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Are Synthetic Shingles Good?

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What is a synthetic roof?

The roof on you home is important for many reasons, the main one being the protection and safety of your home, family, and belongings. A secondary but important part of the roof on your home is for curb appeal. You want the best for both of these reasons, which is why your next roofing job should be with synthetic shingles

What is the difference between composite shingles vs synthetic shingles and what are composite shingles anyway? Composite shingles, or synthetic shingles a multi-layer product that includes polymer and other advanced materials that are engineered with a mixture of rubber and recycled plastics. 

Synthetic shingles are a product derived from advanced engineering! Manufacturers use recycled materials to creates a roofing material that mimics other roofing products. They turn out to be as beautiful and durable as the original, but easier to install than cedar, clay, or slate. 

What is the difference between asphalt shingles and composition shingles?

Traditional asphalt shingles fail in 5 key areas: 

  • Granule Loss: Multiple layers make up the asphalt shingle with the top layer being small granules. Those granules are where the shingle color comes from, and it provides UV protection and waterproofing. As the roofing ages, the granules start coming off, removing that protection, and waterproofing. 
  • Easily Torn: With elements like hail and wind, asphalt shingle lifespan is shortened.  With a class D wind rating, they can’t take anything over 90mph. 
  • Heat Generated: While asphalt shingles may provide protection from the sun, but they are also known for generating heat, making the homeowner need to turn the thermostat down and run the air conditioner more. 
  • Algae Growth, Ice Dams: A home that faces north or is in a high humidity climate is prone to have algae growth on the shingles. That excessive moisture collects, leading to mildew in the summer and in the winter, ice dams.  
  • Short Life: Asphalt shingles have a lifespan of 20 years maximum and that is with routine inspections and cleaning. 

With synthetic shingles, those downfalls of asphalt shingles can look worse as we review the pros and cons of synthetic shingles: 

  • Pro – Saves Money: If you’re looking for slate roofing, synthetic shingles that mimic slate aren’t as expensive, more durable, and looks identical to slate. 
  • Con – Longevity: Synthetic slate is a durable product, but it hasn’t been on the market long enough to determine the lifespan. 
  • Pro – Environmental: Actual slate is excavated to make slate shingles. Synthetic shingles are manufactured from recycled materials, making less impact on the environment. 
  • Con – Fire Rating: Class A fire rating is what every insurance company wants on homes. Synthetic shingles aren’t Class A fire rated, so there is no break in the insurance rates. 
  • Pro – Help Easier to Find: There aren’t very many roofing companies or contractors that have the experience of installing slate roofing. However, synthetic shingles that look like slate can be installed and repaired by any experienced roofing contractor. 
  • Con – Appearance: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that goes for synthetic shingles too. 

Are synthetic shingles good quality?

Yes, and the popularity of synthetic shingle roofing is growing as more contractors and homeowners have discovered them. For those who are concerned with the environment, synthetic shingle roofing is made from renewable resources. Yet, they still have the appeal, coloring, and style of the authentic roofing like ceramic tile, clay tile, or slate tile. 

While synthetic shingles have not been on the market awfully long, they too, over time, will be manufactured by more companies, each having different levels of quality control. At this time, synthetic shingles are all a good quality, but there will in time be a less-subpar product in the near future as with any type of roofing product. 

How long do composite shingles last?

The lifespan of traditional asphalt shingles is between 15 and 20 years when made of a good quality and quality installation. Composite synthetic shingles are a durable roofing materials that comes with a warranty between thirty and fifty years. 

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What are the longest lasting roof shingles?

Today, for shingled roofing, laminated shingles have the record of being the longest-lasting ones in the industry. They come in 2 categories: Dimensional or Luxury, both with a lifetime warranty.  The luxury category does the best mimicking when the desired appearance is shakes or slate. 

If you choose to go with synthetic shingles, you want to hire a roofing contractor that can provide you recent references where they have installed this product. A big factor in how they look and how long they last is a contractor that knows how to install synthetic shingles. Call (714) 731-3425 today for your synthetic shingle roof in Orange , CA.

Roof Restoration or Roof Replacement – Which is Better?

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What is a roof restoration?

For a commercial structure, roof replacement, aka new roofing, is expensive, and one that most of us want to avoid if possible. If you’re finding yourself in this position right now, ask your roofing contractor if a roof restoration is possible. Commercial roof restoration cost much less than a roof replacement, but will it be suitable for your structure? Only an experienced commercial roofing contractor can answer that for you. 

Roof restoration is the process of making a damaged or old roof like new, or even better in some cases. A roof restoration job can cost as much as 50% less than getting a new roof because there is less, if any, tearing off the old roofing and there is no new roofing installed. 

Roof restoration is done by coating the current roof with a material that will add another decade or more to the lifespan of the current roof. There are certain types of commercial roof restoration that can be done,  not all existing roofing materials are roof restoration possible. If your current roofing material is any of the following, then roof restoration may be right for your structure: 

  • Asphalt or Built-up Roofing
  • Rubber or EPDM Roofing
  • PVC or TPO Roofing Membrane
  • Metal Roofing
  • Cement Roofing
  • Foam Roofing 

How long does a roof restoration last?

When a roof restoration job is done by a roofing contractor that is experienced in How to commercial roof restoration correctly, you can expect to get a minimum of 10 years lifespan from a roof restoration. With proper follow up maintenance as recommended by the contractor, you could get up to 15 years from a roof restoration before having to but the expense a new roof. 

How do you repair a commercial roof?

