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.

Home Maintenance: Prepare Your Home for Fall

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Fall is one of my favorite times of year (second after winter!). There are so many wonderful things that come with the changing of the seasons: leaves changing color, pumpkin spice everything, and crisp fall air. As we say goodbye, sweet summer, it’s wise to start preparing our homes for the season ahead. Here are a few home maintenance projects you can complete in preparation of the fall season.

#1. Clean Your Gutters: It is a good idea to remove leaves, sticks, and other small objects from your gutters once in the fall and again in the spring. Cleaning out debris-ridden gutters eliminates the risk of overflow and water damage. If your gutters are clogged, it can cause water to accumulate in areas of your roof, leading to an increased risk of decay, moisture and leaks. You can have your gutters professionally serviced or clean them yourself.

#2. Seal Air Leaks: Caulking or weatherstripping will help seal leaks around leaky doors and windows – helping you stay warm, save energy, and reduce heat loss. Other sources of air leaks include knee walls, attic hatch/opening, wiring holes, plumbing vents, and recessed lights. The Department of Energy has some useful tips on how to select and apply the appropriate caulk for your windows and doors. You can also learn how to choose and apply weatherstipping.

#3. Do a Roof Check: The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends a biannual roof inspection. An asphalt shingled roof has a lifespan of up to 20 years, whereas, a slate roof can last 50 years or more. While you can replace roof shingles without going through the hassle and expense of replacing the entire roof, it is important to take the time to really look for signs of deterioration, damage, and missing/loose shingles. If you’re unsure, hire an expert.

#4. Spring for a Chimney Sweep: If you have a wood-burning fireplace that you plan on using come winter, fall is the perfect time to make sure its chimney is inspected and cleaned. A clean chimney will also ensure that your fireplace is operating at its most efficient. Hire a professional chimney cleaning company, typically called a chimney sweep, for a clean and efficient fireplace. You can find certified chimney sweepers at the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

#5. Install a Programmable Thermostat: Installing a programmable thermostat can reduce your energy usage by automatically adjusting your home’s temperature settings while you’re away or sleeping. When used properly, a programmable thermostat can save up to $180 per year in energy costs, according to ENERGY STAR®. WiFi and smartphone controlled models, while more expensive, generally tend to pay for themselves in just one season.

#6. Ensure Your and Your Family’s Safety: As fall turns to winter, you will want to be diligent, making sure you and your family remain safe. Before winter hits, replace the batteries in your home’s smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors. Test each one to make that they are working properly. Now is also a good time to draft or review a fire safety plan with your family. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a good resource for information on fire safety/escape plans.

Extend Roof Life with These Tips

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A new roof is no small investment – $20,142 on average for fiberglass asphalt shingles, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, now in its fourteenth year. That is not to say, however, that it is without its rewards. A new roof can net you a return on investment of $14,446 or 71.7%.

If replacement is your ultimate goal, you may want to consider installing either a metal roof or tile roof, as they can last twice as long. Preventative maintenance measures, such as those that follow, will extend roof life and keep you from having to replace it prematurely. Here’s what you need to do to extend roof life.

Catch Problems Early

One of the best preventative maintenance measures you can do to extend roof life luckily costs no money at all. You should routinely look for any obvious signs of damage – especially after every big wind, rain, hail or snow storm. Here’s what you should train yourself to look for:

  • Moss growth
  • Torn, cracked, or missing shingles
  • Detached gutters and downspouts
  • Damaged flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings

Clean the Gutters

A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris can cause the roof’s raters or sheathing to rot. Fixing that type of damage can be costly, but you can avoid it by thoroughly cleaning your gutters each fall and spring, or as needed. You can either hire someone to clean your gutters or do it yourself.

Trim Overhanging Branches

Trimming any trees in close proximity to your home goes a long way towards keeping leaves off your roof, and out of your gutters, as well as keeping your roof free from damage. Overhanging branches can cause abrasion, which can later lead to damaged shingles, especially in high winds. Branches should be kept 10 feet away from your roof.

Have the Roof Professionally Inspected

Homeowners should have their roof professionally inspected annually. Why? Even the most durable roof can have some weaknesses or become damaged due to extreme weather conditions, such as, wind, rain, snow and hail. A professional can provide you with an accurate assessment on the roof’s condition. They will:

  • Perform a thorough interior roof inspection.
  • Perform a thorough exterior roof inspection.
  • Create a course of action, if any repairs are required.
  • Provide a written detailed estimate with recommended solutions.

Roofing 101

roofing 101

When replacing an old roof or building a home from scratch, it is important to understand the roofing jargon that to you may simply sound like something from a 007, or science fiction movie. In Roofing 101 we explain the basics of roofing shapes, materials, and vocabulary so that you can make the most informed decision when diving into any roofing project: whether repair or new roofing.

Roofing 101: Shapes

  • Gable
  • Hip
  • Mansard
  • Gambrel
  • Shed

Roofing 101: Materials

Asphalt Shingles: With more than 75% of all homes being built with asphalt shingles, these shingles are the most commonly used material in the United States. And for good reason, considering they are the least expensive option, and provide for the easiest installation.  Although their lifespan isn’t the best, they should last 15 to 30 years. Asphalt shingles are available in two types: organic and fiberglass.

Tile Roofs: Concrete and clay tiles are manufactured in a vast variety of colors, to compliment most any Mediterranean, European, Mission, and contemporary or ranch-style home. Tile roofs have the longest life expectancy of any other roofing material. Centuries old tile roofs are still enduring today. Tile roofs are built to withstand most anything Mother Nature throws at them and are Class A fire resistant.

Metal Roofs: Metal roofs can be manufactured using a variety of materials, including copper, aluminum and stainless steel. They are commonly seen on bungalow, ranch, contemporary, and cottage style homes. Highly durable, and resistant to adverse weather, metal roofs are expected to last 50 years or more. Metal roofs are also endlessly recyclable; making them a viable choice for eco-friendly homeowners.

Roofing 101: Vocabulary

Coverage: The degree of weather protection offered by a roofing material: single, double or triple coverage.

Cricket: A built-up barrier to divert runoff around a chimney or at a transitional area.

Decking/Sheathing: The surface, usually plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), to which roofing materials are applied.

Dormer: A small structure projecting from a sloped roof, usually with a window.

Drip Edge: L-shaped pieces of metal installed around the perimeter of a house to help prevent water from dripping behind the fascia boards or cap.

Eaves: Parts of a roof that project beyond or overhang the face at the lower edge of a sloped roof.

Exposure: Specifically, exposure to weather: the distance from the butt edge of one shingle to another.

Fascia: A flat board, band or face located at a cornice’s outer edge.

Fasteners: What holds the roofing material on top of the house (nails or screws).

Felt/Underlayment: A sheet of asphalt-saturated materials (often called tar paper) used as a secondary layer of protection for the roof deck.

Fire Rating: System for classifying the fire resistances of various materials. Roofing materials are rated Class A, B or C. Class A materials, such as tile, have the highest resistance to fire originating outside the structure.

Flashing: Usually metal, this material is installed to prevent the infiltration of water into a transition, such as around chimneys and pipes.

Louvers: Slatted devices installed in a gable or soffit (the underside of eaves) to ventilate the space below a roof deck and equalize air temperature and moisture. OSB: roof deck panels (4 feet by 8 feet) made of narrow bits of wood, installed lengthwise and crosswise in layers, and held together with a resin glue.

Peak: The very top area of the roof, usually covered with a ridge vet or ridge cap.

Penetrations: Objects that penetrate the roof’s deck, such as vents, pipes and chimneys.

Rake: The inclined edge of a pitched roof over an end wall.

Ridge Vent: A vent that runs the entire length of the roof, allowing air to escape.

Square: The amount of roofing material required to cover 10 square feet of roof surface.

Soffits: The finished underside of a sloped roof.

Transitions: Areas of the roof where the pitch/slope or angle changes.

Valley: An internal angle or water runway formed by the intersection of two slopes in a roof.

New Year, New Roof

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We have noticed that many people have a new sense of motivation to accomplish all the things that they’ve been desiring to complete. For many, it’s goals like organizing their home, changing eating habits, or going to the gym more regularly.

But there are so many of you who have been wanting to improve some of the bigger aspects to your home. Such as your roofing! While your roof may look decent from the curb, it could be suffering from cracks or weather damage.

We highly recommend our clients choose to improve and invest into making their home reliable, by allowing us to install a new roof. It’s a new year, and we can’t think of a better way to start it off, but by increasing your curb appeal and the value of your home.

We believe that there are several great reasons to invest into a new roof for your home, but today we are going to narrow down the reasons to one we are very passionate about.

Safety And Security 

Besides the return on investment, curb appeal, and energy saving opportunities, a new roof can also provide the safety and security your family needs. As old roofing nears the end of their reliability, it increases the chances of possible safety hazards such as water damage. The worst part of water damage is not the time it takes to sort out the issue, or the extra money that is required to repair it. It is actually the chance of the damaged area producing mold and mildew. Also, old roofing makes your home more susceptible to sever damage that can occur during intense weather conditions. If there is hail, high winds, or heavy snow fall, your chances of roofing damage increase.

