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Arvada Roofing Company Reasons to Avoid DIY Projects


June 5, 2019

Everyone always wants to do all they can in order to save a little money. No matter if you’re shopping for an automobile or simply picking up the weekly load of groceries, it seems all humans are looking for a deal. Scouring the newspapers in order to find a coupon, simply spending the money on something that you find a coupon for, or attempting to get the best possible price from a dealership - everyone’s in search of the best possible bargain.

The same applies to home improvements, construction and remodeling but for these changes it always seems someone has a great idea or way they can save you money. Unlike going for groceries or buying a car, nobody is going to produce these goods for you, when it comes to building something or making a repair, it seems everyone has some type of input. Nosy neighbors want to offer their services, family members who you haven’t spoken to in years offer their two cents of advice - it just appears that do-it-yourself (DIY) projects may be a solid option, but are they worth the headache? 

The answer is no.

Unless you are a trained professional, attempting to complete odd jobs around your home can end up being more costly than productive. Even if you think someone assisting has experience or has completed a similar job before, there are still many disadvantages to trying to complete this work on your own. Instead of setting out on a project and then ending up having to call in a professional, simply start with a reputable source and allow the experts in the field to handle all of the work.
Dangerous

For starters, many construction projects can be extremely dangerous - especially when dealing with roof repair or gutter assembly. These projects take place at various heights and if you don’t have the proper equipment for safe access, both can be extremely dangerous.

Unless you have some type of experience working at unsafe heights above the ground then consider picking up the phone and making a call, instead of someone else having to do the same for an ambulance should something go awry. It is so much better to be safe than sorry.
Warranty

Another costly impact of DIY projects is the absence of a warranty. No matter how skilled you are at completing a particular project, there are no guarantees. If you have a professional service complete the job then often it is guaranteed for a specific time period should there be any future issues.

In addition, depending on the construction project taking place, even some of the materials that may be used on the worksite could have their warranty voided if not installed by a licensed individual. For example, if you are attempting to replace the windows of your home, the warranty may be no good if they are not professionally installed. Instead of having to worry with reading all of the fine print, a simple call for a professional service installation can help to ease any fears of future issues.

Time and Money
Everyone seems to be busy these days and even if you manage to find time for diy projects, it often ends up not being enough. You set aside a certain window of opportunity in order to complete a task like repairing a gutter that has come unattached from the eaves of your home. Seems like a simple enough fix until you are actually involved in the process. 

Your 15-minute fix ends up lasting an entire weekend or having to be extended until another free weekend opens up because of multiple setbacks. Turns out the clip that holds the gutter in place has fallen loose and can’t be found, this requires finding another. The hardware used for attachment may have also been lost and getting the right materials for repair takes time. Then there’s getting something to reach it, elevating the danger potential depending on where the gutter is located, and other issues. You finally complete the project and then when it rains the gutter overflows because it isn’t set to pitch allowing proper water flow to the downspout - now the entire project starts over. This is just one example of how something that appears to be a simple repair turns into a costly project in terms of time and money. Avoid all of the hassle and let someone else do it for you.  

Headache
Finally, even if you’ve considered all of the potential downfalls plus the time and money characteristics of something that needs to be done. There is still the simple fact that it may not be worth the headache. While this may differ slightly from project to project, there is still the fact that having a professional complete the job is often the best solution.

Compare each upgrade or improvement needed to making a sandwich. You may have all of the necessary ingredients and the time in order to make one yourself but they seem to always taste better when you have someone else fix it for you. The same can be said of many do-it-yourself projects around the home. There is no need to put yourself at risk or spend precious time and money on something when you can get the same thing accomplished by a professional service for a similar cost - and have the guarantee of a warranty or assurance that should anything arise in the future it will be handled accordingly.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle all roofing needs and a variety of other construction projects. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your roof or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
 
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Arvada Roofing Company Downspout Enhancement Ideas


May 22, 2019

One of the most important features of a home that often gets overlooked is the gutter system, responsible for the transportation of rainwater and snow melt away from a home’s base and foundation. While always a critical component of any new construction process, modern enhancements and advances in the technology associated with fabricating and installing gutters have led them to be much more efficient, in addition to blending into the home’s style. An aesthetically pleasing collaboration can lead to increased profits should a homeowner ever need to sell, but the other positives derived from upgrades to a downspout that are immediately available to the occupants are seemingly endless.

The benefits of installing rain gutters helps not only protect the home from water intrusion but in other important areas as well. Where gutters serve to collect water as it runs from the roof of a structure, they are ever so slightly angled to then transfer water to the downspout. It is here where the water falls down and out, away from the home and without causing any damage. Depending on the size and design of a property, the number of downspouts available will vary considerably. The roof structure, type, and pitch will also contribute to where and how many downspouts need to be constructed on any given building. Typically, these are located on the corners of a home, but may also be implemented at other areas if needed.

