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How to Protect your HOA from a Cyber Attack

Associations handle personally identifiable information on a daily basis. This data includes homeowner names, addresses, bank account information, credit card numbers, credit histories, and Social Security numbers, which are very attractive for cyber criminals.

As data thieves grow more sophisticated in their tactics, the potential risks of a data breach increase for an association.

The Foundation for Community Association Research, reports that more than half of homeowners associations have policies and procedures in place to collect, store, and protect homeowners’ personal data.

More than half (52%) of all data breaches result from hacking, which occurs when an unauthorized user accesses a computer network for illicit purposes, according to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report. This can happen either externally (by a cyber criminal from an outside entity) or internally (by an association board member).

32% percent of breaches occur due to phishing, where a cyber criminal sends an email designed to mimic that of a financial institution or otherwise trusted resource. If a board member believes the email is authentic and provides login credentials as requested, the data thief has all the information he or she needs to access association accounts. Phishing schemes have become more effective as fraudsters refine their strategy.

In every piece of sensitive data, cyber thieves see dollar signs. According to Verizon, 71% of breaches are financially motivated.

But don’t make the mistake of thinking breaches only happen to large companies. Ponemon Institute’s 2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium Size Businesses report shows that 58% of small-to-mid-size businesses (companies employing between 100 to 1,000 people) experienced a data breach during fiscal year 2018, up from 54% in 2017.

No matter how well-intentioned board members may be, they could be one mistaken email away from falling for a phishing scheme and causing a data breach. That’s why protecting your association and its board is paramount. Thankfully, you can take steps to protect both your personal liability and that of the association in the event of a breach.

Start by reviewing your association’s insurance coverage. Board members may think their association’s directors and officers (D&O) policy offers protection. While these policies provide liability coverage for claims when individual members (or the entire board) fail to act or act wrongfully on the association’s behalf, they do not cover cyber liability unless it’s specifically listed within the policy.

The association’s crime and fidelity policy, which protects the money in the association’s accounts, may provide some coverage depending on the endorsements included in each association’s plan. Ensure your association’s crime policy includes the following:

Computer fraud. Covers loss of money, securities, and property as a result of using a computer to fraudulently transfer funds from inside the association or banking premises to outside the premises.

Funds transfer fraud. Covers losses resulting from theft of association funds by means of a fraudulent communication, such as a phishing email.

Fraudulently induced transfers. Covers losses due to any act that influences a person to take actions that may or may not be in their best interest, such as replying to social engineering threats.

Associations also should consider cyber liability coverage if it’s not specified in their D&O policy. Look for policies that provide first-party (losses and damages to the association) and third-party (losses and damage to outside entities) coverage. These will cover many of the expenses of data breaches, including legal and forensic services, regulatory expenses, notification costs, crisis management, and credit monitoring for all affected parties.

Most cyber liability policies will include a retroactive date; if a claim happens prior to that date, your association won’t be covered. This is an important stipulation to consider, especially since 56% of all breaches take months to discover, Verizon notes.

In addition to reviewing the association’s insurance coverage, board members can take multiple steps to improve data security.

■ Make sure all personally identifiable information is encrypted and stored in a secure server.

■ Talk with your manager about the data security requirements that are in place.

■ Use complex passwords with lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

■ Implement two-factor authentication that requires users to log in twice from two different devices.

■ Give administrative privileges or personally identifiable information access only to board members whose specific roles require it.

■ Engage an outside cybersecurity firm that can monitor association data and alert the board of any concerns, if funds allow.

The risk of data breaches grows every year, and homeowners trust a community association’s board to keep their information safe. Don’t break that trust. Taking steps to prevent cyber attacks will save board members and residents from agonizing and expensive headaches down the road.

Source: HOAresources

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New Laws Affecting HOA Communities in California

With the new year, California has adopted new laws impacting the way your association might function. Governor Gavin Newsom signed a few bills into law affecting HOAs in 2020.