When own a commercial structure, it can save a lot of money when you equip yourself with the knowledge and stuff needed to make minor repairs to the electrical, HVAC, plumbing and roof.  A minor roof repair should only be considered a temporary fix though with plans to have  professional roofer inspect the issue and make any permanent repair needed.

To perform your own roof repair, with goggles and safety equipment in place, take the following steps: 

  • Step One: Inspect the area and locate the problem area.
  • Step Two: Clean and clear the area needing repair. This includes any debris or pooling water.
  • Step Three: Remove any blisters by slicing them from an outer edge to the middle, do not slide into the roofing felt under it.
  • Step Four: Remove any excess water coming from the opened blister, squeezing on the area to assure it is free of water, then allow it to dry before proceeding.
  • Step Five: Fill the problem area with roofing cement and the areas around it with a thick coating to even the damaged area. Use this same process for other cracks and holes found during the inspection.
  • Step Six: Cover the damaged are with the roofing membrane while the cement is still wet, covering the area completely. Then place galvanized nails along the edge of the blistered area.

Does roof coating stop leaks?

Yes, when a commercial roofer applies a silicone roof coating properly, it will seal the roof and stop any existing roof leaks without having to inspect and identify the leaks. The roofing contractor should perform an inspection prior to applying a roof coating to assure the roof doesn’t have more severe issues than a leak, like structural problem. 

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Roof restoration vs roof replacement

If you’re not sure your commercial roof is a good candidate for roof restoration, these things will give you guidance: 

  • Roof age – if it is close to end-of-life but your budget isn’t ready for roof replacement cost, roof restoration is for you. 
  • Roof Structure – if your current roof is structurally sound and doesn’t have any underlying issues other than you need a new roof, roof restoration is for you.
  • Roof Leaking – if your current roof has small leaks or needs other types of minor repairs, a roof restoration is a good choice for you. 

Here are the differences between a roof restoration and a roof replacement. 

A roof restoration offers you: 

  • Less disturbances to your business’ operation during the process
  • It will extend your current roof lifespan at least 5 years, average is 10 years
  • Cost less than a new roof replacement
  • Better for the environment by not having the tear off to the dump

A roof replacement offers you: 

  • Complete new roof in scope and time
  • A new roof comes with warranty between 15 and 30-years
  • An expensive but long-term investment that provides protection to your building

If you are going to go with a roof replacement, what is the best commercial roofing material so that you get your money’s worth? The  most common commercial roofing materials are: 

  • EPDM
  • Metal
  • PVC
  • TPO

Each of these have advantages and benefits unique within themselves and each of them have disadvantages. A  professional commercial roofing contractor can discuss the difference of each, making a recommendation based on your budget and your building needs. Call (714) 731-3425 today for your roof restoration or replacement in Orange , CA.

Can I claim roof repairs on my insurance?

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Getting your roof much needed repairs

California is known as the place it never rains but ask any homeowner and they will tell you differently. It may not rain as much as other places, but it does rain. There are also storms and high winds, all of which can cause roof damage just like any other state may experience. Which is why homeowners need to verify their home insurance claim for roof repair is available and what exceptions, if any, apply. 

Now this may have you asking, “Does house insurance cover roof leaks or not?”, and the answer for homes in California is the same as in any other state: It depends. Because not all policies are alike when it comes to home insurance roof leak coverage and roof damage. Most homeowner’s insurance policies will cover roof leaks and roof damage if the cause of the roof damage and roof leak are not excluded by the policy. 

Now, will your homeowner’s insurance policy reimburse you for a roof leak repair, and any damaged caused by the roof leak to your belongings? This will depend on whether or not the insurance adjuster determines what the original was cause of the roof leak and the extent of the roof damage. Every insurance policy has a declaration page that explain what is covered (perils or acts of God) and what is excluded.

What kind of roof damage is covered by insurance?

Homeowner insurance policies all have list of “perils” that are included resulting in roof damage. Again, each policy is different, and they are not all limited to what is listed here: 

  • Damage by aircraft, riots, vehicles, volcanos, wind
  • Explosion
  • Falling objects
  • Fire and smoke with wildfires excluded (this is a biggie in California)
  • Hail damage
  • Lightning
  • Theft
  • Vandalism

Other perils that may be listed on homeowner’s insurance policies include weight from ice, snow, sleet, household amenities freezing like HVAC system, busted water pipes, accidental discharge of steam or water damaged, electrical surge damages.  

In general, peril coverage includes damaged sustained from accidental sudden incidents, UNLESS there are specifically stated exclusions. Coverage of your home insurance, roof age, and normal wear and tear of a roof will determine if your roof damage claims are denied or paid. 

How do I get homeowners insurance to pay for a new roof?

First you should know how to prevent a homeowner’s roof damage claim from being denied is the first step. Hire public claims adjuster, who typically won’t be paid unless your insurance claim is approved. A paid public claims adjuster’s job will do the same thing the insurance company’s adjuster does, except they are looking at your roof damage from your perspective, not the insurance company’s perspective. In other words, they are working for you and since they aren’t paid unless your claim is paid. 

Should I use insurance to replace roof?         

The reason we have homeowner’s insurance is to pay for damages and losses sustained for various reasons, like roof damage.  When you have substantial roof damage, it certainly is worth your time to contact the insurance company who will send their adjuster out to assess the roof damage. 

