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Arvada Roof Repair Team Explains What to Look For When Inspecting Your Home For Hail Damage

March 21, 2018

Every year, Colorado seems to get at least one severe hail storm that leaves cars dented, roofs damaged, and homes in need of major repairs, no matter what type of roofing material is installed on the house. As with any type of structural damage, the faster you get the problems fixed, the less risk you have of the issues worsening, doing long-term damage to your home. However, if you’re like most homeowners, spotting hail damage to your roof and your home can be a challenge. Your trusted Arvada roofers explain a few things to look for when inspecting your house after a storm.

Exterior Inspections

Once the weather clears, the first thing you should do is inspect the exterior of your home for damage. Walk around the perimeter and inspect your siding. If there are loose panels, you’ll need to have them repaired as soon as possible Water can easily get trapped between the siding and the wall, causing mold, mildew, and water leaks that can impact your home’s wiring. While inspecting the siding, try to look at your gutter system. Large hailstones can crack, dent, and bend the metal, leaving you without the proper drainage your home needs during rainstorms.

Inspecting the Roof

Since hailstorms often come with intense rain and wind, you’ll need to thoroughly inspect the exterior of your roof. From the ground, look for missing shingles that may have been dislodged by the storm. Missing shingles leave the protective roof underlayment exposed to the elements and increase the risk of water damage making it inside the home. As a general rule, it’s best to let a roofing contractor reinstall and repair missing shingles as without proper installation, they can easily fall off again, further increasing the risk of water damage.

Once you’ve determined whether or not your home lost shingles during the storm, take a few steps back so you can see the entire roof line with ease. Look for shingles or roofing panels that are starting to lift up, bend, or curl under. High winds, like those common on the Front Range, can cause shingles to lift up, exposing the underside to moisture during storms. Over time, the shingles often curl up, creating an opening for water and wind to slip beneath the shingles. While damage may not be immediate, letting an experienced roof repair team fix curling shingles is highly important to preserving your roof system.

To inspect the condition of individual shingles, you’ll want to schedule a formal roof inspection to fully assess the extent of the damage. However, if you’re curious or want to have a better understanding of the types of repairs that may need to be done, you can inspect the roof yourself. If you’re comfortable using ladders or walking along the roofline, inspect the shingles for signs of pitting or bruising. If the hail hit your roof hard enough, you’ll likely see dents along the surface of some of the shingles. On others, you may notice a slight discoloration (bruising) caused by the granules being worn smooth by the impact.

Additionally, you’ll want to look at the flashing around chimneys, skylights, and your ventilation system. Though the shingles and roofing material will likely bear the brunt of the damage, the flashing may show signs of wear as well. After all, hailstones that are large enough to dent shingles or metal roofing are large enough to dent the flashing. Look along the metal stripping for signs of dents or cracks and make sure each piece is still flat against your roofing materials. Even if the flashing seems to be in good condition, it may no longer sit flush with the roofline, allowing water to soak into the underlayment when unrepaired. If anything looks out of place, schedule an estimate with a roofing contractor—flashing, like shingles, should always be installed by a professional to fully protect your home from damage.

Interior Inspections

Even if the exterior of your home appears to be undamaged, you’ll still want to make sure the interior of your house is safe from water leaks. Be watchful for signs of water damage inside your house. Look for peeling or bubbling paint in the exterior rooms as it could indicate elevated moisture levels inside the walls. Every few weeks, especially during the peak of storm season, check the attic for signs of damage you may have missed immediately following the storm. Check the rafters for moisture and look for mold or mildew growth in the insulation. Even small amounts of moisture can lead to major problems and force you to file a claim with your homeowners’ insurance provider. Keep in mind, even if you don’t see these visible signs of damage, you may notice an increase in energy bills as damaged roofs cause your home to become less energy efficient over time.

What Happens If You Find Damage?