Some of these changes include, how elections are conducted, restrictions on accessory dwelling units, and specifications regarding whether or not a contractor is considered an employee. These changes may force associations to make modifications to existing regulations and practices within their communities.

Senate Bill 323 includes;

–      Suspending the right to vote in elections if the community member is overdue in their assessments

–      Setting qualifications for board member candidates

–      Requiring a third party to monitor elections 

Additionally, homeowners now face more challenges when building accessory dwelling units or ADUs.

This law prohibits HOAs from enforcing rules that would make ADUs difficult to build. However, it does allow them to impose reasonable restrictions, such as:

–      The owner must occupy the main residence instead of the ADU

–      Only one ADU maybe built on the lot

–      The ADU cannot be sold separately from the primary home on the lot

–      The ADU cannot be larger than 50% of the main residence or 1,200 square feet in size

Finally, one of the biggest changes reclassifies an independent contractor as an employee. Assembly Bill 5 states that contractors are considered employees unless the community association does not supervise the person’s work.

–      Attorneys, accountants, engineers, and other professionals who provide services to common interest communities are exempt 

Collectively, these changes were established after the first of the year. Boards and managers in the state of California should be aware and anticipate changes within their associations. It’s recommended that all communities in California consult a legal professional when establishing these updates.

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10 Holiday Gifts You Should Never Give

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start shopping, if you haven’t already, for gifts for those on your list. And, if you don’t want to be known as a sucky gift giver, take our advice and take a look at these twenty gifts you should never give.


Unless you’re buying them for your significant other, this is definitely a no-no. Underwear is as personal as it gets, and if you give them to someone you don’t have that kind of relationship with, things could get really weird, really fast. Even if you do plan on giving them to your bae, it still might not be such a good idea–unless you plan on giving it to them when no one else is around. Can you imagine the looks on the faces of your family and friends when your significant other opens up the box and pulls out some racy underwear?


Ah, the dreaded Christmas sweater. The gift we love to hate. Unless you’re a grandmother or a great aunt, this item shouldn’t even be anywhere on your Christmas gift list.

Advice: This is best given as a gag gift or for use at an ugly-Christmas-sweater party (yes, there’s such a thing).

According to Time magazine, sweaters have been around since the 19th century, although the Christmas sweater didn’t become a thing until just a few decades ago. In fact, according to The Wall Street Journal, the Christmas sweater started being mass-marketed in the 1980s.


If your girlfriend or wife has been asking you lately if she looks fat, regardless of your response (and we hope you gave the right response), it’s probably not a good idea to give her exercise gear for Christmas. While you’re at it, you can cross shapeware, workout apparel, bathroom scale, diet cookbook and gym membership off that list, too. The last thing anyone wants to hear is that you think they need to lose weight. Even if that’s not the message you’re trying to send, it will most likely be taken in that way.


Making the choice to get a pet is a big decision–and, it’s one that’s usually best left up to the one(s) who will be caring for the pet. Keep in mind that not everyone is ready for such a responsibility. So, unless you’re getting the pet for your kids or someone else who lives in your household, it’s not a good idea to give a living, breathing creature to someone else. Instead, try this tip from MSN: “Try a stuffed animal first, and see how friends do with that.”


You know that gift that you got last year that you really didn’t like and now you’re trying to pass it off onto someone else? Yeah, that’s what a re-gift is. No matter how tempting it may be to re-wrap it and give it to someone else, don’t do it. Especially if you don’t remember who gave it to you. You could end up giving the gift back to the original giver, and that would be just plain embarrassing–for them and for you.


We understand that you may not like your in-laws or step family, but that’s no reason to intentionally get them a sucky gift in the hopes of crushing their ego. Here are some examples of what we mean:

-The mother-in-law who gives her son a lavish gift but gives her daughter-in-law something cheap and tacky.
-The stepdaughter who gets her new stepmother a hideous shirt.
-The jealous friend who gives junk food to the friend she knows is on a diet.


Unless you’re planning on giving these to your teenager (trust us, they’ll thank you), it’s probably not a good idea to give cash or a gift certificate to your significant other. People like getting gifts that required some thought and effort on the part of the gift-giver. Even if you have to get creative and give them something homemade, it’s the thought that counts.

