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Consider These Fifteen Tips When Choosing The "Right" Contractor: It's Important That You Don't Choose Just ANY Contractor Choose A Reliable & Trustworthy Contractor Ease Your Mind With These Helpful Tips When the time comes to have your roof repaired or replaced, you'll be making a rather large investment as well as a huge makeover. With that being said, it's completely understandable that some homeowners will become somewhat overwhelmed and stressed during this time. One way in which our team members at Franciscus Incorporated can help ease your worries and contribute to making your roofing experience a total success is by providing you with Fifteen tips on how you can choose the perfect professional roofing contractor. When you choose a professional roofing contractor, they should be able to provide you with proven experience, a written estimate, and a worry-free installation process. If and when a roofing contractor can provide the information above, as well as the information below, you have found yourself a contractor who is more than capable of getting the job done quickly and correctly. With the above information being said, please take a few minutes to read the checklist below BEFORE you sign ANY contracts and BEFORE you make any official agreements. We guarantee that you'll find it most beneficial in helping you decide what you should look for and consider: Does The Contractor... 1. Have a good reputation? Make sure that you check for references and call a few of them. 2. Have adequate insurance coverage? You want to make sure that you, your family and your investment in your home are fully protected. Don't hire a company unless they can provide proper insurance documentation. 3. Thoroughly inspects your roof? Find out if this contractor will thoroughly inspect your roof's flashing chimney, soil stacks, other roof penetration, deck, attic, etc.? 4. Provide a written estimate? Don't hire a contractor unless they can provide you with an accurate description of the work to be performed, plus work that may have to be contracted out. 5. Explain the entire roofing system? Have a new roof installed can be a confusing and stressful time. Understanding the series of components that work together in a roofing system is important and you should know all about them. 6. Check existing ventilation for proper circulation? Has this contractor explained the importance of ventilation? Having improper ventilation will damage your shingles and can invalidate your manufacturer’s warranty. 7. Explain reasons for tearing off versus nailing over the existing roof? Local codes determine the maximum number of nail-overs. 8. Know, explain and comply with local building codes? 9. Apply underlayment to the wood deck? Additional waterproofing underlayment might be needed if ice damming, wind-driven rain, or collected or flowing water might be a problem. 10. Apply shingles according to manufacturer’s specifications? 11. Use proper fastening techniques? Four fasteners for each shingle – six in high wind areas. Fasteners should penetrate 3/4″ into the deck. 12. Commit to supervising the job during all phases of work and inspects it completely when finished? 13. Thoroughly clean up your roof and around your house when finished? Remove all surplus material? Leave your yard in the same shape the contractor found it? 14. Clearly explain both the workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty? Will defective shingles be replaced for prorated replacement cost, or original cost, with labor additional? You should be very clear about who to call with a problem. 15. Use quality roofing materials? Check warranty plus UL fire and wind resistance ratings. Make sure that you choose a name you trust – not all shingles are the same. Luckily for our customers as well as our readers, you won't have to look far for a professional roofing contractor because at Franciscus Incorporated, we're that and so much more! Please feel free to give us a call at your earliest convenience to get started on your next roofing project! Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q5TCqJ
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Here's How You Can Add Years To The Lifespan Of Your Roof: Add Years & Save Money By Delaying Replacement Costs The Information Below Was Found On angieslist.com Quality Of The Materials & Workmanship Used Two of the biggest factors in the lifespan of a roof are the quality of the materials that are used and the workmanship when the roof is put on. For example, metal roofs and tile roofs can last twice as long as asphalt shingle roofs, but keep in mind that these two types of materials also cost more to install. Workmanship is also a major factor because there are so many opportunities to do the job badly or skimp on materials. If you're buying a house, it's important that you make sure to have the roof inspected before signing any agreements. It's also a good idea to find out first hand from the seller what year the roof was put on. Knowing this information will help you better understand about how much life your roof has left. For the homeowner, the primary roof maintenance responsibilities are: * Keep the gutters clean to prevent unnecessary water damage to the lower deck board, and the fascia and Soffit boards along the gutter line. * Remove debris from the roof such as tree branches and leaves that may collect along roof valleys. * Watch for ice dams that may develop in winter when snow on the roof is partially melted. * Have the roof professionally inspected every two or three years and have small repairs made