Ann Arbor Roofing Call Roof Pros Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:28:53 +0000 en hourly 1 Up On Your Ann Arbor Rooftop Reindeer Pause – And So Should You! Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:28:13 +0000 author

This is the time of year when most folks are climbing on their Ann Arbor roofs to put up Christmas decorations, and as such it  is the perfect time to be giving their roof a good look over. After all, with the ladder already out and having already risked head and limb to get up there, the situation is ripe for inspecting any roofing issues that might be arising and have a your Ann Arbor roofing contractor take care of any roofing repairs before the first major snowfall.

One thing is for certain: you don’t want to wait until heavy snows and thick pileups of ice are leading to major leakages. By then the damage is already done. Indeed, a self-inspection of your roof can help you avoid stained ceilings, waterlogged paneling, warped and peeling drywall and a whole host of other home interior nightmares. But now that you’re up there, what exactly should you be looking for?

Here are some tips from your reputable Ann Arbor roofing contractor:

  1. Give your Ann Arbor roof a thorough visual inspection. You should specifically be looking for external damage to your roof like obvious holes, cracks or missing shingles.
  2. Be attentive for signs of internal roofing problems as well. While you’re putting all those lights and decorations up, scan the area where the ceiling meets the top of the wall in your attic or upstairs for visual indications of water leakage or staining.
  3. Check to see if any of your trees are growing too close to the roof. If so, consider having them trimmed or taken down.
  4. Examine your roof vents. Sleet and hail are particular foes of these roofing components that provide ventilation when the wind blows. According to QueryCat, roof vents “allow air to flow both in and out of the house plumbing system, helping water to flow through the pipes. Working in combination with the vapor traps, gases from the sewer system are vented safely through the roof.”
  5. Do you have a satellite television receiver or antennae mounted to your roof? If so, pay careful attention to the area in which is it situated for possible roofing damage.
  6. Assess the placement of your roofing shingles. Are they lined up properly or do they appear to be slipping?
  7. Have you recently had new gutters and/or leaf guards installed? If they haven’t been installed correctly, your shingles will point that problem out to you. Watch for physical imperfections to your roofing shingles as well as water damage. These issues provide obvious clues to a problem.
  8. What kind of shape is your plumbing boot in? Home repair expert Bob Vila suggests stepping inside your attic to conduct this inspection. “Check around all the vents and plumbing pipes and look for signs of daylight. This would suggest deterioration in the plumbing boot or flashing on the roof above, which could lead to a leak. All the pipes should be checked for moisture, and the valleys where two roofs meet should be inspected as well.”

Putting up your outdoor holiday lights may be an annual task you dread, but now you have some extra incentive to get it done. Couple it with an annual roof inspection, and you could save yourself thousands of dollars in potential damage repair to your Ann Arbor home.

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Why Ridge Vents Are Important For Your Ann Arbor Roof Mon, 28 Nov 2011 19:48:22 +0000 author

If your Ann Arbor home has a gabled roof (that is, a triangular-shaped roof that allows rain and snow to easily slide off to the ground), you probably know the importance of having ridge vents installed when it’s time for a roof replacement. If not, chances are you might wonder why the attic feels stuffy when you go there to bring down Christmas decorations or other seasonal items. If there isn’t proper ventilation in all parts of your home, you’ll certainly feel the result, and quite possibly not enjoy it.

What is a ridge vent?

A ridge vent is special type of shingle that runs lengthwise across your gabled or slanted roof, and allows for air to ventilate out from attics and crawlspaces. While you may be concerned that a ridge vent could in turn bring in the outer elements, ridge vents are constructed to keep pollution and bad weather out while your home is properly ventilated.

Why have ridge vents?

Consider how air circulates in your Ann Arbor home. With windows and doors closed, the air has to go somewhere. As heat rises, for example, it flows upward to your attic or crawlspace. If there is nowhere for the air to ventilate out, it becomes trapped in that space and can cause your attic to turn into a sauna. Poor ventilation also can cause moisture build-up under your roof, which in turn can damage the roof deck. Shingles might rot as a result, and you’ll need a new roof before you realize it!

