Roofing Services in Highlands Ranch, CO

The Roof Dr. has performed hundreds of re-roofs, gutters, paint, and siding jobs throughout Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Douglas County, unincorporated areas of Douglas County, Castle Rock and Castle Pines.  As a resident for years in Highlands Ranch myself, we never had hail nor wind like we have here recently! I am sure you are all tired of the door knockers, so please call us! We are proud to be Colorado natives, and we take pride in building Highlands Ranch 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!


Sherry Ross

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

By Ken Medina - April 9, 2017

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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.

Facts About Tile Roofing in Highlands Ranch – the Pro’s & Con’s

As a popular choice in roofing material, tile roofing typically has an appealing look while also providing reliability in function. This material has a long life, at times up to 35 years – often carrying with it a great warranty as well. It is important to understand the differences in materials rather than just sticking with the most widely used option. Compare your options – between tile or concrete, measure what would work best for your home. Consider the following benefits and detriments that tile roofing might offer for you:

Tile Roofing Pros:
  • Because of their density, strong winds and weather do not move or shift the tiles
  • This material can withstand the heavy Colorado snow that starts to pile on the roof in the winter
  • Hail also does not typically affect tile, they can withstand most extreme weather scenarios
  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, tile is also heat and fire resistant
  • At Colorado’s high elevation, the damaging UV rays will not affect tile in Highlands Ranch
  • Due to their durability and toughness, they can keep your home cooler than other materials because they do not conduct heat
  • Tile can be recycled – and therefore promote an environmentally conscious effort in their use
  • The options are varied in color and style. There are plenty of choices to suit your home’s aesthetic
Tile Roofing Cons
  • Price can be on the higher side. The material costs more than other roofing materials and also requires more expert maintenance
  • The downsides in density may outweigh the up – sometimes a stronger support structure is required for tile roofing materials to ensure their weight is not damaging to the home’s structure
  • Although they can withstand major storms and weather, they do not typically support direct weight, and will break – so walking on the roof is not an option for non-professionals
  • The installation is not as straightforward as other materials, so it is important to have an experienced company perform the installation.
As the benefits will typically outweigh the detriments in the case of tile roofing materials, it is up to homeowners to decide the best fit for their particular needs. Contact the experts to really understand your options and gauge whether this upgrade might be right for you. The Roof Dr. can guide you through the process and offer sound advice when making these all important decisions – call us today to learn more about tile roofing and other services.

Common Summer Roofing Problems in Highlands Ranch

Unfortunately, there’s no good time for a roof to have a problem, and summer is no exception. With the sun’s high UV rays and sudden afternoon rain storms, it’s possible it could damage your Highlands Ranch roofing materials. Shingles can be loosened by heavy rain and buildup in gutters can also lead to deterioration.  Roof adhesives can melt and require repair with the high temperatures and intense sun exposure.

Unfortunately, this summer has also seen a fair amount of hail throughout the Highlands Ranch area. Hail can do significant damage to your roof and can strip shingles of granules, break tiles, or dent roofs. It’s important to get your roofing materials inspected after these severe changes in weather occur.

It’s a good idea to check in with The Roof Dr. to ensure that your roof can withstand this hot and rainy summer. If your find your roof has encountered numerous problems and needs to be replaced, the end of summer or early fall is the best time to do this. When the days have cooled down, the heat will be much less intense and there won’t be as much rain, which helps keep your roof stay dry during the installation process.

Call The Roof Dr. today to find out if you’re roof has stood up to the Colorado weather this year and make sure it will last for many summers to come.