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Arvada Roofing Company Summertime Care Components


July 17, 2019

For many individuals, summertime signals the start of a much needed vacation season and a time of relaxing wherever the road takes you on your travels. Getting outside of your home and enjoying the nicer weather without a care in the world about day jobs or other work - especially any of those tasks associated with keeping up your current residence. Unfortunately, this is not an ideal situation for many homeowners as summer can be one of the most stressful seasons on your property’s roof. While it may consist of entirely different elements than the winter and fall seasons tend to produce, the challenges of summertime do extend to properly caring for your roof and need to be given their due amount of consideration.

Protecting your family, friends, and guests is always important and ensuring that you are taking appropriate steps to do so with regular roof maintenance can go a long way. Not only will it make certain that the home’s overhead covering is properly cared for but it also can produce a significant return on the real estate investment while providing years of routine casual care once a complete replacement has been issued. Don’t think just because the warming temperatures have you unthawing from a frigid winter that your roof is immediately good to go, because it’s doing the same, making summertime one of the best times to install a new roof or seek repairs after a complete inspection conducted by a qualified professional.

Sun Exposure

No matter where you live, the sun is going to have some exposure on the roof of your residence. The amount is what makes a difference and even in Colorado, this can vary from home to home - even within the same neighborhood. While direct sunlight won’t cause extreme damage, it does add to the normal wear and tear that a roof receives.

No matter if your roof is partially shaded, knowing that certain areas are exposed and have the potential for damage should lead homeowners to conduct a review of their current situation. While nearly all roofing materials used for construction purposes are built to last for decades, the amount of sunlight exposure and area of a roof that is subject could lead to a shorter lifespan.

Heavy Rainfall

Water damage is something that every homeowner fears, especially when the entrance point is coming from above through a roof or ceiling. This exposes everything underneath to potential damage and the factors that may cause issues even after cleanup. Mold and mildew are problems that can arise if a roof is susceptible to water damage and the amount of rainfall during the spring and summer months is often much more than received during other parts of the year.

While snowfall amounts are high throughout Colorado, the summertime rains storms can also lead to roof damage. Many homeowners consider the winter and work to ensure their home will be protected during these months but forget the potential damaging characteristics associated with a rise in the amount of rain and even downpours which can but the structural components of a roof at risk.

Hail Damage

Another summer issue that is not as prevalent during the winter is hail. Typically accompanying thunderstorms, hail damage can weaken the roof’s structural components and should be closely examined if subjected to this type of precipitation. While a professional observation may be needed to determine the extent of any damage, there are a few signs to spot hail damage that homeowners can recognize if they look closely.

These examinations should be conducted from the actual roof level and not on the ground. Simply looking up from ground level, much of the hail damage could go unnoticed as the removal of shingle material and other potential defects are often only the size of the hailstones which have come into contact with the overhead surfaces.

Increasing Heat

Heat exposure is something that can also potentially cause damage after repeated exposure. Similar to sun, there won’t be any sudden issues but repeatedly soaking up the sun and being subjected to heat is one of the factors that causes normal wear to a roof. Serving to keep your home protected from all of the elements, roof’s absorb an enormous amount of heat (depending on the amount of sun reaching the surface) and are consistently expanding and contracting based on the outside temperatures. These changes cause the materials used for construction to become compromised and can potentially lead to problem areas.

Repair Components

Any repairs needed that are noted during the summer months may be a bit more costly but leaving any signs of damage unattended could potentially cause bigger issues. If you suspect that a roof has been structurally weakened by any of the above elements then having a complete inspection ordered could help to not only reveal potential issues but allow homeowners to rest easy if nothing noteworthy is found. Either way, as property owners prepare for the winter months and snowfall, getting a head start on roof maintenance during the later summer is extremely important.

As the summer progresses, ensure that you and your family can rest easy and enjoy the vacation season instead of being worried about how well your home is protected. Taking the appropriate steps to inspect and repair any noted items allows for the continued protection of your home and all of the things housed underneath the roof structure. A critical component that often doesn’t receive the necessary upkeep, summer checkups aid in optimum protection.

