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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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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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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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Rubber roof maintenance

Posted by Robert Evans on Apr 17, 2014 1:26:00 PM

Big customer inMilfordcalled about a roof leak on a roof we installed in 1999. Upon inspection of the roof it turned out that the leak was not the roof, but an HVAC unit that was leaking. The labor warranty on the roof has expired so the customer has purchased an extended warranty through us for an additional five years. This entails inspecting the roof twice a year, performing preventative maintenance and cleaning the roof drains, as it turned out the roof needs nothing at this time. With rubber roofs some time all it takes and some minor maintenance to extend the life of the roof, and some times without regular maintenance it could end up being a whole roof replacement.pic 101 resized 600

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