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Piles of snow on top of a home or business can lead to property damage, personal injury or even death.
Given the forecast of more snow in Denver this week, we are urging our consumers to be aware that problems can arise after a storm passes. Heavy loads of ice and snow can create a number of issues with a home, including causing a roof to collapse, especially on flat surfaces, and springing a leak in a residence from ice dams that form on the edges of the roof and in gutters.
“Water damage losses is one of the top losses in the state,” State Farm Insurance spokesman Dave Phillips said. “With this heavy snow, followed by temperatures rising above freezing, then if it refreezes you get an ice buildup,” which results in water seeping in.
But while the insurance company wants to inform people of the potential dangers of heavy snow left on roofs, it did not recommend that residents or business owners climb up to remove it.
“If it’s a serious enough problem, you need to get a professional or roofer out there to take care of it,” Phillips said. “The roofers have the apparatus to get up there and inspect for any damages.”
But there is something residents and business owners can do themselves: Invest in a roof rake, which is basically a rake that can be extended to brush off excess snow and ice from a roof and gutters from the ground.
“It’s a safer way to take care of the problem,” Phillips said.
Too much accumulated snow and ice can result in a sagging ridgeline, drooping ceilings, jammed doors, cracked walls near the center of the home, and creaking sounds.
Also, we recommend that residents check their natural gas meters to ensure they are clear of snow and ice.
The gas pressure regulator vent needs to be kept dry and clear of snow and ice at all times to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup.
Customers should gently remove snow or ice from the meter and any associated piping. Avoid using a snowblower near a meter.
In addition to being potentially dangerous, a snow-covered meter can lead to a loss of service and the freezing of inside pipes as a result of lost heat.
Feel free to call A & H Roofing with any questions before the snow hits!
Here’s a litte fun for your weekday: 5 amazing roofs from across the world.
Imagine having a pool or a garden on top of your roof. Sure beats thatch and mud!
After you’ve enjoyed this post, give us a call at A & H Roofing for all your roofing needs (we do gutters and siding, too): 303.659.8088.
In Colorado it’s hard to predict what weather your roof will have to endure from one day to the next. We’ve got it all - from hail, sleet and snow to blazing sunlight – sometimes all in one day!
Filing an Insurance Claim:
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Our mild fall/winter so far has given us some extra time to get our gutters cleaned! Now’s the time to get this pesky household chore taken care of, before the snow starts falling in earnest. Call A & H Roofing to come clean your gutters for you. We are affordable and trustworthy. Wouldn’t it feel great to get that “to-do” crossed off your list? Call us at 303.659.8088. We service the entire Front Range area.
Here are a few reasons WHY you should clean your gutters at least twice a year:
“Over time, organic muck builds up in rain gutters, creating a prime growing area for all kinds of things. Some gutters can become so built up with debris that small trees and ferns actually take root in the gutter muck. Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year for this reason. Ignoring the task can create numerous problems, such as rotted fascia boards, water damage to the sides and roof of your home, and even foundation problems. To cut down the amount of debris you’ll have to clean out, make sure there are no trees or tall shrubs arching over the house. You will have less to clear out when you do clean the gutters. This can also help keep moss and ferns from growing in there as well.” (Source: http://www.professorshouse.com/Your-Home/Cleaning/General/Articles/Why-Should-you-Clean-your-Outdoor-Gutters/)
The first snowfall is fast approaching! Time to make sure your home is winterized. Follow these simple tips from eHow.com and your house will be in tip top shape for the extreme conditions coming soon…
It’s been raining and raining here in Colorado, from Denver to Westminster, Castle Rock to Boulder, and everywhere in between. At A & H Roofing we know that rain can mean leaks which can be devastating to your house. Even small leaks can cause massive water damage to the interior of your home. A solid, leak-proof roof is your first defense against thousands of dollars in damage. So checking your roof for leaks is essential to the protection of your home.
Finding a leak can be the trickiest part of fixing it, though. This is because often where you see the water coming out is not necessarily where the water is coming in. There is the actual location, where the water is seeping through your roof, and the apparent location, where you see the water splashing around in your house. To find the actual location, if you have an attic, the easiest way to spot the leak is to go up there on a rainy day with a flashlight and look around; the water will reflect light.
If you don’t have an attic or just can’t find the source of the leak in yours, you can check several places for problems with moisture or damage:
- Boots, the rubber seals that are around the electric service and plumbing vent pipes, air vents, and exhaust fan flashing
- Ridge cap
- Gaskets around pipes
- Gutters and downspouts
- Dormer valleys
You may not know what some of those things are or be able to reach them. That is where we come in. A & H Roofing can do a quick inspection of all those areas plus your attic and any other places we, in our decades of experience, have seen water sneak in. Not only can we detect your leak but we can also fix it quickly and often for a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere.
Give us a call and let us help keep you and your roof safe and dry.
At A & H Roofing we believe in watching roofing trends emerge and keeping our own skills sharpened when it comes to roofing. After all, progress means better protection in our field. Believe it or not, roofing technology is making leaps and bounds with the advancement of space age materials and polymers. Also, as super computers get even more super we are seeing a constant rethinking of how a roof should be constructed versus how it always has been, and architects are able to use CAD based models to literally let their imaginations run wild with formerly impossible ideas.
