When it comes to home design, the possibilities for roof variation are wider than most homeowners believe. A home’s roof is, quite literally, the cherry on top of a home’s overall look and design, while providing critical protection in the process. Whether you’re in the market for a new home or looking into building a custom home on your own, there are many details to think about regarding function, style, and preference on behalf of the homeowner. We at Prime Roofing broke down these points.
First, you’ll want to assure your roof can brave the ever-changing Colorado weather and the most dramatic aspects of each weather season in our state. From heavy snow in the winter to hail in the summer and wind in the spring and fall, any Colorado roof requires elements that not only protect your family and home from these weather events, but can also allow it to maintain its integrity over the years.
When building a custom home, most rules when it comes to roofs can be broken. But, if the structure is already standing, one must consider the current framework and roofing materials that made up the original roof. Depending on your homeowner’s association rules or neighborhood requirements, you may be restricted to a few types of roofing materials and unable to make bigger design choices in this area. Be sure to check in with building codes and rules before re-roofing your home in this case. However, custom homes are a clean slate. Here, homeowners can look into using a variety of materials depending on what will be the best combination of fashion and function in the long run. Often times, asphalt shingles are best-sellers among American homeowners. They’re not only cost-effective, but also versatile in color and use. But they’re not the strongest; that recognition goes to concrete roofs and clay tiles due to their weight.
Metal and tiled roofs are also durable forms, and metal roofs go with the current home design trend of urban accents in suburban areas. These roofs come in panels or shingles that vary widely in color.
As a local Colorado Springs roofing company, we’re more than familiar with the process of home inspection. And in Denver’s real estate market, these transactions are happening at a record pace. Most inspections include a routine walk-through and assessment of the land and home itself, which includes the roof, our expertise. Inspectors are typically a form of ‘middle man’, hired most commonly by the potential homebuyer.
If a property requires a roof certification, there’s a more detailed process that goes into obtaining this certification compared to a standard home inspection. In these cases, an inspector will walk the property’s roof and take a thorough look at all square footage. They will be taking note of where repairs need to happen, where generalized and weather-related wear has happened,, and the condition of all shingles and roof accessories like gutters. All repairs must be completed before a roof certification is awarded, and inspectors will include a time estimate with each certification that is contingent upon how well these repairs are done. Things like slope and materials are also incorporated into a roofing certification, making it a more convoluted process than a generalized home inspection, where the roof is simply a piece of the pie.
At Prime Roofing, we’re not only dedicated to performing repairs when a family occupies a home. In fact, our pride and confidence in the work we do makes us a top candidate for roof certification repairs. This is because our services are precise, professional, and finished with the details in mind. Keep in mind that during roofing certification inspections, all former repairs are often audited to award the certification, and any bad jobs done in the time between inspections can hurt the seller. Trust our team at Prime Roofing to give your roof a clean bill on inspection day.
Have you ever cleaned the rain gutters before? If the answer is no, it may be time to check in on this important aspect of your home’s exterior ahead of the coldest days of the year.
We’ve talked about checking the gutters for damage in the home-buying process before on this blog, but never in a maintenance sense. Our experts at Prime Roofing put together some must-know tips on how to go about tackling this monster of a to-do list item this fall.
A clean rooftop gutter system can prevent excess water and debris from damaging your home, as rain and snowstorms can often lead to water damage repairs required for your roof up top, foundation below, or the gutter system itself. Homeowners should try to clean their gutter systems at least once a year, depending on how active of a year it was with regard to storms. We’ve had a generally dry year in Colorado so the urgency to clean the gutters may not be as high as years past, but you never know when the next big storm will hit on our side of the Rocky Mountains.
Basically, the process of clearing the gutters is similar to bailing water out of a sinking boat. You’ll need to adhere to specific safety rules when you’re up off the ground by using a sturdy, extendable ladder placed at a safe angle from the house and leaned up against an equally sturdy part of the roof. After making your way up the ladder, you can begin using a scooping device to begin clearing debris and gunk out of the gutters themselves. Place a tarp or series of trash bags or plastic below you to toss away the excess, and when you’re finished, it’s often helpful to rinse out the newly-cleared gutter system with some running water. Pulling a garden hose up high enough to run through the gutter system can put the final touches on a job well done and help homeowners identify any other potential problems with their home’s gutter system or damage that may have accumulated since the last cleaning.
