Tips for Spring Roof Maintenance

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by Lori Smith

Getting You Property Ready For A New Season

Spring has finally sprung and the warmth of the new season has melted most of the winter’s snow. It’s time to start doing a little work outdoors to get your yard and property ready for whatever comes next.

Tips for Spring Roof Maintenance

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Ice, snow, and wind are damaging to your property, from shingles blowing off to fallen trees to ice dams building up and causing leaks. It can also be devastating to your bank account when you have to make the repairs.

The cold weather is especially hard on your roof, so checking on your property to make sure it is in satisfactory condition and aesthetically looks good are all important factors for home and business owners.

Here are some spring roof maintenance tips to consider:

As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, it’s time to refocus on roofing maintenance to ensure that the winter elements haven’t caused any damage or issues that could compromise performance. In addition to inspecting both before and after every winter, it’s also crucial that the individual overseeing your roof’s inspection is trained and has experience identifying potential problems. If possible, call the same contractor that installed the roof as they’ll likely have the most in-depth understanding of your building’s intricacies.

See more here:  Spring Roof Maintenance Tips

Regular Inspections

A general inspection of your roof and gutter system in the spring will go a long way toward preventing any major issues. You’ll have to be ready to get up on a ladder to examine the area, so if you aren’t comfortable with doing this, call an experienced roofer in Denver to do the job for you.

Clearing the debris from the roof and gutters is a good start. If you have asphalt shingles and see a lot of the granules from the surface of the shingles in the gutter, that is a sign of some pretty good wear. If you have a metal roof, you need to watch for signs of rust.

On any roof, you also need to check for any algae or fungus growing, as this can not only look bad but can eventually damage the structure. This video offers more ways to keep an eye on your investment:

Attic Inspection

Checking on the inside of your home or commercial building for discoloration in the ceiling and walls can also indicate a leak. Because of this, the attic is another good place to inspect for leaks or mold.

Leaks in the roof can be caused by a number of factors such as missing shingles, small holes in the roof decking, or gaps in the metal flashing around chimneys and vent pipes. It’s not always easy to find the source of the leak, but left untreated it can lead to mold, which can be harmful to the building and the people.

This post discusses how to find a roof leak:

    1. Go into the attic with a flashlight, during or shortly after a heavy rain, being careful not to step through the ceiling. In the absence of rain, use a garden hose to thoroughly wet down the roof to create a manmade leak.
    2. Examine the roof decking and rafters in the attic above the spot where the ceiling is wet.

      Finding a Roof Leak

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    3. Follow any water stains or wet spots up the rafters or roof decking to their highest point.
    4. Measure down from the roof peak to the highest point of the leak and over from a gable end to the leak.
    5. When the roof is dry, go on the roof, and transfer the measurements to the roof, allowing for any overhang on the end of the roof.
    6. Examine the roofing closely for signs of the leak at the location you measured.
    7. If you can’t see the source of the leak, continue to look higher up on the roof, since water can run down behind the shingles before emerging in the attic decking or rafters.

Read more here:  Tips for locating hard-to-find roof leaks

Repairing or replacing your roof can be expensive. If you take the time to scrutinize your property a couple times a year, you will be able to identify roof maintenance opportunities that will help prevent costly repairs later.

Style Options for Metal Roofing

Posted on: March 16th, 2018 by Lori Smith

Metal roofing isn’t just for agricultural, commercial, and industrial applications any longer. You see corrugated metal roofing on homes and businesses all across the country.

However, in today’s roofing industry, corrugated steel isn’t your only choice. There are more style options than ever before that imitate other roofing materials.

These classy alternatives can be seen in the following post:Options for Metal Roofing


Clay roofing tiles typical of Mediterranean-style homes get a material upgrade, via Metro Roofs, to lightweight stone granule-coated steel. The scalloped roofing panels come in 18 colors (like Mission Gold and Terracotta) that, unlike their clay counterparts, can be safely walked upon.

