Posts Tagged ‘Roofing’
Most homeowners choose asphalt shingles for their roof because they are durable, easy to install, and affordable. Asphalt shingles even come in styles and colors so they mimic the appearance of high-end slate, wood shake, or even tile shingles. That means homeowners will have many options when it comes to the color of their roofing shingles. Here is a simple guide to help you choose the best color of shingles for your roof.
If you didn’t have gutters, water and debris would fall of your roof in curtains, potentially causing damage to your home’s walls and foundation. In order to make sure that your gutters keep doing their job, you need to regularly clean and maintain them. With these tips, gutter cleaning and maintenance can be easy.
Are you selling your home or are you planning to put your home on the market soon? If you’re unsure of how much work or money to put into your roof before selling, we have some guidance for you from professional real estate agent & blogger Chad Dierickx.
Should You Repair Your Roof or Sell As-Is?
There is one reason you might choose to spend money on your roof: to sell your home faster. Well-maintained homes have the potential to sell faster because they show better when people tour them in-person, and that’s one less concern for the buyer to take into account.
However, if you simply can’t afford the repairs or you don’t want to take the extra time you can choose to sell as-is. But if you choose to sell as-is, it might impact the final sales price. That’s where insight into the pace of the market and how your home compares to recent nearby sales will come in handy.
The “Real Estate News & Analysis” section of the Redfin blog and the neighborhood pages on Redfin are good places to find that information. If you’re lucky and sell in a competitive market, then buyers might be more willing to overlook minor maintenance issues with the roof to win the offer and it won’t make a dent in the final sales price.
Similarly, selling as-is and pricing your home lower to compensate could work in your favor to attract multiple buyers in a bidding war.
If your roof is beyond its useful life (especially if it has been pummelled by a meteorite), then you should replace it before you sell. Anything less cut and dried will require additional consideration into the level of repair, cost, market conditions, comparable sales, and how quickly you want to sell.
As we all know, the real estate market in Denver is hot right now. If you are one of the hundreds of families shopping for a new home right now, make sure you don’t overlook the roof. A good conversation opener for your realtor and home inspector is: “Tell me about the roof.” Here are some specific questions to ask in regards to one of the most expensive aspects of a house:
- Type of roof – Roofs are made in several different styles and made out of a variety of materials. Make sure you know what you’re getting and what the maintenance costs might be.
- General condition – This should be examined closely at the time of your inspection by a certified professional, but take a look at the exterior of the roof and ask the listing agent about any noticeable damage.
- Age – How old is the roof?
- Recent repairs – Has the roof undergone any maintenance recently? Are there receipts detailing exactly what was done and how much it cost?
- Chimney - A chimney that has not been properly maintained can cause a lot of costly safety issues. Ask to see any documentation of regular maintenance, and be sure to have your inspector look for signs of a chimney fire. If a fire has occurred, it could threaten the structural stability of the chimney and may need to be replaced.
Stay tuned next week for our post for sellers: how much work/money to put into your roof before selling.
With 2014 on the horizon, now is a good time to start looking at roofing trends for the new year. Here are three of the big trends for 2014 that are beginning to surface:
1. Asphalt Roofing
Asphalt roofing is currently one of the most popular types of roofing material, with an estimated 80% of homes using it now, and in 2014 this trend will only continue to grow. However, a new type of asphalt roofing – laminated asphalt shingles – is expected to see a rise in use.
2. Green and Energy-Efficient Roofs
It’s no surprise that green and energy-efficient roofs will be more prominent in the year 2014. Commercial roofing companies have been moving toward more green options for some time, but now homeowners will begin seeing these trends also. In fact, in California, as of January 1, 2014, all new buildings must have solar-ready roofs according to the California Energy Commission. This trends will most likely move across the country.
3. Light Color Roofing
Since light roofing absorbs less heat from the sun and can help control heating and cooling costs it is also on point to become a growing trend in 2014. Pantone, a world renowned authority on color, has released it’s spring 2014 color report indicating there will be a resurgence in warm neutrals. Blues, grays, off whites, and other warm neutrals will carry into roofing as well as home décor.
For any roofing related questions for your Denver home, please call us at A & H Roofing.
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.)
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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.
You may have found us because we you were looking for a quality local roofing contractor. But did you know we also install all types of vinyl and steel siding, aluminum fascia wrap, and vinyl and metal soffit wrap? Plus we even install all types and styles of windows. We have professional installers that can accommodate all homeowner needs. Give us a call today, before the cold and snowy Denver winter hits full force!
You may know that A&H Roofing is your local roofing expert, but did you know we also provide siding, windows and gutters?
We install all types of vinyl and steel siding, aluminum fascia wrap, and vinyl and metal soffit wrap. We also install all types and styles of windows.
And if you need gutters, we install 5″, 6″, and 7″ seamless gutters and downspouts, along with an array of custom, commercial applications. We hand cut all of our mitered corners for a cleaner, more professional looks as well as reducing the chances for leaks. Our gutter installer has many years of experience and has worked for us since 2003.
So the next time you need any work done on your home, give A&H Roofing a call or fill out our online estimate form.
“The Eastern Plains and Front Range spent most of Saturday under severe weather warnings, with hail, high winds, and heavy rains pelting the region.” – The Denver Post
Everyone along the Front Range experienced some major storms Saturday evening. There were even some tornado touchdowns, although they were short-lived.
If you live in one of the areas affected by these storms and your home sustained water or hail damage, give us a call. Headquartered in Brighton, CO, we live and work in your neighborhood!
Hail Damage Experts
Different roofing materials have varying effects on ventilation, depending on how it was installed, writes Shell Busey in the article below. For instance, cedar shingles, which are nailed individually to the strapping, help vent the roof, but synthetic materials don’t because of the tar paper or roof sealant underneath. In those cases, vents need to be installed, Busey notes.
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When you’re up on a roof, there is no margin for error. Your number one priority should be safety. That is why at A & H Roofing we are very serious about safety – the safety of our workers as well as our customers.
To this end, all of our safety training, contracting and consulting is done through a third party for quality control: Lancaster Safety Consulting. Learn more about Lancaster Safety Consulting by clicking the link.
Thank you for trusting your home and your safety to A & H Roofing.
The severe weather we experience in Colorado, especially along the Front Range, from Fort Collins down to Castle Rock, can take its toll on our homes. Heavy rain, hail, and winds can damage not only your siding and roofing, but your gutter system as well. Be sure to call a professional to come out and inspect your home if you suspect damage has been caused. A & H Roofing works with most insurance providers. We would be happy to help you assess your storm damage and go from there!
It’s almost here – the night before Christmas – when Santa’s sleigh lands on your roof! Make sure your roof is ready. Are your shingles secure? Is your structure sound? If you have any doubts, give us a call at A & H Roofing. Ask about impact resistant roofing, which could help when the jolly old guy and all his reindeer land on your roof!