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Dec
09

Roof Protection for Holiday Decorators

As a dedicated Orange County roofer, we’re trained to help with a wide range of roofing needs. But there is one issue we hope never to deal with. That issue is damage resulting from the installation of rooftop Christmas lights and decorations. Oh yes, this can happen … more than you’d think. Many an Orange County roofer can attest to that.

Private residences aren’t the only structures vulnerable to error-prone humanity. Commercial buildings, too, can experience damage when decorations are hung from the rooftop with care. Fortunately, do-it-yourself holiday decorators can take certain precautionary steps. These will reduce the risk of rooftop damage. As a result, you’ll be less likely to require the intervention of a commercial roofer or residential roofer. Here are some of those steps:

First and foremost, don’t connect holiday decorations directly to shingles. Big mistake. The installation can create small holes in those shingles. The openings, in turn, will readily admit unwanted dampness into your home. Yes, tiny holes don’t seem all that serious. But don’t be fooled. The punctures can admit enough moisture to cause plenty of internal rotting. Your best bet is to attach decorations using clips connected to eaves or gutters.

Secondly, if you must move a strand of lights or other decorations, don’t yank the entire batch. Instead, disconnect the ornamentation one clip at a time. Abrupt pulling can damage shingles and gutters. Then you’ll be calling an Orange County roofing company to make some very unseasonal repairs.

If you really feel out of your element, summons a professional decorator. This acknowledged expert will take a load off your shoulders. And you’ll be free to roast many more chestnuts over that open fire.

So please do yourself a favor. Take the foregoing steps to heart and faithfully carry them out. Doing so will help prevent costly damage … and keep your Orange County roofer home for the holidays.

If you have questions about safely installing holiday decorations on your rooftop, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Lake Forest 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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Nov
28

When is it Time to Change Your Roof?

Approximately twenty years … that’s the average length of time a roof will last. Once two or so decades have gone by, you’ll likely need to call an Orange County roofing company to perform a replacement. Of course, many factors influence the durability of your rooftop. Wind, rainfall, abrasion, and other potential damaging elements can play a critical role in reducing the useful years of even the sturdiest shingles. And speaking of shingles, certain kinds generally outlast the competition. For instance, slate, clay tile, and various metals usually can endure beyond the twenty-year average. If your shingles are composed of these materials, it’ll be quite some time before you call an Orange County roofing company to perform a replacement.

Along with weather conditions and various natural factors, many other variables can impact the durability of a roof. One of these variables is the overall design of your roofing system. Many times an Orange County roofing contractor must replace a roof that suffers from design deficiencies.

Roofing professionals also may be called upon to address problems stemming from poor maintenance. To maintain a roof properly, you must conduct periodic inspections of shingles, flashing, rain gutters, and other critical components. Both commercial roofing contractors and residential roofing contractors recommend performing these vital inspections twice yearly. Neglecting this important step in roof preservation leaves you open to hidden issues that ultimately could reduce the useful years of your shingles. In the long run, discovering problems early will prove far less damaging to both your roof and your wallet.

If you have questions about roof durability, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Los Alamitos 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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Nov
14

Keep the Downpour Outdoors

If rainwater or other moisture is trickling into your happy home. If droplets plop onto your head as you dig into a bowl of granola, then you’ve likely got a leaky roof. In which case, you’ll need to contact an Orange County roofer to solve this little problem. Of course, chances are good you could have avoided the problem altogether with a few precautionary steps. Among these steps, one of the most important is checking out two key problem areas – shingles and flashing.

Depending on what type of structure you’re dealing with, it’s a good idea to call in a commercial roofer or residential roofer to have a look at your shingles. Tapping into their expert abilities and experience, they can identify shingles that are well past their prime. This condition is usually evidenced by shingles that are badly worn, curled, cracked, or split. Once these signs are noticeable, shingles are no longer effective barriers to moisture. Compromised in this way, they allow rainwater to penetrate their outer surface. They can even be torn away by wind gusts. Either way, water will be entering your home uninvited.

Equally important to the dryness of your home are flashings. These are sheets of material placed at strategic points to guard against moisture penetration. A qualified Orange County roofer can examine your roof flashings, ensuring every one of them provides a tight seal around chimneys, vents, skylights, and other vulnerable zones. These inspections should take place two times each year. By taking this simple precautionary step, you'll uncover potential problems well before they become major headaches.