Faux Asphalt

If community rules or personal preferences dictate the use of asphalt-like shingles, the Granite Ridge product from Gerard recreates the look in a long-lasting, stone-coated steel.


The weight of slate tile can mean additional engineering is necessary when applying the material to roofs. Slate-look metal roofing from Interlock Roofing is much lighter, making it easier to install. It also has a patented Alunar coating system embedded with a Teflon surface protector for durability.


A natural metal roof material like copper will patina over time and develop an aged finish. Future Roof offers copper roofs in a variety of styles, from diamond to shingle to slate looks. Available in 12-, 16-, or 20-ounce copper, these roofs are completely recyclable.Copper Roofing Shingles


Coated steel roofing from Kasselwood is made to look like wood shakes (without the frequent maintenance needs of real wood). Ten colors—Copper Penny, Aged Cedar, Evergreen and Black Onyx among them—offer variety. As a bonus to environmentalists, the roofing is made from 30% recycled materials, and it’s recyclable at the end of its lifetime.


Future Roof’s diamond pattern adds a level of sophistication. This more flamboyant roof style is perfect for architectural styles like Queen Anne, known for pattern, color, and texture.

Standing Seam

On vertical standing-seam roofs, an attachment flange covers the adjacent panel, making for a clean look and ensuring protection from inclement weather. Fabral offers a classic-style metal roof with narrow seams, perfect for a range of home styles, from traditional to modern, and designed for longevity against rain, snow, and wind.

Batten Seam

ATAS International supplies a batten-seam roofing material for added texture and visual interest. Great for a country home or cabin, the product installs like typical standing-seam roofing and is available in 30 colors (with matching trim options).Batten or Standing Seam Metal Roof


Metal shingle-style roofing from Interlock is crafted to resemble thin-cut wood shingles. Available in nine colors, the product comes in a heavy grain texture with durable coating. Each shingle has an interlocking edge on all four sides and is nailed to the roof surface, promising superior protection.

Barrel Vault

This Gerard barrel vault tile delivers the look of ‘S’ concrete tile without the weight. The roofing is stone-coated metal, which recreates the texture of concrete while providing better moisture protection than the average clay or cement tile.

See the slideshow and manufacturers here:  Trending Now:  Metal Roofs

Using metal as the roofing component makes your covering much more durable and a whole lot lighter. For example, with traditional clay, concrete, or slate tiles, the infrastructure has to be reinforced to support the weight of the material. Using metal to imitate the appearance of these heavy roofing tiles, you can save money all around.

The manufacturers of this type of roofing use a metal press to stamp out the metal shingle, allowing for endless style options for metal roofing.

Even though this video is older, it shows how metal roofing tiles are manufactured:

There is a lot to consider when installing metal roofing Denver. The slope of the roof, the decking, venting, and wind speed requirements are all part of the puzzle.

Each city, county, and state have their own codes and regulations. This site offers an overview of Denver City and County Roofing Guidelines.

If you need expert advice on the type of roofing material that would best suit your municipality and the style of your home, contact a commercial roofing Denver expert. They will set up a plan to manage your installation and maintenance and keep your roof tip-top shape.

Can You Install Metal Roofing Over Asphalt Shingles

Posted on: March 9th, 2018 by Lori Smith

Know The State and Local Codes

There are advantages and disadvantages to every roofing material. Asphalt shingles are more affordable but have a shorter lifespan. Clay tiles are extremely durable but heavy, requiring a reinforced roofing system. Metal offers stamina and ease of installment but at a higher cost.Metal Roofing over Asphalt Shingles

Figuring out what is right for your current situation is the key, and a good Denver commercial roofing company will be there to help you decide. They are also part of ongoing maintenance and inspections, minimizing the chance for any costly major catastrophes.

When remodeling or replacing a certain type of roofing material, part of the cost is tearing off what is already there. If a roof is damaged, removing the current system is a must…or is it?

