Things You Need to Learn About Home Roof Inspection

Posted on April 16th, 2018 by Applied Roofing Services

Your roof is an investment in your home. It protects your home from rain, wind, snow, and direct sunlight. When it comes to insurance claims, your roof can account for almost one-third of them. Most roofs are designed to last between 10 and 20 years, sometimes longer. For a roof to make it that long without extensive repairs, you need to understand the importance of a yearly roof inspection.

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Home Roof Inspections

Home roof inspection catches small issues before they turn into major disasters and can save you thousands of dollars. Read on to know more about home roof inspections.

  • Annual Inspections Can Save You Money

    An annual roof inspection can identify potential problems that you may not notice from the ground. A reputable roofing contractor will be able to notice damage caused by limbs or other debris that may land on your roof during a storm. They can also identify areas of wear and tear that are starting to affect the overall quality and integrity of the roof.

  • Always Hire A Licensed Roofing Professional

    When you want the job done right, always hire a licensed roofing professional. This is especially true when it comes to a roof inspection. A roofing professional can identify minor damages in all types of roofing materials, including asphalt and tile. They can identify when a job wasn’t completed correctly and whether poor quality materials were used for repairs.

  • If You Notice Damage, Have Your Roof Inspected Immediately

    If there has been severe weather and you notice that there are large limbs or pieces of debris on your roof, call a licensed roof professional immediately to have your roof inspected for damages. Sharp sticks and branches can puncture shingles or cause them to lift as they become wedged underneath.

Here are some frequently asked home roof inspections questions for you:

What Are the Indications that You May Need a Roof Inspection?

If your roof is over 20 years old and it hasn’t been inspected recently, you should hire a professional. Otherwise, if you see any of these signs, understand that it’s time for a roof inspection:

  • You observe curled, cracked or missing shingles
  • You see granules in your gutters
  • You can view outside light in your attic
  • You notice sagging, either from your home’s interior or when you look at the rafters
  • You observe leaks

What Is the Difference Between Exterior and Interior Inspections?

When it comes to listing the differences between exterior and interior roof inspections, here are the items placed under the respective categories.

Interior Roof Inspection – This involves going inside the attic to check for:

  • Proper insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Moisture and mold

Exterior Inspection – This involves getting on the roof to examine the wear and tear and informing the homeowner about the roof’s condition, including:

  • Leak
  • Ice dams
  • State of roof shingle
  • Proper flashing (valleys, side walls, dormers, eaves, and rakes)
  • Chimney work

Homeowner Inspections vs. Professional Inspections

Many visible roof defects, including missing or flapping shingles, can be spotted by most homeowners even without climbing on the roof. You may consider a visual inspection from the ground and a quick review for leaks in your attic to manage roofs that are:

  • Comparatively new (less than five years)
  • Display no signs of interior leaks
  • Hasn’t experienced major weather conditions since the last time it was inspected

However, certain types of damage are not so evident to the untrained eye. This is the reason why you should seek a professional opinion. A full roof inspection should be done by an experienced roofing professional.

Why Do You Require Professional Roof Inspections?

Professional roof inspections are a stress-free, safe, and cost-effective solution, both in the long-term and short-term. Here are the most significant advantages of having professional roof inspections:

  • Provide a stress-free, reliable, and cost-effective solution
  • Detect water damage
  • Protection from hidden roof damage
  • Help in getting your insurance claim
  • Help extend your roof’s lifespan

When Should Your Roof Be Inspected?

Here are the four main occasions when you should have your roof inspected:

  • Following a new roof installation to ensure that the job has been done according to your region’s building code.

  • After a major storm to confirm if there have been any roof damage and allow you to claim your insurance, if appropriate, within the deadline.

  • When you are gearing up to sell your home or looking to purchase a new property.

  • As part of regular preventive home maintenance.

What Do the Inspectors Look at?

