Self Adhering Underlayment

Self Adhering underlayment is a relatively new product to the roofing industry. It’s been around for less than twenty years, but oh thank goodness for the ingenuity of shingle manufacturers to produce this product. This self adhering modified bitumen product comes in rolls of one and two squares and creates a moisture barrier by sealing to the deck and around nails for the best protection that any underlayment can provide. This is the final layer of defense for ice dams that minimizes water penetration or totally prevents water penetration. Many of the modern roofers Colorado Springs has seen recently have adopted the self adhering underlayment as a fabulous tool for their arsenal of roofing products.

One of the unique features of this product is that it comes with or without granules. At Integrity Roofing and Painting we are currently applying the granulated product, we appreciate the added bonus of skid resistance for safety and ease of application. This is a superior product to one of the old school methods of applying plastic cement between two rolls of felt. This old method was used several decades past in areas of ice damming. The self adhering underlayment better known as ice and water shield is tear resistant whereas two cemented rolls of felt were not. Most modern installers are using ice and water shield for one or more roof applications.

Some of the Benefits of Self Adhering Underlayment

  • Tear resistant
  • Seals tight around nails to prevent water penetration
  • Mitigates against water damage
  • Last line of defense
  • Self adhering
  • This product does not expand and contract
  • Enhanced grip for installers
  • Flexible SBS modified asphalt
  • Reinforced strong fiberglass
  • High temperature resistance
  • This product can be left exposed to the elements for up to 90 days
  • Meets ASTM D 19970
  • Approved by local roofing code

Local installs know that while roofing Colorado Springs homes that are above 7000 feet, self adhering underlayment is required on the eaves. This is a little tricky and many times I have observed home builders installing only one row of ice and water shield on the eaves where code may require two rows. There are no mid-roof inspections for asphalt shingles and some roofers and builders take advantage of the inspection system. My home that I purchased in Monument doesn’t have any ice and water shield on the eaves and for the life of me I don’t know how the builder got away with it. El Paso County building code requires the ice and water shield to extend to a minimum of 24″ onto the interior of the home on all eaves of every home that is above 7000 feet elevation in El Paso County. If the self adhering underlayment is installed correctly it will help to minimize water intrusion from ice damming.

Another application for self adhering underlayment is in the roof valley. The valleys on the roof are located where two roofs come together and form a water trough on the roof. Historically most every roofer Colorado Springs saw in the 1990s and earlier would install valley metal and in some cases roll roofing would be installed. However, some roofers would cut corners and only install felt paper in the valleys. This was a practice used by some builders to save money.

Several brands of Self Adhering Underlayment

  • Certainteed WinterGuard
  • Tamko Moisture Guard
  • Owens Corning Weather Lock
  • GAF Weather Watch
  • GAF Weather Guard
  • Atlas Weather Master
  • IKO Armor Guard
  • Grace Ice and Water Shield

If allowed by local building codes one of the ways to provide superior protection to low pitched 2/12 to 4/12 roofs is to install self adhering underlayment. Traditional method is to install two layers of 15# felt according to code and shingle manufacturers installation instructions. On lower pitched roofs there is a possibility of capillary action where water travels uphill. Yelp, water can travel uphill. Additionally, when you mix snow and ice dams into the equation your best line of defense may be to cover the entire low sloped roof in ice and water shield.

Another area that is vulnerable on a roof to water penetration is where the sloped roof meets a vertical wall, ice and water shield is a perfect product for this area. We recommend the installation of ice and water shield prior to install L-flashing or step flashing. If working on a roof replacement project it’s easier to install 18″ x 10′ pieces of water shield. If you try to slide a 36″ x 20′ piece of water shield underneath of L-flashing it’s unlikely that you’ll succeed, unless it’s being installed in cold weather. That brings up another point of discussion.

Cold weather installation of self adhering underlayment is a little different than in warmer weather. There are some benefits to cold weather installs and some disadvantages. Regardless of the time of the year ice and water shield can be installed unless it’s too cold.