Can you install metal roofing over asphalt shingles? This post discusses using stone coated metal shingles over the top of asphalt shingles:

Can you avoid tearing off your old asphalt shingle roof by putting a steel roof over it? Maybe. Most codes now allow no more than two layers of roofing before requiring a complete tear-off. So, if your roof has two layers, it may require a complete tear-off, even though steel is lighter than asphalt. Codes vary, so call your local building department to know how to install metal roofing over shingles properly, code-wise.

Metal roof

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A steel roof is a lifetime investment, lasting 50 years or more if it’s a good one. Asphalt roofs typically last 20 to 30 years, depending on the installation and shingle quality. So, the investment might be worth it, but the range of choices makes shopping for a steel roofing system more complicated than you might think.

If you want to install steel over asphalt, your best choice is to use a steel shingle system like the one shown instead of the more common (and more expensive) standing seam steel. In a standing seam roof, long, single panels run vertically all the way from the eave to the ridge. In contrast, steel shingles are small panels installed in horizontal rows much like other shingles.

See the full post here:  Metal Roofing Installation:  How to Install Metal Roofing Over Shingles

Metal Roofing Panels

Does it work to leave asphalt shingles under long metal panels? It depends on the situation. Most codes allow only two layers of roofing before requiring a complete tear-off.

You shouldn’t attach the metal directly to the OSB roofing deck. You need to add furring strips over the top of the shingles so you have something to attach the metal panels to. Other issues include venting the eaves and the ridge.

Even though the audio is bad, this video demonstrates the process:

As you can imagine, there are a lot of differing opinions on whether it is permissible to put metal over the top of other roofing materials. Some contractors feel that there is a problem with too much weight causing stress on the roof trusses and that condensation could be an issue.

Others feel it saves the environment to preserve the old shingles and that they work as a layer of insulation making the home more energy efficient.

On this forum from Angie’s List, this person has a strong opinion in favor of metal over asphalt shingles:

“There is absolutely no reason to remove a structurally sound asphalt roof to install a metal roof other than to add to cost. Tens of thousands of metal roofs have been done this way with no problems. Any contractor telling you otherwise without due cause with your particular roof should be avoided. They just want to inflate your bill. Find another contractor!”

See the full discussion here:  Why Leave Shingles When Installing a Metal Roof?

There are always going to be contractors that are willing to take advantage of a situation. However, most Denver roofers are honest, hard-working individuals that want to do a good job and follow the rules.



Commercial Building Code vs Residential Building Code

Posted on: March 3rd, 2018 by Lori Smith

Differences in Commercial and Residential Structures

We all know that there is a big difference between commercial buildings and residential buildings. The design and the size are the obvious contrasts, making a commercial structure quite a bit more expensive in terms of materials, labor, and consultation costs.

Homes are generally built of wood, but commercial buildings are many times made of steel and concrete. The latter demands a much different infrastructure to operate, such as elevators, plumbing and electrical, and parking areas.

This post offers more economic distinctions:

1. Residential

residential building codes

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Residential tenants are available regardless of the economic condition. This is because most people want to live and rent in places close to their friends, families, job location, educational institutions, etc.

Investing in rental homes also guarantees available cash flow and easier to rent. Even if a tenant leaves, there are always new tenants coming in.

Furthermore, it is easy to sell houses than commercial lots because demand from buyers is always there.

House rentals are determined by comparable market rates of similar houses in the area. Tenants pay their rents on a weekly or monthly basis depending on different countries.

The value of a residential property is calculated by comparing the market price of similar properties in that location. An appraiser is responsible for estimating the value of a house.

It is possible to buy a residential property with a small down payment and getting 90 percent or more mortgage financing from the bank.

2. Commercial

Commercial properties tend to be more lucrative than residential because of steady returns and better cash flow.

Tenants in commercial properties usually pay expenses such as repairs and maintenance. This is because tenants want to run their businesses as good as possible.

The lease period are longer than residential, which translates into guaranteed long-term cash flow. Landlords can lease to a tenant for a specific length of time (e.g. 5 years) and then have the option exercised by the tenant to renew the lease for another period of 5 years.

commercial building codes

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The lease document itself is quite long and contains many clauses. You need to study the lease carefully and understand the terms with the help of a competent lawyer.

