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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:54

What is a Cold Roof System?

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In the cold, snowy mountain climate of Colorado one of the main challenges of roof design is to prevent ice from forming on the roof deck, where it can cause ice dams and water damage to the roof and underlying structure. To prevent snow from melting and refreezing the roof must be kept cold. The main way to control the roof temperature is through attic or roof ventilation. Without adequate ventilation, the warm, moist air that rises into the attic during the winter can cause the snow on the roof to melt and refreeze. Structural or standard ridge vents along the top of the roof allow the warm attic air to escape.

By creating a constant flow of cold air above the insulation but below the roofing material cold air is allowed to circulate, a cold roof system prevents snow on the roof from melting when the outside temperature is 22 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. When it is warmer than 22 Fahrenheit outside; melted water that is on the roof typically will not freeze on the eaves.

Have questions about cold roofs for your residential or commercial roof? Call The Roofing Company, we can help answer all your roof questions.
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 00:28

Preventing Ice Damage With Heat Cables

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When ice forms on roofs it can prevent snowmelt from draining normally, causing an ice dam. As water backs up behind the dam it can infiltrate the roof, causing damage to walls, ceilings and the underlying structure. On larger, more complex roofs, snow removal can be a challenge as well as a safety hazard. One option to prevent ice damage is to install heating cables.

Heating cables are installed near the bottom edge of the roof over eaves and in gutters and down spouts, where ice is most likely to form. By sensing low temperatures and moisture, the system automatically adjusts heat levels to use energy only when needed. Ice is melted and water is able to drain off the roof.

Have questions about heat cables and other snow and ice management systems? Call the Roofing Company. We're Colorado's Mountain Roofing Experts.
As the fall weather arrives in the mountains of Colorado and the snow and ice are right around the corner, it's important to ensure that your home's gutters are in good condition. When gutters become clogged or broken they can create a whole host of problems,

Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage

When properly installed, gutter collect water and keep it away from your home. If they become clogged they can cause water to pool on the roof and eventually damage the roof and underlying structure.

Because heavy snow and ice on steeply sloped roofs can damage gutters. Consider installing snow guards.

Check your gutters regularly for debris and clean them regularly to prevent build up of dirt, leaves and pine needles.

Unhealthy Water Pooling

When water is allowed to collect near home it can seep into the foundation, attracting insects and providing a perfect environment for mold and mildew. Ensure that downspouts are installed correctly so they drain the water away form the foundation.
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 14:23

Commercial Roofs and HVAC Units

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Rooftop HVAC units are commonly installed on commercial buildings. When the equipment is installed on an existing roof, or an older unit is replaced, it's important to take steps to prevent damage to the roof.

HVAC units can increase the risk of water leaks where the mounting brackets and lines penetrate the roof. These potential leak points can go undetected during a roofing inspection while the damage occurs underneath. It's important that the HVAC installer understand the potential problems with rooftop installation and that regular, professional maintenance be performed to avoid potential problems

Another common issue with rooftop HVAC equipment is condensation. In many cases the condensation discharges directly onto the roof, where it can lead to water ponding and increasing risk of damage over time as the moisture seeps into and weakens the roofing structures. The moisture can also cause staining and mold growth. For this reason it is recommended that condensation lines be directed to a nearby roof drain.

If HVAC technicians are working on the roof with machinery it is recommended that you have a qualified roofing contractor oversee the work to ensure that the integrity of the roof is maintained during and after the work is performed.

When installing new HVAC equipment on your roof, always contact a roofing professional to ensure that curbs, drainage lines, tubing, electrical lines and other roof modifications are made with the goal of minimizing potential damage to the roof.

For all your commercial roof inspection, repair and maintenance needs, call The Roofing Company, we are here to help.
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.