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Summer Season Property Managers Maintenance Tips

Friday, June 10, 2016 | Comments (0)



A roof can be one of a building’s biggest financial investments and something that is easy to protect and neglect. Roofs receive a constant beating from a variety of sources: weather, structural movement, foot traffic, damage from accidents, and a lack of maintenance. Worst case scenario, repairs left completely ignored can lead to the need for a total replacement. The key is to detect a problem sooner rather than later, before problems become serious.

A well-maintained roof is your first defense to help ensure a secure and worry free property. Cal-Vintage recommends two roof inspections every year; one in the spring and one in the fall after the extreme weather of summer and winter.

These are the key elements of a roof inspection:

  • Regardless of shingle type, check for splits, cracks, and missing shingles.
  • Regularly clean gutters to prevent leakage and back-up. Heavy, clogged drains can cause stress on the structure of the roof and in the summer are the perfect breeding zone for mosquitoes. Maintenance is essential to prolonging gutter life and preventing foundation damage and interior leaks.
  • Check for debris behind skylights, valleys in the roof, pipes, and any other penetrations.
  • Check vents and fans. These products are designed to cool the attic
  • Make sure all seams and joints are secure and that sealants and flashings are in tip top shape.

 

Specific Roof Problems:

  • Vermin and pest control: Termites, squirrels, raccoons, and birds would all love to take up residence in your roof. Block small entry holes and remove new residents as quickly as possible.
  • Debris: Moss and debris on a roof can cause water to pool or linger for prolonged periods, which may ruin shingles and promote the growth of mildew.
  • Heavy storm damage: Driving wind and rain can loosen tiles, start leaks, and cause trees to fall. Do a scan after every storm.
  • Sun damage: Excessive sun can shorten the life of many roofing products like sealants. Make regular checks to ensure seals are doing their job.

 

Make a Checklist

These simple monthly tasks will protect you in the long run:


Take routine photos so you can easily monitor any roof changes.

Have a disaster plan. Who will you call the moment something goes wrong? When it comes to your roof, the damage can increase exponentially with every moment lost.

Be conscious of who’s up there. It’s been shown that approximately 40% of all roof problems occur because of human error. For example, workers going on your roof for window washing or HVAC repair can unknowingly cause damage.

Encourage your tenants to inform you of any problems or leaks they encounter immediately, even if on the outside of the building. Help them help you.

A solid roof maintenance and repair plan helps landlords and property managers to avoid major problems by identifying and fixing them before they get out of control and costly, as well as to maintain good communication with tenants and residents, reducing potential legal liability.






Work with A Roofing Professional

Extending the life of your roof is the ultimate goal. At Cal-Vintage, we can create a customized inspection and maintenance program tailored specifically to your needs in order to protect your investment. These inspections can also be used for valuing your property and setting future budgets.

National Military Appreciation Month Special!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Comments (0)
National Military Appreciation Month is celebrated every May and is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity. Cal-Vintage Roofing would like to honor the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served and fought for our freedom with a special offer.



$250 Discount Reroof or New Roof

($6,000 reroof purchase or more. In conjunction with the $400.00 Discount.)


Valid through May 2016



GAF Launches NEW Timberline HD Reflector Series

Thursday, May 05, 2016 | Comments (0)



GAF has introduced a new, affordable cool shingle line with the launch of Timberline HD® Reflector Series™ Shingles in California. These shingles are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) for use in Title 24 projects — so California-based contractors can now offer homeowners a wider variety of color options with the iconic Timberline HD® look to meet their cool roofing needs. Timberline HD® Reflector Series™ Shingles reflect sunlight to help keep the attic and the home cooler, which may help save on cooling costs.* The seven colors available are Aged Chestnut, Coastal Slate, Sagewood, Sandalwood, Birchwood, Copper Canyon, and Golden Amber.

“Our goal is to provide our California-based customers with the same genuine wood-shake look and high-definition color options as our standard Timberline HD® Shingle line,” stated Dan Witte, steep-slope product manager. “The new Timberline HD® Reflector Series™ Shingle line uses an innovative technology to maintain color depth while bolstering reflectivity to comply with Title 24 cool roof requirements.”

