Roofs Do Double Duty with Dow Shingles

Since I last shared photos of the Dow POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle, this line of business has picked up.  In October 2011, the Solar Shingle launched in Colorado, and Dow expanded the launch to Texas and California in April 2012.  As part of the launch, this commercial — lazy roof — aired recently to show these markets how Dow is helping to reinvent the roof so that it not only provides shelter but power, too.

POWERHOUSE is offered as an easy, turn-key roof solution.  For example, in San Antonio, the system includes a custom-designed solar array, a DC-to-AC inverter, and a monitoring system that shows real-time production.

In California, the first install in the state was documented by Ucilia Wang for Forbes recently.  The owners Frank and Cyndy Ann Madrigal needed a new roof and wanted power production to go with it.  They opted for POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles because they’re integrated into the roof.  All told, the Madrigals purchased a 5.47 kW system for ~$44,100, after utility rebates and the federal ITC, according to Forbes.

The design is what makes these solar panels work.  The CIGS-based shingles have plug-in connectors from shingle-to-shingle.  This allows for a flush install and eliminates what could be a spider web of wires behind the shingles or in the attic.

[+] More re: technical/financial aspects of POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles.

Credits: Dow Solar (top); Ucilia Wang (#2-3)

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Roofing As An Occupation
By Herbert Sanchez
Roofing and shingles is a process whereby tiles are laid partially overlapping in an ascending manner up and along rooftops. This is done as much for style as it is for structural and architectural soundness.
Roofing and shingles is a particular occupation that specializes in roof repair and coverings. This job entails making sure that roofs are attractive as well as providing protection from the elements and increment weather. The particular conditions wherein these specialized tradesmen and women perform roofing and shingles are met with certain building and fire codes and architectural standards of the countries, states, cities, or provinces in which the job is done. Further, learning roofing and shingles, like the trade work of electricians and plumbers, requires particular knowledge and skills that must be conducted and completed correctly, otherwise the roofs could pose a hazard to those living in the house. Patching up holes and cracked wood before appropriately covering the roof securely with shingle tiles is one example of this.
Materials used for roofing and shingles vary, but everything used is sturdy and safe architecturally and health-wise. Shingles used to be made of wood, but due to growing fire and structural hazard concerns, this material is rarely or seldom considered; instead, bitumen-soaked paper covered with aggregate (asphalt) or ceramic shingles are now used for their safer and more visually appealing nature.
Roofing and shingles also used standard appending. Shingles are tacked or nailed on securely, but only where the shingle tile meets the roof; shingle tiles are never tacked or nailed at the overlap. Such a procedure would be deemed less secure (as it is more difficult to nail through multiple asphalt shingle tiles), and the appearance looks awkward. For ceramic (and occasionally with the asphalt), a heavy-bonding tar or paste is sometimes used to attach the tiles to the roof. The shingle tiles are laid in a row along the bottom edge of the roof, and each ascending row, as said, overlaps the one beneath it by about half a length of the tile. The top edge of the roof is then capped.
Roofing slates, also call ‘slate shingles,’ are also used in roofing and shingles, and are applied the same way. Because of the heavy consistency of slate, its unlikely that nails or tacks are used; instead, paste or tar seems the better choice for a bonding method.
Roofing and shingles is a meticulous and time-consuming process that must be carefully rendered for a roof to acquire that architectural appeal. Not only should know-how be necessary, but careful movement and stepping are a definite requirement as well.
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Rosen Shingle Creek Leverages NxTV’s Platform for Next Generation Guest Technology

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) June 3, 2008

With NxTV in each of its 1,500 rooms, Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel is one of the largest in-room IP network implementations in the U.S. But size isn’t the only thing that makes the project noteworthy.

Not only is Rosen Shingle Creek increasing its guests’ video spend through NxTV’s IP Video on Demand (IPVOD), but the AAA Four Diamond-rated luxury hotel–one of seven Rosen Hotels & Resorts properties in Orlando using NxTV–is also using

NxTV’s IP technology to personalize guest communications and promote hotel services in revolutionary, revenue-producing ways via in-room TVs and telephones.

