Massive Multifamily Complex Reroofed After Hailstorm in Denver, Colorado
by Marcus Dodson, editor & publisher
In 2019, a nasty hailstorm ripped its way through Denver, Colorado, causing many buildings and homes to sustain notable damage to their roofs. For one massive apartment complex in Denver, known as Tava Waters, the hailstorm damaged 143 of its luxury condo buildings. Aspen Group, Englewood, Colorado, was the contractor chosen for the roof repairs, as they were familiar with the property, having performed refurbishments for several years prior. Aspen Group worked closely with the insurance adjusters to establish the scope of work, and it ended up being the largest hail claim that any of the contractor’s vendors or clients has ever been a part of.
From the beginning, Aspen Group and Tava Waters’ ownership agreed that a complete GAF roofing system would be the best option for this massive project. As a GAF Master Elite® Contractor, Aspen Group is a member of a prestigious factory certification program that provides ongoing training to roofing contractors and assures customers that their roofs will be completed with the utmost expertise.
The project called for an incredible 11,000 squares, including shingles, hip and ridge caps, starter strip shingles, self-adhering underlayment, and vents. GAF’s Timberline® HDZ™ Shingles were used on the roofs and provide stylish beauty alongside unmatched protection and durability. By using GAF’s proprietary color blending and enhanced shadow effect, the architecturally stylish shingles emulate a genuine wood-shake look. Timberline HDZ Shingles use GAF’s innovative LayerLock™ Technology and Dura Grip™ Advanced Sealant, which provides resilience, strength, and exceptional wind-uplift performance. Aspen Group also installed GAF Pro-Start® Eave/Rake Starter Strips, which are made with a high-quality, properly positioned adhesive applied at the factory to help prevent shingle blow-offs at the eave and rake areas of the roof. GAF Seal-A-Ridge® ridge cap shingles were also used, which help protect Tava Waters’ residents against leaks at the high-stress areas of the roof, the hips and ridges, while also complementing the overall look of the surrounding Timberline HDZ Shingles.
GAF’s WeatherWatch®, a mineral-surfaced leak barrier, was installed on the vulnerable areas of the roof. It self-seals around fasteners and helps protect against wind-driven rain and ice dam infiltration. Finally, GAF Master Flow vents were installed to help remove excess heat and moisture from the attic, which helps protect the roof system against premature deterioration. The Tava Waters roof system is protected by GAF’s Silver Pledge™ Limited Warranty, one of the best in the industry, including a limited WindProven™ Warranty with no max wind speed limitation.
The project was slated to begin in March 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic put a wrench in the plans and the reroof was put on hold. When Aspen Group was able to get up on the roofs in July 2020, they were tasked with completing the repairs under the original timeline. It was a hefty task, but clear communication, unparalleled professionalism, and high-quality products made the project go smoothly.
“With so much uncertainty about our world going on at that time, we weren’t sure how the project was going to unfold,” said Scott Ryan, a partner at Aspen Group. “Thankfully, with impeccable communication, our incredibly skilled crew, and top-of-the-line GAF products, we were able to stay on track to meet our project completion deadline and get the job done right.”
Not only was this roof repair project a challenge for Aspen Group because of the sheer size of the Tava Waters community, but scheduling issues and uncertainty regarding the global pandemic made the process particularly tedious. However, by relying on the tenets of professionalism that Aspen Group is founded upon, as well as high-quality, reliable GAF roof components, the large-scale exterior project was completed as planned.