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July 12, 2018
5 (Undeniable) Signs that Your Roof Needs to be Replaced
As a general rule, you’ll get around 20-25 years before your roof needs to be replaced. Factors such as the climate you live in, as well as our Colorado hail, and the general upkeep regimen can also add or subtract years from this ballpark figure.
So, if you’re in the market to buy a house here in Longmont or the Denver metro area, it’s a good idea to request information on the age of the roof and the entire home. Once you know the approximate age of a roof, you can then estimate how many more years it should last.
And if you already own or rent a home with an older roof, watch for these signs that your roof needs to be replaced. Even if you have a relatively new structure, keep an eye out for issues after severe storms. You never know when a problem could come up.
Getting to know the following signs means that you can be aware of the condition of your roof and make an informed decision when it comes time to repair or replace it.
#1 It’s Just Not Working Anymore
A leaking roof is the most obvious sign that you need a complete replacement of your home roof. If you’re getting having mold issues, or find water spots or bubbles on ceilings and walls, your roof could certainly be the culprit.
For a younger roof, this is often the result of ignoring maintenance. And once a serious leak occurs, you will risk causing extensive damage to the point that your roof needs to be replaced. The best approach is to be vigilant and call in the professionals for regular inspections.
#2 Sagging & Dark Spots in the Attic
Regular visual inspections from the inside can give homeowners a good idea of the condition of their roof. From the inside of your attic, you can check for areas of sagging roof deck or water damage.
Examine the inside of the roof for mold growth, dark spots, or trails. This discoloration could be water damage, especially if it occurs near the seams and joints of the roof. You can also test your insulation for moisture.
Check during the day to see if sunlight enters through unsealed gaps in your roof. If sunlight can enter, that means rain, snow and cold air can also make its way into your home.
#3 Loose Granules & Exterior Issues
From the exterior of your home, you should regularly check your gutters for asphalt granules. Older shingles can start to lose their structural integrity, and one of the first signs of this is loose granules.
Without walking on the roof or putting yourself in a dangerous position, you should then visually inspect the shingles of your roof. If you notice a couple are missing, or that they are starting to curl upwards at the edges, this could indicate they are nearing the end of their functional lifespan.
Other key exterior issues to look out for include broken or damaged metal flashing, extensive mold coverage, drainage problems and a high percentage of cracked shingles.
If you notice any of the warning mentioned above signs, please don’t wait. Get in touch with a qualified and licensed roofing contractor right away. Our specialists here at GreenPoint Roofing can provide an inspection to determine if your roof needs to be replaced – or if it’s a candidate for repair. Call today!
Is There Such Thing as a Hail-Proof Roof?
At GreenPoint Roofing, one of the common types of roof damage we encounter is caused by hail. For homeowners across Colorado, hail is an inevitable reality.
Known as Hail Alley, the Front Range of Colorado and eastern plains of Wyoming experience the highest frequency of big hailstones in all of North America. They cause an astronomical level of damage to cars, homes, and property each year. In fact, it’s estimated that over the last decade, these storms have cost over $1.7 billion in damages.
Because you live in this high-risk zone, you may be wondering if there’s such thing as a hail-proof roof instead of just waiting for the day when your roof needs to be replaced. While we’d love there to be a product that could fend off devastating golf-ball, even softball-sized hail, there just isn’t a proven method yet.
The Closest Thing to a Hail-Proof Roof
While there are no guarantees, there are a number of factors that can help protect your roof. With the right materials and design, you can give your roof better protection and a fighting chance when the next storm rolls around.
The most important thing to avoid when reinforcing your roof against hail is to re-roofing over existing shingles. For best results, remove the old shingles and replace them with all new roofing materials. Here are a few more considerations.
Choosing the Correct Shingles
Generally, shingles made with polymer-modified asphalt will be more resistant than those made from conventional oxidized asphalt. A more precise way to measure the hail-resistance of shingles is to look at its rating from Underwriters Laboratories which designed a roofing materials test by dropping steel balls onto them and then classifying them according to their hail resistance on a scale of 1 to 4.
- A standard wooden shake will probably receive a Class-1 UL rating, due to its high susceptibility to damage from hailstones.
- Polymer-modified asphalt or concrete tiles are most likely to boast the highest rating of Class-4 UL due to their strength and resistance.
