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Another Church…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Company News

We are just about done with St. John’s Lutheran Church in Forest, WI.  Brad is very proud of this one with good reason.  The steeple is roofed with Gerard’s Granite Ridge shingle,  and the main body of the church is Gerard’s Canyon Shake.DSCN0786

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.

 

Another class action certified in respect of asphalt shingles…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Uncategorized

Canadian class action certified in respect of IKO Organic Shingles

LONDON, ON, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ – A national class action related to IKO Organic Shingles has been certified by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

IKO Organic Shingles mean all asphalt organic shingles manufactured by or on behalf of IKO Industries Ltd., Canroof Corporation Inc., or I.G. Machine (the “defendants”).  See the full legal notice (online at www.classaction.ca) for a list of brand names.  The class action does not relate to IKO fiberglass shingles.

What the Class Action is About The representative plaintiff, on behalf of himself and the Class, is claiming damages from the defendants for the alleged negligent design and manufacture of IKO Organic Shingles.  Specifically, the representative plaintiff alleges that IKO Organic Shingles were negligently designed and manufactured in a manner that, under normal conditions and usage, would result in premature failure.  In addition, with respect to persons in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba,  Quebec and/or New Brunswick, the representative plaintiff alleges that the defendants breached the consumer protection legislation by representing that IKO Organic Shingles complied with industry standards when he says they did not comply, or were not adequately tested in order to determine whether they did comply.  The representative plaintiff seeks damages, on behalf of himself and the Class, for, among other things, the costs of removing and replacing defective IKO Organic Shingles, including associated labour costs.  The defendants deny all of the claims made in the class action.  The allegations have not been proven in court.

The Class – The certified class includes current or former owners or lessees of buildings located in Canada that contain or contained IKO Organic Shingles. See the full legal notice available online at www.classaction.ca for the complete class definition.

Common Issues – The class proceeding will determine the common issues relating to whether IKO Organic Shingles defendants were negligent in the design and manufacturing of IKO Organic Shingles and whether the defendants breached the relevant consumer protection legislation.  See the full legal notice available online at www.classaction.ca for a complete list of common issues.

Opting Out – Persons can opt out (exclude themselves from) the class action.  See the full legal notice available online at www.classaction.ca for details about the consequences of opting out or not opting out, and the process and deadline for opting out.

SOURCE  Siskinds LLP

For further information:Charles Wright Siskinds LLP 680 Waterloo Street London, ON N6A 3V8 Tel: 1-800-461-6166 ext. 2446 Email: ikoclassaction@siskinds.com

Some recent before and after photos…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Company NewsRoofing News

It’s always remarkable the difference a Bjorkstrand Metal Roof can make to the curb appeal of your home or business.  Here are some examples of some projects we completed this season:Country Style Home Asphalt Roof in Sarona

Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Barclay:

Country Home Metal Roof in Sarona

Ranch Style Home Asphalt Roof in Rice Lake

Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Barclay:

Ranch Style Home Metal Roof in Rice Lake

Stone Lake Fire Dept. Asphalt Roof

Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Barclay:

Stone Lake Fire Dept. Metal Roof

Lake Cabin Asphalt Shingle Roof in Siren, WI

Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Country Blend:

Lake Cabin Metal Roof in Siren, WI

Split Level Home Metal Roof in Hammond, WI

Gerard Canyon Shake in the color Windsor:

Split Level Home Metal Roof in Hammond, WI

Give us a call today to schedule your free estimate and see the difference today’s metal roofing can make to your home!

The Terrifying attack of hail storm chasing roofers…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roofing News

On Friday, we shared a slew of videos featuring the crazy hail storm that pummeled much (if not all) of the metro area the previous day.

But Mother Nature’s assault on my Ken-Caryl Ranch neighborhood was only a prelude to an even more terrifying attack over the weekend, from a veritable army of representatives from roofing companies exhorting anyone and everyone to cash in on the icy bombardment. And at least a couple of them didn’t want to take “no” for an answer.

At my place, the hail fell for probably a half hour or so, with the orbs falling just shy of golf -ball size — more like jumbo grapes or the sort of hefty steelies coveted by certain marbles players. Here’s a shot of our backyard:Photo of HailFortunately, we suffered no roof damage this time around — likely because we’d been forced to replace our house topper a couple of years ago, following another hail storm that had legitimately torn things up.

 

The main issues on our property involved leafy trees and evergreens that had been partly denuded by the frozen fierceness — and when my wife began sweeping our driveway on Saturday morning, she was immediately set upon by roofers going from door to door on our cul de sac, and practically tripping over each other to be the first to a particular entryway. And why not, when so many of our friends and neighbors were ready to make a deal, as witnessed by this photo of three consecutive homes with roofing signs in front of them:My wife said the first several roofing reps who approached her were on the polite side — one even offered to help her clean up — and didn’t press too hard after she said we weren’t interested. But when I went out to help, a rep more or less raced down the block to reach us before anyone else, giving us a hint of the aggressiveness that followed.

