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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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Hiring a Roofer, Roof Maintenance

Choosing Your New Roof

So it’s time to replace the old roof on your home? Or maybe you’re doing a new build, but can’t decide what type of roof to put on your home.

With all the options on the market today - from metal to asphalt to clay and concrete tile - it can be difficult to pick a roofing material that will work best for you and your home. Luckily, a few steps can get you through much of the choosing process up front. Here are the steps you should take to eliminate some roofing materials right off the bat so that you can do your due diligence and choose the roof that will work best for your particular needs.

First, eliminate the impossible

The first thing you should do is eliminate any roofing types that are completely unsuitable for your home and the Southern California climate. On this second point, most types of roofing material can be made to suit the climate in SoCal. However, you’ll see cedar shake shingles less often here because the dry weather and sun exposure may weather them more quickly.

You should also look into the types of materials that your roof can support. Heavier materials, such as concrete and clay tiles, take a stronger supporting structure and underlayment than lighter options. While you can often retrofit a house to support these materials, this could add significantly to your costs. So ask your Orange County roofing contractor whether your current structure will support all types of materials, and you may be able to eliminate some options off the bat.

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Think Before You Tackle

The moment an Orange County Roofing company begins servicing a roof, the team invariably knows whether or not someone else has been there first. And that someone usually is a homeowner intent on solving a problem without the assistance of an Orange County roofing contractor.  Not necessarily a bad move – provided said do-it-yourselfer has the requisite skill, knowledge, and time to do a creditable job. If this sounds like an accurate description of you, then, depending on the complexity of your roofing needs, you might be qualified for a DIY job – like cleaning leaves out of a rain gutter.  Anything more complex than that really does require the skills of a commercial roofing contractor.

Think about the investment you’ve made in your beautiful Orange County home, say in San Juan Capistrano. Would you really want to risk jeopardizing the investment by tearing into the roof, relying on your wits alone? Doesn’t it make more sense to call in a San Juan Capistrano roofer to tackle the assignment? In most cases, the answer will be a resounding ‘yes’.   
It’s not unusual for an Orange County roofing company to be summonsed for a roof rescue. These typically occur when homeowners have started something they couldn’t finish – at least, couldn't finish without risking their safety or the future performance of their roof tiles. The dollars these homeowners had hoped to save now will spent in increasing amounts, mainly to cover any damage caused by their efforts, as well as service costs. In the long run, DIY roofing services likely will set you back more than originally anticipated.

So think before you tackle a roofing assignment. Because, in all likelihood, you’ll pay tomorrow for whatever mistakes you make today.

If you have any questions about doing your own roof servicing, 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 Brea or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.

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Does Your Roof Need Cleaning this Summer?

Part of maintaining your roof is actually keeping it clean, as odd as this might sound. But debris built up on your roof can cause some serious problems, from leaks to backed-up gutters. Just like you need to clean your gutters regularly, you’ll also need to regularly clean your roof.

How often you’ll need to clean your roof depends on a variety of factors, including the type of roofing material that’s on your roof. Talk to your Orange County roofing contractor about whether or not your roof needs cleaned regularly.

If you can see debris

Built-up debris from tree leaves and other things on your roof can cause some serious problems. Debris can itself start rotting, which can cause certain roofing materials to do the same. But even if rot isn’t a problem, debris can stain your roof, causing your property values to lower. Or debris can keep your roof from functioning as designed, since it can block the flow of water from your roof into your gutters.

Heavier debris, such as sticks, can also puncture your roofing materials, causing holes and leaks in the roof. Of course, this is a problem you want to avoid at all costs!

