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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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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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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 Snow & Ice Dam Removal Service

Posted by Robert Evans on Dec 16, 2013 10:58:00 AM

Roof Snow & Ice Dam Removal Service
 
Robert Evans Jr Contracting not only repairs and shingles roofs, we also help protect roofs from damage caused by the Harsh New England winters. Robert Evans Jr Contracting provides roof snow removal.  If an ice dam is present, Have the snow above it removed helping the ice dam melt away quicker. 
 
Let Robert Evans Jr Contracting take care of your roof snow safely.  Call us at 508-877-3500 and we can provide a service that will protect your roof.
 
 
What You Need to Know About Ice Dam
 
 
What is an Ice Dam?
 
Process of Ice Dam FormationWhen snow accumulates on a roof, a cycle of melting and refreezing occurs.  The warmer your attic is, the more melting will occur.  Normally, the resulting water would flow off the edge of the roof.  Under certain conditions however, when the outside air temperature is very low, the edge of the roof stays below freezing and the water refreezes when it gets to that point.  This ice then forms a line or "dam," at the edge of the roof.  As more snow melts, it also refreezes when it gets to the "ice dam," and the dam keeps getting bigger.
 
Once the ice dam gets too large, the melted snow that pools up behind it can force its way back under the shingles breaking the seal and the water finds its way into your home causing damage to your ceilings and walls.
 
How to Prevent Ice Dams
 
A good way to prevent ice dams is to lower your attic temperature by installing additional insulation in your attic area.  You can do this by laying out additional layers of insulation across the existing insulation or by having additional insulation blown in.  However, you do need to be careful not to diminish your air return by over insulating.  Without  adequate ventilation through your soffits, heat can build up regardless of the amount of insulation present in your attic.  Make sure your attic vents are not covered with insulation or any other material so that the air moves freely through the soffit vents.  The usual recommendation for venting is 1 square foot of vent for every 150 feet of attic floor area.  If your attic lacks in ventilation, you may need to consider installing ridge vent on the peaks of your roof or cut in additional louvers.  Also, be sure and check that weather-stripping on attic stairways or hatchways are providing a good seal to keep warmth out of the attic. 
 
A common mistake made by some homeowners, is attempting to melt the snow on the roof by leaving their hatchways open to the attic.   The thought behind this is letting the heat from your home up into the attic.  This is actually the worst thing a homeowner could do.  Not only will you be throwing energy dollars away, you are actually contributing to the formation of an ice dam due to the thaw and freezing winter conditions.  As a homeowner, you should find some comfort in seeing standing snow on the roof opposed to ice dams.  Standing snow proves adequate ventilation and insulation is present in your attic.   
 
 
If you have questions or concerns regarding insulation or ventilation in your attic contact Robert Evans Jr Contracting.  We would be more than happy to assist you!
 
 
                                         Signs You May Have an Ice Dam
The appearance of water damage on ceilings or exterior walls may indicate that an ice dam has formed and water has forced it's way into your attic.  Water damage is a serious issue.  It can lead to rotting and mold growth which can cause serious health problems with people living in the home. 
 
To prevent costly interior damage caused by ice dams call Robert Evans Jr Contracting.  We will remove your roof snow too help melt away the ice that will lead to water damage.  Robert Evans Jr Contracting does not advise you to attempt ice dam removal yourself. Robert Evans Jr. Contracting is equipped with quality equipment and OSHA approved protection. 
 
 
The Solution
 
Your best defense against ice dams is removing snow off the roof to prevent refreezing after melting.  If an ice dam has formed, call Robert Evans Jr Contracting  to take care of the problem before it becomes a "bigger" problem. 
 
www.Robertevansjrcontracting.com can safely remove snow from your roof using our expandable roof rake.  If ice is present, we safely remove the ice from your roof without damage to gutters or shingles.  Using hammers or hatchets to remove ice can cause more damage to your roof. 
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Ice Dam

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

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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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Certainteed Framingham Roof

Posted by Robert Evans on Sep 4, 2013 2:58:00 PM

This large ranch in Framingham Ma. called on Robert Evans Jr. Contracting to install a Lifetime Certainteed Landmark Architectural shingles with a Granite Gray color. WWW.Certainteed.com.

 

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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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Copper Window

Posted by Robert Evans on Sep 26, 2012 5:18:00 PM

Fabricate and install a copper window well to go along with new Certainteed Landmark shingle roof.photo (1) resized 600Click me

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Roof Abington

Posted by Robert Evans on Feb 23, 2012 8:31:00 PM

Recently completed roof and cedar siding job in Abington. With the non-existence of winter this year more people are doing their roofs and this roof could not wait.

The other problem with the house was there was a fire in the rear of the house. More damage was caused by the putting out the fire than fire it self. A new window had to be installed and new cedar siding was installed.

The roof was stripped and disposed of in our on site dumpster. New eight inch aluminum drip edge was installed on fascia and rakes. Six feet of ice and water barrier up was installed up from fascia and also installed in valleys. 15 lb roof felt was installed on the remainder. The home owner chose Certainteed Landmark Birchwood shingles. With a lifetime warranty this should be his last roof.

On the fire damaged section a new window had to be framed and installed. New plywood sheathing with Tyvek vapor barrier was used. Preprimed cedar clapboard was installed to match the existingphoto resized 600photo (2) resized 600photo (3) resized 600

 

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Large Certainteed roof

Posted by Robert Evans on Aug 2, 2011 7:06:00 PM

DSCN1794 resized 600describe the image$300 Roofing CouponNew Pond Village, an over 55 community in Walpole, needed a new roof so they called in Robert Evans Jr Contracting.  The project encompassed stripping and replacing 500 square of shingles and had to function around the daily workings of its residents and staff as well as protecting the grounds.

The old roof was to be striped and replaced with Certianteed Landmark 30 shingles which now have a life time warranty. At the request of the owners Grace Ice and Water was to be used.  On top of doing the roof the dog house dormer were to be striped and ice and water barrier installed behind the clapboard siding. New step flash was to be installed around the dormers.  Around a several of the vents the plywood had to be replaced due to rot. At the peaks, Cobra ridge vent was used.

The project went smoothly without damage to the well manicured grounds or inconveniences to the residents and staff.

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