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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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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.

Schedule your FREE Roofing Assessment Today!

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.

Schedule your FREE Roofing Assessment Today!

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Certainteed Vinyl siding

Posted by Robert Evans on Aug 12, 2014 3:16:00 PM

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This customer in Natick Ma. Had Robert Evans Jr. Contracting install Certainteed Monogram Pacific Blue Vinyl siding to there house. The homeowner was tired of painting his wood clapboard siding every few years. Vinyl siding has a much longer life then its counter part Wood Clapboard. Certainteed respects the environment through the responsible development of sustainable vinyl and polymer siding products and systems.

Whether it is a Victorian reproduction, a New England saltbox or a modern beach house get-away, we offer the rich look of natural cedar without the expense and heavy maintenance. You can create a home to be proud of with Monogram's designer pallete of over 40 siding and trim colors. Inspired by nature, these colors are designed to harmonize home and environment.

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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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