Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles

Weighing the pros and cons of a new roof is an important first step for residential homeowners. Purchasing a new roof is an investment, and a hefty one at that, so it’s important to complete your due diligence prior to hiring a reliable roofing contractor. One of the first items of business is understanding the different components of a roof and how they work together. The material will play a crucial role in price and lifespan. Two of the most popular styles of roofs are metal and shingles. So let’s take a closer look at metal roof vs asphalt shingles.

Looking for new residential roofing services? B&M Roofing offers experts and quality roofs for homeowners throughout Colorado. It can be an overwhelming process, so be sure to check out our blog breaking down all of the roofing basics.

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Installing a New Roof

If it’s time for a new roof, note that it may take some time to research and determine the best path forward. One of the most overwhelming aspects of homeownership is the ongoing costs of maintenance and upkeep. However, making the right moves can help save a ton of money in the long run. For example, selecting quality workmanship for a new roof can make a world of difference to the lifespan of the end product, therefore, cutting costs for repairs and new replacements later down the road.

Be sure to carefully select a roofing contractor, as all are not created equal. Here are some tips you should consider before hiring a Colorado roofing contractor. Aside from this, it’s also important to determine your home needs.

Selecting Materials

One of the most important items of business when selecting a new roof is the materials that will be used. On one hand, most homeowners have a preference for materials due to their aesthetics and outward appearance. However, more important items should also be taken into account such as:

  • Roof Structure
  • Product cost
  • Material weight
  • Installation Requirements
  • Environment/Weather factors

You may notice that different regions of the US feature various styles of roofing. Considering the weather patterns is a huge determining factor. Some roofing materials are more durable than others under certain circumstances. Colorado, in particular, is prone to heavy snow, rain, and even hail. For this reason, metal roofs can be considered a more ideal material to use. However, there are pros and cons to every type of material. Are asphalt shingles a close secondary option?

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Metal Roof vs Asphalt Shingles

Consider the various pros and cons of a metal roof vs. asphalt shingles. Determine needs for your home, weather patterns, and upkeep. Also, figure out the best look for your home as it will be an enjoyment for years to come. In all, roofing materials should come backed with a manufacture warranty, and you should only consider working with Colorado roofers that offer workmanship warranties, as well.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have a variety of benefits, especially in consideration of their application and variety of looks. In fact, newer asphalt shingles can be made to look more like tile, wood shake, and slate, which gives homeowners more of a variety to select from. Asphalt shingles are the most common material used in the United States for roofs, likely due to their low cost and durability. They’re also easier to install than other selections.

Pros

Quick to install, economically affordable, comes in a variety of colors/styles

Cons

Shorter lifespan, quality varies

Metal Roof

One of the most durable materials to choose for your home roof is metal. Fortunately, metal combats the most drastic weather conditions and is suitable for colder climates like that in Colorado. Additionally, metal roofs can come in various colors to match your home style. However, the downside is that metal roofs are difficult to install and can be very expensive. For hail prone Colorado, though, most homeowners select this material as their preferred option.

Pros

Durable, long lifespan, reliable, comes in a variety of colors

Cons

Expensive, difficult to install, short-term future may not be worth the investment.

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Metal roof over shingles

Metal roofs are far more durable than almost any other option, withstanding much of Colorado’s extreme weather. These roofs have been known to last 50-60 years (and sometimes even longer) without any issues. That durability costs homeowners upfront: In most cases, metal roofing can cost two to four times as much as traditional shingles per square foot, though that number can be much higher if you opt for high-end copper or zinc roofing.

Choosing between shingles or a metal roof ultimately comes down to how much you’re willing to invest and how long you plan on staying in your home. If you plan to stick around for a while, a metal roof is well worth your investment, but if you have plans to sell in the short-term future, going with asphalt shingles is a safe and wise decision that remains popular for good reason.

Final Decision: Metal Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles

The final decision is ultimately up to the homeowner. Discuss quality and workmanship with your roofing contractor and obtain free estimates for your upcoming project. Be sure to do research upfront to get a full scope of needs/requirements for your home in addition to obtaining critical information for upkeep and maintenance.

B&M Roofing offers a wide variety of styles and options for residential roofing. Give us a call today for a free estimate at (303) 443-5843.

