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Arvada Roofing Company Downspout Enhancement Ideas


May 22, 2019

One of the most important features of a home that often gets overlooked is the gutter system, responsible for the transportation of rainwater and snow melt away from a home’s base and foundation. While always a critical component of any new construction process, modern enhancements and advances in the technology associated with fabricating and installing gutters have led them to be much more efficient, in addition to blending into the home’s style. An aesthetically pleasing collaboration can lead to increased profits should a homeowner ever need to sell, but the other positives derived from upgrades to a downspout that are immediately available to the occupants are seemingly endless.

The benefits of installing rain gutters helps not only protect the home from water intrusion but in other important areas as well. Where gutters serve to collect water as it runs from the roof of a structure, they are ever so slightly angled to then transfer water to the downspout. It is here where the water falls down and out, away from the home and without causing any damage. Depending on the size and design of a property, the number of downspouts available will vary considerably. The roof structure, type, and pitch will also contribute to where and how many downspouts need to be constructed on any given building. Typically, these are located on the corners of a home, but may also be implemented at other areas if needed.

These passageways need to remain free and clear of any debris in order to function properly. For this reason, it is often recommended that gutters be cleaned every three to four months. The seamless system eliminates the connections where dirt, debris, leaves, twigs, and any other materials may become lodged - affecting the flow of water and potentially causing major issues. Advances in construction now allow for these gutters and downspouts to take on any color a homeowner can imagine. By matching or contrasting the other colors of a property, downspouts can be blended into the home but there are also a number of other options in order to enhance your gutter system and especially the downspouts.

Frame It
One way to enhance a home’s downspouts is to frame the footing with eye catching landscaping. Depending on which side of the home a downspout is located, property owners can choose to have different types of plants put in place to either shield the base openings of a downspout or cover them entirely, should they flow directly into the ground.

By matching the existing landscaping around a property, the downspout areas can be modified to camouflage their locations entirely.

Save It
An economically friendly option would be to use rain barrels in order to collect rainwater as it falls and then repurpose it for other uses. The multiple uses for rainwater address both activities inside and outside the home. Depending on the location of your home, collecting rainwater can be a critical characteristic but for many the issuance serves to reduce other bills while also being good for the environment.

Also, depending on the proximity of a home’s downspouts to landscaping areas in need of water or gardens, the impact can be capitalized upon. Rainwater barrels can be designed and colored to fit within the style of a home and are often not too noticeable from the average viewer.

Decorate It
For high end improvements, downspouts can be decorated or even replaced with specialty designs or personable characteristics. Anything from a featured color or painted on design to spice up a regular downspout to a dragon’s head, boot, or any other characterization can be used to modify the look of a downspout gutter system.

Deriving from early construction practices where attention to detail was paramount, these modifications are often viewed as high end and unnecessary for those who are operating on a budget. Regardless, this enhancement is definitely a way to highlight the downspouts of a property while creating a classic feel.

Pool It
Similar to the rainwater collection barrels, some homeowners may have a pond or small pool incorporated into their already existent landscape. If this is the case, then having the rainwater flow from the gutter system, down into the spout, and then serving to refill the area is another option. 

Depending on the size of your pond and whether or not you choose to incorporate fish or other wildlife into the ecosystem, a small outdoor pond pump may be a necessity. Helping to ensure the water keeps moving, even when not pouring from the downspout - has additional benefits that can enhance a home. 

Run It
Creating a path or solid surface for the water to travel down away from the property can also serve to promote a landscape. This can be a small trough or other above ground area that is easily detectable on the surface but constructed in such a way that it fits in with the other existing areas.

Potentially not an option for each and every downspout located on a structure, the creation of a runway for certain locations may be the best possible solution for homeowners.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle all roofing needs and a variety of other construction projects. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and 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 Vinyl Siding Cleaning Tips


May 9, 2019

Over time vinyl siding has become more commonplace in the construction business for both homes and office buildings. Its unique structure, durability, versatility, and seemingly endless array of color options keeps this product a prominent contender in the marketplace for anyone looking to build or upgrade the outer layer of their property. Useful for both new construction and remodeling projects, vinyl siding can provide a solid choice for almost any building in endless settings. 

Among the many different available options to beautify your home, vinyl siding is one of the few that won’t fade, can be treated for keeping insects at bay, and is extremely durable. Lasting virtually a lifetime, vinyl siding not only presents a cost friendly option compared to other building materials available but knowing that it will protect your home from the elements is also beneficial. Barring any natural disasters, vinyl siding should withstand normal wear from storms, wind, rain, hail, and any other elements with relative ease. 

