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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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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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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Glacier Guard Peel & Stick Underlayment for Low Slope Roofs

Tips from Bill Shimburski, EcoStar Technical Services Manager

I am often asked if EcoStar requires or recommends total Glacier Guard coverage on low slope roofs for Gold Star Warranty jobs. The short answer is, it’s up to the architect / contractor / building owner. Total coverage of Glacier Guard is acceptable but not required for Gold Star Warranty jobs. Let me explain how our products are tested.

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The Perfect Closed Valley Install for Hail-Prone Areas

Tips from Bill Shimburski, EcoStar Technical Services Manager

I’m often contacted by contractors or homeowners about hail damage to the valley metal on EcoStar roof assemblies. Although EcoStar tiles are resistant to hail damage, the valley metal can take a beating. The question then becomes, “Can I remove and reuse the EcoStar tiles to access and replace the valley metal?”. The answer…yes! EcoStar tiles can be carefully removed and reinstalled.

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