Monthly Archives: June 2012

Weather Watch Leak Barreir

Why leak barrier is critical to your roofing system!

Weather Watch Leak Barreir

Leak Barrier should be used in critical leak areas for a “complete roof system”.

Why should I use a leak barrier on my roofing system?

When you are interviewing the best roofing companies you might be overwhelmed with the many product options you are presented with. We at Chase NW Roofing understand that. In fact that is the reason we have paid staff in our office creating articles like this to help educate you to make a sound decision when you need to re-roof your home.

GAF Weather Watch Leak Barrier

In today’s subject we are tackling leak barrier. Why should you use a leak barrier on your new roof system? Is it really necessary or is it just another bell and whistle on my roof that a roofing contractor makes more money from? These are valid and important questions when considering a new roofing system. As a roofing contractor in the Puyallup-Tacoma, Washington area, we have installed thousands of roofing systems, and have found leak barrier to be a non-negotiable system component.

The purpose of leak barrier on your roof: To protect critical leak prone areas.

Leak barriers create a complete (100%) watertight seal that eliminate the threat of roof leaks in the most critical areas on your roof. It is most commonly used in valleys, around chimneys, skylights, penetrations, roof slope transitions and around the perimeter edge of the roof. For upgraded warranties it will also be used on ridges and roof to wall areas. See a live example of applying leak barrier to a skylight curb on our video blog “Skylight Installation in Puyallup-Edgewood, Washington”.

Low slope roofing applications require leak barrier.

Leak barriers are required and should be used where roofing shingles are utilized on a low slope roofing application. It is not recommended to use asphalt roofing shingles on pitches of 2:12 or less, however manufacturers will warrant that roofing application if leak barrier is utilized on the entire roof deck as an underlayment.

Ice Dam

Leak barrier should be used to combat ice dams in cold weather zones.

Leak barrier to combat ice damming in cold weather zones.

What is an ice dam? This question comes up often when discussing leak barrier and critical areas of protecting a roof. Wikipedia’s definition: An ice dam, on a smaller scale, is a problem of house and building maintenance in cold climates. An ice dam can occur when snow accumulates on the slanted roof of a house with inadequate insulation. Heat conducted through the insufficient insulation and warm air from the attic bypasses warms the roof and melts the snow on those areas of the roof that are above living spaces, but does not melt the snow on roof overhangs.[4] Meltwater flows down the roof, under the blanket of snow, onto the eave and into the gutter, where colder conditions on the overhang cause it to freeze. Eventually, ice accumulates along the eave and in the gutter. Snow that melts later cannot drain properly through the ice on the eave and in the gutter, resulting in leaks to the roof space resulting in damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation. The ice that builds up on the roof can be removed by trained professionals that use special steam equipment to ensure quick and safe removal without causing damage to the roof.

Roofing Weather Zone

Applying leak barrier on the perimeter edge prevents water from soaking into the roof deck and helps to prevent ice damming. Leak barrier is required by building codes in most areas where the winter temperature is 25 degrees F or has the potential to freeze during the winter months. This is considered the North Zone and covers most of Northern section of North America.

Other benefits of leak barrier are:

Using leak barrier in manufacturer specified areas qualifies your roof for upgrades system warranties such as the GAF “System Plus” or “Golden Pledge” warranties. These extend the roofing warranty coverage on the “complete roofing system” for many years beyond the standard material warranty. These warranties can only be offered by GAF certified contractors or GAF Master Elite roofing contractors. We are 1 of 15 of those Master Elite roofing contractors in Washington State! For more information on the right roofing warranty check out this informative article: “HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WARRANTY TO PROTECT YOUR NEW ROOF“.

Leak barrier self seals around nails and metal fasteners.

It can also be left exposed for up to 60 days in an emergency situation on asphalt roofing systems. Leak barrier’s exceed the requirement for a roof deck vapor retarder.

Chase Construction NW, Inc.-Roofing highly recommends using leak barrier as part of a “complete roofing system” on residential roofing systems.

If you have more questions concerning leak barrier or would like to schedule a free roofing consultation please fill out our quick estimate form and we will get back to you shorty. We service: Tacoma, Puyallup, Kent, Seattle and the surrounding areas. We are ready to serve you!

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Puyallup-Edgewood Roofing Transformation by Chase NW Roofing

Re-Roof In Puyallup WA

Puyallup-Edgewood Roofing Transformation by Chase NW Roofing

GAF Timberline HD roofing system in Puyallup-Edgwood, Washington

Chase Construction NW Inc Roofing Installs New GAF Timberline HD Roof System In Edgewood, Washington

We love being a roofing contractor in Puyallup, Washington! At Chase Construction NW Inc.-Roofing, we believe in doing business locally. Last week we were able to partner with a local business owner and help them keep their investment covered. The old 3 tab roofing shingle system had failed. We tore off the old roofing shingles and installed a new GAF Timberline HD roofing system.

