Because this is my blog I'm usually the only one contributing a voice. However, today we have a special treat. I asked James to write something about the new roof we've gotten on the building, so here it is!
"After scouring the globe for a realistic synthetic replacement for the original asbestos roof tiles, we found a pretty perfect match in the Da Vinci Fancy Shake with a Castle Grey Ecoblend color tone. The Fancy Shake is a very clean cut tile that doesn't suffer from the exaggerated contouring of most imitation tiles. As a result, it has the look and feel of the original asbestos. And that's great, because the original tiles were in pretty substantial disrepair (years of neglect and one too many hailstorms), leaving us in the unique position of having an original material no longer legal to install and no typical composite shingle that was anywhere close to mimicking it. This gave us both the challenge and opportunity to meet historic guidelines by finding a new material. The Historic Preservation board worked with us and allowed a synthetic material that enabled us to meet our energy efficiency goals. With the highest hail and fire ratings on the charts and a fifty year warranty, the tiles are built to last. In addition, the manufacturer is local (within 500 miles), which reduces the carbon footprint of delivery, and has a program where they accept the scrap material left over from installation for reuse and recycling. Both contribute to LEED certification and to the sustainability of the project, and by utilizing an Ecoblend color tone the tiles reflect heat as well and improve energy efficiency over the life of the building. We're very happy with the results, and thrilled to find another material that meets both historic and energy efficiency guidelines."