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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.
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Jan
27

Two Rewards for One Roof

Receiving a reward of any kind typically proves a very positive experience. But when you engage an Orange County roofing company to install a new roof, you’re rewarded twice. The first of the two is something of a personal benefit – an overwhelmingly good feeling. New shingles just have that effect on homeowners. For good reason. Not only do they radiate beauty before your eyes. The presence of crisp new shingles atop you home also eliminates many burdensome worries. Seldom do people stress about leaks and other problems once a roof is replaced by a qualified Orange County roofing company.

The second reward you’ll enjoy is an increase in your home’s worth. Any Orange County roofing contractor who installs a new roof provides a significant improvement to the residence. Such an improvement typically adds immensely to the property’s market value. This value-boost certainly is a welcome benefit at any point. But at selling time, it gains considerably in importance. Understandably, prospective buyers are just as leak-conscious as current residents are. And they’re generally willing to pay a premium for the privilege of guaranteed dryness. Indeed, a new roof is a very sound investment.

Commercial roofing contractors provide the same two rewards to the owners of business structures. Whether a building houses a sprawling company that occupies multiple floors or a group of modestly-sized offices, a new roof is a major plus. As with homeowners, building owners often are rewarded with lower stress levels and higher property values. You can take that to the bank.

If you have questions about the benefits of roof replacement, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Garden Grove, 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
17

Helping Your Shingles Stand the Test of Time

You probably practice preventative maintenance on your car as well as on yourself. A qualified Orange County roofer can do likewise for your roof. As with changing engine oil and eating wholesome foods, the preventative maintenance of your shingles offers many benefits.

The biggest of these benefits is extended roof durability. The longer those shingles remain sound and strong, the longer they do their job -- protect against the intrusion of external elements and help regulate internal temperatures. This extended duty translates to fewer roof replacements. Thus, the added longevity will save you a tidy sum over the years.

When an Orange County roofer performs roof maintenance, this professional typically focuses on common problem zones. Various forms of debris, constant sunlight, strong winds, and pouring rain all vie to wear down shingles and compromise their integrity. For both residential roofers and commercial roofers, roof maintenance involves the thorough inspection of shingles for these causes of deterioration.

If problems reveal themselves, your Orange County roofer generally will recommend some sort of action.  Don’t worry. The recommended action doesn’t necessarily bode astronomical expense. In fact, proposed solutions typically involve minor, relatively inexpensive repairs and adjustments. For instance, the Orange County roofing company simply may need to remove a clump of debris wearing down asphalt granules. These granules, of course, form the protective layer that inhibits moisture and other intrusive elements.

An Orange County roofing company usually takes inspections beyond the realm of shingles. Also looked at during these critical examinations are roof system components such as flashings, gutters, and downspouts. These can exhibit various forms of damage, including leak-inviting holes. Should action such as debris removal be necessary, a qualified professional can handle it without a hitch.

If you have questions about roof maintenance, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Huntington Beach, 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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Jan
02

You're Covered

When a qualified Orange County roofer installs a new roof, you can expect this professional to protect your investment with a workmanship warranty. This is an assurance to homeowners that the work performed atop your home meets certain standards. One of these standards pertains to the durability of the newly-installed shingles, which should last and protect a specified number of years. If problems such as leaks occur, your Orange County roofer is contractually bound to rectify the situation. No iffs, ands, or buts.

There is, however, another kind of warranty not provided by a commercial roofer or residential roofer. That warranty is the kind offered by manufacturers of roofing materials.  It doesn’t matter if your shingles are made of asphalt, wood, or cotton candy, reputable manufacturers will cover them with a warranty.

These days, roofing material warranties stretch quite a distance, with the vast majority being a lifetime warranty. Generally speaking, this extensive coverage period applies until you move from your home. Since the average homeowner remains in his or her residence for about seven years, this by definition is the typical period covered by materials warranties.

Bear in mind, however, that warranties of this type invariably include certain exclusions, contingencies, and qualifications. For instance, if a leak develops, some manufacturers cover only the section in which the opening has formed. Additionally, you may need legal training to decipher the clutter of jargon packed into many warranties. Nevertheless, in the long run, manufacturer warranties generally are a great big plus for homeowners 

If you have questions about warranties for roofing materials, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Ladera Ranch 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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Dec
26

Your Roof Still Has a Long Way to Go

Don’t worry just because you notice signs of cracking and blistering on your roof. You needn’t call an Orange County Roofing Company for an urgent repair or replacement estimate. Most likely, the imperfections you’ve seen all are evidence of normal wear and tear. Cracks, blisters, granule loss, and similar signs are commonplace in the world of roofs. In fact, they can appear as soon as a month following the installation of a new roof. They don’t, by any stretch of the imagination, indicate that your shingles are vulnerable to moisture penetration. Buckets of rainwater will not be flooding into your living room any time soon. Not through the roof, anyway.  

