Checking Your Property For Termites

Posted on: December 10th, 2017 by Lori Smith

Can You Get Rid of Termites?Checking Your Property For Termites

When a wooden structure is in contact with the ground, there’s always a chance for termites to infiltrate. Termites eat wood to derive the cellulose and nutrients they need to live.

Most animals can’t digest the cellulose fibers in wood, but termites have protozoa and bacteria in their digestive system which allows them to break it down and absorb its nutrients and moisture.

It’s ironic that termites are strong enough to eat a house, but their bodies are soft and delicate. They’ve existed for about 50 million years, and there are close to 3,000 termite species, mostly living in areas with moderate temperatures.

What Does A Termite Look Like

Here’s a little info on how to identify a termite:

Termites range from 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in length. The queens and kings are larger, capable of reaching over one inch long. The workers are typically soft-bodied and pale-colored. Flying termites, also called reproductives, have two pairs of prominent wings. Learn more about what a termite looks like.

See more here:  Termites: Types, Facts & How to Identify Them

Inspecting Your Own Property

Performing regular inspections of your property will help find problems quickly and limit the damage. You can call a professional to inspect your structure, but it is a task that can be done by the homeowner as well.

There are some key places to examine when checking your property for termites. Basements and crawl spaces are more likely to have problems, so using a sharp object like a screwdriver, probe all wooden construction elements such as support posts, subfloors, and joists.

The following video gives more tips on how to perform your own termite inspection:

If you see window frames that have soft or deteriorating wood, that is a bad sign. Another visual indicator is mud tubes, which is how they travel to find a food source.

A wooden deck can also be a problem area, so check all around it thoroughly as well as anywhere concrete touches wood. Any cracks in brick construction or a cement foundation are an entry point for termites.

Treating a Termite Infestation

Many people call an exterminator to eliminate termites, but there are products that any homeowner can purchase to rid their property of termites.

This article provides info for managing your own termite problem:Termite Mud Tube

Barrier termite treatments are designed to prevent termites from entering the structure. These treatments will prevent termites inside the structure from getting to the soil to get the moisture needed to survive.

If you choose a liquid termite method, it will give you faster results, and you can apply the finished solution close to the termite infestation. If you have an existing termite infestation, applying a liquid termiticide may mean that drilling is involved. Drilling through concrete or a slab and pumping the volume of finished solution required to set up a termite barrier may be too difficult for a homeowner.

With “repellant” termiticides, any of the smallest gap in the treated soil can be detected and exploited by the termites to gain entry in the building. They will find ways around it. The use of a repellent termite chemical is a major short-coming in the more traditional chemicals used for termite control.

Originally posted here:  Termite Control, Termite Treatment

Keeping an eye on your Denver commercial or residential property is always wise, although termites are not a common occurrence in this area. They thrive in warmer temperatures, so the southern states are much more prone to having termite issues.

Best Fasteners for Various Roofing Materials

Posted on: December 2nd, 2017 by Lori Smith

Buying The Appropriate Roofing Supplies

Choosing the correct fastener for your roof to assure it will stay solidly in place no matter what Mother Nature throws at you is a significant part of the process.

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With all of the different types of roofing materials, choosing the nails or screws that will do the job and best practices for applying them takes experience.

From metal roofing to ceramic roof tiles, let’s take a look at some of your options for the best fasteners for various roofing materials, starting with asphalt shingles.

Asphalt Shingle

With asphalt shingles, the top choice for protecting them against wind uplift is roofing nails. When applying asphalt shingles, fasteners should be placed below the adhesive strip, equally spaced across the shingle, and placed in slightly from the ends.

Metal Roofing

Here are some tips for self-tapping metal fasteners:

  1. Use the right fastener. Screws and fasteners have metal-to-wood and metal-to-metal applications.
  2. Use a fastener that has a large washer.
  3. Hi-Lo threaded screws are used in metal-to-wood applications. (Tek screws are used in metal-to-metal applications. Stainless steel screws should be used when screwing down aluminum metal roofs. )

    Self tapping screws for metal

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  4. Protect against corrosion and rust by using mechanically galvanized fasteners.
  5. Variety and choice matter.
  6. Instead of carbon steel screws use stainless steel or zinc aluminum cap screws.
  7. Look for and use fasteners with a strong V-neck head to prevent product breakage while on the job site.
  8. Coordinate color of roofing screw with roof panel color.
  9. If you needed the screws yesterday look for quick ship options.
  10. Use fasteners from a reliable company.

