Applewood Neighborhood in Golden

The Applewood Neighborhood is located in Golden, Wheatridge and Lakewood Colorado with parts of it in unincorporated Jefferson county and its a historic gem.  It gets its name from the Apple and Fruit orchards that came to dot the region but its origins are much earlier with the gold rush that so many people came west for.  Fred and Emma Bunger arrived in Colorado from Indiana in 1883 in search for gold but eventually settles near wheat ridge to raise their family. Fred like many men realized that dreams are good but you have to put food on the table! Fred Bunger would collect fruits and vegetables from other local farmers as he took his harvest to market and take a commission from them for the work of hauling it to market and selling it. He was instrumental in setting up the first farmers market in denver which was located at 20th and curtis street. Over time the residents switched from wheat to fruits and vegetables and eventually large fruit orchards that the area is named after.

 

If you would like to read up more on the history of Jefferson County please read this source document.

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Roofing Resources|Free International Building Code|Work In Progress

I will attempt to assemble a very useful set of links here with a description of what each one does. If you know of a very useful link please let me know in an email or in the comment section.

International Code Council, International Building Code-

2000 International Building Code Free-While this is 15 years old there are still some places that have this as their main building code

2003 International Building Code Free – While not as rare as the 2000 IBC the 2003 is still not seen very often today.

2006 International Building Code Free – In Colorado this is the first on the list that is somewhat common

2009 International Building Code Free – This is the oldest one that is considered “common”

2012 International Building Code Free – Until July of this year this is the most up to date code you can be certified on.

Helpful Organizations-

National Roofing Contractor Association– I believe the NRCA is the largest industry trade group for roofing contractors.

Better Business Bureau – Everyone knows the BBB. They are not perfect but if you see someone with a lot of complaints you know to do extra due diligence or just walk away!

 

If you did not find what you need here please visit us at Mile High Roofing and Gutters

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Roofing your own house – are you cut out for the job

     #this is a guest post, At Mile High Roofing and Gutters we always recommend roof installations be done by a professional#Denver Roofing DIY roofing Guide

Building a house yourself has a lot of appeal for many people. I can imagine that there is something immensely satisfying in living in the very place that has been built from scratch with your own hands. The house is your creation and your domain. Undeniably, within the hard work (and sometimes tears) of building your own place, a romance within the idea persists.
Romance aside, however, there are also some aspects of building a house which are undeniably dangerous. Putting on your chosen roof is often a place where disasters occur and so if you are thinking about applying your own roof, there are few things you should be aware of.

Who should roof their own house?

Firstly, it should be mentioned that roofing your own house is not an easy task. It takes hours of physically challenging labor. You need to be pretty fit to be able to complete the job. The physical element aside, your roofing experience is also at the whim of the elements. Pick a nice time of year (if possible) and hope that the rain stays away.
A reasonable litmus test of whether you are cut out for the job is to take a ladder and climb onto your roof. How was that? Any fear of the height? Can you walk about easily? If any of these questions has a negative reaction, stop now.
If not, you may well be mentally capable to do the job but another test might be of use. Take a trip to your local home Depot or Lowes and load a sack of shingles onto yourself. That’s right, it is quite heavy. Now, be prepared to hike that up your ladder more times than you can count. A fall protection kit costs normally around $100 and is a must purchase to protect you from falling off. Sadly, it happens more often than you might think. Make sure you keep the roof swept clean of any debris to help prevent another common reason for falls.
Actually, oftentimes you can get your roofing supplier to help you with the materials onto your roof. In order not to have undue pressure on any one point, spread this material out along the roof’s peak. Note: if you are replacing your roof, strip the old layers of single off first otherwise the added weight could be too much and you could do some severe structural damage. Also, make sure that any old nails are either removed or flattened as they can damage your shiny new shingle.

What tools do you need?

