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Roofing Asphalt Shingle Facts

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An estimated 11 million tons (22 billion lbs) of asphalt shingle waste is produced annually in the U.S, due to tear-off and re-roofing.

Every ton of shingles that is recycled saves the equivalent of 1 barrel of oil from going to the landfill.

The average asphalt shingle re-roofing results in 1-3 tons of old product that is commonly disposed of in a landfill.

The price to dispose of shingles in a landfill, depending on state, is roughly $35-50 per ton. In some states, in the Northeast, the rate is as high as $110 per ton.

Asphalt recycling plants charge as little as $18 per ton.

Since shingles are made from refined petroleum they should not be burned because of harmful emissions.

In some states, asphalt shingles are used in “Roof-to-Road” Programs, where recycled shingles are used to make street and highway pavement. Recycled shingles are also used for paving private roads, parking lots, or for patch work.

Should I Install New skylights with my new roof?!

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At Golden Group, We always get asked this very questions; Should I install new skylights?!

Skylights can be expensive and homeowners always ask if they really need a new skylight with their new roof. Can’t they just leave in the existing skylight, it does not leak now?! Well the answer to that question is complex. If the skylight is younger than 7 years, then we would recommend new skylight flashing kit and not a new skylight. New flashing kit will ensure that the skylight gets reflashed properly when re roofing. Using existing flashings can compromise the work because the existing flashing may have nail holes. Also once it is removed and tampered with, it may never fit and mold perfectly to the skylight again.However, a skylight that is over 10 years old should always be replaced with a new roofing system. A skylight only has a warranty of 12 years and after that time is up, the area becomes a hazard and a water entry point. It would not make any sense to have a new 30 year roof investment with skylights that could leak after 2-3 years of your new roof. The costs to have the skylights replaced at a later time is also higher than what it would have cost to have them installed during your new roof installation. If a contractor has to come back, they will factor in the skylights, and the labor and material to reinstall new shingles in that area.
Lastly, if your contractor has told you not to get new skylights, and that you are good with the old ones… Well, this is probably a red flag!
Any good roofing contractor would address all aspect of the roof, not just the shingles. Their goal should be to make sure they install a roofing system, not just shingles. What this means; the roofing contractor should be replacing and installing all new parts on roof such as; skylights, pipe boot flashings, step flashings, bathroom vents, roof vents, chimney lead flashing and other components depending on your roof.
Next Time you replace your roof, think about your skylights and take not only our word but also that of Velux Skylight Company;

NEW SKYLIGHTS ARE ALWAYS A GREAT IDEA.

www.velux.com

Spring Cleaning

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It’s that time of year. It’s time to clean out those closets and give the home a fresh new look. This means you should also pay close attention to your attic space. Attics should remain free from storage and clothing. If attic spaces are cluttered with storage, then the space will not ventilate properly. Attic ventilation is one of the most important keys to the longevity of your roofing system. An attic that is free of storage will allow the air flow to have a proper intake and a proper outtake of air flow. This will ensure the ridge vents and soffit vents are properly working.

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Our point of difference

Our point of difference: All of our sales team members are licensed Contractor and holders of MA Construction Supervisor License. When you meet with A Golden Team Member, you are not meeting with a sales person, but a craftsman who has his hand on the roof each and everyday and installs over 300 roofs a year. This means that they don’t go of a script because they understand that each home is unique and a roofing system that is great for your neighbor may not be the best for you. Be a part of our Success Story and Trust the hands on the Roof!

Golden Group was Invited By CertainTeed to visit their shingle Plant in MA.

Golden Group was Invited By CertainTeed to visit their shingle Plant in MA. We received our certification and are now A CertainTeed Shingle Master. Thank you to CertainTeed for this amazing experience and knowledge. Our Roofers took exams today and became certified. We got to see the shingles being made. This plant can make 2000 bundles per hour. Imagine That!!!

GAF Roofing System

This is a Golden Pledge GAF Roofing System. This roof has StormGuard Leak Protection, GAF DeckArmor and GAF Lifetime HD Shingles.

 

Exterior Remodeling!

This home has had a complete transformation. We began with vintage red Clapboard siding, white Azek Trim, black shutters, GAF charcoal shingles.

Re-Built/Re-Lead a new Chimney!

Golden Group reconstructed this chimney brick by brick. We flashed and re-lead the chimney for a fabulous look and leak proof for 30 years.

 

Add Natural Light to Any Room

We install Skylights which add natural light into your home. This makes any dark room space feel brighter and bigger.

A Perfect Roof

This roof has 8inch galvanized drip edge, pro Starter Strips, GAF storm guard Shield, GAF DeckArmor, finished off by putting on a 50 year shingle the GAF ULTRA lifetime HD.

Bellingham, MA

Before and After:
All new trim, siding, roof and paint.