Benefits of Cold Weather application of Ice and Water Shield

  • The self adhering glue does not activate immediately in cold weather which will allow more time to position the product on the roof.
  • This is advantageous for installing full sheets of ice and water shield underneath of L-flashing.
  • Easy for one person to install ice and water shield in valleys
  • Easy for one person to roll out long distances of ice and water shield

Disadvantages of Cold Weather application of Ice and Water Shield

  • The self adhering underlayment will need to be fastened with nails
  • Water intrusion may occur before the product seals
  • If debris is driven between the ice and water shield and the deck surface this product may never seal

Use ice and water shield around chimneys, valleys, skylights, walls, pipe penetrations and low slope. This product is idea for roof repairs in Colorado Springs, new roofs or roof replacements. You can’t go wrong with this product especially designed for leak prone areas. This is a new comer to the roofing industry and it’s here to stay. This product should be used by all roofers everywhere.

If you’re looking one of the most trusted roofers Colorado Springs has to offer than contact Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC.


How will they know unless one speaks? This is a question that needs answers and must be raised in every industry in our society. With the rising subjective views of relativism everything goes, or does it? Certainly if you’re the recipient of a negative action than your honest subjective opinion is that it was bad. Let’s be real, for you it’s no longer subjective it is an objective experience. No longer is it in the ethereal realm for you were encountered in real time and space and for you it was an objective experience. However, if one benefits from an experience while another is hurt than the experience for one is good and the other is bad. Why should we think that we’ve done well when it’s not a win, win situation? We should not separate right and wrong from business. Everyone that enters into a covenantal relationship or contract should equally benefit. No one should be unequally yoked. Every relations should be a win, win situation.


I’m hear to tell you that the emperor is naked and no one is telling him. There are Colorado Springs roofers and homeowners that are stealing from insurance companies and everyone seems to act like it’s okay. As a regular Joe the Roofer, I’m here to say with a prophetic voice to this generation and to Colorado Springs that it’s not okay for you to illegally benefit from the insurance company. If you think it’s okay than just wait to see what your children do. Every generation builds upon the past generation. I only hope that the generation learns to not reproduce the greed that they are witnessing in their parents. Sure they may not actually see the full manifestation of their parents, yet don’t be fooled it will show up for the things of the heart can not be hidden. I love people, and I hate to see greed manifested; for it’s insatiable once it has been given birth.


There are several legitimate Colorado Springs Roofers that operate their businesses with structures of integrity that follow rules and abide in the law of the land. They will not compromise their integrity for greed. They find their integrity is based upon truth and they will not compromise what’s right and wrong for money or convenience. Yes, integrity is not relative it’s objective and the source of real integrity is only found in the Bible. Several Colorado Springs roofing companies are against insurance deductible fraud and I’m hoping to see a movement toward righteousness in our industry and to witness men and women being transformed.


Homeowners’ are not innocent victims when it comes to roof deductible insurance fraud. As a matter of fact it’s the homeowner that is perpetuating this corruption. The Better Business Bureau will not address this issue, nor will the news stations. All accounts from both the BBB and news media render the homeowner as an innocent victim. That’s not true. Here in Colorado Springs roughly 33% of every prospective customer will ask us, “what about my deductible?” When we respond that they can pay for their deductible with check or credit card they get agitated.” We didn’t take the bait for they know that it’s illegal and they want me to cross the line. We don’t cross the line nor do we meet them half way. Now they have to tell me exactly what they mean and this tactful homeowner now either divulges their true intent of fraud or tip toes around the issues with a story. We’ve heard it all and it’s become hilarious with the masterful conversations that we’ve heard over the years. Homeowners are really artful in sharing their expectations that roofers are to commit the insurance fraud, however the homeowner wants nothing to do with it. Homeowners’ actually say, “I want commit insurance fraud, but you will, if you want my business.” This is so wicked and disastrous to our children. Whatever the parents do, the kids will do unless their eyes are opened. Remember, I already said the emperor is naked and everyone has closed their eyes to the truth. What will you do? Imagine where our kids will be like with the kind of moralistic thinking that is prevalent in our society today.


