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Cover Me: Roofing and Siding
A look at new roofing and siding products from CertainTeed, GAF-elk, KlipTech and Bellaforte
Slate is popular as a roofing material, but it can get pricey quickly. GAF-Elk has a cure in its TruSlate roofing. The shingles are an easy-to-install luxury roofing solution that both looks and performs great. Best of all it's lighter, so it takes less effort to haul up the ladder and less structural support on the roof. TruSlate will be offered in five colors in the 12- by 12-inch size. Click here for FREE information
Boost curb appeal and green points with CertainTeed's new Landmark Solaris shingles. The roofing material features granules that reflect solar energy and radiate heat far better than traditional asphalt roofing material. During the summer months, Landmark Solaris can reduce the temperature of a roof, thereby reducing energy use and utility bills while maintaining the aesthetics of traditional shingles. Click here for FREE information
Chase a modern look and do it all while greening up your operations with KlipTech's EcoClad. EcoClad siding comprises a patent-pending, 50/50 blend of Forest Stewardship Council-certified, post-consumer recycled paper and wood fiber, as well as bamboo fiber. It's also bound by a 100 percent water-based co-polymer resin and is VOC- and benzene-free. It can contribute to seven different LEED credits. Click here for FREE information
Bellaforté roofing tiles use a third less material than traditional synthetic and natural slate shingles, saving resources — say, your roofers' backs — and reducing tile weight. The tiles create an interlocking and overlapping pattern to repel the elements. It is available in a 12-inch profile. Click here for FREE information