Thursday, September 24, 2015
The city of Sunnyvale gets relatively high temperatures throughout the year. According to the National Weather Service, the average high temperature goes over 70 degrees Fahrenheit between May and October. The average low doesn’t go far from 50 degrees. With this range of temperatures, roofs endure a high amount of heat. Over time, the materials can reach their limits. Your home’s roofing is its primary defense against the elements, so if you’re in need of roof repair, replacement, or any other services, it is important that you work only with an excellent roofing contractor. Here are some pointers on what you should look for in such a contractor.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The role of a roofing contractor in home maintenance is undeniable. It’s true that every part of the house is important but the roof has a prominent function: it’s your primary shield from the elements of weather. That’s why it should receive adequate attention. The roof of a house is designed to withstand a considerable amount of punishment. If properly selected, installed, and maintained, they can last for a long time. They are not without limits, though. Like with many other things, the roof cannot escape the effects of time. Couple that with the toll weather elements take and the roof will eventually need repairs or even replacement.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Many homeowners in Palo Alto, California and across the country are implementing greener choices for their homes. Constructing a truly eco-friendly home starts with the materials. Everything you use from the foundation to the interior should be sustainable. One of the most sustainable materials used for home construction is natural wood, which has loads of green benefits for your home. If you are looking for an eco-friendly roofing option, any skilled roofer will tell you that wood is a great choice. Sustainably Harvested Red and white cedar is one of the most sought after type of wood for roofing. It gives the home an elegant, rustic look that certainly raises its curb appeal. Cedar wood in the U.S. is sustainably harvested from carefully managed forests. This allows for healthy growth of cedar trees for the future.
Friday, September 18, 2015
The climate across California varies from county to county, but if there’s one thing people can agree on, it’s that it’s mostly hot. The weather in the state is generally warm, with some experiencing Mediterranean, hot desert, semi-arid, and even continental climates. Menlo Park and Palo Alto, being so close to San Francisco, share the warm Mediterranean climate characterized by dry summers that can reach up to 79 ºF. In such warm weather, the roofing material you choose for your Palo Alto or Menlo Park, CA home matters. Slate Tiles Slate tiles are very durable against the heat and the other elements. It also helps reduce the heat absorbed due to its natural reflective properties. If you want to maximize its heat reflection, you should pick light colors or earth tones like grey, moss green, or a light brick red.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Roofs are designed for utmost sturdiness to withstand and keep you protected from the elements. However, they are also among the least maintained parts of a house, and people tend to not give theirs a second glance unless it starts to cause inconvenience. Just because your Palo Alto home’s roof does not leak doesn’t mean that it’s sensible to conclude it’s in good shape. Your roof may be giving out these warning signs that it needs repair or even replacement. 1. Brittle shingles. Granules shield shingles from the sun’s UV rays, but they fall off over time with direct exposure to heat as well as hail and storm. Once a significant percentage of its granules is gone, a shingle becomes brittle and wearing accelerates from then on.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
One of the problems many Palo Alto homeowners face is pest infestation. Animals of different proportions especially like the safety and comfort that attic and roof spaces provide. As insects find their way through the roof, larger animals tend to follow in to forage for food, creating burrows and holes that result in costly repairs. Many times, roofing professionals would be called in to help fix extensive damage caused by these unwanted visitors. Harboring Critters. Insects follow a certain life cycle. There are months they aren’t as active and invasive so you’re lucky if you are able to hinder their proliferation before you find yourself warding off swarm attacks. Roofing handymen usually find hornets, bees, and wasps on the roofline, deep in the sidings or inside the roof itself, which can be hardly noticeable.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Mold growth, water stains, or steady drips of water coming from the ceiling are among the most obvious signs of roof leaks. As a homeowner, you shouldn’t ignore even the smallest roof leaks, as leaks can be quite devastating to your home’s interior if not dealt with immediately. However, even though running water and water stains indicate roof leaks, these signs often don’t tell you where exactly the leaks are occurring. Knowing where the damage is situated is the first step of curbing the problem, which is a challenging and frustrating prospect for homeowners. To avoid frustrations, a trusted roofing contractor offer simple ways on correctly determining the cause of your roof leak woes.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