These passageways need to remain free and clear of any debris in order to function properly. For this reason, it is often recommended that gutters be cleaned every three to four months. The seamless system eliminates the connections where dirt, debris, leaves, twigs, and any other materials may become lodged - affecting the flow of water and potentially causing major issues. Advances in construction now allow for these gutters and downspouts to take on any color a homeowner can imagine. By matching or contrasting the other colors of a property, downspouts can be blended into the home but there are also a number of other options in order to enhance your gutter system and especially the downspouts.

Frame It
One way to enhance a home’s downspouts is to frame the footing with eye catching landscaping. Depending on which side of the home a downspout is located, property owners can choose to have different types of plants put in place to either shield the base openings of a downspout or cover them entirely, should they flow directly into the ground.

By matching the existing landscaping around a property, the downspout areas can be modified to camouflage their locations entirely.

Save It
An economically friendly option would be to use rain barrels in order to collect rainwater as it falls and then repurpose it for other uses. The multiple uses for rainwater address both activities inside and outside the home. Depending on the location of your home, collecting rainwater can be a critical characteristic but for many the issuance serves to reduce other bills while also being good for the environment.

Also, depending on the proximity of a home’s downspouts to landscaping areas in need of water or gardens, the impact can be capitalized upon. Rainwater barrels can be designed and colored to fit within the style of a home and are often not too noticeable from the average viewer.

Decorate It
For high end improvements, downspouts can be decorated or even replaced with specialty designs or personable characteristics. Anything from a featured color or painted on design to spice up a regular downspout to a dragon’s head, boot, or any other characterization can be used to modify the look of a downspout gutter system.

Deriving from early construction practices where attention to detail was paramount, these modifications are often viewed as high end and unnecessary for those who are operating on a budget. Regardless, this enhancement is definitely a way to highlight the downspouts of a property while creating a classic feel.

Pool It
Similar to the rainwater collection barrels, some homeowners may have a pond or small pool incorporated into their already existent landscape. If this is the case, then having the rainwater flow from the gutter system, down into the spout, and then serving to refill the area is another option. 

Depending on the size of your pond and whether or not you choose to incorporate fish or other wildlife into the ecosystem, a small outdoor pond pump may be a necessity. Helping to ensure the water keeps moving, even when not pouring from the downspout - has additional benefits that can enhance a home. 

Run It
Creating a path or solid surface for the water to travel down away from the property can also serve to promote a landscape. This can be a small trough or other above ground area that is easily detectable on the surface but constructed in such a way that it fits in with the other existing areas.

Potentially not an option for each and every downspout located on a structure, the creation of a runway for certain locations may be the best possible solution for homeowners.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle all roofing needs and a variety of other construction projects. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your roof or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
 
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Arvada Roofing Company Vinyl Siding Cleaning Tips


May 9, 2019

Over time vinyl siding has become more commonplace in the construction business for both homes and office buildings. Its unique structure, durability, versatility, and seemingly endless array of color options keeps this product a prominent contender in the marketplace for anyone looking to build or upgrade the outer layer of their property. Useful for both new construction and remodeling projects, vinyl siding can provide a solid choice for almost any building in endless settings. 

Among the many different available options to beautify your home, vinyl siding is one of the few that won’t fade, can be treated for keeping insects at bay, and is extremely durable. Lasting virtually a lifetime, vinyl siding not only presents a cost friendly option compared to other building materials available but knowing that it will protect your home from the elements is also beneficial. Barring any natural disasters, vinyl siding should withstand normal wear from storms, wind, rain, hail, and any other elements with relative ease. 

While there have been some issues with regards to buckling, cracking, color fading, or insulation problems in the past, these are no longer a problem. Technological advances in both the construction and implementation phases of siding have served to eliminate many of the factors associated with causing red flags for homeowners. New materials and installation methods have helped to make vinyl siding a prevalent and safe option for buyers today. However, the need for routine maintenance and cleaning remains. As with any building construction material, inspections and cleaning can help to extend the life and look of a product.

Consider the following in regards to the vinyl siding of your home or business - even those who may currently occupy a brick home. Another solid choice, often brick homes still have areas of vinyl siding associated with their construction. The eaves, overhangs, and trim for brick and block homes are typically made up of vinyl siding. These areas should be given the same amount of proper care and consideration as an entire home would receive.     

Frequency
Whether considering routine cleaning for an entire home or just one of the areas located on a brick property, homeowners need to know how often they should consider an inspection and cleaning.

Marketed as a low maintenance option for property owners, vinyl siding does live up to its name. While each and every home will be different, based on the location, sun, amount of elemental exposure - including rainfall amounts - and noticeable mold or mildew, an annual inspection is recommended along with cleaning any areas in need. While the cleaning methods may differ, depending on the size and location of the dirty spots, completing a once a year review for the outside of your home does have its benefits.

