Does Your Roof Warranty Really Cover You?

If you’ve been a homeowner for any length of time, you’ve probably heard horror stories from friends and neighbors about shoddy workmanship when it comes to home renovation. You may have experienced it a time or two yourself.

You spend a lot of money on a contractor, expecting certain work to be performed. Then when you have a problem, either with the labor or the materials, you find you weren’t covered. And while this scenario happens over and over again in many different home improvement industries, roofing is definitely one of the industries you hear about the most.does your roof warranty really cover you 300x201 Does Your Roof Warranty Really Cover You?

So what does a roof warranty cover?

Its actually a complicated question, yet one you should fully understand before you hire someone to repair or install a new roof.

There are two kinds of warranties in the roofing industry:

  • A manufacturer warranty
  • A workmanship warranty

Sometimes they overlap, but that’s not always the case. They each have their own uniqueness and their own protection.

The most common type of warranty is the manufacturer’s warranty, which typically will come with a 20 to 50 year guarantee. This warranty covers product only. Its designed to provide you with coverage in the event the product has a defect in the materials themselves, causing them to break down or fail before they should. Yet a manufacturer’s warranty will rarely cover a product if it wasn’t installed according to guidelines, or if the homeowner cannot prove the roof has been periodically maintained.

Although having a manufacturer’s warranty is valuable to have for protection, its fairly rare for a roofing problem to be traced to a manufacturer defect. More likely is the case that a roofing problem stems from incorrect installation. Which is where the workmanship warranty comes into play.

A highly rated roofing company, one that has been in business and intends to stay in business for years to come, will offer workmanship warranties to keep you covered in the event of a problem. A workmanship warranty will cover the contractor’s work for fixing, repairing or installing a new roof in the event a problem occurs down the road.

Most of these kinds of warranties have all kinds of clauses and requirements, so its important to read and understand the warranty before you sign the contract. If you have a question, ask. This is where less-than-reputable companies will hide their outs, putting you more at risk for potential problems down the road. Some contractors will put in clauses that they will only cover the workmanship if they are the only one to work on the roof. If you bring in another contractor to fix something, the warranty may be null and void.

The Advantages Of A Decra Metal Shingle Roof

When its time to install a new roof on your home, many things go through your mind. After all, choosing a roof isn’t like picking out a new outfit for a weekend trip; you’re home will have this roof for years, even decades to come.

So making the right selection is important. A lot of factors go into that decision, everything from the best color, to the type of materials used, to the final look, to the durability of the product.the advantages of a decra metal shingle roof 300x237 The Advantages Of A Decra Metal Shingle Roof

If you are looking for an upscale dimensional shingle, the Decra Shingle may be a great choice for you. What we like about Decra is it offers a classic look, and best of all is reinforced with the strength and longevity of steel.

A Decra Shingle combines multiple layers of materials to get its strength. It starts with a layer of ceramic coated stone granules – the look you’ll see on the roof of your home. Then its combined with a layer of steel, multiple layers of aluminum zinc alloy coating, multiple layers of priming, and an overglaze to seal it all in. The result is a shingle made to last.

Decra panels have a unique interlocking design that will withstand many of Colorado’s toughest elements, including wind and hail. The interlocking panels won’t crack, break, warp, curl or split like many other materials used on roofs, and is warranted for winds up to 120 mph.

Because Decra panels are made of steel, they are both fire resistant and non-combustible, making them an outstanding performer when it comes to building in some of the most beautiful areas along the Front Range that may be more susceptible to forest fires. Decra roofs are also durable and freeze/thaw resistant, making them perfect for Colorado’s unpredictable weather patterns where there may be a 40, 50, even higher degree variance throughout the day.

Best of all, a Decra roof is durable, easy to maintain, and will offer years of energy savings too. It is designed to provide you with the classic looks you already love – shingles, shake shingles, tile, or even a Mediterranean tile look – all in a variety of color and pattern combinations to give you any look you desire.

Want to learn more about the Decra Shingle system, or see it up close and in person? Stop by or schedule a consultation today.

Springtime Is Roof Inspection Time

Its spring time. Time to see what havoc winter left behind, and what repairs will be needed to keep your home safe and secure as we move into summer.

