New GAF Cobra Hip Vent

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.

proper attic ventilation is key for any roof systemOne 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 Roofing Debate

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?

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.

Residential Roofing From CertainTeed®

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!

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.

Roofing Shingle of the year by Owens Corning

Owens Corning, Innovations For LivingDid you know that your roof can take up to 40% of your homes exterior? This makes the decision of choosing a color even more important. Luckily for us, Owens Corning takes this task very seriously. So serious in fact, that they started a “Color of the Year” program! To do this, Owens Corning joined forces with Leatrice Eiseman, global color expert and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute™ to pair trending PANTONE® fashion colors with Owens Corning Duration® Series shingles“By creating an array of fashion-centric shingle pairings, Owens Corning is showing how shingles can work beautifully in a coordinated palette of color options for the exterior of the home,” Eiseman said.

Treating the roof as a fashion statement, Owens Corning is helping homeowners address the exterior remodel of their home. Already known for its revolutionary TruDefinition® Duration® Designer Colors, this shingle manufacturer is taking roof color to the next level, and making it a forefront in design conversations.

Pacific Northwest Premier Skylights

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