A Roofing Debate

Nails or Staples?

We at Chase Construction NW, Inc. have been installing quality roofs around the Puget Sound for 15 years now, and have experience in a wide variety of roofing applications. We have seen a lot of debates in the roofing industry on different practices of installation, and today we are going to address one. The debate of nails vs staples is a hot one, and we definitely have an opinion! Both are approved by roofing manufacturers depending on what area you are in, but which one is better?

Applying shingles with staples.

staples or nailsLet’s start with staples. Some roofers love them, some hate them, some are surprised that they are even still around for shingle installation. As far as ease of use and cost, staples are in the lead. It is much easier hauling around a much lighter staple gun vs a heavier nail gun, even the staples are easier to carry than the nails (as you can see from the picture to the right). Staples are also great for tearing off a roof because they come right up (that’s not a good thing). Yes, staples are easy to use, but it is difficult to install them properly. Staples must be put in in a straight line, and holding the staple gun straight is awkward and unnatural for the human hand resulting in crooked staples. When the staple is improperly installed, the result is a less than ideal wind rating, and the shingle is easily dislodged from the roof. Staples were very popular in the 80′s and 90′s, but since, they have been rejected by building codes due to the swarm of problems due to improper installation.

staples or nails

Using Nails to install your shingles.

Using nails for your installation is more costly due to the cost of the nails themselves, and the fact that nail guns are heavier and more cumbersome to load. But they are easier and take less time to install, they hold the shingle more effectively, and will not void your warranty! Because of the shape of a nail vs a staple, you don’t have to worry about holding the gun straight like with a staple gun, it is impossible to install a crooked nail. Did I Burien Roofing Contractorsmention the not voiding your warranty part? Most manufacturers do not allow staples because of the fact that they do not hold in high winds, and they are so commonly installed improperly. We understand that a new roof is expensive, but so is a long series of repairs, and a shortened lifespan of the roof due to inferior products and installation. It is generally thought of among quality roofing contractors that staples are used by those that are more worried about their bottom line than the quality of workmanship.

 

Need A New Roof?

At Chase Construction, NW Inc. we care about our customers and the quality of the roof they are getting! We are Master Elite® Roofers (one of only 11 in Washington State), and are trained and certified in a wide variety of roofing systems. And with 15 years under our belt, we have plenty of experience! When you choose us for your installation, you are getting quality and know how. Schedule your free estimate today and let us show you what we can do to help you protect your greatest asset! Contact us at 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form! We look forward to working with you!

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Residential Roofing From CertainTeed®

Shaping the building products industry for more than 110 years

At Chase Construction NW, Inc. we work with a variety of products, and today we are going to focus on just one – CertanTeed. This company was founded in 1904 by George Brown, and after 13 years in business, the slogan for the General Roofing Manufacturing Certainteed roofing Chase Construction North West Inc.Company was so popular, they changed the name of the company! “Quality made certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed.” That’s how the name CertainTeed was born!

About CertainTeed

Since it’s start, this company has grown as a premier asphalt shingle manufacturer. In the 1960′s the company expanded to include fiberglass insulation and PVC pipes, leading to the introduction of solid vinyl siding. Recently in 2007, the company added Gypsum and ceilings to their scope of building materials as well! In 2015, CertainTeed re-established themselves in a new state of the art headquarter building that showcases 40 products! Since this new building has an open floor plan, it enables the research team to test the impact of the products in a real environment, providing the company with the ability to innovate better products and solutions for consumers.

CertainTeen Manufacturing

Residential Roofing

CertainTeed Residential Roofing Products

As you can see, CertainTeed has a lot of building products in their repertoire, but lets focus on residential roofing products. “With more than 300 roofing options to choose from, and quality standards that lead the industry, you can rest easily knowing CertainTeed has you covered.”

Roofing Shingles

Asphalt Shingles are the most commonly used residential roofing product on the market, and CertanTeed manufactures a wide variety of styles and colors. With shingles for every taste, they are sure to have the right one for you!

  • Strip shingles are the most basic type. They are single layer shingles and generally designed to look like slate. CertainTeed strip shingles are: CT™ 20XT™ 25, and XT™ 30.
  • Dimensional shingles are typically heavier weight than strip shingles and are manufactured with multiple layers. CertainTeed’s  Landmark® Series Roofing Shingle is a dimensional shingle that features tri-laminate technology.
  • CertianTeed Premium roofing shingles are Grand Manor®Presidential Shake® TL, and Carriage House®. Like most premium roofing shingles, they include enhanced aesthetics, increased design element and are laminated.

 

Underlayments

Waterproofing is very important in the roofing industry, and a good underlayment prevents leaks from wind driven rain, and ice dams on vulnerable areas on the roof. Used as a water resistant layer beneath the shingle, CertainTeed manufactures several grades of underlayment.