If you’re thinking this groan-worthy chore is avoidable, you’re absolutely right. Of course, this depends on your home and the type of investments you’re willing to make in improving it, but you can install rain gutter covers to avoid accumulating debris over time. These are often available at your local hardware store, but you can always ask a Prime Roofing expert about whether covered gutters are right for your home. Or simply hire help to do the job!
If you’ve been putting off clearing the gutters on your home’s roof, be sure to check in on the status of your gutter system before the true winter season hits. It’s not only for your safety, but also for the lifespan of your roof’s gutters, saving you money over time.
Keeping your Roof Ice-Free this Winter
The long-term forecasts may call for warmer temperatures this winter, but we at Prime Roofing know Colorado too well to count on a forecast to lead us through the long winter months. And when it comes to winter, ice is the biggest culprit of home damage in multiple areas, including your rooftop.
To prevent ice from building up on your roof and in your gutters, damaging those gutters, and adding unnecessary weight to your home structure, there are a few tried-and-true methods to utilize before the first snow falls. First, if you’re interested in placing deicer wires and coil systems to your roof, contact us at Prime Roofing today to inquire about the service itself, tips for any do-it-yourselfers, and to get a quote on potential prices for a preventative service like this. Though it’s not in our main list of roofing services, it’s still within the bounds of our trade and expertise, and we’re always happy to help serve you in any way we can this season. And although these services can be cumbersome and more expensive, they’re often worth looking into if your home’s roof takes a beating over the winter months.
If you miss out on preparing your rooftop for snow and ice, there is potential to essentially shovel or plow your roof. Of course, the procedure does not totally match that of the ground operation on your driveway and sidewalks, and this can be a very dangerous process. Depending on the pitch of your roof, the task may not even be feasible, and shoveling snow off a roof can damage the shingles very easily, especially when you don’t shovel with the ‘grain’ of the shingles themselves. Again, any uncertainty or break in confidence when it comes to these tasks can lead to nervousness and later injury on the job. Chemical or commercial deicer materials are also options, but it’s important to avoid rock salt, as it can easily damage and corrode a roof’s shingles over the course of a single season. Let the professionals handle your reactive deicing needs and call our team at Prime Roofing right away.
Roofing Tips: Decks and Porch Spaces
Your home’s main structure might be the first priority when it comes to quality roofing work, but not the only area of a home that requires it. Aside from the main roofing panels, roofs on other home-area spatial extensions like a front porch, wraparound deck, or backyard deck can be more vulnerable to weather-related wear and tear. Plus, spotting potential repair projects or signs for future replacement can be more easily seen and noticed on these areas of the home. Here’s what to watch out for.
Replacement is often a no-brainer if your home or deck’s roof is over a decade old. In general, a roof cannot maintain its quality and integrity for more than twenty years at the very most. If you’re unsure as to whether age has pushed your roof to its limits, contact Prime Roofing’s team of professionals to diagnose the problem and inspect your home’s space, indoors and outdoors. We’re able to easily point out impending problems and recommend steps to repair and better maintain the roof over your head.
The next thing you’ll want to keep an eye on is general damage. Any obvious wear manifesting in broken, cracked, lost, or otherwise damaged shingles is often part of the road to a full roofing replacement project. Be sure to keep an eye on these things over the course of your home, and roof’s life to assure no more home maintenance visits are taken than needed. It’s also important to observe where water may be pooling on the roof, while either fixing the valley itself or changing the plane it sits on.
Most of the time, a repair service or preventative replacement does end up saving you money in the long-run. This is compared to emergency roofing services, which not only tend to sell for a higher price but also come under a more restricted deadline. In those situations, you’re less likely to receive feedback, more input on the project, or personalized sense of service. Plus, our job at Prime Roofing is to recommend the best kind of roof to suit your home and family’s needs while saving you some cash in the process.
