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Get Your Home Exterior Ready for Fall With These Tips From Arvada Roofers


November 14, 2018

Fall is finally here and while it may be the season of falling leaves and hot apple cider, it’s also the perfect time to get your home’s exterior ready for the colder weather. However, if you’re like most homeowners, those fall preparations can quickly start to feel overwhelming. There’s the landscaping to worry about, appointments to schedule with your Arvada roof repair contractors, and the weather to watch. With the right checklist in place, getting your home ready for colder weather can be a breeze. Here’s what you need to do.

Clean Your Gutters

You know that your gutters funnel excess water away from your house and to a designated drainage area. When they’re in good condition, those gutters will work perfectly, keeping your house and your roof safe from water damage. However, all those falling leaves and debris can quickly clog your system, increasing the risk of ice dams and leaks once the snows start to fall. Stay on top of your roof work by cleaning your gutters before the first snowfall. During the cleaning, inspect the gutters for any cracks or holes and let your contractor repair them before snow starts to fall. 

Blow Out Your Sprinklers

Once the weather turns, freezing temperatures can quickly become the norm. Unfortunately for your sprinkler system, this can be a major hazard. Keep your home’s irrigation system safe during the winter by scheduling a sprinkler system blowout this fall. The blowout sends pressurized air through the waterlines in the yard. The water and moisture inside the system is then forced out through the sprinkler heads, leaving the lines free and clear of water. By removing the excess water, you’ll reduce the risk of ruptured and leaking pipes in both your yard and your house. 

Mulch Your Landscaping

Mulch is often thought of as a decorative touch for your home’s landscaping, but it’s actually beneficial for the soil and the plants. As mulch breaks down in the elements, the nutrients inside the wood chips are deposited in the soil. Over time, these nutrients help the plants grow more efficiently. Furthermore, the mulch helps protect your garden beds from erosion either due to rainfall or snow, making sure your yard is ready for the next growing season. Spread a fresh layer of mulch before the first snowfall and your plants will thank you.

Address Siding Repairs

Siding and roofing often go hand-in-hand. When the roof leaks or the gutters fail to direct excess water, your home’s siding is often affected. If water gets trapped between the siding and the house, it can lead to leaks and the easiest way to prevent those leaks is to stay up-to-date on maintenance. Walk around your house and inspect the siding for any warping or damage. If anything looks out of place, contact a contractor as soon as possible. Remember, siding is more than just an exterior decoration—it protects the walls of your home against the elements. 

Fix Missing Shingles

When snow falls, it can take a while for it to melt. When it sits on a roof that’s missing shingles or has several damaged areas, that moisture can quickly seep into the roofing underlayment and may even reach your attic. Check the ground around your home for roofing nails and shingles. Then, from the ground, inspect your roof for signs of damage. If some of the shingles look darker than others or you notice several areas with missing shingles, call your roofer. The sooner the damaged areas are repaired, the better off your roof will be when the snow starts to fall. Don’t try to repair the damage yourself as you could void your roof warranty.

Inspect, Repair, and Replace Flashing

Flashing covers the seams on your roof around vents, the chimney, skylights, and any other protrusion. When in good condition, water won’t be able to get into the seams. However, if the flashing is damaged, it can be a major source of troublesome roof leaks and water damage. This fall, schedule a flashing inspection with your roofing contractor and let them repair or replace any damaged areas immediately. The last thing you want is for snow to collect and melt into the roof seams. 

Clean Your Chimney

Chimney fires are a major hazard and can quickly spiral out of control, leaving you with significant damage even if the blaze is extinguished in a matter of minutes. The only way to reduce your risk of a chimney fire is to schedule routine chimney cleanings at least twice a year. Fall is the perfect time, even with our unseasonably warm weather this year. Though you probably haven’t used the fireplace much this season, there could still be a lot of buildup and debris inside. This buildup can catch easily and the sooner it’s cleaned, the safer your chimney will be. 

Schedule a Tree Trimming Appointment

Low hanging branches can do more than damage your landscaping. They can damage your roof and possibly injure those you love most. Snowfall is heavy and when it starts to collect on branches, damaged limbs may crack and break. If the limb falls on your roof, it damage your roof significantly, resulting in costly repairs and time-consuming insurance claims. For small trees around the property, you’ll likely be able to handle this on your own. However, for branches that hang over the roof or in areas where you park your car, schedule an appointment with a professional. They’ll safely remove the branch without doing further damage to your property or your landscaping. 

