Thinking about getting a Cool Roof? How about a $500 tax credit? The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the non-business energy property tax credit through 2013. Energy Star® qualified roofing shingles may get you this credit. Contact your tax adviser for details, and then contact us to discuss the many options we have available for Energy Star® qualified shingles! Besides being great looking and available in many styles and colors, here are some of the benefits of Energy Star® qualified shingles:
1. Cool roofs may save an average of 7-15%* of total cooling costs.
2. Cool roofs may increase the life of your roof - Energy Star ® qualified roof products maintain a more constant temperature, even during extreme temperatures, reducing thermal shock to your shingles. This will allow them to function properly over a longer period of time.
3. A reflective can help keep your home cooler during hot times. This will save your interior cooling system from having to work as hard to cool your home during the hot, sunny months.
*According to the Cool Roof Rating Council
To the untrained eye, blistering on composite shingles can often look like hail damage. However, these are two very different issues. Blistering is usually caused by improper installation, inadequate ventilation, a manufacturing defect in the shingle, or all of the above. This causes the shingle to prematurely break down and show signs of cracking, missing granules, and weak spots. This issue is similar to hail damage in that it affects the ability of the shingle to function properly and protect your roof from water leaks. However, it is very different than hail damage in that it is caused by an underlying issue with the entire roof system, rather than an external factor such as hail. The solution to both issues is to replace the damaged shingles. However, with blistering, you need to ensure the original cause of the issue is resolved on the new installation, so that it doesn't re-occur down the road. This isn't to say that other roof issues may need to be addressed with the replacement of hail damaged shingles as well. The downside to blistering is that many insurance companies do not cover roof replacement in these cases. They attribute it to improper care and maintenance, normal wear and tear, and age. Hail, however, is usually covered because the damage is due to an external force outside the property owners' control. If you think you have hail damage, before you call in a claim, call D&G and we will inspect your roof and provide you with our expert assessment of the damage. That way, you know what to expect when your insurance adjuster comes out to look at your roof.
We thought this was a great article put out by the BBB on deductibles.
Check out this fun article on the instructables.com website. It shows you how to make a metal roof from aluminum cans for a chicken coop. Although it's certainly not going to get you a Class 4 rating, it's always fun to see creativity and re-purposing in roofing applications!
Check out this technology from Boral. Very cool idea!
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SMOG-EATING Tile is the first of-its-kind product in sustainable concrete roofing tiles that reduces the formation of smog. The revolutionary SMOG-EATING Tile can be installed on both new residential and commercial buildings, as well as re-roofing projects. The only concrete tile roofing solution in the U.S. that mitigates air pollution, SMOG-EATING Tile represents one means for builders and consumers alike to protect the environment.
The Living Roof, tilted toward the south, offers significant climate regulation for the building and help reduce stormwater runoff and urban heat island effects which improves BRIT's sustainability. The vegetation of BRIT's Living Roof is modeled after plants from the Fort Worth Prairie which is defined by its open grasslands and hard limestone soils. Prairie Barrens are areas within the Fort Worth Prairie that are characterized by shallow soils atop limestone bedrock. Barrens plants tolerate drought conditions better than plants of prairies with deeper soils. Similar conditions exist on the roof of BRIT's new building.
A Living Roof - Part of BRIT's Commitment to Sustainable Practices
Check out the BRIT website for more information on LEED practices and this wonderful facility: http://www2.brit.org/new-home/living-roof/commitment-to-sustainability/
New Shingle Recycling Pledge Provides Homeowner Rewards
March 27, 2012, 10:33 a.m. EDTTOLEDO, Ohio, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Beginning today, Owens Corning OC +1.30% , through its Roofing and Asphalt business, invites homeowners to take the Shingle Recycling Pledge as a way to show their commitment to keep old roofs out of landfills by working with roofing contractors who practice sustainable building practices.
"According to the Northeast Recycling Center, up to 10 million tons of recyclable shingles are removed from the roofs of U.S. homes and buildings annually," said Barry Hornbacher, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling program manager. "By pledging to work with professionals committed to recycling torn-off shingles into pavement, homeowners are helping to ensure their roofing renovation will have less of an environmental impact."
