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From the Rooftop Blog

Metropolitan Roof's From The Rooftop Blog keeps you up to speed on how to choose and maintain the best roof for your home or business.

 

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Curious About Skylights?

Kathleen Finn

Aside from their dramatic aesthetic appeal, there are practical reasons why these rooftop embellishments are a great addition to your home.

Energy Efficiency: Cut down on your electrical lighting by allowing natural light to flow into your living space. Warm, natural light beats a light-bulb any day of the week. Watch your electrical bill shrink. And, to reward your energy efficient efforts, Seattle City Light offers a $50 mail-in rebate for skylights and windows that meet their requirements.

Privacy: Windows let in the light, but they let in the public as well. Skylights bring light and ensure privacy in the places you want it most – bedrooms and bathrooms.

Energize Small Spaces: A tucked away laundry room, a window-less bathroom or a cramped office calls for light that a skylight can bring. Spaces that are awkwardly positioned work well with tubular skylights that draw light down and into your home.

Ventilation: Venting skylights pull warm air up through the window and create a cooling effect. Think of it as passive air conditioning for your home.

Contact us to find out how to incorporate skylights into your home.

5 Reasons Why to Choose a Cedar Shake Roof

Kathleen Finn

Is Cedar on your list of roof material choices? Here are a few reasons to say yes to cedar.

1. Beauty: Each cedar shingle is hand-cut and creates a natural, rustic look for your home. Homeowners can choose from ambers, reds, golds and browns. Cedar ages gracefully, turning into a gray-silver color over time.

2. Long-lasting: Cedar is one of the world’s toughest woods and lasts at least 10 years longer than asphalt – racking up 30-50 years of coverage for your home.

3. Weather Resistant: It’s not surprisingly that cedar, indigenous to the Northwest is resistant to strong winds, hurricanes, heavy rains, snow and hail.

4. Energy Efficient: A natural insulator, cedar provides insulation up to 2x that of asphalt shingles, thus helping homeowners save on heating and cooling costs.

5. Stability: A low-density material with minimal shrinkage, cedar maintains its original dimensions in humid conditions. It lies flat, stays straight and holds fastenings tight.

Contact us to find out more about cedar shake roofs and other roofing choices.

 

Earth Day: 5 Ways to Make your Roof Eco-Friendly

Kathleen Finn

Building a green home? Looking to conserve energy as Earth Day rounds the bend? Either way, there are choices you can make when building and maintaining a new roof that can significantly affect your home’s energy output for the long term.

First, consider your roofing material choices.

1. Recycled material content: Shop for shingles that are made with post-consumer content such as plastic, rubber or wood fiber.

2. Longevity: How long will your roof last? Metal roofs last up to 50 years, cedar shake roofs range from 30-50 years, while composition roofs can last 12-15 .

3. Reusability: Metal roofs, once disassembled, are completely recyclable. cedar shakes can also be recycled. Depending on your choice of composition shingles, they can be recycled to a degree.

Read more about the advantages of each roof on our From the Rooftop Blog.

4. Solar Panels: A big investment that creates your own energy, solar panels can be easily affixed to standing seam metal roofs.

5. Roof Color: Choose white or light-colored roofs to reduce heat gain.

Contact us to find out more ways to conserve and manage energy via your roof. Speak directly to a roofing specialist at Metropolitan Roofing.