Key Characteristics of Reliable Roofers in Sacramento

Key Characteristics of Reliable Roofers in Sacramento

Selecting a roofer in Sacramento is likely the biggest decision you’ll face for your roofing project. One effective method to see whether a roofer suits your requirements is by asking for their references.

In this blog post, our team at Harlan Roofing outlines several key questions to ask references about their experience with the roofer you’re considering hiring.

1. Overall Experience

Ask references about their overall satisfaction with the roofing contractor’s performance. Ask about their experience from the initial inspection through the sales process, the project completion, and any other important aspects. Once you know their initial impressions, you can go into more specific details.

2. Property Protection

Make sure to ask the references whether the roofing contractor took the necessary measures to protect their property during the project. A good roofer would have used tarps to shield landscaping, a porch, a pool, and other belongings near the property. Additionally, ask if there was any damage and how the contractor addressed those situations.

3. Clean-Up

Ensuring that the roofer thoroughly cleans up after the project is crucial in the roof replacement process. Ask the references whether any nails, roofing debris, or trash were left behind once the project was finished.

4. Warranty Availability

Regardless of whether it’s a roof replacement or repair, roofers should guarantee their workmanship. Make sure you inquire with the references about how long of a workmanship warranty they received and whether they have it in writing. A good roofing contractor will offer a warranty of 10 or more years.

5. Project Completion Duration

After you sign a contract, your roof replacement or other roofing project will be scheduled, and you’ll get an estimated completion timeframe. When speaking with the references, ask them if the roofing contractor followed this schedule. If there were any delays, be sure to ask them whether they knew about the delay and the reasons behind it.

6. Pricing Consistency

Ask the references if the price stated in the original quote remained consistent with the final invoice. It’s important to acknowledge that certain factors, such as replacing rotten decking or uncovering an extra layer, may lead to price adjustments. In these scenarios, a price change doesn’t necessarily mean the roofer is being dishonest. What truly matters is whether the roofer openly communicated the price change during the project, not after receiving the bill.

7. Current Roof State

The most important thing to ask the references is the current condition of their roof. Ask if they encountered any leaks, particularly during the first rainfall or right after installation. You should also ask about their satisfaction with the roof’s appearance and functionality.

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At Harlan Roofing, we have over 25 years of experience in the roofing industry in Sacramento. Our roofers are highly skilled and experienced, providing excellent workmanship to homeowners in the greater Sacramento community.

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Roof Color

Things to Consider When Choosing a Roof Color

A new roof offers a chance to change the overall look of your home while adding protection. There is a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from, which can be exciting. However, replacing your roof is a major purchase and your decision is one you will have to live with for many years. It is important too that your choice blends with the rest of the house and your natural surroundings and accomplishes your desired goals.

How to Choose the Right Roof Color

  1. Dark vs. Light Colored Roofs

Homes with darker materials will retain more heat. Lighter colored roofs will reflect the sun’s rays more efficiently, keeping the home cooler in the summer. Lighter roof colors will also give the home an overall brighter look. Darker colors will give your home a more dramatic look. Consider both your taste and your climate as you choose your color.

One of our roofing experts would be happy to help you select the perfect color and style that is aesthetically pleasing and fits your taste.

  1. Match your exterior features.

Consider the color of the exterior of your home and think about how they will blend with your chosen roof color. This includes the siding or stucco color, shutters, gazebo, flower boxes, etc. They all should work together. Evaluate how much of your new roof will be visible from your backyard. If you are an outdoors type of family, spending time in your pool or on the patio, grilling in the summer, then consider your roof an element of your exterior decoration. How will those shingle colors blend with your current landscape?

Color coordinate your roof with colors found elsewhere in the bricks, siding, stone, stucco, or trim on your home. As an example, a darker colored roof can look good with a gray or blue house, while a brown, cream or tan colored house can look better with brown shingles or a mix of cream and brown. Green, red, yellow, or other color homes have more flexibility and can be accented by brown, gray, or black roof colors.

  1. Consider your architectural style.

Consider the style of your home when choosing a roof color. Is your home Spanish, Mediterranean, Colonial, Cape Cod, Country French, Victorian, Tudor, or Contemporary? Many Spanish or Mediterranean style homes look great with tile roofing. A more traditional Colonial or Cape Cod style home with a shingle roof will look best with either an earth tone or grey depending on the color of the home.

  1. Neighborhood Considerations.

If you live in a subdivision with a homeowner’s association, you may be restricted by rules and by-laws governing your association. Check the homeowner association’s guidelines before choosing a color. In addition, if you live in a neighborhood (even if there are no restrictions) it is advisable to consider your color choice in context with your nearest neighbor’s roof. You would not want it to match exactly or worse, clash with your neighbor’s roof color.

The experts at Harlan Quality Roofing can help you decide which color and style roof will fit your tastes after considering all these factors. Ultimately, we want you to be happy with your decision for many years to come. Contact us to learn more or if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Appraising Your Roof Condition | Harlan Quality Roofing

Appraising Your Roof Condition | Harlan Quality Roofing

Your roof is comprised of two main components – the sheathing, which is the waterproof material applied before the roofing surface, and the roof shingles. During a roof inspection, both parts are carefully examined for structural integrity to estimate the number of years the roof is likely to last.