There are many stages to this process and having all of the tools is obviously helpful. Here is a short checklist to help get you started:

  • Hammers
  • Nails
  • Caulk Gun
  • Air Compressor (not required if hand nailing)
  • Nail Gun             (not required if hand nailing)
  • Utility Knife or preferred knife to cut shingles
  • Safety Harness
  • Ladder Long enough  to extend a couple feet over your roof and be at an appropriate angle to the ground
  • Boom Lift if you can get cheap access
  • Tool Belts
  • Accessory Paint
  • Etc,Etc,Etc

    As you can see, there are a few things to get hold of before you embark on your roofing mission. Particularly for the amateur tradesman, having all the requisite equipment can save you a lot of time and trouble.

What’s the process?

First thing to do is to install the drip edge. Metal is not often required but it does give the edges a more sophisticated finished look and prevents the shingles from folding around the edge of the roof.
Once this has been done, it is time to roll out the self-stick underlayment . This protective sheet essentially keeps any windswept rain from dripping into your house. It seals around the nails and does a great job in keeping your house watertight. Roll it carefully, peeling off the top half of the plastic as you unroll it before peeling off the bottom backing. This will stick the bottom part of the underlayment to the roof of the house.  A professional tip when doing this is to not roll more than 10 feet at any one time because the underlayment may begin to slide off. Ensure that all your underlayment lies flat against your roof before you secure it to the decking. On nice warm days, the adhesive is sticky and easy to work with.
The next stage is to cover the roof with felt paper – sometimes also known as tar paper or builder’s paper. If you are securing the paper with a staple hammer, aim to stable in every square foot or so. This may sound like a lot but loose paper can slip out from under your feet and lead to falls.
Next up: waterproof your valleys. Due to the fact they channel most of the rain water, they need extra protection. Once this is done, you are ready with your shingles. Begin with the starter shingles before moving onto the normal size shingles.
Follow manufacturer instructions closely!
This is not an easy process! Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions with an attention to detail to avoid some of the common mistakes that affect many roof installations.

A couple of key points to keep an eye on: pay close attention to the nailing instructions. Where and how regularly you nail will depend on the weather in your area and the pitch of your roof. Often, you will have to work around a vent in your roof. This, again, needs some careful attention for cutting around the vent with a utility knife fitted with hook blades. After capping the ridge of your roof and sealing it up, you have at last finished. Good news, I’m sure you’ll agree.

If you have completed all of the above stages and have a watertight and good looking roof – you should be proud! It’s a process that involves many stages and there are many tricks that experienced roofers benefit from. However, it’s not an impossible task and if you are partial to a challenge then it could be something for you. Either way, be careful and good luck!

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Denver Impact Resistant Roofing Materials

I thought today would be a good day to put together a list of a few of the common Impact resistant options that are available in Denver, Aurora and the rest of the front range. Most Insurance companies will offer a discount of around 5-10 percent if you install impact resistant shingles so depending on the type of roofing material that your house currently has it might pay itself off in short order to pay a little more for an upgrade to impact resistant shingles. Remember to head to our Home Page and click on free estimate if you would like a quote on any line of impact resistant shingle.

Manufacturers and the Impact resistant shingles offered-

Gaf-

Gaf has two series of Impact resistant shingles. They both are class 4 impact resistant which is the highest rating that is available. This means that a hail strike that will damage a normal shingle will not cause any damage to this shingle. The actual test involves dropping a ball made of steel from 20 feet onto a shingle to see how much damage done. It is a 2 inch ball made to simulate what is normally a very damaging hail strike.

Armorshield 2 series-

These class 4 impact resistant shingles look identical to Gaf’s Timberline series which is the most popular shingle in America. They are available in the same colors as the Timberline series but will handle hail damage much better.

Grand Sequoia IR-

These carry the same class 4 rating as the timberline series but are suppose to resemble wood shake roofs. While I think these roofs look very nice I do not think they are comparable on looks to wood shake. They are much more practical though, When installed with at least 3 gaf accessories they offer a lifetime warranty on the product. This is true of all of Gaf’s lifetime shingles.

Here is a link to a PDF brochure from GAF about their IR lines of shingles.  Gaf Impact Resistant Shingles Brochure

CertainTeed-

All of CertainTeed’s IR shingles are class 4 impact resistant as well as fire resistant which is the industry standard.

