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COVID-19 READINESS

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Mar 31, 2020 9:22:46 AM

To all our Valued Customers:

Since we are considered " Essential work force " we will remain operational and want to share with you the steps that we at Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. are taking to protect our installation crews and customers as we face the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

As a company that concentrates on roofing ,we understand the critical importance of maintaining business continuity. We will take the following steps to ensure your health, as well as the health of our own team members.

  • We will constantly be screening the health of all our team members. If any team member displays any cold or flu-like systoms, they will be required to stay at home.
  • We will be practicing a safe distance policy with each customer and on all work sites.
  • We will ensure that each work crew sanitizes everything before going to any project site, and will continue to sanitize throughout the day. And of course we will be sanitizing our hands throughout the day, as well.
  • Essentially, we're going to do everything within our power to maintain the safest conditions possible for you, your family, and for our own crew members. 

Virus or no Virus, we know that homeowners still need to have a dry roof over there heads and we at Robert Evans Jr. Contracting Inc. want you to know that we're still here for you . If we can help in anyway please reach out to us by email: rpejr@verizon.net or call or office at 508-877-3500 .

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How roofing shingles are made will amaze you !!

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Feb 13, 2020 11:21:53 AM

HOW ROOFING SHINGLES ARE MADE


Every day, thousands of tons of raw and manufactured materials are delivered to freight yards and receiving docks at top tier roofing plants across the United States.
These materials will be transformed into high QUALITY durable roofing shingles and specialty products that have earned the respect of countless industry professionals and homeowners.
Shingles made with asphalt as the main ingredient are the most popular shingles sold in the U.S.  today, and so the asphalt used at these roofing facilities is processed to meet the stringent quality requirements needed to create strong, yet flexible, shingles.
Limestone rock, which typically arrives at plants by truck or rail car , is processed by crushing mills into a fine limestone powder. This powder is then mixed with the asphalt to make a product called filled coating. On the production line, miles upon miles of rolled fiberglass mat that serves as the ‘backbone’ of shingles are rolled out and fed into a coater, where the filled coating – super-heated to more than 400 degrees Fahrenheit – is applied to the top and bottom of the mat to create a base sheet.
Next up come the shingle granules. Mined rock that has been sized for use as granules is put through a process where a specialty ceramic coating is applied. The coating is colored so that the granules create the desired shingle colors, and these granules are designed to maintain their appearance for the life of the shingle. A thin coating of sand is applied to the base sheet as it is fed into a press that embeds the granules. As the sheet loops through a series of rolls, a fine mist of water is sprayed onto it, and the evaporative effect of the water removes heat from the sheet.  Afterward, a strip of sealant is applied to the sheet in order to give the shingles protection against wind damage.
Complex cutting machines then slice the base sheet into individual shingles that are stacked and packed into bundles. Finally, the shingle bundles are wrapped in packaging, placed onto palettes, and then transported to warehouses prior to being shipped to homes just like yours all across America . ( CertainTeed )

We at Robert Evans Jr. Contracting have been using/installing CertainTeed roofing shingles and vinyl siding for 28 years !! We have been to the CertainTeed Manufacturer plant In Norwood Ma. and viewed with are own eyes how the process works with production and where highly impressed. We will continue using CertainTeed products for years to come !!

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Sure Start Plus are 100%...even Labor

Posted by Dan MacDonald on Dec 18, 2019 12:57:11 PM

Only CertainTeed enhances your shingle warranty with the total assurance of SureStart

CertainTeed offers a full line of shingles with warranty durations ranging from 20 years to lifetime for your assurance over the long term. Yet CertainTeed's exclusive SureStart protection offers even more. SureStart provides the best coverage you can get in the vital early years after your new roof has been installed. Here's how SureStart is different from any other coverage. In case of manufacturing defects in CertainTeed shingles during the applicable period, SureStart protection covers...

  • 100% of materials- All shingles required to repair or replace the defective product will be provided free. No exceptions
  • 100% of labor- All labor required to repair deflective shingles will be paid by CertainTeed, based on local fair market value for labor. Costs of flashings, metal work, tear-off and disposal are included for Grand Manor, Carriage House, Presidential Shake, Presidential Solaris, Highland Slate, Landmark Premium, Northgate, Landmark PRO, Landmark Solaris and Independence .
  • Without prorating the cost- Replacement coverage of material and labor is not prorated or otherwise reduced during the applicable SureStart period. The SureStart terms are effective for 3,5 or 10 years based on the shingle.
  • And SureStart protection can be transferred ! - The CertainTeed warranty with SureStart protection can be transferred from the original consumer to the subsequent property owner during the SureStart period for the remaining duration of the warranty.

SureStar PLUS Extended Warranty Protection for added peace of mind-When you choose an Integrity Roof System installed by a contractor who holds advanced credentials from CertainTeed, you have the opportunity to obtain additional leveles of SureStart coverage. The chart on the back shows the benefits of each warranty extension option.

Call us today for more Information 508-877-3500

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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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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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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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