Maintain your composition shingle roof

Your home is your most valuable asset, and your roof protects the structure and interior of your entire home.  Like everything else, a roof can’t last forever, but you CAN take steps to make sure it lasts for decades.  Skimping on your roof’s maintenance can result in expensive repairs.  Protect your investment (and your wallet) with these simple steps:


Don’t let D.I.Y = “oops!”

We often get calls from clients who are experiencing a leak or some other concern, only to find the problem stems from their attempts to install or repair something themselves.  While we understand their desire to take matters into their own hands, we advise you to proceed with caution.  Read your roof warranty carefully before attempting any repairs or installing any item that could damage your roof and/or void the warranty.  Third party entities, (for example, heat & AC unit installers), can also cause damage and void your warranty.   Protect yourself and your investment from costly DIY or third party mistakes.


Not everything should “go green”

Dust, debris, algae, “presents” from area wildlife… over time, this build-up not only becomes unsightly, but may also encourage deterioration of your shingles.  Keeping your roof clean is important and so is the cleaning method you use.  Harsh chemicals or excessive scrubbing can remove the granules, damage the shingles and even void your roof’s warranty.  Periodically blowing off your roof is a good way to maintain overall cleanliness, but if the build-up has gotten out of hand, the spray nozzle on your garden hose can often do the trick.  IMPORTANT: DO NOT power wash, and avoid spraying your roof at an upward angle that will force water up underneath the shingles.

Avoid a pile-up

With Nevada County’s plentiful foliage it doesn’t take long to accumulate a solid layer of debris on the roof.  Roof shingles are designed to shed water rapidly downward and off the roof, so when debris is allowed to collect, the shingles are not able to drain and dry properly.  Standing water leads to premature rotting of the shingles and growth of algae, and water tends to wick upward, finding its way up underneath the shingles and into your home.  NOTE:  When cleaning out your gutters, watch for any roof granules that have accumulated.  Excessive granule loss is a warning sign that your shingles may be reaching the end of their life.

Know what to look for

It’s not always easy to spot a problem until it’s become a big and costly one.  Sometimes leaks can be difficult to diagnose even for seasoned professionals.  However, anyone can keep an eye out for signs that their roof is in need of maintenance, repair or replacement, and take action now to avoid more expensive problems later.



Ceiling or Wall Stains, Mold or Mildew

Leaking shingles, skylights, flashing, water pipes or siding; inadequate roof drainage (improperly installed gutters or gutter guards, collection of debris, etc.); inadequate attic ventilation

Cracked, curled or buckling shingles

Inadequate attic ventilation; improper shingle fastening or felt application; movement in roof decking; indication that shingles are at the end of their life

Dark areas on shingles

Environmental (pollutants, vegetation, dirt, algae growth, etc.), or may be a sign that shingles have excessive granule loss

Decay of shingles or siding near roof; exterior paint near roof is blistered, cracked or peeling

Leaks; inadequate attic ventilation

Gold Country Roofing – Voted Nevada County’s Best Roofing Company!

A HUGE and heartfelt “thank-you” to everyone who voted us Nevada County’s Best Roofing Company!!  We’re so happy to have provided our valued clients with the quality service to have earned this honor.

See a list of all the winners in The Union’s Nevada County’s Best publication.

Gold Country Roofing Named Western Nevada County’s ONLY Owens Corning Preferred Roofing Contractor!

Grass Valley, CA, 4/19/11 – Gold Country Roofing has been named a Preferred Roofing Contractor by Owens Corning, America’s most recognized brand of roofing shingles. As an Owens Corning Preferred Roofing Contractor, Gold Country Roofing has demonstrated a commitment to adhere to industry best practices and standards and is an established business within the communities it serves.

“We strive to provide the best possible products and service to our customers, so we’re very excited to be able to offer the unprecedented Lifetime Warranty that Owens Corning now provides,” said Stan Smith, Owner of Gold Country Roofing.  “What does this mean for our customers?  We can now essentially provide them with the last roof they will ever need, making their new Owens Corning roof one of the smartest home improvement options out there.”

Gold Country Roofing provides roofing services in Nevada County, CA, and offers several lines of Owens Corning shingles. All Owens Corning Preferred Roofing Contractors have a minimum of three years experience, a clean profile with the Better Business Bureau and all required state and local licenses.   Gold Country Roofing is the ONLY Owens Corning Preferred Contractor in Western Nevada County.

