Synthetic slate roofing offers lightweight and sustainable option

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Synthetic slate has been on the market for about 20 years and is becoming a popular option for US homes. This new product offers a lightweight, sustainable and cost-effective option for your roof.

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Go behind the walls of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates a wide variety of advanced building science techniques and products designed to deliver a high-performance home.

Metal Roofing: It starts with the finish

Metal roofing is widely recognized for its sustainability, energy efficiency, and beauty. All of these things add up to a roofing system which increases a home’s value and comfort and protects the owners from...

Choices in Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are increasingly popping up in neighborhoods and on homes across America. The last 15 years have seen metal’s share of the residential roofing market increase from 2% to over 10%...

Though I walk through the valley of roofing

Valleys are a critical area of any roof. A valley is created where two roof planes join at an inside corner. Everything that lands on the roof uphill from the valley will end up...

Green construction strategies for the best in building envelopes

When a homeowner or building professional searches for building products, there are many ways to go green. In addition to energy-saving options look for products with green attributes throughout the lifecycle of a product.

Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

Ply Gem launches first Designed Exterior showroom

To give homeowners and building professionals a single location to learn about and become inspired for exterior building products, Ply Gem opened its first Designed Exterior Showroom in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ABC Green Home 2.0 ready to break ground

Building on the success of the ABC Green Home 1.0, the 2.0 version of the green building demonstration home will be built and donated to a disabled veteran through Habitat for Humanity.

DOE recognizes Proud Green Home at Serenbe

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Proud Green Home at Serenbe as the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia.

Which metal roof might be right for you?

With the rapid growth in popularity of metal roofing, there has been a rise in variety of styles and types. If you find yourself trying to figure your way through them all, here are some important basics to keep in mind.

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Metal roofing delivers traditional looks with sustainability built in

For the look of traditional shingles with the durability of metal roofing, aluminum metal roofing is gaining in popularity among homeowners and builders.

Trim panels withstand hurricane force winds

For homes in hurricane-prone regions, roofing trim is often a weak spot. The Galvalock soffit/fascia panel withstood test winds up to 217 mph.

A simple solution for a hot home

In hot months, attic ventilation is important for two reasons: 1) it keeps your attic cool by eliminating heat buildup and 2) it prolongs the life of your roof by preventing early failure of roof materials.

Affordable green townhomes tap solar power to reduce costs

An 18-unit townhouse development provides green living in affordable housing for low-income residents of North Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Fairmount Avenue Townhomes were designed for the Chattanooga Housing Authority to provide low-income housing in the desirable North Chattanooga Neighborhood. HK Architects...

Ply Gem adds eastern distributor for roofing products

Ply Gem added engineered slate roofing to its product line earlier this year, and is expanding distribution to serve building professionals in the eastern U.S. Ply Gem will partner with distribution company Parksite, Inc. to supply Ply Gem’s new Engineered Slate Roofing.

Tax credits for home energy upgrades in force for 2014

Qualified U.S. homeowners can take advantage of tax incentives for adding energy efficient features to their homes in 2014. The good folks at RESNet offer a good overview of the federal tax incentives available for the 2014 tax season.

Cool roof technology boosts curb appeal and energy performance

Residential cool roofing technology has come a long way in recent years with the addition of darker, more dramatic colors and advanced reflective pigments that significantly reduce heat transferred into a house. According to the U.S. government’s Energy-Star program, Americans...

Add curb appeal and value during National Home Improvement Month

During National Home Improvement Month in May, professional contractor Mark Clement offers tips to upgrade a home's curb appeal, which will increase the value of a house and make a positive impact on visitors. "According to Remodeling magazine's 2014 Cost...

BIPV market expected to reach 1,152.3 MW per year by 2019

The market for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), in which solar cells are integrated into roofing materials such as tile and shingles, is expected to boom along with the market for renewable energy. According to a new report from Transparency Market...

Choose a metal roof for your residential solar panel mounting system

More and more homeowners are choosing to add solar power to their high-performance homes, but they may overlook an important factor: the roof under the solar panels. U.S. homeowners are warming up to the value of solar or photovoltaic (PV) power.

Historic home retains its charm with synthetic slate roof tiles

When roofer Troy Brown got involved in the re-roofing project of a 1921 home in Lynchburg, Va., he was in for quite a history lesson. The house was designed by architect Stanhope Johnson in 1918 and required massive renovation work...

Keep your home cool with a reflective roof coating for sunny climates

For hot climates, a cool roof helps cut cooling loads but it’s not always possible to replace a roof. A new reflective coating product can be applied to an existing roof to get the benefits of a cool roof without...

Durable roof options weather spring storms

After a rough winter with record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall amounts, homeowners across the Midwest are preparing for potentially devastating spring weather that can come with high winds, hail and strong storms. In 2013 many homeowners, especially those in Texas,...

Sustainable metal roofing lends architectural style to green homes

When you look at a home, what's one of the most prominent features that's also one of the most overlooked? The roof. Because of its prominence, the roof sets the tone for the rest of the style of the home. Cedar shakes complete a New England salt box.

Sign up to give your home an exterior makeover

Your family home could be the next to receive the ultimate facelift from CertainTeed Corporation. North America's leading brand of building products has begun its hugely popular annual call for video entries from homeowners to showcase their wish lists for...

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