Roof inspections usually look for the following issues with a roof:

  • Missing, broken, or torn shingles
  • Worn away shingle granules
  • Cracked or missing caulk
  • Rusted or missing flashing
  • Rotted or torn rubber boots near pipes
  • Wood rot or sagging areas
  • Chimney cracks or missing caps
  • Gutters that aren’t firmly attached

Never leave the condition of your roof to chance. If you think you may have damage or it’s been longer than a year since your last inspection, call and schedule a visit from a roofing contractor today. Catching small issues before they turn into major disasters can save you thousands of dollars.

Also Read: 5 Great Benefits of Regular Commercial Roof Inspection

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


Be Wary of “Storm Chaser” Fraud

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by Applied Roofing Services

After a storm or natural disaster, many people come outside to see damage to the roofs of their homes. This is often followed by several individuals knocking on your door offering to fix your roof. While it can seem like a convenient option, there are many reasons not to trust these "storm chasers" with one of the most important structures on your home. 

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What is a "storm chaser"?

Storm chasers are unlicensed individuals who take advantage of people after a storm has damaged many local families’ homes. They will drive through neighborhoods and knock on doors where they see that the home has been damaged. Some will leave flyers with a phone number and either no name or a fake company name. There will rarely, if ever, be any information about licensing, insurance or an address for the company.

It is easy to be taken in by these fly-by-night operations. They often show up before the homeowner has a chance to get estimates from legitimate companies in the area. Additionally, they will often promise rates that are far less expensive than what professional roofers may charge.

The problem is, a homeowner who chooses one of these companies has few protections. If your contractors do substandard work, there is no licensing board that can take them to task. If they damage your home, there is no insurance fund that can ensure that you are compensated for your losses.

Worst of all, if they leave without completing the job, you have nowhere to turn to recover your lost money. These individuals will often ask for at least half of their money up front. When they leave town, sometimes without ever showing up for one day of the job, you are out the cash and still have a storm damaged roof.

Finding a Qualified Roofer

To ensure that your home is repaired quickly and correctly, it is important to choose a professional and qualified company for the job. A few ways to make sure that your roofing company is legit:

  • Never do business with someone who comes to you. Legitimate roofing companies do not need to canvas neighborhoods looking for customers.

  • Ask for a physical address. If someone one wants to work on your roof, you need to know where to find them if there is a problem.

  • Ask about licensing and insurance. Many states license roofers and require that they carry insurance. Your roofing company should be able to tell you about local requirements and how they have fulfilled them. If you’re selling in the future, the last thing you’ll want is for an unpermitted repair to be discovered in an inspection that hinders the sale.

  • Ask for references. The roof of your home is one of its most important features. Make sure that the person who you work with has a track record full of satisfied customers.

Protecting Your Home and Your Future

Roofing repair may be an investment, but it’s one of those areas where acting soon is a good idea — the cost of damages due to a damaged roof can really add up. A qualified professional roofer can do the job right to ensure that pests and the elements cannot get inside. By taking a cautious route, you can ensure that all problems are addressed and that your home is protected from further damage.

 

Author info:
Greg Geilman

Greg Geilman REALTOR®
President and CEO, South Bay Residential

Greg Geilman is a Los Angeles native of over 40 years and owner of South Bay Residential.

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


7 Common Reasons for Roof Leaks You Should Know

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by Applied Roofing Services

Roof leak is a matter of concern for every house owner. This is a very common problem that can lead to premature failure and reduced life for the roof. There are many reasons that lead to a leaking roof which you need to keep an eye on to prevent serious roof issues in the future.

Roof Leak Repair

Here are some of the most common reasons for roof leaks you should know to avoid major roof issues:

  1. Flashing
    A roof leak because of damaged flashing is very common. Thin sheets of metal strips or fittings used to cover the seams or transition points in a roof is termed as a flashing material or flashing point. Roof leaks are generally caused where flashing is missing, corroded, or damaged.

