Arvada Roofing & Construction News

Arvada Roofing Company Reveals Common Roof Leak Causes


March 6, 2019

Signs of water inside your attic or upper level of your home can be an alarming sight. If you have an attic and the water has already penetrated the roof and ceiling, then immediate action should be taken in order to both find the cause and repair any damage. While water is a sure sign of a potential breach, any holes or areas where the air escapes can cause issues. The damage caused by water penetration can be extreme, but the energy efficiency and heating/cooling loss can also be a major problem.

Some weakening of a roof structure may be evident and professional inspections can serve to help eliminate any issues before a severe problem arises. The key is understanding when the roof was initially installed, the amount of weather and abuse it has taken, in addition to making certain all the proper upkeep and maintenance issues have been administered properly.

These steps can assist in finding areas that could lead to water penetration later and allow for corrections to be made in a timely manner. For any homeowner facing multiple issues, the decisions between a patch and complete installation should be decided due to a number of different factors. Some of these determinations for replacing or repairing your roof depend on age, exposure, and the property’s future incentive. For example, if plans are to sell the home in the next few years then an unsightly roof patch may cause issues despite not being aesthetically pleasing. If the roof is over 15 years old then a completely new roof may be a more marketable decision regardless of the future implications. Finally, if the roof is relatively new and has endured some wind damage, then patching provides the best possible outcome.

SHINGLE DAMAGE

Shingle damage can come from high winds or hail, in which case the entire roof is likely in need of a professional inspection. However, there are plenty of other factors that cause damage to shingles and in turn can lead to water penetrating the home. Shingles that are loosened from the wind can create gaps in the roof’s covering. These openings need to be examined and professionally repaired in an effort to keep any water damage to a minimum.

As with anything else, age also plays a significant factor. When shingles age their ability to withstand the elements deteriorates. As this happens, the potential for rainwater and snowmelt building up and causing damage within the home is increased.

Depending on the previously mentioned factors - current age and future use of the home - the decision to either repair the entire roof or only replace the damaged shingles can be made.

FLASHING DAMAGE

Another cause for water breaching the home occurs around chimneys and other angles where the roof may meet different elevations. At these points flashing and how it works to keep the home air tight is important. Installed where windows come out from the roof, around anything that penetrates the roof from within, and along edges, the flashing is used on angles where shingles cannot be nearly as effective.

Flashing is typically more durable than the shingles but over time it too can age and cause issues. In addition, storms and high winds can also cause the flashing pieces to peel back away from the structure. Once this happens, any water can penetrate into the home and air escaping will dramatically increase. Routine inspections can help to locate any areas that may become hazardous and ensure that improvements are made prior to being under water.

BOOT DAMAGE

Another roof top material that serves to protect penetrating pipes from the interior of the home through the roof are rubber boots. These boots blend the flashing, if installed, and cover the pipes to create a secure barrier around the home’s opening. Vent pipes especially are items which require the boot to be administered. 

Typically made of a rubber material, these boots can rot which causes cracking over time. Once cracked, the boot will begin to separate from itself and pull away from the protected pipe. After this occurs, any water penetrating the home will become an issue. By observing the condition of all pipe boots on a regular basis, any potential signs of cracking can be quickly located and the boots replaced.

ROOF NAILS

Another issue which can cause problems are the roof nails which occasionally will back out of the structure. A somewhat common occurrence considering the amount of nails used in order to secure the shingles to a home, these roofing nails that pop up are typically the result of a bad initial drive. Depending on the amount or placing of the nails, sometimes they don’t get the proper hold and could back out due to non-grip. 

The humidity and constant temperature fluctuations occurring both on the top and underneath a roof can also cause the roofing nails to naturally remove. Coincidentally, the holes left within the structure can become issues as water penetrates the roof. Any humps in the current shingles should be examined to ensure the nails have not been removed - a professional examination can help to identify any potential problem areas and make the necessary corrections before an abundance of damage has occurred. 

