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Signs That Indicate Roof Damage

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Roofs are prone to deterioration, and factors such as hail, sun and wind are known to cause problems. Understanding the signs to look out for will enable you to notice signs of roof damage. Here are what to look for:

Rain

Normal rainfall cannot damage the roof unless it has already been undermined by other adverse weather conditions. In case the shakes or shingles are damaged, water might find its way through the cracks and holes. On the other hand, heavy downpour might wash away the granules, impairing the shingles.

In case your roof was designed poorly or some areas are inverted or flat, the pooling of water on the rooftop might spike potential problems. Surprisingly, an inch of rain water has an equal effect on the roof as that of five pounds on the roof. An average roof is designed to withstand an average of 20 pounds of weight. That means that it can only stand four inches of water; in case more pours on it, the roof might collapse.

Winds

Roofs are made to withstand tension and weight by disbursing it over the rafters or trusses. When tough winds hit the roof, they will not do so uniformly. Instead, their major effects are felt at the corners and edges. As the winds grow stronger and hit harder, the roof will weaken eventually thus allowing it to heat beneath the roofing material. In case the insulation parts are exposed, you will start noticing leaks that will eventually damage the house.

 

Roof damage from hail

Hail can be either destructive or harmless, depending on how severe the storm will be. In case the hailstones are too large, they might knock off granules from the shingles. The result is faster deterioration of the shingles over time, and might cause leakage. The pounding could also compromise the membrane that lies below the roofing material. That makes the whole roof to be more prone to water damage.

Excess heat

If part of your roof is metallic, you ought to consider the effects of excessive heat on your roof’s stress points. As the metallic parts are heated by the scorching sun, the panels will contract and expand. This results in excessive stress on the fasteners and seams.

Solar panels

With time, solar energy has become a popular option. However, solar panel installation might cause stress to the roofing system such as the shingles, rafters or sheathing. Installers are thus advised to stick to manufacturer’s instructions and directions. Discuss the implications of the installation before choosing to have the panel installed.

Tress and debris

It is possible to notice when a tree hits your roof, but you might never realize when branches and small twigs fall on the rooftop. The small debris slide off without leaving any evidence on the roof. Whenever any material falls on the roof forcefully, it might damage it. The damage is bound to fasten your roof’s deterioration. This leads to leakage and other issues with time.

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Eco-friendly Roof Options For Your Roofing Project

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Most roof won’t need replacement for 20-30 years. There is quite a lot that can change with the materials used in those decades. If you are currently looking at replacing your old roof, you might be happy to know about the more environmentally friendly options that exist today. Not only are these options going to save you money through their energy efficiency, many of them are made from recycled or repurposed materials.

Eco-friendly roof materials

The recycling process is just plain good for the environment. It keeps materials out of landfills and gives them a means of still being useful for new applications. For example, rubber shingles are most often constructed out of old tires. Metal roof materials can often be comprised of various metals that have been re-purposed, such as steel, copper and aluminum.

Rubber shingles can be made into a number of styles to mimic popular looks like Spanish tile, shake or slate. They are durable and can withstand very harsh conditions, which allows for many of the companies to offer a 50-year warranty. In terms of cost, rubber shingles are much more affordable than the costly metal roofing style. You might find that you simply don’t like the look of the rubber shingles, or they might not be approved for use in your area yet. 

There is a chance that you just might not like the look of composite roofing, and you would prefer a more traditional looking roof option. This doesn’t mean the end of the line for your environmentally conscious choices, but rather a new set of options for you to consider. If you are looking for wood shingles, there are always places offering reclaimed and re-purposed wood to be turned into functioning shingles for you. If you are more into the slate or tile, consider some salvaged shingles in lieu of brand new ones. They will still be guaranteed, and you will likely save money in the process.

While there is no doubt that natural materials have better aesthetics than composite options, they cost more. Not to mention the added fossil fuel needed to transport heavier shingles like clay and slate. Wood shingles might look nice, but you really cannot guarantee that they will last beyond 25 years. Finally, clay and slate might look nice, but they are highly brittle. This leaves them more susceptible to falling branches and hail damages. If you want to help save some of your own green, you can opt for a lighter colored roof. This is going to naturally aid in keeping your entire house cooler, which will help to keep your cooling costs down through the warmer months.