TIP: Cash gifts are often seen as tacky and awkward. Our advice? Just don’t do it.


Candles are the perfect gift to give to a co-worker or an acquaintance–not so much when it comes to your significant other. Candles scream “we’re just friends,” so unless that’s the message your trying to send to the person you’re romantically involved with, candles are a no-go. Besides, most people have a ton of candles in their home already, and the last thing they need is more candles–no matter how good they smell. Another thing to keep in mind is that strong-scented candles can be quite bothersome for people with sensitive noses.

2. CDs and DVDs

These gifts used to be all the rage at one time, but thanks to the growth of digital downloads and streaming services available through iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and the like, these once hip items are now outdated. Plus, giving CDs and DVDs to certain people might send a not-so-nice message. According to 99.3/105.7 KISS FM in Richmond, VA, giving CDs and/or DVDs to your co-workers can send an “I didn’t want this so I’m gonna give it to you” message.


Who doesn’t love a good laugh? But, that’s pretty much all you’ll get out of gimmick gifts. I mean, seriously, when is anyone ever going to use unicorn hand puppets or shaving cream that smells like bacon or a ‘knit your own beard‘ kit? You’ll just be wasting your money when you could have spent it on something more useful. Plus, it’ll probably end up in a corner somewhere collecting dust until the recipient decides to get rid of it.


Make sure you get your loved ones a gift they’ll like or else they’ll be forced to return it. And, that can make for an embarrassing situation, especially if they run into you while they’re returning it or at some point down the road you ask them if they’re enjoying the gift and they have to make up some lie to save themselves and you from embarrassment. Whatever you get, just be sure to put some thought into it. Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!

2018-2019 EL NINO WATCH

  • Posted On January 29, 2019
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Recent Evolution and Current Conditions
Oceanic Niño Index (ONI)
Pacific SST Outlook
U.S. Seasonal Precipitation and Temperature Outlooks


ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Watch
ENSO neutral conditions are present.*
Equatorial sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are above average across most of the Pacific Ocean.
The patterns of convection and winds are mostly near average over the tropical Pacific.
El Niño is expected to form and continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2019 (~65% chance).*
* Note: These statements are updated once a month (2nd Thursday of each month) in association with the ENSO Diagnostics Discussion, which can be found by clicking here.

ENSO watch update 01-26-19


Another El Niño is Likely on its Way!

A winter return for El Niño?

It’s been a few years since one reared its ugly head, but from what forecasters are seeing in and above the Pacific Ocean, there’s a good chance El Niño will be back for this coming winter.

Based on the latest update from forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, dated August 9, there is now at least a 60 per cent chance that El Niño conditions will develop in the equatorial Pacific during the autumn months (September through December), and over a 70 per cent chance they will develop by winter (November through February).

The early August El Niño – La Niña probability forecast shows the percentage chances of El Niño, Neutral, or La Niña conditions developing during any particular three month forecast period. In 2017 and 2018, this forecast indicates  Credit: Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)/NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

As such, the El Niño Watch issued by NOAA forecasters remains in effect.

How Strong?

Whenever we talk about an El Niño developing, the discussion turns to the obvious question – how strong will it be?

Throughout 2015, we saw the development of a ‘super’ El Niño – which is now considered the strongest El Niño on record, even stronger than the infamous El Niño of 1997-1998.

The strength of an El Niño is ranked based on how warm it gets in the surface waters of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean, compared to the normal temperatures measured there. If the waters in this ‘Niño 3.4’ region reach just half a degree (0.5°C) above normal, at least, for a period of three months, this is the breakpoint for what forecasters consider to be El Niño conditions.

Since it takes some time for changing conditions in the central Pacific to spread their influence to elsewhere in the world, forecasters wait until they see three (3) consecutive three-month periods where Niño 3.4 temperatures are above that breakpoint, before they state that an official El Niño is in progress.

