Top Signs Your Roof Needs Repair or Replacing

Top Signs Your Roof Needs Repair or Replacing

The condition of your roof can have an impact on the overall value of your home. When faced with making the decision between replacing your roof and making a few simple repairs, you will want to contact a roofing company that has the experience and expertise to give you sound advice. Only after a thorough professional roof inspection will you be able to make an informed decision on which path makes sense for you. Here are the major factors that will help you make that decision:

1. Water Spots on the Ceiling

One of the biggest indicators of how severe a roof problem may be is if the ceilings inside your home are showing any kind of damage. Water spots and stains can indicate leaks from many different areas. If leaks are left unattended, they can lead to mold or other problems.  This could be a major problem that need replacing or could be a simple repair.

2. Weather Conditions

Know what type of weather the roof is constantly being exposed to. This can also provide your roofing contractor an idea as to what condition the roof is really in. Extreme high temperatures and heavy rains in the Sacramento area can take their toll on an asphalt shingle roof. It is important to address any repairs before any disaster happens.

3. Increased Maintenance Costs

There is no problem in a temporary repair of your roof until you encounter a bigger issue. However, when patching causes it to start to look like a checkerboard, then it’s time to replace. Additionally, if the cost of maintaining the roof is beginning to exceed the cost of replacing the roof, a roofing contractor may recommend foregoing future repairs and opting to install an entirely new roof.

4. Roof Aging Problems

A typical roof lasts for 15-50 years depending on the selection of material quality. Confirming the remaining life of your roof should be through an inspection report by a qualified roofing contractor. A professional contractor can also determine the longevity of a roof by its current condition and how well it has held up over time.

5. Shingles Curling and Buckling

Another indication that you may require a new roof is when the shingles have started curling or buckling. Analyze the slopes of your home that receive direct sunlight and look out for signs of curling shingles and their missing granules. This can provide information on whether shingles have exceeded their life expectancy. Rain and wind can also cause curling of shingles.

These are the top signs you should pay attention to before deciding on replacing or repairing your home roof. Contact Harlan Quality Roofing to get a thorough inspection and an honest evaluation of the recommended course of action that makes sense for you.

 

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How Sacramento Winter Weather Affects Your Roof

How Sacramento Winter Weather Affects Your Roof

How Sacramento Winter Weather Affects Your Roof

While Sacramento homes are unlikely to see snow piled up, there still are winter weather conditions that can have an adverse effect on the integrity of your roof. Our winters are primarily wind and rain, with an occasional drop below freezing.

Water Damage

Winter in Sacramento is our rainy season. After many months of hot, dry weather the winter rains are a welcome. They help replace our depleted water supply, fill our lakes and rivers, and turn our landscapes green again. California has been in a severe drought and the heavy rains we are seeing this year are causing issues for many homeowners. Heavy rains, especially when coupled with strong wind, can accumulate and get under your shingles.  Water that enters your home this way can leave unsightly stains on ceiling and walls, damage electrical wiring, and cause mold to grow inside your home.

As a homeowner, your best defense against water damage is regular inspection of the integrity of your roof as well as regular cleaning and maintenance of your roof and gutters. Another important aspect of your roof is ventilation. Be sure your roof has adequate ventilation to prevent moisture from being trapped.

Wind Damage

We already spoke of the wind/rain combo which can be particularly damaging to your roof. Wind alone can cause damage by lifting and loosening shingles. During our dry season, we may not even realize that damage has occurred until the winter rains set in. Another very good reason for having your roof inspected after a particularly strong windstorm.

Wind damage can also undermine the integrity of those beautiful trees surrounding your Sacramento home. Many trees have been stressed with the drought situation in California. When the wind sways these trees, heavy limbs may split off or even the whole tree could topple, and your home and roof may be in the fall zone.

Roof Repair

Roof damage can occur in any season, but the winter months can be particularly hard on your roof. If you can, walk around your home and do your own visual inspection after a storm. You should be able to detect if you have sustained damage.

Use binoculars if you have them. Look for piles of leaves, growth, or debris. Look for curled, buckled, torn, or missing shingles. Clean your gutters or have them professionally cleaned. The cost of maintenance is far less than the cost of roof repair.

