Tar And Gravel Roof Removal

For a durable flat roof, you can’t go wrong with tar and gravel. Tar and gravel roofs are affordable, exceptionally durable, and long-lasting. But, even though tar and gravel roofs are excellent, there are several reasons as to why someone might want to and should remove them.

What Are Tar And Gravel Roofs?

A tar and gravel roof is a roof that consists of asphalt sheets, hot tar, and roofing felt. Together, these elements offer excellent roof protection and enhanced durability for both the roof and the home/business that the roof is protecting. Every single tar and gravel roof consists of multiple layers, each one containing those exact same materials. Right on top of a tar and gravel roof, there is a small layer of gravel, which protects the bottom layers from excessive sun and moisture while also holding those layers together.

  • A tar and gravel roof is a roof that consists of asphalt sheets, hot tar, and roofing felt
  • Every tar and gravel roof consists of multiple layers and the top layer is gravel
  • By having this gravel on top, the roof is held together and the gravel can protect the bottom layers from excessive sun and moisture

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Tar And Gravel Roofs?

Every year, Colorado experiences a significant amount of snow and a decent amount of rain – around 300-days of sunshine, 17-inches of rain, and anywhere from 60-to-100-inches of snow, as per the statewide annual average. Both of these elements can easily seep into an unprotected flat roof and damage the interior of the property that the roof is protecting.

But, with a tar and gravel roof, it is much more difficult for the elements to damage the interior of a property. More and more homes and businesses are using flat roofs, but in order to ensure those flat roofs are protected, the flat roofs must be made of strong and durable materials. Tar and gravel roofs are ideal for that since they offer a wide variety of protective measures that keep the elements out of a home/business.

Advantage – Durability

Tar and gravel roofs are exceptionally solid and, due to their multi-layered nature, they are extremely dense. Because of these qualities, tar and gravel roofs are capable of preventing excessive moisture from flowing through the roof and into the interior of a home/business. But, it is worth noting that, in the areas of Colorado where there is an extreme amount of snow and rain – the mountains, for example – tar and gravel roofs can fall apart far more quickly.

Advantage – UV Protection

To go along with that, tar and gravel roofs offer excellent UV protection. This UV protection allows tar and gravel roofs to last for multiple decades because the sun doesn’t cause the materials that comprise the roof to actively break down and decay.

Advantage – Affordability

Even though most flat roofs tend to be pricey, tar and gravel roofs are very affordable. Due to this affordability, tar and gravel roofs are excellent for homeowners and business owners who need a strong, durable, and long-lasting flat roof, but don’t have the money to spend on, for example, a PVC flat roof.

Disadvantage – Improper Installation

The most notable disadvantage of owning a tar and gravel roof is that, if they are improperly installed, they can easily lead to significant damage. For example, if the hot tar isn’t applied properly, it can burst into flames and destroy an entire property. Even if the hot tar is applied in the proper manner, if the individual layers aren’t connected properly, significant leakage issues can follow.

Those are just two examples of what the improper installation of a tar and gravel roof can lead to. But, beyond those problems, tar and gravel roofs are simply quite difficult to install and very heavy, which can be inconvenient to deal with.

  • Every year, Colorado experiences a lot of snow and rain
  • Most flat roofs require extra protective measures to protect against that snow and rain since water can be trapped on a flat roof
  • Tar and gravel roofs offer that protection since they consist of multiple layers, all of which are very durable
  • To go along with that, tar and gravel roofs are a great fire retardant and they protect against UV rays, which allows them to last for many decades
  • If a tar and gravel roof is improperly installed, it can lead to very significant problems
  • Problems such as the hot tar bursting into flames and significant leakage issues
  • Beyond that, tar and gravel roofs are very difficult to install and very heavy, which can be very inconvenient to deal with

Tar and gravel commercial roof

Why Should Tar And Gravel Roofs Be Removed?

A tar and gravel roof is only meant to last for around 20-to-30-years. Once that point has been reached, it’s time for a tar and gravel roof removal. That is one of the most common reasons for a tar and gravel roof being removed. But, along with that, tar and gravel roofs may also need to be removed due to having been improperly installed, experiencing too much sun and moisture damage, or being unsuited for the needs of a particular property.

Even though tar and gravel roofs are very strong, they are only meant to last for around 20-to-30-years. Once they’ve reached that point, tar and gravel roof removal is the best choice, as the roof is no longer able to protect the interior of the property from the elements.

As mentioned earlier, if a tar and gravel roof is improperly installed, it can lead to significant issues. Significant issues such as the hot tar bursting into flames, and damaging the entirety of the property, or excessive leakages. If a tar and gravel roof is improperly installed, then it must be removed.

More often than not, even in places where there is heavy rain and snow, tar and gravel roofs will hold up quite well. But, if that rain and snow don’t have anywhere to go, and stays on the roof for too long, this can lead to roof depressions, which are sunken areas of the roof that have experienced too much moisture. These can be filled in, but if there are too many of them, or if new depressions are created on a frequent basis, then the tar and gravel roof is unsuited for the needs of that particular place and it should be removed and replaced.

  • Tar and gravel roofs are strong, but they are only meant to last for 20-to-30-years; past that point, and they need to be replaced
  • If a tar and gravel roof is improperly installed, it must be removed, because it can cause significant damage to the rest of the roof and the property
  • Even though tar and gravel roofs can be quite useful in places with heavy snow and rain, certain problems can easily arise
  • Problems such as depressions being created along portions of the roof and excess moisture being on the roof for too long
  • If there are too many depressions being created, and there’s already a good drainage system, then that means the roof is unable to meet the needs of that particular place and should be removed and replaced

 

What Does It Take To Remove A Tar And Gravel Roof?

Tar and gravel roof removal is often long and difficult, due to the density and durability of tar and gravel roofs, yet not particularly complicated. Replacing the tar and gravel roof is far more challenging and consists of many more variables, which is why it’s best left to professionals.

For proper tar and gravel roof removal, a roofing tear-off shovel, carbide roofing cutter, and pry bar are all necessary. By having these tools, the upper layers of the tar and gravel roof can be removed, the individual layers of the roof can be sliced into, and then those layers can be pried off.

Even though the process isn’t particularly complicated, it is difficult and it can be unsafe. Because of that, if you aren’t sure what to do, hiring a professional is the best choice. And, when it comes to installing a new roof, hiring a professional is always the safest, easiest, and best choice.

Professional Tar and Gravel Roof Removal

By working with B&M Roofing, we will help you determine what your roofing and budgetary needs are, what is right for your roofing and budgetary needs, and what roof will best fulfill those needs. The installed roof will be strong, sturdy, and completely safe.