See the full post here:  What Metal Fastener or Roofing Screw Do You Need?

When positioning the screws, they must penetrate the underlying structure to show a minimum three laps of thread when fully seated. This will ensure that the self-tapping screw threads are securely engaged to provide maximum durability.

Ceramic Roof Tiles

Clay and slate tiles can be attached to the roof deck using a variety of fasteners such as nails, wire, concrete, and metal clips. Another popular way to secure these heavy tiles is polyfoam, as you will see in the following video:


Battens are usually made of wood and they are what each tile is fastened to. Laying out the batten strips properly is the key to a symmetrical tile roof.

Flat Roof System

Originally constructed with tar and felt paper, a modern flat roof generally uses a membrane made of synthetic rubbber. It is applied over a liquid coating and then held down with an adhesive.

Wood or Shake Shingles

Use stainless steel, galvanized, or aluminum two-inch nails when working with cedar. If you use stainless steel, choose your alloy based on

Wood or Shake Shingles

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your distance from the ocean. Use a 316 alloy if you live less than 15 miles from saltwater; otherwise, use a 304 alloy. Using a nail with ring shanks prevents the nail from popping out as your cedar roofing expands naturally.

Nail guns tend to fire the nail too far into the shingle, causing it to crack and eventually fall off. Also, firing the nails quickly can cause you to miss the skip sheathing beneath the shingle. Any missed nails will be more likely to cause shingles to crack and curl. To avoid this, hand-nail two nails into each shingle. Place the nails four inches from the top and one inch from each side.

Read more here: Installing a Cedar Roof? Avoid These 5 Mistakes

One critical step that is many times forgotten with shake shingles is to climatize them before installation. Place them under a tarp and off the ground so they can adjust to the temperature and humidity of your climate.

Be sure to check with your insurance provider before having a Denver Roofer install wood shingles. Along the Front Range of Colorado, especially in the foothills, there have been enough wildfires that some insurance companies are a little apprehensive about covering homes with wood shingles.

The Best Roofing Material for Wind

Posted on: November 24th, 2017 by Lori Smith

Factors for Evaluating Your Roof

If you live in an area that tends to have a lot of wild weather, there are numerous considerations when it comes to choosing the best roofing material for wind. How long will your roof last before it needs to be replaced? Will it hold up during natural disasters?

The Best Roofing Material for Wind

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You also have to assure that the existing structure can support the weight of the materials and that it will drain properly. If you prefer eco-friendly materials, that is another consideration when making your choice.

If you aren’t sure of local building codes and housing guidelines, those are additional deliberations. Last but not least, you have to consider your budget because there is a wide range of price options.

The design of your home can reduce the wind load on the roofing system. A hip-style roof with a 30-degree slope is also suggested if you live in an area prone to wind.

More Tips for a Solid Roof

Get the underlayment right. A wind-resistant roofing material won’t help you very much if the decking system below isn’t any good. When having a new roof installed, make sure that rotted or damp wood is removed and that particleboard is replaced with stronger, heavier plywood. Then, make sure that ring-shanked nails no more than 6 inches apart are used for fastening. Standard roofing felt on top of the underlayment can help make it more durable and moisture-resistant. Protect roof vents, soffit vents and other secondary systems from uplift as well to avoid creating vulnerabilities for your roof and home.

Understand that fasteners matter. No matter what kind of roof you install, nails work better than staples. Some states have even banned roof staples. For the best possible strength on an asphalt roof, considering asking for six nails per shingle instead of four. These should be ring-shanked, 8D nails with water-resistant gaskets around them for the best possible results and to keep your roof from becoming a victim of your next windstorm.

