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What You Need to Know About Wet Insulation

Roofing contractors insist on frequent inspection of your roofing insulation to ensure it does not get wet. But what exactly is insulation? What are the dangers of wet insulation? We take you through everything you need to know about wet insulation and the remedies proposed by roof installation Los Angeles contractors.

 

What is roofing insulation?

It is a roofing material that is installed along the inner lining of your roofing structure as well as the attic and ceiling. The material has insulation properties which helps to retain energy in your home by reducing heat loss. Moisture compromises the heat-retaining properties of roofing insulation, which in turn leads to complications such as:

Remedies for wet insulation

How best to deal with wet insulation depends on the type of insulation installed in your home. Some will require simple DIY maintenance practices when others will require complete extraction. The 5 common types of insulation include spray foam insulation, cellulose insulation, cotton insulation, foam board insulation and fiberglass insulation.

When spray foam insulation gets wet

If your roof has closed-cell spray foam insulation, you are in luck! This type of insulation comes with an air-tight seal and a moisture barrier that prevents any moisture intrusion into the insulation itself. Wet spray foam insulation forms water droplets that glide on the surface of the insulating material. All you need to do is wipe the water droplets with a cotton towel to protect the permeable sections of your roof.

When cellulose insulation gets wet

Cellulose insulation is made of plant fiber and recycled newspaper. It is an affordable green option, but plant fibers and newspaper get water quickly. When wet, cellulose insulation needs to be removed. If caught early, the wet section of the insulation can be dried up and replaced into the same space. In adverse cases, the wet insulation needs to be completely replaced with fresh material.

When cotton insulation gets wet

Just as newspaper and plant fiber is susceptible to water intrusion, cotton insulation too, needs replacement. In propitious cases, the wet cotton fiber can be dried up and replaced after cleaning the extracted section. In cases where the cotton insulation is saturated with water, the entire affected section needs to be replaced by fresh cotton insulation.

When foam board insulation gets wet

If your roofing contractors installed foam board, there’s no need to panic. Foam board possesses the same impermeable properties to water as spray foam insulation. A simple wipe with a cotton towel will suffice to undo the problem.

When fiberglass insulation gets wet

This type of insulation is made of recycled glass and water. It is more impervious to moisture than foam board and spray foam insulation. However, if water sips into the air spaces in fiberglass insulation, it needs to be replaced as the water barely has any room to completely dry off.

Only a qualified roofing contractor is best suited to properly gauge the extent of water intrusion into your insulation and determine whether it can be dried and re-installed or whether it needs complete replacement.

 

Roof Repair Or Roof Replacement?

 

As you may already know, it is crucial that every property owner takes great care of their roof. Not only does the roof cover the most square area in the entire house, it plays a primary role in safeguarding the entire house against threats such as wind, external temperature, burglaries, pests, and more. And sometimes as you go about looking to maintain your house you’re going to be faced with two main decisions as far as your roof is concerned – to repair or to replace?

 

To answer that question you need to ask yourself even more questions. And these are:

 

 

Does the roof require lots of repairs?

A roof can be a money pit. You could be throwing money in and yet your roof still needs work every other season. This can be the case for a roof that was poorly constructed or one that has been neglected over the years. If your roof just needs little repairs to get it back in shape then by all means repair it. However, if your roof has been getting lots of repairs lately, and it still needs more, then you should seriously consider a re-roof. A barrage of repairs is a signal that your roof needs to go. And economically it makes sense to replace such a roof instead of paying for more repairs.

 

 

How much time is left till the roof’s warranty expires?

Every roof has a manufacturer lifespan. Some roofs are rated to last for 25 years, others 30 years and others even 50. It depends on what type of roof you have. And on top of that it matters what your environment is in and how well the roof has been maintained. If you’re comparing whether to repair or replace, you must consider the lifespan of the roof. If the end of the lifespan is near then it’s better to replace the old roof altogether. After all, why pay for hefty repairs just to replace your roof in a year or two?

 

 

Is the roof’s technology outdated?

Some roofs have old technology and are outdated compared to newer brands or models. For example, wood tiles are not comparable to clay tiles. And traditional shingles are not comparable to modern composite shingles. The newer models last longer and work better. If you’re dealing with an outdated roof, you will get better longevity and enjoy less maintenance if you replace it with a modern roof option.

 

 

Are you looking to sell the property?

The roof is a big factor when selling a house. A new roof not only adds to the value of the property, it also considerably adds to the attraction of the listing. Simply put, you’ll get more interested buyers and fetch better value on the property. So if you’re dealing with a property that’s going up for sale, and you’re torn between repairing or replacing, go for the latter.

