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November 19, 2018
How to Assess Your Commercial Roof for Repair or Replacement
Most roofing products come with a general timeline regarding when you will need to replace your commercial roof.
While most should give you 20-30 years of protection from the elements, exposure to harsh weather conditions (like hail) and insufficient maintenance may lead to needing roof repair or replacement sooner than expected.
If you suspect it’s time for a new roof, contact GreenPoint Roofing. Based in Longmont, we’re a locally owned company specializing in roof repair and replacement across Colorado.
Today, we’ll cover how to assess your commercial roof to determine what work needs to be done to provide your business with proper protection from the elements.
Have an Expert Assess Your Commercial Roof
If you suspect that your commercial roof is not performing as it should, the best action to take is to arrange a roof inspection by a professional. A qualified roofing contractor will be able to assess your commercial roof for leaks, premature aging and overall deterioration.
An inspection should include an internal and external examination of all seams, flashing, and joints. Any evidence of damage such as rot, cracks, loose flashing, or punctures can be recorded in a report and a suitable solution recommended.
Replacing vs. Repairing Your Commercial Roof
Once you have the level of damage determined by a professional, you’ll be another step closer to deciding if it’s time to replace your commercial roof.
The first factor you should take into account when making this decision is the age of your roof. If your structure is older than 20-30 years with an original roof, a repair will only temporarily delay the inevitable. It is better to invest in a complete commercial roof replacement in this case, rather than spending money on a fix that won’t last very long.
When you assess your commercial roof, the results may also reveal that improper materials were used to construct the roof or specific industry standards weren’t met. This might be due to corners being cut during the original build or simply reflect the age of the building. If this is the case, it’s advisable to opt for a full replacement that meets current codes.
In addition, a commercial roof that has damages over more than 25% of its area will require replacement. The cost of maintenance on an extensively damaged roof can easily overtake the cost of investing in a brand new roof in just a few years.
When the damage to your commercial roof is contained to a small area, and the rest of the roof is in good condition, a targeted repair or a partial replacement to that area may be feasible.
If your budget will not stretch to a full replacement of a damaged roof, you could carry out the replacement in sections over an extended period. It is a good idea to prioritize the areas where a fully functional roof is imperative, like over office space or expensive machinery.
For building owners, it is essential to keep track of roof maintenance and record any issues that arise. Remember to check ceilings for leaks or damp spots regularly, especially after heavy rain. If you suspect a problem feel free to contact our experts at GreenPoint Roofing. We will assess your commercial roof, as well as provide a competitively priced estimate for any work needed.
November 5, 2018
Can You Replace Your Roof in Winter?
During warm, dry summer months in the Denver area, many homeowners may think that their roof is in perfect shape. Then fall arrives, bringing snow and rain, and suddenly there’s a leak or shingles that have frozen and begun cracking.
Now what? Can you even replace your roof in winter?
Absolutely. At GreenPoint Roofing, we know that homeowners will choose to get an old roof replaced during the summer, but if necessity requires, the same job can be completed during the winter. In fact, it actually comes with some advantages.
Let’s take a closer look at what happens when you need to replace your roof in winter.
Do Roofing Contractors Work During Winter?
Unlike bears, roofing contractors do not hibernate during the winter. We continue to work all year-round, attending to the customers that need our services.
As we said, it’s not unusual to realize that you have a leak or a problem with your roof until the winter hits. That’s when you’ll start to see moisture entering the home due to rain or snow.
Scheduling a roofing contractor during the winter can also be a lot easier than he summer when the demand is higher. Many roofing professionals even prefer to do specific projects during the winter when the temperatures are not suffocatingly hot.
Of course, if you need to replace your roof in winter, there are disadvantages such as having to reschedule in case of snowy weather, not to mention relatively shorter days. Some roofing jobs are a bit tougher during the winter, so it is a good idea to discuss scheduling and contingencies.
