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Old 08-31-2012, 04:28 PM
 
Location: between three Great Lakes.
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I regularly walk past a newly-constructed house in East Grand Rapids, near the intersections of Lake Drive, San Jose Drive and San Lu Rae Drive. The house has a black-shingled roof, which is utterly inefficient, energy-wise. How was this idiotic choice possible? Are there no mandates in place that insure more efficient building materials?
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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Some people like the aesthetics of black shingled rooves. Who are you to be the judge of the collective tastes of the community? And if they have the money to afford to replace them, so be it.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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For a good amount of the year in Michigan, warmer shingles in sub-50F degree temperatures aren't necessarily a bad thing.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:21 PM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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I regularly walk past a newly-constructed house in East Grand Rapids, near the intersections of Lake Drive, San Jose Drive and San Lu Rae Drive. The house has a black-shingled roof, which is utterly inefficient, energy-wise. How was this idiotic choice possible? Are there no mandates in place that insure more efficient building materials?
I don't believe any cities mandate energy-efficiency in their housing. At least not cities in Kent County from which East Grand Rapids would pull a peer-group.

Plus, I'm not 100% sure black shingles are energy-idiotic... it's cold here 6 months a year and those would warm your home.

In any given year, my heating bill dwarfs my A/C bill.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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In the winter, homes with the insulation at the "floor" of the attic, the attic should be cold anyway. There should be plenty of ventilation at the eves and near the top of the roof. This works to bring in cold air and keep it cold. You want this. What you don't want is for the snow on your roof to melt and refreeze at the edge and form an ice dam.
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