3 Reasons to Opt for Roof Replacement this Summer

A professional roof inspection can reveal the state of your roofing. It can also help prevent costly repairs. That is why experts recommend inspecting the roof every six months. However, if the roof was installed more than 25 years ago, it is not properly ventilated, or it has been inadequately maintained, chances are that you’ll need to replace rather than repair your existing roof. Roof replacement can also boost curb appeal and property value.

Here are three reasons to opt for Roof Replacement this Summer.

Your Roof is Aging

How old is your existing roofing system? Typically, if your roof is more than 20 years old or your neighbors are investing in new roofs, you can anticipate needing roof replacement. The 20-year estimation is based on asphalt shingles. Other materials such as metal/steel, slate, and tile/concrete have much longer life spans. A properly maintained roof, regardless of roofing material, may also last longer than 20 years.

One or more of the following conditions may plague aging shingles:

  • Curling
  • Blisters
  • Staining
  • Surface cracking
  • Excessive granule loss
  • Roof leaks and water damage
  • Daylight through the roof boards

Your Attic is Poorly Ventilated

An unventilated attic can reach temperatures of 150 degrees F or more during a summer day. With nowhere for the heat to go, high cooling costs and excess moisture build-up often result, and can damage roofing materials. An unventilated attic also increases your carbon footprint. Your best course of action here is to adhere to the shingle manufacturer’s venting requirements. Another idea is to choose white shingles.  

You’re Planning to Sell Your Home

Are you planning to put your home on the market soon? Updating your existing roofing will boost curb appeal and add property value. Homebuyers will also appreciate knowing one of the home’s main systems is in sound condition. The 2019 Cost vs. Value report compares the average cost of 22 remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in the Mountain Region.

Cost-to-value ratios for roofing replacement varies according to region and materials. In the Mountain Region, stripping existing roofing to expose bare wood sheathing and installing 30 squares of minimum 235-pound asphalt shingles with new 30-pound felt or equivalent synthetic underlayment has a 65.6 percent return on investment (ROI).

New for 2019, installing standing-seam metal roofing with matching preformed accessories has a 60.1 percent ROI, along with double the life expectancy of asphalt shingles. Other advantages include durability, sustainability, aesthetics, and energy-efficiency. The latter benefit can help mitigate high cooling and heating costs thanks in large part to metal’s reflective properties.

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in servicing, repairing, re-roofing, and installing roofs for residents throughout Denver and the surrounding communities. We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 for more information about these services.

The Right Way to Clean Your Gutters

Clean Your Gutters

As snow continues to melt in Colorado, it is important to make sure your gutters are, and remain unblocked. Gutters are installed to channel rainwater and snowmelt away from your home. Clogged gutters can damage the roofing, rot fascia boards, attract termites and other wood destroying insects, crack and damage the foundation, and increase the chance of mold or mildew growth. Maintaining the gutters every six months, minimum, is your best defense against these expensive home repairs.

When to Clean Your Gutters

Twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall – is the expert recommended schedule for cleaning your gutters. If you have a lot of trees on your property, they may need to be cleaned quarterly, or after a big storm. It’s also not a bad idea to check your gutters and, equally, your downspouts for debris before a big storm. It’s dirty work, but an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Get the Gunk Out

Make sure you have a high-quality, sturdy extension ladder, and that you are adhering to best practices for ladder safety. Be sure the ladder is always placed on a stable and level surface; get a spotter if needed. Also, it’s a good idea to invest in stand-out stabilizers, which will prevent the ladder from damaging the gutters. If your house is two or more stories, or you’re not comfortable using a ladder, then hiring a pro to get the gunk out is your best bet.

Using a small garden trowel, gutter scoop or just your gloved hands, remove all debris and sediment from your gutters. Work your way from one side of the house to the other, moving the ladder as needed (never overstretch yourself on a ladder!), until you’ve gotten all the gunk out. Follow through by flushing the gutters and downspouts out using a garden hose or pressure washer. This will also clear out any remaining debris and help you identify any potential leaks.

Should I Replace My Gutters?

