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Denver Roofers Explain How Landscaping Damages Your Roof

January 16, 2019

You love your home and put a lot of effort into maintaining the exterior. Everything from flowerbeds to those tall shade trees makes your yard look appealing and adds value to the property. Though you may value your landscaping and want to keep it looking great at all times, it’s not always in the best interest of your roof. In fact, your landscaping may be the reason you’re scheduling repair appointments with Denver roofing companies multiple times each year! Here are a few common but surprising landscaping issues that could do serious damage to your roof.

Low-Hanging Limbs

It should come as no surprise that low-hanging limbs are more likely to damage your roof after a severe storm. After all, they’re more likely to fall and the closer they are to the house, the higher risk you’re at for roof damage. But that’s not all they do. Low-hanging limbs can scrape across the surface of your roof and the side of the house in the wind. Over time, that scraping can damage or remove roofing materials, leaving your home vulnerable to roof leaks and damage. Trimming back those limbs will help keep your roof repairs to a minimum.

Growing Shrubs

Tall shrubs are a great way to break up monotony in your landscaping. However, they can also damage your roof. Shrubs are an ideal habitat for many rodents and pests. As the pests start exploring the area around the shrub, they often climb up the limbs. If the shrub is tall enough, those pests can easily make the leap from the shrub to your gutters and roof. If you have existing roof damage, the rodents can easily work their way into your attic through the damaged area. This can lead to damage in your attic, compromise the wiring in your walls, and even bring diseases into your home. Worse, you’ll have a bigger damaged area on your roof that will need to be repaired or replaced before your house can be safe from the elements again. 

Spreading Vines

Vines are a great way to add shade to a patio or porch without building an extension onto your home. All it needs is a trellis. But that same vine can also damage your roof and your siding. When left to spread, the vine will keep growing up. If it reaches the roof, the roots and tendrils may bore into the roofing materials and damage the roof structure. Worse, the siding supporting the vine may warp, increasing your risk of water damage in your walls. 

The easiest way to prevent roof damage is to stay on top of your landscape maintenance. If you notice any issues with water damage or see parts of the roof that look discolored after trimming back low-hanging limbs, schedule a roof inspection immediately. The sooner any roof damage is taken care of, the safer your home and your family will be. 

Don’t put off an inspection. Call (720) 309-9722 to schedule a free inspection and repair estimate with Big Creek Roofing & Restoration today. 

Denver Roofers Answer Common Questions About Roof Warranties

January 9, 2019

A new roof is one of the most important investments you can make in your home. It protects your house from the elements, adds value to your property, and makes your home stand out from others on the block. Every new roof comes with a new warranty, but if you’ve never installed a new roof on your home, you probably have a few questions about the warranty. Your trusted Denver roofing company answers a few of the most common warranty questions.

1. What’s the difference between a labor warranty and a materials warranty?

When installed by an experienced roofing contractor, the new roofing materials come with a manufacturer-backed warranty. This warranty protects against defects and faults in the materials themselves. The labor warranty is a guarantee offered by your roofing company that backs the installation and repairs they perform on your home. The two warranties together protect you from poor installation and damage to your home due to inferior materials or errors in the manufacturing process.

2. What happens if I have a warranty issue?

If you think damage was done because of poor labor quality or an issue with the materials, contact your roofing contractor immediately. They’ll need to inspect the roof system to make sure the damage wasn’t caused by neglect, storms, or animals. If they determine that the issue meets the details in your warranty, they’ll help you get the problem fixed at no cost to you. 

3. How long do warranties last?

The average manufacturer roof warranty lasts between 10 and 20 years. For most homeowners, this will be about the entire lifespan of their roof. Installation and labor warranties typically last for two to five years depending on the company you work with. Before you commit to having a new roof installed, make sure you understand the details of each warranty. Ask for a copy of the warranty when you decide to have the materials installed and keep the copy on hand in case you need to file a claim in the future.

4. Can I void the warranty?

Yes. Unfortunately, roof warranties are only valid if you hire a licensed roofing contractor to handle all repairs and maintenance. This is because the materials can easily be damaged if you’re not sure what you’re doing. If the materials manufacturer provided a warranty for all damage to their roofing materials, they’d be paying out claims daily. If you’re ever unsure if a routine maintenance task will void your warranty, play it safe. Contact your roofing company as soon as possible and let them take care of the task. 

If you’re worried about the condition of your roof or simply want to make sure your warranty stays intact for years to come, schedule a roof inspection with Big Creek Roofing and Restoration. Our experienced contractors will make sure your roof is fixed and leak-free without putting your warranty at risk or doing further damage to your property. Contact us online or call (720) 309-9722 to schedule your free no-obligation estimate.  

What Your Denver Roofers Want You to Know About Gutter Repair

January 2, 2019

As a homeowner, you understand the importance of regular maintenance and repairs for your roof. After all, your roof protects your house from the elements and keeps the things you love most safe from severe weather. However, there’s more to your roof than the shingles or roof tiles. Your gutter system plays an integral role in the safety and weatherproofing of your house. Here are a few things your Denver roofing company wants you to know about gutter repair so you can keep your home in good condition for years to come.

Gutters Need Attention Year-Round

You probably only think about your gutter system when leaves are falling from the trees during the fall. Though they definitely need to be cleaned out during this time, they still need to be inspected and cleaned throughout the year. Heavy winds and rainstorms can cause debris to collect in the gutters, even if the trees around your house are bare. Every few months, have your roofing company inspect your gutters or inspect them yourself if you feel comfortable getting up on the ladder. Look for signs of damage like rust, cracks, and warping as these issues put the rest of your house at risk for water damage.

They Need to Be Repaired By a Professional

Sure, you may be comfortable cleaning your gutters, but when it comes to repairing them, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Believe it or not, one of the leading causes of accidents among homeowners in the United States is due to falling from ladders. When you are trying to take care of a more complicated repair task other than simply scooping out leaves and debris, your risk of falling goes up. By letting a professional handle the job, you’ll stay safe and have the peace of mind knowing that your gutters are repaired properly the first time. Pros have the training and equipment required to stay safe on the roof no matter what they’re doing. 

Repairs Need to Happen Immediately

Your gutters direct excess water away from your home. When they’re leaky or otherwise not working properly, you run the risk of damaging everything from the roof and siding to the foundation of the house. Water damage can be repaired, but it’s often expensive and requires extensive work once the damage is done. By taking care of repairs as soon as you notice something wrong, you’ll dramatically decrease the risk of water damage to your home. When in doubt, call your roofing company and let them assess the damage before things have a chance to get worse. 

Don’t put off gutter repairs until it’s too late. Schedule a free written estimate with our experienced contractors. At Big Creek Roofing and Restoration, we believe that every house should be safe from water damage at all times. We’ll work to make sure your gutters are functioning properly and will take care of any issues quickly and correctly the first time. Contact us online or call (720) 309-9722 to schedule an appointment today. 

Roof Leak vs Condensation: Denver Roofers Explain How to Tell the Difference

December 26, 2018

If you’re like most homeowners, nothing strikes fear into your heart like the thought of a roof leak doing severe damage to your house. Repairs can be costly, damage is often extensive, and when it’s left to sit, the issues only start to grow. Surprisingly, however, spotting a roof leak is a bit more complicated than you might think, especially in attic spaces with higher moisture levels. Believe it or not, some supposed roof leaks are actually condensation collecting on the surface. Wondering how to tell the difference? Your Denver roof repair experts are here to help. Here’s what you need to know.  

Look at the Weather

Condensation occurs when warm moist air hits a cold surface like your attic roof during the winter. Cold temperatures can soak through the roof materials, especially when the weather is extremely cold outside. This then causes condensation to form and, in high amounts, the moisture buildup can start to drip, mimicking a roof leak. If the drip is active during a sunny but cold day, it’s probably just condensation. However, if the drip is happening when you have snow on the roof or when it’s raining, the chances are good that it’s a roof leak. 

