Roofing News From Elite

Climate Adaptive Roofing

Weather Adaptive Roofing Systems and Materials

Can the way that your roof handles weather affect your home? What kinds of weather are native to your geographic region? What should you look for in roofing materials? Why is this important?

Best Cold Weather Roofs

In climates that are cold or warm, but still sunny, solar shingles may be a good option. CertainTeed has a number of shingles that score on the Solar Reflectance Scale as well as the Apollo II shingles that are actually solar panel roofing shingles that are available in some states.

In warm climates you can use a light colored metal material, such as Nu-Ray, slate, lighter colored tile, or the environmentally friendly “green” roofs.

In cold weather there are a number of options as well. The most cost effective method is typically asphalt composition roofing. Metal Roofing can be a good option- although considerably more expensive- in areas that have heavy snowfall. The slippery surface of the metal roof causes the snow to slide right off. ( Make sure your gutters have a sturdy hanging system to withstand the weight of the snowfall coming off the roof) Tile roofs are good insulators as well and help keep the heat in and the cold out.

A proper choice in roofing material for your home and geography can save you a lot of money in heating and cooling costs and potentially a lot of money in costs for roofing materials. Heat and extreme weather fluctuations can be a key reason why roofing materials degrade and fail. In ideal conditions many roofs can outlast life expectations.

Should You Replace Your Skylights When You Put on a New Roof?

If your skylights are older than 8 years you might consider replacing them

New roofs are installed every 20 to 40 years depending on quality and type. Skylight life is closer to 10 to 15 years. It is entirely possible that you had to replace your skylights before your home needed a new roof. If the skylights have managed to last as long as the roof, you are probably lucky and you should probably replace them. Replacing them at the same time you put on a new roof is very cost effective. As a rule of thumb, if your skylights are older than 8 years, you might consider replacing them. If you think you might need new skylights with a roof install, we can help.

Do you need to Replace your Skylights? See the Warranties of Some Manufacturers

As a convenience for you, we have included the following information on a number of skylight manufacturer’s warranties:


We warranty and guarantee that the materials described above and furnished for the project noted above are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of Ten (10) Years and warranted against leaking for a period of Ten (10) Years from the date shipped, provided that said Kingspan Light + Air (KLA) products are installed in accordance with KLA installation instructions and/or recommendations. The sole liability of KLA under this warranty shall be to repair or replace the defective product only and shall not exceed the purchase price from the manufacturer of the defective unit or item exclusive of shipping expense and installation charge.


Under the product warranty, Solatube® Daylighting System components are covered for 10 years, most electrical components for 5 years, and Solatube Smart LED™ electrical components for 3 years.


For a period of (15) fifteen years from the date of purchase, VELUX warrants to the end-user that VELUX polycarbonate skylights (Models CD-, CE-, CT-, CG-, CH- and CJ-) will be free from defects in material, workmanship, and that no water will leak through the installed VELUX polycarbonate skylight

For a period of (10) ten years from the date of purchase, VELUX warrants to the end-user that VELUX roof windows, glass skylights, VELUX modular skylight (VMS), SUN TUNNEL skylights, and flashing will be free from defects in material and workmanship. If a …product is found to be defective during this time period, VELUX will … provide a replacement component or a replacement… delivered free of charge to the original point of purchase or to the end-user.


For units purchased after March 1, 2010: Wasco Skylights are warranted not to leak due to defects in materials and workmanship for a period of ten (10) years.

Tesla Enters the Roofing Market

Tesla, the maker of luxury electric cars is entering the roofing business. That’s right, the roofing business. While you may see Tesla as a car company, Tesla sees itself as an energy storage company – namely battery banks. What better use for energy storage devices than solar? And what better way to collect solar energy than a roof?

Towit Tesla is entering the roofing business. Why not just sell storage systems? Because in the long run, the only way to make solar cost-effective without federal subsidies is to eliminate the cost of having to maintain a solar array and a roof by making the solar array be the roof.

The great thing about the idea is that solar cells are a natural raincoat for your roof.  Asphalt has nothing over solar panels in the way of performance protecting your home (with the exception of falling tree limbs, perhaps but even then Tesla claims unparalleled results). Eliminating the cost of the roof shingles and all the associated labor saves a lot of money when putting in a solar solution. Asphalt shingles installed can run anywhere from $4 to $7 a square foot. Traditional solar panels, installed, cost roughly $1 per square foot. You can see right off that adding solar as a part of a new roof install has the potential to save real money.

Telsa will never make money without reaching scale

For Tesla to make a profit margin on solar shingles they are going to have to reach volume similar to GAF and CertainTeed. After all, roofing shingles retail in the $1.25 to $1.75 range per square foot. Tesla will need to be building millions of shingles per year to get costs in line.  Right now Tesla is taking orders for systems at a hefty $50 per square foot.

tesla solar roofing mock of Bellevue roofing job

Tesla Solar Shingles

Perhaps the writing is on the wall with solar cell costs dropping rapidly and fossil fuels becoming more deleterious with every passing day. Right now, Tesla is promising delivery in 2017 but that is beginning to look more and more unlikely as the year progresses. While Tesla is taking orders, they are not promising delivery. According to their web site:

While this Order secures approximate delivery priority within your region, it does not constitute the purchase of a Solar Roof or guarantee that Tesla will sell you a Solar Roof. The timing for delivery and installation of your Solar Roof will depend on your queue position and when the Solar Roof is ready for your region.

No matter if or when the market turns to solar shingles you can be certain Elite Roofing of Bellevue and the East Side will be at the forefront ready to advise you on your options and best alternatives.

Verifying a Contractor Part 4

Now that you know which roofing contractors are running their business operations properly and to Seattle code, it is time to determine which ones do a good job. Reviews are a great source of information for this but you have to be careful. Many Seattle roofing contractors solicit reviews from their happy customers only and others may create fake reviews. Here are a few tips: