Roofing Basics

Roofs are complex structures that consist of many different components. To understand how a roof is built and maintained, it’s important to know some roofing basics. This will allow you to feel more confident when hiring an expert roofer. This information may provide useful when the time comes to make needed repairs or completely replace a roofing system.

These roofing basics consist of knowing for definitive characteristics:

  • what roofs are made of
  • the individual structures that comprise a roof
  • how a roof is built
  • what to look for when purchasing a new roof

Read on for more, or contact us directly at (303) 443-5843 for immediate answers. We’re happy to provide general information on roofing systems as well as a free estimate.

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Roofing System Basics

Roofs can be made out of a variety of different materials. Each material serves the same basic function—keeping the interior of your home protected from the elements. However, some materials are better at serving that function than others. It depends on the home itself, as well as the climate of where the home is located.

Here are some good roofing basics to remember about climate and roof styles. The two most common roof types are flat roofs and sloped roofs. Flat roofs are often used in areas where the climate is dry and arid, meaning that rain and snow are rarities. Sloped roofs are often used in areas where rain and snow are more frequent since sloped roofs allow rain and snow to be redirected off of the roof and into the ground.

Flat roofs

Flat roofs are often made of a built-up roof, PVC membrane, EPDM rubber, or modified bitumen. Each one of these materials is quite inexpensive, making them easier to use and install than the materials you would use for a sloped roof. But, along with that, these materials are designed for durability and longevity. They can withstand heavy foot traffic as well as intense heat.

Sloped roofs

Sloped roofs are often made of materials such as wood, steel, slate, or sometimes flagstone. These materials form the tiles, corrugated sheets, or shingles that protect the under-portion of the roof from rain and snow. While these materials are quite durable, they are used, primarily, to prevent water from flowing into the under-portion of a sloped roof.

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Roofing Structure

Every roof consists of several different facets. Each one of the facets that comprise a roof serves a very important function that ensures the roof is stable and capable of serving it’s primary function – keeping the interior of your home protected from the elements.


In order for a roof to be held up, there must be a structure in place that has the ability to hold up the roof. For most roofs, this structure consists of several rafters, or trusses, depending on the roof. Rafters/trusses are often made of either metal or wood, and they serve as the basic foundation of every roof.


On top of the rafters/trusses, there is sheathing. Sheathing often consists of solid boards or sheet material. With this sheathing, the structure above the rafters/trusses – your home – is not only protected, but the structure above the rafters/trusses has a stronger foundation, which allows the roof to be stable and secure.


To enhance the effectiveness of the sheathing, underlayment is laid. Most underlayment is made of paper, and it’s used to shield the sheathing from rain and snow.

Roof Covers

On top of the underlayment, there’s the roof cover. For flat roofs, this is usually PVC membrane, built-up roof, EPDM rubber, modified, or modified bitumen. These materials form the flat surface of the roof. But, for sloped roofs, the roof cover usually takes the form of shingles and tiles.

How Is A Roof Constructed?

Let’s review some roofing basics for the actual roof build. In order for a roof to be constructed properly, there are all kinds of different variables that must be considered and understood.

Select styles

To begin constructing a roof, a style must be chosen. As mentioned earlier, the two most common roof styles are flat and sloped. For wet and snowy climates, like in Colorado, a sloped roof is far more practical. But, for arid climates where rain and snow are rarities, a flat roof can be very useful.

Select materials

When a style has been chosen, materials must be selected. Flat roofs tend to work very well with materials such as asphalt and metal. Sloped roofs work well with wood and metal, as well as tiles and shingles made of clay, wood, and metal.

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Measuring a roof

Right after the style and materials have been chosen, a series of measurements must be taken. During this step, it’s important that strict attention to detail is provided; the measurements should be precise for a final, quality product. These measurements have to do with the

  • size of the roof
  • where the roof is going to be installed
  • the pitch of the roof.

Without these measurements, it’s likely that the roof will be inconsistent and, as such, inadequate for the building it’s being installed on.