Winter can be tough on everything. Piles of snow followed by the warmth of the days and the freezing cold of the nights can lead damage in a variety of ways. Add in falling tree branches knocking tiles loose, enterprising wildlife looking for a new home, and even drainage problems causing gutters to back up and onto your roof can take its toll on your home.springtime is roof inspection time 300x201 Springtime Is Roof Inspection Time

A spring roof inspection can help you find where potential problems lie, and what may need a little repair before the winds and rains set in with the summer heat. But how deep should you go?

For many homeowners, the thought of a roof inspection may simply be to glance up to the roof every now and then. If it looks fine, it must be fine. Yet you might not notice a problem because its not visible without a little investigative work. The first time you may notice it is when water begins dripping from your ceiling, and by then, its far too late. Damage will have taken its toll and be a much larger problem than you anticipated.

In order to assess what shape your roof is in, you’ll need to have a regular check up from a professional roofing contractor. They will have the proper tools and know-how to understand where potential problems lie. They look for:

  • Shingles that have been broken or damaged. This is the first sign of a problem. A damaged shingle can mean they are reaching the end of their life and are disintegrating. It can indicate a problem area that was damaged by things like wind or ice damming.
  • Shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering. When the ends of shingles begin to curl, have a small lift, or look like they are raised up from the other shingles, it can be a sign that water has infiltrated underneath it.
  • Shingles that are loose or missing. Sometimes a shingle may shift on the roof, creating a spot that looks out of place. In some cases you may find a shingle or two in your yard. You may also find shingles falling apart – granules spread all over the roof or collecting in the rain gutters is the first sign of a problem.
  • Problems around vents, chimneys and other joints around your roof. These areas often take the most abuse, and therefore will show the most damage.

In some cases these issues may be easy to see. And in some cases, they will take a trained eye. Yet the more damage you have, the quicker you should take the time and find a solution. It’s the best way to stop potential damage in its tracks.

Care and Inspection Tips For Your Flat Roof Home

Here in Colorado, flat roof homes may not be the norm, but it is a modern design trend we’re seeing more and more. Flat roofs have their own unique characteristics and give off their own ambiance. Yet they also have their own unique set of problems. Flat roofs tend to collect moisture, debris, and even plant growth can occur at a faster rate than you’ll ever find on a roof with a steeper pitch.

If you have a flat roof home, how do you care for it?care and inspection tips for your flat roof home 300x234 Care and Inspection Tips For Your Flat Roof Home

Flat roofs aren’t always perfectly flat. Yet in most cases its better to treat them as if they are. They are usually designed with a slight slope that will direct water towards drains and downspouts that will collect and pull the water to the ground.

They are built with multiple layers: a layer of insulation between the deck of the house and the top layer of protection. The insulation layer determines how the roof is sloped. The insulation layer is solid and made of various types of polyisocyanurates, which said another way means congealed foam. The top layer is then attached to this insulation either with glue or with fasteners.

The key to maintaining your roof is through regular inspections. With a brand new roof, you may have a few inspections due from the installation process. With an older roof, its important to find a roofing contractor you can trust to provide you with quality advice on a regular basis.

You can also watch for things in between visits.

  • Inspect the drains to make sure they are free from debris
  • Watch for loose seams
  • Look at the flashing and make sure its bonded and secure
  • Look for holes in the surface material
  • Keep limbs of trees far away from the roof top to avoid damage

You may also be covered by a warranty, depending on the age of your roof. Warranties usually require correct installation and regular maintenance, so its important to follow the guidelines to ensure you are fully covered.

Have additional questions about your flat roof? Give us a call. We’d be happy to inspect your roof and help you keep your home safe and healthy.

Choosing Roofing Materials To Match Your Home

Need a new roof this summer? You’re probably looking at the project through two different sets of eyes.

On the one hand, you know your roof is designed to protect the largest investment you’ve ever made. If it isn’t fully functional, it can allow the elements to penetrate down into your home, and cause you even larger problems down the road.choosing roofing materials to match your home 300x128 Choosing Roofing Materials To Match Your Home

Yet on the other hand, you want your home to be a beautiful place to come home to. The final material should accent the look and feel of your home, and provide the perfect color to blend in with the surroundings to make you feel, well, at home.

