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Welcome to our Orange County Roofing Company Blog. Our goal is to not only offer you the highest quality roofing solutions in Orange County, but also to educate you on best practices, offer roofing contractor tips and inside secrets that only a professional roofer would know. We hope you find this information helpful and invite you to comment and ask questions.
Sep
01

Clay Roofs vs. Tile Roofs in Orange County

concrete-tile-roofTile roofs are some of the most popular options in Orange County, California - and for good reason! They’re long-lasting and incredibly energy-efficient in hotter climates. Plus, they’re a classic look with the area’s typical Spanish-inspired architecture. (But they also look great with more traditional types of architecture.)

Orange County roofing companies install many of these types of roofs each year. And the best roofing company will walk you through all your available options when it comes to a tile roof. While you’ve got many choices to make when it comes to your new tile roof - from style to color - the first and most basic choice is which type of tile you’ll use.

Tile roofs come in two basic options: concrete and clay. So what’s the difference between the two? Here’s an outline of the basic differences between these two types of tile roofs:

Cost

First, let’s look at the bottom line. Typically, clay tiles are more expensive than concrete. The average cost per square (100 square feet) for clay tiles is $700-$1,000. The average cost per square for concrete tiles is typically $400-$900 per square.

Of course, when comparing costs, it’s important to ask the Orange County roofing companies you’re vetting about the total costs of each type of roof. Also, ask which brands and types of tile they offer in each option. The goal should be to get an idea of overall costs - including installation - and not just costs for the raw materials.

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So on one of our rental properties in Orange County we have a clay tile roof. The roof constantly has mold on it making it look ho... Read More
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:29
Larry N.
Strike that last question. I see now that you have an article on exactly the question I was asking about maintaining a tile roof t... Read More
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:36
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Sep
01

Maintaining a Tile Roof Tile in Orange County

orange-county-tile-roofOne of the benefits of installing a tile roof on your home is that they’re virtually maintenance-free. But “virtually” maintenance-free doesn’t mean the same thing as totally maintenance-free. You still need to do some maintenance with your clay tile roof - or hire OC roofing companies to do it.

Luckily, maintaining a clay tile roof is relatively simple. Here are the steps you should take to keep yours in excellent shape:

1. Inspect regularly

First, make sure that you regularly inspect the clay tiles on your roof. This is especially true after a storm or strong wind. While clay is very durable and not likely to break, it does happen sometimes. And you definitely want to replace a broken tile as soon as possible, before more damage occurs.

If you do notice broken, slipped, missing, or chipped tiles, be sure that you call a qualified Orange County roofing company, like Luke Roofing, Inc. to fix the problem. Clay isn’t as simple for DIYers to fix as asphalt shingles.

2. Power wash

Like all roofs, you definitely need to be sure that you keep your clay tile roof clean. Dirty roofs invite all sorts of problems - from nesting critters to mold growth. So make sure that you regularly clean your roof, especially if it gets debris on it from nearby trees.

One of the easiest ways to clean your clay tile roof yourself is with a power washer. Power washing can be done in an afternoon. If tiles are growing algae, rinse them in a special roof rinse that will break down the algae without harming the environment around your home. Talk to OC roofing companies about how best to wash your roof.

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OK, now I feel like a dummie. I just asked a question about how to keep the mold off my Orange County rental property roof by the ... Read More
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:34
Josh M.
with regards to roof algae, have you considered cleaning it yourself? For some, this makes no sense as climbing up on a roof can b... Read More
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Jul
31

5 Tips for Maintaining Your Asphalt Shingle Roof

asphault-roof-maintenanceAsphalt shingle roofing is one of the most popular options nationwide, and with good reason. It’s cheap, easy to maintain, and simple to repair. But this doesn’t mean you’ll get good results from your asphalt shingle roof - even the high-end kind with a warranty - by leaving it completely alone.