The Right Roof Design
Another factor that contributes significantly to hail-resistance is the pitch of your roof. Flatter roofs will suffer from a more forceful impact when hit by hailstones. Steeper roofs benefit from the inclined angle, as the hailstones are more likely to glance off the roof, saving it from having to absorb the full force of impact and finding out that your roof needs to be replaced. A roof pitch over 6:12 will offer better resistance to hail damage.
The Right Roof Decking
Additionally, for maximum protection, you should opt for rigid roof decking. Tongue and groove style decking or well-supported plywood sheathing will give the shingles extra support. Using a thin, single layer underlayment is another way to fortify a shingle roof. Modern materials are thinner, stronger and allow for better air permeation than traditional asphalt-saturated roofing felts.
If you have reason to install an entirely new roof or fully remodel the structure of your home, you can adjust your shingle type, roof pitch, decking and underlayment to create the optimum design for a more hail-proof roof. For existing structures, the most cost-efficient changes are updating the underlayment material and switching to high-quality shingles with a better UL rating.
While a hail-proof roof is not yet a reality, hail-resistant is within reach. For more information on making roof updates, please feel free to contact GreenPoint Roofing.
June 14, 2018
5 Questions to Ask Your Commercial Roofing Contractor
Doing some research before choosing a commercial roofing contractor is the only way to kick off your project on the right foot.
For commercial, agricultural or industrial developments, it is particularly important to ask your commercial roofer some key questions before hiring them.
If you are a property developer, take a look at this guide from GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont, Colorado before making your decision on a commercial roofing contractor.
1. Ask Your Commercial Roofing Contractor if They're Licensed
All roofers, whether residential or commercial, should be able to provide you with details of their operating license and insurance.
You have a right to review this and check that they are indeed licensed and insured to work within your municipality and that they have permission to carry out the specific type of commercial work for which you plan on contracting them to complete.
2. Request Referrals and Check Reviews
Another very basic piece of information to request is the details of their experience; how long they have been in the industry, examples of previous completed projects and referrals.
You can check reviews on Yelp, Angie's List or HomeAdvisor can give an indication of their reputation. A high rating by the Better Business Bureau is another reliable indicator of quality.
3. Get to Know their Commercial Roof Offerings
Depending on your project and the functions of the planned building, there are different styles of commercial roofing to consider.
The most common options used in commercial roofing today include modified bitumen roofing, liquid-applied roofing or built-up roofing (BUR). If you need a flat roof, BUR technology offers the best option to ensure a long-lasting and highly leak-resistant roof.
A separate base layer, ply layer, and cap layer are installed to create a seam-free membrane which will not suffer cracks when expanding and contracting due to temperature changes.
4. Make Sure They Can Accommodate Your Needs
Make a list of your requirements including fireproofing, insulation, weather resistance, soundproofing, and aesthetics. If you are considering installing solar panels, skylights or a rooftop garden or terrace, remember to discuss this with your potential roofer. It is best to ensure they have the necessary technology and skills to install the roof with the features you need.
Do you expect your commercial roofer to go the extra mile and also install any guttering and drainage systems, siding or additional features?
For each item on your list, get a clear answer from your commercial roofer before proceeding.
5. Clarify Guarantees and Warranties Before Moving Forward
Don't forget to ask about warranties offered by your commercial roofer. Most manufacturers will provide at least some guarantee on their roofing products. Some roofing companies will also offer additional warranty agreements.
For example, GreenPoint Roofing offers a workmanship guarantee of five years on every job completed.
Consumers should be aware of their responsibilities to prevent voiding the warranty. These can include keeping records of maintenance checks.
Working your way through this list of questions to ask before hiring a commercial roofer will give you the opportunity to select a qualified contractor capable of completing the job. Choosing the right commercial roofer is absolutely worth it when you think about the time and money saved with a stress-free, high-quality roof installation.
June 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.
April 18, 2018
New Residential Roof Considerations
Check out these new residential roof considerations from GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont. Learn what points to think about when approaching the topic of getting a new roof. Will you keep the old layer or tear it off? What roof material will work best for your home? How will the age of your current roof affect your choice? Today, we discuss all of this and more.
