George Belden

Common Roofing Problems

Three Most Common Bay Area Roofing Problems

Common roofing problemsLiving in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, we homeowners are spared from dealing with the common roofing problems that those living in other parts of the country experience. We don’t have hurricanes blowing our roofs off. We don’t have ice dams forming and creating gaps for leaks. We never worry about hail damaging our roofs. And we’ve never dealt with tornado winds ripping shingles away. Even so, Bay Area homeowners do have a few common roofing problems with which to contend.

  1. If you have a home with a roof of any sort, you have the potential for a roof leak. Oftentimes, you aren’t aware of the leak until it becomes noticeable water damage (like paint discoloration or wetness) on your interior ceiling or walls. Roof leaks occur for any number of reasons—aging shingles, damaged shingles, blocked gutters, rotted decking, curling shingles, animals… Continue reading

Common Roofing Mistakes to Avoid

Stupid Things People Do On Their Roofs

Common roofing mistakes to avoidCommon roofing mistakes.  Let’s get the really foolish things out of the way first, then we’ll move on to the not so obvious ones. Of course, it’s never a good idea to use your roof as a diving board for your pool or trampoline, or a launching pad for anything like rockets, skateboards, etc. Hollywood movies and TV shows might promote the roof as the perfect place for such things, but common sense and potential for broken bones tell us otherwise. Ironically, those most likely to use the roof for such activities (teenagers) are the ones not likely paying to repair the damage caused.

On the opposite side of the spectrum are the stupid things people do to or on their roofs that may seem like the right thing to do at the time, but aren’t. So don’t drag out that ladder… Continue reading

Professional, Knowledgeable and Honest Roofing Contractor


If you have to re-roof your home like we did, I highly recommend George Belden and his staff at Signature Roofing. From the start we were kept informed at each stage of the job. Everything went along just as we were told. Installers were prompt, kept the job neat for the days they were here. When they were done everything was completely clean. I’ve been in the construction business for 40 yrs. Signature Roofing is a professional, knowledgeable, and honest contractor. Their prices are really reasonable. George will tell you anything you ever wanted to know about roofs.

These guys are the best.

– Calvin & Linda Walker


I couldn’t believe the quality of the job, and the precision with which they worked. Everything was done on schedule. Clean-up was completed each day, and they left the place cleaner than it was when they started.  George was particularly helpful… Continue reading

Signs of Aging Roof Shingles

What to Expect as Your New Roof Ages

Signs of aging roof shinglesYou have more in common with your roofing shingles than you realize. Your roof will change its appearance and age over the years, just like we do. Even a one-year old roof looks different than a roof installed last month. Normal weathering and appearance changes are par for the course. Even if your roof is just a few years old, you may notice signs of aging roof shingles like cracks or blistering. Rest assured that these are common occurrences and do not indicate your roof will fail or was installed improperly.

More often than not, the roofing shingles are simply aging or curing and are still providing excellent protection for your home from weather and other elements. Even though there’s no magic formula or coating that can stop your roof from normal wear, you can keep an eye out of potential problems… Continue reading

Beware of Storm Chasing Roofers

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Signature Roofing Advises San Mateo and Santa Clara Homeowners to Beware of Storm Chasing Roofers

The Bay Area rainy season brings uninsured, uncertified and inexperienced roofers to neighborhoods, seeking roofing work from unsuspecting homeowners whose roofs suffered wind or rain damage or experienced leakage.

BELMONT, CA. January 22, 2014 — Signature Roofing, a residential roofing company serving San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, warns local homeowners to carefully check a roofer’s background and reputation before agreeing to roof repair or replacement. The warning comes with the rainy season, which attracts roofers who collect insurance checks and perform poor roofing jobs, leaving homeowners without recourse should the work be subpar.

Storm chasers are roofing companies that trail severe weather around the country, installing new roofs or repairing roof damage caused by severe weather such as excessive wind, rain or both. These non-local roofers take homeowners’ insurance claim… Continue reading