How do you make sure you’re getting all that and more in your final selection?

Your Location and Climate
Just because we’re all in the Front Range doesn’t mean we all have the same needs. A home in the suburbs of Littleton have different needs than a home on acreage in Castle Rock. Choosing roofing materials should be dependent on the factors of your neighborhood, and potential dangers you could face down the road – that’s why traditional wood shake shingles are being phased out in many areas. If you are set on a specific look, talk with a roofing contractor about your options. With today’s materials, you can have just about any look by using today’s technology to your advantage. You’ll be amazed at the look you can achieve with asphalt, concrete or tile.

Your Home’s Structure
If you are replacing your current roof made of asphalt and upgrading to something like clay or concrete, you must also verify your home’s structure can handle the additional weight. The pitch of your roof will also impact your final decision – a flat roof has different needs and abilities than an A-frame pitch. When in doubt, talk with a roofing contractor to determine what additional structural work will be required in order to install the type of roof you have in mind.

Style
A roof can be as unique as a homeowner’s wishes. However, the first place to start may be right in your own neighborhood. If you have a homeowners association that governs the look of your neighborhood, make sure your final selection meets all requirements; nothing can be worse than receiving a notice a few weeks after installation stating your home isn’t up to code. From there, you can choose from a wide array of materials, colors and looks. If you like a more authentic wood shake shingle, there are many options using today’s technology to give you the look without the fire risk. Concrete, clay, even rubber can provide you with a design element that will keep your home beautiful for many years into the future.

Budget
If you have a particular look in mind, its also wise to keep you possibilities open until you view all of your options. Asphalt is lower in cost than cement, which is lower than clay or slate. Its also important to keep in mind any structural work that may be required for the new installation. Get bids for your desired look, and talk with a roofing specialist about all the ways you can achieve your desired results, and possibly save money along the way as well. Some choices may have 20 to 30 years of life, while others may be 50 years or more.

With so much to factor in, its important to take the time and do your homework first, so you’ll be happy with your final decision for years to come.

Why Keeping Your Roof Healthy Is Important

What’s your approach to keeping your roof healthy?

Do you take the approach of “no problems, no worries”? After all, if you don’t notice leaks in the ceiling, an increase in heating bills, or trouble around your foundation, what could be wrong?

While that’s the way a great majority of homeowners handle house maintenance projects, there is a better way to protect your investment. Your roof is the root of many potential home problems; by waiting until a problem materializes could mean emergency services that will set you back a bundle.why keeping your roof healthy is important Why Keeping Your Roof Healthy Is Important

Your roof’s health is important because:

A healthy roof protects the investment you’ve made in your home
Because this is probably one of the largest investments you’ll ever make, keeping it in top shape is important to avoid costly projects down the road. By performing ongoing maintenance, you’ll not only extend the life of your roof, but also give longer life to other items throughout your property

A healthy roof will increase your home value
While you may not be considering selling your home at the moment, the average person moves on average about every seven years. That means at some point in the future you may wish to list your house, and a house with a healthy roof will quickly boost the confidence of potential buyers. Knowing they won’t have to invest in a new roof in the coming months is a huge bonus. Having a beautiful roof that compliments the property adds even more potential.

A healthy roof guards against growing problems
A roof is designed to protect many things. Imagine a leaky roof that allows water to penetrate through and into your attic. It quickly puddles around your insulation, and eventually trickles down through your ceiling and walls. By the time you notice it, you have several rooms that have to be gutted and reconstructed, and that’s in addition to getting rid of the mold and mildew that has formed in your attic.

A healthy roof saves energy
A properly insulated and vented roof will allow your roof to function properly, making your heating and cooling systems as efficient as possible. If vents are not working properly, they can allow heat and humidity to become trapped, which can eat away on the rafters in your attic. If your home isn’t properly insulated, heat can escape through your roof. In either case, you’ll spend much more on your monthly bills then with a properly maintained roof.

Even though your roof may be one of the least thought of aspects of your home, it is one of the most important to maintain. If you have any questions about how your roof works and how to better maintain the investment you’ve made, give us a call today.

Replacing Your Roof And Moving Forward After The Storm

It happens all too often here throughout the Denver Metro area.

