Whether you are considering going solar but aren’t sure if your roof could handle the panels or you are just curious about the lifespan of your roof, taking the time to assess your home exterior is important. Not everyone is a roof expert, however, there are some tell tale signs that can give you insight into your roof’s health.
We’ve outlined what you should keep an eye out for below.
As a homeowner, there are countless features of your home that you have to maintain, from the plumbing to the landscaping. Your roof condition is one of the most important aspects you can maintain, serving as the protection for your home interior from the outside elements.
Here are some of the most common factors that indicate it’s time to think about roof for your home:
Even if your roof hasn’t experienced major leaks or other problems, it still may be at the end of it’s lifespan. Constant preventative maintenance to keep your roof healthy could cost you just as much as a roof replacement down the road, if not more in the long run due to unexpected repairs. The sooner you check off the new roof on your list of home improvements, the sooner you can enjoy peace of mind again.
You deserve a roof that provides your house with proper protection, insulation, and increased home value. Finding the right contractor is a key step in the process, as they’ll walk you through each step with complete security. The right contractor will also provide you with clear expectations, including an estimated timeline so that you can plan your schedule accordingly.
Think your roof is ready for a serious facelift? It’s time to consider your options. If you are looking for expert roof information, Semper Solaris is always just a phone call away. We provide top quality roof replacements that allow homes to adapt to the latest residential solar panel systems. Backed by our military-mindset, we make sure every job gets done with exceptional craftsmanship, work ethic, and integrity.
Our Inland Empire roofers can review all your roofing choices, ensuring you understand the best materials needed to upgrade your home with.
You may think summertime is the best time to repair a roof, but the autumn months are preferred. In bright sunny Orange County, roofing projects can be extremely hot and dangerous in the summertime. A crisp fall morning is a much better time to undergo a roofing project to prepare for winter, and your roofing contractor will thank you as well!
Although it never snows in coastal OC towns such as Newport Beach or Huntington, it still gets windy, and there’s still a little bit of rain. Completing a roofing project in fall is a great way to prevent any issues you may have with an old roof in the wintertime – i.e. leaks, pooling water or rotting asphalt shingles.
If you have any broken shingles, they will only get worse in the winter and those few broken shingles may compromise the integrity of your entire roof as well as your attic space.
A new roof will save you money on your utility bill.
OC homeowners often forget that a roof is more than just a set of shingles. Getting a new roof in the fall will help insulate and ventilate your home before the colder winter months. This could save you money in the long run by allowing your furnace to not have to work as hard. You’ll also be saving money year-round because a well-insulated home will offer the same benefits for your AC in the summer.
As we’ve mentioned before, Orange County summers are hot. The heat offers more issues than just a tough time for workers though. Hot weather can also warp asphalt shingles and cause issues with properly fitting your roofing materials together. That’s just another big reason why fall is the best time to install a roof for Orange County residents.
Contact Semper Solaris today to make sure your home’s roof is ready for winter. Our team of expert roofers is local to the Orange County area and we take great pride in offering the best roof replacement services in OC.
When it comes to roofs, there are a wide range of options to select from. You’ve got everything from TPO for many commercial buildings to classic shingle for residential homes. Materials can range from metal to wood to cement to plastic to clay. What makes one material more preferred over the other? It can vary greatly based on the use of building, geographical location, weather, budget, and style.
So what are some of the most common types of roofs that can be found in the Bay Area? We break down the region’s most popular roofing options. Keep reading to find out more!
Wondering if your roofing material makes it in the top four most common roofing materials? Check the list below to learn more about your home’s roofing material or other options available to you.
Whether you have a slate roof or clay shingles, if your roof is in serious need of replacement, leave it to the pros at Semper Solaris. Why consider a roof replacement? Not only can an upgraded roof better protect your home and personal property, but it can also add to the value of your house. A sturdy roof means peace of mind and boosted curb appeal. If you’ve considered going solar, having a stable, strong, and reliable roof is all the more important to complete your home improvement project.
Interested in learning more about our roof replacement in the Bay Area? We are here to help. Contact us today to get informed.
While typically found on commercial roofs, some more modern or minimalist home designs may also feature flat roofs. Flat roofs are very popular in the Bay Area, primarily due to the influence of famed architect Joseph Eichler, who promoted affordable midcentury-modern designs in San Francisco and surrounding areas.
