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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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Arvada Roofing Company: Vinyl Siding Updates To Consider


February 4, 2021

Like it or not, curb appeal gives individuals an impressionable experience when viewing any property. Whether you are simply riding through a neighborhood, looking to purchase real estate, or managing your own home - curb appeal matters. Everyone is familiar with the phrase, “don’t judge a book by its cover” but it is here where those who are passing by will unfortunately make assumptions about a variety of different characteristics pertaining to those who reside inside. Although deciphering these various conclusions on simply a first impression is not a positive trait, the same principle applies here, and it is likely just human nature to have these initial thoughts and feelings based on the outer appearance of different properties - both commercial and residential.

For these reasons creating something which will make a positive first impression is the goal of many homeowners. Not only do they prefer to have a well manicured yard and landscape, but the home itself plays a major factor. Depending on the age of your property, upgrades may be warranted to help improve its outward appearance. The importance of curb appeal is well documented from a property management standpoint and whether you are currently thinking about putting your home on the market or just want to reap the benefits of a well maintained residence, there are multiple upgrade options available.

One of the biggest changes which can immediately improve the look of your property is with vinyl siding. Improvements in the construction and materials used to create vinyl siding has led to many new homes featuring at least some established area of siding. From a full house to eaves and overhangs only, updating your existing features with new materials can have a lasting impression. In fact, there are a variety of options new vinyl siding can add to your home in order to not only freshen up the exterior but really make a positive impression with your property.

Colors

Obviously switching the current color of your home will be a drastic change but what was once a limited batch of options is now seemingly endless. Vinyl siding has improved to include a full range of colors, truly opening up the experience for homeowners to achieve whatever they desire through its use.

Earth tones and darker hues are becoming more popular as individuals continue to push the envelope in upgrading their exterior materials.

Color Combinations


Another available option is to combine colors through two or more areas of the exterior walls. A lower level may comprise one color with a contrasting color used for the upper level or an entranceway versus the remainder of a home. Using these combinations can set focal points for your home, in addition to highlighting areas that may not generally be as receptive in the event one solid color is used.

Vertical

The installation of vertical vinyl siding has also increased in recent years and this may be an option for homeowners depending on the exterior style of their property. Changing the site lines on your home, a new direction could really be a subtle switch which reveals a stunning contrast to what is currently installed.

From the ground up or just on upper levels, this change can really shift the look and appeal of a property. Combined with a new color, the possibilities are endless for changes without even having to physically switch the layout of your existing exterior.

Texture

Another popular option for those wishing to employ a subtle change is the addition of a textured material. Whether by installing new vinyl siding completely or just a few pieces, these can really transform the exterior of a home. Similar to other enhancements, textured materials can be a full scale change for the entire home or simply added to certain features in order to spruce up a property’s outward appearance.

Dark Accent

As earth tones and lighter colored hues dominate the current market, dark accents are also rising in popularity. These features help to bring attention to the details of your home while providing a spotlight on certain areas which may have once gone unnoticed. In addition, these changes can be coupled with other options (texture, vertical placement, etc.) to really transform the curb appeal of your residence.

Brick Combination


The combination of brick construction and vinyl siding eaves and overhangs has long been a constant in home construction. Improvements in these areas or the addition of a new porch or outdoor space may also help improve your existing property. The combination of these two materials has worked well over time and should continue to enhance a building’s outer appearance well into the future.

Sustainable

Creating a new look with sustainable materials is always important for a homeowner. The improvements to vinyl siding not only allow for a variety of colors, patterns, textures, etc. but they also provide a durable product that is much more established and resilient than its predecessors. Cleaning and maintenance are vastly easier for these new vinyl siding materials and the abundance of changes available by featuring siding shouldn’t be overlooked when thinking about improving your home’s exterior appearance.

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 siding, gutter, or roofing needs. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been installing vinyl siding, 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 existing siding materials, gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any siding, 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 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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