The Changing Glass Industry

Demand at an All Time High

The time to upgrade your skylights is now, Puget Sound! The glass industry is currently facing a major problem: too much demand! Warren Willoughby, CEO of Sound Glass, stated “We’re having growing pains. The economy growing, but there is a limited amount of glass that can be manufactured nationally.” Glass companies are now anticipating their busiest year since before the recession, and economic analysts are predicting a 16% increase in construction expenditures and a 17% increase in construction in 2015.

The Details

Interestingly, this has not been the trend in previous years. In fact, between 2006 and 2014, 11 glass manufacturing plants closed down, reducing the nation’s total glass making capacity by 23%. Industry experts estimate that the remaining plants will be running at a capacity in the high 80’s and low 90’s during peak times, which would cause prices to skyrocket. Why aren’t new plants being built? The initial expenditure needed is 350 to Chase Construction North West Inc400 million along with the necessity for the plant to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 52 weeks a year. Without a crystal ball that assures that demand will keep rising for the 15-20 year lifetime of such a facility, business owners are weary of investing so much in a hazy looking future. The price of glass has been steadily rising for last couple of years and Mike Campbell, CEO of Tacoma Glass, remarked that currently, prices are “a good 15 to 20 percent” higher. He predicts they will rise another 10-15 percent over the next two years. “It’s pretty big for what you would consider a commodity, a raw material,” he said.

The Effect on Owners

This predicament puts businesses in a tough situation. There is a chance of quoting a job at one price and then having the price of glass go up. Since some jobs take a year or so to mature, this poses a large threat to glass industry participants. It’s not all bad news however. Willoughby states that “It will initially impact you negatively, but will smooth out as the jobs in the bid cycle get turned over. If you make a 20 percent margin and the Tam Skylights Chase Construction North West Incprice is higher, you’re making 20 percent of a bigger number. If the price is passed on in a timely manner to the consumer, it can be good for the business.” Campbell, on the other hand, is worried about the future and thinks this trend plagues the glass industry with extra steps and considerations. “It’s definitely a negative,” said Campbell. “It requires a lot more attention from a purchasing standpoint to forecast and plan further out in the future than we’re used to , and actually we’re even having to bring in standard glass from overseas at a higher cost because we cant get enough in the U.S.” We wish luck upon all of our friends in the glass industry during these changing times!

About Us

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we not only specialize in roofing but have expertly installed Tam® skylights for over 13 years. We pride ourselves on being honest and professional in all aspects of our business and we want to show you today Puget Sound! We work hard to give our customers the most value. Our customer review sites speak for themselves! Let us show you why we’re the ones for the job at one of our free estimates! We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950.

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Setting the Standard- IKO Manufacturing

IKO Invests in Growth and Infrastructure

Our trusted partner, IKO, is making strides in their industry by investing in U.S. infrastructure and a long-term growth strategy. The tactics employed by vice president of U.S. sales for IKO, Keith Lowe, and the company as as whole are aimed IKO Chase Construction North West Inctowards having a greater market presence. By accomplishing this goal, IKO hopes to benefit not only themselves, but the many customers who recognize the value the company holds. Lowe stated that IKO’s sales people do an incredible job of selling the value of the brand and its’ products, but it’s the investment in our people, processes and facilities that help us deliver that value to our distributors, the contractor and the homeowner.

 New Modern Facilities

IKO was founded in Canada, but has a solidified presence in the U.S. market. The IKO headquarters in the United States is located in Wilmington, Delaware. In the past eight years alone, the company has added three new 4-wide shingle production facilities in a time where many manufacturers had chosen to cut back or downsize. The newest of the facilities was deemed “the most modern of of its kind anywhere in North America” by Lowe. New IKO plant in Sylacauga Alabama

