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Arvada Roofing Company Energy Efficiency Tips


December 11, 2019

Winter is fast approaching and ensuring your home is ready for the cold temperatures ahead is extremely important. While a lot of individuals pay special attention to their energy efficiency during the heat of summer, often the same care is not provided when the weather turns colder even though it should also be a priority. Sealing up doors and windows can help to reduce the cost of heating your home but one of the most important factors associated with the overall energy efficiency of your dwelling is the roof. Yes, the outer protective layer up above, keeping you safe from rain, wind, hail, snow, ice, and cold plays a vital role in not only keeping out the elements but also ensuring that heat stays inside during the winter and cool air circulates all summer long.

The functions of a roof cannot be overstated. While many individuals rarely give a second thought to arguably the most important aspect of their home - until there is some type of issue - preventative care and regular check-ups will not only help to protect you and your family but also avoid any potential major repairs that could occur. By getting out in front of any problems often the repair costs are far less and saving money is always important. Ensure you do the same by preparing for the cold with these tips and ideas for your home this season.

Insulation

Ensuring your home is properly insulated can go a long way in aiding the overall energy efficiency of your property. Insulation helps to slow the rate of heat transfer and its purpose is extremely beneficial in both hot and cold climate homes.

Located in the attic or upper levels of a dwelling above the ceiling, this material keeps warm air from escaping, essentially trapping the heat within a home. In addition, the cooler air filtered through the roof doesn’t find its way down and into the home. As the weather gets colder, keeping your family warm, inside, and protected begins with an adequate level of insulation for your property.

Ventilation

Likewise, proper roof ventilation can also make your home more energy efficient and help to avoid the likelihood of ice dams forming along the eaves of your property. As snow and ice builds up on a roof and then begins to melt, if a roof isn’t properly ventilated then the eaves can tend to refreeze and create a pooling area for the melting snow above. This is dangerous and can lead to leakages if left untreated. A quick professional survey of your home can ensure that you have enough vents allocated for the space underneath and that your roof is prepared for the elements.

In addition to energy efficiency and the ability to withstand ice dam formation, serviceable ventilation procedures help to keep air moving over head and disallow for the build up of moisture or stagnant air. Depending on if your home has a second-story, certain types of rooms, or just an attic space, this can help to eliminate any moisture damage or mold issues. 

Material

From metal to shingles and everything in between, the type of materials selected for construction also have an impact on the overall effectiveness of your roof. While there are positives and negatives to every surface selection, a professional recommendation can be made based on your current climate and other outside factors. Choosing the appropriate roofing material for your particular situation can go a long way in helping to reduce your costs of heating and cooling a home. 

Color

Coinciding with roofing materials, the color of a roof also plays a pivotal role in energy efficiency. Today, the most energy efficient roofing systems are known as “cool roofs” which covers a variety of different colors and materials. These materials absorb less of the sun’s energy and effectively reduce the amount of heat being connected to your home. 

A good option in both the winter and summer months, lighter colored roofs typically have this effect and depending on your current situation, there could be an easy fix to transforming your current roof into a “cool roof” to up the energy efficiency associated with your home.

Thermostat Setting

The thermostat setting also plays an important role in keeping your energy costs and usage regulated. While programmable and energy saving thermostats are suggested to increase your savings, also knowing exactly what type of HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) unit your home operates under is important as the savings could be offset by an inefficient system. 

Fans

Ceiling fans and attic fans can also play a role in reducing energy expenses within a home and work hand-in-hand with the HVAC and roofing systems. Operating fans during both the winter and summer months can help to keep proper air flow throughout a property and ensure the upkeep of energy efficiency under roof.

Routine Exams

Finally, routine roof exams can be used to keep your home protected. By quickly noticing any potential deficiencies and taking care of them properly, homeowners can avoid a costly repair bill should a potential break down occur.

Have a professional survey your roof and provide their own tips for increasing your energy efficiency specific to your property today. Doing so will not only keep you warmer as these cold months approach but they can also save the impact on your pocketbook as well.

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: Gutter Cleaning Tips to Protect Your Home


November 25, 2019

As the seasons change and temperatures begin to cool, the leaves and often many twigs will begin to fall from the trees located above and around your roof. While it can create a beautiful and enjoyable scene, left unattended these items may cause unwanted issues to your property. Ensuring your roof and especially the gutter system are working properly prior to the winter can save a homeowner considerably in the long run. Ahead of winter weather, when the gutter system is often needed the most, a quick inspection and assurance that your home is prepared can be extremely beneficial.

Winter gutter maintenance is potentially more important than any other time of the year. While many simply associate gutters with rainfall and their ability to move rainwater away from a home’s foundation, they seem to be forgotten about for snow and ice melt removal. These same features that work particularly well in the spring, also serve a critical role in the winter months for year round coverage and protection of your home.

Before finding yourself in a situation where the roof begins to leak or ground floors begin to flood, consider taking steps to ensure that your home and gutter system is properly maintained and prepared for the upcoming winter season.

