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Top Tips to Prevent Roof Leaks and Water Damage On Your Commercial Building

(Adco) 5 Tips To Prevent Roof Leaks and Water Damage
 

While most commercial roofing is designed to withstand the elements, leaks and damage can occur over time. The best way to deal with leaks and water damage is to prevent them before they happen. Even if you live in a mostly sunny climate, rain does happen. The weather may not be controllable, but the better prepared you are, the better off your commercial or industrial building will be.

Top Tips to Prevent Roof Leaks and Water Damage

Small leaks can turn into big problems, such as rotting wood, mildew and mold as well as larger leaks. Most small leaks are not easily detected to the untrained eye which is why it is important to schedule regular roof inspections for your property. When it comes to leaking protection and prevention, here are the top tips to remember:

  • Regular inspections: Hire a professional contractor to perform an inspection of your roof periodically. They are better trained to identify small problems and potential dangers and can repair them before they get worse.
  • Damaged shingles: Should you notice any damaged or missing shingles, you need to get these replaced immediately.
  • Gutters: In the event, there is any snowfall or ice, be sure to check your roofing for ice dams as these can block your gutters and allow backwater to flow under the shingles.
  • Flasing: The majority of leaks occur at the flashing but the good news is that repairs and replacement are simple. So long as you regularly check the flashing, you can prevent small leaks from turning into larger ones around your chimneys and vents.
  • Plants and Trees: Trees and shrubs welcome algae and moss so need to be kept at a distance from your building. While they do add a certain aesthetic appeal, they need to be kept far enough away from the building so as not to spread mold or scratch the roof surface.

No matter how prepared you are, know that leaks can still happen. If you notice a leak in any part of your building, contact us right away. We will inspect the damage and offer a full evaluation of the work you need. We guarantee to get your roof back to optimal with as little disruption to your business as possible.

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Read This Before Filing A Roof Replacement Insurance Claim

(Adco) Read This Before Filing A Roof Replacement Insurance Claim

Many people dread the idea of having to repair or replace their roof.  Filing insurance claims and working with adjusters and getting reimbursement is a tedious process.  Most people are not sure how to complete insurance forms or which types of documentation they need, let alone what to expect.  When it comes to home insurance, the roof is a major player because it is the gateway for more damage.  With most high wind or hail damage claims, the payout ends up relative to the roof cover.  Insurance companies are thorough with roof claims and expect you to provide all necessary documents and information.

Get to know your policy

Contact your insurance provider to learn exactly what is covered in your policy.  Some policies look at the age of your roof when it is damaged.  Younger roofs may not be covered for the full cost of repair or replacement.  Older roofs may only be covered for the depreciated value which takes into account the aging and wearing of the roof. Its value typically will have decreased before the damage even occurred.

Some policies only cover damage up to the depreciated value regardless of the age of the roof and some cover the full cost of the repairs at the time of the damage.  Insurance companies typically send out inspectors to your home to verify your claim.  If the inspector finds that the damage is from regular wear and tear, aging or poor roof condition, then repairs will not normally be covered by the policy.

Documents for your claim

To make the claim process as smooth as possible and to get the right settlement, be sure to take regular ‘before’ photos of your roof and property.  Any time you get repairs or maintenance be sure to get new pictures and once any damage occurs you need to get the ‘after’ photos.  Make a note of the damage and estimates and invoices you get.  The more information you have ready, the easier the process will be.

Get the right contractor

Before any work done under an insurance policy can be done, you need to have a professional estimate completed.  You can usually choose the roofing contractor to use for the evaluation and they can typically help you with the insurance claims process.  Some roofing companies even use Certified Public Adjusters that can deal with the insurance agents on your behalf.  You want to get a contractor that has experience with roofing estimates and insurance claims because it will help smooth the claim process for you. It is important to remember that you need to seek help from an experienced roofer as soon as you suspect your roof has been damaged.  The quickler the damage is identified and inspected, the quicker and easier the process for filing a claim will be.  It also ensures that no further damage can be done which may not fall under your policy.

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Checklist For Professional Roof Inspection

(Adco) Checklist for professional roof inspection

Every homeowner should regularly inspect their roof. You need to be prepared for there to be damage sometimes that your untrained eye cannot see. If you have concerns about your roof but do not notice any obvious signs of damage, schedule a roof inspection. A professional is the best way to make sure your roof is secure.