  2. Ice Damps
    This is mostly seen in areas with heavy snowfall. Due to snowfall, ice forms a ridge at the end of the roof and stops the melting snow from draining off. The snow that is lying on the top of your roof melts due to the heat that is coming from the attic despite the freezing temperature outside. And this melting snow runs between your roof causing roof leaks.

  3. Cracked Chimney
    Damaged chimney is also one of the major reasons for roof leaks. Damaged area along the mud cap, top of the chimney, and holes near the joint where the chimney connects to the roof are some of the main spots that lead to leaking roofs.

  4. Gutters Are Jammed
    Clogged gutters severely affect the roof. Because the gutters are jammed, they don’t allow water to pass into the downspouts. Due to this, water is clogged on top of the roof and slowly starts to enter the attic that forms a dampened area which turns into a roof leak.

  5. Old Roofing System
    If you are using the roof material from a long period of time, it might turn brittle and crack which can lead to a roof leak. This happens due to the contraction and expansion with change in weather and harsh rays from the sun. So, keep an eye on your roofing material. If it is too old, it is better to replace it or it will damage other parts of your house as well.

  6. Parts of Roof Missing
    Damaged, cracked, cupped shingles or missing parts is very a common reason that affects the roof. It happens generally due to bad weather, high wind, rainstorms, and corrosion of the roofing material. There could be many reasons, but it directly affects your roof’s water resistance system. Due to these missing or damaged parts, water can get into the path to passing beneath the attic and lead to roof leaks.

  7. Condensation Beneath the Attics
    This usually happens due to adverse weather change. Attics are trapped between outside’s freezing temperature and inside’s warm temperature. This leads to condensation and mold growth to form beneath the roof surface. This leads to dampening of the roof system.

Roof leak repairs require a lot of time and money. So it’s better to have an idea of what’s wrong with your roof before you get in touch with any licensed roofing service contractor for residential roof leak repairs.

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


5 Maintenance Tips to Make Your Roof Last Longer

Posted on July 21st, 2016 by Applied Roofing Services

Your roof protects your home from and family from the outdoor elements. If you want it to last, there are several things you can do to keep it looking its best and doing what it was designed to do for years to come.

Roof Maintenance Tips

Inspect Shingles
Inspect the shingles once every few months to make sure the shingles are in good condition. Check after heavy storms that have high winds or flying debris. Cracked shingles or shingles that have started to lift at the corners should be repaired as soon as possible.

Keep an Eye Out for Leaks
Check for leaks in the spring and fall, and keep an eye out for strong storms. It’s important to catch leaks before they become major problems. Go into the attic and look for water lines or streaks. Most commonly they will appear around seams or in areas of the roof that have sustained some type of damage.

Clean the Gutters
Cleaning the gutters will prevent debris from collecting along the edges of the roof, weakening the shingles and causing them to crack or break. If gutters are allowed to collect excessive amounts of debris, moisture may collect near the edges of the roof and work its way under the shingles, causing water damage and leaks.

Related: 5 Roof Care Tips to Keep It Safe During Summers

Remove any Debris
Remove any debris that may find its way on to the roof after a storm or high winds. Large sticks and other types of debris can damage the shingles causing them to crack or split. Even small pieces of debris can cause damage if allowed to remain in corners and seams.

Make Minor Repairs as Needed
Make repairs as they are needed to prevent shingles from lifting or becoming more severely damaged. Catching problems early is the safest way to keep your roof in the best condition possible.

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


Foam Roofing: The Perfect Way to Increase Your Home Longevity

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by Applied Roofing Services

A roof is the most important part of any residential or commercial property. With a proper roofing system and drainage on your roof, you can ensure the longevity of your roof as well as your home. Every roof has a slight slope that is specially designed for water overflow. Drains and scuppers help in preventing water from ponding on your roof.

Spray foam roofing has emerged as a widespread, energy saving roofing solution for many property owners in Orange County. Foam roofing is versatile, light weight, chemically stable, flexible, long-lasting, easy to apply and can be maintained at minimal cost.

