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.
A & H Roofing has been helping Colorado businesses with roof repairs and new roofing projects for more than 16 years. We can provide you with an estimate for your commercial roof project, whether large or small. As we work with your business, you can feel good knowing that we not only provide professional and workmanship-guaranteed service, we are also involved in your community. A & H Roofing is a proud contributor to many charities such as Toys for Tots and Coats for Children, and we donate a portion of all profits to a number of local charities in the Denver metro area.
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.