  • Tar and gravel roof removal is often long and difficult, but not complicated
  • All you really need is a roofing tear-off shovel, carbide roofing cutter, and a pry bar
  • By having those three tools, you can remove the upper layers of the roof, slice into the bottom layers, and pry those layers off
  • Hiring a professional for that process is often the best choice if you don’t know what you are doing
  • For replacing that roof, hiring a professional is the best choice because it is the safest and easiest choice

By hiring B&M Roofing, we will work with you on determining your budgetary and roofing needs and then fulfilling those needs in the best way possible.

30 Year Roof Shingles

Today, you can find roof shingles that are designed to last for specific periods of time. Periods of time such as 15 years, 20 years, and 30 years, among others. Right now, 30-year roof shingles are quite popular due to costing less than longer-lasting roof shingles, while also lasting a fairly long time, being made of strong materials, and being able to withstand Colorado’s intense weather.

 

What Are 30-Year Roof Shingles?

In today’s roofing market, there are many different roof shingles that you can purchase. Most of these roof shingles are designed to last for a very specific period of time. You can easily find roof shingles that are designed to last for 15 years, 20 years, and 30 years, among other shingles that last even longer lengths of time. Each one of these roof shingles is designed a little differently, due to the materials that they use, their length, and the durability that they offer.

It is no secret that a new roof – or even just roof maintenance and repairs – are relatively expensive. It is also no secret that due to Colorado’s frequent bouts of intense weather, roof repairs and replacements are not uncommon.

Right now, there is a wide variety of different roof shingles that you can purchase. Most of these roof shingles are designed to last for a specific period of time. Each one of these roof shingles is designed to last for the exact amount of time that they advertise, and to do this, they are often thicker than shingles designed to last for less time and they are also made of slightly different materials.

Just as the name implies, then, they are ones that are designed to last for 30-years. Since they are designed to last for 30-years, they are thicker and stronger than other roof shingles. This not only allows the roof shingles to last longer, but it also makes common forms of weather damage – snow and ice roof damage is quite common in Colorado – which, of course, allows your roof to last for longer while reducing the need for repairs.

  • Roof maintenance and repairs aren’t always cheap
  • Colorado experiences frequent bouts of intense weather, leading to the necessity for roof repairs and replacements
  • There are a wide variety of different roof shingles that can be purchased, these roof shingles are often designed to last for specific periods of time
  • Some of the most popular roof shingles are 30-year roof shingles
  • They are durable – designed to last for 30 years; they are thicker and stronger than other roof shingles, allowing them to last longer and to protect roofs against Colorado’s intense weather

aerial view of top of roof with shingles

 

What Sets Them Apart From Other Shingles?

If you compare them to, for example, 15-year roof shingles, you will notice a few differences. None of these differences is particularly large, or even that noticeable, but they transform the durability and stability of your roof. Because of this, 30-year roof shingles are stronger and sturdier than 15-year roof shingles.

The most notable quality that sets 30-year roof shingles apart from roof shingles that have been designed to last for shorter periods of time is their thickness. If you look at 15-year shingles, you will find that most of them are relatively thin with few layers. Most of them are strong enough to handle intense weather, and they can last for 15-years, but they aren’t thick enough to protect against especially intense weather or to last for much longer than 15-years. But, 30-year roof shingles can be twice the size of 15-year roof shingles due to their enhanced thickness.

To ensure that each layer is connected to one another in a sturdy manner, 30-year roof shingles use better adhesive and lots of it. Most 15-year roof shingles use good adhesive, as well, but they often use less of it and the durability of the adhesive is often not to the standard of a 30-year roof shingle.

For roof shingles to be sturdy and durable, they must use strong materials. More often than not, 30-year roof shingles use the same basic materials that 15-year roof shingles use. These are materials such as wood, asphalt, and slate; among various others. But, most 15-year roof shingles use recycled materials, whereas 30-year roof shingles use new materials. That way, the shingles that comprise the roof are stronger and sturdier. Plus, there is less filler within the shingle.

The last difference that must be considered is the price. Just as you would expect, 30-year roof shingles are more expensive than 15-year roof shingles. Much of this is due to the materials that comprise the shingles as well as their thickness and density. These factors lead to roofing shingles that cost more money, yet last longer than 15-year roof shingles and, generally speaking, serve as a great investment.

  • The main difference that sets these apart from other roof shingles is the thickness
  • They are much thicker than 15-year roof shingles, among others, and that’s because they have more roofing layers
  • More adhesive is used than other roof shingles; that way, each layer of shingle is connected to one another
  • 30-year roof shingles often use the same materials that other roof shingles use, but they use less recycled material and there’s less filler in each shingle
  • The price of 30-year roof shingles is more than that of a 15-year roof shingle, due to the density and material

 

Are 30-Year Roof Shingles Right For You?

A roof is an investment, and this is especially true of the shingles that comprise the roof. If you do not wish to spend a lot of money and have no need for an especially-strong or long-lasting roof, then this type of shingles may not be very useful to you. If you would like your roof to last for many years, and you would like to minimize the need for roof repairs, then they may just be right for you.

A good roof is a significant investment. But, the dividends that this investment can pay off are often more than worth the initial costs.

When you invest in them, you get roof shingles that are strong, sturdy, and long-lasting. By doing this, you ensure that your roof will last for a long time, with minimal issues, and that the interior of your home is protected.

For many people, this makes 30-year roof shingles a great investment. But, they can be expensive, and if you are uncertain as to whether or not you will move, then they may not be a great choice because they affect very little of your home’s resale value.

The best way to determine whether or not 30-year roof shingles are right for you is to concern your needs and wants, as well as your budget.

Here, at B&M Roofing, we can help you ask and answer those questions. Then, when you’re ready for the new roof, we can help you build and install it!

Creased Shingles

In the state of Colorado, intense wind and heavy snow is a very common occurrence. Many Coloradans are equipped to handle drastic weather changes, but homes and businesses can sustain damage during hail, rain, or snow storms. These drastic weather patterns can cause costly repairs, including commercial and residential roof deterioration. Even small tears and bends can lead to leaks and once a leak has set in, it can cascade. In some instances, roof damage may not be extensive or even noticeable. However, for this reason, it’s important to get your roof regularly inspected. An experienced Colorado roof will be able to check for common signs of water stains, curling, and creased shingles. Creased shingles are a threat to the stability and durability of any roof. But, fortunately, they’re easy to spot and, with the help of B&M Roofing, easy to fix.

creased shingles

What Are Creased Shingles?

As the name implies, creased shingles are bends in asphalt shingle roofing material. More often than not, creases are one of the most visible signs of roofing deterioration. A damaged shingle, when inspected closely, will provide roofers information helpful to a Colorado roofing inspection or evaluation. Creasing usually occurs in intense wind storms. If the wind finds leverage within the roofing material, it can push shingles up and back down until it forms what is known as a crease. If this process happens repeatedly, a shingle may tear off completely, leaving the material beneath exposed and also vulnerable.

More often than not, the crease on the shingle will begin on one side of the shingle—the right or left—but won’t reach the other side of the shingle. The creasing itself will, most likely, take the form of a faint and slightly-jagged line. Some creased shingles, though, have far more apparent creases that are larger and a bit darker.

Who Do Creased Shingles Happen?

When the wind is moving at an intense speed, it isn’t uncommon for the shingles on a roof to become loose. If the wind is especially intense, it can cause the shingles on the roof to lift up and flap in the wind. As this takes place, there are two things that can happen. One of which is that the wind, due to its intensity, pushes the shingle upwards and creates a very visible crease in the asphalt material. The other is that the loose shingle pushes up against another shingle, and by pushing up against the shingle a crease is formed on more than one.

roof damage creased shingles

That said, there are other reasons creased shingles are an indication that something “more” might be happening with your commercial or home roof. While high winds are often the culprit of creased shingles, there are instances where other roofing elements might be impacting the health of a roof. As a whole, roofing systems—including the frame, underlayment, sealant, and ventilation systems—should be working together to keep a roof strong and intact. Creased shingles can also happen for the following reasons:

  • A sealant is becoming unsealed due to age, product defect, or poor installation.
  • Installing shingles late in the year, which prevents the sealant from softening in the warm sun and, thus, it cannot perform as a reliable adhesive.
  • The sealant had dirt on it prior to the shingles being installed.
  • High overdrive, underdrive, angled, or mislocated placement of a nail.

It’s important to work with an experienced Colorado roofing company that can provide roof installations that are meant to extend the lifetime of your roof.

Wind Can Damage a Residential Roof

Due to Colorado’s intense climate, intense winds are far from an uncommon experience. When there are intense winds, it isn’t uncommon for roof shingles to be lifted from off of the roof, while still attached, and to begin flapping in the wind.

If a roof shingle isn’t bonded to the roof correctly—or, alternatively, if the adhesive has broken down—the wind can move into the open spaces underneath the shingle. When wind moves into these open spaces, it can push the roof shingle upwards, leading to the aforementioned “flapping in the wind”. Flapping roof shingles may begin to bend. A crease can easily form when shingles are bending into unnatural positions or angles.  Sometimes, though, the roof shingle doesn’t bend at an unnatural angle. Instead, it pushes up against the roof shingle that is directly below or above it. If it pushes up against this roof shingle with force, then this can cause two creases to be formed on two different roof shingles.

creased shingles and roof damage

Why Are Creased Shingles Bad?

When your roof has a creased shingle, that means two things. One, it means that there is a pocket of space underneath the shingle that is open, which is how the air got underneath it and lifted the shingle up. Two, it means that your shingle is missing granules, due to the crease. Both of these are quite bad because they directly affect the stability of your roof and its ability to protect the interior of your property.

For a shingle to become creased, it must be lifted off of the roof. But, for this to happen, a strong wind must be able to go underneath the shingle. If there is a pocket of open space underneath the shingle, then a strong wind will be able to do this, causing the shingle to lift up.

When there is a pocket of open space underneath the shingle, it means that the shingle isn’t fully protecting the interior of your property. Things like rain, ice, and wind can flow into your property. If this isn’t taken care of, it can lead to some very significant damages.

As a shingle becomes creased – whether by being bent at an unnatural angle or pushing across another shingle – it loses granules. Granules from the entirety of shingle, and they protect the shingle from the sunlight. If there are fewer granules on the shingle, then that means that the shingle itself will begin to deteriorate, becoming far less effective at keeping the interior of your property safe.

What Is The Best Way To Fix Creased Shingles?

Creased shingles must be replaced and resealed before more damage can occur. Missing granules lessen the stability and safety of an asphalt shingles roofing system and, in turn, your roof and the interior of your property. Missing granules may also allow sunlight to shine down onto the shingle, and this can easily cause the shingle to rot and decay. If this happens, then rain, snow, and wind— and all elements that Colorado experiences frequently—can break through the shingle and wreak havoc on your home. This is something to avoid as it’s both costly and destructive to the inside and outside of the property.

While noticing creased shingles usually isn’t too difficult, replacing those shingles and applying the proper adhesive to them can be difficult. That’s why, at B&M Roofing, we offer services that are dedicated to locating the creased shingles on your roof and replacing them in the most affordable and effective manner possible! If you think you’re experiencing creased shingles on your Colorado roof, give us a call today at (303) 443-5843.

Most Energy Efficient Roof

It’s not a surprise to hear that a roof may be the most important aspect of any structure, whether commercial or residential. Even if it wasn’t evident by the steep price tag—which is a significant investment by any standard—a functional roof is the very thing that protects interiors and allows businesses and homes to remain in good health. In addition, many don’t realize just how much your home or business depends on a working roof to reduce energy waste. We’re taking a minute to highlight the most energy efficient roof.

When choosing materials and reviewing design options, “green” or “eco-friendly” conscientious commercial and homeowners evaluate the lifetime cost of a building instead of short-term construction rates. Significant costs upfront may greatly reduce spending on maintenance, repairs, and materials later and save more in the long-run. And whether or not American’s are following green practices, it’s imminent that cities, in time, will adopt energy efficient guidelines. Washington State, New York City, and the District of Columbia enacted BEPS policies in 2019 that require building owners to address energy waste in existing buildings. So let’s take a look at the most energy efficient roof to stay ahead of this growing and critical trend.

B&M Roofing is committed to providing quality roofing services across the state of Colorado. Energy efficiency and clean living is just another bonus that comes with the various roofs we work on and we’re happy to help you figure out the best roofing material for your project. Give us a call today at (303) 443-5843 to learn more about our roofing services and energy efficient roofing materials. 

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Energy Efficient Roofing & “Green” Buildings

Energy efficiency is not an industry fad, despite the many misconceptions. While “green” and “eco friendly” terms may be a bit newer to the industry, they are inherent in good roofing practices. Roofing systems are meant to make your home or commercial property energy efficient. However, not all Colorado roofing contractors are created equal. Be sure to check out our article on hiring the right type of contractor for your Colorado roofing project. Still, there are some important numbers you should always recognize when assessing the value of your existing roof and a new roof replacement, especially in terms of finding the most energy efficient roof.

Energy Usage Nationwide

According to Energy Star, Americans spend an estimated $40 billion annually just to air-condition buildings. As roofing systems become aged, their materials are less durable and less protective. With time, extreme weather conditions and a deteriorating roof can severely impact the health of a home or commercial building. Older roofs are less likely to keep buildings cool and energy usage down, simply because insulation deteriorates as materials begin to wear. Many can find themselves paying double in energy costs without even realizing it.

Cool Roofs: Newest Trend in Roofing

Perhaps you’ve already heard the term “cool roofs” tossed around a time or two. If not, no worries, it’s actually only recently been a buzz word within the roofing industry. But what is a cool roof and what does it have to do with energy efficiency? Cool roofing systems are exactly as they sound. They provide a reflective barrier to reduce the total direct solar heat and, therefore, reduce the total heat of the building. Cool roofs are now mandated in many arid and hot southwestern and southern states. However, it’s also suggested that cool roofs are a good investment even in colder climates. By keeping your house relatively cooler during summer months, buildings are better equipped for reducing overall energy spend.

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Most Energy Efficient Roof

Since cool roofs have not yet hit the market in every state, many are left wondering if there are ways to be cognizant of reducing their carbon footprint while also maintaining a sound, health building. The simple answer is yes, it’s possible. However, commercial and residential building owners should know some basics about roofing principles, as well as the most energy efficient roof.

For starters, continued maintenance is key to reducing costs and keeping a good roofing system in place for longer. In fact, the longevity of your roof highly depends on regular maintenance and upkeep. Homeowners and commercial property managers should be proactive in evaluating and identifying possible roof issues to prevent leaks, damage, and more. Still, there will come a day that a roof meets its end and a new roof replacement is required—learn more about the average lifespan of a roof here. When this happens it’s helpful to know about the most energy efficent roof materials to help reduce overall costs long-term. Let’s discuss more on:

  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Concrete Tile
  • New Insulation
  • Metal Roofs

These are the types of materials that will allow Colorado commercial property and homeowners to stay ahead of cost savings for reduced energy consumption.

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Traditional Asphalt Shingles

While traditional asphalt shingles are durable and cost-effective, they’re not very energy-efficient during summer months. Asphalt shingles heat up during the day, and hold that heat through the night, making it difficult for your attic to cool off, especially during seasonal high temperatures. While a whole-house fan can help push cool air into your attic and absorb heat from your roof and mitigate asphalt shingles’ heat retention, they’re rarely friendly toward your cooling bills. In addition, asphalt shingles are more easily damaged by wind and storms.

Luckily, as technology continues to advance, there are some energy efficient asphalt shingles on the market now. Be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® certification. This roofing reflects the sun’s energy and releases it into the surrounding air to keep the upper floors of a home cooler and, therefore, less energy is required when cooling a home.

Concrete Tile

Concrete tile is more expensive than asphalt shingles, but they also come with a much longer lifespan: You can expect to get about 40 years out of a tile roof, about twice that of asphalt. They’re also much more energy-efficient, as they don’t absorb heat like asphalt. Some concrete tiles may be painted with a reflective coating to make them even more impervious to summer heat.

The downside for concrete tile roofs are:

  • expense
  • maintenance

Maintenance and expense often go hand-in-hand, but be sure to account for the inconvenience and environmental factors, as well. For one, concrete tile is not always durable for Colorado climates. Given that our state is particularly prone to damaging weather such as hail storms, concrete tile doesn’t always survive a dramatic storm and can be expensive to replace. Additionally, concrete tile is porous and therefore more prone to water damaged, plus its underlayment has to be replaced more often than the physical roof, which can quickly add up.

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Which Roof Is a Clear Winner?

The answer to this question is not as clear cut as readers may hope. Truth is, there are many different types of roofing materials that have energy efficient qualities. Metal roofs are one of the best all-around. They have a tremendous lifespan, which reduces waste by way of repairs and new construction. They’re also naturally reflective which can lower the heat that is impacting a home’s energy consumption. The most energy efficient roof, though, actually uses a combination of factors to determine the optimum commercial or residential building health to include:

  • Design and Construction
  • Roofing Material Type
  • Ventilation
  • Insulation

Construction and design refer to the type of roof such as cross-gabled, flat, or pitched. Design can refer to the color of the materials used, as that has a great impact on heating and cooling. Ventilation is probably one of the most important factors. Ventilation is a critical part of maintaining the energy efficiency of any roof. A roof that has proper ventilation allows air to circulate through an attic space. There should be vents to let air come in, as well as vents to allow it to exit.

Attic Insulation

Your roofing plays a part in keeping your heating and cooling bills under control, but don’t overlook attic insulation and ventilation. Depending upon the type of insulation you use, you should have 10 to 14 inches of coverage in your attic to keep heat from entering your home in the summer and escaping in the winter. A properly vented attic allows air circulation, helping hot air escape during the summer months.

Energy-efficient roofs can help control your home’s temperature year-round when coupled with proper design, construction, and insulation. B&M Roofing of Colorado is always happy to work with homeowners and commercial property owners to find the most energy efficient roof for their ongoing needs. Contact us today by filling out an online form or by calling (303) 443-5843.

Roofing in the Rain

Mother nature can be unpredictable. Even with advancements in weather tracking and our daily consumption of weather forecasts, there’s no guarantee a rainstorm won’t strike. As a professional roofer, roofing in the rain is not an ideal setting. Reputable roofers across Colorado usually provide their due diligence when it comes to assessing and scheduling a new roofing job. Because the weather in the Centennial State can be volatile, preparation is key. Providers of Colorado residential roofing services should have a plan in place to handle extreme weather, especially if roof work is already underway.

In general, the ideal weather conditions for roofing are clear, warm days. Why? A home or commercial building can sustain water damage during roof replacement if rainy conditions are too frequent. It doesn’t mean it’s impossible to install a reliable roof in adverse conditions, just that more precaution and measures should be taken during inclement weather.

roofing in the rain

Rainstorms in Colorado

Colorado’s extreme weather is often a sore spot for many roofers. On one hand, B&M Roofing specializes in hail damage and repair, so we’re always adequately prepared for those fixes and scenarios. However, a damaged roof isn’t the only worry when roofing in the rain. Other issues that can occur such as rain create slippery conditions that make roof-work hazardous. The best bet is hiring an insured, safe roofer.  If it starts to rain or drizzle, the roofers should act quickly to cover your OSB – most likely with a tarp.

Damage From Roofing in the Rain

What type of damage can be done when roofing in the rain? This is an important question because it may help to answer whether or not your roofing company is taking proper action to protect a new residential roof install.

Rainstorms can cause water damage to the roof decking. Roofs are framed with rafters or trusses and must be covered with sheathing or decking. Decking should be in place before other roof materials can be applied. The most common materials for this are oriented strand board (OSB) or plywood. The roof decking should never sustain water damage for the following reasons:

  • Installing roof material over wet or wrinkled barrier (decking) is against roofing code in most areas
  • Shingles will not adhere properly to wet roof decking like OSB
  • Keeping water trapped in roof decking can cause the roof to eventually swell or buckle
  • Trapped moisture can cause mold and mildew growth

roofing while it rains

If a roofer has already started working on a new residential roof install and it happens to rain, they should act immediately. First, they should make every attempt to cover the roof decking and other exposed materials. A wet roof should:

  • Dry properly, especially if it’s swelling
  • Sanded or replaced altogether

When roof decking is wet, it can swell. If a roofing contractor were to lay roofing materials over wet decking, it could cause moisture to become trapped. Consider meeting with a roofing contractor prior to hiring as they should be able to explain various building codes in your area and disclose tactics to avoid roofing in the rain.