as needed -- such as resealing weak spots that may begin to develop along the flashing. How Does Attic Ventilation Help Roof Longevity? Poor attic ventilation can cause a number of problems including premature aging of the roof. During the summer months, the temperature in an attic without proper airflow can hit 160 degrees. Having such superheated air can penetrate attic insulation, making it harder to keep the home cool and can even damage the wallpaper and paint on the floor directly below. Up on the roof it can "fry" your shingles, making them decay more quickly and the rafters holding up the roof can be weakened by warping and cracking. In the winter, various household appliances, bathtubs, showers and cooking vapors can contribute to excess moisture build up. Improperly ventilated attics will allow this moisture to collect and cling to the underside of the roof. There, it will condense and fall, soaking the attic insulation and reducing its efficiency. Air circulation in the attic is based on a balance between air intake vents in the Soffit's and air exhaust at or near the roof's peak. The Federal Housing Administration recommends a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation (both intake and exhaust) for every 300 square feet of attic space. For example, if your attic is 900 square feet, you need a total of 3 square feet of ventilation. This amount is generally divided equally between intake and exhaust ventilation to ensure proper air flow through the attic. How Does Proper Insulation Help Roof Longevity? When we think of insulation, we usually think of materials placed in attics, walls and crawl spaces that retard heat transfer and help keep our houses and offices cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Insulation can also protect the structural components and integrity of a building. Insulating a roof not only helps reduce energy bills and provides comfort for those inhabiting the space below, it also extends the life of a roof. Temperatures on roofs can rise up to 90 degrees higher than ambient air temperature. When exposed to sunlight in warm climates, roofs transfer radiant heat to the surfaces of objects below in attics and buildings. Insulating attic spaces with radiant barriers and reflective insulation reduces transfer of radiant heat, reflecting it back to the roof. This decreases the temperature within the structure. Roof insulation can be applied to existing roof systems. Particular materials are suited for different types and slopes of roofs, including steep-sloped, low-sloped and flat. Insulation materials include latex and acrylic barriers, bituminous asphalt, elastomeric (non-bituminous) coatings, fibered coatings and polystyrene or rigid foam panels. When a new roof is required, white or light-colored materials provide thermal insulation, reduce roof temperatures and prolong the life of a roof. Traditional roof materials like clay tiles and shingles are now available in reflective materials that reduce thermal transfer and promote solar reflection. Performing Regular Roof Maintenance Is A MUST Asphalt shingle roofs that are in constant shade tend to attract algae growth, which feeds off of microscopic particles in the limestone used in the shingles. This growth can be seen as a black or dark green staining on the roof and many homeowners are eager to get rid of it. Roof cleaning isn't harmful if done professionally, and many homeowners value the aesthetics of a clean roof. However, some people believe it does not add to the longevity of a roof. The argument for roof cleaning states that it improves the curb appeal of a home, and protects the shingles, which ultimately extends the life of a roof. It's also believed to improve energy efficiency because a darker roof will generate more heat. The Above Information Was Found On angieslist.com The Franciscus Incorporated Team Can Help! Considering the information above and with the help from our highly trained team members at Franciscus Incorporated, we can perform your next roof check up and determine if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. Additionally, our team members can also make the proper repairs or replacement if and when necessary. With the above information being said, please feel free to give us a call at your earliest convenience to find out more about our available products and services! We look forward to hearing from you and working with you very soon! Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q5JJzR
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Winter Is Almost Here, Is Your Chimney Prepared?: Chimney Repairs Can Make The Difference Between A Cozy Fire & Dangerous Flame Some Of The Information Below Was Found On houselogic.com Franciscus Incorporated Can Repair Your Chimney! If you're a homeowner, and you utilize your Chimney during the winter months, it's crucial to keep in mind that chimney repairs can make the difference between a cozy fire and a dangerous flame. With that being said, and with winter weather months coming up, homeowners should have their chimneys thoroughly inspected for any and ALL damage. Please note that if damage is discovered after the inspection is finished, the necessary repairs should be made AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Luckily for our customers and our readers, if your chimney is damaged and needs to be repaired, our highly trained team members at Franciscus Incorporated can help! For more information about our superior chimney repairs, please give us a call at your earliest convenience and we'd be more than happy to assist you! Furthermore, if you're interested