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10 Tips for Selecting a Roofing Contractor

 

Selecting a properly licensed, certified and high-quality roofing contractor is important and often a difficult task for consumers who are unfamiliar with the roofing industry. It is important to select certified roofers who will be in business to honor their warranty in the future. There are many roofing contractors who are not certified and have both low-quality installations and poor workmanship. The average start-up business is usually closed within three years and may be out of business when potential roofing problem could arise.

The following are tips and important questions that can help you select a professional roofing contractor…

  • How long has the company been in business?
    An established company will most likely be around in the future should any problems arise.
  • Does the contractor have a permanent business office address, phone, and email? 
    An established contractor should be able to provide a business address, phone, and email. A permanent business address is a sign of a stable company.
  • Does the contractor use subcontractors?
    Subcontractors are often paid on a per job basis, which can result in poor workmanship as the job is completed as fast as possible.
  • Does the company supply a written contract and estimate (and do they require a deposit)? 
    All job specifications and prices should be supplied in writing. Established companies with strong financial stability usually only require the California maximum deposit of 10% or $1,000 whichever is less. Deposits are common but be wary of any contractor requesting more than the law permits.
  • Check to see if the company is a member of the Better Business Bureau and the local Chamber of Commerce.
    Research all potential contractors on the Better Business Bureau and your local Chamber of Commerce. Check for the overall business rating and keep in mind the general size of the company when checking for complaints.
  • Does the company have a license to perform the contracted work, workers compensation insurance and liability insurance? 
    This is important as an established company should have a Contractors License, workers compensation insurance and liability insurance.
  • Check to see if the contractor is part of local and national industry associations.
    A strong established contractor should be a member of trade associations. Look for associations such as the San Diego Roofing Contractors Association, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Certified Contractors Network, and National Roofing Contractors Association.
  • Look for a contractor who is a certified installer of the products they offer. 
    Certified contractors can offer stronger warranties on the products they install and follow stricter installation guidelines.
  • Look for a contractor who stands behind their work with a Workmanship Warranty.
    A contractor who offers a workmanship warranty will be able to address a serious problem quickly giving existing customers priority, should any problems arise.
  • Ask the contractor for references of previous customers.
    An established company should have a long list of satisfied customers who are willing to be contacted.

 

Never decide on price alone. A self-proclaimed handymen or unlicensed and uninsured company can provide a lower price and substandard workmanship. Always look for differences in materials and job specifications when comparing quotes.

 

Contact Us for a Professional Roofing Quote!

 

URBACH ROOFING, INC.

445 PRODUCTION STREET, SAN MARCOS, CA 92078

760-471-5065

 

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Saving Money with Regular Roof Maintenance

 

Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about the condition of their roof. But, the old expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies when it comes to roofing maintenance. The costs associated with routine maintenance of your roof doesn’t amount to much; the costs of ignoring routine maintenance, however, can be significant.

 

In the long run, you will save money with regular maintenance done now!

 

10 Things You Can Do Now

Here are a few tips for keeping your roof in tip-top condition:

  • Trim back trees. To prevent damage to your shingles, trim back and remove overhanging tree branches or those getting close to your roof.

 

  • Keep gutters clear. Leaves and other miscellaneous debris can clog your gutter system, allowing water to back up into the attic or living areas of your home. It’s a good idea to check your gutters at least twice per year. Inspect your gutters, too, for sagging or other signs of damage.

 

  • Check downspouts. In addition to the gutters, make sure your downspouts are also free of congestion. If they are clogged, they can’t channel water away from your home.

 

  • Remove excess debris. Even a small layer of debris accumulation could potentially lead to moisture build up or a roof collapse. If the debris piles up, carefully remove debris off the roof.

 

  • Ensure proper ventilation. This is one of the most important elements in extending the life of your roof. Without proper ventilation, heat and moisture can accumulate in the attic, leading to roof rot and deteriorating insulation.
  • Ensure adequate insulation. A properly insulated attic space will allow your roof to perform at peak efficiency.

