Roofing Services in Denver, CO

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. 

Denver Roofing Professionals: The Process of Replacing Your Roof


November 8, 2017

Replacing and installing a completely new roof is a huge investment, money and time wise. There are so many steps involved as it’s not just putting a few shingles down and calling it a day. When it’s time to make the big step in deciding to replace your roof, you need to know what goes on throughout the process. First, be sure to check for the five signs it’s time to replace your roof. Let your Denver roofing professionals walk you through some of the steps that are required to replace your roof!

The Set Up

The first step in replacing your roof is to set up your house that’s ready for shingles and debris to come down off of your existing roof. Tarps will be placed around the bottom of the roof in case there are accidental drops when removing the old debris. A dumpster will be placed by your house as well to hold all of the shingles and debris that comes off of your roof.  

Roof Inspection

Before a new roof is installed, a thorough inspection of your old one and it’s foundation is imperative to prevent future damage. The wood decking needs to be inspected for any soft, wet, or rotted wood. If we see anything like that, the wood will need to be replaced to created a solid, sturdy base for your new roof. If you don’t have a solid base, your shingles will not stay intact. Wood decking needs to be inspected to make sure it’s attached your roof’s rafters the proper way. It’s imperative to check for any missing nails on the wood decking. If shingles are replaced without re-nailing the wood decking, you will notice bumps on your roof after a few week’s worth of use.

Underlayment Installation

Underlayment is extremely important as it catches water and removes it so the sheathing and framing below don’t become damp, and eventually rot. The first part of installing an underlayment is putting down an ice and water barrier. This will be installed underneath the drip edge for extra protection. The ice and water shield will be nailed along the edge of the roof for additional strength. Once done, the underlayment will be installed at the edge of the roof, over the ice and water barrier, and over the drip edge. Finally, we’ll fasten down the underlayment with nails and ensure it’s installed properly and strong enough to withstand the Denver climate!

New Roof Installation

After the wood decking and underlayment is prepped, we are ready to start laying out and installing the new roofing material. We typically work from the bottom up, then by the flashing, ridge vents, and ridge capping installation. Next comes a cleanup where we pick up any piece of debris left. Finally, we’ll finish with another thorough installation of your new roof. If it’s done by The Roof Dr., it has to be right!

If you still have questions about the roofing process, read five things you need to know about roof replacements, and give The Roof Dr. a call! Contact us to get a free estimate of your new roof replacement. We have over 45 years of expert service across the Denver area, so we have experienced it all and can help you with another beautiful roof.
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Denver Roofing Company: Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing


If you watch home trends across the country, you’ll notice that metal roofing is all the rage. While homeowners are excited to possibly invest into metal roofing because of it’s beauty, it’s important that they learn the pros and cons and ins and outs about this material type. Before you take a step forward to schedule a metal roofing install, be sure to read up on the pros and cons of metal roofing!

The Pros

If you ever do end up installing a metal roof, be sure to know that it will last for years and years. A properly installed metal roof should last as long as your house does, and seals out water, withstands high winds and rain/snow. Warranties are across the board for metal roofs, but most companies will back them for 20 up to 50 years.

If you’re looking to repair or replace your existing roof with a new metal one, some types of metal roofing materials can be placed over an existing roof without the need for tearing the existing one out or adding structural support. Metal roofing is also speedy and easy to install. A professional Denver roofing specialist should be able to install the multiple shingle sections of wide panels quickly. Because of the material being lightweight, you won’t need to worry about adding time for additional support structures.

Metal roofing is extremely fire resistant. The material is essentially noncombustible, and typically has a Class A fire rating which is the most resistant, but is also dependent on the materials beneath the surface that could ignite. For example, if you placed a metal roof over a roof that had wood shingles, the rating would drop down to a Class C. Metal roofing also has excellent heat conduction. It will reflect radiant heat from the sun, which cuts down on the midday heat gain, meaning you will save energy on constantly needing air conditioning during the day.

The Denver area experiences a lot of rain and snow. Metal roofing provides the maximum shedding of both rain and snow because of the way the panels interlock, as well as having hard surfaces that are extremely slippery.

The Cons

The first con you’ll notice when you start reading a metal roofing buying guide is the cost. Metal roofing is almost equivalent to premium roofing materials, but because of it’s durability, if you stay in your house for years and years, you’ll save the difference and possibly more.

