The Roof Dr. has performed hundreds of re-roofs, gutters, paint, and siding jobs throughout Denver. Including unincorporated areas of Denver in Arapahoe, Jefferson County and Adams County! We are experts in the Cap Hill, Congress Park, Wash Park, and all of Denver! Be careful as most of these older homes have spaced decks, or planks, decking and re-decking is a must per ICC, IBC, Denver Code, and Manufacture Installation Instructions! Beware the insurance adjuster who does not understand or know about decking, as well as contractors that don’t fight for you! I am sure you are all tired of the door knockers, so please call us! Thanks! We are proud to be Colorado Natives, and we take pride in Building Colorado 1 Roof at a time.
September 12, 2018
Over the lifespan of a roof, inevitably you will need to fix some component or portion of the structure. Weather, water, and other elements can wear down crucial parts of your roof, creating the need for a certain level of repair. Although roofs are designed to last as long as possible, especially if they are installed by professional roofing contractors in Denver, no roof is indestructible. Whether you have a commercial or residential roof, here are some of the common fixes to be aware of.
A gutter apron is the part of your roof that is specifically designed to direct water into the gutter system. If your roof is missing a gutter apron, it can present a number or issues which will need to be addressed over time. Because water isn’t being efficiently directed into the gutter system, it is likely that some of it will make its way underneath the shingles and will wick behind the gutter. Over time, the fascia, roof sheathing, and soffits will rot, creating a much bigger problem on your hands.
If your current roof doesn’t have a gutter apron, the best time to have one installed is when you are having new shingles installed, as it will allow a roofing contractor easy access to install the apron. However, if your roof is in optimal condition other than having a missing gutter apron system, you are able to slip a gutter apron under the existing shingles. With a small amount of roofing cement, you will be able to glue it to the shingles in order to hold it in place. However, you will have to remove the brackets to the gutters and then refasten them once the apron is situated.
Often times, sloppy roofing jobs will forgo installing proper flashings and will instead place roof cement onto the portions of the shingles where they meet other surfaces, including walls and chimneys. Flashings are meant to prevent water from seeping into the interior of your structure, and completing the necessary work to have functional flashings installed can take a degree of knowledge and craftsmanship that some inexperienced Denver roofing contractors lack.
Roofing cement will work for a period of time, but eventually will crack and create leaks, causing a need to continually fix the issue over the lifespan of your roof. While you can certainly continue to re-apply the roofing cement yourself, it is certainly an undesirable situation to have to deal with. Avoid having this unfortunate situation occur by hiring knowledgeable and experienced roofing contractors who will be able to install your roof flashings properly the first time.
In Colorado, hail damage to roofs is about as common as a clear, sunny day. As we’ve seen the last few years, hail damage can truly create havoc to your roof and can leave it in utter disrepair. Recent hail storms in 2017 and 2018 have shown the power of mother nature to create a massive amount of damage, requiring large repair costs and creating a serious headache for businesses. Even smaller-sized hail can cause significant damage to the surface of your roof, eventually requiring repairs. While a major hail storm can certainly cause major damage to your roofing shingles, the more likely scenario is that the hail will simply knock granules off the surface of your shingle. At first, this isn’t that bad of an issue, as the shingle itself isn’t damaged enough to warrant a total replacement or repair.
However, over time the UV rays from the sun will begin to damage and eventually destroy it. Roofing shingles contain a protective layer of granules on the surface of the shingle, which a smaller hail storm can certainly puncture. Over time, more granules will eventually fall off as there will no longer be a protective granule layer over the shingle. If you believe your home has recently experienced a hail storm, it is a wise idea to have a professional roofing contractor come out to your property to assess your roof for any potential damage. As with any issue, the sooner you are able to address it the better.
A chimney flashing is installed on the surface of your roof to prevent water from seeping into your chimney, eventually making its way down into your attic and causing issues such as mold and other forms of water damage. It is crucial to have chimney flashings that are installed properly to avoid this unfortunate scenario, as a correct chimney flashing setup will eliminate any of these unnecessary headaches. Although the best scenario is to always have your chimney flashings installed correctly, this is not always the case, especially if you hire the wrong roofing contractor.
A correct chimney flashing will include the presence of both a step flashing, which runs along the side of a chimney, as well as counterflashing, which fit into grooves in the chimney to cover up the step flashing. Improper chimney flashing installations can often exclude the presence of counterflashings or will have an overall shoddy setup which is bound to allow water to find its way into your attic, especially after an intense Colorado thunderstorm. Inspect to see if your chimney flashing installation is faulty by looking inside of the chimney for any signs of water.
