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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.
August 14, 2017
Should You Replace Your Roof Before Selling Your Home?
Here at GreenPoint Roofing of Longmont, Colorado, a frequent question we hear from customers is, should you replace your roof before selling your home? This week we want to address this issue and discuss the pros and cons of replacing your roof before putting your home on the market.
Most homeowners will make at least some effort to catch up on maintenance in their home and ensure it is looking its best before they attempt to sell it. Replacing the roof is a big job that requires some serious financial and time investment. Keep reading to find out should you replace your roof before selling your home?
Will a New Roof Really Make a Difference?
For homeowners trying to sell their house, a visibly old roof with noticeable damage such as missing or curling shingles, structural sagging, mold and mildew growth is an instant warning sign to potential buyers. The state of the roof leaves a strong visual impression on visitors to your home. Before they even enter, they can be turned off by the sight of a roof in disrepair and may even conclude that the entire home is unmaintained. Some buyers are open to the idea of taking on a property that needs a lot of work, but most will want to be able to move in immediately without putting a lot of extra money into renovations.
If you do invest in a brand-new roof before putting your house on the market, the overall impression made on those viewing the home will be much better. You will not be limiting the potential buying market to those ready to take on a massive refurbishment project. With a new roof, your home will be instantly more attractive, and you can easily set a higher asking price. A brand-new roof will greatly influence a professional evaluation of your home, and this can give the seller better-negotiating power when it comes to finalizing the price.
If I Choose to Replace the Roof
When deciding should you replace your roof before selling your home, there are a couple of things to take into consideration. First, think about the cost versus the payoff. Get some quotes for the roof replacement and make sure the job is within your budget. Then, compare the cost of the full roof replacement to the change in asking price of the home you can reasonably set once the roof has been replaced. If the extra amount of money you can make on selling your home after a roof replacement is greater than the cost of the roof replacement, then it does make financial sense to go ahead and replace your roof. Buyers will consider not only the monetary cost of the new roof but also the value of the time and organization put into the job and the inconvenience of having the roof replaced.
Just because you plan on selling the home does not mean you can cut corners when it comes to replacing your roof. Find a professional roofing contractor with an excellent reputation and plenty of experience. If in doubt, check their online reviews and ask whether they are accredited with the Better Business Bureau to get some idea of their reputation. Check to see if a workmanship guarantee is offered in addition to product warranties. This is another bargaining chip you can use when it comes to negotiating the final price with buyers.
Some homeowners might be tempted to re-roof a layer of new shingles over the existing shingles instead of completely tearing off and replacing the roof. This will be cheaper and less invasive to do, but it may not adequately increase the asking price of your home. A re-roofing job can be seen as rushed, or a lazy 'quick-fix' to hide problems without really addressing them. This will also be noted in any home inspection or evaluation done on your home and is generally not looked upon favorably by professionals. A complete roof replacement with neutral colored shingles or tiles will be the most effective in appealing to a wide market and increasing the value of your home.
If I Choose Not to Replace the Roof
When it comes to should you replace your roof before selling your home, homeowners who stick with the existing roof will undoubtedly save a bit of money. If your roof is relatively new and in decent condition, you may not have much to gain by replacing it. Again, you need to compare the cost of replacing the roof to the increase in selling price. If this increase is not greater than the cost of roof replacement, then it might make sense to leave it alone. It may also spare you from the stress of trying to move out of the home while the roof work is in progress.
Leaving your roof as-is allows you to get the house on the market faster. Although the roof replacement itself takes just a few days, it’s not ideal if you really need a quick sale. Houses without up to date maintenance are still being sold at a decent pace here in Longmont and the Denver area. If there are numerous homes up for sale in your neighborhood, you can set the price just below the average in the area to hopefully attract buyers. If you can attract multiple buyers, one may be willing to skip inspection and an extended negotiation, allowing you to sell the home even if the roof needs replacement.
So, should you replace your roof before selling your home? The answer to this question depends on the condition of your roof, the local housing market and how quickly you want to make the sale. Once you have weighed out the pros and cons of both options and worked out the financial benefit of replacing the roof, you should be able to make a decision that makes sense for your situation. GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont is currently offering a lifetime workmanship warranty on all shingled roof replacements. For professional advice on replacing your roof and a free quote, simply contact us today.
July 18, 2017
Should You Recover or Tear Off Your Old Roof?
At GreenPoint Roofing, one question that is frequently asked by our clients is, should you recover or tear off your old roof and install a new one? The answer to this question depends on the state of your roof, the material it's made from, local building codes, the weather in your area and your future plans. We can help our clients make the best decision for their home by explaining the pros and cons of both. If you’re undecided on what to do with your roof, keep reading to get a better picture of your options.
First off, if your roof is in bad condition, you should have a roof inspection as soon as possible. Putting off an examination can allow the roof to deteriorate further. Only roofs in reasonable condition offer the possibility of restoration, so if you want to have that option, you need to act quickly. An inspection by a qualified roofing specialist will let you know whether your roof is a candidate for restoration.
Can My Roof be Recovered?
Only roofs with asphalt or composition shingles can be restored by laying a second layer of shingles over the existing ones. This type of restoration is not suitable for wooden shakes, slate shingles or terracotta roofing tiles. You cannot lay new asphalt shingles over a different roofing material, only over previously installed asphalt shingles. Of course, a roof with multiple layers is not necessarily a stronger, superior roof. Usually, the second layer of shingles is laid down in an attempt to save a weakened, failing roof.
Why Choose Recovery?
When deciding should you recover or tear off your old roof, the main attraction of a roof restoration or re-roofing is that it’s fast and inexpensive. The other option is to completely tear off the old, damaged structure and install a brand new roof. Because tearing off a roof is such a major project, some homeowners will avoid it if possible and just have an old roof covered by a layer of new shingles.
Recovering the roof by adding a second layer of shingles is faster than completely starting over, but it does require some prep work. Misshapen or buckled shingles need to be removed in addition to the vents and ridge caps before the new shingles are installed. The roof's flashing will also need to replacement when the new shingles are laid down. It can quickly become an intensive project in itself.
Downsides of Roof Recovery
Recovering a roof seems to be the obvious choice when it comes to convenience and cost. While it is an attractive option, re-roofing usually just prolongs the inevitable task of tearing off the roof and installing a new one. If the underlayment or sheathing of your roof is damaged, or if your current shingles have a serious issue with mold or mildew, re-roofing only conceals problems while allowing them to progress further, even spreading damage into your home. If that happens, then you’re not exactly saving money!
With a complete tear-off and new roof installation, the underlayment layer of waterproof tar paper will be completely replaced. In snowy climates, a new ice and water shield will be applied to the sheathing along the eaves of the roof. This rubbery membrane is designed to protect the roof from damage caused by ice dams. If you choose recovery, you will not have the opportunity to replace these components of your roof for updated and more efficient materials.
Asphalt shingles are designed to be laid down on a flat surface. When you re-roof over existing shingles, the irregular surface can make it harder to achieve uniform rows of shingles giving it a not so pleasant appearance. Any misshapen or curling shingles in the first layer will affect the second layer, making it look bumpy and uneven.
Adding a second layer of shingles will also double the weight of your roof. The support structure of a roof is designed to withstand one set of shingles, plus the maximum weight of a heavy snowfall, with an added safety margin. Doubling the number of shingles on the roof can bring it closer to breaking the safety margin. Overloading a roof that has an old or damaged structure can risk collapsing the roof!
Another risk of recover instead of replacing your roof is the possibility of voiding the warranty on your new shingles. Some warranties lay out specific installation and maintenance requirements. Using the shingles to re-roof over old material often fall outside of the standard uses of the product and invalidate the warranty. Be sure to check product warranties and local building codes before commencing a re-roofing project. In certain areas with high hailstorm activity, like here in Colorado, the maximum number of roofing layers permitted by building codes is either one or two.
Finally, a recovered roof will certainly be noted in a home inspection report and is usually considered a negative element. There are more potential problems associated with a recent re-roofing than with an entirely new roof. Eventually, the two layers of roofing will need to be torn down for a new replacement to be installed, and that will double the cost of the roof removal. House hunters may be put off buying a home with two layers (or more) of roofing shingles.
Making the decision to reroof or tear off and start from scratch can be difficult. It is tempting to save a few bucks and forgo tearing off an old roof. Considering all the advantages and disadvantages, it usually makes more sense to go the extra mile and tear off your old roof then start fresh. The new roof will offer better protection, last longer, look new, be protected by a warranty and attract future buyers.
If you absolutely cannot afford the additional expense of tearing down the roof, consider restoration. Remember this option will only be viable if your existing roof is in relatively good condition, your local building codes permit it, and you don't experience severe hail or ice-dam problems.
When it comes to should you recover or tear off your old roof, just be sure to hire a licensed and experienced roofing contractor to do the job. GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont offers affordable residential roofing solutions to clients across the Front Range of Colorado. Currently, we offer a lifetime workmanship warranty on all shingled roof replacements, so there has never been a better time to get in touch with us if you are considering replacing your roof.
June 26, 2017
In Case of Roof Emergency, Here's What to Do
A roof leak can ruin your day, even your home. So, in case of roof emergency, here’s what to do. Follow today’s tips from GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont to minimize the damage and keep everything under control until one of our professionals arrives. The most important thing is to contact a roofing specialist as soon as possible and to keep calm.
A roofing emergency can occur during a storm or bout of inclement weather. High winds and hailstones can knock shingles off your roof and even dislodge flashing and gutters. Earthquakes, fires, lightning, and falling trees or posts also have the potential to cause sudden and severe damage to your roof.
Sometimes, a roof can reach its breaking point after accumulating years of wear and tear. For whatever reason, if you notice visible signs of a leak, such as water stains on the ceiling or structural damage to your roof, it is important to act fast. If the damage is severe and you think the integrity of your home has been compromised, take the precaution of evacuating the building. It is a good idea to flip the main breaker of your home's fuse box if you are worried about water entering the electrical installations.
Of course, you should always have the number on hand of a local roofing specialist that handles emergency repairs. GreenPoint Roofing offers this service to homes and commercial properties across the Front Range of Colorado. Once you have requested an emergency repair, you should take photos of the damage already done. This may be useful for filing an insurance claim later.
If there is an active leak, you want to find the path of the water and stop it from doing further damage. Put containers under any points that are obviously dripping water. If you have ceiling tiles or other easy-to-remove materials that have been damaged, it's best to remove them. This will make it easier to identify the source of the leak and find the location of pooling water. If there is water running down your walls, try to use towels to absorb it close to the source.
Water damage will cause unsightly stains on ceiling and walls, but it can also make a more permanent mark. You may not notice water soaking into the insulation, framing, and decking of your home, but once it is in there, it can start a slow rotting process that will be costly and complicated to repair. Moisture that enters the structure of your home will also encourage the growth of mold and fungus.
Once your roofing repair team arrive, they will assess the situation and start repairs without delay. If necessary, they will use tarps to cover the affected area of the roof while they are working on it. This will protect your home and its contents from further damage.
Now, in case of roof emergency, here’s what to do is no longer a mystery. For those in the Colorado area, you can contact GreenPoint Roofing for a fast and professional response.