Why Now is a Great Time for a Roof Inspection

Spring is here! Whether you’re looking forward to the pool opening or excited to get back into gardening, spring brings something for everyone. Spring-cleaning is a popular tradition for homeowners. You crack open the windows, open up trash bags and you clean your house like it’s never been cleaned before. You may do some routine maintenance, start a home improvement project or take care of something on your honey do list you’ve been putting off.

Get a Roof Inspection Now

With spring here, it’s the perfect time for a roof inspection!

Once a year, you should have you roof inspected by a professional roofer. Companies will schedule an appointment, come out and get up on your roof. They’ll look for any signs of normal wear and tear, along with any damage. During the winter months, you may not notice leaks, drafts or other damage especially in the Colorado area. Once the snow melts and warmer weather is here, you can see just what’s going on with a roof.

After the roof inspection, the roofer will give you a rundown of what they saw, what steps need to be taken and potentially give you a quote from their company. From there, you can determine the next steps. If its small repairs, you might be able to get them done right immediately. If it’s something bigger, you may need to shop around or figure out how to budget for them. Either way, your roofing professional will be able to give you a better picture of what’s needed after performing a roof inspection.

If you delay roof inspection, especially if you notice a problem once spring is here, you may be causing even more damage to your roof. Down the line, this can be expensive and may not be covered under your insurance plan. Make sure that you address any issues with your roof right away, whether you get a roof inspection or not.

Roofcorp provides free roof estimates and can come out and look at your roof today. Give us a call and let us know what we can do for you.

Colorado Roofs and Winter Weather

It’s a known fact that if you live in Colorado you’re going to have to deal with snow and ice. This article will briefly describe popular types of roofing materials in Colorado and how they stand up against Mother Nature’s winter worst.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material seen in the west and the United States as a whole. Around three quarters or homes use asphalt shingles, and there is a reason, low-cost, customizable and easy to maintain. But how do they stand up against a Colorado winter?

Snow likes to stick to asphalt shingles because of the granules on the surface. This is usually not a problem but in worst case scenarios can lead to structural damage if the roof is overloaded. This is unlikely but should be considered for Colorado residents most likely to receive excessive accumulation.

Ice dams, deposits of ice on roof runoffs such as eaves and gutters, are more likely to occur on roofs that hold onto snow. Ice dams can cause damage to the roof and lead to leaks inside of your house. Laminated or premium asphalt shingles are a smarter choice for Colorado, they are thicker and better constructed to stand up against driving snow and ice.

Overall asphalt shingles are a good choice for all their benefits but homeowners in parts of Colorado that receive heavy accumulation and frequent winter storms might want to consider something more substantial.

Another popular option in the Rocky Mountain region are wooden shakes and shingles. These are cut from cedar and have a great rustic character that many homeowners favor. But how do they stand up against winter precipitation? Cedar itself contains many natural preservatives that repel moisture so snow and ice are less likely to accumulate on wooden roofs. Moisture that is absorbed causes the wood to expand, creating a very tight barrier against leaks.

They have strong wind resistance that can withstand blizzards and can endure the impact of large hail stones. Temperature fluctuations have been known to make some lower quality shakes split and crack so it’s advisable to check your roof after severe winter weather. If you are considering wooden shakes be aware that they are susceptible to fire damage and some wildfire prone areas have outlawed them altogether. Cedar is an excellent choice for Colorado if wildfires are not a risk factor.

Slate is an excellent, albeit very expensive, choice against all that winter can throw at your roof. The smooth surface allows snow and ice to run off protecting against leaks. It is excellent at repelling high winds as well. Be wary as large hail stones have the potential to crack slate tiles leading to costly repairs.

Concrete or clay tiles are another smart choice when it comes to protecting your home. They capture some of the same aesthetics as slate without the large price tag. Similarly to slate they repel moisture and tend to not accumulate precipitation. Temperature extremes and wind are less likely to affect tile roofs due to their tough composition.

Both slate and tiles are great option for severe winter weather if the price is an option.

We hope this article helped give you a good overview of common roofing materials and how they stand up against the Colorado Winter. Contact Roofcorp for more in depth information and to talk to one of our roofing experts today.

How to Get a Free Roof Estimate

If a roofer doesn’t offer a free roof estimate, they’re not worth your time. Any legitimate company looking to provide you with a service, especially in the repair industry, should offer an estimate before they make any promises. A free roof estimate is your right and if you’re not being offered one, you deserve a better roofer.