Roofing Warranties

What other impacts does roofing in the rain carry? If you didn’t already know, new roof installations usually (and should) come with two types of roofing warranties. A reputable company will provide details for both:

  • Manufacturer Warranty
  • Craftsmanship/Workmanship Warranty

Manufacturer warranties will guarantee the durability of the roofing material you’ve selected for your home. The warranty will usually vary by roofing type such as asphalt shingles, metal, tile, or shake and usually ranges from 25 to 50 years. However, a manufacturer does not guarantee the product warranty unless the roofing contractor adheres to set guidelines. For example, the manufacturer is not liable for damage that results from faulty workmanship. If a roofing installer decides to work under less-than-ideal weather conditions, such as rain, it could lead to your manufacturer voiding their warranty. Avoid bad workmanship at all costs!

Emergency Repairs in the Rain

If you’re experiencing leaks and damage during a rainstorm, don’t panic! While roofing services should avoid severe rainstorms, experienced roofers should have temporary fixes when a rainy day is unavoidable. Emergency roofing repairs should make immediate fixes to protect your home from extensive damage.

Note: Colorado is notorious for hail and rainstorms. Unfortunately, storms can wreak havoc on homes throughout Colorado state, costing thousands in damages and repairs. Storms also entice dishonest roofing contractors who are looking to scam panicked homeowners. An untrustworthy contractor may tell you that it’s okay to install shingles on a wet surface in order to get the job done quickly. Think twice before you hire roofers that appear to be in a rush. If it’s been raining, time is the only way to ensure damage control is met.

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Avoid Roofing in the Rain

All in all, the best practice for any roofer is to avoid roofing in the rain. Considering the various issues that can occur, it’s worth it to take time to evaluate weather conditions and assess the time of year to consider a roof replacement. That said, there are many instances where the rain is unavoidable and unpredictable. In these instances, be sure you’re working with a roof that considers all possibilities and has a dedicated backup plan in the event of inclement weather. Steps should be taken to protect existing materials and completed work. Delaying a repair or replacement for a few days is well worth the wait. Rain can be extremely unforgiving, but the good news is, it won’t last forever.

Considering a new roof replacement? Contact B&M Roofing in Colorado. As a highly reputable company, we offer a variety of services for commercial and residential properties throughout the state. We can help you decide the best materials and we’ll be forthright with our process and planning. Contact us directly at (303) 443-5843.

 

How Often Should I Have My Roof Inspected

Every roof is a little bit different. Because of that, it isn’t always easy to say when, exactly, a specific roof should be expected. That’s why there are specific guidelines and recommendations that have been developed, over the years, regarding how often your roof should be inspected and the kinds of factors that will greatly affect your roof. Being aware of these guidelines and factors will make it easier for you to maintain the quality of your roof, while also knowing when its time for your roof to have a professional inspection. Find out below: how often should I have my roof inspected?

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What Affects Your Roof?

The quality and stability of your roof are affected by a wide variety of different factors. The most important factors, though, are the ones that relate to the weather. Factors such as rain, hail, snow, and the sun. Each one of these different factors will affect the quality and stability of your roof in various ways.

Every year, Colorado experiences a fair amount of rain, a decent amount of hail, a lot of snow, and plenty of sun. Because of that, most residential and commercial roofs are capable of handling those elements. But, this certainly doesn’t negate the fact that those elements can have a significant impact on the quality and stability of your roof.

If there’s a significant amount of rain, it isn’t uncommon for the shingles on that roof to absorb the moisture. When this happens, it’s inevitable that the shingles will weaken, which leads to those shingles falling off. If that doesn’t happen, though, too much rain can also lead to the shingles rotting, which means they take longer to fall or create mold. Mold is especially bad as it can degrade not just that shingle, but the entirety of your roof.

More often than not, heavy rain isn’t a significant issue. But, hail can lead to very big problems that affect your roof in a variety of less-than-pleasant ways. In fact, Colorado usually experiences three-to-four catastrophic hail storms every year, and each one of these hail storms often leads to over $25 million dollars in insured damage. The reason for this is that hail is quite strong, and it comes down at a quick pace. This can lead to gutters being dented and cracked open. But, it can also lead to entire shingles breaking down, or the granules that comprise the shingle falling off. If any of those things take place, it isn’t unlikely that the entire roof would begin to fall apart.

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Since Colorado experiences so much snow, snow-related roof damage is incredibly common. Usually, snow-related roof damage occurs due to one of three things. If there is too much snow on a roof, it can lead to that roof collapsing. If there is a lot of snow on a roof, when that snow melts and then freezes again, it will expand and damage the foundation of the roof along with a large portion of the roof. If the roof isn’t particularly stable or dense, then all of that melted snow can flow through the ceiling and into your home, leading to cracks in your roof, damaged walls, and other issues.

The sun has a significant effect on your roof, but this effect often takes place over time. As the sun’s rays shine down on a roof, the roofing material expands, and then it contracts as the sunsets. This can lead to the roof becoming less and less stable, leading to leaks, cracks, and other problems.

How Can You Inspect Your Roof On Your Own?

A professional inspection will always be preferable to that of a do-it-yourself inspection. The reason for this is that a professional inspection is far more thorough and elaborate, ensuring that every facet of the roof is inspected and that any problems are noted. But, for the times when a professional inspection simply isn’t an option, a do-it-yourself inspection can be very useful.

To inspect your roof on your own, there are a series of different things that you must pay attention to. By paying attention to these things, you will be able to determine the current quality and stability of your roof. But, it’s important to remember that this inspection is no replacement for a professional inspection. So, if you suspect there’s something wrong with your roof, it’s best to just hire a professional.

Take a look at the material that comprises most of your roof. For many people, these will be the shingles. Make sure to look for any shingles that are either broken or completely missing. If any of those shingles has been dented or cracked, take note of that. The same applies to any other material that your roof is composed of, make sure it’s all there and that it isn’t damaged.

Right after taking a look at the surface of your roof, you need to inspect the gutters. Make sure that your gutters are sturdy, check to see if they’re loose or rusty. Check what’s in the gutters too, if you can. If there are granules from your roof’s shingles, then that means the shingles are breaking down.

To end the process, it’s important to make sure that there isn’t any debris – even just moss, for example – on your roof or in your gutter. If there is – or, even if your gutters have gunk in them – make sure to remove it and to see if it has lead to any damage.

From that, you will have performed a very basic do-it-yourself inspection. If, during the inspection, there are specific areas that you want to inspect, then inspect them. Just remember, though, that this is a very simple inspection and it isn’t a replacement for a professional inspection.

  • Performing a do-it-yourself inspection is quite easy, but  by no means, replaces a professional inspection
  • To perform a do-it-yourself inspection, you need to inspect the surface of your roof to make sure that the material is still present and not damaged in any way
  • Right after that, make sure to look at the gutters to see if they are cracked, rusty, or loose
  • To end the process, make sure there isn’t any debris on the roof or in the gutters, and if so – even if it’s just moss – remove it and see if any damage has occurred

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How Often Should I Have My Roof Inspected?