With that stylized look comes a little more maintenance and upkeep than your average roof. One of the biggest challenges is determining if your roof just needs some repair work or is due for a major replacement. This becomes even tricky to determine when you have a flat roof. The good news? We’ve outlined a few of the most common problems that indicate its time to have your roof inspected or worked on.
A typical roof has a slant to it to prevent water from building up anywhere. Flat roofs don’t have this advantage. With exposure to the elements, your roof can begin to develop some dips or uneven spots. Since that rain or snow really has no natural runoff point, these areas could begin to collect water. While your roofing materials are likely designed to withstand rain and snowfall, it is still good to inspect for pools a day or so after rain and ensure these spots are drained quickly to avoid deterioration at all. To avoid these spots, some additional repairs may be required.
A flat roof will typically have an asphalt membrane that is laid across the roof space. While initially flat, the natural movement and shifts of your home will cause some wear and tear to that membrane. If there is an excessive amount of shifting, there could be buckles in the membrane. This is a serious structural issue that requires immediate inspection. Most likely, a buckling membrane indicates is time for a roof replacement.
Often referred to as “alligatoring,” a flat roof that begins to crack and bubble (resembling an alligator’s skin) is a telltale sign that a roof replacement is on the horizon. Why does this occur? Roofs that are flat don’t have the natural give that slanted roofs have. Over time, the build-up of pressure can cause the asphalt on your roof to lose some of its elasticity, eventually deteriorating so badly that a replacement is the only option.
This is an easy problem to spot — and one of the most common to plague flat roofs. Moisture spots or leaks can not only be threats to the structural health and integrity of your roof, but also the interior of your home. Thankfully, these types of issues are generally pretty straightforward and easier to resolve without replacement. However, due to the flat shape, moisture doesn’t run off as naturally, so it is important to handle leaks as soon as you notice them try to prevent mold and fungus developments.
Your roof is exposed to the elements 24/7. That means it will endure natural wear and tear over the years. Flashing issues can develop when your flat roof begins to expand and contract due to this exposure and temperature swings. The flashing may start to peel away, exposing corners of the roof to the elements. This means the threat of leaks, mold build up due to unchecked moisture, and other complications.
Semper Solaris is proud to offer reliable roof replacement in the Bay Area. If you are concerned about some problems you notice with your flat roof, don’t hesitate to contact our skilled roofing professionals today.
So you’re shopping around for a new roof, apart from your foundation your roof is probably the most important exterior structure of your home. Having a new roof put onto your home is a major home improvement decision as well as a long term investment. Depending on the climate in your area and the type of roof you decide upon, this should be an investment that lasts the next 20 years or more.
After you have made the decision to replace your roof, the next to step to choose your contractor and this is always a difficult decision if you are not a part of the industry. We will be addressing the top five questions you should ask a roofing contractor before hiring them to work on your home.
This may sound like a silly question to ask since most of us would assume that removal would be included. However some unscrupulous contractors will leave this cost off of their initial bid. Then when you get final invoice for the project there will be an extra couple of thousand dollars for removal and disposal or they will shingle over the old roof and just cover up any leaks and soft spots with new shingles so it all looks ok.
What you want to hear is that your new roof has a minimum of a 25 year warranty. Modern dimensional style shingles, cost roughly the same as the older style shingles. Either of those products should come with a 25 year warranty.
This may not be something that is on your mind as you contemplate a new roof, however if you fail to find out if they will be using stabilizers or standoffs for their ladders you could end up with a new roof and a bill from a gutter contractor who has to come and replace them.
Refuse from the old roof, such as shingles, will need to be placed somewhere as it comes down. The company you hire should bring a container to the job site to contain the refuse. You should not be required to supply this container, nor should you have to deal with the refuse once the job is completed.
Unscrupulous roofers might skip over this information as you head into an agreement. Once the roof is up, it’s tough for you to dispute an overinflated cost for plywood sheeting to fix what was rotten underneath. For this reason, you need to ask how much it will-cost for plywood sheeting should the roofer find rotten or soft pieces that need to be replaced. This will leave you with no surprises during the job, and it will allow you to compare one roofer’s estimate to another’s.
