DecTec™ In Puyallup, WA

New Roof Deck Membrane In Puyallup, WA.

Chase Construction NW, Inc. had the opportunity to transform a deck on a beautiful home in Puyallup, WA. We removed the previous extremely aged and weathered decking membrane and replaced it with a brand new waterproof walkable single ply roof deck system DecTec™.

DecTec™ systems feature unique fiberglass reinforcement which provides maximum fire resistance. Its commercial grade PVX roof membrane meets North Americas building codes and includes a 20 year manufacturing warranty. DecTec™ membranes are low maintenance which entails a low life cycle cost and a higher ROI.

 

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If you live in Puyallup, WA or any area of the Puget Sound region and are in need of roofing services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. We are Master™ certified contractor through GAF. We have been providing our region with expert commercial and residential roofing services for over 13 years. We provide services in Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn and all of the surrounding cities.

Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. You can also visit GAF.com  and look for GAF Factory Certified Roofing Contractors in your area.

 

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Roof Cleaning 101

What will you find on your roof?

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When it comes to roof maintenance most homeowners don’t take roof cleanliness into consideration. We typically think if our roof isn’t leaking than there isn’t any issue. However, leaving roof cleaning issues unchecked can lead to damage of shingles, shakes and tiles which can lead to premature aging of your roof. Below we have listed some of the most common troubles and causes which is provided by Roofers 911, as well as preventative measures and ways to treat and clean ones roof.

blackalgaeBlack Algae – Often misnamed ‘mildew’ or ‘fungus’, black algae is usually found on the shadier slope of the roof, or on an area shaded by a tree. The staining tends to be uniform, unlike the black streaking seen when asphalt shingles bleed-through. The black stain is actually dead organic debris from dead algae. There are shingles made with zinc or copper granules designed to inhibit algal growth. Another way to help avoid black algae is to trim tree branches overhanging the affected area, allowing more sunlight. There are also zinc or copper strips that can be tacked to the ridge that will cause algae- killing metal salts to wash down the roof when it rains. Some people pressure-wash the algae, but I feel this is detrimental to shingle integrity. There are plenty of chemical solutions to remedy this problem. It is best to contact a professional roofing contractor to help make the right choice, both for you and your roof type.

 roof-debris-blowingDebris Staining – Is a fairly common problem, especially on low pitched roofs with overhanging branches. Staining occurs when piles of debris, such as leaves or needles from coniferous trees collect on the roof. These piles retain water and can cause serious damage if not dealt with. Not only can algae and fungus originate here, but also actual plants. Moss, lichens, and other plant life can often thrive on a neglected roof. The main way to combat this particular type of problem is to physically remove debris from the roof by sweeping and/or washing plant matter from the roof. Care should be taken not to damage any shingles or other roofing material. Debris staining is a prime of example of how prevention can be far less expensive than repairs. It is far easier to remove debris from a roof than to fix the resultant damage if not removed.

black stainingBlack Streaking – When black stains occur on your roof in the form of streaks, it may be a case of ‘bleed through’. This occurs when the bituminous material in asphalt shingles begins to break down and bleed from the shingle. Unfortunately this is usually a sign of faulty materials, or older shingles in need of replacement. However, it can be hard to distinguish bleed-through from black algae which is listed above, and is why I always recommend seeking the advice of a trusted roofing contractor before making any decisions on course of action.

 

How can this be cleaned?

cleaning roof Most common roof cleaning methods include either pressure washing or a form of chemical solutions that contain Chlorine Bleach or Sodium Hydroxide and other not so environmentally safe products. Although these methods are sufficient products in cleaning your roof with minimal negative impact, the effects are temporary. However, each method has its benefits and drawbacks below is a list and comparison of the most common roof cleaning and treatment methods.

  • Chlorine Bleach:  When using this method  you need to ensure it is followed by a thorough rinse as well as make sure you use proper care to protect people and  the surrounding property from the overspray and runoff because it can be highly toxic. Although it it provides faster cleaning and minimal rinsing and therefore has less wear and tear on the shingles itself, it can be corrosive to your roof fixtures (boots, valleys, flashings, and underlayments).

 

  • Oxygenated Bleach: This method although more labor intensive and requires immediate rinsing is safer for your roof fixtures and has less of a negative impact on the environment.

 

  • Ammonium Compounds: Although this method is less damaging to roof fixtures and more environmentally friendly it is not EPA (environmental protection agency) approved, it is more labor intensive and requires immediate rinsing as well.

 

  • Pressure Washing: This process has the advantages of not using chemicals which can eliminate cost as well as be less damaging to the environment, it is very time consuming and cause force on the surface of the roof that can wear away the surface, therefore this process is usually only recommended on concrete barrel tile, or metal roofs.

 

  • Proprietary Soap: This method is both safer on the environment as well as on your roof fixtures however is more labor intensive and requires rinsing.