The ONI/Niño 3.4 region overlayed atop sea surface temperatures from November 11, 2015. Credit: NOAA CPC/Scott Sutherland

The higher that Niño 3.4 temperature anomaly goes, and the longer the conditions persist, the more extreme the El Niño is.

From 1997-1998, temperatures in the Niño 3.4 region peaked at 2.4°C above normal, and they remained above 0.5°C for a total of 13 three-month periods – from April-May-June of 1997 to April-May-June of 1998.

In 2015, the super El Niño peaked even higher, at +2.6°C in the Niño 3.4 region, and temperatures there were above the El Niño threshold for 19 three-month periods – from October-November-December of 2014, all the way until April-May-June of 2016.

According to the latest collection of computer model runs, rather than another ‘super’ El Niño, we will likely see a ‘weak to moderate’ one, where temperatures in the central equatorial Pacific could reach between 0.5°C and 1.5°C above normal.

Model Predictions

This graph shows the collected computer model runs – dynamical and statistical – for the upcoming three-month periods. Bold lines indicate the model run averages, and the forecaster consensus. Credit: IRI/CPC

Forecasts are issued on a monthly basis, so this may change – going weaker or stronger – so watch for any updates to come.


El Niño, the warm phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), is a regular climate pattern that develops along and above the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Normally, conditions in that part of the world see strong trade winds, blowing east to west, which push warm surface waters along with them, causing them to ‘pile up’ around Indonesia and northern Australia. Periodically, these trade winds weaken, and the whole system ‘relaxes’, allowing those warm waters to slosh back towards the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. This arrival of warm waters off the coast of Ecuador and Peru typically happened in late December, and thus the pattern was named El Niño, or The Child, in reference to Christmas. This occurs roughly every three to five years, and individual El Niño events are separated by periods of normal (or ‘neutral’) conditions, or by cold La Niña patterns, which have a similar pattern to the normal conditions (warm in the western central Pacific and cool in the east), but ramped up to more of an extreme.

Typical ENSO-neutral (left) and El Niño (right) conditions over the Pacific Ocean. Credit: NOAA

When an El Niño develops, all that warm water sloshing back towards the east changes the weather patterns over wide regions of the planet. Typically, it means a warmer winter for parts of Canada, as the added heat shifts weather patterns over and around North America further north and east for the duration of the event.

The typical effects of an El Nino on wintertime across North America. Credit:

The effects of each El Niño are different, however, as stronger or weaker patterns have a greater or lesser impact on the weather, and other large climate patterns (such as the North Atlantic Oscillation) exert their own influences.

Sources: NOAA CPC | Columbia University Earth Institute

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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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ADCO’s 2nd Annual Food Drive – You Can Help Too!

Our 2nd Annual Food Donation Campaign for the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program begins today. Thousands of men, woman, and children struggle with hunger and rely on food banks. This program responds to hunger in our community by providing children and their families with resources they need, including free groceries, case management, counseling, and other supportive services.


December 20th, 2017


250 lbs. of food


You can drop off your donations at either of our office locations, from 8AM to 5PM M-F. If you can’t drive to us, we can arrange a pick up from your location.  If you need any collection bins, we’ll be more than happy to bring them to you.



Whole grain cereal Canned soup Dry beans
Peanut butter Canned tuna 100% juice
Powdered milk Dry pasta Rice
Tomato sauce Dry soup Canned meats

We also welcome other non-perishable foods, personal hygiene items and children’s books.


How Do Green Roofs Create Value?



Discover all the positive effects a green roof can have for energy costs, ecology, community and well-being. Read on to find out about the convenience of vegetation blankets, for rapid installation of a full-coverage green roof requiring negligible maintenance.

A Natural Air and Water Purifier

Your green roof will contribute to purifying and de-polluting the air, producing oxygen out of carbon dioxide and filtering particulates. It purifies rainwater too, and facilitates evaporation from the plants.

The plants and the substrate and drainage layers around them also provide a rainwater buffer. This has benefits for the local groundwater and sewage systems, delaying rainwater discharge and reducing the load and risk of flooding after heavy rainfall.

Cooling Effect

The plants on a green roof reduce the ambient temperature. They absorb one half of the sunlight that reaches them, and reflect another 30%. That makes a pleasantly cool climate, reducing temperature in the building’s immediate neighborhood.

Inside, the building’s cool air systems have less work to do, reducing energy bills and extending the life of your air conditioning. And if you use solar panels already, or take the opportunity to install them with your green roof, you’ll find the cooler roof surface provides conditions for the panels to operate more efficiently. Energy is channeled into your power supply instead of being lost as heat, and your energy costs are further reduced.

A Roof Saver

Upgrading to a green roof won’t just preserve your aircon. It could triple the lifetime of the roof itself. Protected from the strongest sun, rain, temperature extremes and wind the weather can throw at it, a roof structure can be good for 60 years. In maintenance costs alone, a green roof can recoup your investment in as little as 8 years.

Quieter, More Pleasant Environment

A green roof will act as a sound barrier, absorbing external noise with particular appeal in urban areas. It makes for a quieter environment outside as well as within the building. It’s a more relaxing space that promotes well-being. Greenery offers a positive environment that encourages people to unwind and reduce their stress level, whether it’s at the end of the working day or for convalescent patients. People can tolerate pain a little more in a healing, green environment and require a shorter stay at the hospital.

Plants, herbs and grasses in a green roof encourage biodiversity. It provides a habitat for birds, butterflies and other insects and will attract more life than any gray, concrete and glass building.

Brings People Together, Reduces Vandalism

Everyone living in a green environment has a higher perception of their space and quality of daily life. They’ll naturally work together to maintain it. An environment people take pride in has positive social effects: more interaction and cohesion in the community. Greener areas are proven to suffer less violence, aggression and vandalism.

Vegetation Blankets Save Time And Maintenance

Direct-green mats pre-cultivated with greenery are delivered with 90% coverage, way quicker and easier to install than establishing a green roof with individual plug plants. An attractive green roof can be realized in a very short time.

Vegetation blankets bring great benefits going forward too. They make a solid top layer for the green roof that resists erosion, protecting substrate from blowing away in a storm. The nearly-full coverage means weeds struggle to get established, and very little effort and cost is required for maintenance.

Adding Value to the Building

A building with a green roof gains an attractive appearance with much more appeal than grey, man-made structures. Its strong, sustainable image adds value, as do the reduced energy and maintenance bills.

A green roof brings much more than just visual appeal to your property. It’s a sound economic investment which brings multiple savings in energy costs, maintenance and repair costs. You and other residents will benefit from clearer, cooler air, reduced noise and better climate proofing. And a green roof gives back to the local area, encouraging biodiversity and doing its bit to regulate the wastewater supply and ambient temperature.


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6 Factors that Affect Your Roof’s Life Expectancy


Even if you have a high quality roof, which will protect your home for a couple of decades, they do not last forever. You should always have regular inspections by a roofing contractor as well as periodic maintenance. Contractors can let you know when you can expect to have to replace the roof.

Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure your roof lasts a long time but there are six key factors that determine how soon and how often your roof may need repair or replacement.

  1. Roof Material

Each roofing material has different endurance and offers different life expectancy. If you have asphalt shingles you can expect the roof to last a few decades. The materials that provide even longer cover include clay or concrete tiles, slate shingles and membrane systems. When it comes time to replace your roof, consider using materials that have longer life expectancy. Work with you roofing contractor to determine the best materials to use for your building and local environment.

  1. Weather

Not something you can control but can be prepared for is the weather. Most systems are designed to endure heavy rains, strong winds even snow and hail, but this does wear them down. Extreme weather conditions can really take their toll on your roof, so depending on where you live your roof may be exposed to severe conditions that damage the structural integrity. Consider the climate you live in and keep your roof maintained accordingly. Perhaps check with local contractors for protective tips if you live in areas prone to harsh weather.

