Roofing Services in Englewood, CO

The Roof Dr. has performed hundreds of re-roofs, gutters, paint, and siding jobs throughout Englewood, Denver, Arapahoe Counties & surrounding areas! Seems like every other year Old & New Englewood gets hit with storm damage, hail and wind! 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, one roof at a time. 

Common Roof Fixes to be Aware


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.

Missing Gutter Aprons

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.

Roof Cement Instead of Proper Flashing Work

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.

Hail Damage to Your Shingles

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.

Improperly Installed Chimney Flashing

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!

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Sherry Ross

New Wood Moore designer roof by The Roof DR & Owens Corning

By Ken Medina - April 9, 2017

 Sherry Ross, 

New Wood Moore Owens Corning designer shingles, synthetic felt, ridge vents, color-coded drip edge, step flashing  and all other metals. Loveland Colorado. You have a beautiful home and thank you for allowing us The Roof DR. To help you through the process of dealing with your insurance company.

Class 4 Asphalt Shingles and Your Englewood Roof


Powerful storms can break or dislodge your shingles, damage the integrity of your roof, and render your home susceptible to incur leaks that are destructive to your belongings and expensive to repair. However, roofing experts can protect your roof from these hazards by providing Class 4 impact resistant asphalt shingles. If you are interested in installing or upgrading your roof, you should learn about the many benefits of having premier Englewood roofing companies install Class 4 asphalt shingles.

Impact Resistance


The impact resistant quality of Class 4 shingles can significantly improve the integrity of your Englewood asphalt roof. The shingle class-rating system was established in 1996 by the Institute of Business and Home Safety. The rating system developed a national testing standard to help evaluate and classify the particular strength and durability of different types of shingles. The Institute conducts the test by slamming steel balls against the shingles, the balls vary in sizes to replicate typical hailstone sizes, and then experts slam the steel balls against the shingles at high speeds of up to 90-mph to assess the ability for the shingles to withstand the heavy blows. The shingles are then rated from 1 to 4, with Class 1 shingles being the weakest and Class 4 being the toughest. As a result, Class 4 asphalt shingles are verified by experts to be the most strong and impact resistant type of asphalt shingle available.  

Hail

The best Englewood roofing companies can provide Class 4 shingles to protect your home from hail damage. This is especially important here in Colorado, where the powerful and intense hailstorms are a leading cause of damaged roofs and broken shingles. The Class 4 shingles are constructed with strong fiberglass materials and rubber-like mats that can avoid becoming fractured, cracked, or broken by large hailstones. The material can instead withstand the force of large hail, deflect the hailstones, and prevent the roofs from displaying any immediate damage or premature deterioration. The ability to resist hail damage can protect your home from leaks and can prevent you from needing to constantly cough up money to repair your roof after extensive hailstorms.     

Wind


Class 4 shingles can also protect your Englewood asphalt roof from incurring problems from the wind. The ferocious velocity of winds in Colorado and many other areas of the US cause wind to be a primary cause of roof damage and shingle displacement. Without strong shingles, one powerful gust of wind can cause your shingles to become broken, loose, or entirely dislodged. However, the Class 4 shingles can protect your roof from being damaged by heavy winds. The strong material and enhanced flexibility allow the asphalt shingles to remain tightly fastened to the roof and resist being moved or lifted by powerful winds. As a result, the Class 4 asphalt shingles are very cost effective because the shingles can increase the durability and longevity of your roof, increase the value of your property, and remain intact for an extensive period of time without needing to be repaired or replaced.  

Contact The Roof Dr. to install Class 4 asphalt shingles. Our expert staff has been satisfying customers for over 40 years and is revered throughout the Englewood area for providing superior roofing services. We can fulfill comprehensive residential or commercial roofing services, we have access to the best Class 4 shingles on the market, and we would be happy to install shingles that can enrich the beautiful appearance of your home and maximize the strong durability of your roof.    
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Englewood Commercial Roof Repair and Coating Options


There are many Englewood roofing specialists who can assess your commercial roofing situation. In some cases, you may not need the entire expense of a new roof. Depending on your specific needs, you may be able to coat your roof rather than replace it. Premium roof systems like metal roofing are often much more cost effective to apply a coating as opposed to replacement, especially if the roof has a historic design.
 
