A Better Roof

Technical improvements are bringing the roof into the future.

Certainteed tile.

1. BARREL TILE IN METAL
At 98 pounds per square, a durable, lightweight alternative to clay barrel tile comes from Matterhorn Tile. The product has superior wind, fire, and impact resistance, plus a 50-year life expectancy. Cool-roof options are available, too. Certainteed, (800) 782-8777, certainteed.com

FAKRO USA windows.

2. A ROOF BALCONY
Open up a steep room in the gable to light and air with these innovative, standup balcony windows. They’re shielded on the side with safety barriers, and offer enough space to sit with a morning coffee. In 30″ x 100″ and 37″ x 100″ sizes. FAKRO USA, (630) 543-1010, fakrousa.com

Classic Gutter Systems.

3. ROUNDED END CAPS
Securely cap the ends of gutters with reverse-beaded spherical end caps in copper or chromated aluminum. They’re available in 5″, 6″, and 8″ sizes. Seams are sealed with solder for copper or sealant for aluminum. Classic Gutter Systems, (269) 665-2700, classicgutters.com

Tyvek Protec 160.

4. ROOF PROTECTOR
Protect the deck under a new metal roof with Tyvek Protec 160. Ideal for sloped roofs, the underlayment offers thermal and moisture protection, noise reduction, and industry-leading walkability and safety during construction. Comes in 4′ x 50′ rolls. DuPont, (302) 774-1000, dupont.com

PowerFit 20 solar cells.

5. INVISIBLE ENERGY
Specifically designed for metal standing-seam roofs, PowerFit 20 solar cells are lightweight, thin, flexible, and nearly invisible. The 60-watt cells operate independently of each other, meaning that when one is in shade, the others still generate power. Sunflare, (908) 454-6973, sunflaresolar.com


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