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"This is the second year we've used Superior to clean our roof after most of the leaves have dropped from our elm-lined street. I called and was given a next-day" appointment with a 2-hour window. The two workers came within the allotted timeframe. They completed the cleaning of gutters and roof on our 1600 sf home in one hour. We like that they bag the contents and leave the perimeter of the house clean. We used to get up on a ladder and clean the gutters ourselves but don't want to do that anymore. This is a more thorough cleaning of the entire roof. From first contact to actual cleaning, it's friendly, fast, and professional service--and our roof was ready for the winter rains.

-Marcia G.

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Wow, i aum surprised you didn't get 10 answers already with roofers say X was the best or N was the best or A was the best. In reality you are focusing on the WRONG THING!

5 estimates? Why 5? Why would you do that to yourself? Normally if you are dealing with reputable companies you don't need more than 2 estimates. I advocate to people to always get at least two estimates and if the roofers are saying something very different or if the roofers are way way way off in price, get an equalizer, get a 3rd.  Obviously if you don't trust a roofer disqualify that roofer immediately.  I beliee you have now fallen into "Analysis Paralysis" which is what happens when you have too many opions.

But back to the topic, I said you are focusing on the wrong thing. Why did I say that? Because you can take the best shingle in the world and if installed wrong is compeltely garbage. i can take the worst shingle, known to fail, and if installed properly will last some ammount of time. So you should focus on the roofer, not the product. The roofer is more important and a good quality roofer will only want to install good quality product.

The roof is a system comprised of many components, not just the shingles. You have the water proofing underlayment such as ice shield, the water resistant underlayments such as felt. You have the shingles, the ventilation and the flashing details. All of these things add up to equal one roof. Neglect one and your roof is doomed to fail.

But the roof is more than just product it is detail, know how and heart. Heart? yes heart. It takes the utmost CARING the utmost DESIRE to want to install a good roof. It's hard work and easy to fall into the train of thought as to do what's easier, instead of what's faster.  Faster and easier seldom ever equals better. At the end of the day you ened a roofer that cares about your roof.

So what product is best? That's hard to say. Each manufacturer has multiple plants and it seems each plant puts out varying levels of quality. I will tell you in my area Atlast is known as a cheap commodity shingle. I have Tamko Heritage on my house but I stopped using it because I was having seal failue issues and at the time they offered no contractor certification program, but I hear they started up one. Ownes corning is a decent product backed by a great company. I don't install very many OC's though. I primarily install CertainTeed Landmark shingles and my feeling is that they are the best on the market in my area. I'm sure others will disagree with me.

But don't miss the point, the roofer is more important than the shingle.
I appreciate the fact that with homeowners like you who want to beat the insurance co out of deductibles, so then my rates and every other homeowners rates can also go up just to save you.....Thanks for NOTHING..[8o|]

Any roofer worth using should be able to do the roof with NO MONEY DOWN.


The only scenario I would ask for a deposit is on a crazy odd ball shingle that had to be special ordered.

The question was, Can it be done? The answer is yes. The real question is "Should" it be done? The answer is, no, not unless it is an emergency.   But also let's clarify winter, because we are having a pretty mild winter, so there's kinda not a problem this year so far. I'll refrence "below freezing" from this point forward.

As a certified and licensed roofing contractor, my reputation is on the line. I debate this topic quite often with other roofing contractors who seem to care more about profit than a job well done.  Well, I can tell you from past experience having been a professional roofer for 14 years as of the time of this posting, that the chance for failure increases exponentionally when installed below freezing.  It's better just not to risk it.

Personally I will not, unless absolutely necessary and the customer signs a disclaimer of limited liability, install a roof below freezing and really really want to install the roof at 40 or above. The shingles need to seal, and will not seal unless they warm to about 70 degrees F ambient temprature. This does not mean it needs to be 70 outside, because the shingles will warm from the sun.  

So what can be done to install the roof below freezing? Well first, the roof should not be gun nailed below freezing. This is because the shingles become brittle and it's easier to "blow through" with your nails. It's also harder to regulate air pressure when it is cold, I speculate because of barometric pressures, but I am just guessing.  Therefore the roof should be hand nailed. This takes more time. Furthermore since the seal strips will not seal, they must be manually sealed with proper compatible adhesives. This will also take more time, and more material. I once spoke with a roofer in Alaska who builds tents around the houses he is working on and covers them with tarps and heats with propane heaters.  Now that takes real time!    The question is, are you prepared to pay for this extra time? Can you wait a few more weeks? 

Attic ventilation is a science that is unique to the architecture of each building. There are no one size fits all solutions. There is no "better" as a blanket statement without knowing more about the structure. 


Ridge vent works well, with proper initake. All ventilations work more effeciently with intake, but some like ridge vent won't work at all without equal or greater intake when measured in Net Free Area (NFA). 


Commonly if you have a hip roof, you may not have adequate ridge length for a ridge vent. This is a a VERY common mistake I see from unskilled roofers. For example a house with a 1,000 sq ft attic space would need not less than 27 linear foot of a good quality ridge vent like Air Vent II.  That is to say if your house is 1,000 sq ft at the foot print, and you don't have at least 27' of ridge, a ridge vent is not Better, but is Worse. 