Backed by decades of experience, Arvada Roofing and Construction has been providing quality roof construction and repair throughout the Denver area for nearly 20 years. Equipped with an amazing staff to handle any roofing job, no matter the size, our company will work to ensure you are pleased with both the design choice and end result of any roofing related project. Providing roofing services of all types in addition to siding and seamless gutters, we are ready to help. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate!
 
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Arvada Roofing Company Construction Questions to Ask


June 19, 2019

There comes a time in home ownership where the need to address certain areas, make improvements, or repair general maintenance issues will become prevalent. For siding, gutter, and roof repair, the timing of these needed fixes often reflects initially on when the installation process occurred. Typically these components of a home are built to last but depending on when you take over ownership - the need for a replacement, general inspection, or modification could be warranted. If this is the case, then consider asking the following questions before selecting someone or their company to complete your repairs.

Avoiding DIY (do-it-yourself) projects is something to consider for a variety of different reasons. No matter if you have experience in a particular area, there are still reasons to seek the assistance of a qualified professional service to complete the task at hand. In addition, knowing which other questions to ask before deciding on a specific company or service for your home improvement needs is a critical factor to consider. Making sure that you are not only going to get the best return on your investment, but also a quality finished product that will leave you worry free for years to come is an important issue. Before beginning any home improvements, especially those involving something as critical as the roof of a residence, follow these steps as a guideline to ensure you receive the best possible service available.
History

The difficult part about establishing history is that someone has to give you an initial opportunity. Unfortunately, when it comes to home repairs and replacing something as critical as the roof, most homeowners find it difficult to be the guinea pig for such a project. Instead, and rightfully so, finding a company with an established history of service in this particular area is important. 

No matter if it has been ten or twenty-plus years - knowing a company has been performing the same duties that will be needed at your home on other properties throughout an established time period is an important factor. Not only does it show a commitment to quality service but also that their practices have been established and passed on from one homeowner to the next over a certain timeframe. This fact in and of itself eliminates the need to be apprehensive about the groups business practices and performance.
References

A long history of established business practices can either be solidified or dismantled from a personal reference or testimonial. Regardless of if your business has been in service for years the ability of personal influence and sharing of experiences from one customer to the next can either help or hinder the current state of your business. By seeking out these personal recommendations, a homeowner will know that they are getting the best possible services no matter what type of home improvement project they need.

The reasons behind testimonials being powerful not only serves to point out a history of successful services but also the emotional attachment between individuals. Seeing, reading, or hearing about a similar scenario to the one with which you are faced and finding positive results can be extremely important. These practices help to ensure that you are making the correct decision for your home and for those whom it houses.
Recent Projects

Another component to consider before making a determination on a home improvement project is the comparison of recently completed projects. No matter the amount of established history or quality reviews, if possible, you should personally check out the work done on recent projects. 

Not only does this display a continued work ethic and consistency in the field of home improvements but it also allows you to get a first-hand look at what their most recent work has produced.
Similar Projects

Likewise, getting a look at similar projects can also be beneficial. Depending on the need for your property - looking at the completed project from a similar repair, modification, or remodel on another home can be a positive experience. 
Timeframe

The construction project timeline is also something that should be addressed prior to beginning any project of this variety. Not only is this important in terms of how it may affect your ability to access your home but understanding the timing and overall impact can be critically important. 
Cost

No matter the preceding outcomes from an in-depth analysis about the project about to take place, every homeowner is going to be concerned about the price. Establishing a true bottom line and knowing what potential unforeseen expenses may arise during the course of a project is important.

Before starting work, a company that will be up front about the initial cost, in addition to what may take place that could affect the final price one way or another is not only a solid business practice but something that can make homeowners feel at ease about the amount of money they are going to put into a rebuild, remodel, or upgrade.
Guarantee or Warranty

Quality contractors warranties can also be something that could influence the determination about who should complete a specific project. Also an important component when weighing the options between a DIY project and one that should be addressed by a professional, the established length of time that a warranty or guarantee for the services rendered established can help to determine which party should be selected to complete a task. 

