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The most essential feature of any roof is dependability, since it must keep the weather out and keep the inside of your home comfortable through every season. A good roof should also provide a barrier against fire, protect the inside of your home from excess heat and provide curb appeal.

Designing and selecting the right sustainable roof depends largely on the climate where you'll be building your new home, since not every roof will suit every climate. If your cooling needs are greater than your heating needs, you'll want to make sure your roof is a light color to reflect the sun's heat and reduce the energy costs of air conditioning. Correctly installed roof vents will ensure good air circulation, critical to reducing heat build-up and eliminating interior moisture problems.
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How Green Are
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When it comes to roofing materials, the more common choices are asphalt shingles or shakes, concrete or cement tiles, clay or slate tiles, metal and in some areas solar roof shingles are becoming popular. Almost all of these roofing products have some "green" qualities. What you need to decide is how green you want your roof to be and how much money you want to spend on your new roof.
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When considering a new roof, the two key dimensions you should think about are the material and the color. A high performance roofing material coupled with a well insulated attic will help to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Your roofing material is the final layer of protection from the outdoor elements and from indoor heat loss. When deciding what's green and what's not, you should consider several aspects of a given material. These include the raw material source and composition, durability / life cycle, maintenance, and disposal.




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