Choosing the Right Roofing Material

Whether you’re building a new home, adding onto your existing home or simply re-roofing your home, choosing the right material for your roof is important. Many homeowners want a roof that will add value and curb appeal to their home, taking their style to the next level. In addition, a roof that is sustainable, safe, eco-friendly and cost-effective roof are all important factors that require much consideration. Here’s a starting point:

 

 

Asphalt

 

Pros

Most common roofing material

Budget-friendly

Various design options that offer 3D effect and mimick visual texture of wood shake, slate, etc.

50 year lifespan

Cons

Shorter lifespan than many other materials

Not as eco-friendly and recyclable as other roofing materials

Requires yearly or bi-yearly maintenance to correct weather and environmental damage

 

 

Slate

 

Pros

Durable

Easy repair

Recyclable

Can last for hundreds of years

Increases property value

Cons

May need additional structural support if house was not originally built to support a slate roof

Not recommended for areas with high heat, due to poor energy efficiency

More expensive than asphalt shingles

 

Wood shake

 

Pros

Various wood options to choose from

Natural

Requires less roof vents for ventilation, keeps attic cooler

Cons

No design variations between different types of roofs

Prone to splits, cracks, mold and moss growth

Attracts animals such as birds, squirrels, etc.

Not as fire resistant as many other materials

Appearance fades quickly as a result of weather and environment conditions

 

Clay/concrete

 

Pros

Durable

Non-combustable

Increase property value

Cons

May require additional structural support if home was not originally built to support clay or concrete

Limited color choices

 

Metal

 

Pros

Energy efficient

Watertight

Will not corrode or crack

Modern appearance

Fire resistant

Requires less maintenance

Cons

Costly, though less expensive than clay or concrete

 

Ready to get your roof serviced? Call Aspen Contracting today to schedule your free inspection, estimate and new roof! Still not sure what roofing option is best for your home? Don’t worry – our trained professionals will walk you through your options and serve as a helpful resource throughout the duration of your project.

 

5 Reasons to Replace Your Roof

 

 

Shingle tabs are curled

Shingles typically curl in two ways. Cupping occurs when the edges of a shingle turn upwards. Clawing happens when the edges remain flat and the middle starts to rise. These curls indicate signs of weather damage and they can even indicate potential leaks. It’s best to take action on curled shingles sooner than later, replacing your roof no more than 5 years from sight of damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shingles are missing

As a result of weather damage, shingles may fall off or be blown off your roof. When this happens, be sure to check your roof to ensure severe damage hasn’t been done. Textured or laminated shingles may still leave a waterproof surface  if the base sheet remains. If the base sheet is missing or damaged, it could result in a leak. To ensure a waterproof roof check your attic for leaks, boards with dark spots, sagging boards or signs of daylight.  If you notice any of these signs, its best to have your roof serviced as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the leak may not be directly underneath your missing shingles. Aspen experts will check your roof in its entirety, complete with a full photo inspection. The best part? It’s totally free.

 

 

Your roof is old

If your asphalt roof is approaching the 20-25 year mark, it’s a good idea to have it inspected. Typical asphalt shingles last 20-30 years. If you have a metal roof, they’re expected to last anywhere from 40 to 70 years. It’s important to replace your roof before it causes damage to other areas of your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neighbors are getting new roofs

If you notice that a few of your neighbors are having their roofs replaced, it’s a smart idea to have your roof inspected. The homes in your neighborhood were most likely built around the same time, so your roof may be approaching the end of its life expectancy, as well. Once you get your roof serviced by Aspen, you can earn prizes and rewards by referring your neighbors, friends and family.

 

 

 

 

 

Your roof has severe weather damage

Hail, wind, rain, snow, ice and condensation are your roof’s worst enemies. Having a durable, strong roofing system is key to protecting your home from further weather damage. However, your roof can only stand against so much. If you notice severe weather damage throughout the surface of your roof, it’s time for an update or a replacement.

The Aspen Standard: Meet Joy

 

Meet Joy,  a Manage Repair Support specialist here at Aspen. Read on to find out what the Aspen difference means to her.

 

What does a typical day look like for you?

Joy: My team helps coordinate the process of transferring information to and from manage repair companies. I oversee and organize documents and ensure that jobs are done in a timely, efficient manner. On a typical day, I send information on new jobs to general managers. I check with sales reps to get information on the progress of projects, and upload documents to manage repair dashboards. I also revise estimates and upload photos to appropriate jobs on the dashboard.

 

Can you speak to the benefits?

