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Our family at Mastercraft Exteriors is just that, a family.  With several team members joining us this year, we are so proud to welcome our new members.  You can view our entire team here.

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Protect Your Roof From Ice Storms

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-01-2014

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Tips & Advice
6 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter Ice Storms

We are over half way through this frigid winter. Take down these tips for next year to prepare for the cold. Read on for six ways to hold Jack Frost at bay this winter.

1.) Prevent Ice Dams on Roofs and Gutters
Icicles on Roof

To prevent ice from causing damage to your roof, make sure to properly insulate your attic, and consider installing deicing cables.

Homeowners in cold climates need to be aware of “ice dams” and how to prevent them. Ice dams occur when snow gathers on your roof, and then starts to melt at the top due to the heating inside your home. The snow slides down your roof until the point where your roof is 32 degrees or under, and then refreezes. This creates a barrier of ice that traps water on the top of your roof. That water can find its way between shingles and seams in your roof, creating cracks that allow water to seep into your home. Gutters on the roof can exacerbate the problem, because they aren’t as affected by your home’s heat. Leaves and debris that have collected in the gutters can trap ice, so it’s important to clean them before winter.

To prevent ice dams, homeowners have a few options. They can rake the roof after major snowstorms that leave more than six inches of ice, or pay a company to remove the ice for them. Attics that aren’t properly insulated release a lot of heat, so to get at the root of the problem, homeowners should make sure that their attic is properly insulated and ventilated. Another option is to install deicing cables on your roof, which are essentially heated wires that melt the snow. You can have the cables professionally installed, or purchase a DIY kit at a hardware store.

2.) Winterize Pipes & Sprinklers
Unplug hose from spigot

Before the first big freeze, make sure to unplug your garden hose from the spigot.

If you own a vacation home that’s going to be vacant in the winter, it’s important to winterize it before you leave. Most plumbing vendors offer this service. They’ll shut off the water, drain all pipes, sinks and toilets, and add anti-freeze. Another option is to leave a small trickle of water running, which creates a constant flow of water that will prevent the pipes from freezing. Just be sure that the drains are clear, otherwise you’ll end up with a flooded mess!

Another option is to leave the heat on at a very low setting, so it doesn’t get below freezing in your house. Take a look at your water and electricity bills to determine which option is cheaper. Either way, these preventative measures will ensure that you don’t spend thousands fixing broken pipes and water damage!

If you plan to stay in your home, you should wrap your pipes to prevent them from freezing, especially in unused areas like crawlspaces and attics. There are a variety of products to do the job, including foam rubber sleeves, fiberglass insulation, and heating tape. You’ll also want to seal any leaks in your home that let cold air in, like a drafty window or gap in the wall.

If you live in a climate where the frost gets deep into the ground, you’ll need to winterize your sprinkler system as well. Each system varies, but most offer the ability to drain water from the pipes manually, using a valve, or through an automatic controller. You can also blow out the pipes using compressed air, but it’s best to leave that to the professionals.

One more note: before the first freeze, you should bring in your garden hose, or at least make sure it’s detached from the spigot. Many spigots are designed so they don’t freeze, but you have to disconnect the hose, or ice can form in the hose and break the spigot.

3.) Use Salt or Pellets on Steps and Walkways
Shovel snow from walkway

Prevent an icy stoop by shoveling snow off of it right after a storm, before the snow has a chance to melt and turn into ice.

When a major storm is predicted, it’s a good idea to put salt, sand or deicing pellets on your outdoor stairs and walkways to prevent ice from forming. But note that some cities have outlawed salt, because the runoff can damage wildlife, so be sure to first check the regulations in your area. Another way to prevent an icy stoop is to shovel snow off of it right after a storm, before the snow has a chance to melt and turn into ice.

4.) Use a Snow Melting System on Your Driveway
Snow melting systems can save you the time and effort it takes to shovel your driveway after each storm.

Snow melting systems can save you the time and effort it takes to shovel your driveway after each storm.

If you are laying down a new driveway, or replacing an old one, you can install a snow melting system underneath. These systems use embedded electric cables or hydronic tubing to heat up the driveway and melt the ice. Some systems have timers, while others are activated when the temperature reaches a certain point. Your utility bills will increase slightly with this option, but it will save you time and effort shoveling the driveway, and can prevent injuries from slipping on the ice.