While there have been some issues with regards to buckling, cracking, color fading, or insulation problems in the past, these are no longer a problem. Technological advances in both the construction and implementation phases of siding have served to eliminate many of the factors associated with causing red flags for homeowners. New materials and installation methods have helped to make vinyl siding a prevalent and safe option for buyers today. However, the need for routine maintenance and cleaning remains. As with any building construction material, inspections and cleaning can help to extend the life and look of a product.

Consider the following in regards to the vinyl siding of your home or business - even those who may currently occupy a brick home. Another solid choice, often brick homes still have areas of vinyl siding associated with their construction. The eaves, overhangs, and trim for brick and block homes are typically made up of vinyl siding. These areas should be given the same amount of proper care and consideration as an entire home would receive.     

Frequency
Whether considering routine cleaning for an entire home or just one of the areas located on a brick property, homeowners need to know how often they should consider an inspection and cleaning.

Marketed as a low maintenance option for property owners, vinyl siding does live up to its name. While each and every home will be different, based on the location, sun, amount of elemental exposure - including rainfall amounts - and noticeable mold or mildew, an annual inspection is recommended along with cleaning any areas in need. While the cleaning methods may differ, depending on the size and location of the dirty spots, completing a once a year review for the outside of your home does have its benefits.

General Cleaning
There are a number of ways to clean vinyl siding but one of the easiest involves just two ingredients. A water and vinegar solution mixed together at a proportionate 70-30 split can be increasingly effective for making vinyl siding look like new. If the area in need of cleaning is small, then this method, often applied using a soft cloth or even a bristled brush can help.

Commercial products also exist in the marketplace but careful attention should be given to the ingredients and materials applied. Be sure to know the regulations from your vinyl siding manufacturer and what cleaning solutions have been approved before going all in on any project. If in doubt, consider applying a small amount in an inconspicuous place to determine if there will be any ill side effects from administering whatever cleaning solution you have available.

Often, water and a little light scrubbing will serve to clean up any minor spots or blemishes that may accumulate on the siding over time. For deeper stains or a bi-annual deep cleaning, pressure washing should help.

Pressure Washing
Using a pressure washer on your vinyl siding can often restore any dirty areas to their like new shine. Whether you are cleaning an entire outer portion of a home or just the eaves and overhangs - making sure you pressure wash correctly can save you time while avoiding the potential for any problems later.

As with all home improvement projects, safety is a critical issue. While some areas of your home may be easily accessed from the ground, often the upper reaches of a property can only be reached via a ladder. If you’re already uncomfortable or uneasy about operating a ladder, just imagine the risk involved when you calculate in the additional task of running a pressure washer.

Additionally, special care and considerations should be given to how the operator goes about spraying the home. Water should be dispensed from eye level to keep the spray in line with the siding and not pushing up from underneath. If water gets trapped between the siding then mold and mildew may begin to appear and you wouldn’t want to create the exact same thing which you may be trying to remove by improper execution.

To clean vinyl siding with a pressure washer is sometimes the best available method. As stated, depending on the size and area in need of cleaning, this could significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to make an impact on the structure.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle all roofing needs and a variety of other construction projects. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and 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: Hail Damage Signs Top to Bottom


April 24, 2019

Spring is finally here and while the warming temperatures are a welcome respite from what was a cold, harsh winter, the heat brings with it a chance for severe thunderstorms. Depending on how the weather elements set up in the atmosphere, any potential for severe weather exists this time of year bringing with it high winds, lightning, and the potential for many other damage causing weather phenomenons - tornadoes and specifically hail.

Though a rare occurrence, depending on the size, the damage inflicted from hail can be extreme - especially if the event occurs over an extended period of time. Anything left exposed to the elements is in danger from cars, decks, and especially homes. The roofline is a first line of defense against Mother Nature but as a solid surface area, has the unfortunate characteristic of being prone to a serious amount of damage depending on the severity and nature of any storm.

However, not only is the home’s roof in danger, there are other exposed areas of vulnerability as well. Following is a look at residential aspects which may be affected by damaging spring storms, in particular any that are severe enough to produce hail.

Hail
A form of precipitation falling from the sky, hail is made from frozen water droplets that descend to the earth while remaining completely in tact. These stones vary by differing sizes and can produce a significant amount of damage to property below when it lands.

Unlike freezing rain, which falls as water and then freezes just prior to reaching the ground, these hailstones fall completely in one piece from the upper regions of thunderstorm clouds as a solid. The force behind these hailstones have damaging propositions depending on their size - commonly ranging from just centimeters to a few inches in diameter. Comparable in size to everyday objects, hailstones are often referred to as dime, quarter, golf ball, baseball, and sometimes even softball sized hail.

Roof
Absorbing a majority of the impact from hailstones will be the roof of your residence. While there are different styles and roof types, the wide exposed surface area makes them extremely vulnerable to potential damage from anything falling out of the sky.

