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Arvada Roofing Company Offers Insurance Claim Assistance


October 15, 2019

The last thing anyone needs during a time of crisis or loss is added stress. Unfortunately, depending on the quality of your insurance policy or company, this can be the case when having to file a claim. Whether it be from storm damage, hail, or some other type of occurence - understanding that you will be well taken care of can be especially reassuring. This is specifically the case when dealing with one’s own home. 

While no one relishes the opportunity to file a claim, for vehicles the causes, dealings, and process can be far less daunting than that involving real estate. There may even be cases where the question of when to file a car insurance claim arises but this is often not the situation when a home has been damaged. Typically, someone can find another means of transportation and if there’s is temporarily unavailable and often automobiles are far less expensive than a personal residence. Not only does this have an impact on yourself, but finding a place to live is much more difficult, in addition to the factors involving an entire family, as opposed to just the owner of said vehicle. 

For this reason, any damage associated with your home should be met and dealt with accordingly. Consult the steps below whenever a claim is needed

Call Your Agent

One of the first steps to take when wanting to activate a claim on your insurance is to notify your agent of the issue. Once they are aware of a potential situation then they can begin taking the appropriate steps to best serve you based on the claim. 

A quick phone call detailing the event serves to begin the appropriate process for getting the situation handled in a timely manner. Obviously, especially when dealing with a home or real estate, time is of the essence for a property owner. Once the situation is safe to assess and relay to the agent, making this phone call is your very first move.

Document Damage and/or Loss

Damage and proof of loss documentation is critically important when attempting to file an insurance claim. By actively completing even generic forms or taking immediate photos with a cell phone, individuals can accurately document any damages or potential loss in almost a real-time setting. These measures can aid in actively reporting what happened based on the situation at hand.

In addition to any structural damage which may have occurred, don’t forget loss associated with personal items which could have been damaged as well.

Protect Property

Once it is safe, take measures to ensure the damage doesn’t spread or cause more issues. For example, if your roof has suffered damage due to a hail storm and is leaking then tarp the area and try your best to protect what remains. The insurance claim process can take time and you don’t want to have other issues arise while trying to deal with the current situation. 

Likewise, if you have an area of your roof that has been breached, taking the steps to ensure all belongings housed immediately underneath are moved can save further potential damage. Never act while putting yourself in jeopardy but once safe, take measures to protect what is yours.

On-Site Adjustor

Once the claim has been reported, typically the insurance agency will have an adjuster come out to asses the situation and generate a full report. These individuals determine the extent of damage and what can be repaired or replaced under your policy.

Depending on the nature of the damage, having a contractor there to also aid in this process can be beneficial for the homeowner and adjustor. Most adjusters are extremely knowledgeable about their business but differences in experience and the potential for damage to be underneath what can be immediately observed could be better suited by an expert in the particular field. This helps to avoid any further issues regarding damage once the repair process begins.

Settle the Claim

Once the full report is received by the insurance company the settlement will be generated. For most, depending on the specifics of your insurance policy, this includes payment to cover the cost of any repairs, full roof replacement, and/or damage caused to other items associated with the initial cause.

However, in some cases the insurance company may dispute certain issues regarding the case. In particular, if further damage was caused by not taking appropriate steps to protect your belongings or home once it was safe to do so. If you leave a hole in your roof unattended for some time and then attempt to file a claim at a later date, this may not be covered.

Make Repairs

Depending on your particular insurance policy and company, a repair service may be hired or you may be responsible for getting your own work completed. In either case, make certain whoever is conducting the repair is certified and trained in their area. Many companies will attempt to make a run on an affected area, work for a few months making “repairs” and then disappear to the next site of a natural disaster.

Ensure you are getting reputable work from a certified individual or company before moving forward with the repair process. This not only protects your own investment but guarantees that any future concerns can and will be addressed.

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, gutter, or siding needs. If your home has suffered damage and you’re either currently in the claim process or looking for guidance and assistance, we can help. 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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Arvada Roofing Company Fall Checklist for Homeowners


October 2, 2019

As the calendar turns and seasons change, it often serves in helping people be reminded to complete certain tasks in or around their home. Similar to the common pattern of changing your smoke detector batteries along with corresponding time changes twice a year, each season - fall, winter, spring and summer - poses a unique threat to your roof and homeowners need to be prepared to locate any issues. Making sure that your property is protected can be an important step to keeping both your family and valuables safe in the future.

Too many times people forget about the importance of their roof and maintaining a routine check on how it is performing. Homeowners pay attention to their yards, car maintenance, inside upkeep and cleanliness but far too often forego giving any special attention to perhaps the most important piece of construction on an entire site - the roof. Looming overhead and protecting a home from the outside elements 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the roof’s job is never finished but the seasonal change serves as a great opportunity to give yours the inspection it readily deserves.

