Roofing Services in Thornton, CO

The Roof Dr. has performed 100s of re-roofs, gutters, paint, and siding jobs throughout Thornton, including all of Adams County! We have tons of family and friends here in Thornton, and love the Fireworks at the Recreation Center, by far the best display in Colorado. We have replaced hundreds of roofs, and upgraded friends, family, and neighbors for years! Thank you Thornton!!! 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!


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.

A New Roof in Thornton

June 30, 2016

Goodbye 3 Tab, Hello Class 4IR Impact Resistant Shingles by Owens Corning, and yours truly, The Roof DR. 

Fire Resistant Materials and Your Thornton Roof

Residential fires account billions of dollars in damage each year in the United States. With all the recent wild fires around Colorado, it’s a good idea to choose an optimal roofing material for fire safety. Here are a couple of great choices for fire protection for your Thornton Roof:

Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles – The most economical of all residential roofing materials, fiberglass-based asphalt shingles offer excellent fire resistance when installed with fire code compliant underlayment.

Clay Tile – Traditional clay tile is noncombustible as well as very durable. It provides a Class A fire rating, which is the highest fire-resistant rating available. When they are installed, make sure that the openings in the barrel-shaped kind are sealed so embers can’t penetrate your roof.

Recycled-Rubber Tile – Recycled rubber tire is both an economical and environmentally friendly option when it comes to choosing a fire resistant material for your Thornton roof. It’s manufactured using a highly effective fire retardant and underlaid with a fire-resistant barrier which gives is a Class A fire rating.

When it comes to your Thornton roof, you want it to be as durable and as safe as possible. These materials are optimal for fire resistance and keeping your family and home safe. Contact The Roof Doctor today to find out what material is right for your roof.

3 Misunderstood Thornton Roofing Myths

When it comes to repairing, purchasing or replacing a roof, there are many misconceptions. It’s important to get the facts. Here are three popular myths, debunked by your Thornton roofing service:

Myth #1: Cool roofs are an energy efficient option in warm climates, but don’t make sense in cooler climates.
Did you know that cool roofing ends up saving you money in both warm and cool climates because solar radiation in the summer is five times greater than the winter? Energy savings from cool roofs are always more than from black roofs used for absorbing heat.  

Myth #2: Flashing only needs to be replaced when a new roof is installed.
Flashing is a metal material that is meant to divert water away from roof openings such as vents and pipes. Depending on the installation and rigors flashing has gone though, it can outlast a roof or fail and damage a roof. Make sure your flashing is checked around every six months to ensure there is no damage to the flashing itself or to the materials around it.

Myth #3: It’s fine to cover an existing layer of shingles with a new layer.
Since building codes say this is ok, it’s a very common mistake made. When replacing shingles, it’s important to take into account the sheathing under the tiles. Rot, age, leaks, or other damages may have affected the state of your sheathing. The best way to make sure that this isn’t happening is to strip away old shingles before installing new ones.

Have more questions about your Thornton roof? Contact The Roof Dr. to make sure you have all the right information to solve your roofing problems today!