Roof Considerations for Home Buyers

Pay close attention to the inspection report

The inspection is a very important part when looking into purchasing a new home. However, with the excitement of purchasing a new home, it can be easy to overlook certain inspection notes.

If anything is noted of concern or warning regarding the roof it is smart to get a professional out to look at the roof. A roof is a very important aspect of the home and is an investment. It is a wise idea to make sure as a home buyer that you know the actual condition of the roof and if it will need to be replaced or not.

Have a roofing professional take a look at the home before you buy if you have questions

Getting a second opinion from the inspection is never a bad idea. If the report comes back with some roof damage, it is time to call a professional roofer to get a free roof inspection to see what their opinion is. If the roof needs to be replaced this then can be discussed with the seller or addressed as necessary. The roof over your home is what helps keep everything inside protected; it plays a big role in the overall quality of your home.

Make sure you ask the seller if there is any existing warranty on the roof

Often times if the roof was replaced recently the homeowner should have a warranty to pass along to you as the home buyer. Warranties normally can be transferred. It will be important to get documentation of any existing warranty on the roof system for future use if needed.

Most normal wear and tear is not covered by insurance

Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover roof damages, but they may not cover wear and tear or other issues. That means you’ll be covered if a huge hail storm strikes your roof, but you may be in trouble if your Cable TV installer cracks and damages shingles on your roof.

Deductibles are also another factor to consider when you have to replace your roof. It might be covered by insurance, but as a homeowner, you will have a fee that you are responsible for and will have to provide as part of payment. It is important to have funds to account for home issues that might arise.

Know your roof won’t last forever but is a vital aspect of your home

Roof systems will experience normal wear and tear from facing the elements of the outdoors on a daily basis.  A professional roofing company will be able to help determine if damage is normal wear and tear or if it was caused by a hail storm or such. With normal wear and tear, patches can be made in areas of need. Eventually, a roof will wear out however and no longer be able to stand the test to the elements. It is important as a homeowner to continue proper maintenance of your roof system so it can last as long as possible.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Select Roofing Contractors

With one day until Thanksgiving here at Select Roofing Contractors, we can’t wait for the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen and the sense of belonging and togetherness that Thanksgiving brings! We consider all of our customers and neighbors as part of our family. 

This Thanksgiving, we hope that all those less fortunate find a place to call home and surround themselves with loved ones.

Counting Our Blessings

On this day, we are counting our blessings and are incredibly thankful for the amazing crew we have, our friends and family, and the ability to serve and provide value to all those in need of a roof over their home or business.  On this day of thankfulness, we extend our gratitude to our clients for allowing us to keep your homes and businesses warm and dry.

About Us

Select Roofing Contractors not only does business in the Northern Colorado area but also all around the state and in some parts or Wyoming. If you are in need of roof replacement, roofing repairs, or gutter work contact Select Roofing Contractors today by filling out our online estimate sheet or call us at 970-290-5393.

 

Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

With the first snow in Colorado, fall is in full swing and winter is rapidly approaching. It is important to know how to get your roof ready for winter to make sure you stay warm and dry all winter. There are a few simple maintenance steps you can do to prevent leaks, debris, and other such inconveniences. If you don’t feel comfortable doing maintenance on your roof or businesses roof, call SRC and we can do all the necessary checks for you.

Consider these preventative steps to help your roof be prepared for the colder months ahead.

Step 1: Check leaks, flashing and vents

Water spots on your ceiling and walls are a good sign there’s a problem. The most common leak-prone areas are cracks where water can squeeze its way inside your home or business. Missing shingles, loose vents, and poorly sealed flashing are all potential problems.

Step 2: Fix leaks fast

Even small leaks can lead to big problems if not taken care of. If you don’t want mold or rotted insulation in your home or business, act on the warning signs at first sight. If conditions aren’t ideal and you don’t have a full grasp of the situation at hand, hire a professional to come help you with your big or small needs.

Step 3: Clean your gutters and downspouts

The first big winds and rains tend to rustle remaining leaves and tree debris loose, where they invariably will find their way onto your roof and inside your gutters. Clogged gutters and downspouts cause build up on your roof, be sure to give all the rainwater and snow a safe escape from your homes roof and foundation through your gutters.

Step 4: Schedule a professional inspection

If a problem arises that you can’t effectively fix, save time and call in the experts so they can make sure your home or business is properly prepped for the colder months ahead. Trained eyes can often spot problems more easily, and these problems can often be fixed on the spot.

Know the Layers of Your Shingle Roof

When it comes to a new roof, most people think of the shingle, the exterior layer. While this is a very important element to a protective roof, there are many other essential components to a solid roofing system.

