Commercial Roofing

WeatherSure and the Denver Metro BOMA Toy and Gift Drive

Photo Courtesy: www.trustedphoto.comHard to believe 2013 is only a few weeks away-  so far, winter has yet to really make an impact in Colorado, and in fact, Monarch Ski area, which relies completely on natural snow, is opening very late this year, December 14th.  Many building owners and managers are taking advantage of the mild weather to have those roof and waterproofing projects done before year end- and many folks are finding a little extra money in their budgets for small projects, since they haven’t spent much on things like snow removal- so far, anyway.  The most predictable thing about Colorado weather is unpredictability; we were having a record breaking dry winter in 2002-2003, until mid March when we received one of the biggest snow storms in Denver history, dumping over 5 feet of snow at my home in the Foothills.  Another event that many building owners may not be aware of is the upcoming adoption of updated building codes, which means that projects that go under contract after New Year’s may require significantly more insulation to meet these more stringent codes, adding to the initial cost of a reroof considerably
 
We’re keeping busy at WeatherSure, not only with our usual business of roofing and waterproofing services and helping managers budget for next years projects, but also with the various ways we help out in the community- one of the biggest is participation  in the Denver Metro BOMA Toy and Gift Drive- this year about 150 office buildings in the metro area are collecting toys, food, toiletries and other items for families in need, distributed through about 15 charities, with one of the biggest and highest profile being Father Woody’s Christmas, and if you don’t know about “Father Woody”, here’s a brief history from their website:
Before anyone cared about the homeless, Monsignor Charles Woodrich known as Father Woody, became the voice and champion of the homeless.  His story began almost 40 years ago in one of those cold Colorado winter days when Father Woody wondered aloud, what would become of the homeless? Where would they seek shelter?

He decided to open the doors of his parish, downtown Denver’s landmark church, Holy Ghost.  To the dismay of many of the parishioners, for weeks, hundreds of homeless sought shelter at the parish. It was the only roof they had over their heads during the cold winter nights.  It was through that experience that he created one of Colorado’s largest homeless shelters, the Samaritan Shelter at 23rd and Lawrence.
The Father Woody’s Christmas Party hosts thousands of kids and families, providing a nice dinner and gifts for many who would otherwise face a bleak Christmas Season- last year, the Denver Metro BOMA Toy Drive collected about 20,000 toys and essential items, and we’re hoping for an even bigger response this year- and from the WeatherSure family to yours, here’s wishing you a great Holiday Season and a great 2013!

 

WeatherSure Roofs “America’s Mountain”

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”
 

What’s Happening at WeatherSure - August 2012

What a summer! The hottest June in Denver history, twice touching the all time “high” of 105 degrees, the hottest July in Denver history, a terrible early summer wildfire season, and on track for the most days over 90 degrees in a summer! Wow- it’s a good thing that the high country is only a short drive away for those days when you need some serious fresh, cool air!  

WeatherSure is proud to have been selected as the contractor to replace the roof system on the Pike’s Peak Visitor Center, on the summit of “America’s Mountain” , Pike’s Peak, a mountain who’s namesake, Zebulon Pike, thought would never be climbed, let alone raced up in less than 10 minutes! We’ll be starting up there shortly after the completion of the 2012 Pike’s Peak Hill Climb race on August 12th.

At WeatherSure, we are proud to be the contractor selected for the most difficult and unusual projects around, whether high rises with limited access, unusual architectural details, or located on top of a Fourteener, WeatherSure delivers!

What’s Happening at WeatherSure - June 2012

Memorial Day is past and it really feels like summer, although the official start of summer is a few weeks away- “solstice” is Latin for “suns stands still”- as the days get longer and the sun is higher in the sky, the sun seems, at least, to stand still.  In Shakespeare’s England, the solstice was called “Midsummer”, although we now consider it the beginning of the season.  June remains a popular month for weddings because the Druids celebrated the Solstice as a “Wedding of Heaven and Earth”. For ancient peoples who worshipped the sun, the solstice was a time of great power and magic- temples were built by the Egyptians and others that featured altars only illuminated by the rays of the sun on the solstice, and pagans in northern Europe believed that it was also a time when evil spirits appeared, and wore charms of St. John’s Wart to fend off bad vibes.  Today the day is still celebrated around the world, with the most famous celebration occurring at Stonehenge is southern England – how will you celebrate this summer season? 

At WeatherSure, this marks the beginning of the busiest time of the year, as our crews start projects spread out across Colorado and Wyoming, we have a lot of school reroofing projects this year and they all have to be completed during the summer vacation period.  The long days allow the crews to get an early start, beating both the heat of midafternoon and the scattered afternoon thunder boomers that typically form during the summer months along the Front Range- every project has to be watertight each night.

 

 

What's Happening at WeatherSure - April 2011

Welcome to Spring!  Along the Front Range, the weather can be very interesting this time of year- like 80’s one day and then a wet snow storm! I thought this month we could take a look at some unusual roofs- let’s face it, most roofs are only there to keep out the weather and the vandals, but you can stick some interesting stuff up on top of a building….for instance, the hotel pool- how about the one at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore?  