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you have your roof inspected twice-per-year. By having your roof inspected twice-per-year, you can catch and prevent any significant problems before their true effects become apparent. But, if you have dealt with a significant weather event – such as a snowstorm – then it’s best to have your roof inspected sooner rather than later.

As a general rule, having your roof inspected twice-per-year is ideal. That way, you can catch, and prevent, any significant problems before they arise. But, if you experience a significant weather event or some very recognizable damage, then it’s important to have your roof inspected as soon as possible.

Right after roof damage is recognized, or a significant weather event takes place, a contractor can come out and inspect your roof. By doing this, you will learn all about the current state of the roof, the damage that took place, and what can be done to fix it. But, if you wait to do this, the damage may become worse, leading to bigger problems down the road.

At B&M Roofing, we offer a free estimate. By having us come over, you will be able to learn all about the current state of your roof, what kinds of repairs are needed, and how much all of that will cost.

 

Woodpecker on a Roof

A woodpecker on a roof can pose a serious issue for homeowners. If you’ve ever been awoken to the incessant pecking of a woodpecker, note that is a process to deter them. These birds are known for their many benefits. On one hand, they’re extremely fun to watch, plus they’re extremely resourceful hunters, usually eating their body weight in insects. They can help prevent insect infestation in your home. However, while beautiful and majestic creatures, woodpeckers are also known for causing damage to homes and commercial buildings and, yes, occasionally being a nuisance. It can be difficult to get rid of these birds once they’ve become fixated on your home’s wood frame and its roof. A woodpecker on a roof can be extremely costly.

Looking for a way to dissuade woodpeckers from sticking around for a long time? Read below on some preventive steps you can take.

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Nature of Woodpeckers

A woodpecker on a roof is a common occurrence simply because of their nature and preferences. Your home can be an ideal place for pecking holes or to create a space for nesting. In Spring, male woodpeckers will begin drilling, or what is technically referred to as drumming, to attract female woodpeckers. Generally, woodpeckers will select trees to initiate their mating calls. However, it can cause issues if they select your home for drilling, instead. It’s true. These birds have, indeed, taken a liking to home materials such as metal gutters, siding, window frames, and roofing.

Woodpeckers are known to peck 20 times per second. This can cause significant damage. Woodpeckers eat bugs, sap, fruit, nuts, and seeds. In the yard, they are often attracted to suet feeders or nut feeders, and may even visit nectar or jelly feeders. Hanging bird feeders isn’t only appealing to hummingbirds. For a woodpecker on a roof, it can be yet another reason for them to stick around.

Woodpeckers usually hammer on homes for four different reasons:

  • It certifies their territory and works for mating purposes.
  • They are burrowing to make a nest. The hole will be large and round.
  • The woodpecker may be drawn to insects that are feeding on the house.
  • They, also, drum to create a place for food storage.

Understanding the specific reasons a woodpecker may be drawn to your home will give you a better idea of how to address the underlying issue. A woodpecker on a roof may mean that you’re experiencing termite issues. Therefore, addressing a termite problem may help to deter the woodpecker from continuing its drilling. On the other hand, if they’re attempting to make a nest, making that area of your home inhospitable can quickly solve your issue, too.

Woodpecker Deterrent

How can you deter a woodpecker on a roof? Given the many reasons a woodpecker is drawn to your home, it’s important to first identify what is appealing. A quick way to determine these circumstances is to take a look at what types of holes they are drilling or drumming. If they’re creating a nest, the hole will be in a focused area and allow for enough space for the bird to climb in comfortably. If they’re drilling for insects within the home, you’re more likely to see sporadic drilling. Sporadic drilling can be more costly to repair given that there isn’t any containment of the damage.

Regardless of why a woodpecker is on a roof, it’s important to note that there are various methods for deterring a woodpecker. There are objects that can serve to dissuade these birds from taking up your home as their residence. Similarly, you can make your home inhospitable to insects, which will also make it less appealing for woodpeckers who prey on these same bees, mosquitos, caterpillars, termites, and more.

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Here are a few methods for deterring a woodpecker on a roof:

Motion Deterrent

Windsocks or windmills placed around the roof, particularly near affected areas may work to scare woodpeckers away. Because birds tend to ignore visual stimuli, visual deterrents should move with the wind to be most effective. Plastic owls and other birds of prey are less effective, as woodpeckers will acclimate to their presence after a few days, and ignore them.

Don’t have anything on hand? Some homeowners opt for using something cost-effective and found laying around. A compact disk, for example, is a great visual aid to dissuade woodpeckers from visiting. Simply hang an old CD from a string or fishing wire near the area where drilling has started. Subtle movements and the reflection on the CD aid in helping the woodpecker to see movement on the home, successfully scaring them away.

Visual Deterrent

Some woodpeckers may be frightened by reflections and the shadows they create. Hanging aluminum pans or aluminum foil around affected areas of your home may scare them away. Homeowners may also use mirrors or wind chimes that can reflect sunlight. These can be used in combination with motion deterrents.

Audio Deterrent

Many hardware stores carry motion-activated alarms that emit noises that scare woodpeckers away. These may simply emit a loud noise that keeps woodpeckers from becoming comfortable around your home, or sounds of predators and woodpeckers in distress.

Pest Control

Woodpeckers may be attracted to your home because of an infestation of insects. Talk with an exterminator to eliminate the food supply that draws woodpeckers to your home. Dealing with infestations of insects is a good maintenance practice.

woodpecker on a roof

Physical Deterrent

Many hardware stores offer bird deterrent products such as bird repellent tape that can be installed in areas around the affected area. If you’re noticing oblong shaped holes in your home’s roof, it may be an indication that the male and female woodpeckers are nesting. Consider building an external nesting box.

Roofing & Woodpeckers

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Are Roof Repairs Tax Deductible?

You just cut a check to a roofing company and, a wise homeowner that you are, are looking for a way to get the most benefit from your expense. It’s only normal to wonder, “Are roof repairs tax deductible?” Like most tax-related questions, the answer isn’t as clear-cut as you’d like. There’s a distinction between home repairs and home improvements. Each is defined differently and, for tax purposes, it’s important to understand how each can and cannot be applicable.

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What Are Home Improvements?

“Home Improvement” is a term most homeowners will hear more than once. Being able to distinguish between a home improvement and repair is not always straightforward, though. However, the definition is fairly clear and self-explanatory. Home improvement is any update on a residential building that contributes to its over life quality and usefulness. In general, home improvement projects tend to be larger jobs with bigger picture goals, such as a new HVAC unit or complete overhauls and redesigned spaces. The bonus on home improvements is their ability to increase the overall value of a home.

Most home improvement projects have some defining characteristics that include:

  • Adapts an existing space or object for a new use
  • Adds new space or objects that were not there before
  • Upgrades an existing space or object

Some common examples of home improvements include:

  • Roof replacements
  • Kitchen and bathroom renovations
  • Backyard landscape/hardscape
  • Building onto an existing structure
  • Window replacements

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What Are Home Repairs?

