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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

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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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!

As seen in Florida Home magazine…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Company NewsRoofing News

Florida Home Magazine Gerard Stone-Coated Steel Roofing Metal Roofing Press Release

Extreme hurricane season predicted. Be ready with a Gerard stone coated steel roof. The best way to protect your home is by investing in a superior roofing system!  Gerard’s stone coated steel is the most hurricane safe roof on the market. They have been tested with 170 mph winds with no damage. Every year they are put to the test weathering hurricanes and tropical storms, and they continue to outperform every other roofing material.

 

With the dire prediction of an intense hurricane season, and in today’s economy, it is extremely important to receive the utmost value for every dollar you spend. Today more than ever, you want the money you spend on your home to stretch as far as possible, and the most financially sound improvement you can make is investing in a Gerard stone coated steel roofing system. The best way to protect your home is by investing in a superior roofing system.

Gerard’s stone coated steel provides more value and benefits than any other roofing material, yet it is made to resemble other materials, so you get a beautiful roof with many more advantages. At only 1.4 lbs. per square foot, a Gerard stone coated steel roofing system is considered—no, Gerard IS “lightweight.” Concrete and clay roofs can weigh up to 15 lbs. per square foot! In fact, it is even lighter than all asphalt roof shingles. A concrete roof is susceptible to cracks, and while its underlayment may be waterproof, concrete is porous which will lead to leaks as the roof ages. A Gerard stone coated steel roof is water tight because of its innovative fastening system.

An asphalt roof is relatively inexpensive, but it can be considered a “disposable” roof because it is likely to fail much sooner than you would expect, so you waste any money you saved up front. A painted steel roof is susceptible to fading, and the outdated wood shake has been proven insufficient for fire and severe weather protection.

Gerard’s stone coated steel is fire safe. Unlike most other roofing systems, stone coated steel will not allow flying hot burning embers to get between the deck and roof panels, and steel does not burn. Few images are more dramatic than the one on the right where entire neighborhoods are almost wiped out with only select homes still standing—homes with stone coated steel roofs.

Environmental concerns play a big part in today’s home improvements. LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Energy Star qualification are given for using eco-friendly, or “green,” products and practices. By using over 30% recycled materials and other sustainable products, Gerard’s stone coated steel roofing systems qualify for both. In addition, the steel is 100% recyclable and packaging and other materials are purchased from vendors who recycle.

Heat transfer is another very important factor. Independent testing has shown that a stone coated roofing system can reduce heat transfer by as much as 45% over conventional asphalt roofing. There are two factors for this huge difference. Gerard uses granite stone which by nature is UV reflective. Gerard also has certain colors that are more reflective than others. The reflectivity of the stone only accounts for a small portion of the energy savings. Gerard roofing systems have air space between the roofing deck and the stone coated roofing panel. The system is designed as a cool roofing system, allowing air to push the heat, therefore not allowing heat transfer like a hot asphalt roof which lays flat against the roofing deck. More air space between the deck and panel keeps the attic area much cooler, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning.

By investing in a superior roof now, when the economy improves and you want to sell, you’ll be one step ahead of everyone else. With its unbeatable return on investment, longevity, energy efficiency and the fact that it is eco-friendly, choosing a stone coated steel roofing system is the best choice. You may even qualify for insurance benefits with lower premiums. Talk to your insurance provider to see what they offer.

*Published in Florida Home magazine, Summer Edition, 2013

 

 Gerard Canyon Shake, Color: Windsor

Canyon Shake Color: Windsor Stone Coated Steel Roofing Metal Roofing

 

The Truth about Storm Chasers…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roofing News