Roofs and Wind Damage

Obvious weather elements that cause destructions, rain or hail, are just the start of a homeowner’s roofing concern. Widely ignored is wind damage from these same storms. Strong, violent winds create stress points on a roof that eventually become compromised. Immediately replacing damaged roofing systems will save your home from water damage.

How Wind Damages Your Roof

Strong winds can move in many directions in a storm, catching corners and perimeters of your roof. Anywhere the roofing material is even a little loose, the wind gets below and pries it up. The next time a storm strikes, the lifted materials have surface area for the wind to catch onto. It’s a self-reinforcing reaction once the wind starts damaging shingles, with each successive storm further damaging your home. Once shingles are damaged, you risk water damage.

How to Check for Roof Wind Damage

Wind-damaged shingles’ appearance varies by their type:

  • Composition Shingles: curling, loss of granulation, broken, damaged or missing shingles
  • Wood Shingles/Shakes: Mold or decay, splitting or curling
  • Flat Roof: Patches, cracks or tears, several blisters and/or wrinkles
  • Flashing: Tears, buckling around roof penetrations
  • Roofing cement: Excess current, crumbling

Perform an Outdoor Inspection

Check for missing and damaged shingles on your roof and around your home. While you are checking your roof, inspect the chimney, ventilation pipes, roof flashing, gutters and fencing that also suffer from damaging winds and storms.

Perform an Indoor Inspection

Moisture marks, brown, yellow or grey stains, and peeling paint on walls and/or ceilings all indicate a damaged, leaking roof as well as damp rafters or leaks in your attic. If there is a sudden increase in energy costs, this could be a sign your roofing ventilation has been compromised.

If you notice signs of roof damage, call B&M Roofing at 303.443.5843. We provide roofing service and repair on everything from small residential roofs to complicated high-end commercial properties throughout Colorado and its surrounding areas. For more information, visit Quality Roofing Service and Repair for a complete list of services B&M Roofing provides.

10 Roof Maintenance Tips for Fall

As we roll into autumn, the clear skies of summer are waning and thunderstorms and snow will be making their way to Colorado. Roof maintenance is often neglected during this time of year, but seemingly small problems can turn into costly repairs down the line. Taking the time to inspect your roof now will save you some cash and a headache in the future.

Here are our top 10 roof maintenance tips for fall. 

  1. 1. Look out for leaks 
  2. If you see signs of leaking, mold, or dampness in your attic, call a professional ASAP. Catching a leak early will only cost you a few bucks to fix, but the worse it gets, the more expensive it will be to repair. 
  3. 2. Get rid of debris
  4. Excess debris can damage shingles, allow algae to grow and clog your gutters. To prevent this, make sure to sweep off sticks and leaves from your roof whenever you’re cleaning your gutters. 
  5. 3. Don’t let the snow pile up 
  6. Colorado has been known to see it’s first snow as early as October. When the first snowstorm hits, take a shovel or rake and gently pull snow off the roof to avoid it from collapsing. 
  7. 4. Manage the moss
  8. Routinely checking for signs of fungus and algae. Fungus and algae create moss, which can retain moisture and freeze, causing damage to your shingles. If you do happen to find moss, invest in some zinc or lead control strips to get rid of it. 
  9. 5. Trim the trees
  10. Long branches can scratch or even remove roofing materials. Removing branches that are getting close to your roof can save you a ton in the long-run. 
  11. 6. Inspect your shingles 
  12. After hailstorms, make sure to check for curling or loose shingles and for damaged flashing. These things can get worse over time, so catching them early will help your roof last as long as possible 
  13. 7. Never power wash
  14. When you see fungus or debris on the roof, you may get the urge to power wash it all off. Don’t do that. Power washing can push water under your shingles and weaken the roof’s structure. Carefully removing debris and fungus with a broom or rake is the best way to go. 
  15. 8. Clean your gutters 
  16. Fall is one of the worst times of the year for your gutters. The leaves will fall from your trees and accumulate in your gutters, leading to clogs. Cleaning these leaves out will prevent damage by allowing rain to drain properly off your roof. 
  17. 9. Watch for pests 
  18. Termites, rats, squirrels, and other pests can cause serious damage to your roof. If you see signs of small animals or pests try to remove them immediately. 
  19. 10. Install insulation 
  20. Insulation not only keeps your house warm during the cold months of fall, but it can also prevent your roof from warping. It prevents snow from refreezing and causing water damage to your roof. If you don’t already have attic insulation, invest in some as soon as possible. 

