Happy Fire District

“Thanks again to you, Stan and crew, for a quality job completed on time and within budget.  Hopefully we will have the opportunity to do business again in the future.”

-Jerry Funk, Division Chief, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District

Our air conditioning load is significantly reduced

“Thank you so much for a beautiful re-roofing job.  When we returned from vacation, the roofing contract was completed as agreed, and the surrounding area was clean, no debris evident.

Our last couple of days have been quite warm.  We find that our air conditioning load is significantly reduced because of our light colored roof [Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration shingles in Shasta White]. We also find that on days when we previously would have used air conditioning, there was no need due to a cooler house.  It was your suggestion that we choose this roof color – and we much appreciate your steering us in this direction.

You surely deserve your designation as “Best in Nevada County”.  Also, it was a pleasure to work with Shannon.  In addition to her efficiency and gentle reminders, she has a great sense of humor.  In appreciation for you and your company’s  excellent service, we send our best.”

- Netta and Joe Kandell, Grass Valley

Did everything I asked & more.

“Removed old roof, repair of dry rot, installed new lifetime roof, two solar tubes, new gutters and downspouts.  Did everything I asked and more.  Stan was very cooperative and coordinated scheduling with some other work I was having done.  Carlos and the crew were very good and hard working.  I actually enjoyed the time they were there.  They were very receptive to coming back to do some minor tweaking to the gutter guards they also installed.”

-Kim Nelson, Penn Valley

They are so worth it

“We just had a new roof installed.  Stan Smith, Gold Country Roofing, is a gentleman.  Spent time with us showing all the products and options.  Agreed and the crew arrived on time and I watched, the entire day.  Professional and courteous.  After the job one worker walked around our house picking up pieces of construction debris around the home, tiny pieces no one would have seen.  They cleaned our decks and driveway.  Had a tiny roof extension off a bay window.  The worker worked for a while and made a masterpiece!  The roof jacks, old metal galvanized shiny metal, were painted the same color as the roof.  Our home is a masterpiece.  Please give them a shot, they are so worth it.”

-Walt and Connie Chatham, Grass Valley

I highly recommend these guys!

“They were great.  The estimate process was a little confusing, since they had a base price, and then other “add-ons” for things that didn’t seem optional.  But a call to the office cleared it all up.  They came when they said they would, and finished ahead of schedule.  And were able to install fascia and shingles on a forgotten bay window without impacting the schedule.  I highly recommend these guys!”

-Laura Confal, Nevada City

Voted Nevada County’s BEST Roofer!

Best of for 3 years!We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone that voted us Nevada County’s BEST ROOFER for the third year in a row!  We understand there are several choices out there, and we truly appreciate all of our valued clients who chose us to assist with their roofing needs.  We have been helping Nevada County’s residents since 1980, and are determined to do our best to be worthy of your continued support.

We would also like to congratulate all the other winners and nominees of the 2012 Best of Nevada County – find them all here!

Are your expensive gutter guards failing you?

With so many styles of gutter guards to choose from, it can be hard to decide which will work best. There are several designs that, in THEORY, should be quite effective in allowing water to flow into the gutters without bringing debris in with it.  As popular as they seem to be in our area, we often find the solid surface gutter guards not living up to their reputation.

These are designed so water will flow off the roof, curve around the nose and into the gutter, while debris just falls off the front of the nose. During light to average rainfall, this theory holds up pretty well. But with a heavier downpour, the high volume of water tends to bounce off the solid surface and splatter to the ground, rather than flowing into the gutter as intended (thus negating the purpose of having gutters in the first place).

Some of the other design flaws we see are:

  • They have a higher profile than mesh screen style guards. This is fine if you WANT to look at your gutter guards, but we find most people would rather their gutter guards be more of a hidden protection system than a focal point of their home.
  • Smaller debris is light enough that it will still flow along with the water around the nose and into the gutter.
  • Depending on the bracket system, there can be inconsistencies in the size of the opening along a run, thus allowing a larger gap for debris to enter.
  • After a decent build-up of debris accumulates in the gutters, they can be very difficult to clean out.

 

If your current guards are proving to be rather ineffective, it may be time for some new Leaf Solution gutter guards.  This low-profile, micro mesh gutter guard doesn’t have gaps for debris to sneak into.  The design helps to slow the flow of water and direct it down into the gutters where it belongs, rather than letting it splash all over you whenever you walk by.  Unless, of course, you enjoy that sort of attention…

 

Call Gold Country Roofing today and let us help you end your gutter protector issues once and for all!

 

Way above the pack

I recently asked a client’s permission for another potential client to call her for a reference, and this was her reply:

“Of course!  It would be my total pleasure to assist as a reference.  I contacted more than 10 roofers and you all stood out way above the pack and the finished product exceeded my expectations!”

-Nancy Baglietto, Grass Valley

Overlay vs. Tear-Off

Thinking about a new composition shingle roof?  Wondering whether to opt for an overlay or a tear-off?  Although each roof must be evaluated individually, there are some general guidelines to help make an informed decision.

What is a Roof Overlay?

The new shingles are applied over the existing layer of shingles.  While overlays save on time, labor and disposal costs, they can only be done if certain conditions are met.

What is a Tear-Off?

First we remove all the old shingles from the roof.  Then we inspect your roofing deck (the wooden base over your rafters) and replace or seal it as needed.  We then completely re-cover your roof with new underlayment and shingles from top to bottom.

Which option is better for you?

If there are already two layers of shingles, an overlay is NOT an option, as Nevada County only allows up to two layers.

If you only have one layer, the existing roof is in good condition, lays flat (no bumps or rolls) and has no leaks or any problems with the underlying roof deck (soft spots), then an overlay may be the best option for you.

However, a tear-off will probably be necessary if:

  • The condition of the existing shingles is so rough and distorted that it would not be practical to flatten all raised areas enough for the new roof to lay flat.  Installing shingles over existing shingles that aren’t flat can make the new roof look bumpy and make it harder for the new layer of shingles to form a seal.

  • The roof structure shows signs of sag across the ridge or truss lines.  If the roof does not look straight and feel solid, there may be structural defects.  Shingles are heavy, and adding a new layer over an existing roof adds weight to the rafters and to the structure in general. Older roofs, sagging roofs or substandard rafters may not safely bear the additional weight.

  • If spongy areas are noticed when walking on a roof, or an inspection of the deck reveals rotted/warped wood or large gaps between the deck boards.  Any rotten or damaged boards must be replaced before applying the new shingles.  Deterioration can occur when there is delamination in the plywood due to glue failure.  Dry rot is wood rot caused by certain types of fungi and if it isn’t taken care of, it can spread. If there is any suspicion of bad decking, then a full tear-off should seriously be considered, as these conditions are not always evident until the roofing is removed.

Lastly, if you are considering the benefits of the Owens Corning Preferred Protection Limited Warranty, a tear-off is required to qualify for the warranty.

The experts at Gold Country Roofing have decades of experience installing quality roofs, both overlays and tear-offs.  Contact us today for your free roof estimate, and we will give you our recommendation based upon the condition of your current roof.