Proper roof maintenance will ensure that your roof lasts as long as possible. So whether your asphalt shingles are brand new or several years old, here are five tips for keeping them in top shape as long as possible:

1. Know your warranty.

This isn’t a maintenance tip, per se, but it’s still essential. The best Orange County roofing company will be up-front about any warranties for your new roof. Hang on to any paperwork surrounding your warranty, so you’ll have it in case a problem arises.

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Larry N.
How often should I be cleaning my asphalt roof? I mean, like every couple of months, or what?
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:39
Abby M. (Editor)
Hi, Larry. Well, it really depends. You really just want to keep an eye on the amount of debris on your roof, and keep an eye out ... Read More
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:44
Tanya W.
Are all these steps going to actually extend the life of my shingles? Or are they still going to wear out in twenty years or so? D... Read More
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:40
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Jul
31

Installing Tile Roofs in Orange County

red-tile-roofs-in- OCThe best roofers in Orange County know a thing or two about clay tile roofs. After all, they’re some of the most popular roofs around this area. They fit right in to the Spanish-inspired feel of many Orange County homes. But clay tile roofs can work well with many other home styles, too, and they have tons of advantages.

Getting ready to replace your tile roof, or thinking of a switch to tile from another type of roofing material? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions the best roofers in Orange County are asked regularly:

1. Isn’t tile expensive?

Yes and no.

The answer to this question is yes because, on the front end, tile roofs are more expensive than their asphalt counterparts. Typically, concrete tiles cost about three times more than high-quality asphalt shingles, and clay tiles cost a bit more than that. This type of roofing is much less expensive than the increasingly-popular slate, however.

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Bob P.
What's the difference between clay tiles and concrete tiles? I know they're not the same, obviously, but I'm not sure exactly whic... Read More
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:26
Blake R. (Editor)
We're actually getting ready to publish a whole blog post on that, Bob. But, in short, clay tiles last longer and aren't porous. T... Read More
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:35
Larry N.
I like the look of the traditional red clay tiles. But I'm wondering if it would be a lot more efficient to go with a lighter colo... Read More
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:30
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Jun
09

Three Roof Replacement Indicators

3 Telltale Signs that Your Roof Needs Replaced

Has it been a while since the roof on your home has been replaced? Do you think it’s time to replace your shingle or tile roof in Orange County? Here are 3 signs to look for that will let you know if your roof needs to be replaced:

1. Signs of water damage or leaking

If you don’t have an attic - or if you use your attic as living space - this one will be obvious. You’ll suddenly feel a drip or see water coming down the ceiling or into the walls. But if your only in your attic twice a year to take down and then put away your holiday decorations, you might need to check out that attic.

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I think we have some water leaking in around our chimney. It's hard to tell with the weather as dry as it's been, but I think ther... Read More
Friday, 13 June 2014 00:01
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Cheryl, it really depends. I'd say you'll probably want a pro to look at it to see what repairs could be done if you're on a tight... Read More
Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:45
Blake R. (Editor)
Cheryl, it really depends. I'd say you'll probably want a pro to look at it to see what repairs could be done if you're on a tight... Read More
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May
15

9 Questions for your Roof Installer

Hiring roofers in Orange County is a big deal for a homeowner. Getting your roof repaired or replaced can cost big money. And you want to be sure you’re spending your cash wisely and well. So before you sign a contract with a roofer, ask these 9 questions to be sure you’re hiring the right roofing company:

1. Are you licensed?Roofers in Orange County should be licensed by the state. A license doesn't guarantee excellent work, but working with an unlicensed contractor is sketchy, at best.

2. Are you a member of any roofing associations? Again, the fact that a roofing company is a member of a roofing association doesn't guarantee that they do good work. But those who are association members tend to be more up-to-date on the latest methods and products on the market. Association membership can prove that a roofing company is serious about its work.

