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Arvada Roofing Company: Is It Time for New Gutters?


June 26, 2020

One of the most important components of any home or business property is the gutter system. While most individuals rarely give much thought to their selection, this system serves as a protective barrier between your home’s interior and the outside elements that Mother Nature has to offer. Initially, many people obviously think of the gutter being used to help track water away from the home as it runs off the roof, but these units not only serve their purpose during the spring and summer months but are of equal importance during the winter. As the snow piles up on a roof and begins to melt, the same units are required in order to help remove this excess water. In addition, a properly installed system can help to eliminate the potential for ice dam build ups, another area of concern once the temperature begins to drop.

Having a full understanding of how gutters and downspouts work isn’t a necessity, but achieving a general grasp of the concept can help individuals to realize just what an important part these systems play in home protection. Depending on the age of your current property, gutters may be one thing you haven’t even given a second thought to but could be in need of replacement. How do you know if it’s time? Consider each of the following for an individual analysis to derive a general view of the possibility for replacement or perhaps ordering a professional inspection may help. Depending on what deficiencies are noticed, it may be possible to have only a portion of the entire system repaired in lieu of a full replacement.

Visible Deficiencies
In a general overview, one of the most prominent indicators that replacement is warranted includes the observance of cracks or holes. No matter where these occur, the pieces in question need to obviously be replaced. Depending on the severity of the situation, this could warrant a full replacement. Not only will cracks and holes allow for debris to potentially clog the gutter system but they also create areas where the water can escape in close contact with your home as opposed to being moved away from the property.

Clogs are typically only visible from the roof level, but larger obstructions may be seen from the ground. Obviously, safety is the first priority when completing any such inspection but if you do notice something overhanging from the side of the gutter then it needs to be addressed. Keeping the gutters clear and free of debris will aid in ensuring they function properly when needed.

Fastener Issues
Fasteners, also known as clips, are the brackets used to attach each gutter to the home. These are periodically spaced throughout each linear surface at varying increments in order to securely attach the complete system to the property. If you happen to notice screws or nails lying around the yard near the overhangs of your home or visibly witness a loosening or broken bracket then replacement or repair is necessary. 

Separation or Sagging
Older systems utilized unmeasured pieces of guttering cut to fit at certain points but overlapping in other areas. These areas become subject to separation as time passes and can create issues, including the need for replacement. Advances in technology have led to seamless gutters which offer distinct advantages over their older counterparts. In the event of bracket issues or obstruction, the gutter system may also begin to sag. If your guttering isn’t lining up with the roofline then further inspection is warranted as this lowering indicates there is an issue with the part. 

Unlevel
Keeping the gutter system running on an effective pitch is extremely important in helping to remove water away from the home. If you witness the above mentioned sagging or an entire section which appears to be off kilter, then further inspection is warranted in order to determine the issue at hand. Once derived, a decision can be made on if the section or system should be repaired or replaced.

Downspout Issues
The downspout is a vertical component of the gutter system which carries the water either into a drain or away from the property’s foundation. Working in similar fashion, these particular pieces are enclosed completely making them more difficult for inspection. If a clog or some type of backup occurs, then it largely goes unnoticed until there is another issue. Fortunately, you can inspect these regularly with a water hose by watching to be sure the water flows evenly into the downspout and then wherever the exit is away from the home. 

Flooded Basement
Gutters or downspouts not functioning properly are flooded basement common causes. If you are experiencing water in your basement following heavy rains then having a professional inspection of your gutter system completed or installing a new model may eliminate the issue. Ineffectively removing water away from the foundation could cause this water to be leaking through the lower levels of a home and should be remedied immediately before causing too much damage.

