George Belden

5 Most Common Roofing Scams

Don’t Hire a Roofer Until You Know the 5 Most Common Roofing Scams

In a perfect world, you could trust any roofer and eat all the ice cream you wanted without a gaining a ounce. However, we live in the real world and just like in any field, there are roofers you can trust and those you can’t.

Knowing the 5 most common roofing scams can prevent you from becoming a victim.

pushy-salesman-9969147_s1. A salesman representing a roofer going door to door.

Salesman is the key word here. These aren’t roofers. They specialize in selling. Maybe they’ll promise a free roof inspection. They’ll probably find something wrong, perhaps cause some damage themselves. Then they’ll offer you a free estimate, or sometimes even a free roof.

Trustworthy roofers are busy. They don’t have time to solicit business door to door because they’re too busy doing work that was referred by satisfied… Continue reading

Roofing Contractor Scams

California Laws Protect Homeowners and Target Roofing Contractor Scams

The California Building Code applies to every roofing contractor and roofing work performed in the state, including Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The Code is comprised of the regulations that promote safe roofing practices. Beyond spelling out best practices, roofing contractors must follow the Codes. Specifically, the Code mandates that:

  • A roof contractor hold a valid license
  • A roofing contractor must get a permit in cities that require one
  • The contractor must show proof of liability and Worker’s Compensation insurance

California Laws Protect HomeownersThe Code applies to anyone performing roofing work valued at over $300.00, including materials and labor. The Code exists to protect homeowners from unscrupulous roofing contractors who either don’t perform the work at all or do a shoddy job. However, it’s the homeowner’s job to do everything possible to ensure their roofing contractor is up to par.

Not doing so… Continue reading

Recycling Asphalt Roofing Shingles

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Signature Roofing Promotes Recycling Asphalt Roofing Shingles

With billions of pounds of roofing materials dumped into landfills annually, a Bay Area roofing company sees asphalt shingle recycling becoming as common as recycling paper or plastics in the near future.

BELMONT, CA. October 8, 2013 — Signature Roofing, a Bay Area roofing company serving Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, has reroofed well over 3,000 homes using asphalt shingles. The reroofing process involves removing the old roof and replacing it with the newest generation of GAF and CertainTeed shingles. Reroofing homes in one the country’s most eco-conscious states compels Signature Roofing to consider the impact dumping roofing materials in landfills has on the environment and seek alternatives.

It has been suggested that approximately 4.5% (22 billion pounds) of the waste dumped in landfills each year across the U.S. is roofing materials from tear-offs during reroofing jobs.… Continue reading

Pressure Wash Roof Shingles?

never use a pressure washer on your roof shinglesWhy You Should Never Pressure Wash Your Roof Shingles

You come home one day and your neighbor’s roof looks spectacular and so clean! It can’t be a new roof because roofers haven’t been there. So what is it? The neighbor had their roof pressure washed. Now you’re thinking of having your roof “cleaned” too. After all, his roof looks brand new, and well…yours doesn’t.

Stop right there. Your neighbor just made a huge mistake. Never, ever under any circumstances pressure wash your roof shingles on your own or pay a company to do so. Sure, it’s tempting to want to get any moss, algae, dirt, etc. off of your roofing shingles. But pressure washing your asphalt roof will do more harm than good. Yes, it will make it look sparkling clean, but also you’ll end up replacing the roof system sooner rather than later.

The damage caused by pressure washing… Continue reading

Roof Replacement or Roof Repair?

You Should Consider a Roof Replacement When…

Choosing roof repair or roof replacementChoosing between a roof replacement and a roof repair can be a difficult decision to make for San Mateo homeowners. On one hand, you don’t want to spend money on repair only to have to replace the roof sooner than you expected. On the other hand, you don’t want to invest in a roof replacement when a few repairs would have solved your roofing problems or leaks.

So how do you know when you should repair or replace? It’s easier in some cases than others. Some of the most common reasons homeowners decide on a roof replacement are the age of the roof, whether or not it the shingles were properly installed, improper installation techniques, inferior roofing materials and storm damage.

If none of those apply, head outside and take a look with a pair of binoculars. (We seriously advise against walking on… Continue reading