Call Prime Roofing today if you believe a part of your home is ready for a roof replacement or upgrade service.
Up on the Rooftop: A Holiday Lights How-To
Now that Halloween is over and we head toward Thanksgiving and Christmas time, it’s almost time to hang this year’s holiday light decorations. It’s best to get an annual chore like this done before the weather takes a turn for the worse, so take advantage of the warmer temperatures this fall and get some lights up before it’s time to crank up your holiday cheer.
It’s safer to work in mild weather when it comes to hanging things on a roof —or building/installing items on a roof itself—and safety materials like new ladders, body anchors and a toolbelt or hanging tool bucket can make the work itself that much easier. It’s also important to complete these tasks with a partner or buddy there to assist you. Remember not to put two people on a ladder at one time.
Many smart homeowners even keep their lights up year-round or have most of their preparation done far before the seasons change to reduce stress and increase their readiness to snap into the holiday spirit on a moment’s notice. For those of you taking on the task in the coming weeks, consider a few pointers:
First, store your holiday lights in a smart and safe way. This includes wrapping last year’s lights in an over-under fashion, where each coil is about a foot in diameter and the cord can be tied together. Stacking coils of lights on top of each other can seem like a cumbersome mix to store, but utilizing things like hooks and shelves can make putting away lights easier and taking them out for the new year of holidays a fast, easy process.
Then, run any accessories like hangers near gutters and extension cords to power your lights ahead of time, as there is nothing quite as awful as running cable (or hanging lights themselves) in the snow. Also be sure to test out your string lights and check for any duds before hanging them up. You can often replace dead bulbs for little to no cost. Following step one and properly hanging your strings of lights will decrease the amount of broken strands and dead bulbs from year to year.
Finally, plan for which lights will go where based on their length and style. Be sure to measure out the length of roof edges and other areas where you’ll want to string your lights to make sure you have enough bling to cover your home. If you want a classic look, opt for large-bulb Christmas lights to string along the edge of your roof. Icicle lights and other types of string lights also tend to have multiple settings where they can emit a steady light, begin to blink or chase each other, or change colors as they’re plugged in and time goes by.
Be sure to follow these efficiency and safety tips from Prime Roofing this holiday season, and enjoy!
Home-Buyers Guide to Roofing
It’s no secret Colorado is a great place to live, and those just moving to the state are still coming in record numbers. If you’re looking to buy a home in the Colorado Springs area, do not neglect to inspect the roof of your potential new home. Don’t know what to look for? Well, we’ve put together a few things to keep your eyes on when shopping around for a new pad:
Check the Gutters
Your real estate agent will not likely let you up onto the roof to check these things out yourself, but you can ask them or the previous homeowners about a house’s drain systems. Be sure to ask about any previous damage or repairs to the gutters and downspouts, and get a feel for when the last time maintenance was done on the roof and its accessories. If the shingles look stripped or the gutters are harboring a lot of grains, then it might be a sign you’re dealing with an older roof or one that has not seen its fair share of maintenance.
From there, take a look for yourself from the ground at the situation above your future home. You can check out the roof’s slope, any damaged, worn, recently replaced or completely missing shingles. If you notice anything abnormal be sure to tell your realtor about them so they may be fixed or negotiated when making an offer on the home, if you choose to do so.
Look at the ventilation
If ventilation is lacking or you’re looking at moving into an older home, be sure to see whether there’s any signs of warped roof sections or leaks. Plus, improper ventilation will kill your wallet in energy costs over time, since it’ll limit moisture indoors and winter snow’s ability to melt and drain off the roof in a timely manner.
Size up the plumbing
This has to do with potential leaks. The last thing any new homeowner wants is to deal with a roof leaking months or even days after moving into a new home. Plumbing vents and flashings are common places for leaks, and if you’re uncomfortable getting up on the roof to inspect it, call a professional. At Prime Roofing, we’ll offer a fast, friendly service inspection to make sure your home is not at risk for any damages or emergencies.
