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Water and Ice Protection 100

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Jul 13, 2018 12:14:35 PM

Self-Adhering Roofing Underlayment

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WIP 100 is a 55-mil flexible rubberized asphalt, fiberglass reinforced membrane used as a shingle underlayment on critical roof areas such as eaves, ridges, valleys, dormers and skylights. WIP 100 underlayment protects roofing structures and interior spaces from water penetration caused by wind-driven rain and ice dams and may also be used as covering for the entire roof to prevent moisture or water

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Features and Benefits:

  • Protects the roof structure from water seepage caused by ice dams and wind driven rains
  • Seals around roofing nails, staples, and screws
  • Ensures the watertightness of the primary roofing system in critical areas
  • Split-release film provides easier, faster installation
  • Unique granular skid-resistant surface for safe and easy installation
  • Resists cracking, drying and rotting, providing long-term waterproofing performance and low life cycle cost
  • Concealed waterproofing system will not detract from the architectural aesthetics of the primary roofing system

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Warranty

Carlisle WIP products are backed by Carlisle's industry-leading warranty. Carlisle WIP Products will display optimal performance when stored under recommended conditions and used within one year of date of manufacture. Products installed after one year of date of manufacture is not covered under defect warranty.

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Insurance

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Jun 5, 2018 1:31:36 PM

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Contractor-related insurance typically comes in two types: liability insurance and workers compensation

1. Liability Insurance: Covers the cost of property damage that occurs during the course of work

Liability insurance usually covers situations such as damage caused to your property in the course of work. Generally, it won't cover the cost of shoddy or incomplete work (that's what the contract bond is for). If a ladder falls over and damages your wall, liability covers that cost.

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2. Workers Compensation: Covers the cost of injuries sustained by contractors or employees on the job

Workers compensation covers the cost of injuries that befall any employees in the course of the job. This is absolutely existential protection - if a company doesn't carry this insurance and their employee gets injured on your property, your homeowners insurance policy will have to cover the costs. And you could be personally responsible for any further costs beyond what your insurance covers.

A company should hold at least $1 million in both liability and workers compensation coverage.

You should also contact your own insurance agent when planning a project. They need to adjust the value of the home, so that if something happens after the work is done, you can make a claim based on the new value. Your insurance agent can inform you about coverage options that may be specific to your insurance company.

How To Respond to 5 Common Home Crises

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Jun 5, 2018 12:20:11 PM

  1. Burst Pipes and Flooding
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When a pipe bursts, you should immediately turn your home's water supply off at the main valve. Most home owners don't know where their main shut-off valve is located on the lowest level near the front of the home.
Prevention: Frozen pipes and flooding are easily prevented. First, be sure to disconnect all outside hoses from their hydrants before temperatures drop below freezing. And if you know your bathroom is an overhang, turn the hot and cold water on at a pencil drip during cold snaps. In the spring, turn your outside hydrant and let it run for about 15 minutes to make sure there's nothing leaking through the walls or basement ceiling.
2. Leaky Roof
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When water is coming through the ceiling, it may be tempting to get into the attic or up on the roof to see where its coming from but don't. This presents a huge safety issue, and most roofing companies will be able to prioritize your active leak and provide a temporary fix to ensure things don't get worse. The best thing to do in that situation is to stop the water with a bucket , then call a roofing professional to assess the damage.

Prevention: Typically roof leaks happen when shingles blow off, nails rust out or flashing is worn. Many times, only a trained roofing professional will be able to see and identify the issue. Regular roof inspections will identify potential problems and prevent those kind of things from happening.

3. A Leaky Toilet
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A leaky toilet creates a sense of urgency, as water can penetrate through flooring and cause even bigger problems down below. But most people can fix a leaky toilet by themselves. Simply turn off water supply at the base of the toilet, then replace the flapper in the inside of the tank and turn the water back on.

Prevention: To prevent a leaky toilet, replace the insides of your toilet tank once every five years.

4. An Unresponsive Furnace

If your furnace isn't working, first try cycling the power by turning it off for five minutes and restarting it. This will reset the alarms in the system. Then, turn the thermostat on and see whether the heat comes on. If cycling power doesn't fix the problem, you may try changing the filter. If that doesn't work then it is time to call a qualified heating, venting and air condition professional. Watching YouTube videos to do it yourself at home can void your warranty so make sure to contact a professional.

Prevention: Check your furnace filters monthly and replace dirty filters as needed. Also, have a qualified HVAC professional inspect and service your furnace once a year. Regular maintenance will prevent problems and keep your furnace in good working order.

5. A Kitchen Fire

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Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking. It is recommended to keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. In the case of an oven fire, turn the oven off and keep the door closed. Never try to put a grease fire out with water, instead use baking soda to help put the fire out. But the best thing to put out a kitchen fire is a fire extinguisher.