A quick moving storm builds and rumbles through on a summer afternoon, leaving devastation in its path. The winds kick up, hail dumps down, and before you know it, a linis your roof ready for fall Replacing Your Roof And Moving Forward After The Storme of homes becomes the latest victims of the storm. Roofing material flies everywhere, and leaks start to form rather quickly. Its imperative to take action immediately.

The first step is to contact your insurance agent to assess the damage and start the claims process. The adjuster comes out, evaluates the situation, and provides you with a loss statement that itemizes the dollar amount being allowed for each component of the damaged property. It will provide you with a variety of roofing terminology that may mean nothing to you. It may say things like:

·      The number of squares to be removed
·      The number of squares to be replaced

It may be specific about the characteristics it will cover:

·      Replace steep roof
·      Remove high roof

It may also add in an allowance for other roofing factors:

·      Roof vents
·      Pipe jacks
·      Chimney flashing
·      Skylight flashing
·      Ridge caps

And to sum up the damage, the loss statement will provide you with a total dollar loss amount – the amount they will cover for replacement of your damaged roof.

With dollar figure in hand, its time to find a roofing company to handle the repairs as quickly as possible. Yet this is where the trouble can begin.

If the insurance company gives you $12,000, for example, why would the bids come in all over the board? Why is one for $8,000, and one for $15,000?

Never take a dollar amount at face value. Roofing companies are all run in different ways, and its important to understand your final quotes before you sign on the bottom line.

Some companies may lowball the bid, coming into town specifically after big storms to attempt to bring in as much business as possible. They will use old materials whenever possible, and provide anything but quality products for replacement. Labor? They may be putting you at risk by hiring “off the books” and not having adequate insurance for the job. And when you have problem a short time down the road … they’ll be long gone.

Some companies may not provide you with a full bid. They provide you with the amount they can see, knowing full well they may add in more costs once they remove the current roofing material and find out what’s underneath. The quickest way to understand the bid from a company like this is ask where extra fees may be incurred. If they start in with a list, you know extra fees will be incurred.

In some cases, a higher bid may flush out the fact that your insurance company did not provide you with full loss value. They may be providing funds for roofing materials, leaving out funds for things like flashing with the assumption they won’t be replaced anyway. If a quote is higher, ask the roofing company why. What do they include that may not be covered in the insurance claim?

In some cases you can go back and refute the insurance company’s claim, requesting the additional funds for damage. In some cases, you may be required to make up the difference. Yet knowing will give you full knowledge of what the job entails, and help you make the right decision for your situation.

How To Move Forward With Roof Repair After A Disputed Claim

Imagine the following scenario.

Your roof is damaged in a hail storm. You call your insurance agent, file a claim, and an adjuster comes out to assess the situation. You receive a loss statement back from your agent, sharing the amount your homeowners insurance company will pay out per the terms of your policy.how to move forward with roof repair after a disputed claim How To Move Forward With Roof Repair After A Disputed Claim

With loss statement in hand, you begin contacting roofing companies and receiving quotes. Very quickly you realize the two don’t match. What your insurance company is willing to pay is not what roofing companies are quoting to fix the damage back to an acceptable format. With a big discrepancy between the two, you have one of two options.

1. Pay the difference

2. Dispute the claim

This scenario plays out all the time; it isn’t an unusual occurrence. Insurance companies have learned how to pay only minimal amounts, adding new clauses and terms that will benefit them most.

Yet that can be a shock to you, the homeowner, who assumed you would be covered, and not required to put out thousands of dollars to repair something that was beyond your control.

If you wish to dispute their determination, the first step is to contact your insurance company’s claim center and request a re-inspection.

As a part of the re-inspection process, the adjuster will contact you and discuss who you would like them to meet with to dispute the claim. If you have a roofing company you know and trust to provide honest service and workmanship, this would be the best qualified person to represent you throughout this process.

The purpose of a re-inspection  is to provide both parties with the opportunity to assess the condition of the roof together in hopes they can arrive at the same conclusion about where the damage exists and what is necessary to bring it back to working condition.

Both sides will submit what they deem appropriate given the situation. Both will support their positions. The insurance company will take both into account, and if the parties still are off in their assessment, will ultimately make the final decision and provide you with the final claim.

