Innovations in Asphalt Roofing
While it might seem like asphalt roofing applications are relatively limited, the opposite is actually true. Innovations in asphalt roofing have propelled asphalt back into the spotlight, and a recent interview with Reed Hitchcock, EVP of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has provided some compelling insight into the future of this versatile roofing material.
Asphalt is moving along an upward trajectory despite many viewing it as “old technology,” and recent developments indicate that this roofing material is only just beginning to reach its potential. In this article, a roofing lawyer will discuss some innovations in asphalt roofing that all roofing contractors should be aware of. Embracing these innovations early on could prove to be very lucrative for your roofing company. Remember, whenever you engage in new contract talks, it’s always smart to have an experienced roofing lawyer on your side to field questions and ensure that your best interests are protected.
Form and Function
One of ARMA’s most important fights has nothing to do with the labor shortage or the rising price of construction materials. Instead, they’re waging war against perception.
“One of the things that we wrestle with all the time is the perception that asphalt is old technology, but the industry is constantly producing new, innovative technologies,” said Hitchcock. “One of the most recent examples is the advancement in granule technologies, such as granules that can reduce smog and that can reflect the sun’s rays.”
Some innovations in asphalt have existed for years, but they’re only just now starting to make their way into the mainstream. For instance, polymer modified asphalt is improving the quality and lifespan of shingles. Other innovations are focused on aesthetic over function, such as asphalt that emulates the look of slate, shake, and tile. Ideally, asphalt will continue to make a case as the most versatile roofing material by embracing form and function equally.
ARMA is also focused on improving the processes used to create asphalt roofing. Their goal is to mitigate the health, safety, and environmental issues associated with asphalt roofing manufacturing.
Hitchcock notes that, since chemicals are used in the production of asphalt, “it’s important to ensure that [all] manufacturing plants are safe environments.” Furthermore, they are working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to educate workers and help regulators gain a better understanding of the risks associated with asphalt roofing. By being an industry leader and educator, ARMA is ushering in the next evolution of asphalt roofing.