Spring is here now, with summer is right on its heels! This is the time of year to think about the harsh reality of wildfires in Colorado. If you are looking for an extra measure of protection for your home, start with your roof. While it is impossible to completely “fireproof” a roof, you CAN replace your roofing with fire-resistant materials. This one choice may prevent a fire from completely devastating your home.
Read on for more about these fire-resistant roofing materials:
Denver is thawing out!
The past few days have been up in the 50s making it feel almost tropical compared to the teens and 20s from the past few weeks.
Now is the perfect time to assess your home’s gutters and determine if they need to be repaired or replaced before any more snow falls or before the spring rains start.
When to Replace Your Gutters
The average life span for gutters is estimated at 20 years for galvanized steel or aluminum gutters, and 50 years for copper gutters, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Whether your gutters’ lifespan has expired, or weather conditions have just been particularly harsh, here are 12 signs your gutters need replacing:
- Water is leaking into your basement. Clogged, damaged, or worn gutters are main reasons for basement leaks.
- Mold in your basement. Leaky gutters create moisture in your basement, which leads to mold growth.
- Problems with your home’s foundation. Gutters that are clogged or leaking water towards your foundation instead of directing water away from it could cause cracks in your foundation.
- Standing water in your gutters. This is a sure sign of non-performing gutters.
- Gutters are sagging, pulling away from your home, hanging down or leaning more towards the front instead of being level, or seamed gutters are loose or pulling apart at the seams and are too worn to be reattached.
- Your gutters are bent, dented, or have holes or cracks in them beyond repair.
- Gutters are not draining properly. Look for these two telltale signs:
- When it’s raining, listen to how the rain is flowing out of your gutters. If you can hear water smacking to the ground, that means the water is pouring over the sides of the gutter. This could be a result of misaligned gutters or a gutter blockage.
- Puddles of water forming around your home after it rains or mold growing around your home’s foundation or façade.
- The paint on your home is peeling, wood is corroding in areas behind the gutter, or you’re seeing rust stains on your home. This is caused by gutter water backsplashing or overflowing and running down the back of the gutter along the exterior of your home. Your gutters could be worn, misaligned or clogged.
- Your gutters have rusted.
- You can see gaps either between gutter connections or between the gutters and the fascia boards to which they are attached.
- You’re finding nails or broken fasteners on the ground, which have fallen from loose gutters.
- Water channels are forming in your landscaping or parts of your landscaping are washing out or eroding. These are signs your gutters are not performing properly.
Give us a call at A & H Roofing. We provide Seamless Gutter Installation Denver and can provide you with an estimate.
Call (303) 659-8088 today.
At A & H Roofing, we like to stay on top of trends in the roofing industry and pass them on to our customers so you are informed and aware of all the roofing options available to you.
The International Roofing Expo is taking place this week in New Orleans, and one of the exciting developments to come out of this expo is the debut of a new roofing material by Johns Manville.
Johns Manville is a leading supplier of commercial roofing products. Their new product is called the SeamFree™ PMMA Liquid Membrane roofing system.
The new SeamFree™ PMMA Liquid Membrane roofing system includes a full portfolio of PMMA-based products that combine to form a versatile membrane system for use in a variety of applications ideal for plaza decks, garden roofs, roofs with many penetrations, small roofs and irregular shaped roofs.
“We have taken notice of trends in the market,” said Mandy Schweitzer, Product Manager, Johns Manville. “The SeamFree PMMA Liquid Membrane roofing system is our answer to this shift in architecture. This product is part of JM’s commitment to creating valuable, progressive roofing solutions for our customers.”
The SeamFree™ PMMA Liquid Membrane System offers important advantages:
- Substrate Compatibility: Excellent adhesion to a variety of substrates including metal, wood, plastic, concrete, and asphalt.
- Ease of Use: The two-part solid catalyst with liquid resin makes the product easy to mix and apply.
- Quick and Versatile: The product can be applied in a broad range of temperatures (23ºF – 95ºF), is rainproof in 30 minutes and is fully-cured within 2-3 hours.
There are many other ways in which this new roofing system can be used.
Give us a call at A & H Roofing to learn more, or fill out our online estimate form if you are looking for work to be done on your roof.
Your home’s covering and first layer of protection against the elements is your roof. Your roof should be free of damage and leaks and in good shape to do its job properly. The important function of a roof cannot be denied, but what about the form?
A roof can also greatly increase the beauty and design of your home. Have you considered how a new roof could transform your house and increase its curb appeal?
Whether you need a new roof installed or just have hail damage that needs repair, finding a dependable roofer can seem like an overwhelming task. There are literally hundreds of roofing companies in the Denver metro area. How do you choose just one?
When selecting a roofing contractor, keep in mind that the people you hire will be around and on top of your home, coming into contact with you and your loved ones on a daily basis for days or weeks, depending on the work needed. You want to make sure they are trustworthy and will work efficiently and with integrity.
Here are a few tips for how to choose the best roofer in Denver:
With the latest bout of freezing temperatures in the Mile High City, a lot of us are looking at ways to keep our heating bills down. There are a few relatively easy things you can do around your house to stop drafts and make your home more secure against the cold air. Most of these things can be accomplished in an afternoon or on a weekend, with very little cost.
Check out the article below from PopularMechanics.com on “9 Sneaky Ways to Cut Your Home Heating Bills”:
Whenever a new year comes along, we are interested to see what is trending and popular in our industry. As a homeowner, you are bound to be interested in the latest and greatest for the interior and exterior of your home. Of course, as a roofing and siding company, we are eager to share with you the trends in roofing and siding for the coming year.
