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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.
Feb
16

Protecting Your Home from Top to Top

Once you decide to enlist the services of an Orange County roofer to inspect your roof, you’ve taken an important and beneficial step. A professional evaluation of your roof’s overall condition can reveal potential or existing problems, which easily can prove quite costly down the road. Leaks, for instance, might be forming or already marring your roof, without you being any the wiser. An inspection can unveil these hidden issues well before problems such as penetrating rain drops ruin your evening. But don’t expect a professional look-see to limit itself to the exterior. A full roof inspection is performed on the inside and out.

During an interior roof inspection, an Orange County roofing company will take a close look at potential problem zones, such as your attic. What the professionals will be searching for are evidence of leaks and deterioration. Sunlight streaming through the roof is one of the telltale signs of an unwanted opening. During this phase, the question of insulation also may come up. If your home lacks this protective material, or if it is unacceptably worn, an Orange County roofing contractor likely will advise the acquisition or replacement of insulation, as the situation demands.

Once the interior phase is completed, an Orange County roofing company will shift to the roof’s exterior. Again, the professionals will be looking for leaks, and their causes – such as missing shingles. Even if you live in a sunny, rain-limited region such as Aliso Viejo, don’t dismiss the value of an inspection. If leaks are present, it takes only a single rainfall to create floor puddles. It’s best to call an Aliso Viejo roofer to check things out.

If you have questions about roof inspections, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Sep
07

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Procrastination … It’s only natural that many of us would utilize this delaying tactic when convenient. But the practice can be costly, especially where your roof is concerned. Don’t fall into this trap. Far better to confront a situation early on than face negative consequences down the road. As far as your roof goes, this means looking for signs of roof damage and deterioration. If you’d rather not take on this responsibility, a qualified Orange County roofing company will be ready, willing, and able to tackle the assignment. Either way, it must be done.

When surveying for roof damage and/or deterioration, an Orange County roofing contractor will look for the obvious signs first. These include cracked (or missing) shingles, worn flashings, and loose shingle granules. If any of these telltale signs are detected, you likely will need to either repair or replace your roof. As a rule, the longer you wait to uncover these problems, the worse they’ll get. And consequently, the more you’ll have to pay to undo the damage. Ignoring and procrastinating until rainwater leaks into your home clearly is not the preferable route.

Once you or your chosen Orange County roofing company completes the inspection, you’ll likely be facing one of two choices. Either you must replace the roof entirely or recover it with a second layer of shingles. If you’ve already done the latter, this option may not be open to you. Certain municipal codes limit homeowners to a one-time recover. The codes can vary by city. But don’t worry. A local professional can determine where you stand on the matter.  Let’s say, for instance, you own a home in Irvine. An Irvine roofing company will know the codes and how they apply to your situation.  

If you have questions about roof deterioration or damage, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Aug
18

Easy Solution

If only you could make those rooftop stains vanish with a wave of your hand. But unless you possess some special powers, the intervention of an ordinary human will be required. Certainly, you can call for the assistance of an Orange County roofing company to remove the stains, mildew, and other imperfections caused by the passage of time. (Very few old roofs are without them.) Or you can take care of the matter yourself. Either way, the task must be performed. Not only are those unattractive blemishes offensive to your aesthetic sense; they very likely are lowering your home’s market value.  

In most cases, the imperfections you notice are signs of mildew or fungus. Whether you opt for the help of an Orange County roofing contractor or the do-it-yourself method, the problem probably can be solved by a very common household item – bleach.  What you’ll be doing with this handy liquid is creating a cleaning solution capable of removing the blemishes. Ideally, you’ll want the solution to consist of 25% bleach and 75% water.

Once you’re done mixing your solution, fill a garden pump sprayer with the liquid and focus the spray on the mildew, fungus, and other stains. Naturally, you’ll want to aim accurately.  Misaimed bleach that strikes surrounding plants can do them a great deal of damage.  For maximum protection, it’s a good idea to cover nearby foliage.  Also, make sure no errant spray touches other parts of the roof.  