You will then be notified by the insurance company, not the adjuster, if roof repairs or roof replacement is recommended and what they will pay for either one. In the meantime while you’re waiting for them to come back with that information, you should get estimates from 2 or 3 roofing contractors. This will give you have an idea what your roof damage is going to cost to repair or replace. When you get your insurance company’s offer, it may or may not be worth filing a claim. 

Consider this scenario: A roof replacement estimate is $10,000. Your homeowner’s insurance is going to prorate the amount they offer based on their estimate of life remaining for your roof. They may offer you only $3,000 because your roof is 30-years old and you have a $500 home insurance roof deductible, meaning, your insurance is going to pay $2,500 of the $10,000, and that may not be worth filing the claim. However, if the insurance offers full $10,000 and you have a $500 deductible, it is well worth filing the claim. 

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How much does insurance go up after new roof?

The fear of increase in rates or cancellation of policy is often why a homeowner won’t file an insurance claim.  In most cases, a single roof damage claim will not cause an increase in  home insurance rates or cancellation of policy. 

What causes most homeowner’s insurance increases are when an entire area has been affected by Acts of God or perils. When an entire county has been damaged by hail or windstorms, there is a good chance every homeowner is going to see a slight increase.  Or if you are a repeat claim filer, for instance, you’ve filed several roof damage claims caused by tree limbs falling. For the majority of insurance companies, they expect to pay claims for loss – that is their business. 

Before you actually file your claim, as we suggested, you can hire a public adjuster to review your case. If they feel you have a good case, they’ll tell you because they’ll make money from it too. Or you can call your agent direct and ask them to advise you whether you should file your insurance claim. You don’t have to call the claims department directly first. Get some guidance if you’re unsure. Call Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc. today at (714) 731-3425.

What Is Shake Roofing?

A Wood Shake Roof

What is shake roofing?

Wood shake roofing is one of the oldest types of roofing and predominated in the U.S. during the colonial period because of the abundance of trees available. Traditionally, a wood shake roof is made from wooden logs—often California redwood or western red cedar—that are hand-split and individually applied. Some modern versions of shake roofs are made from asphalt-and-fiberglass shingles designed to look like wood. While wood shake isn’t as popular as it once was, many homes still have these types of roofs and need to be repaired from time to time. When you need wood shake roof repair in Orange , CA, look to the experts at Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc.. We provide a full range of roofing solutions. Find out how we can help you by calling (714) 731-3425.

Are wood shake roofs good?

Although wood shake roofs are not as prevalent as they once were, when people choose them for roofing, it’s often because of their aesthetic appeal. Attractiveness is just one positive of wood shake. But, like all roofing materials, shake roofing has its pros and cons.

Wood shake roof pros and cons

Pros

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Wood shake is some of the most attractive roofing available. Even as it ages, it changes colors that remain attractive.
  • Durability: Shakes are a dense and thick material and withstand high winds and heavy rains, as well as hail and snowstorms. They also last about 30 to 40 years.
  • Energy Efficiency: Shakes provide natural insulation and are twice as energy-efficient as asphalt shingles.

Cons

  • Cost and Limited Availability: There is less old-growth cedar shake available as old-growth forests diminish. Costs are also higher than most other roofing materials.
  • Difficult Installation: Wood shake requires skilled professionals like those at Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc. to install. The wood has to be precision cut and requires precise installation.
  • Fire and Insurance Issues: Wood’s natural flammability increases your risk of fire. Because of the fire risk, it’s difficult to find insurers in California to cover the roof.
  • Aging and Maintenance Issues: As wood ages, without consistent maintenance, it becomes vulnerable to mold, fungal growth, algae, rot, and curling.

How long does a wood shake roof last?

If a wood shake roof is installed correctly and well maintained it can last about 30 to 40 years or more. Maintenance is required every two to four years, however, to prevent deterioration. Moisture is the primary cause of deterioration. Longevity is also affected by the home’s location. These roofs can age prematurely in areas of high humidity.

What is the difference between wood shakes and wood shingles?

Although you might hear wood shake or wood shingle used interchangeably, the two roofing materials are actually quite different. Both, of course, are made of wood—commonly cedar—but are manufactured in different ways. Wood shake is split from logs and no two shakes are exactly alike, while shingles are sawed smoothly from the log and uniform in shape. Shakes are also thicker, which makes them more durable than shingles, and they don’t lay flat on the roof. Most shakes, other than taper sawn shakes, which are smooth, are typically rugged and heavier than shingles.

Can you walk on a wood shake roof?

While a wood shake roof is very durable, if you need to make repairs or perform maintenance on the roof, you have to be careful when walking on it. That’s because they can be really slippery, especially if there have been recent rains or have growths like moss or algae on them. If you have to get on the roof, it’s preferable to use tools like roof brackets or ridge hooks.

Roof brackets are placed on the eaves and give you a spot to set down any tools or other materials and provide a foothold that allows you to walk on the roof. Ridge hooks are attached to your ladder and hooked over the ridge of your roof. This makes the ladder a platform from which you can work.

How to repair wood shake roof

Although it’s best to let professionals handle major repairs on a wood shake roof, a minor repair like replacing a damaged shake is a fairly simple task for a skilled do-it-yourselfer.

Follow these steps to replace a damaged shake:

  1. Take a hammer and sharp chisel and split the damaged shake. Remove the pieces. Instead of prying nails, you will need to cut the nail heads with a hacksaw.
  2. After measuring the gap from the old shake, you’ll use a hacksaw to cut a clearance that’s about 3/8-inch smaller to account for any swelling by the new shake after it rains.
  3. Slide the new shake into the gap, placing the top edge under overlapping shakes. Use two galvanized roofing nails to nail the shake down.
  4. Use a nail set to set the nails and a caulking compound to seal them.