 

I tried to dissuade him in advance by saying we were all set when it came to roofing, but he ignored me, instead pitching my wife. When she also told him we weren’t interested, he kept going, so I tried to interject again. He responded by shrugging me off again and asking my wife what grade of shingles we had (the sort of question 99 percent of homeowners don’t know), prompting me to repeat myself yet again in a firmer tone of voice — at which point he finally said, “Oh? You don’t even want to talk?”

Um — no. And if I’d come to your house and tried to force you to jaw about something that you’d twice said was of no interest, you wouldn’t want to, either.

No sooner had this guy scurried to the next house, an anger-deflecting “God bless” trailing in his wake, than a woman swooped in as I was tugging a trash can full of pine needles into our garage. When I tried to circumvent her rap at the outset, she insisted, “I’m not trying to sell you anything. I just wanted to tell you about a new law….”

About how the State of Colorado believed I should let her company replace my roof, no doubt. I fended her off several more times, but she kept coming, kept coming, until she was practically inside the garage — at which point I finally said, “I’m closing the door now — have a nice day” and pushed the button, hoping against hope that she didn’t lunge under it, waving the law in my face.

I lucked out. But the next day, the roofing minions were back.

On Sunday, we took a morning trip to Boulder, and upon our return, we had three more roofing messages on our front door:Roofing Fliers photoStill, this was nothing compared to a home I spotted while walking my dog a short time later. Apparently, the inhabitants had been gone over the course of the weekend — and this is what greeted them upon their return:Roofing Fliers crazyDon’t get me wrong: I’m not saying all of these roofers were perpetrating insurance scams. They’re only trying to make a living, and given the storm’s fury, some folks undoubtedly suffered real roof problems that needed to be addressed. But the most obnoxious of the people who came after us didn’t seem to have much interest in whether we needed a new roof or not. The hail had been heavy, they knew — heavy enough that, with a little nudge from a friendly inspector, our insurer might pony up for a new set of shingles without checking too closely to confirm that they were actually necessary.

 

Will the roofers still be laying in wait when I return home later today? I sure as hell hope not. But I won’t be surprised if several have clipboards ready the moment I step out of my car.

Oh, the humanity.

By Michael Roberts Mon., Aug. 26 2013 at 6:49 AM

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Questions about your metal roof!

Posted by Bruce Bjorkstrand in Company News

Bruce BjorkstrandMetal Roofing FAQs

What is your product made of?

  • 26 gauge, galvalume
  • Coated with an acrylic basecoat
  • Embedded with ceramic earth-stone granules
  • Over-coated with a clear acrylic over-glaze and baked on

Can I walk on the roof tiles?
Yes. Though no roof is designed for pedestrian traffic. Caution should be taken not to walk on the rib portions, but to do so on the front edges; otherwise you may walk on your new Gerard roof with ease.

How heavy is a Gerard Roof?
Gerard roofs weigh only 110 lbs. per square for the battenless style. They weigh 115 lbs. less than inexpensive composition shingles, and are far more durable.

How noisy is a Gerard roof?
Due to the patented interlocking design, insulated dead-air space under the roof, and the earth-stone granule finish, Gerard roofs are very quiet. It is NOT like a shed, remember you have insulation in the attic and sheetrock.

Do I have to tear off my existing roof?
No. With Gerard roofs you may leave your old roof on as Gerard has been tested and approved to be installed directly over your existing roof due to its unique installation method. You should check with your local city however, as each city has different ordinances.

What is the warranty on Gerard roofs?
All the roofs we install have a 10 year labor warranty from us. Gerard has a lifetime warranty for materials and labor. It is the strongest warranty in the stone coated metal roof industry.

Won’t Gerard roofs make my home hotter?
Again, due to the insulated “dead-air” space, there is no heat gain. Much like dual-pane windows, the design actually works as an energy-saving barrier. With our Gerard roof you will save on your energy costs. Many other companies take short cuts, we don’t and never will.

Will heat and cold make a Gerard roof contract and expand?
There is minimal movement with Gerard roofs due to the fully interlocking profile when affixed to the roof deck. Also, the rough granule finish and angular design add to restricting movement.

Will I have to re-structure my home?
No. Because of its light weight, Gerard roofs require no sub-structure reinforcement.

What fire rating does Gerard roofs have?
Depending on sub-roofs and underlayment, Gerard offers a Class A, B, or C installation. (ICBO and UL reports are available upon request).

Will my Gerard roof be safe from lightening?
Fear of lightening is not a concern, as through the installation, the steel roof is grounded to existing pipe vents.

Will the exposed fasteners rust or come loose?
Because the ring shank nails which are used for fastening are specially coated and installed at an angle to the roof deck, they won’t rust or come loose in bad weather. They are designed to work with this roof. There is nothing left to chance. The roof is tested to over 170 mph with out a failure.

How long has Gerard roofs been around?
Gerard roofs have been used in over 30 countries around the world for more than 55 years, and have beautifully withstood all weather climates.