All of the style and material choices will take a while, and the same goes for the measurements. But, when that process is finished, the actual building of the roof can commence. Building the roof consists of four basic stages.

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The first stage consists of setting up the trusses/rafters. Without these structures, there’s no foundation for the roof. Then, the second stage consists of laying out sheathing along the trusses/rafters, and the sheathing provides the basic surface of the roof. Right after that, underlayment is laid across the sheathing, to protect the sheathing from rain and snow. Finally, the cover of the roof is installed.

For people who own commercial properties, it’s especially important that they understand how the commercial roof of that property was installed. Without an understanding of the materials that were used, the measurements of the roof, and the roofing systems that the commercial roof uses, it’s a lot more difficult to properly clean that commercial roof.

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What Should New Homeowners Know About Their Roofs?

When buying a home, homeowners should be aware of several key attributes. Each one of these attributes greatly affects the longevity and quality of the roof, as well as the roof’s ability to keep your home protected from the elements.

Age of Your Roof

Every new homeowner should be aware of just how old their roof is. Most roofs last twenty-five-years, give or take. Past that date, though, the roof gradually loses its durability and becomes weaker. If the roof of that new home is old, then it may need to be replaced far sooner than expected.

Type of Roof

Every homeowner should be aware of whether or not any of the shingles – or tiles, depending on the roof – on their roof have fallen off, or are in the process of falling off. If they are, that can easily lead to moisture falling through the roof and into the home. Plus, it also means that the roof is quite old and in need of repairs and, possibly, a replacement.

Condition of Your Roof

If those same shingles are falling apart and losing granules – granules are small pieces of the shingle that comprise the entirety of the structure- that’s a sign that the shingles need to be replaced. Without these granules, the shingles are incapable of protecting your home from the elements.

On a flat roof, new homeowners must make sure that the roof is smooth, clean, and free of punctures and cracks. Punctures and cracks can easily allow for moisture to flow straight into the home.

Along with that, it’s also important to check for whether there’s a build-up of mold or mildew, and whether or not water is congregating along a certain area of the roof. If there’s a build-up of mold and mildew, this could lead to structural problems later on. If water is pooling up around certain areas, that’s a sign that the drainage on the roof is lacking.

Summary of Roofing Basics

  • On a flat roof, it’s important to make sure that the roof is free of punctures and cracks
  • The two most common styles of roofs are flat roofs and sloped roofs. Flat roofs are meant for arid climates. Sloped roofs are meant for climates where rain and snow is a regular occurrence
  • Roofs are comprised of rafters/trusses, sheathing, underlayment, and roof covers. Each has its own function and is an essential part of keeping a roof healthy and maintained.
  • Different materials and styles are better choices, depending on the climate
  • New homeowners should make sure there is no mold, mildew, or water on the roof
  • If the shingles are losing granules, that means that they must be replaced because those shingles protect the home from rain and snow. For more tips on when it’s time for a replacement roof, go here.
  • Every new homeowner must know the exact age of their new home’s roof

We Are Open During COVID-19

We at B&M Roofing hope this message finds you, your families, and your colleagues doing well. As we all learn to navigate through the current crisis of COVID-19, it’s what we do together that is going to shape the future for us all. We are taking extra precautions to promote health and safety in our office and on all of our projects. We want you to know B&M Roofing is still working as an essential business and we are eager to assist you with all your roofing needs. This means all of our employees are encouraged to work from home when possible and we are doing what we can to continue to be successful on our projects including:

  •  Practicing social distancing
  • Putting a strong emphasis on avoiding group interactions
  • Hand sanitizing stations on our job sites and in our office
  • Checking and recording employees health at the beginning of each work day
  • Providing our crews with personal protective equipment (PPE)We thank all of our customers for supporting us over the years and we look forward to overcoming this together.

