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Arvada Roofing Company: Hazards of Rain Damage


September 14, 2020

Owning a home can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime. Not only does it provide a safe place for you, your family, potential pets, and all other belongings, but the equity earned offers another beneficial factor down the road. Whether you plan on retiring there, passing it along to future generations, or simply selling at a later date to perhaps downsize and enjoy your golden years elsewhere - the time spent under a single roof can offer memories which will last a lifetime. For many, their families grow there, holidays are spent decorating for different occasions, and multiple other life events occur with the backdrop remaining consistent - a loving home.

However, something that offers so much joy can unfortunately also cause a headache with the amount of work needed in order to keep everything functioning and working properly. Depending on the age of your current residence, there may be some components which need attention in order to ensure a lifetime of positive experiences. Even those elements which will last far into the future with proper upkeep, such as hardwood floors or natural stone countertops, require some amount of periodic maintenance in order to sustain the test of time. While a roof will last various amounts of time, depending on the construction material, the same upkeep and inspections are required in order for it to continually provide sufficient coverage and protection. On average, many roofs will provide this ample barrier for approximately 25-30 years. While not a lifetime, it is still a significant timespan and one that should be appreciated when considering different construction materials and companies. 

One thing which may shorten this time of quality coverage is an abundance of rain. Yes, a roof is designed to protect you and your home from the outside elements, but significant amounts of rain can have a degrading impact on your roof’s materials. The consistent exposure to water, in addition to how a roof and attic ventilation work together in order to create air flow measures and help reduce moisture, may complicate the issue. Following are some signs to look out for and additional damages which may be caused by too much rain or exposure to moisture from your roof. 

Leaks


Undoubtedly, should you notice a leak within your home then the first place to check is overhead. Depending on where the water is coming from, chances are that there has been some breach in the exterior roofing material. It is, however, important to trace the flow because depending on how your roof is constructed, the water may be flowing down other materials before reaching the ceiling and may not simply be coming from directly overhead.

Stains

If water isn’t constantly dropping down, in the event of a leak, then a stain may begin to appear on the ceiling of your home. The end result of increased moisture and a by product of water build up, finding the cause of any stains which gradually appear overhead is critical to protecting your home. Unfortunately, in the event of a stain appearance, it is likely that something has been awry for quite some time and requires immediate attention in order to resolve the ongoing issue.

Wood Rot

Repeated exposure to moisture could also cause wood rot within the rafters of your home or decking used underneath the shingle layer of a home. This occurrence significantly reduces the integrity of a structure and could cause other major issues, including collapse, or a hole. Understanding the signs of a hidden problem such as wood rot can go a long way in helping to avoid any major set back. In addition, proper periodic roof inspections can help to reveal any potential for this to become an issue after repeated rain or water exposure.

Buckling or Curling

Another issue which may arise after repeated rain exposure is shingles buckling or curling. In the event that you notice any of these issues during a routine inspection or simply by viewing the damage from ground level, an immediate expert opinion and repair is warranted. Not only are these damages possible from rain and moisture exposure, but improper installation or simply placing roofing material in multiple layers can all be potential causes. For these reasons, it is important to constantly review the integrity of your roof and ensure that your home remains protected now and well into the future.

Missing Shingles

Hard rains are often associated with high winds which can cause shingles to go missing from the roof. If this occurs, the next probable step will be some type of water breach into the home. Whether noticed by an appearing stain on the ceiling, dripping leak, or from the exterior, getting the damage repaired is a necessity. Far too often individuals put off taking action and the results are even more extensive damage. If addressed immediately, the area in jeopardy may be able to be repaired with a patch in lieu of having to replace the entire roof.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all roofing, gutter, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
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Arvada Roofing Company: Ventilation Problems and Solutions


August 27, 2020

One of the most important construction components of any building, a roof not only protects inhabitants and their belongings from the outside elements, but serves a variety of other useful functions. Helping to control the ventilation from an attic or upper levels of a property is also critical to appropriate functionality and of key importance for maintaining the integrity of any structure. Just another in the long list of important characteristics for any roof, ensuring that your current covering is performing its best can save a homeowner money now and well into the future.