Prevention: Stay alert and watch over your cooking. Heat oil slowly to reduce the splatter of flammable oils and grease.

5 Tips for Filing a Roof Replacement Insurance Claim

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Apr 25, 2018 11:51:07 AM

 

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Click meDiscovering significant damage to your roof can be a stressful time for most homeowners. Having to navigate the insurance claim process can require lots of follow-ups with insurance adjusters, roofing contractors, and in some cases your mortgage company. To ensure you can handle the insurance claim process from start to finish, Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. recommends you follow these five steps.
#1 – Look for damage immediately after a storm
If you suspect your roof is damaged, call a reputable and licensed roofing contractor to come and inspect your roof. Keep in mind that even if your roof looks intact from the outside, there could be significant internal damage that only a trained roofing specialist can identify. Some insurance policies have stipulations that detail how long you can wait after the damage has occurred to your roof and still have the damage covered under your insurance policy. After a severe storm and as soon as it is safe to do so, have your roof inspected.
#2 – Take pictures and document details related to the damage
An experienced roofer will know where to look for damage and will be thorough in documenting the damage and how extensive it is. They will often take pictures of damaged areas and submit to you a written explanation of what needs to be repaired and the estimated cost to repair. In some cases, you may have roof damage that is not major enough to warrant an insurance claim and in this case, your preferred roofing contractor can work with you to plan how to repair your roof. In other cases, you will need to get your homeowner’s insurance company involved and will need to provide proof of damage, including measurements, the events of that caused the damage, and dates and times the damage occurred.
It is always good practice to take periodic pictures of your roof, especially after maintenance has been completed. Be sure the images are clear and well labeled with the date and time. If possible take several pictures from various angles to accurately show the entirety of your roof and the state of your shingles. This way you can make a more compelling argument and will have visual proof to justify that the damaged areas were not present before the weather event and were a direct result of the weather event.
#3 – Contact your insurance company and find out what your policy covers
When dealing with extensive roof damage, be sure to contact your insurance company immediately. If you wait too long, you may not be able to submit the claim. Always have a current policy of your homeowner’s insurance handy to review to see what statute of limitations may be in place for reporting damage and what types of roof damage are and are not covered. Keep in mind that some homeowner’s policies have additional guidance detailing the amount of damage that will be covered. For inspectionple, if your roof is more than ten years old, your insurance company may only cover a portion of the roof replacement cost, based on the depreciated value of your roof. If you are ever unsure of the exact roofing insurance coverage you have, contact your insurance provider. When you submit your roof insurance claim, an insurance adjuster will be sent to inspect the damaged areas and determine the cost that the insurance company will pay out to repair or replace your roof.
#4 – Choose a roofing contractor with insurance expertise
Assuming your roof insurance claim is covered under your existing homeowner’s policy, you will be given funds to repair the damage. You can choose the roofing contractor to complete repairs or replace your entire roof. When selecting a reputable contractor, be sure to ask for references and only use licensed and insured roofing professionals. It is okay to shop around and get multiple estimates to replace your roof. This way you can be sure you’re not being overcharged, and you’ll have more information at your disposal to choose a qualified roofing contractor that you feel will complete the job. Not every roofing contractor will provide insurance claim assistance while others may have insurance adjusters on staff to help you with every detail of your roof damage claim. At Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc., we are roof replacement specialists who will work with you to make sure your claim is submitted promptly, and you can get the maximum reimbursement for your roof replacement.
#5 – Keep an eye out for contingency contracts
Most roofing contractors will provide a free roof inspection and a free roof replacement estimate. However, watch out for contingency contracts that may be disguised as inspection reports. By mistakenly signing one of these contracts you are agreeing to give the job to that roofing company, if your insurance claim is approved. Remember, when you are gathering estimates, you should not have to sign anything. If you are pressured into signing something, it is a tell-tale sign that it is time to pursue a more trustworthy roof replacement contractor. Checking the better business bureau website and selecting only those roofing companies that have an A- or better rating is a good way to narrow down your list of options to only those roofing professionals who are capable of doing quality work.

 

 

 

 



 

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Roof Leak or Chimney/Wall Leak ?

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Mar 2, 2018 10:02:00 AM

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Whenever it rains, with winds from the east, I get a leakage through the walls that runs down onto the kitchen ventilation duct then onto the stove. I have had the windows replaced, strip and re-roofed my entire house, and replaced and sealed all the flashings on the roof with no success in stopping or diminishing this leak. The eave is also below the top of the brick/block wall, so I've ruled out blowback under the trough. What would you suggest?

Brick wall leaks are usaully caused because a lack of weep holes, or a lack of flashings in a brick veneer wall. Surprisingly, wind-driven rain will pass through masonry walls, mostly at the junctions between the mortar and the bricks, although depending on the brick and the mortar, the rain can also pass right through the body of either one. Often people confuse this with a roof leak or window leak.