This is not to say that things don’t happen to your shingles as time passes. They most certainly do. However, unless your roof has been in service for decades, it probably has a long way to go. Still, be aware that deterioration can and will take place. You or a qualified Orange County roofing contractor should have a look at those shingles now and again. Intermittent inspections such as these can reveal unexpected problems. Yes, sometimes, despite the best construction and craftsmanship, problems show up. Shingles, like everything else, aren’t perfect.  

Generally, climatic or environmental conditions are the cause of both expected wear and tear, as well as unexpected problems. Even in Orange County, land of moderate weather, shingles are susceptible to environmental elements.  In warmer regions, commercial roofing contractors and residential roofing contractors see the greatest impact made by phenomena such ultraviolet rays, wind, and accumulated moisture in poorly-ventilated areas of a home.

If you have questions about assessing the condition of your roof, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Laguna Beach 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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Dec
16

Don’t Gamble with Your Roof

It’s a mistake many homeowners make. Once this error is committed, there’s likely no turning back. Your asphalt shingles have been compromised. Your roof is now officially and irrevocably  ruined. You’ll need an Orange County roofing company to perform a total roof replacement. What is the costly mistake that looms so damaging? Pressure washing your roof shingles. So many people do it. And so many people regret it.

The temptation to perform this cleansing act is almost irresistible. Asphalt shingles look so pure and new after a blast of high-pressure spray. The spread of roof-marring moss and algae has miraculously vanished. How then, you ask, can pressure-washing possibly be the bad guy? It seems like a friend.

Make no mistake about it. Pressure washing is an enemy, a foe to be avoided at all costs. Ask any Orange County roofing contractor. Pressure-washing creates more problems than it solves. The problems stem from asphalt composition. Layering every asphalt shingle are tiny granules. Small but powerful, the granules shield shingles from life’s harsher elements such as rain and sun. Pressure washing blasts the particles loose, effectively removing the protective shield. Laid bare, shingles now are vulnerable to the elements. Deterioration and ultimately irreparable roof damage often follow. Eventually the roof will scream ‘replace me.’   

Of course, if you don’t mind exchanging your roof’s longevity for some temporary cleanliness, by all means pressure-wash your roof. Just don’t be surprised if one day you’re requesting a replacement estimate from a residential roofing contractor or commercial roofing contractor. That day will come sooner than you think.

If you have questions about pressure-washing your roof, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in Laguna Woods 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
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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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
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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Sep
27

Replace Your Roof or Not?

You see water leaking into your home, dripping down walls, and soaking your precious belongings. Does this mean you’ll need an Orange County roofing company to perform a complete roof replacement? The answer is maybe not. Depending on the severity and cause of the problem, you may have other options. The best course of action is to call a reputable Orange County roofing company and request a thorough inspection. In the process of checking out the situation, this professional may well discover other, less-costly causes of the roof leakage.

What are some of the less costly causes of roof leakage? A set of loose flashings is one of the most common ones your Orange County roofing contractor may discover.  A flashing, of course, is a sheet of strategically-placed material that protects homes from water penetration. If one or more of these sheets has come loose, your roof definitely is leaving an opening for unwanted water penetration.

This, however, is not the only issue that may be responsible for roof leaks. A residential roofing contractor or commercial roofing contractor may discover a variety of others. For instance, during an inspection, this professional might notice that only a section of your roof is damaged and vulnerable to water leakage. Should this be the case, repair work likely will be limited to this relatively small area.

You should, however, be prepared for the worst case scenario – the need for a re-roofing. If your Orange County roofing company recommends this option, there are two basic ways to solve the problem – either re-cover your current roof or replace it completely. Only a professional can determine which option is best.