We are offering free roof inspections, emergency roof repairs, flat roofing, steep roofing, and metal panels. Continue to contact us at 303.443.5843 or submit an online request for your services:


Covid-19 Safety

Coronovirus Safety Stand Down


AGC of Colorado’s Best Practices Task Force is asking all AGC/C members to hold Coronavirus Safety Stand Downs at their jobsites on Thursday, April 9th. The Coronavirus Safety Stand Down is a national movement orchestrated by AGC of America. The event will occur throughout the day due to the stand down being on a rolling schedule to help limit large crew gatherings. Click HERE to view a special message from AGC of America CEO Stephen E. Sandherr on why you should participate. AGC of America’s safety team has crafted guidelines to help you organize the stand downs in a socially distanced way and provide content to share with your teams. Please click HERE to download the stand down resources kit. The kit includes a simple guide to participate in the stand down as well as toolbox talks and other resources.
Draft agenda for Thursday’s Coronavirus Safety Stand Down:
  1. Rolling stand-downs will begin between 9:00 and 10:00. All groups limited to no more than 10 people.
  2. AGC of America’s Coronavirus Toolbox Talk will be reviewed.
  3. Highlight the new signage and posters for COVID-19 Safety that AGC has made available.
  4. Stress that the COVID-19 protocols are safety requirements that are equally important as other safety requirements on the project. (For example, as important as fall protection.)
  5. Stress the need for workers to maintain social distancing and not take breaks with anyone other than their small work crews.
  6. Stress that we are under a microscope in terms of the public and there is still a potential to be shut down.
  7. Wearing face coverings when on site shows the public we are taking this seriously.
  8. If you don’t follow the rules, you will be told to leave the job.
  9. If we don’t follow the rules as a group, the job could be shut down.
Additionally, the AGC of Colorado’s Best Practices Task Force is encouraging every contractor to purchase an AGC COVID-19 Prevention banner for each of their jobsites. The banner represents the commitment and solidarity to workers, their families and the communities in which we work. Order your banner from Gary at Ken’s Reproductions ( or click HERE to download.
Please email if you plan to participate in the Coronavirus Safety Stand Down and let us know approximate number of employees participating so that we can update AGC of America and the local media.

Roof Replacement What to Expect

Getting a new roof can be exciting! While the initial cost can feel monumental, it returns an incredible value for you and improves the overall health of your home. Considering that your roof is what keeps you and your family safe from nature’s elements, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment.  Still, a new roof can mean many things for homeowners. B & M Roofing is addressing a frequently asked question: roof replacement what to expect for homeowners. Continue reading for a basic outline of our process and how you can prepare yourself and your home for expert residential roofing services and new roof replacements.

There are many reasons why it makes sense to replace the roof on your home.

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Increase Your Home’s Property Value

A new roof makes your home much easier to sell. It also raises the resale value.

Get Optimum Return on Investment

The average return on investment on a new roof is about 70%. This makes roof replacement one of the best home improvements.

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Home stagers and real estate agents estimate that almost half of your home’s curb appeal has to do with the appearance of your roof. Homes with high curb appeal sell faster and for a higher price.

Increase Energy Efficiency

Older roofs often leak cool air in summer and warm air in the colder months. This means your HVAC system has to work harder. Consequently, it takes more electricity to heat and cool the interior of your house.

Make Your Roof More Cost-Effective

A new roof lets your HVAC system work more efficiently. This shows up in fewer repairs to your heating/cooling equipment. It also saves on your utility bills.

Improve Health

A new roof is healthier for everyone who lives in your house. The new roof keeps things drier. This helps prevent mold, mildew and other health hazards that can cause respiratory problems.

Increase Safety

Waiting to replace a dilapidated roof can become a dangerous situation. Old roofs can collapse causing injury, death, and/or damage to your home’s interior.

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Take Advantage of New Technology

The new roof will have the latest technology. It will provide for new features such as better energy efficiency, skylights to let in more light or even solar panels if you wish.

Reduce Homeowner Stress

It is not relaxing to have the continued worry about your roof every time there is a severe weather event. Because of its age, insurance on your old roof may no longer cover high wind, snow, rain, or hail damages. A New roof will ease your worries and quite possibly decrease the cost of your home insurance.