If you have questions about faulty shingles and flashings, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Midway City 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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Nov
07

Why Branching Out Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Often, Orange County roofing companies must repair damage caused by an unexpected source. The source, believe it or not, is an ordinary tree. That’s right. The front yard Spruce might provide aesthetic appeal. It might even cast a cooling shadow during the summer months. But if it’s anything like the average tree, it also could be inflicting serious harm to your roof. It’s too late once the damage is discovered. You’ll need a qualified Orange County roofing company to set things right. 

The longer the tree limbs, the more likely the roof damage. And the sooner you’ll need the intervention of an Orange County roofing contractor. That’s because lengthy tree limbs can scratch and gouge rooftops.

You may be thinking to yourself, ‘no limbs are touching my roof. I am totally in the clear.”  This is all well and good. But don’t be fooled. If the limbs are close enough (as they commonly are), a few wind gusts will whip those limbs across the sturdiest of shingles. And they’ll definitely leave their mark.

If the wind intensifies, so will your woes. Major gusts snap branches quicker than lightning. Sometimes those snapped branches will plummet to rooftops, puncturing once-pristine shingles. All this points to one, simple solution – trim those trees.

Business owners must be especially careful, as the tree count of a commercial area typically exceeds that of a residential property. Before you summons a commercial roofing contractor to deal with the damage, simply call in a tree trimmer to prevent it.

If you have questions about protecting your roof from tree damage, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Mission Viejo 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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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
26

The Roof That Stands Strong

If your rooftop if of the flat variety, or is something so low-sloping that it appears to be flat, you may be interested in a particular kind of roofing material. That material is reliable, sturdy metal. An experienced Orange County roofer will know whether or not this material is right for your rooftop. But don’t count yourself out if your roof is on the steep side. While metal shingles generally are utilized for flatter angles, they’re sometimes employed for those that are considerably sharper. Again, your Orange County roofer will be the best judge of whether or not this material is right for you.

You’ll be glad to know that you have a choice of two types of metal roofing materials.  Commercial roofers or residential roofers can install metal shingles or metal panels. The one you select entirely depends upon your taste and temperament. For a more traditional look, metal shingles are the way to go. These do a good job of mimicking the appearance of conventional roof coverings such as often-used wood shakes, shingles, and tile.

While metal shingles offer the aesthetic appeal of the traditional variety, they also offer some additional advantages. Endurance is probably the most obvious of these advantages. As you might have guessed, sturdy metal simply outlasts the competing materials. Being naturally sturdy, it also stands up to the elements much more reliably than other types of roof coverings. Whether or not you finally go with metal is, of course, a decision best made after consulting with a reliable Orange County roofer.

If you have questions about metal rooftops, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Newport Coast 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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Oct
17

Rooftop Adversaries

The intrusion of elements is one of the main reasons that homeowners request the help of an Orange County roofing company. Sure, elements such as rain, wind, and the like all are part of nature’s well-designed plan. But to your rooftop, no matter how durable the material, these natural occurrences often can prove severely damaging. Indeed, rooftop damage is clear-cut proof that it's awfully difficult to fight nature. You certainly, however, can keep your eyes open and do your best to minimize damage. What are the main elements posing a threat to your seemingly invulnerable shingles? In the vast majority of cases, an Orange County roofing company will be dealing with the with impact made by the following:

Sunlight – Yes, the typical Orange County roofing contractor often is summonsed to intervene because of damage caused by those golden rays. It’s inevitable. Over the years, a steady flow of blazing heat and ultraviolet rays will inflict considerable wear and tear on your shingles. You’ll notice the greatest impact on the sides of your roof facing west or south – the directions in which sunlight is the brightest and most direct.

Rain – Commercial roofing contractors and residential roofing contractors frequently will be called upon to repair damage inflicted by ordinary rain water.  It’s not difficult for moisture produced by a cloudburst to invade restricted areas. Typically, the water sneaks in beneath shingles and other parts of the roof. Once rainwater penetrates these forbidden zones, invaded areas are vulnerable to rotting, mildew, and other unsightly damage. But the intrusion doesn’t necessarily stop there. Rain moisture also can penetrate other areas of the house, including walls and ceilings.

