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Arvada Roofing Company Seamless Gutter Advantages


July 11, 2018

 
One of the most overlooked aspects of a home or business property is often the gutter system. Typically, these essential but ignored construction components rarely draw a fuss until new ownership takes over and realizes the shortcomings of a previously installed system. These potential hazards may wind up costing you money in repair due to damages from a guttering system that has not been functioning properly for some time.
 
Excess water runoff can cause erosion, damage to the foundation or even mold in the affected areas, while slow leaks can hurt the siding or outside layer of your property. For these reasons, giving the guttering system a proper inspection both in the sun and rain can help to alleviate any potential issues and draw attention to them prior to a water problem occuring.
 
A fully functioning gutter system serves as a critically important component of any overall residential or industrial structure and when professionally installed and designed can save owners potentially an extensive amount of money over the life of a property. Seamless gutters are the latest in this design area and offer clients multiple colors, patterns and textures from which to choose in order to best fit their anticipated design goals and looks for the installation site, all while offering an inspected installation to ensure full functionality.
 
Unlike older model systems which were pieced together from pre-engineered and cut sections of material in order to cover the varying lengths of roof space, new seamless designs are manufactured on site and cut to the specific needs. These variations and lengths often differ on every side of the same property and definitely change from one work site to the next.
 
These seamless systems offer a variety of benefits over the older models while providing a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to their predecessor. Each of the following characteristics associated with seamless guttering systems boost their functionality and make choosing these systems the right choice for all property owners!

Leakage Caused From Seams

One of the worst problems associated with older model guttering systems were the potential for leaks at every adhesive joint. As the pieces of material were placed together, each seam created an opportunity for water to flow out of the gutter and down onto the property instead of being properly channeled and dispersed.
 
These new seamless guttering systems do not allow leaks or drips over the course of any runway due to the nature of their design. By eliminating the need for materials to be attached multiple times over a desired span, the one-piece design keeps all water flowing precisely where it needs to go.
 
A gutter serving the intended purpose will both hold the water and help to transport it along roof ridges to a connecting downspout and then out away from the foundation of a property. This benefits the owner by not allowing any damages to the siding or basement areas, while allowing them to rest easy during heavy rainfall or snow/ice melting events.


Clogs and Spills Caused From Seams

While any gutter system can be the culprit of a clog, even those protected with a covering of wire mesh or guard, the exact cause for a clogged gutter and reason for the stoppage of waterflow will not be due to a seam. During construction, these attachment seams of the older model systems only provide additional areas for debris to be caught up while flowing through the water channels.
 
A seamless approach eliminates the potential for this occurring and instead provides a smooth passage for all water to the intended location without fail.
 
Should a stoppage or clog occur, the same damage caused from leaking components becomes an issue as water flows up and over the sides of a unit, instead of through the canal. Debris such as leaves and twigs are always going to be an enemy of a gutter system, but knowing these potentially hazardous pieces have less to become trapped on provides another level of security when dealing with any gutter product.

Appearance Without Seams

The looks of a seamless gutter system are also one of the best benefits despite not having anything to do with the unit’s functionality. Breaks throughout older model units would cause unsightly lines along all areas of installation around a home. These lines may have also been highlighted by brackets used to secure each individual piece of gutter material instead of the new attachment technology utilized specifically with a seamless guttering system.
 
The seamless process allows for there to be no need for a support bracket along every individual piece of material because the lengths are pre-cut and engineered to meet precisely the needs of every structure for which they are applied.
 
Also, seamless gutter design systems come in a variety of colors to choose from so any anticipated design concept relegated by the owner can be appropriately handled resulting in the specific look which was needing to be achieved.
 
While older model systems may advertise a price advantage and seemingly cheaper alternative, over even a short period of time the benefits gained from utilizing a seamless design principle will pay for itself. Repairs associated with water damage can be extremely costly and as an owner, taking preventative measures in lieu of retaliatory action is always the best bet. Knowing that an option exists which can limit the amount of debris build-up, potential leaks, or water runoff damage is a plus for the often disregarded guttering system of any real estate property.
 
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 Roof Repair Can Assist with Hail Damage


June 27, 2018

As the calendar turns, time passes, and spring of the year transitions into a summer season the chances for afternoon pop-up thunderstorms and potentially severe weather increases significantly. Mother Nature is unpredictable and damage caused by her various weather elements can unfortunately come in many different forms. Wind, rain, snow, lightning and hail all have the potential for causing damage to one’s home or office and while all can be dangerous - one is more likely to significantly impact a wider range of properties when it occurs.