in learning more about the different ways in which you can ensure your chimneys efficiency, please continue reading the information below which was found on houselogic.com. Follow These Simple Steps To Ensure Your Chimney's Efficiency * Only burn dry, cured wood - logs that have been split, stacked, and dried for eight to 12 months. Cover your log pile on top, but leave the sides open for air flow. Hardwoods such as hickory, white oak, beech, sugar maple, and white ash burn longest, though dry firewood is more important than the species. Less dense woods like spruce or white pine burn well if sufficiently dry, but you’ll need to add more wood to your fire more often, according to CSIA. * Wood, only wood! Crates, lumber, construction scraps, painted wood, or other treated wood releases chemicals into your home, compromising your air quality. Log starters are fine for getting your fire going, but they burn very hot; generally only use one at a time. * Close your damper when not using the fireplace to prevent warm indoor air — and the dollars you’re spending to heat it — from rushing up the chimney. * On a factory-built, prefab wood-burning fireplace, keep bifold glass doors open when burning a fire to allow heat to get into the room. * Have a chimney cap installed to prevent objects, rain, and snow from falling into your chimney and to reduce downdraft. The caps have side vents so smoke escapes. A chimney sweep usually provides and can install a stainless steel cap, which is better than a galvanized metal one available at most home improvement retailers because it won’t rust, says Anthony Drago, manager of Ashleigh’s Hearth and Home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. * Replace a poorly sealing damper to prevent heat loss. “You can get a top-mounted damper that functions as a rain cap, too, an improvement over the traditional damper because it provides a tighter closure,” says CSIA’s Eldridge. * Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors in your house — near the fireplace as well as in bedroom areas. * If you burn more than three cords of wood annually, get your chimney cleaned twice a year. A cord is 4-feet high, by 4-feet wide, by 8-feet long, or the amount that would fill two full-size pick-up trucks. * To burn fire safely, build it slowly, adding more wood as it heats and keeping your damper completely open to increase draw in the early stages. Burn the fire hot, at least occasionally—with the damper all the way open to help prevent smoke from lingering the fireplace and creosote from developing. Some Of The Information Above Was Found On houselogic.com Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q52kbk
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Learn About The History Of Our FREE Roof Giveaway Here!: Franciscus Incorporated Gives Back To Families & Quiet Heroes In Need! We Proudly Giveaway THREE Free Roof Each Year! Franciscus Incorporated - Our Free Roof Giveaway At Franciscus Incorporated, we employee a team of highly trained specialists who believe in going above and beyond to give back to the communities that we serve. As a matter of fact, there are various ways in which we give back, one of them being our Annual Free Roof Giveaway. Our Annual Free Roof Giveaway consist of giving away three FREE roofs to families and "quiet heroes" in need! If you're wondering how to enter our Free Roof Giveaway, or if you would like to nominate someone else, please write an essay explaining why yourself or someone you know is in need of a roof replacement! Once you've completed your essay, you can either mail it to our address or bring it straight to our office! If your essay has been picked, our team members will get in touch with you! We're pleased to say that each year, we receive hundreds of essay nominations and reading them is always such a humbling experience, and while we wish that we could help everyone, choosing those three winners and seeing the impact that our Free Roof Giveaway has on them means more than words can explain! Please note that if you would like to find out more about our Free Roof Giveaway, or any of our other products or services, our team members are only a phone call away and would be more than happy to assist you at earliest convenience! The History Of Our Very First Free Roof Giveaway One of our customers had scheduled their roof installation for the month of June but when tragedy struck, and her husband passed away suddenly, she called us to let us know that she would have to cancel the job. When our C.O.O. Tom Schlund informed Lee Franciscus about the reasoning behind the cancellation, Lee said, "Call her back and tell her we will put that roof on for free!" Schlund said “That’s when I knew this was the company I wanted to retire at. We’re here to make money, but we acknowledge we are part of the community as well.” Read What Our First Free Roof Giveaway Recipient Had To Say: “How can I express my appreciation for your unbelievable kindness. What your company did for us – replacing our roof at no charge – is almost unheard of nowadays..   Despite the fact that I’m suffering such a tragic loss, your act of kindness provided much comfort to me. You have helped me at a time where I am undoubtedly financially strapped, but more so, you gave me hope that my life isn’t filled with all bad things right now and how reassuring to know that there are still good people in this world!   This card certainly doesn’t do justice for how you’ve helped us but please accept my sincerest appreciation and gratitude. Thank you for a beautiful roof and the comfort in knowing that my family now has a dependable roof over our heads!” Jennifer H. Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q4sVS3
