Nearly all 50 states have energy incentive programs that reward building managers and homeowners who are proactive about reducing their energy consumption. Property managers, homeowners, architects, and developers are increasingly selecting reflective building materials, including “cool roofing” to save energy and promote sustainable design. Choosing an experienced San Diego roofing contractor is essential.
Buying a new roof system is an important investment. Before making an expensive decision, consult an industry professional and ask a few simple questions. Only professional roofers are able to help homeowners and property managers choose the most appropriate and sustainable roofing products.
How do I know when it’s time for a roof replacement?
Generally if your roof is around 20 years old, it is probably nearing the end of its lifespan. There is some variation in life due to the type of roofing material, sun exposure, and the ventilation under the roof. It is usually more cost effective to replace a roof before you see any signs of leakage. Weighing out the long term cost and short term benefits of multiple roof repairs often makes a complete roof replacement the better choice for many homeowners.
Can a new shingle roof be installed over my existing roof?
One layer of shingle roofing in decent condition may be able to sustain the installation of new asphalt shingles overtop. Two or more layers of shingles are probably not able to support new installation. Likewise, if the existing roof is badly buckled or if there is an accumulation of moss or algae, the old roof should be removed. When the decking needs to be inspected or replaced, the existing roofing should always be removed before installing a new roofing system.
Should I perform my own roof repairs?
The roofing system is one of the most important parts of any home or building. Roofing repairs or replacements should be performed by a qualified professional roofing contractor because they guarantee their work and have liability insurance against slips and falls. Amateur roof repair jobs of substandard quality can be very costly to correct. For these basic reasons, we definitely do not recommend performing your own roofing repairs.
Why is roofing ventilation important?
Inadequate roofing ventilation can cause condensation in the winter and excessively high shingle temperatures in the summer. Both of these extreme conditions are harmful to the overall roofing system and can be avoided with proper ventilation. Most shingle manufacturers offer warranties that are void without proper ventilation is not installed. Improper ventilation may also lead to serious conditions, such as structural damage and mold growth.
What is the replacement cost of a new roof for my home?
The cost of residential roof installation depends on a combination of many different factors. A good example is the size and pitch of the roof, as well as the roofing materials used. To help homeowners accurately weigh their options, we often provide estimates to homeowners that offer more than one roofing material option.
What is a Cool Roof?
A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Energy Star rated materials which meet or exceeds the Cool Roof Rating Council standards for both commercial buildings or residential homes. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective tiles or shingles, flat roof cool systems, cool tile, cool asphalt shingles or cool coatings.
What are the benefits of commercial roof maintenance?
New commercial roofing can be an expensive investment. Semi-annual or annual inspections offer property managers and business owners with an accurate assessment of the condition of their existing roofing system. A regular roof maintenance program or schedule will ultimately prolong the life of the roofing system. Proper maintenance allows the inspector to identify any potential problem areas and avoid costly leaks and internal damage that water can produce.
How long will my new roof to last?
Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful service for about 20 years. Some roofing systems, such as slate, clay tile, and concrete tile, can last even longer. The actual lifespan of a new roof is determined by a number of factors. The local climate, environmental conditions, and roofing materials are some of the most obvious features that affect a roofing system. Roofing systems should be appropriate for the home or building in order to reach the expected lifespan. Proper installation and regular roof maintenance are also important factors that impact the average lifespan of a roofing system.
What kind of roof is best for my commercial building?
Many factors go into our recommendation of roofing systems for commercial properties. Building use, access, weight loads, foot traffic, number of penetrations, and estimated budget all play a factor in the commercial roofing material selection.