Consider these maintenance tips to save time and money on your roof this fall. Contact us with any questions you have!

 

Is a Leaking Roof an Emergency?

No matter how big or small a leaking roof might seem – it’s an emergency. A small leak can soon develop into a big problem and a big leak can quickly lead to a lot of water damage in your home. If you have a leaky roof, you may not need to replace the entire roof. Sometimes, a combination of smaller repairs and preventative maintenance can stop you from having problems in the future. Here are some things to look out for if you are experiencing a leaky roof and ways you can help prevent leaks in the future.

Find the Source of Your Leaking Roof

If your roof is leaking, the first thing you should do is try to find the source of the leak inside your home or business. Look for puddles on the floor or carpet, dripping water coming from your ceilings, rustic wall stains or moisture in the wall resulting in peeling paint. Often times, if you have an attic – that is the best place to start. Check the insulation in between the floor joists to see if there are any signs of water damage, mold, or stains.

Damage Control

Soak up any standing water and use buckets or large cooking pots to collect any dripping water. Move anything in your affected room(s) that could be damaged by moisture. Put down drop cloths, garbage bags or tarps to prevent any further moisture on your floors and carpets. If you are able to safely access your roof, a tarp is a quick and easy temporary solution to prevent further leaking until you’re able to get a professional roofer to assess your leaky roof.

Preventative Maintenance

Prevent leaky roofs in the future by regularly maintaining the area around your roof. Trim any low-hanging tree limbs around your property. These can scrape and damage your roof’s surface and with high winds, loose branches can come off and cause damage. Make sure your chimney is maintained – smaller roof leaks can be caused by missing or cracked chimney flashing or pipe collars. Clean your gutters if they are clogged with leaves, dirt or debris. Your gutters act as your roof’s drainage system and they play a significant role in keeping your roof leak-free.

A roofing emergency can cause a lot of headaches, but with the help of a reliable and responsible roofing company, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. If your roof is leaking, contact a professional roofing company to help. Don’t try to repair the roof on your own – there’s too much risk of injury and a homeowner won’t properly assess the actual damage.

At B&M Roofing, we specialize in commercial and residential roofing repair. No repair project is too large or too small and we are confident in the quality of our service work and the commitment of our craftsmen. Contact B&M Roofing today to get a free estimate.

 

Tar and Gravel Roofs: What You Need to Know

Tar and gravel roofs are composed of laminated layers of asphalt based sheets, hot tar, and roofing felt. The topmost layer is lined with light-color gravel which protects the layers against sun damage and reflects some of the sun’s light. If you have a home or business with a flat roof – a tar and gravel roof may be the way to go. Here are some things to consider before deciding if this is the right roofing option for you.

Advantages

Of all the flat roofing options, a tar and gravel roof is the most budget-friendly and can have a lifespan of up to 30 years with regular maintenance and repair. It provides excellent protection against UV rays, it is energy efficient and is a great option for windows and decks that overlook the roof. Gravel is also an excellent fire retardant and the surfaces on the gravel scatter light instead of absorbing it which can help keep your roof cooler in the summer. A tar and gravel roof has a great return on investment because it is inexpensive and lasts a long time. In addition, required repairs are less frequent because of the strength of the materials.

Disadvantages

A tar and gravel roof is very heavy and you may need to strengthen the supports for your roof before application. Strong sun exposure can damage the roofing membrane if it is left uncovered by the gravel and it is not typically recommended in places that get a lot of snow or rain. Occasionally, tar and gravel roofs are prone to leaks, especially if the underlayments are not correctly installed. Improper installation can lead to significant damage and it is highly recommended to have your tar and gravel roof professionally installed. Flat roofing is also prone to ponding and depressions may occur on the roof which can affect the drainage slope and cause pooling water to continue.

Repair & Maintenance

Roof maintenance is something you need to do in order to protect your home from any sort of damage. A tar and gravel roof needs regular maintenance to extend its lifespan. At least once a year, check the gravel – if the roof surface becomes exposed, it accelerates the deterioration of the roof. Add gravel where necessary. Remove any leaf debris that builds up over time. Since the roof is flat, rain doesn’t wash down leaves that fall on it and this can result in ponding which happens when water stays on the roof surface for more than 48 hours.

