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    Fortress Wins the GAF Triple Award!!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    We got some great news today! Fortress is proud  to have earned the GAF Triple Award for 2012!!! We are the only roofing contractor in the state of Utah to have won this distinction. This award was earned by living up to the highest standards of Master Elite contractors. This award recognizes the quality of our work, which is backed up by GAF's Golden Pledge Warranty - the best warranty available on the market. It recognizes the commitment we've made to training our crews. It is acknowledgement that we are indeed Utah's premier roofing contractor!

    Is it Cold Enough For Ya?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    It has been a bitterly cold week here in Utah! Tons of snow, and near 0 degree temps, with some nasty inversion to boot! What are you doing to survive the cold? We want to hear how you survive the winter - Adam and Rob have been in Jamaica this week. Anyone else escaping the cold??

    A Brief History of Roofing

    Last updated 5 years ago

    From the earliest days of man’s efforts to build structures for the purpose of shelter, roofing has evolved as the roof became not only a structure of function, but one of form, as well. Early man used earth and plant material to cover their shelters, as those were the available resources they had.

    Clay or earthenware roofing tiles first appeared in China between 10,000 – 5,000 years ago. From there, the use of tiles traveled to Babylon, through Egypt and into Greece and then Rome. The Romans really made the use of clay tiles into an art form; Rome was known as “the city of tiled roofs”. As the Roman Empire expanded its rule, the use of tiled roofs spread vastly throughout Europe. However, the use of other available roofing materials continued, especially the use of thatching and natural materials, as they were much less expensive.

    In the 12th century, King John of England changed the path of roofing when he issued a law that forbade the use of thatching, reeds and other easily combustible roofing materials. This began a need for mass produced roofing materials. Production of industrial roofing tiles began around 1805. It would be another 100 years until concrete tiles were created. The popularity of clay roofing tiles grew dramatically with the evolution of transportation methods. As steam locomotives began to allow for ease of distribution, demand increased, and as demand increased, the production of clay tiles switched from manual to machinery.

    The first use of composite roofing materials was in New England in the 1840s, using felted or woven fabric covered with a tar-like substance. This method evolved as fabrics began being saturated with asphalt and a mixture of materials such as sand, limestone and powdered gravel. The first true composite roofing was made of coal tar which was impregnated into a rolled felt and covered with fine gravel.

    Around the start of the 20th century, asphalt roofing evolved into individual shingles. With encouragement coming in the form of the National Board of Fire Underwriters efforts to eliminate wood shingle roofs, the demand for asphalt shingles grew dramatically. Manufacturers started experimenting with the way they cut the shingles – using different shapes, sizes and patterns, as well as introducing a variety of colors. Today, customers can choose from countless different styles, shapes, strengths and colors, allowing for an amazing array of possibilities that add character and personality to any home.

    Fortress Roofing is proud of their relationships with some of the largest roofing manufacturers in the country, and can offer many options. Call us today for information on many colors and styles of roofing products!!!

    Ice, Ice, Baby!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    There is something appealing about icicles hanging from the roof - it is so picturesque that people even hang lights at Christmastime that are meant to resemble icicles. However, icicles can be a problem. Not only are they dangerous if they fall onto person or property, but they can are usually a sign of an ice dam, which can mean disaster for your roof.

    As shown in the picture above, icicles are part of what we call an "ice dam" (see our earlier blog article "It's Snowing" for more information on ice dams), and can mean that your attic is giving off too much heat, causing snow to melt too quickly. If the water from the melting snow pools up, you can be setting yourself up for a leaky roof.

    If your home is one that has a large number of icicles hanging from the eaves, give Fortress Roofing a call so we can come and assess your roof, free of charge. Together we can be proactive to avoid leaks by stopping the problem before it is out of control!

    Happy New Year!

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Wow, the year is over! From all of us at Fortress Roofing, may your New Year be filled with love, light and blessings. We thank all of you for the opportunity to work with you, and look forward to making new friends and partnerships in 2013! Be safe as you ring in the New Year!

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