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Arvada Roofing Company: Dangers to Vinyl Siding


October 26, 2020

Vinyl siding is one of the most trusted and durable options for home construction ever invented. Even brick houses typically incorporate the use of vinyl as some part of the overall project, but many new homeowners are electing to stick with vinyl in order to get the most out of their money. Advances in technology have really aided the vinyl siding market, allowing individuals to not only receive a quality product, but also utilize a variety of different color options and combinations without worrying about having to reapply anything - as is the case with paint. In addition, the improvements made over the past few years not only assure vinyl siding products are built to last but also maintain their appeal from installation until some change is made.

Exterior home ideas range from different siding types to the direction of installation. Originally perceived as only a horizontal alignment, many property owners are now electing to install some siding pieces vertically. Creating a unique look with similar materials, even the ability to mix and match both methods is becoming more commonplace. However, despite the many positives associated with vinyl siding, including durability and color combination options, there are still some hazards which could potentially cause damage to your siding. While some of the following are natural causes, many are manmade and should be noted in order to avoid harming the integrity of your siding.

Mother Nature

The unpredictability of Mother Nature causes property damage across America each and every year. No matter the amount of planning or protection homeowners take, there are still weather events which can potentially cause some type of damage - even to the most durable materials. Fortunately, some of the initial concerns about siding involving color fading as a result of constant exposure to sunlight have been remedied, eliminating one of the more consistent weather dilemmas vinyl siding faces. 

However, there are still multiple weather events which may cause some type of damage to your siding. Hailstones, extremely high winds, and any projectiles which are caused by such an occurrence could potentially harm your siding. Should an unfavorable forecast be imminent, ensuring that any outside materials (i.e. chairs, swing sets, trampolines, tables, etc.) that could potentially become airborne or moved violently into the home should be secured. After any severe weather event, a complete inspection of your home including both the roof and siding, should be conducted.

Cleaning

Over time the likelihood that your siding becomes somewhat dirty is probable but how often you pressure wash your house depends on a variety of different factors. No matter what you decide, there are proper steps to take in order to keep from damaging the siding or causing potential water damage. 

Abrasive cleaning solutions or brushes may also cause damage to your home’s siding if not properly used. Avoid using too much force when scrubbing away any resilient dirt and grime so as not to cause scratches or puncture any of the siding. 

Grill

Firing up the grill and inviting friends or family over for some food and fun always seems like a good time. However, don’t ruin the moment by choosing to grill too close to the vinyl siding along your home’s exterior. While storing your grill up close to the house makes sense, always remember to move it out and away from the wall before lighting. If not, the heat from grilling could cause the vinyl to warp, buckle, or worse - it may set the entire house on fire.

Insects

Insect damage on vinyl siding is not near as prevalent as wood but there is one pest which may sneak past the exterior and potentially cause damage to your home. While termites may not damage the vinyl itself, underneath they could attack the wood frame which may cause the vinyl to become misshapen. This, along with other signs that you may have termites is something to keep an eye on should you notice any vinyl siding beginning to appear differently after installation.

Yardwork

Outdoor chores such as mowing and weedeating are already tiresome tasks but if one should cause physical damage to their property expect a sick feeling in your stomach you won’t shake anytime soon. Depending on the landscaping which surrounds your home, using a weed eater in close proximity to your vinyl siding could cause issues. Repeated use or exposure to some areas could weaken the siding and potentially cause a hole or some cracking. As you complete this task, pay special attention to keep strings or blades from coming into contact with the siding or throwing rocks into your home.

Satellite Dish

Installing a satellite dish directly into vinyl siding may be hazardous if not done properly. The brackets should be placed and tightened just enough to leave room for the siding to contract and expand naturally. A few satellite media services may not even risk completing such a task but provided the brackets find a wooden stud underneath then there shouldn’t be any major issues associated with placing a dish onto a vinyl siding exterior.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority while serving Denver and the surrounding area for many years. Able to handle any and all siding, gutter, or roofing needs for your home the outside protective layers of your residence are our specialty. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing vinyl siding, roof, gutter installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts and staff can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or new 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 potentially already have an issue, we are right 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, including seamless guttering systems, or any potential 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: Replacement Vinyl Siding Situations


October 12, 2020

Vinyl siding is a popular choice for homeowners across America and recent improvements to its manufacturing has led to an extended durability and a consistently more reliable product. Siding which used to change colors after repeated exposure to direct sunlight, was also limited in initial color selection, and couldn’t withstand the outside elements for any length of time has been replaced with new and improved materials. However, nothing lasts forever and depending on the age and a few other factors, there could be a reason for making a change to your current vinyl siding. New siding can also be used to replace other construction materials relatively easily, installed for eaves, overhangs, or a new addition to your home.

