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Roofing Contractor Auburn WA

Is Your Auburn Roofer Manufacturer Certified?

Roofing companies Auburn We have all heard the phrase hind-site is 20/20. Unfortunately living that statement can often be very costly. Hiring Auburn roofers is a process that should be done with research and consideration. At Chase NW Roofing we are called to educate consumers so that they are able to make a safe hiring choice. Call today for a free no obligation estimate at 253-445-8950 or visit our free estimate page and we will respond to you shortly by email!

What Is A Certified Auburn Roofer?

A certified roofing contractor has set themselves apart from the industry by submitting to a particular manufacturers training and installation requirements. They send their employees to yearly training in order to stay on top of the latest roofing methods and product knowledge.

Certified Roofing And How It Affects Warranties.

Auburn roofers that have been manufacturer certified can offer warranties that other contractors cannot. An example is the GAF Master Elite certification status. GAF corporation, the nation’s largest roofing manufacturer only certifies 3% of roofers nationally as Master Elites.  Master Elite contractors are able to offer the Golden Pledge Weather Stopper Warranty. This warranty covers all material and system components for 50 years 100% and adds a 25 year manufacturer backed labor and workmanship warranty. Hiring a certified roofer in Auburn really makes a difference.

Best Practices Are Kept By Certified Roofing Companies.

Roofing Contractors Auburn

GAF Complete Roofing System!

Your roof is designed to protect your home from the Puget Sound weather. Its important that a complete roof system is installed. A proper system is comprised of starter shingles, underlayment, leak barrier in critical leak areas, field singles, ridge shingles, proper venting and flashing. Utilizing the complete roofing system ensures your roof will be leak free and last the test of time.

How To find A Certified Roofer In Auburn.

There are few places you can look to find a certified roofing contractor. The first step I would take is to look on the roofing manufacturer’s website. For instance if you are going to utilize GAF shingles on your home go to their website and check out their certified contractor profiles. Type in your zip code and a list of Master Elite certified roofers near Auburn will show up. Most manufacturers have a very similar program and the roofers they feature have passed the test of quality and workmanship. Another way of finding a certified contractor is to look on prominent sites like Angie’s List where contractors are graded and reviewed.

We can help! We Are An Expert Roofing Contractor In Auburn WA

Chase NW Roofing would love to help with your roofing project. We have been providing exceptional roofing services to the Puget Sound for over 11 years. We are situated right here in Sumner, Wa and specialize in residential and commercial roofing and repair.

Our estimates are always free! Call Joel Beattie today 253-445-8950 or fill out our free estimate form! We hope to hear from you soon.


Certified Roofers Renton WA

Certified Roofers Renton WA

Certified Roofers Renton

Chase NW receiving the GAF Master Elite training excellence award for 2011!

Hiring a roofer in Renton can be a big headache. Before you think your reading another negative article let me assure you there is a safe way to hire a roofing contractor. Chase Construction North West, Inc. is committed to educating consumers with the latest trends in the roofing industry. Here are a few criteria points you should consider when hiring your roofer in Renton.

1)      Is the contractor licensed, bonded and insured?  It is critical that the contractor you hire for flat or pitched roofing projects is licensed. If they are not licensed they cannot legally operate in the State of Washington. Just as equally important is the insurance. Insurance takes the liability of a roof related accident off of the home owner. The last thing you want is for someone to fall off of your roof due to their carelessness and then turn around and sue you. Protect yourselves from shady roofers in Renton that cannot provide the proper proof of these requirements.


2)      Is the contractor certified with a manufacturer? There are great accountability requirements with some manufacturer certification programs. Certification means that a roofing company has gone through proper training and testing and qualifies to represent the manufacturer. A certified roofer in Renton will be able to offer you warranties that standard contractors cannot. You can verify the certification status of a contractor by checking the manufacturer website. An example is the GAF Master Elite contractor profiles. Here you can see the Master Elite roofers, their reviews, score and what customers have said about their service. This really eliminates a lot of the trouble of weeding through the half-baked roofing companies.


3)      Does the contractor have a history and references of work they have performed in your area? Workmanship speaks for itself. Don’t be afraid to ask a contractor for a list of references. If most of the numbers they give you lead to a disconnected phone number or wrong number then you have a problem. Get the list of references, call the previous customer and find out what they have to say. Drive by and take a look at a few of their jobs.

Experienced Roofers In Renton

Roofers RentonHiring roofers in Renton can be a great and safe experience if you know how to weed out the counterfeit. If you have any questions about hiring a roofer or need expert advice for your upcoming project contact us at 253-445-8950 or fill out our estimate form, we will get back to you very soon!

We specialize in residential and commercial re-roofs and repairs. We service both steep slope and flat roofing needs. Our roofing inspections and consultations are always free.

Chase Construction North West, Inc is certified as 1 of 15 GAF Master Elite roofers in Washington State.

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5 Vital Roofing Tools Every Roofer Needs

Getting geared up for roofing, whether you’re starting your own roofing company or tooling up to go to work, requires certain tools just to get out of the gate. We have compiled a list of those tools so that you can prioritize your purchases. Though we listed the ones that we feel are important, this is far from being a complete inventory.

