Insulated Roof Panels For Housing – Pros and Cons
Structurally insulated roof panels allow builders to create an energy-efficient housing envelope that panders to the demand for green buildings in the market today. Insulated panels can offer superior energy efficiency as compared to the regular stick-frame constructions. And with the increasing concern over climate change and expensive energy alternatives, builders are becoming wise to the appeal of using this material in their work.
Insulated roof panels are made from foam insulation which is packed in between two sheets of either board or plywood. Fiber cement panels also may be used. This design is resource and energy-efficient, as well as being strong and durable. They create a barrier to heat loss that can save almost half the energy typically spent on heating and cooling homes.
While these benefits may well lead to a revolution in the building industry, there are some drawbacks to insulated roof panels too. The market share of this form of roofing has always been small, and is slowing down except in the niche of smaller buildings. Residential housing is one area that’s benefiting from this trend.
Another problem is that many believe such roof panels leave the house looking unattractive. That may change as technology evolves, with architects and designers coming up with appealing constructions implementing the same benefits with aesthetic class.
The technology and benefits from insulated roof panels has never been in doubt among specialist contractors and architects, who realize that the R values are so high that the buildings stay at constant temperature with barely any energy wastage. People living inside are more comfortable, and save money on utility expenses.
Encouraging widespread use of insulated panels in roofs is however a challenge, with the nebulous pricing of this kind of construction, and the nervousness of builders facing the use of newer technology. It takes some time and experience to get familiar with using these panels. But the pain must be overcome, as discerning buyers will soon start clamoring for the benefits and cost saving that comes from a green, effective roofing solution.
About the Author
Elena Williams writes about health and nutrition. She is interested in saving energy and insulation ideas. She has written about Commercial Insulation on her website at http://www.commercialinsulation.org