Indicators that You Need a New Roof


How old is the roof on your house?

This is a good place to start. Roofing specialists recommend replacing roofing that is over fifteen years old. A roof may last about twenty years. This varies with the material used. According to research reported in US News Asphalt shingles don’t last more than ten years while wood shingles may last a quarter-century.

Are there buckled or curled shingles?

The shingles on your house should lie flat. You can check this yourself or have them inspected for curling, buckling, or damage by a roof inspection professional. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check gutters and downspouts. Look for shingle grit. That will tell you that your roof is shedding its protective coating.

Is there any sign of roof valley rusting?

The V-shaped metal channels where your roof angles are roof valleys. Their job is to direct precipitation into the gutters and away from the roof. Rusted valleys may leak and certainly are not efficient for directing the water off the roof. The rain that pools on your roof may leak into your home damaging the interior.

Are there missing shingles or tiles?

Missing shingles, tiles, or shakes give moisture a chance to seep into your house. Over time, that moisture may result in mildew, mold, and costly repairs to walls and ceilings.

Are there baps around the chimney or roof vents?

The flashing is installed around vents and chimneys to protect against leaks. If these flashings get cracked or broken, water can leak into your home.

Can you see daylight through the roof boards?

This is easy to check. On a sunny day, go up into the attic. Look up at the roof. Can you see daylight through the roof boards? This means that the shingles are not covering roof boards. Look for signs that rain is getting into your home through those cracks.

Does your roof appear to be sagging?

Sagging of your roof is a sign of roof rot. Not sure what to look for? There are many indications and warning signs you can assess.

Can you see a buildup of moss on your home’s roof?

A buildup of moss indicates moisture. Check the insulation in your attic for moisture. There are other items to check, as well, which you can read about here from Modernize.

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Ways to Prepare for a Roof Replacement

Before roof replacement specialists arrive, there are several steps you can take to get ready:

  1. Think about how to ensure the safety of your children and pets during roof replacements. There will be increased foot and vehicle traffic. There will also be shingles, roofing nails, and other debris coming off your roof.
  2. Make arrangements with a neighbor, friend, relative, or coworker to relocate your vehicles.
  3. Remove any fragile wall decorations before the roof replacement work begins.
  4. Cover any articles in your attic or move them to another location.
  5. Move patio furniture and other porch or patio articles away from the work area.
  6. Prune shrubs, bushes, and trees near your house. Cut the grass before roof replacement begins.
  7. Locate accessible power outlets for the roof replacement specialists to use.
  8. Make sure arrangements have been made for a dumpster for the debris and decide the best location for this.

How Long Does a Roof Replacement Take?

Unless your home has a huge expanse of roof, expect roof replacement to take two or three days.

Roof Replacement What to Expect

Let’s be realistic. You will have people on your roof removing old shingles. New shingles will be delivered by truck. There will be a lot of people, extra vehicles, and noisy equipment.

During the first day, roofers will remove the existing roof from your house. The second day, they will install the new roof. If your roof is larger and/or if there is roof damage that has to be repaired before the new shingles can be put on, then it may take a day or two longer.

After-Project Cleanup

The entire roofing project should also include cleaning up the area around your home’s exterior. Make sure to get this in writing as part of the roof replacement estimate. Clean up can be a huge undertaking. The debris left from removing the old roof can be extensive and heavy. The right equipment is necessary to remove and dispose of old scrap material. It has to be done carefully so your lawn and driveway are not damaged.

Roofing specialists do a commendable job of cleaning up the mess. However, they may miss roofing nails or shingle or two that fell farther afield. Using a magnet and going over your lawn and flower beds carefully after the roof replacement is always a wise idea. That’s why trimming and lawn cutting before the roof replacement is smart.

Why not Choose Roof Repair?

There are indicators that a full replacement is better than roof repair. Home Advisor explains some of them in their roofing install or repair article.

While it is less expensive to repair your roof, often simply replacing the damaged shingles may spoil the home’s curb appeal.