 

  • Look for storm damage. After a big storm, inspect the interior of your home for water stains. Check the outside for damaged shingles.

 

  • Check for moss or algae. Have your roof cleaned if your roof is starting to collect moss or algae.

 

  • Inspect flashings. Many roof leaks begin at flashing points, where the main body of the roof meets up with the home’s siding, chimneys or skylights. Check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration.

 

  • Consult with an expert. An experienced roofer, like Urbach Roofing, can provide a no-obligation consultation to help you in maintaining and caring for your roof. Take advantage of our skill and know-how to keep your roof performing its best.

 

Call your experienced roofing contractor if you need help with roofing maintenance or need a quick inspection. Urbach Roofing, Inc. has been serving customers, all year round, for more than 40 years! Our family-owned business is known for quality, integrity and professionalism.

 

Call our office at (760) 471-5065 for your roofing estimate today!

 

From new roof installations to roof leak repairs, we offer reliable, affordable and professional roofing services throughout San Diego County, and we look forward to serving you!

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Tips for Taking care of your Skylights

Tips for Taking care of your Skylights

Many homeowners today are including skylights as part of an energy efficient build or makeover.
Why? Because when properly placed, they can help lower heating and lighting costs by making efficient use of solar heat and natural light. They’re not only good for your utility bills, but for the environment as well. However, as with all good things, you need to maintain them properly. Here are a few tips to help you do that.

1. Clean Glass Regularly
Ensure the glass is thoroughly clean; start by soaking it in clean water and mild soap. Use a mild, non-abrasive glass cleaner and a soft brush (or pad) to remove any dirt and debris, and a squeegee or lint-free cloth to wipe clean. Avoid using metal scrapers, blades or knives as they can scratch or damage the glass.

2. Pre-finished Wood Frames
If your skylights have wood frames, do an annual inspection before spring for signs of peeling, cracking or fading. Also ensure all exterior fasteners are secure, and that cladding, and flashing are free of excessive wear or scratches. Immediately replace any that are damaged or broken.

3. Venting and Electric Skylights
For venting skylights, make sure the mechanism that opens the sash is working problem-free by opening the skylights (turn off the power if it’s electric) and use a clean, dry towel to wipe off the chain.

4. Skylight Blinds
Consider installing blinds on your skylights if you already haven’t done so; they can help improve overall energy efficiency. Remote-controlled, solar-powered blinds allow you to easily open and close solar powered skylights, and shade them when the sun touches that part of the roof – improving the skylights’ energy performance rating by as much as 45%.

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Common Roofing Issues and the Ways We Resolve Them

Your roofing system is a significant investment that you don’t want to fail prematurely. Unfortunately, it’s a common problem when your roof is old or was handled by inexperienced installers. With over 45 years of experience, Urbach Roofing is well aware of the common problems that homeowners face. We focus on three common causes of premature roof failure and provide the ways we deal with them.

 

 

  1. Poor Installation

Ensure the proper installation of your residential roofing in San Diego County by hiring a contractor who is certified or otherwise acknowledged by the manufacturer as an installer of the product you’ve chosen. Otherwise, you may experience issues and not have any way of getting them resolved except at your own expense. Proper installation starts with great care when putting everything in place; all seams should be sealed correctly. Urbach Roofing makes sure we get things right the first time. Each step of our installation process comes with comprehensive quality checks to avoid any hassle and we only install products we know and are trained on.

  1. Faulty Materials

Great roofs require both a conscientious installation and great materials. Urbach Roofing takes pride in our certifications from some of the best names in the roofing industry. We carry products from GAF, Owens Corning, CertainTeed, DaVinci, Boral, Eagle, Johns Manville and more. These are among the most durable, aesthetically pleasing, and long-lasting products today. Combined with our exceptional installation process, these products will free you from worrying about premature failure.

  1. Trapped Moisture

With coastal humidity, sometimes moisture problems affect many homes in San Diego County. While Urbach Roofing certainly provides timely and effective roof repairs throughout the County, you can deal with this problem through proper ventilation and even reflective coating. With first-hand knowledge of the specific climate conditions in our area, Urbach Roofing will make sure your roof is free from unwanted moisture.