“NxTV pulls group information from our Property Management System (PMS) to personalize the IP service room by room,” said Jim Bina, president of Millennium Technology Group, wholly owned by Rosen Hotels & Resorts to manage technology initiatives at its properties. “When guest conference attendees check into their rooms and turn on their TVs, they see a welcome screen or video and tomorrow’s agenda for their specific group; we can easily ad a promo about Happy Hour at the Lounge downstairs. Sure, it’s cool technology. But more importantly, it enables us to personalize the Rosen experience for our guests and acquaint them with everything the hotel has to offer.”

Rosen Shingle Creek also uses NxTV’s IP platform to offer “walled garden” Web pages that enable guests to use the Internet to book tee times or arrange airline check-in and baggage pickup. “The walled garden concept uses the Internet in a limited format that we offer free of charge to guests,” said Bina. “In addition, we will soon be delivering reservation services via the same walled garden concept so guests can make dining reservations from in-room TV.”

NxTV began implementation in Rosen properties in 2002. Today, all of the company’s 6,338 rooms offer in room IP technology, including tech savvy Rosen Shingle Creek, which opened in 2006. Business guests at Rosen’s older ‘tour and travel’ properties can view digital VOD and plug in their laptops for high-speed Internet access over the property’s Cat 3 cables with DSL modems in each room. The newer convention and meeting space properties, which include Rosen Shingle Creek, go a step further. They are equipped with Cat 6 cables that enable VOD, HSIA and IP telephony on one IP run. Rosen Shingle Creek takes advantage of all these options, with crystal-clear flat panel TVs and display phones in every room.

“One of the reasons we selected NxTV was the ease of integration with our existing partners, including our telephone service provider,” said Bina. “My philosophy is that anything you can do on the TV you should be able to do on the phone, except watch TV. And anything you can do on the phone you should be able to do on the TV, except make a call. The goal at Shingle Creek is to offer a flexible and personalized guest experience.”

One worldwide training organization that met recently at Shingle Creek used the property’s IP backbone and NxTV system to broadcast video training classes to attendee guest rooms, and Rosen uses NxTV to communicate with staff and to show meeting planners their Banquet Event Orders (BEOs). “NxTV also worked to our specs to provide guest-to-guest messaging via the IP system, which we are preparing to introduce,” said Bina. “Group conference attendees can choose to have their name on a messaging list that other attendees can access.”

Bina also likes NxTV’s IP VOD movie offerings. “The line-up is rich, because they can deliver a movie to the video head end and leave it for an extended time. This means that guests have more viewing options–over 200 titles–that are guaranteed to appeal to every member of the family. NxTV also can monitor how frequently a movie is watched, so they can increase the opportunity for an up-sell by most frequently watched titles.”

Because NxTV at Rosen properties is a pure IP implementation, Rosen can link communications with in-room HVAC systems, hotel security, even the mini-bar to send charge data to a guest’s folio in the PMS system. Rosen would have included NxTV’s IP Free-to-Guest option as well, but there were no off-air digital entertainment providers in the Orlando area at the time of implementation. “Even so, our guests have plenty of options for IP-based in-room entertainment services and communication,” says Bina. “By the same token, we have plenty of options for increasing revenue and making the Rosen experience unlike any other. That’s the beauty of what NxTV has to offer.”

About Rosen Shingle Creek

Rosen Shingle Creek is one of the largest full-service convention hotels in Central Florida. The 230-acre hotel offers 1,500 guestrooms and suites, and 445,000 square feet of dedicated, state-of-the-art meeting/event space that includes one of the nation’s largest column-free ballrooms at 95,000 sq. ft. The hotel offers an array of amenities such as The Spa at Shingle Creek, a full-service, 13,000-square-foot spa with nine treatment rooms and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an 18- hole, par 72 (7,228 yard) championship golf course ranked one of the “Top 40 Best New Courses in the U.S.” by Golfweek Magazine (opened in December 2003), four outdoor swimming pools, two lighted tennis courts, basketball, nature trails, fishing, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pit and more.

