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Frequently Asked Roofing Questions Answered by Arvada Roofing Company

January 9, 2019

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

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

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

How Long Will My Roof Last?

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

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

Signs My Roof Needs Replacing

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

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

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

Do I Have Options?

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

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

What Preparations are Needed?

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

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

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

Backed by decades of experience, Arvada Roofing and Construction has been providing quality roof construction and repair throughout the Denver area for nearly 20 years. Equipped with an amazing staff to handle any roofing job, no matter the size, our company will work to ensure you are pleased with both the design choice and end result of any roofing related project. Providing roofing services of all types in addition to siding and seamless gutters, we are ready to help. Contact us today online or call 303-432-2753 for your free estimate!

Ice Dam Prevention Provided by Arvada Roofing Company

December 26, 2018

Winter is here and one of the most dangerous components associated with the weather and your roof is the formation of ice dams. Snowy conditions and freezing temperatures combine to create a potential hazard that could end up causing major damage to your home if not properly remedied.

Fortunately, putting the measures in place to help stop these ice dams from forming before or between snow falls is important. Once the precipitation begins to lay on the roof then it becomes too late and too dangerous a situation to address effectively. By implementing these simple steps, a homeowner can ensure that they are taking all of the appropriate measures available in order to prevent any substantial damage caused by this phenomenon.

Ice dams form when the snow melts on a roof and then water runs off the slope toward a guttering system that is used to carry water away from a home. The issue arises when this water reaches the edge or overhang of a roof - these areas are typically not insulated and have nothing underneath, therefore the surface temperature is much different than higher up the slope where the heat from a structure underneath is escaping and causing the snow to melt. Once this water runoff reaches the edge, it freezes again and with no heating method available, blocks of ice are formed which create the dams. Once in place, any excess water trickling down from the roof gets backed up behind the blockage creating a drainage issue and potentially causing damage to the roof or infiltrating the home through the added pressure and water backup. 

While there is no guaranteed, 100-percent method to avoid the potential risk of an ice dam forming, there are ways to reduce the chance of occurence, in addition to steps to take for preparing in areas that are subject to ice dam creation.

Proper Inspection

A professional roof inspection is one means to ensure that a homeowner is ready for any potential dangers. Not only can a trained professional point out overhang or other areas which may be subject to ice dam formation, but they can also look at other areas, including shingle wear and flashing applications that could indicate the potential for any leaks.

These observations cannot simply be made from the ground and will require roof access, so scheduling these prior to the heart of winter would be beneficial for all involved parties. Clearing the roof of any leaves, limbs, or other debris which could amplify the creation of an ice dam is also a necessary step during the inspection process.

In addition, cleaning the gutters and making certain that the water has a proper exit point when it does melt and reach the edge is also critical. Any deficiencies addressed during the inspection should be remedied immediately in order to make sure your roof is prepared for the oncoming winter precipitation.

Ample Insulation

One of the easiest ways to keep ice dams from forming is to maintain a cold roof. The melting and freezing process creates the potential for danger, but a completely cool roof that matches temperatures on overhangs as well as the center keeps this from occurring.

Checking the level of insulation in your attic will help to address this particular situation. By ensuring an ample amount of insulation is available, then the heat can remain in the house underneath instead of escaping through the roof and raising the temperature in the center or midpoint, above that of the overhangs.

Measuring your insulation and knowing how much you need are important from a heating and cooling standpoint and financial perspective. This information also allows for the prevention of ice dams when combined with proper ventilation. 

Good Ventilation

Working hand-in-hand with proper insulation, good ventilation is also needed to maintain the cold roof and keep ice dams from forming. Exhaust fans and ventilation techniques may need to be administered in order to help prevent an ideal situation for ice dam creation.

Keeping cool, dry air flowing above the insulated surface and underneath the roof helps to keep the entire surface cold which allows for melting to take place at an even pace on the outside. Sealing any potential leaks effectively, prior to any penetration, will also serve to help prevent any damage. 

Heat Cables

A controversial topic, heated cables offer benefits but are not necessarily the answer for combating ice dam formations. These wires run along rooftops, often near the edges and when charged serve to melt any snow and ice which has formed above them. 

Individual home or business owners will have to answer the question of if they should install heat cables to prevent ice dams. Where the benefits outweigh any negatives, such as appearance and cost of the energy bill, installation may provide an answer but it is often as a last resort only. 