This is not the fault of roofers in Colorado Springs. Most of the roofers don’t have the same moral compass that I have. Many homeowners in Colorado Springs were raised with a Judeo-Christian view, yet they are willing to compromise right and wrong for money. I’m not judging anyone I’m telling you biblical perspective and personal objective experiences that are not ethereal in nature. Colorado Springs homeowners must choose to do what’s right are corruption will persist. It’s a homeowners greed that invites roofers into corruption. It’s not funny when I hear the sweet little mom state, ‘I’m going to do what’s best for my family.” That’s code work for I need a roofer that will collaborate with me in committing fraud so I can steal from the insurance company and use the money on a family vacation. Wow, I really said that and I did because it’s social moralistic relativism that is justified because my family benefits. Hey, that’s wrong no matter your age, sex or color.


For the homeowner their one little time of infidelity with the insurance company may appear to be small. The problem for a Colorado Springs roofer is that he is being asked to prostitute his values every time he commits fraud. It is the continual process of lying that hardens a roofers perspective to right and wrong. How can you as a homeowner trust a roofer in Colorado Springs that is constantly lying to the insurance company? With a seared conscience, how can you trust a Colorado Springs roofing company that trains everyone on staff to lie? It would be foolish on a homeowners’ part to think that the roofer will not lie to them, if they regularly lie by sending fraudulent invoices to the insurance company. This is how it’s done and there’s no denying it. Integrity can not be compartmentalized or lived in a vacuum. You either have it or you don’t.

These questions are logical and reasonable. If one looks at the facts with a clear conscience than it would make sense to not employ a corrupt roofer in Colorado Springs.

Ethics Matter

Living rightly according to truth really matters. If it’s the law, honor it. If you have to pay the deductible, pay it. If it’s a red light, stop. If it’s green, go. The law makes sense, so follow it. Right lives really do matter. Roofing companies in Colorado Springs that are conducting business by the book should matter to the community. The truth is most of the Colorado Springs roofers that play the book are penalized and it would be difficult for them to ever grow beyond a medium sized company. It’s hard for many homeowners to not cheat and steal. Additionally, roofing companies with integrity grow slowly for they have to find other solid people to work for them. Lastly, they will grow slowly because they don’t cover deductibles. Most of the time, all you have to do is look at who has the most yard signs on every block after a hailstorm and you’ll know whose corrupt.

Colorado Springs Roofers With Integrity

There are roofers in Colorado Springs that exercise their business with the utmost integrity. As a whole we don’t see ourselves as the victims of corruption. I think we do see ourselves as ministers of roofing. Even today in other nations profession business people use the title of minister in their trade.  I know of several roofing companies in Colorado Springs that are conducting themselves with integrity, but they are rare.


The youth in our nation are watching, learning and reproducing what our generation has done. We need good role models of righteousness. I challenge everyone that reads this simple article to pursue righteousness. This generation matters and the unborn children matter. What we do today will either build up or tear down future generations. I for one desire to build up the next generation. It is my desire to see children of hope and destiny and not children of despair and hopelessness. May we all be transformed by revival in our business structures, schools and homes.


Colorado Springs roofing companies and homeowners enter into a win, win relationship when the roofer installs the best roof and the homeowner pays their deductible. The homeowner has a covenant with the insurance company to pay the deductible to the roofer. The roofer deserves to make a profit if the company is to remain solvent. The only way to sustain the roofing business for Colorado Springs roofers is for them to get paid the present day market value for a roof installation. Honest roofers will not cover deductibles and they deserve to be paid the proper amount.


Of course, your doctor will not do this, nor should you expect a roofing company in Colorado Springs to do the same. Homeowner’s it’s up to you to protect yourself by doing what’s right. Good luck with selecting a roofer that you can trust.



We Desire to Do Great Things!

