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  • An Elite-certified contractor.
  • an established manufacturer-certified contractor
  • A local construction company.
  • An honest contractor
  • A contractor who has great highly recommended internet ratings and a sterling reputation.
  • A contractor that offers a labor guarantee

A contractor with an Elite Certification.

Lack of any barriers to entry almost ensures that practically anybody with a vehicle can start a roofing business.

As many new roofing businesses start up each year, only to see the owners struggle to meet customers’ expectations, ultimately go out of business, and leave consumers with inferior work and no warranty coverage for their leaky roofs, each year over thirty new roofing companies close. Even worse, tales of homeowners having to foot the bill for a roof and having the firm go out of business with the job unfinished.

Unfortunately, homeowners have the daunting task of choosing from three different types of certification since each of the three main shingle manufacturers have two levels of certification to choose from.

An entry-level certification exists for contractors to get regardless of whether or not they have been licensed, bonded, and insured. In order to complete the certification, they are required to complete a simple check for several hundred dollars.

When working as a general contractor, a roofer may only give homeowners the most basic guarantee and, if installed incorrectly, the whole warranty can be invalidated. This warranty level provides homeowners just a minimal degree of protection.

Fortunately, top level certifications are offered by the manufacturers as well. Owens Corning, which provides Platinum Preferred, and CertainTeed, which gives the ShingleMaster certification, both offer a MasterElite certification.

To get one of these highly sought-after certificates, a contractor must go through rigorous training on how to install their goods correctly. ShingleMaster Elite accreditation is attained via a thorough exam in which both shingle technologies and the applicator test are used.

A contractor that uses quality materials.

Keep an eye out for quality materials being used by the contractor you choose. CertainTeed, Owens Corning, and GAF are the three major U.S. roofing manufacturers. Established as leaders in their industry, these three American firms are impressive. Owens Corning has been in business for just 75 years. In this age of time-saving options, our customers have enough alternatives to choose from when hiring a roofing contractor.

While older roofers might disagree on the merits of these three companies for hours, (and we believe CertainTeed is the way to go at Tectum Salinas Roofing), the fact remains that a roofing contractor who offers you one of these three products is providing you with a quality product.

In general, a price, quality, and warranty coverage drop-off may be found outside of these three brands.

A contractor with and Elite certification from an established manufacturer.

You may be certain that the contractor you hired has been trained and verified by the maker of the shingles.

A local contractor. 

Will this business be located locally? Are you sure about this? Everyone in the industry is available to repair your roof when a storm strikes. They know that the first question that is sure to come out of most people’s mouths is, “Are you local?”

In order to create the impression that they are a local firm, some of them may establish a temporary office in town, while others may use an assumed name that contains “Salinas,” “Monterey City,” or “Monterey County” in order to give the impression of being local.

While out-of-state contractors will not be available for very long to repair any warranty problems or install your roof, they are good to have around for any warranty and installation-related concerns.

When it comes to most of these companies, their roofing products are inferior, their installations are of lesser quality, their licensing is often revoked in other states, and their reputation is poor. And when all of these issues are compounded, the customers end up with a poorly installed roof and possible future leaks.

The problem with a badly built roof is that it may be months or even years before you discover the problem. The contractor has long since gone.

Choose a contractor that is licensed, bonded and insured.

Many states do not need the licensing of a roofing contractor.

If yes, is the business insured and bonded?

A professional contractor should be able to show you both without difficulty. It is a simple email for our customers to give proof of our credentials.

Make sure your contractor has a good online reputation.

With many internet services that now days appreciate contractors and roofers, it may be stupid to get into a big dollar contract without taking proper care of the business.

Google provides excellent data about internet reviews, Angie’s list, Home Advisor, the Better Business Bureau, etc.

First verify before getting into any kind of contract to make sure you deal with a trustworthy business.

The insurance company will write the estimate for us, if you have an insurance claim on your roof. The insurance company will send an adjustment to decide on the entire extent of the work to be done. The insurance company will provide an individualized loss statement with market prices.

Not in law.

Most insurance plans are cost-replacement policies which imply the insurer pays for any repair expenses less the deductible.

The loss statement provided by the insurance company is the maximum amount paid for the repair by the insurance company. When the service is finished, we submit an invoice to the insurance company indicating the amount we cost you for the job we performed.