Professionally installed gutters have an expected lifespan of 20 to 50 years depending on material, weather conditions, proper routine maintenance, and other factors. Visibly damaged, rusted, sagging, or splitting gutters will need to be replaced. Minor problems such as loose gutters or missing downspouts, however, are often easily repairable. Whether repairing or replacing gutters, you may want to consider gutter guards to protect against debris, which means less maintenance.

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in servicing, repair, reroofing, and installing roofs for residents throughout Denver and surrounding communities. We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 for more information about these services.

The Holiday Lights Were Hung on the Roof with Care

The holidays are two weeks away from today! If you haven’t finished decorating the exterior of your home, follow these five tips for ensuring your holiday lights were hung on the roof with care, then flip the switch. Now you can stand back with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and admire all your hard work.

First, a Plan

This is your chance to show the neighborhood your holiday spirit. Whether you prefer subtle twinkling lights or colorful displays, like pictured, you should always begin with a plan. If it’s your first time adorning your home with lights, you’ll need to measure the areas you want to decorate, as well as the distance from exterior outlets. This will help you decide how many UL approved light strands and extension cords you’ll need. All products must be rated for outdoor or indoor/outdoor use.

Check Your Lights

You should carefully inspect all light strings and extension cords. Strands with frayed cords or missing sockets are a BIG no! Damaged light strings and extension cords can pose significant safety risks. Therefore, the recommended strategy is to replace all damaged products with new, making sure to properly dispose of those that didn’t make the cut. Before hanging your lights, it is always wise to test them to ensure they are properly functioning, replacing any burnt-out bulbs.

Use LED Holiday Lights

LEDs use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than conventional holiday light sets. Because they produce very little heat, you also don’t need to worry about them overheating. Some popular products include string lights for the eaves of your roof, rope lights around pillars, and net lights for bushes. Always follow manufacturer directions when connecting multiple strands together to avoid overloading your home’s electrical system.

Install Plastic Light Clips

How many times have you watched Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation hanging the lights on his house? Not only does he use 25,000 twinkling lights, causing a widespread blackout, but he also uses a staple gun to hang those lights. There is a better, much safer, way to hang holiday lights; all-purpose light clips. These inexpensive clips – available in packages of 50 or 100 – work with any type of light. These are the safest and least invasive way to attach lights to shingles or gutters.

Automate the Lights with Timers

Who wants to wake up the next morning just to find the lights have been on all night? Now that the holiday lights were hung on the roof with care, plug them into an outdoor timer. There are even timers that detect brightness, turning on at dusk, and off at dawn. Again, you’ll want to make sure the timer is explicitly designed for outdoor use and that it is UL approved.

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in servicing, repairing, reroofing, and installing roofs for residents throughout Denver and the surrounding communities. We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 for more information.

Happy Holidays!

~ From your friends at Jenesis Roofing

Attic Ventilation Basics

When properly balanced, attic ventilation can provide many benefits, including improving home comfort and energy efficiency, as well as protecting against ice dams. Other advantages include reducing heat and moisture buildup and extending the longevity of roof shingles.

Planning Attic Ventilation

The International Code Council (ICC) recommends a minimum of at least one square foot of attic ventilation for every 150 square feet of attic floor space to achieve desired airflow. Attic ventilation should be evenly spaced and consist of a combination of intake and exhaust vents.

If your monthly utility bill is excessive, or ice dams are a frequent sight during the winter, contact a reputable roofing contractor in your area to schedule an appointment. They will check your attic and roof to determine whether well-balanced ventilation is needed in your home. They may also recommend attic insulation.

Attic Ventilation Products

Intake Vents

Intake vents are installed near the eaves and commonly consist of cornice vents, vented soffits, and mini louvers. The vents are evenly spaced to provide efficient air intake. Building codes typically require 50% of the ventilation to be near the eaves.

Exhaust Vents

Exhaust vents are installed on the upper portion of the roof. Products in this category include roof louvers, gable vents, and ridge vents. The latter are the most efficient as they provide uniform ventilation.

Turbine and Power Exhaust Vents

This category of attic ventilation products is naturally powered by either wind or solar. It is worth noting that electric turbine and power exhaust vents may also be available. These products draw air out of the attic to prevent heat and moisture buildup.

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the company to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in servicing, repairing, reroofing, and installing roofs for residents in Denver and the surrounding areas. We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today for a free quote at (303) 789-1505.