Hail, which is frozen droplets or formations of rain, typically occurs during severe thunderstorms if the correct conditions permit. These frozen formations can be like rocks of various sizes falling from the sky and depending on their exact diameter may cause damage, sometimes significant, to both homes and especially automobiles left subject to exposure from the elements.

According to weather.com, hail can range in measurable size from that of a penny (approximately ¾ of an inch) to softball (3.8 inches) or even CD/DVD sized (4 ¾ inch) hail. Obviously, the impact of these different ranges in formation will vary but almost any significant amount, regardless of size or shape, has the potential to cause significant damage, especially to a structure’s roof.

Following a hail storm, damage to a roof may not immediately be noticeable for an owner without gathering the assistance of an expert opinion. Many factors contribute to the potential damage caused and ensuring your roof remains in top shape will be important for the future of your structure. At times, damage from hail will not cause an immediate problem but left untreated has the potential for causing numerous issues moving forward into the future.

Further, most insurance companies have a policy in place to assist in the repair of a hail damaged roof but they will almost certainly require the assistance of an expert in the field, in addition to a complete and thorough examination and report to qualify for roof replacement or the coverage of repair costs. These inspections must also occur within a given time frame from the date of occurrence which, in turn, can require immediate action following any potential damage caused by a hail storm.

Identifying hail damage to your roof is important and must be done to ensure the viability of the structure into the future. While normal wear and tear from exposure to the elements will occur on any building, specific hail damage can at times reflect these deficiencies and the two must be separated in order to determine if your roof is in need of repair or replacement.

Think there is a chance that your roof has been subject to recent hail damage? There are a number of Arvada Roofing hail damage facts to consider. These will aid in making sure that your roof is receiving the appropriate amount of observation to determine the next steps in fixing your property.

As stated, the damage will likely not be evident from the ground so an inspector will need to access your roof and look closely at the shingles for any potential damage. Different types of shingles (typically wooden or asphalt composition) will reflect the damage differently due to their make-up, construction, and installation method. Wooden shingles may split or break due to the impact of hail stones while a composition roof could lose much of the protective layer of granules which can then expose the underlying layer in construction or create soft spots that could disintegrate over time causing further issues.

Surprisingly, hail damage usually does not cause an immediate leak despite its occurrence during a rain storm and will instead create issues which may become a factor years later. Unless the storm is especially severe or the hail extremely large, most roofs will not succumb to hail damage through penetration which would cause an immediate leak and significant problem but instead the combination of damage to a shingle and then exposure to continued weather elements will cause the roof structure to fail over time. For this reason, ensuring a proper inspection of your roof following any size hail storm can be beneficial in the long-run of protecting your investment, home and family.

The underlying components of a roof are often similar in color to the observable side seen from the ground making identifying any areas of damage even more difficult. The loss of the granules on a shingle can be caused by a variety of measures and some deterioration will occur over the normal life expectancy of a roof. These different causes of asphalt shingle granule loss should be taken into consideration if you suspect the roof of your home to have been damaged by hail to ensure a correct cause of the damage in question.

Often, if the damage pattern appears random then the cause will ultimately be hail damage if the potential for such a diagnosis exists. Associated with Mother Nature herself, the unpredictability of weather and how a hail storm will affect a roof structure are difficult to predict and discern. However, if your neighborhood has recently experienced a severe weather event with hail of any size, it is always a good practice to have your roof inspected to ensure it remains a quality structure keeping everything safe, dry and protected underneath.  

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. If you find yourself in need of a professional review and analysis of the current state for your roof, regardless of potential hail damage, we are here to help. 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 assist. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate!
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8 Tips to Improve Energy-Efficiency From Experienced Arvada Roofers


June 12, 2018

Summer is finally here and before you know it, you’ll be cranking up the air conditioner to keep your house cool and comfortable. For many homeowners, summer is a time of increased energy bills and higher monthly expenses. Though those higher bills may seem unavoidable, there are a few things you can do to keep your costs down and save money month to month. Your trusted Arvada roofing company shares a few simple tips to help you make your home as energy-efficient as possible.