Wind – Intense winds can lift the edges of roofing materials such as shingles, allowing the entry of water and other unwanted elements.

If you have questions about natural elements that can cause roof damage, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Orange 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
15

5 Things to Know About Skylights, Before Intstallation

Skylights can be a fun, helpful addition to your home. They can bring natural light into areas like bathrooms and closets where regular windows are less than idea. Or they can make rooms seem even larger, with an endless view up into the sky.

However, when not installed properly, skylights can do some real damage to both your roof and the interior of your home. So before you install a skylight, be sure you know these five things:

1.Placement is paramount

When you’re considering where to put a skylight, you should know that you can’t just plop it in wherever seems convenient. Sure, it’d be nice to be able to pick any spot on the inside of your home and stick a skylight there. But you can’t do that!

Skylights come in limited sizes for a reason: they need to fit between beams. You certainly don’t want to cut through your roof’s support beams to put in a skylight.

The easiest way to figure out where you can put a skylight is to look at your home’s official blueprints, which will lay out where all the beams in your home happen to fall. If you have attic access, you can also just look between the roofing supports to determine where your skylight can go.

Not sure where you can put a skylight in your home? Consult with a professional to determine the best course of actions.

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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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Oct
04

Dial Before You Do It Yourself

What’s the appropriate course of action when you notice water seeping through the living room ceiling? What’s the first step you should take upon seeing loose shingles falling from the rooftop? If you answered contact a reliable Orange County roofing company, you get the prize. Summonsing a professional provides the best guarantee that the problem will be correctly diagnosed and remedied.

You may, however, be a natural-born risk taker who relishes a dose of danger. In that case, you’ll probably be tempted to carry out your own diagnosis and repair. Unless you’re an expert in these matters, however, you may and likely will be sorry you didn’t request the aid of an Orange County roofing company.

The primary reason for your regret will be unsatisfactory results. No matter how able-minded and dexterous you fancy yourself to be, you simply can’t match the skill-level of a qualified Orange county roofing contractor. No matter how many do-it-yourself home repair videos you’ve consumed, this professional still holds a distinct advantage. For one thing, both residential roofing contractors and commercial roofing contractors are trained in the arts of safety and efficiency. Amateurs, on the other hand, lack this necessary education. As a result, do-it-yourselfers increase the risks of both personal injury and roof damage.

Non-professionals, however, may safely get involved with roof maintenance on a certain level. Certainly there is nothing wrong with conducting a periodic roof inspection -- without the presence of an Orange County roofing company. Such an examination is particularly important during Autumn, when fallen leaves and other debris often clog rain gutters.

If you have questions about handling roof damage, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Rancho Santa Margarita, 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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19

Take This Easy Step to a Leak-Proof Roof

By the time an Orange County roofer arrives to make repairs, the damage often is done. Maybe water galore has leaked through the roof tiles, turning once-comfortable rooms into damp, drippy swamps. To your dismay, those buckets and rags aren't doing much to stem the tide.

Fortunately, there’s hope on the horizon. Your Orange County roofer can implement several solutions to prevent further damage. The first is a basic roof repair. The second, less-welcome option is a complete roof replacement.

Now don't stress unduly. In many cases, you can take a preventative step to nip many problems in the bud. That step is known as a roof inspection. 

Most residential roofers and commercial roofers recommend conducting a roof inspection twice yearly. This may sound excessive to many ears. Such frequency, however, ensures that the main causes of roof leaks are spotted and controlled well before they become monsters.

What are some of these causes? Shingle problems are among the primary ones. During an inspection, your Orange County roofer will try to uncover shingles that are cracked, worn, loose, or missing. This professional also will be on the lookout for loose seams, badly worn flashings, and a buildup of surface granules in rain gutters and downspouts. All of these telltale signs are clear evidence that something is amiss. Fortunately, a thorough inspection will bring them to light long before they wreak havoc on your home. Clearly, this preventative step is preferable to facing a costly roof repair or an even-more-costly roof replacement.

If you have any questions about roof inspections, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in San Juan Capistrano, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing need and situation. Wherever you live in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.