Read more here:  5 Smart Tips For Choosing The Best Roof For High Winds

This is a video that shows the effects of 70 miles per hour winds on an asphalt shingle roof as compared to a composite material that is made specifically for high winds.  It’s pretty easy to judge which one looks more durable:

Obviously, if you live where there is potential for severe winds, regular asphalt shingles might not be the best choice. Living along the Front Range, and especially in the Boulder Canyon, you should probably consider upgraded roofing materials because the elevation tends to increase the Chinook mountain winds.

Wind conditions can affect homeowners almost anywhere, and insurance will usually cover the damages. However, the warranty on the materials is another point in question as discussed in the following post:

Watch the Warranty

windy conditions

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A full warranty covers replacement of defective materials, while a materials warranty offers prorated coverage. Most warranties include full reimbursement for materials and installation for a limited time—up to 10 years for asphalt shingles and 50 years for fake slate and steel roofing we’ve seen. Generally, none of the warranties cover damage from winds above 85 mph. Nor do they cover faulty installation; ask for a separate labor warranty from the installer. Save all receipts and invoices.

See the full post here:  Best Roofing Buying Guide

When the time comes to replace your roof, it would be a good opportunity to contact a Denver roofer to get their input on what your options are. Be sure to read the small print on the contract before signing and ask plenty of questions.

Protecting Your Foundation

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by Lori Smith

Got Foundation Issues?

A foundation carries the weight of the whole house. There are various types of foundations, but no matter what they are all the “Atlas” of your home.

Because it is such a critical component, choosing the proper class of foundation based on the region’s construction methods and climate will help minimize any issues with your home.

This post discusses five options for foundation types:

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1. Typical footing and stem wall construction
2. Drilled shaft concrete piers and grade beam
3. Slab on grade with a turned-down edge
4. Permanent wood foundations
5. Basement foundation

5 Types of Home Foundation Systems

Regular Inspections of Your Home

The best defense for protecting your foundation is to check for potential signs on a regular basis. Issues are caused by a variety of things, but the type of soil your home is built on is one of the biggest fundamentals for a solid, long-term infrastructure.

The signs are there if you know what to look for. Issues like cracks in your drywall, stair-step cracks on brick siding, and doors and windows that stick are just some of the warning signs.

This video gives a variety of tell-tale evidence that is apparent when certain elements apply. Most are easily recognized by an experienced home inspector:

As outlined, foundation problems lead to major structural damage within your home. If you own your home or are looking for a new location, problems with the groundwork of a home cause alarm for all concerned.

Cost of Foundation Repair

If your concrete foundation is distressed, the cost to repair it can be daunting and can make selling your home a big problem. The following image gives the average cost as well as the highs and lows:



There are specialists with techniques that can safely and effectively repair a foundation, but it comes at a price. Not only does it require a lot of digging, building forms, and pouring concrete, but you have to haul out broken up concrete and replace areas that are defective along with protecting the existing structure.

If you find yourself in an infrastructure issue, call a Denver area contractor to pick their brain on the best strategy for moving forward. They should be able to refer a good foundation specialist in order to get an estimate for your foundation problems.

Benefits of a Prefabricated Home

Posted on: November 10th, 2017 by Lori Smith

When you are ready to make the leap and become a homeowner, choosing the type of home construction you want to have is the first step. For example, you can have the house be traditional custom built home, a manufactured home, or a modular or prefabricated home.

Benefits of a Prefabricated Home

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As with any choices, you are smart to weigh all of the advantages and disadvantages. It’s important that you make a list to prioritize the must-have items are when deciding.

For example, with a custom stick-built home, if you want unique elements it requires that you find the best contractor at the right price for your budget. This type of home is very durable, but also rather expensive.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a manufactured or mobile home is much less expensive but its value depreciates quickly, partially due to their classification as personal property as opposed to real property. The quality of the building materials with mobile home construction is another factor.

