New Trends in Charlotte Roofing

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The majority of roofs for residential buildings in metros like Charlotte NC today are waterproofed with membrane roofing systems. These usually consist of BUR or bituminous built-up roofing, PVC or polyvinyl chloride roofing, EPDM (Ethylene Propylene diene terpolymer) as well TPO or thermoplastic olefins. These materials have been used in the roofing industry for more than 2 decades.

Trends in Charlotte roofing predict that, more or less, the same materials will continue to be used in residential, commercial and industrial roofing systems; but some shift may be seen to lower negative impact on the environment. Specifically, new membrane products may be utilized with greater use of TPOs which is not the case today. Additionally, rising environmental concerns are putting pressure on roof manufacturers to reduce the use of chlorinated materials and also bring about a change in the installation procedures through solvent bearing components or heated bitumen. Sustainable or green roofing is another rising trend in roofing seen in American metros.

The trends in Charlotte roofing show that:

  • Roofing materials may not change drastically
  • Changes will however be seen in membrane formulations, installation practices, special features and accessories used therein.
  • Roofs with longer service life will become popular. Additionally, materials used might show increased resistance to wind and fire along with improved energy efficiency
  • The lifetime maintenance costs will likely reduce.

These changes will be carried out with the aim of reducing cost, increasing roof performance and reducing negative impact on the environment.

A notable example, these Roofing contractors Charlotte NC are known for their use of tape to bond the seams in EPDM membranes instead of solvent-based liquid adhesive systems. By the beginning of the year 2025, it is predicted that such use of tape bonded systems will far exceed liquid adhesive seams typical of EPDM roofing.

Re-roofing in Charlotte

When a roof reaches the end of its service life, it must either be replaced or it must be covered over by installing a new membrane directly over the existing one. Until now, the former was given priority since removal of the existing materials ensured that no moisture was trapped under the old membrane. However, today, replacement is not the solution and re-covering the existing roof is the better solution. This is mainly due to the increased labor cost in removing existing shingles and also the disposal of removed materials which strains our already overfilled landfills.

Naturally, the option of recovering the existing membrane can only be done by first ensuring there is no moisture trapped. The entrapped moisture must be dissipated through the roof deck into the building space. Trends now show that a great deal of research is being undertaken to develop proper installation guidelines in order to avoid problems generated by the entrapped moisture. Another factor that research indicates is improving the roof’s wind uplift resistance. Design and installation of roofing systems show that the new materials used must have higher resistance to wind uplift.

Sustainable roofing

Roofing contractors Charlotte NC are also focusing on sustainable roofing manufacturing and installation. Some considerations here include:

  • Reuse and recycling of roofing materials. Many European countries, namely Switzerland have shown the world that plasticized PVC roofs can be recycled and nearly 25% of membrane roofing is PVC in that country. This trend is being adopted by the United States too.
  • Green roofs. Roofs are increasingly being used for planting trees and plants. Roof gardens help increase the amount of oxygen and purify surrounding air. They also keep the building cooler.
  • Environmentally-friendly products. Development and application procedures in roofing are pointing to the use of environmentally-friendly products such as the replacement of HCFC or hydrochlorofluorocarbons as well as other toxic volatile organic compounds that are currently used in the adhesives.

On the downside, the need for skilled roofers will continue to increase but the labor pool dedicated to this sector will continue to shrink. Therefore, automated roofing may become the norm. It is evident that roofing research will continue to play an important role in the trends in manufacturing and installation of residential roofs in Charlotte and other metros.

The Future of Health Care

One does not need to be a psychic to predict the future of health care. Our current state of health has reached an epidemic level in our nation. Even though we have one of the most advanced health care systems we also have a lot of critical health issues. It is clear that what we are currently doing is not working. Something needs to change and it is no wonder why people are turning to alternative health care. To see where the future of health care is going you only need to look at the most recent trends.

Some trends come and go but others grow and keep growing to the point where they become the norm. One of those trends is the organic food movement which is growing so strong that Target has just vowed to increase their organic food selection. On the other side you have Chipotle swearing off GMO’s and their profits rising. It is easy to see that this growth is more than just a trend and why this is so. There was once upon a time when organic food was just called food. As things tend to come around full circle we have reverted back to nature, back from which we came.

Along with eating more natural foods as a way to prevent illness people are now turning towards natural ways of healing when it comes to treating health issues. A growing number of people are now looking towards chiropractic care to help treat and overcome medical conditions. In some cases you can find a chiropractic practice that helps with the prevention as well as the treatment of medical conditions using the 5 essentials. The belief that when you put your body in the right environment it has the ability to heal itself is a growing one and is a cornerstone of chiropractic care.

When looking at the current health epidemic in our nation it is no wonder people are looking for alternative solutions. In order to fight for a future where our state of health is better than the state we currently find it in we must continue to look for better ways to approach the health care in our nation. It is important for the individual to make a shift in the way of thinking about health care if we plan on making any change. The growing trends discussed seem to be gaining momentum and as people start seeing better health because of them you can bet that they will continue to grow and become the norm.


Do Psychics Exist?

magic-8-ballMy mom said a psychic predicted my existence before I was born.

She went to visit one in her home country. The woman told her she’d have three kids. After she had my brother and sister, she thought she was done. She told herself that psychic must have been wrong.

14.5 years later, I was born.

Crazy, huh? It makes me wonder if true psychics really exist.

I’ve always dismissed the idea of psychics as a dumb theory. Why would God give some people on earth the ability to see the future? And then I realize that maybe he wouldn’t. And maybe he didn’t. Perhaps psychic ability is the enemy’s gift to certain members of his flock. Perhaps it’s another one of his methods of deception.

Populating the earth with people who can see the future confuses even those who are grounded in the truth sometimes.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying everyone who claims to be able to see the future must be Satan’s spawn. There were prophets in biblical times who predicted the very events we’re watching unfold before our eyes today. They predicted the future, and as it turns out, they were right (though many believe the contrary.)

But I’m not talking about modern-day prophets. I’m talking about those “psychics” who exploit their “gift” for money. Who will sit in a tent and read your palm in exchange for gold and silver, and who say they’re doing it in the name of Jesus, even if they aren’t.

Do real psychics exist? Well, I wouldn’t call them psychics. I’d call them prophets. Today’s prophets don’t make the same sorts of detailed predictions that John made when he wrote the book of Revelation. I believe today’s prophets have keen intuitions and intelligent minds that are aware and able to think critically. Today’s prophets don’t see the future in black and white. They see it as a rainbow of constantly evolving colors.

I’d venture to call myself a modern-day prophet. As someone who walks in the presence of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis, who talks to him and hears from him — even though it often translates like a game of telephone — I am able to predict the future.

No, I’m not always right. But at least I’m thinking.