To really be certain the cleansing is done right, consider a professional for the job. If you live in Newport Beach, for example, a qualified Newport Beach roofing company can ensure safe, reliable stain removal.

If you have questions about removing roof stains, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Aug
05

Where Shingle Layering Loses Points

It’s only natural … homeowners want to correct any discovered roof deficiencies, whether they be missing shingles, clogged rain gutters, or any of the other million and one possible problems. But they also want to save money. So if possible, rather than enlist an Orange County roofing company to replace their roof, money-conscious homeowners understandably will opt for a new layer of shingles. Basically, this solution leaves the old shingles in place and covers them over with brand-new, just-purchased replacement shingles. Easy as pie and so good to the wallet, right?

Well, yes. That part is correct – if all goes well. However, there are definite problems associated with this rooftop cover-up. For an in-depth analysis of the potential issues, schedule a consultation with a qualified Orange County roofing contractor. In the meantime, you can get a sense of what’s in store from the following overview.  

First and foremost, you must deal with curling shingles. If you’re current layer is lying good and flat, then you’re in the clear on this matter. But if they’re curling up from the rooftop, they’ll push up mightily against any new layer. Can you imagine your reaction as you gaze with pride upon your ‘new’ roof, only to see unexpected rises here and there? Not too flattering.

There is, however, an even more troubling prospect in store after double-layering a roof. What if, for instance, you have a beautiful home in San Clemente. And low and behold, you notice the effect that curling shingles are having on your new over-layer. You decide to replace the entire roof. Well guess what, your San Clemente roofing company must tear off both layers instead of one before installing the replacement. And all that extra labor and time will cost you. So before you double-layer, think about the consequences. You may not be doing the best thing.  

If you have questions about layering shingles, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Jul
21

What to Know Before You Buy Those Shingles

Alright, you’ve secured the services of a qualified Orange County roofing company to install new roof shingles. No doubt, there are sound reasons behind this decision. Maybe your tried-and-true shingles are worn and leak-prone. Perhaps you simply want a makeover for your home. All of these are excellent reasons for making the change. Nevertheless, when selecting new shingles, you must take more than style, function, and color into consideration. To ensure a successful installation, homeowners must weigh other factors before committing to a material. Failing to consider these factors could and probably will throw a monkey wrench into your plans mighty quick. This outcome not only will be frustrating; it probably will be very costly.   

Your Orange County roofing contractor will be very familiar with these crucial factors. But if you’re shopping for shingles on your own, you must be equally familiar with them. The first of these important considerations is local building codes. Depending on your community, the number of allowable shingle layers may be limited. If you’re searching for the perfect shingles without professional assistance, you must check the local laws to make certain you’re in compliance with appropriate codes.

You can, of course, put your mind at ease by assigning this task to a qualified professional. If, for instance, you live in an OC city such as Mission Viejo, you may want to get the assistance of a Mission Viejo roofing company. These experts can determine how well your shingle choice complies with local laws.

Roof slope and local climate also can make a difference when it comes to selecting shingles for your roof. Again, a qualified Orange County roofing contractor can best determine the suitability of your choice. After all, the last thing you need is a roofing material not suited to the pitch of your roof or not able to withstand local weather conditions. Far better to know where things stand well in advance.  

If you have questions about what to know before purchasing shingles, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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May
11

Variety Rules the Roof

When you call an Orange County roofing company to replace your roof shingles, you may think your choices are limited. What most people envision when they picture shingles is the conventional tile variety. In reality, however, homeowners have a wide range of choices in this department. Your best bet is to survey the territory and see what strikes your fancy. Chances are, you’ll be glad you did – you may discover a shingle style completely unknown to you prior to the search. If you need assistance, consult your residential roofing contractor or commercial roofing contractor (if you’re focused a place of business). This professional can show you a wide range of available choices that may have escaped your notice.

What are some of the shingle types an Orange County roofing contractor can offer you? One of the popular ones these days is the kind made of wood. When it comes to visual attractiveness, wood holds a big advantage over many other types. It also has an edge when it comes to repelling water -- moisture has a hard time penetrating this material. On the down side, wood shingles generally are more expensive to maintain. You must decide if the added beauty and water-protection is worth the cost. For many people, it most certainly is.

