LOOKING FOR CUTTING EDGE ROOFING PRODUCTS?
Looking for a cutting edge product in today’s roofing market can be a challenge. This is mainly because there aren’t many new products being introduced. Sure, there are always modifications and incremental improvements being made, but these are more updates than new releases. In regards to completely new commercial roofing products or systems, there just aren’t many out there. The roofing systems that have existed for the past 40-50 years are all effective, so there’s not a large need for new systems.
The Newest Commercial Roofing Product
While there aren’t many completely new roofing systems, silicone roof coatings are about as close as you’ll get. For many years, silicone has been used in the roofing market as a protective coating for spray foam. However, silicone was recently re-purposed as a standalone restoration product. This new product is now the fastest growing commercial roofing segment (as of 2017) and is showing no signs of slowing.
Roof Restorations to Save Money
Using silicone roof coatings as a restoration product rather than simply a protective layer was a money-saving technique at first that has shown many other benefits. Contractors realized that instead of just protecting spray foam with silicone, they could actually restore an existing roof with silicone for less money. This money saving technique then provided other unforeseen benefits. Silicone roof coatings could eliminate the tear-off required on most commercial re-roofing projects. The reflectivity of the silicone saved building owners money by keeping the inside of their building cooler. Silicone could also be renewed after 15-20 years, further improving the lifecycle cost and efficiency of the system.
Breaking Into the Market
As a new commercial roofing product, silicone roof systems have many detractors. Silicone is still a relatively young roofing system that many say hasn’t proven itself. The rate of adoption by contractors and building owners who are on board with the system seems to dismiss these concerns, however. Many building owners with 100+ million square feet under of roofing are committed to silicone and believe in it’s success. Most of the nation’s largest contractors have added a silicone division. Fortune 500 companies choose silicone roof coatings at a very high rate. All of these silicone users believe in this system because, despite its newness, it constantly outperforms expectations in real-world and test applications. Despite being the newest commercial roofing system, silicone has become the fastest growing commercial roofing segment.
Who knows what the next commercial roofing product will be? The most recent roofing innovation has taken the market by storm and continues to grow and prove itself. Silicone is easy to use, inexpensive to begin installing, and works very well for a very long time. Each of these benefits seem to contribute to its success.