 

LA Top Roofing are experts in roof installation, roof inspection, roof maintenance, and roof repair Los Angeles. Call us on (877) 353-6688 and we’ll help you make the right decision between roof repair and roof replacement.

 

Shingle Roofs Versus Metal Roofs

 

A roof installation process is a capital-intensive investment on your home. And as such, great care should be taken to ensure that you reap maximum value for your money, while at the same time making your home/roof safe and stronger. Today let’s compare two very common roofing materials; shingle roofs and metal roofs. Is one better than the other? And if so, why is that? Read on to find out.

 

 

Purchase costs

Which costs more? It’s pretty easy to find out that metal roofs are more expensive to buy as compared to asphalt roofs. The actual figures will depend on the actual product and brand you’re purchasing. However, overall, the cost of shingles will come to about a third of what metal roofs will set you back. Part of the reason for this is that metal is quite expensive to manufacture, and to transport (because it’s bulkier).

 

 

Installation costs

Purchase costs aside, what about installation costs? Shingle roofs and metal roofs are installed very differently. They are all billed per square feet. However, while metal roofs are billed at about $7-$12, shingle roofs are quoted at half that price. Some of the reasons for this are that shingles are easier to install because they do not need to be nailed or screwed in place, and they are lighter and much easier to handle while working. Also, the skills needed to install them are not as specialized.

 

 

Maintenance

Post installation, you need to consider how well your roofs will fair. Will they withstand all the challenges that roofs are faced with? In terms of cleaning both can be swept or hosed down easily but metal roofs take thorough cleaning better. Metal roofs are also fire resistant. Modern composite shingles are as well but older traditional shingles may not be. As for repairs, shingles can be replaced easily or even layered atop each other. Metal roof repairs are a little more complicated and layering is definitely out of the question.

 

 

Roof aesthetics

Which looks better - shingle roofs or metal roofs. Here the two are on a tie. The beauty lies in the eye of the beholder (as they say). Some people prefer metal roofs and others prefer shingle roofs. You’re free to go with either. Luckily, both options offer a wide variety of styles. Metal roofs come in many colors and profiles while shingle roofs also feature many colors and styles as well.

 

 

Maximum lifespan

Shingle roofs are quoted by manufacturers to last anywhere between 30-50 years depending on specific brands and the environment. Composite shingles are even better as they can resist moss, algae, and peeling. Metal roofs are quoted to last just as long but they are more likely to hit the 50-year mark and beyond compared to shingles. Modern metal roofs are harder and are treated to withstand moisture better.

 

Your budget, your style preference, and your environment are the main determinants of what roof type you need. At LA Top Roofing we are offering a new roof installation in Los Angeles from anexperts. We work with both composite shingle roofs and metal roofs so we can help you choose the perfect roof for your build. Talk to us today and ask for a free quote.

 

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing Or Installing Your Roof

 

Your roof is a very significant part of your home. Not only does a roof serve a critical role in terms of protection and shelter, it’s also one of the largest domestic installations in terms of square area alone. This makes choosing and/or installing a roof a very serious affair. Unfortunately, lots of homeowners overlook various critical factors at this stage. Check them out below and see what you should do/not do next time.

 

 

1.    Not considering the architectural style of your home

Your home most likely has a certain architectural style. Most homes do. It could be a traditional, craftsman, colonial, modern, Mediterranean style, etc. Some homes even feature more than one or two styles. It is important to understand the particular style of your home and to choose a roofing style that matches it. Each roofing material provides a different look/ style. Research first to avoid installing a roof that is at odds with the look you were going for. This ensures architectural continuity. For example, if going for a colonial or Spanish or Mediterranean style you may go with clay tiles. For a more modern look, a metal or shingle roof will be more suiting.

 

 

2.    Not considering the structural weight of your roof

Roofing materials weigh differently. Metal roofs and composite shingle roofs are light but tile roofs are heavier. So before installing a roof, especially after taking down old roofing, have your existing structure inspected to ensure that it can support the new roofing material you’ve selected. This applies even more for older houses. Failure to do so and your new beautiful roof may start to croak under the added weight.

 

 

3.    Not considering the maintenance needs of your roof

Every roof needs to be maintained. Maintenance here refers to various processes such as cleaning the roof, fixing leaks, inspecting the flashing, repairing worn out areas, etc. So before choosing/installing your roof, ask yourself - will you be able to walk around your roof easily, will you be able to replace damaged areas easily? How about fire hazards? Shingle roofs and flat roofs are easier to walk over. Tile roofs not so much. However, tile roofs and metal roofs are more fire resistant. Newer composite shingle roofs are also fire resistant. In regards to cleaning, metal roofs are the easiest, followed by flat roofs and then the rest.