What’s worse, the hotter your house feels, the more likely you’ll crank up the AC, which costs you money. To think all you need is proper roof ridge vents to prevent this from happening.

Installing ridge vents

When you’re ready for a roof replacement, be sure to discuss your options with regards to ridge vents with your Ann Arbor roofing contractor.  A reputable roofer will know exactly what is needed to ensure that your roof maintains its strong structure for years to come.

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Protect Your Ann Arbor Patio From Harsh Weather With a Patio Roof Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:30:06 +0000 author

Roofing a patio is a wonderful way to effectively protect your patio from mother nature’s sometimes destructive behavior. In addition, having a sturdy roof outside can help suit the aesthetic appeal of your Ann Arbor home in general, providing a perfect place to entertain guests and relax in good weather. In this article, we will provide a few different ideas worth considering when looking into the possibility of a new patio roof. Your Ann Arbor roofing contractor will also prove a great resource for more information on design and choosing the right materials for your patio roof.


This type of material is a trademark product which enables Ann Arbor homeowners to create roofing designs for pool decks, patios, gardens and anything else you can think of. Kits are sold at most local home improvement stores, and can generally be installed without the aid of a professional. There are a variety of options available to those interested in this type of aluminum material, allowing for the creative juices to flow.

Aluminum Awning

This is another cover made from aluminum materials which is quite durable and effective in protecting your area from weather damage. The awning extends beyond the main roof of the home, supported by beams of the same type of material.

Truss Patio Roof

For an Ann Arbor home undergoing a renovation, a truss roof is a simple solution to covering a patio space. The home’s wood means extend in order to provide a more traditional form of support. In addition, new footers can be installed to match the current roof line.


And of course, there is the old roofing stand by, shingles. These materials come in many different forms and help to prevent leaks and damage to the porch.

Tin Shingles – This option is wonderful which is quite customizable, while also providing adequate shelter. Though, before choosing such materials, you should consult an Ann Arbor roofing contractor in order to assess whether the structure of your roof will hold the weight.

Tabbed Asphalt – These are the most common form of shingle, and can be used to match the existing roof color and texture. This material provides protection from rain, dirt, and snow, among other things. They are long-lasting, and very reliable.

If you are interested in finding out more about your home’s patio options, the best place to start is by contacting a professional Ann Arbor roofer. These experts will best be able to evaluate your home’s situation and make recommendations accordingly. This will also help to ensure the work is done properly, and does not call for future revisions had it been completed on a DIY basis.

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To Repair or Not to Repair Your Ann Arbor Roof? That is the Question Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:04:39 +0000 author

Here is the scenario that many Ann Arbor homeowners have experienced: The roof is leaking; it’s been on for 12 years and this isn’t the first time you’ve dealt with it leaking. The question going through your head is: Should I repair or replace my roof?

There are several points to consider when trying to make this decision, and keep in mind that no two roofs are the same. So while there are general guidelines you can follow to help you decide, keep in mind that you know your roof the best and you know whether there are other considerations that you should keep in mind.  your Ann Arbor roofing contractor can also advise on whether a roof repair or roof replacement is your best alternative,

Special Considerations:

o If more then 30 percent of the entire roof is damaged, or if there is extensive moisture damage to either the existing roofing layer or the structural deck, you should consider replacing the entire roof.

o If your roof damage occurred as a result of a storm such as a tornado or hurricane, then you should certainly consider replacing the entire roof. In these situations, there are is often damage that you cannot see and it’s important to go ahead and replace the roof. Safety for you and your family is the most important factor.

o Is there a pre- existing condition on your roof that would make it beneficial to go with a full roof replacement?

Consider replacement if:
o You think your roof has a faulty design
o Improper material was used while constructing the roof
o There were past problems with mold or algae growth

Factors to consider:

o Interior Walls- Two sure signs of major need for roof repair are if the walls and ceilings in your Ann Arbor home have moisture marks and if the paint on your walls and ceilings are peeling.

o Torn or Missing Shingles- Torn or missing shingles could be caused by many variables from heavy sun to tree branches being improperly removed from the roof. Sometimes torn or missing shingles are a sign of a simple roof repair but there are times that it is the clue that there are more serious roof issues. It’s always important to consult with a skilled Ann Arbor roofing contractor who can help you determine the severity of the problem.

o Roof Layers- If you have more than 3 layers on your roof and are again experiencing problems then it’s time to replace.

o Roof Age- If you have an asphalt shingled roof of good quality material and installation than it should last between 15-20 years. If your roof is over 12 years and experiencing roof leaks associated with other roofing problems  then you should seriously consider replacement.

