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January 13, 2019
How Can You Tell If You're Hiring The Right Roofing Company For Your Project?
Did you realize that 10 percent of American homeowners feel as if they are falling behind when it comes to maintaining their residence? The longer a home goes without the proper upkeep, the higher the risk becomes of serious repair issues developing.
One of the most important parts of any home is the roof. It keeps everyone and everything below it safe.
The roof of your home is exposed to direct sunlight for hours each day. Over time, this exposure can dry out your shingles and cause them to malfunction. When faced with repairs or the possibility of replacement, hiring the right roofing company is essential.
Are you looking for a roofing company to help you get this critical structure back in good working order? If so, read below to find out how to hire an experienced and professional roofing company for the job.
Pay Attention to Communication When Hiring the Right Roofing Company
If you are like most homeowners, you know very little about how your roof actually works. Instead of letting this lack of knowledge stand in the way of a damage-free roof, you need to work with a reputable roofing contractor. Before hiring a roofing company, be sure to pay attention to their ability to communicate.
During the initial consultation, let them know what you need. As you tell them about what’s going with your roof and what you need help with, pay attention to whether or not they are actually listening to you. The best roofing experts will work hard to ensure the needs of their customers have been met.
If it feels like a contractor is only paying attention to what they are going to say next, you should probably avoid hiring them. Ideally, you should hire a company that values communication and keeps you in the loop during the repair or replacement process.
Patience is a Great Virtue for a Roofing Contractor to Have
Finding and fixing the issues a home’s roof has can be quite complicated. During the diagnostic process, a roofing contractor will have to make a number of decisions. If they do not have the patience to work through each step and address challenges that come up, it can lead to roofing repairs not getting done properly.
When interviewing potential roofing contractor hires, ask them the strategy they use on each project. Reputable and experienced contractors will plan out the jobs they work on in meticulous detail. This level of planning allows them to get the work done quickly and correctly so you know you’re hiring the right roofing company.
Selecting a Trustworthy Roofing Repair Company
Horror stories about less than reputable roofing companies ripping homeowners off are all too common. While you may be apprehensive to hire professionals to fix your roofing problems, it is essential when trying to avoid further issues. Instead of trying to do this work on your own, the main goal you should have is hiring the right roofing company.
Before hiring a contractor, be sure to find out about how long they plan on the job taking. If your entire roof needs to be replaced, you must to hire a company that will work consistently from start to finish. Since replacing a roof will leave the inside of your home exposed to the elements, time is definitely of the essence.
The best roofing contractors will only make promises they can keep. If a particular company makes and breaks promises in the time leading up to the project starting, you should replace them before it is too late. Paying a bit more to a trustworthy roofing company will be worth it in the long run.
Organization is the Cornerstone of a Successful Roofing Job
There are a number of moving parts involved in addressing roof damage, even more when it comes to roof replacement. Most roofing companies will have a crew of workers they use to complete these jobs. Working with a roofing contractor that is organized can make this process more manageable for everyone involved.
The first thing an organized roofing company will provide you with is an accurate and itemized estimate. This includes a breakdown of the materials needed to fix or fully replace your roof. Often times, itemized estimates will also detail the cost of materials and labor. It may or may not include a contingency for surprises that come up along the way, so be sure to ask your roofer how unexpected expenses will be handled.
Once you receive this estimate, you need to make sure the roofing contractor in question doesn’t throw any surprise charges. By getting everything in writing, you will have recourse if you get hit with a big bill.
Find Out Who Will Be Performing the Actual Repairs
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners can make is not verifying that the company they hired will handle all of the work. There are a number of roofing companies that sub-contract work out to other businesses. If this will be happening, you need to know this information before hiring a company.
The only problem with hiring a company that sub-contracts out work is that you never know how well the other business will perform. If at all possible, hiring the right roofing company means making sure their team handles every aspect of the project.
Getting a Good Deal is Vital
For most homeowners, operating on a budget is important. When home repairs arise, finding a company that can get the work done for a reasonable price is crucial.
By scheduling an onsite estimate, you can easily see which roofing contractor provides the best deal – without coming in with an outrageously low bid. Be wary of those guys.