Roof Deck

This 1st layer is the layer that the rest of your roof is laid on. When it comes time for a new roof, it is important to strip the top layers of materials to reveal the roof deck below. Any signs of moisture, rot, or mold in the deck should be addressed. The bottom layer is most often wood planking on residential homes.

Ice and Water Barrier

Designed to protect the roof where water tends to collect, including valleys and eves. These areas are most prone to leakage with water runoff and ice damning occurring along the valleys and eaves of the roof. The leak barrier gives added protection where it’s needed most. This helps prevent long term damage from the Colorado weather allowing the proper flow of water off the roof.

Roof Deck Protection

Also known as underlayment or roof felt, this layer of protection is the crucial final line of defense between the home and the outer shingles. This synthetic underlayment or felt material, provides a strong barrier to wind, rain, snow, and ice. Preventing rot, mold and water damage.

Starter Shingles

Installed along the perimeter of the roof, starter shingles have a sealant strip that reinforces the more vulnerable edges and eaves. These areas are most prone to wind and water damage and the starter strip gives added protection with the final layer of shingles on top.

Shingles

This is the final outer layer of defense against the elements and one of the most prominent aesthetic features of any home. Shingles range in color, size, and type of material with various classifications of protection available. A class 4 shingle is the highest rated shingle for impact resistance and is used in places with high winds and violent hail storms.

Ridge Vent and Cap

The ridge vent is designed to allow excess heat and moisture from within the home to escape while still protecting from the outside elements. Unique ridge cap shingles are installed over the ridge vent to complete the roofing system. They provide a finished look while defending the ridge vents.

Hailstorms and Your Roof

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Whenever a Colorado hailstorm rips through a community, homeowners are faced with the task of hiring a roofing contractor to inspect the hail roof repair. Several guidelines should be followed to help you make an informed decision and to ensure that any necessary work will be done right.

Roofs… First line of defense against Mother Nature!

Why should I repair/replace the roof? Roofs are one of the most important parts of a home or building because they protect the structure from the natural elements such as wind, rain, fire, ice, snow, extreme heat and hail.

Don’t Sign Anything

If you are asked to sign anything by a solicitor knocking on your door, don’t sign it right away and don’t assume it is just an estimate or permission to get on your roof.

Be Patient

Take time to follow the necessary steps and understand that quality contractors will be busy shortly after a major storm.

Call your Insurance Company

It is solely the insurance adjuster’s job to assess the damage. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to choose the roofing contractor.

Check Out the Contractors

This is probably the single most important thing you can do to make sure you are a satisfied customer.

The Agreement

The agreement should clearly state materials to be used and labor to be performed, along with terms of payment and who is responsible for permits, etc.

Proof of Insurance

Proof of insurance, including Workers’ Compensation and General Liability, should be verified before the contract is signed.

Warranty

This should be in writing and the contractor should be able to provide you with a sample for your review before signing a contract. Determine your needs, don’t allow yourself to be pressured, make a smart decision and you’ll be pleased with your investment.

We appreciate the opportunity to visit your residential or commercial building free of charge and recommend the best roofing services for your situation.

 

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Select Roofing Contractors offers a variety of residential roofing services for reroofing projects as well as new construction projects. Leaky Roof

Spring has sprung! Especially in the last week, we’ve seen some recent April showers. Though it’s good for our lawns, it can bring to light a leaky roof or a faulty gutter system – both of which are bad news for your home or business.

Spring cleaning your roof mainly requires debris removal; any leaves or pine needles, branches, moss, or mold needs to be removed as soon as possible. If you feel comfortable performing this work yourself, always keep in mind our ladder safety tips and make sure you are comfortable on a steep-slope roof. Use your hands to remove any debris – never power wash your roof. Power washing can remove the shingle granules which are the most important component of the shingle, and this will lead to even more issues later down the road. Additionally, you’ll want to clean out your gutters and downspouts so that rain and moisture can drain properly.

If you are missing any shingles or flashings, you’ll want to address those issues. Of course, we recommend leaving that up to the professionals. Missing shingles and flashings can be difficult to repair but are crucial the life of your roof and the safety of your home.

Our trained team of professionals are willing to help with any spring cleaning and maintenance issues your roof may be having – call us to get on our schedule today! 970-290-5393

Happy Spring!

Safe Residential Snow Removal

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Residential snow removal

You heard it here first! We’re predicting that despite the warm weather we’ve been having, there will be one more solid snowstorm before smooth sailing into summer weather. Spring snow means heavy snow, and heavy snow on your roof is bad for its overall health. We want to emphasize that we do not recommend that you take on this task yourself. We are trained professionals that have both the gear and the experience to do so safely, and we suggest that you contact us to remove the snow from your residence.