Every Coloradan knows that sinking feeling you get when the normally crystal clear sky darkens and out of nowhere the wind whips itself into a frenzy and it seems like the temperature drops 20 degrees in 20 seconds. The Colorado sky does not lie; hail is coming and it is coming fast. You can try and cover your more delicate plants and pull the car into the garage before the freak storm hits, but what about your roof? How do you cover your COVER?
Well, the bad news is you really can’t put anything over your roof to cover it from these sudden and severe hail storms Colorado is known for, but you can put a hail resistant roof on. If you think of coverage on an insurance level, well then, you are definitely covering your bases.
To the point: Last June, hail pounded the southern metro area. In one Parker neighborhood, almost every roof on one block needed to be replaced, except for Christy Thurman’s.
“We’re very pleased. We’ve had it inspected by an independent estimator and they’ve said it looks good,” Thurman said.
Why did Christy’s roof make it while others literally disintegrated beneath the hail? Because, back in 2006 she chose slightly higher priced hail resistant shingles ($6100 hail resistant vs $4800 standard).
Insurance companies have also been urging customers for years because it offers better protection and there are policy premium discounts good for the life of the roof. “That discount is sometimes between 10 and 35 percent, depending on the type of roof they have,” says State Farm Insurance Adjustor Robert Midgett.
Add to the mix that most roofs come with a 30-50 year limited warranty and maybe these hail resistant roofs just may be the shelter from the storm you are looking for. If your roof has been damaged by hail or you are looking to replace an older roof soon, give A & H Roofing a call and let us come out and consult with you on the benefits of hail resistant roofing.
Below are some photos of a roof replacement in Denver that we recently completed. Notice what an amazing difference the new roof makes on the overall appearance of the home. Gorgeous!
The finished product is: Owens Corning Duration Storm, Onyx Black
Completely replacing a roof can be VERY expensive. In fact, the national average for a new asphalt shingle roof is about $21,500, according to Remodeling’s 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report, of which you’ll recoup $12,800 at resale (59.5%). For high-end materials, such as standing-seam metal, the cost jumps to as much as $38,000!
Any roof over 20 years old unquestionably needs to be replaced. Other things to look for that may point to your roof being replaced are: cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing; shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering; worn areas around chimneys, pipes, and skylights; piles of grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters; or masses of moss and lichen. You can inspect your roof for any of these elements from the outside by viewing it through binoculars.
For the most part, repairing a roof is something you would do if your roof is leaking, especially if your roof is in relatively good shape. Then it may make more sense to to do a spot repair. You can usually repair a leak in a roof that is otherwise sound. The cost might range from $10, if you just need to squirt some roofing mastic into a gap alongside chimney flashing, to $1,000 to fix a leak in a roof valley.
Whether a replacement or a repair is in your future, an absolute must-do for any homeowner is to have your roof inspected and assessed once a year. This can keep you abreast of any emerging problems, which means you can nip any little problems in the bud before they become big problems that warrant an entirely new roof.
Call us at A & H Roofing to schedule an inspection and let us keep your house looking great and give you peace of mind.
The 4th of July holiday, as every American knows, is a time to reflect on our great country, the trials it faced becoming this nation, and ultimately the fruits of those trials: freedom. Many will head to the cemeteries to see loved ones who fought and died defending the American ideals we have grown to cherish and love… American ideals like equality, freedom of speech, and the pursuit of happiness for ourselves and those we love.
With the recent advent of the wildfires burning in Colorado and the upcoming fourth of July holiday on its way we would like to talk a bit about fire resistant roofing. Although a forest fire or stray firework setting your house ablaze is unlikely, A & H Roofing wants you to be informed so you can make the very best decisions now and in the future.
Fire resistant roofing is nothing new and is ever changing. Here are a few options and ideas for you to consider:
- Although stunning and very popular, wooden roofs do not adequately protect your home from fire. In fact, homeowners with wooden roofing could pay extra high insurance premiums
Of course we know the aesthetics of your house are very important to you; so don’t rule out that beautiful wood roof yet. If you do decide to go with wood roofing, consider using any of the three classes of fire retardant pressure treated cedar roofing materials available; A & Roofing can help you know which ones are available and best for your house.
- Tile products, which are often used, are fire safe but have a significant disadvantage: the heavy tile products carry a large cave-in risk in the event of an interior fire or even seismic activity. Firefighters are trained not to go into a tile-roofed building that is on fire, because of the risk of cave-in of the heavy roof.
- Metal roofing has a more modern visual appeal and is a fire safe alternative for residential and commercial applications and is 1/20th of the weight of most tile products.
We have spoken before about sustainability so an additional benefit beyond being fire resistant: metal roofing products are often made form recycled materials.
Your roof and its level of fire resistance is definitely your first and strongest line of defense against air born fire hazards.
Here are some other tips on how to keep your roof and home protected from fire danger:
- Remove dried vines from the side of the house
- Keep gutters clean
- Sweep your roof of any built up debris
- Prune shrubs
- Remove dead leaves
Also, you should store firewood and flammable fuels at least 30 feet from the house. Any plants that can dry up and burn easily should be kept away from contact with the side of the house.
For additional information on any of these roofs or practices, give A & H Roofing a call at 303.659.8088 and let us give you advice and peace of mind about important roofing matters like your roof’s level of fire resistance.
Have a wonderful and safe fourth of July holiday!
Attention residents of Parker, Colorado – we are your preferred Parker local roofing expert, with over 30 years experience. Did you recently sustain hail damage/storm damage to your home? Get an estimate from A & H Roofing. We work with insurance companies, and are determined to make your experience the best one possible.