Presidential Shake IR-

This is CertainTeed’s Wood shake alternative that meets all of their Impact Resistant specifications.  They claim that this line was the first to market and that is clearly the best looking. Of course every manufacture claims theirs looks the best so you really have to decide for yourself.

These carry a lifetime limited warranty for manufacturer defect and a 15 year 110 mph wind warranty !

Landmark IR-

This is CertainTeed’s “standard” Impact resistant shingle that looks like a typical 30 year architectural shingle.

These carry the same great warranties as the Presidential Shake IR line.

Landmark Solaris Gold IR-

They call this a “solar reflective asphalt roofing shingle” with a Solar Reflective Index(SRI) of 29. Every shingle in this line is energy star certified. These shingles look similar to the Landmark series and might be worth looking into with the readily available sunshine we get here in Denver.

Highland Slate IR-

This is CertainTeed’s attempt to replicate a slate look with a asphalt shingle and I like the result. These shingles are pricey but they look great and offer the same great warranty as all of the above shingles. 50 year warranty on manufacturer defects and a 15 year 110 mph warranty.

XT 30 IR-

While this sounds like the newest BMW crossover it is actually a strange product. It is a traditional 3 tab look which has traditionally been reserved for the cheapest roofs and made a 30 year impact resistant shingle. This roof does not qualify for the stellar warranties above but it does have a 30 year manufacturer defect warranty and a 70 mph wind warranty but it does have special application instructions for that to apply so make sure your installer has read up and knows what is required!

For more info on CertainTeed IR products you can check out their PDF brochure at this link: CertainTeed IR Brocure.pdf

Owens Corning-

Weatherguard HP-

Like all of the other shingles reviewed here these are class 4 impact resistant shingles. And like most or all of the shingles the manufacturer also claims some level of algae resistance. They also claim that they are the best looking shingle on the market and use some of their patented terminology to tell you about it.  It is their TrueDefinition technology that makes the contrast so different from those “other” shingles.

These shingles offer a limited lifetime warranty to cover manufacturer defects and offer a 110 mph wind warranty. They also offer a limited algae resistance warranty if you follow manufacturer instructions during install.

For complete details on owens corning Weatherguard series please click the following link to download their pdf. –  Weatherguard HP pdf

 

 

I try to ignore the marketing and find a roof in your area that has shingles that you like or that your contractor is wanting to install. If you are looking for Impact resistant shingles in Denver that might limit your ability to pick the exact color you want in some cases so be aware that the choices are somewhat limited in most cases.

 

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Hail Damage Shingles in Denver

Obvious Hail Damage to Shingles-

In Denver hail damaged shingles are very common. In severe cases of hail you can see the damage from the street while driving by a house or neighborhood. When I was working the severe hail storm that hit Lakewood a few years back you could see the hail damage shingles from highway 6. In cases like this the hail damage looks like a baseball size black “holes” in your shingles. The reason it appears there is a black hole on shingles is when hail damages shingles the first thing it does it knock off the colored granules and expose the asphalt that is underneath the granules. If you have any of these problems please check out our home page for an estimate on Hail damage shingles in Denver.

Hail Damage Shingles That Require a Closer Inspection-

Most of the hail damage shingles that inspect in Denver and the front range fall into this category. Instead of a huge baseball size area that is missing granules it may be an area that is much smaller such as the size of a dime or even smaller. When small hail falls in storms that have high wind you can have severe damage packed into a small area. This type of hail can actually cause more damage over time than the bigger storms that leave damage that can be viewed from the street. When you have the obvious hail damage shingles that we talked about in the above paragraph it is hard to ignore and everyone can tell that you need them fixed. On many darker roofs it is very hard to see the smaller hail damage that is so prevalent in Denver, Aurora, Parker,Fort Collins, Loveland, Greely, Englewood and all of the other front range cities from Cheyenne Wyoming all the way down to Pueblo Colorado.

