Monday, May 23, 2011

Denver Roofing and Re roofing - What To Expect And What To Do

There are many types of roofing materials, costs and warranties. Even the best made shingles will eventually deteriorate, even with the most comprehensive maintenance methods in place. When that happens contractors are hired and construction could begin. Here's what to expect when you are roofing or re roofing your Denver home.

What to require

Prior to your roof construction starting, a proposal or bid needs to be completed by an established roofing professional. Without a proposal you are shooting from the hip. Obviously if you’ve gone this far with a professional roofer there is a certain level of trust that you already have with him.

The proposal will cover costs associated with installing your new roof, warranties the schedule and other details. During this time you should ask questions that you have already prepared.

Find out what their procedures are if in the middle of the installation a heavy rainstorm occurs. How will they insure that their roof remains waterproof?

What to expect

The length of time it usually takes to reroof a 25 square asphalt roof depends on a few factors. Many roofing companies have large crews and can get your old roof off and new one installed in a day to day and a half. But factors such as the type of materials being taken off and installed can add quite a bit of time to the construction process.

The construction of your new roof will be very noisy. If you have small children or pets, it would be a good idea to be out of the house during construction. Additionally, pictures and other items hanging on the walls could fall off because of the amount of banging etc that is a part of the construction.

Open rafters in your garage could cause damage to your vehicle with tools and so forth falling from that area.

The contractor should also protect any landscaping you don’t want damaged. Make sure that when you discuss these things with your roofer and that he signs off on your requirements. With just a verbal agreement you could end up in a dispute with him because he forgot to tell the crew to protect the flowerbed.

Quality Control Check

Many Denver roof contractors have a technician that is separate from the roofing crew. That technician has a responsibility to look at your roof to insure that the roof is installed properly. If there are things that need to be taken care of he should have the tools to handle those issues.

The roof technician should go through the property to make sure that the debris has been cleaned up, a magnetic roller should be used to clean up the nails in the yard.

Final Walk Through.

Your contractor should do a final walk through while you are present. This is the time to bring up any final concerns. If there are major roof issues make sure those things are handled properly.

If you are happy with the project the contractor should be in touch with the local building department to arrange an inspection with their inspectors. Building code inspectors aren’t looking for quality control issues they are only inspecting your roof to make sure it is meets the building code requirements.

Usually a building inspector will look at your property a few days after he’s been notified. On rare occasions it could be a month or longer for the city to come and inspect the roof.

It’s not unusual for homeowners to make a payment for the work completed and then hold the final amount until the roof has passed inspection.

If there are corrections that need to be made in order to pass inspection, your contractor should know what they are by calling the building department.

To ask specific about your particular Denver roofing or re roofing project call Professional Roofing and Exteriors.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Improper Roof Ventilation-The Fastest Way to Buying a New Roof

One of the most overlooked items in the roofing industry by homeowners and many roofing contractors is roof ventilation systems. When you have improper roof ventilation you are asking to spend a few more thousand dollars on a roof way before the “warranty’ period expires.

In Colorado the biggest factor for making your roof warranty invalid is heat. Add in improper ventilation and it makes it even more damaging to you roof.
Have you ever been in your attic when it’s 95 pr 100 degrees outside?

If you have, you know that you can’t spend a lot of time in the attic before you have to get out. Having inadequate ventilation can shoot the attic temperature 30 degrees or more. Over time, the heat inside your attic can cook your asphalt shingles from the inside out.

Not only is the attic temperature a factor to asphalt shingle roofs the outside temperature is a big factor too. If you have ever been on your roof with 90 degree weather you know how hot the surface area can get. The halt asphalt material can actually melt.

Asphalt roof shingles can be blistered by heat and your manufacturer’s warranty could be deemed invalid. If you have a 30 year roof with improper ventilation you could see blisters within the first five or so years.

Improper ventilation can cause snow to melt faster and freeze, on your roof, in the winter months, creating ice dams. Ice will sit during a freeze, thaw cycle and create leaking and gutter damage as well as water damage to your roofs decking.
So why is ventilation one of the most overlooked items on the roof by roofing contractors?

The roofing industry is extremely competitive and full of people who are looking to make a few bucks and then get out of the business. Roofing contractors know that you are probably shopping estimates from other companies. If you have a big roof, ventilation can add in extra costs that could take the contractor out of the running to get the job.

A reputable roofing contractor will explain the importance of proper ventilation even if it means that they could lose the project. That’s a contractor that sleeps well at night and has clients that keeps them busy.

If you would like to talk to an established roofing contractor that will explain ventilation and warranties to you call a project manager at or call 303-422-2157

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hail Damage Insurance Claim-Can I Do My Own Work and Keep the Money?

With a hail damage insurance claim to your roof, consumers often ask if it's okay to fix the roof themselves and keep the difference from their insurance company.

That should make sense right? The insurance company pays to replace your hail damaged roof and you can get it done cheaper so you should be able to keep the money. Have you asked your insurance company what they think about that?

Dave Pettigrew is the sales manager of Professional Roofing and Exteriors in Arvada Colorado. He has over 30 years in the construction business and worked his way form the ground up in the industry. As a trusted adviser to clients and employees of Professional Roofing he has some vitally important information about your hail damage insurance claim.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Is a Hail Damaged Roof Really a Hail Damaged Roof?

With hail season looming in the wings many homeowners across the country will be faced with filing claims with their insurance company. Many roofs will be approved for replacement for hail-damage while many others won't, even though there may be hail damage to their roof.

If you've ever been denied, by your insurance company adjuster, even though he or she admits to hail damage on the roof is there anything you can do?

Are there really two types of hail damage according to your insurance policy?

Dan Cupit of Professional Roofing and Exteriors in Denver Colorado has some important information for you.

Just because your insurance adjuster denies your claim doesn't necessarily mean he or she is right.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Denver Better Business Bureau-Do Their Ratings Amount to Anything?

Have you ever noticed that some people rely completely on the Denver Better Business Bureau and others take their rating system with a grain of salt? Is their rating system a farce or a scam? What should you do?

Colorado is a state that doesn't require state licensing. When searching for a legitimate roofing contractor it requires a bit more legwork on your part to insure you hire the best roofing contractor for your situation.

Using the BBB should be looked at as a resource.Of course the information you gather on a particular company can bring up red flags. Many Denver area roofing customers have relied solely on information put out by the Better Business Bureau and ended up getting burned because a contractor may have an A rating and is accredited by the BBB but really does not have an established track record.

Dan Cupit has industry insider information on the Denver Better Business Bureau rating system.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Colorado Roofer Contractors-How Do you Know They Are Local?

There are over 800 Colorado Roofer Contractors listed throughout Colorado. It seems that whenever there is a damaging hail storm in Colorado there are another 800 that show up to get their share of the roofing money.

Many Denver area homeowners have been ripped off by many of these fly-by-night roofing companies. Some of these companies pick up a check then never show back up to do the work. What about the storm chasers that show up do the work and everything then seems fine? For Awhile.

When a storm chaser shows up there really is no way to tell if they are local. Is there?

Many of these out of town roofing companies will show up, buy an existing roof name and phone number, to make it look like they have been in the Denver roofing market for many years. So how can you tell if the people behind the company are who they say they are.

Dan Cupit of Professional Roofing and Exteriors has some great ideas that you can use to find out if a Roofer is actually from Colorado.

It really is important that you know if a roofer is local because if they are from out of town and you have a problem later on, you should be able to call the roof contractor that installed your roof, to take care of warranties and guarantees.