Roofing Products

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

Reroofing Your Home?

Do I Really Need a Roofing Permit to Reroof My Home?

roofing-permit-approvedShould your roofer pull a roofing permit? Absolutely. Will every roofer pull a permit? Not necessarily. Pulling a permit for roofing protects the homeowner; therefore it’s in your best interest.

Sure a roofer can reroof your home without a permit. But what happens when a city inspector drives by your home, stops to check that a permit for the roofing work is posted onsite, and there’s no permit to be found? The inspector can immediately shut down all roofing work and send the roofers packing until a permit is issued.

What if the inspector arrives just as the last of your old roof is removed? Your home is left uncovered and unprotected until that permit is pulled. You could be left staring at the stars right from your bed. What if it begins to rain or temperatures climb or… Continue reading

Roofing Contractor Workmanship Warranties

What Do Materials and Roofing Contractor Workmanship Warranties Really Mean?

Reroofing your home usually involves two types of warranties. A roofing material manufacturer issues a material defect warranty. The roofing contractor issues a workmanship warranty. In tandem, both warranties work together to provide you comprehensive coverage. However, warranties and what they do and don’t cover vary. So, what do roofing and workmanship warranties really mean? Here’s a general rundown that’ll help you understand.

Manufacturer Material Warranties

quality-seal-signature-roofingThe National Roofing Contractors Association released a Consumer Advisory Bulletin stating:

“A roofing warranty’s length should not be the primary criterion in the selection of a roofing product or roof system because the warranty does not necessarily provide assurance of satisfactory roof system performance. There is a common misconception by roofing consumers that long-term warranties are all-inclusive insurance policies designed to cover virtually any roofing problem, regardless of the cause or circumstance. Even the… Continue reading

GAF Roofs for Troops

GAF Roofs for Troops Rebate Program: $300 Rebate Offered to Active U.S. Military, Veterans & Retirees

GAF Roofs for Troops RebateGAF has recently announced it’s Roof for Troops Rebate program, whereby any active U.S. military, veterans, and retirees can receive a $300 rebate on a Lifetime Roofing System when installed by a GAF Master Elite™ or Certified Contractor between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.  All entries must be received no later than January 31, 2014.  The online form and additional details can be found on the GAF website.

The details of the program follow:

A Lifetime Roofing System consists of Lifetime Shingles and at least three qualifying GAF accessories. For more information see Also see GAF Shingle & Accessory Ltd. Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions. The word “Lifetime” means as long as the original individual owner(s) of a single family detached residence [or the second owner(s) in… Continue reading

Radiant Barriers Worth Extra Cost?

What is Radiant Barrier and is It Worth the Extra Cost on a Bay Area Roof?

Radiant barrier is a member of the insulation family, but most homeowners are more familiar with fiberglass, cellulose and other home insulation materials. Radiant barrier is a sheet of insulation that reflects radiant heat energy instead of absorbing it. Like all roofing or home insulation products, it is designed to keep your home comfortable and energy costs down.

For roofing applications, radiant barrier looks like a big sheet of aluminum foil on one side of the oriented strand board (OSB). OSB is used for roof decking. The roofer nails the asphalt roofing shingles to the board and the radiant barrier faces the home’s interior to help retain heat in the winter and reflect heat in the summer.

When you get a roofing quote from a Bay Area roofing company, it may include an… Continue reading