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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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How To Prevent Ice Dams From Forming on Your Roof

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Nov 16, 2018 10:45:29 AM

If you have icicles along your eaves/overhangs, or ice collecting on your roof , Proper attic insulation may be the Key to help keep that frozen precipitation from building up .

Heavy snowfall can be a nice sight as it happens but there are a number of problems that can result from these storms. What do you do when you notice water pouring down the inside of your walls and the ice starts ripping off your gutters ? The key is to find a cure to the problem before it gets to this point .

Icicles form along the eaves/overhangs on your house as a result of a warm attic to heat loss through your poorly insulated ceiling . This causes the heat from the inside the house to melt the snow on the roof before the sun can melt the snow and it collects at the eaves, which are colder because there is no heat above the overhang.

Can icicles damage my house?

The result of icicles that develop along your eaves/overhangs is potential leaks inside your walls when the ice also builds up on the roof. This Buildup of ice and snow is called an Ice Dam.

The cure for this is a two-step. The heat loss can be stopped with proper insulation, usually standards are 13 inches of blown-in cellulose fiber insulation R49 is recommended.

The Other half of this cure is proper ventilation at eaves and at the ridge of the house. This is done by adding soffit vents and a quality ridge vent.

Your Insulation specialist should be able to recommend you on the number and lengths of vents needed . The typically recommended is 1 square foot of vent for every 150 sq. feet of attic space .

If you have ice dams that end up forming on your roof , best advise is to Hire a professional contractor to clear the ice , or you can risk doing considerable damage to your roof or even worse ,seriously injuring yourself .

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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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Angie's List Super Service Award Winner !!

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Jan 15, 2016 10:44:01 AM

Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

 Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

 The Growth We experienced over the years is because of the customers and the suggestions and reviews are a vital part of our growth. Thank you for all the Business we have received !!

 “Only about 5 percent of the Roofing companies in Massachusetts have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

 Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Angie's List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie's List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals. Robert Evans Jr. Contracting, Robert Evans Roofing, Ice Dams

 

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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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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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