If you notice that your roof is leaking or you see water damage it is important to find out the cause and extent of the damage right away. In particular, after heavy storms, you want to check for leaks and damage. Even though you are capable of identifying some damage, there might be more subtle causes that you miss such as shingle deterioration, rot, and improper flashing. Additionally, if you are not used to climbing tall ladders, then this is not a job you want to take on. Falls from ladders account for 43% of deaths according to the CDC. You need to consider hiring a professional.

An accredited roofing company will have the knowledge and experience to thoroughly inspect your roof and assess any damage. They will also provide a quick and simple report of what you need to do next, which saves you time and money. There are a number of key factors that will be part of any roofing inspection.

  • Obvious signs of damage: Roof inspections look for visible deformations in structure as well as any dirt or debris that may have built up. They look for standing water and damaged gutter systems as these are all in need of immediate attention.
  • Exterior components: The chimney, vents, decking and drip edges need to be looked at to make sure there are no missing components or rot. Leaks form easily around chimneys and skylights and if left untreated, they can cause severe damage to the underlying materials. This will end up being a much costlier repair.
  • Visit the attic: Without regular maintenance and inspection, the interior of a roofing system can be seriously damaged. Even when you see signs of water damage, the actual cause can be located in an entirely different area. The longer the roof goes without inspection, the more damage you are likely to have, so all interior and exterior parts need to be thoroughly checked.

Getting a Reputable Roofer

It is extremely important that you hire a reputable and experienced roofer. There are ways to avoid roofing companies that may be running scams so you want to take this seriously. Always ask to see the business license up front and do some research on the company. You can check with the Better Business Bureau as well as look up testimonials. Any trustworthy company will be able to show you their license and insurance paperwork without question.

We are fully licensed, bonded and have years of experience and happy customers. You can have any references or testimonials you need and we are listed in many local and national databases as a solid recommendation for your roofing needs.

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How long will my roof last?

(adco) How long will my roof last

 

You can’t assume that your roof is the same age as your building and it is a good idea to know the exact age. For the most part, a well taken care of roof can last decades providing harsh weather does not cause serious damage. Whether your roof is old or new, it is good practice to start looking after it regularly. Any damage you may find needs to be addressed right away otherwise it can damage the structural integrity of your home. Get to know your roofing material so that you can prepare yourself for how long it will last and learn the best ways to care for the roof you have.

It’s all about the materials

The majority of homes have asphalt or composite shingles which can last up to 20 years. Premium brands can even last as long as 50 years. Fiber cement roofing will last close to 25 years and architectural asphalt and cedar shake lasts about 30 years. For really long lasting roofs, you want metal which can last between 40 and 80 years. And lasting even longer, with a range between 80 and 100 years is slate and tile.

Weather can damage anything

Even the most durable of materials like metal and slate can be damaged by harsh weather. Exposure to certain conditions can gradually wear away anything. Harsh winds can puch shingles up across their edges or pull them off completely. Missing shingles allow those nearby to become more vulnerable to the elements. Strong winds can cause suction and pull materials from the surface depending on the airflow of your home. It can also cause other objects such as trees to come down on the roof, loosening or cracking them.

Hail is the number one cause of damage in terms of weather because it is the equivalent of stones being thrown at your building. The ice balls can dent metal, crack tiles and wear away asphalt shingles. Even though most materials can stand up to small hailstones, it is recommended that you check your roof after any storm.

Most roofing and endure snow and ice but heavy conditions can lead to cracking. When the snow melts, it can seep into the cracks and refreeze once underneath. This expansion causes shingles to shift to shift out of place and can weaken tiles. The sn can even case wear over time because the string UV rays can break down materials with constant exposure.

When it’s time for repairs

It is a good idea to regularly check your roof for signs of aging or damage. Check to see if the shingles have curled at the edges or buckled and look for any cracks or missing pieces. If you have an asphalt roof, damage can be detected if you notice granules in the gutter. Slate and tiles can end up with punctures and when weakened will show surface flaking.

Look for damaged flashing around your chimney, vents and low valleys because rust and dents can allow water to seep through. You also want to check for mold or fungus growth. Wood shake is vulnerable in wetter climates because over time it absorbs water so it can grow mold quickly or start to split. Be sure you check the roof from the inside too by checking the attic for leaks. Use a flashlight to find any stains or wet spots.

If you discover any damage, there is no need to panic because you may not need to replace the whole roof. You need to get the damage looked at right away and assessed by a professional so you can evaluate the repair options. We will thoroughly evaluate your roof and provide a fair estimate of what needs to be done. The most important thing to remember is that regular maintenance and inspection is the key to a long life for your roof.

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6 Ways To Cool a Flat Roof

(Adco Roofing) 6 Ways To Cool a Flat Roof

As efficient as flat roofing can be, they have one major drawback. Flat roofing is more prone to trapping heat, which makes your building warmer than you would like and your energy costs high. Thankfully, there are a number of solutions you can use to keep your flat roof cool and energy use low.

6 Ways To Cool a Flat Roof

Roof Coating Options

Specialized roof coatings have been developed that will reduce heat absorption. Any of the materials below will help reflect up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat and light away so you can save on energy.

  • Elastomeric paint: The elastomeric polymer in this paint allows it to expand and contract with the material is applied to. Two coats of this bright white paint will increase reflectivity and reduce heat absorption, so your building stays cooler and you can save on energy consumption.
  • PVC sheathing: PVC sheathing is great for structurally-sound buildings. It is applied to the entire surface and the heat-welded seams keep water out while the smooth surface prevents wind damage. The best sheathing lasts for close to 15 years and can effectively withstand all weather conditions.
  • Asbestos film: Low-sloping asbestos film shields can be erected over your roof to help increase reflectivity, so your flat roof does not absorb too much heat. Just be sure to erect the shield so it does not catch prevailing winds and blow away.
  • Solar Photovoltaic panels: These super thin panels are ideal for reflecting away the sun’s light and heat and they can store energy for you to use for you to use. When placed over a PVC laminate roofing system, you can get the most efficient energy consumption for your building.

Other Cooling Options

  • Windcatchers: Windcatchers helps to direct cool air downwards. The dome-shaped windcatcher with its vertical weather vanes rotates with even the smallest breeze, forcing cool air down to the vents of the building. When the weather is too cold, there is a vent seal to keep cold air out.
  • Foam insulation: Should you get the chance to replace your ceiling. Installing a layer of foam insulation under your roofing is ideal. This effectively regulated hot and cold, keeping your building warm during cool months and cool during the summer.

Conclsuion

The more you can do to help lower energy use and costs, the better. Each of the solutions discussed above can effectively help you to reduce energy use and keep your building coo. You need to reach out to your roofing specialist about your cooling options and together we can get your building cooler by tomorrow.

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What to Do in Case of a Roofing Emergency?

(Adco) What to Do in Case of a Roofing Emergency

 

When it comes to building protection measures, the roofing system plays a critical role in protecting a building’s interior valuables. With its upward location and exposure, the roofing system often encounters unpredictable situations that lead to roofing emergencies. The major cause of roofing emergencies is adverse weather conditions.

Storms including hurricanes, heavy downpours, tornadoes, and thunderstorms cause huge cracks on the shingles. Heavy winds could blow away a huge section of the shingles exposing the building’s interior to severe damages. A storms ripple effects can include a tree falling on roofs or electrical fires on roofs. Incidences of pests attacks like termite and rats feeding on the roof structure are also significant.

Signs of a damaged roof

During a storm, incidences of water dripping from the ceiling are a common sign of damaged roof. You should consider the rate and the strength of the drip. Small drips could be because of small cracks on the shingles. A drip that grows into a huge downward flow is an indicator of a massive damage to the roofing system. You should consider inspecting the ceiling for signs of collected pools. This is easy through the presence of discoloration (brown/gray color) of the ceiling in areas with collected water.

Presence of shingles scattered on the yard after a heavy storm is an indicator of a damaged roof. You can make a closer investigation of the roof through climbing a ladder. When on top of the roof, you can see the cracked or displaced shingles and note the specific regions. Through the storms ripple effects, the presence of storm debris like tree branches, and other objects present on the roof indicate potentially damaged sections of the roof.

Conducting a personal roof damage inspection is important but might be a risky affair. You should avoid conducting roof inspection in the midst of a storm. Incidences of heavy downpour could cause a slippery roof surface and slippery ladder steps which can cause you to slip and fall. Heavy storms could push you off the ladder or cause you to fall on the roof which can cause injury to you and additional roof damage.

Response to mild roofing emergencies

Mild roofing emergencies are majorly evident through small roof drips. Through identification of the specific section in the roof causing the leak, you can follow the three simple but crucial steps below.

