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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Roofing Installation in Tolland CT 06084



The winter of 2011, Connecticut was pounded by snow storm after snow storm. We have spent months shoveling roofs and plowing snow, and for the next year and a half we spent installing new roofs, both damaged by the storms, and many flat roofs that were damaged by snow blowers and careless workers

 This roof in Tolland CT, was no exception to the rule, ice dams were 20 inches thick in 2011, there were actual icicles inside the garage,  water pouring down the walls,  and coming through the windows. The ceilings were ruined, hard wood floors and carpet destroyed, there is mold growing in the walls. There is a ton of work to do, but first things first, the roof needed to be replaced.

  There were several roof related issues that had to be dealt with the replacement of the roof so that it would meet manufacturer standards and Connecticut Building Code.


  • There were multiple layers, the roof had to be stripped
  • The skylights leaked, they had to be replaced.
  • Chimney leaked, needed new step and counter flashing.
  • There was no use of water and ice barrier, we determined that 2 courses would be adequate.
  • We added a ridge vent to encourage a flow of air from the existing soffit vents.
  • The low pitch roof was a 3/12 pitch, while shingles are acceptable, we prefer single ply, the owner chose Grey IB PVC 80 mil with a lifetime warranty.
The skylights we used were Velux venting deck mounted skylights with a manufactured flashing kit.  We took the product code off of the existing ones to determine exact sizing.  They installed quite easily, and are guaranteed to be leak free from Velux for 10 years.  The new self adhering underlayments that they provide are manufactured by Grace Roofing Products, they are simply the best.
New Skylights Installed in Tolland CT
  Whenever we install a new roof we like to repair and replace every penetration and flashing if possible.  Chimneys leak, and they are no exception.  This chimney was wrapped in water and ice barrier, new step flashing was used, new lead counter flashing was cut and installed, and the chimney was repaired with new mortar.  We even went as far as to seal the chimney with a brick sealant to prevent wicking. To skip these steps to save a few hundred dollars during a roofing installation is foolish, as it is much easier to address these problems initially than in hindsight.
New Lead on a leak free chimney in Tolland CT
  On the low pitch section of the roof we used a single ply membrane.  Low pitch roofs have poor drainage.  The chance of standing water and snow increases the chances of leaks.  To combat this we use a welded roofing system.  It is virtually seamless.  IB PVC roofs are known for their ability to hold standing water without leaking, in fact unlike other types of single ply roofing, IB PVC is not void of warranty from standing warer. The colors make PVC more pleasing to the eye, as opposed to the black EPDM rubber that so many other "roofing specialists" sell.  While this is the Mercedes of roofing in terms of cost, it comes with a lifetime materials warranty, that is transferable within 25 years.  You cannot go wrong with PVC roofing for your troubled areas.
IB 80 mil Grey on a low pitch roof in Tolland CT 06084
  From the date of loss to replacement of this roof it took almost 2 years.  There was a long drawn out battle between the insurance company and the owners.  With our knowledge and networking with a few public adjusters we were able to increase payment from insurance by 1,000%.  The entire house is getting gutted, all insulation, drywall, and floors replaced.  Once this is complete the owner will be able to enjoy their new roof with no worries!





This article was written by Marcus Bernice Keilch (marcuskeilch@gmail.com) of Marcus Anthony Construction

17 comments:

  1. Looks like a real nice job. Nice to see how thorough you are, Marcus. Sometimes having a good relationship with a few public adjusters can be worth its weight in gold!

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    1. Nick, Here in CT it is against the law for anyone except for the insured and a licensed PA to discuss or negotiate coverage with insurers. Not to say that it doesn't happen, the adjusters would prefer to deal with me they think they'll pay less. I have a few PAs that call adjusters for me and tell them they can negotiate with me under their license. I get tons of calls for fire restoration and big losses, I don;t have a Cadillac to look good in or the time to spend months on those things, we all help each other out.

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  2. Solid work Marcus.

    The quality of the work is in the details and your pictures show that.

    Eric

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    1. Thank you. We try to take lots of pictures. Pics and video help tell the story.

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  3. Its nice to see another contractor who takes the time and has the patience to bring projects such as this to fruition!

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    1. Thanks. Patience is needed when dealing with insurance companies. I only got into the insurance restoration end of roofing last year. I seem to have a knack for throwing out crazy numbers and the insurers saying yes.

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  4. Great workmanship Marcus. Flashings look great and nice tie in with the comp and the membrane.

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    1. Thanks +joel. Allowing asphalt in contact with PVC is a no no. Its the small things that make it a complete job.

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