Keep in mind there are still valid reasons why the two numbers may never meet. But as you go through the process, you will learn more accurately where the discrepancies lie, what’s truly important to recovering your roof and bringing it back to acceptable condition, and help you determine your best course of action from this point forward.

Have any additional questions? Give us a call today.

Differences Between Concrete And Clay Tiles

“I’ve been looking at roofing materials in my neighborhood for awhile, trying to decide what to use when I replace my roof this summer. I know I want a step up from traditional asphalt shingles, but beyond that I’m not sure. What are the differences between concrete and clay tiles? Is one better? Will one last longer?”

Choosing a roofing material for your home can be a difficult decision. It’s a choice you usually only make once, so taking the time to discover your best options, and which choice you’ll be happy with for years to come is important.differences between concrete and clay tiles Differences Between Concrete And Clay Tiles

Clay tiles have been used for thousands of years throughout Europe and China. Naturally, they have migrated to all parts of their world. Which means here in the US, depending on the area, you’ll find clay tiles used in abundance.

With both concrete and clay, the number one reason they are used as widely as they are is because of their fire resistant tendencies. That is an added bonus here across the Front Range, especially if you live in a neighborhood threatened by our sweeping fire storms.

Concrete tiles have one distinct advantage over clay: cost. Depending on your choice, you will find them to be as much as 50 percent less than their clay counterparts.

Clay tiles have two distinct advantages over concrete:

Color – the color of a clay tile will not be affected by the elements as will its concrete counterpart. Although concrete tiles are manufactured with pigment mixed in to the entire thickness of the tile, color in concrete will fade over time.

Durability – clay tiles that are made the traditional way through firing have been known to provide a century or more of service. Because clay will not burn or rot, they are some of the most durable products you will find throughout history. Concrete can be affected by the elements, especially during freezing/thawing processes. While today’s top manufacturers estimate a life span of 30 to 50 years, concrete will crumble over time.

Both concrete and clay tiles will add weight to your roof. The typical asphalt roof after installation will weigh around 230 pounds per square, whereas its concrete or clay counterpart will add anywhere from 500 to 1100 pounds per square. If your home currently has asphalt shingles, talk with a roofing expert to determine if your roof is built to withstand the weight, or if extra support will need to be added for installation. That can add to the costs, and is something to take into consideration when making your final decision.

If you are thinking about your home’s resale value, there is no better way to go than to add clay tiles. Because clay tiles easily can offer more than double the life span of concrete tiles, to a home buyer, that can mean the difference between expecting a costly home improvement project down the road, and knowing they will have a durable roof for life. Which would you choose?

Have even more questions about concrete or clay tiles for your roof? Give us a call today.

What Are Cool Shingles?

When you start doing a little research on which roofing material is best for your home, its easy to get a little confused. Do you want asphalt or tile? Is ceramic the best? How about solar shingles? Or what about a cool roof?

With so many options and so many things to learn, its easy to get confused.what are cool shingles What Are Cool Shingles?

When it comes to replacing your roof, if you’re like most people, you care about two things.

1. Installing a new roof that compliments your home’s exterior

2. Installing a new roof that can add to your home’s energy efficiency

One option is to install cool shingles.

Cool shingles are specially designed shingles that help reduce the temperatures in your attic, so your home will stay cooler in the summer, and thus reducing your energy costs.

Cool shingles are designed with roofing granules that have a greater reflectance property than traditional shingles. This results in the shingles being able to reflect the heat from the sun’s harmful rays away from the house, rather than absorbing the heat and transferring it down into your attic, and ultimately into your home.

Studies show that by using cool shingles, a home’s total cooling costs can be reduced by as much as 15 percent.

Yet what about winter? Colorado has its fair share of warm days, but we also get our share of cold. Do you need cool shingles in the winter too?

Cool shingles work by reflecting the sun’s rays away from the roof, thus extending the life of shingles by not letting the heat penetrate the surface.

If your home’s attic is well insulated, and does not have air leaks where the air can escape, cool shingles will still provide the benefits of allowing your home to remain a comfortable temperature, without having your shingles take a beating in the harsh sunlight we have year round.

Want to learn more about cool shingles, and see the benefits they can offer your home? Schedule a consultation today.