Moisture passes through a brick wall if there is a driving force. This force is the wind. If the pressure of the wind is much greater on the outside face of the brick than on the inside, moisture will be driven through. The vented rain screen principle reduces the pressure difference across the masonry. The veneer is built 1 inch away from the wood frame wall. Holes in the bottom of the brick veneer allow the wind to drive into the cavity behind the brick. As the wind pushes in, it pressurizes this cavity. As the cavity behind the brick becomes pressurized, it decreases the pressure differential across the brick. This means that less water drives through the brick. Now that we've reduced the amount of water that gets through the brick, the next step is to get rid of the water. The majority of the water that penetrates the brick will run down the back face of the brick. Any water that finds its way to the frame wall (along a brick tie or a piece of mortar that bridges the 1 inch gap, for example) will run down the outside of the sheathing paper. www.robertevansjrcontractinginc.com

At the bottom of the wall cavity, a metal or plastic flashing collects the water and carries it outside through the weep holes. The flashing should extend about 1/4 inch out beyond the face of the wall, run under the brick, and up the face of the stud wall about 6 inches. The sheathing paper overlaps the flashing so any water running down the sheathing paper will be directed over the flashing, rather than behind it. The holes in the brick veneer that allow the wind to enter and pressurize the wall also allow water to flow out. These weep holes are really air pressurization holes and water drainage holes. Some masonry veneer walls have rope wicks instead of open weep holes to allow water to drain out of wall cavities. Wind cannot push through these wicks and pressurize the wall cavity. If you see rope wicks, the wall cannot act as a vented rain screen. It may or may not perform adequately. Weep holes should be provided at the bottom of the wall, typically about every fourth mortar joint, and should also be provided anywhere water may collect in the wall. For example, where a wall has a door or window opening, flashings and weep holes should be provided above to allow water to escape.Schedule your FREE Roofing Assessment Today!

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12-Month No Payment/No Interest Promotion !!

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Feb 8, 2018 2:37:05 PM

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.

Roof Snow Removal

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Jan 9, 2018 12:08:16 PM

New England winters are nothing to take lightly. The snow and ice from blizzards and Nor’easters can create serious problems for homes and offices alike. When heavy snow and ice pile up on a roof or in your gutters, it is imperative that you remove it as quickly as possible. Leaving snow and ice on the roof of a home or office building will lead to excessive weight and this can cause sections to buckle and eventually collapse.
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Ice in gutters can lead to ice dams. When water builds up behind the blockage of ice it is referred to as an ice dam or ice jam, and this can have terrible consequences for your home or office. The heat in your building will start to melt the snow but if there is an ice dam blocking the drainage the water will have nowhere to go. The blocked water will begin to leak through the roof and will result in damage to ceilings, walls, the roof structure and even insulation.

Snow and ice are not to be ignored. The longer you wait to remove snow and ice from the roof of your home or office the harder it will get. At Robert Evans Jr. Contracting INC., we have a trained and experienced team of snow removal experts ready to dispatch to your home or location to rid your building of dangerous snow and ice conditions. We operate in Framingham Ma. to provide homeowners and commercial building owners in all surrounding towns with the services they need to stay safe.

SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES FOR EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS

  • ROOF SNOW SHOVELING: We'll remove all snow from your roof to prevent any water build up or ice dams from forming. Snow shoveling will reduce the load and weight off your roof also.
  • SNOW REMOVAL: We'll clear all snow safely with are experienced roofers .We can clear any walkways and/or driveways that the snow from roof lands on to another location on your property.

 

 

 

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Wainting to have your roof inspected could cost you $$$

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Nov 17, 2017 1:04:05 PM

When you own a home, it's important to not just take care of problems as they come up, but also to be proactive. By taking the time to help maintain your home, you can help to save yourself time, money, and energy in the long run. In the case of your roof, the you should never wait until a problem occurs. Instead, have your roof inspected on a regular basis. www.robertevansjrinc.com

Know Your Roof

In order to take proper care of your roof, you need to know what material it is actually made of. Especially if the roof was already in place when you moved in, that might not be obvious knowledge. It may be comprised of asphalt shingles, composite shingles, wooden shingles, or even tiles. Once you know the materials used, you can determine the best plan for your roof.

In addition, it makes sense to take a periodic look at your roof. Don't expect to be the only authority on it. But if you notice that any shingles have shifted or are missing, a proper roof inspection should be the next item on your agenda. Also, when you are cleaning out your gutters, you might notice a lot of debris from your shingles. That debris, called granules, then is another sign that your roof can benefit from a professional inspection. Informal checks on a regular basis help you better understand when you need to consult professionals.

