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.
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: