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Your roof is one of the most expensive parts of your home. It is wise to maintain such an investment. Here are three easy tips to prepare your roof for the upcoming cold and snowy winter months:
1. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow.
2. Check and repair breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys, too.
3. If your roof is flat and surfaced with asphalt and pebbles, rake or blow off fall leaves and pine needles, which hold moisture, says Bill Richardson, past president of the American Society of Home Inspectors, in Albuquerque. (Don’t sweep aside the pebbles; that will expose the asphalt to damaging sunlight.)
Here’s a very useful article from AngiesList.com on how to extend your roof’s lifespan:
When you pay for a new roof, it should last 20, 30 or even 50 years depending on the materials used. You can help your roof reach its maximum lifespan by making sure your attic is both insulated and ventilated. Keep your gutters clean and have the roof inspected every few years or after a major storm.
A structure is only as strong as its weakest component. That is why here at A & H Roofing we are always reminding our clients to have a yearly roof inspection to determine and defray any damage that may have occurred throughout the year. Another idea for homeowners to consider is upgrading their roofing to prepare for the havoc that mother nature dishes out occasionaly such as hail and wind.
Recently a major wind storm blew across the east coast showing that these extra precautions are worth a second look. Usually we associate tornados with eastern Colorado and Kansas, but proving wind damage is a very real threat and can happen anywhere, strong storms pummeled the East Coast last week, spawning at least two damaging tornadoes in New York City.
NPR reports: “At the Breezy Point Surf Club, it ripped the roofs off rows of cabanas, scattered deck chairs and left a heavy metal barbecueand propane tank sitting in the middle of a softball field, at least 100 yards from any home.”
Luckily roof shingle manufacturers have developed new approaches to making shingles that are not only more resistant to the lifting forces of wind, but also tougher against impact due to flying debris.
There are three major areas of improvement in shingle construction that have created the latest generation of wind resistant shingles:
- Stronger shingles
- Stronger adhesive
- Stronger mat materials
Shingles, adhesive and mats that can endure higher wind speeds are a great value because they last longer under normal weather conditions, and are more likely to survive severe storms like those we see in the Denver metro area and all over Colorado.
Schedule an appointment with us for your yearly roof inspection, and when it comes time to replace your roof – your first line of defense against the elements – talk to us about the emerging wind damage technology that we recommend and install. It may cost more initially but could save you thousands in the long run.
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.
A & H Roofing understands that nobody knows your home better than you do – from the basement stair that creaks to the scratch in the dining room hardwood floors. Although owning a house can be frustrating at times and seem to warrant one repair after another, the benefits to those who take care of and improve upon their home can last a lifetime.
Owning a home is a lot like a retirement fund with exponential returns on investment when managed correctly. So just like when managing a financial portfolio, your roof is something to keep an eye on. When should you replace a roof, or at least start considering it?
Considering first imminent damage there are many factors that contribute to it:
- Condensation: A poorly ventilated attic can be a prime contributor to condensation caused by a large temperature difference between attic air and outside air.
- Wind: Large gusts or periods of sustained high winds can lift the edges of roof shingles and cause water or other unwanted elements to seep in underneath. From there, it can work its way to the deck of the roof and cause rotting.
- Sun: Sustained exposure can cause gradual deterioration of roofing materials. A roof with a southern exposure is especially vulnerable.
- Rain: When shingles are missing or damaged, water can get in and cause damage to ceilings, walls, insulation, and electrical systems.
- Snow and ice: Ice dams often form when melting snow re-freezes at a roof’s overhang. When this happens, drainage into the gutter becomes blocked, causing water to sometimes back up under the shingles and seep into the interior of the house.
- Trees and leaves: Tree branches blown by the wind can often become lodged under shingles or puncture them. Leaves on a roof surface can retain moisture and sometimes cause rotting or block gutter drainage.
Besides obvious and copious leaks, what other signs could your house be giving you that it’s time to call A & H Roofing?
- Moisture: Look at your interior walls. Are there moisture marks or brown stains? Is the paint peeling? These can all be signs of roof leakage. If the leak is relatively small, then a short-term repair may be all you need for now. But if there is extensive moisture damage to the roofing layer, you should consider a full roof replacement.
- Missing or damaged shingles: There are many factors that could cause shingles to be curled, split, torn, or completely missing. If the damage is localized, then a simple repair may suffice. But if more than 30 percent of the entire roof is damaged, then a new roof may be a better answer.
- Recent catastrophe: Did the damage occur as a result of something like a recent tornado or hurricane? If so, then you should definitely consider replacing the entire roof. Very often, there’s a level of damage beyond what you are easily able to see. Bigger problems can be lurking around the corner and it’s much better to be safe than sorry.
- Age: How old is your roof? Is it past its expected lifespan? Do you even know what its expected lifespan is? It can vary greatly depending on what type of roofing material you have. To give you an idea, here are the expected shelf lives of some common types of roofing materials:
- Asphalt shingles: These are the most commonly used roofing materials and they can typically be counted on to last between 15 and 20 years. Some of the newer variants are higher in quality and can be good for up to 40 years.
- Wood shingles: Typically made from cedar, southern pine, or redwood, this type of shingle can last at least 15 years and, depending on the quality and type of wood, for several decades.
- Slate shingles: Although expensive, slate is considerably durable and highly resistant to the elements. Slate roofs can often be expected to last for up to 100 years.
- Clay or concrete tile: Another extremely durable, although heavy, roofing material is clay or concrete tile. Commonly found in the Southwest, clay roofs are nearly immune to damage and have a shelf life of 200 years or more.
- Metal and aluminum: A common fixture in commercial buildings but now becoming increasingly popular in residential applications as well, metal roofs are extremely sturdy and fare extraordinarily well in the face of storms, hurricanes, wind, rain, and, fire. They are capable of lasting for centuries.
Just like you trust a financial expert to manage your funds, you should get in touch with a trusted roofer to inspect your roof once a year. A & H Roofing is a member in good standing of the BBB and the community and would like nothing better than to be your “go to” roofer.
Give us a call and let us consult with you about your home, your investment, your future.
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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.
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!