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The Right Contractor For You

Find the right contractor can seem daunting.

With so many different factors to consider, it makes it a scary experience.  It seems now-a-days, everyone is looking to sell their services for the right price.

How do you know you’re getting what you paid for?

The most beautiful thing about the age we live in is that with the advent of technology we can all be apart of the modern age “smart-shoppers”.  Some may say that technology has become a bane to society with everyone disconnecting from each other, there’s no such closeness or connections in society anymore.  How do you know who to trust?  Anybody can write anything and basically have it published for the whole world to see.  This leaves the perception of a person, untrained in a particular field, to be skewed against a backing of hollow claims.

On the other hand, many believe this is the old way, when technology and our perception of it was merely in its infancy.  We have grown.  As individual people and as a society.  What was once an anger born out of disconnection has blossomed into a warm embrace from an understanding that with some regulation we can make tech work for us and the best part is that it is all at our finger tips.

Why not us the digital market to your advantage?

Google has become one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) search engine in the world, touting tons of tools on its belt that are specifically catered to finding out all about businesses and their metrics.  The best part about it is that as apart of the Google community you can leave reviews on any company you have had interactions with.  Most people will leave explicit details on each company, being that due to advanced filter algorithms the less you leave on comments the more likely it is to be filtered out.  This means you can hear about everything that someone may have experienced, good or bad, making it a key factor in deciding if a contractor is right for you.  The majority of people will rate their prices as well so that you know going in whether or not you are getting the best deal you possibly can.

Of course, there are many other sites like Yelp, Bing, Yahoo, etc., that all give their own ratings on specific contractors that you can check too.  Simply, with a myriad of different places right in front of you, you can build a profile before ever calling anyone.  By doing your due diligence and putting a little time into research by reading through various posts you can understand the history of any company (if they’re not listed then it’s probably not a good thing).  You can surmise who they are as a company, whether they be customer first or solely focused on getting the most money possible, a very important thing to know when making a final decision on who to go with.

With all this power, its up to you to decide who to go with but, generally speaking, the ratings are fairly accurate for painting a decent picture of whatever company you will eventually be working with.

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Winter Roof Checklist

70 degrees last week, 30 degrees the next.

One thing is guaranteed amongst the sporadic weather patterns of Colorado, winter is coming. So what does this mean?

No shortage of illnesses to account for.

Make sure your family has all the right clothes to withstand the constant changes from sunshine to blizzards. Your car is winterized and prepared for the seemingly endless flurries of snow that only seems to accumulate enough to slow traffic, making your commute hours longer. Constant cloud coverage that makes the monotony of work, Monday through Thursday, last forever.  Despite all these things we seem to conquer all these obstacles, generally due to careful preparation. Amongst all this, are you sure you covered everything?  Some things may seem over your head, but we’ve got you covered. One of the most important things that often gets over-looked is proper roof maintenance for the winter. With such an integral part of your home, that protects you from so many factors it should be at the top of your to-do list. With some simple steps you can be well on your way to being fully prepared for this winter season.

 

 

  1. Vegetation

Trim those trees. When snow collects on a tree branch it can become too heavy for a bit, forcing it to break off and go straight on to your roof. These branches can cause damage to your roof if not taken care of and even with smaller damage it can lead to big problems. You also want to look out for leaves that can collect in your gutters and cause clogs.

  1. Pests

Sawdust, soft or shredded wood, and insect feces can all be signs of a bad problem. Insects like termites and carpenter ants can cause big problems if not managed. Look for the signs and head it off at the pass to prevent any future damage that could lead to leaks from roof degradation.

 

  1. Debris

When debris collects on your roof it can be a bad thing, with too much accumulation it can puncture roof material or give snow/ice a place to build, putting more pressure on the roof. It is also essential to clear debris before it can collect in the gutters.

 

  1. Gutters/Flashing

Flashing is the material that goes in the gaps between material and penetrations. If it becomes deteriorated it can allow water to get into the roof, making it an essential thing to keep an eye on. This also applies to gutters, when leaves collect in your gutters and clog them it can cause snow to build up, letting water stream back into your roof. If water finds any cracks it can get trough penetrations leading to big problems.