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Farm on a Rooftop

Even though you call Orange County home, at one time or another you may have had an inexplicably strange yearning to live on a farm. Well, you probably won’t find much farmland in this region of California. Not anymore. However, an Orange County roofing company generally can provide the next best thing. It’s called a gambrel. Otherwise known as a barn roof, a gambrel offers a certain rustic feel and appearance that suggests long, languid days on the family farm. We Orange County roofing contractors install and service these unique rooftops from time to time.
Advantages of a Gambrel
Ask any commercial roofing contractor about the advantages of a gambrel, and this professional probably will put spaciousness number one on the list. Indeed, these barn roofs leave plenty of space for areas such as attics or lofts. 
Simplicity also defines the gambrel. And that translates to lower construction and installation costs. During the installation process, an Orange County roofing company would need only two roof beams and some gusset joints to do the job. Essentially, construction materials are kept to a minimum, which does the same for costs. 
Gambrels may be found in OC. So no matter where you live, these roofs wouldn’t exactly be out of place should one appear atop your home. In fact, its unique rustic look might earn you abundant admiration … and even start a neighborhood trend. 
Perhaps you live in Laguna Beach. In that case, you’d merely contact a Laguna Beach roofing company to setup an installation. The work naturally would be preceded by an estimate of costs as well as the completion date.  
If you have any questions about gambrels, 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 Buena Park or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.  
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5 Tips for a Solid Roof Maintenance Plan

Your roof is one of the most important components of your home, since it protects the rest of your home from wear and tear. Even the best-installed roof from the best materials will need replaced eventually. But you can mitigate the need to repair or replace your roof by establishing and following a maintenance plan early on. Here’s how you can establish and keep track of your roof’s maintenance plan.

1.First, understand the whys

Before you’ll take time to follow a maintenance plan for your roof, you’ll want to know why you should do such a thing. Talk to your Orange County roofers about this, and they’ll tell you why it’s important to actually follow a roofing maintenance plan.

You need to change the oil in your car to keep larger problems from cropping up down the road. The same thing goes for your roof. Though you don’t need to replace the oil, you do need to be sure your roof is in good repair on a regular basis to avoid more expensive repairs down the road.

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Preventative Maintenance for Your Roof

Every Orange County roofing company understands that you want to keep your roof in good working order and completely leak-free. That is, unless you prefer the pleasure of water droplets steadily plopping your head or possibly on the new sofa. Which is why this Orange County roofing contractor recommends preventative maintenance for your rooftop.

The good news is, you needn’t call in your local commercial roofing contractor to carry out a preliminary preventative maintenance program. Much of the basic work easily can be done by you, members of your family, and if you bribe them sufficiently, perhaps neighbors and friends.

If Orange County is your home, you may not be particularly concerned about roof leaks. So why bother with maintenance? After all, rainfall is minimal in this neck of the woods. True, but when the rains do arrive, you’re roof is as vulnerable as those in the moister regions. So don’t think you’re invulnerable if you live in a place such as San Clemente. You may not have to call in a San Clemente roofer. But you will have to do some looking around … at least, for the preliminary stages.

No matter where you live in Orange County, one of the first places to do your looking is not necessarily on the roofing material itself. No, it’s the chimney (assuming, of course, you have a fireplace.) Believe it or not, chimneys are among the top leak zones. So make sure yours is properly sealed. If not, you’re inviting rainwater into your home. You’ll also want to check out your skylights, as these also are major leak sources. You see, water can get trapped behind skylights. Therefore, make certain the flashing is in good shape. And don’t forget, the skylight material itself can crack or puncture, allowing moisture inside.

If you have any questions about preventative roof maintenance, 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 Clemente or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.

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Look Closely Before You Buy

If you’re considering the purchase of a vintage home in OC, this Orange County roofing company strongly recommends you look closely at the rooftop. Aging roofs may be and probably are severely worn. Unless, of course, a reliable Orange County roofing contractor recently has performed a roof replacement on the residence you’re considering. Then you have little to worry about except the plumbing. But that’s not our department.

Vintage homes abound in Orange County. Laguna Beach definitely has its share. If you’re considering the purchase of classic residence in this community, you’ll want an evaluation from a qualified Laguna Beach roofing company such as Luke Roofing. This will alert you to any potential problems well in advance.

What are some of the possible problems commonly associated with worn roofs? Among the most common encountered by commercial roofing contractors are pest invasions, water damage, and deteriorated insulation.  Should any or all of these issues be discovered after you move in, the price tag for correction and repair will be a small fortune. It’s much wiser to get an advance opinion of a qualified Orange County roofing company.