Set Your Thermostat Higher When You’re Away

Setting your thermostat allows your air conditioning system to maintain a set temperature all day long. While this may be convenient, it can be costly. Rather than leaving your AC to maintain the same temperatures you want to relax in even while you’re at work, raise the setting a couple degrees when you’re away. Though the savings won’t be extreme, every little bit helps and you’ll end up putting less strain on your HVAC system throughout the warmest part of the year. If you’re worried about your house being uncomfortably home when you get done with work, install a programmable thermostat. These systems will turn the AC on and cool your home to your desired temperature so you’ll be comfortable at the end of a long day.

Inspect Your Windows for Leaks

Though drafts and leaks around your windows are more noticeable during the winter than in the summer, they can still cause your energy bill to rise. Take the time to inspect the seals around each window in your home. If you notice any cracks, shifting, or crumbling caulking, have the damage repaired. This will keep the weather outside from influencing the temperatures inside as severely. The less hot outdoor air that makes it inside your house, the less your air conditioner needs to work to keep your home cool.

Block Out The Sun

Natural light is a wonderful way to illuminate your home, but during the warmest part of the year, direct sun can significantly increase the temperature of your room. Install blackout curtains in the areas that receive the most sun during the day. If the sun gets too bright or the room starts to get warm, draw the curtains, especially if you’re not using the space. You can always open them again once the sun shifts and is no longer shining directly into the windows. Best of all, this tactic will keep your upholstery and your furnishings looking nice as it minimizes the amount of UV rays the materials are exposed to.

Install LED Lights

LED light bulbs are one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly lighting options you can buy. The average bulb lasts for over five years and requires far less energy to produce the same amount of light as a standard incandescent bulb. Additionally, LED bulbs produce virtually no heat output, helping you light your space without putting strain on your home’s air conditioning system. The less heat you introduce to the room, the easier it is to keep cool and comfortable.

Unplug Unused Electronics

Believe it or not, every electrical outlet produces some sort of current when a cord is plugged in. The electronic doesn’t have to be on to draw a small amount of power—it just happens. Over time and in a large home, this power draw can really add up, making your electric bill higher than it needs to be. Before you and your kids rush out the door to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, take a moment to unplug all unused electronics. This includes phone chargers that aren’t actively charging a phone, game consoles, and even standing fans.

Make Use of Fans

While they should always be unplugged when not in use, fans can dramatically improve the comfort of your home. By circulating the air in a room, you’ll be able to make the space feel several degrees cooler than it really is. This means you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher and you’ll still feel just as comfortable if you have a fan blowing on you. Over the course of the summer, this will save you significantly on your energy bills. Best of all, you can find cheap and durable fans at almost every home improvement store in the area.

Make Sure The Attic Is Properly Insulated

Even the most energy-efficient roofs absorb a lot of heat throughout the day. This heat then collects in the attic space, keeping your home nice and warm in the winter. However, during the summer, it can increase the overall temperature of the upper levels of your house by a few degrees. Before summer is in full swing, have the insulation levels in your attic inspected by a roofing contractor. If the insulation levels are too low, the amount of heat transferred from your roof to your house will be significant. Adding insulation or redoing damaged insulation will reduce the amount of heat buildup and keep your home more comfortable over the long-run.

Address Roof Damage Immediately

Spring storms and heavy winds have a way of damaging even the most well-maintained roofs. Rather than putting off roof repairs, take the time to get the issues fixed as soon as possible. Remember, roofing materials help deflect much of the sun’s rays, keeping your home cooler. If they’re compromised, they won’t be able to do their job as effectively, causing an increase in your cooling costs. Even if they’re only minor issues, the sooner you fix the problem, the more energy efficient your home will be.

Routine roof maintenance is key in keeping your home energy efficient all year long. If you’re worried about the condition of your roof or have noticed ever-increasing electric bills putting a strain on your budget, don’t wait. Schedule a roof inspection with Arvada Roofing & Construction today. Our experienced residential roofing contractors will thoroughly inspect and repair your roof so you can start enjoying the summer weather once again. Call (303) 432-2753 for a free estimate.
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The 4 Basic Roof Designs Explained by the Experts - Arvada Roofing


May 30, 2018

Chances are unless you’re involved in the real estate, construction, or roofing businesses that you’ve never given particular interest to the style of roof over a home. Typically, the only question asked concerning a roof revolves around the age of installation or wear and tear potentially associated with its current state. While each of these aspects are vitally important factors to consider, the overall shape and style of a roof can have an impact on how the home is protected, especially during severe weather.