Stones can damage the shingles or dent metal roofs which could create the opportunity for immediate breaches or future failures in their ability to withstand and reject water. Depending on the size of the hailstones falling, being able to spot hail damage from the ground may not be possible. However, for a trained expert getting the damage surveyed and fixed up top can be extremely beneficial to a homeowner - especially when attempting to avoid any future break downs or file an insurance claim.

Gutters
Not only will the shingles or metal roof be exposed to damage but the gutter system as well. On any roof where shingles are used, the damage caused by hail can create a removal of the initial layer which is then washed into the gutter system. If your gutters are filled with granules from the roof then a closer inspection is warranted.

In addition, both the roofline and downspouts may be damaged from sizeable hailstones. Look for bends or breaks along the gutter system to ensure it hasn’t been impacted from the storm. 

Siding
Just as rain is blown by the wind, hail can be pushed into the siding of a home during a strong storm. The stones can cause cracking, displacement, and even holes in the vinyl siding of a property with the right combination of wind and sizing.

Although a roof and the gutter system may be more prone to absorbing a significant amount of the damage, the siding should not be forgotten. Especially if signs of storm damage exist on the roof itself and along the gutter system, a thorough examination of any vinyl siding construction is warranted.

Other
After viewing the potential damage to any of the aforementioned surface areas, a few other closer to the ground items may reveal some damage. If you’re wondering about the potential for damage to your roof without having to immediately grab a ladder and scale the side of your residence then consider checking these other, more easily accessible items for signs of damage.

The mailbox, deck, air conditioning unit, or a car parked outside, could all reveal damage from hailstones falling from the sky. If your vehicle has dents along the roof and hood then a closer examination of your roof is warranted. In addition, any metal mailboxes or the air conditioning unit may also have received some damage that would appear similarly to that which is noticed on an automobile

Finally, a stained or painted deck may display chipping where the stones have peeled away paint or the outer protective covering. All of these areas are far more easily accessible than the roof of a structure and although damage may be up top without any other signs below, if the ground level articles reveal hail was present and damaging, then having a professional out to ensure your home is safe from any potential breach from damage is important. 

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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Buying and Selling: Arvada Roofing Company Questions


April 3, 2019

Whether you are about to enter the real estate market as a buyer or seller for a property, there are always a few things to consider and one is the importance of a roof. This is a factor that is almost always brought up during any home viewing and one that must be given consideration regardless of which end of the spectrum you find yourself at the time.

The roof is a protective layer responsible for keeping water and all elements from entering the home. Exposed to harsh conditions, its ability to maintain serving the purpose for a reliable period of time is warranted and those questions are also important in considering the factors associated with each and every structure.

To assist in the process, there are a few prevalent questions that may arise in each case. Depending on if you are buying a property, selling the real estate, or even dealing with a brand new construction. While the amount of time a roof of this nature has been in service isn’t an issue there are still other important factors to consider, detailed below. 
Roofing Questions As the Buyer

There are essentially five important questions to consider before buying any property pertaining to the roof. Obviously, there will be other areas that also need to be given their due diligence but answers to these roofing questions could be deal breakers if red flags are issued upon the responses.

1 - Age, how old the roof is lets a new owner know just how quickly he or she may need to think about either repairing or replacing this component. From approximately 20 years to 50 years is about how long you can expect your roof to last depending on the construction material, type, and geographic location of your property.

2 - Work, who did the installation is also important especially on older homes that have had the roof replaced since initial construction. Knowing the background and body of work for any replacement roofs can make purchasing with confidence an easier task.

3 - Type, knowing both the roof type pros and cons, in addition to the material will give you an idea of the amount of money necessary to replace a roof when needed. It also allows you to understand the benefits and develop a timeline for replacement by knowing what construction materials have been used.

4 - Shingles, if the home or property has shingles for roof construction then a closer examination is warranted. Depending on the roofing contractor, if it has been replaced, some will add a layer instead of stripping the old material off before putting down new. If the roof has more than one layer of shingles, there could be considerable issues - either now or in the future.

5 - Insulation, considerations are also important and will either help or hinder the overall environmental effectiveness of the property in terms of heating and cooling costs.
Roofing Questions As the Seller

As the seller there aren’t as many questions to ask before going to market but one of the main ones is addressed by both parties. After receiving an answer to the age of a roof, then other factors may be considered or repairs needed prior to listing a property.

1 - Age, is the single most important factor to consider when electing to sell a property. If the roof is in good working order and there are no visible signs of damage then replacing a roof in order to make a sell is often not advised, although a new roof may provide a significant return and if the current one is 25-plus years old, replacement prior to listing may be best. 

2 - Damage, visibility is going to cause an immediate red flag for a buyer. Depending on the severity, it is likely more beneficial to make even a costly repair in hopes of avoiding a potential sell because of an issue.

