Current Industry Trends in Commercial Roofing
2019 has been an exciting year for the commercial roofing industry. The newest trends go far beyond new colors or materials. In fact, they reach into the realms of technology and environmentalism. Elite Roofing and Restoration Services stays up to date on the latest industry developments, and we want to keep you updated, too. Here are some of the biggest commercial roofing trends of this year.
Commercial roofing is moving forward with more tech-savvy business strategies. Many offices are going paperless and offering paperless billing options to their clients in order to save time and resources. Other roofers are using camera-bearing drones to provide an aerial view of commercial roofs more quickly and efficiently than humans can. Still others are using advanced GPS mapping technology to allow roofers to designate weak spots for their colleagues to avoid, and augmented reality to show customers what their finished roof will look like.
There continues to be a shortage of skilled laborers in the commercial roofing industry. Many labor trades are feeling the pain of the shortage, and SOPREMA has been trying to entice young people to enter the trade by offering training and certification programs. Efforts have been successful in Canada, and trainers in the US are hopeful that numbers will increase. Part of the challenge is convincing the younger generations that skilled labor is a good option to pursue instead of college, as they have been taught from a young age that college is the only way to get a decently paying job. The shortage is expected to continue throughout 2019.
Green is good! Once again, environmental efficiency is a growing trend in commercial roofing. Customers are requesting more energy efficiency in their choice of roofing materials. There has also been a demand for sustainable products and green design as both are more friendly to the environment. Roofing professionals are also beginning to look at the effects their waste has on the earth when it ends up in landfills. There is a new push to minimize waste by choosing designs and materials that are meant to last for the long term.
Industry Growth Trends
Commercial roofing demand steadily increased throughout 2018, and experts predict that it will continue to grow in 2019 and 2020. That means more available work, but as we learned earlier, there aren’t enough laborers to fill the demand. Some projects are being pushed back a year or longer to meet increasing customer demand. It will be interesting to see which solutions work to bring more young people into the labor pool.
Elite Roofing and Restoration Services: Quality You Can Count On
These commercial roofing trends seem to be the beginning of an exciting new era of technology and eco-friendly practices in the industry. It’s good to see technology being used to protect roofers from harm. It’s also good news that the demand for commercial roofing services continues to climb. Hopefully more people will learn roofing skills and join our booming industry! We welcome any questions from those looking to begin a career in roofing.
If you’re looking for commercial roofing repair and installation in Dallas-Fort Worth, call Elite Roofing and Restoration Services today. We have roofing options to fit every budget and lifestyle. Our mission is to serve our community with the utmost integrity and the highest level of skill. We are proud to be an industry leader in both commercial and residential roofing in DFW. Contact us for a free estimate, and you’ll see that we work heard to maintain our reputation for excellence.