Denver's Roof Company, Arvada Roofing & Construction advise following some key components of routine roof maintenance that can help to ensure you, your loved ones, and your possessions remain protected.

Inspection
Depending on the style and construction material of your roof, in addition to whether or not it is a commercial or residential property, will go a long way in determining how to conduct a proper roof inspection. For most, a residential roof will be the answer but for anyone there is one critical component to the overall process. Any roofing issues are easier handled when they are detected early. Instead of waiting for potential damage to compound and cause structural or integrity issues, a consistent time table for conducting proper roof inspections can help to locate any potential problem areas before it’s too late.

Getting the help of a professional is also important. Homeowners often take a look around the house without ever stepping foot on the roof itself and determine since there are no obvious signs of damage that everything is good. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Depending on what type of conditions the roof has been subjected to over its recent history, some factors which could potentially cause a problem down the line may not be noticeable to the untrained eye - particularly from ground level.

Climbing a ladder and taking a close-up look at the roof can go a long way in spotting any deficiencies, which is often why hiring the assistance of professional help is always recommended. 

Potential Storm Damage
Depending on how many storms and to what severity a roof has been subjected will have an impact on the lifespan of any material. No matter the construction components of your roof, each needs to be inspected periodically to locate any issues. Of course, after a storm with large hailstones or heavy winds, an immediate overlook is warranted but less severe weather can also have an impact on a roof over time.
Cleaning

Fall also presents the perfect time for a roof cleaning. Yes, just as you wash your car or pressure wash a house, the roof too can need a good cleaning from time to time. If not, algae, moss, and other materials may begin to form on the roof and although the don’t pose any immediate dangers, they do produce an unsightly appearance.

One thing to remember when washing algae and moss off a roof is to not use a pressure washer. These may come in handy for other substances, but shingled roofs may be damaged by the amount of pressure behind these types of cleaning. Instead a simple mix of water and bleach is recommended.

Leaves and Debris
Another fall occurrence is the build up of leaves and other potential debris on a rooftop. Depending on what is found, it may not pose any immediate danger but a long-term stay could build up more problems, especially if the weather changes. Piled up leaves can prevent water from running off into the gutter system, leading to pooling and perhaps leak issues, whereas other items - limbs, etc. could mean added weight on certain areas.

Immediate removal of any such items should be taken by the property owner to help prevent any potential issues.

Flashing Check
Roof flashing is an important component to any structure. Preventing water damage at corners or other openings - chimneys, overhangs, etc. - these areas need a quality inspection to ensure there are no leaks. Damage or simply wear from constantly being exposed to the elements could potentially cause a breach and it is extremely helpful to address any issues early rather than after the flashing has potentially failed.

Vent Check
Much like the flashing, when vents are installed an opening has been created within the roof or overhang. Ensuring these possible problem areas have tight seals and are not in danger of any leakage is extremely 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, gutter, or siding 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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Arvada Roofing Company Importance of Proper Ventilation


September 18, 2019

A roof is one of the most important components of any structure but is often not given much thought unless there is an issue. Fortunately, proper planning and inspections can ensure that you and everything housed underneath is protected. By having a professional assessment of your roof conducted, any potential issues can be noted and properly corrected before something happens.

There are many different types of roofing materials and each requires a different set of checks during an inspection but one constant remains despite these varying circumstances. Proper roof ventilation is one of the most important factors to consider whether your roof is part of a new construction or has been in place for years. Fortunately, any issues, regardless of age can be corrected by either initially installing the necessary vents or adding them in order to create the proper amount of air flow.

Typically, either attic or soffit vents can be placed in order to help maintain or increase the airflow, depending on the current situation. Attic vents are placed into the existing attic either on an available space or the roof itself. Soffit vents are installed underneath the eaves of a home and provide a similar function. Depending on the issue or where airflow needs to be increased, a decision can be made about which type or combination should be utilized to ensure the proper results, especially since improper ventilation can lead to a variety of damaging issues - including each of the following.

Added Heat

One of the vital roles of roofing insulation is to help keep a building energy efficient. While this remains a key aspect, if the area underneath a roof isn’t properly ventilated then maximum efficiency for the insulation cannot be reached. Even if a roof has adequate insulation installed, if the vents aren’t clear or installed then the building will retain an enormous amount of heat. In the summer especially, this can be a significant problem.

Even in the winter months, improper ventilation can cause other issues. While one may think heat entrapment would be a benefit at this point in the year, the opposite is not. Losing energy efficiency at any point in the year can wreak havoc on your power bill, while adding unnecessary wear and tear to your heating and cooling unit as well.

Shingle Failure

The situation of heat building up underneath a roof will also lead to shingle failure. Without the ability to cool underneath a shingled surface the build up can cause shingles to break down from underneath. If not properly ventilated, this can lead to bigger issues once the outside structure is tested.