To get started on learning what to consider when it comes time to re-roof your home in Colorado, check out the following info from our experts at GreenPoint.
Current Roof Age
Your home’s roof is one of the most important features that keep you and your family dry and safe from the elements. If it is working great and there are no issues, great. But if you are noticing leaks, curling shingles, and any number of other symptoms that the roof is not in as good of shape as it once was, the sooner that you can get it addressed the better. The longer one waits to repair or replace a roof, the more damage will inevitably occur which of course leads to more complex and expensive repairs.
If you installed the current roof, and don’t remember when it was, look through your old paperwork to find out when you should be looking into a new residential roof. This is going to help you determine what to do. If you were not the owner of the home when the last roofing was done, find out from the previous owner, precisely what was done and when the last new roof was installed. Then you can begin to determine your next move.
A general guideline for modern day roofing includes:
- Shingles last about 20 years
- Architectural shingles last up to 30 years
- Galvalume metal roofing lasts anywhere from 24-45 years
- Concrete tiles last between 35-50 years
So if your roof is older or nearing any of these ages, it is time to think about a new residential roof. Plus, experiencing any roof issues further justifies that it's the right time for a new roof.
To Layer or Not to Layer
The next question is whether to simply add a new roofing layer or tear off the old one first and start fresh. There are a couple determining factors. If you have curling shingles or uneven roofing, these are sure signs that a tear-off is a better option. It's not a good idea to put a brand new roof layer over a roof problem. It will merely negate the time, money and effort that went into the new roof installation.
Building codes allow up to two roofing layers total. So that means, if you have a roof on the home, you can put up to one layer on top of that. If you already have a roof and another roof layer, you must tear it off and start with a new residential roof. You roofing contractor can help to determine the best course of action here. In fact, they will be invaluable in the deciding process, so make sure that you trust and understand your roofing contractor.
Roof Frame Condition
If you are thinking to simply add the new roof instead of tear off the old one, then the condition of the roofing frame must be addressed. The combined weight of a new roof on top of an old one is substantial, and some homes just were not built to withstand the pressure efficiently. Your roofing contractor will also provide a thorough inspection of the roof frame to help determine the best approach here.
Type of Roofing
There are a couple of factors to take into account in regards to what roofing material to choose for your new residential roof. Aesthetics, cost and life expectancy, should all be considerations in the process to determine the best choice. If you have any leeway in your budget to choose anything other than the most affordable option, asphalt shingles, it is highly recommended that you do so.
By choosing concrete or metal roofing, you will both increase the value of your home as well as the life expectancy of the roof. Your roofing contractor can review the benefits and drawbacks of each option so that you have the full picture and can make the best decision for your home.
Unless you are experienced in construction, taking on a roof replacement is not recommended. The details involved in tearing off and installing a new residential roof are many. That is why roofing contractors can do such a good job. They have the knowledge and skills to complete the project faster and with better results.
Who to Trust
Be sure that you feel good about the roofing contractor that you choose to do the work on your home. This is essential to the final results turning out right. The trusted team at GreenPoint Roofing is a reliable source to turn to when you need help with your roofing system. We are dedicated to client satisfaction each and every time.
Now that you have a better idea of new residential roof considerations, you are set to order up new roofing services. The best way to get started is to call or contact online one of GreenPoint Roofing’s helpful service representatives to schedule a roof evaluation. One of our experienced roofing contractors will come to your home at your convenience to evaluate and help determine the best course of action for your particular roof.
Hopefully, you have been able to contact the previous owner of the home if you did not have the current roof installed, to learn the current age of your roof, as that will help in this evaluation process. Turn to the trusted team at GreenPoint Roofing for all of your residential roofing needs in Longmont and all across Colorado. We are here to help, providing quality roofing solutions that will stand the test of time. Call us today to get started.
March 14, 2018
What are Signs that a Roof is in Trouble?
Today, the GreenPoint Roofing experts in Longmont want to shed light on signs that a roof is in trouble. Hopefully, this information will help you understand the current condition of your roof, what symptoms to look for and what may be a threat to your roof’s structural integrity. Of course, if you find that your roof is showing any of these signs, give us a call for an inspection, repair or complete roof replacement.