Prepare Your Roof for Winter

prepare your roof for winter

Dropping temperatures; leaves turning red, yellow, and brown; and pumpkin spiced drinks and pastries mark the arrival of autumn. Responsible for protecting your home from harsh weather conditions, the roof requires special care, and autumn is an ideal time to prepare your roof for winter.

Here are five things you can do to prepare your roof for winter.

Visual Inspection

Fall is a good time to assess any damage that may have occurred during the summer months. While it’s best to call a professional roofing contractor for an extensive inspection, missing shingles, sags in the roof ridge line, and damage from fallen tree branches are often noticeable from the ground. Excess granule loss, which can signify the need for roof replacement, can also be seen on the ground or in gutters. If there are any apparent problems, arrange repairs before snowfall.

Check Outdoor Lighting

While this tip doesn’t specifically pertain to your roof, it’s incredibly important. As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, make sure all walkways, driveways, and porches are well lit. In working condition, outdoor lighting increases your home’s safety and security, making it more welcoming. Regularly check all bulbs, replacing them as needed. Make sure to use the LED bulbs that are UL-listed for outdoor use. Installing motion-activated spotlights is another good idea.

Gutter and Downspout Cleaning

It is not uncommon for leaves and other debris to accumulate in your home’s gutters. This debris should be cleaned out to ensure water from rain or snow melt flows freely. The goal is to keep water away from your roof line and foundation. Make sure to use a sturdy ladder and enlist the help of a buddy when cleaning out the gunk from your gutters. Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose. Telescoping tools can be found online, or you can hire a professional for this job.

Ensure Proper Attic Ventilation

In Colorado, ice dams are a common sight. However, several measures exist to prevent their formation; the most important being proper attic ventilation. This system uses insulation, ridge vents, and an evenly distributed layout of intake vents. Other options including running adhesive ice-and-water barriers (this usually requires re-roofing) or installing specially designed heat cables. Check with a professional about the most effective system for your roof.

Replace an Aging or Damaged Roof

If your roof is nearing the end of its useful life – asphalt shingles last about 20 years, whereas, metal and tile tend to have a longer lifespan – it’s a good idea to start considering your next roof. Some problems like curling or missing shingles, broken or damaged flashing, and noticeable light coming through the roof boards can also point to the need for roof replacement. Always consult with a professional roofing company as to whether roof repair or replacement is in your best interest.

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc., is the company to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in residential roof maintenance, repair, and replacement. We also install gutters and pavers. Contact us at (303) 789-1505 today for a free estimate.

The Basics of Roof Maintenance

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Don’t wait until your roof leaks! Extend its life by taking a proactive approach to roof maintenance. Maintaining the roof now can prevent costly roof leaks, moss and lichen growth, and ice dams. Continue reading for the basics of roof maintenance.

General Inspection

Check the condition of your roof twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring, but do it from solid ground. If necessary, use binoculars. Look for curled, broken or missing shingles; damaged or deteriorated underlayment; damaged or missing flashing; damaged or sagging gutters; and areas that appear darker than the rest of the roof.

It’s also a good idea to check the roof after any big storm has passed. If any problems present themselves, hiring a licensed roofing contractor for a more in-depth inspection is advised. A professional can evaluate your roof’s condition and provide you with valuable information. This can help you determine whether repair or replacement is best.

Keep the Roof Clean

Remove branches, dead leaves or other debris that provide a moist, sheltered environment for moss and lichen growth. Not only are moss and lichen unsightly, they are incredibly damaging to the roof, shortening its lifespan.

With another person’s help, clean your roof periodically using an extendable ladder, or hire a professional roofing contractor to perform this task for you.

In the winter, it is equally important to stay on top of snow removal. This will help prevent the roof from caving in under the weight of the snow as well as reduce, with proper ventilation, the accumulation of harmful ice dams.

Proper Attic Ventilation

Attic ventilation reminds us of the story of Goldilocks since it requires just the right amount. Insufficient attic ventilation can lead to moisture problems and decreased energy efficiency regardless of the season. Because too much ventilation can be just as bad, consulting with a professional roofer is often best. They can help you ensure the proper amount of attic insulation for your home.