About NxTV, Inc.

NxTV, Inc., based in Los Angeles, California, was recently named to the prestigious Inc. magazine list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America. The company is the first and largest IP-based converged multi-service provider in the global hospitality industry, delivering to its customers 100% digital in-room entertainment solutions that allow hotel owners to take full advantage of new technology today and in the future, and offer guests the ultimate on-screen entertainment experience. NxTV’s system runs over the hotel’s existing converged IP network, which enables the property to communicate with a wide variety of in-room technologies without the cost and effort of installing and maintaining separate networks for each hotel application. The NxTV system delivers a full suite of digital IP-based in-room entertainment services including High Definition Video on Demand (HD VOD) and IPTV Free-to-Guest content, wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, and a customized guest interface.

Clients include the world’s most prestigious hotel brands, including Four Seasons, Peninsula, Raffles, W Hotels, St. Regis, MGM Grand, Le Meridien, Marriott and Hyatt. NxTV, Inc. has offices and customers in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Contacts:

NxTV, Inc.

Jo Ann Meler

5700 Canoga Ave., Suite 150

Woodland Hills, California 91367

(818) 737-8200

Email: (jmeler @ nxtv.com)

http://www.nxtv.com/?Campaign=PRWebNxTVShingleCreek

(818) 737-8267

http://www.nxtv.com

Millennium Technology Group

Jim Bina, president

9840 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 996-2399

(JEBina @ mtg-fl.com)

http://www.mtg-fl.com/main.html

Media Contact:

Julie Keyser-Squires, APR

Softscribe Inc.

180 River Springs Drive NW

Atlanta, GA 30328

(404)256-5512

(Julie @ softscribeinc.com)

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Reroof America Management Announces Partnership With Green Shingle, In Two Of The Reroof America Contractors Locations

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) November 09, 2011

The latest “go green” effort by one of North America’s top insurance replacement roofing, siding and guttering contractors, Reroof America has partnered with the green shingle program. This initiative to adds to Reroof America’s commitments their customers, the roofing industry and now the environment.

The reason for this initiative is that insurance carriers own the salvage rights from their insurance claims for roofs. These carriers are now helping the planet by recycling their Asphalt Shingle salvage. Reroof America works with Green Shingle to safely recycle the shingles, turning them into environmentally friendly materials versus going into landfills. ?And the best thing is that the process doesn’t cost the homeowner anything and it?s a great way to go green and help our environment?, said Mark Lenzer, Vice President of Reroof America Management (the parent company of Reroof America Contractors).

Simple Directions For Home Owners:

1. Verify if Green Shingle program is in your area (Right now we are starting in the Kansas City Market and the Minneapolis, St. Paul areas).

2. Use a green shingle contractor like Reroof America to reroof your home.

3. Tell a friend about your contribution to planet earth!

How Recycling and Reroof America Helps:

1. Recycling Asphalt Shingles redirects TONS of waste-product from our-burdened landfills. (as one of the nations top storm and insurance replacement contractors… Reroof America makes a considerable contribution to this.)

2. Recycled shingles are used in the manufacturing of hot mix asphalt which is used to pave roads, driveways, and parking lots as well as other non-road use.

— Asphalt Shingles actually make a stronger product (for roads etc) than standard asphalt because of the fibers used in shingle manufacturing.

Reroof America is already a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and a certified Green Roofer by GAF Materials Corp. (North America’s Largest Roofing Manufacturer)

Reroof America makes going green even easier… when reroofing consider the environment!

About Reroof America

Reroof America Contractors, and Reroof America Management Corporation are owned and managed by J.R. Emrich, President. The company?s began in the roofing industry in 1979. J.R. Emrich and his companies operate debt free and utilize multiple suppliers in several states. Bonding capability is up to 4 million dollars. The Dun and Bradstreet credit rating for the company is 1R2 and the D&B # is 83-696-7372.

Reroof America is based out of Edmond, OK, having completed over 60,000 roofs in over 15 states over the past 32 years.

