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January 11, 2018
Time for a New Roof?
Wondering if it’s time for a new roof? While perhaps not on your list of New Year’s resolutions, it's a good question to ask. And today, GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont offers our tips to help you determine the condition of your roof. With some basic knowledge about roofs, roof repair, and roof replacement, you can more easily decide what is best for you, your family and your home this year.
We all need a roof over our heads. GreenPoint can help to determine just how solid your roof is and give an estimation of its lifespan. Keeping your roof in good shape will increase your home’s resale value if you choose to sell at any point. Take a look at this overview to determine if it is time for a new roof.
With regular roof inspections, you will be ahead of the game if there is an issue with your roof. Finding and addressing a roof problem early can make a huge difference between paying much less and paying so much more than you ever imagined. It breaks down like this:
- Minor repairs
- Major repairs
- Replace the entire roof
- Repair or replace the structure below
Visual Inspection of Interior and Exterior
National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends doing a roof inspection twice annually. This allows issues to be found early which is always better. The sooner an issue is found, the sooner it can be resolved. The smaller the problem, the easier it is to fix. You get the picture. As time goes by, a small issue could easily snowball into a complete replacement of your roof.
To stay ahead of the game, inspecting in the fall and spring make the most sense. If problems are found or it’s time for a new roof, a spring repair will be better than a summer one, but if it drags out, you will still have good weather to enjoy. A fall repair job is much better than finding out in the winter when temperatures drop.
So, grab a flashlight and head upstairs to take a look at the interior of the roof. If anything appears off, do not brush it aside. Make a note of it to discuss with your roof inspector immediately.
During a roof inspection, your or your roofing professional should look for any signs of:
- Water damage
- Dark spots or discoloration
- Light shining through from outside
A roofing inspection also includes looking for any signs of moisture penetration:
Be aware that water travels to the lowest point then drips. So, the point at which you find the damage could start from a hidden location on the inside of the roofing or shingles.
Look for any signs of:
- Torn, cracked, bald or missing shingles
- Shingle granules appear like sand
Loose material of any sort especially around the chimney, pipes, vents, etc.
Check the following:
- Drainage systems are functioning properly
- Angled to allow water to escape
- Gutters and downspouts securely attached
- Free of any debris including animal nests
Check to see that vents have an outlet completely outside of the home, not just into the attic. This includes the dryer, bathroom, and kitchen vents.
Depending on where you live, different roofing materials will work better than others. Your roof is obviously working to a point, but if you find any issues upon inspection, you know that each material will have its downfalls. For this, be sure to consult with a professional roofing service to get the best advice for your area and your particular roof.
For instance, tile is a very popular look and can be a great option, even lasting up to 100 years. But checking on the tiles can be a tricky business. Do not walk on the tiles to check the roof, as they can easily break. Bring in a professional to look for missing or broken tiles, as well as replace them.
When a cedar roof is in need of repairs or replacement, signs of deterioration include splitting and disintegration of the cedar tiles. A cedar roof typically lasts about 20 years. Roofing with wooden shakes often suffers from wood-boring pest damage including carpenter ants and termites. Concrete, on the other hand, is a long-lasting roofing option with little need for replacement.
If you notice visible signs of damage on your roof but your roof was adequately installed within 15-20 years ago, it may not be time for a new roof. A simple repair may be an effective enough strategy to take, as opposed to opting for an entirely new roof replacement. A trusted and licensed contractor will be the professional to ask which route is honestly the best to take.
New Roof Materials
When it’s time for a new roof, you’ll want to choose your material thoughtfully. Wood and asphalt shingles are not ideal for dry climates as they are not very fire-resistant. For this, metal, tile, and slate are much better options if your budget will allow. Snowfall is another significant factor. If your area receives heavy snowfall, then perhaps installing a standing-seam metal roof is a good option. Its durability yet lightweight construction is a good option is snow-ridden areas, as they send the snow sliding down before it can start melting and posing a potential problem with leaks.
With tile or slate roof construction, you must have your roof contractor determine if your structure is strong enough to support those types of materials as they are extremely heavy. And remember, the price cannot always be the only determining factor when it comes to choosing a new roof material. Safety and feasibility requirements must be met first.
If it is time for a new roof, do not try to replace the roof yourself. Professionals have the tools and skills to do it right without harming anyone or anything. Having a roof over our heads is something we all require, so keep yours in good shape with help from GreenPoint Roofing this year. We offer roof inspection services and all roofing repair and replacement services. Let us know how we can help this New Year so you can enjoy it, stress-free.