Unlike residential, leases are very important as these documents determine the price, value, and most importantly the rents of a commercial property. Tenants who have long-term leases can significantly improve the value of the property.

See more here: How Residential and Commercial Properties Are Different From Each Other

Stronger Commercial Building Guidelines

One of the biggest contrasts are the codes that are required for a commercial structure. One important aspect is that electrical wiring for commercial is wrapped in metal sheath as opposed to plastic.

Additionally, there are significant differences in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems. Residential heating and AC are usually on the ground floor, but commercial is located on the flat roofing system and is much more complex.

Similarly, the plumbing material is the same for both but the size and variety of potential problems creates a lot more code to follow in commercial plumbing.

This video describes more on commercial building code vs residential building code:

Safety factors such as emergency lighting, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and installing exit signs are more specific to commercial code. Contractors also have to follow ADA (American Disabilities Act) for elements like bathrooms, doorways, and elevators in buildings newer than 1993.

Many times, commercial buildings use a drop ceiling to help insulate the sound between floors and make the area more energy efficient. The key is to check your city and county ordinances for codes that are specific to your area.

This site offers information on minimum building codes for the state of Colorado, but each area has their own list of rules to follow. For example, the city of Denver uses to specify their requirements.

When you embark on a new building adventure, following the local guidelines will keep you and other occupants safe. If you don’t have time to study these complex codes, you can always call a Denver building contractor, as it is their job to keep up with the residential and commercial building codes.

Pros of a Suspended Ceiling (and a few Cons)

Posted on: February 23rd, 2018 by Lori Smith

A suspended ceiling, sometimes called a drop or false ceiling, is an additional ceiling that is installed below the original top of the room. It consists of a lightweight metal grid system that is suspended from the actual ceiling and many times has acoustical ceiling tiles placed in the framework.

The tile panels themselves can be made of a variety of components such as metal, wood, synthetic, and composite materials. However, the acoustic tiles, which are made of mineral fiber, are common in commercial applications.

There are a number of reasons drop ceilings are used, as noted in this post:Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

Pros of a Suspended Ceiling

  • Easy Installation
  • Conceals Ductwork, Pipes, and Wires
  • Easy to Remove in Case of Repairs
  • More Economical Than Renovation
  • Provides Sound Proofing
  • Allows for Easy Installation of
  • Available in Many Materials and Colors

Pros and Cons of Having a Suspended Ceiling

This style of construction makes the room cozier with the soundproofing, which can be helpful in office or apartment building. It can easily hide all of the heating, plumbing, and electrical infrastructure of any building and you can remove it to do any necessary repairs.

With all of these benefits, it makes you wonder why they aren’t installed in every building, right? As with any construction material, there are also some disadvantages to a suspended ceiling.

One disadvantage is that they deteriorate faster than other ceilings and over time the tiles can begin to sag. Also, if you are already short on headroom, they lower the height of the ceiling.

Installing A Suspended Ceiling

This video shows the installation of a drop ceiling:

Keeping your line level for mounting the metal framework is a critical component of a successful install. Finding studs to attach the outer framework to is also important to be sure it’s a solid installation.

Running the interior grid framework perpendicular to the floor joists will also add to the soundness of the ceiling to keep it from sagging. Using anchors with eyelets, the wire connects from the original ceiling floor joists to the metal grid, supporting the weight of the system and the tiles.

What Does A Suspended Ceiling Cost?

This post provides some general expenses:

Install Costs and ConsiderationsFramework Grid of Suspended Ceiling

The average cost for a 10’x12’ room is around $1,500.00 installed. If you do it yourself, the material costs are:

  • Tiles – $30.00 to $55.00 per case (check the quantity per case as it varies, the lower end is usually 20 tiles per case, 2’x2’)
  • Gridwork – about $72.00
  • Level – Laser level from $20.00 to over $500.00, carpenter’s level $10.00 to $30.00
    • A laser level is recommended for accuracy across the room and along the walls.