Replacing Your Asphalt Roof
One of the more challenging winter roof replacements are asphalt shingles which can become brittle and difficult to work with during freezing temperatures. In addition, the adhesive that provides a seal between overlapping shingles will not bond sufficiently without the sun’s heat.
To avoid having these shingles coming loose or blowing off your roof shortly after having them installed, it’s best to keep a close eye on the weather. Ideally, asphalt shingles should only be installed when temps are between 40 and 85 degrees.
Flat and Metal Commercial Roofs
For flat roofs, typically commercial roofing, the best type of materials to install during the winter are PVC and TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin). These single ply materials do not require the heat of the sun to bond successfully. They are sealed manually by a roofing professional using a hot air welding technique.
If you want to replace your roof in winter, you may run into trouble if you want a flat rubber roof. These are a challenge to install during the winter months as the adhesives used to fix them to the underlayment may not bond and can result in leaks.
Last but not least, metal roofs are the least affected by cold temperatures, so they can be easily installed during winter.
For help, please contact GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont. We offer in-home consultations and free estimates if you need to replace your roof in winter. We pride ourselves on working with honesty and integrity. Our priority is to provide high quality, long-lasting roofing at the best possible price for both homeowners and businesses.
October 16, 2018
Pros and Cons of Roof Replacement Before Selling Your Home
Replacing your roof is a big job that requires a serious financial and time investment. If you plan to sell your home in the next year, you may wonder if it’s even worth it.
Here at GreenPoint Roofing of Longmont, Colorado, we’ve walked a number of customers through the decision-making process, guiding them in choosing the best option for their circumstances. Today, we pass our insight to you. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of roof replacement before selling your home.
While most homeowners will make an effort to catch up on maintenance and ensure their home looks its best, there’s a big price difference between a little touch-up paint and installing a new roof.
So, is roof replacement before selling your home really necessary? It depends…
Will a New Roof Really Make a Difference?
When trying to sell a house, a visibly old roof with noticeable damage such as missing or curling shingles, structural sagging, mold and mildew growth is an instant warning sign to potential buyers.
The state of the roof leaves a strong visual impression on visitors to your home. Before they even enter, they can be turned off by the sight of a roof in disrepair and may even conclude that the entire home has not been maintained properly.
Some buyers are open to the idea of taking on a property that needs a lot of work, but most will want to be able to move in immediately without putting a lot of extra money into renovations.
If you do invest in a brand-new roof before putting your house on the market, the overall impression made on those viewing the home will be much better. You will not be limiting the potential buying market to those ready to take on a massive refurbishment project.
With a new roof, your home will be instantly more attractive, and you can easily set a higher asking price. A brand-new roof will greatly influence a professional evaluation of your home, and this can give the seller better-negotiating power when it comes to finalizing the price.
Choosing to Replace Your Home’s Roof
When deciding on roof replacement before selling your home, there are a couple of things to take into consideration.
- First, think about the cost versus the payoff. Get some quotes for the roof replacement and make sure the job is within your budget.
- Then, compare the cost of the full roof replacement to the change in asking price of the home you can reasonably set once the roof has been replaced.
If the extra amount of money you can make on selling your home after a roof replacement is greater than the cost of the roof replacement, then it does make financial sense to go ahead and replace your roof. Buyers will consider not only the monetary cost of the new roof but also the value of the time and effort put into the job and the inconvenience of having the roof replaced.
Just because you plan on selling the home does not mean you can cut corners when it comes to replacing your roof. Find a professional roofing contractor with an excellent reputation and experience.
If in doubt, check their online reviews and ask whether they are accredited with the Better Business Bureau to get some idea of their reputation. Check to see if a workmanship guarantee is offered in addition to product warranties. This is another bargaining chip you can use when it comes to negotiating the final price with buyers.
Some homeowners might be tempted to re-roof a layer of new shingles over the existing shingles instead of completely tearing off and replacing the roof. This will be cheaper and less invasive to do, but it may not adequately increase the asking price of your home.