While you shouldn’t make this important decision on price alone, getting a good deal on these repairs should be high on your list of priorities. With a bit of time and research, finding the best roofing contractor will be a breeze.
Avoid Rushing Through the Selection Process
The main thing you should avoid when trying to find a roofing contractor is rushing through the research process. When hiring the right roofing company, you need to be prepared to take your time. Check certifications, references and their portfolio.
Are you looking for an experienced roofing contractor? If so, you can contact us now to find out more about what we can offer. With GreenPoint Roofing, there’s no question that you’re hiring the right roofing company. We provide competitive prices, high-quality work and superior customer service. We look forward to helping you!
November 19, 2018
How to Assess Your Commercial Roof for Repair or Replacement
Most roofing products come with a general timeline regarding when you will need to replace your commercial roof.
While most should give you 20-30 years of protection from the elements, exposure to harsh weather conditions (like hail) and insufficient maintenance may lead to needing roof repair or replacement sooner than expected.
If you suspect it’s time for a new roof, contact GreenPoint Roofing. Based in Longmont, we’re a locally owned company specializing in roof repair and replacement across Colorado.
Today, we’ll cover how to assess your commercial roof to determine what work needs to be done to provide your business with proper protection from the elements.
Have an Expert Assess Your Commercial Roof
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 assess your commercial roof for leaks, premature aging and overall deterioration.
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.
Replacing vs. Repairing Your Commercial Roof
Once you have the level of damage determined by a professional, you’ll be another step closer to deciding if it’s 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 structure is older than 20-30 years with an original roof, 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 won’t last very long.
When you assess your commercial roof, the results may also reveal that improper materials were used to construct the roof or specific industry standards weren’t met. This might be due to corners being cut during the original build or simply reflect the age of the building. If this is the case, it’s advisable to opt for a full replacement that meets current codes.
In addition, a commercial roof that has damages over more than 25% of its area will require replacement. The cost of maintenance on an extensively damaged roof can easily overtake the cost of investing in a brand new roof in just a few years.
When 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 may be feasible.
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 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, especially after heavy rain. If you suspect a problem feel free to contact our experts at GreenPoint Roofing. We will assess your commercial roof, as well as provide a competitively priced estimate for any work needed.
November 5, 2018
Can You Replace Your Roof in Winter?
During warm, dry summer months in the Denver area, many homeowners may think that their roof is in perfect shape. Then fall arrives, bringing snow and rain, and suddenly there’s a leak or shingles that have frozen and begun cracking.
Now what? Can you even replace your roof in winter?
Absolutely. At GreenPoint Roofing, we know that homeowners will choose to get an old roof replaced during the summer, but if necessity requires, the same job can be completed during the winter. In fact, it actually comes with some advantages.
Let’s take a closer look at what happens when you need to replace your roof in winter.
Do Roofing Contractors Work During Winter?
Unlike bears, roofing contractors do not hibernate during the winter. We continue to work all year-round, attending to the customers that need our services.
As we said, it’s not unusual to realize that you have a leak or a problem with your roof until the winter hits. That’s when you’ll start to see moisture entering the home due to rain or snow.
Scheduling a roofing contractor during the winter can also be a lot easier than he summer when the demand is higher. Many roofing professionals even prefer to do specific projects during the winter when the temperatures are not suffocatingly hot.
Of course, if you need to replace your roof in winter, there are disadvantages such as having to reschedule in case of snowy weather, not to mention relatively shorter days. Some roofing jobs are a bit tougher during the winter, so it is a good idea to discuss scheduling and contingencies.
Replacing Your Asphalt Roof
One of the more challenging winter roof replacements are asphalt shingles which can become brittle and difficult to work with during freezing temperatures. In addition, the adhesive that provides a seal between overlapping shingles will not bond sufficiently without the sun’s heat.
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. Ideally, asphalt shingles should only be installed when temps are between 40 and 85 degrees.
Flat and Metal Commercial 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.
If you want to replace your roof in winter, you may run into trouble if you want a flat rubber roof. These 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.
Last but not least, metal roofs are the least affected by cold temperatures, so they can be easily installed during winter.
