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Roofing Safety

roofing safety procedures kansas city blue springs missouri install new repairKeeping our employees and our customers safe is our #1 priority first and foremost.

Safety is great concern for all roofing companies in Kansas City and not taking the time to make sure that a few roofing safety steps are in place before starting your project can be costly!

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Selecting Shingles

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Two thing you want keep in mind when selecting shingles are Shingle Quality and Shingle Selection.

Your roof is an investment and we here at Bill West Roofing want to make sure you have the information you need before choosing the materials that will protect your Kansas City home or commercial property. Not only is it important that your roof look good and compliment the architectural style of your building, but even more important is how well it will protect you and your possessions from whatever Mother Nature throws at it.

Different Types of Shingles:

All shingles are not created equal. Here are some of the different styles and the characteristics that set them apart.

  • 3-Tab Shingles
  • Architectural Shingles
  • Asphalt Designer Shingles

3-Tab Shingles

The most basic shingle available at your local lumber yard is the 3-tab shingle. Typically this is a flat, 2-dimensional mat core of fiberglass, coated with a single layer of asphalt and covered in ceramic granules. This creates different color blends. While providing adequate coverage, 3-Tab shingles only have a 2-dimensional look, while the architectural shingles are 3-dimensional.

Architectural Shingles

While heavier than traditional 3-Tab shingles, the roofing materials in Architectural Shingles do not need added roof support. The core of an Architectural Shingle is constructed with a thick mat made of fiberglass or organic materials, then multiple layers of asphalt and fiberglass materials are applied, the top layer covered in colored granules. Due to its multilayer construction these shingles have a 3-dimensional appearance, and shingle manufacturers can create a wider variety of color blend options that compliment your home or business.

When considering a new shingle roof prior to selling your house, architectural shingles usually provide the best return on investment. This is because even an economical architectural shingle will increase your homes curb appeal by a large amount.

Most Architectural Shingles will have a 25 to 40 year, and even lifetime, warranty because of how durable they are. They are resistant to curling and bending and able to withstand high temperatures. Their heavy weight construction also make them resistant to wind damage.

Designer Shingles

As their name suggests, Designer Shingles are asphalt shingles constructed in classic shades to create the dimensional appearance of real slate or wood shake shingles. They are manufactured with a two-piece laminated fiber glass-based construction. The thickness and heaviness of these shingles give them a rich, textured look.

Designer Shingles are costlier than architectural shingles, however, they are significantly less costly to install than real slate or shake shingles and do not require the extra bracing to support the weight of slate or shakes.

Designer Shingles look best on steep sloped roofs, where color and textural variations are better displayed. Installing Designer Shingles on a low slope roof may lead to disappointment, as the angle of viewing will not show the pattern as well.

Bill West Roofing can help you choose the right shingle for your home in Kansas City metro area and situation. We offer a variety of shingle options and are generally willing to install other brands or materials you may be interested in.

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Roof Decking – How to know if it is needed

wood replacement roof redecking kansas city missouri blue springs install new repairRoof Decking – How to know if it is needed

In the Kansas City roofing Market here is what to look for.

When you are doing a roof tear off, it is important to determine if some (or all) of your roof deck needs to be replaced.  Most residential roofs are made of wood roof decks.  There are exceptions to these like metal “B” Deck or concrete, but these are very infrequent.

This article will assume your roof to be made of wood decking.  (The roof deck is what your waterproofing material attaches or adheres to.)  To fully understand the process in determining the wood replacement needs, lets look at what can happen in the following situations.

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Shake Shingle Commercial Project

new roofing project lees summit missouri kansas city install repairNew Presidential Shake Shingle Commercial Project in Lees Summit Area!

This is one of Bill West Roofing’s recent projects.  It has a Certainteed Luxury Presidential shingle installed.

Presidential Shake is the original luxury shingle created to replicate the look of a wood shingle with the performance of fiber glass construction. Presidential Shake Shingles have a look and pattern all their own.

With the durability and weight of the Presidential shingle, it carries a 130 mph wind warranty along with a 5 Star SureStart lifetime warranty.  This warranty carries 50 years of non pro-rated coverage as well as 25 years of workmanship to protect against leaks.

Presidential Shake is the original luxury shingle created to replicate the look of cedar shakes with the performance of fiber glass construction. Presidential Shake Shingles deliver the charm and character of hand-split wood shakes with the durability and strength that presides over wood in virtually every surrounding. The Presidential Shake has been a staple in the Kansas City roofing market for years. The Kansas City Roofing Market has had a lot of wood shakes that most people and insurance companies did not want due to fire and bug hazards.  So Presidential Shakes are great for our Kansas City roofing market.

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Summer Roof Repair in Kansas City

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With just a couple of days into the month of August, Kansas City locals are still feeling the heat. And while the weather has already cooled down a bit, your roof may have sustained serious damage from last month’s heat wave.

Asphalt shingles found in Kansas City were generally not designed to withstand sustained temperatures like those that came with the recent heat wave. Have your roof checked soon before it sustains further damage. Here are some summer roof repair tips to help you get started:

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