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Arvada Roofing Company: Gutter Questions Answered


April 16, 2021

Home ownership can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime, however, with it comes increased responsibility. Maintaining and protecting your property from damage is something every individual deals with as they venture into the wide world of real estate ownership. Whether you are purchasing a new starter home, moving to a different location, or have inherited a place all your own, ensuring that you and those with whom you reside are safe is obviously extremely important. Routine maintenance and upkeep plays a large factor in securing a level of protection as you not only work to create a warm and welcoming environment for family and guests but also maintain the investment incentive.

One area of a home that plays a vital role in helping to remain damage free is the gutter system. Yes, this outline of material is often never even given a thought when purchasing a home but it is here where the first battle in defense against potential water damage begins. The gutter not only serves to help water transition off the roof efficiently but it also connects to a downspout in certain areas serving to move all water away from your home’s foundation. In fact, there are even different types of rain gutters which can be installed onto your residence that can aid in the overall look of your home. Choosing both the correct design and appropriate material are all considerations homeowners should think about when choosing how to protect their property from potential water damage. While it may not be one of the most exciting aspects of home ownership, knowing that you have a well maintained and functional gutter system can truly help to avoid a disaster down the line. 

Purpose

Water pooling around the foundation of your home can steadily seep into the property causing damage and, depending on what’s inside, major issues. If you have a finished basement, the water could be catastrophic causing the flooring to be replaced or issues with the electricity of certain rooms where any significant amount of water entered. Depending on the exact amount of water, anything floor level or slightly higher could also be subject to flood damage. Although hard to fathom, the issue may not have anything to do with the structural integrity of your home but the functionality of its gutter system. A correctly installed and properly aligned gutter will help to move this water out and away from the foundation. Designed in a way to coincide with the landscape of your home, gutters keep water moving, not allowing it to either overflow into a puddle from the roofline or back up at the ground level.

Pitch

The pitch and design of your roof will have an impact in determining where and how gutters should be installed. In addition, any eaves, dormer windows, overhangs, etc. should also be taken into consideration in order to avoid having areas which may not need gutter placement, but work with the existing construction design to formulate a plan for optimal water flow. Once established, the track should be examined from all areas of the rooftop to ensure where the best fit for gutters will be located. This then turns into an installation component as the pitch of a gutter should be so slight that it isn’t truly noticeable from the ground level but still able to serve its functional purpose. Depending on the length of your roofline where gutters will be installed, the decision can then be made to either run water in one direction or two, from a midpoint located along the path.

Seamless

Seamless gutters allow the water to flow freely toward a downspout and away from the home without self-inflicted obstruction. Instead of being pieced together bit by bit, seamless gutters are one continuous piece seamed at the corners so as to not restrict water flow. In older models, the joints where smaller individual gutter portions are placed together created an area where water may seep out of the trough or debris could easily become stopped causing a backup. 
Downspout

Downspouts are typically located along the corners of a building and serve a vital role in the function of a gutter system. These portions of the overall configuration help to move water effectively off the roof down the ground level and then away from a home’s foundation. Not only is it important to ensure that these areas are free and clear of any obstructions but also that they are not damaged to where a restriction in the water flow may be created. Depending on your surrounding landscape, downspouts may also be connected to more piping which continues to transport water either above or underground away from the structure. This aids in helping to eliminate any pooling and keeping your property safe and protected. 

Additions

There are many different additions available to homeowners which can help to create a more functional gutter system. These include installing a gutter guard protection system which keeps leaves, debris, twigs, and other material from becoming trapped and creating a clog to a rain barrel that collects water alongside a downspout location for alternate usage. 

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 gutter or roofing needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing gutter and 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 new construction project, if needed, as well as any type of 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 gutter construction, roofing job, 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: Spring Roof Checklist


April 5, 2021

Spring is in the air and as the weather warms, there’s no better time to ensure that your roof is ready for another season of solid protection. One of the most essential parts of your home’s construction, unfortunately, many individuals don’t give it proper consideration until it’s too late. However, routine professional inspections coupled with owner care can help to prevent any costly damage and keep your roof in great shape year round. Doing so not only protects your home and everyone inside, but also your investment and pocketbook when preventative maintenance can help to avoid premature replacement.