It’s an infinity edge pool, 55 stories above the ground, spanning the 3 towers of the hotel.  There are also quite a few rooftop bars, some fairly low level ones around LoDo, with the Sky Bar at Sirocco in Bangkok, taking top prize as  the world’s highest open air bar at 63 stories.  In Dubai, where they apparently spend a lot of time building things just to prove they can be built, there’s a tennis court 211 meters above the ground, about the same height as 1801 California (the “Century Link” building).  Although the infamous roller coaster atop the Stratosphere in Las Vegas is gone, there are still some rides on the roof, and other rooftop roller coasters elsewhere.  In densly populated Copenhagen, architects created a rooftop “playground”, really a rooftop hill covered with grass for inner city kids to frolic upon.  Somebody with a lot of imagination came up with the idea of a rooftop trailer park, the Grand Daddy Hotel in Capetown, South Africa features 7 vintage (and imported) Airstream trailers, customized and featuring hip custom décor, are parked on the hotel roof and available as guest rooms. In Melbourne, Australia, you can see a movie at the Rooftop Cinema, 6 stories up and open to the sky above.  And it seems that everywhere folks are growing things on the roof- at Ford’s River Rouge plant in Detroit, which was first built around World War I, sprouts the world’s largest “green” or vegetated roof system, over 10 acres of soil and sedum, a “ground cover” type of plant that is proving itself especially viable for rooftop conditions- not only does the roof provide greenery and relief from the acres of industrial roofs all around, Ford expects the roof to last twice as long as a conventional installation, due to the waterproofing membrane being protected from UV and temperature swings by the mass of soil and plants on top- and skipping a roof replacement on a building this size will save millions of dollars.  And co-op gardeners and chefs from Brooklyn to Chicago to Vancouver are growing vegetables and even chickens on rooftops, so you can eat “local’ even in the heart of the big city.  Perhaps the most innovative of all, I have heard of a company that painted a “QR” code that can be scanned with a cell phone on their roof, so that when someone looks at their building using GoogleEarth (or, I suppose, happens to be flying over) they can instantly access the company website- who knows what we’ll be sticking on roofs in the future!

What's Happening at WeatherSure - February 2012

Taking a run at Red Rocks Amphitheater after the record breaking February 2012 snowstorm.February- the shortest month, even with Leap Year, and one of the most interesting weather months here along the Front Range.  Bucking the trend of the last few years, we’ve already had a typical “Spring Storm” according to the National Weather Service.  While the Ski Towns west of the Divide are still hurting for snow, the Front Range has had a one-two punch of the fresh and fluffy stuff. 
What we are experiencing is typical of the La Nina pattern, which is the opposite of the El Nino pattern- to greatly simplify, with El Nino, warmer water “piles up” in the eastern Pacific north of the equator, and delights skiers with epic mountain snowfall while leaving us on the east side of the Divide high and dry, and La Nina reverses the situation- the warmer water piles up on the west side of the Pacific, and that typically trends towards less snow in the mountains and more for the plains and Front Range cities.  Of course, the average property manager is much more concerned with the local impact on operations than on global weather trends and patterns- the NWS is predicting close to normal temperatures and precipitation through April- and as any long term resident can tell you, that means our snowiest month (March) is still ahead, along with lots of warm days and blue skies- and now is the perfect time to schedule those building envelope maintenance projects that keep getting put off.  At WeatherSure, every project is completely watertight at the end of each day, one of the many advantages of dealing with a company that specializes in restoration not new construction- call WeatherSure today and one of our Project Managers can help you reduce energy costs and tenant complaints associated with your leaky building envelope! 
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What's Happening at WeatherSure - January 2012

Looking at the roof of Denver Place. WeatherSure replaced the roof on this high-rise Denver landmark.As we say goodbye to 2011 and meet 2012, warm weather is quickly melting away our White Christmas.  One of my favorite things about the Holiday Season is that it also marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest daylight of the year (in the northern hemisphere). Although it’s not too noticeable yet, there’s something pleasing in the knowledge that we are indeed working our way back towards the long days of summer.  Many people are surprised to find out that WeatherSure operates year round, only somewhat hampered by winter weather and shorter work days. There are, of course, some days where only critical repairs can even be attempted, and our reroof and waterproofing crews are idled, but if you’ve lived along the Front Range for very long, you know the only constant is how fast the weather changes- January is actually the driest month of the year in Denver, and the average high temperature is in the mid 40’s- lots of great working weather.  And, best of all for our customers, buying roofing and waterproofing work in the early part of the year is like buying ski gear in the summer- there’s lots of great deals!

 

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What's Happening at WeatherSure - December 2011

Thanksgiving  is over and now we’re firmly into the “Holiday Season”-  even the jolliest elf can get a little stressed out this time of year, so don’t forget to slow down and look past the commercialism, enjoy the season for what it really means- or should mean, to you.  And it’s time to say Thank You to all of our customers and employees who’ve made 2011 another successful one for WeatherSure Systems. 

I’m going to take a minute and explain how we go about replacing the roof on a ballasted EPDM roof system. Ballasted EPDM Systems are among the most popular commercial systems of the last 40 years or so, and with good reason.  A ballasted system is a very economical way to cover a big roof, and the vast majority of warehouses, “big box” stores and the like feature ballasted EPDM systems. Insulation boards are loose laid directly on the structural deck, the EPDM membrane is unrolled over the insulation, utilizing the largest sheets possible, in some cases 200’ x 50’, and round river rock is spread to hold the assembly in place. The walls and rooftop units are flashed and that’s about it.

The great news for building owners is that a couple decades down the road, when it’s time for a new roof, the simplicity and economy are still there. WeatherSure Systems has perfected a technique known as the “ballast swap out." Our technicians start at one end of the building, removing ballast on a section of a size that can be completed that day, rolling up and removing the old membrane, then reballasting and completing the flashing details- re-using the insulation whenever possible, only replacing insulation that is wet or has been damaged. 

It’s simple, it’s “green”, inexpensive, and most of the time it’s the best choice for owners with an existing ballasted EPDM roof. 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays from everyone at WeatherSure.

Let’s have a great 2012 together!