You may be able to spot some of the telltale signs of roofing problems yourself. Obvious ones are missing or broken shingles, crumbling rooftop cement, bent gutter, ongoing dampness in the attic (assuming the home has one), water spots on walls and carpet, and yes, even a lurking creature or two residing comfortably in the attic. Clearly, it’s best to get a roof inspection than to discover furry uninvited guests after you hang your hat.

If you have any questions about roofing issues associated with vintage homes, 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 Dana Point or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.

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Wooden Shingles Could Be Just What You’re Looking For

An Orange County roofing company can install roofs made of many different materials. One of the most overlooked of these materials is wood. Asphalt and other types of shingles seem to be getting the lion’s share of attention. You may, however, want to consider wood shingles when requesting an installation from an Orange County roofing contractor. There are many advantages to going this route. 
One of the main advantages of wood is its durability. Take care of it, and it will take care of you. Once an Orange County roofing company installs a roof made of wooden shingles, it can last up to thirty years. Provided, of course, that you properly maintain it. 
Here’s what a commercial roofing contractor would advise you to consider. Perhaps you have a home in Aliso Viejo that requires a new roof. You like the look of wood and decide this will be the material. So you hire an Aliso Viejo roofing contractor to do the job. You love the results. But is the job over? No, because once that roof is up, you must take care of it from time to time. A little maintenance is all it takes to make these shingles last for decades. In fact, a well-maintained wood roof likely will outlast most if not all of the cheaper types. Therefore, in the long run wood actually is less expensive than the bargain materials. You simply won’t have to replace wooden shingles as often.  
Another advantage of wooden shingles is their appearance. An Orange County roofing company that installs a wood roof is satisfying a certain aesthetic sense shared by many people. In the eyes of these individuals, a wooden roof has a distinctive look that sets it apart. And that alone makes it extremely desirable.   
If you have any questions about wooden shingles, 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 Aliso Viejo, Fountain Valley or anywhere else in OC, you can definitely count on Luke Roofing.  
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Roofing Tips - Before & During Re-Roof

Are you hiring an Orange County roofing contractor to put a new roof on your home? Maybe your main goals is to increase your curb appeal and the value of your home, or to replace a worn out roof. Either way, you’ll find that the re-roofing process requires some preparation on your part.

Whether your roofers are working on your home or your business, you’ll what to take certain steps to prepare yourself for the process, and to get through it well.

Keep in mind that you may need to move out of your home or shut down your business temporarily, especially during the early phases. Re-roofing can be messy and even dangerous at times. It’s best to talk to your roofing contractor ahead of the process to see if they have advice on whether or not you can stay in your home.

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A Slow Roof Leak?

Does your Orange County roof have a slow leak?

Sometimes, especially in sunny SoCal, your roof will have no signs of a leak. A home that looks to be in perfect condition, though, could be hiding insidious problems with its number one form of protection: the roof.

Whether your roof is tile, asphalt, or metal, if it wasn’t installed properly, it could have a slow leak. But here’s the thing: with a slow leak, you may never know you have a problem until it’s too late to avoid replacing the entire roof, and maybe even some beams and rafters.

The danger of a slow leak is that you may not notice it for months or even years. This is especially true if you rarely go into your attic. But these types of leaks can cause serious damage over time, including rotting through your roofing underlayment or causing mold.

So what should you look for as signs of a slow leak in your roof? And how will an Orange County roofing contractor fix the problem? Or even help you prevent it? Here’s what you need to know.

Signs of a slow leak

A regular roofing leak is pretty easy to spot. It comes with a drip-dripping during sudden storms. You may even notice holes or missing shingles or tiles from the outside of your home. The signs of a slow leak, though, are more subtle. They include:

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New Roof Tax Credits

As you might already know, the federal government often offers tax credits to incentivize eco-friendly improvements on your home. You can, for instance, get a tax credit for installing a solar water heater or a more efficient furnace. And in 2016, you can get a tax credit for an energy-efficient roof, too!

