As more and more airports are modernizing their structures, an important factor to consider is that of the roofing material that will be used on them. There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding which roofing material or roof design should be used. The overall geometrical design or shape of the building will most likely be one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to decision what type of roof to install.
Acoustical Design of the Airport Roof
Airports are ordinarily rather noisy environments and as a result, no one wants to create additional noise inside the building because the planes landing and taking off. As a result, the roof should be designed in such a way that it will deflect as much noise as possible away from the inside of the building. It should also have sufficient insulation to absorb any additional unwanted noise. Inside the airport building, the roof should be developed in such a way that any of the announcements that are made over the public address system can be clearly heard at all times.
Weather Conditions will Play a Crucial Part in the Design Process
The location of the airport and the weather conditions that it will be exposed to for most of the year is also a crucial factor to consider when an airport roof is being designed. What type of weather conditions is the building going to be exposed to? If there is a possibility of heavy snow, the structure needs to be strong enough to be able to handle the weight. In cases where strong winds, hurricanes or tornadoes are prevalent, the structure will have to be able to withstand this as well.
Fire and Other Safety Systems
Airports require some safety systems to be in place regarding the roofing design. Besides the obvious structural safety factors, there are some other safety features that need to be considered. Maintenance walkways are an extremely important factor, as contractors that may need to perform servicing or repairs on various systems that are installed on the roof, such as HVAC systems or even external light fixtures. Fire control systems also need to be in place in that highly durable and fire-resistant material should be used. One of the best options for this is metal roofing.
Lighting / Green Roofing
With everybody focusing on going environmentally friendly or green these days, it is no surprise that many airports are now following the same trend. Installation of wind turbines and solar panels on rooftops with a single or dual tracking system to follow the sun will help to reduce the carbon footprint of airports, while also helping to reduce their energy bills substantially. Installing sky lights on the roof could enable airports to be lit inside with much natural light as possible during daylight hours. Planting a ‘green roof’ can help keep the structure cool inside, which will reduce reliance on air-conditioning systems as well – and it will prevent pilots having to deal with glare from a metal roof while landing or taking off as well.
With the advances in science, technology and construction methods options to choose from regarding airport roofing are almost endless. With new stronger and lighter weight construction materials and architectural designs, airport roofs can be much stronger and more durable than ever before.