Winter preparations don’t have to be daunting, especially when it comes to getting your roof ready for the first heavy snowfall. Schedule a routine inspection with Arvada Roofing & Construction and let our dedicated contractors handle the repairs before the weather takes a turn. We’ll make sure your roof is up to handling snow, wind, rain, and hail so you can feel safe inside. Need to schedule a full roof replacement before the first snowfall? Contact us today to schedule a free estimate. 
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Arvada Roof Repair: Overlay Installation Negatives


October 31, 2018

There are a variety of factors which can contribute to roof wear and tear causing the need for shingles or entire sections of a structure to be rebuilt, modified, or repaired. Depending on both the severity of the damage and cause, how the repair needs to be executed will vary in approach but there are considerable negatives to one specific method, though it may correspond to building guidelines and ultimately meet the building code.

Roof overlay is the practice of placing a new roof covering on top of an existing structure. This practice may initially appear to add an extra layer of protection but instead can be detrimental to the overall value of a property and decrease its fortitude. Although this particular method of repair may be legal and appear efficient, potentially saving on labor costs as the need for removing any materials is negated, this method has many factors which actually can hurt the ability to provide a safe and proper covering over the life of a structure.

Instead of electing to cover an already installed roof with new material, even in the event of a small patch, removing all of the material to the decking and instead utilizing a complete installation is the best, safest, and most efficient practice. This method allows for the proper protections to be applied for any home or business situated underneath the roof structure in question.

Each of the following reasons apply to an all-new roofing installation for these purposes.

Factory Warranty


Shingle warranties can differ considerably even within the same brand for different types of shingles. While the materials may differ, some offer coverages only on factory defects while others include different factors and may even cover the labor cost of installation and replacement if needed. 

The inclusion of this labor is a distinct positive and something that sets apart many of the shingle brands from their counterparts, especially for a roofing job, but any measure taken to void the potential warranty will be considered extremely detrimental. For many, this includes the addition of new shingles on top of an already established structure. 

For the warranty to remain in place, the shingle itself needs to be at fault from a factory defect and while this is a rare occurrence, intentionally putting the warranty into question with obvious malpractice isn’t a good measure.

Weight Addition


Roofing materials and building components provide a protective barrier between the outside elements and the interior of your home or place of business. This protection is warranted and necessary but the material used for construction is under a lot of duress immediately after installation. Having to be exposed to the elements, in addition to being somewhat responsible for heating and cooling, a roof serves many purposes on the building that it protects. The weight of the shingles adds stress to a structure and implementing new construction on top of an existing piece or section can spell disaster.

Especially in areas prone to heavy snow, any additional weight onto a roof is going to be an issue and needs to be given special thought before determining to add anything. For this reason, stripping the needed repair area down to the base decking is critically important, to avoid adding unnecessary weight on top of the specific building in question.

Replacing roof shingles using an overlay method will add unnecessary weight and when coupled with extreme snowfall could give reason for a potentially dangerous collapse.

Heat Measures


Opposite the potential for additional weight, adding new shingles on top of older ones will cause the heat absorption of a roof to double. Roofing materials are designed to absorb heat and while this serves to benefit a home or business in the winter, it can cause the same structure to become overheated during the warmer summer months.

Adding additional shingles, even on top of existing ones, will cause a roof to maintain more heat, and the added layer of material keeps the absorption for longer periods of time. This practice will cause a building to become extremely inefficient in regards to energy efficiency - not to mention being uncomfortable.

By avoiding the method of doubling up on roofing materials and instead electing to strip back any potential area of repair for new installation, a more efficient and effective roof installation can be completed.
Inspection

In roofing, it all starts with the roof deck as the foundation for the outer layer and protective element on all buildings. Any damage to this material can be cause for concern as potential leaks or collapse could occur with even a minimal deficiency. 

For this reason, proper inspections are necessary for ensuring the roof structure is up to par, especially if a severe weather event or other occurrence has happened which could have caused damage to the building.

If the roof deck is inaccessible, as would be the case with an overlay, then spotting any of these potential deficiencies becomes even harder to recognize. Instead, a roof that has been properly installed or stripped to the decking and then repaired, can easily be observed and examined for any potential hazards.

