Monthly Archives: April 2015

GAF Earns Coveted Sustainability Certificate

GreenCircle Waste Diversion from Landfill Award

Founded in 1886, GAF is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. Their dedication to quality innovation doesn’t end with their services and products, but GAF Chase Construction North West Inc.continues  with an emphasis on sustaining our surroundings. GAF’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama facility is its second asphalt shingle plant in North America to achieve “Waste Diversion from Landfill” certification. This reputable honor is conducted by GreenCircle Certified, LLC, known as the leading certifier of  sustainability claims in products and operations. This Waste Diversion from Landfill certification demonstrates the dedication GAF has to the responsible management of end-of-life materials.

The Process

As a definite leader in their industry, GAF has led the way in implementing several groundbreaking initiatives aimed towards increasing operational efficiency, reducing waste, and diverting material from landfills. GAF did this by partnering with recyclers and like-minded organizations . Through these relationships and learning opportunities, GAF has not only developed unique ways to reuse waste material GAF Chase Construction North West Inc.internally, but has also identified alternate uses for previously landfilled waste. GAF has been able to achieve an impressive waste diversion rate of 94% at its Tuscaloosa facility through these progressive waste management practices and innovative recycling initiatives. “As Waste Diversion from Landfill emerges as a critical sustainable performance measure, forward-thinking companies are finding innovative material management solutions,” says certification officer at GreenCircle, Tad Radzinski. “With its second plant receiving GreenCircle certification, GAF is not only leading the way in waste diversion, but it is also ensuring accountability and transparency in its sustainability claims.”

Setting the Standard for the Industry

The booming green building market has prompted an emphasis on sustainability for building product suppliers like GAF. In order to establish credibility and gain customer confidence, manufacturers like GAF are adding a level of integrity to their operations by third-party certification of sustainability. Director of speciality manufacturing at GAF, Gregg Baran, stated that “sustainability and transparency are cornerstones of our business strategy as GAF. GreenCircle certification verifies our claims and helps us showcase our waste leadership in a way that resonates with our customers and employees.” Congratulations on this amazing and inspiring feat GAF!

About Us

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we have partnered with GAF for many years, and have even earned their prestigious title of Master Elite roofer. We conduct ourselves in the most professional manner and place the most value on prompt communication, and enhancing and enlarging customer value. Let us show you we are the best for the job at one of our free estimates today! 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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Roofing In Sumner

Another Success Story for Chase Construction North West Inc.!

Another roofing success story from Chase Construction North West Inc. right in Sumner! When our crew first saw the home and shed in question, the damage was apparent. The aesthetics, as well as functionality, of both roofs were faltering. The roofs were 18 years old and were comprised of 3 tab composition material. Our crew came in and tore off 1 layer of composition, while also repairing the damaged 1/2” cdx plywood. The plywood was damaged due to rusted fasteners, water moisture seeping in, and inferior underlayment. The previous product used was just 15 pound felt paper.

The Details

The roofing system we chose to go with for the project was the IKO Cambridge. We used the V300 9” CorAVent to establish proper ventilation. Next, we used “the ultimate shield for your roof’s defense,” or IKO’s reputable StormShield. This product is meant to act as a tough and durable ice and water protector. For our eaves and rakes, we used 1×3” 26g painted steel eave starter metal, and 1/2 x 1/2” rake metal. For our synthetic underlayment, we used IKO’s RoofGard-Cool Grey. The synthetic, non-breathable material provides a superior slip resistant surface and doesn’t crack, peel, or delaminate. As a starter strip we used Leading Edge Plus. The sealant strip along their bottom edge creates a tight seal to protect shingle ends against wind damage and reduce shingle blow-offs. Lastly, we utilized IKO’s hip and ridge cap shingles whose perforated design allows us to get three strips out of one shingle. Overall, our team completed another job amazingly well done! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication!

Chase Construction North West Inc. Sumner

About Us

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we pride ourselves on our professionalism and a job well done every time. We have been in business for over 13 years and we are both a GAF Master Elite roofer and an IKO ShieldPro Plus contractor. Our ultimate goal is to give our customer the most possible value and we do this with superior training for our crew as well as tried and trusted materials. Let us show you that we are the ones to trust with your roofing needs today! 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.

Chase Construction North West Inc. Sumner

Environmental Factors Slowly Deteriorating Your Roof!

Moss

Moss can be a detrimental factor, causing a less than optimal life for your roof. Moss is a non-vascular plant that obtains water through its’ leaves. It therefore requires a moist ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS SLOWLY DETERIORATING YOUR ROOF!
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to survive. In North America, moss tends to grow on north facing roof planes that receive less direct sunlight and stay damp longer than south facing planes. Overhanging branches provide additional shade and drop debris on the roof, that further holds in moisture and acts as a food source for moss. Additionally, moss spores may also be carried by animals or wind and can through these sources, quickly and easily spread through neighborhoods. Moss can be a burden on your asphalt shingle performance. It can cause the leading edges of the singles to lift or curl, which increases the risk of shingle blow off during high winds. In extreme cases, moss build up can even cause lateral water movement resulting in moisture damage to the roof deck and may even cause leaks.

Algae

Another environmental factor affecting your roof in a problematic way is algae. The black discoloration and streaks visible across many roofs across the United States and Canada Algae Chase Construction North West Inc.are actually algae. The algae forms where moisture tends to reside on roof surfaces. The most common type, blue green algae, protects itself from damaging ultraviolet rays by producing a dark, pigmented sheath.  By the time algae has been discovered, it has likely been present for several months or longer. The algae discoloration typically begins as small spots that quickly transform into streaks on the roof plane. Though there is no scientific evidence suggesting that algae is damaging to roof shingles, it certainly affects the aesthetics of a roof.

How to Protect your Roof

There are some steps that can be taken to discourage moss and algae growth:

Chase Construction North West Inc.Trimming tree branches back to allow more sunlight to reach the roof and minimize debris accumulation will provide an environment less inviting for such growth.

Chase Construction North West Inc. Debris that does begin to accumulate on the roof should be cleared regularly with a leaf blower or similar, non-abrasive method as part of a regular maintenance program.

Chase Construction North West Inc.Air flow should be directed down the slope to avoid driving debris under the edges of the shingles.

Chase Construction North West Inc.Keep gutters clean to promote proper water drainage. Do not allow gutters from an upper roof to drain directly on a lower roof; extend the downspout from the upper roof into the lower gutter.

Other preventative measures —such as adding zinc or copper strips to prevent both algae and moss, or applying asphalt shingles that incorporate algae resistant copper granules —may be employed when it is time to replace a roof. Currently, there are asphalt shingles available that use algae resistance technology.

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Protect yourself from these risk factors Puget Sound! Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we are knowledgable about these and many other factors that can play a huge role in slowly deteriorating the lifetime of your roof. We can take a look at your roof during our free estimates, and let you know if you need just a simple roof repair from too much exposure to these factors, or if the time has come to completely swap out your roof! Either way, we are the most honest and professional choice for the job. Just check out our positive reviews on our many customer feedback sites such as BBBGoogle, and GAF. 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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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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