But how long does a roof last? An important question that many individuals consider when purchasing an existing property but also one they tend to forget about until some type of issue arises. In the event regular maintenance and routine inspections are a part of your roofing care package, then expect to receive roughly 25 to 30 years of service from a quality roof. While there isn’t much that can be done in order to protect this exposed layer following installation, one area which can be relatively easy to treat, but devastating if left unattended, is the amount of ventilation available. Air flow is extremely important for the health of your roof and ensuring that the attic or upper levels of your home have a sufficient amount can greatly impact your roof’s ability to function properly. Each of the following are potential hazards associated with improper ventilation surrounding a roof.

Temperature Control

Improper ventilation can result in excess ware for your air conditioning unit. Not only will you end up spending more money in order to maintain a suitable temperature inside the home but constant running with little or only a few breaks can lead to wear and tear on your cooling unit. By not properly maintaining the temperature inside, homeowners can end up costing themselves in roof and air conditioning repairs, in addition to increased monthly electric bills. 

Dry Rot

If you’ve noticed a water spot beginning to show up on your ceiling, inside the home, chances are some of the roof decking material may have dry rotted. If this is the case then replacement is necessary in order to avoid any further damage. Decking wood rot is also possible in the event shingles have become damaged or are missing but maintaining proper ventilation can assist in prolonging the time it takes to develop and hopefully exterior repairs are made in the interim.

Mold and Moisture Build-Up

Additional potential causes of rotting and other issues involve the possibility of mold and moisture build-up in an attic and among roof joists with improper ventilation. These areas within a home are typically darker and can be prime environments for mold to develop, especially during the winter months. Instead of moisture arriving from the outside, which remains a possibility, the warmer air inside a home escaping and meeting the cooler elements poses a risk for mold and mildew accumulation.

Rust

These deteriorating conditions can also lead to rust issues with many of the fasteners and nails if they are exposed to unwanted moisture. If a heavy dose accumulates then breaking could occur which potentially could impact ridges, flashing, and shingle connectivity. Creating a domino effect of issues, improper ventilation can create a myriad of issues.

Ice Dams

Proper ventilation is the best solution for how to get rid of ice dams. A measure which should be taken prior to formation, knowing your attic space and roof are properly ventilated can help homeowners rest easy during the winter months. Not only do you have to worry about water damage associated with any ice dam formations but the air flow can also keep your home operating in an energy efficient manner.

Shingle Failure

Outside observance of cracking or missing granules from shingles can also be a sign of improper ventilation. Once these shingles begin to fail it is only a matter of time before the outside elements begin to creep into a home. Typically water damage, keeping a roof well ventilated helps to fight against many of these potential hazards.

SOLUTIONS

While a professional roof inspection is recommended, there are a number of simple solutions for improper roof ventilation. Experts can quickly ascertain whether or not your particular scenario could be remedied by either moving the existing vents or adding roof exhaust and soffit vents to help improve the current airflow. Not only will these additional measures help to keep you and your family protected but they also allow homeowners to save money through efficient heating and cooling of their home, less potential for roof damage, and a quality life for their existing surface covering.

If you happen to have a finished attic or completed top story in a home underneath the roof itself, then rafter vents offer the best solution. Since soffit and exhaust components are not feasible due to the finished product in lieu of an attic space, adding these or installing them as your construction project is completed is important. Again, a thorough examination and analysis of your existing situation can lead to additional recommendations or repairs necessary in order to avoid any potential issues caused by improper ventilation.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all roofing, gutter, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!

 
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Arvada Roofing Company: Steps To A New Roof


August 13, 2020

One of the most important aspects of any home is the roof. When purchasing a new residence, one of the first questions realtors are often asked is, “How old is the roof?”. This then sparks a debate about whether or not it will need replacement or repair work in the near future and arguably, the answer could have an impact on the overall price of a certain property. In the event that a roof is in less than satisfactory condition or warrants obvious repair, then accommodations should be made by the seller in order to make a buyer feel comfortable with the purchase. In this instance, typically repairs or a new roof would be installed prior to the transaction being completed but there are also everyday occurrences which force homeowners into considering a new roof for their home. Storm damages, falling debris, and natural aging over time, can also warrant some type of repair or replacement.