5.) Cover Plants and Flowers
Mulch

Covering garden beds in mulch can prevent plant roots from freezing during the winter.

Covering up plants and flowers before winter sets in can protect them from wind damage and help prevent the roots from freezing. You can use Styrofoam cone insulators, blankets, tarps or burlap, which can typically be found in garden centers and hardware stores. Laying down mulch (ground up leaves or bark) can also act as an insulator. Before the ground freezes, make sure to give your plants and flowers lots of water. You should unwrap the plants in spring, but don’t do it too early, or a late spring frost could damage your plants.

6.) Insulate Your Garage
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If you have expensive appliances or spend time on hobbies in the garage, you should consider insulating the walls to protect it from freezing.

Not all garages are finished with drywall and insulation, which means the temperature can drop below freezing. If you use the garage as a laundry room, storage or work space, you’ll want to keep it warm. The best way to prevent your garage from freezing is to finish it with insulation and drywall, which isn’t is for everyone; depending on your level of construction expertise, you may want to hire a contractor to complete the job.

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Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-01-2013

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Why Ice & Water Shield Is Critical in Cold Weather Climates – Mastercraft Exteriors

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-11-2012

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Roofing Ice and Water shield is a critically component to any new roofing system especially in cold weather climates. Many local building codes require Ice and Water shield and National Building CODE states Ice and water shield must start at the roofs eave edge and extend 2 ft inside heated wall space of a structure.

Ice and Water shield is a peel and stick product that adheres directly to the roof deck. It forms a water-proof barrier where ice most often build up on the eaves edge. It is also commonly applied in the valleys of a house as well as around any roof protrusions including; chimneys, pipe boots, roof vents and skylights. Essentially all the weakest or most prone to leaking areas of a roof should be coated with Ice and Water Shield before installing shingles or any other roofing products.

Is there really a difference in the different brands of Ice and Water Shield? The simple answer is yes but let’s go into more detail. Most manufactures offer at least two types of Ice and water shield, standard and Hi Temperature. Hi Temp Ice and Water is used in situations where the roof deck will become very hot such as a metal roof. It is also used in commercial applications where the interior of a building produces a lot of heat such as a large manufacturing facility.

Other Ice and Water shield have come on the market in recent years that promise greater performance and some have other features. GRACE was certainly the innovator in terms of a premium Ice and Water shield. Others have copied what Grace has done creating a product that is especially sticky and performs well in a wide variety of situations. Other products include Granulated Ice and Water shield which is Ice and Water Shield that has granules impregnated on top of it that makes it easier to walk on. There is also fabric faced products available again promising less slippery surface for the roofing installer.

My contractor tells me I need Ice and Water 6ft up or on the entire deck is this true? Maybe. A common reason for putting Ice and Water shield 6ft up in to comply with the “2ft rule”. Essentially if you have an overhang more than a foot deep you’ll probably ended up putting on 6ft of Ice and Water. All commercially available Ice and Water shield comes in three foot rolls, So if you have a 2ft overhang 1 roll will only get you about a foot inside the heated wall space hence another roll will be required.

Ice and water the entire roof deck? While this is an extremely rare necessity it is sometime called for. Some shingle manufacturers require Ice and water shield on very low sloped decks between 2/12 and 4/12. Also, if you live in a climate such as the UP in Michigan and routinely get over a foot of snow standing on the roof you may want to consider it.

How to Prevent Ice Dams On Your Roof

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-09-2012

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How to prevent ice dams

To prevent an ice dam, don’t heat the roof, keep it cold. That way, the snow on the roof eventually dissipates without making large amounts of meltwater. The underside of the roof deck should not exceed 30 F. The best way to maintain low temperatures is by ensuring that there is adequate insulation and sealing gaps that let warm air pass into the attic from the house. The attic must also be ventilated, so that cold air is introduced into it and heated air escapes rapidly. Some remodeling contractors are under the impression that heat passing through the attic helps prevent ice dams, when just the opposite is true. Although excess heat moving from the attic through the roof rapidly melts snow, once the meltwater touches the cold eaves, it quickly freezes and forms an ice dam.

If you have a furnace in the attic, it may not be possible to prevent ice dams. Increased insulation, however, should help. First, insulate the areas between the roof rafters. It is important to keep an air space between the roof deck and the insulation in order to prevent a condensation buildup that can delaminate the roof deck. Prior to insulating, install polystyrene rafter air channels, which are available at home centers. Next, lay unfaced insulation batts or blankets over the furnace’s heating ducts to help reduce the heat buildup in the attic. If there’s a hatchway into the attic, build a cover for it out of rigid poly-styrene insulation.