Starter Shingles

Starter shingles provide extra protection to your roof with out taking away from the overall design, and they save time on the application!  CertainTeed manufactures starter shingles under the product names Swiftstart® to be used with the Landmark® series and High Performance Starter to be used with Grand Manor®Highland Slate® and Hatteras® shingles.

Accessory Products

Carrying the same warranty as the shingles applied to the roof deck, hip and ridge shingles come in a variety of options to complete the look of your new roof. Check out ShadowRidge® and Mountain Ridge®.

WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF A RESIDENTIAL ROOF?

About Us

For 15 years now, Chase Construction NW, Inc. has installed quality roofs for satisfied customers. Being trained and certified in a wide variety of roofing systems and material, you are sure to find the right one for your project, and we can help! Our knowledgable and professional estimators will leave you feeling confident with any decision you make. So you if you are wanting to replace your roof with a CertainTeed roofing system, or any other system, we can do it for you! Just looking for a repair? We can do that too! Contact us today for a free estimate, we will evaluate your roof and provide you with a proposal free from pressure. Why wait, call today! 253.445.8950. Or fill out our quick estimate form! We look forward to working with you!

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The 2nd Annual RCAW Trade Show

Back for a 2nd year!

Last year, the Roofing Contractors Association of Washington (RCAW) started a new tradition by hosting their 1st annual trade show, and we were there! Sponsored by some of the very companies that we work with everyday, in our opinion, the first trade show was a success. On February 16th, Washington’s roofing professionals and contractors met again at Tukwila’s Double Tree Hotel to learn about new products and programs, enjoy show specials, experience educational seminars, and snack on some yummy appetizers. Check out what happened this year below!

The Sponsors

The sponsors of this event really help make the whole thing happen. This years sponsors included IKO, Salal Credit Union, CertainTeed, NuRay Metals, Owens Corning, and DecTec. It was great to see some new information about and socialize with some of our favorite companies to work with!

The Classes

RCAW Trade Show 2017Part of the effectiveness of this annual trade show are the break out sessions. These sessions were informative and spread out throughout the day, so the participants could attend as many as they needed to. Classes included an introductory to the RCAW, fall protection training, “First Man Up” by safety matters, and more! We are excited to see what this year brought to the trade show! We were able to attend a few classes, and talk with several of the booths about new products and services. With the momentum of last years success, this year was also a memorable and educational time!

About Us

Being around like minded professionals only reminded us of why we love what we do! We love providing our customers with quality work and products, and we are fortunate here in the Northwest to have such great products available! If you are looking for a professional roofing contractor who cares about the end result, and about your satisfaction, look no further! Chase Construction NW, Inc. is your roofing contractor! We have several repeat customers that will agree! Call us today for your free estimate - 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form! We look forward to working with you!

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Woodland® Lifetime Designer Shingles

The shingle that you should be considering

Woodland Lifetime Designer ShinglesFor 130 years, GAF has been turned to by homeowners to protect their most valuable asset. They are the company that manufactures North America’s #1 selling shingle brand and has been rated #1 in shingle quality by home builders in 9 out of the last 11 years. They have also won the Builder’s Choice Award several times. Today we are going to focus on  one of their lifetime designer shingles, the Woodland®

Woodland® Lifetime Designer Shingles

Do you want your roof to stand out? To be the talk of the neighborhood? Consider installing the Woodland®. Not only will it add curb appeal to your home (your roof can represent 40% your your homes curb appeal) but it will protect your greatest asset for years to come! This smart investment is designed to have the hand-cut, European look and combines the rustic charm with 21st century style.

The Benefits

  • Affordable Luxury. Woodland® shingles are only a fraction of the cost of traditional slate or wood shakes.
  • Sophisticated Designs. Artisan-crafted shapes combined with oversized tabs and a dimensional design result in a sophisticated beauty unmatched by typical shingles
  • Custom Color Palettes. Woodland’s custom color palette, designed exclusively for GAF by color industry expert Patricia Verlodt, features subtle blends with contrasting colors that are designed to enhance your home’s exterior and give it unexpected depth and beauty.
  • High Performance. Designed with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which reduces the use of natural resources while providing excellent protection for your home (visit www.gaf.com/apsto learn more)
  • Stain Guard® Protection. Helps ensure the beauty of your roof against unsightly blue-green algae.
  • Highest Fire Rating. Class A fire rating from Underwriters Laboratories.
  • Stays In Place. Dura Grip™ Adhesive seals each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Shingles warranted to withstand winds up to 130 mph (209 km/h)!

 

Let us install it for you!

12711169_1047592018597019_7091825938090564240_oWe have been installing roofs since 2002, you can see our handiwork all over the Puget Sound! We work in Tacoma, Puyallup, Kent, Renton, Seattle, and surrounding cities. As GAF Master Elite® Roofers (one of less than a dozen in Washington State), we are the contractor to install your GAF Woodland® roofing system! So if you are looking to upgrade your roofing system, re-roof an old roof, or just need a repair, contact us today for your free estimate! Call 253.445.8950, or fill out our quick estimate form. Thank you for your consideration!

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