There are many factors which determine how long a roof will last, including location, climate, and construction materials but most average about 25 years. With this in mind, a timetable can be determined for the state of your current home and its conditions. In the event that a new roof is warranted, following the appropriate steps in order to ensure its replacement will provide quality service well into the future is important. When you think about it, a roof is essentially the protective layer you have between Mother Nature and all that is valuable within your home - family and belongings - not to mention a critical component of the energy efficiency associated with your residence. Protecting these assets is undoubtedly critical, so following a well thought out plan in order to arrive at the best possible conclusion, with a roof that is precisely suited for your property is important. If you find yourself in this position, consider the following steps to help you arrive at a decision.

Inspection

If you believe a roof is in need of replacement but there aren’t any obvious defective areas, consider having a professional complete a thorough inspection of the property. Not only should they provide you with a quality analysis but it may be that a simple repair project can be completed without having to overhaul the entire surface area. 

Even in the event that an obvious repair is necessary, an inspection can still help to analyze the extensiveness of any damage and may save money in the long run. If a roof can be repaired instead of replaced entirely, then the cost difference could be considerable.

Research

While there may be some research involved in finding someone to complete an inspection, the real work begins after you have an understanding of exactly what the project entails. If you are not happy with the inspection results, then perhaps gathering a second opinion, would be beneficial but once it is concluded that some type of replacement or repair is necessary then the real work begins. For some, this will begin their journey, especially if they have sustained some type of storm damage and the roof is obviously in some type of distress.

References

A majority of people trust online reviews as much as friends and given this is how searches typically begin for someone providing a service, the importance of quality feedback is apparent. In the past, individuals would often seek the advice of family or friends and while this is still an important part of the information gathering, checking out businesses online - comparing websites and even making a few phone calls can assist in narrowing down your options for the job. Once you are comfortable or have narrowed down the remaining candidates, consider moving on to the next step in this process.

Quotes

Receiving an estimate should provide homeowners with an idea of exactly what the project will entail. Not only should the companies give a breakdown of the associated costs, but a timeline and clean-up process should also be established. If the quote involves some type of fee, make sure this is applied to the bill if granted the job, although most professional services are willing to grant individuals a free estimate.

Comparison

Comparing the quotes and exactly what each entails will help determine who should be granted the job. Every project is different and the factors associated with various companies may influence an individual to select one business over another. The end result here is to make certain the homeowners comfortable with what work is to be conducted, pricepoint, and all aspects associated with completing the job in a professional and timely manner.

Contract

At this point in the process a contract can be signed, signaling the beginning of actual work in order to complete a roof repair or installation. Keep copies of these documents for your records and also to make certain that each of the outlying factors described in the contract are completed to your satisfaction.

Execution

The final step of this process - completing the actual work and/or replacement. While some may simply conduct a quick online search, make a phone call, and proceed with whoever answers on the other end - the results can be hit or miss. As important as the roof is for your home and family, making sure you know who is working on your home and that the job will be guaranteed will go a long way in making sure you rest easy at night.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all gutter, roofing, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
 
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Arvada Roofing Company: Cool Benefits


July 31, 2020

Managing the power bill is something that many individuals struggle with during the course of a calendar year. From bitterly cold winters to summer’s rising temperatures, the strain placed onto a heat pump or air conditioning unit can sometimes be too much to bear. Fortunately, there are a few measures individuals can take in order to help eliminate the rising electric bills as they attempt to keep everyone either heated or cooled beneath their roof. Temperature settings and fluctuations have an obvious impact but one of the biggest factors in regulating comfortable conditions lies within that protective barrier just above your head. Insulated or not, second-level living or attic, a roof serves not only to keep outside elements from penetrating into the home but it can also have a significant impact on the air temperatures both inside and outside of a residence. 

