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Innovation and Insight at the GAF 2018 Northwest Roofing Expo

2018 Northwest Roofing Expo exceeds expectations!

On March 22, guest speakers for the GAF 2018 Northwest Roofing Expo at the Tulalip Resort & Casino brought thought-provoking insights and remarkable innovations to teach all roofers in attendance the best they know.  Robert J. O’Neill, of the famed SEAL Team Six and one of the most highly decorated Navy SEAL combat veterans, captivated a packed house with colorful illustrations of SEAL training and combat missions. Of the many great vendors in attendance, some presented tools that are becoming widely used for this generation of roofing contractors, while others presented new tools that may become mainstays in the industry for generations to come.

Innovative business practices for roofers

Jeff Brett and Larry Cargal gave two of the most informative presentations for us.  They brought innovative strategies to the table that have led to success in their own careers.


Jeff Brett, GAF, Chase Construction North West, 2018 Northwest Roofing ExpoJeff Brett: Brett’s wealth of experience shined throughout his presentation. He focused on how to implement the best financial options for customers so that they receive the best quality service, and he urged those of us in attendance to do the same. Brett’s core message was to package together roofing systems in easy to understand tiers so that customers can readily select the system that best suits them.  This reduces costs for customers to as low as possible while keeping quality as high as possible.

Larry Cargal, GAF, Chase Construction North West, 2018 Northwest Roofing ExpoLarry Cargal: Roofers are always trying to make the best product for the lowest price for customers, yet sometimes some small details fall through the cracks regarding the customer experience.  Larry showed us how to close many of these cracks.  He delved deeply into a variety of ways that roofing contractors can improve their customers’ experiences, from optimizing webpages so that customers can swiftly navigate available roof options and find the information they consider most valuable, to properly constructing important documents so that customers can easily understand and categorize them.

Never quit!

Even though these presentations were invaluable for Chase Construction North West, Inc. and we will most certainly implement some of their insights, the most anticipated event of the expo for most in attendance was the special guest speaker, Navy SEAL Veteran Robert J. O’Neill!!  He spoke with genuineness and candor that comes only from somebody who has confronted hard truths of life and has overcome them. The thematic underlayment of Navy SEAL training is to never give up.  O’Neill described how SEAL training is designed to push trainees beyond their limits to see if they break. It’s only those who never quit that can successfully complete the training.  They learn to never panic, never give up, and never become complacent.

Hard lessons were not the only components of O’Neill’s excellent presentation.  He painted a vivid picture of many events of his military career with sharp comedy and crisp action.  Watching a top professional demonstrate what mission conduct really looks like was refreshing.

Looking to next year!

The 2018 Northwest Roofing Expo was a blast!  We learned so much and met some great new people.  GAF Roofing Academy students even showed us how to salute properly (that was super cool)!  GAF has a tall order to make the next roofing expo even better than this year’s, but they can do it!  Chase Construction North West, Inc. will do everything we can to help!

Robert J. O'Neill, GAF, Chase Construction North West, 2018 Northwest Roofing Expo

Found a leak?  Some shingles looking out of place?  We would love to help!  Chase Construction North West, Inc. has been a Master Elite® roofing contractor with GAF for 8 years and have been installing the best roofing systems for 16 years.  Contact us today by filling out our free estimate form or calling us at 253-445-8950.

Wealth Builder 2018, GAF, Chase Construction North West

2018 GAF Wealth Builder Conference Overview

Presentations at the GAF Wealth Builder Conference of 2018

Chase Construction North West, Inc. had an excellent time at the GAF Wealth Builder Conference of 2018! We met many friends in the business and made some new ones! The entire event was enjoyable, from delicious food and fun recreation, to informative and encouraging presentations by many notable speakers. A handful of these presentations stood out to us and we walked away with a better understanding of how to move Chase Construction North West, Inc. forward.

Company Culture, Engagement, and Communication

galen emanuele, gaf, wealth builder 2018, chase construction north westGalen Emanuele’s speech was interactional with the audience. We entered into groups and roleplayed a variety of different scenarios. One of the activities was to write a letter with a partner, but with a catch: each person could only say one word at a time. It was a challenging task because you would try to anticipate what your partner would say. Often they would say something different than you anticipated, so you would change gears. The exercise was meant to teach us to think on our feet and react properly to whatever comes our way.

The five main takeaways from this speech are:

(1) Say yes, (2) listen and be present, (3) make others look good, (4) embrace change and failure, and (5) be positive.

Using the Law to Gain a Competitive Advantage: Trends in Property Insurance Claims and General Contractor Law

Tim Johnson gave a thorough presentation regarding important contract information for companies. He focused on wording of contracts, what to include in them, and how to make sure you’re safe in a court of law. He covered many elements of designing contracts in close detail, explaining what they are and why they’re important.  We at Chase Construction North West, Inc found Johnson’s presentation insightful and thought-provoking.  We came away from the presentation with very valuable information that we think would be of great benefit to investigate further.

Moving to Great

Eric Boles is a fantastic motivator. He encouraged us to find what we excel at and how to maximize our potential within that domain. Leadership is at the core of improving yourself and helping those around you. Manifesting full potential is difficult and frequently conflicts with comfort.

Boles identified four primary reasons why people might not maximize their potential:

(1) the idea that we’re okay just the way we are, (2) fear of the unknown, (3) fear of failure, and (4) fear of rejection. These are all selfish. “Moving to great” takes selflessness.

Special thanks to Jim Slauson. The event was fun, insightful, and went smoothly.  Fantastic job!

Need a new roof or repairs? We at Chase Construction NW, Inc. are passionate about building the best roofs for our customers!  We have been Master Elite® Roofers with GAF for 8 years and have been installing quality roofing systems for 16 years.  GAF Timberline® Lifetime Architectural Roofing Shingles are among the highest quality for your NEW ROOF!  Let our passion turn into a great roof for your building or home! Contact us today by filling out our free estimate form or calling us at 253-445-8950.

Sumner WA Roofer Loves Community Involvement

Sumner Roofing Contractor and Classy Chassis Car Show

Roofing Contractor Sumner WaAs a roofing contractor in Sumner, WA we love participating in local events. This year we met Laurie Miller of Sumner Downtown Association, who is in charge of all the major events held in Sumner. We are very excited to be involved in our own small way with the annual Classy Chassis car show this year. Chase Construction is sponsoring  a car show award, the category is “best engine.” We wish all of the contestants the best.

Classy Chassis Car Show If you live in Sumner Wa or the surrounding cities the Classy Chassis is a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon. The event is August 18th from 10 am -2 pm. There will be great food vendors and all the classic cars and hot rods you can imagine. This years show is sponsored by Sunset Chevy. Check out their facebook page for updates and fun give-aways. They are based in Sumner WA but they are the best Seattle Chevy dealer as well.

Our mission coffee brand will also be sold there. Custom Impressions, Inc a promotional products company in Seattle, WA will be promoting our 12 oz bags of coffee as their charity of choice. Stop by Custom Impressions booth say hello and grab a sack of premium coffee to support our global missions.


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