Overflow
In the event you are able to complete a quick walk around the building during a rainstorm, or even take a quick look out the windows of your home, and view something akin to a waterfall it signals an issue. Once water backs up in the gutter it will then overflow the side instead of being removed via the downspout. This indicates an issue and should be addressed or inspected once permissible.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all gutter, roofing, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter 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 gutters, 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: Potential Summer Weather Damage Concerns


June 10, 2020

As the summer months approach, weather patterns can sometimes be unpredictable. However, while the forecast may change daily, history reveals a few potential hazards for which every homeowner must be prepared. Your roof serves as a protective barrier between the elements of Mother Nature and your family plus belongings. In order to ensure that you remain protected during these ever changing weather events, consider an inspection now in order to address any potential issues before it’s too late.

Having a roof inspection conducted allows you to rest at ease knowing your home is ready for whatever the weather has in store. While many homeowners can obviously detect major issues, such as shingles missing or holes in the roof, professionals can pinpoint potential hazards in addition to judging the wear and tear being placed on your roof annually. By having any issues corrected prior to the weather amplifying a problem, future costs and excessive damages may be avoided.

Depending on the immediate surroundings of your property, a roof’s typical wear and tear may vary. For this reason, every home inspection is different and although a roof will typically last anywhere from 20-30 years, the exposure and weather to which it is subjected can greatly impact these guidelines. Consider each of the following summertime weather elements which can increase wear on your property’s structure.

Rain

Seasonal rain rarely causes any type of issues other than normal wear and tear but downpours associated with thunderstorms and certain weather cells can create problems. Not only will heavy amounts of rain over a short period of time subject the shingles or other roofing material to potential damage but anywhere there have been punctures are also subject to leakage. For this reason, regular inspections of both the interior, attic, or upper floor of a home is important following a significant storm. 

In addition to the potential for heavy rains to cause damage on the roof, clogged gutters may also create an issue. If water cannot freely flow from the roof surface, into the gutter, and then through downspouts and out away from the foundation, other issues could arise. A clogged path could potentially lead to flooding within the home, so ensure the roof is clear of blockages along with the gutter system.

Hail

Identifying hail damage to your roof may require inspection from atop the roof itself. While missing shingles and other types of damages would be visible from the ground level - hail damage may not be noticed unless seen from the roofline. Not only can this hail cause shingles to become chipped, loosened, or broken off completely, but it may dent flashing or weaken any closings, depending on the size.

In the event your home has been exposed to hail damage, a safety inspection is probably necessary. For both peace of mind and insurance purposes, having a professionally licensed individual complete a review of the integrity for your roof will aid in evaluating any potential repairs or collections from the insurance company. While not all hail stones are capable of causing damage, anything sizable should be respected once the storm passes and a safe evaluation can be completed.

Wind

High winds are also especially capable of causing significant roof damage. Even without potentially causing other objects to come into contact with the surface - trees, limbs, brush, etc. the wind itself could cause an issue. Often the combination of high winds and rain work together in dismantling shingles while potentially also causing water damage. In the event that your roof is impacted by high winds, even for a short period of time, a quick overview should display whether any shingles have been significantly impacted.

Moss/Mildew

Depending on the exact location and surroundings of your roof, some areas could be prone to developing moss or mildew either on top or underneath the shingle surface. Damp environments, especially in those areas of less sunlight, can harbor the perfect ingredients for mildew and moss to begin growing. If this is the case, then getting a proper inspection and potentially addressing either ventilation or putting in measures to help eliminate the mildew causing elements may be warranted. While these organisms may not initially cause any structural damage, their existence is extremely unsightly and may cause a blockage in the water flow of rain runoff - which can cause major problems.

Sun

Unfortunately, even when the weather is clear the potential for damage still exists. Prolonged exposure to sunlight and especially high temperatures can cause shingles to crack or become warped. Typically associated with regular wear, the weather patterns are capable of speeding up the deterioration process and may require attention if the situation were to worsen.

Objects

Severe weather can also cause damage to surrounding trees which may also put your home and roof at risk. If there are sizable trees located within striking distance of your home then measures should be taken in order to prepare in the event they were to topple during a storm. In addition, overhanging branches can cause damage from the friction associated with wind and rubbing the same areas of a roof over and over. A roof clear and free of any obstruction is best suited for providing a quality outer layer for your home’s protection. 

