The History of Roofing Contractors in Denver

Roofing is hardly a new line of work, but sometimes new regulations and requirements can completely reshape the industry. Whether it’s safety requirements or consumer protections, it’s important to stay updated on any new changes to how roofing contractors do business in Denver. At Elite Roofing, our motto is “Roofing Done Right.” On top of integrity and quality service, that also includes staying up to date on key changes  in the roofing industry. So, how has roofing in Denver changed over the years, and what does this mean for you? We’re taking a look in today’s blog post!

Fire hazard: Wood shake roofing restrictions

Wood shake roofs can offer a beautiful, rustic aesthetic for those looking to eschew asphalt shingles. Unfortunately, their wood makeup makes them more of a fire hazard than materials such as clay, slate, and metal. This has resulted in bans on both new wood shake roofs and on major repairs to such roofs in municipalities like Colorado Springs, which implemented such regulations following the 2002 Hayman Fire

Regulations requiring Class A fire rated roofing systems have been more common in urban areas due to the density of buildings, though there is no outright ban on wood shakes in Denver. Additionally, there are county-level restrictions on wood shake roofs as well, such as in Boulder and Douglas Counties. If you’re looking to repair or replace your wood shake roof in or near Denver, professional roofing contractors will be able to tell you what options are available in your area.

Colorado regulations deter shady roofing contractors in Denver

While the roofing industry has improved somewhat over the years, the unfortunate reality is that there are still many roofing scams to watch out for these days. To protect homeowners, a 2012 Colorado state law (the Consumer Protection/Residential Roofing Act) implemented several measures intended to thwart shady roofers. Included among these was a requirement for a detailed written contract between homeowner and roofer. The details required in any contract between Denver roofing contractors and residents include the following:

You can view the complete “Roofing Bill of Rights” on the Colorado Roofing Association website.

Denver roofing contractors cannot waive your deductible

It’s not uncommon for roofing companies to offer promotions in an effort to edge out the competition. This is just part of doing business in any industry, and roofing is no exception. That said, exercise extreme caution if you find Denver roofing contractors offering to waive your insurance deductible. Waiving your deductible might sound like a win-win, allowing you to save money on repairs to your roof, but the practice is illegal in Colorado—and you can be held liable if you take a roofer up on the offer. Notably, it’s also illegal to advertise such offers. So, if you find roofing contractors who are offering to waive insurance deductibles for Denver homeowners, avoid them and report their shady practices.

Elite Roofing: Experienced Denver Roofing Contractors

The roofing industry in Denver has changed a great deal over the past two decades, and at Elite Roofing, we feel these changes have largely been for the better. We pride ourselves on our integrity and top-quality workmanship. Because of that, we’re thankful for the consumer protections that give Colorado homeowners a much easier time finding reputable roofers like us. If you’re looking for skilled, experienced roofing contractors with integrity here in Denver, contact our team at Elite Roofing today! We’ll show you what Roofing Done Right truly means.

Common Roofing Scams to Avoid

Here at Elite Roofing, our motto is “roofing done right.” To us, that means we always work to provide the best roofing solutions for our customers. It also means we hold ourselves to high standards and strive to conduct our business with the utmost integrity. Unfortunately, not every roofing company believes in this. Far too often, we hear stories of roofing scams where homeowners and business owners were taken advantage of by unethical roofers. We’ve helped many folks fix their roofs after such scams, but we feel the best way to deal with roofing scams is prevention. So today, we’re discussing some of the most common roofing scams to help our readers avoid hiring unethical roofers. 

Storm chasers

We often mention storm chasers on our blog—and no, we’re not talking about meteorology enthusiasts and thrill-seekers who get close to tornadoes and other severe weather. In the roofing industry, storm chasing is one of the most common roofing scams. Shady roofers will look for storm forecasts in an area and canvass neighborhoods, offering to repair supposed damage to homeowners’ roofs. And while storm damage should certainly be repaired, storm chasing roofers tend to either lie about the damage or provide shoddy repair jobs that may not even last the whole summer. By the time you contact the roofer to fix your leaking roof they supposedly repaired, they’re long gone, leaving you with the bill and a leaky roof.

Offering to waive deductibles

Whether it’s through promotions, guarantees, or references, roofers have many ways to try to rise above the competition. However, beware of any roofing company that promises to waive your insurance deductible in order to offer a lower price. This is one of the more subtle roofing scams, as it can be difficult to see how it might come back to bite you. But the truth is that this practice is illegal in Colorado (and many other states), and often falls under the umbrella of insurance fraud—for which you can be held just as liable as the roofing company. If any roofing company offers to waive your deductible, that should be an immediate deal-breaker.