Dedication to Bringing More Value to the Customer

These new facilities are directed towards helping customers in the long run, but IKO’s efforts to assist customers in the short run are already underway. On time and on demand delivery is of the upmost importance to the company. Their unique vertical integration organization of sales and operations allows them to significantly increase their speed and flexibility. According to Lowe, “the vertical integration of our operation allows greater control over the raw material supply and quality coming to our plants.” This allows IKO to meet supplier demands at both local and national levels. By implementing a system in

which products from one plant can be used with products manufactured at another, IKO maximizes efficiency. The company works hard to meet with customers in order to gauge the future status of the market and through this, is able to combat fluctuations in the market. Their ultimate goal in operations is to eliminate “wasted time, wasted motion, wasted effort” because they want to eliminate anything that doesn’t add value for the customer. In environmental efforts, the company has managed to reduce manufacturing waste generated by more than 10% in each of the last four years. Lastly, IKO has heavily invested in enhanced process control including updated control equipment, as well as an investment in people with the knowledge and expertise to better process control, control plans and process capability.

Spreading Knowledge And Power to the Roofing Industry

IKO isn’t just investing in new facilities and smoother operations, but also is staying on top of the latest developments in the roofing industry. The company doesn’t keep this knowledge compiled in storage, but rather goes around the country to educate fellow IKO Chase Construction North West Incroofers. From instructional and educational videos, to online told and in-person seminars, IKO wants contractors to succeed. Lowe also takes customer and contractor feedback seriously and modifies operations in order to alleviate customer concerns, and better their products and services. These extensive investments in IKO have “transformed the company from a multi-regional company to a national supplier, capable of providing and servicing the U.S. marketplace from coast to coast.” As a last remark, Lowe concluded with “We are now selling and shipping to 47 states, and we’re not done yet.” Congratulations on all your efforts IKO! We are proud to work with a company that is always striving for the best!

 About Us

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we have been installing IKO products for over 13 years and are well aware of the value of the brand and its’ products. We are an IKO ShieldPro Plus roofing contractor and have extensive knowledge and expertise on their products as well as many others. Summer is upon us and the best time to get your commercial or residential reroof is now Puget Sound! Call us today and we will show you we are the ones to trust for the job! We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950.

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Nu-Ray Metals: Steel Roofing & Siding Products

An Innovative Type of Roofing System

Roofing systems are constantly being updated, and there is a lot more on the market nowadays than just standard asphalt shingles. Today, we’d like to shine a spotlight on Nu-Ray Metals- a local company with locations in Auburn, Spokane, and the California Redlands that provides an innovative solution to metal roofing. With excellent warranties, finishes, and accessory products, it is no wonder we have been opting to go with Nu-Ray Metals for our recent metal roofing projects.

Why Nu-Ray Metals?

When choosing the materials to fix your existing roof or to start an entirely new project, the options are vast. Nu-ray advertises as having the “strength to protect what you love,”and will both protect and last for the optimum duration of your roof. While Nu-Ray Metals Chase Construction North West Inc.purchasing a metal roof is a larger investment than with most other roof systems, the return on investment is excellent and you will save money in the long run. A metal roof can last a lifetime, can increase the resale value of your home, and in some states, like Texas, a metal roof can even lower your homeowner insurance by 35%. All of Nu-Ray’s operations are designed to protect nature and natural resources. Their products are 100% recyclable, and excess material from the manufacturing process is also recycled.

Our Favorite Series

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we most frequently use the 1000 and 6000 series of this line of products. They both come in a variety of gauges that are perfect for any roofing project, and you don’t need to worry about lack of finishes with either as there are a number of options available. They both require a 3:12 minimum slope and apply over open framing and/or solid substrate. They also both have flat panel, pencil runs, or striations options.