Jenesis Roofing is a woman-owned and locally operated roofing company with more than 16 years’ experience. Whether you need service, repair or replacement of your roof, Jenesis Roofing is the company to call. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 or visit our website at www.jenesisroofing.com.

Eco-Friendly Roofing Options

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle appeals to millions of consumers. This is evidenced in the movement towards plastic bans (bags and straws), recycling, and installing programmable thermostats. They also typically choose environmentally friendly and/or energy saving products. Many of today’s homeowners look for sustainable roofing materials as well.

If you’re in need of a new roof, here are three eco-friendly roofing options to consider.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are a great investment because of their longevity – they can last 50 years or more. This doesn’t even begin to account for them being eco-friendly. Not only can they be made from recycled content, and fully recycled after their useful life, but their construction reflects heat. This can help keep energy costs down. Choosing a lighter color material often yields the best results.

Slate Roof

Even more durable than metal, slate tiles can still be seen today on many historic homes, as they are designed to last upwards of 100 years. This longevity is one of the many reasons why homeowners choose slate over other materials. Additional advantages include beauty and fire resistance. Reclaimed or salvaged slate tile roofing materials are your greenest option. Like metal, light colors will reflect heat.

Cedar Shakes

It’s hard to beat the appearance of wood. However, to ensure you’re getting a green product, you’ll want to look for wood that has been sourced from sustainable managed forests. These products will be FSC-certified. The downside to cedar shakes and other types of wood shingles is that they are not very fire resistant and aren’t very durable. They will typically need to be replaced after 15-20 years.

Roofing is not a do-it-yourself project. It’s a job for highly skilled, licensed, and insured professionals only! A professional roofer is the only one who can ensure proper installation of your new roofing material. Jenesis Roofing is a woman-owned and locally operated roofing company that has been providing customers with high quality roofs for more than 16 years.

4 Warning Signs of a Failing Roof

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Ceiling stains, loose granules, cracked vent pipes, and damaged shingles are just four warning signs of a failing roof. If any of these problems present themselves, contact a professional, licensed roofing contractor in your area for roof repair or roof replacement. Keep in mind, though: If the roof is nearing its life expectancy – 20 years for asphalt shingles – or the damage is extensive, roof replacement is often your best bet.

Ceiling Stains

Stains on your ceilings or exterior walls are a key symptom of roof leaks. Left unchecked, even the smallest leak can compromise the roof’s integrity and ultimately, your home. Because locating the leak can be difficult – it has usually traveled by the time the stain becomes visible – it is advisable to contact a licensed roofing contractor in your area to assess the damage. The roofer will discuss all available options for repairing the leak with you at time of appointment. Routine roof maintenance is the best way to prevent potential leaks and other warning signs of a failing roof.

Damaged Shingles

Once a year, and especially following any big storms, inspect the roof for obvious signs of damage. Torn, curled, or missing shingles can usually be seen from the ground; use binoculars as needed. Damaged shingles can leave the roof deck or underlayment exposed to the elements and, therefore, should be replaced immediately to prevent the roof failing further. If the roof is relatively new and in sound shape, with only a few damaged shingles, individual shingle replacement may be a viable option. However, if the damage is extensive or the roof older, then roof replacement may be required.

Loose Granules

Granules work to protect asphalt shingles from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Over time, typically as the roof ages, granules will lose their adhesive properties and can be found in shingles and/or on the ground. Excessive granule loss, however, is cause for alarm as the roof can deteriorate at a much faster rate. This often results after prolonged exposure to hail and wind. Material quality, preventative maintenance, and local climate conditions can also influence the number of granules lost. Piles of granules, depending on the cause, may indicate a need for roof repair or replacement.

Cracked Vent Pipes

As part of the home’s plumbing system, vent pipes help to ensure the efficient drainage of fixtures such as sinks, tubs and toilets. These pipes can be all plastic, plastic and metal, or even cast-iron. Plastic pipes are susceptible to cracking, whereas, the seam around metal pipes can break. This can allow water to work its way into the house along its base. It’s a good idea to hire a local roofing contractor to inspect your vent pipes. If any of these issues are present, a new vent pipe is required, and should be professionally installed to avoid potential problems.