If you insist on doing it yourself, first and foremost, make sure the roof is safe to access. Confirm that there is no residual ice or frost that could cause a slip hazard. Setup your ladder correctly. To find the right angle for your ladder, lean it against the roof, and hold your arms out in front of you. The bottom of the ladder should touch your toes and your arms should be fully extended to achieve the correct angle based on your height. Check out safe ladder tips here.

Once you’re safely on the roof, you’ll see tiny rocks on your shingles; those are shingle granules and they are crucial to the life of your roof. Shingle granules help deflect the sun and maintain the integrity of the shingle. When shoveling snow off of your roof, shovel with a plastic shovel, not metal. If you have a roof rake handy, that will do the job even better, and may make it so that you don’t actually have to get on your roof. Generally, the recommendation is that you clear snow off of your roof after every six inches of snowfall to prevent ice dams.

Remember, we strongly suggest letting professionals handle this task. Especially if there’s snow on the roof, there are many risks involved with doing this yourself. Call us at 970-290-5393 to setup a snow removal appointment. Be safe out there!

How to Shop for a New Roof

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Reroof & New Roof Considerations

Whether you’re in the market for a new roof, or simply a reroof on an existing structure, you have the opportunity to choose what the roof of your building will look like. While roofing is its own art, more goes into making the decision than just aesthetics.

First, you’ll want to consider your city’s codes. Each municipality is different in what they require, and knowing this in advance can help rule out roof types when making your decision. Second, be aware of your slope. Steep-sloped roofs vary and each material requires a certain slope in order to work properly. The same goes for flat; each flat material comes recommended based on weather trends and, if it’s a reroof, the existing deck. Third, consider your building’s energy efficiency. Depending on your climate, certain roofs will help reflect sunlight, while others are more likely to absorb it.

If you are reroofing a living residence, you should consider the trees around the property. Some roofing materials are much more affordable to repair should a branch fall on your roof. You may also want look into the existing underlayment and make any necessary upgrades to the components of your roof.

The last thing to consider when choosing a new roof or replacing an existing one is the warranty that comes with it. The roofing contractor should provide a workmanship warranty that covers their work, but this is usually short-term. The manufacturer of your roof may also provide a warranty. Be sure to get clarification on what the manufacturer warranty covers.

Always get clarification from your roofing contractor when moving forward with a new roof. Select Roofing Contractors will help you choose the right roof based on your desired aesthetic, climate, pitch, and budget, and will make helpful suggestions and answer any questions along the way. Call us today at 970-290-5393 or email us at zack@selectroofingcontractors.com.

Winter Woes in Roofing

It’s the middle of winter in Colorado, and that means subzero degree days and…60 degree days. The severe weather changes in Colorado can be hard on your roof. Freezing and thawing, then freezing over again, can cause major ice dams that will bring long-term damage to your roof. Add the weight of snow, poor attic or roof ventilation, and wind, and that can make for a bad combination for your home or business.

If you haven’t had a look at your roof in a while, you may want to do so on the next 60 degree day in Colorado. Shingles peeling up or falling off completely are sure signs that your roof is damaged. Ponding water or blistering of the membrane are signs that your flat roof needs maintenance. Maintaining your roof will help preserve its life and carry your investment further. Regularly clean your gutters out so that water can drain properly from steep-sloped buildings. Make sure your roof and attic are ventilating correctly to keep the flow of air moving and to prevent moisture from gathering. For flat roofs, it’s important to make sure you have good drainage and limited roof access. If your roof needs to be regularly accessed for appliance maintenance, make sure there are walk pads in place to protect the membrane from accidental punctures.

If you think it’s time for a little roof maintenance, call your local licensed and insured roofing specialist at Select Roofing Contractors, and they will be able to get your roof’s health back on track. You can reach us at 970-290-5393.

A Roof Over Your Head

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You’ve heard the phrase, “A roof over our heads”, used to describe having shelter and being secure. Being safe, dry, and secure is something that almost everyone has taken for granted at some point in life. It’s easy to see the home as one unanimous being, the home. However, there are many parts to a home, and when it comes time to replace a roof, or put one over your head, many people aren’t familiar with the roofing industry.

This year, we are thankful for all of the clients that have allowed us to put a roof over their heads. We are proud to have helped many home and business owners with their projects, and look forward to even more opportunities to offer our services in 2017. We hope that the wonderful communities that we work and live in have a safe, warm, and dry place for the holidays.

If you are concerned about an existing roof system, or are interested in building a new project and don’t know where to start with your roof, be sure to check out the tips for homeowners and building owners at http://www.everybodyneedsaroof.com/.