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Better To Be Safe Than Sorry

The layered composition of a flat roof makes it a good choice for use on a commercial building.  The low slope factor accommodates access to the rooftop which lets maintenance workers do inspections and make repairs without having to deal with the inconveniences of steep slopes and intricate designs.

A flat roof is built up with one or more layers of weatherproofing material, an extra thickness for added reinforcement and a surface coating to protect the under layers.  The roofing surface is often treated for fire resistance or to reflect the heat from the sun.

Any roof has to be well maintained in order for it to function properly.  Business property managers should meet with their roofing contractor to arrange a specific plan for maintenance that covers all their needs.  A routine inspection should be carried out at least twice a year with a contingency for emergency situations, e.g., after a hailstorm. or a heavy snowfall.  

Roof damage can begin long before there are noticeable signs.  If water or snow is allowed to sit on the surface of a flat roof for a long enough period of time it will eventually seep through the system, resulting in a leak.  By this time however, the deterioration may be irreversible or at the very least costly to repair.   A property manager would like to avoid having to explain extensive repairs or a necessary replacement due to the fact that he had failed to arrange for regular maintenance services.

A well established roofing contractor will meet with his client to schedule a plan and set up a timetable for both routine and specific inspections to be done.  He will start by taking a history of the roof itself – when it was installed, who did the installation, and a record of previous problems and repair work. This information will give him a heads up for any particular vulnerabilities.

Great Western Roofing and Construction specializes in commercial roofing repair and renovation throughout the Denver area.  Call us @ 303-223-3709 to arrange for an inspection.

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Be Comfortable In Your Home All Year Round

A properly insulated home will save the owner from having to pay high priced utility bills in order to keep his family comfortable.  Today’s most popular floor plans include a lot of open space areas which can be somewhat harder to heat than a house with smaller rooms.  An insulation that carries a significant R-value can make that great room feel nice and cozy.

Insulation will not only keep your home warmer in the winter but you will also notice that it will be easier to cool it during the summer months.  Temperatures in an attic in the heat of summer can be over 100 degrees!  Professionally installed insulation can keep that heat from getting into the main part of your home.

Environmentally conscious homeowners will be interested to know that loose-fill insulation is made from recycled materials.  The fiberglass type for example, consists of spun glass.  It is blown into the attic and walls of a home using a machine that is especially designed to evenly distribute the insulation, eliminating the possibility of gaping cold spots.

Insulation isn’t only for new homes, it is also beneficial to older ones.  A professional home energy audit will determine the efficiency level of the existing insulation in your home.  You can prepare for the audit by making a list of the problem areas that you are currently aware of – any particular rooms in the home that always seem a bit chilly, for example – and knowing exactly what you pay in yearly energy bills.

Having adequate insulation will definitely help to keep your heating and cooling expenses down but it will also protect your home from leaks and resist mold and mildew as well. If you’re adding to or upgrading your home’s insulation your contractor will inspect for damage, make repairs and remove worn out insulation before installing the new.

Great Western Roofing and Construction can add to the comfort and value of your home with Atticat fiberglass insulation.  Ask for reviews from previous customers when you talk to our representative.  Call Great Western today @ 303-803-2148.

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Winter Will Be Here Before You Know It

It’s time to start thinking about the things that you may need to do to get your home ready for winter.  Storm windows are another way to insulate your home against the cold weather temperatures that are coming soon.  Glass or fiberglass storm windows can be installed on either the outside or inside of the primary window panes.  Some types are permanently mounted while others can be put in or taken out at the convenience of the homeowner.  A contractor will discuss the various options and make recommendations according to the specific preferences of his client.

Storm windows are a wonderful alternative for people who can’t afford to replace the original windows of an older home.  There are pros and cons associated with every different type of storm window made.  The consensus of opinion favors the efficiency of exterior glass storm windows with an ultrathin low-e coating (low-e indicates heat resistance) that are encased in a strong aluminum or wood frame.  On the other end of the scale is what amounts to a disposable plastic film that fits over the main window glass.  