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: Home Gutter System Checklist


February 20, 2019

Spring is on the horizon and after enduring a cold and dreary winter, rain is likely to be in the forecast when it arrives. While there isn’t a perfect time of the year to specifically examine the effectiveness of your property’s gutter system, prior to the rainy season presents a good opportunity to ensure everything is flowing smoothly before rainwater becomes an issue either outside, or worse - inside your home. Improper drainage can cause a handful of issues and homeowners need to ensure their gutter systems are working correctly before it’s too late.

Although some aspects of a building’s gutter system must be observed during rainfall, there are a number of issues which can be detected and then remedied prior to the rains arriving. These obstacles are the ones that need to be addressed before the rain arrives - if properly taken care of then waterflow shouldn’t be an issue, no matter the amount of rainfall. However, there are a few deficiencies which may only be observed during a rainstorm and regardless of the confidence in your pre-storm inspection/improvements, a quick observation of the system in action can serve to not only ease any tension associated with the home’s gutter system but also allow for property owners to rest easy knowing their rainwater removal system is working properly.

Each of the following areas can be observed prior to any excessive rainfall and should be considered to be a good starting point for examining the effectiveness of your gutter system. The intended purpose of a gutter is to move water away from the building in the most effective way possible. Given this is a task that can have extremely detrimental effects when ignored, knowing your gutter system functions properly is critically important. Consider the following areas of inspection before the any excessive rainfall arrives.

Blockages

Leaves and other items can cause blockages in the pipeline for gutter drainage. Whether located along the roofline or inside a downspout, any blockage is going to cause major issues for removing water from the property. If blocked at either location, the potential for flooding inside the home significantly increases. The good news is that many of these potential hazards can be located and removed prior to causing any serious damage.

One area that can cause blockages on older systems is the connection point between pieces of the gutter system. These overlapping joints create potential hazards for dirt, leaves, and twigs to become entangled and cause potential issues with the proper drainage pattern. To alleviate these issues, seamless gutter systems can be installed. It can be important to have seamless gutters when faced with multiple issues associated with the connection points in old gutter systems. The elimination of these potential stopping points creates a smooth and continuous water flow for homes and buildings equipped with a seamless gutter system.

The benefits of a gutter system without built in stoppage points can be extremely beneficial when attempting to create a free flowing system of rainwater away from the home. 

Debris

Not only can the overlap pieces of older gutter systems cause issues, but debris - such as twigs, can also create a potential hazard. These random sticks and pieces of tree limbs which fall onto the roof and then eventually wind up in the gutter can restrict water flow and eventually lead to the same issues as blockages.

Before the rain arrives, a quick examination of the roof and gutter system can eliminate this hazard. Any sticks located on the roof itself or inside the gutter should be removed, allowing for free, unrestricted water flow throughout the system.

Build Up

Another source of blockage can be created by moss build up within the gutter system or on the roof itself. Moisture exposure and shade can increase the chance of this becoming an issue and once growing inside the gutter, it can cause water damage by creating a significant blockage. 

Removing moss on roofs isn’t too difficult as there are many sprays and different manufactured components which can help to eliminate these issues. The key is early detection and often a simple overview of the gutter system and roof can lead to eliminating any moss build up before it becomes a significant issue.

Overflow

Once the rain begins to fall, noting any overflow patterns is key to eliminating any issues that were not found prior to the precipitation. If there are areas of the gutter where water is flowing over the side, then immediate action should be taken once it is safe and possible. 

These areas can create damage to siding and the interior of a home if located near a downspout or other area where excessive water build up could penetrate into the building. The blockage may be a temporary issue created by a limb or leaves that got stuck after rains begin to fall and could not be located and remedied prior, but in any instance, observing the potential hazard and taking the measures necessary to eliminate any issues is important.

Downspouts

Another area of concern is the downspout. These need to also be clear of any debris and while a dry inspection may not reveal any issues, once the rain begins to fall there should be plenty of opportunity to find any problems. If the downspout is clogged then chances increase for the water to build up and flow into the home instead of underground and away from the property. Also, the blockage could lead to water back up through the downspout and create an overflow at the gutter itself.

Any indication of these issues should be dealt with once possible to avoid any long-term effects of water damage or overflow. The ability to locate and then remedy any issues in the quickest manner possible will serve to best protect your home and investment. 

