7 Tips When Hiring Your Roofing Contractor

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With the recent hail storm we had a few months ago, the number of homes affected with damage were in the range of 300,000 homes the last I checked. There are many Roofing Contractors coming from other states that are not licensed or insured in the state of Colorado. If you suspect a scam, or have been approached by one of these companies. don’t panic, give us a call at 719-464-8876. We are a licensed general contractor that local and specializes in working with insurance company claims.

We believe your roof is more important they what you probably think it is, and you should hire a professional Roofing Contractor. We have listed 7 things below you should look for in a legitimate Roofing Contractor. Do not hire anyone unless they meet the qualifications below.

  • They should be licensed and insured. This is a state law and it protects and covers any accidents or damage to your property during the project.
  • Provide you with a list of references. References are important so that you know they are professional and will do a good job.
  • They should have the necessary certification to install the manufactures products. An example would be that Impact Roofing is a preferred contractor of Owens Corning. We have the certifications from Owens Corning to use and install their product.
  • You should receive a detailed estimate/proposal of the work to be done on your roof. It should cover the process, all costs and estimated time of completion.
  • You should receive both a manufactures warranty of the products they are using plus a workmanship warranty. These warranties give you peace of mind knowing that if anything goes wrong with the products or the installation process you will have no additional expenses.
  • Your roofing contractor should be in good standing with your local Better Business Bureau.
  • Make sure you are working with a local company.

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

The Many Different Parts To Your Roof And Their Function

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Roofing Components

The major function of a roof is really to protect the home from the outside elements like snow, rain, wind, ice, etc. And this is why you need a roof that performs well and how it performs depends upon how well it keeps out the elements.

There’s much to cover when it comes to learning about what goes into roofing a house. Some of it involves some pretty complicated  terminology. Below are some definitions that cover the basics.

Roofing Glossary

1. Ridge
An intersection of two roof planes forming a horizontal peak.
2. Ridge vent
An exhaust vent that runs horizontally along the peak of the roof allowing warm, humid air to escape from the attic.
3. Deck
The structural base for the roof, usually made of wood or plywood.
4. Underlayment
A layer of protective material between the deck and the shingles.
5. Gable Roof
6. Metal drip edge
A narrow strip of noncorrosive metal used at the rake to facilitate water runoff.
7. Gable
The triangular section of the outer wall at the peak of the roof. Also a type of roof.
8. Ridge
An intersection of two roof planes forming a horizontal peak.
9. Ice and Water Barrier.
A self-adhesive waterproofing membrane used along eaves and valleys to protect these sensitive areas against ice damage and wind-driven rain
10. Valley
The intersection of two sloping roofs joining at an angle to provide water runoff.
11. Flashing
Waterproofing construction used at intersections of different planes or at openings in the roof.
12. Hip
The intersection of two roof planes that meet to form a sloping ridge running from the peak to the eave.
13. Eave
The lower border of the roof that overhangs the wall.
14. Undereave vent
Intake vents located under the eaves of the roof that help draw cool dry air into the attic.

More Common Roofing Components

Starter Shingle Roll
Eliminate the need for cutting shingle tabs or inverting them to create a starter row.
Simply apply a single course of Starter Shingle Roll along a clean, dry and smooth eave
line or rake edge after removing the release sheet.

Starter Strip Plus Shingle
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.

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.

Flashing

Flashing are the metal pieces that are used to divert water from places where it might collect,
such as hips and valleys. Flashing can be made from a variety of materials. You can use a galvanized, stainless steel, copper or
Owens Corning has “Flashing Tape”.

Owens Corning Roofing Basics

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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 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

Tips To Hang Your Outdoor Christmas Lights

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Getting Your House Merry!

Thanksgiving is now over and many people will get out their Christmas lights and start decorating their home for the holidays. We have tips to help keep you safe and get your home looking festive, merry and bright!

Measure And Plan Your Design

      1. Make a list of tools you will need. Example; ladder, extension cords, timer and lighting controls and most of all your string lights
      2. Pick a focal point of where to start your lights
      3. Check your home surfaces. Look at your gutter thickness and shingle flexibility to decide the best way to hang your lights along the roof line
      4. Places to hang your outdoor Christmas lights include:
        – Along your roof lines or eaves- On top of bushes, hedges and trees
        – Around deck railings, pillars and posts
        – Around windows, door frames and other architectural features
        – Make a path along the driveways and pathway
        – Inside planters and window boxes
      5. Determine how many lights you want. This is your personal preference. A good rule of thumb would be 100 lights for every 1 to 1 1/2 foot of tree or shrub you want to cover. So a 6ft tree needs at least 400 lights for basic lighting. For your roof line determine how you want to hang them and then measure the length of roof you will be covering.

