Archive for July, 2013

Solar Roofs Receive Aesthetic Update

The green roof industry has come a long way in the last few years. As the push for renewable resources spreads to industries like roofing and construction, there has been a vast improvement in the way we implement the technology of green living. For years, solar roof panels have been popping up among residences and commercial buildings, but until recently the current products available were a sight to sore eyes.

Renewed Roof Products

What if you could have all the benefits of a solar roof panel without all the ugly materials attached to your roof? Now you can!

An innovative solar roof product has recently been released that could revolutionize the solar power industry. An Italian company, Tegalasolare, has created a roof tile with solar cells built into them. Instead of attaching a bulky solar panel system to your existing roof materials, now you can purchase a roof tile with the solar cells already integrated into the material. Not only do these tiles collect energy from the sun to be converted into electricity for your home, but the tiles also have a nanotechnology composition that allows them to further reduce the need for heating or cooling inside the home.

Fireworks Increase Roof Fire Risk

Many homeowners and their families will be celebrating our nation’s independence day by gathering around the grill and lighting fireworks. While fireworks usually bring the fun, they can also bring an increased risk of fire danger. Each year hundreds of people are displaced from their homes because of roof fires caused by fireworks. Here is how to stay safe this holiday season:

Clean up debris – Dry leaves, sticks and trash tend to accumulate along the valleys of your roof and corners of the yard. These materials can quickly turn a small spark into a blazing fire. Regardless of the time of year regular roof maintenance and cleaning is important to the safety of your home.

Do not light fireworks in your own backyard – This is especially true for those living urban or densely populated areas. It is difficult to control fireworks in close quarters, and even a light breeze could blow a spark onto your roof.  If you are going to light fireworks, keep it minimal to something easily controlled like a sparkler.

Leave it to the pros—There really is nothing better than a professionally organized fireworks show. The family can enjoy more sparks and bangs, while there is zero risk to you and your home.