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What to Do When Disaster Strikes Your Roof

What to Do When Disaster Strikes Your Roof

Wind and rain are common weather conditions, but when they strike together and strike hard, their combined efforts could spell trouble for your roof. The heavy wind may lift and tear shingles, debris may fall on the roof causing damage, then the rain beats down and makes a complete mess of the situation. So, what should you do when disaster strikes your roof?

You may not have experienced a damaged or leaking roof before, but you can well imagine the damage to your home and your belongings when it does.  When disaster strikes, it’s important to contact a roofing contractor immediately.  The moisture that has entered into your home can cause mold, mildew, and wood rot, all of which can impact the structural integrity of your home and the air you breathe.

After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, walk around the exterior of your home to assess the damage the storm has inflicted on your roof.  Bring along your phone and take photos of any of the damage you can see from the ground. Specifically look for missing or damaged shingles, exposed plywood and tarpaper, dented or dangling gutters, and any other areas that appear to have been affected by the storm. Taking photos will help your roofing contractor assess the priority of your situation and will also be helpful for insurance purposes.

Be Sure to Contact Your Insurance Company

After you make that important call to your local roofing contractor, the next call should be made to your insurance company. Find out the procedure for filing a claim, what your deductible is, and anything required by you to get the ball rolling for getting reimbursement for the cost of repairs.

In the event of a significantly violent storm, many fellow homeowners in your area may be seeking our roofing repair. Roofing companies may not be able to meet the demand. Having a local, established roofing contractor that you do business with is an important asset. Be sure to accurately convey the extent of your damages and ask for a referral if your preferred roofing company is already booked out with roof repairs.

Being Prepared is Half the Victory

If you keep your roof well-maintained and have a great working relationship with a reputable local roofing company, you are as prepared as you can be when it comes to natural disasters.

Be prepared, stay safe, and contact Harlan Roofing when you need any assistance with your roof. A local, quality roofing company is your best go-to when disaster strikes your roof.

 

Harlan Quality Roofing

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916.292.9548

 

3 Tips to Keep in Mind When Looking for Roof Repair

3 Tips to Keep in Mind When Looking for Roof Repair

Roofing projects require careful planning and a quality contractor. So much is at stake should your roof fail and cause water damage in your home. We highly recommend that you seek out a roofing contractor that has the experience and the reputation to do an outstanding job.

Start Local

Every city or town, regardless of size has a number of roofing contractors that have offices or work in that location. The larger the town, the more choices available to you.

Working with a local roofing contractor has many advantages. Since the company operates locally, it is easier to get in touch with them. A local roofing contractor has less travel time when visiting your home for an estimate. It also makes delivering equipment and materials much easier.

A local roofing company with an established presence and reputation can help you make better decisions when it comes to roofing materials. A roofing contractor with years of experience will be able to recommend the best products for your location’s climate and weather patterns.

Licensed and Insured

When choosing the right roofing company for your roof repair, be sure to check their status with respect to licensing and insurance. Licensing is mandated by California state law. To apply for a C-39 license, the applicant must prove 4 years of experience and pass a competency test. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is the governing body for all contractors in the state of California. They are responsible for protecting the consumer and require that any construction service over $500 is performed by a qualified and registered contractor. A quality roofer will proudly share their license on their website, on business cards and documents, and offer it when requested.

Insurance is another important aspect of hiring a quality roofing company. Make sure your roofing contractor has liability insurance to protect your home from unnecessary costs.

A Final Tip – Don’t Choose Based on Price

Lower price does not necessarily equate to savings. Roofers who cut costs may be cutting corners or using cheaper materials. Find a roofer who insists on quality materials and who has a reputation for quality workmanship. You will be much happier with the result and more confident in how long your roof will last.

If you do not have a trusted roofing company, please check out our many customer testimonials. We have all the boxes checked and are very proud of our reputation and our quality workmanship, so contact us today!

Harlan Quality Roofing

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916.292.9548

 

How to Know When it is Time to Repair or Replace Your Roof

How to Know When it is Time to Repair or Replace Your Roof

Roof replacement is a major expense and one best done with a bit of planning. Whether you are inside warm and cozy on a winter day or chillin’ in the air conditioning on a toasty summer evening, we rarely think about the roof over our head.

There are times when a roof replacement is obvious (leaking badly) and other times when it is nearing end-of-life but with stealth. Here are a few signs to look for and a strong encouragement not to make that call on your own, but rather have a roof inspection done by an honest roofing company.