Now Prepare Your Lights

  1. Use approved extension cords specifically for outdoor uses.
  2. Check your lights. Look for damaged or frayed cords and throw them away. One damaged set of lights can ruin your entire design
  3. Check your lights colors. The same lights could look different in color if you hold them side by side. Especially if this is your first time decorating outside or your lights are more than 3 years old you should purchase new lights.
  4. Use light clips. The big box stores have clips for every kind of surface when it comes to hanging your lights.
  5. There are hundreds of different light types and colors. Make sure you group the same light types together.  The LED lights will save you money on energy costs and they never over heat. For your roof line the icicle lights look great and now stores sell lights in nets which make it easy to put on your bushes. Just lay them on your bushes and you are done. It’s that simple.

Safety Tips

Use the Proper Outlet

For starters, safety first! Your source of power should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This type of outlet will shut the circuit down if there is overcurrent. We want your lights to shine, not sparks to fly! If you don’t have a GFCI outlet, a qualified electrician can permanently install one outdoors for holiday seasons to come. Or, you can buy a portable outdoor unit from your local home store for less than $20.

Keep Extension Cords Out of the Way

When using extension cords, make sure they are rated for outdoor use, and keep the connections above ground, snow and water. Try to avoid high-traffic areas. Tape cords across walkways, and use the correct length needed to travel to your lights. You don’t want your cords to be too long so they pile up and create walking hazards.

Always Choose Waterproof Lights

There is a variety of lights to choose from. First and foremost, always use waterproof or water-resistant lights with a tag marked underwriters lab (UL). This means the lights meet national industry standards with the American National Standards Institute. Also, when you’re buying Christmas lights to use outside, make sure they are rated for outdoor use (just like your extension cords). Never use indoor Christmas lights outdoors.

If you want to read more about the most common types of Christmas lights read DIY’s list by clicking here

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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 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

Top 4 Reasons Why Your New Roof May Fail

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PROPER INSTALLATION, ADEQUATE VENTILATION, USING GOOD QUALITY MATERIALS & NOT CUTTING CORNERS

Hiring the right contractor

Unfortunately Impact Roofing has gotten more than the usual calls from homeowners wanting us to check their new roof installation because they think it is already leaking, due to another contractors poor work. Homeowners expect their asphalt shingle roof to last 12 to 15 years years. A properly installed roof takes time and is not a cheap investment to your home. If a contractor cuts corners, uses substandard materials and hires a crew without a lot of experience your new roof could fail. Below are some tips to help homeowners understand that putting on a good quality roof is all about choosing the right contractor.

Skimping on materials. Don’t just choose the cheapest bid, as that can come at a price if a contractor skimps on items such as edge metal, sealants, or leak barriers. Ask contractors what materials they use. If a contractor is skimping on important items like sealants and leak barriers, paying a bit more upfront may be worth it.

Cutting corners on flashing and underlayment. Some contractors think chimney flashings are installed more for design than function, so they may cut corners and just use caulk to seal. When you use caulk it can break down over time and will cause water to enter the home through the flashing. Step flashing combined with counter flashing is a good way for your contractor to waterproof a chimney, skylight, or wall. It takes more labor to do the job right, so you need to understand that cutting corners just puts your home at risk and could cost more in the long run. Impact Roofing  just recently did a roof for a family that hired a friend 3 years ago to replace their roof. When we showed up we found several problems with their roof. Eventually within 5 years these homeowners could have had severe leaking, which would have caused mold and structural damage. There were holes in their roof due to old roofing nails sticking up all over the roof. Plus there was no new underlayment on the roof, just enough around the bottom of the roof to pass inspection. (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. It blocks water resulting from ice damming, wind-driven rains and normal water flow. A properly sealed roof helps prevent rot and mold. Owens Corning.) To read our full blog on the roofing process click here

Inadequate ventilation.

In order to create a consistent flow of cool, dry air through your attic, you need to make sure the air has a way to come in and go out: intake and exhaust. For a roof, intake is usually achieved through eave and soffit vents, while exhaust is achieved through vents in the gables, deck or ridge. It’s important there is a balance between the intake and exhaust ventilation to help ensure air flows smoothly and efficiently.

Proper ventilation will:

  • Help allow outside air to flow naturally upward and out of attic
  • Promote a cool, dry attic
  • Help prevent moisture from becoming trapped in insulation, structural wood, shingles and roof deck
  • Help prevent rotting, mildew, drywall damage, peeling paint and warped siding
  • Provide year-round performance for consistent ventilation without energy consumption

Click here to read more about the importance of proper ventilation.

Poor installation. Even if a contractor installs the best shingle available, if it’s not installed correctly, the roof can fail. Using a contractor who is experienced in installing a particular manufacturer’s product is important because they have experience with the products and know how things like the manufacturer’s roof deck protection, leak barriers, and ventilation all work together to help protect your home. Impact Roofing is a preferred contractor of Owens Corning what that means is Owens Corning has approved us as a contractor to install all of their products on your home.

 

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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 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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