Geodesic Dome Shingle Roof in Gig Harbor

Of all the different kinds of structural designs for homes, geodesic domes may be among the most unique.

They were conceptualized by Buckminster Fuller in the 1950s as a solution to housing shortages.  He believed their unique structural engineering would allow geodesic domes to be manufactured in aerospace facilities and then air-delivered to the residential site.

These homes are very strong, using a system of reinforcing triangles similar to tent designs.  While the style grew rapidly in popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, today geodesic dwellings are more boutique.  EcoCamp Patagonia was voted as the 32nd best hotel in the world.

We were thrilled when given the opportunity to re-roof a geodesic dome in Gig Harbor recently!  These domes are special and always make such cool projects.  We used the GAF Timberline HD
shingle system for this home, and it looks remarkable!  Check it out!

If you have a home in Gig Harbor and want a roof repair or replacement, CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. has everything you need!  Call us at (253) 445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form for a free estimate now!

Residential Low Slope

Why EverGuard TPO is Great for Homeowners

If you’re a homeowner with a low-slope roof, you’re probably well aware that your options for roofing systems do not include the most common type of material: asphalt composition shingles.  Instead, your roof needs a waterproofing membrane like the single-ply options — TPO, PVC, EPDM — and the multi-ply option: torchdown modified bitumen.

These membranes are needed for low-slope residential roofs because asphalt shingles have overlapping seams that are not perfectly sealed, which exposes them to moisture seeping beneath them by entering upwards from their lower edge.  Waterproof roofing membranes don’t have this issue because their seams are welded, forming them into one cohesive unit.

Each of the different types of low-slope membranes serve different purposes for homeowners, and we believe the best one for the majority of low-slope homes is GAF’s EverGuard TPO 60-mil membrane.  It is one of the most cost-effective roofing membranes in the industry.

GAF has dedicated a tremendous amount of their resources to advancing TPO technology, and the result is a product with fantastic longevity that saves on material and labor.  When GAF conducted the largest independent study to date on TPO, among its key findings was that EverGuard Extreme® TPO and EverGuard® TPO are the top performers regarding longevity.

Furthermore, GAF offers the best warranties we know of.  As Master contractors on the low-slope side of GAF, the company trusts our craftsmanship and attention to detail so much that they allow us to provide our customers with the Diamond Pledge™ NDL Roof Guarantee.  With the 60-mil system, this warranty provides no dollar limit (NDL) coverage of material and workmanship for 20 years.  Other products, like Everguard Extreme® 80-mil can have up to 35 years no-dollar limit warranties.

The Diamond Pledge™ is such a great warranty that it means that when Chase Construction North West, Inc. installs an EverGuard® TPO roof for you with the warranty, you can have peace of mind that your new roof is super reliable, and that if there are any leaks resulting from a malfunction of the GAF system over the next 20 years, GAF will pick up the entire tab to fix it.

Conclusion

For homeowners with low-slope roofs, GAF EverGuard® TPO 60-mil membrane provides the best combination of savings and reliable performance of any roofing membrane.  The 20 year Diamond Pledge™ NDL Roof Guarantee is a remarkable warranty that ensures that your roof is installed by the best professionals and that leaks for the entire length of the warranty period will be covered by GAF in full.

 

If you’re a homeowner with a low-slope roof, and you need repairs or a new roof, CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. wants to help!  We specialize in residential low-slope for Tacoma, Seattle, and surrounding area, with reach as far as south as Olympia.  If you’re looking for a roof with a no dollar limit warranty that will protect you and your investment, call us now for a free estimate at (253) 445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!

Warranties with GacoFlex

20-Year No Dollar Limit Warranties with GacoFlex

The coolest recent innovation in the low-slope roofing industry may be in liquid silicone roof systems.  These systems are significantly more cost-effective ways to get an additional 20 years of life out of an older roof.  Gaco makes our favorite type, the GacoFlex S20 roof coating series.  It’s a top quality product, and best of all, the no dollar limit (NDL) warranties Gaco offers are phenomenal and very easy to understand.

They come in three different durations:

  • 10-year NDL, the contractor applies 1.5 gallons per every 100 square feet, and an inspector evaluates after completion.
  • 15-year NDL, the contractor applies 2 gallons per every 100 square feet, and an inspector evaluates after completion.
  • 20-year NDL, the contractor applies 2.5 gallons per 100 square feet, and an inspector evaluates after completion.

Gaco inspectors are about as thorough as it gets.  They examine the entire roof, looking for any improperly treated areas.  They test as many samples as they need for proper thickness, and the inspector approves only after the entire roof is deemed to qualify.

 

The thoroughness of these inspections is unique in the roofing industry since the system doesn’t include multiple layers of varied material.  This allows close examination of the depth and breadth of the system.  If you pay for 2.5 gallons per 100 square feet for a 20-year NDL warranty with inspection, you can have peace of mind that the parameters needed for your roof to last 20 years are in place.  And if it malfunctions within those 20 years, Gaco will have it fixed and pick up the tab in entirety.

 

 

Want your roof recovered to last 20 more years?  Give us a call at 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!  We will make sure you get a fantastic 20-year NDL warrantied liquid silicon roof system. CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. has been a leading roofing contractor in Western Washington since 2002, and have been outstanding partner in recovering roofs with Gaco since 2011!

 

 

gutter blog

5k and 6k Gutters: Which Size is Right for You?

K-style gutters are the most common style for homes in North America.  Their slick look complements modern architecture, and they catch significantly more water than the half-round style.  They typically come in two sizes: 5″ or 6″.  Both are fantastic gutters, and this article will help you find which size best suits your home.

5k Gutters

gutter blog5k gutters with 2″x3″ downspouts are the most common in North America.  They can handle a lot of rainwater and are the perfect style and size for most homes.  They’re lightweight and can be installed seamlessly.  Of the several different types of material they come in, aluminum is the most popular because of its mix of beauty and durability.

If you’re looking for new gutters, chances are 5k gutters are the right option for you.  Most homeowners do not need larger gutters than 5k with the standard 2″x3″ downspouts.  However, if you do need larger gutters, 6k is the way to go.

6k Gutters

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6k gutters are similar to 5k in every way, with the main difference being size.  6k gutters are capable of collecting more water than 5k, and the standard 3″x4″ downspouts for 6k gutters drain faster than 2″x3″ downspouts.

If you have a larger or steeper roof than typical, or if you have a long valley system, 6k gutters may be the best option for you.

A larger roof collects more rainwater and funnels it into the gutters.  Steeper roofs also function as larger roofs because rainwater is frequently not vertical, as well as steeper roofs drain rainwater into gutters at a faster rate.  A long valley system, where larger portions of the roof drain into it or where multiple valleys drain into a single point, can signify your home is suited for 6k gutters.

Water pouring over the sides of the gutters during a very heavy rainstorm can be a sign that 6k gutters are best for your home.  This can also mean that more gutter cleaning is needed, and an added benefit is that 6k gutters are easier to clean.

Conclusion

5k and 6k gutters are both fantastic options for homes in North America. 5k is the right size for most homes, and 6k is the right size for some homes with larger roofs or longer drainage patterns.  Each size is beautiful and fits nicely with modern architecture.  Regardless of the type of gutters you choose, one thing is for certain: they put a gorgeous finishing touch on a new roof!

 

 

Looking for some beautiful gutters with your new roof?  Let us know and we can make it happen! CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. is a leading contractor in the roofing industry of Western Washington, we’re GAF MASTER ELITE® contractors, and we have been installing fantastic roofs since 2002.  Give us a call at 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!