Cal-Vintage Roofing Blog
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES ARE WREAKING HAVOC ON
PEOPLE, FORESTS AND WILDLIFE
So what can you do to protect yourself, your home and property from wildfires? Here are some tips for preparing your home and yard to survive a wildfire.
Creating Defensible Space
1. Introduce more native vegetation.
2. Space trees at least 10 feet apart.
3. Remove dead or dying trees and shrubs.
4. Keep trees and shrubs pruned.
5. Mow your lawn regularly and dispose promptly of cuttings and debris.
6. Maintain your irrigation system.
7. Clear your roof, gutters and eaves of debris.
If the wildfire gets to the house, another line of defense is the type of materials used on your homes exterior.
• Use only non-combustible roofing materials.
• Box in the eaves, fascias, soffits and subfloors with fire resistant materials like treated wood, reducing the vent sizes.
• Apply 1/4" non-combustible screening to all vent or eave openings.
• Install spark arresters in chimneys.
• Enclose the undersides of decks with fire-resistant materials.
• Cover exterior walls with fire resistant materials like stucco, stone, or brick. (Vinyl siding can melt and is not recommended).
• Use double paned or tempered glass for all exterior windows.
• Install noncombustible street signs.
• Make sure your address is visible from the street.
Owens Corning announced on June 7, 2018 that it earned the 2018 Women’s Choice Award®, which recognizes the brand behind America’s Most Recommended™ Roofing Products. This designation is based on a national survey reflecting responses from thousands of women in the United States who were asked to select brands they would highly recommend to friends and family. The announcement coincides with National Roofing Week, June 3 through June 9.
“We are honored that women have expressed their confidence in Owens Corning Roofing with the Women’s Choice Award. Women have long driven design and style decisions inside and outside the home, including the roof,” says Sue Burkett, marketing manager, Owens Corning Roofing. “Women consider the functional features of a home’s roofing system that help seal and defend a home from the elements, as well as the aesthetic aspects of the roof.”
A new roof consistently ranks among the top home improvements that achieves a strong return on investment. As a home’s roof typically represents about 40% of a home’s exterior, the roof can play a significant role in boosting curb appeal. The summer provides an opportunity for consumers considering home improvements to view their roof as both functional and stylish.
The annual Owens Corning Shingle Color of the Year initiative, which highlights the roof as a design element, is informed by women’s influence in coordinating a home’s external color schemes. The company developed color tools, such as online style boards and visualization resources, to help consumers consider the important aesthetic aspect of a new roof.
Delia Passi, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award stated, “By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, brands like Owens Corning® signify their commitment to empower women to make smart buying choices, which is important because women’s spending power continues to grow. They currently control the majority of the purchasing decisions for consumer goods in the United States.”
This award can serve as a competitive differentiator in the marketplace. “When a woman is willing to recommend a brand or service to others, it means that business has earned her loyalty. We are pleased to salute Owens Corning Roofing for its focus on excellence, a commitment that is recognized by women consumers nationwide,” Passi continued.
The 2018 elections are coming—and those of you who don’t spend your waking hours monitoring the Secretary of State’s website may have some questions. Questions like: Wait, there’s an election this year? And: Didn’t we just have an election? And: Is Governor Jerry Brown running again?
One hot topic that will shape the state’s future........
TOO FEW ROOFS
Didn’t the Legislature already fix the housing issue?
Sadly, no. Despite California lawmakers’ best efforts to improve regulations and channel more money into low-income housing construction with a series of bills last August, California is still projected to fall woefully short of affordable places to live.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who remains the frontrunner in the governor’s race has said he would like the state to set a goal of building 3.5 million new homes by 2025—a proposal that walks the line between bold and delusional.
More recently, current state treasurer, John Chiang, and the gubernatorial candidate most likely to issue a white paper, released his own detailed plan: more funding for low-income housing subsidies and more carrots and sticks to entice or compel local governments to allow more residential development.
Voters will also be asked to sign off on lawmakers’ plans to borrow $4 billion to build more affordable housing and subsidize the rent of veterans. Depending on how the signature gathering goes, they may also see a ballot measure that could repeal California’s restrictions on rent control—local laws that cap how much landlords can charge tenants. Democratic Assemblyman Richard Bloom from Santa Monica will introduce a similar proposal in the Legislature.