It is always recommended for a professional roofer to do any roof maintenance. Not only can they safely maintain your roof, but they can also advise you on the health and lifespan of your roof.

If you are considering a tar and gravel roof, contact your local roofing expert for more details. At B&M Roofing, we bring superior knowledge and experience in commercial and residential roofing. We are happy to work with you to understand what type of roofing is right for your home or business and your budgetary needs. Contact us today for a free estimate!

 

Spring Roof Inspection Checklist

Spring is in the air and that means … making sure your roof made it through the winter without damage. Use B&M Roofing of Colorado’s spring roof inspection checklist to walk you through your warm-weather inspection.

Spring Roof Inspection Checklist

Before you climb on the roof, however, ensure you do it safely. Place your ladder on a firm, level surface, at the angle specified by the manufacturer. Secure it to your roof, but not in a way that presents a tripping hazard. For more tips on ladder safety, visit our Ladder Safety blog.

  • Gutters: Clear the rain gutters of any material that may have collected in them over the winter. Clear all material by hand before flushing them to prevent clogs in downspouts.
  • Downspouts: Use a hose to flush downspouts and loosen any material that may have become lodged in them throughout the winter. With the hose in the downspout, inspect each one to ensure it’s free of leakage that can cause water to collect around your foundation.
  • Roofing Materials: Inspect your shingles or tiles for visible damage, such as cracks, tears or missing chunks. Pay special attention around pipes and other protrusions from the roof where snow and ice may have accumulated and damaged the seal.
  • Vents: Vents in your rooftop, under your eaves or in the rafters are essential to keeping air flowing through your home. Make sure they’re unimpeded and allow air to circulate.
  • Chimney: While you’re on the roof, take the opportunity to check that your chimney is still in good health. Check that masonry is intact and that white stains, similar to calcium buildup, aren’t building up, which can indicate your chimney is absorbing water.Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 303.443.5843 or on our Estimate Request Form to request a visit from B&M Roofing’s professional estimators.

B&M Checklist for Winterizing Your Roof

Winter is right around the corner and the snow, ice, and wind that accompany it can wreak havoc on your roof. Taking some preventative measures now to protect your roof can save you a good chunk of change in the future. We’ve developed a checklist that you can follow to start winterizing your roof today. 

Look for damage 

It’s important to simply inspect your roof for warping, missing shingles, and debris before winter rolls in. Catching problems early on can save you time and money in the future. 

Clean and test your gutters and downspouts

Without the proper drainage system, your roof can collapse or suffer from extensive water damage. Make sure to inspect your gutters and downspouts thoroughly for holes and cracks and remove any debris. It’s also a good idea to run some water through the gutters to ensure they’re draining properly. 

Trim your tree branches

Falling tree limbs are a major threat to your roof during the winter. If you have any trees around your home, be sure to inspect for branches that are near or touching your roof. Trim these branches before winter sets in to save your roof from being damaged by falling limbs. 

Insulate & ventilate your attic 

Insulating and ventilating your attic is a key step to protecting your roof during the winter. As little as one to two inches of snow can create ice dams, which can damage the foundation of your roof. Install insulation on the plywood or drywall of your attic and make sure to seal any areas where heat can escape. Proper ventilation will also help prevent snow from refreezing and causing moisture damage. 

Inspect caulking & flashing 

Check for wrinkled and cracked caulking and replace if necessary. Secure any loose flashing and replace any that are damaged. Pay close attention to areas around the chimney, vents and other protruding additions to the roof. 

Clean your chimney

Because your chimney will be getting some extra use during the colder months, it’s important to inspect and clean your chimney annually. Regular cleanings can prevent fires and protect your roof from damage. 

Invest in snow guards

Installing snow guards this winter will protect your gutters, vents, cars, and family from roof avalanches. Snow guards catch heavy snow before it falls from your roof and allow it to melt before it falls to the ground. Investing in snow guards is inexpensive and will prevent damage to the areas on and below your roof. 

Be aware of pests 

Pests can cause a tremendous amount of damage to your roof. Keep an eye out for squirrels, birds, mice and other animals who may seek shelter on your roof during the colder months and get rid of them as soon as possible. 

Cover mechanical equipment 

Make sure that any mechanical equipment on your roof like plumbing vents or swamp coolers are completely covered to prevent water damage. 