Repairs can feel a lot like home improvements and, at times, there is some overlap to the term. In a more general sense, however, repairs are typically jobs that have a much smaller scope. In addition, they serve to help ensure a residential property remains in functioning order and is liveable. Most times, repairs are meant to restore an otherwise broken or dysfunctioning system within a home. It can add value to the home in some instances, but more times than not, repairs are more of a necessity than a clear investment to increase a homes’ sale price. Most times, repairs cost less than home improvements and don’t require a ton of overhaul since their typically smaller projects.

Some of the most common examples of home repairs include:

  • Replacing a few roofing shingles, tiles, or repairing a portion of a metal roof
  • Repainting a room or bathroom
  • Replacing appliances
  • Termite damage
  • Installing new plumbing pipes
  • Fixing a broken sink
  • Mold repair

What Are Tax-Deductible Homes Updates?

All of this brings us back to our original question: are roof repairs tax deductible? As with most things tax-related, things can get blurry and very complicated. The quickest answer to this question is: it depends. Home improvements on a personal residence are generally not tax-deductible for federal income taxes. However, installing energy-efficient equipment on your property may qualify you for a tax credit, and renovations to a home for medical purposes may qualify as a tax-deductible medical expense. When it comes to the Renewable Energy Tax Credit, the IRS states “energy saving improvements” made to a personal residence before January 1, 2020 qualify for the credit, which is equal to 30% of the cost of the property installed. Your personal residence can include your primary home and a vacation home.

That said, there are some nuances to these rules. For instance, since home improvements generally improve the overall value of the home, you can file for a tax deduction for years following a big home improvement project. Home improvements must be deducted over a set depreciation schedule.

Are roof repairs tax deductible?

Given that a residential homeowner is attempting to restore something to its original state, home repairs are usually tax-deductible in the same year the work is completed. For example, if your roof repair cost $3000, you can save a certain percentage on your taxes in that same year. Yes, roof repairs are, therefore, tax-deductible. Types of roof repairs to account for include:

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Leaky Roof Repair

The IRS treats repairs and home improvements differently. In the IRS’s eyes, a home repair is any expense made fix broken or deteriorating parts of your home. These expenses aren’t tax-deductible in any way. Fixing a leaky roof clearly falls under the tax man’s definition of a home repair, and won’t give you a break on your next tax bill.

Replacing A Roof: Nuances Explained

The IRS treats home improvements a little differently. Home improvement is an investment you make that improves the condition of your home, or brings it back up to the condition in which you purchased it. In most cases, putting a new roof on your home qualifies as a home improvement, which can help lower your taxes … but just not next April 15.

Further confusing matters, it’s not a deduction you can claim like your mortgage interest or charitable contributions. It’s considered part of the “basis” of your home (essentially, the cost of your home’s purchase plus the expense of all qualifying improvements), that’s used to tally your capital gains taxes when you sell your home. In briefest terms, if you spend $3,000 putting a new roof on your home, it makes your home’s cost increase by $3,000 in the eyes of the IRS.

Unfortunately, you’ll only be able to capitalize on this expense when you sell your home (so save all paperwork), and not in the year you pay for the roof. What’s more, homeowners don’t pay gains on the first $250,000 in profit of your home and double that if you file married. So unless your home appreciates more than $250,000 before you sell it, the cost of your roof improvement is meaningless.

Don’t scoff at the $250,000 mark! Colorado’s home prices are skyrocketing, and many homeowners who have been in a home for several years may be facing selling a home that exposes them to capital gains liabilities.

Are roof repairs tax deductible? There’s no quick and easy answer, but most homeowners (not owners of rental properties) are always best served holding onto documentation for improvements such as a new roof.

What Type of Roof is Best for Snow

Colorado’s heavy snowfall can be impactful for all residential and commercial roofs. Given that snowfall is a regular occurrence in the Centennial State, it’s best to know how to protect your roof from heavy snowfall and the damage it can often inflict. What type of roof is best for snow? With advancing technologies, roofing materials have evolved, allowing for more application and better performance against harsh, inclement weather. Now, there are several types of roofs that offer excellent snow protection.

These are roofs that ensure that, no matter the intensity of Colorado weather, your property is protected. Let’s review a few types of roofs that are best for snow. 

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How Does Snow Affect Commercial And Residential Roofs?

Even though commercial and residential roofs are, generally speaking, quite different, the effects of snow are very similar. Most of the problems that snow presents, to roofs, have to do with the weight of snow and whether or not a roof can remain sturdy while being covered in snow. Beyond that, snow can also lead to cracks in the roof, ice dams, damaged gutters; as well as a plethora of other, equally difficult, problems.

One of the most common problems snow causes – to both commercial and residential roofs – is that of straining the roof. Every roof is only capable of holding so much weight, and if there is too much snow on a roof, then that roof will be unable to remain sturdy. When this happens, it isn’t uncommon for a roof to slowly break down or collapse completely.

Even if there’s just a small amount of snow on a roof, that small amount of snow can lead to big problems. This is especially true if the snow melts and then freezes again, turning into ice. When that happens, large blocks of ice can form. These blocks of ice can easily strain the roof, leading to the same problems that heavy snowfall often leads to. Plus, if ice is present on the edges of the roof or in the gutters, then the flashing can be torn off the roof and the gutters can break down.

When there is too much snow on a roof that isn’t well-equipped for it, this can lead to small cracks being created along the roof. These can be difficult to notice – especially if there’s still snow on the roof – but they often lead to significant problems. If water flows into these cracks, it can lead to water leaking into the building. But, if water flows into the crack and freezes, then the crack will grow and expand. If these problems aren’t treated, then the entirety of the roof’s structure can be damaged completely.

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In What Ways Does Colorado’s Weather Affect Commercial/Residential Roofing Needs?

Every year, the state of Colorado experiences, on average, anywhere from sixty-to-one-hundred-inches of snow. Since Colorado experiences so much snow, commercial and residential properties in Colorado must have roofs that are built for snow, as well as the cold temperatures and ice that follow. Without adequate roofing, commercial and residential properties are far more likely to experience damages related to snow, ice, and cold temperatures.

Since Colorado experiences so much snow, and on such a regular basis, residential and commercial roofs must be well-equipped to handle that snow. But, if they aren’t capable of handling large amounts of snow, as well as protecting against ice and cold temperatures, then this can easily lead to damages. 

Throughout the years, Colorado has experienced its fair share of snowstorms. Snowstorms are far more severe in their effects, with regards to roof health, than regular snow, because snowstorms bring far more snow than a regular snow event. When a significant amount of snow piles on your roof, this can lead to the roof becoming unstable and breaking down, simply because it isn’t capable of holding that much snow.

