Creating A Great Construction Environment

About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.

Green Options For Your Roof: Slate Vs. Cedar Roofing

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Manufacturing has a huge impact on earth's resources. For example, to make a metal roof, miners must first extract ore from the ground. This ore is then transported to a refinery where the raw metal is extracted from the ore and may then be mixed with other ingredients to make an alloy. This metal must then be transported to a manufacturing plant where it is made into a roofing material. In contrast, the process for making slate or cedar roofing is much more simple. 

How Slate Roofing Tiles Are Made

Slate is a metamorphic rock with unique characteristics. Based on how the crystals form in the slate, natural planes are formed. These planes are helpful in making tiles, but the slate must first be cut out of a quarry. With a special wedge, workers can then split the slate along the naturally occurring planes to make thin roofing tiles. All of this preparation can typically be done right at the quarry, so the transportation and manufacturing demands are much lower than those associated with other choices like metal and asphalt shingles. Furthermore, slate can last from 50-200 years, so your demand for future roofing materials is greatly diminished as compared to asphalt shingles, which will only last for 15-20 years, and aluminum roofing, which will only last for around 35 years. 

How Cedar Shingles Are Made

Cedar shingles are made by cutting down trees. That sounds bad on the face of it. You can almost imagine swarms of chainsaw wielding maniacs clear-cutting pristine forest glades, but today's logging companies are aware that for the future of their company as well as for the good of the earth, carefully managing a forest is important. Thus, cedar shingles come from some of the best managed and healthiest forests in the world. Furthermore, in that cedar shingles can last for a hundred years or more, using cedar is also a good way to decrease your need for future building materials.

Final Analysis

When deciding between cedar or slate, it really comes down to cost and weight. Slate is one of the most expensive and heaviest building materials on the market. While an expensive material can cause problems for your budget, a heavy material can cause problems for the structure of your home. Cedar is a long-lasting, less heavy, and less expensive option, so it makes a great way to go green on a budget.

Talk with a roofing contractor from a business like Ray's Harford Home Improvement Contractors Inc to learn about other roofing options.

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7 August 2015