Marcy Tate is a content writer for and has been in the home improvement industry for over 10 years.

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Can Hail Damage Result in Having to Replace an Entire Ann Arbor Roof? Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:31:13 +0000 author

How much damage to your roof can happen during a hail storm? In Michigan, hail storms are not that uncommon and many  Ann Arbor homeowners visually see hail several times during the year. That is the case in Ann Arbor, where the last few years have seen in elevated hail activity.

Most people are somewhat aware of the damage hail can cause, in particular the larger variety of hail that is notorious for damaging and denting cars. This awareness doesn’t always fully translate into the impact a hail storm can have on your home’s roof. While you can visually see the damage to your car after a hail storm, you can’t always see the damage to an Ann Arbor roof. The damage you can’t see can put the longevity of your roof at risk.

Roof replacement due to hail damage is one of the most expensive fixes for Ann Arbor homeowners and insurance companies. Hail can vary in size dramatically, falling as small as the size of tiny pellets, or as large as baseballs. It is typically the larger hail that can cause enough damage to your asphalt roof to justify a roof replacement.

Asphalt Roof Shingle Damage from Hail:

Hail damage to asphalt roofs occur when hail beating against the surface of asphalt shingle results in the protective granular surface of the shingle to loosen and potentially fall off. When the granules are loosened, the asphalt shingles loses some of its protection potential and becomes vulnerable to additional damage.

- Note: Damaged asphalt layers can potentially allow water seepage into the roof.

- Tip: If the granules of an asphalt shingle are removed by a hail storm, the shingle’s longevity can be severely diminished.

Signs of Hail Damage to an Asphalt Roof:

- Bruises or small dents in the asphalt shingle
- Granulation is displaced exposing the asphalt
- Granulation has settled at the base of your downspouts
- The spots hit by hail usually leave a soft spot in the shingle
- Significantly damaged metal air vents on the roof indicate similar hit pattern for roof
- Damage and denting of siding, or gutters

If my Roof is damaged, how fast should I replace it?

There is a misconception if your Ann Arbor roof sustains damage from a hail storm that your roof needs to be replaced immediately. You’ll find some conflicting evidence online from other roofers that advise immediately replacing your roof.  Typically the damage sustained from a hail storm will pose no immediate threat to your roof. The threat is in the longevity of the roof, because hail can dramatically decrease a roof’s life expectancy. The deteriorated protection from a roof that is not expected to last its full life is why insurance companies will authorize the replacement of your roof.

Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover a New Roof?

This answer varies by the coverage on your homeowner’s insurance policy. For some homeowners the answer is “yes.” If you believe your home has been the victim of hail, contact your insurance company to determine if your policy will cover the damage. For many homeowners they will be able to have the roof repaired, or replaced and will need to pay a deductable.

- Tip: If you are unsure if you homeowner’s policy covers hail damage to your roof, contact your insurance company.

Caution: Avoid Storm Chasers!

Homeowners need to beware of ‘storm chasers.’ A storm chaser typically consists of an out of town roofing contractor that goes door to door after a hail storm soliciting for business. While it may seem tempting and convenient, these roofers can do more harm than good. Make sure any roofer you look to work with has a good reputation in the community. Look for a roofer that is located locally and check references. Look for references that are over a year old and ones that are more recent, within the last 30 days. Finally never give a deposit for a roof. A reliable roofer will only ask for payment once the roof has been complete.

If you think your home has sustained roof hail damage, get the opinion of your professional Ann Arbor roofing contractor. Experienced roofing contractors should be willing to provide free roofing estimates upon request.

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Why Wait For A Leak? – Do Your Ann Arbor Roof Inspection Now Wed, 09 Nov 2011 21:29:50 +0000 author

Your roof could be leaking right now, causing hundreds, even thousands of dollars of damage, and you don’t even know it. In fact, many roof problems are only discovered after they’ve reached an advanced stage – after leakage or other serious damage has already occurred.

