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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