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Engineered for Re-Roofing…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roofing NewsSaving Money

One of the best features of Gerard Stone-Coated Steel Roofing is that it was engineered for re-roofing.  It is lightweight, only 1.3 lbs. per sq. foot, and will not add any significant weight to the structure. It is only 1/3 the weight of asphalt shingles.  It will not conform to an uneven surface below it, and can be installed to “encase” the old roof.  This allows for installation over an asphalt shingle roof without the need to tear-off the old roof in most cases.

Who wants this mess?

 Removing the old asphalt shingle roof is necessary if your re-roofing with an asphalt shingle.  Asphalt shingle warranties state clearly: “Must be applied over a smooth flat surface”.  An asphalt shingle will conform to the uneven surface of an existing asphalt shingle roof.

The shingle will be much more susceptible to cracking,  blowing off, and premature failure.  Our metal shakes and shingles do NOT conform to the irregular surface of an asphalt shingle roof and in fact, it can hide imperfections in the roof deck, existing roof and roof framing.

Asphalt Shingles,  (being a petroleum based building material), are rising in cost rapidly.  That, combined with the high cost of labor and disposal fees of tearing-off an existing asphalt roof,  the cost of installing a lifetime metal roof has become a lot more comparable to re-roofing with an asphalt shingle.  In addition,  consider these statistics on asphalt shingles:

  • 12 million tons created annually
  • 11 million tons post consumer tear-off debris
  • 1 million tons of manufacturing waste
  • contractors spend $1billion yearly in waste hauling and disposal fees
  • clogs landfills, utilizing over 4% of all space
  • requires several generations to decompose

The age of temporary roof systems is coming to an end.  Life Cycle Cost, No Mess, No Crushed Flowers and Landscaping, No Disposal Fees, No Additional Tear-off Labor, and NO need to Re-roof every 10-15 years are just a few reasons to consider a Stone-Coated Steel Roof from Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing.  Beat the fall rush and schedule a free in-home appointment today!

Serving: Hayward, Rice Lake, Spooner, Cumberland, St. Croix Falls, Amery, Hudson, River Falls, Bloomer, Eau Claire

 

 

Got Ice Dams?

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roof MaintenanceSaving Money

This is the season of ice dams and if your having problems give us a call for a free inspection to see if we can help prevent damage caused by this icy problem.  Ice dams are caused by escaping heat from the home artificially melting the snow on the roof,  the water flowing down to the eve and re-freezing.  Typically homes that are under-insulated and under-ventilated have this problem.  In a properly insulated and ventilated home,  what little heat that escapes into the attic space is vented out a ridge-vent and the snow on the roof does not melt in freezing weather.  Ice Dam problemsEven homes with good insulation and ventilation can get ice dams if they have gutters.  Gutters that are clogged with leaves and pine needles can get an ice dam started.  Warm winter weather will melt snow on the roof and re-freeze in the gutters and downspouts and begin to back up onto the roof.  Unfortunately the only way to prevent this is to have roof and gutter heat cable installed in the gutter and downspouts PRIOR to snowfall.As featured in our article “Radiant Barrier Insulation“,  we discuss the positive benefits and ease of installation of R-foil insulation.  This product in combination with our vented metal roof system can just about eliminate ice dam problems on homes that are under- insulated and under-ventilated.  On some homes,  it can be a very difficult and expensive project to re-insulate the attic space and bring the ventilation up to modern building codes.  Our Stone-Coated Metal Roof system has a vented air space under the metal roof.  If you chose to add R-foil to the project we will install that right over the existing shingles and under the metal roof!  In addition to the benefit of preventing ice dams,  your home will stay cooler in the hot summer months as the r-foil reflects radiant heat away from the home.Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing Logo

 

Beat The Rush!!! Order your new roof now!!!

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Company NewsSaving Money

We had a lot of orders going into this winter and due to the bitter cold and snowfall totals that look like Mount Baker in WA State, we have had a hard time getting them done.  Early Spring is the best time to get an estimate,  have a look at colors and styles and get a spot on the schedule.

