Considering DIY Roof Replacement? Read This Blog First

If you’re handy around the house, you may be wondering if you can reroof your home on your own.  You have the time, you have some tools and you have a few buddies from work who have said they’ll be willing to lend a helping hand.

How hard can it be? You’re smart, you’re capable and you’ve seen a bunch of online DIY roof replacement videos. Do you really need to pay a roofer to do the job for you?

The answer is a resounding “yes!”

If you’re not a licensed roofer this is definitely not a job you should try to tackle on your own. Below are just a few reasons you should steer clear of DIY roof replacement in Denver.

Warranty? What warranty?

When you hire a Denver roofer to reroof your home you should receive a warranty on both materials and workmanship, but if you do the job on your own, you can kiss the materials warranty good bye.  Why? Because the manufacturer will only offer a warranty if they have assurances that the job was done correctly. If you’re not a licensed roofer, they company will assume the work was not done right, which will void any warranty you would have received.

If you make mistakes you may not notice them until it’s too late

If you don’t install flashing properly, you’re likely to have leaks. Just because water isn’t dripping into your home that doesn’t mean that moisture isn’t collecting beneath your shingles. An experienced, licensed roofer will know how to reroof a home properly. A DIY weekend warrior is far more likely to make mistakes—and mistakes can be very expensive to fix.

A roofer can get the job done faster

Reroofing a home takes quite a bit of time—and if you don’t know what you’re doing, it will take you far longer to reroof your home. The average roof replacement will take between 3 and 4 days- but only if an experienced, licensed roofer does the job. If you’ve never done this type of work and you attempt to do it on your own, it’s going to take you much, much longer.

Roofers know how to do the work safely

When you work with a reputable roofing company in Denver you’ll be hiring contractors who know what the work entails, how to do it in the correct steps and how to do the work safely. Each year, thousands of people find themselves in the emergency room after they injure themselves while trying to reroof their home. The risk simply isn’t worth it!

Call Capital Roofing & Restoration Today

At Capital Roofing and Restoration, we have years of experience in reroofing homes in Northern Colorado. We have experience in working with all types of roofing materials and we can help you understand the pros and cons of each one.

If you’re considering a DIY roof replacement—step away from the YouTube videos!

Call us today at 720-542-8715 to schedule a free roof replacement estimate.

Tips to Hire a Qualified Roofer in Denver, CO

If you’re a new homeowner who needs to hire a contractor for roof repair, or if you’ve owned your home for a long time and you’ve come to the realization that it’s time to reroof your home, you may be wondering how to find a qualified, experienced roofing company.

If you open the Yellow Pages, you’ll find tons of listings and if you do a Google search you’ll find even more. Each one claims to be the best roofer in Colorado, but you know that can’t possibly be true!

When it comes time to hire a roofer you’ll want to keep the following tips in mind.

Ask if they’re licensed and insured

The most important thing to ask when you’re looking for a roofer is whether the company is licensed an insured. Yes, an unlicensed contractor will undercut the pricing of their competition but working with an unlicensed roofer comes with many, many risks. First, there’s no guarantee they won’t take your money and run. Second, there is no guarantee they’ll finish the job. Lastly, you probably won’t receive a warranty on workmanship or materials, which means if the work isn’t done right, you’ll need to hire someone else to fix whatever wasn’t done correctly. Never, ever hire an unlicensed roofer.

Do your homework

Make sure the roofer has an online presence. Do they have a Facebook page? Are they listed on Yelp or Google+? Do they have online reviews and if they do, are they positive? Online reviews are an invaluable resource when it comes to learning more about past clients’ experience with this company.

If you can’t find any online listings and you can’t seem to track down their business address, this is a huge red flag.

Get it all in writing

A reputable roofer will provide you with a written estimate for any and all work they plan to do. The estimate should include a breakdown of costs and labor. If they don’t want to provide you with something in writing, this is another red flag. Buyer beware!

The cheapest quote isn’t always the best quote

When you start to get quotes, don’t automatically pick the cheapest. Remember, your roof is among the most important components of your home, so you’ll want to make sure you hire a contractor who can get the job done right, on time and on budget.  Ask the roofer to provide you with several local references.

Superior roofing services in Denver

At Capital Roofing and Restoration, we only hire the best and most experienced roofers because we want our clients to have the best possible experience when they hire our company. We’re licensed and insured and we’re more than happy to provide you with a list of local references We stand by our work and we’re committed to providing high-quality roofing services at a fair price.