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Sep
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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Sep
08

Can You Add a New Roof Over an Old One?

There’s no doubt about it, laying a new shingle roof over an old roof is a cheaper option. It requires much less labor from your Orange County roofing contractors. And sometimes, this really is the best option. However, it’s important to consider whether roofing over your existing roof is a good option, or if you should have the contractors tear off your roof to replace it completely.

Know the local codes

One reason you’ll need to hire a licensed contractor to update or replace your roof is that they’ll be familiar with the local building codes. These codes govern whether or not you even can roof over your existing roof.

Each local area has different rules, but the bottom line is that your roof can only weigh so much. If you’re already approaching the limit according to local building codes, you may not be able to add another layer to your roof. Your professional roofer will be able to calculate the weight of your current and additional roofing materials to determine whether or not your roof is a candidate for having a new layer.

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05

What Does an Orange County Roofer Install?

One function of an Orange County roofer, of course, is to install roofs. This job, however, requires more than laying down a few tiles. In fact, when an Orange County roofer installs a new roof, this professional must deal with a variety of components.

Whether a residential roofer or commercial roofer is on the job, these components remain fairly consistent. The first of them is the visible layer familiar to everyone, the roof covering. The material selected to cover and shield your rooftop is available in variety of styles and textures. The most common covering is shingles. Seen almost everywhere, these may be of the tile, slate, or metal variety. The choice depends on your personal preferences and objectives.  

Naturally, your chosen roof covering requires support. In roofing circles, that support is known as sheathing. This foundation typically is a board made of a sturdy material such as plywood. An Orange County roofer connects this board to your rafters, thereby supporting shingles or other covering.

Sheathing, in turn, requires its own support. That’s the job of rafters and trusses.  The first of these, rafters, are beams that run from the eaves to the roof peak. Consider it the basic framework of a roof. Similar to rafters, trusses provide support in the form of posts and struts.

The final component an Orange County roofer deals with is flashing. This is critical for preventing water from seeping into your home during inclement weather. Typically constructed of sheet metal, flashing is installed into roof joints and valleys.

If you have any questions about what an Orange County roofer installs in a roofing system, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential or commercial roofing need and situation. From roofing services in Fullerton to roofing services in Laguna Beach, Luke Roofing has Orange County covered.

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27

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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16

Giving a Roofing Contractor Your Stamp of Approval

Selecting a qualified Orange County roofer to install a new roof isn’t like choosing a cantaloupe from the produce section. The process requires much more thought and evaluation before the proper decision can be made. So many variables enter the picture, whether you seek a residential roofer or a commercial roofer. Knowing what to look for is absolutely crucial. After all, you’ll be investing a significant amount of your hard-earned money in a new roof. Before you release the funds, you must invest some time to determine the dependability of your prospective roofer. Here’s some of what you should be looking for. 
 
First of all, you’ll want to verify that the contractor has an established, physical place of business, not a virtual presence on the internet. Their website, of course, should be just an extension of their actual presence in the outer world, not their only point of contact. Speaking of points of contact, you also should verify that the phone number given to you is a permanent one. And don’t forget to check out the contractor’s tax identification number and business license. Regarding the license, states vary on their specific requirements. For those living in Orange County, you’ll definitely want to investigate the requirements set forth by the state of California.  
 
All of this accumulated information helps build a case for the legitimacy and trustworthiness of the roofing business under consideration. So if you happen to be an Orange County resident who lives in a city such as Yorba Linda, be sure to check things out thoroughly before hiring a Yorba Linda roofer to install a new roof. The time invested in this process, no matter where you reside, could save you from many regrets down the road. 
    
If you have any questions about qualifying a roofing contractor, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing need and situation. Whether you need roofing services in Yorba Linda or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.  
 
 
 
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15

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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Aug
04

Which Roof Shingles Are Best for High Temperatures?

With Orange County and all of Southern California heating up under the summer sun, many of the community’s rooftops will really take a beating before the season is over and things cool down. Given the harshness of those golden rays, it’s not surprising that extreme temperatures are one of the leading causes of shingle damage. If you wish to prevent or at least minimize the potential for such damage, you may want to have a reliable Orange County roofer install shingles that can withstand the summer sun.