Misdiagnosed Hail Damage Shingles!-

The last type of damage we will discuss today is actually misdiagnosed hail damage to your shingles. There is a lot of natural damage that when inspected by someone who has not been properly trained can easily be mistaken for genuine hail damage. In normal times adjusters will simply not approve this type of shingle damage for replacement but in big storm years the insurance companies get bogged down and hire inspectors that may not be as qualified as other inspectors. This is considered great news by many homeowners who find themselves with a new roof but can be very frusterating if you are the neighbor that did not call your insurance agency when the hail fell and now you find that you are the only one in your neighborhood with an old roof.

Sadly I see this situation often and their is no great solution. These marginally damaged roofs should never have been approved in the first place but sometimes these Cat adjusters get in such a hurry to make homeowners happy they approve roof replacements that their much more conservative staff adjusters would of denied without much thought. If you got denied for a new roof when all of your neighbors got roofs it can be very frustrating and we will be glad to give you a second trained look to inspect your hail damaged shingles. Although if we agree with the Insurance assessment we will NOT help you commit fraud and if we detect any fraud we will cease are business relationship with you and notify your insurance agency.

Hail Damage Shingles Caused by Insurance Fraud-

I know most homeowners are very honest people but if you have been in this business as long as I have you are bound to run in to a few people trying to cheat the insurance companies. This often happens at the edge of the storm where one row of people may have got roof replacements while their neighbors across the street did not. This can understandably create some jealousy and envy but is no excuse for Insurance fraud. Our highly trained inspectors are also trained to spot insurance fraud and if they detect it we will terminate and business relationship we have with you. I have seen homeowners who threw rocks at their fence trying to get the insurance company to pay for a new fence painting and I have seen where homeowners scratched up their shingles with quarters trying to feign hail damage. These are always very apparent and vary rarely do they resemble natural hail damage so please think twice before commiting a felony in an attempt to impress the Joneses!

Other Roofing Resources available to you for free:

http://www.owenscorning.com/storm/   This is the page owens corning direct people to if they have just been through a severe storm of any kind including a hail storm.

https://www.statefarm.com/claims/resources/home-and-property/after-a-catastrophe   This is States farm storm resource page.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to post them in the comments below

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Roof Replacement Service

Roof Replacement Services Offered-

Mile High Roofing and Gutters offers a complete range of roof replacement services. For an estimate on a specific project please click here.

Cash Bid-

Many homeowners find themselves with a roof that is at the end of its life. Possible with shingles that are missing or blown back from periods of high wind and years of abuse. Roofs that have a large percentage of their granules missing is very common in Denver. Hail damaged shingles are very common along the front range due to its higher than normal rate of hail. Organic shingles are also fairly common in Denver and are easily seen from the street as being in desperate need of help as they did not live up to the manufacturers original claim. In these situations we can give you a cash price for various types of full roof replacements. We will tear down your shingles to the deck, do any work necessary to bring your roof up to code, and install a new roof that will last for years.

Insurance Claim Help-

Mile high roofing and gutters has experience working with all of the major and regional insurance agency’s in Denver and will be glad to help you along with your insurance claim no matter what stage your currently in. If you are not sure if it is a good idea to call your insurance company give us a call first at 720-256-7312. We will come inspect your home and verify that you have enough hail damage to call your insurance company. Some homeowners request that we meet their insurance adjuster to assist them with ladders on and off the roof and to make sure he agrees on an notices all of the hail damage that we identify with you during our free estimate. The only money you will have to pay out of pocket for insurance jobs is your deductible which is due at time of roof completion.

My Insurance Company Says I Have No Damage but My Neighbor Got a New Roof-

If you disagree with what your insurance agency told you we will gladly take a second look at your home and see if they missed any hail damage. With as many storms as we had in 2014 the likelihood of overworked adjusters missing damage definitely sky rocketed. Many times we agree with adjusters but if you think they missed something or just want to make sure that you got a fair shake we will work with you to make sure you were treated fairly. Most of the time Insurance companies really want to take care of you so if you have legitimate damage they will repair it.