Storm chasers are companies that follow severe weather from area to area, completing home repairs (generally roofs and siding) that are damaged by hail and wind. They collect homeowners’ insurance claim checks in payment for their services, complete the work (often shoddily) before moving on to the next storm ravaged area. Here in Northwest Wisconsin, we are prone to hailstorms, and storm chasers generally quickly follow any such event. They generally go door-to-door in storm damaged areas, and may advertise themselves as insurance recovery experts or specialists in insurance restoration. (The term “Storm Chaser” can also be used to describe a person who follows storms in order to research, photograph, or simply experience a weather phenomenon. This type of storm chaser is entirely different and is not of any concern to a homeowner!)The first step of a storm chaser is to ask the homeowner to sign a contract allowing their company to negotiate  with homeowner’s insurance company.  By  signing these documents, homeowners may be waiving their right to any decision  making regarding their repairs or replacement. They also lose control over the insurance settlement, and the entire check of the payment may legally need to be signed over to the storm chaser- regardless of the quality or quantity of work completed. The homeowner may lose some control over materials used, leaving the storm chaser free to cut corners in order to increase their profit. Most importantly, warranty repairs can be very difficult to obtain as most storm chasers leave the area as soon as the storm “plays out.” These companies are generally gone long before warranty issues arise.  The company is certainly not going to return from Florida or Ohio to repair a problem with their work. To make matters even more difficult, some storm chasers lease local company names so the appear to be local. Once they complete their work in the area, they leave. The local company is then responsible for the warranty work. Of course, the volume of warranty work is often so great the local company ends up out of business, leaving the homeowner with problemsBeware of Hail Chasers!!!The chasers know how the insurance companies work, and based on the square footage of the roof, they can figure out how much it will cost to put on a cheap new roof. The homeowner gets burned because the storm chaser only does the bare minimum to replace the roof, but doesn’t address any other problems, or restore the roof to its original condition. The homeowner is then left with a poorly constructed roof, and the fraudulent company that was once so ready to help has vanished.Fly by Knight Roofing

So if a storm hits your neighborhood, avoid these types of companies and consider a permanent roof like Gerard’s Stone-Coated Steel Roofing.  Our lifetime roofing may qualify you for an insurance discount and keep the storm chasers away the next time a bad hail storm visits your neighborhood!

 

Gerard Canyon Shake in Country Blend:Gerard Canyon Shake Country Blend

Factory Certified Installers…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Company NewsRoofing News

Metals USA / Gerard Roofing Technologies provides its contractors with an excellent factory training program.  Myself, Bruce, and two of our newer employees just got back from the Metals USA warehouse facility in Kansas City where Bruce and myself took a refresher coarse and our two new employees received their certification to install Gerard Stone-coated Steel Roofing. Metal Roofing Training Picture Tile, Shingle, Shake Rob Anderson, the technical services representative for Gerard,  was a pleasure to work with and great trainer.  The certification program provides our installers with every possible scenario that they will encounter out in the field.  Weather it’s a dormer, skylight, hog valley, pitch change, reverse pitch change, valley detail, sidewall and roof to wall detail, hip and ridge detail,  Rob showed us the factory approved method to apply ALL the various Gerard products in these areas.  Granite Ridge Stone-coated Steel Roofing Training Roof Valley Detail

In addition to the factory approved methods of installation, Rob has accumulated the experience and knowledge from ALL the certified contractors nation-wide.  It’s all the ‘little tricks of the trade’,  that Rob has accumulated over the years that make this training program so effective.  The old saying in our industry is “A roof is only as good as the installer”.  This is particularly important with stone-coated steel roofing as it is far more difficult to install than asphalt shingles.Metal Roofing accessories flashings

Have Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing professionally install your next, and last roof you will ever buy.  We are booking up fast but still have plenty of openings for August thru the fall and early winter.  Schedule your free estimate today so we can put one of these roofs on the next truck to Wisconsin!Warehouse Metal Roofing Photo

 

 

 

 

 

On the Job…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Company News

Here at Bjorkstrands we are very proud of our crew and their dedication to quality and customer service.  Here are a few photos from the jobsite showing a Gerard Canyon Shake installation on this beautiful half-log sided home, garage, and lakeside cantina in the Long Lake area near Birchwood:

In this photo we are installing Ice and Water Shield underlayment along the rake edge where we have removed the asphalt shingles back to fit our rake channel flashing.  The end result is a nice, clean stone-coated steel rake edge flush with your current D-edge flashing:In this photo,  we use a large shear,  much like a large paper cutter, to make our cuts,  the use of this tool “pinches” the acrylic coating of the shake so as not to leave exposed steel.  This helps prevent corrosion on the cut end:This photo shows our metal brake.  We can custom bend just about any type of flashing on-site.  No matter what unusual situation your home presents,  we can make flashing, rake channel or counter flashings on site.Stay tuned folks, we are currently putting together a “Before and After” photography project that shows the amazing difference a Bjorkstrand Metal Roof can make to the curb appeal of your home!

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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