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing gutter installation, 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 gutter system 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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Vinyl Siding Replacement Advantages by Arvada Roofing Company


February 6, 2019

Today, even most brick homes utilize some aspect of vinyl siding in eaves and around other areas of the home. These transition pieces or sections not only serve to influence the overall look of a property, but they also are a necessity in terms of the overall construction process. Depending on the roof type implemented, an area from where the actual wall concludes until the pitch runs down needs to be filled. In these instances, using vinyl siding to cover the exposed construction elements, padded with insulation behind, presents the best look and most energy efficient option for the residence and homeowner.

Vinyl siding has an exceptional lifespan when cared for properly but there are a few signs of wear or damage which may indicate that a change is needed. While these may not occur for years down the line, there are a couple of scenarios where even replacing all existing siding may benefit a property owner.

Since the inception of vinyl siding and its application on homes across the country, there has been a major debate about whether or not it is an appropriate building material. While improvements over time have effectively changed these negative connotations, there are still a few dreaded rumors about the usage and especially the manufacturing or recycling process when a change is needed. Given the improvements across the board in both areas, there are still plenty of reasons to love vinyl siding. Cost effectiveness, the ability to hand pick a color your prefer, durability, and the ease of maintenance are just a few of these factors.

However, there will be times when a change is required. If your home is showing any of these signs or you find yourself in any of the following situations - consider a professionally installed replacement.

MELTING
While vinyl siding protects your home from the weather elements, if you do expose it to extreme heat for an extended period, melting can occur. This is not the case from hot summer days, but a grill or smoker operating too close to the home could cause issues and potentially damage to your vinyl siding. While the flame may not directly be in contact with the home (a good thing!) even the heat released from cooking could cause a severe issue. If you’re grilling, make certain to pull the grill out and away from the home before lighting and beginning to prepare any meal.

The good news is that with vinyl siding, portions are replaceable instead of the entire surface. For this instance, only the affected pieces would need to be changed.

ROT
Another cause for the decline of vinyl siding performance and sign it should be replaced revolves around rotting sections of wood underneath. While vinyl siding can protect your home, nothing is 100-percent effective in keeping out every single drop of rain and moisture build up. 

After a professional inspection, it may be determined that you do not need to replace rotted wood before installing vinyl siding. If the impacted section(s) are minor then quality siding, installed correctly can continue to protect your home and investment for years to come.  

UTILITY INCREASE
Another sign of damage or failed siding includes an unexplainable rise in the cost of utility bills to either heat or cool a home. Air leaks in a property negate the production of the HVAC unit and even siding with insulation installed underneath can become vulnerable to break downs at certain points in their overall lifespan.

If you’re heating/cooling habits haven’t changed and the weather maintains average temperatures for the corresponding months, yet the cost to heat or cool significantly increases, then an inspection of the siding should be conducted. It may be revealed that certain areas have bulged out or peeled away from the home, leading to an easier correction before considering a complete change to ensure the residence is insulated properly.

VALUE
However, a complete new installation could increase the property value of your home. If you’re in the market for a new property or hoping to make a profit off the currently owned vinyl siding home, then consider changing the color/siding. Both could potentially increase the property value and although there would be up front cost, it may be recouped when the residence is purchased by another party.

Changing the colors to fit current trends or create a new look also comes with knowing that typical vinyl siding can last upwards of 25 years.

PEST CONTROL
If your home has suffered a breach by insects then examining the vinyl siding should be considered. At times, bugs and termites can burrow into the siding and reach the wood inside your home creating considerable issues. While not always noticeable, a regular inspection of the siding should be conducted in order to determine there hasn’t been a breach around the property.

Again, the good news is that siding can be replaced in sections so should evidence of insect damage exist. Then replacing the areas affected can significantly reduce the cost of having to change out an entire house.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing vinyl siding and roof inspections, installations, remodels, repair 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 vinyl siding 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 Details Potential Dangers to Your Roof


January 23, 2019

Whether you are a new homeowner or have owned your residence for many years, anything threatening to your roof and its ability to protect your home should be given top priority. Often overlooked, the importance of a sound roof protecting your home is unquestionable yet many homeowners fail to even pay attention until something serious threatens the integrity of the roof’s structure. Some of these dangerous elements are unavoidable and cannot be predicted but many can be prevented with appropriate action prior to something occuring. 

