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Solar shingles have become a popular option in recent years as the technology matures and improved designs appear on the market. If you're considering solar shingles for your mountain home or commercial property, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to be aware of.

Advantages of Solar Shingles
  • Because they look like regular shingles and come in many sizes and styles, they can complement almost any building decor.
  • They eliminate the need for a large installation area that traditional solar panels require.
  • Installation is simple and hassle free.
  • They can be combined with conventional shingles to cover large or complex roofs.
  • As a newer technology, they are competitive with traditional panels, producing around 13-17 watts of electricity.
  • When installed properly, they are able to withstand high winds, heavy snow and hail.

Disadvantages of Solar Shingles
  • Because they cannot store energy, they will not provide power at night or during storms.
  • The roof must be at the correct angle for the shingles to catch the sun.
  • There must be sufficient surface area to install solar shingles to collect enough light to produce electricity.
Have questions about whether solar shingles are right for your roof? Call The Roofing Company for an on-site consulation.
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 15:27

What Type Of Roof Is Most Hail Resistant?

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While most of the hail damage in Colorado occurs on the plains and along the foothills, where the state had the second highest number of hail claims during the 2013-2015 period (182,591), the mountains also experience frequent hail storms during the summer months.

Thankfully, hailstones in the mountains rarely reach the size of hailstones on the plains and foothills, but depending on the type of roofing material that is used, hail damage can still occur.

A roofing material's resistance to impact damage is rated on a scale of 1 through 4 by the national standard UL 2218. Impact resistance testing is performed with steel balls that simulate 90-mph hailstones of different sizes. A roof material with a class 4 rating is the toughest.

Certain types of asphalt shingles are susceptible to hail damage because the hail can wear away the granular covering. If a shingle loses enough granules are knocked off, the underlying asphalt can become exposed, causing them to deteriorate more quickly. Modified asphalt shingles are designed to be more impact resistant than standard shingles by being more flexible, which allows them to resist hail damage more effectively.

What type of roof material is most hail resistant? Class 4 products made of metal, plastic and composite materials. These products are ideal for the Colorado mountain environment because they are engineered to not only withstand hail, but also perform very well in high winds and heavy ice and snow conditions. They also offer superior fire resistance.

Have questions about roofing materials for your mountain home or commercial building? Give the Roofing Company a call.
In the Colorado mountain climate, a properly vented roof is essential to prevent damage from heavy snow and ice. One of the best options is a "cold roof" vent design. A cold roof is similar to traditional ventilated roofs in that it allows air to enter the eaves of the roof through vents. The air flows up the roof to the peak where it exits.

Cold roofs are ideal for timber frame homes with SIP roof panels and help prevent damage from ice dams and trapped moisture. Cold air circulation helps prevent snow melt on the roof when the outside temperature is 22 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

Ridge Vents

Ridge Vents help provide proper ventilation underneath the roof deck to help prevent condensation and help reduce ice buildup. A structural framed ridge mounted ventilation system on a house or building that allows proper ventilation to occur. The Roofing Company will flash and roof the vent to match the existing roof system. The structural ridge vent allows air exhaust out of the ventilation cavity.
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 06:00

Flat Roofs and Gutter Maintenance

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Ponding of water on flat roofs can be caused by many factors, including poor drainage, sloping problems, and drain blockage. If left unchecked, the standing water caused by ponding can lead to leaks, mold, fungas and damage to the underlying structure.

If there is standing water for longer than 48 hours after rain, have the roof inspected to determine the cause and have it corrected.

Gutter Maintenance

In the Colorado mountain environment it especially important to prevent clogged gutters, can lead to problems with ice dams. In addition to cleaning debris from gutters regularly to prevent clogging, there are other maintenance tasks that should be performed, including:
  • Inspect the roof every spring and fall for tree branches the hang over the roof. Trim the trees back to prevent debris from collecting on the roof.
  • Loof for loose connection between gutters and downspouts. Ensure that the water is being directed away from the building.
  • Check for excessive corrosion and loose fittings that could cause the gutters to detach from the building. Reseal seams as needed.
  • If clogging is a recurring problem, consider having commercial gutter guards installed to help shed debris off the gutters.
As an Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor, The Roofing Company attended the 2017 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Conference. At the national event, we were honored the 2017 Platinum Preferred Contractor Award for our company’s industry-leading contributions to the roofing category. This industry recognition reflects our continued focus on bringing a results-oriented, customer-driven approach to running our business and delivering trustworthy, dependable work for Grand, Summit, Eagle and Routt County homeowners.

When it comes to enhancing the beauty and function of your mountain home their are many high quality roof accessories to choose from. Here is a sample of what we have to offer:

Hand Rails/Guard Rails

Custom crafted rails that meet IRC safety code. Can be professionally designed, fabricated and installed in stainless steel, aluminum and mild steel with different finish options.

Snow Retention

Want something a little different than the factory made? Try our custom snow fence. It can be professionally installed and fabricated in stainless steel. Keep your roof healthy and looking good during those snowy winter months.

Landscaping

Custom planters will set you apart from your neighbor. Handcrafted in many different shapes and sizes, we have something for you. Can be fabricated in copper, stainless steel, mild steel and aluminum with several different finish options (See Finishes below).

