Interior and Exterior Painting

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1175 S Huron St.
Denver, CO, 80223

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Licensed and Insured

Colorado Home Renewal is licensed and insured for your protection. We say this, as do other contractors, but what does it mean and why do you care?

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      All jurisdictions require permits for roof instillation as well as major repairs. In order to pull a permit, contractors must be licensed, which requires that they show that they are qualified to do the job

      Some jurisdictions require documentation proving years of experience. Denver, for example, requires notarized statements from business owners and customers describing the work that they, and their key staff have performed over the last two years. Other jurisdictions require key staff members to pass written exams, while others like Jefferson County rely on rules of reciprocity that allows them to accept licenses from more strict jurisdictions such as Denver, to prove the contractor has the skills and knowledge to do the job.

      With the proper license, we can pull the permit. The permit itself does not mean a lot on its own, but it starts a process that is designed to protect the homeowner. Permits typically have a maximum lifespan of one year. Contractors must close the permit within a year, cancel the permit if no work is done, or face consequences if permits remain open.

      Closing a permit involves having one or more inspections by the issuing jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions only inspect the final work, while others have “Mid-Roof’ and “Decking” inspections.

      Inspectors look for the proper use of, and application of roofing materials and that acceptable techniques were implemented. If issues are found, the inspector will note them, and they must be corrected and re-inspected prior to the work being approved and the permit being closed.

      Failing an inspection for a reputable roofing contractor is not common, but does happen on occasion. Typically the failure will be due to a technicality or related work that does not impact the quality of the roof itself. Our first inspection failure happened when the required mid-roof inspection specified “No more than 75% of the roof is to be completed” and the inspector determined we were beyond the 75% mark. After removing a few dozen shingles, the work was passed and the job was completed.

      Another inspection failure on new construction was due to the inspector requiring that certain non-roof components were complete before the inspection. Once the other contractors finished their work, the roof was re-inspected, passed, and the job closed.

      While an occasional inspection failure for non-quality related issues like those described above are not a problem, excessive failures or failures due to poor workmanship, or violations of building codes and standard practices is unacceptable. Inspectors will fail a roof for issues such as insufficient or incorrect placement of nails, lack of proper flashing, failure to apply ice and water barriers or improper application of underlayment.

      Using only licensed contractors who pull permits and embrace inspections helps insure you are receiving a quality job. If you are approached by a roofer who indicates they can do a cheaper job by cutting corners and skipping the permit and inspection, do the smart thing and find another contractor.

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