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Colorado State Team Heading to Roofing Alliance Competition Finals

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and its sister organization the Roofing Alliance recently announced the five finalists in its 2020 Construction Management Student Competition. Eight colleges participated in the year’s sixth challenge. The five finalists were picked based on their written proposals. Colorado’s own Colorado State University and their Department of Construction Management qualified as a finalist.

The annual contest is meant to encourage a new generation of construction managers and innovative thinkers in the growing roofing market by requiring professional and thorough roofing proposals.

What is the Construction Management Student Competition?

The annual competition was formed out to test groups of college students on their roofing knowledge, project management skills, and presentation skills. This year’s competition is submitting a quote and bid package for a new roof system at the Ford Center. The Ford Center in Frisco, TX, is home to the Dallas Cowboy’s world headquarters and houses the team’s indoor practice facility.

The roof was originally designed and constructed by KPost Roofing and Waterproofing of Dallas, TX.

The competition requires the different teams to fully research the facility, review the plans and specs of proposed construction, and resemble an accurate price quote along with a bid proposal package. The tools and skills learned for the competition helps mold a new generation of construction professionals and is judged by the Roofing Alliance.

The five finalists will meet at the Roofing Expo in Dallas to present their proposals to the Roofing Alliance. The winners will be announced at the NRCA Industry Awards ceremony.

The Construction Management Student Competition finalists to present at the expo include:

Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science. Team Captain: Rachel Nemecek, Faculty Advisor: Lauren Redden, Team Mentor: Kyle Thomas (Thomas Roofing Co.)

Clemson University. Team Captain: Brad Smith, Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dhaval Gajjar Team Mentor: Nicholas Hotze (Guy Roofing Inc.)

Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management: Team Captain: Brendan Phelan, Faculty Advisor: Nick Rubino, Team Mentor: Kent Nelson (Front Range Roofing Systems LLC.)

Texas A&M University Team Captain: Tyler Stivers Faculty Advisor: Lance Simms, Team Mentor: Mark Standifer (King of Texas Roofing Company.)

University of Florida, School of Building Construction. Team Captain: Tony Centro Faculty Advisor: Jim Sullivan, Team Mentor: Rob Springer (Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal, Inc.)

If you are in the Dallas area you can see the roofing expo and the student competitors at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on February 5, 2020. You can learn more about the student competition by visiting the Roofing Alliance website at RoofingAlliance.net.

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Start Your Summer with an Impact Resistant Roof

Roofing companies across Denver and Colorado are gearing up for the coming storm and roofing season. Will your roof get busted by hail this time around? You can wait and find out or you can start the summer right by installing an impact-resistant roof before hail hits. Let’s learn why Denver residents can benefit from IR roofing and why you should install before summer.

What is Impact-Resistant Roofing?

Impact-resistant (IR) is the roofing industry’s solution to hail, wind, and other environmental foes. They were originally designed for residents in the ‘hail alley’ that runs across parts of Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. IR roofing is built with extra protection to help absorb hail’s impact and keep your roof water tight.

What Makes Impact-Resistant Stronger?

In most cases a fiberglass insert is sandwiched between a traditional dimensional shingle to give it a boost. The materials are then third-party tested by Underwriter Laboratories (UL) by dropping a steel ball onto the roofing. If the IR materials pass the test, they receive a UL-2218 certification, otherwise known as a ‘Class 4′ certification. The materials have proven they can take the impact of hail and keep performing.

Not only do IR materials stand up to hail and other impacts, they are also stronger against wind and other adverse conditions common in Colorado. If you’re tired of replacing your roof and watching your insurance premiums rise every few years – it’s time to get IR roofing.

Install IR Before Hail

It’s recommended to get IR shingles installed in late March through May before the highest threats of hail appear over the front range. Spring offers shorter lines, better communication, and temperatures are optimal for IR install.

Other Benefits of IR Roofing

Insurance companies love IR roofing. Let’s be frank, insurance companies operate on the assumption that your roof won’t receive damage so when it does, the insurance company loses money. They don’t like that. Because they know an IR roof is less likely to need repair or replacement after a storm, they know they’re less likely to pay out your policy – they like that. Because of the benefits insurance companies offer insurance premium discounts to homeowners who choose IR roofs.

IR roofing comes in many colors, styles, and cuts to match any home style. IR shingles are now available in premium varieties for protection, depth, and a world-class appearance. If IR shingles are right for you pick up the phone and call your local Denver roofing contractor before you’re hit this hail season.

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Top 5 Reasons to Replace Your Roof in Spring

Spring is here which means homeowners across the Front Range are gearing up for spring projects – but have you considered your roof as a spring project? Though it’s slow for roofing companies, spring is an excellent time to repair or replace your roof. Let’s learn five unique reasons you should replace your roof in spring.

  • No Rush

Summer is roofing’s top season but not everyone likes the rushed feeling that summer brings. The longer you wait in the summer, the further back you fall in line, so homeowners feel pressured to make snap decisions. Spring is one of the slowest times for roof replacements which means you can take your time with decisions on color, style, scheduling and more.  

  • More Time with Company

A roofing consultant or production manager that is overseeing a handful of jobs at a time will have much more time to devote to your project compared to their summer work load of dozens of customers. If you want more time with your consultant and company – spring is perfect.

