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Why You Should Use A Complete Roofing System

What Is A Complete Roofing System?








Did you know that roofing is designed to be installed as a complete system? Roofing manufacturers produce system components that work together to protect and waterproof the most critical leak areas of your roof. By utilizing these puzzle pieces you are ensured a quality waterproofing system has been installed and will last for many years. Another benefit is complete systems qualify for upgraded manufacturer warranties when installed by a qualified and certified roofing contractor.

Basic Components Of A Roofing System



Roofing needs to be installed on a level smooth surface. This surface is known as the substrate or sheathing. Having a smooth roof deck reduces stress points on the new system and minimizes wrinkles telegraphing through the asphalt singles. If you are re-roofing it is important for your contractor to carefully inspect the existing sheathing and to replace rotten or compromised substrate materials. It is common to utilize 1/2″ CDX plywood or 7/16″ OSB to build a strong roof deck.


Eave And Rake Starter Metal


Starter metal is utilized around the entire perimeter of the roof to protect the edge of the plywood and fascia. It also helps to protect your roof deck from wind driven rain. Rake or fascia metal has a small flange on the end called a drip edge which helps to expel the water away from the fascia or barge board.



Starter Strips

Starter-shingles Starter strips help protect the eave and rake edge of your home from wind driven rains and ice dams. Each roofing manufacturer has their own factory made starter shingles that are designed as part of their system and are easy to install. A common practice is to use 3 tab roofing shingles for starter. This method is acceptable but will not qualify your roof for an upgraded system warranty.


Underlayments And Roof Deck Protection


The Tigerpaw looks great and created a safe working environment for our roofing technicians. Roofing underlayments are a critical piece of a complete roofing system. Underlayments, also known as vapor barriers are designed to protect both the shingles from acidic saps that can deteriorate the shingles, and also to protect the roof deck from moisture trapped in between the shingles and roof deck. The most common type of underlayment is # 15 felt. This has long been the industry standard. New synthetic underlayments are also becoming very popular due to their breathability and their ability to seal around nail penetrations.


Leak Barrier

Ice-and-water-shield Leak barrier membranes are a special SBS or rubberized membrane that protect your homes most critical leak areas. Due to their flexibility they fit well in areas with angles like skylight curbs, sidewall and roof to wall transitions. Other common areas of use are: valleys, eave and rake edges, plumbing pipe penetrations and low slope roof decks that are under a 3:12 pitch ratio.





Flashings are very critical to your roofing system. You have probably seen flashing utilized on your roof around your chimney or skylight. These are step flashings, roof to wall flashings and back pan flashings. Many roof leaks are caused by improper flashing, make sure these areas are installed correctly when performing a re-roof.



Plumbing Pipe Boots

roofing-pipe-bootEvery roof has penetrations through the roof known as plumbing pipe’s. This is an obvious critical leak area which needs to be protected. Manufacturers have designed a neoprene pipe boot that effectively waterproofs this aspect of your roof.



Field Shingles

Tri-laminate roofing shinglesField shingles are the aspect of your waterproofing shingles that are seen on the home. They are comprised of a fiberglass matt, dipped in asphalt and coated with special waterproofing granules. They come in many styles, thicknesses and colors. The most common are 3 tab, architectural laminate and tri-laminate.



Hip And Ridge Shingles

Hip-and-ridge-shinglesHip and ridge shingles are the icing on the cake. They help to waterproof the ridge or peak of the roof. It is common to use 3 tab shingles for ridge, but there are also great manufacturer premade ridge shingles. The benefit of a factory made shingle is that they are typically thicker, have a better warranty and add greater aesthetic appeal to your home. Pictured above is GAF’s Ridglass, a high definition rubberized ridge cap shingle. It can resist weathering much longer and does not crack as easy due the SBS (rubber) design.

Enjoy The Safety Of A Complete Roofing System

A complete roofing system is the best way to protect your home and family from the elements. Its true you can save a little money by going with a very low bid, but typically it means the contractor has removed some of the key components of the system in order to provide an appealing price. When it comes to an important waterproofing system for your home I always encourage choosing value over price. In many cases if you choose to go with a system based on a great price you will no doubt pay for it many times over in the future.

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. If you are planning to re-roof your house, need an inspection give us a call at 253-445-8950or fill out a free estimate form.

New Generation of Roofing: Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Mechanical Seam vs. Locking Seam

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There have always been different kinds of roofing that a homeowner can choose from. One of the oldest and most efficient is standing seam metal roofing. Metal gives your home a classic look and enhances the roofline of any architectural style. A lot of rental spaces use standing seam and their might be a roof in your local neighborhood that has this type of roofing. When observing a standing seam metal roof you will notice that panels run from the ridge of the roof, down to the eaves. The term standing seam is used because the seam itself is standing, or raised, opposed to flush mounted. There are two forms of standing seam metal roofs, mechanical seam and locking seam. Mechanical standing seam panels are crimped into place with either a mechanical seamer or a hand seamer, and provide your roof with the highest degree of strength and are available in a variety of widths and seam heights. One of the other forms of standing seam panels include the snap lock seam panels, which overlap and then lock into place. This system is still a high performance roof that provides improved resistance to wind uplift and water infiltration, and allows thermal movement while maintaing structural integrity. Installation is typically faster because you can remove the “seaming” step. When choosing a manufacturer Chase Construction NW, Inc. is a long time supporter of Custom-Bilt Metals, located in Kent WA. They offer a wide range of standing seam panels for homeowners to choose from. For example:

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  •  CB-2000 Mechanical Seam