J: Aspen takes care of its employees better than any company I’ve ever worked for. As a cancer survivor, health insurance is a high priority for me. I take comfort in the awesome health benefits Aspen offers, as it takes away a portion of the burden health expenses can create. The 401k program we have is also a big plus. Saving for retirement can be a slow-going process. Having Aspen help with that process helps prepare me for the future. The technology-based benefits we have are also a big deal. Aspen is doing its absolute best to stay ahead and implement latest technology, which helps keep me ahead of the curve as a professional.

 

What does the Aspen difference mean to you?

J: As an employee, we get support, amazing benefits, training and there’s room to grow. One of the reasons I came on board is because I know the sky is the limit as long as I work hard and do my best. There are lots of opportunities for Aspen with anyone that comes on board. As far as our services, we have the best warranties. There’s a reason why we have a great rating with Better Business Bureau – it’s because of the service and quality of our work. It makes me proud to work for such a well-regarded company.

 

 

How would you describe the company culture?

J: It’s a hardworking, driven type of atmosphere with a very fun twist. We all have goals and everyone works hard to reach their individual goals. At the same time, it’s a pleasant, family-type atmosphere.

 

How has Aspen evolved from your perspective since you’ve been with the company?

J: It’s amazing how many new areas of roofing have been created and unveiled since I’ve been on board. I’ve learned that there are so many roles within the company that make it all come together, and it’s great to see how each department works together to achieve our company goals.

2017 St. Jude Dream Home Showplace

 

Aspen Contracting is proud to have been a part of the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Showplace. This program supports St. Jude in its mission to save lives and find cures for childhood cancer and other tragic diseases. To support this program, we joined in on the 6-month build process, donating our roofing services to this beautiful 4,620 sq. ft. Lee’s Summit, Missouri home. Labor, materials and services were donated to cover 100% of the cost of the home. In addition, 100% of the profits will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

We installed Tamko Heritage Weatherwood shingles on this home, a choice that perfectly matched the rest of the home’s neutral palette. Aspen worked away on the roof, completing it in just 1 day.

 

The home’s 2-story Lexington floor plan was adorned with updated modern accents. Five spacious bedrooms and six luxurious bathrooms are just a few amazing features this home offers.

 

Before progress continued on the home, Summit Custom Homes invited everyone involved with the process to sign the unfinished floor, leaving a personal mark on the home to last through time.

 

Our New Construction Sales Manager Mike recounts his experience working on this project, “As always, working with Summit Custom Homes is wonderful. They make the process easy, and they are always readily available. The St. Jude collaboration is particularly special for me because it gives Aspen a chance to give back to the community. It’s bigger than us. It’s a great project that goes directly to children and ensures families can focus on their children’s health needs.”

 

We are so grateful to have able to be a part of this wonderful program that works to improve the health of children and make life more bearable for their families. We wish the absolute best for the children and families of St. Jude and the family who will soon get settled into this beautiful home!

6 Tips for Hiring A Contractor

Choosing a contractor for your home can be a daunting task. We’ve compiled a few helpful tips to make the process a bit easier to grasp.

 

Licensed, insured and bonded

Making sure your contractor is insured warrants that your service will be secured with coverage in the case of damage or a safety emergency. Aspen is licensed in 48 states, and we cover all of our employees on each job.

 

 

 

 

 

Industry knowledge

Trusting a contractor with your home means trusting that they’re equipped with the necessary skills and guidelines in order to effectively service your home. With over 10 years of experience under our belt, Aspen is nationally acclaimed as one of the largest, most effective exterior contractors. Our dedicated, trained and experienced roofers have serviced over 50,000 homes and strive to continue this service with the utmost integrity and the highest standards. When we initially inspect our customers’ homes, we provide thorough exterior inspections, complete with detailed photos of damage. We utilize our extensive knowledge and experience throughout the process to ensure all options and solutions for your home are explored.

 

References

The best contractors strive to maintain good customer relations during the time of service and beyond. When seeking references for a contractor, ask for photos of completed work and evidence of satisfied customers. Making customers happy is our priority at Aspen. Our customer incentive program allows customers to share their experiences, refer their peers and connect with us on social media in exchange for rewards. We update our social media with daily project examples for convenient review.

 

 

OSHA certified

Safety is paramount when it comes to any construction-based job. Your contractor should be up to date on all industry standards and practices vital to safe and effective job completion. Our installers are OSHA and EPA trained and certified. In addition, we support our crews with Project Consultants to oversee the build process and ensure standards are consistently met.