These requirements are designed to help reduce the state’s energy consumption. The California Energy Commission estimates that its energy-efficiency standards have saved Californians more than $74 billion in reduced electricity bills since 1977. 




El Nino 2015

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 | Comments (0)

El Niño Is Right Around The Corner!

Above is a comparison of sea surface height in the Pacific as measured at the end of July in 1997.

All Signs Indicate a New Monster El Niño Is Coming!  

Update August 3, 2014 from NOAA: "El Niño conditions are present. Positive equitorial sea surface temperature anomalies continue across most of the Pacific Ocean. There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around a 80% chance it will last through early spring 2016."
Meteorologists are warning that the largest El Niño in fifty-years has intensified in the Pacific with a 90% probability of bringing significant rainfall to the Sacramento and Bay Area this winter, possibly surpassing the historic rainfall totals of the 1997/1998 El Niño.

“A Godzilla El Niño”
The rapid and dramatic warming of equatorial Pacific waters indicates the strongest El Niño ever documented with the possibility of record-shattering precipitation driven by the Pacific storm track.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will occur this fall and winter with above normal rainfall in California continuing into spring 2016.

NASA climatologist, Bill Patzert describes the coming El Niño as “Not a puny El Niño, but a Godzilla El Niño.” Patzert further warns that May’s headlines recounting the devastating floods in Texas and Oklahoma could be written about California this winter.

Past Mistakes
During the drought preceding the 1997/1998 El Niño, many homeowners and building owners neglected their roofs and building envelopes, which resulted in catastrophic roof leaks, expensive interior-water-infiltration damage and even disastrous roof-collapse when the El Niño storms hit the Sacramento and Bay Area. 

We urge our clients and all Sacramento/Bay Area homeowners and building owners to start preparing now in order to secure your structures prior to the likely El Niño. The time to have Cal-Vintage Roofing experts analyze your roof for safety and stability is now!


El Niño Roof Advice:

  • Schedule a free roof estimate to determine if your roof will remain watertight during the winter rainstorms of this historic El Niño winter.
  • Proceed with suggested roof repairs, roof coatings, dry rot repairs, reroofing or roof replacement immediately as during El Niño winters roofing crews have extremely busy schedules. 
  • Subscribe to a roof maintenance program to spot small leaks or roof damage before they become significant, costly problems.
  • Ensure your roof drains, gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves and any other roof debris that might impede roof drainage.

  • If your roof is leaking, do not ignore it, as it is a sign that water has infiltrated below the roofing membrane possibly leading to interior damage and structural dry rot.

    Our Sacramento and Bay Area teams want your home to be structurally solid for the upcoming storms.

    So don't wait until its too late...Call or click today to get your FREE ESTIMATE!



The Most Popular Roofing Trends in 2015

Thursday, July 09, 2015 | Comments (0)

(Our customer is on trend! - Sample of our work. GAF Timberline Ultra HD, Slate.)

When it comes to the most popular roofing trends in 2015, the inspiration comes from nature. The industry has come to understand the importance of making use of green building materials and green technology when upgrading and repairing residential architecture.

Since the majority of today’s homeowners come from the baby boomer generation, they are the ones spending their time to redecorate and upgrade their homes, unlike the previous generations who are now seniors. Roofing trends in 2015 will naturally be driven by this generation of homeowners.

Gray Is Back
This year, gray hues will be trending for roofing colors. Opt for a certain type of gray within the color palette to ensure a modern, yet sophisticated look. Not only is gray a popular color scheme, but it doesn’t show dirt as easily either. Sounds like a win-win for homeowners.

Warm Neutrals
Other color-focused roofing trends in 2015 are warm neutrals. Homeowners should choose a color or style that will be popular for years to come. Choosing something other than warm neutrals and gray might be a bit risky, and go against a timeless investment.

Deep Greens
As with the warm neutrals, the deep green color palette is also a reflection of earthy materials. With the focus on nature, the color scheme should blend in with the immediate surroundings. The location of the home will determine the most suitable color scheme. Luckily, consulting specialists will be able to help advise for the perfect fit for your residential roofing.

Curves and Arches
Roofing styles that feature curves and arches allow for more room for architectural finishing textures. Roofing professionals and architects understand the needs of young, working-class buyers to invest in a product that’s stylish and trendy, but makes enough room for individuality.