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Franciscus Incorporated Is An Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor!: Choose PLATINUM For The Promise Of Excellence! The Following Information Was Found On www.owenscorning.com Handpicked By Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC As a recognized leader in the building industry for more than 75 years, Owens Corning is America’s #1 most trusted roofing brand* making them the right choice for your home. Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractors provide the peace of mind that comes from having quality shingles installed by local experts and perform workmanship few other contractors can offer. There’s a reason Owens Corning Roofing is one of the biggest names in the industry: commitment to excellence. Complete Confidence Owens Corning Roofing understands that your home is an important investment that deserves only the best. And if you’re new to the roofing process, you may have concerns about hiring the right contractor. We want to make that experience easier for you by letting you know that to become a member of the Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor Network, a roofing professional must: • Have passed an installation workmanship inspection • Carry at least $1,000,000 in general liability insurance Handpicked by Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC. • Have been screened for financial stability and customer service • Have operated under the same business name for a minimum of three years Select Status Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractors are the top tier of a premier network of roofing professionals dedicated to service, reliability and professional craftsmanship. They meet high standards and satisfy strict requirements — all to give you peace of mind that you’ve chosen the right contractor for the job. Lifetime ^ Workmanship^ Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractors are the only contractors who can offer the Owens Corning Platinum Protection Roofing System Limited Warranty.* The Platinum Protection Roofing System Limited Warranty* not only provides our strongest coverage, it also covers workmanship for Life*/^ (as long as you own your home). Roofing System Limited Warranty* Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractors can offer homeowners additional coverage through our series of Roofing System Limited Warranties.* To see these warranty options, please click here. Make your decision with confidence. Choose an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor. See actual warranty for complete details, limitations and requirements. Lifetime warranty (for as long as the original homeowner owns their home). * Architectural/Specialty shingles are: Berkshire,® Devonshire,® Woodmoor,® Woodcrest,® TruDefinition® WeatherGuard® HP, TruDefinition® Duration® TruDefinition® Duration STORM,® TruDefinition® Duration® Designer Colors Collection, TruDefinition® Duration MAX,® TruDefinition® Duration® COOL, Duration® Premium Cool, Duration® Premium, TruDefinition® Oakridge® and Oakridge® Shingles. ***Traditional Shingles are: Supreme® Shingles ^ Lifetime workmanship applies to all shingles except Supreme® Shingles. Lifetime workmanship is only available to the original purchaser and is not fully transferable. Contractor is responsible for covering the first two years of workmanship. See warranty for complete details. The Above Information Was Found On www.owenscorning.com Franciscus Inc. Is A Proud Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor If you're looking for a roofing company that can provide you with the above and so much more, then you're in luck because at Franciscus Incorporated, we're an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Contractor and more! With that being said, if you would like to find out more about our available products and services, or to get started on your next roofing project today, please give us a call at your earliest convinenece!! We look forward to hearing from you and working with you soon. Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q4hxl6
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Six Of Today's Most Popular Roofing Choices: If You're Replacing Your Roof, Consider One Of The Following Options The Following Information Was Found On bobvila.com Consider Climate, House Style and Budget When the time comes to have your roof replaced, you certainly won't find a lack of options to consider and while climate, house style and budget are important factors to consider, new technologies and innovations have made it possible to get any look - just about anywhere. With the above information being said, if you're a homeowner, and you're interested in learning about six of today's most popular roofing materials, please continue reading the information below. following information includes six of today's most popular roofing materials. Asphalt Roofing Shingles Economical to produce, relatively easy to install, and widely available, fiberglass asphalt shingles are today's most popular roofing material. Made of a woven fiberglass base mat, covered with a waterproof asphalt coating and topped with ceramic granules that shield the product from harmful UV rays, they are available in a full range of styles and colors to complement any home's architectural style. Most are guaranteed to 30 years. Wood Roofing Shingles and Shakes There are two types of wood roofing: shingles and shakes. Wood shingles are machine-cut and tapered for a trim, crisp