When it comes to roofing, a lot of emphasis and thought process goes into the structure design, insulation, and the actual installation of the roofing material, e.g. shingles, metal sheeting, tiles, etc. However, there is another critical part of the roof that deserves just as much consideration even though it only takes up a small portion of the entire roof. And that is gutters. If you’re planning to roof (or re-roof) your home here are some very important reasons why you should never leave the gutters behind.
Your local building code may demand it
For one, your local government or state may have rules governing the use of gutters. Some jurisdictions are very clear on this and demand that gutters must be installed on any roofed structure. Such regulations are put in place to protect against storm water runoff, damage and flooding. So check with your local building regulator to see what the laws say about installing gutters. Your contractor or architect can also advise you on this in light of acquiring the needed permits.
No gutters could mean a lower resale value
You may not intend to sell your property now. However, years down the line there may come a time when you decide to sell due to a given number of reasons. When that time comes, you want your property to fetch you the best rates in the market. But having no gutters on your roof could lower your house’ resale value, albeit marginally. Prospective buyers notice such details and can use them to haggle you down the selling price.
Roof gutters provide roof drainage and roof water damage protection
As you well know, roof gutters serve a very important function. They provide drainage of rainwater from the roof surface and then transfer that water to the storm drain system. This helps prevent flooding within the compound. The same also serves a huge role in keeping the roof dry and safe from water-related damage such as mold, algae, moss, rot, and leaking. So having a proper gutter system on your roof does keep your roof healthier and for longer, thereby saving you money in terms of roof repair and maintenance.
Without gutters there can be no rainwater catchment
If you are acutely conscious about the environment and the appreciating need for water conservation, you might be considering tapping into rainwater. And there’s no better domestic rainwater catchment system other than gutters. Rainwater collected through gutters is free, is clean, and can be used for a myriad of uses such as cleaning, farming, gardening, and more. If you do not install gutters you cannot enjoy any of these and you’ll instead have to rely 100% on council water all for your needs.
LA Top Roofing is your best when it comes to gutters and roof installation Los Angeles. Talk to us about fixing gutters on your roof, roof repair, re-roofing, leak detection, flat roof waterproofing, and any other roof-related service within Los Angeles.
The Fall season is near. And as is usually the case, you can expect a lot of rain, wind, and leaves. The leaves, especially, can be such a nuisance to your roof. If allowed to accumulate, they can clog your gutters and impede free flow of rainwater from your roof. Such scenarios tend to encourage water overflow from the gutters, growth of mold on the roof, and development of leak points on the roof and gutters. But there is a simple solution to help keep the leaves menace off your gutters this Fall – gutter covers and gutter screens.
What are gutter covers?
As the name suggests, gutter covers are protective panels installed over the open tops of the gutters. This keeps the gutters closed and prevents leaves from freely getting inside the drain channels and clogging up the system. They are not completely closed though – they leave gaps at the end that allow the rain water coming off the roof to get into the gutter channels.
The covers are made to fit different types of gutters, be it a half-pipe gutter or a K-round gutter. So no matter what type of gutter you have you can install gutter covers. They are also available in plastic and stainless steel to match any type of gutters or roofing material.
The different types of gutter covers available
There are mainly two types of gutter cover systems available. One is the gutter covers and the other is the gutter screens.
Gutter covers provide a flat, smooth, curved and closed covering over the gutters. Leaves can slide right over the covers while rain water seeps into the gutters via small openings located at the edge of the covers and the gutters.
These are flat and contain lots of perforations or straight horizontal slits. The slits and perforations allow rain water to drain through while the rest of the screen acts as a trap for leaves and debris.
Installation & maintenance
It is advisable that you contract your roof contractor or gutter technician to install your gutter screens or gutter covers. The best time to get this done is when you’re carrying out gutter installation, gutter repairs or gutter maintenance. The covers and screens have to be measured, ordered, some have to be cut to size, and then they have to be attached properly in a way that they won’t fall off or get blown away by wind.
Advantages of installing gutter covers & gutter screens
LA Top Roofing is your roof installation Los Angeles specialist and we can install gutter covers and gutter screens on your roof. Talk to us for a quote today.
Metal roofs are a great addition to any home. They look good, they are quite durable, they are easy to clean, and they can collect rainwater easily, among many other advantages. If you’re having a metal roof installed, there are a couple of issues that you should look out for in order to enjoy an aesthetic and functional installation. This list is by no means exhaustive but it does cover quite a few important areas. Check them out below.
Overlapping metal sheets towards the windy side
When being laid out, metal sheets have to be overlapped one over the other. If the wind usually blows towards one of the sides of the house, it is important that the sheets are laid out in such a way that the wind doesn’t blow right into the overlaps. The overlaps should head along the direction of the wind, not against it. This ensures that the winds do not tear off the sheets when they blow.
Nailing the sheets without a rubber washer or gasket
Metal roofing screws need to have a washer and a gasket in place when being tapped into the roofing sheets. The gaskets act as water barriers while the washers hold the gaskets and metal sheets in place. If a screw is tapped in without a washer or gasket then the metal sheet may come loose or leak at that particular spot. As such, faulty screws without a gasket should never be used.
Metal sheets not being laid parallel to each other
For a neat professional look, the metal sheets should be laid parallel to each other, from end to end. When this is not done to precision, the sheets will get crooked and they’ll not look uniform. This should be avoided by squaring off the sheets when overlapping them together, by fastening each sheet on both ends to keep it from sliding out of the joint, and by taking time to ensure that the first sheet is aligned well. If the first sheet is not properly aligned then the rest of the sheets will be crooked too.
Drilling/tapping holes and then pulling screws out
Make sure that the roofer does not tap any hole into the roof and then remove the screw in order to tap a correction hole at another point. Before the metal sheets can be drilled into and fasted onto the roof, the roofer should be certain that the alignment is correct. That’s because once the sheet has been drilled into there’s no going back. If this is not observed then some gaping holes will be left on your roof and these will leak when it rains. And even a slow leak can wreak havoc on your ceiling and roofing timber, causing you repairs that amount to thousands of dollars.
There are many other problems that can arise if your metal roof is not installed correctly. To avoid such issues, always work with a licensed and experienced roofer. We are roof installation Los Angeles experts and we can make sure that you never have worry about the above mentioned issues when your roof is installed.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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:
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.