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By The Roshek Group | Agent in Woodland Park, CO

Roofing Tips for Your Colorado Property

The roof is among the most important features of your Pikes Peak home, both for practicality and beauty. A lovely house with an old or rotting roof is not only dangerous for the owners but also a definite eyesore.

 

However, replacing a roof can be costly—anywhere from $5,000 to over $15,000—so it’s good to know whether a total overhaul is needed or if some general repairs will do.

 

Here are some basic rules if you’re considering a roof redo on your Colorado Springs property.

 

First, determine the issues. There’s no need to actually get up on the roof to do this. Instead, look at your roof through a good pair of binoculars. If you see lots of shingles that are broken, cracked, curling or moss-covered, or if there are places where the granules are worn away, it’s probably time for a full replacement.

 

If things don’t look too bad, you might be able to get away with just repairing the worn areas.

 

It’s always best to have a professional make the final decision, but you need someone you trust. When hiring a roofer, get at least three bids but don’t hire based just on cost. Consider how the roofer operates. A qualified person will do the following:

  • Get the building permit.
  • Remove and replace the same amount of roof each day.
  • Protect decks, patios, wall, shrubs, grass and other sensitive areas from falling debris and nails.
  • Install vents under the eaves and at the roof’s peak.
  • In cold climates, install an ice and water shield to prevent leaks caused by frozen gutters.
  • Totally clean the job site at the end of each day.


Once you make the decision, do the job right. While it adds cost, building codes require that a roof with two or more layers of old shingles must be stripped clean before applying new materials. However, if you’re not planning to sell your
Colorado home in the near future (meaning there’s no building inspection), you can cut some of the cost by removing just one layer of old material.

 

While you don’t have to buy those very expensive slate or wood shingles, experts suggest that you buy the highest grade of asphalt shingles available. Because of the longer wear time, it’s worth the extra cost to choose “50 year” over “25 year” shingles.

If you want more choices of color and design, consider using architectural shingles—especially if you’re planning to sell. A unique roof can be very eye-catching and make your house stand out from those around it.

 

Just like the right roofer, the right real estate agent means you’ll get the best service possible. When you’re ready to buy or sell a home in the Pikes Peak area, contact The Roshek Group! We are ready to help you with all of your real estate needs.

Comments

By jamesedmunds123,  Tue Aug 28 2012, 23:18
Nice posting. Thanks for sharing this useful tips for Colorado spring roofing.

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