Spring presents one of the best opportunities for homeowner care. Already, may individuals associate this time of year with a renewed awakening from a dull, dreary winter. Homes are cleaned, winter wardrobes are stowed away, and outside landscaping maintenance is in full swing - add in a spring checklist of your roof and ensure that you remain protected. Knowing the age of your roof and approximately how long it will last, can also help to determine the steps necessary for your inspection. A new roof may require little in terms of noticeable damage, but any areas of concern should be professionally addressed to be properly diagnosed. Older roofs may require a more formal inspection and regardless of age, regular professional checks should be completed on all properties.

Gutter Check

One of the first areas to check in the spring as part of your roof checklist is the gutter system. Even with a thorough cleaning in the fall, twigs, leaves, and other debris can find its way into your gutters over the winter months and cause an issue. If your gutters and downspouts aren’t free and clear then water could back up and cause problems around the foundation of your home. These systems are put in place to help water track freely off the roof and safely away from the residence. Don’t wait until you have water creeping into your basement or another area of the home, check to make sure that your gutter system is able to function properly and without any stoppages or drainage issues.

Foundation Check

Spring is typically when the Denver area receives its most rainfall, making the gutter check important and a foundation inspection even more critical. Downspouts need to be clear in order to help water move effectively away from your home’s foundation, but other signs along the base of your property could point to other factors. Remember, everything is connected so just because the roof is located up top and the foundation is far below, the two operate in conjunction to form the exterior of your property. Any cracks or signs of settling could indicate that the home is moving causing the roof to suffer in its structural integrity. Any issues, whether noticed first on the roof or the foundation, should be professionally inspected in order to avoid some major damage. If spotted early, hopefully steps can be taken to assist in rectifying any issues before a catastrophe, highlighting the importance of regular checks for your home.

Attic Check

Another area homeowners need to consider when completing their spring to-do list is inside the home. There are a few roof problems which may first be visible from the interior as opposed to the exterior on a property. A thorough roof inspection, professional or otherwise, should always include the area just below the exterior layer of a roof. Any water damage or visible daylight should be addressed immediately. Often, if there are any areas which appear to have been exposed to water the culprit may not lie directly above the disturbed area. The rafters of a roof can cause water to trickle and travel along them before finding a point to finally drip and settle. Be sure to trace any observed sightings back to the source in order to correctly identify the problem. Ventilation is also extremely important to the well being of a roof and the attic often either aids or deters this feature. When checking underneath the roof always look to see that vents are free and clear of any obstruction. 

Tree Check

Spring also poses the perfect time to trim any low hanging tree branches which may cause an issue as the year progresses. These limbs may cause shingle damage if left unattended as they sway and constantly come into contact with your roof. In addition, any higher limbs which have the potential to fall and possibly cause damage should also be evaluated for removal. Doing so not only protects your home but also provides a safer environment around your property. 

Shingle Check

A quick observation can be conducted from the ground level for any missing shingles but some damage may not be noticeable until viewed from the roof itself. Any professional inspection should include this step and if conducted your own quick check, safety should be a priority. Some signs of shingle damage include curling, cracking, or an abundance of granules filling up gutters along the roofline. If any of these observations are made during your spring checkup, then a professional opinion should be sought immediately.

