From Roofs To Roads Asphalt Shingle Recycling

Asphalt Shingle Recycling, The Responsible Choice Relieving Our Landfills Of Unnecessary Waste A challenge we face today as a generation of environmental watch dogs is monitoring what is going into our landfills. Regulations are tightening up and programs are being created to reduce the amount of toxic materials or recyclable waste that is dumped each year. This trend has impacted the construction industry in a huge way as it produces up to 1/3 of the waste in our landfills in the U.S. With an eye on the environment you should expect to see more and more recycling programs utilized and enforced in order to preserve our eco-system. Environmental Impact Report At Chase Construction North West, Inc we have made
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Flat Roof Ponding

Is It Acceptable to Have Ponding On My Flat Roof? By Allen Sensel Introduction There is a lot of speculation with older building designs and how their flat roofs have a tendency to collect pools of standing water referred to as ponding. The purpose of this report is to provide clarity for a commonly misunderstood notion that a flat roof, whether it’s asphaltic built-up, modified bitumen, or any kind of single-ply membrane, should not bear any kind of collection of rain water. I will provide brief examples from the IBC, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Factory Mutual, all of whom mandate construction and renovation standards to comply with regional climates,weather patterns, and
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Guest Blog: How Energy Efficient Roofing Systems Help Lower Utility Bills

How Energy Efficient Roofing Systems Help Lower Utility Bills Everyone knows that it can get hot in the Summer. For many people, this leads to high utility bills because the air conditioner needs to be on almost constantly in order to battle the heat. However, there are some things that can help reduce this need for energy. The right choice in roofing makes a huge difference in the energy utilization of a home and there are several choices that can help a home be more efficient. Cool Roofs This is a fairly broad term that encompasses several different types of roofs. Cool roofs are those that are designed to reflect sunlight back rather than absorb
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Cover-Boards: Purpose & Application

by Allen Sensel Glass-Matt Roof Protection When putting a low-slope roof together it’s important, as a building owner or engineer, to understand how to control moisture, combat mold, and provide fire protection. Cover-boards offer sufficient roof deck protection that meet these requirement for installing a roof. They can also serve as a purpose for re-covering your roof. These boards provide a clean, smooth surface to attach your next roof system to. USG manufactures Securock, a glass-mat board that can be used on a flat roof for dimensional stability, surface protection, and overall increased lifespan of a structure. When installed correctly, Securock acts as vapor and fire barrier, keeping the roof membrane from developing mold and
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Determining Your New Roof System

Selecting Worthwhile Components For Weather-Tight Protection by Allen Sensel Today, selecting a new roof system might be as easy as finding the right certified contractor to install it for you. Several questions might come up, like which products and manufacturer to use. Typically, the best approach is to do some thorough research and I’m here to help explain the steps and guide you in the right direction. We’ll talk about picking and choosing the right sheathing, roof metals, underlayment, leak protection, and an asphalt system with their relative components to give your roof a great curb appeal and efficient protection. The first protective layer to any house is typically the sheathing, which you will most often
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Ice & Water Shield: Why It’s Important For Your Home

Leak Barrier Membrane Let’s face it, Washington is rain prone which can eventually lead to ice dam build-up in the winter and early spring seasons among higher elevation neighborhoods. These homes will succumb to an inch or more snowfall more often than sea-level homes will. A key element in providing a functional roof system is what we call an ice & water shield. Here’s how it works. After a storm, ice can form along the eaves, skylights, chimneys, and roof vents of a house. This build-up counters the slope of the roof, catching water and debris. Ice & water shield membrane placed in a critical leak area offers weather-tight protection against the collected water, keeping
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