When to replace wood shake roof

Wood shake roofs age well. In fact, part of their appeal is the rugged look they have as the shakes turn gray or brown with age. With age come signs of deterioration that might indicate it’s time to replace the roof. If you have several sections of the roof that have pieces missing, or that are warping, cracking, splitting, or leaking, replacement is often the best option as making patchy repairs is often more expensive.

The Ridge of a Wood Shake Roof

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If your wood shake roof in Orange , CA is looking much more rugged than it should and you need expert repair services, look to the trusted local professionals at Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc.. We offer a wide range of repair solutions for all roofing types. To schedule a time to get an estimate for a repair, all you need to do is call (714) 731-3425.

Do Tile Roofs Leak?

A Roofer Installs Tile Roofing.

Do tile roofs leak?

While tile roofs are very durable, like all types of roofs, they can prove vulnerable to leaks. Problems with tile roofing usually occur because of poor workmanship or poor quality tiles, as well as poor maintenance, damaged flashing or age. These are also typical problems with most other roofs and what’s required for repair will vary depending on the cause. If your tile roofing in Orange , CA is leaking call Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc. at (714) 731-3425 and we’ll come out, inspect it, and determine the right way to fix it the first time. 

What are roof tiles made of?

If you are considering tile roofing, you’ll have different varieties of tiles to choose from. Tiles come in a variety of shapes, styles, materials, and colors The types of tiles include:

  • Clay roof tiles: These are natural baked clay tiles, typically referred to as terracotta. This material is lightweight and absorbs water very well. They have a lifespan of between 30 to 60 years.
  • Concrete roof tiles: Made from special concrete mixes, these tiles can last 50 to 60 years, and are highly fire-resistant.
  • Slate tiles: Natural slate tiles are among the heaviest tiles available but also the most durable. They can last up to 150 years.  
  • Metal tiles: Metal of all types can be shaped into tile roofing and these tiles can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years.  
  • Synthetic tiles: Synthetic tiles are made from composite plastic materials. They are lightweight but durable. These tiles are often used as a substitute for slate but other styles like terracotta are also available. They can last as long as their natural counterparts.

Are tile roofs good?

People often choose tile roofing for its aesthetic appeal and durability. Depending on the type of material used and overall upkeep, tile roofing can last on average anywhere from about 50 to 100 years. These roofs come in a variety of styles and colors to match almost any home design. No matter what type of material you choose, tile roofs are particularly energy efficient in warmer climates and areas with salt air. Most tiles also absorb water, which helps prevent leaks when the tiles are installed properly. Tile is also highly fire-resistant.

On the other hand, tile is often costly and difficult to install, and usually heavier than shingles, although synthetic tile is lightweight. This means the roof has to be strong enough to support the tile or has to be modified structurally so it will support it. Tiles can also be vulnerable to damage from foot traffic as well as heavy impacts. They can also be costly to repair.  

Which roof tiles last the longest?

Almost all tile roofing has a reputation for longevity, and on average will last upwards of 50 years or more. But natural slate tiles typically last the longest. Slate tiles can last more than a century. Their primary drawbacks, however, include availability, weight, and cost.

Can tile roof be painted?

If you are looking to change the color of your tile roofing, only certain types of tile can be painted. It’s OK, for instance, to paint concrete tile, but not terracotta. On the other hand, terracotta roofs can be glazed, and, in fact, adding a glaze will protect these types of roofs from weathering and problems like algae, moss, and fungal growth that damages unglazed tiles.  

Tile roof for shed

While you want to make sure your backyard storage shed has adequate protection on top with a sturdy roof, standard tile roofing is unfortunately usually too heavy to install on a shed. But, you can add plastic or synthetic tiles and get similar protection as well as aesthetic appeal. Plastic roof tiles are also easy to install, as they are simply slotted together to cover the roof. They are also budget-friendly.

Roof tile with solar

One of the latest innovations in tile roofing is solar tile. Innovators like Tesla are beginning to produce glass tiles that work the same way as solar panels. This technology is interspersed with standard tiles on your roof to generate energy. Currently, these types of tiles are very high-end products, costing about 2 ½ times more than a non-solar roof and only available from Tesla. 

What is the best roof for high winds?

If you live in an area that regularly experiences high winds, outside of slate, tile roofing isn’t necessarily the best option. Shingle roofing, especially premium impact-resistant shingles, is still one of your better and more cost-effective options available. These shingles can with wind gusts of up to 110 mph, which is hurricane-force. 

A Roofer Checks Tile Roofing.

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When you want to install, replace or repair tile roofing in Orange , CA, look to the experts at Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc.. We use only the highest quality materials from top brands so you can always count on us for durable, attractive roofs. Learn more about how we can help you by calling (714) 731-3425.

Will a Roof Leak Cause Mold?

A Woman Points Out Mold Damage From a Roof Leak.

Will a roof leak cause mold?

If you’ve noticed mold growing on your ceiling or you’ve visited your attic to find mold there, you probably have a roof leak. The mold is a result of a build up moisture in your attic. It can be limited to one area or can spread through the entire area. Before you get rid of the mold, you’ll need to get a roof leak repair. Otherwise, the mold will just return because you haven’t gotten rid of the source of moisture. Preventing mold growth is just one reason you need to get a roof leak repaired as soon as the leak is discovered. Leaks can cause all kinds of problems, including mold and rotting, if not taken care of quickly. When your roof is leaking and your need Residential roofing repairs in Orange , CA, you can always count on the professionals at Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc.. Get your roof repaired today by calling (714) 731-3425.

