Roofs are no longer merely the skin on the top of a building. Today, the roof is an integrated component of a complex building envelope system that includes the foundation, walls, windows, masonry and structural components. All those components combine to provide an energy efficient, waterproof envelope. With energy efficiency becoming a crucial goal, the roof is expected to perform functions beyond merely providing a waterproof surface on the top of the building.
Since 1970, the number of roofing systems manufacturers has increased from approximately a dozen to nearly 500 today. The complexity has increased with single-ply roofs such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermoplastic olefin (TPO), and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), all known in the trade as chemical roofs. Moreover, the advent of cool roofs, green roofs, modified bitumen roofs, and protected roof membrane assemblies have added complexity to the roof decision-making process.
All this means that it is more important to be knowledgeable in the changes taking place in the industry. But really, it means a switch in philosophy — from seeing the roof as a set-it-and-forget-it building technology to managing an asset, just as other types of investments in the building or the organization in general are managed.
NIR Roof Care believes the best decisions are educated ones.  Here's some great articles on industry news, new codes and regulations, education on products and helpful tips to get the most out of your investment.  Feel free to contact us at anytime with questions about your roof. We're happy to help.