Don’t fall victim to these avoidable problems. Let Urbach Roofing provide you with roofs from the best brands, and an installation you can depend on. Call us today at (760) 471-5065, and we’ll be more than happy to help you find the perfect solution to your roofing needs.

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Why DIY Roof Repair Isn’t Advisable

Why Do It Yourself (DIY) Roof Repair Isn’t Advisable

At any given time, you can find a home improvement show on television. For any project, there is a video online walking you through the steps. From painting a room to changing a faucet, DIY is one of the hottest trends in our country. Because so much of your home’s roof is not readily seen by passers-by, you may be tempted to save some money and attempt to take care of the roof issues on your own. But when it comes to safeguarding the health and safety of your family, you may be better off hiring a licensed professional roofing contractor for a variety of reasons.

Here are some variables you may wish to consider when deciding if DIY roof repair is in your best interest.

It’s a Dangerous Job

First and foremost, your safety is paramount. A DIY roof repair may present you with numerous hazards, including sloping and slippery surfaces, negotiating power tools while on unsure footing, and combating the weather.

Roofing Contractors have experience and tools you may not, and they are much more practiced at spotting dangerous situations. In the case of a severe roof issue, the roof itself may be unsafe to walk on. Soft spots, sagging and buckling ceilings and loose tiles may all present you with danger you didn’t count on.  Just one slip when up on a roof can prove disastrous.

If there is any possibility that your roof may not be safe, call a professional to come to assess the situation before even stepping on it.

You’ll Lose Your Guarantee

Nearly every manufacturer of roofing material will void their guarantee in the case of a DIY roof repair. If your roof was not installed by a professional roofing contractor, roofing materials will not be covered under warranty.

In the event that your roof needs repair or replacement, even if it is well before the expected life of the roof, you will have to pay out of pocket.

Keep in mind that not only will a professional installation protect your materials warranty, but labor will be warrantied as well.

It’s Probably Not Cheaper in the Long Run

Replacing a few tiles or shingles on your own is likely no problem. But when it comes to major repairs or constructing a new roof, you may be in over your head.

For instance, you may see a few missing shingles and decide to replace them. You may not realize that the framing under the damaged tiles has been rotting, causing a larger, unseen problem. Simply replacing shingles may not address water intrusion, damage, rotting, or weakness.

Professional roofers can ascertain problems not only with the external surface of the roof but with framing and decking.

When a licensed professional roofer is hired to accomplish the job, they can give you a thorough assessment, make recommendations as to various alternatives and ensure that you will not have additional, unexpected costs or repairs just a year or two down the road.

Of course, these aren’t the only reasons to consider hiring a professional. Others include:

* Your insurance company may require a professional installation for coverage
* Listing your home without a roof warranty could present a red flag to a prospective buyer
* A poorly installed roof will detract from the beauty of your home

Urbach Roofing is committed to excellence when repairing or replacing the roof on your home. Whether your job is commercial or residential, give us a call today and we’ll come discuss your roofing options.

 

Urbach Roofing, Inc.

License#: 602378

760-471-5065

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TRUTH ABOUT WARRANTIES

UNDERSTANDING ROOFING WARRANTIES!

It seems like everywhere you look everything comes with some sort of “warranty,” cars, electronics, appliances……but your roof?  Yes, even a roof can come with a warranty. Now it leaves you with, is it needed or important? When you’re spending a lot of money on something like roofing your house, it’s important to know just what warranty you are getting.

