Roofing terms explained

Many of us have been in the situation where say, you are having your car or computer worked on and when the mechanic or the tech comes to explain the situation, they use a bunch of technical jargon that ends up confusing you even further? It’s not uncommon for people to wish they had done some research on the basic terminology of an unfamiliar subject, only after it’s too late and decisions have already been made.  But when it comes to protecting the safety and longevity of your home, the risk of not knowing basic terms and concepts as it…
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Questions to ask your roofer before hiring

Have you ever hired a company or a service to do work around your home only to wish later that you had done some more research on that company after the job was done? To avoid this problem the next time you're going to have work done on your roof, before jumping into the hiring process be sure to ask your potential contractor the following questions or research them online prior to choosing which roofing company to hire! Ask your roofer these questions before deciding who to hire: Do you provide written estimates and a general schedule for a job…
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High wind damage roof repairs

High winds can cause major damage to your house’s roof. Rainstorms, hailstorms and hurricanes can tear shingles from your roof, penetrate roof’s surface, and even lead to structural damage. Protecting your roof from major disasters can be difficult, so what should you do once the storm as passed and you have roof damage? First you want to go over this checklist to asses what kind of damage has occurred to your roof: High wind damage inspection checklist: Inspect your attic for leaks or water damage. Check for broken, cracked, curled, or missing shingles, and any signs of a loss of granulation…
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More Than You Want to Know About Cleaning Concord Roofs

So, your in-laws are coming to stay with you this weekend and so it is time for hyper cleaning mode to kick in. Shove the toys in the kids’ closet, dump a bottle of bleach over the entire bathroom, scrub your kitchen until it looks newer than the day you moved in, laundry in and out...the process can be exhausting. However, at the end of the day you realize that maybe you have overlooked one of the most important elements of your home. The structure that hangs over your head protecting you day and night and fending off any outside…
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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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