At Applied Roofing Services, we provide a variety of roofing services. Our spray foam roofing system is completely fluid applied and is perfect for roofing as it is often possible to apply the foam over the present roof without removing it. Through this method, there are no laps, seams, joints or fasteners, all of which are outlets for leaks and consequently allow energy out and water in.

We have an expert team for re-roof drains, overflow drains, roof drains accessories and also provide replacement roof drain parts. We offer cost-effective and long-lasting residential and commercial roofing services.

If you are thinking of repairing your roof or seek any kind of roofing services, feel free to contact Applied Roofing Services in Orange County.

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


The Versatile Benefits of Spray Foam Roofing

Posted on February 18th, 2016 by Applied Roofing Services

Spray foam roofing is an ideal solution for many roof repairs. Not only is it cost effective and extremely convenient, it has a host of other benefits that will save you both time and money. Homeowners that opt for spray foam roofing Los Angeles can actually extend the life of their roof and protect their home from water damage. Let’s have a close look at some of the versatile benefits of spray foam roofing.

Flexibility
Spray foam roofing is flexible enough to withstand the contraction and expansion of a roof at normal levels. It can also withstand the stress associated with high winds and turbulent storms.

Versatile
Polyurethane spray foam roofing can be used on any existing roofing material. It also conforms to peaks, valleys and crevices and creates a seal that flows along the lines of the roof. It can be used on new roofs and existing roofs that need minor repairs or renovations.

Reduces Ponding
Because it creates a smooth surface and fills in gaps and low areas, spray foam roofing reduces ponding and prevents water from accumulating. The foam also fills in deep lines or tracks and prevents water from penetrating deep into the roof.

Self-Flashing
Spray foam roofing easily conforms to whichever surface it is applied to. It can be used around chimneys, HVAC units, skylights and vents to create a tight seal that prevents leaking and internal water damage.

Seamless
When spray foam roofing is applied, there are no seams to worry about. The foam sticks together in one solid sheet, with no cracks, lines or seams that would allow moisture or air to penetrate into the roof.

Prevents Leaks
Spray foam roofing creates a seal that is both water resistant and air tight. The foam prevents water from seeping in and also keeps warm/cool air from leaking out.

Remember, it is very important to hire an expert roofing company in Los Angeles for spray foam roofing. Contact Applied Roofing Services at (213) 255-3677 for professional roof installation services at affordable prices.

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About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


What Roofing Factors to Consider Before Buying a Home

Posted on February 11th, 2016 by Applied Roofing Services

While buying a new home, you always need to cross check a variety of aspects from paperwork to landscaping and fencing. Have you ever considered cross checking the roofing system? If you are planning to buy a new home, it is always advisable to check the roofing thoroughly. A roof is a major investment and will have a large impact on the purchase price of the home, as well as the home’s overall property value.

Roofing Factors

What Type of Roof Does the Home Have?

The type of roofing material used will determine how much maintenance it will need and how long it will last. Materials range in cost and in the amount of care needed over the lifespan of the roof.

How Old Is the Rooftop?

Before making a home purchase, the first thing you need to do is to check the roof. Standing out from a distance, you need to investigate a number of things.

Firstly, you need to check if the roof is mold free. Also, make sure the roof is absolutely flat without curly edges or bulges. Then, look out for spots that are worn out and see if any shingles are missing. Such types of deformities indicate that the roof is very old. Don’t hesitate to ask the homeowner what the lifespan of the roof is.

How Good Has the Maintenance Been?

Always consider the upkeep and manageability of the rooftop’s maintenance. You need to check if there are a lot of overhanging trees nearby that may cause a build-up of debris in the gutters. Also, if you are living in a humid climate, you should be careful about the mildew growth which may occur. Lastly, will it be possible for you to do the small repairs by yourself, or will you need to hire a professional to do it?

What Residential Roofing Company Installed the Roof?

Find out what residential roofing company installed the roof. Are they reputable and do they guarantee their work? Having a reputable contractor is a good indication that the work was done right and the roof will last for many years.