Regardless as to whether you need help with roof repair and/or roof maintenance, or you’d like a quote for reroofing, call us today at 720-542-8715 to speak with a local roofing expert you can trust.

Common FAQs About Your Roof in Denver

If you’re a new homeowner, you likely don’t know a lot about how your roofing system works. Why would you? In the past, your roof would have been cared for by your property manager or rental company.

What we can tell you is that your roofing system is one of the most important components of your home. Not only does it help keep rain, sleet and hail on the outside of your home, it protects the interior from things like mold, mildew and other types of moisture-related structural damage.

For this blog post we wanted to address some of the more frequently asked questions we get from new Denver homeowners, about their roofing system.

How long will it last?

The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof will be 20 years or more, but the overall lifespan will be impacted by several factors. If a homeowner lets mold or moss grow on top of their roof, unchecked, this will shave a few years off the lifespan. If the roof isn’t maintained (ie: missing and/or broken shingles aren’t replaced, leaks aren’t addressed promptly, and the gutters aren’t maintained), this will also shorten the lifespan of your roofing system. If you have a roof that’s made of an alternate material and/or you have further questions about how long your roofing systems should last, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

How much will it cost to reroof my home?

This is a difficult question to answer, sight unseen. There are many things that will play a role in the cost to reroof your home.  This will include the square footage of your home, the types of materials you want to use for the job and the experience of the contractor you hire to do the job. When it’s time to reroof your home be sure to get several quotes from local, reputable roofing companies. You’ll also want to make sure you ask for references and make sure the contractors you’re speaking with are both licensed and insured.

How long will reroofing take?

Most roofing companies agree that the average job can be completed in three to four days, but there are several other factors that will also play into the exact time frame. When you contact roofing companies to provide you with a cost estimate, ask them to provide you with an estimated completion time.

Denver roofers you can trust

If you’ve recently purchased a home, we’d first like to extend our congratulations! At Capital Roofing and Restoration, we understand the importance of roof upkeep and we’ll be more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have about roof repair, roof maintenance and reroofing.  We want to be your go-to roofer for all of your roofing needs!

For more information on our company, give us a call at 720-542-8715. Regardless as to whether you have a question about your roof or if you’d like to schedule a time for one of our contractors to come to your home to provide you with a free roof inspection, call us today to learn why we’re the top-ranked roofing company in this part of Colorado.

Top 3 Things That Can Harm a Roof in Denver, CO

It’s natural to want to get the longest lifespan out of your roof as possible. Re-roofing a home is both expensive and disruptive—and it’s not something that people want to do more frequently than absolutely necessary. The average lifespan of a well-maintained asphalt shingle roofing system will be 20 years or more.

At the same time, some homeowners are unaware of the types of things that can shorten their roof’s lifespan.

Below are just a few things that can do just that.

Leaks, moisture and drips

If your roof springs a leak, chances are, you’re going to have it addressed as quickly as possible. Yet what a lot of people don’t realize is that moisture (without an actual leak) can do quite a bit of damage. To be clear, we’re not talking about moisture from light rain or fog, but instead, we’re referring to the moisture that’s held against your roof if you start to see that moss is growing on top of your home.

When moss grows on top of your roof it can damage your shingles and your flashing. If the flashing starts to fail, there is a very good chance that moisture and water will make their way beneath the roof membranes. If this happens and it’s not addressed promptly, it will shorten the lifespan of your roof.

Shoddy workmanship

When it’s time to re-roof your home, you’ll want to make sure you hire a contractor that’s both experienced and reputable. We’re not suggesting you should pick the most expensive quote, but we are saying that you should be careful about picking the cheapest for no other reason other than the fact that it’s the cheapest.

If the work isn’t done correctly this can shave several years off the lifespan of your roofing system.

When you hire a roofer be sure they are licensed and insured. Check to see if they have an online presence and be sure to read some of their online reviews. Lastly, be sure to ask the contractor to provide you with a list of local references.

Failing to keep up with maintenance

If you want your roof to last as long as possible you’re going to need to maintain it. This means having shingles replaced when they crack, break or go missing and it also means keeping up with gutter maintenance. Our company provides free roof inspections to all local homeowners. If we determine that there is an issue that needs to be addressed we’ll provide you with a detailed report of our findings.

Roofing experts you can trust

At Capital Roofing and Restoration we have years of experience in helping Denver homeowners with all of their roof repair and roof maintenance needs. We strive to provide all of our clients with superior roofing services at a fair price.

For more information on our company or to schedule a time for one of our contractors to come to your home to provide you with a free roof inspection call us today at 720-542-8715 to get started.