This is the season of ice dams and if your having problems give us a call for a free inspection to see if we can help prevent damage caused by this icy problem. Ice dams are caused by escaping heat from the home artificially melting the snow on the roof, the water flowing down to the eve and re-freezing. Typically homes that are under-insulated and under-ventilated have this problem. In a properly insulated and ventilated home, what little heat that escapes into the attic space is vented out a ridge-vent and the snow on the roof does not melt in freezing weather. Even homes with good insulation and ventilation can get ice dams if they have gutters. Gutters that are clogged with leaves and pine needles can get an ice dam started. Warm winter weather will melt snow on the roof and re-freeze in the gutters and downspouts and begin to back up onto the roof. Unfortunately the only way to prevent this is to have roof and gutter heat cable installed in the gutter and downspouts PRIOR to snowfall.As featured in our article “Radiant Barrier Insulation“, we discuss the positive benefits and ease of installation of R-foil insulation. This product in combination with our vented metal roof system can just about eliminate ice dam problems on homes that are under- insulated and under-ventilated. On some homes, it can be a very difficult and expensive project to re-insulate the attic space and bring the ventilation up to modern building codes. Our Stone-Coated Metal Roof system has a vented air space under the metal roof. If you chose to add R-foil to the project we will install that right over the existing shingles and under the metal roof! In addition to the benefit of preventing ice dams, your home will stay cooler in the hot summer months as the r-foil reflects radiant heat away from the home.
But Mother Nature’s assault on my Ken-Caryl Ranch neighborhood was only a prelude to an even more terrifying attack over the weekend, from a veritable army of representatives from roofing companies exhorting anyone and everyone to cash in on the icy bombardment. And at least a couple of them didn’t want to take “no” for an answer.
At my place, the hail fell for probably a half hour or so, with the orbs falling just shy of golf -ball size — more like jumbo grapes or the sort of hefty steelies coveted by certain marbles players. Here’s a shot of our backyard:Fortunately, we suffered no roof damage this time around — likely because we’d been forced to replace our house topper a couple of years ago, following another hail storm that had legitimately torn things up.
The main issues on our property involved leafy trees and evergreens that had been partly denuded by the frozen fierceness — and when my wife began sweeping our driveway on Saturday morning, she was immediately set upon by roofers going from door to door on our cul de sac, and practically tripping over each other to be the first to a particular entryway. And why not, when so many of our friends and neighbors were ready to make a deal, as witnessed by this photo of three consecutive homes with roofing signs in front of them:My wife said the first several roofing reps who approached her were on the polite side — one even offered to help her clean up — and didn’t press too hard after she said we weren’t interested. But when I went out to help, a rep more or less raced down the block to reach us before anyone else, giving us a hint of the aggressiveness that followed.
I tried to dissuade him in advance by saying we were all set when it came to roofing, but he ignored me, instead pitching my wife. When she also told him we weren’t interested, he kept going, so I tried to interject again. He responded by shrugging me off again and asking my wife what grade of shingles we had (the sort of question 99 percent of homeowners don’t know), prompting me to repeat myself yet again in a firmer tone of voice — at which point he finally said, “Oh? You don’t even want to talk?”
Um — no. And if I’d come to your house and tried to force you to jaw about something that you’d twice said was of no interest, you wouldn’t want to, either.
No sooner had this guy scurried to the next house, an anger-deflecting “God bless” trailing in his wake, than a woman swooped in as I was tugging a trash can full of pine needles into our garage. When I tried to circumvent her rap at the outset, she insisted, “I’m not trying to sell you anything. I just wanted to tell you about a new law….”
About how the State of Colorado believed I should let her company replace my roof, no doubt. I fended her off several more times, but she kept coming, kept coming, until she was practically inside the garage — at which point I finally said, “I’m closing the door now — have a nice day” and pushed the button, hoping against hope that she didn’t lunge under it, waving the law in my face.
I lucked out. But the next day, the roofing minions were back.