If you’re planning on replacing or remodeling your roof, you’ll want to ensure that you’re choosing and designing a new one that would suit your home and protect your family. After all, you’ll buy new roofing only a few times in your life, so you have to make the most out of your purchases. There’s no need to worry about the expenses, though, as you can get around a 63 percent return on investment simply by replacing your roof. Before calling a roofing contractor for help, remember these helpful tips for remodeling your roof and choosing the best materials for the project.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The roofs over the heads of Palo Alto residents do a lot to protect them from the elements. The problem is that this protection means that the roof often ends up taking the brunt of the damage. Calling in a professional roofer, like one working with Shelton Roofing, is the best choice possible for people who want to return their roofs to good condition. This is because roof damage comes in various types and can stem from different causes, and trying to deal with these on your own without proper training and experience will only make things worse. Here are a few of the problems that roofers can address.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Your roof is a critical part of your home in Palo Alto, and paying top dollar for its installation, repair, or replacement makes it a sizeable investment that requires your utmost protection. One of the best ways to get the most out of your money is to make sure you get a warranty along with the components or system you have purchased. A warranty means that you won’t have to pay for repairs or replacement in case a roof failure occurs within the terms and conditions of the written guarantee. Roof Warranty Types There are two basic types of roof warranties; material warranty and labor warranty. Material warranty is supplied by the manufacturer, while labor warranty is typically provided by the roofing contractor. The average warranty period for roof materials is between 20 to 30 years, but can vary with each different manufacturer.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Your roof is arguably the most important part of your home that protects you from the harshest elements. Sun, wind, and rain are constantly beating down on it, and this can have dire effects on its condition. Most especially when Mother Nature decides to wreak havoc, there is very little a homeowner and his roof can do against such devastating power. When a roof suffers severe storm damage, that damage must be addressed as quickly as possible to avoid further and costlier repairs to the roof and to the structure itself. Even the tiniest holes or cracks can quickly lead to bigger problems later on, so you need to act on it as soon as you can.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
It could be a very bad mold problem, or a long overlooked structural issue; it is such an inconvenience if you suddenly find out that you need an emergency roof repair in Sunnyvale, even more so if you need to re-roof a large area. According to the building requirements of California, and the Sunnyvale municipal code: any re-roofing or repairs of more than 100 square feet requires a permit and must follow the requirements specified by the 2013 California building code, residential code, fire code, and energy efficiency standards. That’s a lot of regulations to read-up on, so here is a brief summary of the major points that you need to remember: • The roofing material must have a minimum of a Class B fire rating. • As stated in the Sunnyvale.ca.gov site: “The Planning Division requires that the existing quality of roof material be maintained on all re-roofs.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
DIY work can be fun, but there are some home problems that are best left to professionals, simply because they are too dangerous. Climbing your roof and attempting even a small repair counts as one of the more dangerous tasks that should be off of your DIY list. Here are some of the risks that you should know about: Falling is a possibility. The repair that you need to do may be easy, but safely getting up and down your roof, particularly if you don’t have a harness and other safety gear, is quite unlikely. This is especially difficult when the roof is still wet from the rain, so save yourself the trouble and just call on skilled and fully equipped roofers.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Does your roof need replacement? How would you know? When you spot some signs of damage on your roof, you’ll be thinking whether you need to call a roofer for repairs or replacement. The seemingly logical basis for decision is the severity of damage. To a great extent, this is correct, since a completely totaled roofing, damaged by a storm for example, screams replacement. In many cases though, the choice is not as obvious. In California areas, like Sunnyvale or Palo Alto, the intense heat of summer gives a slow but steady pounding for a duration of around four months. The roof will show up differently from a “completely totaled” one. With this, it turns out that other than the severity of damage, more factors come into play to determine whether your roof needs replacement or not. To check them, here are some things you can do.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Have you inspected your roof lately? Be wary of damages that require immediate roof repairs! Don’t ignore broken shingles that could let water in or indoor air out, clogged gutters that could eventually become the root of moisture retention and leaks, and water damaged soffit and fascia that could teem with molds and pests. You might wonder what causes these problems and how you can prevent them. Improper gutter cleaning, poor roof maintenance, and unprofessional installation or repair jobs are among the top reasons, and you can avoid these by being more diligent with roof maintenance and wise about picking out a contractor. On the other hand, some factors that can bring about these problems are difficult to prevent or prepare for—the outdoor elements and forces of nature.