Be careful of businesses that offer your deductible to be withdrawn or return money for your claim. Some roofing firms submit invoices to the insurance companies claiming that they charge clients more than they did to waive a deductible or to allow customers to retain money. This is and is criminal insurance fraud.

Be aware that the installation is a significant building project. Our teams are going to take off your old roof. All your old shingles and hundreds of nails will come off your roof.

It is difficult to prevent some of them from falling onto your yard depending on how steep your roof is. It will be loud inside your home all day long. You don’t have to be home and many individuals opt on the day of installation to do something away from home.

Please make sure that you have youngsters or pets out of the yard. Nails and dropping waste pose a safety danger.

On the day of the installation, our team usually arrives as near as possible to dawn. We get most tasks in a day, but bigger work or shorter days in spring and autumn may take more than a day or two.

Ensure that you take your vehicle off the driveway. Our team are putting a tired rubber dump on your driveway and you don’t want to drive on the driveway since you may have a nail in your tire.

After installation, our workers will pick up nails using a magnetic sweep on your property. We are going to try our best to get as many nails as possible, however some nails are stuck in our grass. To assist us get as many clots as possible, mow your grass as soon as possible the day before installation.

  • We do a complete tear down to the deck.
  • We’re going to replace any poor deck.
  • We replace any flashing that the insurance provider has authorized.
  • On the eaves, we attach a gutter and drip edge on the rakes.
  • On the whole roof we placed ice and water shields in the valleys and synthetic underlay.
  • Then we put on your choice of roofing and ventilation systems.

You may see that some of your neighboring roofs have many box winds at the top, while others have a ridge at the top which can be constructed from exposed metal or shingle-covered (Ridge vents).

Many homes prefer the visual appeal of crushing vents over turtle vents, but crushing vents also offer many more practical advantages.

Energy Savings

Both the ridge and turtle winds serve as a roof exhaustion.

When the sun warms up the air in your hall, the hot air gets up to the top.

Yours soffits, or the winding below the gutters, enable you to absorb cold air from outside, while hot air escapes from your winds, keeping your home cool in summer.

Turtle ventilations are what is called a “passive” ventilation system, which means that the only force that moves air through your attic is the propensity to raise hot air.

Typically turtle winds circulate 4 to 5 times each hour. Ridge winds are a “active” ventilation system, on the other hand.

Winds blow over your roof at 4 Or more, like an aircraft wing, will produce a low pressure effect and draw hot air from the shelves. This produces 7-8 times an hour of air circulation.

Many housemates in two story houses have a second storey that in summer is unbearably hot, even while the first floor is painfully cold in the air condition. This is mostly produced by heat from a poorly ventilated shingle.

The answer is to provide adequate insulation and ventilation. But many of our clients discovered that the issue is significantly improved just by increasing the voltage from turtle to crush.

The following techniques work only if maintenance is frequent. More severe cleaning procedures may be needed if waste is left on the roof in a damp and shaded location. This can reduce your roof’s life and possibly cause leaks.

Debris Removal

Debris from a garden pad should be cleared using a leaf blower or water. Blowers operate best when debris is dry. Blowers work best. If the volume is too large, mix gentle splashes and garden pants.

Moss Removal

The duration of the mouth on the roof and the kind of roof on it will decide the removal technique.

If the mouth is recent and the usage of a mother murderer is mild. (There are numerous kinds of organic as well as chemical) However, you may brown the moss off the roof gently.

If the mouse has gotten entrenched beyond a basic broom job, it will need a Moss Killing solution. These products usually work extremely fast (Within 1 day) Apply the product as recommended by the fabricator, wait until the mouss color and die, then remove with non-abrasive broom.


Note: Moss may take granules from the roof with it if the roof was ignored. This will quickly cause your shingles to fail. If so, it is advised that you immediately consult a specialist.

Algae Stain Removal

A host of Algae Removal products are available. Either blue or biodegradable are the two prevalent types. The bleach based products will perform quicker, because more applications are possible for the biodegradable. (Call for product list)

The application is comparable in any manner. Mix in a sprayer for the garden. After a short amount of time, spray area affected and rinse.