If you’ve stayed in a house with a metal roof before, you probably noticed the noise. During a rainstorm a metal roof can be loud. You might find this either comforting or annoying, it just depends on your personal preference. You can control the noise by installing sound-deadening insulation and plywood.

Have you ever experienced dents in your car from hail or golf balls? The same rings true with metal roofing. Aluminum and copper can be dented if large hailstones fall on it, but there are types that are guaranteed to not dent. You also need to be careful should you ever need to (or have someone else) go up and take a look at your roof. Not all metal roofs can be walked upon.

Metal roofs have to be installed by a professional, and that’s why you should call The Roof Dr.! Check out some of the most frequently asked questions from customers before. Contact us if you have any questions about metal roofing, or if you want to get started today!
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4 Signs of Storm Damage From Your Denver Roofing Specialists


October 25, 2017

Love them or hate them, storms are an evident part of the summer season. While some may love storms for their beauty and mystifying sights, others hate them because of the damage it can cause to their homes and cars. Once a strong storm passes through your neighborhood, how do you know what to look for when it comes to storm damage to your roof? Your Denver roofing professionals are here to help! Keep reading to learn what to look for.

Missing Shingles

One of the very first things you should do is check for missing shingles caused by storm damage. Often, the culprit of the missing shingles is wind damage and could have been loosed from a previous storm. Strong winds weaken shingles over time, eventually causing them to fall off during a storm or a windy day. When you find a missing shingle, it’s imperative that you replace it as soon as possible to prevent water leaks and further damage.

Dented or Cracked Shingles

While you’re on the lookout for missing shingles, be sure to carefully examine them for dents as this is a telltale sign of hail damage. If you see dark spots or bruises, that’s because hail has damaged the granules on the asphalt. During a more serious storm, you could find actual holes in your shingles. After a tornado, shingles can be torn or split. Again, if you find dents, holes, or tears in your shingles, replace them as quickly as possible. Any water damage can spur the start of mold growth and eventually wood rot, which could cause a possible roof collapse down the road.

Your gutters can help you find damage to your shingles. If you see those granules from your asphalt shingles in the gutters, it’s more than likely you’ll find dents and damages when you do an inspection. As your asphalt shingles loose granules, they’re more susceptible to wearing out earlier than expected.

Other Types of Shingles

Although asphalt shingles are one of the most popular forms in the United States, some houses do it a little differently. If you have clay or terra cotta shingles, you’ll want to be on the lookout for broken, chipped, or damaged shingles. Does your roof have wooden shingles? Look for mold, decay, or splitting. Finally, if you have a flat roof, check for cracks, tears, or blisters. Identifying storm damage is important for any type of roofing. If you see these damages, please get them fixed right away!

Fallen Debris

Even the smallest branch can cause possible damage to your roof in the event it tumbles down. Check for any possible fallen tree branch, tree, or debris and assess the damage. If your gut feeling is telling you any type of damage could be caused, call your Denver roofing professionals. There could be underlying damage to your roof’s structure or cause water leaks.
Storms are serious business, so read up on the steps to take for your Denver roof repair after a storm hits. If you’re looking for someone to inspect your roof for damages, The Roof Dr. is your quality go-to roofing specialist of Denver! Keep us in your phone at 720-606-ROOF in case of an emergency, and contact us so we can come out and make sure your roof is in tip top shape!
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Denver Roof Repair: Benefits of Installing a New Roof in the Fall


October 11, 2017

The cool air, the beautiful colors, the decorations - everyone loves fall, including Denver roofing professionals. While it may seem obvious as to why fall is the best time to install a new roof because of the cooler weather, there is a multitude of other reasons. Here are the benefits of having a roofing contractor install your new roof in the fall from your Denver roofing company!

Bye Bye Summer

We all love summer, but we also know that summer can not only be HOT, it also brings about wind, rain, and possible tornadoes to the Denver area. These weather events take a huge toll on your roof, especially when your roofing is old. It’s imperative to take the proper steps for your roof repair after a storm hits. Additionally, after the summer season is over, you should conduct another inspection or call the Roof Dr. to do so. If you find any damages from hail, branches, wind, you name it, it’s important to get your roof fixed immediately before the winter season. Winter weather will only do more damage to your already damaged roof!

