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:
- Information on the scope of the project, estimated costs, and an estimated timeframe to complete the project
- The roofing company’s contact information
- Information about the roofer’s liability coverage
- Details on the homeowner’s right to cancel the contract within 72 hours at no cost
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.