If not performing as anticipated, the shingle could cause water damage during a rain storm or any number of other potential hazards. Making sure these areas are properly cooled and maintained with sufficient air flow helps to eliminate this worry.

Ice Dam Prevention

Another issue, especially prevalent in Denver and the surrounding areas is the prevention of ice dams. These occur when the eaves of a roof remain at below freezing temperatures but the warm air underneath a roof melts any build up of snowfall. However, instead of being able to move toward gutter systems and away from the home, freezing temperatures just above the gutters cause ice to build up and then block any runoff. Unfortunately, this can lead to pooling and potential water damage inside the walls or through the roof of a home. 

Fortunately, increasing the air flow and ensuring that the attic area is well ventilated can help to keep the roof at a steady temperature and allow for an even melting of snow or ice to occur. This helps especially when temperatures warm during the day but then dip back below freezing at night. The pattern of thawing and refreezing can be hazardous to a roof and any steps to eliminate this damage causing issue should be followed.

Moisture Buildup

Similar to how basements can become damp and dingy without proper ventilation, the same can occur to an attic or space underneath the outer roof layer. While a dehumidifier may be used to help pull water from the air in a basement, proper ventilation to the area above ground can help eliminate any concerns. 

This air flow helps to keep moisture from seeping up and causing damage to a structure. Many may not be familiar with the fact that a complete and thorough roof inspection involves more than just the outside parameters. Checking underneath is also just as important.

Dry Rot

Roof decking is the layer of materials between the inside of a home or building and the outside shingles or other covering. This is typically plywood for residential homes and is attached to the trusses underneath. Unfortunately, this wood can begin to dry rot if subjected to moisture build up from being exposed in an under ventilated area. 

This puts the integrity of a roof in question and allows for other damages to occur easier. Not only will the weakened decking material allow for water to breach this outer barrier but it can also create a hole or holes if struck from the outside. Hail or any other falling debris could cause unwanted penetration into the home raising another issue altogether. 

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, gutter, or siding 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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Arvada Roofing Company Seamless Gutter Benefits


September 6, 2019

Protecting your home from water damage is an important task and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize the need for proactive measures and instead are left having to make repairs after an event has occurred. Depending on where your property is located, the risks can be considerably different but one area that affects every piece of real estate is precipitation from the sky.

Rain and snow can both create unwanted stress on a roof and ensuring that your property is properly protected is important. While each can cause their own issues independently, the dangers of rain on snow increase considerably, leading to leaks and other issues if not prepared. Fortunately, there are gutter systems which can be installed to help eliminate excess water from the top of a structure and ensure water flows freely away from the foundation. By utilizing a seamless gutter system, property owners can also rest easy knowing that their system is free of any potential blockage points based on installation.

Unlike other gutter systems, seamless gutters consist of full pieces that are prefabricated and designed specifically for your home or business. These pieces are then placed in their appropriate locations to ensure they combine with other pieces and work appropriately to move water away from the building. Other systems are pieced together, creating uneven surfaces and areas where debris can easily become trapped leading to a backup or clog. When this happens, a roof immediately becomes vulnerable to leakage or water damage due to the standing water.

To avoid this potential issue, in addition to receiving a variety of other benefits - consider installing a seamless gutter system designed specifically for your investment.

Installation

All of our seamless gutter systems are manufactured on the worksite so they are specifically fabricated to fit your particular needs. Experts design a complimentary system that will work together effectively in order to move water off your roof and away from the residence or business. 

The seamless system not only helps to eliminate the potential for areas to backup and create clogs but also ensures that there are no leaks along the way. Old, pieced together units, tend to have a variety of issues that are essentially eliminated by choosing a seamless system. In addition, the installation services offered range from full service completion to measuring and manufacturing with a do-it-yourself approach, depending on your budget and personal preference.

Hardware

Many gutter systems utilize nails or small spikes to hold the gutters in place under the eaves and where needed. Utilizing screws and steel hangers, these systems are installed to stay in place regardless of the weather conditions or wear and tear over time. 

Systems installed with nails and spikes tend to sag and can eventually even pull away from the roof, leading to unwanted repair costs and potentially other issues. The use of screws which are designed to not back-out once inserted, is a bit more time consuming but also guarantees the entire gutter system stays where intended.

Sizing

Our gutter systems come in a variety of sizes in order to fit the needs of any consumer. For residential properties, the gutters come in 5-inch and 6-inch widths with downspouts ranging from 2-inches to 4-inches, depending on the need. Downspouts are just as important as the gutter, helping to keep water flowing away from the foundation of a home. Expert advice on gutters and downspouts is to consider these runoff areas when landscaping the property. Doing so can help to ensure that any future issues do not arise.

