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White Roofs' Cooling Power Quantified

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 9, 2014 12:24:00 PM

One of the best tools for combating climate change is right over our heads.

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Roofing with Polymers

Posted by Matt Power

Mar 15, 2014 9:56:00 AM

The problem with plastics is that they don’t go away. Eventually, they break apart, but only into smaller pieces—not into their basic components. At a certain point, they become prone to absorbing nasty chemicals such as DDT. The particles ultimately find their way into the oceans, where fish eat them, mistaking them for plankton. Result: Ecosystems are poisoned from the bottom up.

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Roofs Should Balance Environmental Concerns and Practical Risks

Posted by Carrie Van Brunt-Wiley

Mar 10, 2014 11:02:00 AM

When builders raise the roof these days, they choose from many more options than just 20 years ago.

Formerly, they selected among unsustainable, impact-resistant asphalt tiles, wood shake roofs vulnerable to fires, and energy intensive tile roofs. Now, however, they have the ability to choose sustainability and durability—all at the same time.

Practical building weighs both green responsibility and risk. Just as some extremely durable roofing materials aren't eco-friendly, some "eco-roofs" present impractical risk. Risk matters, both to the buyer and to his or her home insurance provider. Premiums are based in large part on the amount of risk posed by a home. The roof is one of the key components—wind and hail damage, usually to roofs, is the most common home insurance claim, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III).

That's why, when searching for green building solutions for a client, you should focus on impact-resistant roofing materials with a UL 2218 class 3 or 4. They'll provide durability for the house while fulfilling your environmental responsibility.  

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Our Cottage Needs A New Roof

Posted by Tom Miller

Oct 22, 2012 1:18:00 PM

WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A SMALL COTTAGE IN NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN. Nothing fancy, but we love the area and the feel of being away from it all. With no Starbucks within 60 miles, nesting loons on the small lake, and galaxies worth of stars at night it’s just about perfect for us.

Except, it needs a new roof. And our cottage happens to be a 45 year-old A-frame, beautifully crafted with rough sawn cedar interior walls, pine tongue and groove ceilings, half-timbered exterior walls and a very large cedar shake roof.

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Old Shingles, New Roads

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 14, 2011 11:18:00 PM

GAF sponsors “Find a Recycler” Section of to pave the way for more reuse of asphalt shingles.

Recycled asphalt shingles, with their high-quality asphalt, aggregate, and fibers, can be used in highway construction and may even improve the properties of these roads. Now roofing manufacturer GAF has announced a significant expansion of its efforts to support post-consumer shingle recycling. Building on the success of its Certified Green Roofer program, already more than 100 members strong, 
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