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Are Metal Roofs The Eco-Friendly Choice?

by on May.24, 2012, under Austin

There has long been some debate about which type of roof is best, and with more families going green, shopping for an eco-friendly roofing solution has become more important than ever. While the jury is still out on exactly which roofing solution is best for those who are going green in every aspect of life, metal roofing does offer some serious benefits for the ecologically conscious.

Less Waste: One of the biggest benefits of metal roofing is that you have far less waste than you might with more traditional shingles. Metal roofing can be installed directly over the existing shingles by Austin roofing professionals. As a result, the shingles don’t have to be removed. Instead, they provide an added layer of protection under the metal roofing materials. Shingles, by their very nature, aren’t biodegradable, so sending them to the landfill during a roof removal could be a real problem. Thanks to the lack of a tear-off with metal roofing, you have far less waste in the process.

The tear-off phase isn’t the only one where there’s less waste when it comes to metal roofing, though. The materials used to design metal roofs are far more durable than traditional shingles. That means that metal roofing doesn’t have to be replaced as frequently as shingles do, and repairs are almost nonexistent with this type of roofing material. With shingles, however, repairs are quite common, and with each repair visit, more waste is produced, which could leave your Round Rock, TX, roofers sending thousands of pounds of roofing waste to a landfill each year.

Energy Efficient: Most roofers in Leander, TX, and other locations agree that metal roofing is also more energy efficient than traditional roofing solutions. In the winter, obviously, the issue at hand is how to keep the home from losing heat. In the long Austin summers, though, the real cost involved is keeping the home cool. Metal roofing reflects the sun. In the heat of the summer, the heat never even penetrates the roof, which may mean less air conditioning and a lower electricity bill. In the cool of the winter, you can count on your roof to keep your home nice and warm, helping you use less heat. What’s more, though, is that this roofing material doesn’t often suffer the heat-related damage that is so common with other traditional materials, which may mean lower overall costs for you.

Visual Appeal: While this doesn’t have a lot to do with keeping your family green, it does help to increase your curb appeal, and in Austin, that translates to a better sales price for your home. Metal roofing comes in a variety of colors to complement your home, and once installed, it looks beautiful, giving your home that extra touch you need.

Shingles certainly have their advantages, but if you’re shopping for an eco-friendly roofing solution, you may want to look toward metal roofing. It could even earn you an energy tax credit during the next tax cycle and cut your homeowners insurance premiums.

 

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Austin Concerts

by on Jan.08, 2010, under Austin

The greater Austin area plays host to some of the best known acts from around the world, and although the winter isn’t usually considered live music season, there is always something going on. When you toss in local acts at small clubs throughout town, you end up with all of the music you can handle.

If classical music is more your speed, the Trans Siberian Orchestra is headed to San Antonio December 26 and Austin December 28 for two shows on each day. You’ll have double the chance to see the kings of holiday music perform during the holiday season right in the greater Austin area. Trans Siberian Orchestra has been described as a one of a kind musical experience that is second to none. If you love the holidays and you love live music, you won’t want to miss this show.

One of the hottest names in country music is coming to the Cedar Park neighborhood on January 28. Jason Aldean is sure to win over your heart and keep your toes tapping with his award winning country music style. The show will be at the Cedar Park Center at 7:30. If you are like most Texans, you love country music, so don’t miss this amazing live event.

The rock band Rooney will be performing at Emo’s in Austin on December 19. Rooney has a unique sound that stands out from the crowd, so be sure to pick up your tickers today before they sell out. Rooney is on a one way trip up the charts and they won’t be playing small venues like this for much longer. See them on this tour and you’ll be able to tell all your friends you saw them before they got huge. Buy your tickets today from Ticketmaster.

The Austin Second Sunday Sock Hop takes place every second Sunday at Shangri-La,
1016 E. 6th St in Austin. Dance to music from the 50’s to the 70’s and get to know great people at the same time. No attitude, no pretension and no worries at all when you attend the Second Sunday Sock Hop in Austin.

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January & February in Austin

by on Jan.08, 2010, under Austin

Let’s face it, January is usually a slow month with little going on. However, Austin isn’t your typical place to live. It is filled with creative people who love to get out and have a good time, so here is a look at some can’t miss events during the month of January in Austin.

The annual Tenant Art show in Austin is your chance to get your hands on amazing art, all valued at under $500. Consider this show the natural follow up to the art bazaars from last month. You may even find some of the same pieces priced for even less than you saw during the holidays. The event is held at the Guadalupe Arts Center and is fun for the whole family. Last year, more than 40 artists participated and there was everything from sculpting to painting to handmade jewellery. Find your perfect piece of art at this awesome event.

No matter how chilly it may be outside, the Westlake Farmers Market is going on rain or shine every Saturday at Westlake High School. Get everything from fresh veggies to fresh coffee and more at this wonderful market. There is also a good selection of crafts, handmade soap, flowers, local and exotic plants and more. Get better deals than you would ever get in the supermarket at this wonderful farmer’s market.

In nearby Round Rock, you can go on an Artisan Stroll every second Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Get to know all of the local shop owners in beautiful Round Rock and sample some of the best food the town has to offer. You’ll taste handmade food that you’ll love and you may make friends that will last a lifetime. Meet across from the library on Main St. in downtown Round Rock.

While college baseball may not have the same attraction of basketball or football, the University of Texas is one of the best schools in the nation and they will be playing home games throughout the month of February. Tickets are cheap and the action is hot. Come out and see the Longhorns battle the likes of New Mexico, Texas Pan-American and more.

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Austin Winter Things To Do

by on Jan.08, 2010, under Austin

Just because things are getting chilly outside doesn’t mean that you have to stay indoors. Austin is a city with a bustling nightlife and there are plenty of winter things to do here, from shows to concerts to plays and so much more. Here is a quick snapshot of what is coming up in Austin this month.

Catch a highly rated production of Laughter on the 23rd Floor at The City Theatre in Austin. The production is running now through December 20 with two shows per day. This popular Neil Simon play is sure to have you in stitches. It is the perfect date night out for you and someone special.

The Keep Austin Bizarre Bazaar is in full swing this holiday season. Kicking off on December 18-21. For the first time ever, this year’s event is absolutely free to attend, and there is even free parking, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have a lot of extra cash. This is unlike any other shopping event you’ve ever seen. It features over 60 local artists all selling their wares to anyone and everyone. Bring home a completely unique, one of a kind gift for someone you love this holiday season.

Through December 23, witness the All Creatures Great and Small show at the Austin Galleries featuring Amy Ringholz and Linda St. Clair. These two artists are legends in their respective fields so don’t miss this chance to see some of their best work right here in town. You don’t have to be an art expert to appreciate what these two women have accomplished. Take time out of your busy holiday schedule and take in this amazing exhibit.

Austin gets even more bazaar this holiday season with the Blue Genie Art Bazaar. This is one of the largest art shows in the Austin area with over 100 area artists participating. This is an incredible opportunity to take advantage of one of a kind art. Own a painting by a local artist before they become known around the world. You only get one chance to do it, so don’t miss out on your chance to own a piece of history!

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