Have you noticed all of the leaves on the ground and all over your front walkway or porch? With the autumn season in full swing, all the beautiful leaves are starting to fall off the trees. If you notice them on the ground or anywhere else other than on their branches, that means they are in your gutters, too. Now is the time to clean out your gutters and downspouts before they get too clogged up and before the winter snows come. Keeping your gutters clean will help prevent water damage to your roof. Here is a fantastic video produced by Lowe’s Home Improvement walking you through how to clean your gutters. If you have questions or need professional help, give us a call at A&H Roofing.
Cleaning gutters is an easy job to put off, but the longer you wait the worse it can get. Thoroughly cleaning your gutters every spring and fall will help keep them working like they’re supposed to. Debris can build up and cause damage to your downspouts and cause water damage to your roof. To clean out your gutters you will need: a trowel, ladder, buckets, garden hose, gutter cleaning attachment and gutter sealant.
To begin, clean the downspout removing any twigs, leaves and dirt. Flush out any other debris. If the water doesn’t drain properly through the downspout, there is probably a clog. Remove the end of the downspout and flush with water. If this doesn’t do the trick, use the full power and force of a plumbers snake.
If you notice that water sets in the bottom of your gutters be sure to readjust them so that they flow properly to the downspout. Leaks? Use gutter sealant on all joints. If there is noticeable paint damage, simply touch up with a primer. To find how to install gutter screens to keep out debris, visit http://www.Lowes.com/Videos.
Where in the U.S. can we find some of the best examples of energy efficient and wind resistant roofing?
Florida is a great place to look. Roofs in Florida – especially along the coast – must stand up to some very severe weather threats, including blazing sunlight and high winds from all-too-frequent hurricanes. There is even a High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) Section of the Florida Building Code.
The City of Miami takes things a step further and requires all new and re-roofing systems to include a solar-reflective cap sheet to reduce roof surface temperature and decrease the energy consumption of HVAC systems.
Here is a great article about how a local roofing company met the demands for energy efficient wind resistant roofing on an apartment complex re-roofing project with a new Multi-Ply Cool Roofing System. More specifically, they installed a CertainTeed multi-ply modified-bitumen roof with a Flintlastic® CoolStar® solar-reflective white cap sheet.
Here in Colorado we may not have hurricanes, but we have strong winds, occasional tornadoes, and of course, intense sunlight in the summer months. We should take a cue from our friends on the Florida coast and start incorporating some of the same roofing materials into our re roofing projects.
Call A & H Roofing for more information. We do commercial and residential.
Last night’s storm affected hundreds of homeowners across the Denver metro area. There was thunder, lightning, flash flooding, and major hail. Today as you are assessing the damage to your vehicles home, be sure to look at your siding and roof.
Congratulations, you are getting a new roof! Now that you have contracted with A & H Roofing to install your new roof, there are a few things you can do in preparation to make the process go smoothly and easily for you and your family, your home, and your roofers.
There are hundreds of reasons your roof might need repair or replacement. Homeowners in the Denver metro area understand that their homes must endure all the elements – blazing sun, high winds, rain, sleet, hail, and snow – and sometimes all in the same day!
Depending on the neighborhood you live in, your roof can withstand more wind, sun, or hail than other homes in other parts of town, affecting your roof’s lifespan. Leaks are another concern. A leaky roof can be problematic for any number of reasons. One good hail storm can cause damage to your roofing materials in places you might not even be able to see with a cursory glance.
Why get a Roofing Estimate?
There is an overwhelming amount of roofing companies to choose from in Denver, so that is why it is important to get several estimates from different contractors to compare before starting any repairs or replacements.
Also, your roof is one of the biggest investments you can make in your home. You will want to make sure any work performed on your roof is done with the highest quality and workmanship, and is protected by warranties and guarantees. Therefore, comparing estimates along with accreditations and warranties is important.
For all of your roofing concerns, A & H Roofing can provide an estimate.
How to Get a Roofing Estimate
First you will want to know a few things about your roof and what type of work you need done.
You will need to know if you have either a pitched or flat roof, and then whether your pitched roof has composition/asphalt shingles, shake, tile, metal panels, metal shingles, or other. Your flat roof options are modified, build-ups, TPO, EPDM, or other.
A & H Roofing makes it easy to get a roofing estimate. We have an online estimate form that you can fill out at ahroofing.com/estimate/. Or you can call us at (303) 659-8088.
Your Denver Roofing Expert
While you are shopping around for a roofer, keep in mind to check out the Better Business Bureau rating of each company, as well as customer reviews. A & H Roofing has an A+ rating with the BBB. The services we offer are listed below:
- Residential Roofing
- Commercial Roofing
- Roof Installation
- New Roofs
- Tile Roofs
- Roof Build ups
- Gutters & Downspouts
We would love to provide you with a roofing estimate today. Give us a call or fill out our online estimate form.
The rooftop patio is becoming more and more popular as homeowners expand their spaces and think outside the box for entertaining and living spaces. In Colorado especially, our climate lends itself to many months of enjoyable outdoor living. If you are considering adding a rooftop patio or deck to your home, check out these photos for some design inspiration!
If you’re looking for roofing services in the Denver metro area, you may be overwhelmed by all the choices. A & H Roofing is a full service commercial and residential roofer that provides roofing services along with many other services you may not know we offer. Your roof is the most important aspect of your home. It is your first defense against nature’s elements. Make sure you are keeping it strong and dependable. Read on to learn more about our services:
Hail. It’s a reality of your life if you make your home in Colorado. Afternoon thunderstorms with high winds and hail can be expected almost every day in the summer. If you’re a homeowner in the Denver area you know all too well the damage that can be caused by hail, especially to your roof. Unfortunately there’s not much you can do to stop the ice from hurtling from the sky towards your roof, but you can repair the damage with little to no stress if you follow this guideline for what to do if you have hail damage to your roof or other parts of your home.