 

 

 

Communication

Vital communication during the build process ensures a peace of mind experience. Nothing is worse than trusting a contractor with your home only to realize their communication skills are nonexistent. When you call Aspen, you’ll be assigned a Project Consultant, who’ll be your point of contact for the duration of the project. They’ll be on site overseeing your project and ensuring the building process efficiently progresses.

 

 

 

Warranty

Warranty agreements differ across the industry. It’s important to make sure your agreement is best for your budget and your home. Aspen has an ironclad warranty that guarantees lifetime warranty on all labor and material.

The Safety Standard

 

What’s one of the most important Aspen standards? Safety, of course! Safety is our number one concern when we take on any job. We take extra measures to ensure that our employees and our customers are not in harm’s way during the build process. Take a look into our process.

 

Aspen Contracting is OSHA and EPA trained and certified. We take full responsibility of regularly informing our crews about all safety standards when working with equipment and materials. We have weekly safety meetings with our crews to cover fall protection, ladder safety, anchor security and more. Other topics include techniques regarding the safe transfer of materials to the roof, and making sure entrance ways are clear of debris at all times so property owners can safely navigate their exterior.

 

 

When it comes to equipment, our crews are thoroughly trained on protective gear. All builders wear harnesses that are in safe physical condition. Each person is tied to their own anchor point, which they secure to the roof using durable, heavy-duty ropes and clips. Crews thoroughly examine gear to make sure harnesses are tight, ropes are free of loose ends and frays, and clips are working properly and that everything is in one piece.

 

 

On days when the weather is not always on our side, we stand prepared to bring jobs to a pause and maintain the safety of our crews and the safety and appearance of the property. On rainy days, we stay aware of lightning and refrain from roofing in hard rain. To combat the vulnerable position of the property, our crews spread tarps to cover the surface of the roof.

 

“[Keeping homes dry] is a high priority. We won’t leave a roof exposed because a storm has approached. We work hard to ensure crews stay safe and the house is protected,” said former Production Manager, Neal H.

 

If it’s a particularly hot day, we ensure that our crews are thoroughly hydrated to prevent heat stroke, dizziness or nausea.

 

“The overriding concern is the safety on the job. We don’t want to see anyone get hurt or fall off a roof. There is a system in place that will ensure that proper equipment is maintained and rules are followed, we will not have any rooftop accident. It’s important to us to keep our people safe.”

 

The Aspen Standard: Meet Rob

Meet Rob! Rob has been with Aspen for 2 years. Read on to see how Aspen has helped him grow into a successful New Construction Manager.

 

What does a typical day for you look like?

Rob: There honestly is no typical day for me here at Aspen. I usually start the day off by arriving at the office and entering repairs into the system, forwarding them to the production team. I visit job sites to touch base with my team and the homeowners to ensure the build process is going smoothly. Then I head back to the office to process work orders for the following day. By evening I end the day by driving around local neighborhoods to prospect potential new work.

 

How would you describe your job?

R: Being an Aspen employee can be a very stressful job. It’s the nature of the field work, and with that being said, it’s as laid back as you will find. If you perform your job to the best of your ability, meet time schedules and company goals, it doesn’t get any better in this line of work.

 

 

How would you describe the company culture?

R: The best way to describe our company culture is work. From the corporate office to the sales offices, Aspen is full of some of the hardest working people in the industry. Aspen has been built on self-motivated people. Our employees are great at time-management and getting the job done.

 

How has Aspen helped you grow professionally?

R: My team at Aspen believes in me, and that has been the biggest contributor to my growth here. When you work for a company that believes in you, it makes it that much easier to be your best and come to work each day.

 

What does the Aspen standard mean to you?

R: The Aspen standard means being the best you can be. It’s always putting the customer before yourself, always ensuring that they’re satisfied. Even within our training, it’s emphasized that we’re a customer service company. If you put others’ thoughts and needs ahead of your own, that’s how you obtain and retain business. Aspen knows that taking care of people matters.

 

What has been your greatest moment at Aspen and why?

R: I’d like to think I haven’t yet reached my greatest moment. I still have much more to achieve here at Aspen. However, I think all employees enjoy our Rainmaker trips and our employee awards banquet. We get acknowledgement for our success in front of our significant others and peers. It’s nice for them to see that all the long hours and hard work are appreciated. These trips are an unbelievable, unmatched experience for a company to create for their employees.

 

How has Aspen evolved from your perspective since you’ve been with the company?

R: My regard for Aspen has increased tremendously within the past 2 years. I’ve seen so much growth from within. It’s amazing. My only regret is not making the move to Aspen 10 years ago. That’s why I’ve recommended Aspen to my friends and family.

