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Assessing Roof Repair Damage In Federal Way WA

Does Your Roof In Federal Way Need Repair? Signs to Look For

How to Recognize Roof Damage

Roof repair Contractors Federal Way Wa In Federal Way, Washington, weather can take its toll on your roof! Eventually, all roofing requires maintenance, whether it is cleaning or repair, replacing a few shingles, or an entire section. and Keeping up with regular maintenance and repairs can lengthen the life of your roof and save you money in the long run. It’s especially important in Washington, where homes may be exposed to a lot of snow and rain throughout the year. However, some signs of roof damage are more difficult to notice than others. You may not look too closely at your roof every day, and can miss signs of deterioration. Here, we’ll answer a few questions to give you a better idea of how to know your roof and recognize signs that you may need roof repair.

When Should I Check My Roof for Roof Damage?

Different sources may give you different answers, but approximately twice a year is a good bet. This is the recommendation made by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), and they further recommend inspecting your roof in the fall and the spring — before and after the winter. In the fall, it’s important inspect your roof to make sure your roof is ready for a Washington winter, and in the spring after the snow thaws, it’s good to check again and see how your roof held up. If there is a decent amount of snowfall in winter, and icicles form on your roof, an ice dam may form. This can cause severe damage and leaks as the snow melts, so you will want to make sure your home has not suffered from ice dam damage after all the snow melts.

What Signs of Roof Damage Should I Look For Inside my Home?

You might not expect this, but you can start by inspecting your roof from the inside. It may be hard to see from outside if there is a leak, or there may be parts of your roof that aren’t visible, but if you take a look at the condition of the ceiling or attic inside, there are a few signs you should look for. If you don’t use your attic very often, make sure to take a trip up there occasionally to check for signs of damage. You can examine your attic or the top floor of your home to check for these signs that there may be roof damage needing repair:

● Water marks or signs of water damage or leaks
● Rotting wood
● Areas of the ceiling that are darker than others
● Areas where drafts or light come through



What About the Exterior Roof?

Of course, it’s important to spend a certain amount of time inspecting the outside of your roof as well. If you have a slate or cedar shake roof, the shingles may need more maintenance than a traditional three-tab shingle roof. Look at the exterior of your roof for the following signs:

● Damaged flashing (the thin pieces, usually metal, that are installed anywhere there may be a joint in your roof – near a chimney, for example.)
● Missing or broken shingles
● Shingles out of place
● Rotting areas
● Discoloration

The picture below shows rotting and breaking wood underneath the roof. Be sure to check this area on your home as well!

Roofers Federal Way Wa

If you think your roof may need repair in Washington, call Chase Construction Northwest at 253-445-8950! Our professional team can provide you with an assessment of what your roof needs and top quality service.

This article was provided by Neponset Valley Construction, the leading MA roofer.

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



New Roofing System In Federal Way, Washington


Complete roofing system by Chase NW Roofing

At Chase NW Roofing we install a complete roofing system.

The home improvement hero’s at Chase NW Roofing have done it again! We transformed the appearance of a home by installing a new GAF Timberline roofing system. Our latest re-roof was performed in Federal Way Washington.

The family was so happy with the customer service and care that we put into making sure everything was perfect for them. They left us a great review on our Google Places account.

We installed a Timberline High Definition composition roofing shingle. The color of the shingle is hickory. The features of the Timberline shingle are: Limited lifetime 50 year warranty, high definition profile, new advance mat technology, and the peace of mind knowing that GAF has been around for over 100 years.

GAF Timberline HD Roofing Shingles

As always we included a “Systems Plus Upgraded Warranty.” This extends the warranty coverage over every component of the roofing system for 50 years non-prorated. It also includes a 2 year labor and workmanship warranty from GAF.

We are thankful for yet another satisfied re-roof customer and a family that is well protected.

Our mission is to provide the Puget Sound area with an exceptional roofing experience. We service both the commercial and residential roofing industries. Our track record of success has been the key which has kept us flourishing through the economic down turn. We take the worry out of choosing a roofing contractor.

Chase NW Roofing Members of the NRCAChase 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 interested in a fee inspection or estimate please call us at 253-445-8950 or fill out our free estimate form.




Determining Your New Roof System

Selecting Worthwhile Components For Weather-Tight Protection

by Allen Sensel

Today, selecting a new roof system might be as easy as finding the right certified contractor to install it for you. Several questions might come up, like which products and manufacturer to use. Typically, the best approach is to do some thorough research and I’m here to help explain the steps and guide you in the right direction. We’ll talk about picking and choosing the right sheathing, roof metals, underlayment, leak protection, and an asphalt system with their relative components to give your roof a great curb appeal and efficient protection.


The first protective layer to any house is typically the sheathing, which you will most often find to be conventional plywood, synthetic decking, or particle board. The sheathing is fastened directly to the rafters, covering your attic or crawlspace. Older houses with shiplap (3 to 8 inch wide, tongue and groove boards) are typically sheeted over to create a solid substrate to nail the layers of your roof to so that the system can qualify for a manufacturer warranty.


The purpose of using metals in an installation, is to protect the outermost edges of your roof from rot and to keep running water out of the valleys. Metal is usually 26 gauge and painted white, brown, or black for different accenting options, however, you can also have your metal ordered in other colors to perfectly match your color preferences.


Once the sheathing and metals are attached, the next step is applying an underlayment. The two most common types are referred to as #15 or #30 felt paper (referencing 15 or 30 pounds per roofing square [100 ft ²]). This material is asphalt saturated and supplied in long runs, making it cost effective. A far better deck protection would be a synthetic underlayment, like IKO’s RoofGard-SB. This kind of material can greatly increase the life of your plywood deck while keeping moisture from getting into your house.


Leak protection is the next critical component to a complete roof. National building code requires it to completely cover any roof section below a 3/12 pitch and along eaves in the northern regions. This helps keep wind-driven rain and standing water from ice dams from seeping into the attic and creating a significant problem. Most certified roofing contractors will, on the other hand, suggest placing this membrane among all critical leak areas of the roof (i.e. along rakes, in valleys, and around skylights and chimneys). IKO utilizes a glass fiber reinforced, self-adhesive membrane called StormShield in their roof systems, which meets most building code requirements and exceeds standard specifications for a quality product.


Composition roofing is the last product to top your roof off and is also one of the most noticeable pieces of your house, so choosing a style and color isn’t necessarily the easiest to do. One of the benefits of using a certified contractor is the selection process. Most will help you with the guess work and eliminate your need to dive into some extensive research about product comparison. The style of your new shingle will ultimately affect how your roof stands out. The latest, most popular style is the architectural laminate shingle, like the IKO Cambridge system. The premium designer systems, IKOs Armourshake, Crowne Slate, Grandeur, and Royal Estate can offer your house a long lasting, eye-catching addition to your home. A basic asphalt system is comprised of a starter course along the eaves and rakes, the main field shingles, and hip/ridge cap shingles to accent the prominent peaks. IKO offers an extensive line of products for a wide range of applications to suit your design needs, and a local certified contractor to get the job done right.


   As a local certified Puyallup roofing contractor, we’re here to help you select and install a quality roof system, and that’s why we’re a certified ShieldPro Plus+ Installer with IKO Manufacturing, Inc. We specialize in flat roof and composition systems for residential and commercial purposes. Call us at 253-445-8950 for a free estimate or drop by our website at


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