December 19, 2017
Tear-Off or Re-Shingle When Replacing Your Roof
Need to decide whether to tear-off or re-shingle when replacing your roof? The GreenPoint Roofing experts in Longmont, Colorado are here to help. We know it can be a big decision to make, and there are benefits and drawbacks to each. Today, we provide our valuable insight to assist you in deciding what is best for your unique situation.
In order to completely understand the decision as to whether to tear-off or re-shingle when replacing your roof, here are some definitions to clear things up. A roof tear-off is a complete replacement of the roof resulting in a brand new roof. Whereas, a roof re-shingle will add a layer to the existing roof without tearing off much at all.
The two main pros of a re-shingle are that it is less expensive and less time is needed to get the job completed. It’s less costly because there are fewer labor costs involved with time focused on adding to the existing roof instead of removing and starting from square one. Avoiding completely tearing off the existing roof simply saves a lot of time. Additionally, it is less expensive because the materials needed to complete the job are fewer.
However, there are quite a few cons to choosing a roof re-shingle as opposed to a roof tear-off. Let’s take a look at the downsides.
By merely adding a new layer of shingles to an existing roof, excess heat will inevitably get trapped inside creating two negatives situations. One, your home will heat up faster during our warm Colorado summers and two, the shingles will deteriorate quicker, even curling and possibly lifting up.
By only applying a new layer of shingles to the existing roof, any damage such as rotten wood will be hidden from view and hence continue to rot away, leading to more problems. Additionally, leaks will be harder to track within so many layers of roofing.
A re-shingle job is more of a temporary fix than a new roof installation. Even though new materials are used in a re-shingle, they will not hold up as well when installed over an existing layer. So, the inevitability of needing to replace the roof is high and remember a re-shingle can only be done once. More than one layer of shingles will cause damage to the structure and should never be attempted.
Because shingles are designed to be laid down on a new roof only, they will simply not hold up as well while using for a re-shingle as opposed to new roof build. They will tend to curl and lift up, furthering the risks of leaks and damage.
The mere weight of a re-shingle can pose a problem for the existing structure, especially if it is older or compromised in some way. Because you are adding practically an entirely new roof, in terms of the weight, you and your contractor must ensure that the re-shingling will not negatively affect the home or cause damage. A roof inspection might be a good investment before you move forward.
Lower Re-Sale Value
Obviously, a new roof is more valuable than a re-shingled roof. There may still be problems lying below a re-shingled roof that a re-roof would have taken care of. Hence, if you are planning to put your home up for sale, it is preferable to re-roof than re-shingle. Prospective home buyers will want to know that the roof is in good condition before they buy.
And lastly, aesthetics play a part in the downside of a re-shingle job. Because existing elements of the roof will still be visible including flashing and trim, re-shingling will not appear as finely finished as an entirely new roof will. You may still be able to see lumber and elements of the old roof. These may distract from the overall picture of the house. It’s merely another aspect to consider when deciding. whether to tear-off or re-shingle when replacing your roof.
There are quite a few positives for choosing a tear-off and new roof as opposed to a mere re-shingle. Here we lay them out for you.
Because you will be starting from scratch on the roof, it will have every element of quality right from the start. The roofing materials, including lumber, shingles, and flashing will be brand new and installed correctly. This will prevent leaks and will withstand years of pressure from the elements.
A re-roof from a qualified and experienced professional will be free of any issues. You are getting a brand new roof. So, it will last many, many years compared to a re-shingle which is more of a temporary fix.
When deciding whether to tear-off or re-shingle when replacing your roof, remember that a new roof will last a much longer than simply overlaying with new shingles. That means that you will not have to worry about your roof or address roofing issues for years to come.
Higher Re-Sale Value
Without a doubt, a new roof will fetch a higher price tag than a mere re-shingle can. A re-roof gets rid of all issues previously present, whereas a re-shingle only somewhat covers problems up temporarily. Prospective buys will like the sound of a new roof being part of the purchase price instead of knowing that they will have to install a new roof themselves after a few years with the re-shingled one.
The only real cons to choosing a re-roof are the expense and the time involved. It costs more due to the labor involved and the possible need to stay elsewhere during the process. The roofers must remove all of the roofing structure in order to install the new one. Also, it takes more time to put on a new roof, than simply adding shingles to an old one.
The team at GreenPoint Roofing is here to help you determine if a tear-off or re-shingle when replacing your roof is the best option. Our dedication to quality will be an asset to you, and our service-minded approach will ensure quality results ensue no matter the size of the roofing project.
