December 30th, 2008 in Roofing
The most ridiculous thing about my house is...the blatant lack of eaves or overhang on the north side of the house. Sounds wild, I know, but I am new to the desert. Yes I am currently spending the winter months in a Casita in the Mojave Desert in southern California. Sure the average annual rainfall here is less than six inches, but rain it does.
And last week I had the pleasure of experiencing my first good desert rainfall (I got my first earthquake on my first night in town!). Other than making me a bit homesick, it was striking and beautiful. But it also resulted in water dripping directly onto my bed in the middle of the night thanks to some rather ridiculous design.
Our small winter getaway has an exposed beam ceiling with tongue-and-groove pine on top of that. These beams then cantilever out of the exterior walls about one foot, completely uncovered by any eave or overhang. Many years in the hot desert sun have caused quite a bit of cracking and splitting in the beam ends as all moisture has been sucked out of them. This actually allows rainwater to travel through these cracks where they meet the exterior, into the walls and, as it turns out, behind the paint that covers the beams and down onto our bed through a knot in the wood. ...read full post →
October 23rd, 2008 in Roofing
In some ways your house needs holes in the attic, but when it comes to the pitter-patter of four-legged feet above your head, it’s a different story. Holes in the attic can be caused by a number of things, from wear and tear on the roof over time to the sharp and pesky teeth of greater Rodentia. The first key to plugging holes in the attic is knowing where they are.
Finding the Hole
Unfortunately, the most common way holes in the attic are discovered is only after animals are nesting up there or water comes dripping down into the main floors. Regular inspection of the attic and the roof is good prevention. Also keep tree branches and other access points trimmed back from the roof. There’s no need to make it easy for the invaders.
After the fact, you’ll need to go up there and look for their entry point. Vent screens are a popular place, and an easy fix. Damaged or missing soffit boards are another. Basically, these spots are likely not too difficult to find and are usually the result of materials that are rotting or in disrepair. That’s not to say that squirrels and their cousins won’t chew their way in if they can.
The problems are self-evident, especially if you’re already hearing the squirrels dance at night. Animals are an obvious problem. They keep you awake, they’ll start a family up there, and they leave quite a mess.
Another problem is the leaky roof, which can lead to a leaky ceiling, which can lead to a major renovation. Again, keeping a good eye on your roof is a good idea. Look for hanging shingles, raised shingles, and sags or weak spots in the roof. To add insult to injury, weak spots caused by water damage are also the best places for animals to chew their way into your attic. ...read full post →
September 24th, 2008 in Roofing
In an informative article about trends in recycled roofing, Heidi J. Ellsworth writes, “Energy Star®, recycling, green roofs — all buzzwords in an industry that is making a transition to the world of sustainable building products. The roofing industry is on the environmental fast track. From shingle wraps that read 'please recycle' to asphalt roofing recycling centers to a commitment with the new Energy Star program, roofing manufacturers and contractors are offering several different forms of earth friendly products and services.”
As you explore roofing materials with your roofing contractor, having some information about the trend in recycled roofing materials can be useful. Here are 7 companies that offer recycled roofing products: ...read full post →
June 18th, 2008 in Roofing
Wooden shakes were one of the original roofing materials, but with the invention of more advanced materials, they have become less common. When selecting your roofing material, is wood even an option anymore?
Wooden shingles are typically made from cedar trees. Very few new homes even consider using wooden shakes, but many homeowners with historical homes want to use them to maintain originality. Wood shakes tend to be high in maintenance, being prone to deterioration, insect infiltration, rot, and mildew. Additionally, over time, the sun dries them and causes them to be very flammable. ...read full post →
May 26th, 2008 in Roofing
Does your roof need repair? Warning signs that indicate it’s time include ceiling spots, blistered, curled, or missing shingles, cracked flashing, granules in the gutter, and peeling paint. Last but not least, problems with your roofing can result in excessive energy costs. If you’ve noticed that your monthly bill is higher than usual, inefficient or damaged roofing may be the cause. When checking for roof damage, don’t forget to investigate your gutters, as they keep your house dry and protect siding, windows, doors, and your foundation from water damage.
If you’re ready to replace your roof altogether, there are numerous eco-friendly alternatives available, including metal, clay, slate, and recycled materials. Talk to your roofing contractor about your choices. Remember, CalFinder-certified roofing professionals are located across the country and are available for no charge estimates. Here are some of them:
Acker and Guerrero Roofing
Based in Oakland, California, Acker and Guerrero has served the Bay Area since 1990, growing to become one of Northern California’s leading roofing companies. ...read full post →