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Tear Off vs Overlay on Residential Reroofs

IMAG0806Doesn’t the building code allow two roofs? Why should I remove my old roof if I only have one layer now?  Won’t I save money going over the old roof?

These are common questions we address with homeowners each day.  What is cheap and seems like a good deal today will often come back to bite you in the future. Most building departments do allow two layers of roofing for composition shingle roofs as long as the total weight of the combined roofs is less that the maximum allowed by the building code. You have to know what your local building department allows before you proceed as they can vary greatly from one area to another. (more…)


What your Contractor Should Know About the Building Codes

does your contractor understand the building codesCalifornia’s energy codes are ever changing and evolving in an effort to reduce energy use. In 2005 major changes were introduced to the roofing and building codes in the form of TITLE 24. Every few years more things are added and implemented. These changes not only effect the installation of roofing materials that must be used to comply but also offers alternative ways to meet these requirements. Customers need to be aware of these options and be given the choices based on your home as well as your finances. What city you live in is also important as different climate zones have different regulations. Even installation codes vary from city to city so it is very important that your contractor is educated on these codes. These codes apply to conditioned living spaces only, not garage or storage areas. (more…)

Why is Liability Insurance important for my roof job?

why is liability insurance important for a roofing contractor working on your home?The average homeowner will never know the answer to that question until the roofing contractor has a problem resulting in damage to their home or property.  One assumption that homeowners have is that their homeowners insurance will cover them if something happens while someone is working on their house. The fact is that in most cases if you hire a contractor licensed or not to work on your home and he is not properly insured the insurance company is under no obligation to help you with the cost to repair damages caused by that person or company. If you doubt this take the time to read your policy or ask your insurance agent.

Damage during reroofing work can occur at any time in the process of the work and sometimes after the work is complete. A poorly insured roofing contractor without Liability Insurance who has a major problem will often bail out and not complete the work if a major disaster happens. (more…)

Is your roof ready for winter?

get your roof inspected or certifiedThe fact is most people neglect doing roof maintenance until it’s too late. Basic maintenance goes a long way towards preventing potential leakage and interior damage.  The easiest way to remember when to perform this work is in the Fall as soon as the leaves are gone from the trees.

#1) Remove tree debris:   allowing accumulation of leaves and debris in roof valleys, behind skylights, around roof mounted heat and air units, solar panels, etc. is never a good thing.  Trapped leaves decompose and block drainage causing leakage and dryrot damage that may go undetected for years.  If you have large trees overhanging the house have the limbs trimmed back at least 5 feet or more from the roof surface to prevent damage during windy conditions. If your trees drop leaves year round than we suggest having the roof blown off twice a year. (more…)