What Can I Do to Maintain My Roof’s Condition?

Real estate is a big investment, and a part of that investment is renovation. The best case scenario is to do big renovations once, and then fix small things when necessary. In-house minor repairs are inevitable, and even though they may cause inconvenience and require extra time and effort, you can deal with them. But when it comes to the roof, you want to make sure that it serves you as long as possible without needing repairs, let alone a full roof replacement. Continue reading “What Can I Do to Maintain My Roof’s Condition?”

5 Common Sources of Roof Leaks

We are about to enter the rainy season here in Los Angeles County–which means, don’t forget your umbrella and keep an eye on your roof! If your roof is brand new, then you most likely don’t need to worry about roof leaks. But if your roof has lived up to its lifespan and is entering its next decade, then you better be prepared for roof leaks.

One way of combatting leaks in Los Angeles is the old and gold bucket-under-the-leak technique, but it’s just a temporary solution. To completely eliminate the leaks, you first need to understand and determine the cause, the source. So, if you want a leak-free roof for years to come, then keep reading to find out the 5 most common sources of roof leaks.

Source #1: Damaged Shingles

If you have an old roof in the Los Angeles area, then you first need to check your shingles. Throughout time, asphalt shingles can become weary and get dislocated. If the shingles are lifting and not properly covering your roof, then water can easily pass through the wood underneath and result in leaks in your ceiling.

Source #2: Cracked Flashing

Besides old roofing material causing leaks, another point of concern on a roof can be the roof flashing. Flashing are the pieces of metal at the joint of your roof. Flashing creates a water-resistant layer, but if it’s old and damaged, it loses its water resistance and allows water to enter your house.
The only way you can fix this is by replacing the old flashing with new ones. The good news is you may not have to replace the entire roof, but instead, simply locate which flashing is causing leaks, and replace that piece and the surrounding area.

Source #3: Skylights

Some homeowners absolutely love having skylights. Skylights add a special detail to the house. But during rainy and snowy days, your skylight can turn into a primary source of leaks, if it wasn’t installed properly. The good news is that if your skylight is the cause of the leak, then you can spot it really quickly and fix just that area without needing a full reroof.

Source #4: Clogged Gutters

Gutters help to get the water off your roof, and if they aren’t performing that function correctly, then rainwater will stay on the roof and inevitably cause leaks. Especially during the fall season when leaves are always falling, gutters get clogged with very easily. We recommend cleaning out your roofing gutters at least once a year before the fall and winter seasons to make sure they are prepared to work correctly when the rainy season arrives. 

Source #5: Broken Chimney

The chimney is basically a big hole on your roof and a perfect place for water to pool. If that water stays there for too long, then it can seep into your house. If you see leaks on your ceiling or walls, then keep in mind that chimneys can cause it too, so check them as well.

Now that you know where to look, your task becomes easier. You don’t have to inspect the whole roof to find the leak spot, look at the common places first. And if you need a licensed roofing contractor in Los Angeles to fix a leak issue, then give Roof Repair Specialist a call today!

What is the Purpose of a Roof Inspection?

If you are thinking of buying a house or you are already in the process, then keep reading because you might save a good deal of money and nerves with this information. You’ve probably already read a hundred times that you shouldn’t make a large real estate purchase without a house inspection. That is 100% true, but what you also need to know is that most home inspection services don’t include the roof, and we all know that roofing can be expensive and time consuming. Continue reading “What is the Purpose of a Roof Inspection?”

Tips to Assess and Repair Roof Storm Damage

Rains, snowstorms, winds, and other heavy weather conditions can damage your roof – sometimes very little, sometimes to a great extent. If you live in areas where storms are very common, then you are familiar with all the risks that they bring, including very serious roof damages. Roofs are not doorknobs that you can fix whenever you have time. The roof is the biggest form of protection on your house, so any problem big or small requires immediate attention.

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6 Tips For Emergency Roof Repairs After A Storm

You can ignore every minor issue around your house for as long as you want, but when there’s roof damage, you can’t procrastinate. Many big or small things can happen to your roof, but the damage caused by weather conditions is among the most serious.

Rain and snow might not harm your roof to a great extent. However, severe storms can cause roof emergencies, and if you’re living in a stormy area, preparing for damage is a good idea. Let’s discuss some tips on emergency roof repairs after storm damage.

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Do I Need a Roof Repair Estimate?

Roof repairs in California are a necessity that needs to be taken care of at one point or another. Roof repairs take time and money. The money part is usually the most worrying for many homeowners, which is justified because depending on the scope of the problem, roof repairs can cost a lot. No one wants to be surprised by a huge bill at the end of the repair. That is why it’s a good idea to have an estimate first, and then schedule the job with the contractor. But how do you ask for an estimate? How are estimates created? Should you even care? If you have any of these questions, then keep reading.

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The Basics of Roofing Material Types

Unlike many other house-related tasks, roofing is more complicated and time-consuming. It is not like changing a lightbulb where you can attempt it many times. Roofing work needs to be very accurate, because it’s going to protect your home for 20 to 30 years. If you are a homeowner, chances are low that you know a lot about roofing procedure and materials; yet if you’ve committed to it, you will need to make decisions about the timeline, materials, workforce and many other small things that will come up in the process.

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5 Tips on How to Save Money During Roof Replacement

Re-roofing is on the list of top 10 things homeowners hate. It takes a lot of time, energy and of course, money. As much as you hate doing it, roof replacement is important and necessary for safety, and in the long run it will save you a lot of money.

Over the years, we have learned tips and tricks that can help you save money during the roof replacement process in Los Angeles, CA. So, if you are considering re-roofing or you already settled for it, keep reading and you’ll find out some easy ways that you can save money. Continue reading “5 Tips on How to Save Money During Roof Replacement”

What is Roof Maintenance and Why is it Important?

A house is a big investment – we spend time, money and effort on renovations and furnishings to make a house a home. And for this reason, we want to do all we can to maintain its good condition for as long as possible.

One of the most expensive and time-consuming elements of the house is its roof. Not only does it take a long time and financial resources to replace it, but also any issues with the roof make a house unsafe for you and your family. That is exactly why you should constantly keep an eye on your roof. It will spare you major inconveniences and future money troubles.

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