November 15, 2017
The Basics of Roof Replacement
Get the facts you need with these basics of roof replacement from GreenPoint Roofing. Our team of licensed and insured roofing contractors can help you with what to look for and how to proceed when it's time for a new roof on your structure in Colorado. It is essential only to have the most experienced and trustworthy contractors provide the roof replacement.
There is a specific process to follow. Any skipping of steps will lead to a mediocre roof replacement job and less than perfect results. With a roof replacement, you want to know that your roofing contractor knows what they are doing, are performing all of the right steps, and is providing the quality workmanship you deserve.
Here is a simple overview of what goes into a roof replacement project so that you know the basics of roof replacement when it comes time for your own.
Removal of Materials
First things first, we must remove all of the layers that have been placed on the roof over the years. Many times, instead of replacing the roof entirely, a homeowner will choose to add roofing layers. Hence, your roof may have quite a few of these layers that have added up over the years. We start by taking off the shingles, no matter what type of material. They may be slate or even sheeted roof deck. It all has to come off before we can add a new roof.
We remove all flashing all the way down to the roof deck sheathing. Additionally, the roof tarpaper has got to go. We have got to get to the bottom of it all in order to really see what is going on. Most shingles manufacturers will void the warranty if installed over any other materials. Hence it is essential to remove everything, all of the way down to the wood roof.
Once we can actually see the condition of the wooden roof, we will be able to deduce what needs replacement. Not until all of the layers are off, can we truly see what needs to be done with the wood roof. Sometimes, this can reveal rotten wood that must be replaced in order to avoid constant problems with a leaking roof. All of the volatile wood must be replaced so that it is strong and ready to support the weight of new roofing materials.
Above the sheathing and below the shingles lives the underlayment. Either of the most popular materials, titanium or tarpaper, can be used. Although costlier, titanium offers a better reflection and generally comes with a warranty if the replacement shingles fail in any way.
Ice and Water Shield
One of the basics of roof replacement, this shield will significantly protect against the ravages of ice and snow during the colder months. This is applied to the gutter end lines and must be sealed with a gutter-to-fascia seal cap or gutter apron in order to work efficiently.
Many houses do not include an adequate ventilation design. It is essential that air can smoothly flow and escape into the attic and then out the peak roof area. Be sure that airflow design is included in the beginning rows in each shingle starter area.
Under-Row Starter Shingles
On the first starter row of the roof area to be shingled goes the under-row starter shingles. This prevents the bond from exposure, as it is not water resistant. It is crucial that no tabs or bonds overlap here.
Drip edges will save your home from unwanted moisture, rot, stained siding, soil erosion, and flooding. These extend over the edge of your new roof just enough to make sure all water lands into the gutter and not behind it instead. Drip edges must be installed and installed correctly, as they will save your roof from irreparable damage down the road.
Hip and Ridge Cap
A hip and ridge cap will create more of a finished look as well as help with avoiding water leakage into the house, a must-have for any re-roofing project!
Flashing and Silicone Sealant
Using aluminum, copper, or another durable material, we install flashing. The best way to seal it in is with a silicone-based caulk. Silicone is the optimum choice as it dries slower than asphalt or other rubber-based products, which is better suited for this purpose.
Around pipe stacks or other roof protrusions on the entire roof, we install new pipe boots for best results. Again, these help with water flow management and protecting protruding pipes and the roof below adequately.
Keep water diverted and correctly flowing off of the roof with the installation of diverters, especially behind chimneys and stop wall areas. You will be glad to have this vital step installed, for the longevity of your roofing!
With the right, high-quality shingles, you won't need to schedule shingle replacement for quite a while. While the cost of shingles varies, one of the basics of roof replacement is that it's all about quality. A dimensional shingle is the best option as it provides both durability and aesthetically pleasing results. The better the shingles used and the better the workmanship, the longer your new roof will last!
As long as you can afford the quality option, install gutter guards to keep debris out of gutters. Some gutter guards will only last about one year and will soon start sagging and breaking. Aluminum diamond grates are an excellent option. They keep out debris efficiently, will not rust, allow water to flow continuously, and will stand the test of time, continuing to protect your home year round.
Knowing the basics of roof replacement will help you make the best decision when it comes time to choose a roofing contractor. There is no reason to settle for less than the best! At GreenPoint Roofing, we know the ins and outs of roof replacement and will follow the procedures to the utmost so that you get the most out of your new roof replacement in Colorado. Call us today to inquire about roof replacement for your home or other structure in need.