  1. Sun Exposure

The damaging UV rays of the sun can hurt your roof just like they hurt us. Some materials like metal or EPDM rubber membranes are more resistant to the ultraviolet exposure. Most roofing material will degrade with the repeated radiation. Continued sun exposure weakens the structural integrity of a roof by heating it. This causes thermal shock to the materials as well as contraction and expansion. Once this happens, the material degradation is accelerated causing roof repair and replacement to be sooner than expected. Since the sun is not something you can control, it is advised to check with professional roofers for any tips or protective additions that can be utilized.

  1. Roof Pitch

Longevity of a roof is also affected by its pitch or angle. Roofs that are flat and low do not get rid of water easily so it builds up. When rain or snow are allowed to accumulate on the surface it starts to wear away the materials. Pools of water cause the materials to lose strength which can cause leakages. A good way to offset the damage is to install gutter systems and make sure they are kept clear of debris build up, so they can efficiently remove water away from the roof.

  1. Ventilation

Every building should have proper ventilation. Regular air circulation through the house and attic prevents moisture from accumulating and also reduces the external temperature. When ventilation is poor, roof materials are weakened and not as effective. It is wise to consider which option works out better in the long run, replacing materials more frequently or investing in a good air ventialation system.

  1. Proper Installation

A quality installation goes a long way in roofing. When cheap or inexperienced roofers are used it is not uncommon for there to be premature repairs and replacement. While you save money in the beginning, you will have unexpected costs with leaks and other damage that occurs without proper installation. The use of lower quality materials also contributes to early degradation. You want to be sure you hire a licensed professional that uses high quality materials and ensures their work is up to all codes. In the event a genuine error occurs, professional contractors are always willing to return and make it right.

Roofing repairs and replacement is not cheap, so you want to make sure you get the most out of the roof you have. By investing the time to care for it and considering the above factors, you can expect to get more longevity from your roof.


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Would You Trust a Drone Service for Your Roof Inspection?

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You really shouldn’t invest in a new building or home until you’ve had a roof inspection, even if you think you’ve found the one. You don’t want to buy a building or home with weak or damaged roofing, then find yourself with hefty bills to repair leaks and structural damage.

One of the latest technologies inspectors are often using to evaluate a roof involves using a drone.

But roofing contractors perform this importantl task differently, preferring a close-up, hands-on examination. Can you trust a drone inspection? Or should you hire a roofing contractor instead?

How Roof Inspections Work with a Drone

Many home inspectors today don’t actually get up on the roof to check its condition. And many of those who do climb up may stay on the ladder and look at the roof from there. The high cost of liability insurance is the most common reason cited for this worrisome trend.

So to avoid injury to the inspector — and to prevent damage to the building — many roof inspections are performed with a drone.

How does that work? A drone pilot flies a helicopter-like machine, that’s outfitted with a camera. The drone can be adjusted to view different angles, and it can hover to zoom in on selected areas on the roof. As the drone flies, it takes photographs and videos to allow the inspector to evaluate the roof’s condition.

How Roof Inspections Work with a Professional Roofing Contractor

A professional contractor doesn’t rely on drone photos or videos to determine the structural integrity of your roof.

Roofing contractors actually climb up on the roof to look at the roofing materials, underlayment and, if applicable, the roof decking itself.

During a professional roof inspection, the contractor also evaluates the condition of the flashing around the chimneys and vents as well as the soundness of the rain gutters, drains and downspouts. He also examines the deck and structural supports from the attic side.

Professional Roof Inspection vs. a Drone Inspection

A drone inspection gives results that are easy for inspectors to review. And pictures or videos often speak louder than words. With a drone inspection, buyers and sellers can see any roof damage for themselves.

That said, relying on a drone service may not be the best plan. Overhead photos cannot adequately assess any underlayment or deck issues, nor can drones check from inside for water damage or structural support problems.

A roofing contractor will perform a much more in-depth analysis of the roof, manually testing the strength and flexibility of the shingles or tiles as well the other materials. Drone pictures can let you see the rooftop, but only a professional roof inspection will provide you a clear view of the structure’s condition.

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