Roofing

Michael Wakerling is a 44-year veteran of the roofing industry and owner of General Roofing Company, a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (510) 761-5937 or by email.

Essential Roof Maintenance

Posted on May 14, 2018 by James Florence

OAKLAND — Like your car, your roof is one of your most valuable assets, and as such, it requires ongoing maintenance to reach its maximum life expectancy. However, the type of maintenance needed depends in part upon what type of roof you have. For example, if your home has a flat roof, your biggest concern should be keeping its drainage system clear of debris. Due to a flat roof’s horizontal orientation, a clogged drain can lead to issues with standing water, such as leaks. Worse still, in extreme cases, the weight of standing water can result in a total collapse of the roof.

If you have a sloped roof, keep an eye on the condition of its shingles. Read more

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Video: Maintaining Your Roof Warranty

Posted on April 30, 2018 by James Florence

PETALUMA — Host, Sarah Rutan: When installing a new roofing system, make sure you’re aware of its warranty terms. To learn more, we’re in Petaluma with Gary Harvey of Wedge Roofing, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ralph Wedge.

Gary Harvey: Understanding your roofing system warranty is much like understanding your automobile warranty. Your automobile may be accompanied by a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty, however, it does require maintenance and tune-ups and the expectation that there will be some minor repairs necessary over the course of that seven-year, 100,000-mile period.

A roof is very similar in those respects. All of the major manufacturers of roofing systems require inspections and annual maintenance and also have the expectation that some minor repairs will be needed along the way. Read more

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Understanding Your Roofing System Warranty

Posted on April 24, 2018 by James Florence

PETALUMA — A good way to make the most of a new roof is to install it as a “roofing system.” With a roofing system, all components are installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s set guidelines. The main benefit of installing in this manner (besides a quality job) is the roof is eligible for a better warranty. However, to ensure your warranty stays valid, you’ll need to have a clear understanding of how it functions.

A roofing system warranty is a lot like an automobile warranty. Many vehicles come with a 7-year/100,000-mile warranty. However, owners need to understand this warranty requires ongoing maintenance to be performed at specific points during the warranty period. Read more

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Video: Understanding Your Roof Warranty

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: A roof warranty can be a valuable asset, but if you don’t read the fine print, you might be disappointed when it’s needed. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Nathan DuCharme of Capstone Roofing to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Nathan DuCharme: Yeah, I think the biggest thing homeowners don’t understand is the warranties. They used to be a 30, 40, and lifetime. They quit making the 40-year. What used to be a 30-year warranty — they call it a lifetime roof. What that means is the first ten years it’s labor and material. If the roof was defective, Read more

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The Truth about Lifetime Roofing Warranties

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — When it comes to installing new roofs, many homeowners fail to fully understand their warranties. Most roofing product manufacturers provide a “lifetime warranty,” which seemingly indicates the roof is fully covered throughout its expected lifespan. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple—most lifetime warranties only offer about 10 years of complete coverage for labor and materials, after which point coverage substantially decreases. By the time the roof is 15 years old, the warranty no longer covers labor or materials for replacement, and the cost of the shingles is prorated.

To avoid being misled, make sure you inquire about warranty terms before choosing a roofing product. Even better, consider getting an extended warranty. Read more

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The Importance of Bird Control

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SUISUN CITY — Few homeowners realize how much damage birds (especially pigeons) can cause to a roof. The acidity of bird droppings can cause extensive damage to roofing materials, resulting in leaks and other issues. On tile roofs, buildup from droppings can cause water (as well as the droppings themselves) to dam up and be diverted beneath the tiles, which creates excessive saturation and/or deterioration that leads to leaks, mold and dry rot. Given enough time, bird droppings can even corrode through metal gutters.

An even greater concern is the health risks that can arise from exposure to bird droppings on your property (again, particularly with pigeons). Salmonella, E. coli and Histoplasmosis are all associated with exposure to bird droppings. Read more

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The Value of Roof Maintenance

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — Since your roof is above your sightline, it’s easy to ignore—that is, until you start getting leaks or suddenly realize there’s a big water stain on your ceiling. Unfortunately, by the time this happens, you’re already too late to take preventative measures. Your attic has likely sustained water damage and become infested with mold…and that’s just the beginning of your problems.

Fortunately, this scenario can be easily avoided: all you need to do is hire a roofing professional to perform regular roof inspections and maintenance. After your roof passes the 10-year mark of its lifespan, plan to have it inspected every three to five years. A professional will check key areas like flashings, Read more

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