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Protect Your Property From Holiday Decorating Damage


November 13, 2019

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

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

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

Be Prepared

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

Safety First

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

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

Use Plastic

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

Placement

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

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

Removal

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

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

Damage

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

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

 
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Arvada Roofing Company Offers Multiple Gutter Options


October 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

Cleaning

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

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

Do-It-Yourself

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

Color Options

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

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

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


October 15, 2019

The last thing anyone needs during a time of crisis or loss is added stress. Unfortunately, depending on the quality of your insurance policy or company, this can be the case when having to file a claim. Whether it be from storm damage, hail, or some other type of occurence - understanding that you will be well taken care of can be especially reassuring. This is specifically the case when dealing with one’s own home. 

While no one relishes the opportunity to file a claim, for vehicles the causes, dealings, and process can be far less daunting than that involving real estate. There may even be cases where the question of when to file a car insurance claim arises but this is often not the situation when a home has been damaged. Typically, someone can find another means of transportation and if there’s is temporarily unavailable and often automobiles are far less expensive than a personal residence. Not only does this have an impact on yourself, but finding a place to live is much more difficult, in addition to the factors involving an entire family, as opposed to just the owner of said vehicle. 

For this reason, any damage associated with your home should be met and dealt with accordingly. Consult the steps below whenever a claim is needed

Call Your Agent

One of the first steps to take when wanting to activate a claim on your insurance is to notify your agent of the issue. Once they are aware of a potential situation then they can begin taking the appropriate steps to best serve you based on the claim. 

A quick phone call detailing the event serves to begin the appropriate process for getting the situation handled in a timely manner. Obviously, especially when dealing with a home or real estate, time is of the essence for a property owner. Once the situation is safe to assess and relay to the agent, making this phone call is your very first move.

Document Damage and/or Loss

Damage and proof of loss documentation is critically important when attempting to file an insurance claim. By actively completing even generic forms or taking immediate photos with a cell phone, individuals can accurately document any damages or potential loss in almost a real-time setting. These measures can aid in actively reporting what happened based on the situation at hand.

In addition to any structural damage which may have occurred, don’t forget loss associated with personal items which could have been damaged as well.

Protect Property

Once it is safe, take measures to ensure the damage doesn’t spread or cause more issues. For example, if your roof has suffered damage due to a hail storm and is leaking then tarp the area and try your best to protect what remains. The insurance claim process can take time and you don’t want to have other issues arise while trying to deal with the current situation. 

Likewise, if you have an area of your roof that has been breached, taking the steps to ensure all belongings housed immediately underneath are moved can save further potential damage. Never act while putting yourself in jeopardy but once safe, take measures to protect what is yours.

On-Site Adjustor

Once the claim has been reported, typically the insurance agency will have an adjuster come out to asses the situation and generate a full report. These individuals determine the extent of damage and what can be repaired or replaced under your policy.

Depending on the nature of the damage, having a contractor there to also aid in this process can be beneficial for the homeowner and adjustor. Most adjusters are extremely knowledgeable about their business but differences in experience and the potential for damage to be underneath what can be immediately observed could be better suited by an expert in the particular field. This helps to avoid any further issues regarding damage once the repair process begins.

Settle the Claim

Once the full report is received by the insurance company the settlement will be generated. For most, depending on the specifics of your insurance policy, this includes payment to cover the cost of any repairs, full roof replacement, and/or damage caused to other items associated with the initial cause.

However, in some cases the insurance company may dispute certain issues regarding the case. In particular, if further damage was caused by not taking appropriate steps to protect your belongings or home once it was safe to do so. If you leave a hole in your roof unattended for some time and then attempt to file a claim at a later date, this may not be covered.

Make Repairs

Depending on your particular insurance policy and company, a repair service may be hired or you may be responsible for getting your own work completed. In either case, make certain whoever is conducting the repair is certified and trained in their area. Many companies will attempt to make a run on an affected area, work for a few months making “repairs” and then disappear to the next site of a natural disaster.