Will the coating ever crack, chip or peel?
With Gerard’s superior technology in acrylic resins and curing process, we guarantee that your Gerard roof will last as it has lasted all over the world.

Will the value of my home increase if I install a Gerard roof?
Yes. Gerard not only offers you security and peace-of-mind with the last roof you will ever need, it also will enhance the beauty and help increase the value of your home. Gerard roof warranties are transferable. Unlike our competition they have you send in a form when you sell and only have a twenty year warranty and then it depreciates the remaining 30 years.

Does hail cause any damage to a Gerard roof?
Gerard roofs have been tested around the world with “flying colors” results in resisting hail, rain, snow, and ice. (reports of test are available upon request).

Will I save on my energy bills?
You should see a noticeable reduction in your energy bills. Because of the Gerard system design, temperatures in the attic can be 30 to 40 degrees cooler.

Why are metal roofs safer in tornados?
They’re much lighter. Gerard is about 1/2 the weight of a shingle roof installation. So, during a tornado, a metal roof actually adds strength to your structure. It provides twice the shear strength of 1/2 CDX plywood. Gerard roofing is call structural steel because it ties pieces of plywood together on your complete roof.

Why is wind resistance so important? High winds will cause most roofing to blow off. Gerard’s secured with 5 – 8d ring-shank nails in the front nose and installed horizontally for the best wind resistance.

How long will a metal roof last?
It could easily outlast your home!!

Where are Gerard roofs made?
Gerard roofs are manufactured in California.  Gerard roofs are made with 100% American materials and labor. Our manufacturing plants are located inSouthern California.

Will my homeowner’s insurance premium be reduced if I install a Gerard roof?
Discounts are offered by many insurance companies. They all have different policies and it is best if you call them and compare.

What about Colors?
Gerard specializes in lots of beautiful colors that will enhance your curb appeal. Earth stone granules reflect light so you can expect your roof to be extremely good looking.

Can you really improve the look of my home? YES! We can totally change your homes curb appeal for the better. Not just a new look, but an amazing transformation. We will work with you until you get the right style and color. But one word of warning! Expect your neighbors to be jealous!

Are your prices really better? Yes! Many Synthetic products and premium asphalt/composition roofs are more expensive. Even other steel roof companies are more expensive. We do not buy any of our roofs from a roof supplier. We buy from the factory. There is no middleman to add to the cost.

We buy direct from the factory here in the USA. No foreign companies! In fact each roof is specially made for your home. Compared to a common asphalt/composition roof from a qualified roofing company we are very close in price. Surprised? Asphalt/composition roofs are oil based and have risen in price so fast that prices have gone up by the month. This is a NO BRAINER! Do you want a roof that fails after a storm? That you will constantly have to evaluate the condition?

We believe a roof should be done only ONCE! When we do your roof we begin with that simple philosophy. We never want you to be concerned again with the condition of your roof. We like our customers, but unless you add an addition you will never see us again.

“The Last Roof You Will Ever Need, Period”!

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 !  


Tips for choosing the right roof color

Posted by Bruce Bjorkstrand in Roofing News

Tips for choosing the right roof color

The right color helps curb appeal. Now it is all up to taste “same as usual” or “a little bold”. That is the choice you have to make.

Installing your roof is one of the largest investments you can make as a homeowner. You are replacing your roof because your last one lasted roughly 13 years. A Bjorkstrand Metal roofs life is warranted for 50 years NON PRO-RATED, so it’s understandable why one might have some anxiety about the decision on color. Here are two log homes the one on the left is the typical log home color combination. Looks good but lacks the boldness of the log home on the right. Both were installed by Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing.

1. Don’t rush it

This is not a decision that should be rushed – it’s okay to take some time to give it serious thought. Consider if your color choice will be what you want years down the road. When I come to your home I bring samples of various colors and we can set them up against the siding.

2. Talk with your estimator 

The individual giving you an estimate has likely overseen hundreds of roofing jobs and can speak to which colors will best compliment your home’s structure and current siding. It’s not easy to change your roofing so be sure the shingle color you have chosen does not clash with the siding and trim.

3. Go over all of the options 

There are many different and unique stone coated shingle styles and options on the market. Use your home’s architecture as a guide for whether your new shingles should be a singular color or a blend of multiple colors.

5. Examine the stone coated shingles

Examine life-size samples of your top shingle choices. Holding them up against your current shingles will allow you to see how much the new choices vary from what you currently have. We can have say two or three different choices sent to you to checkout.

6. Look around your neighborhood

What do other homes in your neighborhood have? It’s important to be sure that your selections compliment your neighborhood but you will definitely look better with a metal roof. A metal shake roof that is stone coated will make selling your home much easier down the road.

7. Know your home’s style

Evaluate your home’s style to decide what an appropriate color is and what is not. For example, a Spanish style home is going to look out of place with blue shingles. Home magazines can also be helpful in showcasing different styles of homes and the shingle colors that suit them the best. Do not worry we have 20 different colors to choose from.

 

Bruce Bjorkstrand

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