Variety also is a characteristic of ceramic shingles. Contrary to popular belief, this type isn’t available in only one shape. Your Orange County roofing company can offer ceramic shingles in a wide range of shapes, including flat, Roman, and ‘s’-shaped.

If you have questions about the different shingle types available for your roof, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Dana Point, Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Apr
27

A Better Rain Gutter

Sure, the rainy season is over … presumably. But advance preparation is still a good idea. Sturdy rain gutters, of course, are the cornerstone of said preparation. You simply can’t be careless when it comes to these crucial drainage channels. Because, you never know when the next cloudburst will erupt.  Given this unpredictability, a rain gutter inspection could prove advantageous. If you don’t feel up to task, a qualified Orange County roofing company can tackle the assignment. These professionals will muster up finely-honed skills to uncover rust, corrosion, and other signs of wear and tear. If these tarnishes turn up, gutter replacement may necessary.

If you’re facing gutter replacement, an Orange County roofing contractor can offer a choice of materials. Nowadays, you’re not limited to metal. In fact, one of the most popular of the current gutter materials is vinyl. Gutters constructed of this sturdy plastic offer several advantages. One advantage is their proven resistance to dents, corrosion, and rust. You’ll just never see these problems with vinyl gutters.

What about scratches and scrapes? Are vinyl gutters susceptible to these defects? Yes, these can happen to the plastic variety. But when they do, they’re not nearly as visible as those marring metal gutters. For all practical purposes, scratches and scrapes are not a factor with vinyl construction.

Plastic rain gutters also offer a cost advantage. Because these drainage channels are lightweight, they’re easier to carry and handle. Thus, an Orange County roofing company generally can install them at a cost substantially lower than that of metal.

If you have questions about vinyl rain gutters, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Aliso Viejo, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Apr
11

Listen to Your Attic

A reliable Orange County roofing company has many options when evaluating the condition of your roof shingles. The most typical and effective option is, of course, examining the roof from one end to the other. This investigative process reveals cracks, holes, and other problems that can cause homeowners major headaches if ignored. An Orange County roofing contractor, however, also can learn a great deal by examining roof condition from the inside. This is commonly accomplished thorough investigation of the attic. You wouldn’t believe the things this hidden space can say about shingles.

How will an attic communicate information about shingle condition? Through any number of signs. For example, an Orange County roofer may discover thin beams of light streaming through the attic ceiling. These beams are clear-cut evidence that the shingles above are underperforming. Perhaps they’ve been marred by small holes formed over the years.  Or possibly there are issues with roof flashing. During a rainfall, these holes provide easy entry points for unwanted water drops. If rainwater already has leaked into the attic, the evidence will be unmistakable – typically water stains blemishing the walls and ceiling.   

Should an Orange County roofing company detect any of these warning signs, you likely will be given one of two options. Choice #1 -- Correct the issues with professional intervention. Choice #2 - If damage is irreparable, replace the roof. No matter which scenario looms, it’s best to discuss the matter with a qualified Orange County roofing contractor. An expert of this caliber can help you make the best decision and avoid further headaches down the road. 

If you have questions about checking your attic for roof issues, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Irvine and surrounding cities, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Mar
28

A Cleaner Roof

Every homeowner on the planet knows what heavy rains can do to a roof, particularly if those fine asphalt shingles develop a leak or two. But other meteorological phenomena also can make an impact on the average rooftop. Consider, for instance, the issue of humidity. Along with making things mighty uncomfortable for a variety of life forms, humidity can promote the growth of algae on once-pristine shingles. Don’t worry. Algae likely won’t damage your roof. But it could damage property values. After all, prominent green-blue stains seldom are aesthetically-pleasing to onlookers. The good news is, these blights on your rooftop can be removed fairly easily by an Orange County roofing company. Or, if you dare, by yourself or a friend. The main point is, the problem is easily dealt with.

