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12 mar 14 @ 8:26 pm

Bethany Congregational Church Roofing Project
In August of this year, Robert Kierce Roofing re-roofed the Bethany Congregational Church located on the common in Foxboro. A special boom truck was brought in to get the shingles 50 feet up in the air, even our tallest ladder barely made it to the top. The crew stripped of the old roof, filling 4 dumpsters, replacing it with a 50 year architectural shingle, our labor as always, is guaranteed for 10 years. The project was successfully completed in 4 days.   Check out our photos on Facebook!!  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151922501273086.1073741825.390961818085&type=3 
 
 
30 sep 13 @ 10:40 am

A wonderful Recommendation for Robert Kierce Roofing!!
We just received a very nice recommendation letter, Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know you were happy with the job!!
 
Monday, July 15, 2013
To: Robert Kierce Roofing                                                 
cc: Snow Supply
cc: CertainTeed Shingles

I would like to voice our appreciation for a �job well done� by your company in the way you handled, delivered, and installed our new roof under warranty.

There are many layers to an organization that attributes to the overall success of that organization and yours is no different. Our experiences with Kierce Roofing, Snow Supply and CertainTeed started with Bobby Kierce. We were very impressed with his professionalism, knowledge of the business and attention to detail. He and his crew were very helpful during our conversation of figuring out what we wanted and needed for the handling of our roof. Please know how much we appreciated his personal touch and years of experience in the business.  He laid out the whole schedule and process in one conversation. There were no surprises or disappointments. The entire process fell into place without a hitch. Great job by the Kierce team.

The roofers were very respectful of our home and made sure Lil and I were comfortable with what was needed to be done around the property prior to stripping the roof.

Installation of the CertainTeed roof was accomplished by the Kierce team. They were extremely polite, courteous and also respectful of our home. The entire team took great pride in their workmanship and attention to detail.

No one likes to have their home under construction or invaded by strangers but I must say your personnel did a wonderful job. They were in and out of here within two days, just as Bobby had said.

If you ever need a recommendation Bobby, please feel free to contact me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sincerely,

Thomas and Lillibeth C.
Foxboro MA 02035
22 jul 13 @ 9:31 pm

Know your Contractor

We have received quite a few calls this year from people who decided to have the "least expensive" roofer complete their home improvement project, only to find their roof leaking with the first heavy rain.   To make matters worse, the original contractor is not returning phone calls and cannot be found.

These days it is more difficult to make our dollars stretch a little further and for our paychecks cover a little bit more; but choosing a fly by night contractor to work on your home may end up costing you more in the end.  No one wants to pay for a roof twice.

As much as we feel for the people in these situations, there is very little we can do, especially when there are multiple leaks.  Our only solution is to re-do the roof or that portion of the roof.  Problems can arise if the original contractor used sub-par materials, or did not install the materials correctly.

At Robert Kierce Roofing, we have been in business for 18 years.  We live in the community in which we work, and we have pride in our work.  We realize our best advertising is satisfied, happy customers.  We purchase our shingles from local vendors and only use Certain Teed Shingles.  We stand behind our workmanship.

So check out your contractor - Trust Referrals, Check Better Business Bureau listings, Ask for Licenses & Insurance; Certificates.

Thanks & Good Luck with your projects!!

The Robert Kierce Roofing Family, Summer 2013

 

24 may 13 @ 12:14 pm

Bob Building Dugouts for Foxboro Youth Softball & Baseball Program
Bob Kierce of Robert Kierce Roofing works with Mark Sullivan of All-Phase Concrete
along with many volunteers supporting Foxboro Youth Baseball
& Volunteers Building Dugouts for FYSBSoftball to build new Dugouts!
 
Volunteers stand in front of one of the four dugout shelters that
were built for the Foxboro Youth Baseball and Softball
 programs. From left to right: Chuck Carmone, Connor Foley,
 Mark Sullivan, Bob Kierce
 and Larry Stern.
 
Check out the whole article in this weeks
Foxboro Reporter!!
 
21 apr 11 @ 7:13 pm

Check out our business profile in this weeks Foxboro Reporter! 26 mar 11 @ 3:33 pm

So what is an Ice Dam anyways?

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

What causes ice dams?

  There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover, and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32�F while lower surfaces are below 32�F. For a portion of the roof to be below 32�F, outside temperatures must also be below 32�F. When we say temperatures above or below 32�F, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32�F will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32�F and freezes. Voila!�an ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32�F. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.

Nonuniform roof surface temperatures lead to ice dams.

What causes different roof surface temperatures?

Since most ice dams form at the edge of the roof, there is obviously a heat source warming the roof elsewhere. This heat is primarily coming from the house. In rare instances solar heat gain may cause these temperature differences.

