Designed for clean, simple living, in collaboration with nature, the Glidehome offers an affordable, low-maintenance, and well-designed green housing alternative and improvement.
We understand that development projects require careful consideration, so we work closely with each client to design harmonious environments, considering the outdoor spaces as much as the indoor to create thoughtful spaces between buildings for arrival, community and neighborhood living.
Landscaping and well-placed outdoor rooms are also considered, which “let the green in,” blurring the boundary between the interiors and exteriors, and creating spaces for inspiratin and reflection
From design to construction, we incorporate energy efficient, eco-friendly materials and systems into each design. Thoughtful window/door placement maximizes cross-ventilation and natural lighting, whereby minimizing the need for artificial lighting and climate control.
We can also use healthy finishes such as non-toxic, low VOC paints and formaldehyde-free cabinetry. Water-saving plumbing fixtures, on-demand water heaters, efficient mechanical ventilation systems, and a photovoltaic system can also be included in your design. Through the use of these and other sustainable design methods, we can work with you to achieve Energy Star and LEED ratings.
In order to achieve the maximum benefits of mass production, repetition is key. However, because we are creating communities for different people with different lifestyles, it is critical to develop homes that are varied as well. Therefore, besides building new homes, we also “update” ones that already are out there. By doing little work on the exterior or interior your old house can be easily liven up.
When we design multi-unit developments, we design the core modules* the same to take advantage of mass production, but then we customize the exterior finishes, and size and roof of the center, so they all appear to be different.
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- What you should know about green roofing technology
When we started our project in 2005. we still did not know of many easy ways to preserve Mother Nature. With gradual education we now want to give to you what we learned and we’ve learned a lot on how to take care of our environment without too much work, time or money. Because we live in an era where profit is the main goal, we are aware that our solutions need to be as simple and as effective as possible. So, instead of teaching you complicated building measures that we know you will lose interest in, we will try to acquire you with something easy. No one has extra money and time to lose so it’s important to get educated on how things can get done fast and eco-friendly. That’s where we step in. As many of our blog posts, this one will too make sure you get the point of green building. Since we live in the 21st century, it is quite silly that we still don’t recognize how we can merge ecology and nature with technology without harming one or neglecting another. A great example for that is green roof technology. Even though it sounds impossible, green roofing is a thing, and it’s an important thing. It is something that works like a domino effect when it comes to the environment; it helps cleaning the air, water, therefore improving our quality of life.
Little bit about the structure
We have partnered with a roofing company from Houston TX on this project and they told us when it comes to technology and structure of this roof; it is unique. What makes it unique are its layers. Every single layer has a purpose, and one can not work properly without another. When they are combined, they make your green roof compact, waterproof and safe. First out of all of them is the vegetation. Doesn’t that alone sound fantastic? We didn’t even get to the next layer, and it already looks promising for nature. Except mentioned, doesn’t a green surface add that certain „something“ to the overall look of your house? We think it’s bright clear that the visual appearance of this kind of roofing technology is amazing. Don’t get overwhelmed already; we still have a few layers to go. There are seven layers left. Under the mentioned green surface there has to be something that will keep it healthy and fresh. This is why you contractor will put engineered soil below the green surface. It makes the roof compact and dense. Considering that one of the layers is the drainage system, there has to be something that will ensure that the soil doesn’t clog it. This is why a separation fabric is put right underneath the engineered soil. To make sure there won’t be any leaks because of the excess water but also to be certain that the plants have enough of hydration, an inevitable part of this construction is the drainage system. There is another layer that is put; another fabric. You want to keep your house free of leaks and destruction, and this is why the protection fabric is a must. It promises that the drainage system will be protected from any physical harm that may happen in the process of rebuilding. The last layer that is put on to the roof base is a waterproof membrane. Because of the fact that it’s not biodegradable, it guarantees you a safe roof, but just in case, it is covered with a roof barrier.
All this was interesting, but let’s face it; you want to know the good stuff, the savings stuff. Well, here’s the thing; Invest now, save later. This means that even though implementing this kind of roof can be pricey; it saves you so much money in a long run. This type of roof is an isolator which means that it will cut your bills for heating in the winter and air-conditioning in the summer. Next off, longevity and durability is a big plus. It has a long lifespan, and you will not have to pay for repairments after every storm. If you will, however, decide to sell your real estate, remember; this type of roof adds value to your home. Now when all human interest benefits are satisfied let’s talk a little about environment benefits. This investment reduces carbon monoxide influence and heat island effect which are the main environmental problems that destroy the rest of nature. Another amazing ability it has is neutralizing acid rain which ruins a lot of green surfaces all over the world. Biological diversity is endangered and by implementing this type of roof we help to improve biological balance.
What we are trying to say is…
To conclude; we can put this article into to three words; think long term. Everything needs patience and we are aware of that. That’s why the green roof is the right step for us. It stands for a gradual and slow transition to a more ecologically conscious society we all hope to live in. We fully trust in the future of green roofing technology, and we hope that you will support it too.Anchor Roofing, Inc.3511 Bering Dr.Phone: (713) 266-2777
Houston , TX 77057
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- Three factors when buidling a new roof
If you are building a house, having a good solid foundations can make up for some mistakes later on. But as we continue building our home, we have to pick a roofing option as well, although to an amateur eye that might seem like a simple process but picking the correct styles can be a bit difficult. Below you will find some of the most common roofing types and styles that we at Glidehome like to use when building houses.
In order to have the best roofing for your home you should keep in mind three categories:
Depending on the area in which you live, there are several different styles that provide shelter from the specific weather conditions. Alongside, that, a good roofing system has to house internal elements as well like piping, ventilation and insulation. Therefore there are several types or roof.
- Gabel roof is a type of roof a kid would draw in their drawings, it is shaped like inverted letter V and it is quite common across the US. But it isn’t best suited for regions with high wind.
- Another common style is the flat roof, which is mainly used for commercial buildings since they have zero to none pitch.
- Next in line is the gambrel roof, or what barn roof the name most people use. While in the past was used for barns, today it is used for residential homes as well since it provides extra storage space.
- The most difficult to construct is the hip roof, mainly because it has four sloping sides with no vertical roof lines. Hips roofs can be rectangular and square.
Other types are the folded plate roof, butterfly roof, winged gable roof, shed roof, the mansard roof and A-frame roof
Some materials are more fitting in certain situations and scenarios, same applies when choosing a roofing material. Keeping in mind three main roof slops, low slope, steep slope and flat roofs you already know that certain materials were made specifically for that slope. Below are a couple of basic materials used in roofing.
Most common material are asphalt shingles, they are the most popular in the US, and is regularly used on steep slopes.
Another great material is metal, which can be used on any type of roof, all depending to your specific needs of the area you live in. Most popular metal materials are zinc, aluminum, steel, copper and tin.
Slate shingles are made of sedimentary rock which can consequently be split into thin sheets ideal for roofing.
In this whole bunch tile is most expensive material used to roof a house, most tile roofs are made out of clay but there are other materials as well like concrete or metal.
Wood shakes are similar to asphalt shingles, main point is overlapping, which makes the roof system weatherproof. But wood requires a lot more maintenance than the others.
The last thing on the list is the pitch of a roof. While the easiest to pick from it is a crucial factor in the equation. To say it simply, the slope of the roof dictates everything else that is going around, from drainage options, attic space or how hard is to construct a roof. There are three main categories of roof slope, flat roof, steep and low slope.
We at Glidehome, follow these steps when talking to our clients about building their house, it is important to realize that some roofing styles are better for some regions than others.