 

 

4.    Not considering rain water collection capabilities

If you plan to harvest rain water then consider your choice of a roofing material wisely. Consider the ability to clean the roof, the purity of the water, as well as reducing water loss via absorption. Metal roofs are easiest to keep clean and most (especially the coated types) do not absorb any water. Tile roofs do absorb some water while old shingle roofs may release loose asphalt granules into the gutters. Consider all these factors and consult a roofer before making your choice.

 

 

As your roof installation Los Angeles contractor, we can guide you in making the right choice when it comes to choosing your roof and installing it. Talk to us today and schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

Why Your Roof Needs To Be Inspected At The Beginning Of Each Year

 

It’s yet another new year and we here at LA Top Roofing are happy to continue providing our roof installation Los Angeles services as we have in the last 25 years. One of the things we emphasize at the beginning of the year is the importance of having your roof inspected. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to get this done and we’ll tell you exactly why below. Read on.

 

Annual maintenance

Your roof needs to be maintained every year. Such scheduled maintenance is a preventive measure aimed at identifying roof damage and fixing it before the damage spreads and costs you more down the line. It is common knowledge that damage such as roof leaks can cause massive rot and mold issues and even necessitate a complete re-roof job if allowed to develop over years. We encourage annual maintenance inspections and we offer these at great rates. And what better time to get this done other than at the beginning of the year?

 

Mitigating winter damage

Another great reason why you should have your roof inspected at the beginning of the year is because of possible winter damage. Winter months can cause serious damage to your roof due to moisture. The rainwater, snow, and sleet can rot your metal roof, clog your gutters or even rot your roofing frames if there are leaks that went unfixed. With such risks being a possibility, having your roof checked at this time is important in order to give your roof a new bill of health. Or, so as to fix any moisture damage to the roof and the framing structure before the damage spreads and develops into an even bigger disaster.

 

Availability of funds

Lots of people put off roof inspections because they don’t want to spend extra money, even though roof inspections are quite affordable. For this reason, scheduling such inspections at the start of the year is great because at this time many people have not yet budgeted for their money and can therefore allocate some funds to the process. Otherwise, if you wait until later on in the year, you might find that you have already committed all your money to various needs.

 

Better planning opportunities

Having a contractor such as LA Top Roofing inspect your roof at the beginning of the year is also prudent because it’s a great time to plan what you want to do to your roof later on in the year. Thinking of adding some skylights for more natural light in 2019? Want to re-roof your house? Need to replace the gutters or change the flashing around the chimney? No problem. The roof inspection team can assess all these for you and advise you on how to get it done professionally.

 

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Is Your Los Angeles Roof Ready For Winter Rain?

 

The season of making snowmen (winter) is here with us. And as you plan how to adjust many other aspects of your life, such as your food, outdoor activities, and heating, you should not forget about your roof as well. Your roof is the most susceptible part of your house during winter. Read on to learn more.

 

What damage can winter rain cause to my roof?

 

How can I identify common roof problems?

There are very many potential roof problems to look out for when doing an inspection. Below we have highlighted the most common scenarios:

 

Weathering

This happens because of the roof’s exposure to environmental elements such as rain, heat and light.  It could also be occasioned by pollution from industries. The most visible sign of weathering is discoloration of roofing elements which could be caused by algae. Weathering also happens when tiles start to break away from the roofing structure.

 

Uneven or flat roof

Uneven roof structures or poor sloping of the roof will give room for sediments and rain water to accumulate on the roof and thereby damage it. Flat roofs also pose a challenge during the rainy season because they allow water to just sit on the roof and this makes it harder for leaves and other debris to be blown off. This would then result in rotting of the roof.

 

Roof detachment

If you notice that the roof is ripped off from the walls, it is important to ensure that it gets fastened back to the structures so that it can withstand the forces from strong winter winds.

 

What are the preventative measures to take for your roof before winter rains?

 

How do I make sure my roofing is ready for the winter rain?

It is recommended to have your roofing inspected twice a year by roofing experts who are able to pick out any weaknesses or challenges that may need to be addressed. Top Roofing has a pool of experts who have built their experience for over 25 years. They can assess all aspects of your roof to ensure it is able to maintain its integrity over winter. Contact us today and will give you advice and solutions to prolong the lifespan of your roof.

 

 

Roofing Skylights: Benefits, Costs, Installation Process And More!

 

Roofing skylights are quickly growing from optional decorative roofing alternatives to must-have features in homes. If you are planning on getting a new roof and are considering skylights, this piece is just for you. Los Angeles Top Roofing breaks down the benefits, costs, installation and more about roofing skylights.

