When to Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection

When to Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection

When To Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection

Every year the sun, wind, and rain add a little age and decay to your roof. Stronger storms that bring hard rain and driving wind can present damage to the roof. While a properly installed roof can withstand the elements, minor damage and decay can lead to more serious issues and need to be checked regularly to be sure no immediate maintenance is needed.

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you have your roof inspected twice per year. The recommendation is based on a goal to catch any significant issues before the damage is apparent or urgent. If you are able to self-inspect once per year, Harlan Roofing recommends a professional roof inspection once per year as well.

What is Involved in a Roof Inspection?

A professional inspection involves more than just a quick visual. The physical inspection consists of climbing onto the roof and examining all the roofing surfaces. With a visual inspection, the professional roofer is checking every component of the roof, including the structural support and the roofing material itself.

The structural inspection is looking for sagging ceiling, cracked or rotted trusses, missing or damaged shingles or tiles, and exterior walls that may be leaning. While on the roof, the inspector will also examine your fascia, soffit, and gutters. Any equipment that extends out of the roof, such as skylights, chimneys, and vents, are also checked. All the grout and seals around these areas are subject to leaks and are inspected for damage or decay.

Roof Material Inspection

Roofing shingles or tiles are also examined for damage. This may be broken shingles/tiles, missing shingles/tiles, or decay. The shingles or tiles are checked for rust stains, moss growth, and water damage. The inspection should also include the flashing underneath as it may be subject to leaks and cracks.

Why You Should Consider a Professional Roof Inspection

Roofing materials come with a variety of warranties depending on the grade of shingle or type of tile chosen. You may have purchased your home recently and the date of installation or the specifics of the roofing materials used are unavailable. Getting a professional on your roof to make an assessment is a wise choice and can give you piece of mind or at least a heads up as to when a replacement may be needed.

In addition, a roof inspection will be accompanied by a report of all the inspectors finding as well as an estimate to repair any problems discovered. Having all the information about the health of your roof can help you plan financially for the eventual replacement of the roof if your roofing company finds that the roof is failing in too many places.

If you are looking for a quality roofing company with a trusted reputation in the greater Sacramento area, consider Harlan Quality Roofing. For over 15 years, Harlan Roofing has been providing superior service, products, and workmanship. Call us today to get scheduled for your roof inspection.

Harlan Quality Roofing

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916.292.9548

PACE Funding for Your New Roof

PACE Funding for Your New Roof

PACE financing is widely used across the United State to help fund energy efficiency upgrades and disaster resiliency improvements for homeowners. PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) can also be used to fund energy improvements such as attic insulation, air sealing, cool roofs, and more.

How Does PACE Work?

The PACE program can be used for residential and commercial properties. The PACE loan is attached to the property and payments are made along with your tax assessment. Since the PACE loan is attached to the property, it stays with the property in the event of transfer of ownership. The property serves as collateral for the loan, that is the reason the debt is tied to the property as opposed to the owner.

PACE Benefits

PACE financing does not require any upfront down payment. There are no monthly payments. PACE loans are repaid through property assessments as an add on to property taxes, and therefore may be a tax write-off. We suggest consulting a tax expert for details. The financing is typically spread out over a period of 10-20 years. PACE loan eligibility is based on the equity in your home, your payment history on your mortgage, and your ability to pay the property assessment.

Once you are approved for a PACE loan, you will need to find a roofing contractor that accepts PACE financing. PACE programs have grown in popularity over the years and are much easier to access than traditional financing. We are pleased to announce that Harlan Quality Roofing does work with PACE financing and can assist you with any questions you have about the program.

If you are ready for a new roof and would like to consider PACE funding, contact us today for a quote and guidance on the application process.

Harlan Quality Roofing

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

916.292.9548

Simple Steps for Hiring a Roofing Contractor in Roseville

Simple Steps for Hiring a Roofing Contractor in Roseville

Whether your roof is aging, needs a small repair, or experienced some storm damage and you are filing an insurance claim to repair or replace your roof, finding the right roofing contractor can be challenging. Choosing a reliable and trustworthy roofing contractor in the Roseville area is your first step in repairing post-storm damage or getting an estimate for roof repair or replacement. Harlan Quality Roofing will help guide you throughout the claims process with your insurance company and ensure that your home is restored to its original condition as quickly as possible.

Here are a few simple steps you should follow:

1. Find a Reliable Roofing Contractor

The homeowner insurance claim process is usually prompted by an emergency repair. To restore the comfort, safety, and privacy of your home, you will need to have the repair or replacement done as soon as possible.

That’s why you’ll want to find a contractor you can trust— a local professional like Harlan Quality Roofing can get the job done quickly and assist with your claims process.

2. Vetting Your Contactor

It’s important to find a reliable roofing contractor so that your repair or replacement can be done as quickly as possible. To determine the best professional fit for your roofing project:

  • Visit the website of the contractor.
  • Is it updated and professional looking?
  • Explore the customer reviews for each contractor.
  • Are they mostly positive? Consider negative reviews and responses.
  • Ask each roofing contractor on the phone the following questions:
    • How long have you been in business?
    • How much experience do you have with roof repairs or installations?
    • What is your project estimate?
    • Can you provide a list of references?
    • Can you provide proof of insurance for personal liability, worker’s compensation, and property damage coverage?
    • Do you offer financing?

3. Meet with Your Contactor

Meet in-person with your top contractors to review project-specific details and expectations. Be sure to discuss the following with each contractor:

  • Ask for proof of insurance, which should provide their insurance company name, policy number, and policy limits.
  • Discuss who will manage warranty details and responsibility.
  • Make sure to get a fixed price before signing a contract.

4. Check for Warning Signs

Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of contractors who are not honest professionals. Many of these door-to-door contractors flock to areas impacted by storms, and scam unsuspecting homeowners with offers that boast pre-payment or covered deductibles.

The best way to avoid scams is to choose a local, trusted contractor like Harlan. You can confirm this by checking their physical business address and validating their licensing.

Here are additional warning signs to keep in mind:

  • Avoid contractors who request the entire project cost, or large cash deposit, up front.
  • Avoid anyone who pressures you to sign a contract immediately.
  • Be wary of any outliers in your quotes. All estimates should be relatively similar unless the material type is significantly different.

5. Final Things Before Work Begins

At the final meeting, there a few steps to go over before the roofing contractor begins your project.

  • Reconfirm your initial quote.
  • Agree upon a payment plan.
  • Obtain a paper trail of the following:
    • Your contract
    • Project plans
    • Order changes
    • Bills and invoices
    • Proof of insurance and/or permitting, and
    • Contractor correspondence

There are many roofing contractors in the Roseville area and the staff at Harlan Quality Roofing wants to make sure you choose the right contactor for your project. We encourage you to visit our website and see our great reviews from all the popular review platforms. We are proud of our service and strive to have as many happy and satisfied customers in Roseville and the entire Sacramento area. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Harlan Quality Roofing

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

916.292.9548

 

Preparing Your Roof for Spring

Preparing Your Roof for Spring

The temperatures in Northern California are gently climbing. Daffodils, crocuses, and tulips are breaking ground. As we approach spring, it’s time to inspect your roof to be sure the winter wind and rain did not damage your roof. It is also important to get your roof and gutters free of leaves and debris.

One simple way to inspect your roof is a visual ground inspection. Walk the perimeter of your home to view as many of the facets of your roof as possible. If you have a pair of binoculars, this is a great way of getting a close up look without climbing onto the roof itself.

Some homes are built on a hillside or with an architecture that does not allow for all roof surfaces to be seen from the ground. In that case, a climb onto to the roof to inspect may be necessary. If climbing onto the roof is not something you are comfortable doing, then call a trusted roofing company to do the inspection for you.

Roof Inspection Checklist

Whether you or your roofing company performs the inspection, here are a few recommendations for a successful annual inspection that we recommend at Harlan Roofing:

  • Visually inspect all roof surfaces.
  • Remove any debris. Leaves can easily be removed with a leaf blower.
  • Check your roof for damage. Look for missing shingles, damaged shingles, or shingles that are buckling.
  • Check your flashing. Torn or missing flashing need immediate attention.
  • Check your attic. Walk around the attic and look for signs of water or light intrusion. Check for signs of mold.
  • Check your gutter and downspouts to be sure they are all intact and clear. Properly moving water away from the roof is important and loose or dangling gutters can pull shingles or flashing loose over time.

Reach Out To Our Team for Quality Roofing Services

Taking care of your roof is just as important as maintaining your car. So much is as stake when it is neglected. If you need assistance with a roof inspection, give us a call or use our online contact form. There have been a lot of homes damaged this winter due to high winds and rain. Getting your home inspected, and repaired if necessary, can save you money and extend the life of your roof.

Harlan Quality Roofing

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

916.292.9548

CertainTeed Roofing Products

CertainTeed Roofing Products

CertainTeed is a leader in the responsible development of sustainable building products. Their innovative roofing products demonstrate a commitment to high performing, affordable products that enhance the comfort of your home while reducing overall environmental impact.

In addition to offering a variety of roofing shingles with respect to quality, style, and color, CertainTeed also supplies the essentials in underlayment, flashing, and ventilation.

Landmark Shingles

Landmark has a number of excellent shingle series, all designed in a variety of materials, colors, and grades. These architectural shingles come in several stunning designs, a broad range of color options, high-contrast Max Def granule color options, and multi-layered laminate to replicate wood shake. Landmark shingles are available with solar radiative properties, Class A fire-resistance rating, and 10-year algae-resistance warranty.

Grand Manor Shingles

Grand Manor shingles offer exceptional style and a striking appearance to your roof. These multi-layered laminated shingles, once installed, effectively provide five layers of protection and unsurpassed protection from the elements. Deep shadows and random tabs add to beauty of these luxury shingles. StreakFighter technology offers stain protection and repels algae.

Carriage House Shingles

Carriage House shingles have been carefully designed to provide a unique, handcrafted appearance to your roof. These super-heavyweight shingles give the appearance of slate with their cut-away corners and scalloped-edge lines. These beautiful shingles offer four layers of protection plus StreakFighter technology which repels algae and streaking. Superior shingle construction for a one-of-a-kind look for your home.

Belmont Shingles

Belmont luxury shingles are ideal for homes where the aesthetic of slate is preferred. However, unlike a true slate roof, Belmont is virtually maintenance free and backed by a lifetime limited warranty. These shingles are designed to be resistant to fire, wind, tearing, rain, and impact. They include StreakFighter algae resistance and a color palette of deep blacks and rich browns that provide an authentic slate look and dimensionality to your roof.

Presidential Shingles

The Presidential Shake series is a top tier performance asphalt shingle that offers and intricate shingle design across a rich palette of color options, including cool roof color technology. These quality shingles replicate wood shake without the maintenance of real wood shake. These shingles have a beautiful texture and rustic sculpting that create a unique and distinctive design for your home. In addition to the lifetime limited warranty, they also offer StreakFighter to ward off algae and the ugly black streaking it causes. Beautify your home with the look of wood (without the worry).

Highland Slate Shingles

The Highland Slate Series has the look, texture, and tone of nature stone. Each shingle is individually colored with dark shadows and the weave, pattern, and fleck of natural slate. 6 premium color blends and rugged protection, not to mention the exceptional curb appeal.

Harlan Roofing – Quality Matters

At Harlan Roofing, we are all about quality. It is for that reason, we partner with the best residential roofing manufacturers like CertainTeed Roofing Products to offer you the best products, the best style options, and a broad palette of color options to beautify your home. Give us a call to learn more or get a free estimate. Put your home in good hands with quality products and workmanship from Harlan Roofing.

 

Harlan Quality Roofing

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

916.292.9548