Roofing Services in Northglenn, CO

The Roof Dr. has performed hundreds of re-roofs, gutters, paint, and siding jobs throughout Northglenn and Adams County! We have re-roofed hundreds of your neighbors, and 7 of the large car dealers along 104th! I am sure you are all tired of the door knockers, so please call us today in Northglenn.

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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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.

How to Perk Up Your Home with Siding Installation

From time to time, you need to give your home an overall improvement. You can improve the exterior appearance of your house by adding new windows, siding installation, wall painting, and updating your landscape, but that is not the only way to do so. Installing siding, for example, can drastically improve the look of your home.

The Options
In the past, homeowners didn't have as many siding options as they do now. For that reason, the choices available only served to leave the home looking unattractive. Today, though, there is a wide range of available options to homeowners. Unlike the unappealing vinyl choices that homeowners had available in the past, now, vinyl siding has been improved and so have other materials such as wood, metal, and stucco. Let’s compare the various types of siding options that may be right for your home.

Vinyl Siding
Most homeowners choose vinyl siding as their first option. This has been the case for many years, but more so as the product has improved in quality, colors, and styles. This type of siding looks the same as horizontal wood siding. However, it doesn’t need too much maintenance. It can be installed over the previous siding, but works better if installed over sheathing. It is important to note that vinyl siding won’t corrode or rust. However, as it ages, it will start to get brittle.
Several of the benefits include:
  • You do not have to paint as you would do for wood
  • It won’t peel, show scrapes, or flake
  • It won’t suffer dent as aluminum does
  • It will not chip, warp, or rot
  • It has resistance to air pollution, humidity, wind, rain, and sun
  • Its quality can be retained for up to forty years or even more
  • It provides extraordinary insulation protection from the heat when it is used with the right backing material
  • It is very attractive since it comes in various shapes and textures
Metal Siding
Steel and aluminum are the two metal siding systems used by many homeowners. Steel tends to be the most lasting and durable. Both steel and aluminum siding can be installed over the existing siding, but works well with sheathing also. Steel is especially great for areas where the weather can be severely cold. When it comes to pricing, vinyl is cheaper than steel and aluminum. However, they both are definitely more energy efficient. This means that homeowners will pay less in their heating and cooling bills. In case of a fire, steel and aluminum can withstand excessive heat without as much damage.  

Wood Siding
Wood siding has a wide range of patterns and is sometimes installed over sheathing where the horizontal patterns are secured by nailing it through the sheathing and into the studs. The vertical patterns are secured by nailing it through the furring strips. Homeowners have several wood siding choices. The popular ones are:
  • Tongue
  • Groove
  • Lap board
  • Split log
No matter what siding you choose to install, they will all create a distinct look to the exterior of your home.

If you are ready to perk up your home with siding installation, use the professional services of an expert. Contact the Roof Doctor to assist you. Call us at 303-618-9889 for a free consultation.

What Goes into Selecting the Right Commercial Roof Contractor?

October 26, 2016

It is a huge responsibility for any business owner to choose a commercial roofing contractor. This is true whether it is installing or replacing a roof on your business structure such as a shopping mall, apartment building, office tower, factory, church, or warehouse. Either way, you want to find a professional roofing contractor in Northglenn that you can depend on and trust.

The Specifics
In addition to the right Northglenn roof contractor, you also need a high performing roofing system that will provide protection for your valued equipment, premises, and inventory. An effective roof performance involves endurance, eco-friendliness, energy efficiency, and the roof’s engineering.  You also want a newly installed roof to be done on time and within your specific budget. It is important, then, to be clear on the essentials of what to ask your roofing contractor so that you can receive the best solution there is.