 

What are the benefits?

Roofing skylights offer natural lighting to your home, thereby eliminating the need for electric lighting during the day. As a result, users generally notice a marginal reduction in energy costs and consumption.

 

Roofing skylights contribute to saving money in two ways. First, the use of natural lighting during the day generally cuts down reliance on electricity, thus reducing the electric bill at the end of the month. Secondly, venting skylights allow for free flow of air into your home, which minimizes reliance on fans and HVAC systems during summer.

 

As houses keep being built close to one another, the need for providing natural lighting keeps rising. Roofing skylights are a perfect alternative to conventional windows in rooms that command privacy, such as the washrooms.

 

The natural lighting brought about by roof skylights is an envy of many for one main reason – a great ambience. There’s a stark difference between natural light and artificial (electric light). Natural light is warmer, soothing, has rich golden hues, and is healthy for your skin (vitamin D).

 

What are the costs of installing a roofing skylight?

The cost of installing a roofing skylight depends on a number of factors:

  1. Fixed, tubular or vented?

Fixed and tubular skylights are slightly cheaper than vented skylights while fixed and tubular skylights cost roughly the same. However, the pricing for these types of skylights is greatly influenced by the rest of the factors.

 

  1. Manual or electric?

As you’d expect, manual skylights are cheaper than electric skylights. That’s because they cost less to manufacture as well as to install. Electric units not only need to be fastened in position, they also need to be connected to the electrical circuitry.

 

  1. Small or big panes?

The bigger your skylights are the more they‘ll cost to install. Larger units are more dangerous and delicate to handle so any contractor will charge you more due to the increased risk during installation.

 

  1. Ceiling or no ceiling?

Installing skylights in rooms with a ceiling costs more. This is because a hole has to be cut through the ceiling in order to let light from the skylight flow through to the room under the ceiling.

 

What is the installation process?

 

Los Angeles Top Roofing offers professional roofing and skylight services including installation and maintenance. We don’t offer skylight installation as a standalone service but as part of our general roofing or reroofing services. Thinking of getting some skylights with your new roof? We can definitely help.

6 Ideas on How to Make Your Roof Stand Out From the Rest

 

People say “Image is everything”. This remains a true fact, even about your home’s image. Your roof is the most noticeable part of your home’s exterior. It’s the first thing anyone notices as they pull up the street to your driveway. While the roof’s primal objective is protecting the house from damaging elements such as rain and the sun, it also plays a huge role in improving the home’s curb appeal. We take you through 6 ideas on how to make your roof stand out from the rest in your neighborhood.

 

  1. Try out different roof designs

The most common roof design known to many homeowners is the triangular peaked or pitched roof, also known as the gable roof. You could however go for a more aesthetic look by opting for hip roofs, which slopes equally on all four sides. You could also opt for a French look by going for a mansard roof, which is four sided with double slopes on each side forming a low-pitched roof. For a more modern look, flat roofs do the trick by allowing for more daring installations such as rooftop pools.

 

  1. Choose unique roofing materials

The roofing materials you settle for not only determine the longevity of the roof, but also the optics. Different materials work for different house designs. Asphalt shingles are a good choice for having a lasting roof. They come in different colors that can complement any roof design as well as any theme color you would like for your home. If you seek a more natural look with little maintenance needed, wood shakes are an excellent choice. Tile roofing is the most common choice for many homeowners. However, its variety in availability of different colors can play to your advantage in making the roof stand out from the rest.

 

  1. Architectural sunscreens

Should you be installing a roof for the first time, architectural sunscreens are a good way of giving your roof that exotic look. The sunscreens act as sun blocks, throwing light and shadows at precise angles, both during the day and in the evening, once you start using indoor lighting.

 

  1. Color

Humans are highly polychromatic. We notice dramatic colors twice as much as we would dull colors. While zoning could hinder the choice of color for your roofing, there are ways to play around with it, such as color blocking or using high-contrast colors. For instance, should you be restricted to grey-colored roofing, you could pick a darker hue shade that creates dramatic contrast with the painting of rest of the house.

 

  1. Lighting

You do not have to wait for Christmas to install roof lighting. Hardware and light fixture shops sell simple and minimalistic LED light tubes that can be installed along the fascia of the roof. Such lights can be arranged in different shapes and setting to satisfy anyone’s ideas. The low maintenance and energy efficiency of such light tubes allow for an all-year round lighting with minimum bills.

 

  1. Use creepers

Try accessorizing your roof with colorful creepers. Creepers are natural flowering plants that grow in a climbing manner along the length of a surface such as a wall. Vines are an excellent choice for creepers as they grow along the fascia of the roof, especially the Edwardians or Victorians variety.