Mold Check

If mold is located inside on the ceiling, outside on shingles, or where the roof meets exterior walls, it could be the sign of a bigger issue. Proper ventilation typically helps to keep things from becoming too moist and provides an inviting environment for mold to flourish, but getting to the root of a problem can help to avoid larger issues down the road. At the first sign of any mold sighting, a professional should be contacted even if the mold isn’t causing any apparent damage. Despite an unsightly appearance, mold also indicates the presence of moisture and this water could cause issues with the integrity of your structure.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle any and all roofing, gutter, or siding needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing 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 new construction project, if needed, as well as any type of 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 gutter construction, roofing job, 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: New Installation Benefits


March 17, 2021

When the time comes, replacing a roof is something many homeowners do not wish to think about but it is also one of the most prevalent things on people’s minds when purchasing real estate. Often, one of the first questions asked about any property is when the roof was last replaced. This is the case for a number of reasons, far beyond any related cost associated with such a project. The importance of a good roof extends past simple protection and carries benefits which can impact everything from livelihood to your pocketbook.

Individuals can expect their roof to last roughly 25-30 years, on average, depending on a number of different outside influences. The geographic location, weather, installation, and materials all have an impact on life expectancy. The more hazardous weather or extreme temperatures to which a roof is subjected, the shorter it will continue to perform. Depending on these factors, knowing when and if a roof replacement is necessary for your property is important, but there are also key steps to take during the life of a roof in order to ensure that it is performing up to par and help extend its lifespan.

Routine inspections are one key component to keeping your roof in great shape. Not only can these help to reveal any potential problem areas before it is too late, but they can also save you money by administering either a patch or partial replacement should the need arise. Doing so could help to avoid a more expensive repair project in the future. However, eventually every roof needs to be replaced but there are fortunately a handful of benefits available for homeowners following any new installation.

Protection

One of the most obvious benefits which comes with a brand new roof is the protection which it provides. Not only does the outer layer keep everything inside safe from rain, snow, sleet, and hail, but it also provides a barrier against wind and the sun. Exposed to all of Mother Nature’s elements, a new installation offers a unique sense of security knowing that the life expectancy of a roof is typically a few decades. Given the importance of this construction component to your property, roofing should be high on the priority list of not only sound installation but solid upkeep.

Energy Efficiency

A new roof can also have a positive impact on your pocketbook. While the initial cost of installation may be considered a sizable project, the end result could save your money on heating and cooling costs down the line. There are plenty of ways a roof can save you energy and reaping these benefits of a quality installation can start to add up beginning just one month after completion. In fact, depending on the quality of your existing roof, the difference may be larger than you think.

Curb Appeal

Often an oversight, implementing a new roof can help to improve the curb appeal of your home. No matter your existing location, from a residential neighborhood, to the wide open country, a new roof can give your home a complete new look. Due to the surface area that a roof often covers, the color, materials, and processes used for installation can leave your property with an entirely new feel. One of the first impressions any visitors or invited guests will have of your home, creating a positive outlook can be achieved with a new roof.

Property Value

Coinciding with creating a quality first impression, the installation of a new roof also improves the property value of your residence. As mentioned, one of the first questions any potential buyers have about real estate is when the roof was last updated. If you have recently replaced your roof, then it should fetch a higher price tag on the open market in the event of a listing. 

Technology

Given the average lifespan of a new roof, advances in technology, installation procedures, and materials is often beneficial once a replacement is due. Homeowners can feel confident knowing that they are receiving the most up to date execution when a new roof is installed, receiving the modern benefits over something that may have last been replaced 30-40 years prior. 

Warranty

Often a new roof will come with some type of warranty for a specified amount of time either covering the product or associated labor. If this is the case then property owners can rest easy knowing that should any issue arise soon after installation, repairs or other necessary work may be covered at no additional charge. In addition, if you are purchasing a new property or one that has recently had a roof replaced, check with the existing homeowner or construction company about any possible warranty tied to the roofing components.

Stress

An often overlooked benefit of getting a new roof is the stress free relief that comes along after installation. While it may not be something that homeowners continually think about until a problem arises, knowing that you have invested in the well being of your property and personal or family protection can create a stress free atmosphere. Individuals can live worry free knowing they have paid for something which will last well into the future and provides an ample amount of beneficial characteristics. Instead of being concerned about “when” something will happen to force a replacement, if your roof is showing signs of age, go ahead and order a new installation in order to reap these benefits and reduce any current stress levels.