Barbecues and vacations come to mind but when it comes to the California sun, It’s time to crank up the AC and hope it doesn’t cost a fortune to cool your home!
As the heat continues to rise, there are a few things we can to do to prepare our homes for the season, specifically your attic and roof. These tips will help you keep your home cool and your power bill manageable.
When was the last time you visited your attic? Maybe the last time was when you were looking for something one of the kids may have put in a box last time you moved? This often overlooked portion of your home plays a pivotal role keeping your home cool. Did you know that your attic can reach temperatures in excess of 140 degrees? Yes! This can rob you of all the cool air that is being pumped into your house, if it is not properly insulated and maintained. If moisture it is also a perfect recipe for mold. This can ruin your roof and lead to a costly replacement. It’s a must to have your homes attic and roof inspected at least once a year.
Most summer roofing tips to keep your home cool actually come from underneath your roof. That’s right, your attic plays a huge role in the ventilation and reflection of hot air and radiant sunlight. Below are the 4 main things to check up on to make sure your roof is efficiently working to keep your home cool this summer.
1: Check your exhaust and bathroom fans:
If these are installed incorrectly they will just blow all of the moisture from your bathrooms or stove into the attic and create a massive mold or rot issue. These could also be pulling cool air from your living areas and pushing it into the attic where you do not necessarily want it to be. While properly venting your attic will help lower the temperature of your entire home.
2: Ensure that your attic is free from small signs of damage:
These small spots can turn into large ones if not properly attended to. These infiltrations which may not seem like a big deal but in the summer with heat and possible moisture they can cause the underlayment to warp which will compromise the integrity of the roof.
3: Get a cool, lighter colored roof:
Have your old black tar shingles replaced with either a lighter colored shingle or tile. This switch to a lighter colored or tile roof means that your homes roof will reflect more heat and absorb less into your home.
Having additional insulation installed in your attic will help contain the heat in the attic rather than allowing it to radiate into your home. An extra layer of insulation board between the attic joists and the main attic cavity will keep the home cooler overall.
Homeowners are strongly encouraged to have their roof and attic professionally examined at least once per year to ensure that their roof does not become a liability.
Most homeowners figure they need a new roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling. This leak could be due to many different roofing problems. But, what factors really determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a roof replacement?
Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:
How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.
Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective.
If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact.
This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.
Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistent or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.
You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.
Our Semper Cares Initiative was a huge success!
On July 3rd, we completed two goodwill projects and unveiled them to the public. Welcomed guests and the local press assembled to join the families and crew to celebrate these veterans and watch as the final solar panels were installed. The two unveiling celebrations radiated honor, pride, and patriotism for this country and for those who fought to defend it.
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity San Diego, we helped two veteran celebrate their Independence Day by unveiling a new roof and solar power system.
Veteran Carl Schaffrina’s roof was in serious need of replacement. Water leaks were proving physically and mentally demanding for the family. Semper Solaris teamed up with the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project to provide a complete new roof installation expected to last for more than 25 years.
In addition, Semper Solaris partnered with Panasonic of North America and SolarEdge to design a state-of-the-art solar system. Panasonic donated all the solar panels provided to Carl and his wife, Jodi. SolarEdge generously donated the DV-AC inverter hardware to complete the system. The project brought our San Diego community together by coordinating with San Diego Habitat For Humanity’s Veteran Project.
Former Marine sniper Povas Miknaitis, was given the opportunity to declare his independence from electric companies. Semper Solaris, in cooperation with SolarWorld, and SolarEdge, installed a complete solar panel system to his home in San Diego. This new system will help reduce electricity costs and improve his home’s value. Lowering Mr. Miknaitis’ electricity bills and helping him become more energy independent is especially valuable, since most veterans are on fixed incomes – one fewer bill means greater financial freedom. The Miknaitis project was coordinated with San Diego’s Warrior Foundation Freedom Station where Miknaitis was a beneficiary and is now a volunteer working with other wounded veterans.
We are proud of the men and women of our Semper Solaris team, our partners, and the veterans of this great nation. Stay tuned for future Semper Cares initiatives as we continue to help veterans in any way we can. At Semper Solaris, we take pride in our veterans, our veteran origins, and our veteran employees and their stories. As always, thank you for your service.