A re-roofing job can be seen as rushed, or a lazy ‘quick-fix’ to hide problems without really addressing them. This will also be noted in any home inspection or evaluation done on your home and is generally not looked upon favorably by professionals.
A complete roof replacement before selling your home, using quality shingles or tiles, will be the most effective in appealing to a wide market and increasing its value.
Choosing to Forego a Roof Replacement
When considering roof replacement before selling your home, sticking with the existing roof will save a bit of money. If your roof is not in perfect shape but likely has a couple more winters of life, you may not have much to gain by replacing it. Again, compare the cost of replacement to an increase in selling price.
If this increase is not greater than the cost of roof replacement, then it might make sense to leave it alone. It may also spare you from the stress of trying to move out while roof work is in progress.
Leaving your roof as-is allows you to get the house on the market faster. Although the roof replacement itself takes just a few days, it’s not ideal if you need a quick sale to move for work or to close on a new home and not have two mortgages. Houses in all conditions are still being sold at a decent pace here in Longmont and the Denver area. If there are numerous homes up for sale in your neighborhood, you can set the price just below the average in the area to attract buyers.
If you can attract multiple buyers, one may be willing to skip inspection and an extended negotiation, allowing you to sell the home even if the roof needs replacement.
So, is roof replacement before selling your home the best way to go?
As you read, the answer really depends on the condition of your roof, the local housing market and how quickly you want to make the sale. Once you’ve weighed out the pros and cons of both options and worked out the financial benefit of replacing the roof, you should be able to make a quick decision.
If you decide on a new roof, GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont offers a lifetime workmanship warranty on all shingled roof replacements. For expert advice on replacing your roof and a free quote, get in touch.
September 17, 2018
Residential Roof Replacement Step-by-Step
At GreenPoint Roofing, our team of licensed and insured roofing contractors works closely with clients to help them understand everything that goes into their residential roof replacement.
Along with choosing materials, there is a specific process to follow to ensure optimal results. It takes experience to understand that skipping steps will lead to a mediocre roof replacement job and less than perfect outcomes. That’s the difference between us and the other guys.
Here is a simple overview of the process for you residential roof replacement project so that you can understand what to expect along the way.
Remove Existing Materials
First things first, we must remove all of the layers that have been added to the roof over the years. Many times, instead of replacing the roof entirely, a homeowner will choose to add roofing layers. So, your roof may have quite a few of these layers that have added up over the years. We start by taking off the shingles, no matter what type of material. They may be slate or even sheeted roof deck. It all has to come off before we can add a new roof.
We remove all flashing all the way down to the roof deck sheathing. Additionally, the roof tarpaper has got to go. We have got to get to the bottom of it all in order to really see what is going on. Most shingles manufacturers will void the warranty if installed over any other materials. Hence it is essential to remove everything, all the way down to the wood roof.
Replace Damaged Wood
Once we can actually see the condition of the wooden roof, we will be able to deduce what needs replacement. Not until all of the layers are off, can we truly see what needs to be done with the wood roof. Sometimes, this can reveal rotten wood that must be replaced in order to avoid constant problems with a leaking roof. All of the volatile wood must be replaced so that it is strong and ready to support the weight of new roofing materials.
Install the Underlayment
Above the sheathing and below the shingles lives the underlayment. Either of the most popular materials, titanium or tarpaper, can be used. Although costlier, titanium offers a better reflection and generally comes with a warranty if the replacement shingles fail in any way.
Apply Ice and Water Shield
This component will significantly protect against the ravages of ice and snow during the colder months. This is applied to the gutter end lines and must be sealed with a gutter-to-fascia seal cap or gutter apron in order to work efficiently.
Add Needed Ventilation
Many houses do not have an adequate ventilation design. It is essential that air can smoothly flow and escape into the attic and then out the peak roof area. Our residential roof replacement experts will make sure that airflow design is included in the beginning rows in each shingle starter area.