Monday, August 10, 2015
There are several innovative ways to make your home more environmentally friendly. You can reduce and recycle waste in your home to lessen your negative impact on the planet. You can install modern fixtures for energy or water efficiency to conserve natural resources. If you’re planning to invest in a home renovation though, specifically for your roof, you’d want to opt for sustainable materials. You can replace the roofing structure with eco-friendly or efficient materials. You can also alter the roof’s design in a way that wastes less or gives more benefits.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Around the second week of May, a few areas in California received some rain, including the Bay Area of San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Palo Alto, and San Jose as reported by NBC Bay Area News. Meteorologist Ryan Kittell said that the rain shower would be of help to relieve the negative effects of the drought being experienced by the state, even if the overall impact is not too big. Wet and Dry KTVU reported as well that the rain won't be getting California out of the drought just yet. Indeed, while the rain fell on the few mentioned areas, the rest of California stayed dry. In any case, both of these conditions can be in the extremes. Whichever weather or season it is, the roof of your house remains as a primary protection from harsh external factors. Then again, your roof can only protect the inhabitants and the objects inside the house if it’s properly maintained.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
During the second week of May, a storm brought lightning strikes in Menlo Park and Palo Alto in the South Bay, as well as in Concord in East Bay. An article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel indicated that no injuries or fires were reported. Lightning Strikes While the lightning strikes didn’t cause damages, it is possible. A building directly hit by lightning can incur damage, specifically damage to roofing materials. When such an incident occurs, it’s a good idea to call in a Menlo Park roofing contractor right away. The roofing is one of the most important structures of the house as it is the primary protection of the interior, and consequently the inhabitants and the contents, of the house. Having it repaired immediately is paramount.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
While it’s true that San Francisco Bay Area weather is relatively dry, rains do visit despite months-long droughts. Just a few weeks ago, heavy rains showered South and East Bay cities, with Sunnyvale and Palo Alto among those experiencing thunderstorms. According to meteorologist Ryan Kittell, however, such a downpour would do very little to remedy water shortage. Because the area receives too little amount of rainwater each year, some homeowners no longer bother installing gutters on their roof. However, knowing how much damage the “rare” rains can do may, perhaps, convince you to give your house the additional protection it needs.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Wooden shingles have been around for centuries. Favored for their rustic appearance, wooden shingles could come from a variety of tree species with colors ranging from red to brown, complementing different architectural styles. Although many people choose wooden shingles primarily for their aesthetic appeal, wooden shingles also offer greater value compared to other roofing materials, in terms of installation and environmental-friendliness. Since wooden shingles are lightweight, they exert less pressure on your roofing system’s support structures. They are also pretty easy to install, repair and maintain. Wooden shingles pose no pollution threat since they are made of natural materials. You can even recycle them once they near the end of their life span. In addition, wooden shingles still deliver superior performance even in areas frequented by high winds and hail storms such as California.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
When it comes to roofing, it’s okay for homeowners like you to be a little picky. At the end of the day, it is you who has to live under that roof for many years. Aside from the material, however, you also need to think about the right roof color for your home. Reasons like “it’s my favorite color” might not be enough. Worry not, however, for here are some solid tips from Palo Alto, CA roofing contractors to help you pick the best color for your planned roof replacement. Check Out Samples Shopping for a new roof is not unlike shopping for new tiles, you need to see samples up close before you actually have them installed on your home. You need to ask your contractors for some color samples of your chosen roofing material. You’ll need them to get them to complement your home’s exterior paint. Never choose a color that looks like your exterior as this can make your house look bland and boring.