Solar panels are VERY cheap now (2017) and it only makes sense to own a solar roof, as opposed to leasing / PPA, which are a total scam. This summer I will be putting a metal roof on my house and as much as 12-14 KW of solar panels. What I plan to achieve with this is the following:
Completely eliminate my very high electric bill: I pay over $0.20/kwh to a horrible Eversource (which bought National Grid and increased Massachusetts electric prices by over 40%!
Have too much solar electricity production: I plan to add a Mini-Split ductless HVAC system to part of my house that is very cold,
In this episode, we will talk about roof damage, and should to replace port of your roof or the whole thing. We will discuss choosing between Asphalt Shingles and a Metal Roof. Lastly we will cover a very sensitive topic of choosing a roofing shingles manufacturer (GAF vs CertainTeed).
So let’s begin!
First question comes from Daniel about a roof damage:
My roof suffered some damage above the garage. Is it wise to replace shingles in only that particular area (400 s.f.)?
In the residential roofing market, for many years GAF has been holding the top spot as the “Largest Roofing Shingle Manufacturer in North America”.
Its top selling product, Timberline Shingles, has been installed on millions of homes across the US.
These shingles have been touted by GAF as “the # 1 selling shingle in North America”, “the heaviest and longest-lasting fiberglass asphalt shingle in the Timberline series” offering “superior strength and improved weathering in harsh conditions”, because their exceptional design “promotes longest life and extra durability.”
However, in 2013 a major class action law suit was brought against GAF and its Timberline shingles, revealing a very different reality: the shingles have been prematurely cracking and failing on thousands of roofs due to material and manufacturing defects.
While roofing is a fairly mundane topic, there are still some innovative roofing products that many homeowners will get excited about. In late March 2016, I went to North East Roofing Contractors Association annual show / expo to find the best and most interesting new roofing products that I want to show you.
Basically this show is very BORING if it’s not your first time. Nevertheless, I still managed to scout out some cool new products that I got excited about.
So how do I define COOL? Basically, when I go “WOW, I want that on my roof” – it’s a cool product. So let’s dive in.
1. Solar Powered, Remotely Operated, Programmable Vented Skylights by VELUX
It may come as a surprise to you, but today’s roofing industry misleads and misinforms consumers into buying roofing products designed to FAIL within 15 years.
This is happening in an effort to keep up the demand for production of new materials, and ongoing demand for roof replacements (just like old-time furniture makers would put bedbugs in new mattresses).
This mass deception of consumers lured in by the promises of long warranties and low prices, is called “effective marketing”.
We are not the ones to judge, but we would like to shed light on what is really going on in the residential EPDM roofing market.
Here, we discuss 5 Reasons to AVOID installing a rubber roof.