“The Preferred program takes the guess work out of finding a contractor,” says Jeff Carpenter, Owens Corning Contractor Development Leader. “Preferred Roofing Contractors have a demonstrated track record of dependable, quality workmanship and they are backed by one of the most trusted names in roofing.”

About Gold Country Roofing

Gold Country Roofing has been serving Nevada County since 1980, specializing in residential, commercial and industrial roofing applications.  Their quality services come with a 10 year limited workmanship warranty, and include year-round  re-roofing & tear-offs, shingle, metal & thermoplastic membrane installation, seamless gutter installation, leaf guard systems and deck waterproofing.  Repairs, maintenance and free estimates are offered as well.  When your roof is installed by the seasoned professionals at Gold Country Roofing, you will experience better energy efficiency in your home or business.  Visit them online at

About Owens Corning

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems.  A Fortune 500 Company for 55 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability through delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives.  Founded in 1938, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $6 billion in 2008 and about 16,500 employees in 30 countries on five continents.  Additional information is available at

Roof leaks on metal roofs

The most common cause of roof leaks on metal roofs are loose screws.  Here in the foothills of Nevada County, the change of temperature from winter and summer combined with temperature changes during the day can be substantial.  This temperature change exerts stress on fasteners on metal roofs.  This stress causes fasteners to back out or unscrew.  These screws often will lift along with the washers that seal the fastener, which provides an opening for water to enter.

The stress on metal roofs from expansion and contraction also will eventually cause the holes in the metal panels to enlarge.  This is the major cause for metal roof failure.

There are several strategies for repairing or maintaining a metal roof.

  1. Inspect metal roofs for loose fasteners and tighten regularly.
  2. Coat your metal roof with highly reflective coating to reduce the effect of temperature change.
  3. Seal  fasteners with a strong adhesive flexible caulking.

A professional roof coating job can add years to your metal roof.  Gold Country Roofing in Grass Valley, CA uses ER Systems coating products and systems to repair and maintain metal roofs.

B & C In Grass Valley Goes Green With Duro-Last Roof by Gold Country Roofing

After years of trying other roofing systems including hot mop and foam with limited success, B & C True Value Home And Garden Center in Grass Valley has decided to go “Green” with a cool roof by Duro-Last installed by the experts at Gold Country Roofing.

*With Duro-Last B & C will be able to relax all year long for many years as they enjoy a 15 year no dollar limit warranty on the product AND workmanship.  There’s no better guarantee out there!

*The Cool Roof will save B & C money on energy from the time that it’s installed.  This means B & C True Value Home and Garden Center can begin to pay for their roof system with the money they’ll save on energy.

*B & C True Value Home Center continues to operate normal hours during the roofing project with no evasive odors or areas inconveniently blocked off.

*Gold Country Roofing, the Nevada County, CA experts in Duro-Last Roof installation, invite you to call for a free estimate or any questions you may have at 530-477-2760.

B & C Lumber


Gold Country Roofing - 2010 Duro-Last Master Contractor!

When you remodel, start with the roof.

The top photo is of a job we finished in Penn Valley, CA.   The owner had just purchased the property and due to insurance requirements had to remove his wood shake shingles.  The bottom photo is the original shake shingle roof.

As part of his major remodel process Jeff Kenney chose Gold Country Roofing to completely re-roof 3 structures on the property.

Some of his comments included:  “Those guys just work non-stop.  You are very lucky to have a crew like that.  I’m sure happy that I went with you guys.”

In this economy it seems like more and more people are choosing to remodel in order to save money.  Now is the perfect time of year to take a look at your roof and see if it’s time to invest a little to save yourself a lot in the future.  Don’t wait until you notice water stains on your ceiling or you get dripped on in the middle of a storm.  If you have any questions or would like to receive a free estimate for your roof, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Summer roof maintenance tips

Here are are three ways to be smart about your roof during the summertime.

  • Don’t wait until winter – in Nevada County, winter freezing starts early!
  • Work early in the morning
  • Summer is the best time to apply coatings and butyl (rubberized sealant) patching material

Check back soon for more great tips on how save money (and save your roof)!