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Chimney Flashing

Posted by Robert Evans on Oct 13, 2014 2:59:00 PM

Chimney flashing

Chimney Flashing is a vital part of your roof. Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. gets more calls about leaks around chimneys than about any other problem. And more often than not, the culprit is the flashing, the metal that keeps the intersection between the chimney and roof watertight.

Proper flashing around chimney includeds 2 layers. The first is called step flashing: L-shaped aluminum are woven into the shingle courses and lapped up the side of the chimney. Next comes the counterflashing: A second layer of metal usaully consisting of either Lead or Copper. {Most commonly used is Lead} It is embedded in the chimney mortar joints and folded down to cover the top of the step flashing

The corners are especially vulnerable. We usaully cut and bend the lead around the corner. Even with a good quality installation, this leaves one small spot that should be sealed with a high-quality Caulking such as Geocel.

The type of metal used for flashing depends on where you live. Aluminum and galvanized steel are sometimes used. Copper is the longest lived, but because its so expensive, we see it only on higher end jobs. Another advantage to copper is that the corners can be soldered for a watertight connection.

When a chimney is located at the bottom of a roof slope, a cricket should always be installed, a small diversion roof that prevents water from pooling and ponding behind chimney and eventually leading to seeping through roof into your house.

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Because chimneys are such a potential trouble spot, inspect them once a year or two for loose or missing flashing and cracks in the masonry, or call on Robert Evans Jr. Contracting at 508-877-3500 and have one of our professionals do the inspection for you.  We also recommend that our customers waterproof their brick chimneys every few years with a brick sealer that can be applied with a garden sprayer. This is a great way to keep water from seeping into the brick.

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Roof Pipe flange replacement

Posted by Robert Evans on Sep 10, 2014 1:27:00 PM

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Roof Pipe flange

This Homeowner in Natick Ma. noticed her ceiling inside one of her closets had a wet water stain. She called Robert Evans Jr. Contracting to come look at the situation. After a quick inspection to the roof area above the leak inside the house, we noticed the rubber gasket around the top of a pipe flange was worn away causing it too allow water inside the house. We removed the old worn pipe flange and installed a new 3" inch pipe flange. Sometimes the pipe flanges dont last aslong as the life of a roof and needs to be replaced. Have your roof inspected today to avoid such problems.

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Rotted roof boards

Posted by Robert Evans on Sep 9, 2014 1:18:00 PM

Rotted Roof Boards

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When Homeowners let there roof go without inspection or repair , big problems can arise causing a costly roof replacement become even more costly, sometimes doubling the cost !! If your roof has not been inspected within the last 5 years, please contact us for a free roof evaluation.

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In alot of cases Rotted roof boards go unseen and not noticed till the roof starts leaking inside the house, causing expensive repairs, structural damage, termites. Making your average roof cost double in cost !!

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Certainteed Vinyl siding

Posted by Robert Evans on Aug 12, 2014 3:16:00 PM

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This customer in Natick Ma. Had Robert Evans Jr. Contracting install Certainteed Monogram Pacific Blue Vinyl siding to there house. The homeowner was tired of painting his wood clapboard siding every few years. Vinyl siding has a much longer life then its counter part Wood Clapboard. Certainteed respects the environment through the responsible development of sustainable vinyl and polymer siding products and systems.

Whether it is a Victorian reproduction, a New England saltbox or a modern beach house get-away, we offer the rich look of natural cedar without the expense and heavy maintenance. You can create a home to be proud of with Monogram's designer pallete of over 40 siding and trim colors. Inspired by nature, these colors are designed to harmonize home and environment.

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Natick Roof

Posted by Robert Evans on Jul 23, 2014 12:38:00 PM

On July 3 a micro burst hit the downtownNatickarea ripping shingles off roofs and knocking down trees. It also ripped the roof off the Natick Outdoor Store. After spending July 4 on the roof at the Store we were able secure the rubber ahead of the on coming hurricane.

The roof that was ripped off we had installed in 1997 cutting it short of its life span.

The week following we were able to install a new Firestone fully adhered rubber roof with a better R-value insulation then what we had original installed. New four inch roof drains were sumped down to the roof deck. All new shop fabricated aluminum roof edging was install around the perimeter to finish off the jobphoto2MA30991312 0004 resized 600photo1MA30991312 0003 resized 600photo4MA30991312 0006 resized 600

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Flat Rubber roof in Massachusetts

Posted by Robert Evans on Jun 25, 2014 12:10:00 PM

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This Flat Rubber roof in Massachusetts was completed a few years ago by Robert Evans Jr Contracting Inc.

Flat Rubber roofs can last up to 40 years if well maintained by your roofing contractor. All seams, corners, penetrations in roof, and edge flashing should be inspected annually for wear and tear. Any ponding water on your flat roof should be avoided also to keep your roof at peak performance.

Robert Evans Jr. Contracting can take care of all your roofing needs including Flat roofs, Sloped asphalt shingled roofs, siding, windows, and General Contracting.Click me

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Roof Maintenance

Posted by Robert Evans on Jun 18, 2014 3:17:00 PM

Customer whose roof we installed in 1997 called and said he had a couple of small leaks.

Upon inspection of we discovered trees over grown on the roof and some of the limbs had penetrated the rubber, thus causing some leaks. The gutters were completely filled and the neighborhood kids had been throwing all sorts of debris on the roof.

I called the customer back after inspection and told him what I had discovered. Since his warranty had run out and the roof had been neglected that there would be a fee to repair, we give him another option. Which was for a fee we would go over the entire roof and perform all repairs and preventive maintenance and give him a three year warranty.photo1MA30986752 0001 resized 600photo3MA30986752 0003 resized 600photo4MA30986752 0004 resized 600photo5MA30986752 0005 resized 600

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Copper Roof

Posted by Robert Evans on Jun 2, 2014 7:13:00 PM

Recently installed copper shelf installed in Chestnut Hill. Copper is all shop fabricated in house. This copper makes a transition from a rubber roof to fascia.

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Ice Dams

Posted by Robert Evans on Jun 2, 2014 6:53:00 PM

It might seem a little bit strange to be talking about ice dams in June , but now is the time to deal with them. One customer in Natick was having ice damming issues on his Campanelli ranch which are very prone to ice dams. This particular house had a addition on the back with a low pitched roof on the north side of the house. This combination is what it takes for an ice dam. Instead of waiting until the last minute he decided to get it done now.The resolution was strip off the shingles and install a rubber roof. No more shoveling his roof this winter.photoMA30984285 0001 resized 600photo1MA30984286 0002 resized 600photo2MA30984286 0003 resized 600

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Skylites

Posted by Robert Evans on May 9, 2014 2:51:00 PM

With all the old buildings in theBostonarea there are a lot of old skylites, the way to fix the leaks around the glass was caulking. There was no feasible solution to replacing them. Within the past couple years you can now have skylites made to fit existing curbs at a reasonable cost.photoMA30980345 0003 resized 600

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