How Roofing Could Save the World

How far do you live from the nearest farm? If you are like the millions of other Americans who have taken residence in the urban areas of the country, you may not even know the answer to that question. However, there are millions of acres of under-utilized farming space, according to the experts. Much of this area is not beneath the soles of one’s boots in the cournty, but rather far overhead at the nearest city block.

With Global Warming concerns growing ever-more real in the minds of millions of Americans, there is little wonder why scientists, researchers, meteorologists and engineers are always looking for new ways to reduce the negative impact humans make on the earth and its atmosphere. Among those methods of cleaning up the air around us is through the introduction of new plant life.

A large number of the commercial use properties and large apartment buildings, throughout the country, feature flat, rubber membrane roofs. While this type of roofing system has been used for many years and has proven very successful at preventing leaks, the potential of it has not been fully recognized.

Today, there are a couple of ways that the owners of such buildings can improve their carbon footprints. But, in order to do so, one must understand a few things about the Earth and human impact. Global warming is due to the amount of carbon emissions released into the air around us and trapped there as heat. The sun’s heat can also be trapped within Earth’s atmosphere. Over time this trapped heat impacts the climate. There are other ways to slow Global Warming, however. Of course, that includes reducing the amount of fossil fuel burned by homes, cars, and businesses, but there are other methods as well. One of those ways is to reduce the amount of the sun’s heat that is absorbed.

Even the best roofers in Dallas generally lay black rubber membrane roofing on flat top buildings. Black is actually the mixture of all colors and therefore absorbs all colors of light. White on the other hand is not actually a color, but rather the lack of all colors. It therefore reflects all light colors. It would make since, therefore, if we wish to reduce the heat absorbed from the sun’s rays to reduce the amount of black surface space in the world. One of the greatest ways to do so is to paint the flat rooftops across the nation white.

In addition, this would reduce the phenomenon known as ‘urban heating’ or ‘heat islands’. This explains why urban areas are traditionally a few- or even several degrees warmer on any given day, as compared to nearby rural areas. The white rooftops would help do away with that concern and a good roofing company will be willing to help.

To further enhance flat rooftops and make them increasingly eco-friendly, experts encourage rooftop gardening. Before it can be done, the structure of the roof must be assessed to ensure the roof can maintain the added weight. If it is not capable now, roof repair can get it to that point. Once given the okay, with the right materials, gardens can prosper and produce large amounts of food in the middle of a city. Not only will it decrease the need of food transportation, but it will also provide plant life capable of cleaning the air via photosynthesis.

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How Can Replacement Windows Improve Home Value

If you are considering making the financial investment for window replacement in your home, then you will likely be interested in knowing how those windows will repay you. Fortunately, unlike other purchases in life, the investment really can pay off.

Improved Home Value In a struggling housing market, there are a few big ticket items that buyers want to see in homes for sale. This can include updated kitchen appliances, a new roof, a sturdy foundation, an energy efficient heating and cooling system, and attractive plumbing fixtures. It also includes new windows. Their absence becomes an immediate point of negotiation, which can mean lost dollars for the seller or the loss of the sale all together. There are a number of reasons why new windows are on that list.

    • Older windows tend to be drafted. Crafted with a single pane and inferior materials, older windows do not help reduce the heat transfer between in- and outdoors. As they wear, windows can begin to let air move freely at the seams, which also means drafts. All that lost heat (in the winter) or cool air (in the summer) means that systems have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature and energy bills climb.

 

    • New windows, very simply, look better. They are clean, crisp, and attractive. They provide easy light into the room without the dings and dents in the framing that is commonly seen with older, aluminum windows.

 

    • Newer windows are easier to clean due to tilt and swivel features, tend to open and close much more smoothly and are even, often, treated with a reflective coating to keep UV rays out of the home.

 

Given all of these factors, it is not difficult to understand why buys appreciate seeing them in the prospective home. Just by having them present, the perceived value of the home increases and the likelihood of attempted negotiations is reduced. You can be sure to highlight the new windows, referring to the fact that the investment was just made, which also makes you appear the very concerned and very dedicated home owner. Buyers recognize this as a good trait in a former owner, as it is more likely that the systems within the house received the same sort of care.

Make You Money in Other Ways It’s not just through improved home value that new window installation can help your wallet. You will also enjoy the many benefits that potential buyers recognize in the renovation. Heating and cooling bills are likely to decrease and UV rays will be kept at bay, which means that curtains and home furnishings will fade more slowly. There is no need to worry about scraping tools, paint brushes, and cans of paint, as you might have to do with older wooden windows. Today’s vinyl options are nearly maintenance free and can last for decades.

For more information on how your home value will climb with the addition of double or triple paned windows, consult a contractor near you.

What is Rolled Roofing? Austin Texas Roofing Information

If you are looking for a very affordable and easily installed form of roofing for an out building or garage, then you should know about rolled roofing. This roofing, which is thinner than the more traditionally used shingles, is, as its name suggests, rolled out in long strips. The material is very similar to asphalt shingles, without the headache of laying each individual tile. The rolls of roofing material have long been seen in the industry, but were slightly different than this newer product. Lacking the added coating, the older rolls were (and still are) used as underlayment by roofing contractors, which was a base for shingles, adding an extra layer of protection for the wooden deck below.

About Rolled Roofing: The rolled roofing typically comes in thirty-six foot lengths and is three feet in width. It is, of course, much more resilient than the underlayment version. This is due to a special coating applied to the material, which is the reason for the product also being referred to as ‘mineral-surfaced roll roof’. One may wonder why more haven’t embraced rolled roofs, but, though much less expensive than asphalt shingles, this type of roofing does have its own set of unique disadvantages.

The Downsides of Rolled Roofing: First and foremost, rolled roofing is not idea for all roof types. It is marketed as a solution for low-slope roofs with two inches of rise or less for each twelve foot run. Of course, that is not to say that it cannot be used on slightly steeper slopes, but being more visible on these surfaces, its lack of eye-appeal comes into question. For this reason, this type of roofing is rarely put to use on residential housing, unless the roof is near flat and difficult to see from ground level. Considered a less attractive material, it can, otherwise, reduce the value of a property, as well as limiting the color options that one would enjoy with other types of roofing. It should also be noted that rolled roofing does not carry the same warranty as asphalt shingles and other Georgetown, TX, roofing. While one can get a guarantee that extends over as many as twenty or thirty years, rolled roofing has a shorter lifespan of five to eight years.

Making Rolled Roofing Work For You: On garages, work sheds, and other out buildings, it is a more than acceptable form of protection and is, in fact, thought to be the best solution on low-inclines in Round Rock, Texas,as it is both excellent at shedding water and good for the wallet. In areas and seasons when time is a major concern, it is good to know that rolled roofing can be laid very, very quickly providing the much needed water barrier.

If you have further questions or concerns about rolled roofing; if you are wondering if it is the best choice for your property, then consult your local roofing contractor for more information. It may be possible to finish your new project for far less money and in a much shorter time than you had first thought.

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