When it comes to roof repairs, taking care of the damage quickly is the most important thing you can do. The sooner you hire a contractor to fix the damage, the better off you’ll be. When you do schedule an appointment, your contractor should give you an estimate on all repairs, making note of the damage in each area of your roof and your home. Then, they’ll discuss the options with you, whether the repairs are as simple as replacing a few shingles or as extensive as requiring a full roof replacement. Should you file an insurance claim, your insurance adjuster may recommend a particular roofing company, but you do not have to take their recommendation. You’re free to work with the contractor you trust most, whether your insurance company recommends them or not.

Don’t let a hailstorm leave you in a lurch. Schedule a roof assessment with Arvada Roofing & Construction and let our experienced contractors give you peace of mind knowing that your roof is in good condition. Our experienced team understands that no homeowner wants to deal with water damage and we’ll work with you and your budget to keep your home in good shape for years to come.

Arvada Roofing Company Explains Common Warning Signs of Roof Leaks

March 7, 2018

Under normal circumstances, your roof helps keep you home safe and dry. However, leaks can and will happen, no matter how well-maintained the roofing materials are. Keeping your roof in good condition is vital to preserving the safety and structural integrity of your home. While your trusted Arvada roofers will help maintain or replace your existing roof as long as you own your home, you’ll still want to be able to recognize the signs of damage and water leaks so you can schedule an appointment before the damage becomes severe. Here are a few of the most common signs of roof leaks to keep an eye out for this spring.

Buckling Shingles

Ordinarily, asphalt shingles lay flat against the side of the roof. This helps keep moisture and the elements out of your sub-roofing and attic. However, if the shingles were installed improperly or there’s a flaw in the way the roof felt was installed in the first place, the shingles may start to buckle. Over time, the buckling exposes the sub-roofing to moisture, compromising the condition of the rest of your roof. During the early stages, you may notice that the shingles start changing shape, even if they continue to lay flat against the pitch of the roof. Should you notice any changes, contact your roof repair team for an inspection. Catching buckling early on is the easiest way to prevent leaks in your home.

Mildew and Algae Growth

Shingles come in many different colors, but once you pick one, that color shouldn’t change on its own. If you notice a greenish-gray tint creeping over the majority of your shingles, there could be a buildup of moisture in the materials. The greenish-grey tint is actually mildew and algae growing along the surface. While algae isn’t harmful on its own, it does indicate that the shingles are saturated with moisture. Over time, the moisture can seep into the attic and walls, leading to water leaks inside the home.

Crumbling Shingles

Believe it or not, every type of shingle, except slate, can develop roof rot. This is caused by a buildup of moisture and lack of overall maintenance and care. Once rot has set in, the shingles will start to crumble, crack, or flake off. These damaged shingles need to be replaced quickly in order to preserve the condition of the roof and prevent leaks inside the house.

Water Stains in the Home

When water soaks through the roof and into the walls and ceiling of your home, it often forms water stains and spots on the ceiling. Even with darker colored paint, you’ll likely notice brown streaks, discoloration in the paint, and possibly bubbling or peeling paint at the site of the leak. Should you notice any discoloration or changes to your home’s ceiling, call a roofing contractor immediately. Once leaks are creating water stains, the damage is often extensive and only quick repair work will prevent the damage from spreading to the rest of the area.

Damaged or Missing Flashing

The flashing is a strip of metal that covers open seams in your roof. In most homes, you’ll find flashing around skylights, chimneys, air vents, and any other area where the roof has been cut to accommodate the design of your home. When installed, the metal covers the seams completely, keeping water and pests out of the roof. However, if the flashing is damaged due to old roofing materials or severe weather, it no longer protects your house. Every few months, check the exterior of your home and pay close attention to the space around the chimney, skylights, and air vents. If you notice that flashing looks damaged or rusted, call your roofing contractor, even if there are no other signs of leaks in the home.

Curled Shingles

Just as buckling shingles are a sure sign of moisture intrusion in the sub-roofing, curled shingles are likewise an issue. When the edges start to curl up and in towards the interior of the shingle, it’s often due to water collecting inside the asphalt material. When dried out in the sun, the material starts to shrink, curling into itself. This also exposes the sub-roofing to the elements, increasing the risk of leaks. Every month, check the appearance of your shingles and take note of areas where the edges look like they’re lifting up.

