Arvada Roofing & Construction News

Arvada Roof Repair From Potential Weather Impacts


January 19, 2021

One of the most important construction components of your property is the roof. Not only does this surface serve as a protective barrier from all of the outside elements, but it also can have a large impact on the heating and cooling costs associated with your residence. Different roofing designs require various elements to be installed, but all homes typically feature some form of shingles, flashing, valleys, vents, and other features which complete the finished product. These must all be built to withstand the wide variety of weather elements Mother Nature has in store for the duration of its lifespan. A typical roof usually lasts approximately 25-30 years, meaning that extreme weather conditions are likely at some point in time while installed. In order to ensure that your roof is up to the task, regular inspections can assist in identifying any potential areas of concern. In addition, spot checks following any significant weather event can also be useful to gauge the integrity of a roof and its many components.

Colorado is home to its fair share of severe weather events ranging from tornadoes, flooding, hail storms, and blizzards. Each of these can have a detrimental impact on your roof and repeated exposure or damage is likely to require some type of repair - or potentially a replacement in the future. Fortunately, forecasting models have improved over the years and rarely does any significant weather pattern occur without some type of warning. However, there is little a property owner can do once the weather becomes hazardous, making it increasingly important for individuals to continually monitor their roof - especially knowing the critical role it plays in helping to protect your home and anything housed underneath.

Various weather elements will each have a unique impact on your structure but safely monitoring your roof is important. No inspections, professional or personal, should be completed which could put any individual’s life in danger. Instead, ensure that analyzing your roof for potential damages can be conducted safely after any of the following events or prior to one occurring.
Sun

Believe it or not but the sun can have a detrimental impact on your roof if not managed properly. Repeated exposure eventually leads to wear and tear on your shingles and may cause them to dry out, becoming brittle to the touch. This could lead to breaks in combination with windy conditions but routine maintenance can help to avoid any potential issues unrelated to normal use. While the impact over time will ultimately lead to a future replacement, understanding that all weather elements play a role in limiting your roof’s ability to protect a home is important.
Rain

Flash flooding is an obvious threat to the foundation of a property but heavy rainfall can also be a threat for your roof. Moisture build up may lead to mold and moss issues, but the key component is associated with the gutter system along the outer edges of your roof’s profile. If water isn’t flowing freely down the pitch of your roof, into and away from the home, then damages become a real possibility. Monitoring heavy rains and how your home is holding up against them over time can help to keep your place protected now and into the future.
Wind

Wind damage also poses a variety of different threats to your roof. Not only can high winds peel shingles away from the structure, but it can also loosen tree branches or create projectile debris which could cause damage to your home. Unfortunately, high winds are also usually associated with heavy rains or some other type of precipitation, meaning these events combine to potentially harm your roof from a variety of different angles. Following any high wind event, a spot check of your roof to check for missing or damaged shingles should be completed.
Hail

Depending on the month, storms generating hailstones are also a likely scenario. Their size, frequency, and duration, give these pellets an increased potential to cause major damage to your roof and any other unprotected items. If you suspect damage following such an event, a professional inspection to determine the extent of any harm can be extremely beneficial. A major cause for insurance claims, ensuring that you have proper coverage for your roof prior to such an event is good practice.
Snow

Heavy snow not only can put the structural capacity of your roof to the test but it may also cause other issues. Ice dams have the potential to form if your roof isn’t properly ventilated as the snow melts and reaches the eaves of your home. Keeping these off your property allows owners to rest easy knowing they are protected and don’t have to worry about such issues.
Ice

Ice possesses the same damaging tendencies as snow but may be harder to detect. Sleet and freezing rain may not have the same weight as a wet, heavy snow but the melting issues remain. In addition, should a blockage occur in the gutter system, drainage issues may arise once any melting begins. 

