Tips for taking care of your roof and gutters

Every house has a roof. It is a necessity that every house must have, and must also be properly maintain. If our roof isn’t kept up and working properly, it can lead to some major damage to the rest of our house. Imagine walking outside in the rain with no umbrella. You would get majorly wet. Imagine walking outside in the rain with an umbrella. You would most likely be able to stay dry. Imagine walking outside in the rain with an umbrella that had holes in it. Not very effective is it? That’s why it’s important to make sure…
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Myths about attic ventilation

Attic ventilation is a must for your house, but it will only be beneficial if you make sure your ventilation is optimally designed by avoiding a few common misconceptions. Only homes in warm climates need attic ventilation. Ventilation is important in all climates, but contrary to popular belief, it’s even more important in climates with frequent periods of cold weather. Cool, damp weather increases the risk of moisture buildup in your attic, which can lead to mold growth. Vents are often used in colder climates as a way to combat moisture retention. Ventilation removes this moisture, protecting your attic from…
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How to Know When it’s Time to Replace your Roof

Nobody likes having to plow unbudgeted money into the mountain of problems that can present themselves in home ownership. Kids break windows, sprinkler systems bust, air conditioning needs maintenance; the list seems to go on and on. While you are working to literally keep a roof over your head, it may be easier to notice other problems when your roof needs some real attention. In order to keep the phrase “the roof is caving in” metaphorical, here’s eight things to look out for as warnings that your roof probably needs to be replaced. Age - Aside from the rare house…
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How to De-Ice your Roof

When you hear “protect your investment”, it is almost second nature to send your mind straight to low yielding bonds and AAA stocks. The investment that people tend to overlook is actually their roof. It is one of the most expensive investments in the house that can have the greatest return on investment while it acts as an insulator keeping the inside at whatever temperature you have it set at. One of the common problems that people fail to acknowledge, especially in California’s Bay Area, is the damage that ice does to your roof. While we fail to see blizzards…
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How to Clean your Roof Without Damaging the Shingles

Just like the windows of your home get dirty due to exposure and need to be cleaned every once in awhile, your home’s roof gets dirty and cluttered with debris over time and also needs to undergo a cleaning every few years or so. But cleaning your roof isn’t as straight forward as cleaning your windows, and even more importantly, you can actually do damage to the shingles of your roof if you use the wrong tools or clean the roof too aggressively. So to help you clean your roof the right way without damaging your shingles, in addition to…
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What you need to know before installing rooftop solar panels

We all love technology and seeing what the new frontier really has to offer us. The solar market can be seen as a part of that “new” frontier with all sorts of progressive and efficient possibilities. The great stumbling block though is that the newness of this technology means that there are few who know the “do’s” and the “don'ts” in purchasing solar energy. Investing in solar panels is a lot like buying a car, except not nearly as many people have done it, and the group that has experienced a whole lifecycle with panels is significantly smaller. The rareness…
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6 Top Things that can cause damage to your roof

Your roof is one of the most important features of your house. It protects you from all of the elements outside to keep you dry, cool and warm inside your house. You want to make sure that you are keeping up on the proper maintenance of your roof and to watch out for these main factors that can cause damage and keep you from being comfortable inside your home: Wind: Wind can cause damage in a number of ways. High wind speeds can blow roof tiles or shingles right off of your roof, which can lead to debris, water or…
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Summer pest inspection to protect your roof

Roof maintenance is often one of the last things that homeowners think about when doing maintenance on their homes. Roof inspections should be done twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. There are many things to look for when doing your roof inspection. Loose shingles, broken or clogged gutters, leaks inside the attic or dark spots on your ceilings are a few things to bi-annually check, or to watch out for during the year. One major factor for roof damage is pest damage. Rodents look at your attic as a nice warm place to live.…
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Mounting solar panels on different types of roof surfaces

Just like a Roth IRA or a 401K, solar panels are an investment and need asset protection. Some panels have been cited to take four to twenty years to pay themselves off, which means you can't afford to lose these panels and need them to function at their highest capacity 24/7 (or however long the sun is up.) It can be tricky to work around the options of cost effective, stylish, and secure. In order to save you the trouble of doing all the research, here are a few tips on what strategies work best for your roof to support…
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How to know when it’s time to replace your roof

How often do you look at your roof? For most homeowners this is the least looked at part of their home. Typically people go from their house to their car, and back again, without glancing up at their roof. The roof will usually go unnoticed, until there is a problem. The bad part is that once you have a problem, it can be very expensive to fix. Most roof issues can cause underlying damage that sometimes can’t be seen, but can have devastating effects on other parts of your house. It is suggested that you inspect your roof two times…
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