For more tips on roof replacement in Denver please check out my recent blog post on Denver Co, Roofing Contractors

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Denver Co Roofing Contractor

When you are looking for a Denver Co Roofing Contractor you have a lot of options. Due to the large number of weather events Denver attracts a lot of out of town contractors who are only trying to earn a quick buck until the next storm hits someone else. Make sure when you are finding your Denver roofing contractor that you find someone who will be around to honor the warranty. When Mile High Roofing and Gutters installs a new roof or gutter system you can rest assured they will be around to honor the warranty for years to come so please sign up for a free estimate.

The coldest parts of Denver winters often shut down much of the roofing and construction industry so make sure you have any work you need done finished by fall. If you leave something critical that needs to be fixed for the last moment you could get stuck snowed in with water slowly leaking into your home. Not a position any home owner wants to be in. Another important factor to consider when choosing your Denver Co Roofing Contractor is how much work you need done. For instance if you need roofing and gutter work than mile high roofing and gutters is a natural choice. On the other hand if you are wanting one contractor to do your roof as well as fix a lot of interior damage caused by water damage you may be better off going with a general contractor of some type. At the very least I would recommend you check out the local denver bbb to make sure the company you choose is not a fly by night company.

Whichever route you go I really hope you give us a chance to give you a free estimate as I would love to give you a great price on a great new roof.

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Hail Damage Repair in Denver

Hail Damage Repair in Denver seems like a continuous process. As you know this February had record amounts of snow and if your roof has been damaged by a previous hail storm you should get it checked it out now. If you have an old hail strike in a valley on your home it is really important that you get an inspection done before the heavy spring showers come. A large amount of the water that falls on your roof ends up in a valley. Significant Hail strikes in valleys can turn into a large amount of water damage fairly quickly in a rain storm. With all of the hail storms that hit last year there are still a lot of people who should get a free roof inspection before the time on those storms runs out. For every hail storm that hits you only have one year to get it inspected and repaired that the insurance is required to pay for it. If you have waited longer than a year you have to pay for it out of pocket or try and wait for another hail storm.

Rain Gutters Included!

While we are inspecting your roof we will make sure and do a complete inspection of your rain gutters as well. Many people do not realize that the insurance is required to replace every piece of gutter that has been damaged by hail. Many times this is not easy to see from the ground but the insurance will pay to get it replaced. Its best to get it done when you replace your roof so the new gutters look great while you live in the home and if you ever decide to sell the home you wont have hail damaged gutters showing up on the inspection report. An Inspection of this detail can take a little extra time but it is well worth it. It can be the difference of having some new gutter pieces and mostly old dinged up gutter or a brand new gutter system.  Some hailstorms come with heavy wind from one direction which causes one side of the house to be shielded from damage. We can not guarantee that your whole system can be replaced but we can guarantee to do a thorough inspection and get every piece we find with a hail strike replaced.

My Roof is New, I did not get hail damage.

A common misconception is that new roofs don’t take hail damage. This is simply not true. New roofs are much better at resisting hail damage and many times wont take damage even as older roofs get demolished. They will also take damage the day after they are put on. Sadly my first year roofing I replaced a ladies roof who had a new roof put on the week before! If you have a new roof you know that they are an expensive investment and you should take care of them. In the case of a major hail storm there is no penalty for calling up the catastrophe number provided by your insurance company and having a trained adjuster inspect the damage. Your rates will not got up for it and there is no penalty. The worst thing that will happen is he will tell you that you need a new roof. While that is not good news to receive if you just put on a roof it is a lot better than having to pay for a roof out of pocket a few years (or months) down the road.

If you know your roof got hailed on and you have not had someone inspect it give us a call at 720-256-7312 or fill out our Free estimate form found on the bottom right hand side of this page or by clicking on “Free Estimate” in the toolbar at the top of this page. Have a great day and feel free to contact us with any of your roofing questions

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Installing Rain Gutters in Denver and common mistakes to avoid !

Experience Matters!

Over the many years of Installing rain gutters I have made a lot of mistakes and come across many other mistakes made by installers that got to a job before i did. I will try and point out some of the most common ones and I bet many of my readers have seen these same mistakes in their own neighborhood.

Over/Under Slope.