  • Ideal Temperatures

Spring brings the ‘goldilocks’ temperature for roof replacement. Most of winter is too cold for materials like asphalt shingles and though summer is roofing peak season, hot summer days can cause your shingles to slough. Spring bring ideal temperatures of 60-80 for most of the country, making it a great season for a reroof.

  • Efficient Process

You’ll move much more efficiently through a company from hand-in to final city inspection. In the summer the entire process can take weeks from paperwork backups, but spring always yields a more efficient roofing project. You are likely to get faster updates on your project in spring too.

  • Deliberate Crews

Summer is when roofing crews make most of their money. Admittedly crews might hurry through a job in the summer to get to the next project. That’s not to say the company will leave you with a poor job, but not always the best possible one. In the spring crews are more deliberate with their work since they know there aren’t other jobs to move onto.

These are five great reasons to replace your roof in spring but they’re many more. If you’re in need of a roof repair or replacement call your local roofing company and get your spring project on the schedule.

Why Asphalt Shingles Are the Best

10 Reasons to Love Asphalt Shingles

Let’s learn the top ten reasons that asphalt shingles are America’s favorite residential roofing material. 

1. They’re Affordable 

You can find asphalt shingles on three-quarters of residential homes. They’re many reasons for their popularity but one of the top reasons is asphalt’s affordability. There aren’t many roofing materials that match quality and price like asphalt shingles. 

2. They Can Fight Hail 

Low-end asphalt shingles will get shredded by hail but high-end materials like impact-resistant shingles will stand up against hail. Hail-resistant materials are so strong, they qualify most homeowners for an insurance premium discount. 

3. Dozens of Colors 

Whatever color you can think of, there’s probably an asphalt single for it. Asphalt shingles are available in cool colors, warm colors, natural colors – whatever color you need to match your home. 

4. Customize 

Whatever color you can think of, there’s probably an asphalt single for it. Asphalt shingles are available in cool colors, warm colors, natural colors – whatever color you need to match your home. 4. Customize 

Asphalt’s popularity means it’s available in many styles. You can choose different hip and ridge shingles, different underlayment, and whatever else you want for your unique roofing system. 

5. Mimicry 

Asphalt shingles are manufactured to mimic several other roofing materials including wood shakes, slate tiles, and clay and concrete tiles. You can avoid the expense of high-end materials by installing asphalt instead. 

6. Strength

Shingles come in many varieties. If you’ve got the budget, you can invest in strong shingles like triple-laminates or impact-resistant materials. High-end asphalt shingles can come with fifty-year warranties.  

7. Different Dimensions

The different varieties and cuts of asphalt shingles means you can get as much depth and dimension you want. If you prefer a simple roof you can go with a normal shingle but if you want a variety of depths, you can choose a triple-laminate shingle or a high-profile ridge. 

8. Easy to Install 

9. Asphalt shingles are easy to install. A homeowner with solid construction knowledge can even install shingles themselves. The ease of installation means you won’t be raked over the coals with it comes to price. 9. Easy to Find Contractors 

Because asphalt is the most popular residential roofing material, it’s easy to find a contractor. It’s easy to find a great contractor too. While specialty roofing like slate won’t give you many labor choices, asphalt shingles present many reliable and reputable options. 

10. Recyclable 

Asphalt is 100% recyclable. Your asphalt shingles won’t end up in a landfill, but back to the plant where it can be turned into your next roof. 

These are just ten reasons to love asphalt but they’re plenty more. Talk to your local roofing contractor to see what asphalt can do for your roof today. 

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3 Ways Roofing Contractors Can Help You

If you’ve never had to have your roof repaired or replaced, you might have some preconceived notions about everything that a roofing company can do for you. They just put the shingles on the house right? There are certainly roofing contractors that may be lacking in all around service but there are several roofers right here in Denver that can take care of your entire roofing issue from start to finish. Here are some less obvious ways that roofing contractors can help you.

3 Ways Roofing Contractors Can Help You

Roofing Contractors Can Help with Free Estimates

In this era of roofing, it makes no sense to pay for a repair or roof replacement estimate. Denver is full of reliable roofing contractors that will come out to inspect your roof, make suggestions about what needs to be done, and draw up an estimate, all free of charge. You should never pay for a roof repair or estimate.

Roofing Contractors Can Help Your Insurance Claims

When it comes to getting your roof repaired or replaced from an insurance claim, the claims process will likely be more of a headache than the actual reroof. That’s why it’s important to find a roofing contractor that can assist you in the insurance claims process. Full service roofing contractors can meet with your insurance adjuster, check over your insurance paperwork, and talk to the insurance company during the process to make sure everyone is on the same page. If you aren’t using a roofing contractor that can help with insurance claims, you are missing out.

Roofing Contractors Can Help with Gutters and Trades

There are several roofing contractors that will only work on the roof of the home but there are also several can help out with other repairs and fixes that need to be taken care of. If you need help or repairs on your gutters, windows, or ventilation, choose a full service roofing contractor so you only need to make one call.

When it comes time to repair or reroof your home, you should look for roofing contractors that are willing to go above and beyond simple roof replacement. Luckily it’s not too difficult to find a great roofer that will help you with more than just the roof. If your home was recently hit with hail or is falling apart, find one of these great all around roofing companies to help you through the entire process.