Common Fixes Done During Roof Repair

Common Fixes Done During Roof Repair

While a roof does last for a long time, no roof will last forever, regardless of how well it is cared for. Over time, the wind, rain, sun, and other elements will wear away at your home’s primary protection, causing brittle, broken, and damaged shingles.

Periodic roof inspections are a great way to find any issues with your roof before they become disasters. You can take some time to walk around your home and inspect the roof from the ground. It is good practice to invite a professional to inspect your roof as they will be more thorough and know just what to look for.

When you see any parts of your roof that look broken, buckled, curling, or worse, it is time to call a professional roofing company that can repair it before more damage occurs. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common fixes that roofing companies can do during roof repairs.

Replace Missing or Broken Shingles

Stormy weather can be harsh and damaging to your roof. During strong winds, shingles may get blown off or snap in half if they are getting brittle. Branches and other debris from trees can land on the roof causing just enough damage to be of concern. Those missing or broken shingles leave your roof vulnerable, especially when the next winter storm hits.

When that happens, it is not necessary to replace your roof, just the missing or broken shingles. You might ask, “Can the roofer match the shingles exactly, so you don’t have some weird looking patch on your roof?”, especially if it is visible from the road. Quality roofing contractors typically work with several roofing manufacturers and have a complete suite of roofing shingle grades and colors at their disposal. They can usually find similar or even identical shingles, especially with respect to shape and color.

While it is important to note, new shingles will not always match exactly at repaired areas in color and texture due to sun exposure and weathering of the existing shingles, they will do their best to make sure you cannot tell that a shingle or group of shingles has been replaced. Your roof will look refreshed and restored.

Repair Curled or Chipped Shingles

When shingles get older, their corners tend to curl. Sometimes those corners will break off, especially during a heavy rainstorm or under impact of a tree branch. If ignored, these damaged shingles can lead to leaks. Curled shingle may, over time, loosen and fall off. It is best not to wait for that to happen. A professional contractor can identify those shingles that are damaged and let you know if the situation is pervasive enough that a replacement is a better choice.

Holes in Your Roof

This sounds scary but even the best roofs are subject to damage and may end up with a hole or holes visible when the sun is shining again. Roofs are very durable and should be able to withstand impressive amounts of assault. However, mother nature can be cruel, and your roof sits on top of your house to take the first line of defense. A hole can typically be easily fixed by replacing the shingles, but it is best to have a professional look at the damage and make an assessment. Sometimes, the hole can reach the roof’s felt underlayment, in which case more extensive repair is needed.

Damaged Flashing

Seasonal temperature fluctuations common in the Sacramento area can cause roof flashing to warp. Flashing can also bend as the home settles, and it can rust with age. Old flashing experiencing any of these issues is likely to fail the materials it is designed to protect. Another great reason to have regular inspections by a professional roofing contractor.

In Summary

While your roof is not always in the forefront of your thoughts, it is constantly working to protect you, your family, and the contents of your home. In severe weather, it is working extra hard at that protection. To that end, it is important to understand that your roof is vulnerable to sun, wind, and rain damage, especially during our California winter season. If you believe your roof has sustained damage, it is important that you call a local roofing contractor and get scheduled for a roofing repair as soon as possible. Remember, if a storm has given your roof a beating, it is likely that others have had the same. Reach out for an estimate before water damage makes the repairs even more costly.

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Has Your Roof Suffered Sun Damage?

Has Your Roof Suffered Sun Damage?

Your roof is the first line of defense for your home. It protects your property from damage such as high winds, rain, and even local wildlife like squirrels and birds. In addition to the usual weather factors, your roof also protects your home from the sun. Just like any other environmental damage, the sun also causes potential to damage your roof. In the greater Sacramento area, with its high temps and sunny days, chances are your roof may take on even more damage than usual.

Is Sun Damage Actually Harmful?

The sun is a powerful force of nature that offers a wide range of benefits but can also be harmful. Overexposure to the sun can cause the materials in your roof to break down and eventually fall apart, making it one of the top causes of roof damage in Sacramento! This will leave your roof and home open to the elements and can even allow wildlife to take up residence in parts of your home.