With over a decade of quality service and experience within the Denver area, Arvada Roofing and Construction has been providing roof construction, repair, and a variety of other services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts will provide an estimate on a repair project, which will never include an overlay, if needed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are weighing options between a complete new roof installation or potentially only replacing or patching an area of the current structure, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is here to handle any roofing job in addition to providing 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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Common Gutter Problems and How They Impact Your Home


October 17, 2018

When it comes to keeping your Arvada roofing materials in shape, you’ll need to pay attention to more than just the roof itself. In fact, the gutters running along the exterior of your home at the base of the roof are one of the most important factors in the condition of your roof and home exterior. For some homeowners, gutter problems can be a major source of costly roof repairs. Here are a few of the most common gutter issues and how they impact your house and your roof.  

Leaks

When gutters are cracked or split, they can start to leak. This reduces the amount of water runoff that makes it to the designated drainage area. Instead, the water runs out of the gutters and down the siding. When left unrepaired, these leaks can cause water to soak into the siding, allowing moisture to collect between the siding and the walls of your home. Over time, high moisture levels increase the risk of mold and mildew and can even result in soft spots in the supports of your house. Though not immediately harmful to your roof, the water damage in the walls can spread and increase relative humidity levels in the attic, eventually leading to wood rot, mold growth, and even warped shingles. As soon as you notice damage, schedule an inspection with your contractor. The sooner the damaged area is replaced, the better off your home will be. 

Clogs

Clogged gutters happen to most homeowners at some point in their lives. As the seasons change and leaves start to fall from trees around your home, they can collect inside the gutter system. When left unchecked, the plant matter and debris can become so great that it blocks runoff from flowing through the gutters. When this happens, the water overflows out of the gutter and down the side of your house, causing many of the same problems as cracks and leaks. Over time, the overflowing water soaks into the dirt around the foundation of the house, increasing the risk of cracks, deterioration, and leaks in the basement. The easiest way to prevent clogs is to make routine gutter cleanings a part of your home maintenance plan. If you’re comfortable climbing ladders, you can take care of the job yourself. However, if you’re concerned about heights or don’t want to sacrifice your Saturday morning, schedule a cleaning with a professional. 

Gutters With the Wrong Pitch

Properly installed gutters allow the water to flow away from the house using gravity alone. However, if the gutters were installed incorrectly or have shifted over the years, the pitch could be off. An improper pitch means water won’t travel the length of the gutter system adequately, increasing the risk of premature damage to the materials. When water can’t move away from the roof, it makes it harder for your roof to shed snow in the winter. The longer snowdrifts and ice sit on the roof, the more moisture soaks into the roofing materials and underlayment. An experienced roofing contractor will be able to adjust your gutters to give them the proper pitch. 

Ice Dams

Winter weather in Colorado can start as early as October and go as late as mid-May. This means homeowners are likely to see significant snowfall 8 months out of the year, making ice dams a huge risk. Ice dams occur when snow melts off the roof, but before the water can make it down the gutter, it freezes against the metal. As more meltwater flows into the gutters, the ice builds up, blocking the gutter entirely. Since ice is heavy, ice dams can easily cause your gutters to sag or pull away from the side of the house. This puts additional strain on the siding and the un-melted snow on the roof puts stress on your attic. Your roofing contractor will be able to help you prepare for winter weather and develop a strategy to prevent ice dams from forming.

Pests and Rodents

When leaves start to fall and collect in your gutters, they trap moisture while also creating a nice warm habitat for unwanted pests and rodents. These critters actively look for areas to nest with an abundance of leaves and a steady water supply. When left unaddressed, the pests often move towards the attic and roofline once the temperatures start to drop. When pests get inside your attic, they put your family’s safety at risk while also causing structural damage to the roof itself. The easiest way to prevent a pest infestation in the attic is to schedule a gutter cleaning every few months. If you’ve noticed an increase in pest activity around your home, schedule an appointment with an exterminator to further reduce the risk of infestations. 

Improper Gutter Sizing

Every home needs to be fitted with the proper size gutter system for the house. If the system is too small, it won’t be able to handle the runoff from the roof and can lead to overflow. When this happens during every storm, you’ll likely see an immediate problem with the landscaping around your home. When the soil gets oversaturated, your plants can experience root rot, causing them to die long before their time. The only way to fix improperly sized gutters is to hire an experienced contractor to replace them completely. 

Poor Downspout Placement

The downspout on your gutter system is what directs the water to the designated drainage area. When the downspout is not placed properly, it can cause water to pool around your home. As with leaky gutters and clogs, this water buildup puts your foundation and landscaping at risk, even if the rest of your gutter system works properly. 

Keeping your gutters in good condition is easier when you have a high-quality gutter system in place. If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s gutters, contact Arvada Roofing & Construction to schedule a free estimate for a seamless gutter installation. Our dedicated contractors will find the best system for your home so you’ll be able to weather any storm with confidence. 
 
