Roofs have come a long way from the times our ancestors used clay or thatched roofing. Over the years, people have created stronger and better roofing for home and commercial use. A roof is not only used as a defense against unwanted intrusion and weather, but it’s also important in enhancing aesthetic appeal and heat efficiency. Here are some of the innovative roofing technologies you may soon see on a building near you.
Solar Panel Roofing
Solar panel roofing uses solar shingles or photovoltaic shingles. These shingles look like your conventional roofing material such as a slate. In addition to performing the roofing function, they also produce electricity. This electricity generating solution is called building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). A silicon solar cell roofing can reach as much as 100 watts DC per shingle!
A metal roofing system is made of metal tiles or pieces made from copper, zinc, or steel alloys. This roofing material is known for its impermeability, longevity, and high resistance to bad weather conditions. Unlike the asphalt roofs, metal roofs reflect the heat away from the building during the summer season. It lowers the heat island effect and can reduce the energy cost by as much as 40 percent when the insulation is done right.
A green roof is also called a living roof. A conventional roof is covered with growing vegetation growing from a medium placed on top of the room. Green roofing is usually an extension of the existing roofing. A waterproof membrane is placed on top of the existing roof then layers of root barriers, irrigation systems, and drainage added on top. Green roofs are known for their aesthetic appeal and help reduce the carbon footprint of a building. The roofs also mitigate the heat island effect in cities thereby lowering the urban air temperatures.
Flat roofs have been around for some time. Contrary to the general belief, these roofing systems are not completely flat and come with undetectable pitches that allow rainwater to drain. They have a simplistic but unique design. Homeowners and commercial building owners can have a number of uses for flat roofs. You can use the rooftop as a patio, deck, or other outdoor recreation space. The flat roof can also support the green roofing concept by supporting irrigation and vegetation.
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