Your New Slate Roof: Natural or Composite Slate?

When constructing or refurbishing a house, there are several decisions you’ll need to make regarding your home’s exterior. The style, design, size and colors of the exterior elements (siding, roofing, trim, shutters, stone) are all important features that need to work together – for both curb appeal and longevity. When thinking about the roof, there are several things to consider. The color is important of course, but factors such as the roof’s ability to withstand various weather conditions and its ability to help moderate the temperature inside the house also make a difference. 

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Your New Roof: Authentic vs Composite Shake?

If you’re considering a new cedar shake roof for your home, congratulations! The look of cedar shake is hard to match. 

It’s no coincidence that cedar shake shingles has been such a fan favorite. The wood offers a stunning countryside appearance that adds a rich dimension to the home’s curb appeal. 

Fortunately, unlike in the ‘70s and ‘80s when natural cedar shake shingles were the only option for most homeowners, today there are a number of durable and eco-friendly composite shake shingles that are a great alternative to natural cedar shake. Here, we compare natural and composite shingles.

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Tips for Choosing a Color for Your Roof

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re choosing a color for your roof, especially when you realize you’ll be living with your color choice for a long time!  

Maybe you’ve noticed a home in your neighborhood with a roof that looks awkward against the rest of the house. Or maybe you’re at your lake house and you look across and see a roof color that stands out like a sore thumb in an otherwise serene view. Some of the things to consider when you’re selecting a residential roof color have to do with the specific structural and aesthetic details of your home. Some have to do with the environment your home is in.

In this guide we’ll give a brief overview of some of the things you may want to consider as you select a color for your new or remodeled home.

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Some Energy Saving Tips to Help You Reduce

Here at Ecostar, we pride ourselves on not only being energy efficient, but helping others create environments that are as energy efficient as possible. So, in honor of Energy Awareness Month, we’ve put together this list of tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint.  Read More >

Contractor Spotlight: GCI Home Improvements

GCI Home Improvements opened its doors in 1996. It serves the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, most notably towns like Great Falls and McLean in Virginia and the towns of Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase in Maryland. GCI Home Improvements specializes in roofing, and also does windows, siding and gutters. The company prides itself on the fact that the same crew has been working together for over twenty years.

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Two Tiles is All it Takes

By Bill Shimburski, Technical Service Manager

When considering a synthetic slate or shake roof tile system, it is important to look at the whole picture. Too often potential customers are so caught up in the selection of the roof tile color and profile that they are misled as to what the actual cost and final appearance will be. The most important aspect of the roof is that it effectively protects the home or building from the elements.

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We Warriors

Warriors are made on the battlefield and on pediatric cancer wards. Our battle-wounded veterans and their families share a special bond with families whose children are battling the enemy of cancer. All need a place to come and just be. A sanctuary. A place to which they can look forward and return again and again.

That place is We Warriors. Set on the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay near St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, We Warriors will provide respite time for these families from both sides of the border at no charge.

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Cool Roof. So What?

Words from Steve Clarke, EcoStar Director of Research & Development.

We are often asked about cool roofs. What are they? What is the benefit?

The term “cool roof” was coined to describe roofs that minimize heat build-up when exposed to solar radiation. The primary drivers for developing this technology are:

  • Reducing energy consumption by lowering the load on air conditioners
  • Mitigating the urban “heat island” effect wherein the heat absorbed by city buildings elevates the temperature in the surrounding area significantly above what it would be in the absence of those buildings.

Heat islands pose a health risk for those unable to escape the heat, and stress the electrical grid supplying power to all those air conditioners.

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Snow Guards to the Rescue

Tips from Bill Shimburski, Technical Services Manager.

With the severe winter weather we’ve been experiencing on the East Coast, I wanted to outline our position on the installation of snow guards on EcoStar roof systems. EcoStar tiles have a much smoother surface than asphalt shingles and lend themselves to more frequent snow slides if snow guards are not properly installed. Although EcoStar recommends the use of snow guards in regions where snow accumulation is common, they are not required.

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Meet the Technical Team: Ron Cole

We asked Ron Cole, an EcoStar Field Service Representative, to tell us a little about his background and how he got involved in this industry. And this is what he had to say. 

“I started in the roofing industry when I was 15 years old. I was offered a roofing job that paid 75 cents/hour more than I was making with an opportunity for more hours. That was 33 years ago. For the next eight years I went from getting paid hourly to getting paid by the square, to becoming a subcontractor, and then starting my own business, The Roof Connection, when I was 23 years old. About three years ago, Bill Shimburski called me with an opportunity to join EcoStar as a Field Service Rep, and I jumped at the opportunity.”

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