Which kind of shingles work best? Many a commercial roofer would advise homeowners in hot zones such as Orange County to choose from among the following possibilities: slate, terracotta, concrete tiles, reflective roofing, membrane roofing, and photovoltaic shingles.

If cost is a factor shaping your decision, you’ll definitely want to give strong consideration to concrete tiles. While high on quality, these tiles consistently earn the distinction of being the lowest priced option among high-end roofing materials. But no matter what type of material you select, be sure to factor in all costs associated with the installation of new tiles, not just the tiles themselves.

Along with roofing materials, roof coatings also can be an effective means of cooling down your roof and preventing it from heat damage. Coating works like a mirror, reflecting the sun’s blistering rays away from your home. And let’s not forget the effectiveness of what’s beneath the roof -- namely insulation. Proper insulation can go a long way to keeping those high summer temperatures at bay.  

Should you think your roof is vulnerable to heat damage, it’s best to get expert input. For instance, if you live in a sunny community such as Irvine, get the opinion of an Irvine roofer. Being proactive in this manner will help you protect your roof and make your home as cool and comfortable as it can be.

If you have any questions about the best shingles for hot weather, 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, Trabuco Canyon, or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.

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Aug
01

7 Resources for Vetting your Roofing Company

If you’re in the market for a new roof or roof repair, it’s important to put time and effort into vetting potential Orange County roofing contractors. Luckily, this is easier than ever with the power of the internet. Today, there are plenty of online resources you can use to check out potential roofers’ credentials and customer reviews. Here are just seven resources you can use today to check out potential roofing companies for your next project:

1.California Contractor State License Board

At a minimum, any roofing contractor you hire should have a license from the California Contractor State License Board (CSLB). You’ll need to look for the company’s license number on its website or marketing materials, and be sure that the contractor can complete the work that you need to have done. Ideally, your Orange County roofing company will be able to handle any sort of roofing project, just in case any additional issues pop up during your project’s process.

2.Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau is the best place to go for potential negative reviews of roofers and other contractors. While customers technically can leave good feedback with the BBB, they’re most likely to leave negative feedback. But you should still check out the roofer’s history to see if they’ve had any complaints in the past few years. Also, you can see if a business is accredited with the BBB and what sort of overall rating they have.

3.National Roofing Contractor Association

This third-party association, and others like it, certify members’ knowledge of current industry standards and practices. They also ensure that contractors cooperate with local safety guidelines. Membership in one of these associations isn’t mandatory when looking for a great Orange County roofing contractor. But it can show that your contractor is serious about staying up-to-date on the latest trends and practices.

4.Manufacturer’s Certifications

In order to install certain materials, roofers actually need to be certified by the manufacturer. Otherwise, you risk paying an arm and a leg for high-quality materials, but missing out on your warranty. This is because contractors must be certified by the manufacturer in order to install materials under a warranty. If you have a particular manufacturer or material in mind for your roofing project, you should definitely be sure that your contractor has the appropriate certifications in place.

5.Government Certifications

Some contractors get involved in optional government programs, such as recycling programs that allow them to safely recycle certain used roofing materials. Contractors could also participate in programs for lead remediation and other similar programs. Most of the time, contractors will show off these certifications on their marketing materials, but you may want to verify them independently wherever possible.

6.Social Media

Looking for real reviews by customers of your potential roofer? Look at social media. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can be a great place to find review from individuals who have dealt directly with the company in question. Plus, you can always ask friends on these networks if they’ve dealt with local contractors for their own roofing problems. You might be surprised at how much advice you can get from other locals.

7.Third-Party Review Websites

Can’t find the feedback you’re looking for on social media? Check out third-party review websites like Angie’s List. These websites are great because they may actually vet the reviewers to ensure that they’ve actually dealt with the company in question. Other websites are open to anyone, but most reviews will be reasonable and from real customers.

Aside from these seven resources, be sure that you also talk directly to the contractor in question. You should always get in-person estimates for your job. This is a great option because it doesn’t just give you a total price for your project, but also a feel for how the contractor communicates and values customers.