How Much Does It Cost To Install A Drop Ceiling

With the national average being anywhere from $700 to $3,500, you definitely want it done correctly. If you don’t have the proper equipment to do it yourself, you can call a building contractor in Denver to get a quote for your specific area.

Denver’s Green Roof Mandate

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 by Lori Smith

Indications For Roofing Contractors

In November of 2017, Denver voters passed a mandate that requires large buildings of at least 25,000 square feet incorporate either rooftop garden areas, solar energy, or both. It’s an effort to help the climate and reduce the urban “heat island” effect.

Denver's Green Roof Mandate

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Heat island refers to the fact that temperatures are often a few degrees higher in cities than they are in their surrounding rural areas. This phenomenon happens when buildings replace natural greenery with cement, asphalt, etc., causing a loss of the evaporative cooling advantages of vegetation.

Because if this, air conditioning needs are higher which also increases greenhouse gas emissions. Due to this concern, Denverites chose to start a green trend moving forward.

According to one Denver resident who helped manage the campaign for the green roof mandate:

“People love the idea. We have all these flat roofs with all this space, and we’re not doing anything with them,” said Denver resident Brandon Rietheimer, the initiative’s campaign manager. “Why aren’t we putting solar or green vegetation up there? … We hear all the time that Denver is an environmentally friendly city, yet we rank 11th for air quality and third for heat islands.”

There are other cities who have passed similar measures, such as San Francisco, who passed the initiative in October of 2016. The supervisor who introduced the bill there, Scott Weiner, felt that many people have wondered why the roof space isn’t being used better.

City developers in San Francisco also support the green roof law because it offers an additional choice for an environment-friendly option.

Here is a video explaining more about the benefits of green roofs:

Cost of a Green Roof

With Denver’s green roof mandate, there is an increase in the cost of a commercial flat roof. The roof still requires most of the components it would without the greenery, so adding in the soil and plants along with the extra equipment needed to bring it all together makes a difference in price.

The cost of a flat roof is somewhere between $5 – $10 per square foot, where a green roof is at least $20 per square foot. On a 25,000 square foot roof, that is a significant cost increase.

Do the benefits outweigh the extra expense? This post explains more:

Costs for green roofs in the United States are estimated to average between $15 to $20 per square foot for all use types, i.e., high density residential, commercial, industrial etc.1 These costs include all aspects of green roof development, from the waterproofing membrane to soil substrate creation to planting.  By far the highest costs associated with green roof creation are the soil substrate/growth medium and the plant components associated with it.  Green roof retrofit projects may have increased cost associated with traffic and resource scheduling concerns as well as the on-site availability of equipment and materials.  The cost of planting can also increase if plants are placed individually rather than pre-grown on vegetation mats.Do-It-Yourself Green Roof

Offsetting the initial capital and ongoing maintenance costs, green roofs provide a number of long-term cost savings.  Rooftop vegetation moderates the temperature extremes of a roof surface and prevents it from being exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and cold winds that could accelerate its break down. The result is an extended life span for the roof.  A vegetated roof, on average, can be expected to prolong the service of the life of a conventional roof by at least 20 years (ZVG, 1996).  When the savings associated with deferred maintenance and reduced energy consumption are taken into account, vegetated rooftops are comparable in cost to conventional roofs.

See the original post here:  Green Roofs 

It remains to be seen as to whether the Denver roofing contractors will embrace the idea, but they may not have much choice. Even though very few cities require green roofs on big commercial buildings, many offer incentives to take advantage of the trend.

There are exceptions to the rule, such as buildings less than 5 stories. This site provides more facts on the green roof initiative in Denver. 

There are also do-it-yourself options for creating your own living roof if you have an existing flat roof that you would like to transform.