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Get Your Home Ready With a Fall Maintenance Checklist From Arvada Roofing Pros


October 3, 2018

The weather may still be nice, but before you know it, the heatwaves will end and the first snow of the year will start coating the ground in white. While seasonal changes are normal and most roofs are designed to withstand the changing temperatures, it’s still important to get your roof ready for fall ahead of time. Your trusted Arvada roofers want to help. We’ve put together a simple fall maintenance checklist to ensure that your roof is ready for everything that fall brings.

Look for Loose or Missing Shingles

The wind storms around the Front Range can take a toll on your roofing materials, leaving your home vulnerable to leaks and water damage. However, since summer is relatively mild and still, it’s the perfect time to inspect your roof before the fall storms start in earnest. Walk around the perimeter of your house and scan the roof for any signs of loose or missing shingles. If the shingles appear warped or look like they’re falling out of alignment with the rest of the roof, it’s time to schedule a roof repair appointment. If you can see the dark underlayment beneath the shingles, the roof will need new shingles installed. Taking care of missing or damaged materials before the snows fall will keep your home dry and comfortable.

Clean The Gutters

Gutters are designed to send rain and excess water from the roof to a designated drainage area. This preserves the integrity of the siding, reduces foundation problems, and even keeps your landscaping looking its best. When the gutters are full of debris, the water can’t flow away from the house. Instead, it falls between the gutter and the roof, leading to a risk of water damage when not addressed quickly. Stay on top of things and clean your gutters out before the trees start to lose their leaves. You’ll still want to clean them out after the fall foliage drops, but it will give the gutters a head start and keep your home safer during those fall rains.

Get Rid of Low-Hanging Limbs

During the spring and summer, trees can grow quickly. For most homeowners, this leads to an increase in low-lying limbs and potential safety hazards come winter. Remember, snow is heavy and when it collects on limbs close to the house and roofline, it can do damage to the structure of the branch. If the damage is severe enough, the branch could crack and fall on the roof. Often, fallen branches lead to severe roof damage. Scheduling a tree trimming appointment at the end of the growing season will help reduce the risk of falling branches, keeping your home and your roof safe even during periods of heavy snowfall.

Check the Flashing

If you have a chimney, skylight, air vent, or other opening in your roof, it should always have a layer of flashing around the seams. When in good condition, the flashing should look like solid pieces of metal sitting flush against the opening and the roof. Over time, the flashing can come loose, exposing the seams to water, snowmelt, and pests. If possible, inspect the flashing from the ground. If anything looks loose, cracked, rusted, or out of place, schedule an appointment with your roof repair crew. If you can’t see the flashing from the ground, don’t try to climb a ladder to inspect it. Instead, schedule a routine maintenance inspection and let the pros assess the condition of your entire roof. Walking on the roof is inherently dangerous and should only be done by an experienced professional with the appropriate training and equipment.

Schedule a Chimney Cleaning

For many Denver-area homeowners, fall is the perfect season to start using the fireplace again. However, after using it the previous winter and leaving it alone during the summer, there’s likely to be a lot of debris, creosote, and other buildup inside the flue. If the buildup is severe, lighting a fire could cause the creosote and debris to ignite, resulting in a chimney fire that could potentially destroy the entire house, not just your roof. Scheduling a chimney sweep before lighting the first fire of the year ensures that the chimney stays in good condition and allows you to make any necessary repairs before the cold weather sets in in earnest.

Inspect the Attic

Your attic influences the overall condition of your roof. When it’s in good shape and properly insulated, the roof expands and contracts less in extreme weather. This, in turn, helps extend the life of the roofing materials and reduces the risk of unexpected water damage, leaks, and repairs interrupting your life. Inspect the attic for signs of mold, mildew, and pest infestations and have any damage fixed before the weather turns. The sooner the damage is addressed, the less severe it will be. Catching mold and mildew in the attic before it spreads to the rest of the house will not only reduce your repair costs, but will also help keep your family safe from upper respiratory irritants and health problems.

Pay Attention to the Garage

Every garage, whether detached or not, has a roof much like the rest of your home. Since it’s made of standard roofing materials, it can suffer from the same types of damage and hazards as the roof on your home. Give it the same visual inspection outside as you did your house and report any issues to your roof repair team immediately. Inside the garage, inspect the sheetrock for signs of water damage and keep an eye out for any pests or insects that might compromise the structure and roof supports. As the weather cools down, many of these critters start seeking refuge in attics and garages. With the right pest control methods in place, you’ll be able to keep them from damaging your roof and house.

