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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

 

 

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”!

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

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

 

So you need to replace your roof…

Posted by Bruce Bjorkstrand in Roof Maintenance
Bruce Bjorkstrand

So you need to replace your roof…

 If you ever needed your roof replaced you know how hard it is to hire a roofing contractor.  How do you know if they are “worth their salt”? To find a reliable metal or steel roofing contractor you REALY need to do some homework and do some checking of their references. Metal roofing is a specialty that most roofers or companies do not want to take the time to learn how to install it right. So what do they do? They send out their asphalt crew to see if they can install it while looking at a book of instructions.

The best way that I have found is to ask your friends, neighbors or coworkers who they used to have their metal roof installed. You may try the contractors you have used in the past and you liked their work. They will not want to give you any names unless they know they are good because the last thing they want is their name tied to a bad contractor. In my 38 years in the roofing business and the last 15 years as owner of Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing I have seen it all, from shoddy craftsmanship to illegal workers. I will reiterate and caution consumers to do their homework when hiring someone for home services such as roofing, particularly metal roofing. Most homeowners would not be able to inspect the work firsthand when the work is complete and should not get up on the roof anyway. Use binoculars from the ground to inspect the best you can. If you must get a closer look set up a ladder and then bring your binoculars with you, DO NOT GET ON THE ROOF.

You do not want to do this again. So I would say get a metal roof with a 50-year, non pro-rated and transferable warranty. Isn’t that why you are on our website www.metalroofingandexteriors.com?  So give us a call for a FREE quote on your project. Derrick or I will stop by your home with samples and more literature for you. We will give you a price on your metal roof and answer any questions you may have. Most homeowners have never had a roof replaced before so they are not sure of how to pick a roofer other than are they cheep.

What’s available in the marketplace, pricing, do you want a shingle or metal roof replacement, what quality is available and are the warranties worth anything. These are some of the questions we will answer for you when we meet you at your home. So fill out the form on this site for a FREE estimate and please look at the photos of completed metal roofs. The entire site is built for you and we try to answer all of your questions, have fun surfing.

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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