Going green

green-roof-benefits-alta-roofing-los-angelesSome people have opted to take a very serious spin on going green. You can opt for a design that has a sod roof with vegetation literally growing on it. The benefit here is that this is material that will never end up clogging up some landfill somewhere. As unusual as it might sound, these can actually be very aesthetically pleasing when properly maintained. Practically speaking, they can help by keeping your house cooler and better insulated, while simultaneously reducing water runoff.

The drawback is that installation of this kind of roofing can be costly, and not all roofs are able to sustain this kind of look. For example, the pitch of the roof cannot be more than 30 degrees, and requires ample sunlight to thrive. Not only do they need regular maintenance to continue growing properly, you might also have to reinforce your roof supports to handle the heavier weight of this material choice. While you might not be someone that is leaping at the chance to turn your roof into more yard you have to maintain, there are still many ways listed above that you can be more environmentally conscious with your roofing choices with your upcoming project.

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How To Choose The Right Gutter System For Your Commercial Building?

How To Choose The Type Of Gutters You Need

If you have ever been unlucky enough to buy a commercial building that did not have a gutter system, you are all too familiar with how much of an inconvenience that can be. Rain gutters are essential for any roofing system because they direct water away from the foundation. This ensures that it remains structurally sound and dry.

Understanding how gutters work will make the experience of having to get a new system easier. There are more options out there then one would think exists and you need to consider the material and guards as well. 

Do You Need a Gutter?

Not every building requires a gutter. In Los Angeles we have very little rainfall, in which case a gutter is not might not be necessary. However, in the winter time it can rain for days and without a gutter your roofing and the whole building can be seriously damaged.

What Does a Gutter Do?

There are a number of advantages to having a gutter. They are able to:

  • Protect concrete slabs from cracking and sinking
  • Direct water away from sidewalks, patios and the foundation.
  • Block dirt from splashing onto windows or siding
  • Add curb appeal and value
  • Prevent erosion
  • Keep water lines from discoloring the brick or concrete
  • Extend the life of your stained wood decks and doors

Which One to Choose?

When it comes to finally selecting the gutter to purchase, there are a number of factors you need to consider. The material of the gutter will be the first important factor to consider.

  • Aluminum: This is the most commonly used gutter material and is available in both traditional and seamless options
  • Copper: This works well with historic buildings. Copper is very durable but also expensive and difficult to install.
  • Steel: Galvanized steel is definitely pricier than other materials but these gutters can be painted and they are very durable.
  • Vinyl: Probably the most affordable option. Vinyl gutters are easier to install and lightweight. Be advised that their lightweight nature causes them to sag and wear out faster than other gutter materials.

You also need to consider the various styles available when choosing what works best for your budget:

  • K-style: This style consists of a flat black and bottom with a decorative front that mimics crown molding. This style holds a lot more water than half-rounds and they are considerably cheaper.
  • Half-rounds: This style is a semi-circle shape with rounded edges, often found on older style buildings. People choose this even today, when they want to maintain the vintage feel. These are more expensive than K-style gutters and are harder to find.

What about Gutter Guards?

Gutter guards are installed over a gutter system to keep debris and leaves out and at the same time allow for the collection of water run-off from the roof. If you have gutters that are more than two stories high it is advised to have a gutter guard as this will reduce the amount of time you have to spend climbing up there to clean it out. Gutter guards are as different as the gutters themselves, so be sure to research before you buy.

Now for Installation

Despite your excellent do-it-yourself skills, it is not advised to install gutters on your own. The supplies to do so are available at any hardware store but the job is not as easy as most you might think it will be. In fact, gutter installation actually requires a great deal of skill and expertise. It may not be worth the risk of harm or roof damage to try and do it yourself. Be safe and hire a professional!

The incline of a gutter has to be just right in order to keep water flowing. Too sharp an angle can cause water to gush over the downspouts and down your building. Too gentle of an angle allows water to pool and eventually your gutters start to sag. Additionally some gutters require repairs that you may not catch. Gutter installation professionals can spot damage easily and complete the job quickly, which ends up saving you time and money.

Buying a new gutter system is not glamorous, but it is essential. So take the time to research and understand what gutters are for as well as how to select the right ones.

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How To Choose The Best Roofing Material?