Warped Siding

Believe it or not, your gutters are instrumental in protecting your home from water leaks and damage. When they start to malfunction, either due to damage or clogs, the water is sent directly down the side of your home rather than to the designated drainage area. Over time, the water can soak into your siding, causing the paint to bubble up and the material itself to warp and bend. If you notice any changes in your siding or see paint peeling up off the paneling, call a roofer. You will likely need to have your gutters and roof repaired to address the water damage.

Missing Shingles

Bare patches on the roof are never a good sign. These areas are completely exposed to wind, water, and ice throughout the year, increasing the risk of severe water damage in your home. Every month and after every severe storm, inspect your roof for missing shingles. The faster you have these shingles replaced, the lower your risk is of finding a water leak inside your home. Should you notice missing shingles, take a few moments to inspect your attic space for signs of leaks. Look for mold and discoloration in the insulation and any visible rafters.

The faster you take care of a roof leak, the better off your home will be. If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs or are concerned about the way your roof looks, don’t wait to call a roof repair expert! Contact Arvada Roofing & Construction and schedule a free inspection for your home. Our dedicated roofing contractors will thoroughly inspect your roof, inside and out, to make sure leaks will never be a problem.

Arvada Roofers Share the Most Common Hazards of DIY Roof Repairs

February 21, 2018

When it comes to maintaining your home, it’s tempting to handle everything on your own. After all, the more tasks you complete yourself, the more actively involved you feel in the upkeep of your house. Though some tasks can be great weekend projects, others are best left to the professionals and roof repair is one of those tasks. In fact, handling your own roof repair and maintenance is both dangerous and a leading cause of injury among homeowners. Your trusted Arvada roofers explain a few of the most common dangers of DIY roofing that you can avoid by hiring a professional team.

Poorly Made Assessments

Proper roof repair requires a detailed inspection by an experienced contractor before any repairs are made. Without the inspection, you have no real idea of what the issue is. Remember, a leaking roof can be caused by missing shingles, compromised roofing underlayment, or even improper attic ventilation. Without the right training and knowhow, determining the underlying cause of the problem can be almost impossible. By working with an experienced roofing team, you’ll know that the issue is properly diagnosed and all repairs are made correctly, giving you a long-lasting and durable roof that will keep your home protected from the elements.

Poor Workmanship

Though many homeowners believe they can do the job just as well as a trained professional, no amount of video tutorials can make up for decades of experience. DIY repairs may patch the issue, but they rarely fix the underlying problem correctly. Worse, DIY work can often make the damage worse, leaving your home unprotected against leaks and water damage. Roof repair requires precision and proper installation in order to be effective. Only experienced professionals have the training required to repair a roof correctly.

Voided Roof Warranties

Almost every roof comes with a warranty when it’s installed that lasts for many years. However, in order to preserve the warranty, the homeowner must properly maintain and repair the materials used. By doing even basic roofing maintenance on your own, you can inadvertently void the warranty on the roof. This means if anything prematurely damages the materials, you’re liable for the full cost of repairs or replacement. Neither the roofing company who installed the materials nor the manufacturer is liable for damage. When you let a licensed professional handle the repairs, you’ll preserve the warranty until it expires.

Create More Issues

Though roof repair may seem simple enough, it’s far more complex than you’d think. Even replacing a single missing shingle without securing it properly can compromise the surrounding shingles and make your roof less efficient at keeping the weather from interfering with your family’s comfort. Handling repairs on your own can lead to worse issues down the road, costing you far more than the initial repairs ever would had you consulted with an experienced roofing contractor. Roofing contractors can repair the existing issue while working to prevent further damage rather than causing additional problems during the appointment.