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 Highlights Potential Leak Issues


January 6, 2021

Replacing or repairing a roof can be a big investment but one that shouldn’t ever be taken lightly. Providing coverage for your home and protection for those who reside underneath should be a priority for any homeowner. By ensuring that your property is well maintained, homeowners can rest easy when Mother Nature issues a challenging threat to the integrity of your structure. Forced to withstand high winds, freezing temperatures, rain, snow, hail, and a variety of other damage causing issues, the roof is an integral component of any home. Unfortunately, many individuals simply do not maintain the proper maintenance and recommended inspection schedules in order to ensure that their property is in the best shape possible until it’s too late.

Once water damage is located inside the home immediate steps should be taken to both find the source and then fix the issue. Doing so quickly and efficiently not only helps to prevent further damage but it also may lead to a full inspection which has the potential to identify any other issues before they too cause a problem. Aside from the obvious physical damages, there are also many unexpected dangers of a leaky roof. For these reasons, understanding the many problem areas and making certain each is installed correctly and remains up to par is important. All are included in a routine inspection and may point to quick fixes which could save time and money in the long run. Regardless, these are the many subject areas often responsible for a leaky roof.

Shingle Damage

Missing or damaged shingles can be caused by either natural elements (wind, rain, hail, etc.) or from wear over time. In the event that your roof has suffered a breach in the shingle layer, then immediate attention to detail can help to avoid the problem becoming a major issue. If left unattended, the area could grow and any water which seeps into the home is going to cause damage. Regular roof inspections and periodic checks after any violent weather events can help to locate shingle damage and make a plan for repair.

Flashing

Flashing is a material roofers use in order to help direct the flow of water away from the roof and into the gutter system. These materials are typically placed in valleys and around any other object which may breach the exterior of a roof line. From chimneys to exhaust vent pipes, flashing materials can be seen to be installed around the base of these facilities in order to help protect the home. Any damage could cause water to flow into the home instead of away from the roof causing damage. If water issues are spotted inside the home then it is important to remember that tracing the flow is critical to finding the breach. Often, water won’t simply fall straight from the roof to the area below and will run along the angles of a roof or rafters before dripping down elsewhere. This is especially true of a flashing breach which often tends to be smaller in nature and could cause water damage elsewhere in a home as opposed to straight under the damaged area.

Gutters

Cleaning your gutters and keeping them free of debris will help to avoid water damage within a home. In fact, fixing gutters may solve the problem of water in a basement. If the water isn’t properly flowing out and away from the foundation of a home then it could seep into the basement and cause flooding. Regular inspections and cleanings of both the gutters and downspouts can help to avoid such an issue.

Skylight

A skylight offers tremendous benefits and an abundance of natural light within a home but they must be installed correctly. Unfortunately, leaks can occur around these areas and due to their usual locations, the water could damage a living area and tremendously disrupt a family’s lifestyle before repairs are made. 

Holes

Any size hole which develops in the roof is going to be an obvious problem. Whether the result of tree damage, hail, or something else, getting it covered and your home protected becomes an immediate priority. Following, the repair work or a full resurfacing may be necessary depending on the extent of any damage. One way to protect the property is to have trees with overhanging branches trimmed back or any which may fall onto the residence removed completely. 

Ice Dam

Being able to remove and prevent ice dam formations can help to avoid any resulting water damage during the winter months. Caused by freezing water on the eaves of a roofline impeding the flow and removal of melting snow or ice, these nuances can trigger water damage within the home. 

Age

Regardless of your roofing material, no structure will last forever and weather conditions a surface is subject to after installation can cause the lifespan of a roof to vary. Most new materials will last twenty-five to thirty years under normal circumstances but age may be a culprit for some type of roof damage and an inevitable leak. If your current covering is over 30 years old then it may be time to consider a full replacement in order to continually protect your home for years to come.

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 or gutter 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: Roof Construction Misconceptions


December 21, 2020

If someone searches hard enough, it’s likely they could find another individual, group, publication, or even media outlet to back up their thoughts on any particular subject. The internet has been a blessing but may also be considered a curse in this regard. With limited censorship, the ability to post something which may be viewed by hundreds, or even thousands, of people at the click of a button is a technological advancement that both benefits and hinders individuals across the globe.