STANDARD MATERIAL WARRANTIES

 

When a roofing company hands you more information on which warranty they offer, never, ever assume all warranties are created equal.  A typical shingle warranty from just any roofing company is just that, it covers the shingles and has a pro-rated term which most of the time is 10 years. So, let’s say you were told by Chuck in the Truck Roofing Company that he is going to sell you a lifetime shingle and you have a 30 square roof. What this really means is you’re getting a 50-year shingle that begins to prorate after the full protection period of 10 years. So in year 11 if you have an issue with the shingles, you can file a claim, and at that time you will be reimbursed by dividing the number of years remaining on the warranty (39 years remaining by 50 year term of warranty) and multiply that by the number of squares, so you will receive a credit of 23.4 squares of shingles. No install, no removal included in this at all……. that will be the customers expense. What will it cost you to remove and install a 30 square roof and 11 years? Also, you will have to pay for all the accessories such as new underlayment, nails, drip edge, caulking, sealants, pro-start, ridge vent, step flashings, pipe flashings and many other items that it takes to make a “roof”.

 

If you go with us a Certified Master Elite roofing company, we can give you peace of mind and help you avoid this scenario completely by choosing one of the upgraded warranties that we offer.  The first option is called the  “Systems Plus Warranty” this warranty is just that a full system warranty with no proration and covers all parts and accessories, as well as the removal and replacement expense of the entire system at whatever year the claim is filed so if an 11 years there is a material defect GAF will pay to replace the entire system and the customer pays nothing out-of-pocket.

 

The best option that we offer is a warranty called the “Golden Pledge Warranty,” what this covers is everything the systems plus warranty covers except it goes further, it not only covers the entire system, it covers the labor as well for 25 years. What this means is that all material defects are covered, as well as any labor installation defects. This allows you as the homeowner to rest assured that the roof on your home will not be your issue again for 25 years. With this option GAF backs the Master Elite Contractors workmanship, assuring that your new roof is installed to or above their specifications and then they back our warranty for the entire length of the time. If we retired in 11 years and you have an issue with your roof, GAF will still be there and will fix your roof at no cost to you, the customer.

 

While a warranty can look like a bunch of legal jargon that you just want to skim over, you might just want to read it or have them explain it.  For us, picking which warranty to offer our customers was easy. As a GAF Master Elite Certified Roofing Contractor, we are able to offer the “strongest and safest roofing warranties in America.” What does that mean for you, the homeowner? It means that your roof warranty will not only provide superior long-term protection on the physical materials and components of the roof, but also the workmanship is well.

 

Urbach Roofing, Inc.

445 Production Street, San Marcos, CA 92078

760-471-5065

“PROUDLY SERVING OUR CUSTOMERS FOR 45 YEARS!”

 

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Beware of the Lowest Bidder!

 

Low Roofing Bids: You Get What You Pay For

Roof repairs and replacements can be rather expensive. No one could blame you for trying to save a few bucks here and there. Obtaining multiple bids for roof work can be a helpful way to find the right roofing contractor for the best price. But what should your decision be based upon? We admit that the lowest roofing bid always looks attractive. But how low is too low? A roofing bid that’s low for the wrong reasons can wind up costing you a lot more in the long run if it fails prematurely. Here’s what to look out for when you are offered a low roofing bid.

 

Generic, Poor-Quality Roofing Materials

Watch out for roofing contractors who offer low bids by skimping on quality roofing materials. Using low-quality, generic roofing materials is a way to offer a low cost up front on a roof that will look fine until the shingles begin to fail shortly thereafter. Always ask who manufactured your roof shingles and how long the warranty lasts. Additionally, request that your roofing shingles be algae resistance, wind resistant, and impact resistant to avoid outside influences that could cause premature roof failure.

 

Shady Business Tactics

Roofing contractors can also save money by skimping on the costs it takes to run a safe and professional roofing business. They may not keep the proper insurance, leaving the liability on the homeowner. They may not have obtained proper licensing. They may not have the proper safety procedures in place. Always ask to see verification of license and insurance, and ask questions about their business practices. Also, be wary of a roofing contractor who does not have a physical address. This could be an indication of a fly-by-night contractor who could disappear at the first sign of a problem.