To take the pledge in markets where recycling is available, homeowners simply visit www.roofing.owenscorning.com and select "Recycle Now." In addition to connecting with local contractors committed to shingle recycling, everyone who takes the pledge will also receive a free reusable tote bag while supplies last. Homeowners who do not currently have shingle recycling available in their area can show their interest in shingle recycling by filling out a form on the website, which will help Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt rally support from contractors in their local community. To learn more, simply visit the Sustainable Roofing page on the site.
Established in 2009, in alliance with Heritage Environmental Services and Earth911.com, the Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program is currently active in 39 markets nationwide. Since its inception, the program has recycled more than 95,000 tons of asphalt shingles at the Heritage affiliate locations, the equivalent of saving 95,000 barrels of oil.
"Today's homeowners are more involved than ever in selecting the materials and building processes used on their home, with a greater emphasis on sustainable solutions," said Hornbacher. "By taking the Shingle Recycling Pledge, homeowners will gain a better understanding about the positive impact recycling shingles has on the environment and learn how they can become more involved in the process in their local community. Homeowners looking for green roofing solutions can now choose recycling to achieve definitive results."
Through a change to Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt's website, homeowners can search for reputable contractors in their area that already participate in the program. Homeowners can also use the site to connect contractors not already involved in the Shingle Recycling Program with a conveniently located recycling facility by selecting "Help Green this Contractor." Additionally, the site features an informational video about shingle recycling, educational resources and tools to help homeowners choose the best roof for their needs and budget once they're ready to replace their roof.
"Owens Corning Roofing & Asphalt is dedicated to providing homeowners with high quality, beautiful roofs, but we are also just as dedicated to keeping as many old shingles out of landfills as possible," said Hornbacher. "We will continue to work with homeowners and contractors to further our commitment to reduce waste and save energy."
For more information about the program and to locate a contractor that recycles in your area, visit www.roofing.owenscorning.com .
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning OC +1.30% is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune® 500 company for 57 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.3 billion in 2011 and about 15,000 employees in 28 countries on five continents. Additional information is available at www.owenscorning.com .
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Source: blog.davinciroofscapes.comBy: Kate Smith
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
What is a fixed feature? When I refer to a fixed feature, I am talking about any element on the exterior of the home that is not likely to change or at least not anytime soon. These are what most homeowners consider the permanent parts of their home and include the foundation, stone, brick, partial stone or brick facades, pathways, retaining walls and of course the roof. Fixed Feature = Permanent Design ElementEach of the fixed features may be a different material but will usually have a common color or color cast. This is what allows these elements to work together and gives the home a cohesive look.
Once you identify the common color, you can use that color to find colors for siding, trim, shingles and front door that will work well for your home. Let me give you a few examples so you can see why it is important to consider the fixed features when choosing your color scheme.
When you are selecting a new green roofing option for a home that has stone details, make sure to find a color that pairs well with the colors in the stone without competing for attention. By pairing the colors of these two important permanent features you will have more options for the colors you use on the siding and trim.Even when the color works, a home having the fixed features all in the same color range is a better solution. So, as you consider your color scheme, always remember to look first at the fixed features of your home. If the colors of those elements harmonize, the task of finding other colors will be a breeze. If not, then the task isn't as easy because you will need to find a color that works with one or more permanent colors. This is not always easy and you may want to consider asking a professional color consultant to help you.
From: www.builderonline.com December 2011 By: Nigel F. Maynard
In the old days, builders couldn’t care less about solar reflectivity, heat-island effect, or Energy Star ratings. That’s why they would choose dark roofs, which reached such high temperatures that buyers felt uncomfortable in their homes.
Today, we know better. Roofs made from light-colored products and cool coatings can reduce the heat of the roof deck and result in better performance. “Traditional dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150ºF (66ºC) or more in the summer sun,” the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division writes in its 2010 document, “Guidelines for Selecting Cool Roofs.” “A cool roof under the same conditions could stay more than 50ºF (28ºC) cooler.”
