Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Work With my Insurance?
Absolutely! Our roofers specialize in assisting with insurance claims to ensure our customers are protected when the worst happens.
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How Long Are Roofs Supposed to Last?
The longevity of your roof is highly dependent on the materials used, the quality of those materials, and the quality of the installation. With a quality underlayment and installation, you can expect asphalt shingles to last up between 15 – 25 years, wood shingles for up to 30 years, metal roofing up to 50 years, and slate, concrete, or clay roofs can last over 50 years.
I Have a Leak in My Roof! What Should I Do?
Leaks are a frustrating side effect of roof damage. If you notice water coming into your home, the first thing to do is contain the water by placing a bucket or trash can under it to ensure no one slips. From there, it is time to call a trusted roof repair company. They can better establish the source of the leak and offer ways to help. For your safety, we often tell property owners to avoid getting onto their roofs to tarp the leak. That is because if enough water has built up under your shingles, it could lead to a spongy roof that could prove unsafe.
What Type of Roofing Materials Are Available?
As a trusted residential and commercial roofer, we offer a wide range of roofing materials to meet your every need. All of our materials are top-rated for quality and durability.
Our roofing material options include:
- Tile and slate, including ceramic, stone, clay, composite, DaVinci, and concrete
- Asphalt shingles, including hail resistant, double or triple laminate, and dimensional/architectural solutions
- Metal, including shingles, stone-coated steel, corrugated, standing seam, copper, aluminum, zinc, and galvalume
- Low slope roofs, including single ply TPO, EPDM, PVC and Fiber-Tite solutions, modified bitumen membrane, walk paver with pedestal systems, and fluid applied systems
How to Tell if I Should Repair or Replace my Roof?
Your roof is meant to protect your home or business, so when it isn’t performing as well as it used to, it can drastically affect your comfort and safety. Here are 6 warning signs that your roof should be serviced:
- You notice missing, broken, cracked, or damaged shingles
- There is an unusual amount of debris in your gutters
- There is visible moss or mildew growing
- You notice curling shingles
- There are sagging portions of your roof
- You notice dark streaks or evidence of water damage inside your property
How to Tell if My Roof Will Work with Solar?
While solar is an increasingly popular option for property owners looking to save on energy and lower their carbon footprint, not every roof can handle the weight and logistics that are necessary for a solar setup. The best way to determine if your roof is a good fit for solar is to book a professional inspection from a licensed installer. Our team will look at indicators such as:
- The current roofing materials, paying special attention to wood or slate
- The slope, style, and direction of your roof
- The number of features (such as skylights and chimneys) on your roof
- Your roof’s current condition
- The amount of time your roof receives direct and indirect sunlight
Do HOAs Need to Approve Solar Projects?
If you are a part of a community with a Homeowners Association in Colorado, you might be wondering whether your HOA can stop you from installing solar. Per the Colorado Titles and Interest Statute, associations are not able to prohibit or place unreasonable restrictions on solar panel installation. However, to understand what is considered a reasonable or unreasonable restriction, contact your HOA.
Will Solar Increase my Property’s Resale Value?
It has been shown that solar can both boost resale value and shorten the time a property is on the market.
Do Solar Systems Need Maintenance?
One of the benefits of solar is that it requires minimal maintenance. However, if you notice a dip in the efficiency of your panels or your property has recently been through a storm, having a professional inspect your system is a great way to make certain that there is no damage to your panels, inverter, or wiring.
How Long Do Solar Systems Last?
Solar panels are typically warrantied for about 25 years. However, since there are no moving parts, many last much longer, with some operating well for over 30 years.
Answering Your Most Frequently Asked Roofing & Solar Questions
Installing solar is a big investment, so it is only natural to wonder if the investment is worth it. Our team at Columbine Roofing & Solar has seen firsthand the positive impact solar has had on local homes and businesses. Some advantages to switching to solar include:
- Saving you money on monthly energy bills
- Reducing your greenhouse gas emissions
- Increasing the resale value of your property
- Avoiding unexpected jumps in utility costs
- Boosting the energy grid security for your community