Whether you opt to go with an Orange County roofing contractor or your own self, the person performing the algae purge will require several cleansing agents. Various stain-removing products are available to homeowners, residential roofing contractors, and commercial roofing contractors. Also highly effective is a homemade mixture of ordinary bleach, trisodium phosphate (TSP), and water. Do-it-yourselfers take note: you’ll need a pump sprayer, goggles, gloves, and several other items in order to pull this off. And be sure not to overdo. Repeated barrages of pressurized spray can wear away the protective elements layering shingles. So perform this operation sparingly.  

Of course, an Orange County roofing company can eliminate the time-consuming cleansing process altogether. Currently available are algae-resistant shingles, which utilize copper granules to prevent this unwanted growth.

If you have questions about removing algae from your roof, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Brea and surrounding cities, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Mar
17

Better Than a Bucket

In one sense, sloping roofs have it made. Because of their angled position, they allow water and other forms of moisture to run straight down their sides. Thus, water damage is minimized. Unfortunately, this form of water defense is not an option for the flat or slightly-sloped roof. The positioning of these roofs creates little opportunity for effective drainage. Instead of running off, water tends to puddle on the shingles. If you have one of these roofs, there is a solution. A reliable Orange County roofing company can address the deficiency by installing a built-up roof. Not addressing the issue leaves your home vulnerable to shingle deterioration and leaking caused by accumulated water.
 
A built-up roof is one that utilizes a layering system to prevent moisture accumulation and penetration. An Orange County roofing contractor will install it in four basic layers. Base sheets form the first layer. This is followed in succession by roofing felts, cap sheets, and a top layer of asphalt.

Built-up roofs often are used for business structures, so commercial roofers commonly are called upon to install them. Many homes, however, have flat or low-slope roofs; therefore, built-up roofs often prove beneficial to them, as well.

As previously stated, the major advantage of a built-up roof is its natural ability to prevent water damage and intrusion. But the benefits don’t stop with waterproofing. Because of its sturdy layering, a built-up roof also defends against the penetration of damaging ultra-violet rays. And busy homeowners certainly will appreciate the low-maintenance requirements of this type of roof. There just isn’t a lot to take care of once it’s in place.

If you have questions about built-up roofs, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Corona Del Mar and surrounding cities, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Feb
21

How Trees Can Impact Your Roof

Trees do more than beautify your yard and bear fruit; they also protect your roof. The greatest form of protection comes from the shade provided by tree foliage. Shade is a big plus. Many an Orange County roofing company must repair damage caused by excessive sunlight. Over time, solar illumination deteriorates shingles and leaves them vulnerable to leaking. It also leaves your wallet vulnerable to hefty roof repair bills. Shade provided by tree limbs restricts the passage of sunlight, thereby minimizing solar wear and tear.

Be careful, however, not to allow the solution to become the problem. While tree shade supplies an important layer of rooftop protection, your beautiful birch also can be the source of damage. This is most evident in a clogged rain gutter. If close enough, falling twigs and leaves can land and accumulate in the gutter. Rain thereafter gets trapped in the channel and eventually overflows. Most will fall to the ground. But some could flow onto the roof, slip under the shingles, and cause roof beams to rot. Should this intrusion occur, the problem must be corrected by a qualified residential roofing contractor (or commercial roofing contractor if you’re operating a business).  

Bear in mind, the problem is not the trees themselves – it’s overhanging tree limbs lingering above the roof. If large enough, those limbs even can puncture shingles, creating an opening for rain water. Subsequently, you’ll be calling a qualified Orange County roofing contractor to make major repairs.

Is there a solution available to homeowners and business owners? Absolutely -- Trim those tree limbs and periodically clean out rain gutters. These steps will minimize rain gutter debris and help protect your roof throughout the year. It’s that simple.

If you have questions about how trees impact your roof, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Cypress and surrounding areas, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Feb
09

Your Roof, Your Choice

It can be mind-boggling. You’ve received roofing proposals from more than one Orange County roofing company.  All of them appear satisfactory. So how do you know which contractor to go with?

Yours is not an easy decision, to be sure. All of the proposals seemingly offer excellent service at a good price. And yet, there are certain items that you don’t understand. If you’re befuddled by some of these mystery items, your first step is simple – ask for clarifications. Grill the Orange County roofing contractor if you must. But by all means, get the answers you need.  