For commercial properties, gutters are issued in the same standard five or six inch widths but downspout sizes vary. Since these buildings typically have a different roof design and may need to move water away quicker to keep from pooling, downspouts can be sized from four to five inches in diameter.

Color Options

No matter your siding or property design style, there is a color of gutter available for you. These systems come in over 15 different colors and can be mixed and matched according to your property. No need to worry about only having the basic colors - white, tan, black, or grey available here - get what you want and make sure that even your gutter system blends into the remaining exterior colors of your home or business.

Screening

Depending on where you live or the surrounding area, some gutter systems may be more susceptible to gathering debris and leaves or other factors. If this is the case then installing screens to keep outside materials from entering into the gutter system can help to eliminate any issues.  

Cleaning

Finally, a thorough cleaning should be completed at least once a year to help maintain the system in proper working order. Depending on the age of your current system, an inspection can also be completed in order to identify any potential issues or problem areas that may arise in the near future. Maintaining your gutter system can be a big advantage to keeping your property properly protected from any potential 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 handle any and all roofing, gutter, or siding 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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Arvada Roofing Company: Metal Roof Myths Busted


August 21, 2019

Roofing materials often aren’t given the credit or due diligence they deserve for the job that they serve. Protecting the inhabitants of any given structure while providing a layer of protection for your property between itself and Mother Nature is an important role. So why don’t people pay more attention to their selections, available materials, and the roles each can serve when installed and maintained properly? Unfortunately, individuals only seem to pay special attention when an issue arises, but there is one type that has opinions ranging far and wide on both ends of the spectrum.

Metal roofing has numerous proponents in addition to those who would argue to never utilize this type of surface. The differences between traditional shingles and metal are many but the ability of each to serve as a qualified protectant of your property is without question. There are a few rumors out there about a metal roof but many can be dispelled with a little research. Consider each of these distinct characteristics of a metal roof and then weigh them in comparison to other types of roofing before making any decisions - particularly since this is a long-term investment with a considerable amount of responsibility. 

Color

Advances in modern technology not allow for homeowners to choose from a variety of different metal roof colors for their property or project. No longer are residents bound to a simple grey or shiny metallic material, in addition to a bright red which seems to also have been around forever. Today, choices between virtually any color imaginable can be achieved in an effort to create the exact style and look a homeowner hopes to achieve.

Depending on you personal preference, metal roofing materials may even be able to offer something that more traditional methods cannot. The extreme color options are typically not something that is achievable from a simple asphalt shingle but can be constructed using metal.  

Lightning

One hesitation from choosing metal roofing is the belief that these roofs are lightning magnets. Fortunately this isn’t the case and if it were, then why would so many people have chosen this material over such a long time period. Metal roofs are just as protective against storms and will not make your home a target for lightning anymore than choosing any other surface material might.

By being constructed of a non-combustible material, the effects of a lightning strike (should one occur) may also potentially be less than that of another roofing material. While obviously unpredictable, the notion that metal roofs attract lightning is false. 

Sound

Another hesitation many potential owners have is that a metal roof will be louder than any other surface. This is not necessarily the case and often metal roofs can be quieter, if not equal to any other construction material. 

Snow

Not only can a metal roof assist in getting rid of snow piling up on top of your property but it also allows for the prevention of ice damming. While stoppers may be a good idea to prevent snow from sliding off around certain areas - i.e. above doors, walkways, garages, etc. - the design of many metal roofs aids in the removal process. This not only helps to protect your home but also provides less wear and tear than other construction materials may allow.

In addition, the color selected can also have an impact on the energy bills depending on the climate for which it is exposed. While cooler climates won’t see as much change from darker to a lighter option, in most instances a lighter hue can help to reflect heat and keep your costs down.

Durability

One of the biggest differences in roof materials from other options to metal is the length of time exceptional service can be expected. For traditional shingled coverings, life expectancy ranges anywhere from 20 to 30 years depending on the environment, upkeep, and other factors. For a metal covering, owners can expect to receive nearly double, if not more, the amount of work after being properly installed.

Repair

Another useful component of metal roofs is their ability to be repaired simply and easily. While damage to the roof of this type is rare, should it occur, the fix is usually a simple replacement of the damaged section. Now that these types of roofs are being constructed to mirror other types of roofing options, the simple replacement can be both less invasive and more inexpensive than other materials.

The damaged section can be removed and replaced seamlessly without affecting other portions of the roof area. When this task needs to be completed on other materials, ensuring the replaced components fit seamlessly can be a difficult task, not to mention the color difference between a new patched portion and the remainder of a roof that has been exposed to the elements for another amount of time. With metal roofs, the ability to match colors and make a repair without it being noticeable can help to alleviate some stress from an otherwise intense situation.

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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