The first line of defense against the elements and everything else, your roof, its structure, pitch, material, and age should all be factors that are either investigated or known prior to purchasing or building a home. If you’re responsible for a new construction, then obviously the age is not a concern, but knowing the type of weather in the area where you’re building can help contractors know which roof type would be best suited for the particular property in question.

By understanding the importance of your roof and the wear it may be subjected to, informed decisions can be made about the future maintenance services needed to ensure your roof serves its intended purpose for many years to come. Typically, a new roof will last somewhere between 25 and 30 years with proper maintenance and upkeep - such an investment shouldn’t be taken lightly and once installed or inherited, it should be cared for appropriately.

Following is a brief overview of the top dangers to your home’s roof structure. 

Trees


Depending on the proximity of trees to your home, branches and potentially part of the canopy structure may overhang your home’s roof posing a potential for danger or damage. Limbs and branches can fall causing structural damage to your roof in addition to trees themselves which can topple and if impacted, hurt to the entire structure.

If you have large limbs lingering overhead or trees which could fall and potentially cause significant damage to your roof then, action should be taken immediately to resolve all of these issues. Removal of the limbs or trees will eliminate the danger and ensure your roof maintains integrity while serving its intended purpose.

Ice Dams


The unfortunate formation of ice dams can cause damage to your home by allowing water to pool overhead and then potentially penetrate the roof structure. Depending on where you live, an abundance of frozen precipitation combined with thawing and refreezing temperatures can lead to the formation of these potentially hazardous phenomenons.

Knowing how to get rid of ice dams begins with taking measure to prevent them from occurring in the first place. By implementing measures to keep your roof at an even cool temperature, a homeowner can fight against these ice formations.

Ventilation


While good ventilation is able to provide a preventative measure against the formation of ice dams, ensuring your roof is properly ventilated provides other positive benefits. If your roof isn’t properly ventilated either with the use of an exhaust fan or natural effect based on the structure or type of your roof, then other factors can be affected.

Appropriate air flow reduces energy costs and keeps the inhabited portions of the home or building from suffering temperature extremes. If the airflow in the roof is restricted then regardless of how your home’s heating and cooling systems are working, they can be strained by the loss of air overhead. Always a plus, conserving energy by utilizing the availability of proficient airflow may also help to extend the service life of your roof.

Moss/Algae


The formation of moss or algae on a roof can be caused by areas that are subject to cool and shaded temperatures, in addition to moisture. Not only are these patches extremely unsightly but they can also lead to many different issues unrelated to the moss or algae itself.

Similar to ice dams, an unattended patch of moss has the potential to form a barrier, keeping rainwater from flowing freely off of the roof and into the guttering system to carry it away from the home. This water, when left in a certain spot for an extended period of time can create damaging issues, including leaking into the attic and penetrating the home. Any areas on the roof which may be subject to moss formations should be inspected regularly to ensure that these areas remain free and clear of moss, algae, or any other fungi. From warm, soapy water to chemicals, there are a number of options to choose from in order for homeowners to implement the roof moss removal process.

Weather


While many of the previously mentioned factors can be predictable or observed, Mother Nature is quite the opposite. You may know the area in which you live is subject to above average snowfall or rain but severe weather is often unpredictable. High winds, hail, heavy rains, ice, and snow can all be potentially hazardous to your roof.

Weather can damage individual shingles or worse and any potential imperfections should be examined once it is safe to do so. After enduring high winds for an extended period of time or any other severe weather, a proper roof inspection should be conducted. 

Often these need to be professional inspections, administered by qualified individuals who will mount the roof and evaluate closely any potential damage. Homeowners may elect to view their roof from the ground initially but some elements of damage may not be visible unless on top of the building itself.