While winterizing your roof may not be the most exciting part of the season, it can save you time and money in the future. By following this checklist and taking simple precautionary measures, you can protect your roof from the damages of wind, snow, and ice this winter.

Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights

Hanging holiday lights is one of our favorite traditions around this time of year, but creating a light display can be time consuming and difficult. That’s why B&M Roofing has put together a list of the best tips and tricks to make your lights the best ones on the block! 

Plan in advance

Having a design plan in mind will save you tons of time when hanging your lights. Map out the basic pattern of your lights instead of just winging it. Try to plan a time during the day to hang your lights as a safety precaution. 

Check your electrical system 

Carefully inspect the outlets and plugs you’ll be using for your lights. Call an electrician if you notice any sparks or singeing. Do not use lights with any fraying or exposed wires. 

Take caution on the ladder 

When hanging your lights, ask someone to steady the ladder. Although it may seem like an easy task, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. 

Invest in LED bulbs 

LED bulbs are more expensive up front but they last 12 times as long as traditional bulbs, which will save you money in the long-run. 

Use the right products 

Use extension cords and lights that are specifically for outdoor use to avoid any malfunctions. Invest in some light clips to make hanging a breeze. Just check the light package to find the one that fits best.

Find secure hanging spots 

Do not use shingles or tiling to hang lights, they are not made to support a lot of weight. When hanging from wood surfaces, test the durability before trying to hang anything.

Use a timer 

Invest in an outdoor timer to save money and conserve energy. You can set your timer to turn your lights on at sundown and to turn off after you go to bed. 

 

Following these easy steps will give you the best light display on the block while keeping you safe in the process. 

How to Choose Your Shingle Color

Sure, your shingles are there to protect your home from the elements, but they serve more than a utilitarian function for your home. They play a major role in your home’s appearance and impact your home’s temperature. When it’s time to choose your shingle color, make sure you’re making an informed decision.

Choosing Shingle Color

When it comes time to replace your roof, don’t merely duplicate the look of your home’s current roof. Take the opportunity to reflect on your choice of roofing and, with any luck, your next shingles will transform your home’s look or energy efficiency. Your chosen color impacts your home in several ways:

  • Temperature Control:

  • Your roof absorbs a lot of sunlight, and the color of your shingles will affect how much light (and heat) it reflects. Light colors tend to reflect more sun, keeping your attic and the rest of your home cooler in the summer. Dark colors absorb more solar heat and are a good way to pad your heating costs on sunny, cold days. They’re also great at helping ice and snowmelt more quickly.
  • Contrast?

  • Some homeowners prefer a contrast between their roofing and the primary color of their home, while others tie their shingle color to match their trim or accent colors. It’s an aesthetic decision, but low-contrast color combinations tend to work best to hide your home’s shortcomings.
  • Coordination:

  • Regardless of your efficiency goals and esthetic, your roof will need to go with the color of your home. Black shingles often look best on blue, grey and white homes, while brown shingles look better on homes that are brown or tan. Need advice on what would look best on your home? Ask your estimator. He’s likely seen just about every color combination, so knows what you should avoid or seek out.

Take choosing your shingle color as seriously as you did your latest paint color. Take time to drive around your neighborhood and look at images online to get a full breadth of possibilities before you make your final decision.

B&M Roofing of Colorado can help steer you based on your esthetics and needs. Request a free estimate or call us at 303.443.5843 today.

Energy-Efficient Roofs

Colorado’s sun is blazing in the summer, and our winters regularly see sub-zero temperatures. Those weather extremes make homeowners extra conscious of their heating and cooling bills. Most people don’t know that your roof and attic play a large role in your home’s energy efficiency. When it’s time to replace yours, consider your options for energy-efficient roofs.

Traditional Asphalt Shingles

While traditional asphalt shingles are durable and cost-effective, they’re not very energy-efficient in the summer. Asphalt shingles heat up during the day, and hold that heat through the night, making it difficult for your attic to cool off at night. 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.

Cool Roofs

Cool roofing shingles are designed to reflect as much of the sun’s rays as possible without becoming an eyesore. They’re typically indistinguishable from standard asphalt shingles. Most are also engineered to absorb less of the sun’s heat, keeping it from transferring to your attic.

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.

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 insulation. B&M Roofing of Colorado is always happy to work with homeowners to find ways to improve their homes’ efficiency. Contact us today by filling out an online form or by calling 303.443.5843.