From something as controversial as political views and opinions to even the roof above your head, the amount of misinformation and falsehoods which exist are simply astonishing. While we’ll leave the former to expert analysts and others to debate, the latter should be debunked in order to ensure that you maintain a safe and secure environment for yourself and those with whom you reside. Understanding that the roof is a very important part of your house is an important first step in this process. Obviously, homeowners understand that their roof plays a vital role in protecting themselves and belongings, but many unfortunately do not give it the care and consideration it deserves. In fact, there have been quite a few rumors surface over time about best roof practices and although many have been disproven, their propensity for popping up in casual conversation still exists. 

Double Up On Roof Installation

Completing roof repair by simply placing new shingles over existing ones is a practice some still use today. Although this may appear to be providing double the protection, or covering an area prone to leaking, it simply is not the best possible method for completing a repair. Some companies may try to “sell” you on replacement layers being a cheaper alternative than removing a portion of the roof and adding new shingles, but this is not a proper fix to your issue.

Any repair work is simply going to be a patch to help prolong the life of an existing surface, but by removing the shingles to the decking and starting fresh, it offers the best possible solution. Every roof will need to be replaced eventually, so don’t opt for a quick fix or unfit practice, when making a decision. Consider the age or your structure, necessary repairs, cost, and all factors prior to determining what the best route is for your roof.

Metal Prevents Ice Dam Formation

Knowing how to prevent and remove ice dams is an important concept for individuals who deal with snow and freezing temperatures during the winter months. For some time the notion that installing a metal roof will eliminate this hazardous issue has been tossed around but this simply isn’t the case. Dams occur when the eaves of a home are cooler than the surface and ice forms, clogging the path for melting snow to escape. The problem may cause roof damage, leaking, and other complications but the real culprit is ventilation and insulation. Ensuring that your roof, regardless of construction materials, maintains appropriate air flow around and underneath will assist in preventing ice dam formation.

New Roof - Forget About It

The lifespan of a new roof is typically two to three decades depending on a variety of factors. Weather exposure from the sun, rain, snow, storms, high winds, hail, and plenty of other variables all play a factor in a roof’s life expectancy. In addition, surrounding trees could also pose potential threats to a roof with shade patterns, falling limbs, leaves, or continual contact. The bottom line is homeowners cannot simply install a new roof and leave it unchecked for 10-plus years. Routine professional inspections, especially following a weather event which had the potential to cause damage, are important in prolonging the life of a roof while keeping yourself, family, and belongings safe.

No Leakage, No Problem

Far too many people believe if their roof isn’t leaking then no problems exist. Yes, a leaky roof is undoubtedly serious, but there are many other problems which may also arise and need repair. Hail and other weather events can cause damage to the integrity of a roof which may develop into a leak down the line. Damaged shingles, mold, rusty gutters and other signs that don’t include water penetrating into the home also need to be addressed before a problem becomes too disastrous. 

Roof Repairs Will Be Expensive

There is no question installing a roof, be it a new construction or replacement, is a considerable investment. However, routine inspections and repair work once any problem is detected can help to save money in the long run. Not every complication will require a complete replacement but all variables need to be addressed when determining the best course of action for your home. 

Shingle Color Influences Energy Costs

Science tells us dark colors absorb more heat than lighter hues but does this have an impact on the energy costs of a home? On the surface, one may think installing dark shingles would cause a home to become harder to cool but potentially warmer in the winter - or vice versa with a lighter tone. While not completely false, advances in technology, insulation, construction methods, and other factors have made this less likely. A properly insulated home will heat and cool within a normal range regardless of the shingle color selected.

Timing Is Everything

Some homeowners fear their home will go unprotected, be vulnerable to damage, or suffer extraordinary heating/cooling costs during a roof replacement. For this reason, they may delay initiating installation based on weather, temperatures, and other factors. However, most roofs can be replaced within one to three work days. Provided heavy rains or thunderstorms are not in the upcoming forecast, your home should be under a new protective barrier in no time.

Access Equals Damage

There seems to be a generation of individuals who believe that any contact a roof has with a foreign object causes structural damage. Yes, any blunt force has the potential to break shingles or worse, but carefully walking around in order to clean gutters or perform an inspection shouldn’t cause a problem.

