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How roofing shingles are made will amaze you !!

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Feb 13, 2020 11:21:53 AM

HOW ROOFING SHINGLES ARE MADE


Every day, thousands of tons of raw and manufactured materials are delivered to freight yards and receiving docks at top tier roofing plants across the United States.
These materials will be transformed into high QUALITY durable roofing shingles and specialty products that have earned the respect of countless industry professionals and homeowners.
Shingles made with asphalt as the main ingredient are the most popular shingles sold in the U.S.  today, and so the asphalt used at these roofing facilities is processed to meet the stringent quality requirements needed to create strong, yet flexible, shingles.
Limestone rock, which typically arrives at plants by truck or rail car , is processed by crushing mills into a fine limestone powder. This powder is then mixed with the asphalt to make a product called filled coating. On the production line, miles upon miles of rolled fiberglass mat that serves as the ‘backbone’ of shingles are rolled out and fed into a coater, where the filled coating – super-heated to more than 400 degrees Fahrenheit – is applied to the top and bottom of the mat to create a base sheet.
Next up come the shingle granules. Mined rock that has been sized for use as granules is put through a process where a specialty ceramic coating is applied. The coating is colored so that the granules create the desired shingle colors, and these granules are designed to maintain their appearance for the life of the shingle. A thin coating of sand is applied to the base sheet as it is fed into a press that embeds the granules. As the sheet loops through a series of rolls, a fine mist of water is sprayed onto it, and the evaporative effect of the water removes heat from the sheet.  Afterward, a strip of sealant is applied to the sheet in order to give the shingles protection against wind damage.
Complex cutting machines then slice the base sheet into individual shingles that are stacked and packed into bundles. Finally, the shingle bundles are wrapped in packaging, placed onto palettes, and then transported to warehouses prior to being shipped to homes just like yours all across America . ( CertainTeed )

We at Robert Evans Jr. Contracting have been using/installing CertainTeed roofing shingles and vinyl siding for 28 years !! We have been to the CertainTeed Manufacturer plant In Norwood Ma. and viewed with are own eyes how the process works with production and where highly impressed. We will continue using CertainTeed products for years to come !!

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Sure Start Plus are 100%...even Labor

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Dec 18, 2019 12:57:11 PM

Only CertainTeed enhances your shingle warranty with the total assurance of SureStart

CertainTeed offers a full line of shingles with warranty durations ranging from 20 years to lifetime for your assurance over the long term. Yet CertainTeed's exclusive SureStart protection offers even more. SureStart provides the best coverage you can get in the vital early years after your new roof has been installed. Here's how SureStart is different from any other coverage. In case of manufacturing defects in CertainTeed shingles during the applicable period, SureStart protection covers...

  • 100% of materials- All shingles required to repair or replace the defective product will be provided free. No exceptions
  • 100% of labor- All labor required to repair deflective shingles will be paid by CertainTeed, based on local fair market value for labor. Costs of flashings, metal work, tear-off and disposal are included for Grand Manor, Carriage House, Presidential Shake, Presidential Solaris, Highland Slate, Landmark Premium, Northgate, Landmark PRO, Landmark Solaris and Independence .
  • Without prorating the cost- Replacement coverage of material and labor is not prorated or otherwise reduced during the applicable SureStart period. The SureStart terms are effective for 3,5 or 10 years based on the shingle.
  • And SureStart protection can be transferred ! - The CertainTeed warranty with SureStart protection can be transferred from the original consumer to the subsequent property owner during the SureStart period for the remaining duration of the warranty.

SureStar PLUS Extended Warranty Protection for added peace of mind-When you choose an Integrity Roof System installed by a contractor who holds advanced credentials from CertainTeed, you have the opportunity to obtain additional leveles of SureStart coverage. The chart on the back shows the benefits of each warranty extension option.

Call us today for more Information 508-877-3500

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FREE ROOF UPGRADE !!

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Sep 10, 2019 12:52:55 PM

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Call today for a Free Roof upgrade during the month of September 

 

 

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What are starter shingles ?

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Apr 22, 2019 2:03:42 PM

After the appropiate ice and water barrier and underlayments are properly installed, installation of the roofing shingles begins with starter shingles on the eaves to protect the leading edge of the roof.

Visually , homeowners enjoy the design benefits a cohesive roof system provides. As a example, matching starter shingles allow the first course of shingles to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the roof. The same is true with ridge/cap shingles designed to match in color and shape, accenting the enhanced profiles and textures of laminate architectural or designer shingles.