If you drive through any neighborhood, often the roof choices of homeowners differ as construction and design teams work to fit an owner’s demands but also maintain a sense of style for the area. Depending on the region, multiple roofs may also take the same shape for different purposes. For example, homes and buildings in areas that receive heavy amounts of snowfall may elect a certain roof style that assists in snow removal. Likewise, those living in coastal communities often elect a roof with a low profile to prevent wind damage should a hurricane impact their neighborhood.

Some of the more common roof type shapes for homes are gable, hipped, mansard, and flat. These can exist solo or be combined with one another to incorporate certain designs and styles warranted for different needs or caused by the underlying house design. Each of these has their own unique characteristics as shed roofs are often more easily constructed and the option when electing to add onto an existing structure but other types can allow for more attic space or other factors. Each of the above mentioned types are just a handful of the over 30 home roof designs which can be utilized during construction or combined as needed.

A popular option for roof choices when refitting an existing structure or building initially are gable roofs for their functionality, cost, and durability but even this common design type has a few flaws. As with any choice, each roof type offers pros and cons associated with their particular design.

Following are the most common roof types with detailed characteristics:

Gable

Triangular in shape, gable roofs are easily recognizable and often combined with other types throughout the entire home covering. These roofs are designed to create more living or storage space depending on the utilization of the area underneath and can increase the overall value of a home by providing more square footage.
In addition, their relatively simple design makes them a common selection during the building process and a more cost-effective option than other potential roof types. These gable roofs also help to shed the elements when faced with potential heavy rains or snowfall, both typically are flushed from the roof due to design, instead of lingering and creating a potential problem.

While beneficial in these elements, wind can cause damage to gable roof structures due to their design. If erected in high wind areas, specific measures must be taken to ensure that potential damage will be minimal or an alternative roof style selected.

Hipped

These roof types differ from the triangular shape of a gable and instead offer a slope on all four sides of the structure that they protect. The hipped style also incorporates a variety of options for styles to choose from which can be combined for different effects.

In similar fashion to gable style structures, hipped roofs can provide more square footage and extra living space for the building. However, instead of being susceptible to wind damage, hipped roofs tend to be more durable than their gable counterparts. By design, the style continues to allow for effective snow and rain removal but also tends to hold up against high winds with better stability.

One of the drawbacks to a hipped roof as opposed to gable, is the upfront cost. Due to design characteristics these roof types can be more expensive than other viable options. However, if utilized appropriately, the monetary value gained from additional living space can be extremely beneficial to the home or business owner over the long-run.

Mansard

Providing extra living space is a benefit to this type which can often be recognized by the windows seemingly installed within the roof design. While the two previously disclosed types do offer extra living or storage space, the mansard roof type creates an abundance of opportunity.

Not only will the mansard roof selection allow for a full attic throughout the property but this space can also be divided up into selective living quarters. Similar to a basement being partially finished, a mansard roof creates the potential for either a full living quarters, attic, or the opportunity to allow for both over the property.

While these roof types do offer the flexibility of future expansion and space, their pitch makes them a potential hazard with areas which receive high amounts of snowfall. The inability to whisk away excess weight created from winter precipitation could cause problems to a structure electing to utilize this particular roofing system.

Flat

More commonly associated with industrial and commercial type buildings, flat roofs do offer some benefits to a homeowner and should be given proper consideration when designing or adding onto an existing structure.

One of the more common functions of a flat roof design is the ability to store HVAC units atop a structure instead of having to pipe in heating and air from the ground level. This option allows for vents to be placed in the ceiling as opposed to floors making the placement of furniture and any other tables, chairs, etc. non-relatable in connection with airflow.

Especially with commercial units, which typically require a larger heating or cooling unit, the placement on a roof as opposed to outside helps to alleviate any potential eyesore or the need to hide industrial type machinery from the aesthetic appeal from a piece of property.

The absence of a pitch also means cost is relatively inexpensive and easy to construct but can be hazardous in areas that receive high amounts of snow or rainfall over any given period of time. Flat roof designs administered in these type of environments often suffer from potential leaks and damage due to the various elements to which they are exposed.