Keep your family and home safe this year, but investing into the wellness of your life! For more information on roofing issues, or how to receive a new roof today, contact us.

Call us at: (303) 789-1505

Visit us at: Jenesis Roofing

Is It Time For a New Roof?

Leaky Roof?

The roof is perhaps one of the most important parts of your home and knowing when to repair it is important. Roofing repair can be costly, so knowing when to repair or replace the roof can be a big decision for a family. A roof can last anywhere from 15 to 40 or more years.

The following are a few tips and guidelines to follow when making the decision about roof repairs:

  • 1. Missing or Cracked Shingles – If you notice this problem, it may be a sign that the tar holding shingles in place has worn out. At this stage, roofing repair instead of replacement might be a feasible option.
  • 2. Damp Spots in the Attic or Ceiling – If visible water spots are in the attic, it might be a sign that it is time for a new roof. Damp areas can also mean that the roof is nearing the end of its life.
  • 3. Buckling Shingles – Buckling can mean that new shingles might have been applied over old ones or that there is poor roof ventilation.
  • 4. Rotting Roof – Roof rotting happens when the roof mat absorbs the moisture from the air and the shingles disintegrate. This problem happens more in southern states.

Gutters, too, play a role in making a decision about your roofing needs. Paying attention to your gutters can prevent small problems from becoming bigger. Damaged or improperly installed gutters can allow water to get under the roof and lead to significant damage.

How to Inspect Your Roof

How to Inspect Your Roof

The fall and winter months can be a rough period for roof of your house. This is a good time to inspect your roof, including its shingles and surrounding gutters, in order to determine whether roofing repairs are needed before the weather gets really bad.

The roof is the first line of defense to any house, and can take a battering from the elements. It is probably wise to check your roof at least twice a year. Inspections should be made in between if the roof has been subjected to a particularly severe weather event, such as a heavy downpour or high winds, or an earthquake, which can be equally damaging to any fixed structure and make it necessary to repair. Roof repair can be expensive, but deferring needed repairs can be far more costly in terms of potential damage to the rest of the house.

When checking roofs that use conventional shingles, look for curling in the individual sheets. Those that are curled need to be replaced. Wooden or shake shingles should be inspected for warping or splitting. It should also be noted that one should never walk on these types of shingles during the inspection process. Shingles made of slate, clay or cement should last the life of the house, but they should still be checked for possible ice damage. These can be checked from a distance with binoculars. Asphalt roofing materials resemble a fine gravel, and the finding of granules in gutters or elsewhere can be an indication that the materials are aging. A metal roof should have a lifetime of around 50 years, but should still be inspected for loose seams, joints or other flaws that can result in leaking.

In addition to checking the roofing materials themselves, the top of a house should be examined for metal pieces, known as flashings, around chimneys, windows and vent pipes. This can foretell a condition in which melted snow or ice can enter the house. Gutters should also be checked for ice damage. Whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor to carry it out, an inspection of your roof today can protect you from experiencing a major headache in the future.

 

Floods and Roof Repair

Damaged Roof

Do You have a damaged roof after a storm? Any homeowner who has ever endured a storm understands how easy it is for a roof to become damaged. Hailstorms in particular are known for causing a damaged  roof, resulting in roof deterioration that results in leaking or water damage to the interior of the home. Shingles can also be ripped or torn from a roof as a result of high winds. These roof sections can also be crushed or end up buckled in storms.

In the event a homeowner experiences these problems, it is important that they find someone to repair it quickly. Allowing roofing to remain damaged after a storm will result in leaks and other problems. As the shingles and the foundation of the roofing weakens, it is more likely that structural problems will occur. This can cause damage inside the home, which can in turn lead to the growth of mold. Other areas that may sustain damage after a hailstorm are the gutters of a home. It is a good idea to check the roof after every hailstorm, because the hail does not have to be large to cause holes in the gutters. The damaged roof may not be immediately visible, but it can cause leaking in the home in myriad ways.

Homeowners whose siding, roofing, gutters, and shingles have been damaged by hail, high winds, or other storm events, should hire a local contractor like Jenesis Roofing to repair the damage. Local contractors who specialize in the kinds of repairs needed are the best choice. Anyone who lives in an area where there are frequent storms are likely to find many local contractors who are very familiar with the kinds of problems that local storms cause.

Asphalt vs. Tile Roofing

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have been around for a long time. They are one of the two preferred type of roofing material in use throughout the world. For most climatic conditions in the United States asphalt shingle material is the most preferred. Though a growing number of consumers are choosing a shingle that is tile, made of cement or clay. While other materials are available, at this time, asphalt and tile are the preferred material for quality roof construction.