If the gable and ridge vents do not generate sufficient air movement to dissipate the heat, you will need a motorized vent at one end of the attic to exhaust the heat, and an adequately sized vent on the opposite end of the attic to draw in cold air from the outside.

What to do if you get an ice dam
Homes with ice dams on the roof also often get parallel lines of moisture on the ceiling. The dark lines in the ceiling are called shadow lines. Although there may be insulation on the attic floor, the bottom chords of the trusses are usually not covered. They are exposed to the low winter temperatures and act like a thermal bridge to the ceiling below. This creates a cold strip on the ceiling on which condensation forms. Over time, this moisture traps dust and results in mildew growth, which shows up as shadow lines. First, clean off the mildew with a solution of 1 quart of bleach and 3 quarts of warm water. Rinse the surface with clear water, then let it dry.

If the surface has been stained from the mildew or is otherwise discolored, it will need to be painted. Apply a stain-blocking primer before applying a topcoat.

The cracks in the ceiling/wall joints are the result of truss uplift during the winter. The cracks could have been prevented by using brackets that allow the truss to lift without disturbing the drywall. If your home wasn’t built with those brackets, the best way to deal with the problem is with a molding that is wide enough to cover the cracks. Nail it to the truss so it is free to move up and down.

Why Ice & Water Shield Is Critical In Cold Weather Climates

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-06-2012

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Roofing Ice and Water shield is a critically component to any new roofing system especially in cold weather climates. Many local building codes require Ice and Water shield and National Building CODE states Ice and water shield must start at the roofs eave edge and extend 2 ft inside heated wall space of a structure.

Ice and Water shield is a peel and stick product that adheres directly to the roof deck. It forms a water-proof barrier where ice most often build up on the eaves edge. It is also commonly applied in the valleys of a house as well as around any roof protrusions including; chimneys, pipe boots, roof vents and skylights. Essentially all the weakest or most prone to leaking areas of a roof should be coated with Ice and Water Shield before installing shingles or any other roofing products.

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Is there really a difference in the different brands of Ice and Water Shield? The simple answer is yes but let’s go into more detail. Most manufactures offer at least two types of Ice and water shield, standard and Hi Temperature. Hi Temp Ice and Water is used in situations where the roof deck will become very hot such as a metal roof. It is also used in commercial applications where the interior of a building produces a lot of heat such as a large manufacturing facility.

Other Ice and Water shield have come on the market in recent years that promise greater performance and some have other features. GRACE was certainly the innovator in terms of a premium Ice and Water shield. Others have copied what Grace has done creating a product that is especially sticky and performs well in a wide variety of situations. Other products include Granulated Ice and Water shield which is Ice and Water Shield that has granules impregnated on top of it that makes it easier to walk on. There is also fabric faced products available again promising less slippery surface for the roofing installer.

My contractor tells me I need Ice and Water 6ft up or on the entire deck is this true? Maybe. A common reason for putting Ice and Water shield 6ft up in to comply with the “2ft rule”. Essentially if you have an overhang more than a foot deep you’ll probably ended up putting on 6ft of Ice and Water. All commercially available Ice and Water shield comes in three foot rolls, So if you have a 2ft overhang 1 roll will only get you about a foot inside the heated wall space hence another roll will be required.

Ice and water the entire roof deck? While this is an extremely rare necessity it is sometime called for. Some shingle manufacturers require Ice and water shield on very low sloped decks between 2/12 and 4/12. Also, if you live in a climate such as the UP in Michigan and routinely get over a foot of snow standing on the roof you may want to consider it.

 

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Damage to Shingles During a Hail Storm by Mastercraft Exteriors

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-05-2012

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Mastercraft Exteriors Blogging About How Hail Forms and Damage St Louis

Hail Formation by Mastercraft Exteriors

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Hail is a form of frozen precipitation that’s created by strong thunderstorms with fast updrafts—air being pulled upward into a thunderstorm. It can cause serious damage, especially to cars, aircraft, glass-roofed structures, and most notably, farmers’ crops. Hail causes approximately $1 billion in property and crop damage each year. The costliest hailstorm happened in April 2001, from eastern Kansas to southwest Illinois, including the St. Louis area. Property damage in this storm exceeded $2.4 billion in 2010 dollars. Deaths from hail are rare—the last known death caused by hail in the U.S. was in the year 2000, when a man was killed by softball size hail in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hail Formation

Hail Formation
Hail is formed when very strong thunderstorm updrafts meet supercooled water droplets. Supercooled water droplets are liquid water drops that are surrounded by air that is below freezing, and they’re a common occurrence in thunderstorms. There are two methods of hail stone formation and growth that give hail stones their “layered” look.