The Age of the Roof

If your roof is over 20 years old, it is time to give it a regular checkup. As the roof ages it weakens due to wind, rain, sun, and debris which cause the material to degrade. Do a little background check to find out when your roof last saw a professional. If you cannot determine this and your home is over 20 years old, give us a call. It may be time to start that planning process.

Shingle Damage

If you can see visible damage in your shingles, don’t procrastinate. This can be the first signs that your roof needs some quick attention. You may see cracked, chipped, or curled shingles. The curling can often be a sign of water damage; water damage to your roof that has not made it to the inside of your house…yet. Once shingles start to curl, they need to be individually replaced at a minimum, or possibly an entire roof replacement is imminent.

Cracked shingles may be the result of storm damage. High winds and pounding rain can take a toll on a less than new roof. In many cases, this can just be a few shingles that need replacing, but if the problem is extensive and your roof is getting on in age, a replacement might be more cost effective in the long run.

Shingle Granules in Your Gutters

The granules in your shingles are part of its composition which help to block the roof’s surface from sun damage. If you find these granules are falling off and collecting in your gutters, this can signal a major problem in the making. If your roof is new, it may just be excess that has fallen off during installation. If your roof is older, it may mean the surface is deteriorating and it is time to plan for that new roof.

The Leaky Roof

If your roof is leaking, it is time to take action. A leaking roof can affect the ceilings, walls, floors, and everything in between. The worst part about a leaky roof is the mold and mildew that can grow in the moist areas, leading to health and safety issues in your home. If your roof is already leaking, give Harlan Quality Roofing a call for a free inspection and honest advice.

 

Harlan Quality Roofing

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916.292.9548

Roofing Repairs

Roofing Repairs

Roof Repair

If your roof is showing signs of damage, it can be challenging to know whether a roof repair or a roof replacement is the right choice. Here are some considerations to help you with your decision. Consulting a trusted roofing contractor is always the best option as they will know what to look for and how to accurately interpret any findings.

The Age of Your Roof

If your roof is showing signs of wear and aging or has been impacted by damage from a storm, it is a good idea to get a roofing expert to examine your roof and provide some information on the integrity of the roof system. With the contents of your home at stake, this is something to consider doing sooner, rather than later. Even if the aging signs are not severe, it can help you plan for the inevitable time when that roof must be replaced, rather than repaired. If you know when your current roof was installed, that can also help greatly in the decision process.

A good roofing company will give you an honest evaluation of the remaining roof life and help you with any repairs if appropriate. While it is common to gravitate toward roof repair to save cost upfront, at times clients get into a cycle of repeated roof repair work which can be cost prohibitive if the roof is threatening to fail in multiple areas.

If you plan to stay in your home for many years, then consider getting an estimate as a good planning strategy so that you can make a practical decision about protecting your home, your contents, and your family from water intrusion.

Roof Damage

Knowing the difference between aesthetic damage and structural damage is an important factor. Aesthetic damage may consist of worn roofing material or discoloration. It may also include moss or algae growth on or between the roofing materials. If any of these signs are visible, it is a good time for some roof maintenance and an assessment from a professional.

Structural damage is more of a concern. Curled or thermal cracked shingles, degranulated spots on asphalt shingles, cracked or broken tiles or missing or split wood shakes should be evaluated right away.

Leaky Roof

A leaky roof is obviously one of the most common reasons homeowners need roof repair. If there are water stains on your ceiling or interior walls, it is likely attributed to a leaky roof although other things such as HVAC condensate or plumbing leaks can be a factor. The source of the leak needs to be determined and the remainder of the roof needs to be inspected. A small leak today will eventually lead to larger problems down the road. Addressing those problems can save a lot of money in damage to the home and its contents as well as unnecessary costs. Finding the source of the roof leak can often be tricky, but a certified roofing contractor can help with the process.

Get Honest Answers About Your Roof

Working with a trusted roofing contractor can help you better understand the extent of any roof damage you may have as well as the remaining life expectancy of your current roof. Make a good decision (and a timely one) on the condition of your roof so you can make the right choice and have a solid plan for your home and budget. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Harlan Quality Roofing

For Quality and Service… You’re in the Right Neighborhood!

916.292.9548