All other measures should be administered before the consideration of heated cables which need to also be professionally installed. A complete roof analysis of any danger areas may also be suitable to ensure that if this is the route chosen, it is done so effectively. 

With over a decade of experience and quality service within Denver and the surrounding area, Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof inspections, installations, remodels, repair and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are concerned about the potential of ice dams forming 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!

Arvada Roofing Company Provides the Truth About Vinyl Siding

December 12, 2018

Homeowners have a number of options to choose from when remodeling or building a new construction and one of those decisions involves determining what material to use for the outside construction of a property. For new construction, there is a variety of different options each with many different pros and cons which must be considered before determining the best fit for your particular interests. As a remodel, often the changes are more limited but certain areas of a home may need more attention than others. For example, on a brick home, often the overhangs, eaves, or awnings are constructed of a different material and while someone may not obviously want to change the brick, selecting an appropriate construction material for these other areas is just as important.

There are different positives and negatives behind all building supplies but some come accompanied by more myths than fact. These factors need to be given special consideration and an extra level of investigation before completely writing off a material for building use. One of the most common substances associated with a wide variety of opinions, myths, and falsehood is vinyl siding. When undertaking any construction or remodel project, often everyone has an opinion and is more than willing to offer but rarely do they have any further basis than a personal encounter or heresay from others involving any part of the process.

These myths about vinyl siding are commonly referred to when anyone mentions it as a possibility for a construction option and siding choice but are easily debunked as the true colors, strength, and durability of today’s vinyl siding shines through in the end.

Is A Cheap Product

Yes, vinyl siding is a plastic product but that doesn’t mean that it is a cheap product. Vinyl siding offers a remarkable amount of protection as most is rated for extreme winds and rain. New vinyl siding can also increase the property value of your home and will serve as a quality choice for years to come.

Vinyl siding also often gets a bad rap for its looks but manufacturing changes have improved the outward appearance of vinyl siding and depending on the type, color selected - it can now be difficult at times to decipher what a housing material is from the curb until a closer examination has taken place.

The improvements in vinyl siding from early now allow it to offer solid protection and be a durable option for homeowners to consider. There is no need to worry that you may be receiving a cheap product, especially when purchased and installed by a knowledgeable contractor or company.

Limits Design Options

When vinyl siding first entered the marketplace and construction world there were limited options in colors to choose from and the overall look of it was similar regardless of the choice. These limitations have been far exceeded over time as vinyl siding now comes in multiple colors and can be constructed to achieve a variety of different looks upon installation.

Vinyl siding options now allow your imagination to run wild and achieve exactly what you are looking for in terms of the home or property that you own. Not only are primary colors all available, but specialties, much like paint, not exist throughout the spectrum of any color that you may desire.

The dream designer guide to a new vinyl siding home exterior even allows you to download a photo of your current home and then change the colors from all that are now available giving you a preview of what a finished project will look like.

Needs Consistent Upkeep

A major selling point of vinyl siding has always been that painting is not required. However, in order to deter homeowners from choosing this option, other upkeep methods have crept into the conversation to try and deter one of the largest positives associated with vinyl siding.

Instead of painting, critics will argue that vinyl siding must be cleaned regularly, pressure washed, and inspected daily to ensure there are no cracks, breaks, or changes in the siding construction. Fortunately, when properly installed, none of these issues should raise near the concern those who support other siding options would have you to believe.

The fact is that vinyl siding maintenance only requires cleaning every couple of years and inspection following any significant storms. 

Bad for the Environment

The vinyl siding environmental impact has largely been exaggerated in terms of being a plastic product and any harmful chemicals which may be released during manufacturing. Many companies have taken the necessary steps to alleviate these concerns, or at least minimize them significantly.

Also, vinyl siding can improve the insulation capabilities of your home and therefore have a positive impact on the heating and cooling of your home - having a positive impact on both the environment and your pocketbook.

Dangerous and Easily Flammable

False. Vinyl siding is safe and regularly exceeds the minimums for building codes while maintaining solid performance. Non-combustible, vinyl siding safety should not be a concern for any homeowner electing to use it as a construction material.

With over a decade of experience and quality service within Denver and the surrounding area, Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing siding projects and installation, along with roof construction, repair, and multiple other exterior household projects or associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on any repair, remodel, or now construction project, if needed, as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are weighing options between a brand new vinyl siding or potential other type of material for the current structure, 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!

