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Insulation: The Importance to Your Home And Roof

By | Insulation

If you’re looking to have a greener home, one of the first things you should look at is your insulation.Heating and cooling can account for up to 70% of the average home’s total energy use! Poor insulation can cause a massive difference in how your home feels, and you may be practically throwing money out the window. That’s why it’s important to regularly check your insulation, as poor insulation can lead to air leaks and make your home feel entirely uncomfortable. Appropriate insulation is not only more energy-efficient, but this can save your household a lot of money while also creating a comfortable and healthy environment. How can promoting insulation make a home safer and energy-efficient? As stated above, most households across the US (and even the world) spend a lot of their money on heating and cooling their home. Not only is this expensive for families who are trying…

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Winterizing Your Roof: Checklist

By | Roof Maintenance

Winter is almost here! You know that means you need to start preparing for winterizing your roof to take on the season. A properly winterized roof will make sure your home stays nice and cozy, no matter what Mother Nature throws at it. During the winter months, you might be tempted to skip roof maintenance. After all, most homeowners don’t expect much from their roof during this time of year. But, unfortunately, while they might not think it will be a problem, this is actually one of the worst things that can happen to your roof and home as a whole! Tick the following off your winterizing list to keep your roof system ready for the cold winter ahead: Examine your roof:  Take a close look at your roof and make sure there aren’t any holes or cracks. Check for loose shingles and make sure all debris from the previous…

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How Do Solar Reflective Shingles Work and Are They Worth the Cost?

By | Roof Types

Solar reflective shingles and solar reflective roof membranes can be an essential component of a building system designed to decrease overall building energy consumption and the environmental impact of the house or structure. Reflective roof shingles surfaces reflect much more infrared radiation (IR) than conventional roof surfaces. IR is a kind of light that causes much heat to be generated onto roof surfaces, so designers came up with the idea of solar reflective shingles, or reflective shingles, to reduce the consumption of IR from the sun by reflecting this light off the roof’s exterior, preventing the high temperature from being transmitted to the inside of a home or building (for example, to the attic or to any rooms you might have at the top of your house). Reflecting shingles and solar reflective roofs generally keep building interiors much cooler by decreasing heat transfer and lowering the use and stress on…

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DIY Roofing? Ten Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional

By | Roofing

The roof is an essential component of the home. However, strong winds, heavy storms, powerful sun rays, and other weather conditions can significantly affect the roof. Roof degradation can occur quickly in areas where the climate is usually extreme, for example: Now, if your roof has been damaged and you believe that restoring it is a simple job, think again. Nowadays, most individuals like do-it-yourself tasks. However, not every project is feasible, and DIY roofing isn’t always the best idea. In some instances, a specific skill set is needed to do a job, such as roofing. This is why you should contact an experienced roofing contractor who is a professional in the field. If you want to grasp the importance of hiring a professional roofer for services instead of DIY, this article will help.   They Follow Building Codes  The building code is a collection of standards that must be…

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Wind Damaged Roof: Know What it is and How to Spot It

By | Roof Repair

We haven’t had the seasonal Santa Ana winds in a while, but when they do blow, you may want to check your roof for damages. Most homeowners or residents don't often think about it, but wind speeds over 45 mph can do severe damage to your roof. Although all roofs are designed to withstand pretty strong winds, the reality is many don’t. And it’s not because the roofers didn’t do a great job, it’s largely because the wind doesn’t uniformly hit the roof. It tends to catch the edges or corners of the roof and other angles. When the wind keeps hitting shingles or tile at a specific angle -all roofs, regardless of how solid they are, have yielding points- shingles can peel off, open up, or even tile can shift or break off and fall. If the damage isn’t repaired, it’s only a matter of time before you have…

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See Home Roof Fire Ratings on California Roofs

By | Roofing

On any property, the roof can be extremely vulnerable to damage from weather, impact, and fire. The role of the roof during a fire is extremely important, which is why there are many laws and regulations that apply to them.  In large areas of California, the threat of wildfire is significant, which is why the way buildings are constructed and the material uses are heavily regulated to ensure that properties are as safe as they can possibly be. So, what are roof fire ratings and what do they mean?  Rating Tests In California, there is a test that determines roof fire ratings. The test is approved and undertaken by the American Society for Testing and Material (ASTM) Standard E-108, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 276. This test is based on three factors concerning the roof material: Sufficiently resist and prevent fire from spreading to the roof space or attic…

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What are the Most Common Roof Problems in California Heat?

By | Roof Repair, Roof Replacement

Different areas of the country present different types of problems for our homes and roofs. In California, there are unique problems that are especially relevant under the Californian Sky. Here are some of the most popular problems you will see happening to the roofs of California homes. Sun’s Rays/Heat Strong ultraviolet (UV) rays deteriorate asphalt shingles over time causing blistering or buckling. Once this happens, the waterproofing material underneath is exposed to the elements and if not detected, the rain will eventually come through, causing a leak or leaks. The summer months in California can reach 90+ degrees Color deterioration of the asphalt shingle or tile. It doesn’t matter what your roof is made out of, eventually the sun will strip the color out of it. Keeping the color in roof tiles looking fresh isn’t the only issue as it can be a sign that there are other issues. It…

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Does Home Insurance Cover Roof Leaks and Repairs?

By | Roof Maintenance, Roof Repair

If you’ve noticed patches of water or ceiling stains in your home, then chances are you have a roof leak. A leaking roof is more than a nuisance; however, it could result in expensive repairs. Therefore, it’s essential to keep on top of roof maintenance. There are several causes of roof leaks, and you need to look for the tell-tale signs to ask yourself, “What can be causing the leak?” Another important question is, are roof leaks covered by insurance? Roof repair can be costly and whether your policy will cover this often depends on the cause of the leak. What usually causes leaks in roofing? Roof leaks can be caused by a number of issues. These can include problems with your exterior, such as improperly installed shingles, missing shingles or tiles, or shingles that have buckled, causing the waterproofing felt to be exposed to extreme elements, which ultimately causes…

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Can Fireworks Damage a Roof? 5 Steps to Protect Your Home on July 4th

By | Roof Maintenance

Aren’t fireworks pretty to see? We get very excited to see them at every event they’re present, from New Year’s Eve to sporting events. One of the biggest firework-laden events every single year is July 4th, and it’s one of the busiest times of the year for roofing companies. It’s all because of fireworks and the occasional damage that they can cause – especially to your roof. Fireworks and Your Roof If the right precautions aren’t taken on the 4th of July, you’re going to find that accidents can and will happen; especially with illegal fireworks being set off in neighborhoods. Roof fires ignited by falling fireworks on July 4th, and preventing roof fires at this time of year is important. There are some counties and states that ban large fireworks, but your roof needs to be prepared properly to avoid roof fires as a result of fireworks. The damage…

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Do Skylights Add Value to a Home Design?

By | Roof Conversions

Skylights add light, beauty, and value to a home. They are an ideal way of maximizing the natural light your home and its rooms receive, without hindering the foundation of the walls. Adding features to your home that does not compromise its foundation is ideal when it comes to selling in the future. If you are looking to maximize light and increase the value of your home, here is how. What is a skylight? A skylight is a window in the roof or a glass ceiling that allows natural light to enter from directly above the building. As opposed to a regular window on the exterior wall, a skylight is always added to a roof. They can be installed into a flat or sloped roof. Either way, skylights increase the amount of direct light the room receives.  For additional privacy and decreasing the light in the evening, blinds can be…

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