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Bob P.
Good list of questions to ask. I think my roof is going to need replaced soon. I'll probably just print this out and keep it nearb... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 20:51
Larry N.
I agree. But I'm wondering what precautions a roofing company should take to keep from damaging my gutters? I don't really know an... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 20:54
Blake R. (Editor)
Really, you just want to be sure the ladder that the crews use to get onto the roof has a special support so it won't put the weig... Read More
Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:44
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May
15

3 Roof Repairs Not to Do Yourself

Roof Repairs in Orange County

Most homeowners prefer to DIY fix at least some of their home repairs. After all, doing simple repairs yourself can save you lots of money. But when it comes to your roof, there are certain repairs you simply shouldn't attempt on your own. 

While you may be able to repair a small leak yourself, here are X common roof repairs in Orange County you should leave to the professionals:

  1. Fixing faulty installation. If your roof was improperly installed in the first place, it’ll be more likely to leak. And the lifespan of your roof could decrease dramatically. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell if your roof was installed improperly, or if the problem is more localized. If you suspect your last roofing guys did a number on your roof, call a professional to assess and fix the problem.
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I'm pretty handy myself, but I wouldn't try some of these repairs. Are there any easy thing you can DIY on your own roof to save a... Read More
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:49
Abby M. (Editor)
Sure, Cheryl. If you've got experience and take the right safety precaution, replacing a few shingles on an asphalt roof is fairly... Read More
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Apr
23

5 Things to Look For When Hiring a Roofer

Choose The Right Roofing Company

If you’re getting ready to drop a few grand on a new roof or roof repairs, you definitely need to be sure you’re choosing the right roofer. The wrong Orange County roofer can spell disaster for your home. Repairs that don’t hold up, fines from permits not pulled, or wildly off base estimates are just a few problems that might crop up.

So before you shell out cash for those Orange County roof repairs, be sure to thoroughly vet the roofing companies you're considering. Look for these five things as you do:

1. An education

You want to hire a roofer who has the time, inclination, and communication skills to really educate you on your roof. Roofing companies that can’t - or won’t - thoroughly answer all your questions are trouble. 

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I recently got a quote from one roofing company who basically wouldn't tell me anything. They wouldn't tell me the differences bet... Read More
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Cheryl R.
I just got my written estimate from this company, and I'm really surprised at how detailed and thorough it was. Their price seems ... Read More
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Josh M.
What kind of licensing information do I need to ask for here in California?
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Apr
22

How to Get Your Money's Worth When Hiring a Roofer

b2ap3_thumbnail_roofer.jpgOrange County Roofers

Roofs and roof repairs cost homeowners a huge chunk of change - between $4,000 and $15,000 for a full replacement. So you definitely want to be sure to get your money’s worth when hiring an Orange County roofer. Here’s how:

Know How They Charge

Typical roofers charge according to “squares” - ten-by-ten sections of roof. The average roof has between 28 and 32 squares, which may or may not need replaced, according to your needs.

When it comes to actually replacing a roof, Orange County roofers will start by charging for the removal of the old roof. And your costs will depend on how many shingle layers are on the old roof. And if your roof is extra high or extremely steep, expect to pay more.

The Orange County roofer will also charge for installation of the new underlay and shingles. And, of course, you’ll have to pay for the actual materials used to complete your new roof or roof repairs.

Know Your Options

When it comes to roof repair and replacement, you’ve got plenty of options. For instance, you could have the roofer install new shingles over the old ones, instead of removing the old shingles. This is cheaper, but it also reduces the lifespan of your new shingles. However, if you’re on a really tight budget, this is an option to consider.

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I had a bad experience a few years ago with roofer "guarantees." I didn't read the fine print, and even though my roof was damaged... Read More
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 18:45
John A.
I know what you mean. I narrowly avoided that problem when my wife and I re-roofed our first house. I got a bad feeling about the ... Read More
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 18:50
Cheryl R.
I'm actually curious about what some of the options are for roofs in the OC area. I know a lot of people are here have tile, but i... Read More
Thursday, 12 June 2014 23:59
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