General Cleaning
There are a number of ways to clean vinyl siding but one of the easiest involves just two ingredients. A water and vinegar solution mixed together at a proportionate 70-30 split can be increasingly effective for making vinyl siding look like new. If the area in need of cleaning is small, then this method, often applied using a soft cloth or even a bristled brush can help.

Commercial products also exist in the marketplace but careful attention should be given to the ingredients and materials applied. Be sure to know the regulations from your vinyl siding manufacturer and what cleaning solutions have been approved before going all in on any project. If in doubt, consider applying a small amount in an inconspicuous place to determine if there will be any ill side effects from administering whatever cleaning solution you have available.

Often, water and a little light scrubbing will serve to clean up any minor spots or blemishes that may accumulate on the siding over time. For deeper stains or a bi-annual deep cleaning, pressure washing should help.

Pressure Washing
Using a pressure washer on your vinyl siding can often restore any dirty areas to their like new shine. Whether you are cleaning an entire outer portion of a home or just the eaves and overhangs - making sure you pressure wash correctly can save you time while avoiding the potential for any problems later.

As with all home improvement projects, safety is a critical issue. While some areas of your home may be easily accessed from the ground, often the upper reaches of a property can only be reached via a ladder. If you’re already uncomfortable or uneasy about operating a ladder, just imagine the risk involved when you calculate in the additional task of running a pressure washer.

Additionally, special care and considerations should be given to how the operator goes about spraying the home. Water should be dispensed from eye level to keep the spray in line with the siding and not pushing up from underneath. If water gets trapped between the siding then mold and mildew may begin to appear and you wouldn’t want to create the exact same thing which you may be trying to remove by improper execution.

To clean vinyl siding with a pressure washer is sometimes the best available method. As stated, depending on the size and area in need of cleaning, this could significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to make an impact on the structure.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle all roofing needs and a variety of other construction projects. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your roof or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
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Arvada Roofing Company: Hail Damage Signs Top to Bottom


April 24, 2019

Spring is finally here and while the warming temperatures are a welcome respite from what was a cold, harsh winter, the heat brings with it a chance for severe thunderstorms. Depending on how the weather elements set up in the atmosphere, any potential for severe weather exists this time of year bringing with it high winds, lightning, and the potential for many other damage causing weather phenomenons - tornadoes and specifically hail.

Though a rare occurrence, depending on the size, the damage inflicted from hail can be extreme - especially if the event occurs over an extended period of time. Anything left exposed to the elements is in danger from cars, decks, and especially homes. The roofline is a first line of defense against Mother Nature but as a solid surface area, has the unfortunate characteristic of being prone to a serious amount of damage depending on the severity and nature of any storm.

However, not only is the home’s roof in danger, there are other exposed areas of vulnerability as well. Following is a look at residential aspects which may be affected by damaging spring storms, in particular any that are severe enough to produce hail.

Hail
A form of precipitation falling from the sky, hail is made from frozen water droplets that descend to the earth while remaining completely in tact. These stones vary by differing sizes and can produce a significant amount of damage to property below when it lands.

Unlike freezing rain, which falls as water and then freezes just prior to reaching the ground, these hailstones fall completely in one piece from the upper regions of thunderstorm clouds as a solid. The force behind these hailstones have damaging propositions depending on their size - commonly ranging from just centimeters to a few inches in diameter. Comparable in size to everyday objects, hailstones are often referred to as dime, quarter, golf ball, baseball, and sometimes even softball sized hail.

Roof
Absorbing a majority of the impact from hailstones will be the roof of your residence. While there are different styles and roof types, the wide exposed surface area makes them extremely vulnerable to potential damage from anything falling out of the sky.

Stones can damage the shingles or dent metal roofs which could create the opportunity for immediate breaches or future failures in their ability to withstand and reject water. Depending on the size of the hailstones falling, being able to spot hail damage from the ground may not be possible. However, for a trained expert getting the damage surveyed and fixed up top can be extremely beneficial to a homeowner - especially when attempting to avoid any future break downs or file an insurance claim.

Gutters
Not only will the shingles or metal roof be exposed to damage but the gutter system as well. On any roof where shingles are used, the damage caused by hail can create a removal of the initial layer which is then washed into the gutter system. If your gutters are filled with granules from the roof then a closer inspection is warranted.

In addition, both the roofline and downspouts may be damaged from sizeable hailstones. Look for bends or breaks along the gutter system to ensure it hasn’t been impacted from the storm. 

Siding
Just as rain is blown by the wind, hail can be pushed into the siding of a home during a strong storm. The stones can cause cracking, displacement, and even holes in the vinyl siding of a property with the right combination of wind and sizing.

