The Holiday Lights Were Hung on the Roof with Care

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

First, a Plan

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

Check Your Lights

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

Use LED Holiday Lights

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

Install Plastic Light Clips

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

Automate the Lights with Timers

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

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

Happy Holidays!

~ From your friends at Jenesis Roofing

Top Five Steps to Extend the Life of Your Roof

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*This blog is updated for 2017. The original blog can be found here.

A new roof is an expensive proposition – $20,664 is the national average for fiberglass asphalt shingles with a minimum 25-year warranty, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, now in its fifteenth year. Once you’ve made this investment, which is not without its rewards – you can expect a 68.8% ROI – it’s only natural to want to protect it. Consider these tips to extend the life of your roof.

Clean Your Gutters

You’ve probably heard the message a thousand times, but there’s good reason – gutters direct water away from the perimeter of your home. Clogged gutters or downspouts can result in damage to your home’s paint, siding, and roofing. Additionally, over time, water can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Fixing that kind of damage could cost thousands of dollars, but you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. You can hire a professional or do it yourself.

Perform Periodic Inspections

Your roof carries a lot of responsibility – it shelters and insulates you and your loved ones from Mother Nature. For this reason alone, it is worth inspecting it on a regular basis (preferably monthly). This is especially important in the aftermath of a storm. You can perform your own inspections by simply walking the perimeter of your home and looking for:

  • Moss growth
  • Any obvious signs of damage
  • Torn, cracked or missing shingles
  • Detached gutters and/or downspouts
  • Damaged flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings

Trim Overhanging Branches

Just one branch continually rubbing against a roof can wreak havoc, causing leaks to occur or shingles to go missing, especially in high winds. Branches should be trimmed 10 feet away from your roof to prevent damage, as well as prevent squirrels and other small rodents from accessing your home. Trimming overhanging branches is a job best left to professionals.

Install a Solar Attic Vent

If you have an upstairs bedroom or bonus room that gets uncomfortably hot in the summer, consider adding a solar vent to your attic to help regulate temperatures, as well as extend the life of your roof. Powered by the sun, solar vents pull hot air out of your attic, promoting proper ventilation and reducing mold growth caused by moisture. For a limited time only, we are offering a free solar attic vent with full replacement. Please contact us for details.

Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected!

At Jenesis Roofing, our team of professionals have been providing premium quality roofing inspections, repairs, installations, and maintenance services to residential and commercial clients throughout Boulder, Douglas, Adams, Jefferson, and Arapahoe Counties for more than 16 years. Our certified roofers have the know-how to extend the life of your roof.

Call us today at (303) 789-1505 for service!

Preventing Ice Damage

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With the snow still falling, there are a few areas we want you to consider when it comes to caring for your roof – particularly for preventing ice damage.

The snow that has been sitting on your roof can melt due to the heat from inside your home. When this happens, the snow turns into liquid that can run down your roof and clog your gutters. The water then can find it’s way under your roof shingles and cause damage to occur inside your home.

A well-insulated roof will help prevent the heat from inside your home from escaping. This can  help eliminate how much of the snow fall, on your roof, is turned into liquid. We can help you with the process of choosing a new roof. A well-insulated and a well-installed roof can be the difference maker for preventing bigger future home repairs.

Our trained roofing technicians can give you a professional prospective on the best steps to take in order to get a new and beautiful roof. You can select from a diverse assortment of roofing styles and colors. We can work with your budget and taste! We specialize in new construction to storm damage repair work. Our Roofing Experts are eager to assist you in determining the best products to fulfill all of your roofing needs!

For more information…

Visit us at: JENESIS ROOFING

Or call us at: (303) 789-1505

 

 

Energy Efficient Roofing

Homes and businesses are starting to use energy-efficient roofing materials more and more. Unlike traditional materials, energy efficient styles absorb less heat. They are at least 50 percent cooler than regular roofs during the hottest points of the summer. They also reflect up to 65 percent more heat and sunlight. Traditional roofing materials only reflect up to 35 percent.

There are several benefits of using energy efficient materials. Because the heat is reflected away from the house, less energy is required to keep the home cool. When less energy is used, there is a decrease in the levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

Types of Energy Efficient Roofs

There are several types of energy efficient materials. They may be slightly more expensive than traditional. But, the amount of money saved on energy costs over time makes it worth the investment. Metal, tile, and solar shingles are some of the energy-efficient materials available for use.

Metal Roofs

Metal is known for being a durable material and one that can handle extreme weather conditions. It is also fire-proof and not insusceptible to damage by insects. Metal is a highly-reflective material that has the ability to reflect a tremendous amount of sunlight. Common metals used include Aluminum and steel.

Tile Roofing

Tile is a popular roofing material amongst homeowners. Concrete tile can withstand damage and any weather condition. This material also has aesthetic appeal as it comes in a variety of colors and styles. These tiles greatly reduce cooling costs.

Cool Roofs

A cool roof reflects the sun’s light and heat back up into the atmosphere. Light-colored reflective materials help the structure stay cooler. While white is a common color, other colors are also available. There are several benefits to having a cool roof. They prolong the life of air conditioners. Buildings without air conditioners may not even need them, or can use smaller units. From an economic standpoint, electricity bills will decrease.

TPO and EPDM

There are also energy saving options available for flat roofs. Thermo-plastic-olefin (TPO) is one option. This material is resistant to algae and ozone. The seams of this material are welded together to create a cohesive piece. TPO has the ability to keep a building cool naturally. Ethlyne Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) has been used since the 1960s. EPDM also reflects heat and is comprised of recyclable materials.

Many aspects of home and business construction are beginning to consider using materials that are more energy and eco-friendly. The roofing industry is no different. There are several different types of materials that can help building and home owners reduce their energy costs. Call Jenesis Roofing today for your free estimate!

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