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 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 roof, gutters, 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: Tips for Filing An Insurance Claim


December 3, 2020

No one ever wants to have to pick up the phone and make a call to file an insurance claim but when you do it’s nice to know that you have a trusted and reliable person to help. However, just because you may have a good working relationship with your insurance agent, doesn’t mean there still aren’t a few steps you can take in order to help make the process more efficient. When it comes to damage, especially to a roof, getting your home back in working order quickly to prevent further damage is a necessary action which needs to be made in a time sensitive fashion. Doing so not only ensures that your home is properly repaired but it also helps to make your claim process more effective.

Homeowners insurance covers roof replacement in most scenarios but there may be varying degrees of coverage based on the cause of damage and age of your existing structure. Both factors could play a role in the claim process as there are a variety of different issues which may cause individuals to file a claim. From storms to potential damage from tree limbs or anything else which may create a hole or damage shingles, the ability to handle the process needs to be addressed. Having a roofing professional on hand during an adjusters visit could also benefit homeowners. This not only aids in locating and identifying any damages which may not be easily viewable by the untrained eye but also allows for a more accurate account on the price of repair.

In the event that your home has suffered some type of damage and you feel a claim may be made, consider each of the following actions in order to make the entire process as quick and efficiently as possible. 
Review

After potentially being the subject to a claimful event, the first thing a homeowner should do is review their existing policy. Doing so will make you aware if the event qualifies and potentially what the coverage issues are that will be associated with your claim. If you find that any damage occurring is potentially borderline then it is always best to get your agent involved as it is their responsibility to act accordingly, but knowing where you stand when the process begins is always a benefit. In fact, it may help to illuminate certain areas of the claim should the agent have any questions.

Damage

Assessing the damage is always a critical step as it is this process which the insurance company should cover provided the claim meets all of the necessary factors and is the result of a qualifying event under your current policy. As mentioned, having a roofing professional present in order to assess the damage is also a positive step in order to potentially identify any underlying issues. Based on the cause of any damage, it is also useful to relate the two issues and connect any visible damage to what was the culprit for it occurring. For example, if a storm produced large hailstones which have caused shingle damage and potentially impacted the integrity of your roof, then getting documentation (in the next recommendation) is also important. However, any assessment should only be made once conditions are safe to proceed.

Photos

Documenting the damage and cause (if available) will help when insurance adjusters need to gather their evidence in order to process the claim. Once a time consuming process which may or may not be reliable - depending on the film results - taking quick photos is much easier now that essentially everyone has the capability via their cell phone. In addition to getting quick and reliable photos of any potential damage, homeowners can also provide their agents with the documentation in a more timely manner.
 
Estimate

Getting an estimate for the repair work is necessary for a variety of different reasons. Not only does this help to address the extent of any damages, but it also allows the insurance company to know how much it will need in order to cover your policy. Working together with a professional service during this step can help to make the entire process faster, easier, and more reliable.

Time

Undoubtedly, any damage that occurs to your roof needs a quick fix in order to prevent further damage. However, attempting to remedy the situation prior to filing the claim and having an adjuster view the property could potentially put a snag in the process. If found that some of the damages may be self inflicted, then the entire event could come under question and issues may arise with the coverage provided based on your existing policy.

Expert Assistance

For these and other reasons, having a knowledgeable and experienced roofing professional to work alongside your insurance agent and any adjusters can benefit everyone involved while helping to streamline the process. Knowing that you have two qualified individuals from their respective fields working on your behalf can also help to eliminate any additional stress associated with the claim process.

Communication

An open line of communication during the entirety of this process can also help to make things run more smoothly. Keeping in touch with your agent and providing all of the required documentation to either the roofing professional or insurance company in a timely manner can help keep everyone on the same page from the initial claim filing until everything is settled with all involved parties. 