Wet Growth

A tiny ice crystal will be the nucleus of the hail stone. In wet growth, supercooled water droplets collide with and spreads across the ice nucleus. Since this process is relatively slow (slower than the dry growth process) it results in a layer of clear ice.

Dry Growth

Unlike wet growth, the supercooled water meets the ice nucleus and immediately freezes. Because this process is so fast, everything within the supercooled droplet, including small air bubbles, freezes into the layer, which gives it a cloudy look.
Rain and hail is what creates the “bounded” portion of the bounded weak echo region (BWER) on radar. The weak echo region is created by a strong updraft, which also helps the hail to grow.

    1. Hail forms and is carried upward through the storm by the updraft and held above the freezing line 2. The hail stone collides with supercooled droplets and grows in size 3. When the hail becomes too large and heavy to be supported by the updraft, it falls to the ground 

    Hail has done major damage to St Louis, MO Homes

    Several areas like St Louis, MO, Southern IL, Kansas, Minnesota, and parts of Ohio all were damaged by the recent storms.  What does this mean when hail hits your home? Hail can make very noticeable damage to cars, windows, siding, etc. But when it comes to your roof, you will need a professional to look at the damage.  Once a shingle is compromised, the  shingle will not protect your home like it should.  The granules will be worn off causing major interior damage if left alone.

In summary home owners who think they may have suffered storm damage should:

  • Look for visible water damage inside your home.
  • Look for damage to your roof’s shingles that may compromise the effective life of your roof.
  • If necessary, contact your insurance agent and file a claim.
  • Consult a local roofing contractor trained in Roof Hail Damage to represent your interests.
Mastercraft Exteriors is a National Roofing Company with an A+ rating with the BBB. With over 42 locations throughout the USA and have been in business since 1996, Mastercraft Exteriors should be your choice in roofing repairs.
Mastercraft Exteriors is one of 2 National Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractors in the United States. Winning the Owens Corning Proficiency award in 2011 and 2012.
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Mastercraft Exteriors Walks for Babies in March of Dimes Walk This Sunday!

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Roofing Contractor, Uncategorized | Posted on 27-04-2012

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Mastercraft Exteriors & Richard Spanton Jr joins the fight for premature babies, walking on Sunday, April 29th, 2012.

Mastercraft Exteriors in Walk for March of Dimes

From The Mastercraft Exteriors March of Dimes team!

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to do something about this. I know you care, too. That’s why I’m asking you to join us. It’s easy: just click the join this team button.

If you can’t walk with us, please help by donating to our team. You can do so right on this page. Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start!
Mastercraft Exteriors has already raised $1,300.00 for this cause. Hoping to raise more.

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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Good Roofing Is Important To Protect Your House | Mastercraft Exteriors

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-07-2011

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Most homeowners realize that a good roof is protection to your home, so does Mastercraft Exteriors. To know when to re-roof your home, is difficult for an untrained eye.  Making the choice to restoring or replacing your roof is a significant choice to make.  A new roof is your biggest asset on your home. Your roof must be installed correctly to achieve the utmost protection.Choosing your roofing shingle nowadays, you have many different styles and they are made of many different materials.

3 Tips on Roof Shingle SelectionYou’ll probably be living with your roof for years to come, so consider the following tips before finalizing a shingle decision.

1. COLOR: Choosing an asphalt shingle that suits your home can be overwhelming, since there are thousands of options on the market. Before picking shingles, check to see whether your homeowner’s association or community organization has regulations about allowable color schemes. To narrow your options further, look for roof shingles that complement your siding or brick. Remember, light roofing colors typically make a structure seem larger and more contemporary, while darker colors can make a building feel cozier and more traditional. Your roof shingles help tie your home’s exterior look together, so talk with your Mastercraft Exteriors professional about the best color options for the look you’re trying to achieve.