Why does roof leak?

Roof leaks can have a variety of causes. Usually, a  leak will develop because shingles have been damaged by hail or through wear or they have been blown off by high winds. Anytime you have damaged or missing shingles, you’ll want to get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible to prevent leaks or other problems. If your roof has been punctured by hail or debris like tree limbs have fallen on the roof, have the debris removed and the roof inspected and repair. Debris can impede drainage and lead to leaks. Debris can also clog up gutters, backing up water that not only can damage the gutter, but also cause water to seep under the shingles. 

Roof leaks can also occur because your roof is aging and worn. If your roof is more than 15 years old, have a professional inspect it for damages, and consider having it replaced. Another common source for roof leaks is damaged flashing around vents and chimneys. The flashing may be loose, rusted, or damaged in some way, and allowing water to seep under the roof. Repair or replace any flashing so drainage will be maintained properly. 

Can roof leaks be fixed?

While roof leaks can cause a lot of trouble, roof leak repair is almost always possible. Usually, this means you might have to repair or replace a handful of shingles if just a few have been damaged or are missing. Sometimes, instead of shingles, you’ll have to repair or replace the flashing. Leak repair is often a fairly simple job unless you have multiple leaks or very severe damage. If this is the case, you’ll need to decide between a roof leak repair or replace the roof. A roofer can inspect the roof and let you know which is the best choice. If the damage is really severe or you have several leaks, a replacement is usually the best course.

How do roofers find leaks?

Finding roof leaks is often the trickiest part of a roof leak repair. When you have a roofer inspect your roof for leaks, one of the first places they’ll look is in the attic, which is especially effective after it has rained. Water may be dripping directly from the leak or running along joists and rafters. If it’s running along joists or rafters, the leak’s path can be traced to its source. Roofers are also looking for signs of moisture build-up in the attic. Any moisture in the attic is often caused by roof leaks. Unfortunately, mold growth is the main sign of moisture build-up, and the mold will need to be removed after the leak is repaired.

Roofers will also check for damaged or missing shingles, as well as loose or damaged flashing are prime causes of roof leaks. Even a single missing shingle could potentially put your roof at risk of leaks. Other areas to check include the gutters. Clogged gutters can back up and affect drainage, causing water to seep under shingles along drip edges. 

What to do if your roof is leaking

Many times the first time homeowners discover they have a roof leak is during or after heavy rain. Often, once a leak has penetrated into the attic, the ceiling is where the water will wind up as it starts pooling in the attic. Homeowners may see a bulge in the ceiling where the water has pooled and a drip might break through, or if the water gets too heavy, it may come flooding through the ceiling. If you have a roof leak suddenly appear, here are some steps to take to prevent further damage until help arrives.

  • Minimize water damage by either moving furniture and other belongings away from the leak or by placing a plastic cover over the items.
  • Place a bucket or wheeled trash can under the leak to catch water. A wheeled trash can makes it easier to transport the water outside to dump it. 
  • Dry as much of the water as you can, especially on floors and upholstered furniture to further minimize water damage.
  • If you can, go into the attic and trace the source of the leak. Once you have it marked, once the rain subsides, go outside and place a tarp over the damaged part of the roof where the leak is located. Roofing professionals can also do this if you have to wait for the weather to let up for repairs.

Can you repair a roof leak from inside?

Making a roof leak repair from inside is a bad idea. While you can make a temporary patch to cover a hole inside in an emergency to prevent further water damage, you’re actually just diverting the water to another area, which opens up the possibility for a second leak to develop. 

Why does my ceiling leak when it rains?

If your ceiling begins to leak when it rains, this is a good indication that you have a roof leak. The source of the leak will need to be found and a repair will need to be made.

A Man Repairs a Ceiling Damaged by a Roof Leak.

Who fixes a roof leak?

If you need roof leak repair in Orange , CA, the most reliable team to turn to is the one at Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc.. We offer a full range of roofing solutions. Book a repair appointment by calling (714) 731-3425.

How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

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How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

Asphalt shingles are a very popular and affordable type of roofing material. But the question remains: how long do asphalt shingles last? If your asphalt shingle roof has been properly installed by a professional roofing company, you will have much better roof longevity than if your roof was installed by a person without the proper insurance requirements. Generally speaking, an asphalt shingle and composition roof will last about twenty years. If you live in an area of the country where there are extreme weather conditions, it will be important for you to secure annual roof inspections in order to ensure your roof longevity.

Are Asphalt Shingles Good?

The odds are that you have glimpsed many asphalt shingle roofs in your lifetime if you live in North America. This means that asphalt shingles are quite popular. The reason why asphalt shingles are very popular is that they are very affordable, easy to install and come in lots of shapes and colors. This makes asphalt shingles infinitely customizable. It is important to consider that if you have decided upon an asphalt shingle roof replacement or installation, that roof longevity will be a factor to consider. That’s because while asphalt shingles carry a bevy of advantages, roof longevity is not one of them. Metal and tile roofs, for example, only need to be replaced once in a lifetime. Asphalt shingles will need to be replaced with more regularity.

What Are the Best Asphalt Shingles?

There are a number of excellent asphalt shingle manufacturers in North America. Each manufacturer boasts an impressive array of different shingles that can be installed on roofs. Tamko, Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and more are examples of excellent asphalt shingle brands. If you are wondering which shingles will be best for your roof, it will be best for you to consult with a professional roofing company. An insured project manager will be able to discuss which asphalt shingles fit within your budget and will ultimately benefit your roof.