Spring into Home Maintenance

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A homeowner’s to-do list can seem endless – especially come spring. As the weather warms up outside, prepare to donate items you don’t need, disinfect all the room in your house, free your gutters and downspouts of debris, and assess what repairs may be needed. Completing home maintenance tasks during the spring season will ensure your place smells, looks, and functions better than ever.

We created the following checklist to help you spring into home maintenance.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Even if you cleaned your gutters in the fall, it’s a good idea to complete this outdoor task again in the spring, and especially after a big storm. Be sure to check for areas where the gutters may have pulled away from the house as well as for loose granules in gutter bottoms. Loose granules may indicate the need for roof replacement. You can clean gutters and downspouts yourself or hire someone to do the job for you.

Replace Damaged Siding or Trim

When siding is rotten or damaged, it can let air, water, debris and insects into your home. It also can also cause the materials around it to decay prematurely. Repairing or replacing damaged shingles now can head off larger problems; saving you money. In mountain states like Colorado, replacing 1,250 square feet of existing siding with new siding has a 65.1 percent return on investment.

Inspect the Roof for Damage

Spring is one of the best times to inspect the roof. Look for shingles that are missing, brittle, curled, or damaged. Inspect the roof from inside the attic first, looking for any light that penetrates through the rafters, and then move outdoors. Once outside, use binoculars to check for noticeable damage. Always contact a local roofing professional for any repairs that may be needed.

Check Weatherstripping

If the weatherstripping around your home’s windows and doors is brittle or cracked, replace it. Weatherstripping helps to reduce drafts as well as block energy loss. You can find several different materials available at most any local hardware or home improvement store. The right one to choose will depend on the style of the window or door. Just cut to size and install according to manufacturer instructions.

Trim Overgrowth

Trim evergreen shrubs and other plants before new growth begins. Prune winter-damaged foliage as soon as possible to avoid additional insect or disease problems. For trees, only do light, selective trimming during the spring season. Experts agree that you should also avoid letting vines like wisteria grow directly on the house since they can damage the gutters, roof, and provide a “ladder” for rodents to use.

Spring Events Happening in Denver

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There is no better way to welcome spring than to get out in nature and enjoy some of the spring events happening in the Denver area. At some of these events, you may even find inspiration for DIY projects, as well as advice on professional home repairs and renovations.

Here are a few spring events you may want to add to your calendar.

Denver Home Show

When: March 23-25, 2018

Where: National Western Complex

The Denver Home Show brings together the hottest trends in home and garden under one roof. Explore the glamping feature for camping inspiration; learn how to create your own unique flower arrangements; get home renovation tips from Kevin O’Conner from This Old House or Joanie Sprague from Trading Spaces; or shop for home goods.

Rodeo All-Star Weekend

When: April 13-14, 2018

Where: National Western Complex

Rodeo All-Star Weekend celebrates the cowboys and cowgirls of arena favorites: bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, and tie-down roping. Additionally, there will be a fashion show, mutton bustin’, and live music from Ashley McBryde.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

When: May 5-6, 2018

Where: Civic Center Park

Enjoy live musical and dance performances on three stages, hundreds of exhibitors, great food and drink, a carnival for all ages, a parade, and so much more at the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Civic Center Park. This event draws in more than 400,000 visitors each year and is one you won’t want to miss; admission is free.

Colfax Marathon

When: May 18-20, 2018

Where: Start and finish in City Park

Runners are awarded the Ultimate Urban Tour throughout the Denver area with sights such as the Denver Zoo, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, seven miles of water, Cherry Creek Bike path, and many more. Kicking off Denver’s only marathon is a two-day health and fitness expo. There is a BIG afterparty following the races.

Denver Arts Festival

When: May 23-27, 2018

Where: Conservatory Green at Northfield Stapleton

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Denver Arts Festival showcases fine arts and crafts from local Colorado artists, as well as a select of group of national artists. You can browse and/or purchase paintings, sculpture, photography, glasswork, and woodwork. There will also be live music and kid’s activities. This event draws in over 50,000 people annually.

Denver Day of Rock

When: May 26, 2018

Where: Downtown Denver

Denver Day of Rock is a free, one-day, outdoor music festival benefiting the work of Amp the Cause. Enjoy family-friendly live music from local, regional, and national musicians from various genres on five stages along Denver’s 16th Street Mall. There will also be vendors and food trucks at the event.

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