To know whether or not applying a coating to your commercial roof is a viable option, first you need a professional roofing company in Englewood to examine the site first to determine your options. However, if your roof is a good candidate for coating instead of replacement, there are several different options:
 
  • Aluminum Coatings: A mix of aluminum paste, oxidized asphalt, and solvents, these coatings reflect UV radiation, which is ideal in the Denver area (we are a mile closer to the sun). This reduces rooftop temperatures, cooling costs, and helps slow the aging process. 
  • Asphalt Cutbacks: Made of petroleum and asphalt solvents, these coatings can be made with or without reinforcing fibers.  These are designed to penetrate, saturate, and restore asphalt build-up roof systems.
  • Bituminous Coatings: These usually work best when applied to asphalt or coal-tar built-up roofs, and are even marketed for metal-roof restoration.  Bituminous coatings also increase the fire resistance of your roof.
  • Emulsion Coatings: These coatings are used primarily on asphalt build-up or modified bitumen roofs.  Emulsion coatings are generally made of asphalt and colloidal clay-water blend, and are darker in color. 
  • Emulsion-aluminum Coatings: As they name suggests, this is a hybrid coating.  If you are restoring your roof, this coating tends to be less costly than emulsion, as a reflective surfacing coating is applied last.  Emulsion-aluminum coating are ideal for sealing / filling your roof as well as provide fire resistance.
  • Hypalon Coatings: A versatile coating offering resistance to ultraviolet radiation, fire, and chemicals, as well as waterproofing.  Hypalon is most commonly used to restore the surfaces of single-ply membrane roofs. 
  • Latex/Acrylic Coatings: Solvent emission regulations have become increasingly stringent.  These water-based coatings are ideal for complying with new regulations and are also cost-effective when compared to other polymers.
  • Modified Asphalt Coatings: These products have the same functions as asphalt coatings, but with the added benefits of elasticity, workability, and cold-weather flexibility for the brutal Colorado winters.  Primarily, these are made with synthetic rubber polymers, asphalt, solvent, and sometimes reinforcing fibers.
  • Neoprene Coatings: Used as a base coat beneath Hypalon coatings, this synthetic rubber polymer offer recovery and elongation properties.  Elongation and recovery are important properties as depending on your roofing material, it will expand and contract depending on the temperatures. 
  • Resaturants: Consisting of either an asphalt or coal-tar base, resaturants are available in both fibered and non-fibered, and are a combination of bitumen and compatible solvents. These coatings can also function as maintenance and restoration materials.
  • Silicone/Urethane Coatings: Available in one- or two-component products, these coatings are more costly than others. This is because they offer additional benefits such as enhanced resistance to chemical fallout, heat, ponding water, heat, root traffic, and ultraviolet radiation.
 
With the sheer number of possibilities available for your commercial roof in Englewood, you’ll need an experienced, reputable roofing company like The Roof Dr. to give you an accurate assessment of your situation, and the most cost effective options at your disposal. Roofs in Colorado often require special attention. With 300 days of sunshine a mile above sea level, and winters with several inches of snow and treacherous springs, The Roof Dr. offers expertise in all types of roofing and architectural systems, from new construction to re-roofing, to maintenance and repairs. 
                                                                  
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Metal Roofing: Frequently Asked Questions


Metal roofing is known for its energy efficiency and its aesthetically pleasing modern looks. If you are considering metal roofing, you may have some questions about the material used and its practicality for your home.

Are there lighting risks associated with metal roofing?
No – metal roofing does not create nor attract lighting and there are no further risks to your home with metal compared to other roofing materials.

How does metal roofing stand up to hail?
With all the hail that has fallen in Colorado recently, this question is becoming increasingly relevant. Luckily, metal roofing can stand up to hail fairly well and doesn’t lose impact resistance with age. Additionally, in the event of a severe storm, dented metal roofing Englewood residents experience is easily repaired.

Can skylights be installed with metal roofing?
Yes – however, it must be curb-mounted so it can be properly flashed – it can’t be flash-mounted. If you have an existing skylight older than 10 years old, it’s a good idea to consider replacing it. Replacing a skylight in a metal roof is a lot more labor intensive once the roof has already been constructed.

How long will my metal roof last?
The average non-metal roof has the life expectancy of around 17 years. A material such as asphalt tiles require re-roofing every 10 to 20 years. A metal roofing system can last up to two or three times longer than these roofing materials.

Will metal roofing make a lot of noise when it rains?
Metal roofing in Denver is actually surprisingly quieter than, say, an asphalt shingle roof. When installed with solid sheathing, it will actually silence rain and hail better than most other materials.

Contact The Roof Dr. to find out if metal roofing is right for your home!
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