Arvada Roofing & Construction News

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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Arvada Roofers Feature Ice and Water Shield Installation


September 5, 2018

One of the worst structural damages that an office building or home can incur evolves from water penetrating through from above and then wrecking havoc onto each and every surface in which it comes into contact. Not only will damage be assessed almost immediately to rafters and boards responsible for holding up a house but as the water drains down, other impacts begin to be made. A leaky roof not only has the potential to cause severe damage in a home but repaired areas are often seen in the ceiling and will inhibit the ability to sell a property down the road, if needed. Many individuals are familiar with the water damage that occurs inside a basement when walls are penetrated, but imagine near the same amount funneling into your home or office building from above - the results could be catastrophic.

Fortunately, there are precautions which can be applied during roof construction or added at a later date during repair or rebuilding to assist in preventing this precise scenario. Over the years, ice and water shield materials have developed into a state of the art substance which when properly installed can reduce the potential for any such damage occurring from a potential leak or any intrusion of water to nearly zero. None - immediately know your assets are protected by the best practice possible and that no fluids should find their way in regardless of what Mother Nature has in store during any season. With ice and water shield adhered to your roof, home and business owners and occupants can rest easy knowing they have taken the appropriate steps to protect their investments. Unfortunately, not every roofing company offers a similar benefit and some even elect to not use this added protective layer which carries so many amazing benefits. Any structure which falls under this category is essentially counting down the time until such a leak appears and can only hope the damage is not too harmful.

When dealing with roof design and construction there are many factors to consider but regardless of climate, the installation of an ice and water shield can assist in preventing any potential damage. While this is especially true for areas which receive heavy amounts of rain or snowfall, any addition which can help to ensure the overall structural integrity of a roof should not be overlooked.

Material


Most ice and water shield materials consist of an extremely tacky backing used for adherence to the roofing underlayer in addition to an asphalt component which has been mixed to create a rubberized consistency. These two properties not only allow the shield to be conveniently placed where desired but also serves to protect in the event of a nail puncture.

Above the traditional wooden sheathing, rolls of the ice and water shield can be applied before the shingles are hammered into place.  

Installation


The ice and water shield installation procedure involves adhering the almost felt like material to a roof where potential leakage could occur. Fortunately, most of the material being used will create a tight seal not only across the structure but also where nails may penetrate into the building. Similar to how skylights create an area of concern for leakage, considering they are essentially giant holes in a roof - on a smaller scale the multiple nails needed for shingles may create issues.

When nails penetrate the roof of a building with an ice and water shield installed, then the potential for a hole decreases as the material suctions to the nail shaft with every insertion.

Location


Application of an ice and water shield can be administered over the entire roof surface area but many times is only needed on eaves and any valleys created by the specific style of roof. Typically, the ice and water shield can adequately serve in the lower three-feet of a roof’s surface while creating some other issues if installed throughout an entire area but the decision may be left to each individual homeowner or contractor responsible for a project in question.

Breach Prevention


Regardless of where you live, climate is going to have a factor on any structural design but areas prone to high winds, rain and serious amounts of snow are more likely to be affected and in need of an installation.

While heavy downpours combined with high winds are often the culprits to causing a leaky roof, ice dams (in cold climates) are another danger for which to be aware. The formation of a small dam just above a home’s gutter system can be created by water freezing over an awning, while the remainder of frozen precipitation melts but cannot escape. Instead of being allowed to flow freely into the gutter system, water backs up, puts stress on the roof and eventually makes its way into the structure without much cause for prevention from an owner.

Ice and water shield installation remains one of the best ways to prevent this from occurring and should be given consideration to avoid any damage in the future.

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 the application of an ice and water shield placed on the eaves of a structure at minimum. Installed at no additional cost to buyers, if you find yourself in a situation where you are weighing the 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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Common Roofing Myths Debunked


August 22, 2018

Your roof is the first line of defense against the rain, sun, and snow so common in Colorado. However, most homeowners hardly ever think about their roofs until they’re damaged and actively leaking. While an experienced Arvada roofing contractor will be able to take care of most problems quickly, it’s still important that you take the time to familiarize yourself with the roof and the type of maintenance it needs each year. By clearing up the common myths and misconceptions, you’ll be able to keep your roof in good condition for years to come. Here are some of the most common roofing myths, debunked.

You Can Handle Your Own Roof Repairs

Installing and replacing shingles seems easy enough, right? While it looks simple, installing and repairing shingles takes a lot of training and experience to do correctly. Different shingles have different mounting methods and when they’re improperly installed, you’re risking water and roof damage as well as putting yourself in danger. Experienced roofers understand how to properly install all manner of materials and can do so safely, keeping your roof and themselves from damage. Even if the repair seems minor, always leave it to the professionals.

Roofs Last Indefinitely

With the right care and maintenance, asphalt shingle roofs can last up to 25 years while metal roofs can last over 50 years. Though that means your home will be protected from the elements for a long time, it’s not indefinite. The older a roof is, the more hidden damage it’s likely to have and the faster it will start to deteriorate. This puts your home at increased risk of leaks, mold, mildew, and even higher energy bills. If you know the roof is over 15 years old, schedule an inspection with an experienced roofing contractor and make sure the materials are still in good condition. If not, the sooner you replace the roof, the safer your house will be.

If the Roof Isn’t Leaking, There Aren’t Problems

Surprisingly, your roof doesn’t have to be leaking in order to be damaged. In fact, roof damage can come in a variety of forms, ranging from poor insulation to warped sub-roofing and underlayment. Though damaged, you may not see obvious signs. Your electric bill might go up during seasonal weather and the upper levels of your house could be harder to keep comfortable, but otherwise the roof seems fine. That doesn’t mean there aren’t problems. Only a routine roof inspection from an experienced contractor will be able to tell you whether or not your roof is in good condition. If any damage is detected, it’s important to fix it as soon as possible.

Routine Maintenance Doesn’t Really Help

Think of routine roof maintenance and inspections the same way you think of oil changes for your car. When you neglect an oil change, your car’s engine becomes less efficient and can get damaged by frequent use. Your roof, like your car’s engine, requires regular attention and care in order to effectively protect your house from the elements. If routine maintenance is neglected, the roofing materials will start to break down, minor repair issues will become major problems, and you’ll have to file a homeowners insurance claim to replace the roof prematurely. Preventative maintenance ensures that your roof can last for as long as possible without experiencing catastrophic leaks and water damage.

I Have a Warranty, So Maintenance Isn’t a Priority

Most roofing materials are backed by a manufacturer’s warranty against defects inherent in the materials. Though the warranty should give you peace of mind knowing that faulty shingles, metal, or roofing tiles will be replaced by the manufacturer, it’s not a substitute for routine maintenance. The warranty won’t protect your home in the event of water leaks due to lack of maintenance, storm damage, improper installation, or anything other than manufacturer defaults. In fact, forgoing maintenance with an experienced roofing contractor or handling the repairs yourself may actually void your warranty altogether. No matter how good the warranty is, you’ll still want to maintain the roof each year.

A Roof is a Roof and Won’t Add Value to Your Home

Every house needs a roof, so it’s easy to assume that such a vital part of every building won’t add much value to the property. However, it’s simply not true. A new roof will always increase the value of your property, but some materials will increase it more than others. Asphalt shingles, as the most common and most affordable material, will increase the property value the least. Metal roofing, on the other hand, will increase the value more. This is because it is the most durable material available, requiring the least amount of maintenance for the longest useful lifespan. Keep in mind that the installation of a metal roof is far more expensive than standard shingles.

Dark Roofs Increase Your Electric Bill

It’s no secret that darker colors trap more heat than lighter shades. However, when it comes to your roof, the color is more of an aesthetic choice than an energy-saving method. Dark roofing materials will trap heat, but because of the insulation in your attic and beneath the materials themselves, that heat shouldn’t be transferred to your home. This means your HVAC system will be able to keep your home comfortable even if you have black or dark gray shingles. Keep in mind, dark roofs in Denver can be particularly useful in winter as the added heat causes snow to melt more quickly, reducing the risk of snow soaking into the materials and doing damage to the attic.