Finally, there’s the $1.5 trillion question mark that is the recent rewrite of the federal tax code. As the California housing market adjusts to the newly slashed corporate tax rate and the reduced deductibility of property taxes and mortgage interest, expect to hear more.....STAY TUNED.....
The summer days are cooling off and we are reminded that the long rainy season is about to return. Fall is a magical season, and it’s the time of year when we should button up our homes as well as our jackets. Between now and the first rains of winter, there are four things you can do to prepare your roof for bad weather.
Fall & Winter
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Cleaning The Gutters
When leaves and debris collect in your gutter system, eventually, it will create a clog in the downspouts. Rain water will overflow the gutters, damaging your roof, trim and siding. The added weight of the wet leaves and water could also cause your gutters to pull loose from the anchor point or collapse.
To prevent these problems and unforeseen repair costs, make sure to keep your gutters relatively clear through the fall. And, once the trees around your home are bare, do a thorough cleaning. You can also get out ahead of the fall season and have gutter screens or guards installed to prevent the collection of debris in the first place. Cal-Vintage would be happy to provide a free estimate for gutter screens.
Clear Off Debris
It's important to remove leaves, pine needles, and other debris from the surface of your roof as well as your gutters. Even small bits of debris will hold moisture and possibly rot or mold, which will break down your roofing material.
If you’re confident and experienced in walking on your roof, get up there and broom or blow off the debris that has collected on your roof, paying special attention to the valleys, which are most vulnerable to water damage. Make sure they are free and clear of debris so as to allow water to flow.
Check For Damages And Deterioration
With a clean roof, scan the surface for missing shingles or ones that have cracked curled or frayed edges. You can use binoculars to inspect from the ground or climb up to the roof to have a look.
Also check for damaged flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights. These areas are the usual suspects when you have a leak. Give us a call and we’ll make sure everything is sealed properly before the rain hits.
Attic Insulation And Ventilation
Without adequate airflow in your attic, you could be looking at higher than necessary energy bills and roof leaks. During the day, sunlight hits your roof and heats up the air in your attic. Without vents located at the soffits, ridges, and/or gables of your roof, the hot air condensates, causing moisture damage and possible mold or rot in your roof’s supports.
Additionally, when that hot air has nowhere else to go, it will seep into and overheat your living space, asking you to use your AC more than you have to. This is one of the reasons why insulation is so critical to an energy efficient home.
Need a re- roof or roof repair evaluation? Contact Cal-Vintage Roofing for a free* estimate! Call us at 916-635-8320
*Commercial properties on the Real Estate market are charged a $250 estimate fee. This fee will be credited to your invoice when work is completed.*
Owens Corning Roofing 2017 SHINGLE COLOR OF THE YEAR. Is Sedona Canyon, of the Duration® Designer Colors Collection shingles. The art of picking a roofing color of the year is complex. A good roof color allows you to feel at one with nature in one season then on to light and airy the next—a good roof color can both work with all of your exterior elements and natural surroundings and still reflect your color personality. Sedona Canyon is the perfect roof color to do this. It’s warm and reminiscent of wood shake shingles but is much more nuanced with a variety of subtle undertones, so that it delivers a color experience that wood could never match. Burnt umber, chestnut and butterscotch hues with a twist of blue (which can read as blue, gray or purple depending upon other exterior elements) help give a Sedona Canyon roof depth and dimension as well as an outstanding color effect. The warm and welcoming color expresses instant curb appeal.
This specific color was selected because of how it pairs with a wide variety of both fashion-forward and traditional colors. Owens Corning is already known for its revolutionary TruDefinition® Duration® Designer Colors and now is enhancing the conversation homeowners have about their exterior remodeling by turning the roof into a fashion statement.
As a means of inspiration, Owens Corning has paired trending fashion colors with their Duration Series shingles. The pairing of trending fashion colors with shingle colors provides inspiration for homeowners who may not have considered the impact of color on the exterior of their home.
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.
✔ If your property is a rental, 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 homeowners, landlords, and property managers to avoid major problems by identifying and fixing them before they get out of control.
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.
$250 Discount Reroof or New Roof
($6,000 reroof purchase or more. In conjunction with the $400.00 Discount.)
Valid through May 2016
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.
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- Owens Corning 2018 Women’s Choice Award
- California and Hot Topics 2018
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- Owens Corning Shingle Color Of The Year 2017
- Summer Season Maintenance Tips
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