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all gutter, roofing, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter 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 gutters, 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 Top 2020 Trends


May 29, 2020

What is the most important construction component of your home? Is it the walls? Foundation? Maybe you consider plumbing and electrical as a key element to ensure your residence is built to withstand the test of time. Honestly, there isn’t a correct answer that couldn’t be argued against but there is one very critical piece of your property which you haven’t even given thought to at this point - the roof. Protecting you and your loved ones from all types of weather, in addition to helping with heating and cooling costs, a roof should be given its due credit whenever considering the importance of different aspects within a home.

Not only is it something every building has but the variety of differences based on what is being housed underneath is impressive. Even the amount of home roof designs reaches into the double-digits and this doesn’t even take into account outer layers available for business properties and other buildings. While the importance and design purposes of a roof may not have changed over time, the construction components and other factors have definitely increased in versatility and performance as advances in technology provide new ways to look at an old project. Some of the more popular trends are detailed below.

Color - Lighter Colors Becoming More Popular

One modern change which is having a positive impact on homes across the country is the installation of lighter colors. Originally, most every roof installed was using shingles of a dark color due to their material. While these were and have proven to be extremely useful, the darker colors absorb heat from the sun and can increase the temperature of a home, especially if there is insufficient insulation or a floor directly below its surface - in lieu of an attack space. Opposite, lighter colors tend to reflect heat and can even lower the indoor temperatures a few degrees for those homes which have them installed. The economic impacts are not the only changes being witnessed as lighter colors have also led to design modifications for many homes.

Replacement/Repair - Age Checks Are Important

This year may also bring about the need for a replacement or repair to your current roof. Perhaps you purchased a home with an existing roof and no knowledge of when it was last replaced or it may be part of the original construction. An expert inspection can help any homeowner decide which plan of action may be appropriate for them, while also pointing out any improvements or modifications that may help to extend the life of a roof. Replacing a few areas is going to be a less expensive option initially, but without a professional inspection, there isn’t a true way of knowing if you are saving money. A few replacements could be like putting on a band-aid where a new roof is needed.

Style - Flat is Gaining Momentum

Flat roofing systems are gaining momentum as modern home design styles change. This doesn’t mean to insinuate that block style buildings are all that’s available, but many new construction projects feature at least some portion of a roof that is flat. Whether it be a connecting room between two areas, porch overhang, or covering one portion of the home which may not have a second level, flat roof use is becoming more commonplace.

Material - Metal Is An Option

As the changes in design styles and angles have modified over time, another important element to consider is the construction material. Asphalt shingles have seemingly always been a tried and true choice but there are some other options which homeowners, especially new ones, are giving their consideration. Originally used for out buildings and other non-inhabited structures, the strides made with metal roofing have led to it being a viable option for use on top of a residence. One of the major benefits from a metal roof is the longevity a homeowner can achieve when choosing this type of installation. Depending on where exactly your home is located and what type of weather it may be subject to on a yearly basis, these particular roofs may be able to perform for up to two times that of a roof constructed with another material. However, as with anything there are pros and cons of metal roofs which homeowners must weigh before moving forward.

Environment - Roofs Are Cool

Environmentally friendly factors have been gaining popularity for some individuals in different aspects of life for quite some time - now roofing is involved. A “cool roof” can be developed in multiple ways and these aspects tend to help reduce the amount of energy it takes to then heat or cool what lies beneath. Doing so not only makes an immediate impact on the particular structure, but if neighborhoods and even cities are able to institute such measures, the benefits on local power grids may begin to add up.