Roofing Underlayment Options

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by Lori Smith

Protecting Your Investment

It’s no exaggeration to say that the roofing system is one of the most critical components of a structure. There are a lot of varieties of roofing materials based on maintenance requirements, roof pitch, cost, location, and aesthetics.Options for Roofing Underlayment

An important element in any roof is the underlayment. This refers to the water-resistant layer of protection between the decking (usually OSB) and the final layer of materials used, such as shingles or metal roofing.

The underlayment is there to help prevent age and Mother Nature from causing leaks and water damage. There are a number of different options for underlayment. Here are the three main categories of underlayment:

  1. Black Asphalt-saturated felt
  2. Mechanically attached synthetic underlayment
  3. Self-adhered underlayment

This post goes into a deeper explanation of options for roofing underlayment:

Black Asphalt-saturated Felt

Historically, Roofing felt has traditionally been one of the most common types of underlayment used for residential, steep slope and other applications. It is produced by impregnating paper or in incorporating fiberglass mat with asphalt. This produces a semi water resistant material or membrane that is commonly used in roof construction.  The term “Felt” comes from the historical method of making the base material. Felt is made from recycled paper in large rolls supplied in different thickness in common widths.

Roof Construction

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Self-Adhered Synthetic Roofing Underlayment normally consists of a polyolefin facer combined with a bitumen or butyl combination thereof, a pressure sensitive adhesive, plus a release liner on the very bottom (liner is removed during installation). The adhesive is designed to provide adhesion to the roof deck as well as a waterproof seal around fasteners during the initial installation. During the roofing initial installation, the main purpose for this product category is to provide roofing structures with an enhanced secondary layer of protection for primary roofing materials.

Mechanically Attached Synthetic Roofing Underlayment

Synthetic underlayment is commonly made by coating both sides of a strong inner polyolefin woven or nonwoven membrane with varying layers of polyolefin coatings to produce a water-resistant product.  Each layer constitutes a different contributing feature for optimum performance. Roofing contractors continue to convert in large numbers from felt to synthetic underlayments making this one of the fastest growing segments.

Read more here:  Types of Steep Slope Roofing Underlayment

With a flat roof, the same basic underlayment is used but from there on, the process is quite different from a sloped roof. There are 3 essential classes of flat roofing material:

  • Built-Up Roof – Layers of traditional hot tar and gravel
  • Modified Bitumen – Similar to ice-and-water shield, but impregnated with a mineral-based surface
  • Rubber Membrane – EPDM Rubber Membrane is currently one of the most popular materials for flat roofs

This video shows how torch down modified bitumen is applied to a flat roof:

The cost of a roof is a considerable investment. There are many aspects to examine, such as labor costs, the size and pitch of the roof, materials being removed and new materials being installed, to name a few. The underlayment is also part of the estimate to a new roof as well as roof repair because most roofs have to be stripped down to the decking to check for sagging or rotting wood.

The cost for the underlayment material in Denver for a 1,200 square foot roof with a lower slope can run between $700 and $1,000. This cost is usually figured into the total bid, which depends on a lot of factors, but can range anywhere from $1,200 to $30,000 nationally.

There are sites such as that offer a calculator based on your exact needs. Your best bet is to contact several reputable Denver roof repair or installation contractors to get a quote.

Building Standards for Modular Homes

Posted on: February 3rd, 2018 by Lori Smith

The building codes for modular homes are strict. They fall under the same rules as any type of construction as far as the type of materials used and how they are appraised.

Building standards for modular homes

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In the United States, all modular homes are constructed according to regulations enforced by organizations like the International Residential Code (IRC) or a number of similar entities that manage local jurisdictions.

IRC is a valuable tool for new owners as it ensures that their home will be built to high standards. The organization reviews the codes in place to determine whether modular homes meet regulations.

This post explains it more in-depth:

The International Residential Code (IRC) is a comprehensive, stand-alone residential code that creates minimum regulations for one- and two-family dwellings of three stories or less. It brings together all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy and electrical provisions for one- and two-family residences. The IRC also provides a prescriptive approach (i.e., a set of measures) and a performance approach (i.e., energy modeling) for determining compliance.

