26 Oct '12, 6pm

Our friend Tom Miller's quest for the perfect green roof:

Our friend Tom Miller's quest for the perfect green roof:

We’re fortunate to have a small cottage in north central Michigan. Nothing fancy, but we love the area and the feel of being away from it all. With no Starbucks within 60 miles, nesting loons on the small lake, and galaxies worth of stars at night it’s just about perfect for us. Except, it needs a new roof. And our cottage happens to be a 45 year-old A-frame, beautifully crafted with rough sawn cedar interior walls, pine tongue and groove ceilings, half-timbered exterior walls and a very large cedar shake roof. I guess we shouldn’t complain, as we coaxed 25 years out of a roof that was only supposed to last 20 years. We didn’t want to put cedar shakes back on it because of the cost and the relatively limited life span. Plus, the woodpeckers in our part of Michigan see wood roofs and seem to all line up at the cedar buffet. We also wanted to find a roofing material that was...

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