Roofing Nailer

A nailer is the primary tool that makes you a roofer. The skill that you develop in nailing at a productive speed and adjusting your nailer for your abilities is what is encompassed in the process of roofing. By and large, the most effective nail gun for roofing is a coil nailer. You can get them in several different sizes that accommodate several different nail lengths. They come in handy also if you need to shoot some ring shank nails to put down plywood. There are both battery and pneumatic styles, and they both get the job done. By far, though, the industry favorite is still the air gun. With any nailer, you need to make sure that you have enough of the accessories required to keep it fully operational.

Lots of people are partial to staplers as well. Staples that that have 1” to ½” crown are also quite a capable roofing fastener. Most of the suppliers of coil nailers have a version of the stapler as well. The biggest drawback to staplers is that they are much more specific to the particular type of staple that you are using and many of the staplers out there are not for roofing.

Roofing Hammer

This is the hand tool that you will most often need to go along with your nailer. Most often, to tap down nails that were not aimed properly that can still get a good seal in the tar line. Sometimes it’s needed to pull a nail and start over. This is the primary tool to have in your nail bags, along with your roofing knife. It will help you remove misplaced tiles, clean the work area and tap down nails on final inspection. When you go to buy a roofing hammer you will notice there are several different hammer shapes that all go under the heading of roofing hammer. Some look like a hatchet. Others look like a regular hammer with one of the claws missing. The various different looks are standard with different types of roofing to choose from.

A Shingle Remover

Often the term is synonymous with a roofing shovel. There is a specific version of a shingle remover that resembles a shovel with teeth but there are several versions of a shingle remover that are all used in different applications. Some are meant to facilitate one person doing a tear-off. It helps guide the removed old roofing into a roll. It also has wheels and gives you a cart to help carry it to disposal. Others are for a traditional team that can form a roll of tear-off rather quickly and cart it off to throw away.

A Hammer Tacker

A roofing job can come to a dead stop without the proper tools to get the underlayment down. A hammer tacker allows you to staple your paper with the same quick motion that you nail the tiles down keeping your crew productive and using techniques familiar to them. Hammer tackers are durable and use T- 50 staples, the most common and easy to get. They are have the same basic machine parts as a regular hand powered t-50 staple gun except that they are set by impact so they are easy to use and can be refilled on the spot.

Your Ladder

You know that you are not going anywhere without a ladder. And if you’ve been using a ladder for a long time that’s getting more and more wobbly, it’s time to get a new ladder that gives you a feeling of security. Those that are in the industry will notice a brand new ladder before they notice anything else. That’s because a new ladder is a commitment to making sure that you are getting on that roof and doing it safely. Adjustable two fold and three fold ladders are very durable, sturdy and can be compacted to a size that fits easily in any vehicle for transportation. Extension ladders have various adaptions for reaching the roof, or setting up ladder jacks for staging to hold material. These are very handy when you are on a steep incline and you need a place to operate from.

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Flat Roof Ponding

Is It Acceptable to Have Ponding On My Flat Roof?

By Allen Sensel

Moderate Water Ponding


There is a lot of speculation with older building designs and how their flat roofs have a tendency to collect pools of standing water referred to as ponding. The purpose of this report is to provide clarity for a commonly misunderstood notion that a flat roof, whether it’s asphaltic built-up, modified bitumen, or any kind of single-ply membrane, should not bear any kind of collection of rain water. I will provide brief examples from the IBC, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Factory Mutual, all of whom mandate construction and renovation standards to comply with regional climates,weather patterns, and safety.


Ponding water, as described by the IBC and recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is water that remains on a roof surface longer than 48 hours after the termination of the most recent rain event.

Standing Water

This explanation from the IBC can also point out that directly following persistent rainfall, water is not considered standing until after 48 hours of dry weather, after which, can evaporate efficiently at temperatures above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Only when the same volume of water exists after this period can there be a concern for potential leaks, providing that the roof system was properly installed.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development elaborates on how building inspectors approach ponding after an installation:

“48 hours before conducting a physical inspection, check the local weather forecast to see if precipitation is expected. If there has been precipitation within 48 hours prior to your inspection, use your judgement in deciding if observable ponding is due to the recent precipitation or because of an ongoing problem. Keep in mind that some flat roofs are designed to allow ponding.”

Concurrent with the size of the roof, Factory Mutual Global explains rain load on a dead flat roof:

“ Roofs should be designed with positive drainage: however, dead-flat roofs consistent with this guideline are acceptable.”

An older building will lack modern specifications for framing slopes a minimum of  1/4” rise per 12” run. The solution to controlling water flow on a dead flat roof, if ponding is still a noticeable concern after following the aforementioned provisions, is designing a framed slope for positive drainage to scuppers and/or bowl drains.


“Definitions Supplement.” U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Real Estate Assessment, October, 2001: 3

“Roof Loads for New Construction.” FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets, September 2006: 3-5

International Code Council. 2009 International Building Code. 2009