Even after questions are duly answered by a prospective Orange County roofing company, you may still feel somewhat uncertain. You’ve got seemingly sound proposals, and still there are lingering doubts. Well, you’re not alone. This is a common reaction among many homeowners considering roofing services. And one of the best ways to overcome your doubts is to make sure every proposal is clearly organized. This means, the document is sufficiently detailed, with all items listed line by line. By seeing everything laid out in plain sight, you get a definite sense of the fairness and accuracy of the quoted price.

What are some of the proposal items that must be clearly indicated? The list is relatively extensive and may vary, depending on the type of services required. Some of the items you’ll want spelled out are: the roofing materials to be utilized; the manufacturer of those materials; and which existing roof components will be re-used.

Remember, these proposal guidelines apply to business owners as well homeowners. If you’re considering proposals from a commercial roofing contractor, be sure all the important details are covered in a well-organized fashion.  

If you have questions about proposals for roofing services, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Fountain Valley, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Jan
11

Something You’ll Feel Comfortable With

The comfort and protection of any home begins with its roof. For this reason, a qualified Orange County roofing company takes great pains to provide the very best service possible. Whether this involves roof replacement, repair, or simple maintenance, the work they perform must be unfailingly effective.

What many people don’t realize, however, is that roof protection typically requires more than well-installed shingles and efficient rain gutters. In fact, one of the most important contributors to roof protection lies beneath the shingles. That contributor is something familiar to most people - insulation. Effective insulation tremendously adds to the protective value of any work performed by your Orange County roofing company.

Insulation, of course, helps regulate interior temperatures, thereby enhancing the comfort of your home. The protective material also helps lower energy costs and reduce wear and tear on HVAC systems. For these reasons, proper insulation should supplement any repair or replacement work performed by your Orange County roofing contractor.

While homeowners can choose from various insulation options, radiant barriers currently are among the most promising.  In contrast to conventional fiberglass insulation, a radiant barrier reflects heat energy rather than absorbs it. Another plus of this insulation is that it resists humidity and associated problems such as mildew.

Naturally, a new roof installed by a commercial roofing contractor will require more extensive insulation than a residential structure. There’s simply more space to cover in a commercial environment. But not matter what the square footage involved, radiant barriers (or any other insulation) are enormously cost-effective in the long run.

If you have questions about roof insulation, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in La Palma, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Nov
02

What Looks Good on the Ground Can Harm Your Roof

There’s an enemy ready to invade your rooftop, powerful enough to inflict serious damage. Yet, this damaging invader won’t even get a second glance if seen on the ground. That enemy is moss. If moss settles on your rooftop, the negative consequences likely will require the intervention of a qualified Orange County roofing company. One of the most common of these consequences is the buildup of rooftop moisture. As decreed by nature, moss holds moisture firmly to shingles, particularly those made of wood. Over time, this unwanted dampness causes shingles to rot. Your only recourse then is to call upon a qualified Orange County roofing company to undo the damage.

The good news is, things don’t have to get this far. Long before you reach the stage requiring the assistance of an Orange County roofing contractor, you can take several proven preventative steps. The most important and effective of these steps is minimizing the shade covering your rooftop. Yes, shade helps keep your beloved home cool. But it also creates an environment that promotes the development of moss and moisture.

Begin your shade-abatement mission by taking a good, long look at your rooftop, checking for overhanging trees and bushes shading your rooftop. This surveillance should not be limited to domestic habitats. Commercial buildings also require a healthy looking-over. Any foliage casting lengthy shadows should be trimmed well away from the roof. Whether you perform this task yourself or hand it over to a gardener, it’s a must-do if roof preservation is your goal. Clearly, this simple preventative measure is preferable to the costly intervention of a commercial roofing contractor or residential roofing contractor.

If you have questions about keeping your rooftop moss-free, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Newport Beach and surrounding areas, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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Oct
11

Looking for Something Different in a Rooftop?