Seam Height: 2″
Standard Panel Widths: 14″, 18″
Minimum Slope: ½:12

  •  CB-150 Mechanical Seam

Seam Height: 1.5″
Standard Panel Widths: 12″, 16″
Minimum Slope: 1:12

  • CB-100 Mechanical Seam

Seam Height: 1″
Standard Panel Widths: 13″, 17″
Minimum Slope: 1:12

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  • SL-1750 Snap Lock

Seam Height: 1.75″
Standard Panel Widths: 14″, 18″
Minimum Slope: 3:12

  •  SL-100 Snap Lock

Seam Height: 1″
Standard Panel Widths: 12″, 16″
Minimum Slope: 3:12

  •  SLZ-1000 Snap Lock

Seam Height: 1″
Standard Panel Widths: 13″, 17″
Minimum Slope: 3:12

According to Custom-Bilt Metals installation specs, when installing these panels you must have a complete moisture-proofed substrate. They should be installed perpendicular to the eve and face away from the direction of the prevailing wind. The seams shall be parallel and aligned for hips, ridges and valleys. All panels should be continuous from the eave to ridge without any horizontal end laps.


Find Your Standing Seam Metal Roof Contractor Today!

Standing seam metal roofs which include mechanically seamed and locking seam although more costly, have great benefits when compared to asphalt or composition roofing. It has greater durability and reliability, less maintenance, and are called “cool roofs” by the US Enviornmental Protection Agency due to the fact that they can be painted any color which in return will prevent solar heat gain! Lastly, these roofs give your house an “industrial” feel all while maintaining a modern flair. 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. If you are planning to re-roof your house, need an inspection give us a call at 253-445-8950or fill out our free estimate form 

What To Expect During A New Roofing Installation

The Process Of Getting A New Roof 

New Roofing Installation Austin Texas If you are preparing to re-roofing your home chances are there is a bit of anxiety and a lot of questions floating through your mind. How long does it take? What if someone gets hurt? How do I prepare my home? Do I need to do anything at all? These are normal questions that arise as your prepare to install a new roof on your home. Let me walk you through a basic roofing process so you know what to expect.

Pre-Installation Hiring Process 

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The first step to getting a new roof on your home is selecting the right roofing contractor. You should interview 3-5 roofing contractors and receive bids from each of them. You will need to verify their credentials (licensed, bonded and insured) and do some research to see what other people have said about their services (check their online ratings on Google, Yelp and Angies List. Compare the bids carefully weighing the system and work vs. price. Each contractor should provide you with an estimate that clearly breaks down the scope of work, materials and provides pricing for unforeseen work like rotten sheathing and framing.  You will be tempted to go with the lowest bid due to human nature, but trust me the lowest bid in many cases in not the safest choice. Select the contractor that offers the most value at a fair price and that makes you feel comfortable.

The Steps Of A New Roofing Installation

Now that you have selected your roofing contractor the work will begin soon! In most cases  there is not a lot that you the home owner will need to do to prepare. Moving your vehicles out of the way for accessibility and making sure you express any concerns with your roofer are important. From there the process will look something like this.

1) Your roofing crew will show up and protect anything around the house like shrubs are finish wood that shouldn’t be damaged during the re-roof.

2) A crew of anywhere from 3-10 people will begin tearing-off the existing roof (unless they are performing a recover). This could take anywhere from 4 hours to a day or more depending on the size of the house. If the roof is large and weather is a little unpredictable your contractor might choose to tear-off and re-roof sections at a time.

3) All the roofing debris should be placed into a dump truck or a container. Some times it is necessary to place the shingles on the ground first due to a lack of accessibility. If that is required on your home request that a tarp is laid on the ground first. Clean up should be performed at the end of every day to maintain a safe and respectful atmosphere.

4) One the roofing technicians have removed the roofing they will now inspect the roof and framing for damage. If your roof has been leaking or is very old there is a good chance you will need to replace portions or all of the roof decking. Its important to have a solid flat roof deck and framing. Roofing nails can easily be pulled out during strong winds gusts if the deck is rotten. A solid flat deck also keeps shingles from buckling and telegraphing wrinkles through the new system.

Roofers Austin Texas 5) Once the roof deck is ready the technicians will install the eave and rake metal, underlayment, and ice and water shield. These are system components that help water proof your roof in different critical areas. Note that some of these items are considered upgrades and you will need to include them in your system during the contracting process.

6) Now your roof is ready for the last three components: starter shingles, field shingles and ridge shingles. Starter courses are shingles installed on the eave and rake edges of the home. They protect your roof from wind driven rain. Next the field shingles are installed. Depending on the type of shingles you purchased (3 tab, architectural laminate/composite or presidential style/tri-laminate) there are different patters of install. Lastly the ridge cap shingles are installed on the hips and ridges creating a water-tight roofing system that will protect your home for years to come!

7) Finally, a thorough clean up is performed. All work related debris is removed from your property and a magnetic rake is used to pick up nails, staples and other metal fasteners. A quality roofing contractor can usually leave a home looking as if nobody was ever there!

After The Roof Is Complete

Roofing contractors in Austin TexasAt this point in most cases you have had a trouble free roofing experience! Roofing is an extreme remodel process that can feel a little invasive and is not perfect, but the end result is fantastic. Schedule a meeting with your roofing contractor and go over the job. Be confident in sharing any concerns you might have and things that really impressed you as well. Your contractor will also register your roofing warranty if you purchased an upgraded system. You can now rest knowing that your home is safe and your most valuable assets are protected.

As a roofing contractor in Seattle I would add one final request. Roofers work very hard to achieve the satisfaction of their customers. A great way to reward them is to give them a great online review, tell your friends and family about them and visit their social media sites like facebook and Google +. Your kindness in that regard will never be forgotten.

This has been provided by Chase Construction North West, Inc a roofing contractor Buckley Wa and roofing company Bonney Lake Wa.