Heat from the house travels to the roof surface in three ways: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is heat energy traveling through a solid. A good example of this is the heating of a cast iron frying pan. The heat moves from the bottom of the pan to the handle by conduction.

If you put your hand above the frying pan, heat will reach it by the other two methods. The air right above the frying pan is heated and rises. The rising air carries heat/energy to your hand. This is heat transfer by convection. In addition, heat is transferred from the hot pan to your hand by electromagnetic waves and this is called radiation. Another example of radiation is to stand outside on a bright sunny day and feel the heat from the sun. This heat is transferred from the sun to you by radiation.

In a house, heat moves through the ceiling and insulation by conduction through the slanted portion of the ceiling (see photo) In many homes, there is little space in regions like this for insulation, so it is important to use insulations with high R-value per inch to reduce heat loss by conduction.

The top surface of the insulation is warmer than the other surroundings in the attic. Therefore, the air just above the insulation is heated and rises, carrying heat by convection to the roof. The higher temperatures in the insulation's top surface compared to the roof sheathing transfers heat outward by radiation. These two modes of heat transfer can be reduced by adding insulation. This will make the top surface temperature of the insulation closer to surrounding attic temperatures directly affecting convection and radiation from this surface.

There is another type of convection that transfers heat to the attic space and warms the roof. In our photo, the winding arrow beginning inside the house and going through the penetration in the ceiling, from the light to the attic space, illustrates heat loss by air leakage. In many homes this is the major mode of heat transfer that leads to the formation of ice dams.

Exhaust systems like those in the kitchen or bathroom that terminate just above the roof may also contribute to snow melting. These exhaust systems may have to be moved or extended in areas of high snow fall.

Other sources of heat in the attic space include chimneys. Frequent use of wood stoves and fireplaces allow heat to be transferred from the chimney into the attic space. Inadequately insulated or leaky duct work in the attic space will also be a source of heat. The same can be said about kneewall spaces.

Prevention of Ice Dams

Prevention and Protection
Installing new shingles will not prevent ice dams.  Prevention only occurs when the entire roofing system is addressed, including attic insulation and roof ventilation.  Ideally, the temperature in the attic space should be close to the same temperature as the outside air.

  • Attic Insulation � adding insulation to your attic will minimize the heat that escapes from the living space into the attic.  Additionally, electric outlets, plumbing vents, furnace stacks, and bathroom vents can allow heat to escape into the attic.
  • Roof Ventilation � inevitably, heat will get into your attic during winter months.  Proper roof ventilation allows that heat to escape and prevents your roof deck from warming.  The freeze-thaw process that results in ice damming is unlikely to occur on a roof that is properly ventilated.
  • Underlayments, such as installation of  Ice and Water barriers  protect the roof deck from ice dams by creating a water-tight barrier between the shingles and the roof deck, but do not prevent ice damming from occurring.
29 jan 11 @ 6:10 pm

A great holiday gift ~ Snow removal Services!!
Stumped as to what to get that special person in your life? Can you hear the clock tick, tick, ticking . . .and you just feel stumped? How about the gift of Snow Removal? Its a great gift, it wont be returned because it doesn't fit, is the wrong color, or just because . . .You will make someone very happy&they will be thanking you every time it snows all winter!!

We are currently plowing in Foxboro and surrounding areas.  So give us a call today!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Robert Kierce Contracting!
10 dec 10 @ 9:57 am

It's that time . . .
You may not want to admit it, but it is time to think about winter and winter in New England means snow and the resulting snowbanks!!  Dont get stuck this year, contact us today for a free estimate!RFKSnowPlowing.jpeg
9 nov 10 @ 7:46 pm

Dont Get Stuck this Winter! Call Robert Kierce Contracting today for a Free Estimate for Snow Removal!
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9 nov 10 @ 7:37 pm

Did you see us on Channel 4 News at 11 on October 30?
 
Clara is the Vampire - who says "Yea Trick or Treating"
Emma is the China Doll
Bobby, Jr. is the Redneck
and Bob is at the door handing out candy. 
 
Happy Halloween!
1 nov 10 @ 8:28 am

IRS Tax Credits, Residential Energy Credits

Update Jan. 15, 2010: Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, available on-line.

IR-2009-98, Oct. 29, 2009

WASHINGTON � People can now weatherize their homes and be rewarded for their efforts. According to the Internal Revenue Service, homeowners making energy-saving improvements this fall can cut their winter heating bills and lower their 2009 tax bill as well.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), enacted earlier this year, expanded two home energy tax credits: the nonbusiness energy property credit and the residential energy efficient property credit.

Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit

This credit equals 30 percent of what a homeowner spends on eligible energy-saving improvements, up to a maximum tax credit of $1,500 for the combined 2009 and 2010 tax years. The cost of certain high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems, water heaters and stoves that burn biomass all qualify, along with labor costs for installing these items. In addition, the cost of energy-efficient windows and skylights, energy-efficient doors, qualifying insulation and certain roofs also qualify for the credit, though the cost of installing these items does not count.

