Monthly Archives: November 2013

Fall Protection Guidelines

Are you prepared to comply with OSHA’s fall protection-regulations?

 

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Falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities in the construction industry today in the United States, it is averaged that each year between 150-200 workers are killed and more than 100,000 are injured as a result of falling at construction sites (U.S. Department of Labor). Therefore it is very important that employees and companies follow standard for fall protection that deal with both human and equipment related issues.The following are guidelines stated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that employers and employees need to follow:

  •  Where protection is required, select fall protection systems appropriate for given situations.
  • Use proper construction and installation of safety systems
  • Supervise employees properly
  • Use safe work procedures
  • Train workers in the proper selection, use, and maintenance of all protection systems

 

Duty to have fall protection

It is required that employers assess the workplace to determine if the surfaces on which their employees are to work have structural integrity to safely support them. OSHAS fall protection regulations require that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry, and eight feet in long shoring operations along with providing fall protection when working over dangerous equipment regardless of fall distance (U.S. Department of Labor).roofers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OSHA require that employers must follow these guidelines to ensure employees are not injured from falls:

  •  Guard every floor hole into which a worker can walk into by either using a railing and toe-board or floor hole cover.
  • Provide guard rail and toe board around every elevated open sided platform, floor or runway.
  • Regardless of height employees must provide guardrails and toe boards to prevent workers from falling onto dangers machines or equipment
  • Other means of fall protection may include a safety harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and hand rails.

 

Employee and Employer safety is a top priority for us!

Re-Roofing exposes workers to several hazards, with proper fall protection employers and employees reduce the risk of serious falls. Other considerations for providing a safe work environment required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration include:

  •  Guard employees against falls through skylights or roof openings by using guardrail system, personal fall arrest system (PFAS) or a protective cover.
  • Appropriate footwear is important to protect employees from falling due to a loose nail or shingle.
  • Workers should also be cautious of air hoses or power cords that are used for nail guns and electrical equipment.
  • Stage material so that workers have quick and easy access to it, so that it does not fall onto an employee on the ground by using slide guards and establishing a restricted area around the perimeter of the project.

 

To ensure all employees are knowledgeable and aware of these rules and regulations employers must provide them with a training program that teaches them how to be aware of fall hazards as well as how to minimize. In the OSHA fall protection regulations it states that employees must be trained in the following areas: a) the nature of fall hazards in the work area; (b) the correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting fall protection systems; (c) the use and operation of controlled access zones and guardrail, personal fall arrest, safety net, warning line, and safety monitoring systems; (d) the role of each employee in the safety monitoring system when the system is in use; (e) the limitations on the use of mechanical equipment during the performance of roofing work on low-sloped roofs; (f) the correct procedures for equipment and materials handling and storage and the erection of overhead protection; and, (g) employees’ role in fall protection plans.

Make sure that you as an employer and employee are fully prepared to comply with OSHA’s fall protection regulations, click on this link to be directed to the U.S Department of Labor website where you can find the latest form of OSHA’s fall protection regulations.

 

Preventing Roof Leaks 2

Preventing Roof Leaks 2: Leaks In The Valley

Valley-Repair Roof leaks are a very damaging problem that can cost you thousands of dollars. In this series “Preventing Roof Leaks,” we are helping you to curb the problem before it happens by recognizing the warning signs of a failing roof  and taking care of it before it gets critical. Last week we discussed plumbing pipe boots, this week we would like to tackle another very common roof leak area, valleys.

Valleys are the areas in the roof where two sections come together and form a “valley” shape. The valley is instrumental in channeling huge volumes of water into the rain gutter system. Due to the volume of water that travels through this area of the roofing system it is prone to be one of the most probable leak areas. Some of the common causes for this are:

  • Improperly installing the roofing shingles.
  • Older shingles curling or cracking in the valley.
  • Not using underlayment or leak barrier in the valley.
  • Wind driven rain being pushed up under the shingles.
  • Build up of debris such as pine needles, moss and branches.

 

 

 

Here is a short video from Roofers.911 that shows the fundamentals of locating a valley leak in your roof.

 

All of the situations above are very common and also can be avoided by a few simple preventive steps.

