Importance of Proper Shingle Installation

 

     The front range is prone to sudden and severe hail storms that result in massive damage to roofs and property. The recent wind storm in January, was a shift from the typical type of damage that we normally see. We have repaired minor wind damaged roofs and have had to fully replaced some wind damaged roofs. Thankfully, not one of Impact Roofing’s roofs were damaged in the wind storms as we install shingles with a 130-mph wind rating and follow installation guidelines strictly. It is important to note that some of the damaged roofs that we were called to replace where just plain old and they were simply at the end of their life span. Sadly, a lot of the affected roofs would not have been damaged if they were installed properly. Many of the damaged, recently installed roofs that I have had to repair or replace within the last month had the same class of shingles but were not properly installed.

 

Here are the 3 biggest mistakes I am seeing each week when we repair or replace a roof:

Installing a roof when it’s too cold. If a roof is installed in cold weather (under 40 degrees and not sunny) the seal will not adhere. Some types of shingles (three tabs) can’t be installed during winter months at all. This will cause the shingles to not bond to one another and can lift up resulting in torn or damaged shingles. This also allows for melting snow to “wick” underneath the shingles and cause water damage.

 

FELT INSTALLED INCORRECTLY/ WATER DAMAGED

 

Nailing Patterns. Shingles must be nailed strictly per the manufacturers guidelines and to local code. Shingles have a main seal strip that either has a mark of some sort or in the case of Owens Corning a “Sure Nail” nailing strip that is under the finished product. In our region, this nailing strip requires six nails evenly spaced across it. If the nails are not driven into the “nail strip” or there aren’t enough nails, the shingles lose their strength and will fail during a wind storm.

Incorrect Nailing Pattern

 

Layout of the shingles. Shingle patterns vary with style but generally speaking, they are installed similar to bricks. If they aren’t installed to the manufactures specifications, they lose strength. There are many other factors that go into installing a quality roof but those are some of the most common mistakes that we’ve seen lately.

 

***Be aware.***
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to tell if a roof has been installed properly until you have eighty mile per hour gusts and half your roof ends up in your neighbor’s yard. Building inspectors will sometimes lift a few shingles to make sure the nailing patterns are correct but they can’t lift every shingle and they can’t tell what temperature the roof was installed at. What I can guarantee however, is that by the time a homeowner suspects their roof replacement was improperly installed and they contact the shingle manufacturer, the shingle manufacturer will find out what went wrong. They will take the time to investigate exactly what day the roof was installed, check the weather and verify if it was nailed properly, and verify if the seams were lined up correctly among a host of other things. If a roof has not been installed properly, the manufacturer warranty is null and void leaving the homeowner to deal with a contractor who didn’t care enough to install the roof properly in the first place . Roofing materials are designed to work together, if one step is missed or a shortcut was taken the results can be disastrous. Most people assume that a roof is a roof but small differences in application can make a world of difference.

Spring is coming and although we will be waving goodbye to winter, the Front Range temperatures and weather patterns are sure to continue to be unpredictable. Make the necessary steps to ensure your roof remains in good shape for the seasons ahead, regardless of high winds or hail storms. Impact Roofing can also be a valuable resource to not only help with repairs, and replacements when needed, but can also give you valuable advice on how to prevent future problems. Call us with questions anytime, we are here for you! 719-464-8876

 

Written by: Andrew Woods

Steps To Roofing Your Home

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SEAL, DEFEND & BREATH

SEAL:
Helps Create a Water-Proof Barrier

Underlayment is the first line of defense for your roof. It helps to shed water off of the roof deck and away from your home.Block water resulting from ice damming, wind-driven rains and normal water flow. A properly sealed roof helps prevent rot and mold.

Ice & Water Barriers

Designed to protect the roof where water tends to collect, including valleys, vents, chimneys and skylights.

Underlayments

Underlayment products are the final line of defense between the home and the elements. Underlayment products
help block water from the roof deck and out of the home to help prevent rot, mold, and water damage.

DEFEND:
Helps Protect Against Nature’s Elements

Add a tough, yet beautiful layer of defense with strong adhesion that resists blow offs and helps shed water away from the roof deck.
Helps protect the most vulnerable areas such as eaves and peaks.

Owens Corning Starter Shingles provide a secure seal of protection on the first row of shingles, along the eaves.Starter Strip Plus Shingle helps save time by eliminating the need to cut shingles to create a starter row. Starter Strip Plus Shingle is packaged two pieces per shingle, and perforated down the center for easy separation.

Owens Corning® roofing shingles do more than just protect your home from the elements. They boast a wide selection of color blends and styles that help bring out the true beauty in your home.

Hip and Ridge shingles add an attractive, finished look to your roof’s ridgeline while protecting against the weather.

BREATHE:
Optimize Airflow In Your Attic

Reduce heat and moisture buildup that can lead to ice damming, roof deterioration and mold infestation.Helps air flow through the attic to manage temperature and moisture.