How To Choose The Best Type Of Roof For Your Needs

 

 

The materials that are used on your roofing will affect the energy efficiency of your building. There are many different types of roofing materials to choose from, here are some useful tips to choose the one best for you.

 Things to Consider

When deciding on a new roof system here are that we need to consider:

  • Will special framing be needed due to the weight of the material?
  • Will special maintenance be needed?
  • Does the roofing material meet the fire codes?
  • What is the cost of the roof, the lifespan, and is there a warranty?
  • Will the materials be able to stand up to the weather?
  • Has the materials been used for at least 10 years?

This will help you determine which roofing materials that best fit you. A new roof will protect your building from different weather conditions like the rain, sun and heat.

Types of Roofing Material

The outer most layer of the roof will be covered with the weatherproofing material. It must be able to withstand the Los Angeles heat. Materials will vary between residential and commercial use.

Wood or Asphalt Shingles

Shingles is the general term used for a roofing material with overlapping edges.

Asphalt Singles

This is the most common roofing material. It is made from bitumen which has an organic or fiberglass base. It is usually covered with a gritty material. It is often cheaper than other materials and faster to install.

  • Pros– easy to install, inexpensive, readily available, comes in different colors
  • Cons– Last up to 25 years with proper maintenance. Does not provide as good of insulation as other roofing materials.

Wood Shingles

This type of shingle is made from cedar or pine. Looks nice as it naturally ages.

  • Pros– all natural. The roof can last up to 30 years.
  • Cons– These singles may be prohibited based on fire code regulations. In area prone to wet the shingles may grow mild, rot, or split.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

These tiles are durable and look really nice.

  • Pros– Roof can last up to 50 years and is energy efficient.
  • Cons– Roofing materials are expensive and additional framing is often needed.

Metal Roofing

This roofing will hold up to extreme weather conditions. It is lightweight and recyclable. This material is great for contemporary or cottage homes.

  • Pros– this material is durable and can last up to 75 years. It works well if you want to harvest rainwater.
  • Cons– This roof is very expensive.

Slate

This material comes in many different colors and is visually appealing.

  • Pros– this material is fire resistant and can last up to 100 years. Slate can also be recycled.
  • Cons– Slate is very expensive to install and additional framing is needed. The quality of slate can also vary based on where it is imported from.

Synthetic Roofing

There are many options available if you are looking for synthetic roofing. This roofing can be designed to look like wood or slate. It is durable and easy to take care of. Rubber shingles which are made from recycled tires are becoming very popular. If you are looking to have a synthetic roof installed look at other areas with this roof to make sure they have stood the test of time.

  • Pros– Roofing is not expensive and comes with a 50 year warranty.
  • Cons– Many versions of this roof are too new to undergo longevity testing.

Do Some Research

When researching the material for your new roof be sure to about any warranties and find out as much information as possible about the material. The National Roofing Contractors Association will often send out product samples and will provide information such as brochures from the manufacturer. If you have any questions about the roofing materials or you would like a free quote for your new roof be sure to call ADCO Roofing today. We can help you get through the process of having a new roof installed.

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7 Tips To Find The Best Roofing Contractor In Los Angeles

7 tips to find the best roofing contractor

 

ADCO is a reputable commercial roofing contractor and has handled thousands of projects since it was established in 1989. We have compiled a number of the factors you should look out for before selecting the best roofing contractor.

A roof system is a significant component of your business. Purchasing a new roof is among essential investments you will make so before settling on the right roofing contractor, we recommend these guidelines:

Proper business identification

Firstly, ensure that the contractor you are considering hiring has a physical address, tax identification number, and a telephone number. Hiring a business that is appropriately registered ensures that you are dealing with a legit business entity.

Insurance coverage

Insist on looking at the person’s or entity’s liability insurance and worker’s compensation certificate. Ensure that the insurance cover is valid at the time of hire, and is useful throughout the period required to complete the project. If it is not up to date, any accidents will not be compensated.

Track record

Hiring a reputable company is essential as you are assured of quality services. Before hiring a company, look at its track record. The firm should be willing to give you a list of client references. You can contact these clients to find out the quality of services to expect.

Written proposal

Always insist on getting a written proposal from the roofing contractor. The proposal should include elaborate descriptions of the project and its specifications. It should also state the approximate starting and completion dates as well as the payment procedures and plan.