Starter shingles are designed to increase protection against water intrusion and blow-offs. Installation of starter shingles is fairly straightforward for seasoned contractors. For three-tab and laminate/architectural shingles, cut 6" inches off one end of the first starter shingle. Apply the starter shingle on a lower corner of roof , overhanging the rake and eaves edges, including perimeter metal drip edge, by 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch. Making sure the starter is positioned with the factory-applied sealant strip face up and the strip adjacent to the eave edge of the roof. That then gets fastened with 4-6 nails 11/2 to 3 inches up from the eave, not in the seal down strip , with one fastener 1 inch from each side of the starter. The remaining nails should be evenly spaced on the same line as the end fasteners. Continuing the coures across the eave with full length starter shingles and butt them loosely together to avoid buckling.

After completing the underlayment, drip edge and starter shingles and all are in place , the roof is adequately prepared to start installing shingles. In addition to the cosmetics, using a single-source manufacturer allows roofing contractors to learn the precautions or limitations that could affect product compatibility and help avoid potential problems.

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Need Your Roof Repaired ?? Here's important info you should know first !!

Posted by CertainTeed on Feb 26, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Occasionally, individual shingles may have to be replaced on a roof section due to damage {wind/snow and ice } or renovations/remodeling. The shingle model used for replacement should be the same type of shingle as originally installed on the roof While the new shingles may match in size and function, there can be obvious signs such as: Older , exposed shingles may have dirt accumulation, algae staining and most likely show signs of weathering and aging. Also the older shingles on the roof may no longer visually match extra shingles saved and stored from the time of the original installation.

Most commonly replacing shingles on an older roof may not be recommended . These conditions are:

  1. The older shingles may not be pliable or flexible enough to allow for selective repair or replacement.
  2. Shingles manufactured at different manufacturing plants may have a different color hue, which could cause a more severe color discrepancy.
  3. The shingle model's current granule color blend may have a been modified since the original application. Mixing old and new blends on the same roof planes may provide an objectionable appearance. Shingles should not be mixed from different manufacture plants due to color differences.
  4. Some shingle models have been revised from "english" to "metric" dimensions. In those cases the older and newer shingles will not be dimensionally compatible.

The examples stated above are not considered manufacturing defects.

CertainTeed reserves the right to discontinue or modify any of its products, including the color of its shingles , and shall not be liable as a result of such discontinuance or modification, nor shall CertainTeed be liable in the event replacement material varies in color in comparison to the original product as a result of normal weathering. If CertainTeed replaces any material under the warranty, it may substitute products designated by CertainTeed to be of comparable quality or price range in the event the product initially installed has been discontinued or modified.

 

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Roofing Valleys Correctly

Posted by Robert Evans on Feb 20, 2019 10:59:42 AM

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Weaved Valley

Depending on your roof design you may or may not have valleys. A Valley is where 2 roof lines come together. Here is a picture of Robert Evans JR. Contracting Inc. installing a Weaved "Closed valley".  Closed valleys are those where shingles on one or both sides of the roof extend across the valley onto the adjacent roof slope. There is two kinds of closed valleys: cut valleys, which are less expensive to install {due to less waste in material and quicker labor install} and are the most common, and there are woven valleys as you see above in this picture. When Installing the woven method, shingles from both roof slopes run through onto the adjacent slope, alternating with each course. This is done differently with different types of roofing shingles depending on 3-tab, thickness, archtectural type shingles. Woven valleys is not recommended to be installed on a roof pitch less than 4:12. 

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12-Month No Payment/No Interest Promotion !!

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Feb 19, 2019 11:17:00 AM

We have a 12-Month No Payment/No Interest If paid in full Promotion going on right now and a couple of really affordable payment programs that we are offering to our customers !!

Q. Why Should i finance my project when i can pay cash or use a credit card ? Financing a project allows you to conserve both your money and your equity, and typically offers a lower interest rate than a credit card. Taking advantage of many promotional offerings with deferred interest benefits, but without your having to pay out of pocket all at once.

Q. What Type of credit is available ? The Loans are unsecured loans with fixed interest rates. Unlike a revolving credit card, your non-promotional monthly payment amount is always the same

Q. How do I make a payment ? It's simple- pay online or by phone, or schedule automatic payments to be drafted from your bank account. The choice is yours, And there is never a penalty for paying off your loan early .

Q. How do I pay my contractor ? Once approved, you will be provided a loan agreement and issued a 16-digit account number and expiration date. When you want to pay, just provide these numbers to your contractor/ Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. to process the purchase as if it were a credit card.

Q. When is my first payment due? Depends on your plan. Many deferred interest plans don't require a payment during the promotional period. The first payment on a budget-minded plan is typically due approximately 30 days after the first purchase.