Taking care of your residential roof doesn’t have to be a chore. With help from the experienced contractors at Arvada Roofing & Construction, your roof will be properly cared for, maintained, and repaired at all times. We understand that no two homes are alike and will work to find the best materials for your roof, whether you’re wanting new shingles or want an expert to replace the flashing around your chimney. No problem is too big or too small—if you’re worried about your roof, contact us today to schedule a free estimate.
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Arvada Roofing Company Offers Vinyl Siding with Benefits


August 8, 2018

If you’re in the market for a new home, whether building your own or purchasing one off the real estate market, there are many factors to consider. Obviously, individuals are going to look at location, price, and other key features surrounding a home but another important aspect that should be given quality consideration is the building materials used for construction. The literal building blocks of your home have an impact on a variety of conditions and will contribute to other important factors which could easily sway your decision one way or another.

There are multiple options when considering an outside surface material for your future residence, including brick, stone, stucco, wood or wood paneling, and another - vinyl siding. One of the most versatile options available, vinyl siding has many benefits to its use and can serve not only to protect your investment over time but to also cover a variety of other important features.

Each of the following components details the positives of selecting vinyl siding as your choice for a building material and displays how it can help improve the overall quality of your home - whether building from the ground up or selecting a home already in existence.

Cost Effective

One of the main reasons for electing to go with vinyl siding is the overall price point. By comparison to many of the other materials available, siding has a lower overall price, making it more cost-effective than the competition.

Two of the most common options for a home today are brick or vinyl siding but given a side-by-side comparison of brick vs. siding cost - vinyl siding wins. With a cost difference of three to four times as much for any brick compared to all vinyl siding, the choice is clear and simple.

Easy Maintenance

Another element to consider when deciding on one of the major building blocks of your residence is the cost and work associated with keeping up the materials after installation. This ease of maintenance is important for buyers and builders of all ages but especially those who have or will soon be approaching their retirement ages.

After purchasing a home the last thing any individual wants is to spend even more money on the upkeep of their investment, especially right away. Not only will both time and hard earned money be spent to keep up homes constructed of wood siding/paneling - which can be disheartening and almost completely avoided by choosing to use vinyl siding instead.

Siding is easily cleaned using a simple mixture of light soap and some water. Should the exterior of your home ever become subject to some type of discoloration or simply gather a bit of dust and debris over time, the home can quickly and easily be returned to its original state - often with a simple bucket of soap, garden hose and no extreme time considerations for the repair.

Replaceable

Should any part of the exterior material ever become damaged, then vinyl siding provides one of the most convenient options for ease of replaceability. Unlike each of the other building materials available, a missing or damaged piece of vinyl siding can be selected to match almost immediately and not show that any damage or repair has taken place.

Brick, which will have difficulty matching both the original color complete with the wear associated with weathering over time and stucco each provides a difficult option should both need to be replaced or repaired at some point in time - which will occur.

Damaged stucco can be an easy repair - even if you’re comfortable formulating your own mixture of stucco for repair but even after patching a hole, then painting is often required. This not only adds to the cost but also implies even more work and time will be spent replacing and repairing the outside material - something that simply does not occur when choosing the vinyl siding option.

Color Options

One of the main reasons that vinyl siding can be replaced so easily is due to the shear availability of colors from the material. Siding can not only provide an initial option for home builders or buyers to choose from in a variety of colors but in the event it ever needs to be patched or replaced, this can be done easily. The availability and range of colors makes getting precisely what any owner wants a task that can be accomplished without much headache from the initial stage or in the event that a piece needs to be replaced.

Even siding which may have sustained some discoloration from weather can be matched up accordingly and, as mentioned, if the area needs to be cleaned then a simple hose wash to restore all of the original color is a much more cost effective option than having to paint an entire surface.

Heating and Cooling

Finally, the benefits of vinyl siding will not only be seen in your pocketbook up front but every month when the household’s power bill is due. An owner can really seal in the savings with energy efficient siding whether they are building a new construction or purchasing an existing home.

By controlling any potential temperature loss from your home, the savings will add up considerably - especially in the cold winter months. Not only does vinyl siding provide a solid option for cooling but it can also keep heat inside your residence by not allowing it to escape through other areas like many of the other materials.