Finer details

Ask the contractor to explain the specific aspects of the project. Have them tell you about the quality procedures put in place to ensure a successful project. Also, discuss the number of workers who will be required and the estimated time of completion. You need to be on par with all the details.

Warranty

Take time to understand the roofing warranty conditions. What guarantee are you entitled to and what provisions would void it? Always have positive skeptics regarding the lowest bid. Most times when it sounds too good to be true, it possibly is. Quality craft and professionalism are the qualities you should give top considerations.

Association member

Contractors who are subscribed to local, regional, state or national roofing associations tend to offer better quality services than those who aren’t. If the company is affiliated or recognized by a significant industry brand, it is possible that they provide high-quality services.

Following the above guidelines will give you an upper hand. Ensure that you make a wise decision regarding the roofing contractor you select. If you choose a right roofing contractor, you are assured of a high return on investment.

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Waterproof Your Roof

Waterproof Your Roof

There are many things that go into the installation of a new roof. Quality products are an important part. If a storm hits your area you will know how important it is for your roof to be waterproof. The underlayment is a very important part of any roof. The roof is the first line of defense against the weather elements and needs to be able to protect the home. This includes protecting the home from water damage.

 What is the underlayment?

The underlayment is additional protection that is installed between the shingles and the roof deck. This will protect the roof from moisture and will keep the water off the deck. When the shingles are being installed the underlayment will also protect the roof from the rain. The water will run off instead of collecting on the roof.

When purchasing underlayment it is important to get something that is high quality. There are many types that come with a 30-year warranty. That is longer than the warranty on most shingles. We only work with trusted and proven brands.

  •  Easy Installation: we use extra wide 10 square rolls which allow for more than four times the coverage compared to other rolls of underlayment. This will help save you money and will save time on the installation of the new roof.
  •  Durable: The synthetic material that is used on the underlayment will reduce tears even if it is walked on. It will stay in place with high winds as well. It is sturdier than the felt underlayment. This means additional protection for your home.
  •  Slip Resistant: roofing work can be dangerous. This underlayment has high traction control and is slip resistant even when it is walked on. This will make for a safe working environment. A worker can walk on the roof and will not have to worry about slips due to the roofing material.
  •  Excellent Water Protection: compared to felt underlayment this synthetic underlayment offers protection from moisture. It is non-absorbent and has a water-shedding barrier. This will help keep the water off of your roof. This will reduce the chance of leaks and will give your home additional security and protection.

 Installation

We are a full-service roofing company and understand the importance of making your roof waterproof. Our professional teams use only high-quality products and are highly trained with years of experience. We install beautiful roofs and customer satisfaction is very important to use.

If you are in need of roof repair, replacement, or want to upgrade your roof be sure to give us a call today. We will come to your location and inspect your roof free of charge. Our estimators are professional and friendly. They will give you a free quote for the service that you need and will take pictures of the problem areas on the roof. They will also take the time to answer any questions that you may have. Thank you for considering using our services for your roofing project.

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How To Reduce Your Energy Bill With No Sacrifice

Lower Your Energy Bills

When you are a commercial property owner, it is understandable that you want to find one or more ways to lower your energy bills. After all, your heating and electricity payments take a big bite out of your monthly budget. But when you are searching for methods to reduce those bills significantly, do not fall prey to myths or out and out untruths about how to adapt to use less energy.

If you do not look at the many suggestions out there in an intelligent way and use your critical thinking skills, you may not only fail to reduce your heating and light bills, but you may also damage expensive appliances or run afoul of local rules and regulations. Let’s take a look at a few suggestions you may have considered following to rein in your monthly finances to see if you will reap the intended benefits.

Use Your Fireplace To Lower Your Heating Costs

When there was no central heating available it is certain that people used fireplaces to warm their dwellings. What you may not realize is that heating with a fireplace is generally not a very energy efficient way to accomplish that goal. In order for the fire to burn without loading the air around you with noxious gases and particulates, your flue and chimney system uses a flap called a damper to keep outdoor air flowing into the fireplace.