Chimney Shrouds

To help protect your chimney from wind and to bring a more aesthetic quality to your roof, consider installing one of our custom chimney shrouds. They are handcrafted for each chimney to ensure a perfect fit. Each shroud can range in material, grading, mesh, expanded metals; etc-Please call for more information.

Gutters & Downspouts

Gutters and Downspouts work as a system to drain ice, snow and rain water from your roof. In the mountains gutters not only divert rainwater, but also prevent ice buildup in front of homes in the winter. All Gutters and downspouts that The Roofing Company installs are seamless, which means that there is just one gutter with no sections. This prevents water from leaking at the seams and also prevents ice buildup in the winter.

Rolled Form Gutters

At The Roofing Company, rolled form gutters are the standard. We utilize a portable seamless gutter machine that is capable of producing 5” K-style gutters from steel and copper. This process allows us to roll any custom length to create a seamless gutter system to meet a wide array of needs and applications.

Custom Gutters

We also have the capabilities to fabricate customized gutters to meet design standards and needs. For a more custom detailed gutter and downspout systems, we can order manufactured custom gutters.

Chimney Caps

Our skilled craftsmen can fabricate and install any size chimney covers for stone, wood or stucco surfaces. Chimney caps add interest and character while protecting your chimney from water damage.

Chimney Shroud

Cover up unsightly chimney termination caps with a decorative chimney shroud. All chimney caps and shrouds are fabricated in-house to maintain the highest standards in quality and workmanship.

Roof Flashing

Flashings provide protection from the harsh mountain weather conditions. All roof flashing is fabricated in-house and include window, door, sill, deck and more.

Soffit & Fascia

Metal soffits and fascia protect those hard-to-maintain areas where water and decay do their dirty work. We install soffit and fascia using custom metals and colors, there’s no need to paint and they come with a 20-year paint warranty.

Custom Design & Decorative Metals



Not exactly sure what you’re looking for? We can provide design consulting and engineering details before the metal is fabricated. This is also helpful when dealing with HOA codes and regulations.

Finishes
  • Paint- Many different options with custom color matching available.
  • Patina- Don’t wait decades to achieve the warmth and unique character of patina. Through an accelerated process, we can install patina metal today that would normally take 25 years or more to form.
  • Clear coating- A clear protective coating which provides protection for metal from scratches, tarnish, corrosion and oxidation. Clear coating seals the metal finish and protects the color from weathering.
  • Powder Coating- Applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. More durable and much thicker coatings than conventional liquid paint.
  • Polished Metals- Finishing process that polishes custom designs and patterns directly onto the metal surface.
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 18:21

Why Flat Roofs Can Develop Ponding Over Time

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One of the more common problems that can develop with flat roofs over time is ponding of water. This standing water can lead to roof deterioration and eventually leaks. Even with careful construction and low areas can develop for a number of reasons, including:

Settling

On new buildings it is natural for the structure to settle into its foundation. In most cases this settling does not cause significant damage, however on larger commercial buildings with flat roofs, low spots can develop over time causing ponding.

Changes in the Ground Environment

The ground around and near a structure can undergoing changes in the form of the freeze/thaw cycle, heavy rain and other environmental changes. These changes can shift a building's foundation and in extreme cases cause the roof to sink.

Compromised Roof Insulation

If roof insulation is not properly sealed from the elements or becomes compressed, its structure can become compromised. If water leak underneath the roofing material it can saturate the insulation, causing it to sag and create a low spot in the roof. Roof insulation damage is most likely to occur when repairs are being made or when heavy equipment is used on the roof during HVAC replacement or other work.

Poor Drainage

If water is not able to drain adequately drain from a flat roof and enough volume builds up it can cause depressions in the roof, which can continue to get worse with each storm as the cycle continues, create a steeper slope.

Have questions about your flat roof? Call The Roofing Company. We can help with all your commercial roof maintenance and repair needs.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:27

Should You Repair or Replace Your Flat Roof?

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Flat Roof?

With proper installation and high quality materials a flat roof should protect your commercial building for many, many years. However, as the years go on and repairs become more frequent, the question will eventually arise: How do you know when it's time to replace a flat roof versus continuing to make repairs?

Here are some factors to consider:

1. Is there excessive pooling of water?

One of the key weaknesses of flat roofs compared to sloped roof designs is a tendency to develop pooling. Pooling is a condition where a flat roof retains water for 48 hours or longer, and can shorten the life of a roof significantly.

2. Are there extensive or large tears or rips in the membrane or seams?

As flat roofs age they may eventually develop tears and holes, particularly along seams in the roofing material where the pieces were joined together. Minor hold and tears can be repaired, but extensive damage may signal that it's time to replace the roof. Complicating the issue is the type of roofing material the roof is covered with. For example, tar and gravel roofs can make finding holes and damage a challenge.

3. How old is the roof?

Ultimately, the question of whether to replace or repair usually comes down to the age of the roof. Have the materials used on the roof reached the end of their service life? If this is the case you may end up spending in excess of 20 percent of the cost of a new roof to simply keep the old roof functioning a little longer.

The answer of when it's time to replace an old roof is a complicated question, with many variables that are unique to each situation. A professional roofing contractor can help determine the best option for your situation.