If you can clear the dirt off of your roof in the spring and autumn and clean the roof with a liquid algae, it should not be a problem for you and your roof will appear luminous and brand new!

No. Zinc is a fungicide that kills algae that may decrease moose development. However, you depend on rain to wash the strip with zinc oxide down your roof.

Experience has revealed that the efficacy of the strip is 3-4 feet below the location of the strip (Typically at the peak of the roof). Experience also informs us that after a few years the strips wear out.

Other disadvantages are that they are visible while on the roof and tend to break and flop about on the roof.

Copper wire is less efficient on the basis of the usual wire size. However, many asphalt roof shingles are embedded with copper granules.

These have been shown to be beneficial for 10-15 years in prevention of algae stalking. These functions are uniformly distributed over the roof, ensuring continuous and consistent protection. Contact our office for further details.

The contractor determines this issue to a great extent. If the contractor is professional and the job is arranged quickly. (1-2 days on overage) This is due to the highly skilled workers of the contractor.

The contractor will allocate your property to the right crew.

You will appear when you say and remain until the work is completed and you will not leave your house to do other chores partly.


If you need a roof and want the work done, call us immediately for your free quote.

Depending on whether you remove your current roof and remove metal roofing, it may be up to the double the cost of a composite of mid-grade asphalt.

The reason is that the materials themselves usually are about twice as large and the installation of a metal roof may take 3-4 times more lengthy than a composite of asphalt.

Metal installation is essential. Contact us if you are contemplating a metal roof. We do not have metal roofs installed, but we can recommend you to a competent contractor.

The key to mooss management is proactive. In the Pacific North-West our clean environment (which is essential for moose development) and lovely, evergreen trees are really fortunate. And some folks claim sometimes it rains over here.

Unfortunately, the combination of these factors provides ideal conditions for fungus and moose development.

So what are you able to do? There are many options here, depending on your circumstances and environmental awareness.

Remove any leaves or buildings that may shade an area so seldom or never touched it by the sun.

Keep the roof free of biological deterioration. I.E. leaves, pine cones, etc. Depending on the volume, a minimum of autumn cleaning and spring cleaning is required for you as are most Northwestern homeowners.

Keep the mushroom off the roof. Fungi and algae also thrive in the northwest on everything. It is easy to cure and must be kept on top.

The reply to the question is yes. However, it’s important who you ask to do your home job.

Your main choice in any contract work is who you employ, regardless of the time of year.

The right contractor will design the project properly, specify the suitable materials, allocate suitably qualified staff to the job and do so in light of the weather.

It takes 1-2 days to finish most basic tasks. The time frame that a roof may be susceptible to weather can be shortened to a few hours depending on the work when the contractor is appropriately staffed with skilled employees.

For example, if the roof is removed using asphalt composite and the roof is placed on the floor, a business such as ours may just need few hours of excellent weather in order to ensure that it is weather-resistant.

In this respect, it depends on your circumstances. Please contact us if you are contemplating re-roofing and would like more information. We will strive to help you in any manner we can!

Just stated the answer is NO. Asphalt shingles are made with components that produce a roof system, unlike wood shakes.

As a fabricated fiberglass sheet, an asphalt composite shingle is almost 1/8″ thick. The fiberglass is soaked with asphalt on both sides. The top layer of asphalt is imbedded with ceramic pellets while still molten.

Granules have 2 functions:

  • To give the shingle it’s color.
  • To protect the asphalt from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Asphalt is the waterproof part of the shingle together with the granules and the fiberglass is the chassis holding the shingle together.

Asphalt is a very volatile substance (i.e., quickly influenced by heat causing viscosity change and increased expansion and contraction). Granules are missing and more UV exposure leads asphalt to dry up and roof collapse.

When done incorrectly, pressure washing the roof minimizes the removal of granules which are so essential to your roof lifespan. Since asphalt composite is a thin product that is easy to tear, the shingle with the pressure wall is not too difficult to cut.

Many pressure washing machines will ensure that they are experienced and not damaged. You may be correct, but how can you ensure it?

Granules adhesion decreases as the roof ages. The difficulty for a pressurizer is how to measure its pressure. The issue is how can you know if you do it right?

It’s hard to know. The main issue is, why wash the pressure? It’s just because it’s a fast cure. Quick remedies usually come with a payment afterwards.