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, siding, or gutter needs. 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 new construction project, if needed, as well as any type of 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 gutter construction, roofing job, 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: Dangers of Snow and Ice


March 3, 2021

Cold weather, ice, snow, and wind are all anticipated by many Colorado residents during the winter season. While this weather does provide for some enjoyable recreational activities, it also poses a potential problem, especially if warnings go unheeded throughout other portions of the year. The dangers associated from these elements extend beyond potentially restricting travel or losing power and homeowners should ensure they have taken all of the necessary precautions in order to avoid any potential damages associated with such conditions. Regular professional roof inspections can help to identify areas which may be subject to the damages associated with these weather elements in the event that they occur. Identifying and remedying suspect areas not only helps to protect your property but it also serves to keep both you and those who reside under the same roof, safe.

Think of annual roof inspections as a medical physical for your property. These routine checkups, whether warranted or not, can help to maintain a proper level of protection for your home. In addition, inspections should also be administered following any extreme weather event which may potentially cause damage. Completing these checks is not only responsible property management but also a great way to avoid being stuck with a higher bill for major repairs when minor steps could have been administered to avoid a larger problem. As winter continues, understanding the issues facing your roof associated with snow and ice can provide residents a focal point should Mother Nature deliver more than anyone bargained for this season or in the future.  

Weight

The shear weight of snow on a structure can cause collapse but many roofs are constructed with a certain slope in order to help alleviate this occurring. However, each and every roof is constructed differently and just because a certain area of your property has an existing slope for runoff, other portions may be flatter. It is here where inspections can point to potential problem areas allowing homeowners to be alerted should accumulations reach a critical level. In addition, rain, ice, and freezing/thawing conditions can all add additional weight to an already thick blanket of snow. If you suspect portions of your roof may be subject to collapse if forced to uphold an inordinate amount of snow then getting an annual inspection prior to the winter season is especially recommended.

Water Damage

Snow and ice can also be the culprit to water damage either through a collapse or basement flooding. If subject to a breach in the roof, then measures should be taken to safely secure the proximity of any leak either by covering the outside area or addressing impacts on the inside. Improper drainage may also cause the foundation around a home to leak which is also a common hazard associated with winter conditions. If your home is subject to flooding during heavy rains at other points of the year, remember winter can have a similar effect when melting occurs - especially if there has been a lot of accumulation. Both drainage issues and potential breaches may be tied to roof construction and professional inspections can help to avoid damaging issues. 

Ice Dam

Ice dams may also cause flooding or leaks in a roof when they go unattended. Usually the result of poor ventilation, these nuisances are formed when ice forms on the eaves of a home and prevents the melting snow atop a roof from flowing into the gutter and moving away from a property. If regular thawing and refreezing occurs, these ice dams may also become an issue for homeowners. Fortunately, having your roof, attic, or upper levels of a home properly ventilated will help to significantly reduce the likelihood of their formation.

Gutters

Keeping your gutters free and clear of debris will also help to avoid ice dam formation caused by snowmelt backing up on the roof instead of being adequately removed from the structure. Leftover leaves, twigs, and other debris can pile up in a gutter over the course of a year so regular cleanings or a guard are helpful tactics to ensure that you avoid such a scenario. Downspouts should also be checked to be certain water can freely flow off a roof and away from the property’s foundation. Another critical component of your property, unfortunately, both the roof and gutter system often do not receive the care and attention they deserve. Make sure your home remains protected and give these areas the consideration they need.

Drifts

If your roof is multi-layered, the propensity for drifts to cause abnormal piles of snow on a roof is increased. At these intersection points, snow and ice accumulations may reach higher amounts than at other places on the roof. Keep an eye on these spaces and take measures, safely, to clear any severe build up to avoid potential issues.

Removal

Snow and ice removal from a roof can be an especially daunting task, especially if outside conditions are not improving, but certain weather events may cause for assistance in clearing prior to natural melting. If this is the case, keep in mind not to cause any damage to your roof during the removal process. Leaving a layer of a few inches between the roof and what is being removed can avoid damaging the shingles or outer underneath materials. As always, safety is paramount when attempting to remove snow and ice prior to melting but certain circumstances could warrant having to act in order to protect your home.  