Intake Ventilation

When used with the proper exhaust ventilation, intake ventilation products help replace the warm, humid air in your attic with cool, dry air to help protect the interior components of your roof system from heat and moisture damage. They also help keep the attic temperature closer to the outside temperature to help eliminate problems such as ice damming, which can cause premature shingle deterioration.

Exhaust Ventilation

Exhaust ventilation helps draw air out of the attic, protecting the roofing system from heat and moisture damage. Optimally designed to work together with our VentSure® intake ventilation products, they help create a balanced flow where warm, humid air is continuously replaced by cool, dry air.

 

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Impact Roofing is a licensed General Contractor and we provide consulting services as well. Because Impact Roofing is a licensed general contractor, we are also a full construction consulting company for your insurance claim, new renovation or new build project. We have been managing construction development projects for our clients for many years. Impact Roofing can be your eyes and ears on your project and we frequently serve in a consulting role for many of our clients acting as a adviser or oversight consultant. We can be a full-service project manager for all of your projects, or on a more limited scope.

Call us at 719-464-8876. For more information about our services visit our website. www.ImpactRoofingCO.com

What Is A Licensed General Contractor?

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Licensed General Contractor

Impact Roofing is a Licensed General Contractor & Construction Consulting Company

What that means to you is “Peace of Mind” knowing that your roofing, gutter or exterior project is done right. There is a lot that goes into being a licensed general contractor. Education, testing, finances and much more. When you have a licensed general contractor do your exterior project you can rest assure that your project will be done right and up to all city and state licensing codes.

Impact Roofing is a licensed General Contractor and we provide consulting services as well. Because Impact Roofing is a licensed general contractor, we are also a full construction consulting company for your insurance claim, new renovation or new build project. We have been managing construction development projects for our clients for many years. Impact Roofing can be your eyes and ears on your project and we frequently serve in a consulting role for many of our clients acting as a adviser or oversight consultant. We can be a full-service project manager for all of your projects, or on a more limited scope.

Call us at 719-464-8876. For more information about our services visit our website. www.ImpactRoofingCO.com

We have listed the definition that Wikipedia says goes into being a licensed general contractor.

Description
The general contractor is a manager, and possibly a tradesman, employed by the client on the advice of the architect, engineer or the architectural technologist or the client him/herself if acting as the manager. A general contractor is responsible for the overall coordination of a project.[3] A general contractor must first assess the project-specific documents (referred to as bid, proposal or tender documents). In the case of renovations, a site visit is required to get a better understanding of the project. Depending on the project delivery method, the contractor will submit a fixed price proposal or bid, cost plus price or an estimate. The general contractor considers the cost of home office overhead, general conditions, materials and equipment as well as the cost of labor to provide the owner with a price for the project.

Contract documents include drawings, project manual (including general, supplementary and/or special conditions and specifications), addendum or modifications issued prior to proposal/ bidding and prepared by a design professional such as an architect. The general contractor may be the construction manager or construction manager at high risk

Responsibilities
A general contractor is responsible for providing all of the material, labor, equipment (such as engineering vehicles and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project. The general contractor hires specialized subcontractors to perform all or portions of the construction work.

Responsibilities may include applying for building permits, advising the person they are hired by, securing the property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing or recycling of construction waste, monitoring schedules and cash flows, and maintaining accurate records.[4]

Licensing Requirements
Licensing requirements to work legally on construction projects vary from locale to locale. In the United States, it is the states’ responsibility to define these requirements. For example, in the state of California, the requirements are stated as follows:[5]

“With a few exceptions, all businesses or individuals who work on any building, highway, road, parking facility, railroad, excavation, or other structure in California must be licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) if the total cost of one or more contracts on the project is $500 or more.”

In every state, a surety bond is required as part of the licensing process.

Licensing qualifications
There are no set educational qualifications to become a general contractor, though many employers prefer a bachelor’s degree. Some general contractors obtain bachelor’s degrees in construction science, building science, surveying, construction safety, or other disciplines.[6]

General contractors often start out as construction workers. While gaining work experience, they learn about different aspects of construction, including masonry, carpentry, framing, and plumbing. Aspiring general contractors communicate with subcontractors and may learn the management skills they need to run their own company.

Experience in the construction industry as well as references from customers, business partners, or former employers are demanded. Some jurisdictions require candidates to provide proof of financing to own their own general contracting firm.

General contractors often run their own business. They hire subcontractors to complete specialized construction work and may manage a team of plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other specialists. General contractors build their business by networking with potential clients, buying basic construction tools, and ensuring that their subcontractors complete high-quality work. General contractors don’t usually complete much construction work themselves, but they need to be familiar with construction techniques so they can manage workers effectively.

