Maintenance Will Prolong Life of a Roof

August 30th, 2011

Roofs play a key role in protecting you and the interior of your home from outside weather conditions, primarily moisture. Roofs also provide protection from the sun. In fact, if designed correctly, roof overhangs can protect the building’s exterior walls from moisture and sun.

Most roofs last many years if properly installed and maintained. Maintenance includes cleaning the leaves and debris from the roof’s valleys and gutters. Debris in the valleys can cause water to wick under the shingles and cause damage to the interior of the roof.

Clogged rain gutters can cause water to flow back under the shingles on the eaves and cause damage, whatever the roofing material may be including composition shingle, wood shake, tile or metal. While seasonal changes in the weather are considered one of the most destructive forces, the best way to preserve your roof is make sure the attic is properly insulated, vented and to stay off it.

Concerns regarding moisture, standing water, durability and appearance are dependent on the type of roofing materials used …

http://www.lfpress.com/homes/2011/08/11/18540146.html

Major Focus on Alternative Energy by Jamaica

August 30th, 2011

The volatility of the global energy market has forced consuming countries worldwide to take a serious look at the skyrocketing cost and its impact on their economies, and to plan and implement strategies aimed at reducing their dependence on fossil fuel.

The [Jamaican] Government, which is also feeling the effects of the cost of imported oil, has stepped up its effort to raise public awareness and plan strategies for the use of alternative energy, particularly renewable energy.

Included in the strategies are the launching of the country’s first National Energy Policy; setting the stage for the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG); promoting the use of solar energy and expanding wind farms.

There has also been an islandwide series of community and stakeholder workshops put on by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).

http://www.jis.gov.jm/news/leads-129/28617

Metal Roofs Look Better than Ever

August 30th, 2011

The term “metal roof” can conjure up images of dull, flimsy corrugated sheet metal rusting away on top of an old dilapidated house. But times – and metal roofs – are changing.

“Metal roofs have been around for years, but over the last few years they’ve really evolved,” says Angie Hicks, founder of the consumer group Angie’s List. “They come in different styles and colors – some look like wood, slate tile, clay tile, even asphalt shingles.”

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/money/angies_list/metal-roofs-look-better-than-ever.-angie’s-list-details-the-many-advatages.

Metal Roof Pros and Cons

August 11th, 2011

Metal roofs have been around for many years, but they have evolved. Angie’s List, a leading national provider of consumer reviews, polled some highly rated (according to Angie’s List) roofing contractors about the pros and cons of metal roofing. They follow that up with a list of tips for hiring a metal roofing company.

http://www.ksat.com/news/28780234/detail.html

Real Domestic U.S. Alternative Energy Policy Needed

August 11th, 2011

Andrew Smolski, a specialist in Political/Economic Sociology, argues that alternative energy is a boom industry that needs government help in order to cover the initial losses that would be incurred by private industry: It will not “be some socialist evil over-centralizing,”, he concludes, “but it will allow America to rebuild an economy that hangs on the edge of a cliff.”

http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Renewable-Energy/The-Need-for-a-Real-Domestic-Alternative-Energy-Policy-in-the-USA.html.

The writer of this article from India makes a similar contention regarding renewable energy for his country, here:

http://www.livemint.com/2011/08/03210558/Renewable-energy-is-no-longer.html 



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