Natural Insulation: Shingles Made From Bark

Natural Insulation: Shingles Made From Bark

Amber Byfield
Jan 7, 2010

Here's a thought: cover a house with the same material that trees use to flourish in the elements. And get that material (bark) from a source that would otherwise burn it or discard it. This is the real deal: salvaged bark from timber mills, processed only with a kiln, that keeps a home well-insulated.

It makes perfect sense to us, putting a tree's natural protective layer around one's house, and it's made sense for a long time. In fact, poplar bark houses are making a comeback (apparently they were all the rage, like, a century ago).

The cost may seem prohibitive, at twice what cedar siding shingles can run, but take this into consideration: bark doesn't need repainting (ever), and can last as long as 75 years with minimal maintenance. What you pay upfront makes up for itself in maintenance costs. Plus, there are many added pluses when you factor in the minimal environmental impact.

Read more at the Christian Science Monitor or at the Mother News Network.

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(Image: Nan Chase for the Christian Science Monitor)

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