 

Handshake Agreements

Remember, nothing is final until it is in writing. A roofing contractor may offer a low bid up front, only to raise the price after the project has been started. Especially if you roof has already been torn off, this tactic leaves the homeowner with few options. Always make sure you have a detailed estimate of all labor and material costs in writing before work begins. A good rule of thumb is that you should always ask questions about roofing bids that are 15% more or less than the other roofing bids you obtain. A roofing contractor with a verified reputation using verified roofing materials will cause you far fewer problems in the long run. Ask your roofing contractor if he installs the full Manufacturer Roofing System. With a complete roofing system, you can be sure you will receive quality roofing materials that are designed to work together for optimum performance.

 

Call Urbach Roofing, Inc. for a Quality Roofing Estimate

760-471-5065

Urbach Roofing, Inc.

445 Production Street

San Marcos, CA 92078

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Tip of the Month

Poor Attic Ventilation Can Ruin Your Insulation, Destroy Your Shingles, and Raise Your Energy Bills!

Why Take Risks?

It is estimated that 9 out of 10 homes in North American do not have proper attic ventilation. Why? Because most people are unaware that attic ventilation can impact the longevity of their entire home!

For example, in the summer, an improperly ventilated attic can cause heat to build in excess of 160°F. This superheated air eventually penetrates the ceiling insulation into the living area below.

Types of damage that can result include:

  • Premature aging of your roofing system (“fried” shingles)
  • Warping, cracking, or breaking down of wood framing
  • Damage to siding, exterior or interior paint, and wallpaper
  • Higher energy costs

A properly ventilated attic can help reduce the load on your air conditioner by moving superheated air out of your attic before it builds up and causes damage.

In the winter, various household appliances, bathtubs, showers, and cooking vapors can contribute to excess moisture build-up. Improperly ventilated attics will allow this moisture to collect and cling to the underside of the roof. There, it will condense and fall, soaking the attic insulation and reducing its efficiency.

Additional structural damage can include:

  • Roof deck warping and rotting of the wood frame
  • Mildew growth
  • Buckling of shingles and felt

Proper Attic Ventilation
Proper attic ventilation systems allow a continuous flow of outside air through the attic (see illustration at left), protecting the efficiency of the insulation and helping to lower temperatures in the living space.

It consists of a balance between air intake (at your eaves or soffits) and air exhaust (at or near your roof ridge).

The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) recommends a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation (both intake and exhaust) for every 300 square feet of attic space. For example, if your attic is 900 square feet, you need a total of 3 square feet of ventilation. This amount is generally divided equally between intake and exhaust ventilation (i.e., 1-1/2 feet of each), to ensure proper air flow through the attic. To calculate the amount of ventilation you need for your home, follow the example below.

 

Calculating Your Ventilation Requirements
Example: Calculating the number of lineal feet of Cobra® Exhaust Vent needed for a 30’x40’ attic:

Step 1

Calculate attic square footage
How: Multiply length of attic (in feet) times width of attic (in feet)
30’ x 40’ = 1,200 square feet

Intake ventilation MUST be at least equal to exhaust ventilation. To determine the number of intake vents needed, select your vent and install enough vents so that their combined NFA is at least 288 square inches.

Remember:
Always have a balanced ventilation system. In no case should the amount of exhaust ventilation exceed the amount of intake ventilation.

Step 2

Calculate NFA (Net Free Area) needed for this attic by using the “1 in 300” rule
How: Divide attic square footage by 300
1,200 sq. ft. ÷ 300 = 4 square feet of NFA needed

Step 3
Convert square feet of NFA to square inches
How: Multiply square feet of NFA by 144
4 sq. ft. x 144 
Step 4
Split the amount of NFA needed equally between the intake and the exhaust
How: Divide square inches of NFA needed by 2
576 sq. in. ÷ 2 = 288 square inches of NFA needed equally for exhaust & intake
Step 5
Calculate # of lineal feet of Cobra Exhaust Vent needed
How: Divide the square inches of NFA needed at the ridge by the NFA of the Cobra® Exhaust Vent (Cobra® Exhaust Vent has 16.9 sq. inches of NFA per lineal foot)
288 sq. in. ÷ 16.9 = 17 lineal feet
This attic required seventeen (17) lineal feet of Cobra® Exhaust Vent to meet FHA minimum requirements.