Attics can be tricky to work with – they tend to be a furnace in summer and turn into a freezer by winter. Because of these unpredictable conditions, many homeowners hardly visit the attic to check on conditions. If attic condensation occurs, it would probably go undetected until it has caused irreparable damages to your house.
There are a few known causes of attic condensation:
1. It can occur when moisture from the rest of your house enters the attic and there’s no exit. Everything you do that emits moisture, from washing dishes to ironing and taking a shower could be the culprit behind moisture build up in the attic.
2. Leaks in plumbing and the use of humidifiers are also a common known cause of attic condensation.
3. If your crawlspace was not properly insulated, moisture from it can also lead to attic condensation.
Attic condensation affects the insulation of your home and ultimately causes structural damage on rafters and trusses.
Moisture build-up in the attic can also lead to the damage of the attic.
Attic condensation also leads to the build up of ice on the edges of the roof. This may lead to ice damming. When the ice finally melts, there is a probability that it will enter the house, causing even more damages and losses to your house.
One of the biggest signs that your house could be a victim of attic condensation is icicles hanging from the roof.
The safest way to avoid attic condensation is to make sure that there is no moisture in the house. To keep your attic safe from condensation, you should avoid using humidifiers in your home. In places where moisture is unavoidable, make use of a dehumidifier or have vents that direct the moisture outside the house.
Call us if you have any questions about attic condensation or damage to your roof.
The debate on whether to install wood or vinyl siding is entirely unnecessary: Vinyl siding will always win, 100 percent of the time, when compared to wood siding.
Here are a few advantages of having vinyl siding compared to wood siding:
The price of precious wood has been increasing over the past few years. Every market indicator also points out that this trend is here to stay. The price of vinyl siding on the other hand has remained relatively stable. At present, the price of premium vinyl siding is half that of wood siding.
2. Curb appeal
Although it is said that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, there is little doubt that vinyl remains a darling in the eyes of many homeowners and buyers. If you are thinking about increasing the curb appeal of your home, vinyl is the way to go. Vinyl also makes your home more attractive to buyers since they understand the long-term advantages of vinyl siding.
3. Low to zero maintenance cost on vinyl
Wood siding demands constant attention. In order to maintain wood siding, you need to paint and repaint it every few years. Wood also gradually deteriorates and requires replacement. On the other hand, vinyl siding is easy to clean and does not rot or crack even after many years of exposure to harsh weather conditions.
4. Minimal difference in appearance
With advances in technology, it has become possible to create vinyl siding that closely resembles wood siding.
5. Thermal efficiency
Vinyl allows siding contractors and remodelers to add an extra layer of siding onto your house for insulation purposes. You can save a lot of money on energy bills with the extra layer of insulation.
When you add up all of these factors, it becomes clear that vinyl is a far more preferable siding option compared to wood.
Roofs are among the most critical parts of our houses, yet few people stop to consider the finer points of roof maintenance. Yet, a damaged or ineffective roof would be intolerable: Who wants a leaky roof? If you think a roof is a single, unitary component of your house, then think again. The term “roof” encompasses a host of other elements that are crucial to the appearance and integrity of any home.
If you are like most homeowners, you probably think air conditioning is the best way to keep your home cooler on days when the sun is scorching hot. You may be surprised to find out that the most effective way to keep your house cool is to install the proper kind of a roof. A roof should release or deflect the heat that it absorbs from the sun rays, not absorb and store it.
Think about what might happen if you were sitting on a black leather chair outside. If you stand up from the chair, it will feel warm. If you happen to leave it for a few minutes and then return, it will still be warm. Now, consider a scenario in which you replace the black leather chair with a metal or clay chair and repeat the above process. The chair will certainly feel cooler when you return.
The composition and color of your roof have similar effects on your house. A dark roof will attract, hold and store heat for longer. It transfers this heat downward to your house and makes your home unbearably hot. A shiny roofing material reflects most of the heat.
Choosing a roofing material and its color in a deliberate and informed manner can decrease the amount of energy that you spend on air conditioning and, consequently, both save you money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Some of the best materials to use for your roof include slate tiles, clay and terra cotta and rubber membrane roofing. Before you crank up your air conditioning, take a minute to determine whether you can replace your roof to keep your house cooler.
Considering the role that gutters play in protecting your house, it is only fitting that you make a highly informed choice when shopping for them. One of the most important factors that you should consider when shopping for gutters is the material used to make them. Your local contractor should have information about which gutters are the best for your particular home and climate. Additionally, you should compare prices for the different gutter options based on the materials used in their manufacture.
Most of the gutters available on the market are made from vinyl, aluminum or copper and steel. Each of these options has its advantages and drawbacks.
Time and time again we have seen a beautifully designed house only to realize that its roof is hurriedly done. No matching colors, no finesse, no longevity … no future.
Your children live below your roof; you operate your business under a roof. Scientific research and discoveries take place under the roofs of buildings. Roofs matter.
That roof on top of your home or office is not just another architectural nicety. It has endless significance that affects your house, home and livelihood. The roof is the building’s first line of defense from natural hazards such as lightning, rain, snow, ice, hail, fire, tornados and extreme heat. At the same time, it is also the most vulnerable part of your building. Every day, the roof is subject to weather and other elements that may contribute to its decay and deterioration. Any risk of damage to the roof itself represents, by extension, a threat to whomever and whatever is sheltered within.
It is common knowledge that the roof serves to protect a building. For this reason, the roof design, materials selection, and installation should be handled with extreme diligence. A good roof will withstand the worst of storms, scorching desert sun, snow and ice and any other adverse weather.
Roof care and protection is very important if you are going to get the best out of your roof. This includes regular inspection, maintenance and repair. These activities should be a basic part of operational planning for your roof in order to prolong its useful life. If built and maintained properly, your roof will ensure do its job in protecting your life, family, business and possessions from damage. Always remember, a secure roof means a secure life. And we at A&H Roofing are here to make sure this rings true! Call us today.
A house is as good as its roof, and this is probably the reason why there are so many roofing options for your Denver home. The array of choices can be confusing at times. We often find many home developers asking the question, “What is the best roofing option for homes in Denver Colorado?”
All of a sudden March has crept up on us, and spring is just around the corner. That means it’s time to prepare your home, and your roof, for the new season.
The outside of your home probably took the most wear and tear from winter’s harsh weather. Snow, strong winds and ice might not have been kind!
Ideally you should wait for a dry day before conducting an inspection of your roof to reduce the risk of slipping and falling. Once you’ve determined it’s safe to make it up to the roof, there are a few areas to inspect:
This is a question we get from customers occasionally. With our weather conditions swinging from the cold and snowy to the hot and sunny, many homeowners wonder when the ideal time is to replace a roof in Colorado.
While we can’t narrow it down to a particular month, we do recommend that roof repairs or replacements be completed in the milder months, generally in the spring or fall. At A & H Roofing, however, we work in all types of conditions. Especially if your roof has hail damage, we will come out to assess the damage and work to restore your roof’s integrity as soon as possible.
For any specific questions, please feel free to give us a call or email us.
The bitter cold we have been experiencing lately in the Denver metro area can lead to some potential damage to homes from “ice dams.” This clip from Fox 31 has some valuable information you need to prevent serious damage to your roof and home.
Today your roof may be covered with snow and your gutters full of ice, but soon enough the spring thaw will be here and it will be time to think about getting your roof either repaired or replaced.
How do I know if my roof needs to be repaired or replaced?
In many situations, the decision to repair or replace a roof is an easy one. If a single, isolated leak is found that affects only a small section of your roof, repair is often the better choice; if old age has taken its toll on your entire roof, replacement is the obvious choice. Unfortunately, roof repair vs. roof replacement is not always such an easy decision. In many cases, the best choice ultimately rests not only on the damage that is done, but on the roofing material you’re dealing with (click here to read more). If you are unsure, call us at A & H Roofing to inspect your roof for you.
How do I find a reputable, affordable company?
Referrals, reviews, and online ratings should all be taken into consideration. Ask your friends and neighbors who they would recommend. Read Google reviews, and check out BBB ratings. You should also take note of how long a company has been in business.
Will my insurance cover the repair/replacement cost?
If your roof has sustained damage from wind or hail, chances are your homeowner’s insurance policy will cover the cost of the repair. A & H Roofing works with most insurance companies to find the best outcome for you.
How long will the process take?
This depends on the project; whether it is a repair to a small section of your roof, or a complete tear off and re-roofing. We can give you an estimate of time to complete when we inspect your roof and present your options to you.
Are there warranties/guarantees to protect me?
At A & H Roofing, all replacements are backed by our 5 Year Workmanship Guarantee. This ensures that the job is done correctly according to building code and manufacturer specifications. Read more about our warranties and guarantees here.
In the Denver metro area we see a wide variety of roofs – from asphalt shingles to shake to the more fire retardant kinds of roofing in the mountains.
Here is a look at some of the most popular types of roofs in Denver:
Now that the holidays are over and it’s the start of a new year, perhaps you are taking a look at some of your goals for 2014. Is one of your resolutions getting a new roof put on your home? If so, it would be a good idea to examine whether your roof just needs some repairs or a full replacement. Here are some basic guidelines to consider below:
Many homeowners question whether or not they can get roof repairs done in the winter, or if they can get an entirely new roof installed during the cold, wet, snowy wintry months.
Below is an excellent article written by Dale Shoemaker of Roof Time LLC, laying out all the professional advice for “could you, should you, would you” get a new roof in the winter.