Popular Building Materials
"Green” materials are on the forefront of home decorations and repairs. That's why materials such as laminated asphalt, cedar shakes, shingles and roofing tiles will be trending this year.

Solar and Cool Roofs on the Horizon
The California Energy Code, or Title 24, Part 6 of the California Code of Regulations, also titled The Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings were established in 1978 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California's energy consumption. As of January 1, 2010, these standards have been updated. The new standards affect new construction, significant repairs of existing roofs, re-roofing (steep-slope), plus additions and alterations of existing buildings and homes.

Currently, a residential cool roof is an optional energy efficiency measure, however on January 1, 2010, a cool roof will be required for residential buildings (Climate Zones-10-15, Sacramento is Zone 12). Cool roof standards are designed to reduce air conditioner demand, lower your energy costs, and reduce the urban heat island effect.

Summer Roof Maintenance Tips

Thursday, July 09, 2015 | Comments (0)


California's drought is four years in with no relief in site.  More than 70 percent of California is in "Extreme" drought, the most serious category.  Now summer is here and with the combination of the drought, the sun is hotter than ever.  The blazing sun can damage more than you can imagine; keeping it in the best shape possible is important during the summer months.  Here are some helpful tips that you can do yourself in order to keep your roof in the best condition:

Do a gutter check
Check your gutters for debris, but also to be sure they are attached properly and are draining the way they are intended. Leaves build up in gutters, causing water to pool and back up under the eaves of your home. The prolonged weight of the debris can also cause your gutter to separate from the roof and impede the water flow. Clean your gutters once a month and check them after each storm to ensure proper water flow.

Check for buildup on your roof
Do a visual inspection each summer for moss on your roof. Moss and algae grow rampantly in the summertime and can quickly cover a residential roof. Moss causes moisture damage and rotting of the wood underneath. On a dry day, you may be able to brush the moss off with a broom, but over time the moss will become more attached and may require a pressure washing to remove. Be sure to consult with a professional roofer for this.

Check ventilation
Check your attic for proper ventilation. Hot air rises through the attic and can become trapped without proper ventilation. This leads to moisture problems that, without fail, shorten the life of your roof.

Inspect your shingles
Do a visual inspection once a month – walk around your home and look for sagging, or missing shingles. Of course any internal signs of water seepage such as stains on your ceiling or bubbling paint indicate a serious problem that needs immediate attention.


If you find that your roof is in need of attention, contact Cal-Vintage Roofing.
Your home protects your family and is your most valuable asset.  Roof damage left untreated now, can lead to problems for your family's home in the future.  Don't wait till it's too late...Call today!


Stay Cool This Summer, Insulate Your Attic!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 | Comments (0)


That’s right – Insulate!

When you think of insulation, you may think about how it keeps your home cozy in winter.

But did you know that attic insulation works year round to keep you comfortable and save you money?

Attic insulation in the winter helps keep your home warm. In the summer, it helps keep your home cool.

In summer, when temperatures rise and the sun is beating down on your roof, heating up your attic space, proper insulation levels help keep the heat from passing down into living spaces.

Benefits of Proper Levels of Insulation

Reduced wear and tear on your air conditioning system
Saves money on electricity costs (by as much as 40%)
Helps maintain comfortable living spaces

How Insulation Works

Heated air naturally flows into cooler space.  Attic insulation creates thermal resistance, slowing down the rate at which heat flows from warm areas to cooler areas in your home.

In winter, insulation slows heat from flowing into your attic from living spaces below, reducing the amount of time you need to run your heating system in order to maintain comfortable room temperatures.  In summer insulation slows heat built up in the attic  from penetrating down into air conditioned living spaces below, also cutting costs while reducing wear and tear on your air conditioner.

If you have rooms that heat slowly in winter or cool slowly in summer you may have insufficient or uneven insulation levels in your attic.

What is "R" Value

Insulation capacity is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value. The higher the “R” value, greater the heat resistance, the better your insulation will perform.


If you would like to learn more about Attic Insulation, you can download the product literature listed below.


   

AttiCat System Brochure AttiCat System Brochure (890 KB)


AttiCat Product Brochure AttiCat Product Brochure (558 KB)



Water Conservation Tips For Outside

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

So Many Great Ideas To Save Our Water, Here Are Just A Few...

  • Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water when washing your car.  You'll save up to 100 gallons every time.
  • Know where your master water shut-off valve is located.  Were a pipe to burst, this could save you gallons of water and prevent damage.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.  Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you'll water your grass at the same time.
  • Wash your pets outdoors, in the area your lawn needs water.
  • Monitor for broken pipes, leaky hydrants and broken sprinklers. Be a good neighbor.

5 Tips For Roof Maintenance For Spring

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Spring is probably the most opportune time of the year to complete roof maintenance on your home. The temperature has not reached the severe heat that comes with summer and those cool breezes provide the perfect platform for an Atlanta roofing company to complete roof repairs in a timely fashion. If you are wondering how to prepare your roof for spring, here are 5 tips to help you spot possible troubles and keep everything functioning the way it should:



Examine Your Gutters
April showers bring May flowers and a host of other issues if your gutter system is not up to par. Add clean gutters to you spring-cleaning checklist. Remove any leaves and other debris and make sure there are no cracks or loose components.



Direct Your Downspout
Inspect your downspout as well to safeguard against the rainwater causing damage to your foundation. Once moisture seeps into your foundation, it can quickly spread. Downspouts should point away from the house to properly direct the flow of rainwater away from your home.



Check Your Shingles
Your shingles endure extreme temperatures, which is why it's important to carefully examine them for possible damage. If you are afraid of heights, simply inspect if from the lawn by and keep your eyes open for buckled or missing shingles. Never hesitate to contact a qualified roofing contractor to complete this task.



Examine Interior Walls And Ceilings
Another way to survey the health of your roof is by checking your ceilings for water damage. Stains on the walls or ceiling are a dead give away to necessary roof repairs. If there is the tiniest of hole in your roof, then have it repaired immediately. The rainy weather that will proceed is sure to worsen the problem.


Trim The Surroundings
Be sure to trim any branches that are hanging near and over your roof. This will prevent debris from clogging your gutters and reduce the chance of damage, resulting from fallen branches. Your roof is not meant to withstand any excess weight so by all means, keep it clean.



These tasks can seem tedious and time consuming to the busy individual. If you are unsure of your roof inspection capabilities or if you simply desire an expert opinion, you can always trust our staff at Cal-Vintage Roofing to deliver the results you deserve. Our roof estimates are always complimentary!

A Contractor’s 4 Legal Obligations to Prevent Falls

Monday, April 20, 2015 | Comments (0)

Despite legislation, industry education and safety awareness campaigns, lack of proper fall protection continues to rank No. 1 on OSHAs Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations. It is also the No. 1 killer of construction workers.


In 2013, 37% of the 796 workers killed in construction accidents -- 294 people -- died in falls. (To put this in perspective, view the interactive Fatality Map at www.stopconstructionfalls.com.)



Complacency is too often at fault in fatal falls. A worker may believe the job is at a low enough height to make fall protection equipment unnecessary, or the job will be done real quick, or fall protection will be too restrictive. In some circumstances, its a case of negligence, in which an employer or site manager fails to provide the right equipment, or workers have not been made aware of or fail to understand potential hazards at the site.

No matter what the scenario, it is the employers obligation to:

1. Provide proper fall protection equipment based on a hazard assessment of the work site;
2. Train staff on when and how to properly use the equipment;
3. Maintain the equipment to ensure proper operation when needed;
4.  Enforce required use of the fall-protection equipment per OSHA guidelines in the companies written safety policy.

Failure to meet any of these obligations can make your company liable should a fall-related injury or death occur. Fines, lawsuits and higher insurance premiums are likely financial repercussions. A tarnished reputation and potential loss of future business can also result, as can a loss of productivity on projects due to the emotional toll on other workers. Of course, the real incentives for maintaining an effective fall prevention program aren’t  measurable in dollars and cents.  

Cal-Vintage Roofing is committed to creating a healthy work environment, supporting appropriate training, fostering a positive attitude towards health, safety, wellness and managing work hazards. Our Safety and Illness and Injury Prevention Program adhere to all OSHA guidelines. . We believe in the safety and well being of our most valuable assets...our employees.
 







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