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Your house’s roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It is, after all, your first line of defense against the elements. This is why as a homeowner, it is one of your biggest responsibilities to make sure that your roof is in tip-top condition. To do that, you have two options: re-roofing or repair. Knowing which one to do at the right time can help you make good on your investment. Here are some considerations for you before you call Palo Alto roofing contractors. Current State of the Roof The largest indicator of whether your roof needs repair or a complete make-over is its current state. If it’s in very poor condition and barely able to do its job, you probably need a good job of re roofing in Palo Alto. The same is true if your roof has too many layers, bad decking and incompatible shingles. If it’s a leak problem, however, you don’t want to be too hasty demanding for a re-roof.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The weather can certainly be unpredictable. Just in March of this year, Californians got a surprise when a hailstorm pelted their beaches and turned them white. USA Today reported that the full inch of hail was from a fast-moving thunderstorm. Hailstorms are quite rare in sunny California. After all, several cities in the state are in the top 10 list of having the all-time highest temperatures. Additionally, nine out of the 10 cities with the least weather variety are also in California. While hailstorms may be unusual, the heavy ones can do significant damage when they come.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
The roof is one of the most important components of any home. It is the primary shield against different elements – heat, rain, wind, and the like. It’s certainly not a good thing when it gets damaged, but it can only mean that it gave you and your home protection when it was needed the most. However, you must make sure that your roof will continue doing its job. To do that, you need to give it the repairs it needs, or, if warranted, get it replaced by a Menlo Park roofing contractor. What are the common causes of roof damage? The National Storm Damage Center indicates that storms are a major bringer of damage. While California is not particularly prone to storms, winds can equally be capable of inflicting roofing troubles. Strong winds may carry debris, or worse, heavy branches from trees, which could hit your roof and cause massive damage.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Most people are already looking forward to summer, but what they keep forgetting is that the heat can increase energy consumption at home. Using energy efficient appliances can help. However, if you are looking to replace your roof, you could also look into choosing a material that could give you substantial energy savings. The kind of roofing that’s most appropriate for the climate in Palo Alto may reduce your energy bills by helping to regulate indoor air temperature and decrease your air conditioning needs. Here are some tips from a Palo Alto roofer on the roofing type that can help cool down your home in hot weather. Light Colors Work Best It is common knowledge that darker colors absorb more light and heat than lighter colors. In places with generally warm and dry climates like California, this also applies to roofing. In ancient times, the Greeks painted their roofs white so as to reflect the heat of the sun.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Slate is one of the most popular materials for roofing in Menlo Park, CA and elsewhere in the country, and is also one of the most durable. The secret of its toughness lies in how it is made. Slate is a natural metamorphic rock formation formed beneath the earth under extreme heat and pressure. Since it is basically waterproof, fireproof, and can withstand any kind of weather, it is an ideal material for roofing. Still, these are not the only qualities that make slate roofing the best option to protect your home. Good for the Environment About 5 percent of the total waste sent to various landfills throughout the nation is made up of roofing waste. It might be just a small percentage but that 5 percent is actually a huge amount, largely brought about by materials needed in roofing replacements. This significant landfill contribution is due in large part to the need to change roofing and roofing parts every few years or so. Slate roofing, however, is known for its longevity.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
When you notice water stains on your ceiling extending all the way to your walls, it’s usually a sign of roof leak. Although minor leaks have an easy fix, tracking their source can be difficult since it’s often away from where the leaks appear. Some Palo Alto, CA roofing contractors share simple tricks for finding the source of roofing leaks. Look for daylight holes. Look for water marks and discoloration on the roof. Turn off the light and try to find holes on the roof where daylight shows through. A wood-shingle roof has many of those, but overlapped shingles only has them where they leak water. Scan the roof surface. Using a bright flashlight, start above the area where the drip is coming from and work your way up the roof, checking along the framing members for wetness. Be careful to step only on secure framing members and not on insulation of the ceiling below as these cannot support your weight.
