrete/clay tile, vinyl membrane, and even wood for a while. The metal was reserved for industrial buildings and barns. That is until 2021.
Roofing companies are now taking on a new approach to metal roofs and have found ways to put them on commercial buildings. Through various styles and colors, these companies have made metal roofs for commercial buildings possible.
Made from copper, aluminum, steel, or alloy strips, metal roofs come in various shapes and textures. On top of being visually attractive, metal roofs have an abundance of benefits– like being durable and helping buildings stand for years– making them a big thing in 2021.
Metal roofs are great for structures that often experience snow. It’s difficult for snow to cling on to metal surfaces. So, because metal roofs are great at sloughing off snow, snow accumulation and weight damage are prevented. Leaks can also be averted because metal repels rather than absorbs water.
They are also good insulators, reflecting the sun’s rays and keeping the building cool during the warmer months. By staving off dangerous rays and excess heat, property owners will save a lot on their energy bills.
4. Energy-saving roofs
Turning towards green energy is a continued trend (and necessity) across several industries. Solar energy, arguably the best sustainable energy sort, has long been a popular choice for green energy. It’s relatively the cheapest and most abundant source in the world. With solar additions to roofs, buildings can become completely energy independent, saving a lot of money on energy bills.
For a while, the go-to solar energy-generating tool has been solar panels. But through the years, there have been countless developments in this field. Solar tiles/shingles are the new big thing, and while there is still much to learn about them, their better visual appeal over panels has people choosing them. If you want to know more about solar roofing and the difference between solar tiles and solar panels, read our article “Tiles vs. Panels: The Pros and Cons of Solar Roofing.”
Although it’s been trendy, solar panel, tile, and roof installations will continue to increase in the future.
5. Green roofs
Green roofs are not exactly new (The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon), but they have since gotten modern touches.
Commercial buildings have been making their rooftops green to create breathtakingly beautiful scenes. With a diverse collection of vegetation and waterproof layers, green roofs are pretty and eco-friendly.
They are not pleasing to the eyes but also hold several benefits. Potential floods can be avoided because green roofs efficiently trap and absorb rainwater. They also provide natural shade and saves energy that’s used to cool buildings. Lastly, they are surprisingly durable.
6. Cool roofs
As climate change and global warming continue to threaten the world, cool roofs are the next big thing (and might even be the answer).
Made with energy-absorbing and -reflecting materials, cool roofs absorb or reflect heat, depending on the size of the wavelength of the electromagnetic energy emitted by the sun. They are also made with lighter colors, as bright roofs reflect electromagnetic energy.
More than that, cool roofs help reduce pollution and excess heat emission.
There’s more to come in roofing.
From caves to huts to the giant skyscrapers in the city, roofs have a myriad of developments in their own evolution. Be that as it may, the roofing industry will never stop evolving. It’s such a dynamic trade that even the trends listed here are not set in stone.
While educated observation, legitimate guesses, and even studies have gone into determining 2021 roofing trends, there is still a world of technology, techniques, and styles waiting to be discovered. These trends are predicted to boom this year but expect some unexpected trends to pop up, too.