Benefits

The importance of gutters and their ability to function effectively essentially serves as a protective barrier for your home. Working to keep water away from the foundation and from pooling on the roof or in other areas, a properly working gutter system is vital to a homeowner. 

Left unattended, any type of clog or build up of debris could cause the water to pool and either begin to leak through the roof or not move away from a property and simply build up along the foundation. When this happens, the water often begins to seep through the walls and into the interior of a property. Water damage can be devastating and is often difficult to clean and repair once there is an issue. Instead of having to react from something that potentially could have been avoided, taking the time to reap the benefits of an inspection or gutter cleaning can help save you considerably as these issues can be avoided.

Spot Check

A simple spot check of your gutter system should be regularly completed to ensure that no obvious blockage is occuring. If you notice plant life growing from your gutters or sticks, limbs sprouting from the eaves of your home then it is obviously time for some type of action. These can often be completed from the ground level provided a more thorough inspection is completed at another time.

Routine Maintenance

These types of inspections should be part of the regular routine maintenance component for a gutter system. Considering the importance of a gutter and the benefits reaped by functioning properly, even an annual inspection from a professional can be beneficial. Similar to how you routinely take an automobile in for oil changes and tune-ups, the same style of care should also be applied to your home - including the gutter. Doing so can not only help to notice any changes to the system but also spot potential issues and get them repaired before there is an issue.

Safety

If completing your own spot check and inspection then accessing the roof becomes necessary. While a general overview can be completed from the ground on gutters and downspouts, it will take either checking the roofline from a ladder or above while on the roof to conclude a full examination.

First and foremost, these should never be attempted alone. Having assistance and someone on the ground during the process can aid in an inspection. Working together, the two can not only check after one another but also provide help in the case of any incident. Ladder safety should be followed at all times and individuals should never attempt anything with which they are not comfortable, especially when there are professional options available.

Seamless Gutters

The installation of a seamless gutter system can also help to avoid any blockage issues. Often the culprit for backups and debris piling up within a trough, seamless gutters are constructed of one piece cut to fit its exact positioning. Instead of different sizes being placed together in order to span a certain section, a seamless unit will not have these overlaps. 

The benefit is a clean and clear path for water and any potential hazards - leaves, twigs, dirt, etc. - to travel and then escape through the downspout without getting stuck. 
Screen Installation

Another option for homeowners is to have a screen or gutter barrier installed to keep larger items from falling into the water catching units. Doing so still allows rainwater and snowmelt to trickle into the system but leaves and other hazards are kept out. 

Even if utilizing a seamless system or gutter protection, a regular maintenance schedule and monitoring for any issues should be maintained. While these do provide a sizeable protective opportunity, the potential for hazards still exists. 

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 needs a repair, new installation, or you are simply looking for guidance and assistance on a project, 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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Protect Your Property From Holiday Decorating Damage


November 13, 2019

As the calendar turns and temperatures finally begin to cool, the signs of a fast approaching holiday season will also begin to pop up all around. From stores seemingly putting items in stock earlier and earlier each year to traditional songs starting to be played over and over on the radio, this time of year comes around just once but seems to be expanding in its length each and every season. 

For many individuals and families, this time offers up an opportunity to decorate with everything from candles, lights, cutouts, and even the new found inflatable craze. Booming in popularity, these inflatables have become extravagant, incorporating lights and motions while being designed to ease the stress of having to decorate each and every square inch of a property. Even so, these too can cause issues or damage to a space if not properly secured and placed appropriately.

In order to avoid any potential damage to your roof, gutters, or siding, should you choose to decorate consider each of the following tips and advice.

Be Prepared

Holiday decorating should begin with a plan. Before getting lights out and beginning to hang them, ensure that each strand is functioning properly. Once you are certain that the lights will display as desired, then the plan can be put into place. Knowing which sections need to be completed first, in addition to having everything laid out and ready to go before starting the actual application will help to ensure a smooth decorating period. Avoid any costly mistakes (i.e. getting everything set and then not having anything light up once turned on) by planning ahead.

Safety First

One of the most important factors while decorating is to ensure a safe environment. Practicing basic ladder safety is critical when climbing to either access the roof or hang lights along the roofline. Anytime you walk or work on a roof the need to tread lightly is important. If your decorating ideas include putting items or lights on the roof of a property then make sure that you are not working alone and have help both on the ground and where the items are being placed. 

Not only should you practice safe measures to avoid personal injury or property damage but electrical safety is also critically important. Do not overload an outlet or string too many lights together with extension cords or power strips.

Use Plastic

Never nail anything to your roof or put holes into it of any kind. Avoid the desire to simply hammer in hooks or other items to hold up the decorations. Instead, there are plastic alternatives which can either be inserted onto the gutter system or stuck to something instead of applying holes. Any punctures can allow moisture to seep into the roof, having the potential to cause a variety of damaging issues.

Placement

The placement of decorations is also something to consider in order to avoid any damages. While it may be best to avoid placing anything on the roof altogether, if this is your desire then consider where and how the lights, cutouts, or inflatables should be placed.