UV damage caused by the sun can change the chemical makeup of the materials used on your roof. As a result, the roof may start to deteriorate earlier than expected which can cause a loss in overall property value. Sun damage can also cause your roof to experience thermal shock which is when the material expands during high heat and quickly shrinks once cooled. This can shorten the lifespan and effectiveness of your roof. A poorly functioning roof will not only leave your home open to the elements but can also drive up the cost of heating and cooling your home.

The residential roofing experts at Harlan Quality Roofing have put together a list of common signs that indicate your roof is suffering from sun damage.

Signs Your Roof Has Sun Damage

  1. Ultraviolet Exposure Causing Color Change

One of the biggest signs that the sun has damaged your roof is when the color of the surface has changed to a lighter color. The UV light from the sun can effectively bleach the color of any surfaces overly exposed. If you noticed that your shingles have become much lighter than their initial color, sun damage is probably to blame.

  1. Peeling and Cracking on Roof Surface

If you notice peeling and cracking on your roof surface, it is most likely that the sun has caused coating damage to the top layer. This can lead to leaks in your roof that can have a negative effect on your insulation and even your foundation. If you notice leaks, strange mold, increased energy bills, or even a new vermin infestation, sun damage to your roof may be to blame.

  1. Curling Shingles

Like anything exposed to the elements, your roof will break down over time. If parts of your roof or even bits of shingles start crumbling, it’s a sign that sun damage has weakened the overall composition of your roof. Warped shingles are another sign of a damaged roof. This can be due to water damage, or sun damage. When shingles have curled edges, it is a sign that the damage has been caused by too much sun exposure.

Protecting Your Roof from the Sun

While there is no way to eliminate sun damage to your roof, there are some things you can do to reduce its effects. To start, it is a good idea to use high-quality roofing materials that have specialized UV protection. Lighter-colored roofing materials are better equipped to repel sun damage. Also, those that have reflective granules can also help deflect sun rays.

Give Your Roof the Attention it Deserves

When you need professional roofing services, never settle for less than the best. Harlan Quality Roofing offers a wide range of roofing services at competitive prices. We have been in business for nearly two decades and specialize in Cool Roof Composition Shingle installation and repair. We pride ourselves in our quality workmanship and a long list of happy clients.

To find out more about our roofing services, or to set up a consultation, contact us today.

Tips for Hiring the Best Roof Repair Company in Sacramento

Tips for Hiring the Best Roof Repair Company in Sacramento

Your roof is the most important aspect of your home. Not only does it keep you and your belongings sheltered from the elements, but it also protects the rest of the structure as well. When there is a problem with your roof that is not addressed right away, it could cause damage to other parts of your home and potentially danger to you and your family.

Let’s Uncover some Tips for Finding the Best Roofing Repairs in Sacramento

Start with Friends and Family

If any of your local friends or family members have had a successful roofing project completed recently, ask them about their experience. If any of them had a roofing project that they were happy about, then ask them to share the roofing contractor details.

If your family is out of state and your friends have not engaged with a roofer recently, then broaden your search using the internet. Google local search will help you not only find qualified roofing companies in your area but will also share reviews with you so you can find a roofer that has a great reputation in your area.

Connect with Previous Clients

Once you have identified a couple outstanding roofing candidates that you would like to work with, check out their websites, read testimonials, and search the company online to find all of their reviews, how long they have been in business, and what their primary services are. The worst mistake you can make is to hire a company that has great reviews but not for the products and services that you are intending to purchase.

Check BBB Ratings

The Better Business Bureau is a great place to research a company’s credibility. The BBB has a record of all the complaints that are filed against a service provider. You can learn a lot about a company’s reputation using the BBB website.

Licensed and Insured

Always check that your chosen roofing company is properly licensed and insured. Having proper insurance is important so that you know if there are any damages or injuries during your roofing project, your roofing contractor is able to cover the costs and liability. Most reputable roofing companies will post their license on their website or will share that information with you upon request. Do your due diligence and check before you commit.

Only the Best

At Harlan Roofing, we believe that the best roofing projects begin with the best materials. They are completed using the most highly trained installers and they are complemented by dedicated staff that make sure your questions and concerns are promptly handled.

For a great customer experience from a licensed and insured Sacramento roofing company, contact Harlan Roofing. See our reviews and testimonials of what our clients are saying about their roof repairs and new roof projects!

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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.


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