Maybe it would be wiser to investigate where the moose originates from and what can be done to maintain your roof healthy and clean.

A roof may be installed over an existing roof. This allows the existing building owner to save some money on the roofing job. Roofing over a different roof does not, however, give the same roof quality or safety level as the roofing system built after full removal.

This is when individuals say, “Building code, and producers permit it. It must be okay.”

Let’s see how the codes officers and manufacturers see the roof over employment.

Most building codes allow up to 2 layers of asphalt roofing on a structure when installing asphalt composite shinge. The code has nothing to do with the performance of shingles. The structural performance and how much weight it can bear is written.

Furthermore, manufacturers ban roofing on an existing roof. But you will discover a wording in their warranty excludes that says “We will not guarantee a default in product if the roof is placed on a substratum that is not smooth, level and clean.” This implies that if everything beneath the roof fails, there is no guarantee.

Other concerns about roofing over the top of a roof system are:

  • There is no way to thoroughly check the roof deck while the old roof is covered. This may lead to hidden harm.
  • A second layer is considerably harder to flash. If the second layer leaks, the water may ride the layer below and go to another roof area. This makes it extremely difficult to identify and fix leaks.
  • Asphalt shingles are produced. Asphalt’s flexibility derives from its natural solvents. In the warmer months, the second layer may be super-heated, which can prematurely bend and curl the shingle.
  • Removal expenses in the future will be enormous owing to more work and increased waste disposal rates.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an organization that develops tests and standard goods of all forms and sizes.

In regards to roofing products there are 3 classes of Fire Rating. These classes are:

Class A roof coverings

Effective against extensive exposures to fire tests. Based on such exposures, the roof covering of this class offers a good level of protection against fire on the roof deck, does not slide away and flying brands are not anticipated.

This is the highest possible rating. The roof shingles of asphalt, concrete and clay roof and the authentic slate roofs of stone are in this group. Metal roofs and synthetic materials are usually required to qualify for the fire rating for Class A.

Class B roof coverings

Effective against mild exposures to fire tests. Under such exposure, these type of roof coverings provide a modest degree of fire protection on the roof deck, do not slide away and are not anticipated to generate flying brands.

Class C roof coverings

Effective against exposure to mild fire tests. The roof coverings of this class provide the roof-deck with a mild fire degree, do not slide off position and are not anticipated to generate flying brands.

Wood shakes are an example of materials with Class C Fire Rating.

* For accurate rating information please see individual product documentation. The information given is not unique to the manufacturer.

Ridge ventilation is one of several methods of unloading a roof. It may be the most efficient method, depending on your roof type. (Contact us for your roof assessment)

Venting Ridge

Ridge ventilation works by creating a continuous hole at the top of your roof so that air can drain from your shelves consistently.

Some crest vents are guaranteed to prevent leakage and failure for the length of the roof system. Many of the winds are above the kind. This implies that the roofing material may cover the top of the ventilation and conceal the fact that a ventilation exists there.

Contact us for additional information about ridge vent systems.

Ventilation is essential throughout the year. In the summer solar heat rises to 120 degrees or higher attic temperatures. This overwhelms the insulation on the ground level and heats up your house.

During the winter, the chilly outside air cools your garden area. Due to how effectively the walls of our house are sealed, the heat and moisture produced in the autumn and winter is brought to the grotto by increasing heat.

It creates cold air in the attic when heated air meets. Humidity is a conductor, while isolation is an insulator. If moisture is insulated, the insulator becomes a conductor. This compounds the heat loss issue since insulation doesn’t perform the job of keeping heat in the house anymore.

Therefore ventilation is essential throughout the year. Ventilation works when hot air is removed throughout the summer and humid air in winter.

Not only on the north side of trees and houses, Moss grows. Moss will grow anywhere moisture and sunshine are sufficient. (Or lack of it)

In gloomy circumstances, Moss prefers to grow under the temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit above freezing. When the mouth becomes warmer, it falls asleep, but may not die.

Moss has no roots therefore flowing water is needed to live. (Like on rooftops) It can grow on anything since it has no roots. Asphalt, wood, even on glass and metal roofs we see growing. Debris and even pollen from the Pacific Northwest Tree, collecting on the roof, may form a dam on which the mouss can develop.

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