On November 20, 2012

ASAP ROOFING, Wood Shake to Concrete Tile

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This is a beautiful home located in Centennial, CO. The home had significant damage to the existing wood shake roof, due to the hail storm that hit Denver, CO and surrounding areas July 7th 2012. The home owner had considered upgrading his roof to a new concrete roof tile, in the past, but was weary of the cost. ASAP ROOFING worked closely with the homeowner’s insurance company, to insure the older wood shake roof was given a proper assessment. A wood shake roof typically fares better than a three tab shingle, or architectural shingle, when hit by one inch hail. An insurance company will typically only pay for hail damage on a wood shake roof, if the hail has decreased the service life of the roof, or decreased the water resistance. This generally occurs when the hail gets into the one and a half inch size range.

In Denver Colorado, every wood shake roof has weather-caused splits or cracking. The dry climate inherently puts a beating on the wood shakes, even if they have not been hit by significant hail. One must identify hail-caused splits, if the insurance carrier is to be held liable for damages. Wood shake roofs are virtual magnets for the splatter marks that small hail brings with it. It is always important to be sure you have identified hail related damage before you contact your insurance company. After much debate between ASAP ROOFING and the home owner’s insurance company, most of the roof replacement was paid for by the insurance company.

The major concern for the owner of this Centennial, CO home was the weight of the tiles.  This particular product was made in Littleton, CO and weighs in at a hefty nine pounds per square foot. This can be an engineering issue, when the home was designed for a wood shake roof, which can weigh less than two pounds per square foot.  After assessing the structure of the roof, and the carrying capacity of the current engineering, ASAP ROOFING found that the roof was structurally able to carry the load. Of course whenever considering using concrete tiles, or natural stone slate roofs, it is imperative to check with local building codes and to contract a third party engineering firm.

This product is a concrete roof tile; made locally in Littleton CO. Westile has many different concrete roof tile options, all of which can be found on their Website: http://www.westile.com/roof.asp

The homeowner liked the natural beauty of the double roman style concrete tile shown here: http://www.westile.com/roofdblroman.asp

ASAP ROOFING uses locally made roofing products whenever possible, as the transportation of the materials adds to the cost, but also has a cost on the environment. More environmentally sound roofing options can be found on our website here: http://asaproofing.com/re-roofing-the-green-way/

Written by Nick Dorotik



Nick Dorotik is the Vice President of ASAP Roofing, and manages the sales and marketing. You can find him on Google+ and twitter.


For more information about ASAP ROOFING, visit http://asaproofing.com/

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