IKO’s Cambridge roofing system is as robust as it comes for economical shingles. With cutting edge technology, these asphalt composition shingles have stronger performance than most competing value-engineered shingles. We frequently recommend them because they are among the most long-lasting roofing products we’ve ever worked with.
IKO’s Sumas manufacturing plant does a remarkable job for the Pacific Northwest. The Cambridge system gives many homeowners peace of mind that their new, beautiful roofs will protect them for many years to come. Chase Construction North West, Inc. is an IKO certified ShieldPRO Plus roofing contractor and we know all the ins and outs of roofing the Cambridge system.
We recently installed the Cambridge system in Spanaway, Washington. The Harvard Slate color looks awesome! Check it out!
Need a roof? Contact CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. now for a free estimate! Our family-owned and operated business has been going strong since 2002, and we have great depth of experience installing top quality roofing systems. If you’re looking for an IKO Cambridge system, or any other type of roofing (metal, membranes, etc.), give us a call today at (253) 445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!
On March 22, guest speakers for the GAF 2018 Northwest Roofing Expo at the Tulalip Resort & Casinobrought 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: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: 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.
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!
Cedar shakes have always been a popular roofing material, and in our area, it was the choice material the 1980’s and 90’s. Since then the composition shingle has taken off as the main material used. We at Chase Construction NW, Inc. are now looking at the end of life for many Cedar Shake roofs and have been busy converting them to more modern roofing applications.
What is Skip-Sheathing?
Skip-sheeting or spaced sheathing, consists of 1-by-4-inch boards nailed to the rafters with gaps between the boards. This is traditionally used as the sub-straight for wood shakes. The spaces between the boards allow the wood shakes to breathe so that they dry more uniformly after being soaked in the rain, limiting warping. This does not apply in environments with wind driven rain and snow however. When installed correctly, wood shingles are rigid and allow the roof to be walked on. However, composition roofing, and some modern wood shakes need to be installed on a solid deck, not only for stability to walk on, but to prevent water penetration. Modern materials and underlayments are breathable and have no need for spaces in the decking.
What Material Can I Use to Resheet the Deck?
Some have said that you can put slats of new wood between the existing skip-sheathing to create a solid deck, but that creates a multitude of unforeseen problems. Depending on how old the skip-sheathing is and how many layers have already been applied to it, it has seen many nails, which means it will be riddled with holes, and will not make a good surface to nail new shingles down onto. Also, when you put new wood between old wood, in time gaps will open up between the boards. When nailing down the shingles on a system like this, the nails have less of a chance to hit a solid surface, lowering the shingle’s wind resistance. For these reasons, solid sheets should be applied on top of the skip-sheathing to create a solid sub-straight for the roofing system. New roof sheeting should be either 1/2″ CDX plywood or 7/16″ OSB (oriented strand board). Both are readily available and come in 4×8 foot sheets. 3-inch nails should be used during application to ensure that it connects the new sheeting, skip-sheathing, and rafters together for a reliable hold.
Let Us Help!
Many handy homeowners have taken on their own roofing projects, some with great results! But some have had devastating results because they lacked the details that are crucial to a long lasting, leak free roof. We at Chase Construction NW, Inc. work hard to stay educated and trained on new trends and developments in the industry. Our crew is knowledgeable, experienced, and professional! We are licensed, bonded, insured and have been roofing right here in the Puget Sound for over 15 years! You can trust that you are getting a quality, long lasting roofing system! So if you have a Cedar Shake roof that is at the end of it’s life, or any other material, let us help! Contact us today for your free, no obligation estimate! Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. Thank you for considering us for your next project!
Proper attic ventilation is essential in every home. If your attic is not properly ventilated, heat and moisture can build up, causing your energy bills to skyrocket. Moisture may not be penetrating your roof, but humidity from your home can still be trapped in your attic, causing mold and mildew to grow, and be absorbed by the rafters and the roof deck, causing rot.
Attic Ventilation Solutions
One popular solution for attic ventilation is soffit -ridge ventilation, such as GAF’s Cobra Intake Pro Rooftop Intake Vent and Exhaust Vent. This combination allows fresh cool air in and drives out warm moist air, promoting your homes energy efficiency. Since it is encouraging the exit of warm moist air, it also inhibits the growth of harmful mold and mildew, and prevents deterioration from roof rot. In addition, it prevents harmful ice damming on the roof during freezing temperatures. When installed with existing soffit vents, this system can improve attic airflow by up to 20%.
A Solution for New Architecture Trends.
Modern architectural styles of homes have evolved in the last 25-30 years to have more hips than ridge. These “cut-up” roof plane designs have made effective ridge venting impractical. GAF acknowledged this need and developed it’s new Cobra® Hip Vent. In combination with Cobra Intake Pro Rooftop Intake Vent, it has the same benefits as Cobra® Exhaust Vent for Roof Ridge.
• Removes excess heat and moisture
• Prevents roof rot
• Limits the growth of mold and mildew
• Guards against ice damming
This new innovative product has 9 square inches of NFA for effective exhaust venting on homes with minimal to no ridge. It is virtually invisible from the street with it’s 5/8″ low-profile, making it an aesthetically pleasing option. Plus, it is also the only hip vent product available that can be fully applied with a nail gun, making it easier on the contractor!
We love roofs of all shapes and sizes, so no matter the shape of your roof, we will treat it right! We at Chase Construction NW, Inc. are GAF Master Elite® Contractors , (one of just 12 in Washington State), and love it when new products come out, especially those that make life easier for our customers! So if you are looking for a new roof, or just have a roof repair, or would even like to upgrade your roof venting system, let us do it for you! Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. Thank you for considering us for your next project!