3 - Negotiations, are commonplace when buying or selling real estate and this is no different when it comes to the roof. If you feel the roof over a property is borderline, then consider making an adjustment in price to cover the replacement down the road for a future homeowner. Doing so, could lead to a sell, especially if you are willing to take a little less than the asking price for a property.
Roofing Questions On A New Construction

While the obvious age factor is already answered on a new construction there are still questions a potential homeowner should address before deciding to purchase a property in regards to the roof. Knowing and understanding what maintenance and upkeep will be required is an important factor for all exterior portions of a new property, especially the roof. 

The biggest issue is understanding the roofing material and viability for a lifetime of durability. Since age ranges from 25 to 50 years, a new homeowner can determine at what point the roof should need addressing, provided there are no other issues - such as storm damage.

In addition, the roof types can play a factor on exposure and durability of the entire process. From flat to gable to hip, these differing designs can lead to varying amounts of durability and areas for potential damage or wear to occur.

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 Spring Cleaning Guidelines


March 20, 2019

The changing seasons provide a natural timetable for many household chores homeowners need to address in order to maintain their property. As many lose the hour associated with daylight savings time, springing forward signals individuals to not only change the batteries in their smoke detectors but they also begin to think about all of the upcoming yard work, such as mowing, planting, and weeding. It is also the time of year many people elect to do a little household cleaning on the inside.

While all of these preparations are taking place as everyone thaws out from another cold winter, there is one important area of the home that many people tend to forget. Details and care are seemingly always given to the kitchen and bathrooms, perhaps even the carpet or windows and blinds receive some special attention, but rarely do homeowners think about cleaning their roof.

The roof, you say? Yes, taking appropriate steps to clean the roof over your head can help to keep your home protected for years to come. Not only do the shingles themselves need an appropriate inspection but there are other areas commonly associated with a property’s roof that need to be given attention as well. By following these spring cleaning steps for areas associated with your home’s roof, you can rest easy when the spring rain showers arrive, choosing instead to focus on other areas of your property.

EXCESS DEBRIS

A quick look up from the ground should reveal any excess debris that has accumulated on the rooftop during the course of the winter. If you have any tree branches, leaves, pine needles, or other unwanted materials gathering on your roof, then take measures to get them removed immediately.

Once on the roof surface, a closer examination can be given to the structure and removal of any excess can be completed. If pine needles, especially, are left to gather on the roof then they can quickly find their way into the gutter system causing even more damage and the potential for water to backup and begin encroaching on the home. By clearing your roof of any unwanted debris, a clean slate can be prepared for the spring season and any further build up is not adding to an existing issue.

FLASHING

Roof flashing should also be inspected while up on the property clearing any debris. The spring of the year provides a good time to complete an annual inspection of this material and ensure that your home remains protected from the elements as well as economically efficient.

Areas around the chimney or any exhaust openings should be checked  to ensure the seal remains tight, in addition to any wear or peeling that may be showing. For metal connections, typically associated with other surfaces - awnings, eaves, skylights, and dormers there should be no light between the two materials. Also, the connection should remain flush and show little to no signs of wear. 

Rubberized materials should be solid and absent of any cracking or peeling. These are usually associated with vent pipes exiting through the roof of a home. A quick observation of each area should be sufficient for determining that your flashing remains serviceable during the upcoming season.

TREE LIMBS

Any tree limbs laying on the roof have already been discarded but while on top of the structure look around for any potential future problems. Limbs and branches that are already in contact with the home should be cut back to keep them from causing any damage when moving with the wind. Also, if you have larger branches overhanging the roof they may also be cause for concern.

Overhanging tree limbs can damage your roof if not identified early and removed. Whether you have limbs already in contact or those that have the potential for damage by falling, quickly eliminate both issues by getting rid of those in question. 

MOSS

Another concern and something that should be addressed is moss on the roof. Caused by moisture in the air and typically on a shady side or area that has been covered by other debris, moss build up can create hazards by trapping other materials on the roof while keeping rainwater and snowmelt from flowing freely into the gutter system.

Getting algae and moss off the roof will require actual cleaning as opposed to much of this spring cleaning list which involves inspections. Pressure washing is not recommended as the power behind applied water could cause more damage than needed, but there are cleaning solutions available for regular spraying and brushing (if needed).

MOLD

Mold may not be visible on the roof itself but if detected, then cleaning and a further inspection should be warranted. If your spring inspection reveals any potential problem areas then consider looking underneath the roof and in your home’s attic.

Here you may find issues associated with the mold and potential causes (ventilation, moisture, etc.) that need to be addressed as well. If the problem is too severe, seeking the help of trained professionals may be best for any hazardous conditions.

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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