Do I Need to Visually Inspect the Roof?

You will need to take a look at the roof from a distance to see if the roof looks flat, if there are any missing shingles or signs of wear and tear, or if there’s growth of mold, mildew, or curled edges. All of these will indicate if the home has an older roof. You must ask the previous owner of the house about the age of the roof and whether there are any existing warranties on it. If the roof is not made out of asphalt but some other material, you’ll need to do an annual inspection.

Should I Inspect the Material?

The roof of your house is something which directly affects its aesthetic appeal. Thus, you need to take a call on whether you will be ready to spend more money in getting a roof that lasts a lifetime, or you want a roof made from less costly material that needs to be changed every 10 years. If you are unsure, you should consult a roofing expert on this.

Should I Check the Ventilation?

Checking for ventilation issues is a must when you are considering buying a house. This is because if proper ventilation is not there, it might result in roof warping. Proper ventilation will not only help in reducing energy costs, but also result in a reduction in the amount of moisture present in the house.

Should I Inspect the Drainage and Gutters?

Inspect the drainage system yourself and check for any large amounts of asphalt shingle grains, as it is a sign of a roof problem.

Do I Need to Search for Leaks?

Roof leaks, if left unattended, can wreak havoc to your entire house by damaging your furniture and floors and also ruin the walls of your home. It is a good idea to look for leaks from the exterior and interior of the home prior to going forward with the purchase of the home.

For complete satisfaction, call a professional roofing contractor to inspect the existing roof and suggest any repairs, if needed.

Also Read: 6 Roofing Materials: Determine the Best Choice for Your Home

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.


What Makes a Perfect Roofing Process?

Posted on January 21st, 2016 by Applied Roofing Services

When homeowners need roofing repairs or to have a new roof installed for their residential or commercial property, the process to find the right roofing company in Orange County may not always be an easy one. If you look around, you can find various roofing companies with different types of offerings in every budget. This is where most homeowners get confused.

It is always advisable to consider various important factors and have a thorough check of company’s previous projects and reputation, before making any decision. Following these steps would ensure a perfect roofing process for your needs.

Roofing Process

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company, which specializes in designing custom fit roofing solutions for your commercial and residential properties in every budget. We have been serving all of Southern and Central California with our custom fit, energy efficient and zero maintenance roofing solutions since 2003.

What makes us better over other Orange County roofing companies are our experience and zeal to deliver high-quality customer service and perfect roofing solutions, featuring the highest quality materials. Here are a few important factors that make all our roofing projects a perfect one.

Transparency
The benefit of transparency in any business industry is that your customer gets to see first-hand who they are going to hire. Applied Roofing Services maintain transparency with its clients in each and every roofing project. We provide the homeowners with a complete outline of what the roofing process will entail and answer their questions to the best of our ability. We ensure that our roofing project addresses each and every requirement of the homeowner with their roofing needs.

Professionalism
Professionalism is of the utmost importance. We ensure that all our employees are well trained, experienced and know their key responsibilities at the job site. Being a professional roofing company, we know the importance of being on time, fulfilling client’s obligations and making things work right. Our management team has 50+ years of combined experience in the roofing industry, while each of our foremen has 20+ years of experience.

Cleanliness
Cleanliness on the job site is very important. It means making sure the area is free of debris and all tools and equipment are put away when not in use. Maintaining a clean worksite is respecting the homeowners’ property. This can be as simple as not walking through landscaped areas or not smoking within so many feet of the home. Applied Roofing Services understands the importance of cleaning during the roofing project.

Friendly Demeanor
Courteous and friendly interactions are expected at all times. Maintaining a positive work relationship with the homeowner is the key to making a job go as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Our team strives to strengthen customer-friendly relationships by offering quality roofing solutions at the best rates. We allow them to inspect our work and answer all of their questions and queries related to the roofing project.

Do you want to know more about our roofing services, or want to have a close look at our recent roofing projects? Give us a call at (714) 632-8418 today! We would be happy to answer all your queries.

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.