Roofing

Video: How to Walk on a Tile Roof

Posted on May 15, 2019 by James Florence

FREMONT — Host, Sarah Rutan: When getting up on a tile roof, knowing the correct way to walk on it can prevent damage to the roof tiles. To learn more, we’re in Fremont with Chad Creeden of Marco Roofing, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mark Creeden.

Chad Creeden: Here in Northern California we have a lot of tile roofs. The best thing if you own a tile roof is to stay off the tile roof if at all possible. However, with Christmas lights, window washing, painting, and the occasional wayward ball from the kids up on the roof, it’s inevitable that you will eventually have to get up on the roof. Read more

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The Proper Way to Walk on a Tile Roof

Posted on May 15, 2019 by James Florence

FREMONT — Whether to hang Christmas lights, wash upper-story windows or retrieve a wayward ball lost by the neighborhood kids, it’s inevitable that you’ll need to get up on your roof at some point. Naturally, safety should be your main priority when walking on your roof, but if you have a tile roof, there’s an additional concern to consider.

Due to the fragile nature of roofing tiles, if you aren’t careful, you can easily damage your roof while walking on it. To avoid this, you’ll need to employ the right technique. When you step on a roofing tile, you should step on the bottom part where it overlaps with another tile. Since this area of the tile has additional support from the underlying tile it overlaps, Read more

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Video: Guidelines for Working With a Roofing Contractor

Posted on May 09, 2019 by James Florence

ARBUCKLE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When having your roof replaced, it’s crucial to work with a reliable and trustworthy installer. Today we’re in Arbuckle with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor David Drowty of Top Priority Roofing to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, David Drowty: When looking for a roofing contractor, there’s some guidelines you need to follow. When you contact a roofing contractor and say if you have a sales representative showing up to your house, the first thing you need to ask for is what’s called a home improvement sales license. The reason why it’s very important that you ask that, it’s required under CSLB. The reason why is because people need to be vetted. Read more

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Understanding the Roof Replacement Process

Posted on April 30, 2019 by James Florence

ARBUCKLE — When it comes to replacing a roof, many homeowners are unfamiliar with the process. To get some clarification, read the following step-by-step overview.

1. First, the homeowner must request bids from one or more roofing contractors. Once a bid is accepted, the homeowner will typically give the contractor a down payment. As per California state law, the down payment must be no more than $1,000 or 10 percent of the project estimate—whichever is less. Additionally, the contractor should provide a Notice of Cancellation form, which the homeowner can use within the three-day “cooling period” following the contract signing if they change their mind.

2. Once the down payment is received and the job is scheduled, Read more

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Addressing Attic Ventilation With Roof Replacement

Posted on April 05, 2019 by James Florence

OAKLAND — A crucial yet often-overlooked aspect of roof installation is addressing attic ventilation. Proper attic ventilation is a must for any home with a steep-slope roof. When attic ventilation is insufficient, it can shorten the roof’s lifespan and require premature replacement.

So, how exactly can insufficient insulation shorten a roof’s lifespan? As heat and moisture (such as steam from cooking and bathing) rise to the top of the home, they often find their way into the attic. If the attic isn’t sufficiently ventilated, that heat and moisture becomes trapped. On a hot day, heat buildup in the attic can become so extreme that it actually cooks the roofing shingles from below. Given enough time, Read more

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Video: The True Cost of Missing Gutters

Posted on March 01, 2019 by James Florence

SAN MATEO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your roof doesn’t have a proper gutter system, you may be surprised to learn how it can impact your home. Today we’re in San Mateo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor William Young of Edge Roofing to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, William Young: Yes. The importance of gutters is to properly divert water off of your roof and away from your home. Oftentimes, here along the Peninsula and in San Mateo I see a lot of roofs without gutters. And what happens is, water runs off of your roofline onto the ground, and it makes kind of a trench around your home. Read more

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Why Roof Gutters Are a Worthwhile Investment

Posted on March 01, 2019 by James Florence

SAN MATEO — Roof gutters are responsible for diverting water off of the roof and away from the home. Throughout the San Francisco Peninsula, there are a lot of older homes that don’t have gutters. While these homes may have been missing gutters for a long time, it’s important to understand the gradual toll this state of affairs can have on their structural stability.

When a home doesn’t have gutters, rainwater runs off the roofline straight onto the ground below. As the water collects, it creates what is essentially a trench around the home. This water can seep down to the home’s foundation and undermine its stability. Later, when the soil around the home dries up in warm weather, Read more

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