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Industry Spotlight: National Roofing Contractors Association

NRCA logoThe National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is a nonprofit trade organization that has been advocating for roofing professionals since 1886. This big-tent organization represents not only roofing contractors but all professionals that play a part in the roofing industry, including engineers, consultants, material distributors and architects. Its members come from 53 countries and all 50 states. The NRCA’s primary goal is to advocate for those working in the roofing industry and help its members better serve their customers.

Technical Expertise and Education

The NRCA has created and organized a wealth of technical information on best roofing practices, all of which are available to roofing professionals and consumers. Continue reading “Industry Spotlight: National Roofing Contractors Association” »

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Industry Overview: Roofing 101

Whether you need a new roof or simply want to perform preventative maintenance, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with some roofing basics. Photo: Sierra Roofing & Solar (2016)

Whether you need a new roof or simply want to perform preventative maintenance, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with some roofing basics. Photo: Sierra Roofing & Solar (2016)

Like many industries, roofing is more complex than it seems, and it continues to become more so with ongoing technological innovations. This article contains some useful information to help you get more acquainted with the basics of the field, including key terms and answers to frequently asked questions.

COMMON TYPES OF ROOFING MATERIALS
There are numerous roofing materials available, each with its particular pros and cons. Here are some of the most common choices:

Wood shakes and shingles
Wood shakes and shingles blend in well with a natural environment, are easy to repair and replace, and can last 30 to 50 years if maintained properly. Continue reading “Industry Overview: Roofing 101” »

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Video: Tile Roof Maintenance

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on roof replacement and maintenance. One of the points mentioned was tile roof maintenance, which consists of several specific measures. To learn more about tile roof maintenance, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tom Rhoads, owner of Roof-Life Construction.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Roof Replacement 101

Considering the cost of a new roof, you’ll want to be proactive about protecting your investment. Photo: Daddario Roofing Company, Inc. (2016)

Considering the cost of a new roof, you’ll want to be proactive about protecting your investment. Photo: Daddario Roofing Company, Inc. (2016)

A roof is considered one of the bare essentials of life—after all, how many times did your parents remind you to be thankful for “the roof over your head”? Unfortunately, in addition to being essential, a roof happens to be extremely expensive. So, when it comes to planning for a roofing project, it’s important to be proactive about protecting your investment. To help you do just that, we’ve created the following guide featuring helpful expertise from five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Roof Replacement 101” »

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Preparing Your Home for Winter with Fall Maintenance: Part 1

Summer has given way to autumn, and people throughout the Greater Bay Area are starting to get ready for the upcoming holiday season. However, amidst your fall decorating and holiday shopping, it’s important to remember another key seasonal measure: preparing your home for imminent winter weather. With its chilly temperatures and heavy rainfall, winter can take a toll on any home, but with proper preparation, you can fortify yours against the elements and avoid common problems.

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While the Bay Area isn’t subject to the extreme conditions found in other states, winter weather can nonetheless take a toll on local homes. Photo: American Home Renewal, Inc. (2014)

Weatherproof your exterior
Whether to keep out water or cold air, weatherproofing your home is a vital preparatory measure during winter. Not only can weatherproofing prevent costly water intrusion issues, it can also improve home energy efficiency by keeping the heat in and lowering utility costs. Here are a few important proactive steps: Continue reading “Preparing Your Home for Winter with Fall Maintenance: Part 1” »

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Dealing with Roof Algae Buildup

When it comes to roofing, most Bay Area homeowners try to get the most out of their investments by making upgrades to secure longevity and performance. However, while it’s important to address integral aspects like waterproofing and ventilation, few homeowners consider another important factor: the buildup of algae and mold on roof shingles.

While not a threat to your roof’s integrity, algae and mold buildup on shingles can be an unwelcome eyesore. Photo: Ross Roofing & Construction, Inc. (2014)

While not a threat to your roof’s integrity, algae and mold buildup on shingles can be an unwelcome eyesore. Photo: Ross Roofing & Construction, Inc. (2014)

The good news is that unlike faulty waterproofing, which can result in expensive repairs or replacement, algae buildup on shingles won’t compromise a roof’s integrity. Continue reading “Dealing with Roof Algae Buildup” »

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Making the Most of a Roof Replacement

Replacing a roof is an expensive endeavor, so it makes sense to implement related energy efficiency improvements at the same time. By investing in things like roof ventilation, attic insulation and natural overhead lighting, you can increase the comfort of your home while keeping money in your pocket.

Replacing a roof is an ideal time to make related improvements to home energy efficiency. Photo: R E Roofing and Construction, Inc. (2014)

Replacing a roof is an ideal time to make related improvements to home energy efficiency. Photo: R E Roofing and Construction, Inc. (2014)

Roof ventilation
There are minimum code requirements for ventilating a roof, but it never hurts to exceed this standard. Maximizing your roof’s ventilation will not only make your home cooler in the summer, it will also help protect against moisture build-up in the winter. Continue reading “Making the Most of a Roof Replacement” »

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Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2012 (Part 1)

The Diamond Certified Tip of the Day series was a big hit with consumers this year, providing useful information and advice for a wide range of topics across many different service industries. The series will continue in 2013 and beyond (with the addition of new media channels!), but in the meantime, here are 5 of the most popular tips from 2012. Look for Part 2 next week!

1. Solar
Before installing a residential solar system, take steps to ensure your home is as energy-efficient as possible. Install weather stripping around doors and windows, add new insulation in walls and attic spaces, switch to fluorescent light bulbs, or insulate your water heater and water pipes. By reducing your energy needs, you can reduce the size and cost of the solar system you’re installing.

2. Cars
Leaving your car idling in the driveway actually wastes more gas than driving it, as it requires the fuel injectors to provide extra fuel to the engine for a longer period of time. When your car’s engine is cold, its computerized sensors tell the fuel injectors to stay open longer, allowing more fuel to flow to the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2012 (Part 1)” »

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Tips for Maintaining Your Roof

If installed properly, most roofs will last for decades without having to be replaced, but to extend the life of your roof and ensure it won’t break down prematurely, it’s still a good idea to adhere to a regular maintenance schedule. To maximize the efficiency of your roof, consider the following maintenance tips (if conditions make it unsafe to perform these maintenance procedures yourself, contact a professional):

Inspect. Thoroughly scan your roof for any signs of damage, warping or discoloration. Spray the roof with a hose and identify potential trouble spots by making a note of where water collects. Also, pay immediate attention to missing or damaged shingles, spots where there’s noticeable bubbling and places where the roof material is actually lifting. Continue reading “Tips for Maintaining Your Roof” »

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