Fall roof maintenance is key to preserving the integrity of your home’s roof system. Schedule an appointment with Arvada Roofing & Construction today and let our dedicated roof repair contractors get your home ready for everything the cooler weather can bring.
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Roof Repair for the Dangers of Missing Shingles


September 19, 2018

Many believe a foundation is the key to any building or construction project. While they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong and although it may be the first step in a long process, there are other areas which deserve just as much credit and attention to detail. The roof design, components, and structural integrity are vitally important to securing a building with long-lasting implications. The foundation may be composed of the very first building blocks as the project unfolds, providing a steady base for the future but ensuring your structure will stand the test of time begins with the first line of defense against the elements. A strong and sturdy protection from rain, wind, snow, and even the sunshine or heat can greatly lengthen the amount of time a building will last and serve its intended purpose. Any damage to this outer layer should be taken seriously and immediately given the appropriate consideration for either repair or replacement.

Just as a crack in the foundation would require immediate attention, any breach in the structure’s outer layer should also be highlighted. While there are many different types of roof structures and materials available for use, the most common involve shingles. Whether old wooden shingles or the newer composite materials, if there is a noticeable absence of either from the roof structure then measures should begin to assess the amount of damage suffered and what needs to be done in order to repair or replace the gap.

Following is a look at the potential causes of roof damage, the steps to replace an absence and the dangers missing shingles may provide for a structure.

Causes of Shingle Damage/Removal


Exposed to the elements and essentially the first line of defense against their penetration into a structure, the causes of damage are closely tied to Mother Nature and her weather patterns. While shingles are all nailed into place, the results of severe weather can create issues which need to be given special consideration for repair.

One of the most common reasons for roof leaks involves missing shingles which may or may not be noticeable from the ground level. These shingles are often removed from high winds which can tear shingles away from their place on the roof. The wear and tear of exposure to the elements can also cause shingles to decay and fail if exposed to varying weather patterns and the frequent freeze and thaw patterns associated with a Colorado winter.

Evaluation/Inspection


As stated, the damage may be obvious and easily noticeable from the ground level, depending on the severity, but it can also occur without being marked for repair without a proper evaluation. Instead of electing to only approach the subject when an obvious need arises, routine examinations should be conducted for multiple purposes.

Not only do routine inspections allow for individuals to find potential damage early in the process, but it also provides a baseline from which people can operate for comparison purposes. Knowing exactly how your roof structure is built and where potential issues may arise can help in creating a safe environment for years to come.

These measures are best implemented on a regular basis to help understand the components of a roof structure and highlight any damage which may have occurred. Not only do these checks assist in upholding the integrity of the structure but they should be executed following any severe weather as well. Knowing how to check for storm damage and what to look for is a critical first step in the process of ensuring a roof maintains its viability and protection over a structure forever.

Repair Options


Depending on the amount of damage which has occurred, the repair options available to a home or business owner will vary. While multiple assessments of the same scenario may lead to varying options for repair, the onus lies on the property owner for determining the measures needed in order to commit to the future structural integrity of a property.

From an entire roof repair and installation, to simply replacing the few missing shingles, a variety of different options will likely be available to any home or business owner. Ensuring what steps are taken lead to a comfortable future for the inhabitants of the building is important and the severity of the damage inflicted will likely dictate what measures need to be addressed in an effort to make the necessary fix.

Dangers of Missing Shingles


Caused by a variety of different factors, the dangers of missing shingles can lead to a leaky roof and a host of other unwelcome issues. Water damage is especially hard to resolve, especially when entering from above the structure. The missing shingles can also allow water to penetrate down into the building causing water damage elsewhere in a unit. Should this occur, the problem only expands as the shingles go unreplaced.

Not only can missing shingles create issues for water damage, especially from snowfall which slowly melts into the property breaching the roof seal. But the missing shingles also can prohibit heat and air loss which will greatly influence the energy efficiency capabilities of a refreshed seal or repair.

With over a decade of quality service and experience within the Denver area, Arvada Roofing and Construction has been providing roof construction, repair, and a variety of other services for nearly two decades. Every shingle roof installed by our team of experts includes measures to ensure owners won’t have to face this situation with quality construction and dedication to detail. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are weighing extreme options between a new roof or potentially purchasing another home and are in need of a professional review and analysis of the current structure, we are here to help. Our certified and highly trained staff is here to handle any roofing job in addition to providing 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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