Vinyl siding remains one of the most popular choices among homeowners for their home’s exterior finish. And no wonder. It is protective, durable, long-lasting, and aesthetically pleasing. Vinyl siding can last up to 20-40 years, which is quite a long time. If, however, it is time to re-side your home, or you want to freshen the color of your current siding, here are some color trends to consider that are in vogue for 2015 and beyond.
We have had a great deal of snow in Denver over the past couple of weeks! In fact, we have already received five inches more snow in January so far compared to the full month of January last year, according to the National Weather Service.
While the ski resorts are enjoying the benefits of all the fresh powder, here in town we are wondering just what to do with all the snow and ice on our roofs and in our gutters.
The good news is, most residential roofs are required by building codes to withstand the heaviest snows for that particular part of the country. Home improvement expert Jon Eakes says, “Theoretically, if your roof is built to code, it’s built to support more than the normal load of snow and ice.”
If you concerned about the weight of excessive snow and ice on your roof, however, here is how you to know if you might have a problem. When doors on interior walls begin to stick, that signals there’s enough weight on the center structure of the house to distort the door frame. Ignore doors on exterior walls but check interior doors leading to second-floor bedrooms, closets, and attics in the center of your home. Also, examine the drywall or plaster around the frames of these doors for visible cracks (source: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/roofing-gutters-siding/snow-removal-roof/#ixzz3Nz13cRhQ).
Let’s say you do have some doors sticking and are concerned that the weight of snow on your roof is a problem. The last thing you should do is climb up on your own roof. Instead, call a professional snow removal contractor or roofing company to help. The professionals have the expertise and tools necessary to keep you and your home safe.
Give us a call at A & H Roofing with any questions.
It’s that time of year – time for year-in-review lists and articles on emerging trends for the upcoming year. Since we’re a roofing company, it seems only fitting that we put out a list of the trends we are likely to see popping up in the roofing and siding industry in 2015.
1. Gray Roofs
National color expert Kate Smith predicts that gray will be the rising color choice for roofs across America in 2015. Working with DaVinci Roofscapes, Smith believes aging baby boomers and their complete comfort with growing older will lead this marketplace trend.
“Refined and elegant gray is not only accepted in today’s society, but an extremely popular choice,” says Smith, president of Sensational Color. “From embracing natural graying hair to topping off the house with a gray slate roof, it’s hard to go wrong with gray.”
2. Environmentally Friendly
In both the residential and commercial markets, roofing demand will also be supported by consumer interest in environmentally friendly products. Such items as light-colored roofing tiles and membranes, metal roofs, roofing made from recycled materials, vegetative roofs and integrated photovoltaic roofing will see increasing use. Consumers will install these roofing materials to reduce energy costs and minimize urban heatisland effects. Demand will also be supported by the efforts of state and local governments to pass laws mandating the use of these products in new and renovation construction.
3. Metal Roofing
Demand for metal roofing is forecast to increase through 2015. Steel roof installations have more than doubled in the last five years and will continue to grow 15 percent per year, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). There is no material more capable of protecting a home from destructive weather conditions.
The benefits of metal roofing are many. A metal roof will last at least two to three times longer than an asphalt roof, or 40 to 60 years. Along with their durability, metal roofs offer superior protection, are environmentally-friendly, energy efficient, low maintenance, and offer tax and insurance savings along with their beautiful aesthetics.
4. Laminated Asphalt Shingles
Laminated asphalt shingles, which accounted for 40 percent of shingle demand in 2000, are projected to total 85 percent of demand in 2015. Demand for laminated shingles will be spurred by their superior aesthetic and performance qualities. In the long term, increasing use of laminated shingles will constrain replacement demand, as these products can have lifespans more than twice that of conventional asphalt shingles.
5. Siding Trends
Three siding choices will see greater popularity, taking nearly half the siding market for 2015:
- Fiber Cement
All three reflect the desire for permanence and stability that homeowners are seeking. Replacing your home’s existing wood, metal, or vinyl siding with brick veneer makes a strong, earth-centered statement, with a color palette centered on warm tones.
Ah, winter in Denver…sun drenched sixty-degree days followed by arctic temps and blustering winds. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for what the elements can bring, especially the havoc they can wreak on your home. One often overlooked area is gutters.
The purpose of gutters and downspouts is to divert water away from your house and protect your home and foundation from the effects of pooling water. With snow and sleet being a very real part of our lives during a Colorado winter, we need to be on top of our gutter maintenance. And not only in the spring, when it is easier to haul out the ladder.
On the contrary, it is even more important to be checking your gutters for debris and ice buildup in the winter. As ice expands, the damage to fascia can be severe and a cracked foundation may require thousands of dollars of costly repairs.
Here are some tips from HGTVGardens.com on inspecting and cleaning your gutters during the winter months, which could end up preventing expensive damage:
Thank you to our friends at videojug.com for this helpful video!
In this video, learn some tips and techniques to help you maintain your roof in winter. Learn how to recognize when your roof is damaged, replace tiles, clear your gutters and inspect your chimney.
Well hello Winter! We’ve had some frigid and snowy past few days here in Denver. Now’s a good time to take a peek at your roof and gutters and look for the warning signs of ice dams: icicles. What’s wrong with icicles? Well, the same conditions that allow them to form also lead to ice dams.
Here are 10 things to remember about fixing leaks on your roof. Always keep safety at the forefront of your mind! If the problem seems too big to fix it yourself, give us a call at A & H Roofing.
Have you noticed the shift in the weather the past few days? It was 80 degrees over the weekend and now it is only reaching the 50s! Winter is definitely on its way. Now is the time to prepare your roof for the coming rain, hail, sleet, and snow to prevent possible leaks and water damage.
Below are five short videos from our friends at Roofmax. They go over five of the areas of your roof you should be concerned with: maintenance, dry rot, worn out shingles, and flashings.