Solar Panels - Questions Abound

Solar panels aren’t for everyone but depending on where you live, these may be a worthwhile investment as an addition to your roofing system. However, there are multiple questions worth asking, to both a roofing contractor and solar expert prior to moving forward with any installation. The addition of solar panels will involve penetrating the roof structure and weight are immediate considerations for anyone who is thinking about moving to a solar form of energy for their home. While it can be environmentally friendly, expert opinions and advice should be gathered prior to moving forward with any such project.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all gutter, roofing, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter 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 gutters, 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 Summer Preparation Checklist


May 14, 2020

As weather and temperatures begin to warm up while the seasons transition from spring into summer, the rate of change can often be dramatic. After experiencing a cold, snowy, winter exactly how Mother Nature and weather patterns may have an impact on your home is definitely something that should be given proper consideration. Nearly everyone is familiar with the term “spring cleaning” which many homeowners associate with either sprucing up their interior or switching out wardrobes from winter to summer clothes - but people rarely consider giving the same attention to detail for their property’s exterior - especially the roof. However, taking the time to ensure that your roof is ready for the upcoming temperature changes while continuing its ability to protect your home is important, making certain that one of the most exposed surface areas of your residence continues to protect your well being.

There are many reasons a healthy roof is important, among them is maintaining and perhaps even increasing property value. Other than performing the obvious service of protection as a barrier from the elements and aiding in heating, cooling costs, a well maintained roof enhances your home. In addition, proper upkeep can protect your investment and keep your roof working properly, without damage, well into the future. In an effort to help prepare your roof for the upcoming summer months, consider each of the following recommendations.

Inspection
Any seasonal change presents a good opportunity for homeowners to consider having their roof professionally inspected. While obvious damage may be visible from the ground level, a proper inspection involves taking a look while on the surface and ensuring that no shingle damage has taken place in addition to other key factors.

While self checks are important, especially following storms, high winds, or other weather which could impact a roof’s integrity, having a professional take a look is recommended at least every three years. 

Attic Check
One area where your roof may begin to reveal signs of damage is on the interior. If you have an attic or upper level, then taking a look at these areas could also be extremely beneficial. Signs of water damage may indicate a potential breach in the roof structure even though a hole or crack isn’t noticeable from the exterior. If damage is spotted, then immediate action can help to eliminate an escalating situation which could potentially be way worse than it needs to be if addressed accordingly.

Repair Work
If any of the above inspections reveal damage, then taking care of repair work can help save your roof from extreme damage. Instead of potentially having to replace the entire thing, a professional may be able to complete a patch or perform some other remedy in order to extend the life of your roof. Prior to summer is also a good time for repair work to ensure that any fixes are properly executed before having to endure another harsh winter.

Debris
Removing any excess debris from the roof needs to also be considered prior to the summer months. Not only can this eventually be washed down into the gutters, causing more issues, but trapping moisture underneath or creating shaded areas may result in mold or mildew beginning to build up on the shingle surface.

Extreme caution should be executed if performing this task yourself, either from a ladder or on the roof level, but if not comfortable, electing to use a professional service is also an option. 

Trim Trees
Any tree limbs or branches which may be growing close to or already in contact with your roof should be considered for removal. The spring and summer months will only see these areas increase in size and performing a removal prior to any new issues being raised is a quality move. Not only do overhanging branches have the potential to fall onto a roof surface causing damage but even brushing against shingles with the wind could cause harm.

Storm Prep
All of these summer care tips can also be considered proper roof preparation for potential storms. In addition, cleaning out gutters and ensuring that no downspouts are stopped up which could prevent water flow are all steps which will benefit both your roof and entire home. Water backup and especially leaks can all cause major damage so any recommendations from a professional inspection should be considered prior to a potential problem area escalating into a disaster situation.

