Roofing

Video: Roof Maintenance Tip

Posted on August 30, 2018 by James Florence

Host, Sarah Rutan: To keep your roof in good condition, you’ll need to invest in ongoing maintenance. Today we’re in Alameda with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dave Lopez of Advanced Roofing Services to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dave Lopez: So, my tip of the day is, once your new roof is installed, is to have it maintained every five years. So, you should call your roofer every five years for maintenance to ward off any type of water intrusion or early wear-and-tear as well.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org. Read more

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The Impact of Roof Pitch on Roofing Material Selection

Posted on August 15, 2018 by James Florence

ALAMEDA — Tar and gravel roofs have been around for a long time, but in recent years their popularity has waned. This is largely due to aesthetics, with many homeowners choosing to replace their tar and gravel roofs with composition shingles because they like the way they look. However, in some cases this can be a big mistake, because even though a roof may look good, it might not function like it needs to.

Residential roofs vary in terms of steepness (or “pitch,” as it’s known in the industry). Roof pitch is expressed as a rise/run ratio. For example, a roof that rises 6 inches for every 12 inches of horizontal run has a 6:12 pitch. Read more

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Video: Three Roofing Tips

Posted on July 25, 2018 by James Florence

MARINA — Host, Sarah Rutan: Whether your roof needs to be inspected, repaired or replaced, it’s worthwhile to consult the advice of a seasoned professional. Today we’re in Marina with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Ross of Ross Roofing & Construction, who has three tips to share.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Ross: One thing that homeowners typically forget or neglect to do is to remember to get their roof inspection. Roof inspections are vitally important. If you have a newer roof, it’s probably every 3 to 5 years. If you’ve got an older roof, say 20 to 30 years old, you’re probably looking at getting them inspected every year. Read more

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Safety Tip for DIY Roof Inspection

Posted on July 13, 2018 by James Florence

MARINA — As a preventative measure, regular roof inspections are vitally important, as they provide an opportunity to catch problems like leaks and dry rot before they compromise the roof’s integrity. The frequency of inspections should depend on the roof’s age. If your roof is fairly new, it only needs to be inspected every three to five years; once it passes the 20-year mark, it should be inspected annually.

While it’s recommended that roof inspections be performed by professionals, some homeowners prefer to handle this task themselves. However, before going up on your roof, it’s critical to address safety. One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is using the wrong type of ladder to access their roofs—specifically, Read more

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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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