Proper Attic Ventilation

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With all the advancements in energy efficiency, attic ventilation is very different from when most of our houses were originally built. Today’s homes are more energy efficient from windows to doors to insulation. While it is great for your house, it doesn’t let your home “breathe” as easily as it used to. This is why proper attic ventilation is so important.

As we go into our winter season here in Colorado, moisture is generated inside your home and builds up in the attic. This can cause mildew and mold to form, which can be costly to remove and dangerous to your family’s health. Wood can start to rot and insulation can lose its effectiveness when it gets wet. Shingle warranties can be voided if the shingles are damaged by improper ventilation.

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Insulating your attic is also vital to keeping the heat in the interior of the home and to minimize temperature changes on the roof. The build-up of warm air inside can lead to ice dams, which can also cause extensive, pricey repairs to your gutter system. An ice dam forms when the snow melts on your roof, runs down and refreezes inside your gutters. As more snow melts, the water has nowhere to go but back inside your home causing interior damage.

While adding roof vents might seem as simple as cutting holes and installing them, we suggest having a professional do the installation. This will ensure that they are not only installed properly but also in the right areas.  The number of openings needed is determined by the size of your roof space. Your home may also need bath fans. If they are not vented to the outside, they will just exhaust into the upper floor area. Warm, humid air from your bathroom will also aid in the growth of mold, mildew and wood rot.

Adding vents and attic fans to the outside of a home is more than most DIYers can do by themselves.  Let a professional do it right. If you have any concerns with your attic’s ventilation, please give our team at Front Range Roofing and Siding a call.

Winterizing your home in Colorado Springs

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The first snow of the season has hit us, but the weather is looking better later in the week for Southern Colorado.  This is the perfect time of year to start winterizing your home.

Outside:

If you are physically able and can do so safely, clean out your gutters from clogs and debris.  There are many tools available to help attain those hard to reach places.  Wet leaves can become quite heavy and cause sagging in your gutters, pulling them away from your home.

When was the last time you checked how much insulation is in your attic?  The combination of poor roof ventilation and warm attic air can lead to ice dams in your gutters.  This can lead to costly repairs come spring time.

Clear any obstacles from heating vents and from around your air conditioning unit.  If it’s been years since you’ve had them cleaned, it might be worth having a service professional come to your home.

Wood burning fireplaces and flumes need inspection.  Make sure your chimney is clear from debris and bird nests.   Check the flue damper operation for proper opening and closing.  If you see any open mortar joints, have them fixed immediately.

Disconnect all hoses from outside faucets and turn your water off.  Drain water out of the hoses before storing for winter and empty water fountains.  Blow out your sprinkler system to prevent frozen lines.  Many businesses in Colorado Springs will blow them out professionally for a reasonable price.

Examine the weather stripping around your windows.  Cracks and missing stripping can lead to higher heating bills.  Don’t forget to check around doors as well.

When it comes to your roof, we suggest you give us a call for an inspection and tune-up.  There might be missing shingles, loose nails, cracked flashing and more.

Inside:

Changing Air Filter in Furnace for Front Range Roofing in Colorado SpringsThe interior of your home will need winterizing as well.  If you haven’t replaced the air filter in your furnace since last spring (or possibly longer), replace it now.  Don’t forget to clean out your dryer vents too.

Install or upgrade carbon monoxide detectors.  This gas is odorless, colorless and can’t be detected without a working carbon monoxide detector.  Place the units outside sleeping areas and on each level of your home.

If your home has electric baseboard heaters, make sure curtains and drapes are several inches above them.  Consider getting heater covers if you have small children or pets in your home.  Wipe dust from the vents to prevent unpleasant odors and to maximize efficiency.

How To Find The Right Roofing Contractor

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How do you find the right roofing contractor?  Your roof is one of the most vital features of protecting your home from inclement weather and storms.  We have some simple tips on how to find the right roofing contractor for one of your biggest financial investments.  The most important on our list is going with a local contractor.  Storm chasers are here today and gone tomorrow.   They can be almost impossible to find after the job is over.  What good is a company warranty if you can’t get ahold of them?  The news is filled constantly with customers being ripped off, having shoddy work done or incomplete jobs.  A local contractor will also know the rules and code regulations for your county.

The second tip – never pay for the job in full upfront and always get a FREE estimate in writing.  No contractor should charge you for the bid to do the job.  Be aware of companies claiming to be able to do the work without you paying your insurance deductible!  This is fraud and could get you in trouble.

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Rounding out the top 3 is to check to make sure the contractor has the proper licensing and insurance.  While most states require licensing and insurance for roof workers, some companies will cut corners to save money by either being uninsured or underinsured.  This can lead to costly litigation for you if someone was to get hurt while working on your property.

When making the final decision to go with roofing contractor, get local referrals and check with online review sites like the Better Business Bureau.  Expect every company to have a complaint against them, that’s just the nature of doing business today, but multiple negative reviews should raise red flags!  We have done thousands of roofs and are proud of our online reviews and A+ BBB rating.