In every man at every epoch in each millennial mankind has felt an innate call to greatness. This is not uniques to our nation, culture or color this runs the span of humanity, across oceans and mountains. This is part of our very core, calling and DNA. There is no question that each man has sensed this call. From birth males begin to spar in battle. They want to win, conquer and excel. This is without question complex for each society, ethnic group and peoples to define exactly what greatness is and how it looks for each generation. This is something that has called me, drawn and plagued the very depths of my soul. Where and when are men called to settle for mediocrity and neglect the call to be great?

At what point do we say the sacrifice and attainment of that which is great and to be great is not worth the price? This I have fixated my eyes upon and have failed to reconcile the tension between average, satisfactory and great.That which is within me says, “In all this is done it should be our desire to function with a spirit of excellence. To say that it’s good enough doesn’t register right within me.” There are limits to our excellence and each should be aware of their limits. That in itself is a measure of greatness. To recognize ones frailty and limits of ability is a measure of wisdom and humility and that in itself is truly precious, priceless and great. With that being said, I know that I can not do this on my own. Life, business, greatness is not possible in a vacuum. With truth and reality set into motion I find myself at the place of knowing, realizing and experiencing depths of inability to answer questions, therefore I as a servant leader have no answers to certain questions that plaque my soul in this hour. I’ve seen things in human nature that have been revealed, exposed and brought to light in the aftermath of the largest hailstorm in Colorado Springs history.

Experience is a great teacher, yet there is great danger in our experience if it’s not properly filtered. Unfiltered experience may result in bitterness of experience resulting in increased tension and angry tones. First, I’ll share a recurring experience. Since the record hailstorm we’ve seen many of our clients break their word and refuse to honor contracts only to go after other roofers that were willing to commit fraud. This has broken my heart and wounded my soul. My new tendency is to quickly pass judgement on those that were willing to trade their word for money. It has become rather easy for me to see these ones as being mastered by money and a slave to it. That pronouncement of judgement although it may be correct is wrong. I repent to everyone in whom my heart has made this judgement. At the same time I hope that our community doesn’t see insurance companies incorrectly as a source of welfare, betterment or economic windfall. Please forgive me for angry tones and measures of bitterness in my soul. May I be granted the grace needed to work these things out of my heart.

We all see through the glass dimly and our filters either taint relationships or help relationships. Here at Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC it is truly our desire to be a blessing to everyone that we meet and those that choose our roofing service and the way we go about the entire restoration process we truly want our relationship to be a win, win situation. If anyone doesn’t sense that we desire to give them our best in the aftermath of the largest storm in Colorado Springs history than I’d appreciate an opportunity to speak with this person. At this time I truly understand the demands and logistics of this season and would like to properly convey the current environment and depths of difficulty at this time for ourselves and every other roofer in Colorado Springs.

At this time I want everyone to know that we truly desire to be great, to do what’s right, to honor God and country. We really want to do this, but this is not business as usual for everyone that has been roofing Colorado Springs residences realizes that his storm has created very complex issues and some of these issues will only be revealed on a need to know basis. Other issues are common to every roofing contractor in our area at this time and it will impact their ability to deliver jobs at their highest level. Some companies may convey a different message at this time than what is reality. Rest assured that the aftermath of the recent storm has caused tensions, strains and logistical issues that are not only problematic, but reflective of some serious issues in our society.

Here at Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC we have not been pursuing money, we’ve been pursuing relationships and excellence in service. This is still our pursuit, however external forces will limit our ability to develop relationships at the level that we normally are able to attain. In many ways some of our clients may feel abandoned, but that is not our attention. The truth of the matter is that no one had any idea that over 40,000 roofs were damaged in Colorado Springs from the recent storm. We commit ourselves to seeing this through and will learn from this experience. While I see we are not pursuing money allow me to elaborate. We will nor pursue money incorrectly. One of our mottos is, “We make roof replacements easy.” This is truly our desire and we do an excellent job at it. Today there are some misconceptions that pervade all streams of media. We have taken some heat for not giving estimates. This was my decision and it was the right decision. After 30+ years of construction and insurance experience I know that we are exercising integrity when we chose to only work off of insurance Xactimate pricing. Many people have been offended that we would not give an estimate. The volatility of pricing in our present market calls for wisdom on the contractor, therefore understanding the demand of the season, Integrity Roofing and Painting, LLC shall not be locked into a price when we know that our expenses may go up 10-20 percent during the aftermath of this storm. We have no desire to lose money. We desire to sustain wise business practices and sound accounting principles. Trust us when we say that it’s beneficial for everyone to not be locked into an exact price in this chaotic environment. Insurance companies know of the price increases and most are changing prices monthly to compensate roofers. We have to be in relationship with homeowners that understand this is agree to the necessity of allowing us the ability to supplement all roof scopes at this time with every insurance company.

