Roof covering / Guides

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...roof, and if you are installing asphalt shingles, expect to replace them an easy 4 or 5 times over the lifespan of a building. An important part of any roof assembly is that it manages moisture properly. Read here about why roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly. Watch the video covering G...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...roofs and in attics? Ice dam protection and prevention: As some of these problems (such as snow, sun and wind) are unavoidable, the surefire solution to preventing water damage due to ice damming is to include a waterproof membrane below your final roof covering at the bottom edge of the roof. This membra...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...roof, and if your roof is covered in snow you won't be getting any power. Elon Musk says they last 2 to 3 times longer than a conventional roof, asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roof covering and last about 20 years, so by our math we assume these will last 40-60 years. We welcome anything that takes marke...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...roof won’t need active solar panels, it makes no sense to tie up Tesla production facilities with producing inactive but matching roof tiles, so they will probably license that out to mainstream roof tile manufacturers instead. And, considering it is 70% of the roof surface, and it's going to be in the premium roof cov...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...roofs- intensive and extensive: Green roof © Ecohome An intensive green roof, also known as a ‘rooftop garden’ refers to planting areas that have a depth of 6 inches and up. Deeper soil supports a greater variety of plants such as vegetables, shrubs and even small trees. Extensive roofs are designed primarily...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...roof covering when you consider the full life-cycle of a house. The Tesla Solar Roof powers your home but looks no different than other durable roofing materials. Further to that, a shingle roof, metal roof, or any other composite recycled-material roofing product will not turn your lights on, nor will it fill ...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...roof? When a warm sunny day arrives after a long cold stretch and it seems like you have a roof leak when there isn't a cloud in the sky, it's probably Attic Icing , otherwise known as Ice Dams or Ice Damming, and the surprising thing is that it's very unlikely that the roof covering itself is the problem. Frost an...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...roof and start solving problems that may not exist, put on your lab coat and try some interior forensics first. Is there a lot of condensation on it? Does it only seem to 'leak' in cold months even when there is no snow? Those are indications that the solution may be found on the interior, not the exterior. Cov...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...roof isn’t ideal for solar? You may not like the answer to this question, but if your roof has less than a decade of solid performance left, you would be best to replace your roof covering before mounting solar panels. Ensure that your roof is inspected by the installer and ensured it is in good condition. Roof ori...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...roofs have a pitch between 4/12 and 6/12 (18.4° - 26.6°), and within those parameters the panels are best mounted flush to the sloped roof deck on the most south-facing roof. This is for both aesthetic and functional reasons – sleek looking panels lying flush on a roof deck are less obtrusive to the eye and they are al...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...roof: Icicles on a roof are caused by heat escaping, pure and simple . So many homes have them that we have grown accustomed to seeing them and think nothing of it, but they don't grow by themselves - they are cooked up by the heat leaving your house - and ice in a roof, known as ice damming, is problematic and shoul...