Choosing the Right Roofing Company

In Denver, we experience various weather conditions, regardless of the season. Making sure your roof is in sound condition or, if needed, is replaced before the storms hit is essential.

Your roof plays a crucial role in protecting you, your loved ones, and your belongings from the elements. Equally important is hiring a local, reputable roofing company, like Jenesis Roofing.

What to Look for in a Roofing Company

That They are Insured

Insurance is the number one tip that Angie’s List suggests when looking for the best contractor for your job. Make sure that your roofer has worker’s comp and liability insurance. When talking to contractors, ask to see their certificates.

Locally Operated

When selecting a roofing company, make sure that they are local. Local businesses have an established reputation within your community. Hiring a local roofing company will also ensure timely repairs are made.

Be Weary of “Cheap” Roofers

There are roofers who perform work on the side or work out of their trucks. These “roofers” offer cheap prices but often cut corners, use inferior products, or provide shoddy work.

Ultimately, this can cause you to spend more money in the long run, as you’ll need to fix that “roofers” mistakes. Always hire an established firm, like Jenesis Roofing, who is local and insured.

Written Estimates Should Always Be Provided

Your time and money belongs to you, and you should be in control. Always request written estimates that detail exact services or products, project scheduling, and other pertinent information related to your specific roofing repair or new roof installation project.

Jenesis Roofing Stands Above the Rest

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in maintaining, repairing, re-roofing, and replacing roofs for residents throughout Denver and the surrounding communities of Colorado. 

We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 to schedule an appointment with one of our certified roofers and receive an accurate roof repair or replacement quote in writing. We are licensed and insured as well.

Fall & Winter Roof Maintenance Tasks

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October snow is not an unusual sight in Denver.

Chalk it up to the city’s mile-high elevation, if you will, but winter usually comes early in Denver. The city’s first measurable snowfall occurs on October 18, on average, according to the National Weather Service.

That’s right – fall in Denver is incredibly brief.

Completing the following roof maintenance tasks are strongly encouraged. Tasks such as gutter cleaning will help uncover any problems and increase your peace of mind. The last thing anyone wants is to discover a roof leak during a snowstorm.

Don’t forget to celebrate the fall season. Enjoy the dropping temperatures and changing leaves while sipping on hot apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte. The stores are stocked with seasonal decorations for decorating your front porch as well.

Gutter Cleaning

Gutters divert rainwater and snowmelt away from your home. Clogged gutters can contribute to a variety of problems, many of which can be quite costly to fix, including ice dams and structural damage to your home. Severe problems caused by clogged gutters include roof damage, foundation upheaval, and soil erosion. Pests and insects may also view them as an invitation to enter your house.

Semi-annual gutter cleaning is your best defense against water damage. Professional gutter cleaning is ideal if your house is more than one story tall. If your home is only one story, and you decide to go the DIY route, make sure to have a spotter and use ladder standoffs. You may also want to consider replacing your gutters. There are several options for replacement gutters, including one-piece systems that are virtually maintenance-free, so you never need to worry about cleaning them again.

Visually Inspect the Roof

Rain and snow are no match for a roof in good condition. Year round, however, it must endure a lot of wear and tear. That is why detecting minor problems before they manifest is essential. You should perform a visual inspection, using binoculars not a ladder, twice a year as well as after any significant storm.

From the safety of the ground, look for shingles that come loose or have broken, curled, or warped. Also, look for signs of aging such as severe curling, bald spots, or excessive granule loss. The latter is often noticeable during gutter cleaning.

After checking the roof from the outside, it’s time to head up to the attic. Look for daylight entering through the rafters or water damage to the walls, decking, or insulation. Did you notice any problems? If so, contact a local, licensed roofing contractor to come out to your home and take a closer look.

Take Care of Overhanging Tree Branches

The main reason to prune trees, in this case, is safety. Trim branches to ensure they don’t abrade the shingle’s protective outer layer. You should also remove any overhanging limbs. Pruning your trees can also reduce the amount of debris that enters your gutters. However, you should still complete semi-annual gutter cleaning as part of your fall and winter roof maintenance.

Expert Roofers in Denver

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in maintaining, repairing, re-roofing, and replacing roof for residents throughout Denver and the surrounding communities of Colorado.

We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 to schedule an appointment with one of our certified roofers and receive an accurate roof repair or replacement quote.

How Much Does a Roof Replacement Cost?

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The roof over your head helps to shelter you from Colorado’s climate, keep your energy bills manageable, and ensure your year-round comfort. However, roofing materials will undoubtedly wear out, some faster than others. For comparison, asphalt shingles last about 25 years, while tile or metal roofs have a lifespan of 50 years or more. When this happens, you’ll need to consider all the factors associated with roof replacement cost to determine the best option for you, as well as your home and budget.

