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Got Ice Dams?

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roof MaintenanceSaving Money

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.  Ice Dam problemsEven 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.Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing Logo


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  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.

Roof Inspection Tips…

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roof Maintenance

Finally,  the snow is gone and it looks like we’re skipping spring and going directly to summer.  Now is a good time to take a look at your roof to see if the wind, snow and ice did any damage to your roof.  A lot can happen to an asphalt shingle roof during the winter months and its a good idea to make sure that its in good condition prior to the possible strong thunderstorms of the summer months.  Here’s what to look for:

Missing Shingles: Off color areas, shingle pieces found in your yard, cracked but still attached shingles from the wind lifting it up.  See our recent post on Missing Shingles.

Fish eyes:  A portion of the exposed shingle that the nail used was under-driven, causing the shingle to not seal properly.  Wind can easily get under the shingle and blow it off.

Hail Damage:  Pitted areas, hail impact causing granular loss.

Ice Dam damage: Generally found along the eves and the bottom of the valleys.  Evidence of Ice Dam Damage can be water stains on the fascia and soffit and/or interior ceilings and attic spaces close to the eve of the roof.  Lifted up and/or cracked shingles along the eve of the roof.

General wear and tear:  Asphalt shingles have an increasingly short lifespan so looking for cupping, cracking, granular loss, curling, and shrinking on a regular basis is a good idea.

Sealant and adhesive failure:  Shrinkage of sealants used around the corners of skylights, chimneys, roof to wall / sidewall intersections, and other areas is common.  Generally speaking, silicon and other sealant types only last 5 years on the harsh roof environment.So take a few moments to have a look at your roof, if you suspect problems, contact us for a free estimate to install a new stone-coated steel roof.  We will come out and give you a honest evaluation of the condition of your roof.  If it needs replacement,  we can provide you with options for permanentnot temporary roofing.  Weather you live in Rice Lake, Hayward, Eau Claire, Spooner, Bloomer, New Richmond or Hudson, we can provide the best roof at a VERY affordable price.

By Derrick Hansen


Missing Shingles?

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roof Maintenance

Many homeowners have seen this kind of wind damage after a thunderstorm and have had to pick up shingles in their yard following high winds.  Why does this happen and why does it happen so often?  Self-sealing fiberglass asphalt shingles use an asphalt-based adhesive that seals the shingle to the shingle below it after it is heated by the sun in the warm summer months.  After just a few years of exposure to the suns ultra-violet rays and radiant heat,  the adhesive dry’s out and looses it’s adhesion.  If the exposed portion of the shingle is not adhered to the fastened portion of the shingle below it,  wind can easily blow the shingle off.

As shown in this picture above,  just a single tab blown off of this 3-tab asphalt shingle roof can leak.  This tab was covering the seam of two adjoining shingles below it.  This WILL leak in heavy rains.  Blown-off shingles is one of the most common problems I see out in the field and it occurs on asphalt shingle roofs in as little as five years old.

What’s the answer to this problem? First, the use of metal roofing that is entirely mechanically attached, unaffected by the sun, and does not use adhesives to seal down the material.  Second, Gerard’s unique vertical and horizontal nailing: Note that the fasteners form an X on the Canyon Shake and are nailed into the deck at an angle.  It’s this type of nailing requirement that gives Gerard’s Stone-Coated Steel roofing superior wind uplift.  Our metal roofs are also installed with vinyl-coated ring shank nails that act just like a screw.

Independent wind tunnel tests verified the Canyon Shake could withstand winds of 200 + MPH, which is no surprise if you talk to the hundreds of happy Gerard customers living in areas of the country frequented by tornados and hurricanes.  Roof damage is one of the most common, inconvenient, and expensive issues home-owners face in areas prone to wind and inclement weather. Add to this that excessive wind is usually accompanied by heavy rains, which just compounds the potential damages and repair costs. For this reason, it is no surprise that most insurance policies contain a clause excluding the roof from the general home policy, commanding a significantly higher deductible on roof specific damage.

