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.
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.
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.
Gerard Canyon Shake, Color: Windsor
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 problemsThe 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.
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!
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. 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.
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.
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!
I love controlled, documented tests like this one that the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) conducted recently. However, I was disappointed to see that they did NOT test Stone-Coated Steel Roofing! Perhaps they only wanted to test materials that would be damaged to collect the data. Hopefully next time they will put Gerard’s steel roofing against asphalt shingles and vertical seam steel roofing. Gerard’s Stone-Coated Steel roofing is warrantied to 2 1/2 inch hail! As we covered in our late March article “Save on your home-owners insurance with stone-coated steel roofing“, steel shingles and shakes hold up better than vertical seam steel roofing due to the bends in the sheet-metal. Perhaps next time the IBHS will test a few other kinds of roofing materials so we can get the whole picture.
Tests like this are very interesting, and do tell insurance companies what they need to charge for protection with various materials in hail-prone areas. Other interesting tests include Air-vent Incorporated’s attic ventilation test and Underwriter Laboratories’ class 4, (UL 2218) hail impact test. Hail resistance is important in our area and insurance companies recognize that. As the map below shows, we are a prime target for damaging hail storms like the Rice Lake Hail storm of 2010. Many insurance companies offer our customers a discount on their annual premiums when changing from an asphalt shingle roof to our stone-coated steel roofing. Ask myself or Bruce about these discounts or contact your insurance agent for information on “Reduction in Residential Premiums”. Here’s a sample Form from State Farm.
If you are looking for the Best roofing company to install a durable and attractive metal roof, look no further than the experienced professionals at Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing in New Auburn, WI. We do not need to tell you how important your roof is to your home or commercial property. As roofs age, they slowly deteriorate and provide less protection from the wind, rain and snow. That is why you should seriously consider installing a Gerard metal roof, which is manufactured to last and should be the last roof that you will ever need in your lifetime.
We strive to keep up-to-date with Wisconsin zoning laws and permit requirements in order to help make sure your paperwork will be in order, and we can do the job promptly and without any delays. Our highly skilled professional metal roofers are certified by Gerard USA to install the metal roofing. Not all Roofers are certified by the manufacturer at Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing Inc., we have the entire crew certified. Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing Inc. is a licensed and insured metal roof installer of Gerard metal roofing. At Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing we believe in the value of punctuality and hard work. Our goal is to finish your project on time and on budget so that you will recommend our services to your friends, family, and neighbors. Moreover, we clean up every job site every day and never leave a mess behind.
Select Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing from New Auburn, WI, as your Eau Claire,Rice Lake, Spooner,Hayward,WI, roofing company. Call now to hear about the best warranty in the industry and to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.
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