Roofing Services in Lakewood, CO

The Roof Dr. has performed hundreds of re-roofs, gutters, paint, and siding jobs throughout Lakewood, We have replaced 100s of roofs and Lakewood was spared this year from hail, after being slammed with hail for 5 straight years! We are proud to be Colorado Natives, and we take pride in Building Colorado 1 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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By Ken Medina - April 9, 2017

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Holiday Decorations and Your Lakewood Roofing Materials

October 30, 2015

The Lakewood roofing experts at The Roof Dr. have some advice and tips for hanging your decorations this holiday season. It’s never too early to be prepared!

Many homes in the Lakewood area decorate long before the weekend after Thanksgiving. Early October starts the seasonal decorating with Halloween taking center stage. November 1st sees an influx of other fall decorations taking the place of cobwebs and paper skeletons. This leads us into the winter holidays and the extra mile Coloradans go to make their homes the centerpiece of the neighborhood. Here are some tips and advice for decorating your home this season:
  • Hang Early: Since decorations start early, there’s no reason not to take advantage of the trend and get your winter holiday lights up sooner rather than later. This has a couple of different advantages. If the weather predictions for this winter come to fruition, then we’re in for a snowy and cold winter. Getting your lights up early will prevent any accidents that come with trying to deal with snow and ice while hanging your decorations. This is also a bigger job than most people realize. Giving yourself ample time ahead of the season will give you more ideas and better planning when it comes time to flip the switch. Early hanging can also give you an up close look at your roof to ensure there aren’t any problem areas with your home’s roofing materials.
  • Stay Safe: Ladder safety should be the first thing mentioned. Always use a properly rated ladder with at least one other person to ensure stability and, in case of an accident, someone to assist and get help immediately if it is needed. When hanging along your roof like, its important to use the right equipment such as extension and braces. DO NOT climb on top of shingle roofing or tall peaks unless someone else is there to steady the ladder on your descent. Check all of your wires and extension cords for any damage and get rid of any that are. Another big DON’T is to never use staples or nails when hanging decorations. You should only use the gutter with gutter clips.
  • Roof Check: Hanging your holiday decorations is the ideal time to examine the overall shape and condition of your roof. If you have shingles, are you missing some or notice any trouble spots? Are your gutters coming away from any point along the line? Are your downspouts looking loose or coming unconnected? Calling the Roof Dr. before the snow starts to fall could save you thousands of dollars after the spring thaw, when the damage has been exacerbated by the freezing temperatures and falling snow of winter.
Following these simple tips and suggestions will help make sure you have a safe and festive season with your family, free from the worries of your roof or the hanging of your decorations. Call the Roof Dr. to come give your roof an inspection before the busy holiday season.

Why Denver Roof Sheeting Installation Matters

Did you know that roof sheeting provides the main protection and insulation in your home? Depending on the building and roofing style, the process and materials change. Certain benefits to exist for each type of roof sheeting. Make sure to ask your Lakewood roofing company what is best for your business or home.

Polycarbonate roof sheeting – Easy to work with and virtually unbreakable, polycarbonate also meets fire rating requirements and has high weather resistance with up to 90% light transmission. It’s also available in a large variety of colors and profiles. Polycarbonate is commonly used on commercial or industrial buildings because of its ability to withstand extreme temperature changes.

Sheet metal roofing – Sheet metal roofing it the most commonly known roof sheeting and is used on a wide variety of structures from sheds to commercial buildings. Its greatest selling point is its durability. Along with being less expensive than polycarbonate, it’s extremely resistant to weather elements.

Explore your options in roof sheeting and other options for roofing materials – call the Roof Dr. today to receive an estimate and get started on your project today.