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When the Roof Is a Garden

The idea of going green is becoming increasingly popular and catching up with both residential and commercial property owners. Today, many property owners are making a conscious effort to adopt eco-friendly and sustainable methods in an attempt to protect the environment.

Going Green? Why Not Start With Your Roof?

Whether you’re considering a roof garden or green roof, there are many advantages. Transforming your roof into a garden can add a unique aesthetic appeal to your property. In addition, you’ll be able to make a significant impact on a personal, community and global level.

Reduce Your Energy Consumption

A roof with natural vegetation provides optimal insulation throughout the year. Most homes with ordinary roofing tend to lose about 40% of conditioned air through the cracks and vents in the attic. With an eco-friendly roofing solution, you’ll be able to lower your heating and cooling bills substantially.

Increase the Value of Your Property

Installing green roofing can increase the real estate value of your property by approximately 7%. In addition, you might qualify to receive property tax credits, storm water tax reductions, and grants depending on the location of your residence.

Make a Positive Difference to the Community

Eco-friendly roofs are designed to reduce the urban heat island effect and smog that’s becoming an increasingly common concern in metropolitan areas. Green roofs are recyclable and can be disposed of responsibly without ending up as debris in landfills.

Green Choices Can Make a Healthier Planet

Small yet significant choices can make a tremendous impact on our environment. A green roof can not only work wonders for your curb appeal but also increase the value of your property. Interstate Roofing is a trusted provider of quality roofing and roof repair services in Portland, OR. Contact Interstate Roofing today at 503-684-5611, and learn more about the various roofing choices available. You can even request a free estimate!

Cold in the Winter, Hot in the Summer

Are you sick of watching your home’s energy bills skyrocket during the winter and summer? Although the Portland-Vancouver area enjoys pleasant transitional seasons, winter’s chill and summer’s heat are constant threats to local household budgets and home energy efficiency. Fortunately, there are several cost-effective steps you can take to reduce your heating and cooling bills without investing in costly new technologies.

Leaking Air, Leaking Money

Many older homes suffer from poorly sealed windows, under-insulated attic spaces and drafty doors. Energy-saving retrofits typically focus on three key areas: attic insulation, window replacement and whole-house weatherproofing. Let’s explore each of these in turn.

Keep It Comfortable with Affordable Insulation

Home energy efficiency depends on a variety of factorsAccording to the EPA and the administrators of the federal government’s EnergyStar program, homeowners can save as much as 20% on total heating and cooling costs simply by adding new insulation to their attics or updating existing insulation within their homes’ walls. This translates to total energy bill savings of as much as 14%.

What’s more, Oregon and Washington both offer additional rebates that may cover part of the cost of installing blown-in insulation in your attic. When it’s done by a professional, the installation process is fast, effective and non-disruptive.

Replace Outdated Windows

Window replacement is another important step. Like attic insulation, energy-efficient windows routinely attract federal and state tax credits. Modern windows use effective sealing technology to keep warm air inside during the winter and outside during the summer. In fact, the newest generation of energy-efficient windows doesn’t even require a second storm window to function properly. Instead, modern windows contain insulating buffers between “inside” and “outside” panes. Many models last for years, so you’ll enjoy ample returns on your modest investment.

Simple Weatherproofing Tips for Year-Round Comfort

Other weatherproofing steps may be even easier. Fireplace inserts effectively insulate your home’s chimney column and reduce heat loss through the roof. Programmable thermostats allow you to control how much heat or air conditioning your home’s interior receives at any given time. Meanwhile, costs for energy-efficient heating units and solar panels have plummeted over the past decade.

Interstate Roofing: Your Indoor Temperature Control Source in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA

These aren’t the only things you can do to reduce your home’s heating and cooling bills as well as its impact on the environment, but they’re a great start. At Interstate Roofing, we’re proud to help homeowners across the Portland-Vancouver area put more of their hard-earned funds back in their pockets. If you’re ready to transform your house into the efficient, cash-saving envy of the neighborhood, give us a call at 1-800-ROOF-270 or contact us online today.

The Leak Detective Is In

We’re ready to solve your Portland, OR leaking roof mystery

In the Pacific Northwest, dealing with rain is a way of life. You may choose to ignore the constant downpour during your daily commute, and that’s okay. When the rain seeps into your home and you discover annoying drips or unsightly water stains, however, that’s when it’s time to take action. Ignoring the rain outdoors may only result in wet ankles and frizzy hair; neglecting to address the rain indoors could result in mold, the destruction of insulation, and rotting woodwork.

You may be tempted to tackle the job yourself, but what you may not realize is that discovering the source of a roof leak can be difficult. Contrary to common belief, the site of a water stain or drip may not be where the water is getting in from, so it’s best to consult the experts. An experienced roofing contractor will look for clues and perform some nifty tricks to find the source of the infiltration.

We Investigate Every Nook and Cranny

We may begin by examining your roof’s shingles or tiles as well any chimney seams to look for signs of mold or water damage. We’ll even crawl into your dusty attic if necessary to find telltale leak indicators. One of the easiest ways to tell, though, is often by using the water itself. By investigating where the water is flowing to and looking for paths that may lead to the stain, we may be able to find the suspect.