As with anything, vinyl siding pros and cons exist with the latter usually a result of some outside force other than Father Time. The improvements to siding have helped to create a durable and lasting product which has become commonplace on homes throughout the country. Even brick houses often feature some vinyl parts in their construction and these areas need to be well maintained in order to uphold the integrity of this exterior layer designed to help protect and secure any construction. 

Unfortunately, there may be situations which do arise that warrant making a change. In the event that your home suffers one of these scenarios then some type of repair or replacement could be necessary. Even with the recent upgrades to vinyl siding and extended durability, periodic homeowner or professional inspections should be made in order to ensure that everything remains as installed and is functioning properly.

Damage
Depending on the severity of any damage sustained to the vinyl siding, a replacement or repair may be warranted. While extremely durable there are both manmade and natural events which may cause some form of damage to the siding. Grill damage to vinyl siding is an unfortunate event caused by homeowners when proper safety measures are either not followed or ignored. The heat from cooking on a grill too close to the home could cause the siding to melt, change color, buckle, or burn completely. 

All weather events also have the potential to cause some type of property damage, regardless of construction material, but vinyl siding is subject to hail and wind damage in particular. Every day weather typically is no issue for your vinyl siding but severe weather with large hailstones and high winds may cause damage. After any such weather event, a complete check of your property should be conducted.

Movement
Buckling, warping, or any type of movement from a properly installed vinyl siding indicates some type of issue. While the exact cause of such an occurrence needs to be investigated, the issue should be remedied prior to simply installing some new siding or completing a repair if there should be something wrong underneath the exterior layer.

Cracking can also occur which may result in the siding shifting position from where it was originally installed. This too could be the result of some underlying issue or damage and should be inspected to ensure any future potential problems will not occur and that the primary cause for concern has been remedied.

Color
At times, some homeowners may simply want a change in color from their current siding. Similar to repainting a house, people can transform the exterior look of their residence by simply switching out their existing siding with a brand new color. In the event that something else has caused a need for some of the siding to be replaced in one area, then often a property owner will take advantage and switch up their entire outside color scheme.

Not only does this present a new sense of curb appeal but it can also drastically increase your property value. For those who may be putting their home on the market, it is worth considering the cost of new vinyl siding against the current market value of their home. In most circumstances, the new sale price will more than make up any difference in putting a new exterior on your property.

Insects
While insects themselves may not cause physical damage to vinyl siding, one of the many benefits over other siding materials, they could still penetrate the outside layer and potentially cause issues underneath. Termites may get into the wood behind exterior siding and then be shielded from the outside by this outer layer, which is one reason that periodic inspections are necessary. Should any warped, buckled, or cracked pieces be discovered then a further examination is necessary to determine the likely cause.

Mold and Mildew
Both mold and mildew can cause unsightly stains and create a bad environment for your siding and perhaps the home itself. Caused by ever present moisture, keeping your siding free of these two hazards is a necessary practice. In most cases, their presence will be a non-issue but should either begin to appear, then a mold cleanup process will be warranted. In addition, depending on the severity and underlying cause of an issue, replacement or repair to your siding may be necessary.

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 siding, gutter, or roofing needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing vinyls siding, roof, 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: Be Prepared for Fall


September 30, 2020

Fall has arrived and the refreshing annual season offers a grand opportunity and reminder to pay special attention to one extremely important part of your home - the roof. Rarely given much thought unless something is amiss, preventative care can go a long way in ensuring that you, your family, and everything housed underneath that protective layer overhead continues to stay safe and secure. A barrier from outside weather elements and one of the key components for determining just how well your residence heats and cools, the roof deserves some care and appreciation year around but especially during the fall months.

Depending on the amount of exposure to these different elements, construction material, and various other factors, you can expect a roof to last approximately anywhere from 20-30 years. Given this is generally a long period of time, most individuals fail to properly maintain appropriate care and consideration for their own roof over the entire timespan. However, this investment should be treated just as any other long-term purchase and completing a few checklists this fall to maintain safety and appropriate care for your home is a great place to start.

For many, spring may be the time of year when they decide to clean, purge those closets, pressure wash, or complete some other household chore but the fall also presents a great opportunity for these and many other outdoor tasks - especially anything associated with the roof. Outside, temperatures are beginning to cool down, making inspections and any other associated work more bearable. In addition, fall serves as an immediate reminder that winter is also fast approaching with a variety of its own weather elements which could wreak havoc on your home if not prepared, so take advantage and get your roof ready today.

Roof Inspection

Scheduling a roof inspection is a great starting point to check up on overall roof maintenance and possibly identify any potential problem areas. Not only will this help to locate any structural weaknesses but it can also save money in the event that something which could potentially be a major issue down the road is found and repaired prior to any significant damage occurring.

Most homeowners will notice obvious needs, such as leaks or missing shingles, but getting a professional inspection in order to double-check a roof’s integrity when the problems may be more hidden is always recommended.  
 