Whether you live in Hayward, Spooner, Stone Lake, Birchwood, Rice Lake, Barron, Cumberland, Bloomer, Siren, Hudson, Menomonie, Eau Clair, Ladysmith, Minong, and most of Northwest Wisconsin,  Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing can deliver a roof that you will NEVER HAVE TO REPLACE AGAIN!

By Derrick Hansen

Radiant Barrier Insulation

Posted by Derrick Hansen in Roof MaintenanceSaving Money

A very inexpensive way to improve the energy efficiency of your home is to have us install R-foil Radiant Barrier Insulation under our stone-coated metal roofing.  The labor to install this material during the roof installation is very affordable so most of the cost is just the purchase of the material itself.

How it Works

Heat travels from a warm area to a cool area by a combination of conduction, convection, and radiation. Heat flows by conduction from a hotter location within a material or assembly to a colder location, like the way a spoon placed in a hot cup of coffee conducts heat through its handle to your hand. Heat transfer by convection occurs when a liquid or gas — air, for example — is heated, becomes less dense, and rises. As the liquid or gas cools, it becomes denser and falls. Radiant heat travels in a straight line away from any surface and heats anything solid that absorbs its energy.

When the sun heats a roof, it’s primarily the sun’s radiant energy that makes the roof hot. Much of this heat travels by conduction through the roofing materials to the attic side of the roof. The hot roof material then radiates its gained heat energy onto the cooler attic surfaces, including the air ducts and the attic floor. A radiant barrier reduces the radiant heat transfer from the underside of the roof to the other surfaces in the attic.

For our customers with newer homes,  R-foil is generally not necessary because todays building codes require R-38 to R-50 attic insulation and adding reflective insulation will not improve the energy efficiency of the home enough to justify the additional cost.  However,  our customers with older homes,  homes having ice dam problems,  and homes with cathedral ceilings see a substantial improvement both for summertime heat gain and winter time heat loss.

Ask myself or Bruce about R-foil and we can include it as an option on your proposal!






When Snow Melts

Posted by Bruce Bjorkstrand in Roof MaintenanceSaving Money

When Snow Melts, Check Your Roof!

Roofs take a beating during the winter months. Extreme weather conditions, including temperature changes, can cause roofing shingles and flashing to expand and contract, creating damage. Heavy snow loads and ice dams also take a toll on a roof.  Missing, cracked or damaged shingles may develop into leaks. Home repair experts recommend that homeowners have their roof inspected at least once a year to identify and address problems early, before serious damage is done.

The Metal Roofing Alliance says many homeowners are avoiding this annual spring repair ritual by installing durable and environmentally-friendly metal roofs.  In fact, the MRA says the number of homes with metal roofs has doubled during the past five years.

Think about it — it makes sense. Today’s metal roofing is available in a wide variety of styles and colors to complement any architectural style.  Metal roofs resist cracking, shrinking and mold while standing up to hail, high winds and heavy rains.

These time-tested roofs also save energy and can help to save the environment.  Installing a metal roof can save homeowners up to 40 percent in annual energy costs, depending on the geographical region.  And, the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 allows for a tax credit for homeowners who install qualified energy-efficient improvements to an existing home, including metal roofs that meet the Energy Star program requirements.  We have 5 colors that qualify for this tax credit.

Most metal roofing systems are made of recycled material. In fact, these investment-grade roofs contain up to 43 percent recycled material, from production to installation to reuse, far superior to traditional asphalt shingles. Often, metal roofs can be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, reducing landfill waste associated with tearing off the old roof.

“Homeowners are looking for high-quality, low- maintenance solutions to their roofing problems. Gerard Metal roofing is the answer; Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing is your installer.”  When Gerard metal roofing & Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing are combined you have your one / two punch.

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