What’s Wrong with Asphalt Shingles? (Part 1)

May 12, 2009 | Filed under: Roofing Issues

In the United States, the number one residential roofing material by volume is asphalt shingles, by a very wide margin. They are cheap, easy to install with relatively low-skilled labor, and last longer than most people tend to stay in a home, on average (five years). But when people have found a home that they…

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Beautiful Copper Shingle Roofing

May 10, 2009 | Filed under: Roofing Issues

Sometimes people ask me about copper roofing and I always tell them that “copper is like lobster: it’s ‘marlet price’.” For many residential roofing budgets that means that copper roofing is relegated to small accent areas like bay windows or awnings, but some people do use copper for their entire roof. It has a beauty…

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Tax Credit for Residential Metal Roofing

April 29, 2009 | Filed under: Roofing Issues

The biggest news going right now in residential metal roofing is this: as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the big stimulus package that passed and was signed into law in February), there is now a substantial tax credit for homeowners who choose certain metal roofs for their home. Here are some common…

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Cool Metal Roofing

January 17, 2008 | Filed under: Roofing Issues

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 included tax credits for homeowners who made energy-efficient updates to their home, including having metal roofing installed that met Energy Star criteria. Those tax credits were effective for 2006 and 2007 but have now expired and were not renewed (so far). But, cool metal roofing is STILL a great…

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Shakes and Shingles explained

January 6, 2008 | Filed under: Roofing Issues

The following article appeared in the Daily Herald, a suburban Chicago newspaper. However, I thought that homeowners in Kentucky and Indiana would be interested in the information as well. See the full article here. It explains in great detail the differences and qualities of cedar shakes and shingles for residential roofing, including the different cuts…

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Asphalt / Composition Shingle Failures

January 2, 2008 | Filed under: Roofing Issues

One of the most eye-opening things I encountered in 2007 was early failure of asphalt / composition shingle roofs. The average age of comp. shingle roofs we replaced in 2007 was only about 12 years old. Two of the earliest failures, both at just SIX YEARS old, were the more expensive dimensional / architectural shingles….

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