Apply Under-Row Starter Shingles
On the first starter row of the roof area to be shingled goes the under-row starter shingles. This prevents the bond from exposure, as it is not water resistant and could prove to be a weak point. It is crucial that no tabs or bonds overlap here.
Install Drip Edge
Drip edges will save your home from unwanted moisture, rot, stained siding, soil erosion, and flooding. These extend over the edge of your new roof just enough to make sure all water lands into the gutter and not behind it instead. Drip edges must be installed and fitted correctly, as they will save your roof from irreparable damage down the road.
Add a Hip and Ridge Cap
A hip and ridge cap will create more of a finished look as well as help with avoiding water leakage into the house, a must-have for any residential replacement roof project!
Add Flashing and a Silicone Sealant
Using aluminum, copper, or another durable material, we install flashing. The best way to seal it in is with a silicone-based caulk. Silicone is the optimum choice as it dries slower than asphalt or other rubber-based products, which is better suited for this purpose.
Add Pipe Boots
Around pipe stacks or other roof protrusions on the entire roof, we install new pipe boots for best results during a residential roof replacement. Again, these help with water flow management and protecting protruding pipes and the roof below adequately.
Keep water diverted and easily flowing off of the roof with the installation of diverters, especially behind chimneys and stop wall areas. You will be glad to have this vital step covered when our spring and summer storms roll through. They’re vital for the longevity of your roofing!
Lay All the Shingles
With the right, high-quality shingles, you won't need to schedule shingle replacement for quite a while. While the cost of shingles varies, the quality differs even more. A dimensional shingle is the best option as it provides both durability and aesthetically pleasing results. The better the shingles used and the better the workmanship, the longer your new roof will last!
Don't Forget Gutter Guards
As long as we’re up on your roof, we can also install gutter guards to keep debris out of gutters. Some cheap gutter guards will only last about a year and will soon start sagging and breaking. Aluminum diamond grates are an excellent option. They keep out debris efficiently, will not rust, allow water to flow continuously, and will stand the test of time, continuing to protect your home year-round. Be sure to ask us for more information.
Knowing the basics of residential roof replacement can help you make the best decision when it comes time to choose a roofing contractor and getting your project off the ground. There is no reason to settle for less than the best! At GreenPoint Roofing, we know the ins and outs of roof replacement and will follow industry best practice to the letter so that you get the most out of your new roof replacement in Colorado.
Call us today to inquire about residential roof replacement for your home!
August 17, 2018
Get to Know Your 6 Roof Replacement Materials
When designing or renovating a home, one of the most important factors to consider is your roof which has two jobs, protecting everything below it and adding value to your home.
You’ll typically have six roof replacement materials to choose from, each having a different effect on the functionality, insulation properties, aesthetics, and longevity of your roof.
At GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont, we can help you make the best choice for your home, your budget and your family! We provide expert roofing services on all residential and commercial projects.
Considerations for Roof Replacement Materials
When weighing the pros and cons of your options for roof replacement materials, it’s important to talk over the following factors with your GreenPoint Roofing expert:
- Climate Suitability – Will this kind of home roofing material protect you from specific local weather conditions such as high temperatures, heavy rainfall, snow, hail, and the wind?
- Cost – Calculate the square footage of your roof and the total cost before saying yes to a new roof. Does it fit your budget? Will the cost pay itself back over time?
- Weight – Does this roofing material require additional framing for support and a professional installation?
- Fire Safety – If your area has restrictions on roofing materials, does it meet the fire code specifications?
- Aesthetics – Does the appearance of the material fit with the style of your home and is it available in the color or design you are looking for?
Asphalt shingles are the most popular of the roof replacement materials and for a good reason. They are widely available, inexpensive, and easy to install. If you are looking for a fast and affordable option, asphalt shingles offer an excellent solution. Asphalt shingles are the most common on the market and are usually available in a few different colors. You can often find asphalt shingles on traditional suburban style homes, but they can work well with many different architectural styles.
