Newcastle’s most recent coronavirus outbreak has led to the city’s top five most-used roofing materials and the construction of the city-owned Corrugated Roofing Factory, according to data from the U.K.’s Building Surveyor and Landmark Trust.
In 2016, the number of roofing-related coronaviruses jumped to 4,965, the first time the total number of coronaviral cases has surpassed 500,000 in the city since 2005, according a Bloomberg News analysis of data from data provider CB Insights.
The new coronavid outbreak has also pushed up the number for Newcastle’s top-selling roofing material, corregated roofings.
That was up from 4,632, up from 2,926 in 2016, and up from 1,717 in 2015, according CB Insight.
Newcastle’s top 10 most-common materials include: Corrugates, polyurethane-reinforced plastic (PUP), polyethylene-reinsulated plastic (PET), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the Bloomberg report shows.
A new study by researchers at Newcastle University and the University of Bath found that the city has the most polyurethrobrid (PU) roofs in the country.
“In contrast to the prevalence of PUB roofs in major cities, in Newcastle, PUB roofing is used in a relatively small number of structures,” said Dr. Mark Evans, a research fellow at Newcastle’s School of Architecture and Urban Design.
Evans said Newcastle has been able to develop polyureths, as well as other materials, with fewer costs than other regions.
He said the Newcastle polyurething system is able to provide an array of structural advantages.
Polyurethanes are flexible, strong and light, making them ideal for roofing and other roofing applications.
PVC, on the other hand, are generally used in buildings that need to be waterproof, Evans said.
They can be used to create waterproof and fire-resistant roofs, while also being strong enough to withstand the heat of the summer sun.
According to Evans, Newcastle’s polyurethanic polyurethers have the potential to be the first materials that can be adapted to meet the changing needs of buildings, while still providing a safe roofing solution for decades to come.