Working through resources like these does take time. But it’s worth your while when it results in a great contractor that works well for your particular project. Take your time when considering these and other indicators of a contractors’ qualifications. And be sure to look at multiple contractors when looking for someone to fulfill your roofing needs.

If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Tustin 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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Aug
01

Moldy Roof - What to Do...

The state of your roof can tell you a lot about your home, in general. Water stains may mean that you have backed-up gutters, for instance. And a roof that is waving or denting in places may have storm damage or underlying structural issues. One other thing your roof can tell you about: mold.

Mold under the roof is a less common issue in SoCal than in wetter areas of the country, but that doesn’t mean it never happens. After all, it only takes a little water damage for mold to crop up in otherwise sheltered areas.

So what should you look for to tell if there’s mold happening on or just under your roof? And when should you call an Orange County roofing contractor to take care of the problem? Here’s what you need to know about finding, dealing with, and preventing mold on your roof.

Signs to Look For

First, it’s always important as a homeowner to know what signs to look for as a problem might arise. When it comes to mold in or around your roof, you might notice actual visible stains and streaks that seem to spread on your roof, for instance. If your roof is poorly ventilated, mold can actually grow on top of the roof or just under the shingles, causing discoloration that seems to get worse as time goes by.

It’s more likely, though, that mold signs will be visible inside your home. For instance, you might notice cracked or peeling paint on your ceilings, or even water stains coming through to the ceilings. If you notice signs like these, you either have recent water damage or, potentially, mold.

Also, you should always be on the lookout for worrying physical symptoms in yourself, your children, or your pets. Symptoms of mold reaction can be subtle, and may look like cold, flu, or seasonal allergy symptoms to begin with. But if you notice family members who have increased respiratory issues, itchy skin, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, or sore throat on an ongoing basis, it’s a good idea to look for mold. Other mold exposure symptoms include rashes, headaches, or chest tightness.

If these symptoms are ongoing and out of the ordinary, you’ll want to talk to a doctor, of course. But you may also want to talk to an Orange County roofing contractor who can thoroughly check the top of your home for mold. This is especially true if you notice these symptoms in connection with other physical signs of mold around or outside of your home.

Dealing with Mold on Your Roof

When it comes to dealing with mold on your roof, it’s really best left to the professionals. Mold and mildew growth on the outside of your roof, such as between your tiles, is less likely to cause serious health problems for your family. However, you’ll want to have contractors take care of this unsightly problem before it does further damage to the roofing underlayment.

Usually, contractors will clean the roof thoroughly if exterior mold is the problem. They may use a bleach solution to kill the mold growth, and they may need to replace some of the more affected tiles or shingles, if necessary.

Mold growing under the roof can be a larger problem to deal with, and you may need to talk with a contractor who specializes in mold remediation.

Mold growing in the attic may be harmless cosmetic mold that can be scrubbed off or even left alone. But if the mold variety is potentially hazardous, you’ll have to decide whether to clean it up or actually replace the roofing underlayment.

Replacing underlayment is a costly venture, but could be more efficient than trying to scrub mold off of the wood, treat it, and then keep mold from coming back. Again, though, this is a question for an experienced contractor, and you’ll need to have them come to your home to scope out the problem in order to get a feel for this particular issue.

If you do decide to replace the underlayment, be sure to find out what was likely the cause of the mold growth in the first place. Take steps to prevent such an expensive issue from cropping up again in the future!

Preventing Mold on Your Roof

Preventing mold on and under your roof comes down to two things: design and maintenance.

Design is important because you’ll want to be sure that your attic has enough ventilation. Lack of ventilation traps humid air near the roofing underlayment, which can encourage mold growth. But too much ventilation can also be a bad thing for the health of your home, in general. This is why it’s important to consult with a professional when deciding on the layout of your roof and its ventilation system.

Maintenance is also important. The major cause of mold in and under roofs is leaks, which are often caused by lack of proper maintenance. If your roof isn’t maintained properly, it’s more likely to crack and have leaks, which can, in turn, allow for mold growth.

It’s important to have your roof inspected regularly by an Orange County roofing contractor who can catch small problems before they turn into major issues. During regular inspections, you may find minor issues that the contractors can fix quickly, thus preventing underlayment damage and costly mold problems down the road.

If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Villa Park 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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