Step#1 – Manage the water puddles

Roof leakages lead to the collection of water puddles on either the ceiling or the building’s floor. Such puddles can cause extra damage such as a malfunction in electrical appliances that might lead to electrocution of the user. Discoloration of the ceiling is common roof leakage damage. Huge puddle collections could lead to the collapse of the ceiling/roof and damage to any wall paintings. You should consider swiping the water or creating an outlet away from potential high-risk items. You can also use buckets to collect the dripping water from the ceiling to prevent any further spread.

Step#2 – Locate specific roof leaking sections

Presence of a puddle or a drip will not necessarily indicate the specific leaking shingle or section of the roof. You can follow the waterway that leads to the drip or investigate the attic of the building, which is much closer to the roof hence easier for locating leaks and problems.

Step#3 – Fix it

Small cracks in the shingles are fixable through simple creativity using tools that vary from duct tape to sealants, and others. It is possible to fix from inside the building or on top of the roof. This is a temporary fix. An effective and durable fix is accomplished by ensuring the immediate area around the cracked shingle is cleared off and any dirt and wetness is reduced through wiping/drying. Temporary fixing buys time as one awaits services from a credible roof repair company.

Response to severe roofing emergencies

If the signs of the damaged roof are intense, you should consider securing any valuable items in the building and contact an expert roofing and repair company. Acquiring services from roofing repair companies ensure professional roofing inspection through highly skilled workforce and application of effective technology. You are able to fix areas that one’s personal assessments could not identify, eliminate any doubts, and you earn a guaranteed durable roofing system.

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Roof Leaking? It Might Be The Flashing

Leaking Roof Causing Flashing

The roof is arguably the most important part of a building because it protects occupants and valuables from harsh weather conditions. In most cases, roofs are erected, repaired and maintained by professionals because if you do it yourself, you might end up doing it wrong or create a new problem. Therefore, you need to hire an experienced contractor to help you fix your roof problems in the event you have any. If you have a leaking roof, some of the main reasons why include:

  • Cracked flashing
  • Broken shingles
  • Valleys that are not properly sealed
  • Cracked vent booting
  • Skylights that are improperly installed
  • Ice dam build up on your roof
  • Cracked chimney
  • Clogged gutters

If you happen to notice water stains on your ceiling near or above your fireplace, you need to inspect your chimney flashing because it could be the cause. Water can leak into a building through the metal flashings which are placed along the corners, front edges and ridges of your roof. It is important to understand that metal flashings are installed where your chimney and roof intersect to create a watertight seal. However, if they are not properly installed, have been subjected to a violent storm or the sealant used has deteriorated, you may experience water leaks inside the building.

How to detect a chimney flashing leak

After noticing water leaks in the building or seeing water spots on your ceiling, you need to establish the cause and have it fixed immediately. If you know that your roof is not damaged, you need to verify that your chimney flashing is the cause so you can have it fixed. To achieve this, you need to run a low-pressure hose around the leaking region (around the chimney and roof intersection) and then check for any water leaks inside the building. This should be done by two people (one on the roof operating the hose and the other in the attic). You need to have constant communication using mobile phones or walkie-talkies to clearly establish where the leak is. Remember, when using a ladder and whilst on the roof, you should exercise extreme caution to avoid any injuries. If you cannot do it yourself, you can hire a reputable roofer.

When to replace chimney flashing

Normally, you should inspect your chimney flashings every 6 months to make sure they are in optimal condition. By having regular inspections, maintenance and repair of chimney flashings, you reduce chances of having a leak inside the building. If you inspect the flashings yourself and you notice they are rusted, missing, covered with roofing tar or visibly separated from the chimney, you need to replace them immediately. Finally, you are required to replace your chimney flashings every time you replace your roof shingles. This is to ensure that the flashings you’ve installed last as long as the new roof. If you replaced your shingles and fail to replace your flashings, you might end up having roof leaks even though your roof is in good condition.