Low bids, then “unforeseen” problems

When it’s time to replace or repair your roof, it can be tempting to just pick the lowest bid to save some money. Unfortunately, another one of the most common roofing scams is when roofers intentionally underestimate the costs of a roofing project, then raise their prices midway through. They’ll cite “unforeseen” problems they encountered during the process of fixing your roof to justify the sudden change in price. And while it’s true that unforeseen problems do happen from time to time, the real problem is often that they lied in their initial estimate. 

How to pick a reputable roofer

With so many possible roofing scams out there, how do you find a roofer who will stand by their word? Here are some of the most important considerations when choosing a roofing company:

 

 

At Elite, We Believe in Roofing Done Right!

It’s disheartening to hear about the many roofing scams that dishonest roofing companies pull on people. That’s why at Elite Roofing, “roofing done right” is all about doing the most to help homeowners and business owners protect their families and their livelihoods. We provide honest quotes, we always operate within the law, and we never compromise on quality just to get a job done faster and make a buck. As a family-owned roofing company, we value trust and integrity because that’s exactly what we’d want from a roofer. If you find yourself in need of an inspection, a repair, or a roof replacement, our team at Elite Roofing is always standing by. Contact us today to see what “roofing done right” truly means!

Colorado Springs Roof Replacement: Our Commitment to Customer Care

At Elite Roofing we pride ourselves on our commitment to customer care. Having served property owners throughout Colorado for more than a decade, this commitment has been the key to our success. The 2018 storm season has proven especially demanding, with property owners throughout the state reaching out to us for assistance with roof replacements and repairs. As a result, we are currently near full capacity.

On behalf of the entire Elite family, we would like to thank the Colorado Springs community for their continued support. Because we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service, and we know our limits, we are not currently taking inquires for Colorado Springs roof replacement services. We encourage you to keep in mind that this is only temporary, we will let you know as soon as we’re able to provide our exceptional customer care in Colorado Springs once again.

Elite Roofing & Colorado Springs

Yet another key to our success is our focus on family values, a belief system that has roots right here in Colorado Springs. Our founder, Randy Brothers and Co-owner, Cody Hayes were both born and raised in Colorado Springs. Their sense of pride in their work and commitment to ‘roofing done right,’ has set the foundation for one of the fastest growing companies in the state of Colorado. Now that is something all members of the greater Colorado Springs community can take pride in!

Elite Roofing: Your Colorado Roof Replacement Experts

As we close out the 2018 roofing season, we will be focusing our efforts on delivering exceptional customer care and craftsmanship throughout the Denver metro area. If you, or someone you know, is in need of roof repair or replacement in the Mile-High City, look no further. Schedule your free, no-obligation roofing inspection today. If you are a resident of Colorado Springs, we encourage you to stay tuned. The moment we have the capacity to once again service your area, we will let you know!

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Senate Bill 38: Why Waving Deductibles is Illegal in Colorado

Senate Bill 38: Why Waving Deductibles is Illegal in ColoradoIt’s a beautiful time of year in Colorado. The mountains are snowcapped, holiday decorations are up and we’re all in a festive mood. Though we’re all feeling generous, there is one thing that Denver roofers cannot offer: waived deductibles. Senate Bill 38 made this practice illegal. If this is news to you, take this opportunity to learn a bit more about the bill and the precedent it sets.

Colorado Senate Bill 38

Senate Bill 38 (SB38) was designed to protect consumers and insurance companies while regulating the residential roofing industry. The bill outlines a series of regulations, on all residential roofing contracts totaling $1000 or more. Stipulations include:

Senate Bill 38: Why Waving Deductibles is Illegal in ColoradoSigned Contracts

SB38 requires a contract between a homeowner and roofing company. The bill goes on to state a variety of details that each contract must contain, including: scope of work, insurance deductible statement, cancellation policy and more.

Insurance Deductibles

SB38 explicitly states that it is illegal for a roofing contractor to pay, waive or rebate a homeowner’s insurance deductible. This also includes advertising such offers. If you are to see a roofing company offering an insurance deductible rebate, beware. This is an illegal practice and both you and the roofing company can face legal trouble. The bill goes on to state that if a roofing company waives a deductible, the insurance company is not obligated to consider the roofer’s quote.

Elite: Your Denver Roofers

At Elite Roofing we are committed to helping our customers through every step of the roofing process, from bid to final invoice. A big part of what we do is interface with insurance companies on our clients’ behalves. During this process we stick to the letter of the law, in order to protect all involved parties.

If you believe that your roof is in need of repair or replacement, we encourage you to schedule a free inspection today. As your premiere Denver roofers, we are prepared to help you understand your options and select a solutions that meets your needs and your budgets. With more than 10 years of experience, as leading Denver roofers, we are here for you. Contact us today!

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