If your roof isn’t relatively new, the patching may not match. Mismatched shingles can greatly affect potential buyers’ eagerness to buy your property.

Roof repair can end up being costlier than full replacement if several repair jobs end up being done.

If you have more than two layers of shingles, roofing professionals will often recommend you do a full roof replacement. The increased cost of labor and disposal often makes a partial roof replacement less cost-effective than a full roof replacement. If you are hiring a professional roofing crew, they will bring their scaffolding, ladders, and other roofing equipment. Full roof replacement rather than roof repair on your home is often a wiser alternative.

A full roof replacement will make your roof sturdier for future severe weather events such as hurricanes, torrential rains, hail, snow, ice, or high winds.

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Why Choose B & M Roofing?

Once a professional roof inspection determines you need a roof replacement on your house, your next step is to select a competent, licensed roof replacement professional. An experienced roof replacement firm will be able to guide you through decision-making and get that new roof on your home.

When you are looking for a qualified and competent roofing specialist, ask trusted friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors about their satisfaction regarding their roof replacement experience. It is also a good idea to check roof replacement websites for area businesses. Read the testimonials on the website.

B & M Roofing has years of successful roof replacement. We’ll willingly put you in touch with satisfied clients.

Replacing a roof is a big expenditure. However, if the replacement is competently completed, it will withstand weathering and wear for decades.

Our roofing specialists at B & M Roofing take our commitment to our valued customers seriously. We also have great pride in doing an outstanding job. For roof replacement what to expect advice, utilize these tips to prepare yourself and your home for expert Colorado roofers.

For more information about our company’s guarantee and to schedule a free roof inspection and estimate, give us a call at (303) 443-5843.

National Roofing Week 2019

B&M Roofing of Colorado is proud to celebrate the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) National Roofing Week June 2-8, 2019! Each year, the NRCA sets aside a week to raise awareness of the significance of roofs on every home and business and to share the good deeds of the roofing community.

On June 7th, the NRCA will be hosting it’s first NRCA Giving Day to raise funds that will benefit the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program. This scholarship program was created to help shape the future of the roofing industry. Their goal is to raise $100,000 in gifts to provide additional scholarships to students pursuing a career in the roofing and building construction industries.

Additionally, all NRCA members are encouraged to engage with and contribute to charitable organizations within their communities. B&M Roofing often works with Habitat for Humanity by donating our services to their projects. Currently, we are working on a project in Loveland, CO and another in Boulder, CO.

How To Celebrate National Roofing Week

The NRCA is holding a social media campaign this year that calls for members to “Share Your Story.” Members are encouraged to post photos and tag the NRCA each day in posts that a representative of the daily themes. Here are the themes:

  • Sunday: National Roofing Week Kick Off
  • Monday: Charitable Projects – demonstrate charitable giving
  • Tuesday: Employee Training – demonstrate how workers are trained
  • Wednesday: Employee Appreciation – share photos of employees
  • Thursday: Signature Projects – showcase any signature commercial or residential projects
  • Friday: Celebration – How each company celebrated the week
  • Saturday: Wrap-up

You can follow the NRCA on social media to enjoy all of the shared stories and check out B&M Roofing on Facebook to see our stories!

B&M Roofing of Colorado Donates New Roof to Fort Collins Family Home Following Sudden Loss

Through Colorado State University’s CM Cares program, B&M Roofing of Colorado, donated supplies and services to reroof the Mochan Family’s house in Fort Collins.

After the tragic death of both parents, the children of the Mochan Family moved in with their aunt and the number of household repairs needed to accommodate the three children soon surfaced. CM Cares was contacted to assist in restoring the family’s home.

CM Cares is a construction management department initiative that promotes service-learning by infusing leadership traits, team building and ethics through community service activities. It focuses on teaming students, faculty, staff and industry partners to assist with construction-related projects for people with special needs or local community service agencies needing assistance that cannot be provided by other sources.