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 Reasons to Avoid DIY Projects


June 5, 2019

Everyone always wants to do all they can in order to save a little money. No matter if you’re shopping for an automobile or simply picking up the weekly load of groceries, it seems all humans are looking for a deal. Scouring the newspapers in order to find a coupon, simply spending the money on something that you find a coupon for, or attempting to get the best possible price from a dealership - everyone’s in search of the best possible bargain.

The same applies to home improvements, construction and remodeling but for these changes it always seems someone has a great idea or way they can save you money. Unlike going for groceries or buying a car, nobody is going to produce these goods for you, when it comes to building something or making a repair, it seems everyone has some type of input. Nosy neighbors want to offer their services, family members who you haven’t spoken to in years offer their two cents of advice - it just appears that do-it-yourself (DIY) projects may be a solid option, but are they worth the headache? 

The answer is no.

Unless you are a trained professional, attempting to complete odd jobs around your home can end up being more costly than productive. Even if you think someone assisting has experience or has completed a similar job before, there are still many disadvantages to trying to complete this work on your own. Instead of setting out on a project and then ending up having to call in a professional, simply start with a reputable source and allow the experts in the field to handle all of the work.
Dangerous

For starters, many construction projects can be extremely dangerous - especially when dealing with roof repair or gutter assembly. These projects take place at various heights and if you don’t have the proper equipment for safe access, both can be extremely dangerous.

Unless you have some type of experience working at unsafe heights above the ground then consider picking up the phone and making a call, instead of someone else having to do the same for an ambulance should something go awry. It is so much better to be safe than sorry.
Warranty

Another costly impact of DIY projects is the absence of a warranty. No matter how skilled you are at completing a particular project, there are no guarantees. If you have a professional service complete the job then often it is guaranteed for a specific time period should there be any future issues.

In addition, depending on the construction project taking place, even some of the materials that may be used on the worksite could have their warranty voided if not installed by a licensed individual. For example, if you are attempting to replace the windows of your home, the warranty may be no good if they are not professionally installed. Instead of having to worry with reading all of the fine print, a simple call for a professional service installation can help to ease any fears of future issues.

Time and Money
Everyone seems to be busy these days and even if you manage to find time for diy projects, it often ends up not being enough. You set aside a certain window of opportunity in order to complete a task like repairing a gutter that has come unattached from the eaves of your home. Seems like a simple enough fix until you are actually involved in the process. 

Your 15-minute fix ends up lasting an entire weekend or having to be extended until another free weekend opens up because of multiple setbacks. Turns out the clip that holds the gutter in place has fallen loose and can’t be found, this requires finding another. The hardware used for attachment may have also been lost and getting the right materials for repair takes time. Then there’s getting something to reach it, elevating the danger potential depending on where the gutter is located, and other issues. You finally complete the project and then when it rains the gutter overflows because it isn’t set to pitch allowing proper water flow to the downspout - now the entire project starts over. This is just one example of how something that appears to be a simple repair turns into a costly project in terms of time and money. Avoid all of the hassle and let someone else do it for you.  

Headache
Finally, even if you’ve considered all of the potential downfalls plus the time and money characteristics of something that needs to be done. There is still the simple fact that it may not be worth the headache. While this may differ slightly from project to project, there is still the fact that having a professional complete the job is often the best solution.

Compare each upgrade or improvement needed to making a sandwich. You may have all of the necessary ingredients and the time in order to make one yourself but they seem to always taste better when you have someone else fix it for you. The same can be said of many do-it-yourself projects around the home. There is no need to put yourself at risk or spend precious time and money on something when you can get the same thing accomplished by a professional service for a similar cost - and have the guarantee of a warranty or assurance that should anything arise in the future it will be handled accordingly.

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 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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