For help, please contact GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont. We offer in-home consultations and free estimates if you need to replace your roof in winter. We pride ourselves on working with honesty and integrity. Our priority is to provide high quality, long-lasting roofing at the best possible price for both homeowners and businesses.
October 16, 2018
Pros and Cons of Roof Replacement Before Selling Your Home
Replacing your roof is a big job that requires a serious financial and time investment. If you plan to sell your home in the next year, you may wonder if it’s even worth it.
Here at GreenPoint Roofing of Longmont, Colorado, we’ve walked a number of customers through the decision-making process, guiding them in choosing the best option for their circumstances. Today, we pass our insight to you. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of roof replacement before selling your home.
While most homeowners will make an effort to catch up on maintenance and ensure their home looks its best, there’s a big price difference between a little touch-up paint and installing a new roof.
So, is roof replacement before selling your home really necessary? It depends…
Will a New Roof Really Make a Difference?
When trying to sell a 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 has not been maintained properly.
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.
Choosing to Replace Your Home’s Roof
When deciding on roof replacement 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 effort 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 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 before selling your home, using quality shingles or tiles, will be the most effective in appealing to a wide market and increasing its value.
Choosing to Forego a Roof Replacement
When considering roof replacement before selling your home, sticking with the existing roof will save a bit of money. If your roof is not in perfect shape but likely has a couple more winters of life, you may not have much to gain by replacing it. Again, compare the cost of replacement to an 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 while 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 need a quick sale to move for work or to close on a new home and not have two mortgages. Houses in all conditions 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 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, is roof replacement before selling your home the best way to go?
As you read, the answer really depends on the condition of your roof, the local housing market and how quickly you want to make the sale. Once you’ve 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 quick decision.
If you decide on a new roof, GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont offers a lifetime workmanship warranty on all shingled roof replacements. For expert advice on replacing your roof and a free quote, get in touch.
September 17, 2018
Residential Roof Replacement Step-by-Step
At GreenPoint Roofing, our team of licensed and insured roofing contractors works closely with clients to help them understand everything that goes into their residential roof replacement.
Along with choosing materials, there is a specific process to follow to ensure optimal results. It takes experience to understand that skipping steps will lead to a mediocre roof replacement job and less than perfect outcomes. That’s the difference between us and the other guys.
Here is a simple overview of the process for you residential roof replacement project so that you can understand what to expect along the way.
Remove Existing Materials
First things first, we must remove all of the layers that have been added to the roof over the years. Many times, instead of replacing the roof entirely, a homeowner will choose to add roofing layers. So, 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 the way down to the wood roof.
Replace Damaged Wood
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.
Install the Underlayment
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.
Apply Ice and Water Shield
This component 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.
Add Needed Ventilation
Many houses do not have an adequate ventilation design. It is essential that air can smoothly flow and escape into the attic and then out the peak roof area. Our residential roof replacement experts will make sure that airflow design is included in the beginning rows in each shingle starter area.
Apply 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 and could prove to be a weak point. It is crucial that no tabs or bonds overlap here.
Install Drip Edge
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 fitted correctly, as they will save your roof from irreparable damage down the road.
Add a 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 residential replacement roof project!
Add Flashing and a 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.
Add Pipe Boots
Around pipe stacks or other roof protrusions on the entire roof, we install new pipe boots for best results during a residential roof replacement. Again, these help with water flow management and protecting protruding pipes and the roof below adequately.
Keep water diverted and easily 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 covered when our spring and summer storms roll through. They’re vital for the longevity of your roofing!
Lay All the Shingles
With the right, high-quality shingles, you won't need to schedule shingle replacement for quite a while. While the cost of shingles varies, the quality differs even more. 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!
Don't Forget Gutter Guards
As long as we’re up on your roof, we can also install gutter guards to keep debris out of gutters. Some cheap gutter guards will only last about a 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. Be sure to ask us for more information.
Knowing the basics of residential roof replacement can help you make the best decision when it comes time to choose a roofing contractor and getting your project off the ground. 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 industry best practice to the letter so that you get the most out of your new roof replacement in Colorado.
Call us today to inquire about residential roof replacement for your home!