Moving to a new place and thinking of putting up your Palo Alto home for sale? If your existing roofing shows signs of stains, leaks, sagging, broken or missing shingles—anything that reduces its aesthetic and functional quality—you can have the damage repaired or the roofing replaced altogether. A brand new roof, along with other improvements, attracts potential buyers more easily, and increases its resale value, as well. According to a joint housing study by Hanley Wood’s Housing Continuum Study and Harvard University, 30% to 40% of buyers of existing homes make improvements within six months after purchase. That’s for buyers who are willing to spend for renovation, but will settle for a lower buying price on the house. For most buyers, however, especially those who can afford other options and can pay more, a leaking roof is enough for them to look for a new house elsewhere.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Spring and summer showers are expected to come to Palo Alto soon, and in anticipation of that, you may want to give your roof a good inspection while the weather is still clear. Palo Alto roofing experts advise that routine roofing inspections be done once or twice a year, yet it will always depend on the weather, particularly if your home has been subjected to extreme weather conditions.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
If you have a leaky roof, do not lose time in calling a Sunnyvale roofing contractor before the problem escalates or causes other major issues. Better yet, conduct an inspection and check for potential causes of leaks even before they happen. Be careful, however, about going up on the roof. In many cases, sources of leaks may be spotted even from the ground or from the top of a ladder.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
"Though there are many telltale signs of a damaged roof, the challenge here is to identify the more subtle problems that are harder to spot. A good way to start is to grab a pair of binoculars and check your roof from across the street, while looking for signs of damage. Can you spot missing, curled, or cracked shingles, or are you seeing some missing pieces of flashing? Curling or buckling shingles are signs that these are past their life expectancy, and are in need of immediate replacement. To help you in making the decision, call a Menlo Park roofing contractor who can make a closer and more thorough inspection of your roof, and give you a professional recommendation on whether to replace or repair."
Sunday, April 12, 2015
A Palo Alto roofer like one from Shelton Roofing is often called in for roofing installation and replacement. More than this, however, the services of one is also highly needed in maintaining a roof to help prolong and optimize its lifespan. This calls for regular inspections and repairs, not only of the roof itself but the roofing system’s other components, including the flashing and gutters, which are essential in protecting the roof and the home from water accumulation.
Friday, April 10, 2015
People looking to install new roofing in their Menlo Park, CA homes have plenty of choices, considering the number of styles and materials on the market. To make an informed choice, here are brief descriptions of roofing styles and materials, and what to expect.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
A proper and well-maintained roof plays an important part in making your house habitable. It protects you and your home from the elements and provides insulation as well. If any problems develop with your roofing in California, immediate repairs or re-roofing is necessary, to ensure the house’s structural integrity and the safety of its occupants. You can’t do all these alone, though; the dangerous and back-breaking work involved in roof replacement or repair entails the help of roofing contractors in Palo Alto, CA such as Shelton Roofing.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Moreover, look for spots with mold and moisture, these are indicative of water damage. Check the drainage and gutters to see if they are securely attached or if they are free from any debris. Other fixtures such as vents, pipes, skylights, and chimneys should also be checked. Conducting regular roof inspections can prevent further damages and improve your home’s resale value. For those who want to keep their roof in good condition and maintain its attractive appearance, roofing contractors such as Shelton Roofing offer re-roofing and emergency roof repair for Sunnyvale homes.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
While appraising a new roof’s installation costs is fairly straightforward, computing the expenses for re-roofing a Menlo Park home can be trickier. Plenty of variables such as the type of roof, the scope of repairs, and the cost of labor come into play, so much so that arriving at the precise estimated cost is near impossible. Nevertheless, it is still advisable to have the damage assessed by a professional and get a quote; even approximate figures will equip homeowners with the knowledge they need to financially prepare for the repairs.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
