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Denver demands a lot from its roofs. The elements here in Colorado are extreme – high winds, lots of snow, pounding sunshine.
A & H Roofing understands the special roofing needs of Colorado homeowners. We have been in business since 1998, and are proud to say we have over 30 years of experience in the roofing and gutter industry.
A & H does not take deposits and we never ask for any money down. Rather, A & H Roofing prefers payment upon completion of the job, and only after the customer is 100% satisfied.
With all the recent snowfall, now may be a good time to get your roof checked out for possible damage or leaks. The last thing you want is for a weak roof to make for a leaky spring or summer! A & H Roofing has been in business since 1998, and we are your local roofing experts in the Denver metro area. Give us a call today at 303.659.8088 or get an estimate for work you think may need to be done to your roof. We also do gutters and siding!
A & H Roofing has been in business since February 1998, and we are proud to say we have over 30 years of experience in the roofing and gutter industry.
A & H Roofing has a no money down policy that means you pay upon completion, and only after you are 100% satisfied. We treat your home as if it were our own. We believe in doing things right and thus all replacements are backed by our 5 Year Workmanship Guarantee.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about us and our services:
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.
So it’s time to get a new roof and you have no idea what type of roofing material is best for your home. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our page, “How to Choose the Right Roofing Material,” where we describe all your options from asphalt shingles to tile roofing.
Overwhelmed by coupons in the mail for garage door companies, carpet cleaners, and roofers? Let us help you pick at least one of those without a long, drawn-out decision making process…
A & H Roofing has been in business, serving the entire Front Range of Colorado, since 1998. We are different from the competition, are passionate about customer service, and are fully insured and accredited. We also offer a 5 year Workmanship Guarantee.
Roofing Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is natural attic ventilation and does it work?
It’s possible to use natural forces to ventilate the attic and save on the cost of operating electric fans.
Here’s how: As wind moves against and around your house, it creates an area of positive and negative pressure. They key to proper ventilation is understanding where the pressure is.
Place intake vents in areas of positive pressure. Place exhaust vents in areas of negative pressure. This is how you can create continuous airflow through the attic and match the attic temperature with that of the outdoor air.
Wind force is by far the most effective way to ventilate an attic. Still, don’t overlook the “thermal effect”: Hot air rises, which will always create air movement inside the attic.
The most critical part of the attic for constant air movement is the roof sheathing because it is the hottest part of the attic and radiates heat into the attic.
Solution: Place exhaust vents at the top of the roof, and locate your intake vents around the soffits.
In the Metro Denver area including Highlands Ranch, Westminster and Brighton, fall means a lot of things to homeowners – time to put the lawn to bed for the winter, time to clean out the garage, and most assuredly time for watching all those gorgeous Colorado aspen leaves fall into your gutters.
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.
At A & H Roofing we repair and replace roofs in the Denver Metro area – A LOT of roofs. Depending on several factors, including its exposure to natural elements such as sun, rain, humidity, wind, snow and ice, an average roof will last anywhere from 10 -20 years.
As you may have guessed, here in Colorado we experience a surplus of many of those factors. So prudent homeowners must always be on guard against those elements that will continue to wear down their roofs. The good news is there are things you can do to extend the life of your roof.
Consider some of the following to help you keep your home safe and looking beautiful:
Making sure your roof’s caulking is sound:
A nail or bolt can rust which allows the rain water a way into the attic. A small leak can cause a great deal of water to enter the home over time. The solution is to recaulk the fasteners with a tube of roofing caulk. You can do it yourself or have A & H Roofing check the caulking during your annual roof check up. It is not expensive and doing so could help extend the life or your roof many years.
Pruning trees and bushes away from the roof:
The brushing of branches against the roof covering helps to break it down. Once the covering is breaking, water has the opportunity to penetrate the roof. The worst case scenario that we have seen is when a large limb took off the roof covering and sheathing down to the framing.
Leaves help keep moisture on the roof surface, and that moisture can make its way down to the sheathing. Soak any item with water long enough, and it will weaken. A few leaves may blow off of the roof, but larger piles when moist will stay in place. Every so often you just need to go up there to sweep these leaves. The other problem with these piles of leaves on a roof is that they may create homes for pests. We found a colony of ants living in one pile. They were beginning to use parts of the composite shingle to build a home for themselves (thereby deteriorating the shingle).
Maintaining a venting system for the attic:
In most homes, you have vents in the soffits which bring air into the attic that moves along the sheathing to a vent in the ridge. This helps move moisture out of this space. It also helps the temperature in this area. A fully sealed attic with no vents can be like an oven, which helps the elements in the attic breakdown faster.
All these precautions are simple and cost effective. A good idea is to have A & H Roofing come out once a year to inspect and do preventative maintenance. So give us a call; we are Denver’s best roofers and would love to keep your roof sturdy and looking good for years to come.
Well, one thing we have plenty of here in Colorado is sunshine. And while most of the time we think of the ever sunny climate as a perk of living in CO because it allows for us to do so many things all year, there are of course more “practical” benefits of our state’s penchant for brighter days. Solar energy is one of these.
Colorado has long been fertile ground for many alternative energy sources and solar power is no exception. That is why we here at A & H Roofing can’t wait to hear what the word on the street is about the new Dow Solar Shingles that hit a pilot market this last May.
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.
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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A & H Roofing is proud to announce owner Tom Herman’s completion of the Tile Roofing Institute’s Installer Certification Program. Gary Herman, Estimator and Project Manager, carries the same certification.
TRI’s Installer Certification program is a one-day course designed to provide training on how to install tile roofs in compliance with current code requirements. The course is based on the ICC approved Installation Manual for Moderate Climate Regions.
At A & H Roofing, our desire is to be continually learning and becoming experts in our craft. We strive to be the best company possible for customers to turn to. Our goal is always continued education, continually honing new skills to provide the utmost in quality and professional work.
- Mike Aberle, Owner
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