The Right Contractor

To choose the right contractor for your commercial roof repair, replacement or installation, there are several factors to consider. Let’s take a look at what you should pay attention to.
  • You should make sure that you do business only with a licensed contractor and that the business is insured.
  • Find out how long the company has done business in the local community
  • What is the reputation of the contractor and company?
  • What is the expertise in commercial roofing? Many contractors specialize in either residential roofing or commercial roofing and sometimes both.
  • What are the roofing projects done by the contractor that is the same as yours?
  • How is the installed or repaired commercial roof performing after a year or two?
  • Is the contractor familiar with or used any advanced technological concepts for commercial roofs like modified bitumen roofing, built-up roofing, and single ply roofing?
  • Has the contractor received manufacturer certification to do a roof installation for the specifically chosen roof for this project?
The Project
What is the nature of your business and how does the roof come into play? Will the roof support a huge amount of weight for example, such as a roof garden? Is there going to be heavy traffic on the roof such as a rooftop bar? If this is not so, the contractor may put in roof walkways for the service technicians to acquire entry to the HVAC system. The contractor will have to consider the importance of the appearance of your roof as well as the local climate, and the number of years you expect to use the property. If you plan to stay in the building for a long period of time, then many of these things will be important.

The Plan

You will have to plan a budget for this project and those funds have to be liquid enough to complete the project efficiently and on time. You also have to set a deadline for the contractor to complete the project. Be reasonable when making this decision. Of course, the local building code will provide information on the specifications of what is expected for a commercial roof installation.

Have contractors bid on your project because this allows you to research each of them, and compare their prices, and services to make sure they meet your roofing needs. If you are looking for the right commercial roof contractor, contact Roof Doctor for assistance. Call 303-618-9889 for a free consultation.

Avoid Certain Pitfalls of Roof Insurance Claims

September 21, 2016

It can be quite complicated to deal with roof insurance claims. It is best to check your insurance policy careful and read the fine print prior to the occurrence of a storm or subsequent roof damages. Having a homeowner’s insurance policy can save you money in expensive roof repairs after a natural disaster. It is not the complete cure to such a situation since coverage is specific to certain situations. 

Unexpected Expenses

If you want to avoid the unexpected expenses associated with roof insurance claims, it is important to take a note of your insurance policy, first and foremost. You must be aware of any exclusion related to your property insurance policy. Insurance companies will oftentimes exclude specific line items in a homeowner’s insurance policy. There could also be limitations to receiving coverage for certain things. For example, if you were to damage your own roof intentionally, the insurance company would not offer coverage. You would not be successful with your insurance claim in such a case. 

The Exclusions

Exclusions are never quite as cut and dry because every provider of homeowner’s insurance has their own guidelines and rules. For that reason, here are some things that you should commonly check for:
  • Inappropriate maintenance - when you send in an insurance claim, the insurer may perform detailed inspection of the damage by one of its property adjuster. If a determination has been reached that the damage was caused by improper maintenance, you will be liable for replacing or repairing your roof.
  • Materials – Some policies will never provide coverage for specific roofing materials. This may include recycled shakes, slate, or even green roofing materials. The reason for this is because you may incur additional maintenance costs.
  • Older roof – The insurer may not feasibly cover roofing that is close to its replacement time and possibly won’t provide coverage to roofs that are more than twenty years old.
Age of Roof

If the insurance company has limitations on the age of your roof, then you should become aware of how it is defined by the insurer. Some homeowners won’t take off the roof and replace it entirely, but will lay another material over the old one. Many insurers don’t acknowledge this as a new roof. The age of the roof is calculated from the original layer and not the top layer. Most insurance companies will not offer insurance for a roof that has more than two roofing material layers. 

Do You Replace or Repair?

Another thing to consider is whether to replace or repair your roof. There are cases where the insurance does cover repairs, but not full replacement. Generally, repairs will be covered when shingles come up missing after a strong storm. However, if the storm damage calls for an entire roof replacement, the insurance policy may not offer full coverage.

Roof Maintenance

It is important that you maintain your roof, seeing that some insurers won’t offer coverage if you haven’t shown proper maintenance. You should regularly have your roof inspected by roofing professional. Clear your roof of debris and clean the gutters as frequently as possible. Get rid of dead trees that are close to your roof because they may fall onto the roof during a storm. 

Is your roofing system in good condition or well maintained? Are you getting ready to file an insurance claim after damage to your roof? Let the Roof Doctor help you. Call us at 303-618-9889 for a free consultation. We will guide you through the insurance claim process.