The details

This tax credit is a federal income tax credit, and it’s effective through the end of this year: December 31st, 2016. In other words, you must have the roof installed before the end of the year to claim the credit.

The credit is for up to 10% of the cost of your roof, not including installation costs. You can claim up to $500. So to get the full credit, you’ll need to spend $5,000 on roofing materials.

One item of note here: roofs installed on business and secondary properties don’t count. The roof needs to be on your primary residence in order to apply for this tax credit. Your principal residence is defined as a home that you own and that you live in most of the time. Also, the roof must be retrofitted to an existing home. You can’t claim the credit if you’re adding a cooling roof to a new construction home.

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Metal Roofs in Orange County

Once upon a time, metal roofs were merely sheets of tin tossed up over southern shanties and red barns. The corrugated metal looked attractive, in a rustic, woodsy sort of way. But metal wasn’t a material you’d use for most residential roofs, especially not if your house was of a certain style.

But today, metal roofing has expanded its repertoire. It’s now a versatile, good-looking option that can look like more traditional roofing materials for residences. Whether your home is a European-style Colonial, a contemporary home, or even a classic SoCal mission style, there’s a metal roof for your home.

But first, the benefits

Of course, other types of roofs will also work for these styles of homes. Colonials, for instance, are often roofed in wood shingles or even asphalt shingles. Contemporary homes typically use shingle roofs, though some other options are used. And on mission-style adobe homes, you’ll usually find slate or clay tile roofing.

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Why Roof Flashing - Roofing Contractor

As part of your overall roofing system, you may not think about flashing much. But whether you’re in for roof repair or full replacement, rest assured that your Orange County roofing contractor is thinking about flashing. It’s an essential part of the weatherproofing system for your home, and should be used in more places than just on the roof. But as part of the roof, it’s essential.

So what is flashing, and why is it so important? And how do you know if it’s been damaged and needs repaired or replaced?

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Roof Rain Gutters - 5 Things

5 Things to Know About Your Roof Rain Gutters by an Orange County Roofing Professional

If you’re working with an Orange County roofing contractor to repair or replace your roof, you may consider having your contractor check out your gutters, as well. Though you might assume they’re in great shape, new gutters can work wonders for the efficacy of your roof and the overall look and feel of your home.

When it comes to gutters, most homeowners don’t think about them until something is going terribly wrong--like they’re starting to fall off the house. But the right gutters can protect your home during a deluge, and can even add to the overall style of your home.

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5 Thing to Consider - Shingle Roofs

Here's 5 things to consider when picking your shingles

If you’ve decided to reshingle your roof, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make, though you might not know it yet. Not only do you have to decide on the types of shingles you’ll use, but you’ll also have to choose the color of your shingles. Since your roof covers a large part of the outside square footage of your home, you’ll find that it’s a great way to make a statement.

Put some thought into choosing your roof’s color, and you can really make a statement. Not sure how to go about choosing a color--especially if you might want to vary greatly from the current color of your roof? Take these five tips when choosing the shingles your Orange County roofing contractor will use on your new work:

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What to Consider When Replacing a Tile Roof.

If your home is like many in Orange County, California, it has a tile roof. These roofs have many great advantages, including added insulation and the ability to stand the test of time. They can last for fifty years or more without being replaced. But, eventually, nearly any roof will wear down and need replaced. When you’re considering replacing your clay or concrete tile roof, you’ll need to take several factors into consideration, including the following:

Repair or Replace?

The first question to ask your Orange County roofing contractor is whether your roof can be repaired cost-effectively, or if it should be replaced. Like shingle roofs, clay tile roofs can be replaced fairly easily by the right professional. Individual tiles that are cracked or worn can be replaced on their own.

