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.
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.
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.
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.
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.