More than likely this season is going to be very busy for roofing contractors.  Homeowners that never had ice dams before found that even newer, modern insulated and ventilated homes still had ice dams due to the wild weather we suffered thru in the historic winter of 2013-2014.  With all the roof snow removal and ice dam removal it is safe to say that those with asphalt shingle roofs are going to suffer a lot of damage.  When roofing contractors get further and further booked out, the laws of supply and demand kick in and you can expect the price to go up.  By getting your project and contractor selected and scheduled early in the spring, you can save money and get problems with your roof fixed before they turn into bigger problems with interior damage.

Call Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing now to schedule your free, no obligation estimate with Bruce or myself and we will come out and show you the difference a new stone-coated metal roof can make to both the performance and curb appeal of your home.

 

Tired of high energy costs?

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roofing NewsSaving Money

A metal roof may seem like an unlikely candidate to keep your house cooler in summer. In fact, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance, new coating technologies have resulted in energy-saving residential metal roofing systems that immediately reduce the internal temperature in your house and lower utility bills by up to 10%. As a bonus, U.S. homeowners who install an Energy-Star rated metal roofing system before the end of 2013 will be eligible for up to $500 in tax credits.Metal Roofing Investment Picture Today’s residential metal roofs are very different than those you may see on old barns. In fact, they are high-tech wonders that feature highly reflective coatings that provide year-round relief from high energy costs. Metal roofs, which comprise 10% of the U.S. re-roof market, also offer a variety of styles, including tiles, shakes, shingles or standing-seam panels to either make a statement or blend in with the neighborhood. The latest paint technologies allow even darker colored metal roofs to absorb less heat through the use of highly reflective pigments that reflect solar energy. Tests conducted by the independent Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) and Florida Solar Energy Center show that a cool metal roof can save a homeowner 10% in cooling costs compared to a dark gray asphalt shingle. In areas with cold winters, above-sheathing ventilation is the key to achieving year-round benefits. ORNL’s field tests have shown that the combination of venting and increased reflectance can reduce the heat penetrating the roof deck by about 45% for stone-coated metal roofs compared to an asphalt shingle roof in certain climates. “The one thing a house can’t do without, the roof, provides a perfect opportunity to make a big difference to the environment and consumers’ wallets. New eco-friendly products, such as metal roofing, are rapidly replacing petroleum-based asphalt shingles,” said Bill Hippard, chairman of the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance, a coalition dedicated to educating consumers about the benefits of modern metal roofing. “Metal is an investment grade roofing product. Most homeowners who install a metal roof will never have to buy another roof.” For more information and a photo gallery of roofing options, homeowners can visit www.metalroofing.com or www.gerardusa.com or visit our website at www.wimetalroofing.com !  


Is your Air Conditioner running too much?

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roofing NewsSaving Money

Consider a Bjorkstrand Metal Roof to help reduce your energy costs!  More and more, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials for their renovations and new homes, products that not only secure and improve structures but also provide long-term cost-cutting on energy bills while promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community.

Among the array of possible upgrades, “cool metal roofing” easily answers this consumer demand offering a solid, attractive roofing solution available in multiple colors, textures, and profiles, for steep-slope and low-slope applications, that can  save your household up to 40% of its annual energy costs, depending on your geographical region.

The Benefits of Energy Efficient Metal Roofing:

As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs while highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 ° F. Combined, these benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

The secret to metal roofing’s energy savings is in its variety of finishes. As shown above, the basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation usually absorbed in your attic and home by an asphalt roof. But, for homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.  Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.

Additionally, most metal roofing, including stone-coated metal roofing, is composed of recycled material and can be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, reducing landfill waste and promoting quick installation as well as decades of environmentally-sound, maintenance-free strength and beauty.

Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Barclay:

 In addition to metal roofing’s reflective properties,  our R-foil insulation is another way to improve your energy efficiency especially for our customers with older homes.  Ask about our R-foil insulation and we can include it as an option on your proposal.  We are booking up fast so call today for your free estimate and take the first step towards reducing your heating and cooling costs and installing the LAST ROOF YOU WILL EVER NEED!

