Robert Evans' Jr Blog

Did you have your Ice Dam hacked at this winter ?

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Mar 10, 2015 2:11:14 PM


This winter we had over 100 calls an hour everyday over a 4 week span in Feburaury. In the metrowest area we had over 90" inches of snow in that span. A new record for snowfall in that short of time frame. We also had over 40 days of below average temperatures, add all these elements together and you have huge ice dams issues !! We tried to get to every call we could but just wasnt possible with the volume of calls. Wheather it was our commercial flat roof customers concerned with the weight and roof collapse or it was residential sloped roofs leaking into homes and causing damage. We at Robert Evans Jr Contracting recommmended removing the snow above the dams to help alleviate the dam and leaving mother nature take care of the massive ice . NOT hacking at the ice with hammers ,drills, ice piks,etc.


 

This customer had her ice dam removed from her 8 yr. old roof by a company her insurance company sent over, causing extreme damage. Now she's left with having to replace her entire roof!!


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The roofing shingles where de-laminated, cracked, holes exposed, nails exposed.


 

 

 


 

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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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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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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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Ice Dam

Posted by Robert Evans on Dec 6, 2013 10:11:00 AM

Ice Dam on roofs of buildings and houses

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An ice dam, on a smaller scale, is a problem of house and building maintenance in cold climates. An ice dam can occur when snow accumulates on the slanted roof of a house with inadequate insulation. Heat conducted through the insufficient insulation and warm air from the attic bypasses warms the roof and melts the snow on those areas of the roof that are above living spaces, but does not melt the snow on roof overhangs.  Meltwater flows down the roof, under the blanket of snow, onto the eave and into the gutter, where colder conditions on the overhang cause it to freeze. Eventually, ice accumulates along the eave and in the gutter. Snow that melts later cannot drain properly through the ice on the eave and in the gutter, resulting in leaks to the roof space resulting in damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation. Snow guards or snow retention systems can help prevent ice dams on some roofs. The ice that builds up on the roof can be removed by trained professionals that use special steam equipment to ensure quick and safe removal without causing damage to the roof. www.Robertevansjrcontracting.com

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Posted by Robert Evans on Jan 18, 2013 9:54:00 AM

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Attic Exhaust Ventilation

Posted by Robert Evans on Dec 5, 2012 1:37:00 PM

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Effective attic ventilation is critical for a long-lasting roof ! A properly balanced attic ventilation system will help to:

  • Remove excess heat and moisture to protect your roof from premature deterioration
  • Prevent roof rot in your attic or roof deck
  • Minimize peeling and extend the life of exterior and interior paint
  • Limit the growth of harmful mold
  • Safeguard your attic possessions against mildew damage
  • Guard against ice damming in harsh winter climates
  • Possibly reduce excessive heating and air conditioning costs

Stale Air Escapes Through Cobra Exhaust Vent { Installed under ridge cap shingles }Fresh air enters attic through intake vent at soffit or eave

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