When a snowstorm passes, though, and the sun rises – just as it does 243-days of the year, on average – all of that snow will begin to melt. As all of that snow begins to melt, it will fall into the cracks and crevices that are located all across your roof. Alternatively, it may melt, freeze again, and form large blocks of ice that, due to their size, damage a large portion of your roof.

  • Colorado experiences a lot of snow, every single year
  • Snowstorms are also a relatively frequent experience in Colorado
  • Since Colorado experiences so much snow, the probability of roof damage is greatly increased
  • Snow, ice, and cold temperatures can lead to roof collapse, cracks forming in the roof, and chunks of the roof falling apart due to ice blocks forming

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What Type of Roof is Best for Snow?

For commercial and residential properties, there are certain types of roofs that are ideal for the frequent snow that Colorado experiences. These roofs offer features and design traits that allow them to remain strong and sturdy, no matter how snowy, icy, or cold it is. Because of those qualities, these are the best roofs for snow.

Metal Roofing Colorado

For a commercial and residential property in Colorado, a metal roof is exceptionally useful. Since metal roofs are made of metal, they can withstand large amounts of snow piling on top of them. But, along with that, the design of most metal roofs ensures that snow and ice will simply slide off of the roof, rather than becoming stuck to the roof.

Cement Roofing Colorado

Cement roofing isn’t as common, due to its high price, but it’s one of the best roofing materials to have for protecting against the snow. Cement is one of the strongest roofing materials available, and it’s capable of holding a large quantity of snow and ice, while also protecting against heavy winds. Plus, due to the density of cement, no moisture can flow into the middle of the roofing structure and freeze.

Slate Roofing Colorado

Slate roofs are not only quite beautiful, but they’re some of the strongest roofs available. Due to the durability and strength of slate, it’s capable of withstanding heavy snow, hail, ice, wind, and fire. Most slate tiles work well on sloped roofs, as well, making it easy for snow, ice, and rain to flow off of them. But, while slate is a strong material that’s perfect for Colorado’s weather, it is very expensive.

How to Inspect a Roof

Roof repairs and replacements are one of the most costly investments for residential homeowners and commercial property managers. Many assume that a roof is in working order so long as there aren’t any apparent leaks or cracks. Neglecting regular maintenance and inspections can, in the long-run, be more costly and cause more inconvenience than necessary. Structural damage usually happens by the time most are even able to detect a roof leak. Rather than take this path, it’s important to schedule regular maintenance to ensure proper care for an expensive investment. Roofs, after all, are what protect your home and business from outside elements. Want to learn more about how to inspect a roof? We’re giving you more tips below.

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Why Is Roof Inspection Important?

A routine roof inspection is one of those preventive maintenance tasks that often go overlooked. Instead, try to stay on top of it. Why are inspections important, though? Roof inspections allow you to stay engaged with the overall health of your roof and it allows you to take proactive steps prior to having to make drastic and costly repairs. Be sure to set your calendars for once-per-year reminders for general roof inspections and roof maintenance. While it’s advisable to utilize a trusted Colorado roofing expert to complete this task, it’s also possible to do-it-yourself. Learn more about the specifics on how to inspect a roof below. 

Regular inspections are usually covered with most roofing craftsmanship warranties. Be sure to check on this before you hire a Colorado roofer.

Roofing inspections conducted by professionals are usually completed quickly and painlessly. Whatever roofing company installed your roof should be able to provide these services, especially if they are trusted and reliable experts. Typically, they have a set of procedures to execute in order to evaluate and provide a clear idea of some key factors. Most roofers are looking for the following details during their roof inspection:

  1. What is the integrity of the current roof?
  2. How much longer will it last?
  3. Are there damaged areas or areas of concern?
  4. When will a new roof installation be absolutely necessary?

Hiring Experts for Your Roof Inspection

Hiring an expert to complete a roof inspection is a good idea for a few reasons. First, professional roofers have tools and experience in evaluating thousands of roofs. They automatically understand the components that make up a roof and can easily spot detect areas of concern. Additionally, roofers often don’t need to tear anything apart. Most will use an infrared device to detect hot spots. Heat escaping will be immediately evident, thus making it fool-proof in finding compromised sections in your roofing structure. The roofer can then call out those areas as ‘problematic’ and possibly prone to leaks or damage.

How to Inspect a Roof

If you’re not wanting to hire a roofing expert for your roof inspection, it’s still important that you continue with regular maintenance. Similar to changing the oil in your car, having someone examine the roof quality can help to avoid extremely expensive repairs. In addition, because roof replacements are an investment, insurance companies and lenders will often require documentation of ongoing maintenance to ensure proper care before coverage is dispersed.

Knowing how to inspect a roof is an important part of property ownership. To begin, always start by taking a walk around the perimeter of the property. You’ll want to examine for noticeable damage, such as cracked, and lifts in the roofing material. Significant damage will always be immediately apparent, while more subtle issues less so. Still, taking a walk around your property may help you to evaluate gradual changes in your roofing systems, especially after a storm or natural occurrence.

Be sure to inspect your roof from the inside out. Here are a few suggestions on how to inspect a roof inside for possible leaks.

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Potential signs of leaks occurring inside:

  1. Dark areas on ceilings
  2. Peeling paint or wallpaper
  3. Damp spots along fireplaces
  4. Water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace
  5. Water spots or wet roof decking (seen through the attack)

Potential signs of leaks occurring outside:

  • Missing or torn shingles. Old shingles will curl, split, and lose their waterproofing effectiveness.
  • Rusted or missing flashing can result in a leaking roof
  • Check gutters, downspouts and splash pans for evidence of decay or damage

If leaks are detected early enough, repairs may help to keep costs down and support the integrity of the roof. If left unattended, leaks can lead to structural damage and cause a cascade of other issues such as electrical faults, mold, and plumbing issues. Request a leak repair from B&M Roofing in Colorado here.

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Other Tips: How to Inspect a Roof

Need more tips on how to properly inspect a roof. Consider the following tips:

  1. Identify areas with moss, algae, and piles of leaves – these areas are notorious for causing costly leaks and water damage.
  2. Keep your eye out for buckled and curled shingles! Hot air from attics often causes shingles to buckle and curl away from the home, putting your roof and home at great risk for weather damage and poor roof ventilation.
  3. Look for missing, damaged, and aged shingles – this is the leading cause of roof damage.
  4. It is so important to clean your gutters and roof overhangs and maintain your downspouts.
  5. Look closely for granule loss (texture on shingles). Granule loss indicates that shingles have aged or have been affected by severe weather, and are no longer protecting your home against damaging storms.
  6. If your roof has an attic look for a possible indication of warping wood, water damage, and damaged trusses.

B&M Roofing in Colorado

We stand behind the workmanship of every roof we install for Colorado commercial and residential properties. We encourage our customers to consider regular maintenance and can offer plans through our roof asset management program. In addition, we offer leak repair services that can help prevent you from having to drop thousands in new installation costs.