Commercial Weatherproofing

What’s Happening at WeatherSure - March 2013

March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb, according to the old saying, but we all know that nothing regarding the weather is that predictable here in Colorado.

This week (3/3-3/9) is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, here’s what the National Weather Service has to say:

Be a Force of Nature: Severe Weather Affects Everyone, Know Your Risk, Take Action, Be an Example

  • National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 3-9, 2013.
  • During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) emphasize the need for individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits to prepare emergency plans, and to know what to do before severe weather strikes. More information on tornadoes and severe thunderstorms is available at www.weather.gov and ready.gov/severe-weather.
The goals of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week are to:
  • Inform the public about the severe weather hazards in their locality;
  • Provide information that can be used to prepare individuals and communities for severe weather events; and
  • Motivate individuals and communities to take actions that will prepare them in the event of a severe weather disaster and to share their preparedness steps with others. These actions can save lives anywhere - at home, in schools, and in the workplace before tornadoes, thunderstorms, and other severe weather strikes.

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 - July 2012

I thought that this month we’d talk a little about Colorado weather- for newcomers or lifelong residents, Colorado weather can be awe inspiring, scary, confusing and more- the one rule about the weather here is it’s always changing, and there’s no such thing as unusual weather- hurricane force winds, draught conditions, flash flooding- if you’ve been here a while, you’ve seen a lot of varied conditions. The meteorologists throw out terms like “upslope” and “monsoon”, and let’s take a look from a scientific perspective - John McGinley drew on his years of experience with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to put together the mechanisms & indicators for sailors' wind on the western edge of the Great Plains, in the lee of the Rocky Mountains. He presented as part of SAIL's Winter Racing Seminars on April 12th, 2006. I am reproducing part of his discussion here, and the full presentation can be found on the “Sailing Association of Intermountain Lakes” website. 

The summer weather pattern. Winds in the Plains are dominated by the Bermuda High; mountains are dominated by monsoon and local circulations: Denver sits between.  The Front Range sits right in between these countervailing effects- sometimes one dominates, sometimes another.

The "Dry Line" is the line separating the southerly winds of the Bermuda High from the mountain winds. It shifts from as far east as the Kansas-Colorado border to the Rockies' foothills.

"Colorado Monsoon" is the term given to moisture-laden air circulating from off the west coast of Mexico in mid- to late-summer. Warm moist air flows north until it meets cools over the mountains and drops its water.

Four Main Weather Regimes:

  • ·      Westerly downslope
  • ·      Post cold front upslope - Often terminate Dry Line at Palmer Divide (near town of Monument Colorado)
  • ·      Mountain upslope breeze
  • ·      Bermuda high southerlies
    • Most often, late summer

 

 

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 - March 2012

It’s March, the snowiest month of the year on average here along the Front Range in Colorado, but we also begin Spring, have longer days and warmer temperatures. It’s also a great time to think about those roofing and waterproofing projects, now is when you can get a great deal before the traditionally busy summer season- kind of like buying skis at the end of the season, or golf clubs in the fall.

WeatherSure Systems is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 2012 Courage Classic, a fundraising bike ride that benefits Children’s Hospital.  I’m already nervous about the challenges of riding over 150 miles through the Colorado high country, but it’s also always good to have a goal.  Here’s some of the official background from Children’s Hospital:

Courage Classic fundraising supports Children’s Fund for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Children’s Fund gifts allow the hospital to quickly improve the care we offer to every child who walks through our doors. Children’s served more than 158,000 patients in 2010, and we expect to see even more infants, kids and teens in the years to come.

Your support for Children’s Fund helps us:

  • Focus on care that supports parents, family and siblings as they navigate the medical, emotional and social needs of patients
  • Offer financial access to care for children in need
  • Help parents find federal and state resources for their child’s care
  • Provide Children’s expertise close to home through clinics around the Denver Metro and the Rocky Mountain region
  • Make groundbreaking strides in research leading to more effective treatments and cures for childhood illnesses

A portion of Courage Classic fundraising also goes to the Hospital Sports Program, which helps patients with physical disabilities experience freedom from physical challenges through activities like skiing, snowboarding, fishing and cycling. 

You can go to the Courage Classic website to learn more, or donate- www.couragetours.com , the WeatherSure team is named “New Riders on the Storm”

 

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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