Avoid chimneys, vents, and other escape avenues for heat or air when placing your decorations. Inflatables have the potential to melt if placed close to chimneys and even light strands can be damaged by exhaust vents. Following the first step of having a plan in place, ensure that this includes making accomodations for both the placement of these items and transportation to the roof from the ground below.

Removal

Just as there is a tried and true process for how to remove lights from a tree, the same can be applied to your home. Having a plan for the removal is just as important as putting the lights up in the first place. While it may be tempting to simply grab a strand and begin to pull, this could cause potential damage to your roof or shingles even if you have them properly secured with plastic elements. The hooks could move or tear, causing shingles to be displaced or torn and if your lights are placed onto the gutter system, any sudden action may cause damage here as well.

Instead, ensure you have an appropriate amount of help and that there is a plan in place for removal. Doing so can help save time, energy, and avoid any costly mistakes. 

Damage

In the event damage does occur to your roof, gutter system, or siding during any part of this process, getting immediate attention and help is important. Also, should you notice any damages while decorating, don’t wait to take action. Early detection to any potential hazards for a roof can help to alleviate bigger issues if gone unattended. Instead, get help and typically a quick remedy can be executed so you may enjoy the decorations and holiday season appropriately.

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 needs a repair, new installation, or you are simply looking for guidance and assistance on a project, 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 Offers Multiple Gutter Options


October 29, 2019

Everyone, whether you own a home or not, is well aware of the importance and protective factors that a roof over a property provides but rarely does it seem to get the credit or typical maintenance it deserves. Unfortunately, like many other things in life, the service provided by an efficient and updated roof system goes unappreciated despite the tremendous amount of benefits a properly aligned structure can provide to the structure it protects. Not only does an adequate roof system protect your home from the many elements of Mother Nature - being exposed to wind, rain, snow, hail, and everything else, including sunlight - but it also helps to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler during the summertime heat.

Homeowners typically seem to worry more about the upkeep of the interior for their homes but far too often neglect the outer elements. One of the most important features, combined along with a healthy roof, is the gutter system. Installed to help move water away from the foundation of a building and also off of a roof in an efficient manner, which can be especially important during the winter months when ice and snow begins to accumulate. With multiple options of availability and services surrouMaintaining a strong and efficient gutter system can, like the roof, help to protect you and your family, plus any belongings housed underneath their watch, from any potential harm or significant water damage.
Seamless Benefitsnding the guttering maintenance, upkeep, and installation process, then it may be time to consider either making an upgrade or executing some other type of service on your property.

The benefits of seamless gutters is a dramatic upgrade from traditional systems. Advances in technology now allow for the sections to be completed as single pieces, instead of having to connect different sections and lengths of material in order to fill the span of a roof or work around angles and downspouts. This not only allows for quicker and more efficient installation procedures but it also keeps debris from piling up within the trough or downspout, which can cause backup issues. 

Especially important during the upcoming winter months, knowing your gutter system is running smoothly and efficiently to aid in keeping ice dams from forming, or backups that could damage a home’s foundation or flood basements, is critical. Moving water effectively and efficiently away from the property is the sole purpose of a properly working gutter system and this has been achieved beyond measure with the new seamless systems.

Cleaning

Installing a seamless gutter system can drastically reduce the amount of time spent having to clean dirt and debris from your gutters. Depending on where your property is located and the surrounding areas’ landscape, gutter systems can be exposed to a large amount of debris from items above. The leaves, limbs, and small twigs from trees, in addition to any number of other items have the potential to become lodged within the gutter, impeding the flow of water. While the removal of seams and connections from older units (which decreases the likelihood of a backup considerably) is administered with a seamless system, routine maintenance and cleaning should still be completed regardless of the type of unit you have installed or currently protecting the property.

Offered as an additional service, gutter cleaning or inspections - including a full analysis of your current system and opportunities for an upgrade - can be completed in order to help you plan for the future.

Do-It-Yourself

No matter the size of the project or timeframe available, there are offerings with different options including a complete job, start to finish or even custom-cut pieces to be installed by you or another party. These different options provide homeowners an alternative and the ability to potentially utilize their own skillset without having to rely on installation. Each and every project is unique and treated as such depending on what the homeowner prefers as our company can be as involved or not, and every situation is different.

Color Options

Gutter systems typically outline the home and although they are commonly colored to match the exterior paint trim, there is the availability to make them more noticeable or allow them to serve as an accent to an existing house color. View all 20 different available color options at the Spectra Metals website, and compare which colors would look the best on your particular property. Once a decision is made, the pieces will begin to be readied for installment and cutting depending on the specific needs of your project. 
Timeframe

There is no certain time of the year for installation of a gutter system, although before the rainy season is obviously best. The good news is that most installations can be completed within typically one-business day once a crew is on-site.This helps to avoid any potential damage from unexpected rainfall during an installation and ensures that your home is well protected from a project’s inception to completion.

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 Denver home needs a gutter system inspection, new installation, or you are 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 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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