Reroof America?s primary business is residential roof replacement; however several locations have commercial divisions, window divisions and offer other residential construction solutions. Reroof America is fully licensed and insured in all states within which it operates, and is a member of NRCA, BBB and multiple local and regional associations.

For Information About Reroof America Contractors, Reroof America Corporation, Reroof America Management, or Metro Roofing, contact Mark Lenzer at: 405-330-5400 or mlenzer(at)reroofamerica(dot com) or follow reroofamerica on facebook or Google+.

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Eco-Together at Grande Lakes Orlando; Parents Paddle and Kids Kayak Through the Orlando Resort’s Shingle Creek

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 21, 2007

Nurture meets nature as Grande Lakes Orlando expands its Grande Lakes Outfitters program to include specialized Eco-Tours for families. Priced at just $ 80 per adult and $ 50 per child under 12 years of age (child must be at least 2 years old), the two-hour eco-tour experience at the Orlando resort can accommodate families of up to 15.

Orlando is known throughout the world as being the ideal family vacation destination and Grande Lakes Outfitters’ Eco-Tours add an important learning element to any Orlando adventure, further complimented by the resort’s luxury experience.

The interactive eco-tours include active canoe or kayak journeys through Shingle Creek. Enthusiastic guides start the adventure by picking families up in camouflage golf carts set out for one of the most remote sections of Grande Lakes. After a mini “off-road” experience, groups have the option to explore the creek while paddling in a canoe or kayak, depending on the comfort level

Throughout the journey, the guides share the history of Shingle Creek, and take parties through a series of close-up observations of native species in their natural habitat. Baby alligators, bald eagles, ospreys, and the endangered wood stork species are all part of the wonderment that is on display during a Shingle Creek Eco-Tour.

For those in search of an instructional experience, an Orvis fly-fishing school (one of only ten in the U.S.) is located on-site and available to guests at both The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels, as well as to all outside visitors.

Guests at both luxury hotels in Orlando can also enjoy all the facilities and services at Grande Lakes Orlando, including the 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Greg Norman, the 40,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa offering a wide selection of natural treatments, baths and hydrotherapies, and advice from the world’s first Citrus Consultant.

About JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

This striking Orlando resort is an architectural masterpiece, anchoring 500 acres of lush, tropical landscape with remarkable prominence and grace. As Florida’s premier destination, the JW Marriott Orlando luxury hotel features an absolutely invigorating, full-service Orlando spa, the championship Greg Norman-designed golf course, and a variety of delightful restaurants from organic Southern Italian cuisine at Primo, to freshly prepared sushi in the Lobby Lounge. Location is everything, and the JW Marriott is situated minutes from Orlando International Airport, Orange County Convention Center, and the area’s top attractions. Elect this exceptional resort as your retreat to your Orlando hotel room after exploring action-packed theme parks, effortlessly orchestrate your next business endeavor for a group of any size, or celebrate your dream wedding in sophisticated style. For any occasion, simply relax and enjoy the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida, leaving nothing to be desired. For more information or to make a reservation, call 407-206-2300 or visit our website.

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GAF Materials Corporation “Takes Home the Gold” for Extreme Shingle Testing Video

Wayne, NJ (PRWEB) May 26, 2010

GAF Materials Corporation, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has received the Gold Remi award from the WorldFest Houston Film Festival for its Extreme Shingle Testing video. WorldFest is the oldest independent film and video festival in the world, created to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in the film and video arena.

The Extreme Shingle Testing video demonstrates the quality of GAF-Elk’s Timberline shingles, with Advanced Protection technology. The shingles are subjected to a battery of tests which are meant to emulate extreme weather conditions, including extreme water and wind testing at hurricane-force speeds. Thanks to Advanced Protection technology, which results in the optimum combination of weight and performance, the Timberline shingles pass every one of the torturous tests. The video also underscores the fact that every GAF-Elk shingle manufactured today passes ASTM’s two toughest wind tests: ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph. Based on published data, GAF believes it may be the only manufacturer that can make that claim.