Cool roofs are an energy efficient alternative to traditional methods and materials which serve to establish a variety of different benefits. These positives should be given appropriate consideration if you’re in the market for a roof upgrade or are completing a new construction project. Although the initial price of installation may be higher than other models, the wide range of available benefits more than makes up for this difference, in addition to the associated cost measures which can easily be justified in a relatively short time period. No matter your roof construction style, a cool roof alternative can often be applied. This application immediately acts as a beneficiary for those who elect to install these types of measures onto their home. 

Energy Efficient

One of the largest benefits of a cool roof system is the energy efficiency derived from its existence. Not only are the material colors used reflective of the sunlight but this action also helps to cool the home underneath. By reflecting the heat instead of absorbing, the home can be kept at a more comfortable temperature without the strain on artificial cooling units.

In addition, proper ventilation assists in the cool roof features and helps to maintain a steady temperature throughout the year. While sunlight absorption may be considered to be beneficial during the winter months, cool roofs can still maintain their positive characteristics - detailed below - and thus should be considered for homes in all types of climates.

Extended Lifespan

The reflection of this heat and sunlight, which is likely covering a major portion of your property’s roof, also serves to extend the lifespan traditionally associated with any other materials. Daily exposure simply wears on all roofing materials but a cool roof is designed to withstand constant punishment and should not begin to wear, break, or fall apart nearly as quickly as other materials. This is just one of the many cost saving benefits of a cool roof. From the money saved via a less expensive power bill, added with not needing repairs or replacement at normal intervals, a cool roof quickly makes up for any initial higher priced installation.

As the extended lifespan continues, so too do the cost saving initiatives associated with these heating and cooling conditions. Since the roof is going to last longer, the benefits of a less expensive power bill continue over time.

Power Grid Impact / Emissions

By lowering electricity use within a home, the end result is less emissions throughout the world. While individuals may believe that one residence simply won’t have such a big impact on a particular power grid - consider an entire community or city as the outlets located within your home. In the event that too many are being used at once, or something requiring an abundance of power is plugged into one outlet and turned on, then this item can have a significant impact on the entire system. Within a home, sparks could fly, the power could go out completely, or the item may be damaged. Each home pulling energy from the same power grid is a similar concept. Even one cool roof can have a positive impact and help to reduce the emissions associated over an entire power grid, which is not only beneficial to the community but the world.

Urban Heat Island 

The ‘Urban Heat Island’ effect can not only be attributed to major cities but also neighborhoods and urban areas where homes are clustered close together. In the event that an HOA or other authority implements a cool roof mandate, then the general area may reduce their outside temperatures by a few degrees. Doing so is not only beneficial to the residents but can have positive impacts on the wildlife, plants, and other items within a community. 

Winter Time Impact

There is evidence cool roofs provide benefits even in cold climates, especially those who receive ample amounts of snowfall. Serving as another layer of insulation, snow can aid a cool roof in serving to protect a home and those who reside underneath. Perhaps, ice dam formation could also be prevented due to proper ventilation and the ability of a cool roof to continually reflect heat. In both instances, the benefits associated with a cool roof extend beyond helping to simply keep the inhabitants comfortable by managing summertime temperatures. Cooling in the heat and maintaining a comfortable environment during the freezing winter months, the benefits of a cool roof extend continuously throughout the calendar year.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all gutter, roofing, or siding needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
 
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Arvada Roofing Company: Vinyl Siding Application Options


July 10, 2020

Choosing a home is an extremely important step in the life of any individual. Whether you are getting married, moving to a new city, growing up, or simply need to expand or downsize - regardless of the reasoning, the process can be a stressful one. Finding out the neighborhood history, leaning on reputation, and ultimately deciding what you are looking for within a property are all important steps. Some families decide space is important, others focus on school districts, as each and every situation is unique but there is also a critical element which should be given its due consideration in the process - building materials.

