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Attic Ventilation

June 26, 2009

Q: My home 34×60,single story, red brick, colonial front, slab floor. I have vents in ceiling, living and bedrooms have cathedral ceilings on opposite ends of home. Attic ventilation is an opening on each end of the 60′ length through the shape of a birds beak, roof is 5/12 pitch. I am replacing the roofing… ( read more )

Roof Color and Reflectivity

June 23, 2009

Q: I have a question – If I go with the dark green metal roof color what does it do to reflecting the sun – will it absorb and heat the house? Thanks A: Dark colors, regardless of the type of roofing, are more absorptive of heat, than are light colors. Absorbed heat ends up… ( read more )

Hail Resistance and Solar Panels

Q: I am in the process of getting a new roof along with solar panels. I am considering a standing seam metal roof because it would allow installation of the panels without any roof penetrations (standing seam mounts). I had initially set myself on getting a regular shingle roof. But concerns about heat, as well… ( read more )

Ventilation

June 17, 2009

Ventilation One of the common misperceptions out there about metal roofing is that it increases the need for ventilation in the home. That really is not true. However, is the need for ventilation in the home greater than it’s been in the past? Absolutely, and I’ll tell you why. The reason is – that homes… ( read more )

Attic Vents

June 14, 2009

Q: I have a garage in my backyard that I use as a shop and it measures about 24′ x 18′. There is no type ventilation in the roof whatsoever and it gets boiling hot in there when it’s closed up. I’m not wanting to spend a lot of money and I’m not real handy,… ( read more )

Cool Roofs Tax Credit

June 12, 2009

Q: What is the different between the Energy Star and other steel roofs. They are giving you 30 percent of your taxes. A: Some metal roofs have reflective coatings and are listed on the Energy Star website. These products, if installed this year or next, are eligible for a federal tax credit of 30% of… ( read more )