How Much Water Is There?

Condensation can create more water and moisture in the attic and cover more surface area than a minor roof leak. Look at the attic roof and see if there are multiple drips or puddles forming across the surface. If the water seems to be isolated, it may be a leak. If the water is spread out, there’s a good chance that it’s condensation. 

Check the Outside

Many roof leaks are caused by damage that’s visible on the exterior of your house. Walk the perimeter of your home and look for missing shingles on the roof and on the ground. Check the roofline to make sure the materials are still lying flat against the surface and inspect your siding for warp or damage. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, that drip in your attic is probably a roof leak. If everything looks okay, it’s likely condensation.

You Still Need to Address the Condensation

Water damage is water damage and condensation can still cause problems in your attic. The best thing to do is schedule a consultation with your roofer to inspect the attic and make sure you have adequate ventilation. If there’s not enough ventilation in the attic, moisture can start to collect. The longer it sits, the more water damage you’ll have in your home. Prolonged high moisture levels encourage mold and mildew growth inside your house, putting your family at risk.

Worried about condensation in your attic or simply want a second opinion on an active drip you noticed the other day? Schedule a free estimate with our experienced contractors. We’ll take care of the problem whether the leak is due to minor roof damage or poor ventilation causing excessive condensation. No matter how large or small the repair is, we’ll make sure it’s taken care of the first time. Call (720) 309-9722 to discuss your concerns with a member of our team. 

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Commercial Roof More Energy Efficient From Your Denver Roofing Company

December 19, 2018

As a business owner, saving money on your overhead costs is always a priority. While you can upgrade your lights to high-quality LED bulbs, wrap your windows during the winter, and install energy-efficient appliances and equipment, it’s not enough to stop one of the major sources of energy loss: your roof. Though staying on top of repairs will help keep your building running more efficiently, there are a few things you can do, with help from your experienced Denver roofers, to make your roof as eco-friendly and energy efficient as possible. Here are a few tips to help.

Insulate the Attic Space

Believe it or not, between 30 and 50 percent of a building’s heat is lost through the roof. This is often due to inadequate levels of insulation in the attic or space between the top floor of your building and the roof itself. This causes your heating and cooling costs to increase throughout the year. By scheduling an inspection with your commercial roofing specialist, you’ll be able to take the necessary steps to keep your building properly insulated. During the inspection, the contractor will look at the existing insulation levels as well as any damage that may have happened from previous roof leaks. If anything needs to be updated or repaired, they’ll be able to add the necessary amounts of insulation to make your building more efficient.

Paint the Roof White

Most commercial roofs are covered in a layer of black waterproof and weatherproof material. While the material is great at keeping your business safe and dry, it can absorb heat quickly. During the summer months, all that heat puts strain on your HVAC system, forcing it to work harder to keep your building cool. By letting your roofer install a cool roof coating, you’ll be able to reduce those energy costs associated with your HVAC system. 

Prep Your Building for Solar Panels

The easiest way to make your building more eco-friendly and energy-efficient is to start creating your own electricity. Solar panels are a perfect way to take advantage of the many sunny afternoons we get throughout the year in Denver. However, your roof does need to be prepared before the panels can be installed. Schedule a consultation with your roofer and let them inspect the roof for existing water damage or structural issues that could make installing the panels impractical. In some instances, you may need to add supports to the subroofing to make sure the flat roof can handle the weight of the panels. Don’t worry—your roofer will be able to assess your building and determine what, if any, repairs need to be made. 

Making your commercial roof energy-efficient doesn’t have to be a challenge. All it takes is a bit of prep work and a solid maintenance routine. Whether you’re worried about getting your roof ready for spring or simply want an experienced professional to take a look at some damaged flashing, we’re here to help. At Big Creek Roofing & Restoration, our contractors will make sure your business is protected from the elements no matter what the weather is like. Call (720) 309-9722 to schedule a free estimate.