Securing the valley with leak barrier membrane

Leak-barrier-roofing-valleyUtilizing underlayment or leak barrier membrane in the valley is an important step to waterproofing your home. For pennies on the dollar more than you would pay for a bare-bones roofing system you can add leak barrier peel and stick membrane. This membrane is a rubberized (SBS) product that self adheres to the roof deck and is thicker than your typical #15 or #30 roofing felt paper. Leak barrier in the valley can catch wind driven rain that sneaks under your shingles and prevent it from creating damage and rot to the wood sheathing.

Ultimate valley protection: Valley metal

Metal-valleys-prevent-roof-leaksValley metal is another very effective way of waterproofing a valley. Purchasing this extra system component can cost you a little more money than a standard system but brings a solid assurance that your valley is not going to leak. The most typical applications is using a “W-valley metal. This is a 26 gauge piece of painted steel that can color match your shingles with brown or black options. It is 24″ wide  and can be ordered in wider sizes such as 36” to provide great protection. There is a “V” shape protrusion in the center which helps prevent build up of debris and channels water to the rain gutter system. Its difficult for debris to build up on the metal due to the slippery surface. Using valley metal is a very wise investment especially in heavily wooded areas.

Seal your valley roofing shingles with roofing cement

roofing-cement-sealed-valleysAnother great way to secure your valley is by using roofing cement and sealing the edges of the shingles. This cement is also known as mastic. A popular brand is Fields, which comes in caulking tubes and other containers such as 5 gallon buckets. By placing a thing line of mastic along the entire valley you can create a “damn” so to speak that the water cannot penetrate through. Here is a link to learn more about roofing cement or mastic.

 

 

The simple fix, maintain your roof

Roof Maintenance The simplest way to prevent roof leaks in your valley is to maintain your roof with an annual cleaning. Depending on the surroundings of your home and the density of overhanging trees and vegetation you might need to have your roof and gutters cleaned once or twice a year. In some climates having an inspection every few years is adequate. Brooming your roof off once a year will preserve its integrity by removing possible water damning issues. You can also prevent moss build up by applying products like Moss-B-Gone. This product can be applied in either a powder form along the valley so rain will wash it down or mixed into a liquid form and sprayed over the roof. Another option is purchasing an algae seal for your shingles. This product typically comes with a warranty and prevents algae growth and discoloration.

By instituting a regular maintenance program to upkeep your roof you can add valuable years of “roof life” and prevent costly damages. Remember that safety always comes first! If you cannot safely inspect your roof or clean it your self it is worth it to hire a professional.

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 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.

PABCO Builds Green

Protecting and Preserving the Environment!

building greenIt is not a question whether or not our environment is being impacted by our daily activities that there is a sense or urgency to move towards more eco-friendly practices. Many manufactures have developed effective eco-friendly alternatives in their product lines that is now apart of what we call the new “building green” trend. Among those who are encouraging other builders and contractors to take a step towards going green is PABCO Roofing Products. Protecting and preserving the environment is a core value of PABCO Roofing Products. They have developed programs and products to help reduce waste and support sustainable practices.

 

PABCO® annually diverts over 30,000 tons of waste products from landfills to be reused or recycled.

  •  Asphalt process waste is recycled for use in local road construction.
  • Over 98% of water used during production is collected and reused.
  • Empty pallets are collected from our distributors, refurbished by a local pallet recycler, and reused. Pallets can be refurbished and reused many times over.
  • All excess granules and sand are collected, sorted, and reused in our manufacturing process.
  • Recycled materials are utilized in manufacturing, when available.
  • Waste limestone is sourced for use as a raw material

 

 

Solar Reflective Shingles by PABCO Roofing Products.

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Color: Obsidian

One product that stands out the most to us is their Premier Radiance and Premier Radiance ELITE Solar Reflective shingles.Premier Radiance and Premier Radiance Elite shingles provide you with the quality one expects from PABCO, top quality! They provide you with a limited lifetime warranty and a 15 year wind warranty up to 1130/mph. Their shingles range from a 0.25-0.28 initial solar reflective rating. PABCO’s Premier Radiance and Premier Radiance Elite shingles provide customers to go green by featuring several qualities that ensure you are following the “building green” trend:

SOLAR REFLECTANCE- Premier Radiance Elite and Premier Radiance Solar Reflective shingles feature 3M Cool Roofing Granules that reflect up to 28% of solar energy from the sun back to the atmosphere. 3M Cool Roofing Granules are up to four times more reflective than comparable typical standard colored granules.

