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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)

(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.

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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!


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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)



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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.
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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!

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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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