Why Technology Is Not a Substitute for the Hard Work of a Roofing Contractor

Why Technology Is Not a Substitute for the Hard Work of a Roofing Contractor

17 November 2021
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The roofing industry has made considerable use of various technologies to make roofing much easier. However, while these technologies are very useful, they can also have some limitations and a roofing contractor will still need to place boots on your roof when installing a roof.

Drone Technology

Drones are devices that can fly over a roof to provide information to the roofing contractor as they are installing a new roof on your home. This is useful under circumstances where it isn't safe to climb onto the roof such as if the weather does not permit that the contractors climb onto the roof. However, the contractors may need to feel soft spots on the roof which cannot be done by a drone. An experienced contractor can discover nuances on the roof that would otherwise not be noticeable. 

In the past, drones could only provide information. However, newer drones can nail down shingles. However, the shingles sometimes still need to be put in place by the roofing contractor. Then, a drone with a nail gun flies into place and nails down the shingle.

Another issue with these drones is that they cannot fly for very long because they cannot support the weight of a heavy battery. Therefore, they can sometimes not be efficient enough for an entire roofing project and may be best used for areas of the roof that are difficult to work on.

Communication Technology

Technology can also make it easier for a roofing contractor to communicate with you. However, while you may receive an estimate virtually, you might also have questions that can only be answered by a contractor who visits your property. Then, with drone technologies, the contractor can examine your roof and determine which type of roofing materials would be the best for your home.

New Roofing Materials

Fortunately, technological advancements have led to better roofs and better underlayments that can remain intact even during extreme weather conditions. Rubberized fiberglass underlayment is ideal for roofs in very hot climates.

Shingles are also becoming more effective at reflecting sunlight so they do not absorb as much heat. This can cause your roof to last longer and will also keep your home cooler reducing energy costs. However, while many exciting technologies currently exist, there are many you might not see as a consumer for years as they are tested to determine their efficacy. 

If you have more questions, contact roofing contractors through companies like Davis Roofing, Inc.