If you have questions about roof replacement, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer in San Clemente 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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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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Aug
30

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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Aug
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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Aug
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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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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Here we are in the middle of winter again and that means mold on my tile roof again. It's really frustrating and I really wish the... Read More
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26

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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Jul
18

New Angle on Roofing

This is not exactly the high roof leak season for the average Orange County roofing company. The skies are clear and dry, and the last thing on anyone’s mind is unwanted moisture penetrating their beloved home. However, the moisture will appear when the rain clouds do. And despite Orange County’s clear, blue skies, those gray masses will make their appearance soon enough. By that time, certain roofs may show their wear and tear in the form of leaks. And certain people will be looking at new water stains on their ceilings and walls. There is an alternative to this unwelcome outcome. Instead of waiting for the moisture to enter the premises, you’ll be far safer getting the opinion of a qualified Orange County roofing contractor. This professional can evaluate the condition of your roof and advise you of any existing or potential leak zones. 
 
Flat roofs may be particularly vulnerable to leakage. This shape makes it easy for unwanted moisture to accumulate and form pools. Then it’s just a matter of time before the moisture finds its way into your home. But there is a solution -- tapered insulation. This can dramatically reduce the leakage risk associated with flat roofs. Angled at a gradual slope, tapered insulation provides improved drainage for your rooftop. You may want to talk to a qualified Orange County roofing company to get more information about this solution. 
 
Many Orange County homes are characterized by flat rooftops. Let’s say your home in Tustin has this type of roof. In that case, you definitely should contact a qualified Tustin roofing company to get an evaluation. If the company’s representative determines that you could benefit from tapered insulation, then by all means make the necessary change to your rooftop. You’ll be glad when the rainclouds finally make their appearance.   
 
If you have any questions about tapered insulation 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 need and situation. Whether you need roofing services in Tustin or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.  
 
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Jul
08

Is Your Roof Vulnerable to Humidity?

While Southern California is known for a generally dry climate, humidity can become a factor from time to time. Excessive moisture can do more than make people uncomfortable and send them running for the air conditioning thermostat. Humidity actually can cause damage to rooftops.  An Orange County roofer typically can spot the damage caused by humid conditions. It’s the same kind that develops when any other type of moisture penetrates the premises. Once the problems start, homeowners will be compelled to call in a commercial roofer to set things right and prevent problems from compounding. 
 
Often, unwanted moisture can accumulate as a result of improper rooftop ventilation. If you have a home near the coast, say in Newport Beach, you might have seen the results of moisture penetrating poorly ventilated areas. Most likely this intrusion will take the form of mildew splotches on ceilings and walls. Essentially, any area subject to limited air flow is vulnerable to moisture issues. Should you reside in a coastal region such as Newport Beach, you definitely should have a Newport Beach roofer inspect your home. You may require a ventilation system for the roof, particularly if there’s an attic below. These regions are particularly vulnerable to humidity problems -- problems that may go unnoticed for a long time.  A qualified commercial roofer can evaluate your needs and recommend a suitable remedy should this expert discover roof and attic damage caused by humidity.  
 
If humidity is causing damage to your rooftop, attic, or any area below the roof, the inspecting Orange County roofing contractor may recommend additional vents. Often, large attics and other spaces simply don’t have enough vents to cover the square footage involved.  Once the openings are installed, excessive moisture no longer will be a problem.  
 
If you have any questions about protecting your roof from humidity damage, 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 San Juan Capistrano or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.  
 
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30

Roofing Contractor Selection - 5 Tips

Whether you’re looking to replace your roof, do some minor repairs, or subcontract the roof of your new-build home, you need to take some specific steps to find a great contractor. The contractor who does your job can make all the difference in the world. A great Orange County roofing contractor can make for a smooth, easy process of getting your job complete. But a bad contractor can result in not only headaches along the way, but shoddy workmanship that costs more in the long run.

So before you rush into signing a contract, follow these five tips for finding an excellent roofing contractor:

1.Go local

Your best bet when it comes to hiring a contractor is to go local. Local contractors, more than large companies or even installation crews from big chain hardware stores, understand the local markets. They’re more likely to understand what materials and techniques work best in your area. Plus, they’ll follow the current trends, so you can be sure that your roof looks up-to-date if you’re going for a replacement.

Also, local contractors are more likely to offer personalized, in-person service. This can make the whole process of getting your roofing project completed much easier.

2.Check for licensing and insurance

In Southern California, roofing contractors should be licensed by the state. They should be able to provide you with a license number, and you can cross reference that with the state database to ensure that the license is up to date. While not all licensed contractors are necessarily excellent, this is a good baseline to begin with.

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So I got a great price from a roofing contractor on a roof replacement. I asked to make sure that they had liability insurance and... Read More
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I found the same thing when I asked for licenses. They all said yes on the phone, but a 2 of the 4 roofers I was getting quotes fr... Read More
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On another article it recommended checking out the manufacturer's web site to see if the installer has his certifications and is r... Read More
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