When it’s snowy winter in other parts of the U.S., it’s the rainy season in the San Francisco Peninsula, and the Palo Alto region have had its fair share of downpours and even storms. Although the wet weathers that hit the area were quite mild this past season, the particularly rainy days were enough to uncover roof defects that need to be repaired immediately. That way, the home can be protected throughout the sunny days and during future downpours or hurricanes. Spring will definitely be an ideal time to call a Sunnyvale or Palo Alto roofer, so they can assess and maintain, repair, or replace your roof.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
f those conventional choices don’t fit your aesthetic preferences, gray tones may be more suitable to your home’s style. Color experts also claim that several Americans will gravitate toward gray as the color of their roof this year. The trend is attributed to aging boomers, who are embracing their maturity more and more, and finding comfort in things or concepts that celebrate it. Warm neutrals like charcoal gray or a blend of blues, beiges, and blacks with gray may be great refined choices for homes. Although traditionally, gray roofs are made of slate, metal can also come in the same elegant color. Menlo Park and Palo Alto, CA roofing contractors like Shelton Roofing can help you explore your choices and restore or reinvigorate the beauty of your home with their services.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Facility managers are expected to know and be updated on the actual condition of the roof. The problem lies, however, in the condition of the supporting roof structure—a close look may reveal the level of decay in there, especially if the facility has not been occupied for some time. This may potentially dictate the level of Palo Alto roof repairs that will be required on the facility. Warseck cited the case of a warehouse that was unoccupied for five years and the only work the facility owner had done to it was periodic repairs on the roof. The problem was, the steel decking already rusted and required total replacement along with the roof, at a time when a tenant already occupied the place.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
A look at many houses in the United States will point out the front or rear porch as a vital amenity the household can’t do without. If your house has either one, you may probably see it fraying at several sections (after years of service), including the roof. This opens an opportunity to replace the old roof with an all-new roofing system, as an article on the home construction site Front Porch Ideas points out. Palo Alto residents do see the viability of having a porch set up at home. Given the area’s lowlands location and proximity to the San Francisco Bay, having a porch allows for taking in fresh breaths of air while staying protected from the elements. When your porch does exhibit some signs of deterioration despite ample effort at maintenance, a Palo Alto roofing contractor like Shelton Roofing is ready to accept your call for a roof repair or replacement project.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Home ownership does not stop with the acquisition of a house, as it extends to the maintenance of the various parts of the property. The plumbing system, windows, and the roof are among the crucial home components that need regular checks and upgrades—either through repairs or replacements, to guarantee not only a risk-free home, but a shelter that is comfortable as well.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Natural disasters can strike quite unexpectedly, even in places as peaceful and affluent as Menlo Park, California. When a storm, earthquake or tornado arrives, people who wholly rely on the stability of the structures they are staying in to avoid getting injured or worse. The technology to accurately predict certain calamities is yet to exist, so it falls on the hands of residents and building owners to remain constantly vigilant in their quest to ensure that the structural integrity of their property will hold in case of disasters.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The roof’s pitch is important. A Menlo Park or Palo Alto roofer can help design a roof that will suit a home owner’s preferences and still be up to the city’s standards.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Roofs are strange characters—they provide sheer aesthetic value to a house, but it only takes the wrong kind of materials to make them leak at some point. Part of that problem involves the flashing, which may be off-kilter and will need replacement or repair. SFGate.com’s Tim Anderson said this holds true regardless of any roofing material you have up top. Menlo Park’s winter weather does present too many options for moisture to accumulate inside the roofing. If left untouched, the moisture can gradually compromise the internal structure and lead to more damaging circumstances. This will require the professional workmanship of Menlo Park, CA roofing companies such as Shelton Roofing to keep the roof battened down.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