A modular home is somewhat of a happy medium compared to the other two options mentioned. They are built to a higher standard but are still a turn-key alternative:

Fast construction is one of the big advantages of prefab homes. Because the parts of a prefab home come pre-made, all you have to do is assemble them and hook up the home to the needed utilities. Hence the name “modular.” The prefab goes up much faster because it arrives partially constructed. That means fewer days with laborers on site and less vulnerability to weather delays and illnesses that can extend the construction process by days and weeks. Still, there’s more to consider than just the construction time. Site preparation, including obtaining permits, can be a lengthy process.

The Pros and Cons of Prefab Homes

A huge advantage of modular homes is that they are 100% built off-site. This makes them more energy efficient and sustainable, with all the extra materials recycled in-house.

With a stick-built home, the various contractors are in and out of the location on a regular basis. Since prefabricated homes are built in one location, all of the work is done in-house, so it saves time and leaves less of a carbon footprint.

This video shows the benefits of prefabricated a home:

One thing the business owner mentions is that his homes are built to a higher standard compared to traditional custom homes, but I don’t feel that is necessarily true. The main difference would be that prefab homes are inspected at regular intervals throughout the manufacturing process, so quality control is guaranteed.

Along with the financial savings, the regulated process via the manufacturer is a big part of why there’s an advantage with modular homes:

Since prefabricated construction occurs in a controlled manufacturing environment and follows specified standards, the sub-assemblies of the structure will be built to a uniform quality. Construction site-built structures are dependent upon varying skill levels and the schedules

Advantages of modular homes

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of independent contractors. These all contribute to the craftsmanship and overall quality of given structure. With prefabrication, each sub-assembly is built by an experienced crew in a weather-resistant factory, with multiple quality checks throughout the entire process. Some components of the building are constructed using precise machine equipment to ensure conformity to building code.

7 Benefits of Prefabricated Construction

The cost of a custom built home vs a prefab home varies depending on how much work you’re willing to do yourself compared to how much you outsource to contractors. Without a certain level of knowledge in home building, you are best to contact a Denver home contractor to get their advice.

Shortage in Construction Labor for Denver

Posted on: November 3rd, 2017 by Lori Smith

Continued Growth In Denver CO

Although it’s a good problem to have, especially for real estate sales and construction contractors, Denver, Colorado’s economy is growing far faster than the housing supply.

The city’s population has been growing at an average rate of around 2.5% for quite some time now, which calculates to around 1,000 people moving in per month. That’s a lot of new families needing a place to live!

Because of this, there is a big lack of construction specialists in the area. This post says it all:

Denver's Shortage in Construction Labor

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“There is a 100 percent shortage of skilled construction workers here in Colorado and nationally,” said Michael Smith, Colorado Home Building Academy director.

It’s so bad the Association of General Contractors in Colorado estimates the need for skilled construction workers at more than 30,000 in the next five years.

That number does not include workers retiring, quitting and getting promoted to higher positions.

“They are already taking anywhere from 10 to 20 percent longer to build a house, and it’s due to the fact that we don’t have enough skilled labor in the field,” Smith said.

Colorado in dire need of skilled construction workers

There has been a lot of talk of the housing shortage all along the Front Range of Colorado, with prices higher than ever. As of May 2017, the median price of a single-family home was well over $450,000, up more than 10% from the year before.

Cost of Living in Denver

The cost of renting a place in the Denver Metro area also continues climb. Even though it’s only 22nd in the United States for cost of a two-bedroom apartment, the fact that it’s up 4% from last year is what makes it difficult.

Most people don’t get a 4% raise every year, so it keeps eating away at the bottom line. In a previous blog, we discussed that a minimum wage worker in Denver would have to put in 95 hours a week to pay their rent.

This video provides some interesting facts about renting in Denver:

The American dream of owning your own home is an uphill battle for people along the Front Range of Colorado. As mentioned, part of the issue is that there aren’t enough skilled laborers to  keep up with the demand. According to the Denver Post, “The amount of money being pumped into construction projects in Denver is on a record-smashing pace in 2017.”

It was reported that through October 2017, an estimated value of permitted work by the city was $3.27 billion. Obviously the real estate market is red hot, but the construction contractors can’t keep up with the demand.