Gutters

The gutter and downspout systems on a house also play an important role in keeping your property safe from water damage and fall presents one of the toughest times in the year for these components. While most parts will be truly tested during the spring rains and summer storms, moving water quickly and efficiently away from the home’s foundation without obstruction, the fall can be more troublesome. Leaves coming off trees can make their way onto your roof and into the gutters or downspouts causing unwanted clogs within the system. Potential signs of a blockage include water overflowing from the gutter above head, or worse, basement flooding. Keeping a close check on the gutters during this time of year is important to prevent any such issues while maintaining a free and clear path for water removal.

Attic/Interior 

Another area which should be given special consideration while checking your roof and preparing for the fall season is inside the attic or the upper levels of your residence. As the immediate area underneath a roof, it is here where other potential dangers may be lurking which could be identified and addressed before causing any real issue. This should also be a part of any professional roof inspection as the importance of proper ventilation is key to battling mold and mildew build up underneath or moss growing atop the shingles. Keeping this area free of unwanted moisture will help the roof to perform its duties without being compromised throughout the entire lifespan of its existence.

Cleanliness

While there are numerous methods to get algae and moss off a roof and other factors for cleaning, simply keeping the surface free and clear of debris can go a long way in helping to prepare your roof for the fall season. Sticks and leaves can wind up on the roof and should they create a clog within the gutter or downspout, it could be extremely problematic. Instead of waiting for this to occur, once you notice any sizable amount of leaves, twigs, or other debris on your roof then safely removing these items should become a priority to not only keep the gutter system working properly but a clean roof can be beneficial in helping to reflect heat as well.  

Tree Trimming

Overhanging trees above your roof can also cause an issue and fall is a great time to coordinate any necessary trimming or tree cutting. The overhanging limbs not only provide a direct route for leaves to accumulate on the roof’s surface, but as they grow the potential for even more damage becomes apparent. Moving with the wind, constant brushing against the roof could wear on certain shingle types or cause damage to other roofing materials. 

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: Hazards of Rain Damage


September 14, 2020

Owning a home can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. Not only does it provide a safe place for you, your family, potential pets, and all other belongings, but the equity earned offers another beneficial factor down the road. Whether you plan on retiring there, passing it along to future generations, or simply selling at a later date to perhaps downsize and enjoy your golden years elsewhere - the time spent under a single roof can offer memories which will last a lifetime. For many, their families grow there, holidays are spent decorating for different occasions, and multiple other life events occur with the backdrop remaining consistent - a loving home.

However, something that offers so much joy can unfortunately also cause a headache with the amount of work needed in order to keep everything functioning and working properly. Depending on the age of your current residence, there may be some components which need attention in order to ensure a lifetime of positive experiences. Even those elements which will last far into the future with proper upkeep, such as hardwood floors or natural stone countertops, require some amount of periodic maintenance in order to sustain the test of time. While a roof will last various amounts of time, depending on the construction material, the same upkeep and inspections are required in order for it to continually provide sufficient coverage and protection. On average, many roofs will provide this ample barrier for approximately 25-30 years. While not a lifetime, it is still a significant timespan and one that should be appreciated when considering different construction materials and companies. 

One thing which may shorten this time of quality coverage is an abundance of rain. Yes, a roof is designed to protect you and your home from the outside elements, but significant amounts of rain can have a degrading impact on your roof’s materials. The consistent exposure to water, in addition to how a roof and attic ventilation work together in order to create air flow measures and help reduce moisture, may complicate the issue. Following are some signs to look out for and additional damages which may be caused by too much rain or exposure to moisture from your roof. 

Leaks


Undoubtedly, should you notice a leak within your home then the first place to check is overhead. Depending on where the water is coming from, chances are that there has been some breach in the exterior roofing material. It is, however, important to trace the flow because depending on how your roof is constructed, the water may be flowing down other materials before reaching the ceiling and may not simply be coming from directly overhead.

Stains

If water isn’t constantly dropping down, in the event of a leak, then a stain may begin to appear on the ceiling of your home. The end result of increased moisture and a by product of water build up, finding the cause of any stains which gradually appear overhead is critical to protecting your home. Unfortunately, in the event of a stain appearance, it is likely that something has been awry for quite some time and requires immediate attention in order to resolve the ongoing issue.

Wood Rot

Repeated exposure to moisture could also cause wood rot within the rafters of your home or decking used underneath the shingle layer of a home. This occurrence significantly reduces the integrity of a structure and could cause other major issues, including collapse, or a hole. Understanding the signs of a hidden problem such as wood rot can go a long way in helping to avoid any major set back. In addition, proper periodic roof inspections can help to reveal any potential for this to become an issue after repeated rain or water exposure.

