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Eagle Being Green: Doing Our Part to Help the Environment

It’s important to you and your family, and ours as well. We love our planet and want to do our part to help the environment in we do.
We take our commitment to being environmentally friendly seriously, which is evident in our Eagle Green initiative. We’d like to share with you some of the steps we take to produce a product and business that keeps our planet safe and clean. 

We lead all other concrete tile manufacturers with our recycling and re-use activities:

• We make a concerted effort to reduce haul-off from all of our plants when purchasing the most energy-efficient 
and environmentally safe equipment we can find.

• Rejected tile is crushed and re-introduced into the manufacturing process.

• Trash that cannot be recycled is compacted to reduce landfill deposits.

• Wood tile pallets are repaired and re-used whenever possible.

• Synthetic oils are used on machinery when possible due to their long life-span.

• Engine oil and filters from plant equipment are recycled.

• All Eagle tile sealers are water-based.

If you have questions about our tile manufacturing or about the environmental benefits of tile roofing, please contact us at eagleroofing.com.

Is Your Roof Cool? Here’s How it Works.

As we get into the hot, summer months, the AC gets cranked and the energy costs often rise to to keep buildings comfortable. According to the EPA, about $40 billion is spent annually in the US to air condition buildings – one-sixth of all electricity generated in a year!
ENERGY STAR qualified roof products reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings and can reduce energy bills by up to 50%.”

What is Energy Star? ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. (seeenergystar.gov)

Cool Roof Rated products are listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council (www.coolroofs.org) and have been tested and approved as highly reflective. Eagle Roofing offers an extensive amount of colors and profiles of Cool Roofing options, which can help reduce your energy costs by 10-30%. They also have environmental benefits as well, by reducing global warming, urban heat island effects, smog, and the production of CO2. 

Here’s How It Works:
A cool roof reflects and emits the sun’s energy as light back to the sky, rather than transferring it to the building below it as heat. Therefore, a tile’s 
“coolness” is measured by two properties–Solar Reflectance – fraction of sun energy reflected by roof (0-100%) and
Thermal Emittance – ability of roof surface to release (emit) absorbed heat (0-100%).
The recognition of the benefits are becoming more widespread and have been adopted by building codes and green building programs across the nation. 

To find out more about how an Eagle Tile Roof works, contact us today at eagleroofing.com .

How Do Roof Tiles Perform in Cold Weather Conditions?

How do roof tiles perform in cold weather conditions?

The density and durability of concrete tile made by Eagle Roofing products a natural choice in cold or high freeze thaw cycling areas. The tile is not susceptible to moisture freezing within the body of the tile. There are specific application procedures that manage the snow blanket that may accumulate on the roof to prevent the snow from turning into a block of ice or sliding off the roof in large sheets. The tile has a naturally occurring air pocket between the underside of the tile and the roof sheathing, that when installed and ventilated correctly minimize ice damming as well as tile expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature.

If installed properly, tile roofs are also virtually maintenance free. The roof handles the snow excellently. In fact, most owners with tile roofs in the colder regions report that “If it’s done properly the first time, there’s really nothing that has to be done to maintain a tile
roof.” For tile roof owners, the key selling points are low maintenance, elegance, and durability. Customers are very satisfied with tile roofs. They like the look and the durability. Once it’s up and in place, you get a good, lasting material. You may only run into problems with tile roofs in the mountain areas if you focus on one thing — cheap. The bottom line for some may be, How cheap can I get a tile roof put on my house?”
That’s where a lot of the bad press comes from and from people who use tile on buildings they shouldn’t or they don’t use the right system with it.
As with any other aspect of a building project, the longevity of a tile roof depends on thoughtful
planning, proper building design, and quality workmanship. Hire a roofing contractor who knows exactly HOW to install it properly, and you will have a beautiful roof for most of your lifetime.

Concrete Roofing vs Asphalt: Which is more Energy Efficient? (Part 2)

I came across a recent question that was answered by Michael Holcomb from the Byron Center in Michigan. His explanation is excellent in answering the question of
“Is an asphalt shingle roof or concrete tile better, energy wise?”
In the previous blog entry, Holcomb explained the difference between asphalt and concrete shingles as far as heat transfer and energy efficiency. The rest of his thoughts have to do with other factors to consider and selecting a contractor.

Holcomb writes, “There are other mitigating factors in choosing between asphalt shingles and concrete tiles.
Concrete is fire proof, wind proof, brittle to walk on and more expensive up front.
Asphalt shingles are cheaper initially, safe to walk on (weather permitting), wind resistant and easily repairable.
You can install a radiant barrier under the roof structure (not on the floor of the attic) that will improve the energy efficiency of the roof assembly using asphalt shingles.
A properly install radiant barrier can reduce radiant heat gain and vent conducted heat through the roof venting system.
Remember in order that a radiant barrier be effective the reflective surface must be exposed to an air gap.”

His advice on selecting a contractor:
“Whichever way you go select a qualified contractor, verify their references, licensing and insurance coverage.
If you go with a cement roof make sure that they have done a lot of cement tile roofs.
Talk to previous customers to see how their experience with the contractor went.
Don’t disqualify a contractor that has had a complaint if they handled the complaint and the client was satisfied. Anyone that has been in business for any length of time will have had complaints, many unjustified.”

Great words of wisdom to share.
(Source: greenhomeguide.com)

 

Concrete Roofing vs. Asphalt: Which is More Energy Efficient (Part 1)

I came across a recent question that was answered by Michael Holcomb from the Byron Center in Michigan. His explanation is excellent in answering the question of “Is an asphalt shingle roof or concrete tile better, energy wise?”

Holcomb suggests that it’s a question that might have a different response depending on your location.He goes on to say, “Lets begin by reviewing how heat is transferred through roofing. Heat travels on light rays (radiant), in a vapor or liquid (convective) and through solid objects (conduction). When we say a roof is energy efficient we are speaking of its ability to reduce all three.In cold weather states conductive heat movement is not a function of roof coverings.All climate zones are concerned with radiant and convective heat transfer with regards to the roof structure.

In a predominantly cooling climate we should select a roof that reduces the impact of all three types of heat transfer since the sun radiates heat to the roof coverings which heat the roof structure conductively causing the attic to heat up. The heated air pressurizes the attic and may force the heated air into the habitable structure through convection.
So when we think of a roof covering as energy efficient we are almost always talking about how effective it is at reducing transfer of radiant heat into the attic via conduction or convection.”

When addressing the effectiveness of Asphalt shingles, he writes “Asphalt shingles are somewhat effective if you purchase a solar reflective roofing shingle. A percentage of radiant heat is bounced back into the atmosphere.
Unfortunately there is still enough heat that warms the roof and surrounding structure making the attic hot during sunny periods.
Since the asphalt shingles are in direct contact with felt underlayment and the felt is installed directly over the roof sheathing the entire structure is within a few degrees of the asphalt shingle temperature. Once the sheathing is heated up through conduction it warms up the attic which in turn warms up the living spaces through conduction and convection.”

He also contrasts them with Concrete shingles and says, “Concrete shingles are much more effective at reducing all three types of heat transfer.
Concrete tiles can be reflective in color which reduces heat gain.
Since they are elevated they actually allow the heat gain to be vented so the roof structure has significantly less heat gain.
The heated air under the shingles is vented through the ridge cap helping to keep the roof structure cool.
So strictly from an energy perspective concrete tiles are more energy efficient than asphalt shingles.”

See the rest of Holcombs explanation and thoughts in the next blog entry.

(Source: greenhomeguide.com)