appearance. Wood shakes are hand-split, giving them a more rustic appeal. While not as practical as modern asphalt shingles, there is no denying the appeal of a wood roof on a traditional or historical-style house. Slate Roofs Slate quarried for roofing is dense, sound rock, and is exceedingly tough and durable. While it is labor-intensive and costly to install, a natural slate look will give character to a building unlike any other roofing material. Available in an array of colorations, slate roofing is non-combustible, waterproof, and requires little to no maintenance over the course of its long life. Composite Roofing Shingles If you want the look of slate, tile or wood shake—without the installation and maintenance costs, consider today's composite roofing. Made from poly-based products, companies like CertainTeed, EcoStar and DaVinci Roofscapes all offer superior products that are lightweight, fade resistant, fire safe, and warrantied for up to 50 years. Some are so realistic that they have been approved for use in historic preservation! Clay and Concrete Tiles In addition to their intrinsic beauty, tile roofs are extremely durable, lasting for centuries in some cases. Whether made of clay or concrete (the latter is more colorfast), individual tiles are often molded in barrel shapes for interlocking installation. Weight will be an issue, so be sure ask a structural engineer if your roof framing will support a tile application. Metal Roofs There is no material more capable of protecting a structure from wind, rain, hail, fire, or rot than a durable and energy-efficient metal roof. For decades, metal roofs meant corrugated panels, which looked like they belonged on sheds or barns. Today, metal roofing products are available in a variety of styles to suit a wide range of architectural styles. The Information Above Was Found On bobvila.com Let Franciscus Incorporated Help With ALL Your Roofing Needs! If you're a homeowner who's looking for a reliable and trustworthy roofing company to perform your next roof repair or roof replacement, then look no further! As a matter of fact, at Franciscus Incorporated, we specialize in ALL things roofing by providing a wide variety of roofing products and services. Additionally, we also specialize in other things including but not limited to gutter installation, siding installation, window installation, custom door installation and more! With that being said, if you would like to find out more about ALL of our available roofing options, please give us a call at your earliest convenience and we'd be more than happy to assist you. Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q4W72s
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The Time For A New Roof Has Come, But What Should You Do?: You Have Two Options - Either Tear Off Your Old Roof or Re-Roof Over It Learn More About Tear Offs and Re Roofing Below The Pros and Cons Of Tear-Off vs. Re-Roofing It's time for a new roof, but what should you do? Should you tear off your old roof or should you re-roof over the current roof? At Franciscus Incorporated, we understand that during this time, you may experience some confusion and have questions about what it is you should do. One way in which we'd like to help our customers and our readers is by providing you with a better understanding as to whether or not your home is even a candidate for a re-roof or if you'll ultimately have to go with a tear off. Please continue reading to learn more. How Many Layers Of Shingles Are On Your Roof Now? Countless communities and municipalities use to allow the installation of up to three different layers of shingles on a home at one time, but today, however, those communities are very few and far between with most cities only allowing two layers of shingles on a roof. If your roof is one of the many that does have more than one layer of shingles installed, you may have no choose but to go with a tear-off route vs. the re-roofing route to avoid exceeding the maximum layer of shingles allowed in your community. Does You Roof Only Have ONE Layer Of Shingles? If you've confirmed that your roof only has ONE layer of shingles installed, then ask yourself the following questions: 1) How Old Are Your Shingles & What Condition Are They In? Typically, an average shingled roofs lifespan ranging anywhere from 17-27 years depending on the type of shingle that was used and the region of the country you reside in. However, like almost everything, a roof will age. Two examples of the most common signs of an aging roof are granule loss and curling shingles. Additionally, it's important for homeowners to take into consideration how flat the surface of their current roof is because naturally, the flatter the shingles, the flatter the new layer of shingles will lay as they are installed which in result will help result in an aesthetically pleasing re-roof. 2) Has Your Current Roof Shown Any Signs Of Leaking? This is by far one of the most important questions that should be asked - has your current roof shown any signs of leaking? This question, as well as its answer, will play a significant role in determining whether or not you should re-roof or tear off your existing roof because most reputable contractors won't even consider installing a second layer of shingles over an existing roof if there have been any signs of leaking. The reason for this is because the majority of roof leaks are due to parts of the roof system itself rather than the shingles! Some parts of a roofing system include but are not limited to, wall flashings, roof vents, skylights, and vent flashings, not to mention Mother Nature throwing in her two cents with ice damming, ice back up, wind driven rain and interior condensation! When a homeowner decides that they'd like to have their roof re-roofed, they should keep in mind that this process consists of installing shingles over shingles whereas all the pieces and parts mentioned above are either below the shingles or integrated into the first layer of shingles and are not accessible if the current roof isn't completely removed first. 