Much has changed in the way we’ve covered our structures over the last two centuries. The role of the roof cannot be minimized. It shelters a building’s interiors and its inhabitants from the forces of nature, protects vital utility systems, and helps to define the exterior’s aesthetic. The roof’s demand has bred its universality and, by extension, fostered a strong market for roofing materials ranging in performance and physical characteristics.
Those materials have a rich history, and their evolution has been mainly driven by performance. Wood and slate shingles and clay tiles were the prevalent roofing choice until the mid-19th century when metal and bituminous roofing systems made low-slope applications possible. During the 20th century, several new materials were developed for low- and steep-sloped roofs. Among them was the asphalt shingle, which arrived on the scene around the turn of the 20th century and continues to be the top roofing material for houses. After a period of market experimentation with various shapes, patterns, and textures, the asphalt shingle evolved in the form of the three-tab version popular today.
Composites, such as asbestos and fiber-cement, challenged asphalt for a time by purporting better performance while attempting to replicate traditional materials such as slate or clay tile. Imitation finally became a theme in the roofing category, with early examples including metal shingles that replicate the look of clay tiles and asphalt shingles that simulate thatching. The 20th century also saw the development of roofing materials with various levels of durability and fire resistance as well as the introduction of roof-related components such as gutters, downspouts, and flashing.
Cool roofing is sweeping the industry and with good reason. The advantages to building owners and supervisors are significant. The single greatest benefit is energy cost savings, which can be substantial. For new construction and replacement, many new products are manufactured to be “cool.” But facilities with existing old-technology roof systems are not left out. There are retrofits – using roof coatings – that enable a cost-effective update. The phrase “cool roofing” is a description of what happens when a surface is designed to be more reflective and less heat absorbent. On the top of a building, a surface that has reflectivity is usually white or very light in color. This will deflect the rays of the sun off the surface and back into the atmosphere. Only UV rays that remain on the surface convert to heat. The conversion to heat raises the temperature at the surface, causing heat transference. That means heat passes through building materials and insulation and to the interior.
Gm Systems does professional commercial & industrial roofing in Wichita. Whether it’s fixing repairs, leaks, new installs, or sealant, GM Systems Inc has got you covered. Some services we offer are Metal Roofing Systems, Flat Roof Repair, Low Slope Roof Repair, High Solids Silicone Coating (from PM Silicone Roofing Systems), 10+ Year Warranty on Parts and Labor. Coatings are ideal for any flat or low slope system. Call now for expert analysis of the type of coating that will work best for your building and substrate. GM systems favor Silicone and Metal Restoration (MR) systems for metal roofs or low slope roofs but we can provide other solutions when, and if, they are more suitable for your needs. There is a coating for nearly all types of roofing materials. Some of the most typical examples of such surfaces include asphalt, gravel, metal, BUR, and concrete. These areas all roofing materials commonly found on flat and low slope types that are incredibly common on the commercial roofs of businesses in the Wichita area.
Does your roof leak? Would you like to reduce your cooling bill? Call us.