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Buying a Home? A Roof Inspection is Critical!

Friday, June 28, 2019 | Comments (0)

Summer is here and it is one of the busiest seasons for buying a home. Next to the cost of the home itself, nothing will cost you more than having to replace the roof. That's why it is critical to get a roof inspection prior to buying a home. The roof may appear fine from the ground, but only an inspection can show hidden issues, like improper venting, poorly installed gutters, hidden mold and mildew, dry rot and other defects. Getting a professional roof inspection will cost you far less than a roof repair or replacement.

Here is a checklist of items based on the 10 most common roof problems that you can ask your roof inspectors to look at for you:

  • loose, broken or missing roofing material (like shingles, tiles or shakes)
  • blistered, curled or split roof shingles, shakes or tiles; watch for dark patches
  • large amounts of granules in the rain gutters — granular coatings on asphalt shingle wear away and the shingle loses integrity and its protection capabilities
  • sagging in the ridges or in the center of the roof or sagging decking between the rafters
  • loose, missing or corroded flashing - particularly near perforations in the roof like plumbing vents, heating or cooling vents, chimneys and sky lights
  • broken or loose shingles at ridge lines and hip lines
  • rusty metal or loose shingles where vertical sides of the house meet the roof
  • proper ventilation to make sure your roof can breathe
  • blisters, depressions near vent pipes, clogged drains on flat roofs, separations in flashing
  • overflowing gutters or excess water pooling near the foundation of the house
  • signs of leaking in the attic area — dark spots in the wood (especially around chimneys, vents and other holes to the roof)
  • wet or soft dark spots mean they are a current problem, dry and hard dark spots indicate an old problem that has been fixed
  • signs of leaking or water damage - water stains, sagging ceilings

If the roof has damage or needs a new roof, you can take the written estimate (the roofing company has provided) to the seller and negotiate the selling price or insist the roof work be completed before purchasing the home.

If the roof inspector finds damage, have them write up an estimate on the cost of repair. Then you can take the list of damage and estimate to the seller and negotiate the price or insist on repairs before purchasing the home.

If the roof inspector finds damage, have them write up an estimate on the cost of repair. Then you can take the list of damage and estimate to the seller and negotiate the price or insist on repairs before purchasing the home. 


Pros You Need For A Well Maintained Home

Thursday, January 31, 2019 | Comments (0)
There are number of ways you can keep you home maintained. You'll need a full team of home improvement specialists to get the job done. 

2019 Shingle Color of the Year

Friday, January 04, 2019 | Comments (0)


A timeless color that masters richness and depth using granules of classic black with gray, umber brown and a hint of sable. Dark and mysterious, TruDefinition® Duration® Designer shingles in Black Sable are the definition of fierce sophistication and dangerous beauty.


Duration® Series shingles offer spectacular curb appeal with TruDefinition® color platform and the high-performance and durability of patented SureNail® Technology. With an impressive limited lifetime warranty (for as long as you own your home) and wind protection of 130 MPH*.

These Trends Are Officially So 2018. Here's What's Replacing Them

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | Comments (0)

You're not the only one looking to set resolutions in the new year. Designers seek their own refresh as we approach January 1, and there are certain 2018 trends they're totally over by now. To find out which looks we'll be seeing everywhere in 2019, House Beautiful spoke with five interior designers to discuss bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms. Spoiler: The new year is looking bright. Quite literally.


  • OUT: Bedroom accent walls
  • IN: Textured wallpaper all around

    A pop of loud color or bold wallpaper behind your headboard? Next. "Instead, try to elevate the space as a whole with a subtle textured wallpaper. It's enough to add that pop you want, but with a better sense of cohesiveness that doesn't overdo it," explains Lauren Evans, an elite designer at Decorist.

    • OUT: Store-bought wall signage
    • IN: Colorful art or photographs

      "Signs like 'dream' or 'romantic' make your room feel the exact opposite—any room with those signs is not a dream," says Decorist celebrity designer Jonathan Rachman. Instead, he urges people not to fear colors and patterns on their walls. "Commit to a wallpaper you love, and yes, you can put art or photographs on that wallpaper," he explains. Jonathan says doing this will create a room that feels uniquely yours, and not store-bought.