“CM Cares would not be possible without the generosity of the construction industry. Not only do they donate construction materials and time, but the biggest impact they provide is mentorship for our construction management students,” said Khristy Jesse, CM Cares & Career Development Coordinator. “Over the past 10 years, the CM Cares program has provided more than 2 million dollars in construction projects improving the quality of life for community members or non-profits in need of accessibility modifications.”

During the home inspection, CM Cares noticed the shingle roof on the home needed to be replaced. With the help of Tracy Spence from American Roofing Supply and Josh Howe from Atlas Roofing Corporation, B&M Roofing reroofed the Mochan Family household’s roof at zero cost to the family.

“By partnering with Colorado State University’s CM Cares, B&M Roofing was given the opportunity to use our skills and abilities to completely change a family’s life,” said Scott Kawulok, Vice President of B&M Roofing. “Thank you to CM Cares, American Roofing Supply and Atlas Roofing Corporation for helping us alleviate the suffering and pain from the Mochan children and give them hope for the future.”  

B&M Roofing Supports Modern Home Builder Magazine

With the flourishing home building industry, we understand the importance of supporting industry-leading publications. We know how important it is for print and online magazines to receive support from companies like us, and we are committed to staying active in the home-building and contracting industry. That is why we placed an advertisement with the Modern Home Builder Magazine.

The Modern Home Builder is a must-read resource for industry professionals. The readers of the publication include elite builders and designers of single and multifamily homes throughout North America. Through their print and digital magazines, website, and social media outlets, Modern Home Builder keeps the industry leaders in the reemerging housing sector informed of market trends, noteworthy projects, and new players in the industry.

Check out B&M Roofing’s placement in the digital magazine here.

For more about Modern Home Builder, visit their website.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Awards Five Colorado State Students With Scholarship

As one of the founding members of The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, B&M Roofing’s Vice President, Scott Kawulok was proud to award five very deserving Colorado State University students with The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Scholarship.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is committed to securing the future strength and excellence of the roofing industry. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in the Construction Management program at CSU who are in good academic standing.

Here is a little bit about this year’s winners:

Cody Ade was born in Newberg, Oregon but moved to Colorado Springs when he was young and has lived here ever since. He is a senior in the CM program and has worked in the construction industry for the past six years as a laborer for a home builder. Cody interned with Kiewit Infrastructure the past two summers. He would like to be a superintendent for a heavy civil contractor one day.

Jacob Balthazor is a CM senior from Boulder, Colorado. He has spent five years as a carpenter in residential construction. Jacob enjoys being outdoors hunting and fishing. After graduation, he hopes to work with a commercial general contractor as a field engineer and work his way up to superintendent. Eventually, Jacob would like to be a custom home builder.

Vanna Hosanny is a junior in CM. She is a member of the DBIA, ABC, and AGC student clubs. Vanna is the Professional Development Committee Chair for AGC and is an alternate for the Design Build student competition team. She looks forward to graduating and being among industry professionals and making contributions to her future employer and community.

Kevin Loya-Estrada is a CM junior from Denver, Colorado. He enjoys team roping. After graduation, he would like to work in residential construction and one day own his own home building company.

Ira Weiss is a CM sophomore from Denver, Colorado. He has been involved with the ABC student club as well as the Construction Management and Leadership Key Communities Program offered to first-year students. Ira plays ultimate frisbee for CSU’s club team and has a strong affinity for photography.

About B&M Roofing

B&M Roofing started in 1947 with one truck and a vision. Since then, we have expanded to serve the majority of Colorado and its surrounding states. After 70 years, our commitment to customer service and our vision for the future remains the same.

About The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress

In 1996, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress set out to improve the roofing industry by bringing together all industry segments to help fund research and educational programs; provide timely and forward-thinking industry responses to major economic and technological issues; and enhance the long-term viability and attractiveness of the industry to roofing workers. Now, after more than 20 years of hard work and during one of the most difficult economic climates in recent history, the Alliance hasn’t lost sight of these goals – it is as engaged as ever and continues to work to advance the roofing industry.