Roofing is Inherently Dangerous

Even single-story homes have a relatively tall roofline. Without the proper safety equipment and precautions, you’re placing yourself at risk for severe injuries anytime you get out on the roof. Even experienced roofers can get injured on the job. However, unlike the average homeowner, they have the right safety equipment and experience to reduce the risk of unexpected falls and injuries while on the job. Remember, roofing materials can get slippery even in light rain conditions. Without the right footwear, training, and equipment, you’re exposing yourself to an increased risk of falling. Though most falls only result in minor injuries, others can be potentially life threatening. Your life is worth far more than the cost of hiring a professional to fix a simple roof leak.  

More Expensive Materials

When you buy your own roofing materials, you’re stuck paying full retail price at your local hardware or building supply store. While the added cost may not be high for small repairs, it can add up quickly when you’re looking at larger maintenance projects. Professional roofing companies are able to order the materials at wholesale prices. For many projects, these discounted prices can often save you money on the full cost of the project, even when you factor in labor expenses. Best of all, experienced contractors will always choose the best materials for your home. Since they know what to look for based on your structure’s requirements, you’ll never have to worry about inferior or inappropriate products getting used on your house.

Asbestos is Still a Problem

If your home was built before 1980, there’s a good chance there’s still asbestos in the attic. This known toxin was once a commonly used material in residential roofs. Though the government banned the use of asbestos, it may still be lurking inside the attic or your home’s sub roofing. Once the outer layer of roofing materials is removed, asbestos can go airborne, putting you and your health at risk. Professional roofers can assess your home’s risk of asbestos contamination and take the proper precautions to safely remove the hazard from your house.

Getting Stuck

While more of an inconvenience than a true safety hazard, no one wants to get stuck on their roof for hours at a time. However, for many homeowners, this is a reality. If the ladder falls and no one is home to pick it back up or your family doesn’t notice that the ladder is no longer propped up against the side of the home, you may end up stuck on the roof. Roofing contractors always have someone on the ground to make sure the ladder is secure and upright. The last thing you want to deal with is wasting your Saturday afternoon sitting on the roofline in the hot sun simply because your ladder fell.

Let the team at Arvada Roofing & Construction help you avoid these common roofing hazards. Our experienced contractors can repair and install almost every type of residential roof so your home will look its best and withstand the weather with ease. Contact us today to schedule your free estimate, whether you’re looking for a simple repair or need a new roof installed.

Arvada Roof Repair Experts Share Some Surprising Benefits of Metal Roofs

February 7, 2018

Even the most well-maintained roofs will eventually need to be replaced. If you’re considering upgrading your roof, you’ll need to pick the right materials to keep your home safe. While many homeowners hire Arvada roofers to install traditional asphalt shingles, others prefer to explore more durable and unique options to add to their home’s exterior. Installing a metal roof rather than simply replacing your existing asphalt shingles may be one of the best investments you can make for your home. Here are a few of the surprising benefits metal roofs can add when built by experienced Arvada roofers.

Inherently Fire Resistant

Metal is one of the most fire-resistant roofing materials available. The non-combustible sheets completely cover any wood framing and architecture in your attic, greatly reducing the risk of fires spreading from home to home. This makes metal roofs ideal for homeowners living in close proximity with other structures as is so common in the greater Denver area. Best of all, the durable material reduces the risk of structural fires due to falling power lines and lightning, keeping your house safe no matter what the weather.

Boosts Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Metal roofs are surprisingly energy efficient. Though many homeowners believe that installing a metal roof on their house will effectively turn the attic space into a solar oven, nothing could be further from the truth. Even painted metal roofs reflect the sun’s rays, helping maintain a steady temperature in the upper levels of your home. Since the temperatures in the attic area and underlying roof structure are kept at cooler temperatures more consistently, your air conditioning system will be able to keep your home cool more easily. The less your unit has to work to cool each room, the more money you’ll save on your energy bills each month.