We also tore-off the old torchdown built-in-gutters and installed new 5k aluminum gutters. The new gutters accent the Timberline shingles beautifully.

We gave this home owner the best as we always do, installing a “complete roof system”. A complete roofing system is required to supply our homeowners an upgraded system warranty. A complete roof system is comprised of: Field shingles, starter shingles around the perimeter edge, factory made hip and ridge shingles, underlayment, and leak barrier in critical leak areas. Using GAF’s system components we are able to offer an upgraded  warranty on every home that only certified roofing contractors are able to offer.

We have been providing roofing services in the Puyallup area for over a decade, and are ready to help you as one of the North West’s premium roofing contractors.

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Timberline Roofing Shingles Installed By Chase NW Roofing

These Timberline shingles look great!

New gutters to accent the roofing system!

New GAF roofing system covered by an upgraded warranty!

Covered by a 50 year Weather Stopper Warranty! Peace of mind!







Re-roof in Puyallup Washington

It looks great from the road! They will have no problem renting out that open unit now!!

GAF Timberline HD Roofing Shingles




Single Ply Flat Roofing-Fife-WA

Versico Roofing manufacturer releases new 90 mil EPDM roofing membrane

Versico’s  New 90 Mil EPDM Roofing Membrane

Chase Construction North West, Inc.-Roofing has used many commercial roofing products in its 10 year history. We have also seen many types of roofing come in and out of style in the industry. Single ply roofing membranes (TPO, PVC and EPDM) have made an incredible come back in today’s market. The technological advancement in the makeup of single ply roofing has resurrected it from the disdain of a generation of roofing failure. In fact, single ply, flat roofing systems are more popular than ever due to its reflectivity of solar rays (earning it an energy star rating) and 20 year material warranties.

That advancement continues with Versico Roofing Manufacturer’s most recent press release. They have added to their extensive commercial flat roofing line a 90 mil VersiGard White EPDM roofing membrane. This is now the thickest white, non-reinforced single ply roofing in the industry. The new EPDM, if installed by an authorized or certified roofing company, qualifies for a 30 year no dollar limit system warranty. This is one of the greatest commercial flat roofing warranties offered today. That spells peace of mind.

Chase Construction North West, Inc. specializes in commercial and residential roofing applications. We would be happy to provide you with a free estimate on your upcoming roofing projects. Please fill out our free estimate form and a representative will contact you shortly.

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Metal Roofing

Why A Metal Roof Is Cost Effective vs. Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Metal Roofing

Before you write off a new metal roof as being too expensive, read this article, it might save you a lot of money. Price is the bottom line for most people when deciding what type of roofing system they will have installed on their homes. What most people do not factor in when considering the cost of a new roof, is how long the roof is going to really last, and how much will it cost to replace the roof in the future. After all, the cost of asphalt based roofing shingles are consistently rising because they are a  petroleum product. In fact the asphalt roofing or shingle industry follows the same pattern as the gasoline industry. That is why metal roofing  has become very popular for residential use in the last decade. Here in Tacoma, Puyallup, Kent and the surrounding cities we have seen the metal roofing trend pick up incredibly in the last 10 years.

The cost of asphalt roofing vs. metal roofing:

The actual roof life of a shingle is determined by the weather conditions, proper installation and roof maintenance. Depending on what type of composite or architectural roofing shingle you choose, your roof can last between 12-27 years. A new metal roof, when properly installed can last well beyond 50 years. If you consider those timelines you will see that an asphalt roof will need to be replaced 2-3 times if not more, before a metal roof will need replacing. Calculating the cost of your re-roof should be examined beyond your immediate need if possible. If you are going to live in your home for a long period of time, or the house is an investment like a rental, you will pay up to 3-5 times more re-roofing with composition type roofing shingles.

Metal is not only superior in its protection of your home, it truly is the economical route of re-roofing when considering “the long run”. Good financial decisions are never made looking at your immediate need, this principal applies to roofing your home as well.

If you live in our service areas of Tacoma, Puyallup, Renton or the surrounding cities, and would like more information on metal roofing please give us  a call. Estimates are always free. You can reach us by filling out our quick estimate form or by calling us at 253-445-8950.

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Chase Construction North West, Inc is a factory trained and certified installer of Custom-Bilt Metal’s products.