If the damper is closed, the smoke will not have an outlet — perhaps a situation you have experienced when starting a fire without checking that it is open. The cold air entering causes your HVAC system to work even harder and uses more fuel when you tend a fire in your fireplace. You may feel warm and toasty, but other areas are cold and your heat pump, furnace, or boiler kicks in more frequently to compensate. The result? A higher heat bill.

The Perfect Place For Your Freezer

Many people will try to convince you your freezer will operate better, and more cheaply, in a unheated garage. In addition to this making no sense at the height of summer when the freezer runs endlessly to block the heat, storing it in an unfinished and heated area has other problems.

The significant swings in temperature year-round mean your freezer is always working hard to stabilize the temperature for the items inside. You risk burning out the motor or damaging the coil when the temperatures are too extreme. It is best to keep your freezer in a cool area with fairly constant temperatures like your basement. It will last longer and the mechanical system will not cycle on and off which costs you more money.

Run Ceiling Fans 24/7

A ceiling fan is a great help to people gathered in the room within which it is operating. Its cooling effect is based on evaporating moisture from your skin, making you feel much more comfortable. When no one is in the room, however that effect disappears. If you run a fan constantly in an unoccupied room the temperature will not be affected and will do nothing to help cool areas. So, turn the fan off until you enter the room. This will reduce energy use and focus the energy you do use to a time and situation where the fan will actually do its job of making you and others feel cooler.

Setting Thermostats Higher For Faster Heating

If you raise the temperature setting on your thermostat higher than a comfortable level you will not heat your building faster. All you will accomplish is requiring the furnace or other heat sources to run constantly, using more energy. Set it to a comfort level you prefer, and consider a timer so the heating level you need rather than trying to compensate.

To Plug Or Unplug

When your electronics are in their “off” mode they can still be using a trickle of power. This phenomenon is known as standby power, and when allowed to continue over days, weeks, and months raises your overall energy costs. Unplug rather than shut off electronics to ensure that you are not increasing your costs.

To Remain On Or Turn Off

A similar conundrum occurs when you reason that keeping your computer or other electronics on is more energy efficient than rebooting it every time you want to use it. The “re-entry” into operational mode is much less of an energy drag than in the past, so you will actually save electricity, and money if you turn your computer off between uses.

HVAC Systems Work Best When Vents Are Closed — Or Open?

Closing a vent in the hop the room affected will not be heated or cooled seems to make sense. Depending on how your HVAC system works, constantly managing vents will actually use more energy as the configuration works harder when the flow of air is blocked even in just one space.

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How to Get Your Building Ready For California Winter

How to Get Your Building Ready For California Winter

Winter in California means rain. While fall may not be over yet, it’s the perfect time to do some maintenance to ensure that everything is running properly before the rainy season. The weather can change pretty fast and you do not want to be caught unprepared. Here are some tips that will save you costly repairs and aggravation in the coming months.

Exterior Maintenance

Roof

Inspect your roof for missing, damaged, or loose shingles while cleaning. Check the area around air vents and the caulking around the chimney. A professional roofer can help with maintenance and recommend the necessary repairs.

Gutters

Gutters are important as they help drain water away from your house and roof. However, if they are clogged, they are more prone to cause issues. This could cause more blockage. Moreover, rainwater damages your building’s foundation or seep into your roof, leading to extensive damage. Have your gutters cleaned before winter hits.

Pipes

Cooler temperatures especially freezing could damage your pipes. The good news is that you don’t have to wait to spend thousands of dollars in repair. Let faucets drips to provide relief for your pipes. If you have pipes exposed, wrap them with insulation material like fiberglass sleeves or foam rubber for pipes. These are easy to install and will only take you a few minutes. Also, caulk any holes or cracks that may expose your pipes to cold air. If you’ve previously dealt with broken pipes, it’s best to call in a professional.

Interior Maintenance

Thermostat

If you’ve not invested in a programmable thermostat, this would be the best time to do so, for those who already own one, check the settings. Remember that setting the thermostat to low temperature when you’re away can have a dramatic effect on your savings.

Air Conditioner

You will likely not require your AC during winter but who knows in Southern California? If you are not planning to use it, have your AC covered. Remove window air conditioners or have them covered to prevent air leaks.

Furnace

You’re likely to need your furnace more during winter. It is essential to have your furnace inspected. Have the filter changed and checked for heating efficiency. At this point, it’s also critical to have your chimney examined by a professional, an expert can help sweep the chimney to help prevent carbon monoxide and chimney fires from building up and getting into your building.