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 tirelessly to ensure you are pleased with both the design choice and end result of any roofing related project on your home or other structure. 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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Frequently Asked Roofing Questions Answered by Arvada Roofing Company


January 9, 2019

When is the last time you thought about the roof above your home? One of the first lines of defense against Mother Nature and the wide range of weather elements that may impact your house, the roof - its makeup and construction components are often only highlighted when something goes wrong. On a typical day most every homeowner takes their roof for granted unless a problem arises, which should definitely not be the case. Let water begin to trickle into your living room or high winds remove a significant patch of shingles and suddenly the roof of your home is priority number one. The fact is, it should be given special consideration and inspected on a regular basis to ensure that no unnecessary issues arise and the ones that do are handled accordingly.

Given the importance of a solid roof structure and the many different components that need to be given consideration in order to ensure a properly protected structure, a roof shouldn’t be something that is only cared for when something goes wrong. Proper maintenance and inspections can reveal when issues may be arising and depending on the extreme weather to which a roofing area is exposed, the length of time a roof can properly complete its purpose will vary. To ensure that your roof lasts for a significant amount of time and keeps protecting your home and valuable assets well into the future then consider periodic inspections and regular upkeep.

Following are few frequently asked questions in terms of a roof and the materials revolving around both the implementation of an entirely new surface and other components.

How Long Will My Roof Last?


Depending on when the installation occurred, the lifespan of a roof can vary considerably but there are a few key factors that have an impact. Number one is the amount of weather and exposure to extreme elements that a roof has incurred. An inordinate amount of snowfall or ice accumulation, being subject to high winds for considerable periods of time, and even heavy rains can deteriorate the roofing materials and shorten an average lifespan.

In average conditions, a new roof can typically serve its purpose for approximately 20 years. Whether purchasing an existing home or buying new, knowing when the roof was installed and how much life remains in the materials ability to protect your home is critically important. In extreme weather areas, such as much of Colorado, knowing when a roof was installed and the amount of wear and tear it has taken over a given time period will be important to consider when thinking about the future or possible replacement for a structure.

Signs My Roof Needs Replacing


Regardless of the amount of time a roof has been installed, there are few tell-tell signs that the materials need to be replaced. Depending on the amount of damage a roof has incurred based on the weather patterns of a particular area or the time that a roof has been installed these are a few key factors to consider when looking for signs that a new roof is needed.

Some of the signs indicating you need a new roof include not only knowing when the roof was last replaced but being able to see warnings of potential problems before they occur. Water stains on insulation or other wet areas inside your attic indicate that the roof materials are failing and may be in need of replacement. Instead of starting on the outside, look inside your home, above the living area for any signs of a potential breach in the roofing material. 

In addition, checking the outside areas for any signs of shingle damage or removal can be indicators that something needs to be done as soon as possible. Also, the flashing surrounding vent pipes and chimneys needs to be inspected to ensure that they are serving the correct purpose and haven’t become damaged due to the elements or exposure. A tight seal is obviously needed to ensure that your home is well protected from the outside and keeping these flashing areas covered and in top shape is vital to protecting your home.

Do I Have Options?


Options? Yes, you have more options than imaginable depending on the type of roof already in place and the materials which can accomodate your purpose. There are multiple options of different roofing materials for longevity that need to be given consideration for your home if ready to replace. Not only should the material chosen be considered for its ability to withstand the elements but also the aesthetic purposes.

Just because the home you have inherited or own now has shingles and a particular style of roof doesn’t indicate that this is the only available option. There are many different types of roof structures and the materials used to make up a roof are also variable and should be given special consideration in order to ensure that the final product is not only able to protect your home for years to come but also pleasing in terms of style and look associated with the home.

What Preparations are Needed?


Once you have determined that a new roof structure is needed then there are a few things which a homeowner can do to assist in the installation process. The first factor is to clear any moveable objects away from the overhangs or areas of the home where anything falling from the roof may cause damage. Once the roofing company is on site, they will be working quickly and clearing your home of any potential hazards will be beneficial to those working to install the new roof structure.

Another aspect to consider is the amount of hammering that will be happening above your living area. If you have any loose materials on the walls or in other areas then securing these pieces or removing them from the walls prior to a new roof installation could be important to keep them from falling. 

Consistent nailing and walking around above loose fitting structures may cause these items to shift and potentially fall or cause damage inside the home. If you know a new roof structure is needed and that individuals will be above head working for a considerable amount of time then removing these hazards below can go a long way in protecting the valuable assets inside your home.

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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