With over a decade of service and experience, Arvada Roofing and Construction has been providing quality roof construction, repair, and a variety of other services throughout the Denver area for nearly 20 years. If you find yourself in a situation where you are weighing the options between a new construction or purchasing a home and are in need of a professional review and analysis, we are here to assist. Our certified and highly trained staff is here to handle any roofing job in addition to providing a variety of other services such as siding, gutters, or any potential damage analysis. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
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Flashing: A Key Component for Arvada Roofing


July 25, 2018

Roof construction is a vital component of any building project, serving to protect the interior of a home or business while shielding away the harmful elements of Mother Nature. Heavy rain, high winds, snow, sleet, hail and even extreme heat or cold can all cause wear and tear on any roofing element despite the material selected for use. Shingle type or another manufactured component utilized for roofing purposes all have varying degrees of sustainability and durability but one component remains essential for the necessary everyday protection of your property. Regardless of which roofing style you decide to incorporate or inherit, flashing installed around various areas needs to be given special attention to protect your investment.

While a roof’s age, color, slope material and style are all areas of focus when designing or deciding on the purchase of a particular property - the flashing also warrants special consideration. Designed and used to prevent water penetration into a structure, thin pieces of material are installed around corresponding edges and transitions in an effort to protect and weather guard all roof structures. These flashing installations can be composed of a variety of metals - lead, copper, stainless steel, aluminum and many more.

Not every roof will require each of the specific types of flashing but all do need some form at one point. Following is a list and description of the various flashing installations which are incorporated into various roof designs and implemented to extend the longevity of a building or residence. These different components may be mixed and matched depending on the design requirements but at least one will be found on nearly every man-made modern structure found today.

Skylight Flashings

The addition of a skylight into a roof can often serve many useful and beneficial purposes. Not only will the new “window” provide daylight into a room but it can also serve to be an energy efficient addition if correctly utilized and located precisely where needed on the roof. Proper venting, if needed and chosen in the design process, and installation of a skylight can allow for a home to cut down on the use of electricity for heating and lighting purposes as both should be generated from a skylight. While cooling can be an issue, many modern improvements have been made in an effort to make the skylights more eco-friendly and beneficial to those that use them.

The design of windows, doors, and skylights all come in various shapes and sizes but each must utilize its flashing in order to prevent unwanted leaks. One of the most common complaints surrounding the use of skylights involves water penetration into the home or office due to a hole being cut into the roof structure for installation.

Leaky skylights are often the result of improperly installed flashing or material that has aged, corroded or been damaged. However, skylights can serve to benefit owners with properly installed flashing and other measures made to prevent the occurence of water falling through the cracks and into a building instead of remaining outside.

Chimney Flashings/Counter Flashings

Another common component found on a lot of buildings is a chimney coming up out of the roof. Like skylights, this chimney is essentially another hole cut through the structure’s roof surface but used in order to let smoke exit the premises from a fireplace below, instead of light into a building. The opening then requires flashing at the created joints to keep moisture out and from penetrating down the chimney sides into the unit.

Chimney flashing is installed at the base of the chimney where it comes into contact with the roof structure and is often angled to connect both with the roofing and chimney materials. This elevated material then allows for water to remain on the roof surface and not penetrate into the home through an uncovered joint.

Counter flashing is visible from the outside and uncovered but is often the only option when wanting to keep water out around a chimney - a necessity. The angled pieces often slope with the chimney and are joined to both the roof and chimney material helping to create a special barrier for weather protection.

Headwall Flashings

The headwall flashing is installed where a sloped roof meets any wall. Unlike the previous two types of flashing, headwall flashing typically spans a greater length although it serves the same purpose. Another joint compound provides an opportunity for water damage and leakage into a structure, but utilization of flashing helps to protect from this occurring.

Headwall flashings will be utilized and often visible where the wall meets but are one of the most essential elements for increased protection and found on nearly every structure.

Sidewall Flashings

Unlike headwall flashings, sidewall flashings are used where the roof meets another elevated surface. These would be necessary in instances of dormers or a portico where the entrance area is roofed with a its own separate part.

While the name may have changed, both the purpose and often installation procedures for each - side and head - remain the same. Typically, these pieces are connected to the structure and lay over the roof instead of being nailed or attached to the roof directly. This prevents any puncture to the roof surface while allowing the molded metal to form a barrier with installation to the sidewall of a structure.

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, including an analysis of the different types of flashing utilized and age or wear, 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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