Granules in Your Gutters
One of the many signs that a roof is in trouble is finding a large number of granules washing out in the gutters and downspouts. A small amount of roof tile granules washing off is not a significant concern, but if the amount continually increases, this should set off alarm bells.
Granules washing off in large amounts signifies that the shingles are deteriorating and perhaps nearing the end of their functional lifespan. This happens when the shingles simply get too old to perform their duty. Aging shingles are a problem because they no longer can protect the roof against the intense UV rays streaming down every day. They can become brittle and start cracking, leading to other possibly more significant problems such as leaking.
Exposed shingles without any remaining granules with bald spots will inevitably lead to more roof issues. So, go ahead and give your gutters and downspouts a once-over to check for washed out granules. As always, give us a call at GreenPoint Roofing for professional help, so you don’t have to climb up on the ladder yourself.
Shingles Cracking & Disintegrating
Once the shingle granules have been washed away or fallen off over time, the shingles themselves will start cracking from the exposure to sunshine. Without these protective granules, they’ll become brittle and start breaking apart which will only lead to more severe roof issues.
This extreme sun exposure breaks down the integrity of the shingles, and they cannot protect your roof as they did when they were new. Cracking shingles is one of the clear signs that a roof is in trouble and most likely require roof replacement.
Water Spots Inside Your Home
No one wants to see water spots on their ceiling. If this is the case, then your roof might be the culprit. You most definitely have an issue, but it could be any number of things including a roof leak, plumbing problems, condensation, or a window seal issue. Hire a professional to locate the source of the water spots. However, if you notice the spots appearing, darkening, or growing after it rains, this is a good indicator that a roof leak is the problem.
Finding a slow leak, only a couple drops at a time, can be harder than finding a bigger leak. Water can travel horizontally until it accumulates enough to drip and fall. Hence, a leak can start in one area and travel along, revealing itself in another area. Water can move along the wood or roof panels in the attic, drip into the insulation, and any number of ways, not just a straightforward drip down.
Water Spots Exterior
Finding water spots on the outside of your home also makes our list of signs that a roof is in trouble. Most likely, the step flashing, where the roof meets anything coming in or going out of the roof such as chimneys, vents, and windows is damaged, loose, missing, or rusted.
Again, if you notice the exterior water spots after rainfall, the problem is most likely the flashing. You will want to hire a professional roofer to repair the flashing as it is a delicate point of contact where the roof joins the adjacent siding. Not addressing the problem will cause it to grow, potentially leading to the need for a total tear-off and roof replacement.
Black Stains of Roof
Finding black stains on the roof is typically a sign that algae is present. Most homes in Colorado do not have to deal with this, but if your home is very shaded or in a mountainous area, your roof is more susceptible to algae growth. Fortunately, finding algae is not a very serious issue for your roof. Keep the algae at bay by installing strips of zinc with fungicide on the roof ridge. When it rains, the fungicide will kill off the algae. Also, consider replacing worn out roof tiles with algae-resistant shingles.
There are a couple of reasons for finding missing shingles on your roof. Either the sealant strip below the shingles has been damaged, or an animal is the culprit. In the case that it is a pest of some sort, be sure to trim back any tree branches that come close to your roofline. These are highways for critters of all kinds and an easy way for them to access your roof and cause insurmountable damage.
In the instance of sealant strips, they help to hold the shingles in place. But if they become worn out and brittle, they will stop doing their job. With degrading sealant not helping to maintain the shingles in position, in a storm or with high winds, the shingles can fly off. Because shingles use an overlapping pattern to keep water from penetrating the roof, missing shingles will most likely lead to roof leaks.
Noticing that the shingles on your roof are cupping is a bad sign that the attic is not well-vented. The attic is heating up considerably and frequently, which is aging the shingles prematurely. This results in cupping. You will want to replace them and more likely re-shingled the roof entirely.
Roof Leaks when Temperature Fluctuates
When the temperature of the roof fluctuates from cold to hot and back again, ice dams are likely to form. They will then block the melted snow from running off of the roof and draining properly. The best way to deal with this issue is to up the insulation in your attic.
Now that you know the signs that a roof is in trouble, you have the insight necessary to be proactive in protecting your investment. Call the reliable and trusted team at GreenPoint Roofing as soon as you see any of the roofing trouble signs above, and we will provide immediate expertise.