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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........


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


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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 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. 

Summer Season 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.

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.

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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

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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. 

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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!

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Ways To Ease Back-To-School

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

For a kid, going from a hazy, lazy summer where the only thing she has on her schedule is scratching a mosquito bite (and even then only if she feels like it!) to having to rise with
the sun, look remotely human, and pay attention all day can be a major shock. But there are ways you can make things go more smoothly, starting right now.

Reset Her Body Clock
Odds are, she's been trapping toads until late into the evening and then sleeping in. Easing her back to a school-year schedule will ensure that she shows up bright-eyed, if not bushy-tailed, says Rafael Pelayo, M.D., a pediatric sleep specialist at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic in Redwood City, CA. Here's how:

Spin Sleep
"You have to get the kids on board," says Dr. Pelayo. If she sees going to bed as a punishment or a bummer, she's going to avoid it. But if she understands that sleep is good for her, just as exercise is, she may resist less. "Talk about it like 'It's not that you have to go to sleep, but that you get to go to sleep.'" It also helps to tell her that you're going to be resetting your schedule, too, and have only incredibly boring stuff -- cleaning the bathroom, discussing health care reform with her father -- planned for the evening. "That way, the kid doesn't feel punished. It's the whole family getting ready."

Do the Math
Calculate the hour at which she'll need to get up in order to get to school on time (allowing a generous cushion for chaos) and count backward nine or so hours. That's her "falling-asleep time" once school starts, says Dr. Pelayo. Her bedtime might be 10 or 20 minutes before that.

Shift her To-Bed and Wake-Up Times
If she's been going to bed too late, beginning two weeks before school starts, move her bedtime up about 20 minutes every three or so days. "You cannot expect a kid who's been staying up until eleven to go to bed at nine all at once," says Dr. Pelayo. "She's just going to get frustrated and lie awake." This change also means that exciting activities like TV watching and texting friends have to end earlier in the evening so your kid has time to wind down. Also, from the very first day you start shifting her bedtime, start rousing her at the time she'll need to get up for school so she'll tire earlier at night.

Make Getting Up Worth It
Dr. Pelayo recommends that, after you flip on the light and open the bedroom shades to let in the brightest sun possible, you let your kid play a video game or watch TV first thing in the morning -- at least for a few days. "It may sound like blasphemy, but think about it: Waking up is biological. Getting out of bed, on the other hand, is volitional." In other words, give her some incentive. By the start of school, her body will be in the habit of getting up earlier.

Don't Force It
On the night before school starts, your child might be too hopped-up to get to bed on time. "It's not a big deal for one night," says Dr. Pelayo; her excitement will fuel her that first day. Saying something like "You have to go to sleep because tomorrow is the first day of school" will only add to the pressure. "You can't force yourself to fall asleep," he says.

Get a Workplace that Works
Just as nature will reclaim an abandoned property by engulfing it in spooky trees and tall grass, your child's desk, if you can even see it, is by now probably home to toys, trophies, discarded clothing, and artwork that's just short of being good enough for refrigerator display. Not exactly a place that encourages focus. The best way to set up your child's homework space? Let him do it, says Marcella Moran, an educational consultant and coauthor of Organizing the Disorganized Child. "Parents tend to organize their kids based on their own organization style," says Moran. "That works for you, but it may not work for your child."
That doesn't mean, though, that you can't help your kid discover his perfect, intuitive workspace. After the desk is cleared, have him sit down at it. Ask him to close his eyes and name the essential items he needs to do his homework. (These may include pens, books, a calculator, a computer, and even a drink or snack. Some kids work well with an iPod playing soft music.) Then have him place his hand where he'd think to grab the item. Wherever it is he reaches, that's where that object should live. Repeat this process with all the essentials. (Some kids might do this better with their eyes open, and that's fine.) Voila! The perfect setup for your child to work efficiently.

Meet the Teacher!
In the week before school starts -- after that, things will be madness -- make contact either in person or via e-mail and introduce yourself. You can let her know if your child has any particular sensitivities or if he or she needs special accommodations. Plus, it'll start off your relationship on a positive note.

Cool Roofs Becoming More Popular

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | Comments (0)
Cool roofs can cut building owners' energy costs. Because cool roofs gain less heat than normal roofs, they reduce the need for air conditioning making buildings more comfortable to the people inside.

For building owners they can cut maintenance costs and increase the life expectancy of the roof. And for society in general, cool roofs can even help to reduce the urban heat island effect that makes our cities hotter and produces unhealthy air.

    Some Benefits of Cool Roofs:
  • Save on annual electricity bills by reducing summer air conditioning costs.
  • Save peak electricity demand costs if you have time-of-use metering.
  • Reduce roof maintenance and replacement expenses by extending roof life.
  • Increase indoor comfort in summer by reduction of infrared conversion from visible light.
  • Reduce the "heat island effect" in cities and suburbs.
  • Reduce air pollution and smog formation.
  • Reduce roofing waste added to landfills.
  • Help builders and building managers meet California's Title 24 Energy Efficiency Building Standards
Because cool roofs save both money and energy, in October 2005 they became part of the prescriptive requirements of California's energy code, the Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Most cool roof materials for low-sloped roofs are white or another light color. Because steep-sloped roofs are often visible from the ground, however, roofing material manufacturers have developed popular roof colors other than white that will still reflect or emit the sun's energy away from the building.

Owens Corning and CertainTeed have just come out with some new cool colors.  You can check them out on our "Green Side" section of our website, or download the product literature below.

The Most Popular Roofing Trends in 2015

Thursday, July 09, 2015 | Comments (0)

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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.

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