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.
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.
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:
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!
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. Even 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.
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.
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:Fortunately, 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:Still, 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:Don’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
Denver Westward Blogs
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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