3) Do You Currently Have Architectural/Dimensional or 3-Tab Shingles? A roof that has older traditional 3-tab shingles will consist of only one ply and will lay flatter by design as opposed to the two-ply architectural or dimensional shingle which appears as a more rugged 3-D look, hence the moniker “dimensional.” If you're wondering, is it even possible to re-roof over an architectural or dimensional shingle? The answer is yes, but homeowners must keep in mind that the finished re-roof product may not be as pleasing to the eye as a re-roof over a traditional 3-tab roofing shingles. Review Your Checklist... * I only have one layer of shingles on my home – CHECK! * The current shingles are still laying flat; I don’t see a lot of curling – CHECK! * My roof has never shown any signs of leaking – CHECK! * My current roof is a 3-tab shingle, not an architectural/dimensional shingle – CHECK! Did You Answer Yes To All Of The Things On The Checklist? If ALL of the things listed on the checklist apply to you, then yes, we can move forward with the re-roofing process. It is important, however, that before making any final decisions, you take a few more minutes out of your day to read about the general pros and cons of re-roof vs. tear off which are listed below. This will provide additional insight into which option might be best for you and your home. What Exactly Is Re-Roofing? Re-roofing is the term used when a new set of shingles is installed directly over the old layer of shingles. It's important for homeowners to keep in mind that there are various pros and cons when choosing to go with a re-roofing. To see these pros and cons, please continue reading below: The Pros * Less expensive: Less labor, less material (no underlayment, ice guard, etc.), low debris removal costs. * Less mess: Unlike a tear–off (which is the equivalent to open heart surgery on a house), a re-roof is a considerably “cleaner” process, not only around the yard, but in attic spaces as well. * Less inconvenience: The contractor shouldn’t need to be on your property nearly as long for a re-roof as opposed to a tear–off. The Cons * No visual inspection of some of the most important parts of the roof system, including, but not limited to, roof to wall flashings and the roof deck (the actual wood under the shingles and underlayment). * Eliminates the option to replace ice & water shield to protect against ice damming and ice backup, new underlayment (felt paper), roof to wall flashings and skylight flashings. * Less inconvenience: The contractor shouldn’t need to be on your property nearly as long for a re-roof as opposed to a tear–off. What Exactly Does A Tear- Off Mean? A roof tear-off is most commonly defined as completely removing the pre-existing roof down to the wood deck and installing an entirely new roofing system. It's important for homeowners to keep in mind that much like re-roofing, choosing a tear-off does come with both pros and cons. To see the list of these pros and cons, please continue reading below: The Pros * Visual inspection of some of the most important parts of the roof system including roof to wall flashings and the roof deck (the actual wood under the shingles and underlayment). * Replacement of the following products: Ice & water shield to protect against ice damming and ice backup, new underlayment (felt paper), roof to wall flashings & skylight flashings. The Cons * More expensive: More labor, more material (underlayment, ice guard, etc.), higher debris removal costs. * More mess: A tear–off (which is the equivalent to open heart surgery on a house), is a considerably messier process, not only around the yard, but in attic spaces as well. * More inconvenience: The contractor will more than likely need to be on your property a little longer for a tear-off as opposed to a re-roof. In Conclusion... While it's more common and thorough for homeowners to have a tear-off performed rather than a re-roof, under the right conditions and circumstances, a re-roof can certainly be considered. Furthermore, if you're a homeowner, and you would like to learn more about ALL of our available roofing options at Franciscus Incorporated, please feel free to give us a call at your earliest convenience and our highly trained team members at Franciscus Incorporated would be more than happy to assist you! Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q4L37p