How to repair loose chimney flashing

If your flashing is not rusted or missing and it’s causing a leak, you may have to replace the sealant to prevent further leaking. Here are some tips to follow if you decide to caulk it yourself:

  • You are supposed to remove all the leaves or any other debris that may have accumulated between the flashing and the chimney. This will facilitate your repair by allowing you to see the flashing properly
  • Then, use a chisel to scrape off hardened roofing cement that was used previously so that you can apply a fresh roofing cement behind the flashing
  • After applying roofing cement, attach the flashing tightly to the chimney with screws or masonry nails. This helps to make it watertight even during storms
  • If there are any nails or screws heads that are exposed, you should cover them using roofing cement
  • You need to apply roofing cement to the joint between the brick and the flashing and then use a paint stirrer or a putty knife to smooth the roofing cement applied

Unless the pitch of your roof is relatively low and you have the necessary tools, experience, and confidence to do it yourself, it is advisable to hire a professional. Leaks around the flashing can be very difficult to find and repair because they require roofing skills and experience. However, if it’s a minor flashing problem, you can go ahead and fix it yourself. Even so, if you have resealed the flashing and your roof is still leaking, hire a roofing contractor to inspect and repair your roof.

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The Best Eco Friendly Options For Your Roof

The Best Eco Friendly Options For Your Roof (Adco)

 

Generally speaking, you want to replace your roof once every 20 or 30 years. This means we are not up to date on the latest in roofing materials. If it is time for you to consider a new roof, then you would be wise to familiarize yourself with how roofing products have evolved. In this day and age, energy efficiency and the environment dictate everything, and roofing is no different. Many new roofing products incorporate recycled and salvaged materials as means of fitting in with this green trend.

Recycled roofing

We love recycling because it keeps waste out of the landfills and is an effective way to manage natural resources. Most roofing materials are made from up to 90% recycled materials. For example, rubber shingles are often made from discarded tires and metal roofing materials contain recycled steel and copper.

Don’t worry about the appearance of the recycled materials. Recycled composite shingles mimic Spanish tiles and slate and they resist fire and bad weather just as well as their non-recycled cousins. Most recycled products come with warranties and as for pricing, rubber shingles is the way to go if you need to keep costs down. There are of course many people that do not like recycled shingles. Additionally, depending on the area you live, they may be hard to find or they may not even be approved for use.

Salvage your shingles

You may not particularly like the look of composite roofing but still, want an eco-friendly material like wood or slate. The best way to avoid high energy costs associated with slate is to use shingles salvaged from other buildings. Wood shingles can be made from leftover boards of old buildings or bridges. You can also buy wood shingles that are made from substantially managed forests.

There are a few drawbacks you should be aware of. All natural products cost more than composites and heavier items like slate cost even more because of transportation. You also have to be cautious with wood, because it is not fire resistant and only lasts around 15 to 25 years. The brittle materials like clay can easily crack from falling branches or harsh weather.

Go lighter

Whether you use natural or composite materials, the lighter the color is the more energy-efficient your roof will be. Light colors reflect the sunlight away, therefore, keeping your home cooler and by adding natural light to the house, saving you money on electricity in the summer.

Let nature do the work

Depending on just how green you want to be, you can consider a green color roof. This is an updated version of a sod roof with plants growing on it. Plants allow for natural insulation and cooling and the organic material requires no energy to manufacture. These green roofs make an unusual visual addition to the home being both efficient and a great talking piece.

Installation of green roofs is expensive and does not make a good fit for every house. You cannot have a roof that slants more than 30 degrees and it has to be positioned to get good sunlight. They also require regular maintenance and upkeep. You also need to consider reinforcing your roof because the heavy soil can cause damage.

Most people might think the green roof is a little too green which is why there are numerous ‘green’ options available without you having to cultivate your own. Contact us today for a consultation and we will help you find the right option for you and the environment.

 

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Signs That Indicate Roof Damage

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Roofs are prone to deterioration, and factors such as hail, sun and wind are known to cause problems. Understanding the signs to look out for will enable you to notice signs of roof damage. Here are what to look for:

Rain

Normal rainfall cannot damage the roof unless it has already been undermined by other adverse weather conditions. In case the shakes or shingles are damaged, water might find its way through the cracks and holes. On the other hand, heavy downpour might wash away the granules, impairing the shingles.

In case your roof was designed poorly or some areas are inverted or flat, the pooling of water on the rooftop might spike potential problems. Surprisingly, an inch of rain water has an equal effect on the roof as that of five pounds on the roof. An average roof is designed to withstand an average of 20 pounds of weight. That means that it can only stand four inches of water; in case more pours on it, the roof might collapse.