 

Although these methods are relatively safe and effective, repeated use can lead to premature aging of the roof due to high pressure or harsh chemicals and later can lead to costly roof leaks. By using a proper form of preventative maintenance you can eliminate the need for future cleaning as well as the damage that comes with it.

If  you come across any roofing issues during  your summer maintenance and are in the Puget Sound region of Washington State contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. We are Master™ certified contractor through GAF. We have been providing our region with expert commercial and residential roofing services for over 13 years. We provide services in Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn and all of the surrounding cities. Give us a call at 253-445-8950 or fill out our free estimate form.

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Summer Roof Maintenance 101

Summer weather can mean roofing issues, know what to look for!

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Most homeowners believe that once winter, fall and spring have passed their roofing worries have as well. Thats not entirely the case however, summer rains mixed with high temperatures can cause roofing problems and when not taken care of they will only become worse once winter and rainy seasons approach.

 During these hot and wet summer days ventilation is a key component. During the summer, excess heat will build up in your attic which in turn causes high energy costs in order to cool your home. Along with this homeowners need to worry about moisture build up that is produced in the home and may move into the attic if ceiling barriers are not being used. If that moisture that is being trapped in your attic is not released it may cause insulation and construction damage.

Key areas to inspect and maintain.

1. Inspect your roof with a complete walk-around from the ground, looking for shingle lift, missing shingles, cracked or dented shingles, moss or any other type of fungal growth, debris that has gathered in corners or roof valleys and roof damage of any kind.

2. Inspect the flashing (metal strips) around the chimney, skylight, vents, satellite dish, or any other roof protrusion. Flashing often loosens during harsh weather or can deteriorate over time.

3. Check the underside of eaves for debris that may have gathered and remove it. Be careful since this is a favorite spot for stinging insects to build nests.

4. Check for loose gutters. It’s common for storms to loosen them. Tighten all bolts, making certain the gutters are properly angled and aligned to divert water away from the house.

5. Clean out gutters, downspouts and roof drains. You’ll be surprised at the amount of flower blossoms, twigs, seeds and other debris that gathers in them during the spring. After cleaning the gutters, test them by running water through them using a garden hose. If the water flows freely through them with no leaks, you’re good to go.

 

Why is summer roof maintenance important?

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Because summer brings with it high temperatures, rain, humidity, and sometimes heavy winds and thunderstorms it is vital to inspect and maintain your roof regularly. By doing this you can deter serious problems from happening as well as ensure the quality and life of your roof, which in turn can save you money.

If  you come across any roofing issues during  your summer maintenance and are in the Puget Sound region of Washington State contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. We are Master™ certified contractor through GAF. We have been providing our region with expert commercial and residential roofing services for over 13 years. We provide services in Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn and all of the surrounding cities.

Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950.

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What Is EPDM Roofing?

EPDM Roofing

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EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane that has been around for nearly 40 years. EPDM is a black rubber roofing system that is very similar to tire tube membrane, however it is much thicker and typically reinforced with polyester to enhance its durability and resistance to cracks and punctures. EPDM consists of two primary ingredients including ethylene and propellent which are derived from oil and natural gas. It can either be installed fully adhered, mechanically attached or ballasted, and its seams are sealed with a liquid adhesive or tape.

 

Benefits of EPDM

Warm-Roof-Construction-EPDMEnvironmental Responsiveness- 

EPDM is one of roofings most sustainable and environmental materials used today. It has low life cycle costs as well as low impact on our environment. The production of EPDM has a low energy number and several components were created for use with the membrane to reduce VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions during installation of the roofing system. EPDM is also one of the worlds most recyclable low-slope roofing products which in turn minimizes the impact on landfills, and overall our environment.

Economic Value- 

Not only does EPDM have a low cost per square foot, when used in white its surface has a high emissivity which allows energy to be reflected back into the atmosphere rather than absorbed into the building. Therefore the building can “cool” off quicker therefore reducing heat and energy costs.

Overall System Benefits-

  •  Cyclical membrane fatigue resistance
  • Hail resistance
  • Resistance to ozone, weathering and abrasion
  • Low temperature flexibility
  • Thermal shock durability
  • UV radiation resistance

 

 

 

Ballasted EPDM

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Ballasted EPDM is a roofing system whose components are held into place by river-washed stones or pavers. They are loose laid, which means that their insulation as well as the roofing membrane are not fastened to each other or to the roof deck. The sheets of EPDM are spliced together, and both the membrane and insulation are held down by a minimum of 10lbs of ballast per square foot. This roofing system has been popular choice because it has low life cycle costs, and quick and economical insulation .

 

Find A Reliable Roofing Contractor

If you are in the Puget Sound region of Washington State and are in need of roofing services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. We are Master™ certified contractor through GAF. We have been providing our region with expert commercial and residential roofing services for over 13 years. We provide services in Seattle, Tacoma, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn and all of the surrounding cities.

Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. You can also visit GAF.com  and look for GAF Factory Certified Roofing Contractors in your area.

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