Growing in popularity…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roofing NewsSaving Money

The majority of our clients are folks that are replacing an asphalt shingle roof.  Many of them are frustrated because they expected their asphalt shingle roof to last longer.  As the price of asphalt shingles rise,  and the quality of the shingle goes down,  metal roofing is seeing a dramatic increase in market share.Based on survey results from McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics®, metal roofing has made a significant climb in the residential roofing market, including both new construction and home remodeling projects.  With an overall market share of 11% in the re-roofing segment, metal roofing is gaining quickly on competitors’ products. Metal roofs protect homes from extreme weather events with durable, attractive solutions. In the smaller new construction market, metal now accounts for 5.5% of all roofing.

Survey of Homeowner’s reasons for choosing metal roofing:

The McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics® survey also projected that demand for metal roofing would increase to 1.4 million squares for new construction in 2009 and 13.4 million squares for repair and remodeling. (Note: a square is 100 square feet of roof area).  When asked to describe the reason they selected metal roofing, 61 percent of homeowners reported choosing metal roofing for its longevity, while 16 percent stated strength and protection. Other reasons stated: metal is a good investment, a metal roof adds value and is an environmentally friendly product.

If your considering re-roofing your home,  compare the life cycle cost, (average cost to own and maintain your roof per square per year), between steel roofing and asphalt petroleum based roofing.  You will be amazed at how much spending a little more now will save you 10-15 years down the road.  Weather you live in Rice Lake, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Hayward, Spooner, Menomonie, Hudson, Cumberland, Turtle Lake or St. Croix Falls we can deliver the Last Roof you will Ever Need!

 

 

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Saving Money

We have all heard this Einstein quote and know what it means,  unfortunately,  I see too many people re-roofing an 8-10 year old cracked, curled, and blown-off asphalt shingle roof with an asphalt shingle roof!  Understandable that budgets are tight these days and spending the extra 2-3 thousand dollars on a metal roof can be a strain on the average household,  however,  if your kicking out several thousand dollars every 8-10 years re-roofing your home,  your paying twice as much to own and maintain your roof per square foot, per year, than it costs to own and maintain a metal roof.

In the bad old days, roofing contractors promoted 20-year shingles that lasted ten years for their unsuspecting customers. The roofers’ labor price was the same, so why should they care how long those new roofs lasted? Turns out, lots of customers cared, and they wanted better roof choices.

When asphalt-based shingles first took over the market, they replaced classic roofing materials that lasted MUCH longer. Asphalt and asphalt-fiberglass shingles made roofing affordable for millions of newer homes. Homeowners who stayed in one place longer than a dozen years, however, were surprised to learn how quickly these roofs wore out. These days, 30-year warranties on asphalt shingles are common, even 50 year warranties are available, but these warranties are simply a small book of fine print and is worth about what the paper they are written on is worth.

Life cycle cost is an important thing to consider when making a large purchase such as a new roof.  Metal roofing has been proven to last and today’s galvalume treated steel has been tested out in the field for over 35 years to not corrode.  Hail resistance, wind resistance, extreme temperature resistance, are just a few examples of how metal roofing outperforms asphalt shingles. So don’t expect different results replacing your worn out asphalt shingle roof with a new asphalt shingle roof.  Get a free estimate from us today and we will show you how to save money in the long run by fitting your home with a permanent roof.

 

 

Radiant Barrier Insulation

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roof MaintenanceSaving Money

A very inexpensive way to improve the energy efficiency of your home is to have us install R-foil Radiant Barrier Insulation under our stone-coated metal roofing.  The labor to install this material during the roof installation is very affordable so most of the cost is just the purchase of the material itself.

How it Works

Heat travels from a warm area to a cool area by a combination of conduction, convection, and radiation. Heat flows by conduction from a hotter location within a material or assembly to a colder location, like the way a spoon placed in a hot cup of coffee conducts heat through its handle to your hand. Heat transfer by convection occurs when a liquid or gas — air, for example — is heated, becomes less dense, and rises. As the liquid or gas cools, it becomes denser and falls. Radiant heat travels in a straight line away from any surface and heats anything solid that absorbs its energy.

