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Solar Roofing FAQ

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How does a solar roof differ from solar panels? Solar panels are associated with solar power - they are large, dark tiles that are mounted on top of a roof in racks and are covered in dark glass. They often stick out fro...

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In Case of Emergency…

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No matter how often you check your roof for maintenance, there will probably come a time when a situation requires an emergency repair. It isn't necessarily your fault - there are unforeseen events that can lead to major...

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Roofing That Ages Gracefully

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The roof in the photo above is that of the Fifth Avenue Station in Naperville. The site holds over one hundred apartments as well as retail space. The building used to be home to the Kroehler Manufacturing Plant, a furni...

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Replacing the Roof on a Budget

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The first step to re-roofing is figuring out how much it will cost. Roofing materials are measured in 'squares,' which is 100 square feet. Once you figure out the square footage of your roof, you can apply those measurem...

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Go From Roof to Roads with Shingle Recycling

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Asphalt shingles are the most common choice in roofing for U.S. homes, and each year the construction industry produces an estimated 11 million tons of shingle waste. When lined up, it would stretch from New York to Los ...

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When Considering Cool Roofing…

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The logic behind cool roofing is simple. Light colors reflect light, or solar radiation, while dark colors absorb it. Roofs that reflect light from the sun reduce cooling costs for commercial and residential buildings. T...

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Vegetative Roofs

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Vegetative roofs, or rooftop gardens, have been around for a long time, but up until recently they commonly failed due to issues in planning, testing and technical knowledge. Their numerous benefits have made vegetative ...

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A Vocabulary Lesson in Roofing

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Your roof is one of the defining elements of your home. Where you live, the structure of your home and your personal taste dictate the roof's lines, style, shape and slope. Although the roof of a home is important, most ...

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Join Showalter at the Old House New House® Home Show!

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Are you renovating your home this fall? Come out to Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles September 28th and 29th for the Old House New House® Home Show, the largest and longest-running home show in the Chicago area! Showal...

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Asbestos Roofing

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Since the 1980s, the use of asbestos in roofing and siding materials has rapidly declined. Asbestos fibers were added to strengthen roofing and siding materials, as well as increase their durability and provide insulatio...

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Common Roof Problems

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Even the best-built roof will wear out and become damaged by the elements. Take a look at the following common roofing problems and know what to look for in order to prevent more serious damage. Leaks When your roof ge...

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Avoid Windy City Roof Failure

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Here in the Windy City, we are no strangers to wind damage. Nothing is more of a nightmare to a facility manager than the damage strong winds cause to your roof: shifting ballast or separation of the membrane to the roof...

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