Getting a Free Roof Estimate

Getting a free roof estimate isn’t hard. Most reputable roofing companies offer a free estimate for potential customers, because they know you have a hard choice when it comes to choosing a roofer. If your roof is damaged, leaking or has another issues that needs immediate attention, it can be hard to get it fixed right away.

With a free roof estimate, you get a breakdown of the potential costs of what it will take to repair or replace your roof. Getting these bids from several roofers allows you to get the best possible price. Roof replacements, and even repairs, can be costly and the more you can do to save money, the better off you will be. While insurance will help cover some of the costs depending on the issue, every little bit helps so a free roof estimate is the best way to compare roofers when it comes to pricing.

If you’re filing an insurance claim for your roof to get it repaired, often the insurance agency will pair up with your roofer throughout the process. This ensures the work is being done right, at cost and under the terms of your insurance plan. When looking for a roofer while working with an insurance claim, make sure your roofer has experience dealing with insurance companies and their agents.

If you’re in the Denver Metro area or surrounding cities, Roofcorp will provide you with a free, prompt roof estimate. We have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies and can help you whether you need a claim completed, have a repair to be done or are looking to sell your home. Contact us today and we’ll set up an appointment to come out, get on your way and see what we can do for you.

How to Choose a Roofer

Choosing a roofer isn’t an easy decision for a homeowner. When you need a roofer the most, you’re most likely in the middle of a crisis. You’ve sprung a leak, have hail damage or something other calamity has struck. From there, you need to find a roofer fast so you speed through the research process often going for the cheapest roofer in your area. This isn’t the way to choose a roofer. Here’s how to do it the right way.

How to Choose a Roofer

Even in crisis, choosing the right roofer is more important than finding a roofer. If you go with any roofer on the block, you may find one who can’t work on your roof, has issues or perhaps doesn’t do the job right. This lead to more expenses and more time when your roof might be out of order.

The best step to choosing a roofer is simple: Do your research.

Look at your local area and search for roofers. You can use Google, the Yellow Pages, Angie’s List or even the newspaper. Make a list of five to seven roofers, then look at their web sites, social media profiles and online reviews. This will give you the bigger picture of who they are as roofers and what issues they’ve encountered. More importantly, this will give you a complete picture you need to determine if a roofer is right for you.

Once you’ve narrowed down your list to a handful of roofers, call them and ask for a free estimate. If they don’t offer a free estimate, hang up and move on to the next roofer. Unless you have a need that’s nothing normally covered by a roofer, estimates should always be free and a courtesy a roofing company provides you.

From there, you can choose which roofer makes you feel the most comfortable and at ease during the estimate and bid period. They can begin work as soon as you need them to and you can get your roof fixed promptly.

Remember, Roofcorp is one of the longest serving and best reviewed roofing companies in Denver. We offer free estimates so contact us if you’re in need of roof repair or replacement.

What Is Hail?

Hail is one of the biggest threats to any roof. When a hail storm comes in, you need to make sure to check your roof when the skies clear. Hail is a type of solid precipitation. Hail primarily occurs in warmer temperatures rather than its often confused counterpart sleet. Sleet and hail are confused for one another but sleet occurs when it’s cold and hail occurs when it’s warm.

How Is Hail Formed

Hail is a type of water ice. Its diameter can range from 5 mm to 15 centimeters depending on the weather conditions. Most thunderstorms create a variety of hail but most of it melts before it reaches a roof or the ground. When hail does strike, it can be loud, unnerving and depending on where it hits, it can be very damaging to cars, roofs and even people stranded out in it.

Weather satellites, radar detection and other storm chasing methods have developed ways to determine where hail will strike and the potential consequences of such a storm. While this isn’t foolproof, it can be a warning sign for those looking to prevent damage and seek shelter before a bad hail storm hits. Everything from air flow, friction, wind and other conditions can make it difficult to pinpoint exactly when and how a storm will hit an area. Predicting hail storms isn’t a concrete science, yet.

What Is Hail Damage?

Hail damage occurs when hail strikes an object and causes some sort of lasting issue. Hail damage can occur to human beings, animals and objects, such as roofs or cars. Roofs and cars are particularly susceptible to hail damage because they’re left out in its path.

Hail damage to a roof can cause significant issues for a home owner, especially if left unattended. Once hail damage occurs, your shingles, vents and even gutters can begin to leak or create drafts. The longer these issues go on, the more problems they can cause down the line requiring you to get your roof repaired or replaced. This adds up quickly and as soon as a hail storm is over, you should use our guide to look for hail damage. If you suspect hail damage, but aren’t quite sure, contact us today for a free estimate.