When the sun heats a roof, it’s primarily the sun’s radiant energy that makes the roof hot. Much of this heat travels by conduction through the roofing materials to the attic side of the roof. The hot roof material then radiates its gained heat energy onto the cooler attic surfaces, including the air ducts and the attic floor. A radiant barrier reduces the radiant heat transfer from the underside of the roof to the other surfaces in the attic.

For our customers with newer homes,  R-foil is generally not necessary because todays building codes require R-38 to R-50 attic insulation and adding reflective insulation will not improve the energy efficiency of the home enough to justify the additional cost.  However,  our customers with older homes,  homes having ice dam problems,  and homes with cathedral ceilings see a substantial improvement both for summertime heat gain and winter time heat loss.

Ask myself or Bruce about R-foil and we can include it as an option on your proposal!

 

 

 

 

 

Save on your homeowners insurance with Stone-Coated Steel Roofing!

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Saving Money

Most of us remember the Rice Lake hailstorm on July 20th 2010.  In addition to hundreds of automobiles being damaged, devastated crops, and even trees having their leaves stripped off,  roofs in the area took a real beating.  We had 3 of our roofs that were in the direct path of the storm between the Rice Lake High School and Cameron.  All 3 of our roofs went thru the storm with no damage.  In addition to asphalt shingle roofs needing replacement,  a good number of standing seam,  or vertical seam metal roofs also needed replacement.  Why did our stone-coated shingles and shakes hold up and other vertical seam roofs did not?  Well our stone-coated metal roofing is put in a press taking flat sheet metal and making a number of bends in the steel.  Its these bends that make the steel very strong and resistant to hail.   Vertical seam metal roofing,  even though some styles have small ribs between the standing seams,  is still basically flat sheet metal and can be easily dented in a hail storm like Rice Lake had.

Gerard metal roofing carries a UL Class 4 hail impact rating and many insurance companies offer a reduction in your annual homeowners insurance premium when you switch from an asphalt shingle roof to a qualified Class 4 hail impact rated roof.  So in addition to a life cycle cost that is half of asphalt shingles,  you can save a few bucks on your insurance costs as well!  We expect more and more insurance carriers to start offering these discounts as roofing damage ranks as the 2nd most frequent and costly claim that insurance companies endure.  Its in their best interest to encourage their customers to use products that help to reduce claims.

 

Petroleum and Storm Related Roofing Expenses Bring Shingle Prices Up

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roofing NewsSaving Money

 

Jim Stickland of Atlanta Action 2 news reported last week the headline, “Prices are going through the roof!” and he’s right. There has been a massive price increase that took place on March 1, 2013 for asphalt shingles. It is also reported that the prices will increase again on April 15, 2013. A bundle of shingles will now cost….a bundle! Shingle manufacturers are shipping more shingles to areas in the Hurricane Sandy areas which is leaving a smaller supply in the south and other regions.

The market leader Owens Corning has raised prices by double digits. This price increase has a big affect on everyone because it trickles down to the homeowners who have to pay more for their insurance premiums. So, even if you don’t need a new roof or roof repairs, you can still be affected.

In addition to asphalt shingle prices going up due to it being a petroleum based product, It has already been reported that Allstate went up 9.9% in April of last year and State Farm has reported a 7% increase in insurance premiums. Storm-related roofing expenses are a major reason for this change.

“The more this damage occurs, the more the insurance companies are laying out. They have to maintain their financial stability as well,” said Dave Colmans of the Georgia Insurance Information Service.

What does this mean for a homeowner in general? Stone-coated steel shingles should be considered for your next roofing or re-roofing project. The durability, the 50-year non-prorated warranty, 2 1/2″ Hail warranty, as well as possible insurance discounts mean Stone-coated steel roofing is superior. It is the most cost-effective way to protect your biggest investment.

 

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