Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day, 2020, is less than three weeks ago. Therefore, if you haven’t already, now is the ideal time to consider what you’re going to buy for the special men in your life. That may include your dad or stepdad, father-in-law, and significant other. Contacting a local roofing company about one of these gift ideas will help ensure that his home is filled with ample amounts of natural light and protected against the elements.

The History of Father’s Day

Inspired by Mother’s Day, Father’s Day became an official national holiday in 1972, following the first celebration by 62 years. The first celebration, held in 1910, took place in the state of Washington. Today, the day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday of June: Father’s Day 2020 falls on Sunday, June 21. You can read more about the origins of Father’s Day at www.history.com.

Ideas to Treat Dad

Inspect His Roof

Is your dad or father-in-law just down the street? Head over to his house and inspect his roof from the ground, using binoculars, and in the attic. The project is something that you and he can do together. Look for missing or curling shingles, interior leaks, and damp attic insulation. While you’re at it, you may want to clean his gutters, making sure that rainwater can flow freely before the beginning of the monsoon season

If he lives far from you, you can contact a local roofing company, like Jenesis Roofing, to come to inspect his roof for abnormal wear and tear or storm damage. A contractor will check the structural integrity and quality of the roof. They will then provide a detailed, written report of their findings and recommendations for ensuring it remains in excellent shape, along with an accurate cost estimate.

Consider a Skylight

Has your dad been hinting at wanting more natural light? Then you may want to consider gifting him with a professionally installed skylight. Aside from adding natural light, skylights can help improve ventilation, reduce energy costs, and add resale value to the home. There are plenty of options for these windows, including electric ones that open to allow in the fresh air, as well as non-moveable skylights. Remember that a local roofing company must professionally install them.

Help Dad Replace His Roof

Help dad replace an aging or damaged roof by contacting a local roofing company. There are a variety of material options such as asphalt shingles and metal roofing that, depending on your preferences, last between 20 and 50 or more years. A new roof offers many benefits, including energy-efficiency, and will be better able to protect him from Colorado’s weather. A professional can provide you with an accurate roof replacement estimate.

Your Local Roofing Company

Jenesis Roofing is a local roofing company that is pleased to offer Denver residents with new roofs, roof repair, and gutter installation. Our company is committed to using high-quality materials from trusted manufacturers such as Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and GAF. Jenesis Roofing is a fully licensed and insured roofing contractor with more than sixteen years of roof repair and installation experience. Additional services offered include attic ventilation and paver installation. Schedule an appointment today at (303) 789-1505.

Resources:

“Father’s Day, 2020.” History.com, January 30, 2020. 

Spring Maintenance Tasks You Won’t Want to Overlook

Thursday, March 19, marks the start of spring. In a season for new beginnings, a clean, tidy house can provide a myriad of benefits such as reduced allergens and stress. Equally important, this time of year is performing some simple home maintenance tasks. While most spring home maintenance tasks are do-it-yourself friendly, like gutter cleaning, others are best left to professionals. Check the following jobs off your spring maintenance list to prevent moisture problems and costly repairs.

Gutter Cleaning

The annual precipitation for Denver is usually 14.30 inches. Gutters are designed to collect and direct water away from your home’s foundation. Their open design can also catch debris that, over time, can accumulate and clog your drainage system. Clearing out the gunk helps prevent clogs from developing. Gutter cleaning is a cost-effective method for protecting against roof rot and foundation problems. Ideally, this task should be completed twice per year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

Inspect the Roof

Routine roof inspections can help you spot minor issues before they can develop into significant problems. You can safely inspect the roof from the ground using a pair of binoculars. Things to look for include curled, buckled, or missing shingles; algae, moss, or piles of leaves; rusted or damaged flashing; and excessive granule loss. The latter protects the shingles from harmful UV rays. More in-depth roof assessments should always be conducted by a licensed roofing contractor, like Jenesis Roofing.

Replace Damaged Gutter Sections

As mentioned, a proper drain system is an essential part of any home. Wear and tear, as well as local weather events, can impact the integrity of this system. That makes replacing damaged gutter sections vital. There are several types available today, including seamless gutters, which are designed to keep out the leaves and other debris. Gutter guards have the same effect and can be installed on existing systems. Seamless gutters and gutter guards can reduce the upkeep associated with traditional channels.

Seal Gaps Around Doors and Windows

Gaps around your home’s windows and doors can be costing you money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less.” You can pick these materials up at most any local home improvement or hardware store. Some big-box retailers may carry the supplies you’ll need to potentially reduce your heating and cooling costs, as well.

Jenesis Roofing is a locally owned and operated roofing company that is pleased to offer Denver residents with roof repair, new roof construction, and gutter installation. Contact us at (303) 789-1505 to schedule an appointment with one of our professional and experienced roofing experts today.

Jenesis Roofing is committed to using high-quality materials from trusted manufacturers such as Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and GAF – all at a competitively priced rate. We are fully licensed and insured for your protection, and all new roof installations are warrantied. Gutter cleaning is an integral part of our repair and installation services.

Resources:

“Air Sealing Your Home.” U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved from energy.gov/energysaver/weatherize/air-sealing-your-home.

“Denver’s 2019 Annual Climate Summary.” National Weather Service. Retrieved from weather.gov/bou/Denver_2019_climate_summary.

Benefits of Skylight Installation

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Skylights can improve your home’s lighting, energy efficiency, and overall comfort. A roofing contractor can provide you with professional installation. Additional advantages include being great for the environment and providing better privacy than standard windows. The latter is especially beneficial if the homes in your neighborhood are built within a few feet of each other.

The benefits of having a roofing contractor install skylights also extend to your home’s ventilation. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “without proper ventilation, an otherwise insulated and airtight house will seal in harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide and moisture…” that can affect indoor air quality (IAQ). The symptoms of poor IAQ include headaches, fatigue, allergies, and sinus congestion.

Equally, skylights are a green home improvement, meaning they improve energy efficiency and reduce associated costs. Products featuring heat-absorbing tints, insulated glazing, and low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings can make a massive difference in terms of preventing heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer.

Skylight Design Considerations

Local Climate: It’s a good idea to select skylights based on your local climate. ENERGY STAR has established minimum performance U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings for skylights. For Colorado – a Northern climate zone – you’ll want to ensure the windows you pick have a U-factor rating equal to 0.50 and any SHGC.

Orientation: Another crucial decision you’ll need to make is where to position the skylights on your roof. Those that face to the east, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, provides significant light and solar heat gain. That gain can, as a result, help save you money on high energy costs. A steep slope will maximize savings, as well.

Framing Materials: There is a wide range of framing materials available for every budget. The best performers, though, are wood and composite. A fiberglass frame is also an excellent option. Upgrading to mounting with the correct level of insulation for your area is a good idea.

Multiple Glass Panes: Double or triple-paned glass, along with high-efficiency glazing, excels at reducing heat transfer. That can improve your energy savings and overall comfort. A roofing contractor can help you choose the best skylight for your home, roof, needs, and budget.

Contact a Professional Roofing Contractor

With more than sixteen years of experience, Jenesis Roofing, Inc. is the roofing contractor to call for all your roofing needs. We specialize exclusively in maintaining, repairing, re-roofing, and replacing residential roofs 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, replacement, or skylight installation quote in writing. We are licensed and insured, as well.

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.

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