Your average Orange County roofer installs roofs made from a variety of excellent materials. The one professionals install most often, however, is the roof made of asphalt. Indeed, asphalt shingles long have been the popular favorite among homeowners and many business owners alike.

The reasons for asphalt’s long-standing popularity are many, the number one being its durability. According to most people inside and outside the roofing industry, nothing lasts like asphalt shingles. Still, you may want to go against the grain and get something decidedly unique for your rooftop. If this is the case, your Orange County roofer definitely can accommodate you with a variety of options. Here are some of the alternative roofing materials you may be able to choose from.

Wood Shingles – Generally composed of cedar, redwood, or pine, these display a refreshingly natural look. This nod to nature gets its most ardent support in regions such as California, as well as areas of the Northwest and Midwest.

Tile or Clay Shingles – Scoring very high on the durability chart, shingles made of this material often are found on rooftops styled with a Spanish or Mission flair.  English and French styling also may be incorporated. Tile or clay shingles are anything but dull and drab – your Orange County roofer typically can offer them in a diversity of colors and finishes.

Slate – The mightiest of the mighty, slate can stand up to virtually any force and remain intact. The major drawback of this material is its price, which generally is higher than that of other roofing materials. Shingles made of slate also present special installation challenges, demanding the utmost skills of a commercial roofer or residential roofer.

If you have questions about roofing materials, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Placentia and surrounding areas, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for the most efficient, reliable roofing solutions.

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12

A Close Look at Asphalt Shingles

When an Orange County roofing company receives a request to install new shingles, it can offer many different types to customers. Despite the wide variety of available shingles, however, people tend to favor one material in particular. That material is asphalt. The typical Orange County roofing company installs this kind of shingle more often than any other type. So do other roofing companies throughout the U.S. Asphalt definitely is the people’s choice. Much of this popularity stems from the well-known durability of the material. It just seems to last and last.

At first glance, asphalt shingles are nothing more than that – a shingle made of this highly durable material. But there is more to this shingle than meets the eye. In actuality, asphalt shingles are available in two distinct varieties. One kind commonly installed by an Orange County roofing contractor is reinforced with organic felts. In use for a relatively long time, this type has a cellulose-fiber base. Manufacturers fill this base with asphalt and coat it with the fine mineral granules you’ve probably noticed many times.

Despite the proven durability of organic asphalt shingles, a newcomer now rules the marketplace. This newcomer is the fiberglass-reinforced asphalt shingle. For both commercial roofing contractors and residential roofing contractors, this type is requested most often. In terms of its structure, fiberglass shingles consist of a fiberglass mat covered by layers of asphalt and mineral granules.

Are you concerned that the reinforcing material will impact the looks of an asphalt shingle? Dismiss those thoughts immediately. Neither fiberglass nor organic reinforcements will significantly affect the natural appearance of an asphalt shingle. Both types appear smooth and textured thanks to the lamination that is standard for each.

If you have any questions about asphalt shingles, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Santa Ana and surrounding areas, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing need and situation. Wherever and whenever you need roofing services in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.

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No kidding.. asphalt shingles last forever it seems! My husband had our roof replaced with asphalt shingles about 7 years ago. Th... Read More
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Like a Buyer

When it comes to picking out a new roof for your home, or even a roof for your new construction home, it pays to look at things through a buyer’s eyes. Even if you’re planning to stay in your home for several years, you never know what will happen. So whether you’re renovating or building a brand new home, take time to think about what today’s buyers are looking for when choosing a roof.

Not sure what buyers in your area like? Talk with a local realtor, or ask your Orange County roofing contractor what other homeowners in the area are doing. Getting an idea of the current trends will help you make the best possible choice when it comes to choosing a roof for your home.

Here are some of the considerations to make when you’re looking at your roofing choice as a buyer would:

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So true with regards to the area that the home is in! My husband and I used to live in a beach area. When we replaced our roof 5 y... Read More
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Why Your Roof Needs a Breath of Fresh Air

One of the most important jobs performed by the typical Orange County roofing company has nothing to do with leaks. It's the job of making sure roof ventilation is in good order.