While a mortgage lender usually requires an appraisal of the roof condition should you sell your home, this is not the only time to perform a roof inspection. Homeowners who want to stay on top of and plan financing for major home repairs are keen to understand the condition of their roof. Installing solar panels is also an excellent time to assess the roof condition. Failure to do so could result in a major expense to remove the solar panels on top of the roof replacement costs.

In addition to a professional inspection of the roof, homeowners can monitor their roof conditions without ever stepping foot on the roof. Here are some tips for appraising your roof condition:

Exterior Roof Inspection

  1. Step back from your home so that you can see the surface of the roof. This may require you to move locations so that you can see every roof surface. Look for uneven slopes, debris, and loose, broken, or curling shingles.
  2. Use binoculars to see the shingle condition in a bit more detail. Look for missing, stained, or broken shingles. If there are tears in the shingles, see if you can identify gaps or chips in the area. Check for signs of the aggregate wearing off.
  3. Examine the flashing around sidewalls and roof protrusions such as chimneys and vents. Flashing should lay flat and be rust-free.
  4. Take a look at the edge of the roof. You should be able to see if you have more than one layer of shingles. As most codes prohibit more than two layers of shingles, this can help you determine if your next roof maintenance is a new layer or a roof replacement.

Attic Inspection

  1. If your home has an easily accessible attic, it is a good idea to combine an external inspection with an appraisal of the attic. Look for water stains that might indicate a leak.
  2. Check the integrity of the underside of the roof including the ridge beam. Look for any structural concerns or warping.
  3. Check your ventilation by making sure your vents are not covered or plugged with debris and your attic can properly breathe.

Professional Roof Appraisal

Even with regular inspections, homeowners should consider periodic appraisals of their roof condition conducted by a professional. At Harlan Roofing, we will provide you with a complete analysis of the condition of your roof and recommendations for repair or replacement if needed. Don’t wait for the rainy season to find out you have a roof issue. Call us today for assistance.

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Is Your Roofer Trustworthy? How You Can Know for Sure

Is Your Roofer Trustworthy? How You Can Know for Sure

The roof over your head is not only a key component in protecting you and your loved ones, but it is an expensive component of your home to replace. Trusting the roofing contractor who is about to tear off your old roof and install a new one is extremely important. The contents of your home and your overall comfort depend on a job well done. How can you know for sure if your roofer is qualified and trustworthy?

Good Business Practices

A reputable roofing company will have history in the community, a physical address in the location they serve, a current license in the state, and adequate insurance covering property damage, personal liability, and worker compensation.

Great Reputation

There are many ways to check on the reputation a roofing company has in the local community.  Start with the Better Business Bureau, look for customers reviews online, and ask to speak with past customers to determine their level of satisfaction with the roofer’s services.

Certifications & Partnerships with Roofing Manufacturers

In order to gain certifications and partnerships with the top manufacturers in the roofing industry, a roofing company has to go through a rigorous qualification process. The roofing manufacturer wants to be sure the roofer will install their products to specification to meet the warranties offered. In addition to product warranties, reputable roofing companies (such as Harlan Roofing) offer warranties on their workmanship.

Don’t trust your home, family, and belongings to the cheapest bid. Take the time to investigate the contractor and find a roofing company you can truly trust. Whether it is repairs or a complete replacement, you will be happier with the outcome from a company that you trust and is dedicated to highest quality work.

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Top Tips for Finding a Trusted Roofer

Top Tips for Finding a Trusted Roofer

Your roofing is an important, if not overlooked, asset of your home. However, roofing is a dangerous job, so it is important that the whole project runs smoothly. Finding a trusted roofer is a big part of the success of your repair or replacement.

The biggest challenge faced by homeowners is to find the right company for the job. Search the internet for Sacramento roofer and you will find there are plenty of results. But who do you trust? How do you make the right choice? What should the evaluation criteria be?

Below we share our top tips for finding the trusted roofer to help you with your roofing needs:

Roofing Recommendations

Some of the best recommendations are word of mouth. Local friends, family members and neighbors can steer you in a positive direction. There is a very high chance that if a roofer worked on your sister’s house in a neighboring area, or your close neighbor just had their roof replaced and they are super happy, then you will be too. Don’t miss the opportunity to ask locals for a reliable contact.

Roofing Review

If you are new to your area and just establishing yourself, perhaps the recommendations are coming up short. The next useful place to find reliable roofing companies is through online reviews. Reputable roofers are happy to share their success stories and so are their customers. Look online an find a roofer who has great reviews and customer testimonials.


Before you hire a roofing contractor, check credentials. How long have they been in business, what is their BBB rating, and are they properly licensed and insured are all questions you should ask. A quality roofing company will display this information on their website or be happy to supply when asked.

Ask Questions

Roof repair, and especially roof replacement is expensive. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and feel comfortable about everything related to your roofing project. Having the answers will help you feel confident about your decision and can help set your expectations about the job ahead.

We hope these tips help you to find a trusted roofing company that goes above and beyond in customer satisfaction and quality. If you are in the Sacramento area, we invite you to check out our work, our reviews, and our wonderful testimonials. We will help you feel comfortable about our delivery and give you the quality service you are looking for!

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