Currently, many people are now looking for eco-friendly choices when it comes to their home. Specifically, in roofing, individuals are now looking for more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and affordable material.
Do such roofs exist? Read more to learn about all the green choices you have for your roof:
Known for its natural components and durability, clay and slate tiles have quite a history and are still widely used today. More durable than any other materials, clay and slate tiles can last up to 100 years. These tiles can be found in lighter colors, other than the red clay tiles. The greenest option from this bunch is the salvaged tile, which is made of usable tiles from landfills.
Although slate tile roofing can be expensive, it is an elegant and great choice if you’re going for the Spanish-style or traditional look for your home.
If you’re looking for an attractive and affordable green deal, then this one’s definitely for you. Today’s shingles come with an increased life-span. They can last around 30 years with proper maintenance.
As asphalt is one of the most recyclable materials in the world, it will not degrade as much over time and can ensure durability for your roof. Asphalt is also known to withstand hurricane conditions such as extreme temperature and high-force winds. This is critical, especially down here in South Florida.
Whether you’re worried about hurricane season, saving money, or going green, this choice has it all!
Going for a metal roof is definitely a great choice if you want something that reflects light while still having a classy look. Standing-seam metal roofs are known to be 100 percent recyclable and a great investment for anyone, not just those looking to go green.
Depending on your circumstances, metal roofs may be a greater advantage and may save you money in the long run.
Installing biodegradable and completely natural wood shingles are a great option if you’re into the native and organic look. With various shades of reds, ambers, golds, and browns, this roof will give your home an exotic look, while still staying green. The wood-inspired roofs are usually known to be resistant to moisture, UV rays, and insect damage. They are a lot more adaptable to weather conditions than any other roofing materials that may be more susceptible to the elements.
Wood shingles are also known to be natural insulators which allow better cooling temperatures during the summer, and warmth during the winter.
With the green movement on the rise, more and more homeowners are searching for eco-friendly solutions. When it comes to your roof, it is important to make the correct choice based on your preferences and financial capabilities. Although some options tend to reach a higher price range, it is at times a great investment and worth the buy.
Whether you need a new roof installation or maintenance for your home, Aastro Roofing has a dedicated team that can help. Contact us now.
It is important that when getting tile underlayment installation done in your own home, that you know the process well. Some companies will claim to convince you that they are experts in tile underlayment, as they rely on the fact that you wouldn’t be able to know the difference between a good job and a bad one. After all, you’re hiring them because you’re not an expert.
Yet, even if you’re not a professional in the field, you can always have at least a few indicators that the installation of tile underlayment is done correctly:
What’s a successful job without its tools? Before doing anything, make sure that the roofing expert brings a ladder, a utility knife, corrosion-resistant nails, a hammer, a carpenter’s level, a tape measure, and a chalk line. It is also very important to have the manufacturer’s guidelines for the preferred underlayment you chose. This will be ideal, as you should install the tile roofs quickly after the underlayment installation.
To start, the roofing underlayment should be unrolled in the same length to reach the roof where the segments meet. With the utility knife, the underlayment should be cut. It should then be nailed to the sheathing with the corrosion-resistant nails so that it is great enough to infiltrate at least 3 to 4 inches into the sheathing. The nails should be spaced 12 inches apart along the external edge of the underlayment.
Horizontally 5 feet of the underlayment should be unrolled so that one long edge is even with the bottom edge of the roof. Using the carpenter’s level, the underlayment should be arranged so that is properly square and level. Secure the bottom edge with the same nails as mentioned in the previous step. The nails should be spaced 24 inches apart. The top edge, however, should be secured with nails separate of 36 inches.
Continue unrolling the underlayment and adjust accordingly. The adding of underlayment should be continued until the row is finished, and so forth. When getting to the last length, it should be folded at least 6 inches over the peak. It is critical to secure that edge on the opposing side of the roof, with nails separated 12 inches apart before finally sealing.
It is very important to constantly be on the lookout that things are done properly on your roof. Individuals hired for roofing services may at times miss something or skip a step. Although this work is indeed done on the roof of your home, it wouldn’t hurt checking up on them whenever possible.
Tile underlayment can get expensive if you do not hire the correct roofing experts. If you do not know what a successful underlayment installation looks like, you may have issues such as misplacement and an unstable roof on the long-term. This will then cause you to spend more money on repairs.