The demand for cool roofs is growing, and as a result so is the breadth of products. One of the coolest roofing options—literally and figuratively speaking—is metal. An unpainted metal roof reflects solar radiation, deflecting heat that would otherwise reach the home’s attic, saving homeowners up to 40 percent in annual energy costs. But the Washington, D.C.–based Metal Roofing Alliance says the product is even better today because manufacturers offer pre-painted or granular coated products that reflect solar energy.
Custom-Bilt Metals in Chino, Calif., says, for example, that its Titan Cool Roof is a premium two-coat system that will reflect up to 70 percent of the sun’s energy and save up to 20 percent on a home’s cooling costs. “Over time, [the roofs] can save thousands of dollars in both residential and commercial applications,” the company adds.
White- or light-colored roofs are great for reducing heat gain, but today even dark asphalt roofing can be used to help keep houses cooler. Companies, such as Valley Forge, Pa.–based CertainTeed, offer products that look like traditional asphalt roofing but feature specialized coatings that help reduce heat gain. The company’s Landmark Solaris Collection is one of these products. It “takes solar reflective roofing technology to the next level by providing a roof surface that achieves 40 percent solar reflectivity,” the company says.
Composite roofing also can be used to help build an energy-efficient house. Energy Star–qualified InSpire Slate cool roofing from InSpire Roofing in Wixom, Mich., is a composite slate that uses pigment technology to provide high solar reflectance. “InSpire Roofing has allowed us to enhance the sustainability of our products, which is something we always strive for,” says Jonathan Wierengo, vice president of marketing for The Tapco Group, parent company of Inspire Roofing.
Another way to “green” your roofs is to use a sod product, which is exactly what it sounds like—a vegetative layer grown on a rooftop. Ideal for low- and no-slope homes, “green roofs provide shade and remove heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air,” the EPA says.
Though a sod roof might not work in every case, there are many other options that can help the roof deck stay cooler, which saves money for home buyers in utility costs but also extends the life of the roof.
In recent years, enhancements to the dimensional shingle have resulted in a new generation of high-quality asphalt roofing products with distinctive, often dramatic, appearances. With these advancements came a new name: architectural roofing shingles. Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural roofing shingles are among the highest quality roofing products made.
Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiber glass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in carefully refined, water-resistant asphalt. Recently, however, a new product has surfaced on the market, synthetic slate. Synthetic slate is an innovative roofing product that simulates the appearance, texture and contours of traditional natural slate. It is a carefully engineered polymer composite roofing product that is formulated for beauty, durability and handling.
Architectural roofing shingles provide a stunning three-dimensional appearance. Some of the most attractive architectural roofing shingles simulate cedar wood shakes. These shingles are quite thick with random slots similar to real shakes. Another unique architectural shingle design imitates the look of slate without the weight issues that normally accompany those materials. These architectural roofing shingles do not require any additional roof support as slate would.
The products' random colors and textures better accent steep roof planes, turrets, and gables features of roofs. Many product lines offer hip and ridge pieces that highlight a roof's many sections and complement the shingle. New trends extend beyond mimicking the look of natural products. While colors like resawn shake and weathered wood are top sellers, homeowners increasingly are turning to darker greens or terra-cotta tones.
Because of their extra thickness, architectural roofing shingles weigh considerably more than conventional asphalt-based shingles and have longer warranties. Weights run up to about 480 pounds per square (100 square feet of roof area) and can carry up to a lifetime warranty.
Besides offering a surplus of good looks, most asphalt architectural shingle products have a design feature that helps prevent a common aesthetic problem: black streaks caused by algae. This is commonly seen on roofing shingles in areas with high humidity and rainfall totals. Algae-resistant shingles are coated with copper or zinc granules, which leach over time, inhibiting algae growth. Because of their greater thickness, architectural shingles have better wind tear-off resistance. Some are rated at 120 miles per hour. They are also highly fire resistant especially if they have a heavy granulated top coat. A heavy layer of top coat granules provides the highest fire rating of Class A.
Credit: CertainTeed Learning Center