Q. When does the Deferred interest plan promotion window begin ? At the time of your first transaction.

Recycling Roof Shingles

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Jan 4, 2019 12:24:08 PM

Roof Shingle Recycling

The EPA estimates 11 million tons of asphalt shingle wast are generated in the U.S. each year. About 10 million tons comes from roof installations and tear-offs and the remaining 1 million tons are scraps from the asphalt shingle manufactures. Every ton of shingles that is recycled instead of sent to landfills is equivalent to saving one barrel of oil form use, according to the Northeast Recycling Council. Clearly, diverting asphalt shingles away from landfills can have a significant and positive environmental impact.

Most recycled asphalt shingles are ultimately reused in road construction or maintenance. State-level Department of Transportation (DOT) offices have the authority to specify whether recycled asphalt shingles can be used in state-funded road projects, and many DOT offices have granted permission. Use of recycled asphalt shingles in road construction is said to increase asphalt stiffness and decrease cracking and rutting, resulting in longer-lasting roads. According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, nearly 950,000 tons of recycled asphalt shingles were used in asphalt pavement mixtures during 2017, which was a 32.1 percent decrease from the previous year. The decrease highlights the need for more asphalt shingle recycling facilities. Sometimes it can be hard for contractors to find a company that recycles asphalt shingles especially in rural areas.

Here At Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. we recycle all of our ashpalt shingles tear-offs and scraps at Conigliaro Industry in Framingham Mass. to help stay environmentally friendly.

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How To Prevent Ice Dams From Forming on Your Roof

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Nov 16, 2018 10:45:29 AM

If you have icicles along your eaves/overhangs, or ice collecting on your roof , Proper attic insulation may be the Key to help keep that frozen precipitation from building up .

Heavy snowfall can be a nice sight as it happens but there are a number of problems that can result from these storms. What do you do when you notice water pouring down the inside of your walls and the ice starts ripping off your gutters ? The key is to find a cure to the problem before it gets to this point .

Icicles form along the eaves/overhangs on your house as a result of a warm attic to heat loss through your poorly insulated ceiling . This causes the heat from the inside the house to melt the snow on the roof before the sun can melt the snow and it collects at the eaves, which are colder because there is no heat above the overhang.

Can icicles damage my house?

The result of icicles that develop along your eaves/overhangs is potential leaks inside your walls when the ice also builds up on the roof. This Buildup of ice and snow is called an Ice Dam.

The cure for this is a two-step. The heat loss can be stopped with proper insulation, usually standards are 13 inches of blown-in cellulose fiber insulation R49 is recommended.

The Other half of this cure is proper ventilation at eaves and at the ridge of the house. This is done by adding soffit vents and a quality ridge vent.

Your Insulation specialist should be able to recommend you on the number and lengths of vents needed . The typically recommended is 1 square foot of vent for every 150 sq. feet of attic space .

If you have ice dams that end up forming on your roof , best advise is to Hire a professional contractor to clear the ice , or you can risk doing considerable damage to your roof or even worse ,seriously injuring yourself .

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Tips For Your Home's Roof This Fall

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Sep 10, 2018 3:22:14 PM

Its that time of year when the weather starts to turn and get alittle cooler, the leaves start to change, and you know that its not too long before winter weather is on the way. It's also a time of year when you should be doing some home maintenance to avoid any possible damage the harsh winter months can bring to your home.

  1. Have a Roof Inspection

Many homeowners think that if they don't see any obvious problems on there roof that they don't need to get it inspected. The Problem is alot of times that roof leaks can go undetected for years. Only a experience roofer can identify any subtle issues that can turn out to be a winter disaster

2. Make Roof Repairs

If you or your roofing contractor do find any issues like- damaged, missing, or broken shingles or even pipes that penetrate the roof can get damage around the seal of the flanges. Its important to get these issues repaired or replaced immediately. If you wait to long the Snowy New England weather will arrive and you'll have to wait for a rare warm stretch during the long winter months or having to wait until spring time to address the issue. Meanwhile, the snow, water, ice, and wind are probably doing more damage to your roof that could have been avoided had you decided to fix it sooner.

3. Clean Gutters and Trim back trees

With the season changing to fall the leaves change colors before falling off the trees. Falling leaves dont just fall in your yard, they fall on your roof and make there way into your gutters and downspouts. If you don't spend the time to have your gutters cleaned, those leaves will create a problem as more precipitation falls and water can't make it into the drain spouts. Colder Temperatures with debris-filled gutters will put your home at a higher risk of Ice Dams that can damage your roof and the inside of your home. Call Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. today at 508-877-3500

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