The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is between 15 and 20 years with proper care and maintenance. Roofs that are allowed to get much older than that will start to see an increase in leaks, water damage, moisture levels in the attic, and even mold growth. Metal roofs are incredibly durable, protecting your home for up to 50 years without an increase in the risk of water leaks or structural damage. Furthermore, their durability makes it less likely that you’ll need to schedule annual repairs or inspections, even after the volatile spring weather Colorado sees so frequently.

Improves Resale Value

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home in the near future, adding a metal roof can still increase your property’s resale value. Prospective buyers look for homes with roofs in good condition, that look nice, and will keep the structure safe for years to come. However, asphalt shingles, roofing tiles, and even wooden shakes won’t provide the same level of durability and longevity as quality metal. This allows you to command a higher asking price than similar homes in your neighborhood with standard roofs. Though the installation is a sizeable investment upfront, you’ll make up for it should you decide to sell your house.

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly

If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, nothing will help more than a metal roof. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also reduce the amount of waste your home contributes to the landfill. Once the roof is ready to be replaced, most of the material can go straight to the recycling facility, further reducing your footprint and keeping otherwise harmful waste out of the environment.

Stands Up to Hail with Ease

Colorado gets some wacky weather and hailstorms are easily the top cause of roof damage during the spring. Metal roofs will protect your home without sustaining damage. Unlike asphalt shingles, dents in metal roofs do not mean the water-tight seal is compromised. In fact, even hail-dented roofs can continue protecting your house for years to come without needing any repairs. You’ll only need to worry if you notice rust around the impact site or see a crack in the metal sheeting which could allow moisture to get into the roof underlayment.

Available in Different Colors

Unlike asphalt shingles that come in a small range of colors, metal roofs can be painted almost any color to fit your exterior. You’ll be able to choose between a sleek gray or natural metal or opt for a more colorful brilliant green, red, or blue. No matter what your existing home exterior looks like, there’s a metal roof that will fit the theme. Keep in mind that the color you choose is purely cosmetic and will not impact the energy efficiency of the roof. The difference between a pure white roof and a dark colored metal is so minimal that most homeowners will not see a difference in their electricity bill by choosing one color over the other.

Lower Homeowners Insurance Premiums

When most homeowners experience a roofing issue, they immediately contact their homeowner’s insurance provider. This means the older your roof is or the less durable the materials are, the more likely it is that you’ll need to file a claim. Insurance companies know this and often reward homeowners who install a more durable roof with lower monthly premiums. Over the course of the life of your roof, this can save you tons of money, far outweighing the initial cost of the roofing installation.

A Few Things to Keep In Mind

Metal roofs are far from the most affordable options to install on your home. The materials are more expensive to purchase upfront and the installation requires working with a contractor that specializes in that specific type of install. However, metal roofs are often installed more quickly, reducing the cost of labor associated with your reroofing project. Since they can last for over 50 years, metal roofs are not ideal investments for individuals hoping to flip a property quickly. You’ll get the most out of your investment if you plan to stay in your home for at least a few years after the installation.

At Arvada Roofing and Construction, we believe that every homeowner should feel confident in their roof. We’ll work to quickly repair everything from storm damage to worn shingles and can install new roofs quickly, reducing the impact construction has on your daily routine. Contact us today to schedule an estimate and see the difference a great roof can make in your home’s efficiency and appearance.  

Hurricane Force Winds

By Ryan Sumner - January 10, 2017

On December 25th we witnessed 100 plus mile an hour winds. These winds were so strong they blew off shingles, siding, gutters, and fascia metal all over our state. We have been recieving call after call about homeowners needing a speedy repair. If you are having a hard time finding somone to come out and assess the damage on your home feel free to give us a call. We can usually make it out to take a look in 1-2 days and a get the repair done within a week. All estimates are free! Also if you are worried about you roof leaking due to multiple shingles blowing off your roof we will come tarp your roof and make sure it is water tight for you incase a snow storm or rain comes in. We have been in bussiness for over 20 years now and will make sure you all repairs or work gets done in a timely matter and at a fair price! Please call Glen Sumner with any questions or if there is any thing we can do for you. Our business line is 303-432-2753