Roof Replacement Cost Factors

According to Home Advisor, roof size, pitch, and materials can affect the price. Roof penetrations, city/county permits, waste disposal, and ensuring proper ventilation are other vital considerations. There may also be the option to add new shingles over preexisting materials – a service known as re-roofing. Because of all this, contacting a local, licensed roofing contractor for an accurate roof replacement cost quote is your best bet.

Signs You May Need a New Roof

Recognizing the symptoms of an aging roof is essential. These may include an excessive loss of granules; buckling, curling, or missing shingles; daylight entering through the roof rafters; and moss growth. If you’re dealing with the headache of a substantial leaking roof, this may indicate either natural wear or significant damage, thus necessitating replacement. Minor roof leaks may be repairable. Also, considering the roof’s age is a must, as asphalt shingles are only designed to last about 25 years before needing to be replaced.

Project Re-roof vs. Tear-Off

Re-roofing involves adding a second layer – the max most areas will allow – over preexisting shingles. Project eligibility requires that the existing shingles not exhibit any excessive wear and tear. It also generally only applies to asphalt shingles. Project advantages include reduced project time and waste. Re-roofing is one of the most cost-effective ways to replace an aging roof.

Not all current systems are going to pass the stringent requirements that re-roofing mandates. The only viable option, in this case, is going to be to tear-off all old materials. Denver, Colorado homeowners have many choices in terms of shingle materials, from asphalt to metal. Complete roof replacement affords many benefits, including access to the underlayment, along with a sizable return on investment at resale.

The annual Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling showed a 60.1% ROI, while asphalt shingles saw a 65.6% ROI. Metal, however, has several advantages over shingles. These include durability, longevity, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Metal, depending on the material, is manufactured with a specific percentage of recycled content that is endlessly recyclable. Talk with an expert for service and material recommendations.

Benefits of Common Materials

Asphalt Shingles

  • Most commonly installed
  • 25-year life expectancy
  • Cost-effective
  • Excellent ROI
  • Versatility

Metal Roofing

  • 50-year life expectancy
  • Energy-efficient
  • Sustainability
  • Great ROI
  • Stylish

Slate Roofing

  • Long life expectancy
  • Fire resistance
  • Sustainable
  • Aesthetics
  • Durability

Tile Roofing

  • Low maintenance
  • Energy efficient
  • Customization
  • Durability
  • Longevity

Are You Considering Roof Replacement?

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in maintaining, repairing, re-roofing, and replacing roofs for residents throughout Denver and the surrounding communities of Colorado. We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us today at (303) 789-1505 to schedule an appointment with one of our certified roofing contractors and receive an accurate roof replacement cost quote.

5 Advantages of Metal Roofs

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If your roof needs replacement, metal roofs are an excellent investment. Metal roofing is long-lasting, requires minimal maintenance, and incredibly energy efficient. Oh, and did we mention that metal roofs are environmentally friendly, to boot?

Here are the top five advantages of metal roofs.

Durability

Properly installed, metal roofs typically last 50 years or more, with little to no maintenance. Also, they often come with manufacturer’s warranties up to their anticipated lifespans, depending on the material (e.g., tin, zinc, copper, aluminum, etc.). Put into perspective: traditional asphalt shingles require replacement every 15 to 20 years. The only material with a longer lifespan than metal is tile.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is an inherent quality of metal roofs. Metal is more effective at reflecting solar radiation than asphalt, especially darker shingles, which tends to absorb heat. This can help regulate interior temperatures and subsequently reduce heating/cooling costs. Use the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Roof Savings Calculator (RSC) to predict annual energy savings. Metal is also compatible with solar panels.

Return on Investment

According to the annual Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost for installing 3,000 square feet of asphalt shingles is $21,614, while metal roofing costs $36,577 to install. However, the same report shows a 65.6% and 60.1%, respectively, return on investment (ROI). Metal does not need to be maintained nearly as often as other, traditional roofing materials, either which can yield savings.

Environmentally Friendly

According to the Metal Roofing Alliance, metal roofs are considered a sustainable option, because they consist of at least 25 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable themselves. The longevity of metal roofs, along with the potential for them to be installed directly over decaying roofing materials, reduces the need to use landfills to dispose of roofing material waste.

Wide Variety of Styles Available

Metal roofs are available in a wide range of rust-proof materials, styles, and finishes. You can even order metal roofing to look like asphalt, tile, or cedar. Metallic finishes, oven-baked enamels, and granular-coated surfaces can increase a metal roof’s solar reflectance and thermal emittance as well. That is according to the U.S Department of Energy. You can design a metal roof to compliment any home’s architectural design.

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 metal roofs and other roofing materials for residents throughout Denver and the surrounding communities. We also install gutters, pavers, and attic ventilation systems. Contact us at (303) 789-1505 for more information about our services.

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

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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.

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