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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Arvada Roofing Company: Questions To Ask When Buying A Home


February 18, 2021

Buying real estate can be an exciting time as it is typically associated with some other major life event. Moving to a new location for work, needing more room for an upcoming addition to the family, downsizing in retirement, whatever the reason - change - despite the potential for it to be positive, can also be stressful. However, before you pack up the moving boxes and hit the road, there are always going to be important questions to ask when searching for the right property. Most individuals want to know about school districts, taxes, neighbors, crime rates, and many other features associated with a new place but there are also important questions to ask about the property itself. Answers to both can help ease some of the angst one may feel while navigating such a situation.

Just as there are questions to ask when buying new home construction, others are addressed for existing real estate. One of the most important focuses on a critical component of every home - the roof. This overhead layer is responsible for a lot more than simply keeping out the weather. A properly installed and ventilated roof can assist with heating/cooling costs, protection, and a variety of other important areas. This is why finding out certain specifics about the existing structure is extremely important. Not only will the answers likely have an impact on the final purchase price, but it could also reveal other factors which may make the property in question either more or less appealing. In addition, garnering as much reassurement as possible that you are getting your money’s worth in any such big investment allows homeowners to rest easy once all of the papers are signed and a sale is complete.

Age

How old is the roof? One of the first questions potential home buyers ask when looking at a particular property but unfortunately too many times once an answer is given it’s on to the next item. Instead, individuals should be paying special attention to this detail and other questions about this important feature of their home.

Getting an accurate answer not only allows buyers to understand how long it should be before a replacement is needed but it is also a good indicator of other potential expenses. If a roof is over 25 years old then a deal may be reached where a replacement is negotiated into the contract or a price reduction for the new homeowners to afford the service. At any rate, consideration should be given once the actual age of a roof is determined. 
Inspection

If no accurate age can be determined for the roof, then having an inspection is also a possibility. Some sellers may even have one completed prior to listing their home on the market in order to assure buyers that no issues exist. In either example, or if an inspection has been executed within a certain timeframe, seeing the full results can address details associated specifically with the roof. These could include the potential for any future problems, in addition to addressing the sound structural components of the construction. 

Regular inspections are an important part of the maintenance plan for any roof and may also allow buyers to see how other elements associated with the property were cared for by the preceding inhabitants. A general inspection is usually part of any real estate deal but these do not carry the particular focus that a roof inspection would employ. If there is no record of a recent inspection or proof of a new installation, then ordering one that is conducted by a roofing professional with it as the sole focus could be relevant. 
Installation

Knowing who completed the prior installation is also an important bit of information which may be important to new homeowners. If the process was completed recently, then this information should be readily available and the buyers can check references about the company’s past performances in the area. In the event that issues are uncovered, this may be addressed during any negotiations. If no problems are found then having someone who is familiar with the roof can also be beneficial should the property need any repair in the future. 

If the roof is older, then knowing who completed the installation may not be something that can be addressed. In this instance, having a proper inspection can help to ease new homeowners as they prepare to purchase a property.

Damage

Any prior damage to the structure should be something that individuals ask about when looking at a potential new home. Cosmetic repairs might have been completed or structural components replaced depending on the extent of any previous damage. This can point to potential future problem areas or an understanding of the cause behind any such revelation.  

Warranty

If a roof replacement or repair has been conducted recently, then the structure may still be under warranty if one was offered. Transferring this information to the new homeowner is important to ensure that any future issues are appropriately addressed. The process of switching owners on any such warranty is usually relatively easy but unfortunately, many individuals do not think to inquire about such items until it is too late. As you uncover answers about the roof over a property that may be purchased, remember to include warranty information which could help save you money down the line.

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 gutter or roofing needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing gutter and 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 new construction project, if needed, as well as any type of 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 gutter construction, roofing job, 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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