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Skip-Sheathing as a Roof Deck?

Why We Re-Sheet Over Skip-Sheathing

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.

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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 Burien roofersroofing, 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!

EDCO Generations Roof in KentMany 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!

 

Check out this Cedar Shake Roof Transformation!!

A Roofing Debate

Nails or Staples?

We at Chase Construction NW, Inc. have been installing quality roofs around the Puget Sound for 15 years now, and have experience in a wide variety of roofing applications. We have seen a lot of debates in the roofing industry on different practices of installation, and today we are going to address one. The debate of nails vs staples is a hot one, and we definitely have an opinion! Both are approved by roofing manufacturers depending on what area you are in, but which one is better?

Applying shingles with staples.

staples or nailsLet’s start with staples. Some roofers love them, some hate them, some are surprised that they are even still around for shingle installation. As far as ease of use and cost, staples are in the lead. It is much easier hauling around a much lighter staple gun vs a heavier nail gun, even the staples are easier to carry than the nails (as you can see from the picture to the right). Staples are also great for tearing off a roof because they come right up (that’s not a good thing). Yes, staples are easy to use, but it is difficult to install them properly. Staples must be put in in a straight line, and holding the staple gun straight is awkward and unnatural for the human hand resulting in crooked staples. When the staple is improperly installed, the result is a less than ideal wind rating, and the shingle is easily dislodged from the roof. Staples were very popular in the 80’s and 90’s, but since, they have been rejected by building codes due to the swarm of problems due to improper installation.

staples or nails

Using nails to install your shingles.

Using nails for your installation is more costly due to the cost of the nails themselves, and the fact that nail guns are heavier and more cumbersome to load. But they are easier and take less time to install, they hold the shingle more effectively, and will not void your warranty! Because of the shape of a nail vs a staple, you don’t have to worry about holding the gun straight like with a staple gun, it is impossible to install a crooked nail. Did I Burien Roofing Contractorsmention the not voiding your warranty part? Most manufacturers do not allow staples because of the fact that they do not hold in high winds, and they are so commonly installed improperly. We understand that a new roof is expensive, but so is a long series of repairs, and a shortened lifespan of the roof due to inferior products and installation. It is generally thought of among quality roofing contractors that staples are used by those that are more worried about their bottom line than the quality of workmanship.

 

Need A New Roof?

At Chase Construction, NW Inc. we care about our customers and the quality of the roof they are getting! We are Master Elite® Roofers (one of only 11 in Washington State), and are trained and certified in a wide variety of roofing systems. And with 15 years under our belt, we have plenty of experience! When you choose us for your installation, you are getting quality and know how. Schedule your free estimate today and let us show you what we can do to help you protect your greatest asset! Contact us at 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form! We look forward to working with you!

Residential Roofing From CertainTeed®

Shaping the building products industry for more than 110 years

At Chase Construction NW, Inc. we work with a variety of products, and today we are going to focus on just one – CertanTeed. This company was founded in 1904 by George Brown, and after 13 years in business, the slogan for the General Roofing Manufacturing Certainteed roofing Chase Construction North West Inc.Company was so popular, they changed the name of the company! “Quality made certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed.” That’s how the name CertainTeed was born!

About CertainTeed

Since it’s start, this company has grown as a premier asphalt shingle manufacturer. In the 1960’s the company expanded to include fiberglass insulation and PVC pipes, leading to the introduction of solid vinyl siding. Recently in 2007, the company added Gypsum and ceilings to their scope of building materials as well! In 2015, CertainTeed re-established themselves in a new state of the art headquarter building that showcases 40 products! Since this new building has an open floor plan, it enables the research team to test the impact of the products in a real environment, providing the company with the ability to innovate better products and solutions for consumers.

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Residential Roofing

CertainTeed Residential Roofing Products

As you can see, CertainTeed has a lot of building products in their repertoire, but lets focus on residential roofing products. “With more than 300 roofing options to choose from, and quality standards that lead the industry, you can rest easily knowing CertainTeed has you covered.”

Roofing Shingles

Asphalt Shingles are the most commonly used residential roofing product on the market, and CertanTeed manufactures a wide variety of styles and colors. With shingles for every taste, they are sure to have the right one for you!