Roofs can leak for years before you see evidence

Most often, Ann Arbor homeowners only pay attention to their roof if there’s water leaking into the house, if they notice brown stains on the ceiling, or if there’s cracked paint or peeling wallpaper – all obvious signs of a leak. But roofs can leak for 2 to 4 years before you see evidence on the inside the house. By this time, the leak may have caused dry rot, fungus and insulation damage – and the need for major roof repairs or even a complete roof replacement.

Have your roof inspected at least once per year

To add years of life to your roof, and to avoid premature roof failure, it is a good idea to have your roof inspected at least once per year. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends two roof inspections each year – once in the fall and once in the late spring – before and after the tough winter season, especially in colder and rainy climates.

You can do a preliminary inspection yourself, looking for shingles that are buckling, curling, blistering or missing altogether; loose material or wear around chimneys, pipes and other penetrations; and excessive amounts of shingle granules in your gutters, which indicate advanced wear. But it is better to get a professional Ann Arbor roofing contractor to inspect your roof – someone who knows what they’re looking for, and who’s used to walking around on the roof.

Get a written report of the damage

A roof inspection by a professional Ann Arbor roofing contractor should include a complete inspection of the roof, parapets, flashings and drainage system. They should present you with a detailed report of conditions they found, including photographs and a sketch of the roof indicating the problem areas.

What about a free roof inspection?

Many Ann Arbor roofing contractors will provide a free roof inspection, including a written estimate outlining the required repairs, as a means to solicit work. This is a fine approach if you already have a relationship with your roofing contractor. If not, to be cautious, get two inspections done by separate companies, or hire a roof inspector who doesn’t also offer repairs. This way you can be sure that the inspector isn’t recommending unnecessary work. Richard Boon, Deputy Technical Director of the Roofing Industry Educational Institute, recommends paying for a roof inspection. He figures you will end up paying for the inspection anyway, as it will be hidden within the cost of the repair.

A small price to pay for the “insurance” – and peace of mind

The cost of a roof inspection is negligible compared to the cost of repairing or replacing a roof which makes regular roof inspections a wise investment. Wouldn’t you prefer to find potential leaks and related damage before they become real problems? And before they lead to major repair bills?


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Roofing Insurance Claims for Storm Damage in Ann Arbor Tue, 08 Nov 2011 15:43:50 +0000 author

As an Ann Arbor homeowner, you are vulnerable to mother nature every day. When misfortune lands at your doorstep or, in this case,y our rooftop, we can be thankful for insurance coverage and the availability of roofing insurance claims for storm damage. When purchasing insurance, it is always advisable to check with your insurance agent about your policy’s coverage as it relates to roofing insurance claims for storm damage.

If you live in an area where storms, especially those known to create a lot of damage, occur frequently, ask your agent to explain exactly what is covered in the event of a loss. For instance, if you live in an area that is known for hurricanes, tornadoes or flooding, these are all factors that could cause major damage and the policy regarding roofing insurance claims for storm damage needs to be clearly defined. At times, there are reports of individuals who suffer extensive storm damage to their home only to learn that their policy did not cover roofing insurance claims for storm damage. There is no doubt that storm damage can cause a lot of problems with your roof in particular, so it’s extremely important to make sure your insurance policy covers any problems that may arise in the event that the unexpected should occur.

When you think about it, your Ann Arbor roof is the only thing that protects you from rain, snow, sleet or, in the worst case, a natural disaster. It is expected that, at some point your Ann Arbor home will be in need of roofing repair. Our roof is essential to a home because, without it, we would be left out in the rain – literally.

If your roof is damaged during a storm, the first thing to do is contact your insurance agent. You will need to ask about their policy regarding the filing of roofing insurance claims for storm damage. Your agent will then advise you in proper procedures and deadlines. Explain to your agent, in detail, exactly what damage was caused and the date of the occurrence. If your roof is leaking, it will need to be repaired or replaced immediately to avoid further damage to the interior of your home. It’s important to inform your agent of any repairs that need to be made without delay. This information is crucial in the processing of roofing insurance claims for storm damage.