The Aspen Standard: Meet Oliver

Meet Oliver! Oliver is approaching his 4 year anniversary with Aspen. Read on to find out how Aspen has given him the tools to grow and succeed as a Project Manager.

 

What does a typical day for you look like?

Oliver: On a typical day, I come into the office, drop off collections from homeowners and review the customer database. I send emails as needed and create jobs and work orders within our system. Next, I go visit my team and customers in the field. Giving customers that support is important in that it helps us establish relationships. I inspect the progress of their home and the quality of work. I touch all bases with them and answer any questions they have pertaining to the job.

 

Describe your job and the culture at Aspen.

O: My job is a lot of fun; it’s exciting! Each day is an unpredictable, open book. I don’t consider it a “job” because I enjoy what I do so much. I definitely believe that you get out what you put in. The vibes within the office are awesome, and we get support on a national level. There is always someone ready to support you and provide you with the right resources at any given time. Aspen is a people-oriented company. There are systems in place that allow everyone to communicate well and utilize the tools necessary to complete their tasks.

 

Can you speak to the employee benefits?

O: Everyone at Aspen loves the rainmaker trip. It’s a way to give back to employees and appreciate our families as well. In addition, we earn reward points for referrals, closing jobs, etc., that can be used for Aspen apparel to keep us looking good in the field.

 

What does the Aspen difference mean to you?

O: There’s no comparison. The integrated processes are impeccable. Our technology allows us to do our jobs from anywhere, almost like a satellite office, which impresses homeowners. Everything is accessible at our fingertips. This growth has made our jobs so much easier – we can expedite jobs, answer homeowner questions, take photos and calculate estimates much more efficiently. A lot of companies make promises – with Aspen there is no facade. It’s black and white, and easy if you use the tools.

 

How has Aspen evolved from your perspective since you’ve been with the company?

O: Over the years I’ve seen such great coaches develop within Aspen. We have great managers that deliver true advice and support you all the way. We’re growing in a fantastic way.

 

What does the Aspen standard mean to you?

O: The Aspen standard is doing the right thing through integrity. It’s having high energy, it’s being a go-getter and being honest all the way through. Do all of those things and you win – that’s a fact.

The Aspen Standard: A Rewarding Career & Lifestyle

A company rooted deeply in community with a mission to support others through the highest standards and the utmost integrity. Aspen Contracting is just that, a tree of strength, with branches that support our valued customers and our revered employees. Working for Aspen is more than just a job. It’s a career guaranteed to foster the growth of influence, fluidity, aptitude and vigor. We hold a commitment to provide for our employees and perpetuate employee satisfaction through a number of benefits and rewards.

 

 

Paid Training

Preparation is key. You’ll enroll in Aspen U, a 1-week incentive-based training course where you’ll learn about all things Aspen Contracting. We’ll train you on sales techniques, technology demonstrations and more. Upon completion, you’ll receive a stipend and certificate of completion and confidence to take on the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

Employee rewards

We value our employees. A company that truly values the meaning of teamwork, we believe in working together to reach our goals. We take notice when our team works hard in the field, whether it’s receiving customer referrals, taking pictures of completed jobs or going above and beyond to exceed goals. Your hard work transfers to points, which you can cash in for Aspen gifts and apparel.

 

 

 

 

Updated technology

We’ll set you up with the tools you need to be successful. Our employees receive an iPad, equipped with the latest technology to effectively perform. XActimate, Eageleview Technology and Canvaser are just a few of the programs we utilize. We believe that it is critical to take precise measurements, complete thorough inspections and be as informed as possible. We’ve got the tools to make that happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Housing & Travel

With Aspen, you’ll have the opportunity to travel and have peace of mind with our Earned Housing Program. No matter where your career takes you, we have several options to accommodate your needs as duty calls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office support

You’ll never be alone with Aspen on your team. Each office has a full team, ready to guide you as you start on your path with Aspen. Following your Aspen U training course, you’ll receive further assistance as needed from your office location team members. We’re dedicated to making sure you are confident, enthusiastic and ready to make the Aspen difference.

 

 

 

 

Aspen Contracting, Inc. is committed to creating a stable, thriving environment where our employees can grow to the best of their abilities and reach their maximum potential. Imagine the adventures you could embark on and the achievements you could gain with Aspen. An exciting career awaits. Join the Aspen team today!

12 Monthly Home Resolutions for 2017

January: Budget for home improvements.