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Timing Is Key for Roof Repairs

When something is wrong with your roof, a professional should take a look as soon as possible. For regular inspections, however, you can make sure you get the timing just right - before or after the harsher seasons. New Englanders, for instance, are familiar with snowy/ noreasters during the winter months. Storms can pose a significant threat to your roof, making it even more important to get a professional inspection regularly. 

In that case, it makes sense to have your roof inspected before and after the Winter season to detect any potential damage. On the flip side, if your roof receives an inspection before Winter can strike and you detect some damage, it can be repaired before anything worse can happen. Finally, the hot sun during summer, and its ultraviolet radiation followed by cool summer rains, can do damage to your roof. Plan your roof inspections around the hottest days to get the best possible evaluation.

How Often Do You Need to Inspect Your Roof?

Composite, asphalt, or wooden shingle should be inspected every three years. This time interval is a great way to make sure that your roof and the shingles are in good shape on a consistent basis. Of course, it makes sense to turn to a professional more frequently if you suspect damage, or simply want to assure yourself about the roof's life. But as a general rule of thumb, an inspection every three years will help to maintain the life of your roof. An asphalt shingle roof on average should last for 20 + years, which is more than achievable with regular inspections and repairs as needed. Call us today to set up your Free Roof inspection! 508-877-3500

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Don't Wait for a Leak !!

Posted by Robert Evans on Sep 22, 2017 3:29:48 PM

Do you know when it’s time to replace your roof? Don’t wait until you notice a leak. Look for these tell-tale signs that you roof needs to be replaced.

 

  • Do you smell mold in your attic? Are there dark or discolored sports in the wood or drywall in your attic space? Is insulation discolored or wet? Get up there with some good lighting on a regular basis and inspect it. You want to catch any damage here, before it spreads to your living area.

Is there a lot of moss growing on your roof? Moss can add weight to roofs, store moisture causing wet rot and mold damage, and compromise the structural integrity of your roofing materials.

  • Are asphalt shingles losing granularity? The granules on asphalt shingles are vital barriers to sunlight, which can cause your tile to shrink and expand with the temperature. When there are granules missing, the tile itself is exposed to the elements. This can cause cracking and leaks.
  • Are shingles curling or cracking? It’s time to replace them. The barrier to water is now compromised.
  • Check flashing and caulking around joints, angles, sunroofs, etc. Are the flashings in good shape? Is the caulking still intact or is it cracking or becoming separated? Repair these vulnerable areas right away, before the next rain pushes water into the gaps.
  • Check the area immediately around chimneys. This is a notorious vulnerable point for roofs, because roofing materials expand and contract more than the chimney itself, creating gaps.

 

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Roof Hues

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Aug 8, 2017 9:26:23 AM

Picking a color for your roof is not always easy. For each shingle available, there are a multitude of shades and color combinations. Remember, you have to live with your roof for the next 20 to 30 years, so choose wisely ! Also, picking the right color can boost your curb appeal and help your property value. Here are some things to consider when choosing the color:

  1. AVOID MATCHING - Some of the worst roofing mistakes happen when a home-owner chooses a hue that perfectly matches the siding or brick. It creates a monotone and lifeless look. Try to complement and contrast colors instead of matching them exactly.
  2. DON'T OVERWHELM - Rule of thumb: If the rest of your home is busy ( for example: multicolor brick), you will want to choose a toned-down shingle color. Too many patterns or colors can overwhelm the eyes. However, if your home has a monotone exterior, then adding a vivid color up top can add tremendous curb appeal. 
  3. LIGHT THE WAY -  When using roofing samples, look at the sample in the sun and in the shade. Put the sample in a sunny place where the brick colors meet the paint and siding colors, then check the same sample area when it's shaded. Lighting affects how you see color, so make sure the hues work well together at all times of the day.
  4. BUILD OFF BRICK - If you have a brick house, remember that those colors are pemanent, so be sure your shingles complement them. Place samples next to the brick first, before trying to match it with  any other home elements, such as shutters and painted trim.
  5. CONSIDER RESALE - You may prefer a bold, bright roof, but it's not everybody's cup of tea. If you are selling your home in the near future, go with a more neutral color. However, if you're staying put, a rich color can add character and charm.
  6. LIGHT OR DARK? - People often ask about dark versus light colors in regard to heat retention. One study concluded that the plywood sheathing beneath black shingles was 10 degress warmer than a white shingled roof in the sun. However, the study found less of a difference between the other shades ( grays and browns ). My advice: choose the color you like. 
BRIGHT IDEA : Having a hard time visualizing how these colors would look on your home ? Just let us know what colors your are considering and we can give you address's in you town of roofs we have completed with those colors actually installed on a roof.  Contact us today - 508-877-350 or check out our website www.robertevansjrinc.com

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