Without some means of channeling air into crucial zones, heat and moisture often accumulate in places like attics. Once those problems take hold, the consequences typically are extremely unwelcome. For instance, moisture-ravaged shingles often buckle. Insulation doesn’t buckle – it just weakens.

A qualified Orange County roofing contractor can help identify barriers to proper roof ventilation. As part of the process, this hawk-eyed professional will make sure common passageways such as louvers, ridge vents, or soffit vents are sufficiently open to allow adequate air flow. Ventilation, of course, is important for both residential roofs and those used on commercial buildings. A qualified residential roofing contractor or commercial roofing contractor can determine if your roof meets the ventilation requirements.

No matter where you live or work in Orange County, proper ventilation is crucial to the effectiveness and durability of your roof. Don’t assume that an inland residence is invulnerable to the ravages of moisture. Dampness is a condition that occurs almost anywhere. If, for instance, you live in Costa Mesa, it’s best to get the opinion of a qualified Costa Mesa roofing company to determine the effectiveness of your current roof ventilation. If a need reveals itself, the company will offer appropriate solutions. This may include installing a vapor retarder beneath the insulation to prevent moisture from penetrating your attic.

If you have any questions about ventilation for your roof, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofing company, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing need and situation. Whether you need roofing services in Costa Mesa or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.

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Got Grime? Call a Pro

There are many instances in which you’ll want to call in a reputable Orange County roofing company. One of these instances obviously is when you need to replace your existing roof with a new one. But you definitely don’t won’t to create a situation that requires you to enlist the services of a residential roofer or commercial roofing contractor unnecessarily. These are the situations that occur when you do something that shouldn’t be done to or on your roof. For example, pressure washing. This might eliminate unsightly grime from your rooftop. But the process also will eliminate things that should be left untouched.

One of the things that will be eliminated is the layer of asphalt granules protecting shingles. Pressure washing has a tendency to blast them away. Not a good thing. The granules are what shield your roof and therefore home from leaks. Not that you must endure all that grime marring the appearance of your shingles. There’s a right way to go about the task of beautifying your rooftop. And that way is to pick up the phone and contact a dependable Orange County roofing contractor. This professional has the tools and experience to eliminate grime without eliminating the important stuff.

No matter where you live in Orange County, there’s an expert available to provide grime-removable options that won’t damage your roof.  For a community such as Laguna Beach, for example, you’ll gain enormously by talking things over with a Laguna Beach roofing company. Doing otherwise could leave you open to roof damage and force you to make major repairs or get a whole new roof.  

If you have any questions about removing grime from your roof, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofing company, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing need and situation. Whether you need roofing services in Irvine or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.

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Is It Time for a New Roof?

It’s a question eventually faced by every homeowner residing in Orange County (and the remainder of the world, for that matter).  The question is this: When is it time to call in an Orange County roofing company to replace my roof?  The answer depends on a number of factors. Basic knowledge is key. Much of this basic knowledge pertains to roof shingles. Before calling in an Orange County roofing contractor, you should know this right off the bat about shingles: They generally last about 15-30 years. That’s quite a time span.

But many factors enter the picture to influence shingle longevity. These include quality of shingles and installation, as well as the amount of shade reaching rooftop (typically provided by lush tree foliage). Once you know these preliminary facts, it’s time to examine your roof for telltale signs of excessive wear and tear. Most every commercial roofing contractor would be on the lookout for the following:
 
Curling, broken, or cracked shingles - never a positive sign. Worn spots on shingles. This indicates a loss of asphalt granulation.

Moisture spots or other evidence of a leaky roof. If you feel the plop of water drops while watching TV, you can bet leaks are too blame.
 
Shingles missing from the places they formerly occupied. You may find them somewhere on the ground.  

Rusty flashing.

Should you see any of these signs, particularly if your roof is older than fifteen years, get an experts opinion. This is especially important if you live inland in a place such as Mission Viejo, where the summer sun can be merciless to rooftops. In that case, it’s advisable to call in a Mission Viejo roofing company for a complete evaluation.    

If you have any questions about determining when you need a roof replacement, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofing company, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every need and situation. Whether you need roofing services in Mission Viejo or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.

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