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How Has Roof Technology Advanced?

Since the beginning of time, humans have put effort in to making themselves as comfortable as possible. This is just a part of our instinct. Over time, this has evolved into many different facets of what we see today. But what about the homes we live in? Simply put, home structures have evolved for many different cultures. For instance, you'd be hard pressed to find a dirt bungalow with a straw thatched roof in Woodstock, Georgia. So, how exactly have our home-building materials advanced? More specifically, what are some of the latest technology advancements in roofing, and how did we get here?

The Beginning

Since the dawn of time, finding and creating shelter for ourselves and our families has always been a number one priority. When people started first making houses, they had to come up with a way to protect themselves against rain, ice, wind, and harsh sunlight. This meant finding materials that were accessible and durable. People would use anything from clay tiles, straw thatching, to metal roofing; in fact, you can read more about the brief history of roofing in our blog.  

Roofing Advancements

While at first glance it might seem like roofing hasn't progressed in the last hundred or so years, Trotter Roofing and Gutters is an expert in providing the latest, greatest, and most current information in roofing. And luckily, there have been many technology enhancements to roofing materials, processes, and technology!

1. Cooling Roofs
This type of roof is especially popular in warm, southern climates. Cool roofs are designed to reflect sunlight and absorb less heat during the daytime. Commercial buildings will opt for these types of roofs to help decrease the heat emitted by their large building size and keep the inside patrons cool! The cooling roofs are made with reflective granules and coating, which is designed to "bounce" harsh sun.

2. Fireproof Roofs 
The possibility of fire is a very scary, very real worry for many homeowners. Fires can be started from inside the house or caused by outside sources like lightning. In order to combat this, scientists have worked to create fireproof roof coats to help slow the spread, and even prevent fires on roofs. This is one technology that is advancing nearly every day and can even help save lives!
3. Synthetic Roofs
What if you don't want to pay the high price of terracotta tiles but want the same look and feel? Synthetic roofing might be a great option for you! Synthetic materials are created in a way that mimic popular, expensive roofing materials like terracotta and slate. These roofs are typically more affordable, more lightweight, and even more durable!
4. Environmentally Friendly Roofs 
The new standard for many is finding ways to lower our carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly. Now, you can contribute to the movement by choosing a green roof! Similar to cooling roofs, green roofs have reflective granules that reflect sunlight, lower energy costs, and have a great curbside appeal.
5. Roof Insulation 
Insulating your roof helps keep your home cool in the warm months, and warm during the wintertime. The added layer of insulation works in tandem with your home's insulation to provide a cost effective, and energy saving roofing solution.

Homes are a big investment that you don't want to leave up to chance, including your roof! Take advantage of the latest roofing technology by using a roofer with the skills and knowledge to provide you with the best choice for your needs. Call Trotter Roofing & Gutters to discuss your roofing options at 404-610-9100 or fill out a contact form!

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