Winds

Roofs are made to withstand tension and weight by disbursing it over the rafters or trusses. When tough winds hit the roof, they will not do so uniformly. Instead, their major effects are felt at the corners and edges. As the winds grow stronger and hit harder, the roof will weaken eventually thus allowing it to heat beneath the roofing material. In case the insulation parts are exposed, you will start noticing leaks that will eventually damage the house.

 

Roof damage from hail

Hail can be either destructive or harmless, depending on how severe the storm will be. In case the hailstones are too large, they might knock off granules from the shingles. The result is faster deterioration of the shingles over time, and might cause leakage. The pounding could also compromise the membrane that lies below the roofing material. That makes the whole roof to be more prone to water damage.

Excess heat

If part of your roof is metallic, you ought to consider the effects of excessive heat on your roof’s stress points. As the metallic parts are heated by the scorching sun, the panels will contract and expand. This results in excessive stress on the fasteners and seams.

Solar panels

With time, solar energy has become a popular option. However, solar panel installation might cause stress to the roofing system such as the shingles, rafters or sheathing. Installers are thus advised to stick to manufacturer’s instructions and directions. Discuss the implications of the installation before choosing to have the panel installed.

Tress and debris

It is possible to notice when a tree hits your roof, but you might never realize when branches and small twigs fall on the rooftop. The small debris slide off without leaving any evidence on the roof. Whenever any material falls on the roof forcefully, it might damage it. The damage is bound to fasten your roof’s deterioration. This leads to leakage and other issues with time.

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Article is courtesy of Roofers Essex

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Eco-friendly Roof Options For Your Roofing Project

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Most roof won’t need replacement for 20-30 years. There is quite a lot that can change with the materials used in those decades. If you are currently looking at replacing your old roof, you might be happy to know about the more environmentally friendly options that exist today. Not only are these options going to save you money through their energy efficiency, many of them are made from recycled or repurposed materials.

Eco-friendly roof materials

The recycling process is just plain good for the environment. It keeps materials out of landfills and gives them a means of still being useful for new applications. For example, rubber shingles are most often constructed out of old tires. Metal roof materials can often be comprised of various metals that have been re-purposed, such as steel, copper and aluminum.

Rubber shingles can be made into a number of styles to mimic popular looks like Spanish tile, shake or slate. They are durable and can withstand very harsh conditions, which allows for many of the companies to offer a 50-year warranty. In terms of cost, rubber shingles are much more affordable than the costly metal roofing style. You might find that you simply don’t like the look of the rubber shingles, or they might not be approved for use in your area yet. 

There is a chance that you just might not like the look of composite roofing, and you would prefer a more traditional looking roof option. This doesn’t mean the end of the line for your environmentally conscious choices, but rather a new set of options for you to consider. If you are looking for wood shingles, there are always places offering reclaimed and re-purposed wood to be turned into functioning shingles for you. If you are more into the slate or tile, consider some salvaged shingles in lieu of brand new ones. They will still be guaranteed, and you will likely save money in the process.

While there is no doubt that natural materials have better aesthetics than composite options, they cost more. Not to mention the added fossil fuel needed to transport heavier shingles like clay and slate. Wood shingles might look nice, but you really cannot guarantee that they will last beyond 25 years. Finally, clay and slate might look nice, but they are highly brittle. This leaves them more susceptible to falling branches and hail damages. If you want to help save some of your own green, you can opt for a lighter colored roof. This is going to naturally aid in keeping your entire house cooler, which will help to keep your cooling costs down through the warmer months.

Going green

green-roof-benefits-alta-roofing-los-angelesSome people have opted to take a very serious spin on going green. You can opt for a design that has a sod roof with vegetation literally growing on it. The benefit here is that this is material that will never end up clogging up some landfill somewhere. As unusual as it might sound, these can actually be very aesthetically pleasing when properly maintained. Practically speaking, they can help by keeping your house cooler and better insulated, while simultaneously reducing water runoff.

The drawback is that installation of this kind of roofing can be costly, and not all roofs are able to sustain this kind of look. For example, the pitch of the roof cannot be more than 30 degrees, and requires ample sunlight to thrive. Not only do they need regular maintenance to continue growing properly, you might also have to reinforce your roof supports to handle the heavier weight of this material choice. While you might not be someone that is leaping at the chance to turn your roof into more yard you have to maintain, there are still many ways listed above that you can be more environmentally conscious with your roofing choices with your upcoming project.

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