On Sunday, we took a morning trip to Boulder, and upon our return, we had three more roofing messages on our front door:Still, this was nothing compared to a home I spotted while walking my dog a short time later. Apparently, the inhabitants had been gone over the course of the weekend — and this is what greeted them upon their return:Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying all of these roofers were perpetrating insurance scams. They’re only trying to make a living, and given the storm’s fury, some folks undoubtedly suffered real roof problems that needed to be addressed. But the most obnoxious of the people who came after us didn’t seem to have much interest in whether we needed a new roof or not. The hail had been heavy, they knew — heavy enough that, with a little nudge from a friendly inspector, our insurer might pony up for a new set of shingles without checking too closely to confirm that they were actually necessary.
Will the roofers still be laying in wait when I return home later today? I sure as hell hope not. But I won’t be surprised if several have clipboards ready the moment I step out of my car.
Oh, the humanity.
By Michael Roberts Mon., Aug. 26 2013 at 6:49 AM
Denver Westward Blogs
Consider a Bjorkstrand Metal Roof to help reduce your energy costs! More and more, homeowners are seeking out energy-saving building materials for their renovations and new homes, products that not only secure and improve structures but also provide long-term cost-cutting on energy bills while promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community.
Among the array of possible upgrades, “cool metal roofing” easily answers this consumer demand offering a solid, attractive roofing solution available in multiple colors, textures, and profiles, for steep-slope and low-slope applications, that can save your household up to 40% of its annual energy costs, depending on your geographical region.
The Benefits of Energy Efficient Metal Roofing:
As reported by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, installation of reflective metal roofing can save your home up to 40% in summer cooling energy costs while highly emissive metal roofs can reduce urban air temperatures by as much as 12 ° F. Combined, these benefits mean less money out of your wallet, less dependence on energy resources and less general air pollution in your neighborhood and across the nation.
The secret to metal roofing’s energy savings is in its variety of finishes. As shown above, the basic, unpainted metal roof will reflect much of the solar radiation usually absorbed in your attic and home by an asphalt roof. But, for homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed. Where annual cooling loads dominate, a highly reflective and highly emissive painted or granular-coated metal roof is optimal for reducing energy consumption and can actually re-emit up to 90% of absorbed solar radiation.
Additionally, most metal roofing, including stone-coated metal roofing, is composed of recycled material and can be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, reducing landfill waste and promoting quick installation as well as decades of environmentally-sound, maintenance-free strength and beauty.
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In addition to metal roofing’s reflective properties, our R-foil insulation is another way to improve your energy efficiency especially for our customers with older homes. Ask about our R-foil insulation and we can include it as an option on your proposal. We are booking up fast so call today for your free estimate and take the first step towards reducing your heating and cooling costs and installing the LAST ROOF YOU WILL EVER NEED!
Metals USA / Gerard Roofing Technologies provides its contractors with an excellent factory training program. Myself, Bruce, and two of our newer employees just got back from the Metals USA warehouse facility in Kansas City where Bruce and myself took a refresher coarse and our two new employees received their certification to install Gerard Stone-coated Steel Roofing. Rob Anderson, the technical services representative for Gerard, was a pleasure to work with and great trainer. The certification program provides our installers with every possible scenario that they will encounter out in the field. Weather it’s a dormer, skylight, hog valley, pitch change, reverse pitch change, valley detail, sidewall and roof to wall detail, hip and ridge detail, Rob showed us the factory approved method to apply ALL the various Gerard products in these areas.
In addition to the factory approved methods of installation, Rob has accumulated the experience and knowledge from ALL the certified contractors nation-wide. It’s all the ‘little tricks of the trade’, that Rob has accumulated over the years that make this training program so effective. The old saying in our industry is “A roof is only as good as the installer”. This is particularly important with stone-coated steel roofing as it is far more difficult to install than asphalt shingles.
Have Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing professionally install your next, and last roof you will ever buy. We are booking up fast but still have plenty of openings for August thru the fall and early winter. Schedule your free estimate today so we can put one of these roofs on the next truck to Wisconsin!
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