With the WorldFest competition having ten major categories and more than 200 sub-categories, over 3,500 videos were submitted for judging. GAF-Elk was one of three winners out of 57 entries in the Sales and Marketing-Industry. “We are extremely honored to have won this award and are thrilled to know that our video was so effective in delivering its message,” stated Paul Bromfield, Senior Vice President, Marketing. “Our Advanced Protection shingle technology displays the efforts of GAF-Elk to continuously improve product performance, increase durability, and focus on our ongoing sustainability efforts.”

The video can be viewed on the GAF website at this link: http://www.gaf.com/How-To-Video-Library/Extreme-Shingle-Testing.asp.

About GAF Materials Corporation

GAF Materials Corporation is the largest roofing and ventilation manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $ 3 billion annually. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF-Elk brand) and low-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF brand), which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF-Elk has developed Advanced Protection shingle technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance, while reducing the use of scarce natural resources.

The Company also supports the industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 100,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF-Elk, visit http://www.gaf.com.

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GAF Materials Corporation To Build State-of-the-Art Roofing Shingle Manufacturing Facility

Wayne, NJ (PRWEB) February 19, 2010

GAF Materials Corporation announced today that it will invest in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to produce asphalt shingles for customers in the U.S. Southeast regional market.

The site selection process is in progress, with the company currently studying potential sites in Tennessee, South Carolina and neighboring states. “The new facility will provide residential roofing material to the strategically important and growing Southeastern U.S. market and should help assure our customers of even better supply now and in the future,” said Dick Nowak, Chief Operating Officer at GAF. Once a site is selected, GAF expects to start product production within 18 months.

To ensure a quick start up, the new plant will combine state-of-the-art equipment relocated from the former GAF plant in Quakertown, PA with the most advanced production equipment and design that exists today. “As we look at the roofing market for the next decade, it is obvious that customers will demand that more of their product is made on newer and better production equipment,” Nowak said. “This new plant will mean that more of our product is made in the most modern facilities.”

GAF President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Tafaro said, “Construction of the industry’s newest residential roofing manufacturing facility positions GAF well for strong future growth and enables us to continue to meet customer demand for superior products backed by North America’s largest manufacturer of roofing material.”

About GAF Materials Corporation:

GAF Materials Corporation has grown to become the largest roofing and ventilation manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $ 3 billion annually. Its products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF-Elk brand) and low-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF brand). These products are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.

GAF also supports the industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors to build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. Since its inception, CARE has provided education to more than 100,000 professionals.

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Shingle Eater, Inc. Adds New Tear-off and Demolition Tools to Ergonomic Shingle Stripping Product Line

Charlton, MA (PRWEB) July 23, 2008

Shingle Eater, Inc., nationally recognized as the manufacturer of the most dependable shingle removal tools on the market, announces the addition of two new patented tools to its line-up of ergonomic shingle stripping tools.

Another Original Ripper, the Shingle Eater AOR™, is a tear-off tool designed to be used while sitting or kneeling as you work top-down on a roof. The Demo Eater™ is a steel-welded hand tool designed to remove building materials such as tile and hardwood floors, cedar or vinyl siding, wallboard and asphalt or shake roofs.

“We are proud to offer ‘tools designed by contractors, for contractors™,’” according to Charlene Doherty, President, Shingle Eater, Inc. “We ensure all our products have contractors’ best interests in mind. We implement customer feedback and ideas for continuous improvement and we stand behind the quality of all out products.”

The Shingle Eater AOR is a perfect example. Using an ergonomically designed handle proposed by an independent contractor with over 12 years of industry experience, the Shingle Eater AOR is intended for use while sitting or kneeling. It features a uniquely bent handle and dual handgrips that offer more leverage, better control on steep pitched roofs, and alleviate stress on your back when stripping asphalt shingles.

“As a contractor myself, I know that increasing the job turn-around makes an enormous difference in your bottom line,” according to William Whittaker, designer of the Shingle Eater AOR, and Senior Foreman for J&A Roofing Company, Kingston, NY. “The Shingle Eater AOR provides a faster and safer way to complete tear-offs.”