The problem started with the market crash in 2008, when a lot of people were forced to find a different career. Many didn’t return to the trade, ironically because of the lack of affordable housing in the area for lower wage workers.

Free Schooling For Construction Labor

An area home builder, Oakwood Homes, decided to take matters into their own hands by creating Colorado Homebuilding Academy, a nonprofit organization that opened this year to alleviate the shortage in construction labor for Denver:

Training in Construction Labor

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Inside an unassuming warehouse on the outskirts of Denver, 18 students are learning to saw, tile, drill, plaster and paint.

They are mastering how to build a house. While that number might not sound like a lot, today’s homebuilders are desperate for all of them.

The students are some of the first to enroll in an eight-week “boot camp” at the Colorado Homebuilding Academy, a nonprofit organization that opened this year. The course is free, founded and funded by Oakwood Homes, a Denver-based homebuilder.

Desperate for workers, a Colorado homebuilder starts a free school

If you are interested in starting a new career, this would be a great opportunity. For Denver contractors, it’s the only way to meet the needs of their industry.


Top Benefits of Using a Nail Gun

Posted on: October 28th, 2017 by Lori Smith

Pros and Cons of a Framing Nailer

Have you ever considered buying a nail gun? They aren’t cheap but they are a huge time saver in many circumstances.

Pneumatic nail guns are powerful tools capable of shooting hundreds of nails into a wide range of materials. They not only get the job done faster, but they improve your accuracy and the quality of your workmanship. However, you can’t use them for every project.

As with any tool, there are some disadvantages. This article gives an idea of the situations where a air nail gun isn’t as optimal:

A drawback may be the fact that the air-powered tool requires a dedicated source such as a compressor to work. This may make the tool less portable or even useless in some situations where the work area is confined or requires a smaller, more adaptable tool. For some the noise level produced from the compressor and the action of the tool can be annoying. As a rule, when using an air-powered tool you should wear earplugs and protective eyewear as a precaution.

Read more here:  Air-Powered Tools: Benefits and Drawbacks

Another problem can be that once you put in fasteners with a pneumatic nailer, they are really hard to pull out. These nails have a unique build that makes them easily penetrate most materials, and their head isn’t as big or strong as a regular nail, so dismantling something is a real pain and you usually end up jacking up the wood.

Pointers For Using A Nail Gun

Deciding what length of nail to use in an air gun is a common question. A good gauge is that your construction fastener should be at least twice as long as the depth of the materials you are nailing into.

Another consideration when using a nail gun is the direction of the grain of the wood. You have to be careful to not let the hardness of the wood drive the nail out of the side of the wood.

The narrator of this video discusses best practices for using a nail gun:

The benefits of using a nail gun by far outweigh the disadvantages. Most people have used a hammer at some point in their lives, and you know from that experience that it is slow and can be hazardous to your thumbs and fingers.

A framing nail gun can make a job easier in multiple ways. Of course, it speeds up a job and also makes it possible for one person to manage a project by themselves.

There are some specific factors to consider when buying a framing nailer, as seen in this post:

Key Features of the Best Framing Nailer You Want to Look ForTips for Using a Nail Gun

  • Weight and Balance
  • Metal Strike Plates
  • Rafter Hooks
  • Depth of Drive Adjustment
  • Nail Loading
  • Jam Clearance
  • Dry-fire Lock Out
  • Contact Trip and Sequential Trigger

See more here:  The Best Framing Nailer Review and Shootout

The cost of pneumatic air nailers varies, costing anywhere from around $100 all the way to over $500. If you are a casual builder, a less expensive one would suffice, but if you are a full time Denver roofer you might want to consider a brand that’s known to be more durable.

How Asphalt Shingles Are Made

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Lori Smith

Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are by far and away the most popular type of roofing material. Because they are budget-friendly, lightweight, durable, and come in a variety of styles, four out of five homes in the United States have asphalt shingles.

