It’s no secret that roofing is one of the more difficult and physically demanding jobs out there today. Running a roofing company can be just as difficult in many ways. If you really want to stand above the rest, you’ll need to innovate in ways that your competitors are not.

You can stand out by introducing new innovative building products to your clients. In order to help your roofing business ascend to the next level, let’s take a look at three new types of roofing materials in 2019.

1. Long-Lasting Roof Underlayment

Roof underlayments are extremely popular in the roofing industry. Companies like Barricade® offer specially designed roof underlayments that provide roofing clients with a wide array of benefits.

Barricade® UDL Pro, for example, is a medium-weight roof underlayment with a non-skid, non-woven layer on top. It provides much more coverage and installs faster than other traditional felt and synthetic underlayments.

Barricade® also offers other roofing underlayment options like Barricade® UDL Standard, UDL Plus, and UDL Select. Barricade® UDL Select is great for working with concrete tile and cedar shake tiles. The heaviest and highest-performance roofing underlayment Barricade® offers, UDL Select features a faster installation time as well as more coverage per lap when compared with felt and other synthetic underlayments.

Roofing underlayments are great for commercial roofers to use in 2019 because of the added protection they give roofs from moisture intrusion. These underlayments will provide your clients with a higher level of efficiency as well as added protection from ice dams, wood rot, mold, and other moisture-related problems. Using roofing underlayments like the ones from Barricade® can help you make an impression in your market.

2. Solar Roofing Panels

solar shingles

With the emphasis on solar power becoming more important, solar roofing panels are increasing in popularity. There are now shingle-sized solar panels that integrate with regular asphalt shingles.

Tesla is one company that now offers these new, miniature solar roofing tiles. They help the owners of the buildings you’ll be working on to cut costs on utility bills and energy while serving as fully functional roof tiles. 

Tesla even offers them in four different styles: “Tuscan Glass Tile,” “Slate Glass Tile,” “Smooth Glass Tile,” and “Textured Glass Tile.” Designed to look like roofing tiles, each of these options consist of quartz glass tiles embedded with solar cells. A company that can complete these solar-panel roofing jobs reliably will generate quite a buzz in their local market.

3. Composite Roofing

If you want to offer clients a lower-cost option that provides style, elegance, durability, and eco-friendliness, composite roofing is a great place to start. With composite shingles (also known as synthetic shingles), you can give your clients the option of having a wood roof without some of the burdens that come with actually using asphalt or real wood shingles.

Composite shingles can be styled to mimic wood shakes or asphalt shingles. This makes the perfect alternative to asphalt roofing shingles. Additionally, they will last up to three times as long as real wood shakes. Made from a mixture of rubber and asphalt, composite shingles are recyclable, eco-friendly, lightweight, and resistant to rot, mold, and fungus. This makes them slightly more expensive than asphalt shingles, but still less expensive than real wood.

New Types of Roofing Materials for Roofers in 2019

With the changing industry, roofing companies will need to innovate to keep up with or surpass their competitors. By offering your clients options such as composite roofing tiles, solar roofing tiles, or long-lasting roofing underlayments like Barricade® UDL Pro, you can take your roofing business to the next level.

Establish a reputation as a company that offers superior roofing underlayments, solar roofing tiles, or composite tiling. Try out one or more of these new types of roofing materials with your company to see how it benefits your bottom line.