Roofing

Video: Maximizing Your Roof Investment

Posted on October 10, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: Whether it’s high- or low-quality, a new roof is expensive, so why not invest in the best? Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Testa of Sure Roofing & Waterproofing to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Chris Testa: So, my roofing tip for today is to pay attention to the details. When you’re going to replace your roof, it’s going to be an expensive job, regardless of whether you buy the cheapest or the most expensive version. Either way, it’s a big, messy job. And it will cost a lot of money.

My recommendation is that you buy the best roof you can afford every time. Read more

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How to Maximize Your Roof Investment

Posted on September 27, 2018 by James Florence

SAN FRANCISCO — Let’s face it: replacing a roof is expensive. It doesn’t matter whether you buy the cheapest roof available or the most expensive—either way, it’s a big, messy job that costs a lot of money. For this reason, it’s wise to maximize your investment by buying the best roof you can afford.

In many cases, what separates a quality, long-lasting roof from a cheap, short-lived roof is the seemingly minor details. For example, one of the most important parts of a roof is flashing—the metal components that protect the edges and penetrations in areas of the roof that are vulnerable to water intrusion. On the surface, a cheap flashing material like galvanized steel may look just as good as the more expensive options; Read more

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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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