Common Leak Culprits

Common leak culprits include roof vents or vent boots. What are vent boots? Well, all homes have vents on their roof in order for sewer gases to release into the atmosphere rather than building up in your home. Installed over the vent pipe is a boot designed to keep water from leaking into the vent hole. Damage to the vent or boot may give the rain easy access to your home.

Nails and leftover mounting holes may also be the source of a water intrusion. These suspects are sometimes left behind after a roof repair or satellite dish installation. These leak sources are significantly smaller than faulty vents, so they are sneakier. You may discover that mounting holes have been letting small amounts of water into your home for months or even years. Fortunately, these tiny holes are simple to repair with a patch or new shingles.

Are you ready to stay dry indoors by interpreting the evidence and solving the puzzle? If so, contact us today for tips and additional help, or check out our homepage.

There Is a Shingle Heaven: Saving the Planet One Roof at a Time

Having a roof over your head—any roof—is something we should all try not to take for granted. Whether that roof is in good condition and can meet your demands, of course, is another matter. Each year, thousands of homeowners in the Portland, OR area choose to have their homes re-roofed to provide greater protection and increase overall household energy efficiency. While new roofing can be essential, a great deal of waste is created in the process.

The Interstate Initiative to Recycle Roofing Waste

When it comes to roof installation, Interstate does more than just handle basic installation tasks. We’re proud to be a local green business leader by recycling the roofing waste created on our jobs. We’ve been recognized by the City of Portland as a Premier Service Company because we always work hard to meet our client needs while keeping our community and environment in mind. Our recycling initiative is just one example of how we demonstrate our concern for our customers.

In order to recycle all of the wood and metal materials that come off our roofing jobs, we’ve created an in-house transportation division to coordinate the transfer of waste to recycling facilities. As a certified green roofing contractor, we sent more than 10,000,000 pounds of roofing debris to recycling centers last year. This means that we didn’t add to the burden of our local landfills.

For homeowners who want to boost overall efficiency, having a roof replaced is just the first step in bringing energy costs under control. If you plan on having green roofing materials installed, take time to think about other green solutions for your home. Eco-friendly lighting, heating and cooling solutions can work together with a new, efficient roof to cut down substantially on energy usage.

Replacing a roof generates a great deal of waste

Why Is Recycling Roofing Waste So Important?

Some 7 to 10 million tons of waste is created each year by roofing replacement. Even worse than the volume of the waste, asphalt shingles aren’t biodegradable and will take up space in landfills forever unless they are recycled or repurposed.

Recycling roofing materials also does more than just cut down on waste. They’re often used in road construction, where they offset the need for new materials produced in factories that put out heavy pollution. By reducing the demand for these materials, recycling roofing also helps to cut down on the overall level of industrial pollution in the U.S. As more roofers adopt recycling programs, the cost benefits for consumers will be greater.

If you’d like to have your roofing replaced but don’t want to create waste while doing so, contact one of our friendly professionals at Interstate about your options today.

Who Wouldn’t Want a Free Roof?

We Know You Would!

Although there are a few economic bright spots on the horizon, things are still pretty tough out there. The financial crisis of the late 2000s wiped away trillions of dollars in accumulated wealth and squeezed millions of homeowners’ already-fragile budgets. In Portland, Vancouver and beyond, regular folks are struggling to make ends meet.

While we can’t single-handedly fix this problem, we can certainly do our part to help. That’s why we’re excited to announce a free roof giveaway for one lucky family. It’s our little way of saying “thank you” to our loyal customers.

The Backstory

Our free roof giveaway is made possible by the hardworking folks behind No Roof Left Behind, a national organization that connects struggling homeowners with new roofs. Founded in response to the recent economic meltdown by the owners of a Michigan-based contracting company, No Roof Left Behind adheres to a simple, sustainable principle: Everyone deserves a second chance. Interstate Roofing is proud to partner with NRLB to deliver a new roof to a lucky homeowner in the Portland area.

How Does It Work?

While we’d like to give away a free roof to everyone who asks, logistical considerations prevent us from doing so. Fortunately, No Roof Left Behind makes the giveaway process easy and painless. First, an open nomination period allows anyone from the community to nominate a deserving homeowner for the honor of receiving a new roof. Once the nomination window has ended, four worthy homeowners are selected as finalists. Using detailed information about their circumstances and backstory, members of the public choose a single winner from the group.

Who Can Be Nominated?

Any local homeowner who has experienced financial hardship is eligible for nomination. Ideal candidates may have suffered a recent job loss, medical emergency, death in the family or other unexpected expenses. If you’re in this boat, you’re welcome to nominate yourself for the privilege. To send in your nomination, simply use the form on No Roof Left Behind’s website.

The initial nomination period ends on March 1, 2014, and the finalists will be revealed on March 17. After a two-week round of public voting, the free roof winner will be announced on April 7, 2014.