Between brick and vinyl siding or a combination, many homes currently being constructed and those already available on the market consist of these two keystones. Choosing between them can be difficult and ultimately the decision may revolve around other factors but the impact of new vinyl siding or benefits of its properties shouldn’t be ignored. Whether you are considering a change to your current home, looking at a potential fixer-upper, or are in the market for a new home entirely, consider each of these different possible applications of vinyl siding. The unique aspects associated with installation and how it can be used to revitalize an existing structure or make a lasting impression as a new construction material are extremely versatile.

Exterior Walls

Undoubtedly one of the largest surface areas in need of coverage, the exterior walls of a home are not only the most exposed but also one of the first things people notice about the look of a property. These areas present the biggest risk of damage, simply due to their abundance of size, but the durability of vinyl siding helps to prevent most instances absent an outside force coming into contact with the home. Regular upkeep and simply inspections will keep your vinyl siding looking great year after year.

Advances in technology have increased this durability for vinyl siding and has helped it to gain momentum in the construction industry. These newfound abilities not only extended the lifespan of vinyl siding but also improved the outward appearance of your home. Choosing from a variety of different colors available, almost anything any homeowner would desire can be accomplished as these exterior walls will ultimately determine the overall look and color of your home. Fortunately, the past worries about weather, sun exposure, and other outside elements having a detrimental impact on your vinyl siding have been washed away.

Overhangs

Even if your home is composed of a brick foundation or exterior, the ability to use vinyl siding on overhangs and entranceways is always a possibility. Depending on the design schematics and architecture style of your home, this option can be extremely beneficial. Not only making construction easier but also in terms of adding a splash of color. A majority of brick homes are reddish in color but with vinyl siding overhangs a contrasting color combination can be easily added.

In addition, vinyl can be used as a soffit for overhanging areas where the roof construction meets exterior walls. This area, depending on the material, can be subject to water damage as rainfall exits off the roof, especially if the gutter system isn’t functioning properly. However, vinyl siding or soffit can help to potentially eliminate this adverse effect. 

Gable

Many homes also feature a gable roof or outset from above ground level of a window or some instance where there needs to be more siding or another construction material selected in order to achieve the correct design. While these have similar options and can be constructed of the existing exterior wall material, choosing vinyl siding for one or both is undoubtedly the best available option to homeowners. Not only is this a lighter material for any roof bearing components, but it also can be used in similar fashion as an overhang - to establish a contrasting or cooperating color associated with the remainder of the home.

Accent

Accent pieces can also be constructed of vinyl siding and offer many of the same benefits. These intricate details can be blended in with the overall exterior design or used to construct a bold statement, while creating a unique curb appeal aspect. For example, the soffit colors can either be similar to overhangs, gables, or other areas in a blended concept or a contrasting color to highlight the roof outline or wherever the vinyl siding accent pieces are installed.

Vertical

There are also instances where homeowners may elect to enjoy the vertical vinyl siding benefits. As design styles have changed over the past few years, along with the advances to vinyl siding construction, an ability to install these measures in a vertical fashion have been used to create a different look entirely. Able to be used throughout the entire property or in contrast to other areas, the ability to mix and match between horizontal and vertical alignments have increased the options available to homeowners across the country.

Garage/Additions

If you have ever tried to match older brick colors with new materials, you’ll soon notice the difficulty associated with this task. Over time, brick becomes worn and weathered, changing the color grade ever so slightly from the original hue. For this reason, any replacement necessitated on a home or new additions can be extremely difficult to match without simply looking like an obvious patch or eyesore. For this reason and many others, if homeowners are considering an expansion or garage addition - connected or free standing - often vinyl siding is the construction material of choice. Not only does this prevent from having to match up colors but if the vinyl is used anywhere else on property, then the matching cohesiveness simply goes hand-in-hand once this new extension of the property is constructed.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, quality service has been our priority in Denver and the surrounding area for years as we can handle any and all siding, gutter, or roofing needs for your home. Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof and gutter installations, evaluations, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the effectiveness of your gutters, roof, or already have an issue, we are here to help. Our certified and extremely knowledgeable staff is available to handle any construction or roofing job and provide a variety of other services such as seamless guttering systems, or any potential damage analysis thought to be caused by severe weather for the purposes of insurance reporting. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate on any of the above mentioned projects!
 
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