Some disadvantages of asphalt shingles include their limited lifespan of around 20 years, variations in quality, and weak insulation properties. It is possible to have your shingles reinforced with fiberglass or cellulose without altering their appearance. For homes in freezing climates, it may be worth investing in additional insulation when using asphalt shingles. To avoid having to make these modifications and incur extra costs, you could consider choosing a different, harder-wearing roofing material.
Wood Shingles and Shake
Wood shingles, or their more rustic counterparts, hand-cut wood shakes, can certainly add character and charm to your home’s new roof in Longmont. Typically made from cedar, redwood, or pine, wood roofing materials have been used for centuries with great success. They tend to gradually weather to a grayer tone and last from 25 to 30 years
When it comes to roof replacement materials, wood is not practical for all climates. In areas with hot, dry weather, fire codes may prohibit them or require that they’re treated with a fire-resistant coating. In wet climates, wood shingles can weather quickly and are more likely to mold, rot and split over time.
Slate roofs are beautiful, sustainable and built to last. Slate is a very hard-wearing, fire-resistant material that can be used successfully in all climates. You can choose from a number of different shades of green, red, gray, and purple slate to add a personalized appearance to your home
Due to the material’s weight, a slate roof will usually require extra framing for support and professional roof installation. Slate is one of the most expensive options for roof replacement materials, around $600 per square. With a typical lifespan of 50 to 100 years, a slate roof may be worth the investment.
Clay or Concrete Tiles
Clay tiles can create a wonderfully textured appearance and work very well on Mission, Mediterranean, and Spanish style homes. Rounded terracotta tiles not only look great but they are also practical with their ability to quickly drain water. Clay tiles are long-lasting and can be found in different shapes including flat, scalloped, and ribbed. If you opt for concrete tiles, you can save some money and benefit from a higher energy efficiency rating.
Clay and concrete tiles are substantial enough to need additional framing and a professional installation, however, they’re one of the most durable roof replacement materials. The classic look of terracotta tiles comes with a high price tag. After slate, clay tiles are the second most expensive roofing material.
Synthetic Roofing Products
Synthetic roofing products have been designed to mimic the appearance of traditional wood, slate, and tiled roofs. Usually, the actual materials are made from rubber, plastic or polymer blends. This means that synthetic roofing materials are much lighter than traditional shingles and tiles. They are sturdy, easy to maintain and can be installed without additional framing. Synthetic roofing is available in a wide range of styles, colors, and textures, allowing you to choose your favorite aesthetics without having to deal with the expense, maintenance, and fragility of traditional materials.
The major disadvantage of synthetic roofing materials is the lack of information we have on their longevity. These roof replacement materials are so new that we have not had the chance to see how they endure long-term weathering, although many manufacturers offer a warranty of up to 50 years.
Before buying, it is a good idea to view a synthetic roof that has been in place for at least 10 years in your area. This will give you an idea of the rate of wear to be expected.
Metal roofing materials are available in stainless steel, copper, aluminum and zinc. This lightweight material can be installed in panels or shingles and is a good option for those living in extreme environments. Metal roofing is useful when designing an efficient home as the material offers a high solar reflectance and can be suitable for use in harvesting rainwater. Metal roofing materials will last considerably longer than asphalt or wood.
Prices on metal roofing can vary widely, from $100 to $800 a square. Some homeowners do not find the appearance of metal roofing attractive and prefer to use traditional materials, especially on homes designed with specific architecture in mind. Depending on the type of metal used, these roofs can oxidize and change color over time.
For more information on these roof replacement materials, or to schedule a free inspection and quote, simply contact GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont. We have over 20 years of experience in providing quality roof installation and repair services. You can rely on our team to offer a wide variety of options in roofing materials and designs, customized to your individual needs.