Any one that understands insurance knows that they only have to pay their deductible. As a result of this understanding our experience is that people want to try and figure a way to pocket some insurance money. We will not participate in insurance fraud, therefore we have not given roof estimates at this time. As a group we have a large collection of conversations and experiences with homeowners that exposed themselves by stating that they wanted to find a roofer that would do the work for less and than to have that roofer send false documents to the insurance company at an inflated amount. We are not that company so you may as well not ask us to do it nor should you waste your time in calling us.

If you’re are ethical and you’re looking for someone that has been roofing Colorado Springs ethically for many years than contact us. If you’ve filtered life in such a way that greatness is only about your bottom dollar or cheating the system than don’t call us and ask for a roof bid. We will not participate in any scheme concocted by a homeowner to defund the insurance process. If you want someone to help you in the insurance restoration process and you’re willing to work with someone that’s fighting a good fight, although we are not perfect it is our desire to be great. We know that we can’t please everyone and that not all people are meant to be in a relationship. If you’re a fit for the way we do business than we’d love to install a roof on your home.

If you chose to defraud the insurance company we will not judge you. Everyone has a choice. We’ve been in this industry for decades. Our perception will be different than most people and even other roofers. We just want to function with a sprit of excellence, even in our imperfection, knowing that we’ve done all that we can do to live life well and for lives to end knowing that we did life correctly. That’s our perspective.

We desire the best for everyone and hope that all have the discernment to do what’s right.

Consider the Following example of someone wanting an estimate when they already have the estimate from the insurance company:

Jamie Leigh
a month ago
I live near Security area where we had horrible hail damage. I called Integrity to get an estimate and Vince came out to my property to look it over. He said that he could either write me an estimate or base the estimate on my insurance claim. There is no reason that they should not provide an estimate. We wanted three estimates that detailed the scope of work to be performed and the cost so that we could compare as you should always do when hiring a contractor and then we could choose (not necessarily the best price) but the best value for what we needed done. When I called him back to ask for the estimate, he said “we have so many projects going right now, that we are not doing estimates for anyone unless you turn over your insurance information and we can write the estimate based on your claim numbers”. This is incredibly shady to me. There should be no reason for them to decline giving me an estimate for a re-roof. I will share my claim information with the contractor I choose to hire but for this company to even decline giving me an estimate without seeing the numbers on my claim is completely dishonest. Talk about zero transparency and honesty. I just cannot believe he said that. They wasted my time to come out and provide an estimate and then wouldn’t give me one. Other roofing contractors I have called, said it’s no problem, they can give me an estimate and then if we decide to hire them, we can go over the claim info and get everything finalized in the agreement. Integrity is obviously lacking in ‘Integrity’ because they won’t tell you what your roof should cost to replace up front. Not until they see your insurance claim. I would never trust someone that does business that way and I work in the construction industry. That is why I am taking the time to write a review.
Response from the ownera month ago
Jamie, thank you for calling me today to discuss this. While we will continue to disagree about our position to suspend generating estimates during this current storm, we will continue our position that it is ethical to work for what the insurance determines is the price for the roof. As we discussed, our estimating software is Xactimate so our estimates will end up matching the insurance claim summaries anyway. We are going to continue simplifying and streamlining the process by agreeing to work off claim summaries instead of generating matching bids. Thank you for your feedback and I appreciate that you are passionate about your view. I am glad you have multiple bids from other roofers and will have several from which to choose. Best of luck with your repairs.