If you are in need of roofing services for your home or office, avoid doing it yourself and hire professional and competent contractors to get the job done. In this area, The Roof Dr. has you covered. We offer both residential and commercial roofing options for whatever your situation may be. We are a Colorado owned and operated business, and have been building roofs in the Denver metro area since 1971. Our team of qualified and experienced professionals are there to ensure the job is done as efficiently and affordably as possible. If you are need of a roofing repair or replacement, or you simply have questions about our services, contact us today!
August 29, 2018
August 15, 2018
In the process of selling your home, it’s important to keep in mind the benefit and value of having a new roof as a major selling point. Although it may seem like selling a home in the Denver real estate market doesn’t require much effort due to it being a sellers market, it’s important to remember that any additional feature that can be added to your home can make a significant difference in terms of the offers you receive. If you’re pondering whether a new roof is worth the investment, especially if you don’t plan on being in your home for very long, keep in mind that a roof can be a valuable investment that can pay off significantly whenever you decide to sell your property.
Yes, Denver is definitely a sellers market for a large portion of homes that are currently being sold. The current real estate environment can make it easy to believe that large investments in a home or property simply are necessary or worth the effort, as a home can sell easily regardless of whether these are included or not. However, it’s important to consider that a new roof can actually add significant value to your property, making the investment an important thing to consider in the process of upgrading your home.
If you’re considering whether to put the money into a new roof in regards to the value it can add to your home, compare the current listings for similar homes in your neighborhood, specifically those that have updated roofs and other essential functional elements. Often, homes that have recently added a roof, specifically one that is of high quality, will be selling for a substantial amount more than homes with old or weathered roofs.
The recent intense hail storms that have hit the State of Colorado are a primary example of why having a new roof can, especially one that is designed to withstand intense weather, can be a massive benefit in the eyes of potential buyers. Having to worry about a leaky roof or other issues results from a roof that is far past its time will be seen as a detractor for many potential buyers, limiting the amount of offers you will likely receive as a result.
If you plan on remaining in your home, the benefits of upgrading your roof are obvious, as you won’t have to worry as much about leaks or other structural issues as the result of an old or damaged roof. But there are plenty of reasons why you should seriously consider overhauling or replacing your roof even if you don’t intend on living there for much longer. The initial cost of having a new roof installed can be more than offset whenever you decide to sell the home.
First, having a new roof installed will greatly increase the curb appeal of your home. When potential buyers drive by and see that your home has a nice new roof installed on the property, it will greatly boost the likelihood that they will want to see more of the property. The sight of a weathered and worn roof will often scare away potential buyers, as they will be much less likely to want to take on the burden of having a new roof installed. While the functional benefits of having a new roof in place are obvious, the cosmetic and visual appeal gains should not be forgotten.
Another factor to consider regarding roofs and selling your home is how a roof can impact your ability to maintain or receive homeowners insurance. An older roof can eventually require that a person has to have their roof replaced or risk losing homeowners insurance altogether. Without the presence of adequate homeowners insurance it will be significantly harder to sell your home, as most mortgage companies will not lend to a buyer without proof that the seller has homeowners insurance. Obviously, you will want to avoid this scenario, as it will make it likely that the only way you will be able to sell the property is through cash offers. Of course, this will greatly reduce the amount of offers you will be able to receive and thus will inevitably reduce the total amount you will sell the house for.
The presence of a new roof will also increase the tangible value of a home, regardless of market conditions. Although the market may be terrific for people looking to sell their homes, it’s always possible that the market will become more of a buyers market, making it all the more important that you have every possible advantage over other sellers. The presence of a new roof will increase the value of your home outside of these external factors, as it will be one more aspect and advantage that you will have over the competition.
Finally, having a new roof installed will greatly boost a buyers confidence in finalizing the deal. Eliminating the possibility of a party backing out of a deal will greatly improve your negotiating tactics. A black mark such as a poor-quality roof will give buyers another card to play, which can lead to receiving a lower offer than desired or having a buyer back out altogether. By installing a new roof, you will increase buyer confidence as well as your own confidence and ability in terms of being able to close the deal.
If you are in need of roofing services for your home or office, The Roof Dr. has you covered. We offer both residential and commercial roofing options for whatever your situation may be. We are a Colorado owned and operated business, and have been building roofs in the Denver metro area since 1971. Our team of qualified and experienced professionals are there to ensure the job is done as efficiently and affordably as possible. If you are need of a roofing repair or replacement, or you simply have questions about our services, contact us today!
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