Gutters perform the very important task of routing water and debris away from your roof so your siding, windows, and yard aren’t damaged. If you notice that your gutters are rusty or leaking, it may be time to replace them. Here are the 5 things to consider when choosing new gutters for your home:
You probably don’t think about your roof that often, but it is actually one of the most important components of your home. It protects you from the elements, it can help you stay warm or cool by attracting or reflecting heat, and it also has an aesthetic aspect. As far as aesthetics go, consider that your roof may comprise upwards of 40% of your home’s visible exterior surface area, thus the choice of roofing material can drastically influence your curb appeal.
To make sure you get a new roof which is both functional and attractive, keep these 6 things in mind:
Depending on what type of siding you have, the lifespan is generally 20 to 40 years. Because the lifespan is so long, most homeowners don’t think about their siding too much and might easily overlook signs that the siding is at the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. These are six signs that it is time to replace your siding:
Reroofing is a fairly big job so homeowners are often looking for ways to do it faster and more affordably. One option is to install new asphalt shingles over your existing shingles. This is obviously a lot faster because there is no need to rip off all the old shingles. However, this isn’t always a good solution or even feasible. Here are some of the things which need to be considered.
Algae is actually pretty amazing because it is able to live on a variety of surfaces – including the asphalt shingles on your roof. If you see algae growing on your asphalt shingle roof or see black streaks, it is probably because the algae is eating the limestone filler which is typically found in these shingles. Luckily, the algae doesn’t harm the shingles, but it does look unpleasant.
Before you set about cleaning algae from asphalt shingles, you should read any warranty information about your shingles. Many shingle manufacturers will void the warranty if you use certain cleaning methods, such as a pressure washer. There is good reason for this: if you get too close to the shingles with the pressure washer, the high pressure could damage them.
Even if your roof shingles aren’t under warranty anymore, it is probably best to play it safe and not use a pressure washer. Instead, the best method is to get up on your roof with water and scrub brush or garden hose with a sprayer attachment.
What You Need to Clean Algae from Your Roof
To safely clean algae from your roof, you will need the following supplies:
- A cleaning agent
- A pump sprayer
- Garden hose with sprayer or scrub brush
- Slip-resistant shoes
Remember that working on a roof can be dangerous! Never stand on wet spots on a roof. You might consider using a safety harness and rope to prevent falling. Because you are working with chemical cleaners, you will want to wear gloves and goggles.
Which Cleaner to Use?
You can use regular soap and water to clean your roof. However, you will probably get better results using a cleaner with bleach. It is generally not a good idea to use chlorine bleach. While very effective at killing mold, it is also toxic to plants. It will drip off the roof and kill the grass and plants around your home.
Instead, consider using oxygen bleach. You can buy special solutions at hardware stores for cleaning algae. Or you can mix your own solution.
- Mix the oxygen bleach and water in the pump sprayer.
- Using caution, spray the cleaning solution over the roof (work in sections to avoid having to step on wet, slippery roof shingles).
- Let the solution sit on the roof shingles for about 15 minutes.
- Rise the solution with a garden hose at high pressure. This should take the algae off. Or, you can use a scrub brush to get the algae off, but this will take much more work.
- Only clean algae from roofs on overcast days. On sunny days, the cleaning solution will evaporate too quickly.
- Work in sections of about 4 feet, spraying the solution from the top to the bottom.
- NEVER stand on wet roof shingles!
- When in doubt, hire a professional.
Asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials. They are affordable, fairly simple to install, and come in many different colors and styles. One of the other benefits of choosing asphalt shingles over the other types of roofing common materials is that they have a long lifespan. Most asphalt shingles can last up to 20 years, and there are some which can last 25 to 30 years. The lifespan of asphalt shingles can vary drastically though depending on the climate. In areas like Colorado where the summers are warm and winters are cold, asphalt shingles will be lucky to make it much past their guaranteed lifespan.
No matter what kind of asphalt shingles you have or how well they are taken care of, they will eventually need to be replaced. Since this is a big job, you will not want to do it if it is not completely necessary. Luckily, it is fairly simple to tell when an asphalt shingle roof needs to be replaced.
Look for Curling and Cuffing
As asphalt shingles age, they start to warp. You will be able to notice the edges of the shingles curling upwards or see cuffing in the shingles. This might be visible on just some or all of the shingles. When many of your roofing shingles are warped, it is important to reroof as soon as possible to prevent water from leaking into your roof and causing severe damage.
Use the Flexibility Test
If just a few shingles are warped, then you can use the “flexibility test” to determine whether you should replace your roof. Go up to the roof on a warm (but not hot) day. Use a knife or a spatula to loosen the edge of one of the shingles. Then try to bend the shingle backwards. If it bends, then the shingles still have a bit more life in them. If the shingle cracks when bent, then it is time to replace your shingles.
Fix Damaged Areas ASAP
If your roof shingles are only damaged in one area, such as from wind or tree branches hitting them, then you probably don’t need to replace your entire roof. It is fairly simple to repair asphalt shingle roofs by removing the damaged shingles and slipping new ones into their place.
There has been some concern in the news lately about the safety of Denver area roofing companies. With a record number of falls being reported, it makes it more difficult and daunting to find a reputable roofing contractor. At A&H Roofing, we want to reiterate that safety comes first.
Coowner Mike Aberle, says, “We have a very good safety program that includes annual safety meetings, job site checklists, random safety inspections and yearly provisions for safety equipment. We have regular safety meetings & strict guidelines for safety in the workplace.” All safety training is done through Lancaster Safety Consulting, a trusted source in safety consulting nationwide.