One reason for the growth in popularity of tile is how the design fits for homes of southwestern design. For that reason, all across the sun belt from California to Florida, homes with stucco walls often use cement or clay tile. The tile type of shingle allows the attic of a home to remain cooler than possible with an asphalt shingle. In turn, a cooler attic helps keep the main part of the home at a more comfortable temperature. In addition to the cement or clay tiles naturally helping keep a home cooler, the colors used are lighter in color, helping to reflect the heat.

Tile roof-material is considered to increase the value of a home. This is due to the fact that tile generally lasts much longer than asphalt shingles. Also, many tile manufacturers have a warranty for their tile shingle products for as long as fifty years.

The initial cost of tile roofing is usually more than asphalt shingles. Comparison of the cost over the expected life time of each type of roofing, however, shows tile is more cost effective over the long run.

Some companies point to possible breakage, causing a need for repair, with a tile shingle but the same type of weather conditions that can damage tile can destroy a roof that uses asphalt material. Asphalt roofing, in many climates, can require cleaning to remove moss and plant growth, the same is true for tile roofing, but the repair process is easier, less time consuming, and therefore less costly.

Tile Roofing

As is the case with any product, the quality of the workers performing installation makes a big difference. With either product, a bad installation can result in significant expense in the future. Some asphalt shingles are now made in a laminated manner, bringing the cost of an asphalt shingle closer to that of cement or clay tile. Properly installed both types of shingles, asphalt or tile, can last up to a half century, which is a very long time.

There is a wider range of colors and textures available from asphalt roofing, which is one contributor to the current continued preference for asphalt by home owners. Both types of shingles can require repair with replacement of the damaged shingles, but asphalt shingles can sometimes avoid repair by using patches, instead of needing replacement.

In the end, it comes down to personal preference as to which type of material is selected. It appears, for the greater Denver metro area anyway, these two types of shingle material will remain the top choices of contractors and home buyers for some time to come.

Jenesis Roofing is your local leader for all of your roofing needs. Call today for a free estimate on your new roof!

Common Problems With Old & Unmaintained Roofs

It sits on top of every building in the Denver area but we hardly ever think twice about it even though it is one of the most important parts of your home. It goes unnoticed so much that we tend to forget it’s even there. However, when problems arise it can be one of the most expensive repairs we need and there is no getting around it. As tough as the it is, it is still susceptible to damage and decay so it’s important to keep it maintained and in good health. We are referring to, of course, the roof.

Roof and Shingle Repair

Damage to your roof can cause the price of repairs to skyrocket and the value of your home to plummet. It’s important to know what signs to look for and what can be done to prevent future damage and repair current damage, restoring the life and value of your home. Some of the most common problems we encounter are:

Missing Or Damaged Shingles
Shingles are the overlapping pieces of material that cover your roof and protect it from the weather. When they get damaged or go missing, it leaves your home vulnerable to mildew and decay. The water from a storm can seep into your attic, down through your walls, and cause a multitude of problems like mold infestation. If it looks like your shingles might be cracked, balding, or missing, then it may be time to replace them.

Clogged Gutters
The gutters along the side of your home collect water and transport it to the ground, protecting your fascia boards and siding. When gutters get clogged, the water has nowhere else to go and can leak underneath your shingles and into the walls. Proper gutter maintenance is essential to the overall health of your home. Sometimes a proper cleaning will do the trick but if your gutters have been there for longer than you can remember, it may be time to think about getting new ones.

Cracks
The Denver area sees all sorts of weather and it can be detrimental to the health of your home. Over the years, the fluctuations in temperatures can weaken the wood, allowing it to crack and rain to leak into your home. Once that happens, the repair bills can add up quickly. Cracks can also leave your home susceptible to our next danger…

Weathered Roofing Shingle

Termite Infestation
These little creatures can wreak havoc on your home and do considerable damage to the wood and overall integrity of your roof. They eat a lot, reproduce quickly, and can spell danger in big, bold letters. They can sneak in under loose shingles or cracks and set up shop in the walls where there is ample food supply. With them, they carry all sorts of nasty germs. From the health of your family to the health of your home, a termite infestation can be extremely serious.

Are you looking to move to or within the Denver area soon? Have you picked out that perfect house and the only thing stopping you from moving in is making sure that is going to hold up to the weather? Are you already living in your home but starting to see signs that something might be a little bit out of the ordinary?

Jenesis Roofing has proudly served the Denver area for over 12 years and is a member of the BBB. Give us a call to set up an appointment for your free estimate. You’ll be glad you did!

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