Although a roof and the gutter system may be more prone to absorbing a significant amount of the damage, the siding should not be forgotten. Especially if signs of storm damage exist on the roof itself and along the gutter system, a thorough examination of any vinyl siding construction is warranted.

Other
After viewing the potential damage to any of the aforementioned surface areas, a few other closer to the ground items may reveal some damage. If you’re wondering about the potential for damage to your roof without having to immediately grab a ladder and scale the side of your residence then consider checking these other, more easily accessible items for signs of damage.

The mailbox, deck, air conditioning unit, or a car parked outside, could all reveal damage from hailstones falling from the sky. If your vehicle has dents along the roof and hood then a closer examination of your roof is warranted. In addition, any metal mailboxes or the air conditioning unit may also have received some damage that would appear similarly to that which is noticed on an automobile

Finally, a stained or painted deck may display chipping where the stones have peeled away paint or the outer protective covering. All of these areas are far more easily accessible than the roof of a structure and although damage may be up top without any other signs below, if the ground level articles reveal hail was present and damaging, then having a professional out to ensure your home is safe from any potential breach from damage is important. 

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle any and all roofing needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your roof or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
 
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Buying and Selling: Arvada Roofing Company Questions


April 3, 2019

Whether you are about to enter the real estate market as a buyer or seller for a property, there are always a few things to consider and one is the importance of a roof. This is a factor that is almost always brought up during any home viewing and one that must be given consideration regardless of which end of the spectrum you find yourself at the time.

The roof is a protective layer responsible for keeping water and all elements from entering the home. Exposed to harsh conditions, its ability to maintain serving the purpose for a reliable period of time is warranted and those questions are also important in considering the factors associated with each and every structure.

To assist in the process, there are a few prevalent questions that may arise in each case. Depending on if you are buying a property, selling the real estate, or even dealing with a brand new construction. While the amount of time a roof of this nature has been in service isn’t an issue there are still other important factors to consider, detailed below. 
Roofing Questions As the Buyer

There are essentially five important questions to consider before buying any property pertaining to the roof. Obviously, there will be other areas that also need to be given their due diligence but answers to these roofing questions could be deal breakers if red flags are issued upon the responses.

1 - Age, how old the roof is lets a new owner know just how quickly he or she may need to think about either repairing or replacing this component. From approximately 20 years to 50 years is about how long you can expect your roof to last depending on the construction material, type, and geographic location of your property.

2 - Work, who did the installation is also important especially on older homes that have had the roof replaced since initial construction. Knowing the background and body of work for any replacement roofs can make purchasing with confidence an easier task.

3 - Type, knowing both the roof type pros and cons, in addition to the material will give you an idea of the amount of money necessary to replace a roof when needed. It also allows you to understand the benefits and develop a timeline for replacement by knowing what construction materials have been used.

4 - Shingles, if the home or property has shingles for roof construction then a closer examination is warranted. Depending on the roofing contractor, if it has been replaced, some will add a layer instead of stripping the old material off before putting down new. If the roof has more than one layer of shingles, there could be considerable issues - either now or in the future.

5 - Insulation, considerations are also important and will either help or hinder the overall environmental effectiveness of the property in terms of heating and cooling costs.
Roofing Questions As the Seller

As the seller there aren’t as many questions to ask before going to market but one of the main ones is addressed by both parties. After receiving an answer to the age of a roof, then other factors may be considered or repairs needed prior to listing a property.

1 - Age, is the single most important factor to consider when electing to sell a property. If the roof is in good working order and there are no visible signs of damage then replacing a roof in order to make a sell is often not advised, although a new roof may provide a significant return and if the current one is 25-plus years old, replacement prior to listing may be best. 

2 - Damage, visibility is going to cause an immediate red flag for a buyer. Depending on the severity, it is likely more beneficial to make even a costly repair in hopes of avoiding a potential sell because of an issue.

3 - Negotiations, are commonplace when buying or selling real estate and this is no different when it comes to the roof. If you feel the roof over a property is borderline, then consider making an adjustment in price to cover the replacement down the road for a future homeowner. Doing so, could lead to a sell, especially if you are willing to take a little less than the asking price for a property.
Roofing Questions On A New Construction

While the obvious age factor is already answered on a new construction there are still questions a potential homeowner should address before deciding to purchase a property in regards to the roof. Knowing and understanding what maintenance and upkeep will be required is an important factor for all exterior portions of a new property, especially the roof. 

The biggest issue is understanding the roofing material and viability for a lifetime of durability. Since age ranges from 25 to 50 years, a new homeowner can determine at what point the roof should need addressing, provided there are no other issues - such as storm damage.

In addition, the roof types can play a factor on exposure and durability of the entire process. From flat to gable to hip, these differing designs can lead to varying amounts of durability and areas for potential damage or wear to occur.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle any and all roofing needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your roof or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
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