Welcome to the “new & improved” and official page for the “No More Tar Roofs” Campaign.

This is a community based campaign started in 2008 by Shelby Rodriguez to stop the massive three-year tar roofing project at The Arbors in Antelope, California. The goal of this campaign is to influence a change to a safer roofing method that does not produce harmful fumes, such as the TPO “Cool” systems, already in use all over the world. In the future, the goal is to influence restrictions on the use of asphalt roofing tar in residential areas, hospitals, businesses, and on or near schools.

More about our story here.


In April of 2010, The Carmel Partners decided to halt the re-roofing project after myself, my husband, and other volunteers notified residents about “What The Arbors Didn’t Tell You About Roofing Tar”. The people who live here fought back and proved that there is strength in numbers. I am so proud of my community for sticking up for themselves.

People need to know the truth. Asphalt fumes are not “safe”. Find out about asphalt roofing tar symptoms, and that the Public Nuisance Law can protect you and your family. You can also learn about cost effective, environmentally friendly roofing alternatives that can be promoted instead of outdated and toxic hot tar roofing. I will provide links to resources throughout the website. To view a link, click on the blue words.

What’s That Smell?

The hotter the temp in the kettle the more:

Toxic chemicals (PAHs)including benzo[a]pyrene– a known carcinogen.

Hydrogen Sulfide—a very toxic gas

Tiny Particles (PM 2.5)that can get trapped in your lungs and absorbed into your blood stream.

According to the Asphalt roofing tar report, asphalt contains thousands of chemical compounds, including bitumen, which the state of California lists as known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Please note that this is not a special or unique type of material. Take a look and note the asphalt roofing shingles advertised on this site. Even though this is the most common style used across the country and almost every roofing company offers this, it is extremely dangerous. The material generates airborne chemicals, known as poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, linked to birth defects in laboratory animals and organ-system damage. In pregnant women. PAHs can pass through the placenta to the fetal brain, and nursing infants can be exposed through a mother’s milk.

Asphalt is considered to be primarily made up of bitumens (ARISMG, 1995).

California also lists “bitumens” on its list of “Chemicals Known to the State to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity” (California EPA, 2008).

More Information here.

What can you do?

There are a number of different alternatives you can do to replace the dangerous tar shingles that make up the majority of our country’s roofing systems. If you are interested in seeing safer and healthier options, never hesitate to ask your local roofer for more details. We have heard many success stories coming from all over the country. One example that was sent to us and we will give credit to can be seen here at these St Peters roofing contractors, where one of our readers referred us to. Even though they don’t directly offer other options on their page, they were more than happy to point them in the right direction and do what they could to get them some safer materials to install. The majority of roofing companies out there will take the same approach and be more than happy to accommodate you!

Using metal is the most common alternative that is used and it appears to be gaining momentum as times goes on. Whether or not this is a result of a changing fashion sense for homes or awareness is not known but this is a great thing nonetheless. From my experience, many people simply don’t like how metal looks on a home but rest assured this should be the least of your concerns. As you can see here, there are a number of different siding options you can choose from any number of different retailers other than this one that can go great with metal roofing. Plus, you immediately eliminate all of the problems we have talked about so far.

For more immediate action, you can call the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District: