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Summer Is The Best Time To Maintain Your Roof

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Roofing Contractor | Posted on 05-06-2014

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Everyday wear and tear, exposure to sun, wind, hail, rain, repair people, will slowly age the roof membrane. Extra steps can ensure the life of your roof will be a longer one.

Jason Peach, Mastercraft Exteriors’ Quality Assurance Supervisor, gives you a few tips and tricks for your summertime roof maintenance.

1. Visually from the ground check all fascia and soffit to make sure it all in place.

2. From the ground also check for mold on your shingles (if applicable) and if any shingles are missing.

3. Gutters should be cleaned in the spring before the rains begin to make sure water flows away from your home.

4. If you would like a representative to check your roof for ventilation issues or other roofing damage, you can call Mastercraft Exteriors at (877) ROOFS-02 or go to MastercraftExteriors.com and schedule your appointment.

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Our Mastercraft Exteriors Family

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-04-2014

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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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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.

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.

Allied Building Products Gives Kudos to Mastercraft Exteriors!

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-04-2011

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From Allied Building Products

 

Mastercraft Exteriors wins Owens Corning Proficiency Award
Rockton, Illinois – April 2010

Mastercraft Exteriors took home the Proficiency Award at the prestigious Owens Corning Platinum ceremony.  This award was given to elite contractors for exemplary business practices and innovations.  Because of the software system Mastercraft Exteriors implemented, AccuLynx.com, teams are able to eliminate inefficiencies while maximizing profit margins.

Long are the days of field reps risking lost time and injury by navigating steep roofing planes.  AccuLynx.com enables us to drop in roof sketches via Eagleview 3D aerial measurments, automatically calculating estimates.  Upon receiving the estimate, a rep is able to enter the cost for labor and materials so a true “job cost” can be determined.  This process takes an average of 15 minutes as opposed to the 1 to 2 hours previously spent on estimating.

Because Mastercraft Exteriors is a national company and Acculynx.com is a web based program, valuable time is saved as the entire company has simultaneous access to the same job.  Our Account Administrator is able to retrieve information on the customer’s claim while a local manager accesses the account for ordering and follow up purposes.  Storing numerous copies of paperwork at various locations eliminates wastefulness and disorganization.

No matter how well a field rep or supervisor knows the industry standard, paperwork and other unnecessary time consuming processes can hinder the ultimate outcome.  Mastercraft Exteriors keeps quality assurance personnel and project supervisors in the field, where their trained eyes can remain on the work, as opposed to in the office.  Numerous sets of eyes are watching any given project at any given moment.

AccuLynx.com also allows a detailed log of communication throughout the entire process.  Every action taken and conversation held is noted with a date and exact time.  This thorough data tracking keeps everything within our offices clear, as well as limits liability with our clients.  Mastercraft Exteriors realizes there aren’t many laws protecting contractors and wants to ensure everything is on record.

Mastercraft Exteriors strives to provide distinctive quality in craftsmanship, unparalleled customer service and a high level of character to our clients, competitors and industry.  For more information about the company, please go to our website at www.mastercraftexteriors.com.

Contact:
Matt Spanton | Mastercraft Exteriors | (815) 985-0875 | mattspanton@mastercraftexteriors.com
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Mastercraft Exteriors Awarded the Owens Corning Proficiency Award 2011

Posted by mastercraft | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-04-2011

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Scott Spanton and Bryan Becker Accept Proficiancy Award | Mastercraft Exteriors

Mastercraft Exteriors took home the Proficiency Award at the prestigious Owens Corning Platinum ceremony in 2011. This award was given to elite contractors for exemplary business practices and innovations. Because of the software system Mastercraft Exteriors implemented, AccuLynx.com, teams are able to eliminate inefficiencies while maximizing profit margins.

Long gone are the days of field reps risking lost time and injury by navigating steep roofing planes. AccuLynx.com enables us to drop in roof sketches via Eagleview 3D aerial measurements, automatically calculating estimates. Upon receiving the estimate, a rep is able to enter the cost for labor and materials so a true “job cost” can be determined. This process takes an average of 15 minutes as opposed to the 1 to 2 hours previously spent on estimating.

Because Mastercraft Exteriors is a national company and Acculynx.com is a web-based program, valuable time is saved as the entire company has simultaneous access to the same job. Our Account Administrator is able to retrieve information on the customer’s claim while a local manager accesses the account for ordering and follow-up purposes. Storing numerous copies of paperwork at various locations eliminates wastefulness and disorganization.

No matter how well a field rep or supervisor knows the industry standard, paperwork and other unnecessary time-consuming processes can hinder the ultimate outcome. Mastercraft Exteriors keeps quality assurance personnel and project supervisors in the field, where their trained eyes can remain on the work, as opposed to in the office. Numerous sets of eyes are watching any given project at any given moment.

AccuLynx.com also allows a detailed log of communication throughout the entire process. Every action taken and conversation held is noted with a date and exact time. This thorough data tracking keeps everything within our offices clear, as well as limits liability with our clients. Mastercraft Exteriors realizes there aren’t many laws protecting contractors and wants to ensure everything is on record.

Mastercraft Exteriors strives to provide distinctive quality in craftsmanship, unparalleled customer service and a high level of character to our clients, competitors and industry. For more information about the company, please go to our website at www.mastercraftexteriors.com.