Want a Skylight? Consider These Things
Skylights are great features that add often underrated value to a home, and we don’t have to be headed toward the summer months to consider or install them. They add natural light from above, adding vibrancy and sometimes a little ventilation to a room. Plus, skylights are built to last and withstand breakage, keeping your home’s structural integrity stronger than ever.
If you’re considering adding a skly light to your new home or adding one where you currently live, consider the following:
Choosing experts in the roofing business like those at Prime Roofing can help choose the very best, high-quality building materials with which to build your new skylight. Plus the added peace of mind offered by the right contractor can eliminate any fear homeowners have about cutting into their existing roof. We’ll also help you decide which kind of skylight is best for you. That is we’ll take you through various designs and help you choose between shapes and available ventilation options.
Larger skylights will obviously have a higher chance for malfunction or leaks, but when installed correctly can add a much-appreciated flood of natural light to a space. If you want to avoid utilizing extra trusses to support your skylight, consider one that’s built to fit in standard roof panels.
There are a few key variations to choose from when picking a skylight option for your home, and one is deciding whether your light will include a vent, operated electronically or manually, or a fixed one that does not move. Now, understand a fixed skylight is completely safe from leaks and are one hundred percent sealed. That’s not the case for vented sky lights, through the ventilation does have its advantages, especially when placed in a kitchen or bathroom space. However, new technology and improvements introduced after years of innovation make current skylights with vents less and less likely to leak. The only real difference between the two at this point is price: fixed skylights are the cheaper option, and the price increases as you add features.
Second to consider is how much moisture will build up in the skylight’s general area and how that moisture will be mitigated to prevent build-up or mold. This is where expert installation by certified technicians comes in, and our team at Prime Roofing is ready to assist you with your newest skylight addition. We’re also happy to offer tips and tricks for regular home maintenance for your skylight and roofing options year-round.
Last, consider where your skylight is going and how much sunlight it will be exposed to on a regular basis. South and west-facing skylights will not only let in more light, but also absorb more heat than those facing north or east. The slope also affects this. Low slopes will make a room hotter in the summer. The prime slope for a skylight as far as energy efficiency goes is about 10 degrees above our latitude – about 39.7 degrees north of the equator in Colorado.
Call Prime Roofing today with any questions about skylights, roofing materials, maintenance or repairs today!
Steps before Solar-Things for Homeowners to Consider
Reports say Colorado Springs is the 18th best place in America to get solar panels, based on how much financial payback could come from them. With over 300 days of sunshine per year in Colorado, we see the positives in investing in solar energy, both for the environment, and for your return on investment. However, there are a few caveats to consider when thinking about putting solar panels on the roof of your home.
First, it’s still a fairly expensive investment for many. Because it’s popularity has reached a bit of a plateau after skyrocketing in the marketplace a few years ago, the technology behind solar panels and demand for them has not yet brought the price down to a favorable range for most consumers. Plus, the up-front cost of a complete system installation might be too much for some homeowners who want to save money. But don’t worry, those savings will come eventually – it’s proven, after all!
Installation timelines can also be an unexpected source of spending. It’s all up to the solar panel installation contractor as to the timeline of your installation, and is known to take anywhere from weeks to months. But, the latter could mean doubling your initial installment bill and leaving you with a further break-even point on your energy investment.
Plus, you’ll want to be smart about where you place your panels on your home’s roof. Roofs facing the south will see more sunlight than those facing the north, and a lower pitch tends to draw more solar energy toward a rooftop. If your home is already in a prime location and agrees with the needs of solar panels, they may be the perfect investment for you. But, if your roof is too steep to install panels and does not face a good direction to absorb plenty of sunlight each day, you may want to hold off on this eco-friendly energy solution.
Solar panels themselves also tend to pose a heavy threat to your structure if it’s not optimized or your home is older. Solar panels are not incredibly heavy per se, but definitely add a level of hazard during installation and would require a professional’s eye to determine whether installing them was safe for your family and home itself on a logistical level.
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