You might’ve already guessed it, but fall has the ideal weather conditions for installing a new roof or repairing an old one. It’s best replace your roof in the fall because a perfect roof install day consists of a clear day where it’s warmer than 50 degrees. Asphalt shingles adhere properly due to the warm weather, called thermal sealing. Cooler weather means better working conditions for the roofers themselves, and that’s key for a properly installed roof!

Properly Installed Shingles

We mentioned thermal sealing in the previous paragraph, and want to mention it again and it’s so important that the shingles are properly sealed before old man winter comes along. If installed properly, the shingles will be ready for battle against moisture and cold air and be able to withstand frigid temperatures. Additionally, they are less likely to be swept away by winter storm winds.

If you schedule an install date in the winter months, be aware that shingles become brittle and difficult to work with frigid air. Manufacturers of the shingles you choose even recommend installing their products at 26 degrees or higher. Brittle shingles means more breakage, and puts your shingles at risk of needing to be installed by hand compared to roofing guns, essentially making the process last so much longer.

Finally, it’s important to fix damage, lost shingles, or holes before winter comes because they will get much worse even after the first snow storm. The weight of a heavy snowfall is disastrous to previous damage, and even worse, ice, can cause you to be paying a lot more for roofing repairs in the winter months.

If you prolong your roof repair until the winter months, things can get a little bit dicey. That’s why it’s best to repair or install in the fall! If you’re ready to assess your roof and get scheduled for a fall roof repair, contact The Roof Dr.! We have over 45 years of experience building roofs in Colorado so can trust our roofing professionals will provide timely and knowledgeable service to make your roof the best it’s ever been!
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Denver Roofing Professionals: The Right Type of Gutters For Your Roof


October 4, 2017

When you’re a homeowner, deciding on roofing is hard, but additional pieces such as gutters and what type you need for your home can be an extremely hard decision… until now! There are so many varieties of gutters out on the market today, so we understand how someone can get easily overwhelmed and confused when trying to make a decision. Gutters add curb appeal to your home and allow you to be a little creative when choosing design, color, and display. You can find a type that complements your home’s aesthetic. Let the Denver roofing professionals help you find the type of gutters that’s right for your home!

Function

Gutters are essential for a home’s drainage system and that means they’re prone to wear and tear damage from storms and winds. Make sure you use our spring cleaning checklist for roofing and gutters so you know what to look for when assessing your current guttering. Most gutters last between ten and fifteen years, so it might be time for an update. If you prolong having damaged gutters, your home will be at risk for water leaks and water damage that can wreck havoc on your home.

Types of Gutters

Most residential gutters are created out of some type of metal. The most widely used material is aluminum, which is lightweight and easy to install. Aluminum won’t rust, comes in various colors, and can be painted to match the look of your home. In areas where homeowners see snow (hello, Denver!) a .032 or .027 gauge thickness is recommended.

Copper has been very trendy this year, and while it’s not a new concept, it’s also trendy for gutters! Besides it’s beauty, copper won’t rust and you won’t even need to paint it, as it will develop a pretty patina over time - perfect if you’re looking for a rustic look. If you’re looking for a DIY project, copper gutters won’t be it as you need a professional to install it. High end homes and historic renovations are big fans of copper guttering, as it can be on the pricey side.

Steel is a very strong, durable material for gutters. It resists rust, but not forever as you may start to find rust forming after five years. This heavy material can be painted and come in a variety of colors, but can be pricey. Leave this type of installation to the professionals!

Zinc is in the same boat as copper gutters, they’re beautiful, long-lasting, and develop a patina over time but they are higher priced than traditional type of gutters. You’ll find zinc gutters on high-end residences and historic renovations. Zinc also needs a professional installation, as seams and joints must be welded.

Vinyl siding is a popular, cheaper options for gutters as it’s lightweight and great for DIY projects. The downsides are that it’s color made fade from the sun, the gutters can crack in severe cold, and they definitely cannot support ladders placed against them. Read more about how to choose the right gutters.

When it comes to determining the right gutters for your home, The Roof Dr. can help you out! We can help you choose the right fit and properly install your gutters so they’ll last a lifetime. Contact us to see how your Denver roofing professionals can help you make an important decision!
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