IKO Cambridge vs. PABCO Premier

If you’re looking for a quality architectural shingle but don’t want to break the bank, you may be best suited by IKO Cambridge or PABCO Premier styles.  Shingle manufacturers try to differentiate themselves by optimizing for a different qualities: warranty, longevity, appearance, etc. — and IKO and PABCO are two of the top when it comes to optimizing for low cost architectural laminated shingles. Their model is what’s called “value-engineering”, where the priority is to minimize cost as much as possible while maintaining basic function.  While some manufacturers focus on making their shingles look the best, or have the most comprehensive warranty — IKO and PABCO try to be the best at providing the most
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Why You Should Get New Insulation in Your Attic

Are you overspending on heating and cooling your home?  If your attic is poorly insulated (as many are), the answer is almost certainly “Yes.” How much might you be overspending?  Energy Star says you can save up to 20% with improvements in insulation. Many benefits come along with energy savings.  Our customers often joyfully report that after we installed new attic insulation for them, they don’t use the thermostat nearly as much and their homes are warmer. How insulation works Hot always wants to move to cold.  So if you turn up the thermostat while it’s cold outside, the newly generated warmth always tries to migrate to the cool outside.  Vice versa is also true:
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Metal Roofing Comparison Guide

  Metal roofs are environmentally friendly, cost-conscious, and gorgeous. By integrating multi-layered anti-weathering technology with the top tier durability of high performance steel, modern metal roofs last a lifetime and look great doing it!  They’re no longer prone to rust, corrosion, or noise from rainwater. Unlike the asphalt composition shingle market, where there are handful of big dog manufacturers, metal roofing manufacturers are numerous and frequently local.  The vast landscape of different metal roofing styles far surpasses any other type of roofing.  This article will provide you with what you need to know to navigate the landscape. Metal roofing benefits Asphalt composition shingles domination of the residential roofing market is rapidly changing as homeowners find that
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Roofers Coffee Shop

An Evening With The RCAW

The Bi-Annual RCAW Dinner Meeting We recently had the opportunity to attend the Roofing Contractors Association of Washington’s (RCAW) Bi-Annual Dinner Meeting. The RCAW is a great recourse of the industry and have put together many programs that promote growth, collaboration and continued education. Their dinner meetings are always a great event to network and receive nuggets of wisdom from various speakers. April’s dinner meeting was held at the Seattle Marriott Bellevue and featured two main speakers: Heidi Elsworth from the Roofers Coffee Shop and Keith Martino from Martino and Associates in Texas. Roofer Coffee Shop After a brief introduction from the National Women in Roofing (a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry), we
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GAF Portland Expo

The GAF Portland Regional Expo of 2019

No roofing manufacturer trains like GAF trains.  From cutting edge to best practices, GAF stands out as the one composition shingle roofing manufacturer who provides its contractors with ample training. The GAF Portland Regional Expo of 2019 in Tigard, Oregon highlighted this.  Giving one of the most informative sales presentations we’ve seen, John Arellano provided multiple concrete examples of successful sales practices. In a jam packed room of roofers, Luis Villarreal demonstrated Golden Pledge warranty system installation practices from beginning to end.  Each component of the roof was addressed with an enjoyable hands-on interaction.  A good deal of attention was paid to the very important Cobra IntakePro installation. The system installation training was so effective
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Does Your Old Corrugated Metal Roof Have A New Leak? This May Be Why

Does Your Old Corrugated Metal Roof Have A New Leak? This May Be Why

A good metal roof will last a long time.  And maybe yours has.  It could have gone 10, 20, 30 years without any issues but then spring a new leak out of the blue.  What’s causing that? It’s probably the rubber washers. Because corrugated metal roofs have exposed screws, rubber washers are needed to create a watertight seal is needed to prevent leaks.  Washers last for years, but they also take a beating from the elements.  Sunlight, rain, snow, wind, hot, cold, you name it — over time the elemental beating degrades the integrity of the rubber, cracking and deforming it.  Eventually, the watertight seal is done for and water finds its way through. Factories
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