The Basics of Roof Replacement

Basics of Roof Replacement GreenPoint Roofing DenverGet 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.

Replace 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.

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.

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.

Ventilation

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 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 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.

Pipe Boots

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.

Diverters

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!

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, 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!

Gutter Guards

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.

About Winter Roof Replacement

About Winter Roof Replacement GreenPoint Roofing DenverToday 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.

Asphalt Roofs

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.

Is It Time to Replace Your Commercial Roof?

Is it time to replace your commercial roof? GreenPoint Roofing DenverIs 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.

Why Fall is a Great Time to Replace a Roof

Why Fall is a Great Time to Replace a Roof GreenPoint Roofing DenverDo 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.

Choosing a Material for Your New Roof

Choosing a Material for Your New Roof GreenPoint Roofing DenverWhen 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

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

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

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

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.

Should You Replace Your Roof Before Selling Your Home?

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.

Should You Recover or Tear Off Your Old Roof?

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.

In Case of Roof Emergency, Here’s What to Do

in case of roof emergency, here’s what to doA 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.

What to Expect When Inspecting a Roof

What to Expect When Inspecting a RoofYour experts at GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont are here to explain what to expect when inspecting a roof. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that homeowners inspect their own roof at least twice per year, ideally sometime during spring and fall. This will allow you to check for any noticeable damage caused during the harsher seasons of winter and summer. Roofs can suffer from ice dams created by frozen rain in winter and thermal cracking of shingles during the heat of summer.

The more frequently you inspect your roof, the easier it will be to notice small changes. Spotting some flashing that has slipped out of place, cracked shingles or an increase in dark spots can make the difference between a quick repair and the possibility of permanent damage to your home, and not just your roof. If you are in doubt, it is always best to call a certified roofing professional. They will be able to evaluate the state of your roof and identify any problem areas that need attention.

An Overview of the Roof Inspection

A professional roofing inspection will start on the interior of your home. They will usually request access to the attic to check for mold or signs of moisture reaching the interior. Ventilation will be assessed, and your insulation will be examined. Proper insulation with the appropriate R-value can help keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the year and reduce your energy bills.

The inspection will continue outside where your roofing professional will check the lines of your roof for any sagging or bowing due to structural damage. They will examine the condition of your roofing tiles or shingles and take note of any cracking, blistering, mold growth, or loss of asphalt.

The flashing around chimneys, eaves, dormers and side walls will be checked. If you live in a cold climate, they will check for evidence of ice dams. Finally, they will review the entire roof for leaks, or broken seals where moisture can penetrate.

After the inspection, you should receive a report detailing any damage encountered, and a checklist of all the areas examined. This is important to have for your records, especially if your warranty or insurance requires evidence of regular maintenance check. If damage has been identified, your roofing professional will offer a suggested course of action.

They may also provide a quote for the recommended repairs.

Having your roof inspected by a professional will give you peace of mind. GreenPoint Roofing has been providing quality roofing services to homeowners and commercial clients in Longmont, Colorado and the surrounding areas for more than 20 years. In addition to new installations and roof repair work, we can also offer complete roof inspections at a reasonable cost.

Our extensive experience means that we already know what to expect when inspecting a roof and how to ensure our customers are not hit with unexpected costs from roofing issues that have been left to worsen over time. For more information or to get a quick quote, please feel free to get in touch.

14 Symptoms of a Roof that Needs to Be Replaced

14 Symptoms of a Roof that Needs to Be ReplacedIf you want to avoid a nasty surprise, check for these 14 symptoms of a roof that needs to be replaced. GreenPoint Roofing has over 20 years of experience in the roofing industry here in Colorado. Our team has put together this list of sure signs that your roof needs some attention. Tackling an issue with your roof is easier and more affordable if you do it early. The following roof symptoms are easy-to-spot visual signs that any homeowner can check for themselves.

  1. Splitting or Cracked Shingles

Shingles exposed to weathering or dramatic temperature changes can suffer from ‘thermal splitting.’ Over time the surface of the shingle shrinks, but if the side exposed to weathering shrinks at a different rate to the inner side of the shingle, you may see lines on the shingles were the asphalt coating has cracked. This splitting or cracking can happen in any direction or a vein pattern.