So you’ve noticed the signs that a roof replacement is needed. Now what? Figuring out how long a roof replacement is going to take can be important, especially if you want to get your home back and out of a construction zone as soon as possible.
One of the most important things to remember – expect the unexpected. While your contractor will likely do their best to give you an accurate timeline, exposure to the elements means roofing projects can be impacted by all sorts of unexpected factors. Also, some projects may appear straightforward initially until a roofing contractor inspects the property and realize they have a much more complicated project on their hands. That means giving a concrete timeline for any roof replacement can initially be difficult.
Of course, once your contractor has good bearings on your project, they should be able to break down an expected timeline for you so that you can plan accordingly.
On average, re-roofing a house can be as quick as a few hours to as long as a few weeks. What makes this timeline fluctuate so much?
The following factors can greatly impact the time of a roof replacement project:
Generally speaking, a typical home re-roofing without any major days, homeowners should expect the project to last a few days. The best bet for an accurate timeline? Talk to several contractors about the specific details of your re-roofing project. Compare the different timelines and always allow several days for unexpected issues, like high winds, rain etc.
Semper Solaris is proud to offer top quality roofing services to customers throughout Southern California and beyond. We understand that getting your home back in tip-top shape is your number one priority – which becomes our number one priority when you get our team on the job. We work efficiently and honestly for our clients, never delaying projects unnecessarily or keeping timelines vague. We want you to feel confident when you enlist the services of our roofers!
If you are ready to get a quote for re-roofing your home, contact Semper Solaris today.
If you are getting ready for a roofing project, whether a complete overhaul of an old roof or a new construction project, knowing the best materials for the job is crucial. That’s why Semper Solaris has provided you with a guide to understanding the pros and cons of some of the top roofing materials out there, from your classic shingle tiles to modern metal roofing options.
A California classic, clay and concrete tiles are known to add elegance, texture, and style. While classic clay tiles are very heavy (and durable as well) and more expensive, concrete tiles can be used as a more affordable alternative. Either option provides homeowners with a stylized look and long-lasting roofing materials, averaging 40 to 50 years. Concrete tiles are actually energy efficient, providing more incentives for homeowners. These perks do come with the added cost of specially trained labor (due to the heavier weight and complicated installation).
Known to be one of the most used for homes, asphalt shingles are a classic choice. Why? These shingles are very affordable and rather straightforward to install. They also are available in a range of colors to suit a homeowner’s specific style preferences. The average lifespan of asphalt shingles is anywhere from 20 to 25 years, making it one of the shorter lifespans, and also doesn’t offer as much insulation as other, more durable roofing materials typically do.
A more unique option, slate roofing is known for being durable, sustainable, and beautiful. Color options can range from green, red, black, and more, giving homeowners flexibility to create their ideal Colonial or European style chateau home. While being very sturdy, slate is also very heavy and can require additional framing. The cost for slate is also typically higher than other more basic roofing materials. However, slate roofs are known to last anywhere from 50 to 100 years, boasting great durability.
Both a modern and classic appeal, metal roofing can be stylized in a variety of ways, from contemporary to rustic. This material holds up very well in harsh weather conditions, whether in the form of panels or shingles. Homeowners can choose from copper, zinc, aluminum, and stainless steel for their metal roof. While metal roofing can be more expensive, it does offer great solar reflectance and tends to last longer than asphalt options.
Growing in popularity are synthetic roofing materials, which can offer the beauty and style of classics like slate and wood shingles, without the same level of maintenance or price tag. Synthetic materials are also typically designed to be fire-resistant, providing greater protection for homes. Due to the relative newness of these materials, they aren’t as tried and true as older options; however, most come with warranties for up to 50 years or so, depending on the manufacturer.
Before deciding on the material you want to use for your next roofing project, make sure you think through some key details. Some of the things you should consider include the weight of the material you select, and if your current structure can properly support that weight. If not, additional construction may be necessary. Another detail often overlooked is building and fire codes for local areas – talk with your roofing contractor ahead of time to ensure you are completely complying with all codes.
Other details to think through include style options available in the material you like, average lifespan, warranties, proven performance based on region, and special maintenance requirements. Once you’ve worked through all of these details, you can have confidence knowing you have selected the best material for your project.
Still not sure what materials to go with? Talk with your local roofer, Semper Solaris, to get professional insight today.
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