Ensure you are getting reputable work from a certified individual or company before moving forward with the repair process. This not only protects your own investment but guarantees that any future concerns can and will be addressed.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we handle any and all roofing, gutter, or siding needs. If your home has suffered damage and you’re either currently in the claim process or looking for guidance and assistance, we can help. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your roof or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
 
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Arvada Roofing Company Fall Checklist for Homeowners


October 2, 2019

As the calendar turns and seasons change, it often serves in helping people be reminded to complete certain tasks in or around their home. Similar to the common pattern of changing your smoke detector batteries along with corresponding time changes twice a year, each season - fall, winter, spring and summer - poses a unique threat to your roof and homeowners need to be prepared to locate any issues. Making sure that your property is protected can be an important step to keeping both your family and valuables safe in the future.

Too many times people forget about the importance of their roof and maintaining a routine check on how it is performing. Homeowners pay attention to their yards, car maintenance, inside upkeep and cleanliness but far too often forego giving any special attention to perhaps the most important piece of construction on an entire site - the roof. Looming overhead and protecting a home from the outside elements 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the roof’s job is never finished but the seasonal change serves as a great opportunity to give yours the inspection it readily deserves.

Denver's Roof Company, Arvada Roofing & Construction advise following some key components of routine roof maintenance that can help to ensure you, your loved ones, and your possessions remain protected.

Inspection
Depending on the style and construction material of your roof, in addition to whether or not it is a commercial or residential property, will go a long way in determining how to conduct a proper roof inspection. For most, a residential roof will be the answer but for anyone there is one critical component to the overall process. Any roofing issues are easier handled when they are detected early. Instead of waiting for potential damage to compound and cause structural or integrity issues, a consistent time table for conducting proper roof inspections can help to locate any potential problem areas before it’s too late.

Getting the help of a professional is also important. Homeowners often take a look around the house without ever stepping foot on the roof itself and determine since there are no obvious signs of damage that everything is good. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Depending on what type of conditions the roof has been subjected to over its recent history, some factors which could potentially cause a problem down the line may not be noticeable to the untrained eye - particularly from ground level.

Climbing a ladder and taking a close-up look at the roof can go a long way in spotting any deficiencies, which is often why hiring the assistance of professional help is always recommended. 

Potential Storm Damage
Depending on how many storms and to what severity a roof has been subjected will have an impact on the lifespan of any material. No matter the construction components of your roof, each needs to be inspected periodically to locate any issues. Of course, after a storm with large hailstones or heavy winds, an immediate overlook is warranted but less severe weather can also have an impact on a roof over time.
Cleaning

Fall also presents the perfect time for a roof cleaning. Yes, just as you wash your car or pressure wash a house, the roof too can need a good cleaning from time to time. If not, algae, moss, and other materials may begin to form on the roof and although the don’t pose any immediate dangers, they do produce an unsightly appearance.

One thing to remember when washing algae and moss off a roof is to not use a pressure washer. These may come in handy for other substances, but shingled roofs may be damaged by the amount of pressure behind these types of cleaning. Instead a simple mix of water and bleach is recommended.

Leaves and Debris
Another fall occurrence is the build up of leaves and other potential debris on a rooftop. Depending on what is found, it may not pose any immediate danger but a long-term stay could build up more problems, especially if the weather changes. Piled up leaves can prevent water from running off into the gutter system, leading to pooling and perhaps leak issues, whereas other items - limbs, etc. could mean added weight on certain areas.

Immediate removal of any such items should be taken by the property owner to help prevent any potential issues.

Flashing Check
Roof flashing is an important component to any structure. Preventing water damage at corners or other openings - chimneys, overhangs, etc. - these areas need a quality inspection to ensure there are no leaks. Damage or simply wear from constantly being exposed to the elements could potentially cause a breach and it is extremely helpful to address any issues early rather than after the flashing has potentially failed.