  • Strip shingles are the most basic type. They are single layer shingles and generally designed to look like slate. CertainTeed strip shingles are: CT™ 20XT™ 25, and XT™ 30.
  • Dimensional shingles are typically heavier weight than strip shingles and are manufactured with multiple layers. CertainTeed’s  Landmark® Series Roofing Shingle is a dimensional shingle that features tri-laminate technology.
  • CertianTeed Premium roofing shingles are Grand Manor®Presidential Shake® TL, and Carriage House®. Like most premium roofing shingles, they include enhanced aesthetics, increased design element and are laminated.

 

Underlayments

Waterproofing is very important in the roofing industry, and a good underlayment prevents leaks from wind driven rain, and ice dams on vulnerable areas on the roof. Used as a water resistant layer beneath the shingle, CertainTeed manufactures several grades of underlayment.

Starter Shingles

Starter shingles provide extra protection to your roof with out taking away from the overall design, and they save time on the application!  CertainTeed manufactures starter shingles under the product names Swiftstart® to be used with the Landmark® series and High Performance Starter to be used with Grand Manor®Highland Slate® and Hatteras® shingles.

Accessory Products

Carrying the same warranty as the shingles applied to the roof deck, hip and ridge shingles come in a variety of options to complete the look of your new roof. Check out ShadowRidge® and Mountain Ridge®.

WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF A RESIDENTIAL ROOF?

About Us

For 15 years now, Chase Construction NW, Inc. has installed quality roofs for satisfied customers. Being trained and certified in a wide variety of roofing systems and material, you are sure to find the right one for your project, and we can help! Our knowledgable and professional estimators will leave you feeling confident with any decision you make. So you if you are wanting to replace your roof with a CertainTeed roofing system, or any other system, we can do it for you! Just looking for a repair? We can do that too! Contact us today for a free estimate, we will evaluate your roof and provide you with a proposal free from pressure. Why wait, call today! 253.445.8950. Or fill out our quick estimate form! We look forward to working with you!

Pacific Northwest Premier Skylights

We only work with the best!

As a roofing company, we deal with everything that goes along with your roof – vents, chimneys, and of course skylights. Living in the great Pacific Northwest, we are surrounded by beautiful scenes, many of us have chosen to add skylights to our home in order to bring in light and brighten up a room into our homes. At Chase Construction NW, Inc., we only work with the best, and since we don’t make skylights, we need the best skylight manufacturer to fulfill the demand of our customers. That is where Tam Industries come in, when it comes to skylights, they are the best!

TAM skylights

“Tam Skylights are the best performing skylights on the market”

Who is Tam?

TAM Skylight replacement by Chase Construction

Tam industries was founded in 1970 by Louie Tam in his garage in Seattle, WA. He worked with a acrylic sheets, and eventually fiberglass. As the energy crisis hit the 1970s, he saw a need for energy efficient products and the evolution in the demand for skylights. Marketing to existing clients, and using material that he already had, he started manufacturing acrylic dome skylights. And the rest is history! In the ’80s, with the acquisition of a larger skylight manufacturing company, production capability increased, and Louie was able to establish his company, as one of the leaders in skylight manufacturing in the Pacific Northwest. Louie’s son Irwin now runs this family owned business in Seattle in a 50,000 sq ft facility. Tam Skylights have proven themselves to many local contractors and homeowners of the reliability and quality of their skylights.

Why we use Tam

We Proudly Offer TAM SkykightsOur clients depend on us to only choose the best material for their roofs, so when we choose a company to work with, we do our homework! Through research, we found out that Tam is the one of the only companies that welds their miters on all 4 corners – not caulked. Their quality of manufacturing led us to them. We have been partnering with Tam since 1993, and they have never let us down!  We have never had a call back for any leaks associated with the manufacturing of their skylights. Our clients love letting the outdoors in, and are always satisfied with their new skylights! The peace of mind and quality of products that we can pass on to our clients is so satisfying.

Get your free estimate today!

When you call us for your roofing project, you can be comfortable knowing that you are in good hands. We are constantly growing in our efforts to give you superior service and products.  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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