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.
Vinyl doesn’t exactly have the best reputation as a material for siding as some “purists” will scoff at the idea of covering a home in what is essentially a type of plastic. Yet, despite this, vinyl has become the most popular type of siding for homes in the United States. Even compared to pricier siding options like wood and stone, there are many reasons why you should consider choosing vinyl siding for your home.
When choosing a material for the siding of your home, you will need to take into consideration many factors like the cost, water resistance, lifespan, insulation rating, and style. Here are the top four siding materials commonly used and their features.
If your home is in need of a new gutter system, you will have many options for materials. The material of the gutters makes a big difference to the price and also how long the system will last. Here are the pros and cons of the main types of gutter materials.
Before you decided to redo your roof, you probably didn’t realize how many different styles of asphalt roofing shingles there are. Asphalt can easily be shaped and colored so it mimics the appearance of other materials, like wood or slate, and can be designed with various edges to complement the style of your home. Here are some of the most common styles of asphalt roofing shingles you will find.
Most homeowners choose asphalt shingles for their roof because they are durable, easy to install, and affordable. Asphalt shingles even come in styles and colors so they mimic the appearance of high-end slate, wood shake, or even tile shingles. That means homeowners will have many options when it comes to the color of their roofing shingles. Here is a simple guide to help you choose the best color of shingles for your roof.
Homeowners in Denver have many different material options for roofing shingles. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of each of these types of roofing shingles because they can make a big difference to the overall appearance of your roof, how long your roof will last, and your budget. Here are the four main shingle materials used on Colorado roofs:
If you didn’t have gutters, water and debris would fall of your roof in curtains, potentially causing damage to your home’s walls and foundation. In order to make sure that your gutters keep doing their job, you need to regularly clean and maintain them. With these tips, gutter cleaning and maintenance can be easy.