What is IRC?

IRC building standards for modular homes may differ from standard houses. That is because these standards are directed towards the prefabricated home industry. All building standards need to be met for the structure to be given clearance.

Being built in a controlled environment affords multiple benefits.

  1. No weather delays
  2. No setbacks waiting on subcontractors
  3. Less wasted materials
  4. Materials aren’t exposed to the elements until finished
  5. Quality control is more stringent
  6. Prefab components speed up construction resulting in lower labor costs

Here is a good explanation of why factory-built homes are a good option:

The building standards for modular homes are highly regulated, and the roofing system is no different.  By having them built in a controlled environment, there is less that can go wrong.

The typical roof is a 3:12 pitch so they can clear height obstacles in transport such as overpasses. However, with the innovation of tilt-up roofs, there are additional options with a roof that is hinged to allow for tilting to the desired peak.

This post explains more about this process:

Unlike conventional site built construction, roof trusses are usually not used in the building of a modular home. In site construction, roof trusses are built separately, and are installed via Modular Hinged Roofa crane at the jobsite after the framing is complete. Instead, the roof and ceiling systems in a modular home are built into the actual structure of the home. Engineered with a fold up self supporting rafter system, the modular roof system might be one of the more complicated stages of the modular home construction process.

For easy installation, roofs are usually built adjacent to the floor and wall stations. Roofs and ceilings begin with the laying out of the drywall and the construction of framing. The 2”x6” or 2”x8” wood members used in the construction are spaced 16” on center. If prescribed by the engineered drawings, a Microlamb beam may be installed in areas of large spans to accommodate heavy weight loads.

Drywall is then adhered to the ceiling framing with a special foam seal spray application.  According to the style of home you are building, 12″ – 16″ front and rear overhangs are then installed. The roof and ceiling structure is then lifted and carried via crane and is set fastened and strapped to the perimeter top plate of the unit as well as lagged into its interior walls.


If you choose to go with a traditional hand-framed home or need roof maintenance or repairs, you can hire a Denver roofing team for your next project. They will keep the project on track and provide updates on the progress.

Tips for Hiring a Denver Building Contractor

Posted on: January 27th, 2018 by Lori Smith

General Contractors in Denver, CO

Finding a good building contractor in Denver is similar to having a mechanic that you can trust. They are a priceless asset, but not always easy to find.

Checking online reviews and asking friends and family for referrals is a good start. However, many folks tend to go with their gut instinct and hope for the best.

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The feeling of being taken advantage of is frustrating for anyone, even when the contract laid out all of the details. It comes down to the fact that there are two sides to every story, but communication is the key to creating a trusted relationship.

Once you have done your research, talked with a company rep on the phone, and narrowed it down to at least three contractors, set up an appointment with them in person to get cost estimates and find out more about their company’s background:

The best way to determine your comfort level is with a thorough an interview. In addition to whether they are able to do the job, you need to obtain the following information:

-Their qualifications: How long they have been in business, how the company operates (e.g. using their own staff or subcontractors), and their experience with similar jobs.
-Their references: Obtain contact information for at least three of the contractor’s past customers with projects of similar complexity.
-Their suggestions: Ask what they think of your project, what ideas they can offer to improve it or get more value for the money.
-Their estimate: Ask for an initial “ballpark” estimate of costs for your project and when it could be started and finished.

Interviewing a Contractor

Are They Licensed & Insured

You need to always make sure that the contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured. This ensures that the company is dependable and follows the laws. Also, if something goes wrong, the client will have a way to collect damages.

Worst case scenario, if the contractor is shady and the project goes south, you may not be able to get a hold of the contractor, which leaves you no recourse but to pursue legal action. The problem with this is you will be spending a lot of money to recover your costs and fix whatever was done incorrectly.

This is an excellent video for anyone looking to hire a building contractor:

Housing Market in Denver, CO

It is projected that Colorado’s construction industry will plateau off in 2018 as it faces labor shortages and growing costs. Employment, in general, is showing signs of stalling, indicating that the state’s economy has finally hit a bump in the road.