2. STYLE: Shingles come in a variety of styles, depending on your budget and taste. Large format shingles cover more area in less time, but they don’t add dimension to your home’s roof. If you’re looking for a more depthful, custom look, consider laminated or “architectural” shingles which come with tabbed layers for added dimension. Strip roof shingles can also provide texture, since they can be layered to add depth to your roof’s surface.
3. QUALITY and DURABILITY: Life span, sturdiness and weather resistance are all important considerations when you’re replacing a shingle roof. Ask Mastercraft Exteriors Roofing about their Platinum Preferred Owen’s Corning shingle options that will withstand weather extremes without wind damage or algae buildup. In addition, give yourself peace of mind by choosing roofing shingles with the Platinum Promise™ Limited Warranty, which backs workmanship for 15-20 years.

Choose the Right Contractor by Mastercraft Exteriors

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-06-2011

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Why Choose a National Contractor?

Honesty: Mastercraft Exteriors is a nationally recognized company that has been in business since 1996 and completed over 15,000 roofs.  After storm situations like this it is common that other out of town companies will purchase the name of a local roofing company in order to deceive consumers.  Please check into your roofing contractor of choice; state driver’s licenses and vehicle plates are some things to examine.  If they claim to be local, they will have local identification. You should be able to trust the company you are going to do business with.  That is why Mastercraft Exteriors is proud to be considered one of the nation’s top roofing companies and will answer any of your questions with utmost candidness.  We are registered to do business in well over 20 states and are proud to share our expertise with you.

Service (after the sale): We work towards a referral on every home or commercial job we complete or repair. Our business in your hometown can affect us positively and negatively in other current and future locations.  We strive to make every customer our number one priority.

Experience: Mastercraft Exteriors’ expert field staff, crews, and administration staff handle 1000’s of insurance claims annually. This will ensure the claim process to be seamless and enjoyable for you.  Why choose someone who has never worked with insurance companies and only does a few roofs per year?

Proven Track Record: Our call back percentage is less than one tenth of one percent (.01%) and our referral rate is well over 66%.  These statistics prove our commitment to quality work and customer service.

Large Production Capabilities: Mastercraft Exteriors has access to production crews of well over 1000 craftsmen nationally and uses one of the most innovative web-based software management systems in the industry (Acculynx).  This will enhance your experience and ensure the construction of your job to be smooth and seamless.

Financial Stability and Credit Worthiness: Mastercraft Exteriors is one of the most financially stable and sound companies in our industry. Mastercraft Exteriors is one of the largest national purchasers of shingle and siding products from ABC Supply Co. (a $3 billion company and also America’s largest supplier of roofing and siding products).  Mastercraft Exteriors also has other national credit lines with Allied Building Products and Bradco.  We also hold credit lines with many of the local roofing wholesale companies to ensure you the best possible price for materials.

Real Warranty: Many companies will boast great craftsmanship and exemplary warranties but will not put it on paper before contract. Our warranty is posted in our introductory folder before you ever sign a contract with Mastercraft Exteriors.

Claim Assistance & Support: Our national support center employs the industry’s most experienced administration staff to aid in your claim assistance.  Whether it is depreciation recovery, warranty documentation, or mortgage endorsement handling, we will help expedite your needs better and faster than any of our competitors.

Expert Craftsmanship: Mastercraft completes nearly 4000 projects per year (residential and commercial).  Our site managers and applicators have the training and workmanship that your home or commercial project deserves

Product Allocation: Our top ranked status with national suppliers and manufacturers allows us to secure materials faster than smaller companies with less buying power.

National Accreditations: We are members of the NRCA, MRCA, Owens Corning Preferred Contractor, Certainteed Shingle Master, BBB, and Angie’s List among many other local organizations throughout the country.

Professionalism and Knowledge: Mastercraft Exteriors is determined to be the most professional and ethical roofing contactor in the USA. Our staff goes through continued education and training every year to offer our clients unmatched capabilities in our industry.

ReferencesMastercraft Exteriors has accumulated thousands of quality based references that are available upon your request.  Some personal reference letters have the ability to be viewed via our website at www.mastercraftexteriors.com

Commercial Capabilities: Every year Mastercraft Exteriors re-roofs large apartment complexes, association communities, churches, schools, strip malls, etc.  Approximately over a million square feet are completed every year in commercial shingle work.  We can also accommodate all flat roofing needs.

 

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