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Are Your Roof and Gutters Ready For The Winter Months To Come?: Four Steps On How To Prepare Your Roof & Gutters For Winter The Following Information Was Found On porch.com Winter Is Right Around The Corner With winter almost here, it’s crucial that homeowners prepare both their roof and gutter system for any possible winter weather damage that may occur. Luckily for homeowners, there are a few simple maintenance maneuvers they can perform all on their own which will help prevent leaks, debris, and other such inconveniences from bogging them down. Please note that you will find several of these preventative steps to protect your roof and gutters against winter weather below. Step 1: Check Leaks, Flashing and Vents How do you know if you have a leak in your roof? Water spots on your ceiling and walls are a good sign there’s a problem. The most common leak-prone areas are where water can finagle its way inside your home. Missing shingles, loose vents and poorly sealed flashing, for example, all present potential problems, so scout these areas of your roof first. Step 2: Fix Leaks Fast Even small leaks can lead to big problems if not taken care of, so if you don’t want mold or rotted insulation in your home, act on the warning signs at first sight. It is possible to perform some simple shingle and flashing replacements yourself, but it’s important to note that you should never put yourself in danger just to save a few bucks. If conditions aren’t ideal and you don’t have a full grasp of the situation at hand, please give our highly trained professionals at Franciscus Incorporated a call today. Step 3: Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts The first big winds and rains tend to rustle remaining leaves and tree debris loose, where they invariably will find their way onto your roof and inside your gutters. Clogged gutters and downspouts are disasters waiting to happen, so be sure to give all that rainwater a safe and unobstructed place to go – preferably three or more feet away from your home’s foundation. Step 4: Schedule A Professional Inspection Let’s face it, there’s only so much you can do to prep your roof from the elements. If a problem arises that you can’t effectively fix, save time and headaches by calling in the pros. Trained eyes can often spot problems more easily, and these problems can often be fixed on the spot. It’s easy to find someone you can trust that’s also verified by others. The Above Information Was Found On porch.com Franciscus Incorporated Can Perform a Roof & Gutter Inspection! Are you unsure as to whether or not your roof and (or) gutter system is ready for the winter months to come? If so, there's no need to panic! At Franciscus Incorporated, we employee a team of highly trained specialists who would be more than happy to assist you by performing a thorough inspection on both your roof and gutter system. During this inspection, we will determine, if any, what damage your roof and gutters are suffering from. Additionally, if damage is discovered, our team members would also be more than happy to make the proper repairs and (or) replacement! Don't wait another minute, winter is almost here and ensuring that your home is prepared is an absolute must! With that being said, please feel free to give our highly trained team members a call at your earliest convenience. Together, we can make sure that your roof and gutter system are prepared! Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q48D5S
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Franciscus Incorporated Has Over 15 Years Of BBB Accreditation: We're A Proud Business Bureau Accredited Business Choose A Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, Choose Franciscus Incorporated At Franciscus Incorporated, we're very proud to say that we obtained our Better Business Bureau Accreditation status on August 15, 2001 after meeting and (or) exceeding ALL eight of the Better Business Bureau accreditation standards. In addition to meeting and (or) exceeding ALL eight of the Better Business Bureau accreditation standards, our highly trained team members have pledged that they will continue to uphold and abide by ALL eight of these accreditation standards. It's important to know that NOT every business is eligible for a Better Business Bureau Accreditation and that if a business is interested in becoming eligible for a Business Bureau Accreditation, they must meet, commit to and maintain ALL eight of the Better Business Bureau qualifications standards. These qualification standards are better known as the Better Business Bureau Accreditation Code of Business Practices (Accreditation Standards). If you would like to see all eight of the Better Business Bureau Accreditation Standards, please continue reading the information below. Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns, or if you'd like to discuss our products and services, please give our highly trained team members at Franciscus Incorporated a call at your earliest convenience! The Better Business Bureau Accreditation Standards: Build Trust * Establish and maintain a positive track record in the marketplace. Advertise Honestly * Adhere to established standards of advertising and selling. Tell The Truth * Honestly represent products and services, including clear and adequate disclosures of all material terms. Be Transparent * Openly identify the nature, location, and ownership of the business, and clearly disclose all policies, guarantees and procedures that bear on a customer's decision to buy. Honor Promises * Abide by all written agreements and verbal representations. Be Responsive * Address marketplace disputes quickly, professionally, and in good faith. Safeguard Privacy * Protect any data collected against mishandling and fraud, collect personal information only as needed, and respect the preferences of customers regarding the use of their information. Embody Integrity * Approach all business dealings, marketplace transactions and commitments with integrity. For those of you who're interested in learning more about the eight BBB accreditation standards listed above, click here. Please Note That The Information Above Was Found On bbb.org Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q3tcnc
