Want some natural light in your home?

Most people enjoy the natural sunlight coming into their home! Instead of just relying on the windows around your house, consider adding a skylight  in your home. There are a few benefits that come with adding a skylight to your home.

home skylights

1) Clearly, adding a skylight helps enhance the natural lighting around your home. This is a long-term and cost effective approach to lighting dark areas in your home. A skylight will add a beautiful touch to your kitchen, bathroom, or living room.

2) Not only will it improve the overall look of your home, but it should also help improve your electricity bill. If your skylight is positioned strategically, you can avoid using electric lighting, and just utilize the natural daylight!

3) A well installed skylight can help increase the value of your home. This is usually one home improvement that will provide a return on investment if you ever sell your home.

Allowing us to install a skylight in your home is relatively easy, but adds a lot of warmth and comfort to your home. For more information on the right steps to take in order to achieve  a beautiful skylight, contact us today.  We can walk you through the process of choosing a place in your home, as well as the amount of time it will take for the project to be completed.

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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.

New Roofs Are The Best Roofs

Are you thinking about having a new roof installed, but are not sure if it’s worth the time or money? Well, getting a new roof installed is definitely a smart idea. Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home because it helps protect the inside from dirt, snow, wind, rain and other environmental factors. It is also relatively inexpensive to install a new roof. Here are the benefits of getting a new roof:

It Raises the Value of Your Home

A new rooftop will certainly raise the value of your home. It is one of the first aspects of your home seen by potential buyers, so it is important for it to look good. Potential buyers will see your home as newer and nicer with new shingles and a new gutter system installed.

It Will Reduce Frequency of Repairs

With a new roof, you can avoid costly roof repairs for some time. In fact, you likely will not have the need for a single repair for at least several years. In the long run, a new roof can save over constant repairs.

It Will Lower Your Energy Bill

If your roof is old and deteriorating, air can escape your home, which will cause your air conditioning to work harder. A new roof can eliminate this creating a more energy efficient living environment.

It Will Be Safer for Your Family Members

Some older roofs can actually be health hazards. Worn roof in need of new shingles and/or gutters can endanger your family’s health. Bacteria and mold has been known to grown in these old roofs, leading to potential allergy and respiratory problems.

As you can see, getting a new roof is completely worth the money. When you have a new roof installed by Jenesis Roofing, you will have the peace of mind of safety, comfort, and efficiency.

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 Roofing Maintenance Issues

Roof-MaintenanceYour roof is an integral part of every house or building which protects us from the crazy weather that can happen above. Without the tops to our homes and businesses, we could have ruined interiors and possibly an unhappy, unhealthy place of residence/business. Read on to discover five common roofing maintenance issues and how they can affect repair and/or replacement costs.

Clogged or Damage Gutters

When a roof has been improperly cared for it can lead to clogged or otherwise damaged gutters. Since the gutters safely transfer the water from your roof to the grounds preventing water damage to the exterior siding and fascia boards, it is imperative they drain correctly. If the gutters do not drain properly, it can cause the water to backup underneath the shingles and seep into the walls causing expensive repairs and/or replacements.

Damaged or Missing Shingles

Shingles are the pieces of material that protect the top of your house or building from various weather conditions and other unforeseen incidents that may occur. If the shingles are damaged, missing, or balding, it can lead to water leakage…causing harm to your attic, walls, roof, as well as other possible structural damage.

Moisture

Moisture can cause your insulation to become saturated and lose its initial r-value (how well the water heater’s insulation will help prevent heat loss through its tank). The added water and moisture can cause mold, rust, poor levels of indoor air quality, and extra weight on the roof itself…leading to even more costly repairs or replacements.

Cracks

Unpredictable weather and poor roofing conditions can leave your home susceptible to cracks. These cracks can unknowingly leave easy access points for water and other unwanted pests like termites and other insects to enter. Cracks can also leave your home or building predisposed to our next issue…

Leaks

Interior-Water-DamageAn older home or building may develop the aforementioned cracks that lead to unknown leaking. These leaks could go undetected for a long period of time as the water can travel through the housetop system before displaying any sort of visual evidence. Leaking can lead to ceiling damage, energy loss, mold, mildew, as well as other structural damage.

All of these problems are consequences which can arise from an improperly maintained roof. If your home or other structure is decades old or has noticeable damage to the gutters and shingles, or if there are more widespread problems due to cracks, leaks or moisture, repairing the problems may not be the answer. At this time it would be advisable to contact a professional roofing company like Jenesis Roofing who can expertly replace all the broken and/or otherwise damaged parts.

Choosing A New Roof

 

Asphalt ShinglesAs most homeowners are well aware, there will come a time to replace the old, leaky roof with a new, reliable roof. Especially if the old one contained wood substances which have become worn-out over time. There are quite a few homeowners out there that do not take the time to properly assess their options. The results can often be disastrous and cause unnecessary problems that potentially could have been avoided. Many options are available for review, as it is vitally important to choose what will best fit the needs of your home. The decision made will ultimately depend on location, climate, age of the home, and of course, personal preference. All of these factors must be considered; including the cost of required materials and installation to decide which is best for you and your home.

There are several kinds of roofs to choose from, such as asphalt or composition shingles, tile, metal, cool, and flat roofs. Homeowners must take into account which of these options would be most beneficial to your home.

The asphalt and composition shingles would be ideal if the customer lives in an area where the weather stays relatively the same throughout the year. Asphalt is strong and durable year-round, where the traditional wood shingle-types could deteriorate over time.
Tile roofs are ideal for refracting the heat from the blazing sun off of your home. Tile also gives the home a more “stucco” and modern appearance.

Metal is becoming popular due to sustainability and endurance through severe weather. It has been proven that metal roofs are more durable and therefore lasts longer than any other type of roofing.

No matter what decision is made, there are a few services which are offered to insure safe installation and continuing maintenance. The services include hail, wind, storm, and flood restoration and repairs, as well as tree removal and tarp coverage. The experts at Jenesis Roofing are available now to assist you in making the right decision for your home.

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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