After the initial contact with your insurance agent, you should receive a letter or telephone call from their department, which handles roofing insurance claims for storm damage. Following that, an adjuster will likely contact you. In most instances, the adjuster will want to see the damage, take photographs of the loss and will provide the insurance company with an estimate on the cost of roofing repair or replacement. It is not advisable to sign a contract or make any agreements until your hear from your insurance agent. The adjuster may, however, provide you with an estimate on the cost to repair any damage that your roof has sustained during a storm.

Once you receive an estimate from your insurance company, you may begin the process of contracting the work out to an Ann Arbor professional roofing contractor. If you choose to hire a professional  roofing contractor, ask them to provide you with a projected cost once they have reviewed the damage. During your initial conversation, explain that the funds will come from your insurance company’s claims department, which handles the payment of roofing insurance claims for storm damage. Provide the projected cost information to your insurance company for processing. Depending on the company’s policy, the funds may be paid upfront or after the job is complete. If the money is held until completion, have an invoice sent to the insurance agent for final payment.

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Ann Arbor Roof Repair Emergencies Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:55:09 +0000 author

Your roof is an important part of your Ann Arbor home, and it must be maintained and protected. This simple feature does more than keep the rain out; it also blocks the cold winter wind, the blazing sun, hail, snow and all other forms of weather. Ignoring a roof that needs repair can quickly cause serious structural damage. The second you realize your Ann Arbor roof is leaking you should call for emergency roof repair.

Potential Damages

A leaking roof is more than inconvenient, it’s a major problem. Water will always follow the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, that means it can travel great distances and damage more than what is directly underneath the leak. Here are just a few of the things that can happen when a leaking roof is ignored.

  • • Drywall can become soaked and ruined, requiring replacement.
  • • Doorjambs can swell, causing the doors to stick.
  • • Sub floors can rot out and will have to be replaced.
  • • Kitchen cabinets may be ruined.
  • • Ceiling fans and other electrical fixtures can be damaged.
  • • The entire roof can collapse if the problem is ignored for too long.
  • • Mold can result from the wet environment.
  • • Household belongings may be destroyed.
  • Repairs

Quite often, the only way to fix a roof is to have a new one put on. But this isn’t always the case. There are many repairs that can be done to a roof to extend the life, saving you thousands of dollars. Shingles that are blown off in a storm can be replaced. Many leaks occur around chimneys and vents, but these can easily be patched and waterproofed. Flashing that was improperly installed can be corrected. Channels where roof lines meet can be patched and water-proofed.

Waiting for a New Roof

The problem with new roofs is that they have to be done in the right weather. Roofing can not be done in the rain, and the temperature must be warm enough for proper installation. The problem is that roofs don’t wait until warm, dry weather to fail. Ice dams cause roofs to fail in the deep, cold months of winter and the rainy months of spring are also a prime time for a roof to fail. When a new roof is required but can’t be done for weeks or months, emergency roof repair is the answer. An emergency roof repair will stop the leak until a crew can come out and actually replace the roof.

Protect your house by keeping the roof in good repair. At the first sign of damage, call for emergency roof repair. If possible, check the attic occasionally for signs of leaking water. The earlier a problem is caught, the more effective the roof repair will be.

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Basic Ann Arbor Roofing Recommendations Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:04:34 +0000 author

Roofing ContractorMost homeowners would certainly like to take care of their own roofs. It is better, however, to leave the roofing system in the hands of professional roofing contractors. Ann Arbor roof repairs and maintenance is tedious and dangerous. There are some things about roofing that a homeowner must also know though. Here are the basic roofing recommendations that roofing companies would like to share with the homeowners.

Roof Repair and Replacement
Upon inspection and discovering damages on your roof, it is only natural that you take measures to fix it and prevent more damage. This would involve having your roof repaired or getting it replaced.

When you plan for a roof replacement, you have two basic options. You can either opt for a complete replacement of the roof system, or choose to cover up your existing roof with a new one. A complete roof replacement would mean tearing your old roof off and installing a new one. The second option just involves an installation of a new membrane and surfacing.