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 Answers Common Questions Regarding Solar Panel Installation on Roofs


May 16, 2018

The idea of going green is a highly appealing concept, one that has soared in popularity in recent years. This trend is related to the increase in the amount of awareness around how our society plays a part in impacting the environment and the earth as a whole. When it comes to roofing, eco-friendly products and services are becoming more popular as consumers become more conscious about their activities. If you are interested in going green with the installation of solar panels, here are a few things to be aware of from your Arvada Roofing Company.

The Impact on Your Roof

A very popular trend in recent years has been the shift towards greener and cleaner energy sources. When it comes to implementing greener energy sources from an individual or small business standpoint, having solar panels installed onto your property has become a common strategy to reduce your impact upon the environment. In many instances, this involves having solar panels installed onto the roof of your building, as this can be the ideal position for solar panels to absorb as much sunlight as possible.

While this is an encouraging trend that will continue to rise in popularity, it should be kept in mind that you will want to ensure that your roof is not damaged in the process. Solar panels that are installed improperly can severely damage your roof and create a number of additional problems, such as leaks and structural damage to your property.

Choosing a trusted solar panel installation company is critical in regards to maintaining the health and stability of your roof. By choosing to go with the more economical option, you may be relying on a company that has a less than stellar history with installation practices. Always select a solar panel company that has a positive reputation and consult with your local Arvada roofing company if necessary in order to get a well-rounded opinion. Some solar panel installers will want to do whatever they can to get you to choose to do business with them, which sometimes includes overlooking critical aspects of how the solar array will impact your roof.

Is Your Roof Suitable for Solar Panels

The idea of reducing your carbon footprint by opting to have solar panels installed on your property is an alluring prospect, but sometimes it is not the most practical option for your particular situation. Many times, roofs are simply not in the ideal location to have solar panels installed on them. This can be due to environmental factors that prevent the sun from properly reaching the solar array. It can also be caused by a roof that is not angled properly towards the sun, as you ideally want to have solar panels that face either south or west for maximum sunlight exposure.

Another important factor to bear in mind is the fact that many roofs may not actually be suitable for solar panels to be installed on. Often times, a roof can have certain structural issues that prevent an adequate installation of solar panels. Many penetrations will need to be made to your roof throughout the installation process, which can be against the recommendations of your roofing system. It is always a good idea to consult with the roofing company that installed your roof prior to having solar panels installed in order to attain a full perspective of

Alterations to Your Maintenance Plan

Over the course of your roof’s lifespan, it will certainly require a degree of maintenance. Sometimes this is just a regular inspection or a patch, but other times it can include much more extensive and larger fixes. Having solar panels present on top of your roof will restrict a roofing company’s ability to access certain portions of your roof and can make fixes and maintenance activities much more challenging.

Prior to having solar panels installed, you will want your solar panel company to have an adequate plan for how maintenance will occur. You will also want the installation of solar panels to be done in accordance with best practices, to prevent issues such as pooling water in areas around the panels and other issues that can damage the panels. Work with your solar panel and roofing company to ensure that things are properly and effectively taken into account.

The Best Time to Install Solar Panels?

So you’ve made the decision to become your own energy producer and want to have solar panels installed onto your roof and now you’re wondering when the best time to install solar panels is. Without a doubt, the best moment in which to have solar panels installed onto your roof is in coordination with the installation of a new roof. If you have an aging roof that is on the verge of requiring replacement, it can be a terrific idea to also have a roof installed at the same time that you have your brand new solar panels installed.

There are a few reasons why this is the ideal time to have solar panels installed. The first is that you can coordinate the installation process of your solar panels with your roofing company as a way to ensure that the roof complements the solar array. In deciding to go with a solar energy array, you will want to select the roofing material that is most appropriate for solar panels to be installed on top of.

Additionally, having solar panels installed in combination with a new roof can reduce costs, as the installation can be done efficiently to reduce labor costs. In the course of having these two crucial elements installed onto your property, this reduction in savings can be huge in the long run.

If you are interested in having a new roof installed or are curious about any issues that can arise from the installation of solar panels onto your property, contact Arvada Roofing and Construction company today. We pride ourselves on going above and beyond to serve our customers’ every need, and we’re confident that you will be grateful you chose to work with us for your next roofing project. Call us at 303-432-2753.
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