What is the Difference Between Architectural Shingles and Asphalt Shingles?

Are you wondering what the key difference is between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles? If so, you are not alone. Many differences exist between these two types of roofing shingles. Please review the following list to learn more.

  • Three-tab shingles. Three-tab shingles are composed of one shingle tab size. The shape consists of three separate tabs that are twelve inches wide.
  • Architectural shingles. Architectural shingles are distinguished as having dimensional or laminate composition. These come in varying sizes and shapes. Architectural shingles are more expensive than three-tab shingles and are considered a premium roofing product.

How Often Should Asphalt Shingles Be Replaced?

When was the last time your asphalt shingle roof was replaced? Who performed the operation? Was it a licensed and insured roofing company? If your roof was professionally installed, you stand to have more roof longevity than if the roof was installed by a handyman or someone who is not experienced in roofing operations. Typically, an asphalt shingle roof has a roof longevity of twenty to twenty-five years. Every time your roof is replaced, it will be important for you to have the old, existing roof completely removed. That is because any unnecessary weight on the structure of your home will negatively impact your overall home structure.

Why Asphalt Shingles

Are you wondering why some people select asphalt shingle roof installations? The answer is quite straightforward. Many homeowners and builders select asphalt shingles because the roofing material itself is very inexpensive and easy to install. If you are looking for a premium source of asphalt roofing shingles, you may very well select architectural shingles. In truth, there are many kinds of asphalt shingles on the market. It is best to consult with a reputable roofing company any time you are desirous of a roof repair or a new roof replacement.

Which Asphalt Shingles are Best

There are a number of different roofing shingles on the market. The strength and durability of your roof is a must. That is why you should select not only a good roofing company, but also a good roofing material. Please be sure to select a thick roofing material with a sturdy roof underlayment.

Can Asphalt Shingles Be Stained

Are you wondering if your asphalt shingles can be stained? The answer may surprise you. Depending on the current condition of your roofing shingles, it is entirely possible. A good roofing project manager will be able to determine the current condition of your roof, and whether or not it is a good idea to have your asphalt shingles stained.

asphalt shingles

Why Do Asphalt Shingles Curl

If you have noticed that your asphalt shingles are curling, it will be important for you to understand the factors that create this impact. The air that is circulated through the higher parts of your roof will impact the various structures of your roof system. If there is inadequate venting, then moisture and heat will become trapped in your attic. If there is additional heat on the underside of the shingles, then it will cause the shingles themselves to wear prematurely, fade, and curl.

If you would like an inspection for your asphalt shingles in Orange , CA, please give our company a call at (714) 731-3425.

What is Involved in Roof Restoration?

Contractors Apply a Roof Restoration Coating.

What is involved in roof restoration?

Once your roof reaches a certain age—somewhere around 10-20 years—replacement may seem as if it’s the only option. But it’s not. Unless your roof needs many repairs or has severe leaks, roof restoration may be the better option. Roof restoration involves coating your roof with a material like acrylic or silicone to seal it from leaks and protect it from harmful ultraviolet light. These coatings are normally sprayed or rolled on and can extend your roof’s life for about a decade, and are the first defense against harmful UV radiation. They also help reduce roof’s expansion and contraction from changes in temperature. Moreover, they can be reapplied several times.

Restoration is particularly ideal for flat and metal roofs, but can be used on most roof surfaces. It’s also cheaper than a full replacement and does not involve tearing off your roof. If you are looking for a cost-effective option to roof replacement and are seeking professionals for roof restoration in Orange , CA, you need to look no farther than Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc.. You can learn more or schedule our services by calling (714) 731-3425.

Roof restoration or replacement

When weighing the advantages of roof restoration over replacement, it’s often best to get a professional opinion. Reputable roofing professionals like those at Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc. can inspect your roof to see if it’s a candidate for restoration or replacement. You may also want to consider some of the advantages and disadvantages of restoration.

Advantages

  • Costs less than replacement 
  • Installation is fast and easy
  • Can be used on multiple roof types

Disadvantages

  • Severe structural issued won’t be addressed
  • Prep work (repairs and cleaning} may take a long time
  • Has to be installed under right weather conditions

How long does a roof restoration take?

For all the long-term benefits a roof restoration provides, it requires only a short time to complete a restoration project. Normally, a restoration project will take 2 to 3 days to complete, depending on the weather and size of the roof. Dry weather is preferable. Temperatures should be 50 degrees or higher for waterborne coatings, while solvent-borne coatings can be applied at colder temperatures. It takes about a day to clean the roof, a day to make minor repairs, and about a day to apply the coating. The outdoor temperature, roof surface temperature, wind, and humidity will affect the time it takes for the coating to dry. Humidity can actually speed up the drying process if the coating that was used is moisture-cured.

Roof restoration and guttering

Whenever you restore or even replace your roof, you may want to replace your gutters as well. More than likely, your gutters are probably about the same age as the roof and may have some damage as well that’s keeping them from performing at an optimal level. When restoring your roof, have your gutters inspected as well to determine if they need to be replaced. At the very least, a restoration project gives you a good opportunity to clean your gutters as well.

Roof restoration and solar panels

If you are planning to have solar panels installed, before you do so, you’ll want to have your roof inspected. You may need to get minor repairs done before installing the solar panels. Roof restoration or roof replacement should also be performed before installing solar panels as well because you’ll need a sturdy surface for the solar panels. If you neglect to restore or replace your roof beforehand, once the panels are installed there’s a greater chance your roof will develop leaks or even break.

