Whether you need reinforcements or overhauling your roof, you have to make informed decisions. Roofing is easily one of the most expensive home maintenance requirements; proper planning can help you make a worthy investment. Case studies are great resources to refer to prior to making a final decision.
Check out the following latest studies demonstrating the effectiveness of modern roofing systems. The reigning trend is to develop roofs that are aesthetic, weather resistant, lightweight, durable, eco-friendly, insulated, and useful.
- Monumental energy expenditure saving by green roofing: Weston Design Consultants, a Chicago based eco-design service, concluded that the city of Chicago could save energy costs of over $100,000,000 if all of Chicago’s rooftops were green. This study from 2012 indicates that the installation of eco-friendly roofs can save a ton on energy costs!
The green ideas presented by the service include growing a vegetable garden on the accessible roof space, growing grasses on roof, and setting up rain guards for roof irrigation. Homeowners can purchase the Green Paks, which are pre-seeded soils specially designed for roof farming.
- Metal solar shingles: The EnergyPeak is the official name of the partnership between two major services in offering solar metal shingles. Centria Services is a Pittsburg based roofing manufacturer offering solar shingles in partnership with United Solar Ovonic, Auburn Hills, MI. The partnership offers shingles capable of harvesting the freely available solar energy to generate electricity in the range of 3–120 kW per shingle.
They offer the product in seven variations and employ the BIPV technology. Building Integrated PhotoVoltaic technology is gaining grounds at last after decades of neglect. Case studies reveal that the roofs can withstand wind speeds as high as 160 miles per hour.
- A lightweight armor for the roof: A California based company has been offering ArmorLite, a highly advanced polymer roofing solution. The material is extensively light, weighing a meager 70 lbs for 100 sq. ft. of roof space. Conventional roofs weigh about 600 lbs for each square foot. Constructed with a special polymer, the material is also 100% recyclable with an impressive 0% waste in the recycling process.
Making proper use of plastic products, this new roof is also resistant to fires, fierce winds, and earthquakes. They also offer decreased expenditure on transportation and a reduced load on the environment. Tested by experts at the Modern Energy Corporation, the roof is above par with building codes and Energy Star standards. It is also highly durable and you can easily stand on it without the risk of it breaking.
Considering these case studies, you can select a suitable provider for your roofing needs. The latest innovations ensure your roof is the best, while still looking aesthetically appealing at the top.