Sun/UV Damage
Shingle damage without any other potential cause could be the result of sun damage. Obviously the major surface area of a property which is exposed daily to ultraviolet light from the sun, inspections can help to determine if your roof is at risk for damage. Over time the effectiveness of any product will wear and shingles or other roofing materials are no different. Any brittleness, warping, or crumbling of shingles should be given an in-depth review to help maintain a healthy roof throughout the summer months.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all gutter, roofing, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter 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 gutters, 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: Vertical Vinyl Siding Benefits


May 1, 2020

A good looking home is not only something that owners can be proud of but it also sets the stage for its surroundings depending on location. Isolated, or ‘out in the country’ these homes tend to be staples serving as a gathering place for the outlying lands and a focal point of a property. Inside a more developed community, homes typically are somewhat replicated and share similar characteristics - roof styles, doorways, entrance points, and other components. Whether by building materials used or simply design, the overall community concept can be tied together through a common theme. However, even with these limitations there are still ways to set your property apart from neighbors and while some may enjoy the commonality, there are still ways to make a subtle impression.

There are many reasons to love vinyl siding and either as a main surface component or accent piece applied to a brick home, the growing popularity makes this construction material a great choice. However, even with the same uses, style, and colors engaged throughout a development or neighborhood, there are still ways to incorporate a sense of uniqueness and personalization to a property. Utilizing vertical vinyl siding is a method which is gradually making its way into the home construction scene and for good reason. Not only do homeowners receive the benefits of vinyl materials overall, but there are even more advantages by electing to install some in a vertical pattern on the home.

These advantages include each of the following, while helping to create at least some discussion about the possibilities of applying vertical vinyl siding components on your existing home or new construction.

Curb Appeal

If your home is viewable from the street, then increasing curb appeal will not only impact your property value in the event you are listing it for sale, but also help to raise the overall prices around your neighborhood while creating a warm and inviting environment. Many communities are adopting housing authorities which control such items as trash pickup, yard upkeep, porch furniture, and other varying components - including home colors and or style. However, the implementation of vertical vinyl siding is something that typically adheres to these potential guidelines while also helping to set your home apart. 

In addition, the ever popular board and batten vertical design style which has been utilized as an interior developing concept for quite some time is also now being applied to exterior surfaces. Creating a unique look and aesthetically pleasing style, this concept is easily achieved through the implementation of vertical vinyl siding, adding a special look completely different from that being offered by a horizontal installation.

Maintenance

While both horizontally aligned vinyl siding and its vertical counterparts are relatively maintenance free, the up and down concept can be even easier to maintain. To begin, when cleaning with soap and water, vertical boards allow for the water to flow freely from the top application point, down and over the entire siding section - whereas horizontally aligned pieces require constant and acute water application with extra care taken to ensure the overlapping portions of the siding are cleaned and no water seeps underneath the siding panels.

In the event that a piece of siding should ever need to be replaced, the interlocking mechanisms of vertical siding allow for pieces to be interchanged relatively easily compared to a more traditional installation. Both of these features point toward vertical alignment offering an easier method of maintaining that ‘like new’ feel above traditional horizontally installed pieces.

While pressure washing remains a debatable topic for homeowners, knowing how to clean vinyl siding correctly can make all the difference. Fortunately, the watertight properties of vertical installations make pressure washing your siding even easier.

Accent Pieces

While both horizontal and vertical vinyl siding may be used as accent pieces on a home, the vertical alignment creates a more unique design and focal point for applicable homes. Typically installed above entranceways or at points of roof intersection, the vertical components take a viewer’s eyes from the ground up and then across a property, creating a sense of completeness and tying together the exterior design components.

Especially on brick homes, where the traditional sight lines run right to left and across the width of a building - vertical vinyl siding accents help to break up this concept and give properties a sense of personality.

Durability

Both options of vinyl siding are extremely durable and able to withstand natural elements but similar to upkeep, the vertical implementation offers a better sense of durability. One main reason for this enhanced feature is the ability to protect against rainwater being trapped under the existing folds associated with horizontal installations. 

Vertical alignment allows for rainwater to simply flow freely upon impact down the entire surface area and to the ground without being impeded. In the long run, this makes vertical vinyl siding a more durable option than horizontal due to the increased risk of water damage.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all gutter, roofing, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter 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 gutters, 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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