Buckling or Curling

Another issue which may arise after repeated rain exposure is shingles buckling or curling. In the event that you notice any of these issues during a routine inspection or simply by viewing the damage from ground level, an immediate expert opinion and repair is warranted. Not only are these damages possible from rain and moisture exposure, but improper installation or simply placing roofing material in multiple layers can all be potential causes. For these reasons, it is important to constantly review the integrity of your roof and ensure that your home remains protected now and well into the future.

Missing Shingles

Hard rains are often associated with high winds which can cause shingles to go missing from the roof. If this occurs, the next probable step will be some type of water breach into the home. Whether noticed by an appearing stain on the ceiling, dripping leak, or from the exterior, getting the damage repaired is a necessity. Far too often individuals put off taking action and the results are even more extensive damage. If addressed immediately, the area in jeopardy may be able to be repaired with a patch in lieu of having to replace the entire roof.

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 roofing, gutter, 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: Ventilation Problems and Solutions


August 27, 2020

One of the most important construction components of any building, a roof not only protects inhabitants and their belongings from the outside elements, but serves a variety of other useful functions. Helping to control the ventilation from an attic or upper levels of a property is also critical to appropriate functionality and of key importance for maintaining the integrity of any structure. Just another in the long list of important characteristics for any roof, ensuring that your current covering is performing its best can save a homeowner money now and well into the future.

But how long does a roof last? An important question that many individuals consider when purchasing an existing property but also one they tend to forget about until some type of issue arises. In the event regular maintenance and routine inspections are a part of your roofing care package, then expect to receive roughly 25 to 30 years of service from a quality roof. While there isn’t much that can be done in order to protect this exposed layer following installation, one area which can be relatively easy to treat, but devastating if left unattended, is the amount of ventilation available. Air flow is extremely important for the health of your roof and ensuring that the attic or upper levels of your home have a sufficient amount can greatly impact your roof’s ability to function properly. Each of the following are potential hazards associated with improper ventilation surrounding a roof.

Temperature Control

Improper ventilation can result in excess ware for your air conditioning unit. Not only will you end up spending more money in order to maintain a suitable temperature inside the home but constant running with little or only a few breaks can lead to wear and tear on your cooling unit. By not properly maintaining the temperature inside, homeowners can end up costing themselves in roof and air conditioning repairs, in addition to increased monthly electric bills. 

Dry Rot

If you’ve noticed a water spot beginning to show up on your ceiling, inside the home, chances are some of the roof decking material may have dry rotted. If this is the case then replacement is necessary in order to avoid any further damage. Decking wood rot is also possible in the event shingles have become damaged or are missing but maintaining proper ventilation can assist in prolonging the time it takes to develop and hopefully exterior repairs are made in the interim.

Mold and Moisture Build-Up

Additional potential causes of rotting and other issues involve the possibility of mold and moisture build-up in an attic and among roof joists with improper ventilation. These areas within a home are typically darker and can be prime environments for mold to develop, especially during the winter months. Instead of moisture arriving from the outside, which remains a possibility, the warmer air inside a home escaping and meeting the cooler elements poses a risk for mold and mildew accumulation.

Rust

These deteriorating conditions can also lead to rust issues with many of the fasteners and nails if they are exposed to unwanted moisture. If a heavy dose accumulates then breaking could occur which potentially could impact ridges, flashing, and shingle connectivity. Creating a domino effect of issues, improper ventilation can create a myriad of issues.

Ice Dams

Proper ventilation is the best solution for how to get rid of ice dams. A measure which should be taken prior to formation, knowing your attic space and roof are properly ventilated can help homeowners rest easy during the winter months. Not only do you have to worry about water damage associated with any ice dam formations but the air flow can also keep your home operating in an energy efficient manner.

Shingle Failure

Outside observance of cracking or missing granules from shingles can also be a sign of improper ventilation. Once these shingles begin to fail it is only a matter of time before the outside elements begin to creep into a home. Typically water damage, keeping a roof well ventilated helps to fight against many of these potential hazards.

SOLUTIONS

While a professional roof inspection is recommended, there are a number of simple solutions for improper roof ventilation. Experts can quickly ascertain whether or not your particular scenario could be remedied by either moving the existing vents or adding roof exhaust and soffit vents to help improve the current airflow. Not only will these additional measures help to keep you and your family protected but they also allow homeowners to save money through efficient heating and cooling of their home, less potential for roof damage, and a quality life for their existing surface covering.

If you happen to have a finished attic or completed top story in a home underneath the roof itself, then rafter vents offer the best solution. Since soffit and exhaust components are not feasible due to the finished product in lieu of an attic space, adding these or installing them as your construction project is completed is important. Again, a thorough examination and analysis of your existing situation can lead to additional recommendations or repairs necessary in order to avoid any potential issues caused by improper ventilation.

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 roofing, gutter, 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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