If you own a commercial facility or establishment in town that has all but seen better days, you may notice that part of the roof may already be degrading—and warrants a reroofing job to some degree. In her September 6, 2013 report for the Port Orchard Independent in Washington State, Leslie Kelly said such was the situation facing a vacant building at the Olympic View Industrial Park inside the Port of Bremerton. The above scenario may or may not be familiar to commercial property owners in a prosperous place like Palo Alto, CA where some buildings that are idle for years are being converted into modern spaces, such as a former Sun Microsystems complex in Fabian Way that is now a Jewish community center. When your building’s roof is in poor shape and must be fixed up while there’s still time, entrust the job to roofing contractors from Palo Alto, CA like Shelton Roofing.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
If you are looking at sturdy options for your new roof, many will recommend putting up a metal roof over your head. In many ways, your choice of Palo Alto roofing contractor will help prove them right. Writing for the Triple Pundit, Paul Kazlov said metal roofs can be a good solution to recently brewing environmental issues such as global warming. Much has been said about the weather in Palo Alto, CA, especially when you consider the moderate precipitation the city receives annually. Stranger things can still happen, given the weather fluctuations due to climate change. When you do need to change your old roof with a better, stronger material, be ready to give a leading Palo Alto re roofing company like Shelton Roofing a call.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Since ancient times, people in areas with hot climates have opted for brightly colored roofs that reflect sunlight with a view to keeping their indoor spaces cool. White or bright-hued surfaces are naturally great at reflecting heat, but cooling rooms below is another story. Now, engineers at Stanford University have come up with a new twist to this basic premise. Instead of merely relying on roof color, they created a multilayer coating that simultaneously reflects most incoming sunlight and absorbs heat, which is then discharged away. A group of Stanford University researchers set off to create a mirrored coating that also radiated energy at long wavelengths. The scientists, however, admit that no natural material exists that both reflects solar wavelengths and remains radiative in thermal wavelengths. The trick lies in structuring a surface that would reflect lower and upper ranges while discharging microwaves that can’t be absorbed by air.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
That pitter-patter of raindrops on your rooftop might sound strangely hypnotic, but you certainly don’t want it to turn into a veritable downpour during a storm. That said, you need to act with utmost urgency if you have not had any time to carry out a thorough roof repair or replacement project. While waiting for a roofing contractor in Sunnyvale to arrive, here are a few stop-gap measures you can consider. Using Tin and Aluminum Flashing Homeowners usually cannot determine whether their roofs are in need of servicing until heavy rainfall makes this concern rather apparent. That said, a quick way to prevent water from soaking your entire home’s interior is to apply tin or aluminum flashing on top of broken or punctured shingles. You’ll first need to locate the source of the leak and then securely place the aluminum or tin flashing by nailing it in place.
Friday, February 13, 2015
As the rest of the country is dealing with snow, Bay Area has a different adversary: rain and storm. The rainy season is truly in full swing, and cities like Menlo Park got a taste of the hassles and hazards that storms can bring, including power outages and trees getting toppled over. The rains may be great for the state’s water supply amid a drought, but it isn’t too great for homes, particularly the roofs. When the weather lets up, take the opportunity to inspect your roof, and see if you need repairs or a major roof remodel.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Roofs, for all the protection they afford to a home, can be one of the most vulnerable parts of the house. By shielding the rest of the property from the weather, these structures take the full brunt of nature’s damage. Damages caused by rainwater, strong winds, storm-swept debris, and even ultraviolet rays from the sun can reduce the performance of even the hardiest roofs. It is important for homeowners to keep track of the condition of their roofing to prevent further complications such as leakage and extensive water damage in the interiors of their houses. A feature published in the Houzz website discusses the advantages of roofing made from metal, and how it is a superior choice for a roofing replacement. As a relatively maintenance-free roofing material, metal boasts incredible durability and heat dissipation features.