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Rooftop Decorations Done Right

Whether providing roofing services in San Clemente or any other OC city, Luke Roofing consistently gets the job done right. And there’s no reason why homeowners shouldn’t do the same -- particularly with their rooftop holiday decorations. As every Orange County roofing company knows, proper care and planning are necessary to ensure the best result for those twinkling bulbs and dancing Santas. With that in mind, here is a set of tips that will help ensure your rooftop decorations are done right. Not only will these tips make for safer decorating, they’ll help prevent costly damage, as well. 
Proper Attachments
Pop, pop, pop … We commercial roofing contractors see it all the time – homeowners securing rooftop decorations with a staple gun. What these people don’t realize is that staples, and the even more brutal nails, penetrate rooftops and create little holes. Small, yes. But rain and other inclement elements still can pass through those openings. A much safer bet is using clips to attach lights and other decorations to your rooftop. 
Larger Decorations
If you have a ten-foot Frosty the Snowman planted on your rooftop, clips probably won’t do much to hold it steady. Nevertheless, you still can make the big ones safe and secure. This Orange County roofing contractor recommends tying any larger decoration to a chimney (assuming you have one) or fastening a sandbag to its base. 
Before you go through the trouble of installing your holiday lights, scrutinize all cords, sockets, bulbs, and plugs for possible damage. As further insurance, make certain those strands of twinkling wonder have a UL (Underwriters Laboratory) tag. This certification ensures they’ve been expert tested for safety.  
If you have questions about rooftop holiday decorations, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established commercial roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every need and situation. Whether you need roofing services in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano or anywhere else in OC, Luke Roofing is your trusted Orange County roofing contractor.  
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A Metal Roof for Your Home?

Metal roofs may remind you of backwater shanties without much curb appeal. But that’s really no longer the case. New manufacturing techniques have made metal roofs incredibly interesting and attractive. This roofing material now has a lot to offer consumers. While metal roofs aren’t the best choice for everyone, you should certainly consider a metal roof when it’s time to replace yours. Here are just ten reasons why:


Metal is one of the most lightweight roofing options available, which makes it a good alternative to a clay or concrete tile upgrade. If your home was originally built for an asphalt shingle roof, it may require additional support to be added if you’d like to upgrade to a tile roof, which adds much additional weight. Since metal is often lighter even than asphalt shingles, you won’t have to worry about this issue.

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Roofs Should Be Seen and Not Heard

You’re relaxing in the living room. Maybe reading a good book. Or curled up in front of the fireplace on a cold winter night. Suddenly, something shatters the calm. It’s an exasperating sound from above. You’re not alone. Virtually everyone has experienced roof noise at one time or another.  We’re not talking soothing rainfall patter. The sound in question typically is a persistent popping, cracking, or creaking. As an Orange County roofing company, we’re well-acquainted with these audio disturbances. And we know they can have any number of causes. The list includes everything from heat expansion and contraction to sound waves generated by aircraft, trains, or vehicle traffic. 
Of course, you can’t just snap your fingers and shush a noisy roof. But you can turn down the volume with the right roof covering. Good silencers are sturdy asphalt shingles or tiles made of clay or concrete. When it comes to notoriously noisy metal roofs, it’s what’s underneath that counts. For best results, install this type of roof over a noise-muffling plywood surface or foam insulation.  And don’t overlook the effectiveness of green roofs. Thanks to their rigidity and substantial mass, these make amazing sound resistors. 
No matter what the roof type, skylights always toughen your battle against noise. That’s because sound penetrates skylight material more easily than it does roof coverings. 
Whatever you do, don’t play guessing games with roof noise. Finding the right solution requires expert analysis. And that’s something best left in the hands of a commercial roofing contractor.
If you have questions about roof noise or are considering roof repairs or upgrades, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established commercial roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every need and situation. Offering roofing services from Cypress and beyond, Luke Roofing is your trusted Orange County roofing contractor.  
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Where is that Roof Leak Coming From?

So you’re noticing a drip from somewhere around your roof whenever it happens to rain? Luckily, many roofing leaks are easy to fix. Sometimes, it only takes a professional Orange County roofer a few minutes to a couple of hours to fix a leak. On the flip side, it can sometimes take hours to figure out exactly where that leak is coming from.

The first step to figuring out where the leak is coming from is to identify the leak in the first place. All too often, leaks can start out silent, and you won’t even know they’re there until they’ve caused lots of issues. For instance, your roof could be leaking into the attic, but it takes time for the leak to trickle down to the ceiling where you can actually see it.

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