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.

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.

What Can Cause Roof Leaks?

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Do you have to go running for a drip bucket every time it rains? Roof leaks are often a sign of a larger roofing issue. Issues resulting from natural deterioration; storm damage; clogged gutters; design flaws; ice dams; or lack of long-term care and maintenance. If roof leaks are left unchecked it could mean an investment in both time and money. Here are some of most common causes of roof leaks.

The Roof’s Age

The life expectancy of a roof is dependent on several variables, including roofing materials and the climate you live in, as well as the quality of installation and long-term care and maintenance. Longevity can also be impacted by shingle color, roof slope, and surface orientation. Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. If the roof leaks and is older than this, you may need a new roof.

Clogged Gutters

Your gutters are meant to help water travel away from the roof and foundation. When a blockage forms – as can happen after a storm – that travel stops. Rainwater or snow runoff can then backup, which can cause leaks or attract unwanted pests, and potentially lead to bigger problem.

How to fix it: At least twice a year (during the spring and fall), get up on a ladder, and pull out any debris using your hands. Flush the gutters with water until it runs clear. You can also purchase an extendable gutter cleaning tool kit or hire someone to do this for you.

Design Problems

Occasionally, roofs leak, sag or even collapse due to improper design and/or incompatible roof materials. A standard reroof is usually required to fix design-related problems. This is exactly why you should get three estimates with any home improvement project and be wary of choosing the lowest priced bid. Always hire a licensed and insured roofer.

Ice Dam Build Up

Icicles on your roof may look charming, but remember, looks can be deceiving. Typically, they are the calm before they storm; they are a sign that your roof is forming ice dams. An ice dam is a big, hard hunk of ice that forms when snow melts, runs off your roof and refreezes near the edge of your roof.

This only occurs when you have a problem with ventilation or air sealing – two issues that can also drive up energy costs. The best way to permanently stop ice dams is to have a professional evaluate your home’s attic ventilation, air sealing, and insulation. The ENERGY STAR program recommends that you insulate attic floors to R-49.

Additionally, if your ventilation system isn’t working or isn’t properly designed for the size of your home – a professional roofer should be contacted. Professional roofers can make repairs or install additional soffit vents without too much construction.

Lack of Regular Maintenance

Be honest: How often do your look at your roof? If you’re anything like most homeowners, you run in and out of the house, only glancing up at the roofline as you back out of the driveway or when your kid’s frisbee gets stuck up there. Regularly inspecting your roof, however, can prevent costly repairs down the road.

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you do a roof inspection at least two times a year – spring and fall. You may also want to inspect your roof after big storms. Grab a flashlight and make a trip to the attic to look for the following signs.

  • Natural light showing through the roof
  • Places where the roof deck is sagging
  • Signs of water damage or leaks
  • Trails of dark spots

Once you’ve inspected the roof’s interior, it’s time to move outdoors to look for damaged flashing; missing or buckling shingles; algae growth; an excessive amount of shingle granules in the gutters; and any other signs of damage. These all require immediate repair by a professional roofer.

Out with the Old and In with the New Roof

 

Year after year, Americans resolve to exercise more often, manage their time better and/or pad their savings accounts. New Year’s resolutions are certainly a great way to make a positive change (or two) in your life!

Another good New Year’s resolution? Vowing to make some home improvements – whether minor or major – in the coming year. One place to start is your roof; especially if any of following conditions apply to your existing roofing system:

  • Moss growth
  • Dark streaks or stains
  • Missing or cracked shingles
  • Bald spots where granules are missing
  • Curled shingle edges or cupped shingle tabs
  • Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, certain factors can lead to premature roof failure, including (but not limited to) inadequate ventilation and storm damage.

A new roof, professionally installed in either the fall or spring – barring emergency replacement – can help add curb appeal and will increase the perceived value of your home. This may be especially helpful if you intend to sell your Colorado residence in the foreseeable future. Additionally, return on investment (ROI) is right up there with major remodeling projects. such as renovating a kitchen or bath.

Would you like to receive more information on the different types of roofing materials available and the benefits of each? Contact the experts at Jenesis Roofing and receive a free roofing estimate. You can call us at (303) 789-1505 or find us at www.jenesisroofing.com.

Note: This post has been updated for 2018; the original blog can be found here.

Winter is Coming: Prepare Your Roof Now

 

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Winter is one of the toughest seasons – especially for roofs. Protect your roof from snow, ice, and dips in temperature using the following advice.

Inspect Your Roof

Doing a roof inspection on your own is easy. According to GAF, the United States’ largest roofing manufacturer, you should check your roofing system twice per year. In the fall, you’re checking to make sure the roof is ready for the added weight of snow and ice, as well as BIG temperature swings between day and night. Those temperature variations can cause roofing materials to expand and contract, stressing the materials.

There are five key things to look for while doing a roof inspection from the attic:

  1. Water leaks or staining
  2. Outside light coming through
  3. Sagging decking (between rafters)
  4. Proper ventilation – make sure vents are clear
  5. Measure and calculate adequate attic insulation levels

If you don’t have an attic, an outdoor visual inspection is the next best thing. You can do this from the safety of your yard without the risk of going up on a ladder. However, for a more comprehensive roof inspection, consult with a professional roofer.

Clean Your Gutters

Your gutters are an integral part of your roofing system. Made up of a series of interconnected troughs, they help channel water away from the house, but only if properly maintained. A clogged gutter, on the other hand, can result in backed up/stagnant water that can cause water damage and/or attract unwanted pests. If you haven’t already, you should clean your gutters before fall transitions to winter.

Prevent Ice Dams

Ice dams form as heat rises from a home, causing accumulated snow to melt, which travels down the roof until it reaches the eave line and gutters where it refreezes due to colder temps. Ice dams have destructive effects, including drenched insulation, rotting joists, the formation of mold, and collapsed rain gutters.

Proper insulation and ventilation of the attic space helps to keep heat from reaching the roof, thus preventing snow melt in the first place. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding insulation to an unheated attic will have the greatest impact on energy consumption, saving you money on heating and cooling bills.

Replace Your Roof

While built for durability, the life expectancy of your roof depends on several additional factors, including design, installation quality and the material used to cover it. Local weather can also influence lifespan – and potentially cause premature roof failure. Lack of long-term care and maintenance or if your roof is not properly ventilated can accelerate the aging of most materials.

Potential signs that you roof needs to be replaced:

  • Moss
  • Dark streaks
  • Cracked shingles
  • Curling or cupping shingle edges
  • Bald spots where granules are missing
  • Your neighbors are having new roofs installed
  • Your roof is more than 20 years old – few roofs last longer than this

We want to hear from you. What are some ways you prepare for winter?

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