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Gustavo Guerrero is president of Ben’s Roofing, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2014. He can be reached at (510) 606-8793 or by email.

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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Video: The Importance of Attic Ventilation

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

LIVERMORE — Host, Sarah Rutan: To get the most life out of your new roof, you’ll need to address attic ventilation. To learn more, we’re in Livermore with Jairo Reyes of PRI-Premiere Roofing, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Agapito Chavez-Reyes.

Jairo Reyes: One key thing I like to bring up to homeowners is the importance of attic ventilation. The U.S. Housing Authority recommends one square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic floor spacing. So, why is it important? Well, the heat in your home naturally rises up to the attic. And if you don’t have the right ventilation, that’s going to end up cooking your shingles from the bottom part of your roof. Read more

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Attic Ventilation and Roof Lifespan

Posted on January 31, 2019 by James Florence

LIVERMORE — When it comes to roof replacement, one aspect that’s often overlooked is attic ventilation. While not as well-known as other roof components like shingles, attic ventilation is nonetheless crucial to ensure a roof reaches its maximum lifespan. That’s why the United States Housing Authority recommends installing one square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic floor space.

So, what makes attic ventilation so important? Here are two reasons:

1. Heat rises, which means any heat that enters the home will eventually make its way into the attic. Without proper ventilation, heat buildup in the attic can cook the roofing shingles from the bottom, resulting in accelerated deterioration and premature failure of the roof. Read more

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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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