Whether it is a tile installation, roof maintenance, or roofing repairs, you should always hire the right people. This is why Aastro roofing experts are here to help. We are dedicated to extraordinary and efficient work at all times. Contact us now to learn more.
Although quite costly, determining whether solar panels should be installed on your roof, can come down to a few different factors. It can be a smart long-term investment, or you may not see any returns.
Whether you’re a new homeowner, or simply want to know more about saving more money when it comes to your roof, it is important to know all the facts before making a decision.
Here, at Aastro Roofing, we are experts in the field. We want to help guide you. Here’s what you should consider:
Your electricity bill may very well be the determining factor on whether you install solar panels. It may be a good idea to do a little math to figure out exactly how much you are saving. The electricity company charges per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which varies depending on where you live. In some areas, you can pay as little as eight cents per kWh, and in some 20 cents or even more.
Basically, solar panels would be most beneficial for homeowners with high electricity bills. When you choose solar panels, you replace standard power in your home, to a mini power plant that is installed on your roof. This drastically changes the amount of money you will spend on electricity bills every month.
Installation prices will usually vary depending on the company you choose, and the equipment used. If you opt for cheaper solar panels, you may believe that it is saving you money, but it is better to invest in higher-quality equipment for the long-run.
It is important to familiarize yourself with all the solar panel options out there and to choose the one that fits best with your needs or financial standing. There are also ways to reduce the prices of these installations. You may be eligible for governmental incentives, such as the solar tax credit. These rebates or advantages were established in order to encourage customers to go solar.
Although it would be great if every home was ideal for solar panels, not all are. To maximize what your solar panels can do, you will typically need to have a roof that is facing south. If your roof is facing west, or south-west, for example, it may still be reaping some of the benefits, but not to its greatest potential. Your roof should also normally be unshaded during sunlight hours.
In either case that you choose to buy or lease the solar panels, it will have a great impact on your home’s long-term value. If you have a stable financial situation with enough to make a purchase in cash, you will be able to save the most money. While solar leases or agreements require zero money down, they come with a compromise–the total savings will be similar to 10 to 30 percent of your electricity bill.
Choosing to go solar is not an easy decision, and it is important to consider all the factors before going all in. If you do decide that this is the right option for you, make sure that you are applying for potential benefits or rebates in order to reduce costs.
With wildfires continuously happening in parts of California today, it’s only natural to talk about fire suppression. There are many possible causes of fire such as lightning strikes, unexpected fire from neighboring lots, or even arson. Your home is not just your biggest investment, it is your most valuable one. You have to make sure that your home is where you and your family feel safest.
Fire suppression is always better than having to put out the fire. Luckily, you can always take necessary precautions by making your roof fireproof:
Fire resistant roofing is a good choice if you don’t want to invest too much money on roofing, and still get the job done. You can even choose from a variety of roofing shingles to see which one will best suit your budget and style.
Note, however, that the quality and price are always based on the kind of fire it can handle. There are resistant shingles that can only resist mild fire exposure, but there are also those that can withstand even the most severe fires. The most resistant ones typically contain fiberglass which can withstand the harshest fire conditions like asphalt shingles.
This is rather costly and you end up spending more, rather than focusing on choosing better fire-resistant roofing. In an external sprinkler system, there are sprinklers installed on parts of your roof, including the lawn. It is more expensive, as it requires the installation of an entire system.
There is also an added hassle, as standard external sprinkler systems must be turned on manually. This might not be best if you tend to panic in stressful situations. With an external sprinkler system, your roof will not exactly be fire resistant but will help with fire suppression.
For those who are less inclined to invest, the only best way to have a fire-proof roof is really prevention. Focus on your landscaping. Always make sure they are neat and tidy. Clear out branches or shrubs at least a hundred feet near your home. Also, make sure that flammable materials, as well as airborne combustible particles, are kept at a distance from the property. This will cost you virtually nothing, but it may definitely help in keeping your property free from danger.
All of these options are good, even perfect if done altogether. However, if you’re going to invest in your home and are still maintaining a budget, the best choice is really prevention and a fire-resistant roof!
There are many options and classes of fire-proof roofing to choose from. You are never out of options when it comes to choosing one that suits your designed home aesthetic. You don’t have to invest in another more expensive system because your roofing is enough to starve the flames and keep your home safe.
Need a contractor? Aastro Roofing is available 24/7 to answer any of your pressing concerns. We will help you choose the perfect style and design for your new roof. We even offer roofing packages which include tile roof tune-up and roof maintenance! Get started now.