Roofing

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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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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