Don't hit the roof this year!

Home Builder


In our business, we hear time and time again, “I knew that my roof needed to be repaired but it wasn’t until the rainy season that I thought about it.”     Heads up homeowners, if you need a roof repair or roof replacement, now is the time to get the job done. And while we are talking about the roof, perhaps we can give you a few ‘green’ roof tips.  

If you’d like a roof that will outlast a conventional asphalt shingle roof and is made from environmentally friendly materials, there are many options to choose from.   There are the recycled-plastic shingles, the recycled-metal roofs and even the sustainably harvested or reclaimed wood roofs.


Let’s start with the most popular, the recycled shingle roof.    We love anything recycled at FairTradeWorks.    And we don’t just mean because it’s good due to the fact that it divert waste form landfills and eliminate our need to extract more raw materials.  We like that these recycled products because they are functional.


If you would like to install wood roof shingles and local building codes permit them, consider a product made an environmentally friendly company, Maibec Industries in eastern Canada. The company harvests sustainably grown (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) eastern white cedar trees to produce shakes and shingles. These are most commonly used for siding, but they can be used for roofs, if installed according to the company’s recommendations.


 If wood is out of the question, slate is a natural material and produces an extremely durable roof tile — one that can last hundreds of years. Clay tiles are also highly durable but won’t last as long as slate.  



If you want a colourful roof that can be recycled at the end of its life, you may want to look into metal roofing products.   Many last up to 50 years, are fire-resistant and really good for rain barrels as you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals in your water like you do with asphalt. Metal is great in snowy areas of Canada as the metal allows the snow to slide off easily.


Lastly, we’d like to look at rubber shingles.  They are made from old steel-belted radial tires. The material is coated with ground slate for texture and comes in a variety of colors. The warranty for this roof is usually 50 years and if once again great for extreme weather conditions.  



So as you can see there are lots of roofing choices available.   Your choice should be influenced by what look you’re trying to obtain for your home, what your climate is like and of course, your budget.


For a free GREEN ROOF consultation, call FairTradeWorks today at 604.264.and an Advisor will make a visit to your home to discuss your options with you.


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