The Demo Eater™ evolved from contractor requests to reinforce the original Shingle Eater tool for additional applications. Patent pending, this tool is manufactured with the same high-quality steel as the original, yet features a reinforced fulcrum and strike plate. Demo Eaters are available in two sizes, The Demo Eater Senior and The Super Demo Junior. The larger sized tool offers – the longest handle on the market for flooring removal, providing maximum force when tearing out sub-floors or removing wallboard. Beveled teeth and the added kick plate make it easy to slide the footplate under building materials for removal in larger pieces, minimizing cleanup and saving time.

All Shingle Eater Tools are manufactured in the United States, complete with a limited manufacturer’s warranty. Shingle Eater products are available through Contractor Supply Stores and Distributors throughout North America such as Bradco Supply, Allied Building Products, ABC Supply Stores, and many subsidiaries of Beacon Roofing Supply. To access online retailers, or to become a distributor, please visit our website at http://www.shingleeater.com .

About Shingle Eater, Inc.

Shingle Eater, Inc. is a manufacturer of high-quality tools for the roofing and siding industry, including the original patented roof stripping tool “designed by contractors, for contractors™.” For over 25 years, we have designed and manufactured ergonomic tear-off tools intended to get roofing projects completed efficiently and with the least amount of stress on the body. For additional information on the Shingle Eater AOR or the Demo Eater contact Charlene Doherty or Cheryl Rocheleau at 508-248-7800, or visit our website at http://www.shingleeater.com . Shingle Eater, Inc. is headquartered in Charlton, MA, USA, 01507.

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One-Piece Fascia Board / Shingle Band Saves Home Builders Time and Money

Plattsburgh, NY (PRWEB) November 27, 2007

Cedar Knoll Log Homes, a leading Adirondack log home designer and manufacturer, introduces its new one-piece fascia board / shingle band. Cedar Knoll Log Homes is producing this new fascia board / shingle band product in standard dimensions of 2 inch by 8 inch by 12 feet, available in both white cedar and white pine. Custom cut dimensions, trim options and species are available by special request.

Ron Marx, president of Cedar Knoll Log Homes said, “This new one-piece fascia board / shingle band product can save home builders both materials cost and labor. At $ 1.49 a board foot, home builders can save up to 30% off the cost to buy two pieces of lumber to do the same job. This also means that builders need only go up the ladder once to apply the one-piece fascia board / shingle band versus twice; once to put up the fascia and back up again to put up the shingle band.”

A fascia board is a horizontal board of vertical face, usually below the edge of the roof and attached to the roof rafter tails. A shingle band (also commonly called a rake board) is a trim board that is attached at the top front of the fascia board to support the overhang of the roof shingles and to protect the fascia from water drips. Traditional wood-framed construction methodology requires two separate pieces of lumber and a two-step application process to apply the fascia board and shingle band. Cedar Knoll Log Homes’ new one-piece fascia board / shingle band was developed to make this process easier and more economical for home builders.

“This is another example of how Cedar Knoll Log Homes is using innovative thinking and custom engineering to meet the needs of the home builder market. While we primarily focus on the log home building market, we have significant interaction with home builders of all types. We listen to the needs of the marketplace and in this case we responded by designing and producing a new product that has been met with very favorable reviews. Finding ways to build better homes is one of the value-added services that has helped Cedar Knoll Log Homes become an industry leader,” concluded Marx.

Cedar Knoll Log Homes (CK Log Homes) is a family-owned business that has been designing and manufacturing custom and kit log homes and log cabins since 1979. CK Log Homes headquarters, 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art milling facility, and a 1680 square foot beautifully appointed log home model, are situated between the Adirondack Mountains and the shores of Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, NY. CK Log Homes uses only the finest Adirondack cedar and pine available and dries all its logs at the company’s onsite kiln. Prospective log home / log cabin buyers, builders, contractors, wholesalers or dealers are encouraged to call 800-315-0626 for additional information or visit http://www.loghomeslogcabins.com .