With any roofing material, there are always some disadvantages in comparison to other options. They can be somewhat fragile, especially in areas where there is a lot of extreme to make asphalt shingles

Depending on how long you plan to stay at the same home, the longevity of an asphalt shingle roof makes them a less appealing investment. This post provides the specifics on their endurance:

As the most common roofing material in the country, most of us are familiar with asphalt roofing and many of its benefits and drawbacks. Since it is often far less expensive than other roofing materials, it is almost expected that it will have a shorter lifespan. Depending on the quality of the shingle, you can expect an asphalt roof to remain in good shape for 15 or 20 years. It is considered a relatively low-maintenance material, but that doesn’t mean that once it is up you can completely forget about it!

See more here:  Ask the Pros: How To Make A Roof Last Longer

How They’re Made

Part of the reason asphalt shingles don’t last as long is because of their composition. They are also known as composite shingles, meaning they are made of a variety of materials that tend to be easily damaged by hail or heat.

However, the thicker the shingles are manufactured, the more durable they become. This video shows the process of how asphalt shingles are made:

Besides the narrator’s mispronunciation of the word “asphalt”, it is a good demonstration of how the process works. As mentioned, the thicker the outer coating, the more durable the shingles. However, I don’t think a lifetime warranty that was mentioned in the video is normal with composite shingles.

Advances In Asphalt Shingles

The history of asphalt shingles goes back to Ancient Babylonia where it was used as a waterproofing liner in canals. As far as roofing, it has been used in the U.S. since 1893, but it came in rolls of long strips of asphalt-coated felt with a finishing layer of finely crushed stone.

Manufacturers are using inorganic materials as a way to create a safer product, as discussed below:

Since the late 1950s, manufacturers have sought to develop inorganic base materials as alternatives to the traditional organic felt. Asphalt ShinglesInorganic bases are desirable because they are more fire resistant than an organic base; furthermore, they absorb less asphalt during the manufacturing process, so the resulting shingles weigh less. Asbestos was used in shingle mats until its related health risks became well known. Improvements in fiber-glass matting have made them the most popular asphalt shingle base material in the industry since the late 1970s.

See the original post here:  How shingle is made

Most building codes today require that asphalt shingles be used on a roof pitch of 4:12 or greater. This is because they are more susceptible to moisture issues such as mold and mildew growth, so the slope allows the water to run off.

No special tools, skills, or prep work is required during the installation, so a typical composition shingles roof can be installed in a matter of days. Since most people aren’t all that comfortable up on a roof, the best bet is to call a contractor for residential and commercial roofing Denver for a free estimate.


Fixing a Stuck or Rotted Window

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by Lori Smith

Along with letting in fresh air and light, windows are a big part of the visual character of a home. Once they start sticking or rotting develops, they become a detriment to your property.Fixing a stuck or rotted window

When a window sticks, it is usually due to the fact that it wasn’t installed correctly or someone painted the window frame without taking their time. In the case of a window with a wooden frame, the wood can swell due to excess humidity and moisture.

Loosening A Stuck Window

If you’ve already tried using a block of wood wrapped in a cloth followed by gently tapping on it with a hammer around the window frame, here is another method:

1. Slide the putty knife into the cracks and tap the handle gently with a hammer.
2. Work your way around the window sash, tapping gently as you go.
3. Place a block of wood on the window sill. (On either the inside or outside sill.)
4. Put a pry bar under one end of the sash and rock the bar backward, over the block of wood.
5. Go back and put the bar under the sash on the first side.
6. Repeat these steps, working the pry bar toward the center, until you’ve lifted the entire bottom sash.

How to Fix Common Window Problems

Vinyl windows that are made from PVC have minimal weather-related issues. However, when a wood window sill or sash has taken significant abuse from weather, you can first try repainting or using epoxy wood filler to repair the rotted area.

If the wood is severely rotted, though, you will have to remove the area and replace it. Here is a video that shows how to manage this process:

Fixing a stuck or rotted window is a common aspect of owning an older home, but if you decide to replace your windows, there are a lot of decisions to make. There are a number of common styles of windows:

  • Double-hung windows
  • Casement Windows
  • Awning Windows
  • Picture Windows
  • Slider Windows
  • Bay Windows

Choosing a window that is functional, decorative, and efficient is essential, but if the window isn’t installed correctly, even the most expensive window won’t perform effectively. Using shortcuts to get the window to fit well can lead to problems down the road.

