Will future roof repair be science fiction?
Our homes may be getting older by the day, but that doesn’t mean they need to fall into disrepair. Keeping your roof in good condition is key to protecting your home and its contents. Advancements in technology are making roof repair safer and more economical all the time, and are key in helping us to complete repairs to a much higher specification.
Old-fashioned roof repair methods have stood the test of time, but we’re keen to show you how new techniques will change the way we work. Looking for a modern solution could save you money and improve the appearance of your home.
Modern Inspection Methods
Observing a roof at close quarters is a job for a seasoned professional, since roofing is a dangerous business. Even the pros have to abandon some inspections if the weather proves to be inclement. But when you survey using a drone, you can get up close to a roof without setting foot on a ladder.
Drone surveys are already being used in property maintenance and facilities management, and we’re likely to see drones play a bigger role in domestic surveys soon. The price of the technology is falling fast, and the drone cameras are already capable of capturing very high quality video footage.
This could make roof inspections much quicker and more efficient, and could avoid the risk of accidents in the future.
Sometimes, obtaining small parts for repairs can delay a project for days, or weeks. With the advent of 3D printing, we’re going to see more spares being made on-site, or in a roofer’s own factory.
Professional 3D printers are capable of making huge solid objects from pre-programmed digital ‘patterns’. Even basic, entry level 3D printers can print items like clips, washers and hooks with ease. In the future, your roofing company may be able to make awkward spares that are difficult to source, doing away with long lead times, and enabling them to repair parts of your roofline that would otherwise have to be ripped out completely.
There’s nothing wrong with traditional roof materials like shingles, thatch and slate. But in the future, we’re likely to see new materials gaining traction, and being used for very specific purposes. One of the main areas for advancement is flat roofing, and modern membranes are slowly replacing traditional bitumen.
Single ply membranes can be purchased from a range of manufacturers, although not all of them are eco-friendly. Materials like TPE and PIB can be recycled, while PVC and EPDM membranes are less sustainable.
We’re also using hot melt membranes that are heated and poured on in liquid form. These offer superb seamless cover that is attractive and completely waterproof. Due to the way the roof is constructed, these products can only be used on totally flat roofs.
Increasingly, we’re seeing green roofing being requested, where the roof actually supports a garden area. If you’re interested in this option, we can recommend a suitable living roof that can be used to grow grass, bulbs or plants.
If you’re looking for a contemporary roofing solution, South Thames Roofing would be pleased to discuss your ideas. We can help you to economise on the most modern materials, while ensuring your roof is sustainable and sympathetic to the environment.