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Go Green & Save Green: Stonewater Now Offering Solar Solutions

Stonewater Roofing is extremely proud to add solar panel technology to its existing catalog of roofing options, giving customers a chance to take back power from the big electric companies while making our planet a cooler place to live.

“Solar power is all about green,” stated Stonewater Roofing CEO Roland Browne. “It’s eco-friendly for property owners who want to go green and help protect our environment, but it can also save you some green by drastically cutting the cost of your monthly electric bill.”

The amount saved is based on a detailed list of variables and is different from one customer to the next. However, many property owners should be able to offset their electricity costs by more than 60 percent. Some may even be able to cut their costs by nearly 100 percent — all while adding 4-6 percent to their property’s value.

Plus, the amount of money you save each month will actually increase over time. That’s because solar customers are free from the threat of electricity price hikes. Utility companies routinely increase your bills and, since you need electricity, you are just forced to pay the new amount. Solar energy provides an alternative option, one that is not subject to inflation.

Stonewater Roofing’s solar experts are able to completely assess the financial benefits during an initial energy assessment.

These savings, along with a 26 percent federal solar tax rebate, can help property owners quickly cover the costs associated with solar panel installation and start putting that cash to better use. “This lets you tuck money away for a new car, a family vacation, or something else that you really love,” Browne added. This rebate percentage drops to 22 percent in 2023 and just 10 percent in 2024, so don’t miss out on your chance to cash in!

But the benefits of solar energy are not strictly financial. There is a practical side as well. “Texas experienced an absolutely awful snowstorm last year that led to a massive power crisis. Many homes and businesses were without power for several days. People should not have to live in fear of that happening again,” Browne said. “Solar keeps you safe from another power crisis.”

Indeed, the Stonewater solar package can include an optional battery backup system for storing any energy generated by the sun. That means, even if the state’s electric grid goes dark, your property will have access to an uninterrupted supply of power. Solar panels remain operational on rainy or overcast days, and they are designed to stay mostly free of snow even in the worst storm.

“Stonewater is already on the roof,” Browne continued. “We love to innovate, and solar is just the next logical way for us to offer even more peace of mind and keep our customers even safer from the next storm.”

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Stonewater Is Certified To Protect Your Home From Snow

Snow doesn’t fall in Texas very often, but it can be extremely damaging to your roof when it does. This is especially true when we get several inches of snow and ice all at once. Is your roof covered in snow and leaking? You’re not alone. This can be a common problem across the Lone Star State, because many roofers do not take the proper precautions to weatherproof a roof in the event of an ultra-chilly storm.

A full roofing system that is properly installed should be able to hold up to the icy side of Mother Nature.

Stonewater Roofing uses GAF roofing products, which are among the highest quality on the market. Plus, we have been named a GAF Master Elite certified installer, meaning that we have a reputation and can be trusted to construct a roof that will keep you safe and dry, and hopefully bring you some much needed peace of mind.

For instance, we install a GAF Leak Barrier in areas where ice dams may form. That includes ridges, valleys, dormers, chimneys, eaves, side walls, plumbing vents, and any skylights. This is an extra layer of protection that uncertified roofers may not include. It keeps your home dry in the places where snowy leaks are most likely to occur.

Your roof protects everything under it, both your property and your loved ones. You shouldn’t settle for a subpar roofer. Choose an accredited company that will back up its work with a strong warranty. Choose the experts at Stonewater Roofing.

Wienerland’s Iconic Roof Held Record For Steep Pitch

One of Tyler’s most iconic buildings will soon be gone. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported in March that the former home of Wienerland is set to be demolished. The business holds many memories for East Texans, but is also well known within the roofing industry. That is because Wienerland’s roof held the record for the steepest pitch on a commercial building in Tyler.

Pitch is essentially the angle or slope of a roof. It is expressed as a ratio of vertical rise to horizontal span. For consistency within the United States, the span is always 12 inches. So, pitch measures how many inches a roof rises over the course of 12 horizontal inches. The easiest and safest way to measure the pitch of a roof is from the attic.

Slope Diagram

There are several common pitches within the construction industry, such as 4/12 for low-slope roofs up to 9/12 for steeper-slope roofs. The old Wienerland building is an oddity at 18.4/12 and an angle of nearly 57 degrees.

Pitch helps to redirect water and snow. Areas that see significant amounts of precipitation will typically require greater pitches or minimum slopes on buildings for protection. Since rain and snow are not regular issues in East Texas, the Wienerland pitch must have been for other reasons.

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Perhaps the pitch was to attract attention. If that was the case, it certainly worked. Wienerland was a cherished eatery in the Tyler community for five decades, starting in 1968 as Der Wienerschnitzel. It was rebranded as Wienerland in the 1980s and saw great success along East 5th Street. After the owners died in 2016, the location was sold. Wienerland then reopened in May 2017, but it closed again in August 2018.

The building is being torn down to make way for HTeaO, a modern iced tea franchise.