Arvada Roof Repair: Winter is Coming, Ensure Your Roof is Ready

November 28, 2018

Winter in Colorado can be one of the most harsh seasons of the year depending on your feelings about wind, snow, and bitter cold. Some hate it, others embrace the season by taking full advantage of the number of wintertime activities associated within our region. All around Denver and the surrounding areas, individuals prepare for the upcoming winter season in a number of ways. People cut and stack firewood year-round to ensure that when the bitter cold strikes, there will be plenty of fuel for the fires to heat their homes. Trees are often cut back in the fall to keep any large branches from breaking due to the weight of snow, some change the tires on their vehicles - adding chains or moving to a more weather conducive tread, and plumbers are called into action on the regular to inspect pipes and insulation, in an effort to prevent any freezing pipes or breaks which can cause significant damage to any structure.

All of these are (many times necessary) provisions in an effort to get ready but homeowners far too often neglect one of the most important factors of their protection from the outside elements - the roof. A building’s roof is the first line of defense against any wintertime, or other time of the year, precipitation and must be prepared for not only keeping out the water but holding up to the weight of any heavy snow falls or those occurring close together. Once the snow has begun to fall and your roof is covered it’s not too late but correcting any deficiencies which are found at that time requires a considerable amount of work and the damage to the interior of a home has already started. By checking your roof before the calendar shifts into a full blown winter season, then corrections can be made and you can rest easy knowing your home is well protected and ready to handle Mother Nature and whatever she has in store.

In order to do so, there are a number of specific checks that need to be administered to any roof that may be subject to heavy snow, winds, ice, or extreme cold temperatures and a professional inspection is the correct way to ensure you will be protected.

Full Inspection

First, a full inspection of the roof structure and components needs to be completed. While some of the checkpoints can be viewed from the ground, a full inspection requires individuals to actually get on top of their roof and inspect the make up from a different angle. Far too many people will simply do their own “self” inspection from the ground and may not notice a missing piece of flashing, shingle, or other piece that could potentially lead to a negative situation once winter arrives.

While obvious repairs may be noticeable from the ground, these other minor instances require someone to ascend the home and take a first-hand look at the structural components to guarantee that any deficiencies are noted and fixed appropriately.

This full inspection includes each of the following highlights in addition to a handful of other smaller areas and details which will be reviewed and checked as part of the overall complete inspection from our professionals.

Waterproof Check

Ensuring your roof is waterproof is critically important to protecting your home. There are many different types of roof damage and shingle damage which will be noticeable once on top of a structure that may not be as easily discovered from the ground. These need to be corrected in addition to providing a waterproof seal over all areas of the structure.

Many roofs are designed to allow water flow and ice melt off the structure but any flat roofs especially, need to receive added attention to their waterproofing as the snow and ice can be around for significantly longer periods of time. The best way to waterproof a flat roof first involves cleaning the surface, which cannot be completed once it is too late and the snow has already begun to fall. In areas where water runoff cannot occur, a waterproofing method is ideal.

Gutter Check

Where water can run off a roof it needs to be collected by a properly installed and functioning gutter system. To help ensure that your roof is protective and ready for the winter months, a complete gutter check will be administered as part of the overall inspection process. Should any clogs or debris be found inside, which would prevent water flow once the ice and snow begins to melt, then they will be removed.

The gutter check also consists of ensuring all of the downspouts are free and clear of any blockage. An improperly functioning gutter system can create issues of their own including, flooding. Basement flooding can be created when these downspouts do not function correctly and all of the runoff soaks in around a home’s foundation instead of traveling out the gutter, downspout and then draining away from the home.

Flashing Check

Finally, the flashing material used around any cutouts or openings on a roof need to be given special consideration as well. These potentially dangerous access points for water, snow, and ice need to be replaced if damaged and inspected to make certain they are functioning properly. A key component of roofing, the flashing helps protect the mesh points between such items as chimneys, skylights, and where any headwalls and sidewalls connect. 

With over a decade of experience and quality service within Denver and the surrounding area, Arvada Roofing and Construction has been completing roof construction, repair, and multiple other roof, siding, or gutter associated services for nearly two decades. Their highly trained experts can provide an estimate on a repair project, which will never include an overlay, if needed as well as any inspection you wish to have completed. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are weighing options between a brand 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 available to handle any 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!

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.