THERMAL EMITTANCE– The thermal emittance of an asphalt shingle is a measure of how effectively it radiates heat back into the atmosphere. Shingles with higher thermal emittance values radiate more heat back into the atmosphere, which means less heat passes through the attic space below.

THE RESULT– The Solar Reflective Index (SRI) value is derived by combining the solar reflective and thermal emittance values of a particular shingle. Tests show that applying shingles with a higher SRI value results in lower attic temperatures when compared to the same structure covered with shingles that have lower SRI value.

Get Your Solar Reflective Shingles Installed On Your Home, And Join The “Building Green” Trend!

If you are interested in having solar reflective shingles installed on your home start by locating a  roofing contractor in your area. Simply go to:

http://www.pabcoroofing.com/find-a-contractor 

Chase Construction NorthWest Inc. is a certified green roofing contractor  who supports PABCO Roofing Products and their mission to preserve the environment. Chase Construction NW, Inc proudly recycles its asphalt roofing shingles and installs sustainable building products. If you are interested in re-roofing your home or commercial building with green products or cool products contact us today at 253-445-8950. We specialize in all types of roofing. Chase NW has been servicing the roofing needs of the Puget Sound for over a decade including: Seattle, Bellevue, Renton, Auburn, Puyallup, Fife, Federal Way, Tacoma, Olympia and the surrounding cities.

 

GAF Cobra Exhaust Vent for Roof Ridge

Attic Ventilation: GAF’s Cobra Exhaust Vent

attic ventilationIt is estimated that 9 out of 10 homes in North America do not have proper attic ventilation.  Why?  Because most people are unaware that attic ventilation can impact the prolonged existence of their entire home. When Re-Roofing your home effective attic ventilation is critical for a long lasting roof. When you have a properly balanced attic ventilation system, it will ensure to remove existing excess heat and moisture to protect your roof from premature deterioration, as well as help prevent roof rot in your attic or roof deck. Along with this it will also minimize peeling and extend the life of the exterior and interior paint, limit harmful mold growth, protect your attic against mildew damage, guard against ice damming, and possibly reduce excessive heating and air conditioning costs.

Good House Keeping Seal makes it any homeowners best choice!

Balanced ventilation requires an equal amount of intake ventilation and exhaust ventilation. The Cobra Exhaust Vent allows stale air to escape through the vent which is installed under the ridge cap shingles, and provides fresh air to enter into the attic through the intake vent at the soffit or eave. GAF’s Cobra Exhaust Vent has earned the prestigious Good House Keeping Seal; for its enhanced design where improved compression resistance will help to reduce waviness that can detract from the roofs finished look, provides you with easy installation, superior performance, its cap shingle compatible and also comes in two lengths.  Along with being a professional’s best choice, it also is a homeowner’s best choice for the following reasons:

  • Environmentally friendly-Manufactured with 100% recycled fiber to help reduce the amount of material entering landfills.
  • Vents your attic-Allows heat and condensation to escape at the most effective location, the ridge.
  • Looks Great-100% shingle-over design is virtually invisible when installed.
  • Superior Protection– Helps to prevent wood rot and extends the life of your exterior paint
  • Energy efficient-May reduce your energy bills!
  • Watertight– Passes 110 mph wind-drive rain and snow infiltration tests.
  • Safer Helps prevent problems with insects, birds and animals in your attic.
  • Peace of Mind up to a lifetime limited warranty when installed on lifetime shingle roofs.

Don’t risk having improper attic ventilation

cobra exhaust ventMake sure you protect your roof from premature deterioration by providing effective attic exhaust ventilation with GAF’s Cobra Exhaust Vent. Chase NW Roofing is factory trained and certified with GAF, IKO, Versico and Custom-Bilt Metals to install almost every roofing application. We specialize in composition shingles, torchdown, single ply, metal roofing, wood shakes, slate and concrete tile. We have been providing quality re-roofs in the North West for over a decade you are planning to re-roof your house, or need an inspection give us a call at 253-445-8950, or fill out our free estimate form .

Installing Cobra Ridge Vents and Attic Ventilation