Interior storm windows are often the choice when exterior installation isn’t an option.  They are popular for homes that have a variety of window sizes and for apartment complexes.

A triple track storm window will be installed as a permanent extension of your home and will come with screens to let you enjoy the pleasant breezes that come in the spring and summer months.  

In order for any type of storm window to function well it must fit snugly in place.  Your contractor will come to your home and measure each window  to make sure the dimensions are correct before ordering the storm windows for your home.

If you are looking for way to cut down on your heating expenses in the upcoming months give some consideration to storm windows.  Talk to the professionals at Great Western Roofing and Construction in Denver about all the available variations.  Call 303-803-2148 today.

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Have Your Roof Inspected Before Winter Sets In

It’s not too early to start thinking about getting your home ready for winter.  In fact professional maintenance contractors like to send repair crews out while the weather is still pleasant and the job will be easier to complete.  Also, they want their customers to be prepared in case of any early in-climate weather, often associated with the Colorado climate.

If your roof has been damaged by a spring or summer hail storm or high wind now is the time to have it repaired.  Loose shingles can allow water to penetrate the under layers of a roofing system and cause damage to the interior of your home.

Statistics have shown that house fires are likely to happen in the winter months when people are using their fireplaces more often. Before your family gathers around the first cozy fire of the season let an experienced  team check the masonry and flashings around the outside of your chimney to be sure there is no weakness there that could let the fire spread to the rooftop of your home.

The caulking around the doors and windows of your home may need to be replaced after a year or so.  It’s a minor task that can save you big time in heating expenses.  Repair or replace the weatherstripping as well.

Falling leaves and debris are are major issues when it comes to protecting your roof.  We commonly think of making sure our guttering remains unclogged so that water runoff can flow freely and ice dams won’t form, but wet leaves can gather on your rooftop as well and be just as hazardous.  No one type of roofing material is better than the others for leaf resistance but removal is more difficult on high sloped roofs.  

Great Western Roofing and Construction is equipped to handle any type of roofing repair you might need.  Make having a roof inspection from Great Western a part of your fall maintenance program.  Call today @ 303-803-2148.

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Impress Prospective Home Buyers With A Roof Certification

A roof certification is a confirmation that the roof of your home is in good condition and will serve as a protective covering for the foreseeable future.  A certification is often required when the homeowner applies for home insurance.  The insurance company will want to know that the roof is able to resist general exposure to the weather elements and is not unduly susceptible.

Although it is not mandatory a homeowner who is ready to put his home up for sale often wants to be able to include the fact that the roof has been professionally certified as a selling point of the home.  Buyers consider this to be a testament to the honesty of the seller.  If the roof is certified by a well established inspector the buyer may feel that he has been spared the expense of having it done himself.

The inspection that is done in order for a certification to be granted is a much more extensive procedure than is adequate for a typical home inspection usually associated with the sale of a property.   A qualified inspector will start by checking the attic and ceilings inside the home for evidence of mold or moisture.  Then he will climb onto the roof itself to verify that the shingles and flashings are intact and that there is no  obvious leakage along the seams of the roofing material.  If the inspector doesn’t find any problems he will certify that the roof is in good shape and should be expected to remain so for 1 to 3 more years.  If however, he does find that some repair is needed he will advise the homeowner asap.

Great Western Roofing and Construction offers the service of roof certification to customers throughout Denver and the Front Range.  Thorough inspections are completed in a timely manner by an authorized professional.  Visit the Great Western website, www.greatwesternroofing.com to read the actual reviews submitted by satisified customers and call  303-223-3709 to arrange a consultation.

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What Kind Of Roof Will Top Off Your Home?

There are a number of points to consider before you settle on the type of roof that you want for your home.  A rooftop is the finishing touch to the aesthetic design of your home but it is also the protective covering.  You will need to make sure that your roof is able to sustain the weather elements that are particular to your geographical area as well as complement the architecture of your home.

If you are building a new home you will have a lot more leeway when it comes to the kind of roof you choose.  But if you are re-roofing an older home you must take into account whether the framework of the house can support the roofing material that you select.  There may be certain specifications that are required by regional restrictions associated with home renovations in your neighborhood.  Check with local administrations about any building codes that might apply.