Start Your Roof Installation Project on the Right Foot

At Interstate, we’re proud to call Portland, OR home. Our roof giveaway is just the latest in a long line of community-building initiatives that aim to build on the region’s tremendous strengths. Of course, we don’t want to be defined by a single project. Even if you don’t win a free roof, we’d be happy to assist with your next roofing installation. Call your hometown roofing contractor at 1-888-ROOF-270 or fill out the online contact form to request a free, no-obligation estimate.

Green Roofs, Gutters and Mindful Living

In recent years, unusual weather patterns, unexplained phenomena and erratic storms have deepened our consciousness for the environment. Many homeowners are embracing the new wave of green roofing in an attempt to take us closer to a greener and healthier planet.

Insulate Inside Out

Ordinary roofing might not provide your home with complete insulation during the hot summer and cold winter months. Not surprisingly, about 40% of conditioned indoor air can escape through the cracks and crevices in your attic. By switching to a green roofing solution, you’ll be able to lower your heating and cooling bills almost instantly.

Make the Most out of Natural Resources

A substantial amount of water is used to water lawns and gardens during the hot summer months. Save money on your water bills with indigenous rain barrels that collect the rain that hits your roof. You’ll also be able to prevent flooding and storm water runoffs.

Natural Lighting Can Lower Energy Bills

With attractive solutions incorporated into a green roof, such as solar tubes and skylights, your home will be supplied with ample amounts of natural sunlight. With well-lit indoor spaces, rarely will you feel the need for artificial lighting during the day.

Recycle Your Roof

Rather than ending up in a landfill, a green roof can be recycled in the most efficient manner, thus sparing you the hassle of having to dispose an average of five tons of debris.

Lincoln High School Green Roof

Interstate Roofing installed a green roof on Lincoln High School.

Harness the Power of the Sun

Solar panels can be a mindful and smart investment, one that can save money and reduce greenhouse gases at the same time. Benefit from clean and renewable energy by installing solar panels on your roof.

Reduce the Need for Energy Usage with Specially Designed Cool Roofs

Take advantage of roofs built with shingles that are incorporated with solar-reflecting granules. Available in cool colors, they are designed to keep your roof and home cool by effectively reflecting sunlight.

Do Your Part for the Community

Your roofing choices are more important than you think. By making green choices, you’ll make a positive impact on the community. Earth-friendly roofs can reduce smog and city heat island effect.

Now Is a Great Time to Embrace the Power of Green

It has never been easier than now to adopt smart solutions that have innumerable benefits. Not only does green roofing appreciate the value of your home, but you’ll be a part of the growing community that makes mindful choices for our planet. Interstate Roofing is reputable roofing contractor based in Portland, OR. Call today, and learn more about your various options in roof installation, siding, gutters and windows.

Under the Dome

Dome-shaped structures have always been a source of fascination because there aren’t too many of them in Portland, OR. Residential homes with a geodesic dome become an object of curiosity from the moment the structure goes up because in a sea of gable, hip and mansard roofs, domes stick out like the extraordinary structures that they are. Don’t let the inevitable comparisons to alien spaceships get in the way of recognizing the very real advantages of dome roofing.

Beyond Nifty: The Usefulness of Dome Roofs

Unlike traditional roof types, domes don’t rely on standard interior columns or support posts. Without load-bearing pillars to worry about, domed houses will have additional space inside for your possessions.

The strength of the roof installation derives from the inherent solidity of the arch, which is the load-bearing foundation of the dome. Dome construction uses the laws of physics to create a sturdy structure that can withstand high winds, powerful storms and heavy snowfall. Optimizing the laws of compression, tension, gravity and normal force, dome installers construct one of the strongest solid structures known to man, so strong that 2,000-year-old domed buildings, such as Rome’s Pantheon, are still standing today.

Dome roofs are easily insulated using a continuous application of polyurethane foam or other materials. Based on the experience of homeowners living under dome roofs, you can expect to see major savings in energy consumption as this roof type moderates interior temperatures more efficiently.

Drawbacks of Non-standard Roof Installations

In the highly regulated business of home construction, roofing contractors may balk at installing and maintaining roof designs that depart from the normal. It may be challenging to conform to local building codes as roofing materials are manufactured for angular designs.

Assembling an arched roof involves reconfiguring standard building supplies to fit specific curvatures. Some parts and supplies may be custom-manufactured for your needs, but in both cases, costs of material and labor will increase.

The quirky factor may also end up riling neighbors who regard non-conformity as proof of extraterrestrial invasion, and you can’t blame them. After all, they have to look at your spaceship-inspired home while you enjoy your spacious post-modern interiors.

Finally, the resale value of your home may be affected by non-standard features such as a dome roof because buyers who are about to spend a few hundred thousand on a new home may prefer the familiarity of staid and common styles.

Roofing Contractors Can Make It Happen

Regardless of your roofing preferences, consult the roofing experts at Interstate Roofing of Portland, OR for new construction, re-roofing and other maintenance issues. These roofing contractors have experience with all types of roofs, from traditional gables to specialized domes. Contact us today at 503-684-5611 for a free estimate.