Scott Kawulok Joins NRCA’s Executive Committee

B&M Roofing of Colorado is proud to announce that Vice President Scott Kawulok was appointed to the National Roofing Contractors Association’s executive board at the NRCA’s mid-year meetings in Chicago.

Scott Kawulok joins NCRA executive committeeAs part of the NRCA’s leadership, Scott becomes a vital part of one of the construction industry’s most respected trade organizations. Since 1886, the NRCA has worked to improve the roofing industry’s practices, education and safety. Drawing members from virtually every specialty in roofing, from architects and municipal agencies to materials manufacturers and contractors, the NRCA strives to improve every aspect of the roofing industry.

Scott’s no stranger to NRCA activity. In 2009, he graduated from the NRCA’s Future Executives Institute, and previously sat on its Board of Trustees. He’s also served on the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ board of trustees, and is a past vice president and president of the National Roofing Legal Resource Center.

We’re excited for Scott’s inclusion as part of one of the nation’s leading roofing trade organizations and to help push B&M Roofing’s Commitment to Safety to the group.

Fall Stand-Down for Safety

Fall Stand-Down for SafetyEvery year about 100 construction workers die from falls, and 13 times as many are seriously injured. Did you know homeowners can play a role in promoting roofing safety among contractors?

Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers, and falls from rooftops are the most common type of fall. Nobody wants their property to be the site of an accident, and working with contractors who take precautions to protect their workers is the first step to preventing those kinds of accidents.

When evaluating a bid from a contractor, consider its commitment to safety as well as the price it provides. In many cases, it’s common to get a low bid from a roofing company because they’re not committed to safety. Ask your contractor the following questions to ensure you’re choosing one that supports safety:

  • Do your workers work directly for you? Workers who are independent contractors aren’t covered by the roofing company’s workers’ compensation insurance, and, in many cases, aren’t insured at all.
  • Do you have workers’ compensation insurance? Ask to see a copy of the insurance certificate. Colorado law requires all employees to be covered by workers’ compensation.
  • Do your workers use safety equipment on site? Lifelines, guard rails and secured ladders are used by responsible roofers.

Experience isn’t protection enough. Even veteran roofers with more than a dozen years of experience can fall from a roof on even a routine residential job.fal

B&M Roofing takes our dedication to safety very seriously. In addition to regular fall protection trainings, we have company-wide safety meetings twice a year, weekly Tool Box Talks to discuss safety procedures and OSHA requirements and new-hire safety orientations.

With OSHA’s national fall stand-down push May 7-11, we’re working internally to ensure all our employees play it safe whenever they’re on a rooftop. While roofers can do our part, it’s up to homeowner to rely only on reputable contractors as well.

B&M Roofing Wins Colorado Roofing Association’s 2017 1st Place Division 1 (Residential Roofing Project) Award

B&M Roofing took home the Colorado Roofing Association’s 2017 1st Place Division 1 (Residential Roofing Project) Award for its roofing restoration project on a condominium site in Denver, Colorado, The Perrenoud. B&M Roofing removed the existing shingle roofing down to the wood deck, repaired the deck and installed a new underlayment and shingles. The materials used were 30# Felt, Moistureguard Ice and watershield by TAMKO, Leakbarrier Valley Flashing (metal flashings and accessories) and  Owens Corning Trudefinition Duration Storm – Brownwood.

Given the age and historic characteristics of the building, there were several unique items that needed protection. The Perrenoud is home to a priceless stained glass mural worth over $20,000, one of Denver’s oldest operational cable elevators and very old historic relics including an old safe, wine cellar, elaborate railings, carpet tile and dumbwaiter system. These antiques are all very susceptible to interference and damage by any water intrusion that may occur.

The only access to the building was through a very narrow courtyard, with custom stained glass windows that needed protection from falling debris. “We had to work around HVAC work, remove security gates and fences while hoisting dumpsters with less than one foot of clearance to thread through for loading and downloading materials and waste,” said Brad Taylor,  Vice President at B&M Roofing and a Colorado native. “All the challenges were worth it to provide a beautiful historic building with a much needed new roof system.”