October 19, 2017
About Winter Roof Replacement
Today at GreenPoint Roofing, we want to talk about winter roof replacement in Denver and throughout Colorado. While many homeowners will opt to get their roof replaced during the summer months, it is certainly possible to have the same job completed during the winter. In fact, a winter roof repair or replacement actually comes with some advantages. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about winter roof replacement.
Do Roofing Contractors Work During Winter?
Unlike bears, roofing contractors do not hibernate during the winter. We continue to work year-round, attending to the customers that need our services. Often, homeowners don't even realize they have a leak or a problem with their roof until the winter hits. That's when they can start to see moisture entering the home due to the slow melting snow. Scheduling a roofing contractor during the winter can be a lot easier than during the summer when the demand is higher.
Many roofing professionals prefer to do specific jobs during the winter when the temperatures are not suffocatingly hot. Remember, in 90-degree weather, the top of your roof is about 120 degrees. There are some disadvantages to winter roof replacement or repair, such as the extra time needed to clear snow if it has built up, and the relatively shorter days. Some roofing jobs are tougher during the winter, so it is a good idea to discuss scheduling them later in the year.
One of the more challenging winter roof replacements are asphalt shingles which can become more brittle and difficult to work with during freezing temperatures. In addition to this issue, the adhesive that provides a seal between overlapping shingles will not bond sufficiently without intense heat from the sun. To avoid having these shingles coming loose or blowing off your roof shortly after having them installed, it’s best to keep a close eye on the weather. We tend to have warmer days even in winter, so an asphalt roof replacement isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Flat and Metal Roofs
For flat roofs, typically commercial roofing, the best type of materials to install during the winter are PVC and TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin). These single ply materials do not require the heat of the sun to bond successfully. They are sealed manually by a roofing professional using a hot air welding technique. Flat rubber roofs are a challenge to install during the winter months as the adhesives used to fix them to the underlayment may not bond and can result in leaks. Metal roofs are the least affected by cold temperatures, so they can be easily installed during winter.
If in doubt about winter roof replacement, do not hesitate to contact GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont. We offer in-home consultations and free roofing estimates to all of our new and returning customers. We pride ourselves on working with honesty and integrity. If there is a roofing job better done in the summer, we will let you know. Our priority is to provide high quality, long-lasting roofing at the best possible price for both homeowners and businesses.
October 5, 2017
Is It Time to Replace Your Commercial Roof?
Is it time to replace your commercial roof? GreenPoint Roofing, a locally owned company based in Longmont, installs and replaces roofs all across Colorado. We are your go-to experts for commercial roof assessment and repair. While most commercial roofs should give you 20-30 years of protection from the elements, exposure to harsh weather conditions and insufficient maintenance may lead to a roof replacement sooner than expected.
Request an Inspection
If you suspect that your commercial roof is not performing as it should, the best action to take is to arrange a roof inspection by a professional. A qualified roofing contractor will be able to detect leaks, premature aging and overall deterioration of the roof. An inspection should include an internal and external examination of all seams, flashing, and joints. Any evidence of damage such as rot, cracks, loose flashing, or punctures can be recorded in a report and a suitable solution recommended.
Replace or Repair?
Once you have the level of damage assessed by a professional, you’ll be another step closer to determining is it time to replace your commercial roof. The first factor you should take into account when making this decision is the age of your roof. If your roof is older than 20-30 years, a repair will only temporarily delay the inevitable. It is better to invest in a complete commercial roof replacement in this case, rather than spending money on a fix that will not last very long.
If the results of your inspection reveal that unsuitable materials have been used to construct the roof, it is advisable to opt for a full replacement. There are specific standards to be upheld in the construction of commercial roofs, and particular materials required, especially for flat roofs. If corners were cut in the original construction, to save time or money, your roof might have to be replaced. A commercial roof that has damages over more than 25% of its area will require replacement. The cost of constant maintenance on an extensively damaged roof will overtake the cost of investing in a brand new roof in just a few years.
If the damage to your commercial roof is contained to a small area, and the rest of the roof is in good condition, a targeted repair or a partial replacement to that area can be the best solution. If your budget will not stretch to a full replacement of a damaged roof, you could carry out the replacement in sections over an extended period. It is a good idea to prioritize the areas where a fully functional roof it is imperative, like over office space or expensive machinery.
For building owners, it is essential to keep track of roof maintenance and record any issues that arise. Remember to check ceilings for leaks or damp spots regularly, and especially after heavy rainfall. If you wonder, is it time to replace your commercial roof, feel free to contact our experts at GreenPoint Roofing. We are ready to provide professional solutions for commercial roofs across Denver and Colorado.