References
Davies, Nikolas, and Erkki Jokiniemi. Architect’s illustrated pocket dictionary. Oxford: Architectural Press, 2011. 289. Print.
Jump up ^ Hendrickson, Chris. & Au, Tung (2000). The Design and Construction Process. Project Management for Construction: Fundamental Concepts for Owners, Engineers, Architects and Builders. (Chapter 3) http://pmbook.ce.cmu.edu/03_The_Design_And_Construction_Process.html.
Jump up ^ Shekhar, R. K.. Academic dictionary of architecture. Delhi: Isha Books, 2005. 69. Print.
Jump up ^ Allen, Edward, & Iano Joseph (2009). Fundamentals of Building Construction Materials and Methods. 5th ed. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.
Jump up ^ “California Contractors License”. Craftsman Book Company. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
Jump up ^ “General Contractor License”.
Jump up ^ Wood, Hannah (8 February 2012). “Why Do Companies Hire Contractors?”. TH Services. Retrieved 11 March 2012.

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Why Gutter Maintenance Is Vital!

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Gutter Maintenance

Trouble that can happen by not having gutter maintenance

It’s a common misconception that you don’t need gutter maintenance annually. But clogged dirty gutters will create several issues that can turn costly in the future.

When leaves, nuts/acorns or any other type of  debris pile up, there are a few common problems it causes

Pest Invasion: Gutters full of debris are perfect conditions that allow mosquitoes, birds, mice, insects and squirrels to build an entire ecosystem on your home.

Mold and Pollen: Human sensitivities to mold and pollen are on the rise, especially among children. Residents will become ill and stay ill until the source is removed.

Foundation Damage: Full gutters cause water to run over, causing erosion, destroying plants, basement water infiltration and foundation damage.

Siding Damage and Aesthetics: The water that runs over the gutter and behind your siding can literally rot your building from the inside out. It will build in window and door jambs and wall penetrations, even following piping and wire penetrations into the structure.

Slip & Falls: If the downspout is pointed where the water falls on a walkway or driveway, or your gutters are leaking water on a walkway or driveway this could be serious during freezing temperatures. We have customers that have called us because a family member had a slip and fall which cause serious damage, like broken bones, twisted writs busted face etc.

Ice Dams: When gutters are full, melting snow on the roof backs up and refreezes, creating ice dams. Ice dams cause dramatic and expensive damage to the roof. Many insurance policies do not cover this

Your gutter cleaning should take place annually. Impact Roofing has annual maintenance plans that will help the life span of your roof and gutters plus save you time and money long term by letting the experts keep your home in tip top shape.

When Freezing Water Melts And Goes Through Gutters & Downspouts

Now that it’s winter and are temperatures are cold enough to freeze make sure your gutters are not dripping water that runs in a walkway, driveway or another high traffic area. This can be very dangerous.

Several days ago one of our customers had a serious fall due to this. Who ever build her home has the down spouts arranged that when it rains or in this case when snow melts and goes into the gutter and through the downspout it comes out on her walkway. During the day the water melted and drained on her sidewalk, that evening it froze. She came out of her garage and turned right on the sidewalk and wiped out. This time she did not get seriously hurt. We have also seen this happen from gutters that have hole in them or they leak water onto the walkway or driveway.

Call us if your gutters are leaking or need moved from flowing in a walkway. 719-464-8876

 

With the exceptional snowy winter that we have had this year, call a professional to check your home for any damage made from ice dams.

The Danger of Ice Dams in your gutters, can result in leaks that produce possible damage to your roof structure, foundation, mold in your insulation or damaged ceilings and walls.

A roof is the prime protection for your home. And very costly to replace! The roof redirects water, rain and snow away from your home to keep the walls and foundation safe from water damage. An ice dam is ice that forms at the edge of your roof in the gutters or soffits. When an ice mound forms water will back up behind the mound of ice and creates a pool of water. The water can then leak into your home and cause damage to your insulation, ceiling, walls and other areas of your home. This can cause mold to develop, stained ceilings or eventually this can cause serious structural damage or foundation issues, if not detected.

What Causes an Ice Dam

When there is a serious of snow fall and it accumulates on your roof and you lack proper insulation in your attic, the warmer air from your attic causes the snow to melt and trickle down your home. When it reaches a colder area like in the gutters and soffits it freezes again. Due to this repeating throughout the day, this is what forms an Ice Dam.

How to prevent Ice Dams

  1. Make sure that you attic has proper insulation and ventilation
  2. Make sure to clean your gutters from debris in the spring and fall. Frozen debris in your gutters will also cause water dams to form

Make sure to call a professional roofing company such as Impact Roofing to remove ice dams. They have special equipment that will steam the ice dam away. Home owners that have tried to remove ice dams themselves have many times causes more damage to their roof.

Contact Impact Builders to get started on your annual gutter maintenance plan!

 

Impact Roofing is a licensed General Contractor and we provide consulting services as well. Because Impact Roofing is a licensed general contractor, we are also a full construction consulting company for your insurance claim, new renovation or new build project. We have been managing construction development projects for our clients for many years. Impact Roofing can be your eyes and ears on your project and we frequently serve in a consultant role for many of our clients acting as a adviser or oversight consultant. We can be a full-service project manager for all of your projects, or on a more limited scope.

Call us at 719-464-8876. For more information about our services visit our website.www.ImpactRoofingCO.com

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