Should I seal my roof?

Restoring a roof often involves adding roof sealants and roof coatings. Adding a roof sealant, especially for a flat roof, will protect your roof from leaks and other damage. Moreover, roof sealants make roofs somewhat more fire-resistant and less susceptible to mold and algae growth. 

How long does roof sealant last?

A sealant applied when restoring a roof will last about 10 years if properly applied. The type of coating applied, the climate, and the thickness of the coating will vary its performance. Once the coating wears away, however, a new coating can be applied, extending the roof’s life for at least another 10 years or so.  

What is the best roof sealant?

There are multiple roof sealants on the market today. Several, however, consistently gain high regard with roofing contractors. Among the top coatings:

  • Henry HE587372 Roof Coating
  • Dicor RP-CRC-1 Rubber Roof Acrylic Coating
  • Liquid Rubber Color Waterproof Sealant
  • Primesource Building Products GCESRC2 Roof Coating
  • Deck Flex Elastomeric Roof Coating
  • Deck Flex All-Purpose Clear Protective Sealer
A Roofer Sprays a Roof Restoration Coating.

Roof restoration near me

Before getting your roof replaced, you may want to consider roof restoration instead. When you want experienced professionals for roof restoration in Orange , CA, always rely on the experienced team at Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc.. We offer a full range of roofing solutions for residential and commercial customers. Find out more or schedule a service by calling (714) 731-3425.

How Much Does Roof Coating Cost?

Commercial roof coating

How Much Does Roof Coating Cost?

Commercial roof coatings are very popular and affordable, making them a viable roofing choice for many commercial property owners. Starting off with the pure material cost for flat roof coatings, the cost comes to around $1.50 to $3.50 for each square foot. For labor, the cost comes to around fifty cents or three dollars for each square foot of labor. These costs can vary from region to region around the country, which is why it is important for you 

What is the Best Elastomeric Roof Coating?

There are many different types of elastomeric roof coatings on the market. If you would like to find out more, please review the following list.

  • Butyl. For flat roof repair, butyl is very desirable. Butyl is also good for low-sloping roofs, single-ply or built-up PVC. 
  • Acrylic. Acrylic roof coatings are good for over-sloped roofs. Acrylic is more widely used than butyl because it is more environmentally-friendly and has more longevity.
  • Polyurethane. For EPDM roofs, polyurethane is most preferable. That is because the coating does not require high PH rinses.
  • Silicone. Silicone coatings are considered to be the best for polyurethane foam roofs.

What is Acrylic Roof Coating?

The first thing to understand is that acrylic roof coatings are not paint. Acrylic roof coatings have the unique ability to resist ponding water. Additionally, acrylic roof coatings also have reflectivity properties, flexibility at low temperatures, and possess the ability to expand and contract. Acrylic roof coatings are a wonderful roof coating for these reasons and more. 

How Long Do Roof Coatings Last?

Depending on how much roofing maintenance has occurred during the course of a roof coating’s lifetime, the coating will have a chance to last longer. Generally speaking, however, a roof coating will last ten years. A roof coating’s longevity will also depend upon the quality of the original roof coating application.

Does Roof Coating Stop Leaks?

Silicone roof coatings do have ability to seal up and manage all existing roof leaks. However, in order for silicone roof coatings to seal up leaks efficiently, the area must be thoroughly cleaned and patched according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In order to honor warranties, it is important to address all roof leaks in an efficient fashion. After all roof leaks are patched by a professional roofing company, the next step is to coat the entire surface of the roof with a silicone roof coating.

Commercial Roofing and Coating Systems

There are a number of different reasons why a roof coating system is efficient and desirable for a commercial building. A flat roof coating is a seamless, monolithic membrane that is spray-applied upon the roof. Roof coatings can also be applied around pipes, hatches, and other equipment that is found on the rooftop. This is done in order to fully seal and waterproof the roof. Roof coatings are also remarkably cost-effective because they are directly applied to the roof, thus reducing costs because the systems are not labor-intensive. 

Best Commercial Roof Coating

There are many different roof coatings available for commercial roofs. However, the question remains: which commercial roof coating is the best commercial roof coating? For that answer, it’s important to consider the different kinds of roof coatings, and which would be best for your commercial roof application. For instance, if you would like an environmentally friendly roof, you might consider an acrylic roof installation. If you have an EPDM roof, your best choice is a polyurethane coating. For the best options for your roof, refer to a professional roofing company that is both insured and has plenty of experience.

Benefits of Commercial Roof Coatings

There are a number of advantages for commercial roof coatings. To begin with, they provide seamless waterproofing. That means that with proper roof maintenance, cracks are less likely to appear. Another advantage of roof coatings is the fact that they can combine energy-efficient reflectivity and performance, which are certain benefits when it comes to a comparison with other roofing materials. A commercial roof coating installation will not last as long as other roofing installations, which means that the inhabitants of the building will not be inconvenienced for very long while the coating process is taking place.

commercial roof coating

Commercial Roof Coating Companies

While there may be many commercial roof coatings in your area, it is important for you to select a commercial roofing company that combines experience with credibility. In order to find commercial roofing companies in your area, you can easily conduct an internet search, or ask for a referral from a friend or family member.

You need a roofing company that knows how to manage your commercial roof coating in Orange , CA with proven results. Call Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc. at (714) 731-3425 to speak with our staff about making an appointment today!