If your roof is old, it’s probably in need of repair or replacement, it’s time to give us a call at 719-536-9442.  This year we are celebrating our 20th year of superior roofing in Southern Colorado.  When Front Range Roofing & Siding does your roof in El Paso or Teller County, our services are always backed by the manufacturer and our company warranties.

What is a Roof Tune-up?

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Have you heard of a roof tune-up?

Because of our constantly changing climate in Colorado Springs there are a ton of things both small and large that can happen to your roof even over a couple of years’ time.  In Southern Colorado our buildings take a beating from strong rains, snow and hail storms.   But don’t worry, that doesn’t always mean you need an entire new roof.  You get your car, bikes and skis tuned-up, so why not your home?  These simple roofing repairs can help extend the lifespan of your current asphalt roof and identify issues before they become costly replacements.

nail pop out from shingle on roof in Colorado SpringsSome but not all of the checks we do during our assessment include examining the caulking & sealing around your vents, pipes, pipe jacks, skylights, chimney, furnace caps and flashing.  We also look for fiberglass showing through your base sheet, loose shingles, bent metal flashing, granular loss, nails popping out of shingles and dry rot.  Our professional tradesmen will also inspect your gutters for dry rot, rust and standing water.  We do a visual inspection for sagging areas where the gutters may be pulling away from your home.  Hangers and spikes can pull away from your house over time. It also might be difficult for you to visually inspect some areas, so we will let you know if we see any clogs that need to be cleaned out.

Front Range Roofing & Siding offers Fall and Spring tune-ups and does not charge for the inspection portion.  We suggest you call us if your roof is over five years old, if you were in an area hit by a hail storm or if you are looking to sell your home.  Our promise is that we will always honestly tell you if no repair is needed.  If we should find anything that needs to be fixed or replaced, we’ll offer $50 off any repair work.

Dimensional Shingles And Their Benefits

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First, let us explain that roof shingles are rectangular flat shapes made up of metal, plastic, wood, slate or composite materials like asphalt that are vital to the overall appearance of your home.  Probably the easiest way to describe what roofing dimensional shingles are, is they are basically upgraded asphalt shingles. The difference between traditional 3-Tab and dimensional shingles are the 3-D appearance instead of the customary repetitive pattern. Both types are protected from the weather by a layer of granules on the top giving your roof durability. 3 Tab shingles are more likely to blow away in our Colorado windy environment, which is why we no longer use them. A lot of insurance companies will give you a discount if you buy an impact resistant or storm single.

For fire safety reasons, wood shake shingles are no longer allowed in Colorado Springs, but we can still achieve the look of shake through a thicker asphalt shingle.  The City of Colorado Springs banned new wood roofs in 2002 after the Hayman fire.  One of the companies we work with, Decra, is even offering a metal shingle that has the illusion of shake.  The weight of your shingle is very important in Colorado Springs.

Dimensional Shingles Front Range Roofing and Siding in Colorado SpringsDimensional, also known as architectural or laminated shingles, generally offer a longer lifespan.  They are more wind resistant and are less likely to warp.  Many consider them more aesthetically pleasing to the point where some neighborhood HOAs are actually requiring them from homeowners.  More options are becoming available to the public with each passing year from color to sizes.  For instance, Owens Corning announced their 2017 color of the year is Sedona Canyon.  You can read the article here: https://www.owenscorning.com/roofing/design-inspire/color-of-the-year

There is generally a minimal cost to upgrade your residential roof to designer shingles.  How many shingles your roof will need is based on the overall roof area size and will be detailed in the written estimate you will receive when we do a FREE thorough roof inspection of your property.  The inspection will also cover your gutters, siding and windows as needed.

If your roof is old and in need of repair or replacement, imagine how these dimensional shingles will look on your home.  In 2017 we are celebrating our 20th year of proven, reliable roofing in Southern Colorado.  Remember, when Front Range Roofing & Siding does your roof in El Paso or Teller County, our services are backed by the manufacturer and our company warranties, giving you peace of mind.

 

What to Look Out for in Gutters

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Gutter clogs and buildup are due to lack of gutter cleaning and maintenance. Some of the things that can accumulate in your gutter are leaves, twigs, stagnant water, plant growth, snow and ice. This not only damages your gutters, but can affect your siding, the ground beneath the gutter, and paint. So understand what you need to do to tell if your gutter is clogged and how you can fix that.

Maintain Your Roof for Winter Months

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The winter months bring with them many storms, lots of debris, and many potential dangers. Understand what you need to do to prepare your roof properly for the winter months:

  1. Remove trash and debris: Your roof collects lots of debris, no matter the season. Make your roof safer by doing a pre-winter and post-winter debris pickup. This way, although there will be debris that gathers on your roof during the winter, it won’t be adding to additional debris and potentially causing roof sags, drainage blockage, wet spots, and other winter dangers.
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