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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

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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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

 

 

 

 

 

How to Pick Your Next Roof Installer!

Posted by Bruce Bjorkstrand in Roofing News
Bruce Bjorkstrand

How to pick your Metal roof installer!

We realize that we at Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing are not the only metal roofing company in the area BUT we are the only ones dedicated to stone-coated metal roofing ONLY.  You will be in your home for many years to come so you are on the right path with your choice of metal roofing over asphalt shingles again. Why make the same mistake twice; you know the saying “fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me.

Please consider the following of every roofer you get an estimate from.

  1. Are they a Licensed Roofing Contractor?  Our license in Wisconsin #1114840. This is important because Wisconsin law requires it to install roofing. There are two licenses you need one for the company the other for a qualified person (1114841 is mine) . Get their license #number so you can check with the state.

Look for companies that install metal roofing only!

  1. How long has the company been in business and for how many years have they been installing metal roofing? This is important for stability and their knowledge of metal roofing. There are a lot of companies that install asphalt and are very good at it. They will try to talk you into an asphalt roof by giving you a huge $ price on metal roofing and a much more reasonable price for asphalt, hoping you select the latter.
  2. Get a list of the metal roofs they have completed. This is important because it shows the level of experience they have in the trade. A good metal roofing company should have well over one hundred installations completed.
  3. Now get some names and addresses so you can drive by some of the homes. Take a look at the color of the roof; note the style of the roof panel itself and also the type of home it is installed on. See if you can take some photos and check them out at arms length at your home. Then get samples.
  4. Make sure the companies you get bids from are insured. We are fully insured which means we not only have $2,000,000 in liability insurance but we also have the workers compensation insurance on all of our employees. Our insurance company is Big Rivers in Menomonie. We do not use subcontractors that may or may not be supervised on the job, do they? How about subcontractors workers compensation  insurance and liability?  
  5. We have an owner installing our product on your roof and he works with the employees on every job. Brad has been installing metal roofs for over six years and has installed over 200 and counting. Brad is very focused on his attention to detail and your complete satisfaction.
  6. We will give you a 10 year warranty on our workmanship to supplement the 50-year Non-Prorated product warranty. We only install Gerard metal roofing because of that warranty. So if something does happen, we will take care of it, promptly, free of charge. All other stone coated roofing companies warranties depreciate after 20 years.
  7. We are a family business and we have been around since 1960 with fathers/sons working side by side.  So we are not going anywhere soon.
  8. We are the only metal roofing company that is certified to install Gerard Metal Roofing in Northwest Wisconsin.  You can be assured that your project will not be a learning experience.  Many of our competitors are just starting to install metal roofing as asphalt shingles become increasingly expensive and metal roofing becomes increasingly more popular. Are they certified? Ask to see their certification.                                                    Did you hear of any of them before you heard of us? Enough said!

“A LOW BID MAY NOT BE THE BARGAIN IT SEEMS TO BE!”

Bruce Bjorkstrand

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