Everyone seems to know that gutters need to be sloped in order to drain correctly but what a lot of people forget is that if you drop your gutter pieces too much it quickly becomes unsightly. There are many different guides and measurements people often quote as the “right” number. I have seen people say you need 1/4 inch per 40 feet and I have seen people claim you need 1 inch per 10 feet! At that rate of drop a “normal” size home might have the gutter running across the front of it drop 6 inches from left to right. This is the opposite of curb appeal and to many people looks tacky. The truth is it varies depending on the house. You want all of the water to drain out but ideally you don’t want to be able to see the slant of the gutter while standing looking up at it. In the Denver area it is more important than many parts of the country to make sure your gutters are draining properly to prevent ice dams from damaging your roof and causing water damage inside your home. If you are already overwhelmed you should head over to our Denver Home Page and get an estimate! We will make sure and avoid all of these mistakes for you!

Using Spikes!

Another fairly common mistake is using the old style of Spikes which are really just a giant nail that goes through the front of the gutter out the back and deep into your fascia board. I don’t like these on principal because they are bad about causing cracks in the fascia board because they are so wide. If you are going to use a product in the category though you really should get the type that will screw in instead of the nail in type. This will prevent the spikes from working loose over time which the nail variant of the spike is notorious for. It will also allow removal of the system at the end of its life in a much easier manner. When removing gutter secured by the nail variant it requires a lot of banging and many times damage to the fascia can not be avoided. The screw variant often requires a square headed drill bit, but as long as you have that they twist right out in a much more controlled manner.

Huge Downspout…Tiny Hole.

The last mistake I will cover in the blog post is very common. Its using oversize downspouts with undersized holes. I have removed many old gutter systems that have the much larger 3 inch x 4 inch downspouts but have a hole in it that is even considered small on the downspouts that are half the size as these. There is very little benefit to having a larger downspout if you are not going to increase the amount of water that is going into it. I try to use the smaller downspouts wherever I can since they are easier to hide and are not as much of an eyesore as their larger alternative is.

I hope this post helped you find us if you are in the Denver and surrounding areas and help you avoid some common gutter mistakes if you are somewhere else.

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Just moved to Denver?

We can help you make sure your new home is sound!

If you just moved to Denver or are in the process of moving it can be a daunting task to know if the roof that is on your house is in good condition or if a hefty repair bill is right around the corner. Feel free to contact us for a roof inspection prior to closing on your home. For a small fee we can access your roof for general wear and tear and pre existing hail damage.

If you just moved to Denver you might be curious about the weather.

Denver is not as cold in the winter as many people think and can get much hotter in the summer than many out of towners realize. Denver’s climate is actually very close to that of some Deserts with only 8-15 inches of annual precipitation. This means that while the it can get very hot in the summer months (over 100 degrees) it does not start the morning that way. The Front range has  relatively low humidity which means even in the summer months the air temperature starts out cool and does not reach the high of the day until well after noon. On top of that it cools off quick when the sun comes down so if you work outside you only have to deal with the most intense heat for a few hours a day. As you most likely know the Mile High City is actually around a mile high (and higher in many places) which helps keep it cooler than would otherwise be the case.

We get over 300 days of sunshine a year in the front range.

Another great reason to live here is all the beautiful sunshine we get. Denver is known for all the snow that can shut down many aspects of the city from flights in and out of town to roofing and gutter jobs that were already scheduled (uh oh !).  Depending on the year Denver is neck and neck with Miami for who has more sunnier days per year. Other major cities that have LESS sunshine than denver are San Diego , Tampa , and Salt Lake City! Snow generally does not stay on the streets long as most of the front range has a very robust fleet of snow plows. In this recent line of storms that shut down many parts of the country Aurora had 37 snow plows on the streets before the snow actually started falling. The good news if you are needing work done on your home in the winter is that after the streets the next place for the snow to melt off of are the roofs! If your roof or gutter system is leaking as snow is melting call Mile High Roofing and Gutters right away to see if there is a way we can mitigate the damage to your home. Be sure to check out other parts of our website for roofing tips!

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