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Tips On How You Can Make Your Roof Last As Long As Possible: Keep Your Roof In The Best Possible Shape For As Long As Possible The Information Below Was Found On houselogic.com Live Chat Online A new roof is an expensive proposition, and once you’ve made that kind of investment, you’ll want to protect it. Please note that even if your roof is years old, maintaining it in good shape will prolong its life and keep you from having to replace it prematurely. Whether your roof is brand-new or years old, here’s what you need to do to keep it in the best possible shape for the longest possible time. Clean Your Gutters Ruined paint on siding and a wet basement are typical problems caused by clogged gutters, but it might surprise you to learn that the overflow can also go upward. When leaves pile too deeply in gutters, water can wick into roof sheathing and rot it, or even rot roof rafters. Fixing that kind of damage could run into the thousands of dollars, but you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. Do it yourself in a few hours if you’re comfortable working on a ladder, or hire a pro for $50-$250, depending on house size. Remove ALL Leaves If you have a simple peaked roof surrounded by low landscaping, your roof probably stays clear of leaves on its own. But if the roof is more complicated or if towering trees are nearby, piles of leaves probably collect in roof valleys or near chimneys. If you don’t remove them, they will trap moisture and gradually decompose, allowing moisture to accumulate in your roof — or worse, create fertile ground for weeds to grow. If you have a low-slope roof and a one-story house, you may be able to pull the leaves down with a soft car-washing brush on a telescoping pole. Or you can use a specialty tool like a roof leaf rake, which costs about $20. A leaf blower gets the job done too, especially on dry leaves, but you or a pro needs to go up on the roof to use it. If leaves are too wet or too deep, you might need to wash them off with a garden hose. Don’t use a pressure washer, which can force water up under the shingles. Get Rid Of Moss In much of the country, composition roofs often become covered with black algae. Although unsightly, this filmy growth doesn’t hurt the roof. A little chlorine bleach or detergent mixed with water will kill it, but it’s safer for both you and the roof to just leave it alone. If you live in the Northwest, you’re likely to find moss growing on your roof, particularly on wood or composition shingles. Moss, which looks more three-dimensional than algae, needs to go because it traps water. If you tackle it early enough, you can just sweep it off. If there’s a lot of buildup, you may need to kill the moss first. The Washington Toxics Coalition recommends using products based on potassium salts of fatty acids rather than more toxic formulas with zinc sulfate. Even so, apply the soap only where moss is growing, and try to keep the wash water from getting into storm drains. Once the roof is clean and free of moss, consider investing in zinc strips to keep it from coming back. A roofer will install these zinc strips near the top of the roof. When it rains, the runoff from the strips inhibits the growth of moss. It’s effective and more environmentally friendly than treating the entire roof with pesticide, as long as you don’t live near a stream or a lake where the runoff can harm aquatic life. Trim ALL Overhanging Branches A little prevention in the form of tree-trimming goes a long way toward keeping leaves and moss off your roof and keeping your roof damage-free. Abrasion from limbs and leaves that touch your roof can eventually damage shingles, especially in high winds. Overhanging branches also give squirrels and other rodents access to your roof. They can gnaw on your roof and siding. Branches need to be 10 feet away from your roof to keep these pests at bay. If that’s not possible, wrap the tree trunk with a sheet-metal bank to prevent them from climbing the tree. Trimming branches that hang over the roof is a job for a pro, though, or you might cause more damage than you prevent. Prevent Ice Dams If you’re plagued by ice buildup on the roof, removing some or all of the snow between storms might forestall leaks into your house. Don’t try to pry off ice that’s already formed, since that could damage the roof. Use a roof rake to dislodge snow within three or four feet of the gutters. Get a telescoping pole and work from the ground, if possible. If you must be on a ladder, work at an angle so the falling snow doesn’t push you over.  Inadequate insulation and air leaks into your attic greatly increase the risk of ice dams, so once the storms pass, address those problems, too. Look and Listen After every big wind or hail storm, or if you’ve heard scurrying on the roof at night, give your roof a quick check to make sure everything’s still intact. Look for: * Curling, loose, or missing shingles * Damaged flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings If anything seems amiss, ask a professional roofer to inspect at soon at possible. Most problems are fairly easy to fix, but if you put them off and water gets in, the damage and costs escalate. The Following Information Was Found On houselogic.com TIP: You don’t have to climb a ladder to inspect your roof; you can use binoculars instead. Additionally, you can also give a highly trained professional at Franciscus Incorporated a call today to set up a full roof inspection. With that being said, please give our highly trained team a call at your earliest convinenece and we'll work together to make sure your roof is in top shape! Contact Us Today 1-866-STAY-DRY http://dlvr.it/Q3jJxV
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