Can I Ask My Roofer for Help with an Insurance Claim?

Damage to a shingle roof

Insurance help after damage

Maybe the only thing worse than experiencing roof damage is dealing with the roof insurance claims process. They complicate insurance, making it confusing and difficult. This often leads a person to believe it is a rip-off manipulating industry. With roofing insurance though, this is coverage for an expensive and necessary part of the biggest investment that most of us will ever make. Our home.

So, when you have roofing problems that require filing a claim, it can be a great help if you have the help and guidance of somebody that knows how to file a roof insurance claim, as a roofing contractor. They have been through it all with insurance companies and them what roof insurance claim coverage will be, or won’t be, within the basic range. Each policy is different, and each insurance company is different, so there could be a variation between yours and your neighbors.

We will answer some commonly asked questions about the subject of roof damage and insurance and claims, but first, we should explain “what is roof insurance claims coverage?”

What kind of roof damage is covered by insurance?

A homeowner’s insurance policy will have several things that are covered, including roof damage from “acts of God”, fire, or vandalism. The “acts of God” can include hail damage, high winds, hurricanes, and tornadoes. The kicker here is any damage caused by hail, rain, or wind varies from policy to policy, house to house.  One factor that can throw a roofing insurance claim out is a roof’s age. Why?

Because a roof’s designed purpose is to withstand the climate and weather up to a certain level. So, if your roof is damaged or has missing shingles after high winds, and your roof is older than 15 to 20 years, they could deny your roofing insurance claim due to age.

While a roof has a 20, 25, or even 30-year warranty by the manufacturer, in all reality, after sitting in the climate and environment for 15 years, they weaken. The roof may still keep your home dry and protected from the rains, but they are old and getting weak, thus, a high wind could rip a shingle or shingles off.  An insurance company could use that as a reason to deny a claim.

Can you claim roof repairs on insurance?

Sure, you can file a claim on roof repairs or anything else your homeowner’s insurance could cover that.  That doesn’t mean it will be paid though. Most homeowner’s insurance cover repairs from a roof leak if is proven to be caused by a peril (acts of God) such as hail, rain, or wind damage. With the exception that the insurance company believes the roof is too old or the damage could have been prevented by homeowner’s maintenance, like having cleaned, inspected and repairs made as needed.

If they determine the damage was from the peril and no fault of the homeowner, they will pay or the repair. If your homeowner’s policy has an exclusion of hail or wind, then it will not pay any claims.  These are things you need to verify with your agent and make any additions, changes, or purchase separate roofing insurance policy before you need it.

How do I claim roof damage on insurance?

Damaged roofing can be expensive for a homeowner, which is why you have a homeowner’s roofing insurance. There is a way to file a claim with success, and the following are tips to help you do that: 

  • Confirm Coverage: Before you need it, contact your agent and talk about your coverage, what you can expect and feel confident about, so you won’t have a big surprise when you do need it. They take the age of the roof into consideration by the insurance company, meaning your policy will cover the repair up to the cost of the current value of the roof. So, if your roof is 10 years or older, it will affect your roofing insurance compensation.  the full cost of repair or replacement if the roof is less than ten years old. 
  • Damage inspection: After you and your family are safe from the disaster that damaged your roof, inspect the roof yourself and have a professional roofing contractor to do an inspection too. You may not see damage on the interior, but any amount of damage on the exterior will affect the interior in time.
  • Pictures: Pictures are the best way to document damage and can be added to the claim along with an inspection report. Ask the roofing contractor that inspects your roof to take pictures and provide an explanation with each picture and taking your own pictures. 
  • Contact the Insurance Company: Once you have all the relevant details, information, and paperwork call your insurance company and indicate a roofing insurance claim. Follow the procedure to the letter and take notes of the date/time you filed and if you speak with anyone, get their name and direct extension or number. Keep up with any reference claim number they provide you along with any bills, receipts or other documentation you get in relation to the roofing insurance claim. 
  • Find a Roofing Contractor: Some homeowner’s insurance companies will have roofing contractors they recommend, but you may find your own and use them if so desired. Don’t hire the first one you talk to, get several quotes from contractors in person at your home. They can’t provide you an accurate quote if they don’t do an inspection.  

Ask for references, licenses, and insurance. Before they arrive for inspection, confirm if there is a charge. Most roofing contractors offer free estimates, other charges but will deduct the amount from the job if you choose their bid.

How much does roof replacement cost?

There are several factors involved with this pricing, but the average cost in the country for roof replacement can be as low as $4700 and upward to $7200 or more, with many costs $10,000 and up. Factors involved are the size of the house, the type of roofing materials used, if old roofing has to be removed and if any repairs are needed.  

marks of damage to a roof

Will homeowners insurance pay for new roof? 

As long as your roof isn’t too old, has had proper maintenance performed, like gutter cleaning, inspections, repairs completed, etc., then you should have any concerns about your homeowner’s roofing insurance paying for a new roof.

Insurance is confusing and filing a roofing insurance claim can be daunting and difficult, but it can go smoothly if you take the right steps as we discussed. Working with an experienced roofing contractor helps too, just as you would if you can’t get a clogged drain cleared yourself, you call a professional plumber. Many roofing contractors have members of their staff that can walk you through roofing insurance claims and process. This is why you want to hire a professional roofing contractor instead of having your cousin do the work. Need to get started today? Call Weatherline Reroofing & Repairs Inc. at (714) 731-3425 for roofing insurance help in Orange , CA.