Installing a Window CorrectlyTypes of windows

Start the installation process by removing the old trim using a pry bar and hammer. Take out the old window by unscrewing it from the window jamb.

Make sure there is no damage and then measure the rough opening to be sure it works for your new window. It should be at least a quarter inch larger than the exterior dimensions of the window.

Next, set the window into the opening to make sure it will fit:

Before applying the silicone to the the window stop, dry fit the window to make sure there are no fitment issues. If you do have fitment issues, address them now and then dry fit the window again. When done properly the window should fit snugly into the opening. Do not move forward with the install until you are satisfied with the way the window fits in the opening.

Find out more here:  How to Install a New Window

Once you are ready, run a bead of silicone and set the window in the opening. Screw it into place, add some insulation into the gaps, and replace the trim.

If you aren’t sure you want to take on the project, call a Denver building contractor to get an estimate.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Metal Roofing

Posted on: October 6th, 2017 by Lori Smith

Installing a Metal Roof

Have you considered using metal roofing on your next roof replacement? As with all types of roof coverings, there are advantages and disadvantages of metal roofing.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Metal Roofing

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Weighing the pros and cons of both to see what makes more sense for your location and budget will help you come to a reasonable conclusion. Let’s start with the positive aspects of using metal roofing.

According to State Farm Insurance Company:

Longevity. Metal roofs can last 40-70 years, depending on the material. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly 12-20 years.
Durability. Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour, will not corrode or crack, and may be impact-resistant (depending on which metal you choose). In addition, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require. However, they should be inspected periodically to make sure no repairs are required.
Safety. Metal roofs will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike.
Energy efficiency. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat, which can reduce cooling costs by 10-25%.
Environmentally friendly. Metal roofs not only have 25-95% recycled content, depending on the material used, but are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life as a roof. In contrast, most shingle tear-off waste ends up as part of the building-related waste stream — up to 20 billion pounds per year.

Read the full post here:  Wondering About Metal Roofs? Here Are the Pros and Cons

Tips for Proper Installation

Installing a metal roof is quite different than other types of roofing materials. It takes specialized training and experience to manage the installation without having costly errors.

The way each panel overlaps to interconnect is critical in order to allow water to flow from one panel to the next without being able to penetrate the area under the corrugated panel.

Setting the self tapping screws at the right depth is also an important aspect of securing the roofing properly. Using a magnetic driver bit sized correctly for the heads of the metal roofing screws and a power drill, you need to sink them in until the neoprene washer makes solid contact with the roof.

Here are more tips for installing a metal roof correctly:

Metal roofing is great for Front Range commercial and residential property because it is lightweight, fire resistant, and it easily sheds the unavoidable snow of Colorado winters. With 300+ days of sunshine, the metal warms up fast and assists in this process.

Drawbacks to Choosing Metal Roofing

Even with all of the pros, there are some cons. Some people worry that a metal roof will be louder than other roofing materials, and in the case of a hail storm, it is. If it is installed over solid sheeting, though, it isn’t much different than other types of roofing shingles.

Speaking of hail, it can get dents from severe storms but withstands a lot of abuse, even high winds. The extremes of weather in Colorado can also cause expansion and contraction of the metal panels, causing the fasteners to loosen.

The biggest complaint, though, is the upfront cost, as outlined here:

Denver Commercial and Residential Roofing

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The biggest drawback is initial cost. Metal roofing is equivalent in cost to other premium materials—from about $150 to $600 per square (100 square feet). Because of the material’s long-term durability, the trick is that you ultimately save the difference (and more) if you stay in the house for a long time and, of course, you save on seasonal maintenance. Of course, if you plan to move in a couple of years, you probably won’t get the return on your investment.

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When it comes to overall value, metal roofing affords lower maintenance costs and is an environmentally conscious option for property owners. Contact a Denver area roofer to find out if it would be a good choice for your Front Range home or business.