With the second option, however, you have to make an additional inspection with a professional roofing contractor if you’ve already been through a roof recovering in the past. The roofing contractor will check whether or not your deck can hold and support a second recover. If not, you will have to opt for a complete roof replacement.

If you are experiencing roof leaks, there might not be a need for a roof replacement. The leak may have been caused by loose flashings or a partial damage to a section of your roof. These minor damages do not call for a roof replacement. Repairing the roof may be enough. If the leak is caused by a roof failure, that is the time when you need to replace your roof. This is because a roof failure, caused by improper installation or wrong choice of materials used, cannot be fixed and is irreversible.

Useful Life of Your Roof
Your roof’s useful life largely depends on the type of roof you have and the treatment it receives from the local environment:

Asphalt shingles: lasts 15-20 years
Wood shingles/shakes: lasts 10-40 years
Clay/concrete tiles: lasts 20 years or more
Slate: lasts 30-100 years
Metal roofing: lasts 15-40+ years

Remember that when choosing the type of roof you want for your house, always check with the warranties of the products.

Ventilation and Waterproofing Your Roof
Roof ventilation is recommended for every home. It may not be that big a deal for many people, but it is better to have one according to professional roofing contractors.

Why is it needed? Roof ventilation helps create a cooler attic in the summer. Hot and overheated attics are damaging to the roof deck and shingles. With roof ventilation, roof damages like these can be avoided. During the winter, the roof ventilation can help create a drier attic and prevent ice dams. So basically, roof ventilation moves hot air out of the attic in the summer and removes moist air in the winter.

For extra protection, you can also have waterproofing underlayment installed underneath the shingles. It is recommended that waterproofing underlayment be installed in high wear areas like the valleys on the roof, around the dormers, rakes, eaves, and skylights. The waterproofing underlayment is an extra barrier against water leakage.

Seek For Professional Help
There are safety and efficiency procedures to take into consideration when repairing or replacing the roof. Without the proper knowledge and training, your roof might be subject to an improper installation. You might also be injured in the process. Professional roofing contractors are efficiently trained and are aware of the safety considerations in roof repairs and roof replacements. Homeowners should just stick to roof inspections and some maintenance systems. You can check for cracked shingles or clear the roof gutters. But it is recommended that you leave the repairs and replacement to the professionals.

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Finding The Perfect Roof Material For Your Ann Arbor Home Mon, 17 Oct 2011 20:25:59 +0000 author

Did you know that a roof material can make or break the look of your home? Did you know that the value of your home could be impacted by the roof material you choose?

Many people have never even thought about the statement their Ann Arbor roof is or isn’t making for their home. In fact, most homeowners simply ignore their roof until there is a problem or in need of Ann Arbor roof repair. Even then, most people just choose to replace their roof with the same material as before.

Choosing The Right Style

There are many different types of roof materials, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. For most people choosing a material is as simple as replacing the old material. However, simply upgrading the roof to a new or different style could make a bold, and profitable, statement.

The most traditional roof material choice is composite asphalt shingles. These shingles are known for their cheap pricing and variety of colors. As one of the most versatile roof materials around they make great choices for homes with complex rooflines or lots of detail, such as historically styled homes.

Clay or slate tile is a lesser popular roof material but are great for higher temperatures and dry climates. These roof tiles can easily withstand the high temperatures and UV rays of the sun for climates that are exposed to several warmer months of the year. These tiles present a unique look and are great for regions that are thematic, such as the southwest.

Metal roofs are becoming more popular among homeowner due to the fact that they are low maintenance. Cool and wet climates can benefit from the ease of care a metal roof has to offer. They are great for preventing mold and mildew associated with increased moisture and can easily tolerate snow buildup in cold temperatures.

Checking For Upgrades

These days, everyone is trying to do their part for the environment and choosing a recycled or green roofing material can help. Many of the traditional materials are now offered in recycled varieties or with the option to be recycled after use. You can now find asphalt shingles that are made from recycled rubber and plastic or recycled metal roofs made from scrap metal. Clay and slate tiles don’t require recycling as they are already environmentally friendly products made from earthy materials. Solar panels and even green roof materials, made from vegetation, are also great options for upgrading the look and quality of your home’s roof.

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