Local Roofers Extend Some Roof-Related Pearls of Wisdom

Local Roofers Extend Some Roof-Related Pearls of Wisdom

Colorado Springs Roofer Shares a Collection of Roofing Wisdom

roof with grass growing on it

Your Colorado Springs Roofer,  Integrity Roofing and Painting is passionate about roofing. So much so that we love any quote, from anyone, that even mentions the word roof! The reason the word roof appears in so many of the best pearls of wisdom, by some of the best minds of our time, is because the roof a critical component to one of our most basic human needs; shelter. Your local roofers think this is pretty cool, and that’s why this post will be entirely dedicated to some of the best quotes which utilize our favorite word: Roof!

  •  But if people will laugh at my work and keep a sound roof over my head, who am I to complain?
    – Billie Burke
  • Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.
    – George Carlin
  • I didn’t feel that running away would change anything but when the roof of the garage started coming off I thought it was time to go.
    – John Harrison
  • I drove around in a Volkswagen Rabbit I shared with one of my roommates, and it didn’t have a roof. It doesn’t rain much in L.A., but when it did, it was utterly miserable.
    – Jon Hamm
  • I am invariably of the politics of the people at whose table I sit, or beneath whose roof I sleep.
    – George Borrow

Roof Humor Including a Cat That Climbs a Roof Ladder

  • Anything that happens that’s good, they think, Oh, it’s an accident, when is the roof caving in? You’ve got to get them out of that mental framework.
    – Dick Butkus
  • Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in climbing a ladder
    – James Russell Lowell
  • I talk to people who are musicians, and they go, Oh this is hell. And I go, Are you kidding me? You never put tar paper on a roof, did ya?
    – Chris Isaak
  • People in New York love having roof parties.
    – Todd Barry
  • The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
    – John F. Kennedy
  • This planet Earth, the act of putting a roof over our heads, our flesh and blood existence, it’s all very temporary.
    – Melissa Auf der Maur
  • When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.
    – John Berger

We hope you’ve enjoyed these roof quotes, courtesy of your local roofers at Integrity Roofing and Painting!

What factors are considered in a residential roofing estimate?

What factors are considered in a residential roofing estimate?

residential roofing estimate logo

For the average American, the details of the exact factors that are being taken into account when a contractor gives them a residential roofing estimate is all but a mystery. In reality, this is the case for many services that people pay for when it comes to home improvement projects. In the words of the great Irish writer and poet, Oscar Wilde, ” What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Well, at Integrity Roofing and Painting we want you to understand not only the price of your residential roofing estimate, but also the value that you will be getting when you pay that price. We believe that this can be accomplished by filling our customers in on what we are looking for when we perform a residential roofing estimate, as well as exactly what we will do to address the problems that need to be fixed.

The type of roof you want and need matters

When you get a residential roofing estimate one of the big factors that determines the cost is what type of roof you want or need. If the roof you have in-mind is a simple composite asphalt shingle roof, and the structure of your roof is fairly simple without a very tricky pitch you will be looking at a lower overall cost. On the other hand, if you want clay tiles to cover a massive roof area with a complicated pitch and multiple skylights and  chimneys, you’ll certainly see the overall cost be higher.

Labor costs in your locality matter

Depending on the condition of your local economy, labor costs may be higher or lower than you’re expecting. Labor costs play a big part in formulating the estimate for your residential roof, because skilled laborers will of course be needed, and in potentially great numbers depending on the requirements of your roof, to get your project done correctly and in a timely manner.

Accessibility of your property matters

If there is no good truck access to your home it drives up the labor cost for the roofing contractor and, unfortunately, those costs get passed along to you. Obviously, the further the laborers have to haul the materials the more of them it may take and the longer it may take to get the job completed.


At Integrity Roofing and Painting we believe that you deserve to know every consideration that goes into your residential roofing estimate. Call us today for a free estimate!