 

The only limit to making your roof stand out from the rest is your imagination. Our experts from Los Angeles Top Roofing are ready to turn your unique roofing ideas into reality!

 

 

The First Steps of a Great Roof Installation

If you want your roof to last, it’s highly recommended you get a professional to take care of the installation. Also, knowing the process will make your communication with the team much easier. So, here’s what you need to know about the first few steps of a roof installation in Los Angeles. These serve as the foundation for the rest of construction and may vary slightly from one project to another.

  1. Getting rid of the past roof

If the old roof is still in place, it’s usually best to remove it completely. Installing too many layers on top of each other may save time and money, but it shortens its lifespan. Experts know this, so they’ll probably opt for rebuilding your roof from scratch. If you’re short on money, they may be able to salvage some parts and recycle them into the new roof. However, this may lead to it breaking sooner.

  1. Evaluating your roof

The sheathing must be evaluated as soon as the old roof is removed. It’s the base and support on which your roof’s materials are installed. For the sheathing to give proper structural support for your roof installation in Los Angeles, professionals must first make sure trouble spots, like moist areas, are replaced.

  1. Installing a drip edge

The roof’s drip edge must be placed in 2 different areas during your roof installation: prior to the underlayment in the roof’s lower part and after the roof’s sides. Roofers will place the drip edge all along your home’s bottom edge. They’ll nail it to the roof flatly.

After installing the underlayment, professionals will fix the sides’ drip edge in a similar fashion. Doing this will stop water from spilling over and underneath the edge.

  1. Installing the underlayment

Made from synthetic or felt paper, the underlayment for your roof installation will be resistant to water and 15# or 30# thick. The thicker version is obviously a lot more durable, and synthetic materials last longer than those made of felt paper. Investing in more expensive materials will increase your roof’s lifespan.

During this part of your roof installation in Los Angeles, professionals will place and secure the underlayment across the roof’s edge with roof nails. The center will have nails in place every 8 inches, while the edges will have one every 4 inches.

After rolling one row after another of underlayment and securing it with nails, roofers will then arrange for the lower row to overlap with the next one by 6 inches at a minimum. Sections of underlayment are overlapped to the roof’s peak, before a row is installed on top of it, so there’s underlayment on both parts of the roof.

These are just the beginning steps of a roof installation in Los Angeles. Knowing them will help you keep track of your roofers’ progress. However, do remember that not all installations are the same. Always listen to the professionals and trust in the knowledge and abilities they’re bringing to your project.

How To Maintain Your Commercial Roof All Year Round

 

A roof is what protects a building from harsh elements of weather, through all seasons of the year. However, after the installation of a roof, it is often the case that this essential part of commercial buildings is overlooked. Many times, a roof is only inspected or maintained at the first sign of damage. However, this can prove to be expensive and could interrupt the regular functions of your business. With this in mind, it is important to have a plan all year round, through the different seasons to keep your roof in tip-top condition.

Here are three pointers on how to do this;

  1. Have a maintenance plan for your roof

As the business owner or lead, you should prepare an in-house guide on how you will maintain your roof all year round. Some points you should include in your plan are;

  1. Schedule routine inspections

Plan to have a professional roof contractor inspect your roof routinely. Just as the equipment in your factory or industry need regular maintenance, so does your roof. You may settle for a routine inspection after every season or twice a year. You could also schedule for inspections after a sudden shift in the weather, or after an especially bad rainstorm.

Having a professional do this inspection will ensure that no defect will be missed. A trained eye can pick out the slightest damage. In the event that damage is noted, it is wise to schedule repairs immediately.

  1. Schedule routine repairs

The importance of this point cannot be over-emphasized. Once you notice any defect, it is important that you schedule it in for repairs. A defect such as a crack, if ignored, could extend and cause extensive damage to the entire roof and structure of the building through leaks.

  1. Use the services of a roofing contractor who is licensed and reputable

Following on the heels of point number 3, it is important to hire and keep the services of a reputable and licensed roofing contractor. This may be slightly more expensive than getting a handy man every time you need repairs, but it saves you the trouble of dealing with quacks. A reputable roofing contractor will inspect and repair any damages as they are spotted. The roofing contractor will also offer valuable advice on roof maintenance and how to keep your roof functioning better, longer. Another advantage of using the services of a licensed roof contractor is that repairs can be done as soon as any defects or damages are noticed.

In conclusion, it is important to note that roof maintenance needs you to be proactive rather than reactive. Regular maintenance will save you money and help fix problems before they mutate into bigger issues that may cripple your whole business.

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