Water Heater

A water heater comes in handy when you need to chase off the cold. While you may be tempted to keep it too hot, ensure that it’s set at below 125 degrees. Ensure that the heater is efficiently working by removing any accumulated sediment.

Windows and Doors

Doors and windows are prone to air leaks. Check for drafts around the edges of doors and windows by using a lighted candle. If you notice some flickering, there’s a high chance of there being a draft. Insulated or heavy drapery may be ideal for drafty windows.

Safety Devices

Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors should be kept in top condition during winter. Test them to ensure that they are working properly. Winterizing your building is a small price to pay, particularly if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars in repairs. The above tips will give you an idea on ways to winter-proof your commercial building this season.

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Plan Your Gutter Maintenance Now

Plan Your Gutter Maintenance

 

Even when the change of seasons seems slight in many areas of California, paying attention to the calendar for routine repair and maintenance tasks is important. As winter comes your roof and gutters deserve a closer look. Ensuring that the rain during winter has a clear pathway is key to protecting your building from water damage.

Clean gutters and downspouts will guide water off your roof and along prescribed patterns that ensure keeping your building dry. Overflowing gutters and clogged downspouts are not just simple annoyances, they actually impair the ability of the protective coverings to do their work.

Roofs, siding, stucco, brick, and the cinderblock or concrete of a foundation are intended to keep unwanted substances, particularly water, out. Without proper maintenance at the points where water meets your building’s structure, a series of grave catastrophes can occur. Here are your risks when proper and regular gutter maintenance is neglected:

Roof Components Fail

If the water pushes back up under the shingles or shakes that comprise the protective covering, there are going to be significant problems. All parts of the roofing system have their role, and the job gutters and downspouts are assigned to move the water from the edge of the roof to its ultimate destination many feet from the foundation.

Water that has nowhere to flow because leaves and other debris and residue block its way has to go somewhere. As the water pools up in the choked gutters that place becomes under the roofing materials and into your building. Primarily decorative elements like soffits and fascia board to provide an anchor for the gutters and downspouts, but if they also become waterlogged they will disintegrate and the gutters will loosen and even fall off the roof’s edge.

Leaves, sticks, and animal droppings make it impossible for any water flowing in the gutters to exit the area via downspouts. The entire blueprint of gutters and drains requires that there be no obstacles to the flow of rainwater. It is just like the problem of a clogged up sink, with water going everywhere but the intended route.

Microbial And Algae Growth

Stagnant water becomes home to some pretty damaging substances when gutters and drains are blocked. Algae blooms and can cause significant damage to the gutter hardware itself and makes its way inside your house under the shingles and along the waterlogged flashing.

When water gets into the building there becomes a real and present danger of mold growth. Mold spores are always present in both the indoor and outdoor environments. Water activates the spores through absorption. All the mold needs to grow and multiply further is an organic surface.

Soffits, fascia, roof decking, and many siding materials provide this growing area and food source for mold. Once the water makes its way inside, wood framing, drywall, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, insulation, carpeting, and much more familiar surfaces fit the bill.

Mold damages building materials, it also produces airborne substances that can adversely affect the health of susceptible people, including those who suffer from asthma, allergies, and immunity challenges. It does not require light, so it can grow undetected in between walls, under floors, within insulation, and a wide range of other places.

Foundation And Landscaping Damage

Runoff from your roof must be diverted away from the foundation, which is an essential purpose of your gutter and drainage system. When sheets of water pound the ground instead of flowing several feet away, the moisture often enters crawl spaces and foundations, weakening the structure of your building. Damage to storage areas and HVAC or plumbing systems are also possible.

Any landscaping done near can be destroyed in one storm if the gutters and downspouts are clogged. Waterfalls smash plantings and erode mulch or other protective ground coverings. Lawns turn to mud, and pavement can be undermined.

Take the time to plan and follow through with gutter and downspout cleaning before winter arrives in California. You avoid many pressing issues that could damage your commercial building and imperil your health.

Think about hiring a reliable gutter cleaner, and ask about permanent solutions to leaf and other litter, like protective coverings. A little planning goes a long way to maintaining this critical configuration intended to shield your building from water damage.

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