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Roofing Mix It Up A local townhome finds an ideal mix of cool roofing, wood shake and solar reflective shingles. By Maria McDonagh-Forde C hoosing a reflective asphalt shingle roof used to mean sacrificing aesthetics for energy efficiency, since white was the only color available. Today, that is no longer the case. Reflective shingles are now available in wood-shake style and in designer colors. Solar-reflective shingles are especially popular with townhome and condo associations, where residents are concerned about curb appeal, but also want to increase the energy efficiency and durability of their homes. For example, Pine Knoll Villas, an eight-building Mililani townhome development, replaced its wood shake roofs with solar-reflective shingles. The old roofs, installed when the development was built in 1974, had fallen prey to the effects of nature, such as frequent wet weather, algae growth and pine tree beetle infestation. “The roofs had been leaking, there were plants growing out of them and they had big holes in some parts,” says Kim Beattie, former vice president of operations at Tropical Roofing and Raingutters. “They also had an unusual condition where one or two of the roof valleys had come right down into a wall, which created potential for moisture damage.” The first step for the Pine Knolls project was to choose a new roofing product. Although wood shakes are a common roofing material throughout Hawaii, the Pine Knoll homeowners were deterred by the cost and ongoing maintenance hassles. Influenced by tax incentives, the townhome’s association began looking at solar-reflective shingles to lower the roof temperature in hot weather, as well as help improve its CertainTeed Landmark Solaris IR solar-reflective, algae-resistant shingles in the Resawn Shake color were used to reroof the Pine Knoll Villas, a townhome development in Mililani, Hawaii. ® 8 ™ August - September 2013 BMH energy efficiency. Its search led to CertainTeed® Landmark Solaris™ IR solar-reflective shingles. Landmark Solaris™ shingles are manufactured using special reflective granules, which repel the sun’s rays and lowers the roof’s surface temperature up to 20 percent. This puts less demand on a structure’s air conditioning system, cutting energy usage and utility bills. “This area of the island has a very wet climate and is prone to algae growth, so having a shingle with algae resistance was one of the homeowners’ requirements,” Beattie says. “CertainTeed met our needs with custom and algae-resistant shingles.” Working through the summer heat, the installation crew noticed an additional benefit of the solarreflective shingles. “They commented that the Landmark Solaris shingles were a lot cooler to work with than the average shingle,” Beattie says. “When you’re kneeling down on standard shingles on a hot day, you really feel the heat, but with the solar-reflective shingles they could feel a difference.” The vibrant look of the new shingles inspired a new community pride among the homeowners and generated discussions on what can be done to further improve curb appeal, says Roy Dela Cruz, account executive for Certified Management, Inc., the managing agent for Pine Knoll Villas. “The homeowners were very surprised because they were expecting an asphalt shingle roof to absorb more heat in the summer than wood shakes,” Dela Cruz says. “They were very pleased. Some of them even told me that this was the first summer that it didn’t get really hot inside their townhomes.” Maria McDonagh-Forde is director of marketing communications for CertainTeed Roofing.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii August/September2013

ROOFING Top 3 Roof Savers
Mix It Up: cool roofing, wood shake and solar reflective shingles
Townhomes Cool Off From The Top Down
What’s Trending & Why? Smart and sunny solutions
White Out!
A Good Match: New roof gives local shopping center a fresh look.
Stone Meets Metal For Lasting Roofs
Project Complete: When a project goes right, everyone is happy.
PLUMBING Safe & Simple Drains
Project Repipe
Saved From Spots: Small Things can make a big difference
Repiping With PEX
LANDSCAPING Emerging Trends
Irrigation: Too Much of a Good Thing
On Site: An Exercise of Tolerance

Building Management Hawaii August/September2013