  1. Sagging or Bowing Roof

A visibly sagging roofline indicates a severe structural problem with your roof. Sometimes a bowing roof is not visible from outside, but you may notice cracks in your ceiling drywall. This can indicate that the rafters or roof sheathing are not fully supporting the weight of the roof.

  1. Creasing Shingles

Creasing shingles happen when there are gaps that allow winds to get under the shingles and bend them upwards, creating protruding creases along the shingle. If the shingles are improperly installed, or if the underside has protruding nails, it’s possible that the sealant will not fully adhere the shingles, leaving them vulnerable to gaps and creasing.

  1. Separating and Broken Seals

You may notice shingles that have lifted and are separated from their adhesive strips or seals. High winds or loose nails can allow shingles to break away from the sealant between each layer. This compromises the structure’s waterproofing abilities and the roof should be repaired without delay.

  1. Cupping Shingles

Cupping shingles are usually caused by exposure and weathering over time, or by ice dams. The surface of the shingle warps, leaving a concave center with raised edges forming a cup shape. Cupping shingles make your entire roof look shabby, and they can be fragile and prone to breakage.

  1. Ceiling Water Spots

Water stains on your ceiling are a clear sign that your roof is failing at protecting the interior of your home from the elements. Leaks in your roof can quickly lead to mold and rotting interiors. Check your attic or crawlspace for the source of the leak and use a container to collect any dripping water while you wait for a roofing professional to fix the problem.

  1. Buckling Shingles

Buckling shingles do not lay flat on your roof as designed. They warp or buckle outwards, usually as a result of the roofing underlayment wrinkling or moving around. They can also buckle due to poor ventilation and trapped moisture. When shingles do not lay flat, they allow more moisture and winds to enter the spaces, worsening the problem and damaging the underside of the roof.

  1. Damaged Flashing

Flashing is the watertight layer of metal protecting the base of chimneys or other protruding objects where they meet the roof’s shingles. If you notice broken, uneven, curling or shifted flashing, your roof will be vulnerable to water entry and damage over time.

  1. Rotting Shingles

Rotten shingles are a sign of advanced damage to your roof. If your shingles are breaking apart, flexible and moist to the touch or easily disintegrate when manipulated, act quickly to get your roof replaced. This often occurs in organic-based shingles which are no longer on the market.

  1. Missing Granules

Roofing shingles are covered in granules to help protect the asphalt coating from the damage associated with UV rays and to make them fire resistant. If you notice that your shingles are balding or missing granules from their surface, you can expect rapid deterioration. When inspecting the roof, check in the gutters for an accumulation of shingle granules.

  1. Blistering Shingles

Shingles can blister when there isn’t sufficient ventilation or insulation. Trapped moisture in the shingle expands the outer asphalt and leaves behind a pockmarked area. Blistering shingles typically happens within a year of the roof’s installation and can lead to significant loss of asphalt if not addressed.

  1. Algae, Moss, and Lichen

Dark streaks of algae, green moss, or white spots of lichen are living organisms that can thrive on damp roofs. Shaded roofs in humid climates are more susceptible to damage from living organisms. While they do not usually cause more than superficial damage, they can ruin the appearance of a roof and should be cleaned or removed by a professional to prevent further damage.

  1. Missing Shingles

Heavy storms can sometimes leave your roof with a few missing shingles. Try to get them replaced as soon as possible to prevent water from reaching the underside of the roof and causing permanent damage. If your roof has a lot of missing shingles, it may be time for a complete roof replacement.

  1. Curling, Brittle Shingles

Curling shingles are typically found in older or worn roofs. They are a sign that the roof is approaching the end of its lifetime. When you see shingles curling upwards and away from the surface of the roof, they are no longer providing the necessary protection. Leaks and water damage beneath the shingles can quickly follow.

If you notice any of these 14 symptoms of a roof that needs to be replaced, do not ignore them. While they may seem like minor or cosmetic issues, they are often a clear sign that your roof is no longer serving its purpose. When your roof cannot adequately protect your home, you are putting at risk the very structure of the house, along with your possessions and the people living inside.

GreenPoint Roofing offers professional inspections to analyze roofing damage. If deemed necessary, we can repair or entirely replace your roof. We offer a lifetime workmanship guarantee on all shingled roof replacements. In addition to our roofing contractor services, we can also assist you in making a claim on your home insurance for damages covered by your policy. For more information, or to schedule an inspection, please feel free to get in touch with our experts.