In 2016, 57,300 jobs were created in Colorado and only one thousand less in 2017, which equates to a 2.2% growth. However, in 2018 it is expected to slow down to 1.8% growth, which means that the construction sector will also see a drop-off.

There are thousands of general contractors in the Front Range area, so here are some tips for hiring a Denver building contractor:

Be sure to talk to and visit at least three previous clients and utilize the Better Business Bureau. You should also insist on proof that the contractor is insured and bonded. Check with the insurance company that the contractor’s policy is current.

Researching Denver Contractors

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  • Verify that your contractor has a Denver license, using our contractor license search.
  • Insist that the contractor acquire all necessary building permits.
  • Avoid contractors who won’t give a receipt for payments.
  • Check that addresses and phone numbers are legitimate on business cards.
  • Ask for a backup plan if the contractor becomes ill or unavailable for any reason.

Contractor Licenses – Denver Community Planning and Development

A good tip is to beware of any contractor that advises the homeowner to secure the permit in their own name.  The reason is that permit holder is legally responsible for completing the job to code standards, so any problems would be the responsibility of the homeowner instead of the contractor.



Pouring Concrete in the Cold

Posted on: January 20th, 2018 by Lori Smith

Can You Pour a Foundation or Slab in the Winter

There are safe and effective ways to manage concrete in the winter. If you are pouring concrete in the cold, you have to plan ahead.

Pouring Concrete in the Cold

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It is critical to protect the ground beneath the foundation or slab from frost, snow, and ice.  Start by covering the area before the cold weather hits with hay or some sort of plastic sheet or tarp.

You can also purchase blankets specifically made for concrete curing, which professional foundation companies invest in, which can be beneficial before, during, and after pouring concrete in the winter.

There is a limit for how frigid it can be to start building a home, and this post gives more info:

In the case of placing concrete, when we say “cold weather” we are referring to a period of time when the average daily temperature falls below 40ºF for more than three consecutive days. These conditions call for special provisions when placing, curing, and protecting concrete against the effects of cold weather. In its plastic state (as a malleable liquid), concrete will freeze if its temperature falls below 25ºF. If plastic concrete freezes, its potential strength can be reduced by more than 50% and its durability will suffer accordingly. Concrete should be protected from freezing until it reaches a minimum compressive strength of 500 psi, which is equivalent to about two days after placement for most concrete maintained at 50ºF.
Pouring Concrete in Cold Weather – Yes, it Can Be Done!

There are mixture ratios of concrete that work better in colder environments. According to the American Concrete Institute (ACI), to be able to survive multiple freeze/thaw cycles, the concrete needs to be 3,500 psi or able to withstand at least 3,500 pounds per square inch.

To do this, there are a number of components that help such as a higher grade of cement and using a lower water to cement ratio. This video provides more advice on assuring your cement sets up well in the cold:

As with hiring any Denver roofer or construction contractor, you need to spend some time researching your options. Finding a reputable cement contractor will assure you receive quality work at a fair price.

Cost of Pouring Concrete

A big part of the project cost is having the concrete delivered to your location. Always read the contract thoroughly to be sure the price is fixed and ask the Denver contractor for references.

Here is a list of topics to consider when having cement work done:

General Guidelines for Choosing a Concrete Professional

-Talk to multiple contractors before you make your choice.
-Check references. Concrete professionals are just like any other home improvement contractor, and they should be able to provide you with at least three references. HomeAdvisor provides its own ratings and reviews to augment this conventional resource.
-Read contracts and warranties closely. Make sure estimates are comprehensive, and the cost of your project is fixed unless you decide to change the installation options.
-Never pay the balance upfront. Using a credit card can also help buffer you from paying for shoddy construction work.

Concrete Contractors – How to Hire, Costs & Alternatives

For the cost of concrete delivery, check out this Home Advisor graphic. You can enter your own zip code to get a better answer for your specific location.