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      • OUT: Simple cotton bedding
      • IN: Extravagant linen and velvet bedding

        Are you sensing a pattern yet? Designers are sick of all the basic. Jessica McCarthy, designer and creative director at Decorist, says she's seeing more and more bedding with textures. "Stonewashed linen comes in many patterns, colors, and looks great without being ironed or steamed. It's low maintenance that still looks elegant and sophisticated," she says. Jessica also says there's an uprise in crinkled, crushed, and quilted velvet duvets. "These create a luxe and lustrous setting, quite the opposite of anything simplistic and minimal." FYI: I just snagged a blush velvet quilt for 40 percent off at West Elm, and it transformed my room.


        • OUT: Mass produced cabinet knobs
        • IN: Handcrafted leather pulls

          "With almost all trends we're seeing in 2019, simplistic and minimal is no more. Instead, embellished, hand-crafted and maximalist is on the rise," says Jessica. She says she's especially seeing this in the kitchen space, and next year we'll be seeing a lot less subway tile and much more painted backsplashes. "The same goes for hardware. The modern look of chrome, brass, and rose gold hardware will be replaced with leather pulls in different shapes and sizes," she says. "Everyone is craving to have their home feel much more distinctive with special characteristics that feel totally unique to them."

          • OUT: One color palette
          • IN: Colorful curations

            "For years, kitchens have been minimalistic and simple, clean, and almost clinical," says Decorist celebrity designer Tamara Honey. "This next year will bring a wave of more personalized kitchen designs, ones that feel collected and blend seamlessly with over living spaces in the home," she explains. "Think: vintage rugs, open or glass cabinets with cookbooks, collected dish wares and other pieces from travel."


            • OUT: Matching metals
            • IN: Mixing metals

              "A kitchen trend I'm ready to see out the door is matchy matchy metal finishes," says Decorist Celebrity Designer Max Humphrey. "I know some designers insist on the faucet matching the hardware and the light fixture finishes and the barstools, but I like a mixed up look," he says. In a recent project, Max used a polished nickel faucet with satin brass knobs on the cabinetry. "Guess what? It looks awesome," he says. "Bonus points if you can mix in a third metal finish without the space looking totally haphazard."

              LIVING ROOM TRENDS

              • OUT: Furniture sets from the same store
              • IN: Mixing and matching

                Gone are the days where you'll see furniture sets that share one name (or manufacturer). "Unless you want your living room to look like a showroom, matching furniture is generic and boring," says Jonathan. Instead, he says to make your living room all about you. "Collect furniture as you go along, and don't be afraid to mix and match using various pieces from different periods, or your family heirlooms. Besides being charming, it's always chic to show your personal style."

                • OUT: Plain ceilings
                • IN: Designed ceilings

                  "Designers have begun to give attention and mindfulness to what is above us," says Tamara. "For the new year we predict there will be an advancement in attention to detail, and not just through the living room but throughout the whole home," she says. Think paint, wood clad, wood beams, wallpaper, and more.

                  • OUT: Simplistic furniture
                  • IN: Art deco furniture

                    "What goes around comes around, especially when it comes to design periods," says Jessica, who thinks art deco is on the rise. With the simplistic lines of mid-century modern, art deco incorporates more glamorous materials and patterns. "Art deco style is playful and opulent yet sensible. We'll see it taking over sofas, lighting, case goods, and accessories.

                    Northern California Wildfires

                    Thursday, August 09, 2018 | Comments (0)


                    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.

                    Summer Heat & Your Roof

                    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | Comments (0)


                     The hot summer season is underway and just as hammering rains , high winds and  storms can damage a roof, so can the scorching  heat from the  sun

                    The sun and heat  can cause your roof to deteriorate over time and age faster. The shingles can become dried, cracked, decayed, and less adhesive and more likely to blow off. An attic that gets too hot(not vented properly) can  heat up the roof, therefore heating up the underside of the shingles causing damage.

                    "Heat exhaustion" of a roof can turn into a leaky roof. Don't let that happen!  Our highly trained professionals can spot any signs of weakness that could be problematic come the next rainfall or even any damage you may not recognize. Call 916-635-8320 or CLICK today and schedule your free roof inspection.


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                    Owens Corning 2018 Women’s Choice Award

                    Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Comments (0)

                    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.

                    California and Hot Topics 2018

                    Friday, March 09, 2018 | Comments (0)

                    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 in Sacramento

                    Thursday, August 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

                    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


                    *Ask for details*

                    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 Shingle Color Of The Year 2017

                    Wednesday, August 02, 2017 | Comments (0)

                    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. 

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