3 Advancements in Modern Roofing

Roofing solutions have come a long way in the last few decades. Materials have significantly improved, and installation services have become much more efficient.

The function of a roof is quite simple – it protects your home from the elements. But with more extreme weather and energy efficiency to consider, choosing the best roofing for your home is essential.

With the enhanced choice in roofing nowadays and advancements continually improving the options, staying updated with the latest solutions is helpful. So, what are the latest developments in roofing technology?

Below, we discuss recent changes in the industry and how these could help you decide on the best roofing options for your home.

1.   Flat roofing membranes

Many homes have a flat roof, most commonly on small extensions, garages and garden rooms. Historically they have also been one of the most common places to experience leaks. Older flat roof membranes may pool water in specific areas of the roof. This build-up can cause weaknesses, which may lead to water ingress over time.

However, the latest flat roofing membrane technology reduces this issue and provides a weatherproof barrier for peace of mind. DPR Ltd offers a GRP (fibreglass) roof covering that is designed to provide a protective layer against the elements but also offer minimal and clean aesthetics to complement the exterior of your home.

There are many benefits of choosing this roofing option, which include:

Easy maintenance

Flat roofs tend to have a slight pitch, so this makes them easier to access once it’s been installed. With this accessibility, repairing and maintaining is typically more straightforward, helping to keep the costs down overall.

Versatile space

Once a flat roof membrane has been installed, its space can be used in several ways. For example, it provides an excellent spot for solar panels. Plus, for the eco-conscious, a living roof is suitable for a flat roof.

Long lifespan

The materials used on a flat roof installation are designed for longevity. Not only does this keeps long-term costs down, but you also have confidence that it will last many years. Most flat roof materials have a lifespan of several decades, with some lasting even longer.

Less prone to leaks and mould

With a protective barrier in place, flat roof membranes reduce the issue of leaks, which in turn lead to mould growth.

2.   Mobile elevated work platforms

Going back a few years, most roof installations and maintenance work was carried out via a ladder or scaffold. However, some repair work can be tricky to reach or manoeuvre around.

Fortunately, with recent developments in safe roof access, equipment such as cherry pickers and high-access machinery makes accessing roofs safer and simpler for professional installers. There are several benefits of using this type of equipment in repairs, renewal and installation of roofing. These include the following:

Safe high-level access

High-level access to roofing is made easier with specialist equipment. For example, at DPR Roofing in Barnsley, we invested in a new 2-person powered access boom. This enables our team to work in awkward spaces and within small areas not accessible by larger equipment.

Reduces scaffold costs

Scaffolding can be costly, and using this type of equipment reduces the need for scaffold installation.

Useful for emergency work

Setting up a scaffold takes time, and in some cases, emergency works require immediate attention. However, with mobile elevated equipment, access is quicker and easier, so you don’t have to wait.

3.   Roof insulation

Insulation for your roof has improved significantly over the past few years. This change has occurred due to the need to provide homes with efficient thermal insulation to combat rising costs and reduce heat loss.

Polymeric materials and fibreglass are some of the most common types of materials used in insulation. They are woven tightly together to form a membrane, which acts as an insulator.

Other materials are also used, and they also provide an adequate insulating barrier for your roof. These include:

  • Wood fibre
  • Extruded polystyrene
  • Gypsum board
  • Rock wool
  • Spray foam

Bringing you the latest in roofing developments in Barnsley

Whether you need a repair or restoration of an existing roof or are considering installing a new roof altogether, DPR Roofing in Barnsley is always at the forefront of roofing developments. Our experienced team can help you make the best choice in roofing materials. In addition, our high-tech inspection technology makes assessing any issues easy and cost-effective.

For more information on our services or to arrange an inspection and quote, contact us on 01226 670 008.