WeatherSure Systems really does cover Colorado from the top down- as in undertaking a challenging roof replacement project at the very summit of Pikes Peak, “America’s Mountain”, so called because the view from the summit inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful” after the 33 year old English professor traveled to Colorado from Boston, and, like tens of thousands of others, was overwhelmed by the view from the top of Pikes Peak, already a tourist destination in 1893. Almost 120 years later, the view is no less awesome- and so are the challenges of putting on a top quality roofing system at an elevation of 14,110 feet above sea level.
Working with roof consultant Mike Groditski of Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates, project manager Jack Michael, Superintendent Tim Avilla, and foreman Mike Garcia and the rest of the WeatherSure team battled the thin air and harsh weather to install a GAF hot applied built-up roof system (BUR). The old roofing system was removed one section at a time, with each section fully weathertite each day. The work was originally scheduled to begin in early July, but the Waldo Canyon Fire delayed the famous Pikes Peak Hillclimb auto race, and in turn the commencement of roof replacement, until late summer, when snow becomes common and weather conditions at the summit extreme. On days in the 70s and clear in Colorado Springs, conditions at the summit might include temperatures in the 20s and 50+ mph winds, making roofing work impossible. With the top quality GAF built-up system, it should be decades before a new roof is needed, even with the extreme weather conditions at the top of “America’s Mountain”