By spending as little as $5,000 before the end of the year on eligible energy-saving improvements, a homeowner can save as much as $1,500 on his or her 2009 federal income tax return. Due to limits based on tax liability, other credits claimed by a particular taxpayer and other factors, actual tax savings will vary. These tax savings are on top of any energy savings that may result.

Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit

Homeowners going green should also check out a second tax credit designed to spur investment in alternative energy equipment. The residential energy efficient property credit, equals 30 percent of what a homeowner spends on qualifying property such as solar electric systems, solar hot water heaters, geothermal heat pumps, wind turbines, and fuel cell property. Generally, labor costs are included when calculating this credit.  Also, no cap exists on the amount of credit available except in the case of fuel cell property.

Not all energy-efficient improvements qualify for these tax credits. For that reason, homeowners should check the manufacturer�s tax credit certification statement before purchasing or installing any of these improvements. The certification statement can usually be found on the manufacturer�s website or with the product packaging. Normally, a homeowner can rely on this certification.  The IRS cautions that the manufacturer�s certification is different from the Department of Energy�s Energy Star label, and not all Energy Star labeled products qualify for the tax credits.

Eligible homeowners can claim both of these credits when they file their 2009 federal income tax return. Because these are credits, not deductions, they increase a taxpayer�s refund or reduce the tax he or she owes. An eligible taxpayer can claim these credits, regardless of whether he or she itemizes deductions on Schedule A. Use Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, to figure and claim these credits. 

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26 oct 10 @ 8:00 pm

Old Man Winter is fast approaching!

Most of us here in New England don�t really look forward to the winter months; I understand the winter sports enthusiasts, the skiers, snowboarders, or snowshoer�s. Sure the winter months bring us the holiday season, the beauty of the first snowfall, the opportunity for relaxing in front of the fireplace, and of course the Super Bowl (Go Pats!) but for a lot of us it is month after month where we just wait for spring!

So with winter fast approaching, we at Robert Kierce Roofing felt that it was an appropriate time to cover some details about winterizing your home.  The winter weather can take quite a toll on our homes, and the old adage still applies; one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

         Check ceiling and interior walls for signs of leaks (stains). If you find any, take the time to seal all roof leaks or give Bob at Robert Kierce Roofing a call.  For once the roof is covered in snow, it is nearly impossible to locate the source of leaks.

         Once the leaves fall, check and clear all gutters, downspouts and scuppers of any leaves or debris, and make sure that all drains are working properly.  The weight of the water in an improperly functioning gutter system can loosen the attachment of the guttering from the structure.  It is important that drainage water moves freely through the gutters and drains away from the house.  This is an important step in the prevention of Ice Dams.

         Check the weather-stripping on your doors and windows, including those in the basement or attic, as they may deteriorate over time due to the elements.

         Inspect your storm windows; check all the glass storm windows for cracks and other damage.  If most of your home�s windows are old and drafty, it may smart to invest the cash to replace them.  If you cannot afford to redo all the windows, start with those located in the most frequently used room or all on one floor.  There are often rebate programs or assistance for replacing windows and making your home more energy efficient.  Also, there are IRS energy-efficient tax credits you can qualify for if you install new energy efficient windows.  There are many manufacturers that offer energy efficient windows that qualify for the IRS tax credit.  

And remember Robert Kierce Roofing is your partner in helping you decide how to maximize your home�s value through tastefully selecting and professionally installing various roofing, gutter, replacement window as well as exterior and interior painting options.

 Call Bob today at 508-698-3806 today to discuss your needs. You can also find us on the web at www.RobertKierceRoofing.com.  We are a family-owned company with 18 years of experience in helping homeowners like you protect and improve your most valuable asset, your home.  We are licensed and insured and accredited with the Better Business Bureau.

Robert Kierce Roofing

www.RobertKierceRoofing.com
Serving the Community since 1988
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26 oct 10 @ 7:28 pm

Check out our recent article in the Foxboro Reporter 9 may 10 @ 9:10 pm

Spring is Springing!! (or hopefully will soon)
Even in this economy, it is important to care for one of the major investments you have made . . . Your Home!  Remember Robert Kierce Roofing can help you make educated decisions on the things in your home which will protect your investment and add value to your home.

Robert Kierce not only does Roofing, but Replacement Windows, Gutters, Exterior Painting, Decks, Installation of Skylights.  He also has a extensive network of contractors who he works with that can provide a variety of other services.

So Give Bob a call (508)698-3806!!


Thanks for checking us out and Good Luck ! 

Robert Kierce Roofing

13 apr 10 @ 11:17 am

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