Storm Damage

Why FEMA Advises Snow Removal Plans for Commercial Buildings

Winter Is Here For many people in the U.S. winter is here. Snow is currently falling across the Midwest and is also forecast for the Northeastern US in the coming days. Despite the forecast, proactive facility managers and building owners who already have their snow removal contingency plans in place are breathing a sigh of relief. These key decision makers recognize the critical importance of ensuring their commercial properties remain safe places to do work, shop, or store goods. They…

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Spring Roofing Tips

Each spring, it’s smart to check for any havoc wreaked on your roof by our long, and often harsh, Steamboat winters. Although employing a roofing contractor is always the safest bet to ensuring an accurate inspection, the following recommendations can also be conducted on your own. Gutter Cleaning The purpose of a gutter is to prevent moisture buildup from damaging the structural integrity of your home by trapping water from the roof. Properly functioning gutters are essential to upholding a…

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Four Preventable Roof Leaks

When your roof is old or has sustained weather damage, there are common areas that tend to be culprits for leaking water. Keep an eye out for problems and take preventive measures to fix them before serious structural damage, or mold and mildew occurs. Here are some reasons water damage may occur in your home: Leaks at joints. Joints between the roof and the chimney or between two sloped sections of a roof are highly susceptible to leaking. Leaking will…

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Winter Roof Collapse: Warning Signs

The snow in Steamboat is known to pile up during the winter (although you wouldn’t know it from the 2011-12 season!).  Most of us are used to shoveling off our roof to prevent too much pressure from building up on the roof. Because a roof is only built to sustain so much weight before it will ultimately collapse.  Prior to a roof collapse, buildings generally exhibit signs that the roof is in distress and action should be taken to mitigate…

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Pre-Winter Roofing & Insulation Checklist

Is your roof and insulation ready for another long Steamboat winter? Below is a short checklist to make sure your home is read for serious weather. 1. Roof Shingle Damage An obvious example of some roof damage caused by wind. During the warmer months, strong winds may have caused damage to your shingles – even blowing them off entirely – but may have gone unnoticed. Take a good look at your entire roof to check for obvious damage to your…

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Snow Removal: A Warning

This is a photo of damage done to a shingle roof last winter. While we are not certain of what tool caused this damage, the distraught homeowner told us the following: They hired a contractor for winter rooftop snow removal, though the contractor was not a roofer.  They are not sure of how he went about the removal throughout the winter. They found this damage in the spring, after the contractor’s work, but he refused to fix the repair, or…

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The Warning Signs: Do I need a new roof?

Have you been worried about your roof?  Wondering if there are some key warning signs to watch out for?  In fact, there are. While we would always suggest that you call a reputable roofing company for an inspection, you can also do checks on your own on a regular basis. Here are some warning signs that should alert you to contact a qualified roofing inspector (See photos here): Warning 1: Ceiling Spots Caused by leaks in the roof Warning 2:…

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Beware these words: “Can we cover your insurance deductible?”

Fraud is common in any industry these days, and the roofing industry is no different. but probably even more so in the roofing industry.  Random Joes and “fly-by-night” outfits can set up shop in any neighborhood, preying on panicked homeowners who are told that they need their roof repaired “now,” but are terrified by the cost. And so in creep the “fly-by-night” roofing operations who offer to “help” you through the Insurance claim process. Usually, they then offer to pay…

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Finding a Roofing Company: Tips & Warnings

It’s storm season in Colorado; the time when wind, hail, and more leave homeowners scrambling to get their roofs repaired fast.  But this can lead to disaster in the long run, especially financially.  Unfortunately roofing scams are on the rise – up 400% in 2010 according to CBS Denver – and so homeowners need to be careful when choosing a roofing contractor, no matter how much of an “emergency” it is.  Below are three key “scams” to watch out for,…

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