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How to Plan an Energy Efficient Home Renovation

Posted by RESNET

Jan 21, 2015 10:30:44 AM

If you’re going to renovate your home this year, consider taking the energy efficient route. Start by contacting a RESNET Home Energy Auditor or Rater for an energy audit or rating to determine where and how your home is losing energy. If you opt for an energy rating, compare your home’s before and after HERS Index scores to see the difference that energy-saving measures can make.

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Roofing

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 30, 2014 1:51:15 PM

KNOW THE LINGO

Deck: The substrate over which roofing is applied—usually plywood, wood boards or planks.

Drip Edge: An installed lip that keeps shingles up off the deck at edges and extends shingles out over eaves and gutters to prevent water from wicking up and under the shingles.

Exposure: The area on any roofing material that is left exposed to the elements.

Flashing: Materials used to waterproof a roof around any projections.

Granules: Crushed rock that is coated with a ceramic coating and fired, used as top surface on shingles.

Ice Dam: Formed when snow melts on a roof and re-freezes at the eave areas. Ice dams force water to “back up” under shingles and cause leakage.

Laminated Shingles: Asphalt-based shingles made from two separate pieces that are laminated together. Also called dimensional shingles or architectural shingles.

Soffit Ventilation: Intake ventilation installed under
the eaves or at the roof edge.

Steep-Slope Roofing: Refers to slopes steeper than a 4” rise for every 12” of length (expressed as 4:12).

Tear-Off: Removal of existing roofing materials down to the roof deck.

Valleys: Areas where two adjoining sloped roof planes intersect on a roof, creating a “V”-shaped depression.

Source: GAF Materials Corp.

It wasn’t long ago that roofing wasn’t much more than an afterthought—chosen for a house mostly for economic and occasionally for aesthetic reasons, if you could afford it.

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Flat Roofs Earn Their Keep

Posted by Dan McCue

Dec 30, 2014 1:23:39 PM

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Proper Installation of APA Rated Sheathing for Roof Applications

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 11, 2014 11:41:28 AM

Check out this informative entry on sheathing for roof applications available on the APA builders' tips page. Downloadable pdfs on this and other subjects are available.

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Is It Better To Use Metal Roofing Than Other Materials?

Posted by Conway Kang

Oct 3, 2014 6:59:15 AM

(Guest Contributor)

Investing in your home is one of the most important decisions you need to focus on and make sure that you do it right. This does not only include the lot and the entirety of your house, but even the most simple and basic parts of your home. You don’t want your home to always be leaking, so you want to choose the best materials for your pipes and most especially, your roof.

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