The NRM 1000

The 1000 series is a standing seam metal roof system. In this type of system, continuous NRM 1000 Chase Construction North West Inc.panels run from the ridge of the roof all the way down to the eaves. Between the panels are seams connected by fasteners, which are raised above the level of the metal roofing. The advantages are many. First, the seams, or the weak point in any roof where there is great potential for moisture entry, are raised above the level of the roofing panel. Additionally, because the metal panels run uninhibited from the top to the bottom of the roof, not only are there no horizontal seams but in total, the roof has a far fewer number of seams. Raised seams, with no roof NRM 1000 Chase Construction North West Inc.penetrations, assist in helping to minimize the chance of a roof leak down the road. The metal material is also much tougher than standard composition, provides the cool roof benefits, and comes in a much wider array of colors. The 1000 series is available in 22, 24 and 26 gauge and comes with a concealed fastener coup system. The finishes available are 40-year painted, Zincalume Plus, copper, and aluminum.

The NRM 6000

The 6000 series is a classic snap lock system. This type of system provides all of the sturdiness and  protection benefits, as well as the aesthetic factors. The snap lock system is designed to save on labor costs as the seams can be locked by a simple snapping of the panels together. This allows sections of the roof to be easily accessed if there are any problems down the line. Additionally, the snap lock roof panel installation offers high level

of wind uplift protection and with it, these standing seam roof panel float on the roof deck, allowing for expansion and contraction with temperature extremes. The 6000 series comes in 24 and 26 gauge and has a concealed fastener snap lock system with no clips needed. The finishes available are 40-year painted, Zincalume Plus, and Copper. With either system, you can be sure that your roof will look sleek and protect your home for life.

About Us

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we have the experience and know-how on how to install these unique and innovative systems. We have been in the business for over 13 years and we perform all work in the most professional manner possible. We produce happy customers each time with our honest and reliable service. Let us show you we are the best for the job at one of our completely free estimates. We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. Thank you for considering us for your next project!

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Chase Construction North West Inc. In the Spotlight

Another Major Stride for Chase Construction North West Inc.

In neighborhood news this week, we are reaching new heights when it comes to exposure and advertising. We want to be able to provide more and more areas of Puget Sound with the best roofing service and installation, so we are working hard to get our name and reputation out there. We believe in our ability to provide the best, and we are so happy to be recognized for this fact by other respected sources.

Check Us Out in These Highly Regarded Publications!

Just recently, we made our debut in the following popular publications, The Canterwood lifestyle and Newcastle lifestyles. These magazines cater specifically to these communities Canterwood Chase Construction North West Incand all of the advertisements featured exemplify quality service, and a dedication to excellent performance. These monthly journals are a guide for families in these communities on interesting local happenings, individuals that are in the spotlight, and of course, local businesses that have shown to be trustworthy enough to be the clear choice in their industry. The magazines are correctly named, and do include tons of tips on how to most efficiently and effectively maintain the Canterwood and Newcastle lifestyles. With exposes Newcastle Chase Construction North West Incon relevant topics such as the best wine to pair with Easter dinner, and fun family recipes included in all issues, both magazines are a staple to the typical family’s reading repertoire. We are proud to have shown enough professionalism and received enough excellent customer feedback in order to be asked to be featured in such a highly regarded publication. We hope this furthers the belief that we are the one for the job when it comes to your roofing needs in Puget Sound!

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We have been working harder than ever to get our name out there and our owner, Melanie, has been hanging door hangers with our information on homes across the region. Look out for one on your door and call us today! Check out our fun video here!

A Little More About Us

Chase Construction North West Inc. has been a trusted name in the roofing industry for over 13 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, product knowledge, and the excellent communication and rapport we are able to establish with our customers. We receive a lot of our business from word of mouth reviews, and we are happy this has led to our company’s reputation, good enough to be included in respected publications such as these. We are a GAF Master Elite Roofer along with just 12 others in Washington State as well as one of the few GAF Master low slope installers for flat roofing applications. We are also an IKO ShieldPro Plus roofing contractor. You can trust Chase Construction Northwest, Inc. with your residential re-roofs and your large flat commercial projects. You can contact us today to schedule your free estimate at 253-445-8950 or by filling out our estimate form. Thank you for visiting our website and considering us for your next project!

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