Vent Check
Much like the flashing, when vents are installed an opening has been created within the roof or overhang. Ensuring these possible problem areas have tight seals and are not in danger of any leakage is extremely 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, 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 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 Importance of Proper Ventilation


September 18, 2019

A roof is one of the most important components of any structure but is often not given much thought unless there is an issue. Fortunately, proper planning and inspections can ensure that you and everything housed underneath is protected. By having a professional assessment of your roof conducted, any potential issues can be noted and properly corrected before something happens.

There are many different types of roofing materials and each requires a different set of checks during an inspection but one constant remains despite these varying circumstances. Proper roof ventilation is one of the most important factors to consider whether your roof is part of a new construction or has been in place for years. Fortunately, any issues, regardless of age can be corrected by either initially installing the necessary vents or adding them in order to create the proper amount of air flow.

Typically, either attic or soffit vents can be placed in order to help maintain or increase the airflow, depending on the current situation. Attic vents are placed into the existing attic either on an available space or the roof itself. Soffit vents are installed underneath the eaves of a home and provide a similar function. Depending on the issue or where airflow needs to be increased, a decision can be made about which type or combination should be utilized to ensure the proper results, especially since improper ventilation can lead to a variety of damaging issues - including each of the following.

Added Heat

One of the vital roles of roofing insulation is to help keep a building energy efficient. While this remains a key aspect, if the area underneath a roof isn’t properly ventilated then maximum efficiency for the insulation cannot be reached. Even if a roof has adequate insulation installed, if the vents aren’t clear or installed then the building will retain an enormous amount of heat. In the summer especially, this can be a significant problem.

Even in the winter months, improper ventilation can cause other issues. While one may think heat entrapment would be a benefit at this point in the year, the opposite is not. Losing energy efficiency at any point in the year can wreak havoc on your power bill, while adding unnecessary wear and tear to your heating and cooling unit as well.

Shingle Failure

The situation of heat building up underneath a roof will also lead to shingle failure. Without the ability to cool underneath a shingled surface the build up can cause shingles to break down from underneath. If not properly ventilated, this can lead to bigger issues once the outside structure is tested.

If not performing as anticipated, the shingle could cause water damage during a rain storm or any number of other potential hazards. Making sure these areas are properly cooled and maintained with sufficient air flow helps to eliminate this worry.

Ice Dam Prevention

Another issue, especially prevalent in Denver and the surrounding areas is the prevention of ice dams. These occur when the eaves of a roof remain at below freezing temperatures but the warm air underneath a roof melts any build up of snowfall. However, instead of being able to move toward gutter systems and away from the home, freezing temperatures just above the gutters cause ice to build up and then block any runoff. Unfortunately, this can lead to pooling and potential water damage inside the walls or through the roof of a home. 

Fortunately, increasing the air flow and ensuring that the attic area is well ventilated can help to keep the roof at a steady temperature and allow for an even melting of snow or ice to occur. This helps especially when temperatures warm during the day but then dip back below freezing at night. The pattern of thawing and refreezing can be hazardous to a roof and any steps to eliminate this damage causing issue should be followed.

Moisture Buildup

Similar to how basements can become damp and dingy without proper ventilation, the same can occur to an attic or space underneath the outer roof layer. While a dehumidifier may be used to help pull water from the air in a basement, proper ventilation to the area above ground can help eliminate any concerns. 

This air flow helps to keep moisture from seeping up and causing damage to a structure. Many may not be familiar with the fact that a complete and thorough roof inspection involves more than just the outside parameters. Checking underneath is also just as important.

Dry Rot

Roof decking is the layer of materials between the inside of a home or building and the outside shingles or other covering. This is typically plywood for residential homes and is attached to the trusses underneath. Unfortunately, this wood can begin to dry rot if subjected to moisture build up from being exposed in an under ventilated area. 

This puts the integrity of a roof in question and allows for other damages to occur easier. Not only will the weakened decking material allow for water to breach this outer barrier but it can also create a hole or holes if struck from the outside. Hail or any other falling debris could cause unwanted penetration into the home raising another issue altogether. 

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 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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