Research will tell you that asphalt shingles are the most popular option for american homes today.  Two of the qualities that make it so appealing is the economical factor and that the shingles come in  such a wide variety of colors.  Homeowners who choose asphalt should ask about the possibility of reinforcing the shingles to increase the lifespan of the roof.

Clay or concrete tiles are among the most durable of all roofing materials.  Because of their weight the tiles should be installed by an experienced professional.  The homeowner who opts for a tiled roof will pay more but he can expect his roof to last for up to fifty years.  A tiled roof goes especially well with a spanish influenced architectural design.

Metal roofs have gained popularity in residential construction.  A metal roof can be installed as panels or in the form of shingles.  There are several colors to choose from and the weather resistance and general durability of a metal roof is considerable.

If you’re considering a home renovation or planning to build a new home  Great Western Roofing and Construction has been serving the Denver area since 2009.  Call 303-223-3709 to consult with a representative.

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Commercial Roofs Are Unique

Any type of roof will be at some risk for leakage and weather related damages but a commercial roofing system is more susceptible to some particular areas of concern.

Since the surface of a commercial roof is usually flatter than one on a residential home it is more exposed to destruction from falling tree branches.  Outlets for drainage can be blocked by an accumulation of leaves and twigs that will keep the water from running off which could lead to the problem of “pooling.”  If the water has nowhere to go it will form pools on the roof that if left to stand for too long a time will result in leakage.

Roof “flashings” are the metal or aluminum fittings that cover the joints or seams of the roofing material to prevent water from getting through to the interior of structure.  If the flashings are torn away because of high winds or storms the protection will be compromised.

The best way to avoid having to deal with significant roofing damage is to find a competent contractor to install the roof on your commercial building.  Make sure that the roofer you hire has had a lot of experience with the type of roofing system you require.  Ask to see a portfolio of the contractor’s previous work and look for customer reviews on the company’s website.  If you are expanding to a new geographical region of the country try to get recommendations from businessmen and women who have been established there for some time.

Maintenance is key!  Arrange for your construction company to perform regular roofing inspections to be sure that your roof is withstanding the elements and that any pieces of debris are removed asap.  If a hail storm should hit call your contractor to request an immediate inspection.  

Great Western Roofing and Construction in Denver can provide experienced roofing installation and schedule an extended plan for maintenance that will help to insure the life expectancy of your roof.  Call  303-223-3709 to find out more about our services.

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A Flat Roof Conforms To Commercial Standards

A large commercial building is usually topped off with a flat roof system.  It is more economical because it takes less material than a pitched roof does and it is easier to construct which means less time and manpower.  Safety is another issue.  A commercial building is required to undergo regular inspections to make sure that employees and clients are protected from faulty conditions.  A flat roof allows year round access and the exposed surface makes it easier for an inspection crew to spot a defect.  A commercial structure has to have ample space for equipment and the storage of necessary supplies.  A practical, no frills flat roof leaves plenty of room.

A restorative coating is included in the construction of a commercial flat roof to provide extra protection against damages and leaks.  A water based acrylic coating is flame retardant and unlike other types of materials acrylic comes in a wide variety of colors.  Property managers appreciate this aesthetic quality.  Acrylic coatings however, must be applied under fair weather conditions to let it set properly and “ponding” may be an ongoing concern.

Silicone coatings on the other hand, do very well in a variety of temperature extremes.  But they do produce a smoother surface that will not take well to re-coating with any other material.  The surface is also predisposed to dirt buildup.

Foam coatings came into favor in the 1960’s.  They are both cost and energy efficient and a long life expectancy is a feature.  The coating is sprayed on and must be done in an even layer by an experienced professional.

Whichever flat roofing system you choose, maintenance is always key.  Regular inspections will hold down expenses for repair or replacement and help to insure the safety of the building.  Call on Great Western Roofing and Construction in Denver for experience and quality workmanship.  Great Western has been serving the commercial business community here since 2009.  Look for the summer special offer on our website and call 303-223-3709.

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