Now is the time to start planning your home improvement schedule for the year. Make a list of the projects you want to complete and narrow it down to the 3-5 that are the most feasible and realistic for your time span. If you’re comfortable and have the manpower, you may even increase your project list. Next, do some research to create a timeline and budget for each project. Call around to your local contractors, visit your local home improvement stores to get an idea of what you’ll need to prepare for. Are roof, gutter or siding repairs on your list? Look into Aspen’s services!

 

 

 

 

February: Research Home Trends

In addition to planning your budget, you’ll need to update yourself on today’s interior and exterior home trends. You don’t want to select tile with a late 90’s aesthetic when that style retired long ago. When designing your home according to today’s standards, make sure you consider each room and the overall feel of your home. You don’t want to have a 100% modern, minimalistic kitchen with an outdated living room. In addition, be careful not to design too trendy. Nothing’s worse than investing hundreds into rainbow metallic accents only to find out that clean white pieces will be in next year.

 

 

 

 

March: Check your exterior drainage/clean gutters

Late winter is the perfect time to visit those gutters. There’s sure to be debris and blockage from winter, and you’ll want to clear those out before the spring showers come. Once spring hits, check the rainwater flow. Keep in mind that puddles should not stand around your home for more than 24 hours. If they do, check your gutters to make sure spouts are functioning properly. There may be other solutions, depending on the severity of your situation.

 

 

 

 

 

April: Schedule your free inspection!

It’s time to check your roof! Call Aspen sometime this month and have one of our professionals come give you a free inspection and estimate. We provide photos and accurate information to fill you in on your home’s condition and we’re always ready to answer any questions you have. We’ll walk you through our process to ensure that, should you choose to utilize our service, you’re provided with service that works just for you. Ready to learn more now? Call us: (877) 784-ROOFS

 

 

 

 

 

 

May: Get rid of clutter in your home/spring cleaning

Spring represents renewal; it’s the perfect time to go through your home and throw out any old clothes, decorations, or furniture that you just don’t use anymore. Don’t forget to check your garage for old tools and supplies that no longer have any use. Once that May sunshine graces your town, host a garage sale for your family, friends and neighbors. Use this money to add to your renovation budget. Donate all unused materials to local thrift stores.

 

 

 

 

June: Deep clean your home

Bored on a summer day? Give your home a deep clean! Grab a washcloth, some light soap and clean the baseboards of your home. Polish your hardwood floors and run over your carpet with a shampooer. Clean your dryer vent and other exhaust vents to the exterior of your home. All of those things that you missed during your spring cleaning can be taken care of now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July: Check for insect issues

Summer is a playground for insects. Make sure your home is protected by checking around windowsills, corners and any cracks in the wall. Get rid of any cobwebs you see, have ant poison and bug spray handy, and keep all doors and windows closed when necessary. Look into natural ways to prevent and ward off insects as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August: Review your home’s safety

Do you have a first-aid kit in place for disasters? Prepare a kit with Band-Aids, aspirin, blankets, crepe rolled bandages, antibiotic ointment, safety pins, tweezers, disposable gloves, scissors, alcohol, insect cream, etc. Place the kit in a central location and have peace of mind that in time of an injury, you’ll have a one-stop shop inside your home. In addition to preparing a first-aid kit, check your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for functioning batteries.

 

 

 

 

 

September: Clean your gutters (again)

It’s time to revisit those gutters! Removing leaves and debris while they’re dry is much easier and less painful of a process. Make sure you’re using your ladder correctly and have someone stand close by in case of an accident.  Stick to a 2x year, or every 6 months schedule and you should have minimal problems with your gutters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October: Seal your home for air leaks

Check your home to ensure your doors and windows are weather-tight and waterproof. Look for peeled paint and loose caulking around your window frames and trim. Look into sealant options such as self-adhesive foam, caulk, clear plastic window film and draft snakes. You’ll see a great benefit from sealing those holes in your energy bills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November: Deep clean your basement or attic

Your basement and attic are harboring tons of boxes that are just begging to be opened and set free. Go through these areas and get rid of your old materials by donating them to a local shelter. The holidays and cold winter can be tough, and the objects you aren’t using are sure to be appreciated by those who are less fortunate. From then on, try to be more conscious about the items you buy, taking into consideration what you’ll use the item for, how often you’ll use it and how long you’ll need it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December: Update your valuables records

The holidays are a perfect time to update your record of valuables. This will definitely come in handy should your home be subject to a weather, flooding or robbery incident. You’ll be able to provide this list to your home insurance company without having to rack your brain in the moment.