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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.
September 19, 2017
Why Fall is a Great Time to Replace a Roof
Do you know why fall is a great time to replace a roof? At GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont, we strive to keep clients informed with useful information on home roofing. Now that September is coming to a close, it’s time to think about vital home maintenance that should be completed before winter arrives. If you suspect that you need a new roof, but have been putting off calling in a professional, now is the best time to get it done.
The main reason why fall is a great time to replace a roof in Colorado is the mild weather. If you wait until winter to replace your roof, you risk exposing your home to freezing temperatures, snow, and chilly winds. This is not only unlivable for you and your family, but it also slows down our crew. Cold temperatures cause asphalt shingles to become brittle and more likely to break as they are nailed into place. In order for the shingles to adhere properly, they must undergo thermal sealing, which requires an ambient temperature of at least 50°F.
If you decide to wait until next year to replace your roof and make it through winter without a leak, you may be caught off guard by some of our rather unpredictable spring and even summer weather conditions. As you know, our Colorado hail can wreak havoc on your home renovation plans and even expand your workload with new damage that needs to be repaired.
After hail comes extremely high temperatures which can be difficult for the roof replacement crew to work in. For the highest probability of an efficient and successful roof replacement, there is no better time than a clear fall day, before the daylight hours shorten too much.
Getting your roof replaced before the winter season means that you are much less likely to suffer from typical cold weather damage. Roofs with minor holes, missing tiles or broken seals may not actually reveal the extent of their damage until winter hits. Ice dams, meltwater and the weight of snow build-up can put excessive strain on a weakened roof and lead to severe damage. Replacing your roof just before winter will ensure it is ready for the harsh weather.
When replacing your roof, it is a good idea to make sure you are as energy efficient as possible. Have your roofing contractor check your attic insulation and the inner seals of your roof. Modern materials can be used on the sheathing and underlayment layer of your roof to prevent heat transfer and help lower your overall energy bills. A modern, energy efficient roof will make your home more comfortable year-round and increase its value.
These are just a few reasons why fall is a great time to replace a roof. Don't risk leaving it until next year. Schedule your roof replacement with GreenPoint Roofing now for immediate peace of mind. Our team of roofing experts installs new and replacement roofs across Denver and the entire Front Range of Colorado. Contact us today for a free in-home inspection and quote on your roof replacement.
September 5, 2017
Choosing a Material for Your New Roof
When it comes to choosing a material for your new roof, GreenPoint Roofing advises our customers to consider all aspects. In addition to the obvious factor of cost, you also need to consider whether it is practical, aesthetically pleasing, durable, easy to maintain and if it fits in with the neighborhood style.
Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, so keep reading to find out what to consider when choosing a material for your new roof.
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used as roofing material in the United States. This is due to their ease of installation and their low cost. An asphalt shingle roof is composed of a fiberglass layer and an asphalt granule layer to ensure waterproofing. Asphalt shingles can be expected to last around 25 years and can be repaired and replaced easily by most professional roofers.
Slate roofing tiles are extremely durable, and will usually outlast the fasteners that hold it in place. You can expect slate roofing material to last a hundred years or more. With this longevity comes a high price tag. A slate roof can cost far more than an equal-sized asphalt roof. Slate tiles are also extremely heavy so may require structural reinforcement of the roof before they can be laid. We can inspect your roof and provide an estimate if you want the long-lasting durability of slate.
Tile or Cement
Half-cylinder terracotta tiles are most often seen on the roofs of Spanish Colonial style homes. This roofing material is visually appealing and very durable, transforming your home or commercial property into a work of art. Replica tiles are sometimes made out of cement or metal. Similar to slate, these tiles or cement half-cylinders are bulky and the cost will need to be considered. But the look you’ll achieve may be well worth it.
Wood was the traditional choice in roofing material before the development of asphalt shingles and other advanced materials. Wooden shakes or shingles can be made from cedar, redwood and Southern pine, offering a variety of natural colors that look great on Craftsman style homes. A wood roof can be expected to last around 25 years, but it will usually cost much more than asphalt. Plus, some areas do not allow wood roofing due to the potential fire risk. We can advise you on your options.
Metal roofs can be installed as shingles or flat seamed surfaces. You can find metal shingles made from lead or a copper and asphalt compound, and seamed metal roofs are typically made of copper, steel or aluminum. This style of roof tends to be quite expensive, but durable and an excellent option for custom homes with a distinct look. Again, it’s an investment that can pay off in both looks and style.
Choosing a material for your new roof can be made easier by making a list of your priorities and then talking to a professional roofing contractor. Here at GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont, our priority is to offer cost-effective and high-quality roofing solutions to our customers. Contact us today for an inspection and quote on your new roof. We can assist you in selecting the roofing material that will work best for your specific needs.