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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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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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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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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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Roof Framingham

Posted by Robert Evans on Apr 5, 2014 3:54:00 PM

Boyle Bros. funeral home in Framingham discovered a leak this winter and called us to look at it, on the flat section of there building a rubber was installed over a tar and gravel roof. A half inch fiber board was mechanically fastened over the tar and gravel, the problem with fiber board in a go over application is it acts like a sponge and sucks up water before showing any signs of a leak.

In Boyle Bros. case the roof had been leaking for years from a hole in the rubber and until the weight of this winters snow squeezed the water from the saturated fiber board.

We stripped off the roof and installed a new rubber roof with half inch recovery board instead of fiber board. With a warranty of ten years on our labor and fifteen years on materials we included an inspect of the roof in the fallphoto1MA30970304 0003 resized 600photo3MA30970304 0005 resized 600photo4MA30970304 0006 resized 600

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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

Ice Dam on roofs of buildings and houses

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Ice dam forming on slate roof

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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Firestone Roof

Posted by Robert Evans on Nov 26, 2013 2:49:00 PM

Hill Realty call us to replace any old Trocal roof on one of there office buildings, this would be the eighth roof we have replaced for them.

The old Trocal roofing had shrunk and pulled the wood nailer up exposing the top the brick siding. This caused numerous leaks in wind driven rain. A new pressure treated wood nailer had to be installed around the perimeter of the building.

A Firestone fully adhered roof system was installed with new three inch poly ISO insulation. Three new roof drains were installed and sumped down to the roof deck with crickets install in between to divert the water.

New .040 shop fabricated bronze aluminum was installed around perimeter.photo 2 resized 600describe the imagephoto 3 resized 600photo 1 resized 600

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