Monthly Archives: November 2016

What Are Some Energy Efficient Roofing Solutions

Everyone wants to find ways to cut back on their heating and cooling bills such as landlords who own multi-family dwellings. By finding ways to make a roof more energy efficient though, this goes a long way in helping to achieve that goal. So below are some energy efficient roofing solutions which may work for you.

  • If your roof is dark: If your roof is dark in color, it can increase the temperature in your home or rental property considerably. On a hot day, an asphalt roof which is dark colored can reach temperatures of between 150-175 degrees F. This forces any air conditioner in the building to work harder and use more energy when doing this. If the roof is a light-colored roof, however, it can be 50-60 degrees cooler on a roof than its dark counterpart. So one option to make your roof cooler if you don’t want to replace a dark colored roof is to have a contractor apply what’s called a cool roof coating. But if you’ve already considering re-roofing, then you can just go with a lighter color of shingles.
  • Insulate your roof: Most people remember to insulate the attic, but forget about insulating the roof. Now if your roof is insulated poorly, your property will use more air conditioning in the summer to keep the house cool. It will also take more heat in the winter to keep the building warm so you should insulate your roof correctly. Because a roof that’s well insulated by using the right insulation product will drastically help to reduce both your heating and cooling bills. Depending upon where you live will determine what’s the right type of insulation that you’ll need.
  • Choosing the right roofing materials: What is the right type of roofing material that’s needed is determined by what type of building you’re roofing. Plus, the climate is a factor. So wood shingles for a roof in a wet climate will be problematic. while hot dry climates may preclude other roofs for energy efficiency. Whatever type of roofing you and your contractor decide upon, reflective coating being applied may be a good idea depending on what your contractor believes is suitable.

When choosing the right roofing materials, whether you’re just doing a coating; or a re-roofing job, it always helps to talk to a professional contractor first who has good references and the experience.

Types of Siding Replacement for a Multi-family Dwelling

There are different styles of siding that can be used on buildings. The choices are many, and it depends upon what look you want to have for your building. It also depends on how much you want to invest. So below are some different types of siding with their descriptions which can be used on multi-family dwellings.

Wood: Wood was the most commonly used type of siding for many years. Even with the new types of siding out on the market, wood is still the traditional and most versatile choice. With this there are so many choices for wood siding such as clapboard, cedar shingles and wood from old barns, as examples. The bad part about wood is that it won’t resist fire very well, and over time it fades.

Metal: Using metal for siding is something to consider. For one thing, it’s more fire resistant than wood and depending on where it’s sourced, it can be a green option. The most common type of metal used is corrugated aluminum, but steel types can be used as well. The downside is that metal siding dents, and if you use steel siding it rusts in salty environments.

Vinyl: Vinyl siding is both durable and low maintenance, which is great for a multi-family dwelling. It comes is a variety of colors and different designs. It does cost more than some of the other materials, but it also has a long lifespan. It does have somewhat of a plastic appearance though when the siding is the less expensive kind of vinyl design.

Clapboard: This type of siding is also known as lap or bevel siding and is in the wood class. It uses planks of wood which are installed horizontally. One piece overlaps the other one. It’s a common style and comes in variations such as beaded and insulated. Regular clapboard has the simplest appearance.

When deciding what type of siding to put on your rental property, consider all the options based on budget and the long haul.