The roofing industry continues to evolve and adapt each year and 2016 is no different. We’ve taken a look at some of the key predictions for the year made by experts and leaders within the industry.
Green Approaches to Roofing
The industry as a whole has recognised that it needs to reduce its carbon footprint. The challenge for 2016 is to re-evaluate approaches which could be considered environmentally unfriendly. The installation of renewables on new and refurbishment roofing projects are rapidly becoming a must-have option as customer education improves and zero-carbon strategies become more commonplace.
Single Ply Roofing and Pre-Fabrication
2015 was a really good year for the single ply roofing sector, with many businesses reporting significant growth. In particular, IKO Polymeric, who quoted an increase in exports of 33%. The strong growth in new-build projects last year contributed to this and also served to nullify the slowdown in the refurbishment market, which is a trend we expect to continue in 2016.
Pre-fabrication is also expected to gather pace in 2016, becoming a new growth opportunity for manufacturers in the roofing sector. The move is inspired by the government’s Construction 2025 initiative, which is designed to improve efficiency. Pre-fabrication requires improved collaboration and greater planning between different disciplines across a project, but has a positive effect on the speed of installation on-site.
Development of Skills
Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) members completed a survey in December 2015, which highlighted that the availability of suitably skilled and knowledgeable individuals on a workforce was high on the list of priorities for many. Those asked recognised that many employers saw the importance of off-site training, despite the pace of work slowing as a result.
We expect manufacturers in the roofing sector to continue to upskill their workforce in 2016.
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