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: Roof Penetrating Predicaments


November 12, 2020

The intricate details of roof construction should obviously be left to the professionals, but understanding just how important a roof is to your home is fairly common knowledge. However, not everyone considers the importance of proper roof maintenance and ensuring that a replacement is considered prior to an issue being discovered. As the outer layer of protection for your family and belongings against weather elements and the outdoors, making certain that your roof is sealed tight with the proper ventilation is critical to its life expectancy. Obviously not every installed roof is going to last for the same amount of time as each and every home is in a different geographic location, but the average timeframe should range anywhere between 20 and 30 years based on type, materials used, and the amount of weather exposure.

During construction, one of the most important aspects are various items which may present a need for some type of breach within the structure. Depending on the style and design of your home, these can range from a chimney to valleys created where the structure changes shape. The installation of roofing materials around these areas is extremely important as any faulty work could cause some degree of damage at a later date. Unfortunately, there are some people out there who may choose to “cut corners” around these areas although a problem may not arise for quite some time. At that point, tying the new issue back to faulty installation would be difficult but there are processes if you suspect a brand new roof has been installed incorrectly. A majority of roofs will contain at least one of these components which make a breach in the integrity necessary but many have multiple areas where there could be some type of problem without proper installation. Therefore, completing your research on hiring a professional company with a quality reputation and one that will back up their work is even more important. Not to mention that this a long-term investment which provides a safe space for your family, friends, pets, and all your belongings.

Chimneys

If you have an older home, chances are there is a chimney which either runs up the side or directly through the home. Even those which may have been constructed on the side, typically have a porch, carport, or some type of covering continuing to that portion of the property. In this instance, the roof needs to be constructed around where the chimney penetrates its surface. Even if the fireplace inside is no longer being used, the chimney can be closed, but the structure still remains and if the roof is being replaced then there should be components necessary to ensure that no leaks occur around the base. Flashing and other materials are used here to create a water-tite seal.

Skylights

Although saddled with a reputation for skylight leaks, the truth is these can be a welcome addition to any home. Providing natural light, if installed correctly, the benefits a few skylights can have on a residence are many. Opposite the interior, putting new roofing materials around these openings can be tricky, requiring professional work in order to ensure there are no potential leaks in the future.

Exhaust Flue/Vents

Bathroom exhaust flues and vents help to keep air circulating within the home but in order to do so must escape vertically through the roof. These usually circular or rectangular openings also cause holes to be cut through the roofing material. In order to create a tight seal and protect the home, collars are installed and covered to protect from any potential rain or water damage.

Valleys

The valley of a roof is where two different angles come together as part of the architectural components and style. When these two places meet, a valley is formed creating a natural space for waterflow during rain, storms, and when ice or snow melts. There are both closed and open valley styles. Which one is appropriate for your residence depends on a variety of factors and a decision should be made in conjunction with a professional installation service.

Swamp Cooler

Swamp Cooler penetrations require the same type of attention to detail in order to provide a seamless seal with no potential water seepage areas. These devices can be installed on roofs with proper support and must be tight in order to keep air flow moving within the home while not allowing any outside moisture from getting inside.

Satellite Dish

The debate about installing a satellite dish on a roof or the side of a home appears to be ongoing. In many instances, while the roof makes a good location in order to receive the best signal, putting screws into the structure immediately creates a penetration problem. In the event that you are having a roof replaced, then removing the satellite dish may be necessary until the project is completed. In some circumstances, there should be communication between both the roofing company and satellite provider to account for the best procedures and service moving forward.

Solar Panels

Like each of these penetrating components, solar panels can also create opportunities for potential leaks. However, once installed, these panels may potentially increase the lifespan of a roof since they will be providing some type of shelter for the exterior layer. If you are considering adding solar panels, then it may be a good idea to have your roof replaced prior to installation of these panels. Doing so provides a new foundation and with the added protection may extend the life of your new roof well into the future.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority while serving Denver and the surrounding area for many years. Able to handle any and all roofing needs, including siding or gutter installation, the outside protective layers of your residence are our specialty. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, replacements, vinyl siding, gutter installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts and staff can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or new construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your gutters, roof, or potentially already have an issue, we are right here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services, including seamless guttering systems, or any potential analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
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