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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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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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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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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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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

Old worn pipe flange

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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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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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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