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Asphalt Roof Shingle Prices Expected to Raise in 2009 Despite Low Crude Oil Prices

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 11, 2009

Recent indicators from leading asphalt roof shingle manufacturers has lead KTM Roofing to warn consumers to expect further potential increases in the cost to purchase asphalt roof shingles. KTM Roofing, a leading Atlanta roofing contractor issued a similar statement in June 2008 as oil prices were continuing to rise.

From January 2008 to June 2008 KTM Roofing’s cost to surface a standardized 10′ x 10′ roof coverage area called a ‘roofing square’ with 3 tab strip shingles went from $ 30 to $ 46, which prompted the original June 2008 press release. Since the June 2008 statement, asphalt roofing shingle prices continued to climb, surpassing $ 50 and peaking around $ 60 where it is today. These costs do not include other roofing costs such as felt (also oil-dependent in its production), nails or labor, among other costs.

In recent times asphalt shingle pricing could also be tied into crude oil prices from Venezuela. Asphalt roof shingles are dependent on oil as a main component in manufacturing. The South American country was a primary source for crude oil used in the production of asphalt roofing shingles that are common to over 80% of U.S. homes. Recently oil production has been cut, which has limited the oil supply available that could be used in asphalt shingle production.

What is alarming to KTM Roofing and other roofing contractors is that the market is not behaving to reflect the supply and demand for crude oil or the demand for asphalt roofing shingles, which KTM expects to be lower in 2009 than in previous years for metro Atlanta as a result of the current recession. An explanation can be partly found by advances in the efficiency of gasoline production, which has resulted in fewer resources per barrel of crude to be used in the manufacturing of oil-dependent products such as plastics, diesel fuel and asphalt shingles.

In June 2008 the price of crude oil topped off at over $ 140. For the last few months the price of crude has hovered almost $ 100 lower than the previous June 2008 highs, but the price of asphalt shingles has not decreased. In fact the price of asphalt shingles is still increasing and expected to see further increases in the next few months.

Obama Infrastructure and Asphalt Supplies:

There is another increasing variable that could lead to increases in asphalt shingle prices, the Obama administration’s plans to expand infrastructure. If implemented, the expansion of infrastructure will further consume available asphalt resources for projects such as the paving of roads. This would result in the price of asphalt increasing, because of demand, therefore the price of asphalt shingles would be subject to price increases stemming from a shortage of asphalt supplies.

In his 25 years experience, President of KTM Roofing, Tim McLoughlin has seen many types of financial markets impact fellow national and local Atlanta, GA roofers. Experience has taught him that the price of asphalt roof shingles is dramatically different than the price of crude oil, despite the dependency of raw materials on production. Once asphalt shingles increase in price, they typically do not fluctuate like oil or other commodities.

“KTM Roofing wants to remind metro Atlanta homeowners that we have ‘A pricing’ among asphalt shingle manufacturers. This is the best pricing available as a result of volume,” McLoughlin explains. “We help save the consumer money on their roofing project because we take extra time to fully inspect your home’s roof before we provide an estimate. Our estimates are much stronger than a quote–it is a written contract that details all critical aspects of the project. With 25 years experience, KTM Roofing will provide a superior roof, with quality workmanship at a competitive price–guaranteed.”

25 Years Installing Asphalt Roofs:

In 2009 KTM Roofing celebrates their 25th year as a roofing company. In that time they have installed thousands of asphalt roofs throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia and developed a reputation for being a [reliable roof repair __title__ roofing contractor] and roof installation contractor.

For more information, or to receive a free roof estimate visit ktmroofing.com

About KTM Roofing

KTM Roofing has been raising roofing standards in Georgia since 1984™. This Atlanta roofing company is dedicated to excellence in professional roofing. Specializing in roof replacements, KTM can work with a variety of roof materials including natural slate, synthetic slate, clay tile, concrete tile, cedar, pine, cypress, modified bitumen and asphalt. You can receive a roof proposal from KTM Roofing by visiting ktmroofing.com.

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