Veteran Owned, Orange County Roofing Experts
There’s a reason the expression “a roof over your head” is used to convey the concept of safety, home and protection. After all, the roof on your house protects you from bad weather, helps maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, and assists in maintaining the structural integrity of the entire building.
Like all parts of your home, however, your roof needs periodic maintenance and repair, and after a few decades replaced entirely. While roof repair or roof replacement might seem like a hassle or a big burden on your bank account. The truth is that a new roof not only protects you from the elements, it also cuts down significantly on your utility bills.
Keeping the interior of your home comfortable regardless of outside temperature is expensive; according to the U.S. Department of Energy, around half of your utility costs come from either the air conditioner during the hot summer months, or the central heating system during the winter. That’s no surprise if you live in hot and sunny California; the intense summer rays of the sun transfer through your home’s roof, heating up the air inside and causing you to head towards the thermostat to turn the AC down a few degrees for sweet relief. And in the winter, the reverse happens: as the warm air inside your home rises towards the ceiling, a roof that’s in poor condition lets that comfortable warmth escape to the outdoors, prompting you to run your furnace longer and hotter, leading to higher utility costs.
While there’s no way to entirely eliminate the effects of outdoor conditions on indoor temperature control, a new roof significantly tilts the odds in your favor.
Today’s improved roofing materials reflect the sun’s heat, lowering the roof’s temperature, and thus reducing the transfer of heat into your home. This can mean a 10% reduction in air conditioning usage while still feeling cool and comfortable. And in the winter, a properly insulated, quality roof holds the heat inside, right where you want it. With the skilled installation and best-quality materials provided by Semper Solaris, you’re looking at up to 50 years of reduced energy costs and a roof that laughs at the elements.
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Parts of a Roof System
There’s a lot more to your roof than the shingles. Your roof is composed of many parts, including ice and water barriers, underlayment, several types of shingles, ventilation grilles, and insulation. When all are put together, you have a roofing system that keeps out the elements, controls the inside temperature and provides ventilation. When considering a roof repair or replacement, it helps to know the various parts that make up a complete roofing system.
- Deck: the roof’s wooden structural base
- Eave: lower border of the roof that overhangs the wall
- Exposure: the exposed portion of each shingle
- Flashing: intersection of two roof planes
- Ice and water barrier: waterproofing material used to protect from ice and rain
- Metal drip edge: strip of noncorrosive metal to help water runoff
- Off-ridge exhaust vent: located in the upper half of the roof, this is the vent that released warm air from the attic
- Rake: outer edge of the roof
- Ridge: horizontal peak formed from intersection of two roof planes
- Ridge vent: hot attic air escapes through this vent at the roof’s peak
- Undereave vent: located under the eaves, this vent draws cool air into the attic
- Underlayment: protective material between deck and shingles
- Valley: the intersection of two sloping roof planes, the valley provides a channel for water runoff
Roof Systems Available
There are several types of roofing materials. Give us a call, and we’ll help you choose the right one for your home.
- Asphalt: One of the most popular choices, asphalt shingles are made of layers of fiberglass, asphalt, and ceramic. They are lightweight, easy to install, and budget friendly. Asphalt shingles can last up to 30 years, but are sometimes damaged by high winds.
- Tile: Beautifully elegant, and especially suited to the Mediterranean-style homes so common throughout Southern California, tile roofs can last for over 50 years without damage from wind or weather. They are energy-efficient and cost effective, as well.
- Wood: Wood shingle and shake roofs are very attractive, but can rot or attract termites. Wood shingles do hold up very well in high-wind areas, but because of fire hazard, not all cities permit this type of roof.
Signs Your Roof Needs Repair or Replacement
Many people miss the signs of a roof in need of repair or replacement until a steady stream of water leaking into their home makes it painfully obvious. But if you know what to look for, you’ll head off trouble before it has a chance to cause extensive damage. Give your roof a once-over inspection each season for any of the following signs of damage:
- Cracked shingles or tiles
- Curling shingles
- Dark streaks from algae
- Missing shingles or tiles
- Water Spots on your ceiling
If you spot any of the above trouble signs, or your home is more than 20 years old with an equally old roof, give us a call. A Semper Solaris roofing expert will be glad to discuss your concerns, budget and preferences, and help you make the right choice for your home, whether that be an entire new roof or just a repair to a problem area. We do it all, and we do it right. Call us today.
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