Typically my rule of thumb is to stay away from ridge vent on hip roofs.  So what then?  Well I will then normally install what are sometimes called canned/mushroom.turtle style breather vents.  The same 1,000 sq ft home would need only 3 vent, assuming they have 144 NFA each. Without an intake you would need to double this number to make 6 roof vents.   


     I am not really a fan of turbines, aka whirrly birds. They do work, but they have been known to break down and are reliant on the wind. Without the wind they are nothing more than big ol' breather vents on the roof.  If you chose to have turbines installed the "book" would say that you need 3 if they are 14" vents. However since they are not always whirling around, I'd say add another for safety sake. For this reason, as well as cosmetics, I would encourage you to consider the 144 NFA mushroom/turtle vents instead.




One thing most people agree upon is that you do NOT mix exhaust ventilations. Don't put turbines with ridge vent. Don't put mushrooms with ridge vents. Don't put mushrooms with fans near by.  THis creates a short circuit meaning the two fight each other.   Think if your turbine is spinning. It is pulling air. It is supposed to pull air from the soffit/intake vents. However it will choose the path of least resistance and pull air from the closest opening, ie: the ridge vent. This is why they call it a short circuit, it will interupt the path of air flow from the soffit and thus most of your attic will not be properly ventilated.



Sounds like wet felt to me. What process did the roofers use when replacing the roof? Did they tear it off and felt it in on day one and then shingle it on day two?   This method is frowned upon with organic felt paper because it leaves the felt exposed to morning dew.  Moisture such as dew will cause the felt to wrinkle.  Or if the roofers got caught in a rain and didn't protect the felt from the rain but kept on shingling this can also happen. 

The wrinkles will lay down flat if allowed to dry before first installing the shingles. However this is a waste of time. This is why I live by two 1 rule, never tear off more than you can put back in the same day, and if by some chance you opened more than you can shingle, tarp it. Felt is not water tight. 

I really am only speculating. Without seeing it I really can't give an accurate answer. 

There are a few other possible reasons, and framing (actually sheathing) is another possible reason. If the plywood is fastened improperly or if the plywood was installed without a gap between the boards for expansion and contraction, ripples can also occur.   The difference is you will see the ripples spaced very evenly 4' or 8' to match the spacing of the plywood.  If it is the case of improper fastening of the plywood, meaning the fasteners missed the framing so nothing is holding the plywood and it warps, you could easily depress the warped plywood with your foot. If the plywood actually buckled due to lack of expansion gap, you would not easily be able to depress with your foot.  If the roofer didn't install the plywood, it wouldn't really be his fault, though if he or his crew saw it when working and didn't fix it then they probably should have. But I am not going to play the blame game unless I know exactly what the cause is.

A storm ripped through the area two years ago. The storm chasers use the cheapest possible shingles, and I am seeing something I haven't seen before. I am only guessing but what it looks like to me is like the shingles are expanding too much and causing the ripple effect I mentioned above in regards to plywood and the lack of expansion gap. The difference is there is no expansion gap required with shingles.  This affect is something I never saw before and is only related to one cheap commodity dog house shingle which alot of cheapo roofers like to use.  I've been roofing 14 years and this year is the first time I have been seeing this particular problem. It seems to come and go, which also tells me expansion is some how involved. I don't think you'd be able to depress it with your foot, though I've never tried.

Can you post some pictures?   

Roof Cleaners in San Jose

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2 s's & 2 n's

2150 Almaden Road
San Jose


P.O. Box 355


971 Terminal Way
San Carlos

A Nor Cal Handyman Company

4497 Latimer Ave
San Jose

A Sparkling Finish Window Washers

592 17th Ave
San Francisco

A Supreme Roofing Company, INC

3000 Madera Ave

A1 Roofing

PO Box 6163
Santa Rosa

AA Builders

342 Alvarez Cmn

Above All Roofing Solutions Inc

100 Gilman Ave Ste B


3490 Pacheco Blvd

Al Jr's Roofing

136 N, Rochester St
San Mateo


332 phelan ave
San Jose

Alex Rodent Pro

1056 Tekman Dr
San Jose

Alfredo Garcia Roofing

3504 Oak Dr
Menlo Park

All About Gutters, Inc

404 Martin Avenue
Santa Clara

All Metal Construction

7960 Soquel Dr

All Weather Roofing

571 Bird Ave.
San Jose

Allied Janitorial Services & Supply

696 San Ramon Valley Blvd. Suite 305

American Foam Experts

2950 Buskirk Ave. #300
Walnut Creek

American Way Builders

444 Kansas St
San Francisco

AMK Roofing Services

184 Talmadge Ave
San Jose

Arch Roofing, Inc

3984 Washington Blvd

Argos Construction

3259 Shelter Creek Ln
San Bruno

Astro Roofing Inc.

1947 21st Avenue #A

At Height

438 Ives Terrace

Ata janitorial

198 truckee Ln

AWT Construction Group Inc.

4728 East 2nd St Suite 19

Barron Builders

1715 Bay St.

Barth Roofing Co Inc

4384 W Pinehaven Ct

Bay 101 Roofing

1268 State St

BB&B Builders Inc.

44 Indian Rock ct.
San Anselmo

BD Home Improvements

PO Box 1333
Mountain View


220 Mar Vista


38830 Bell St

Bright Eagles Construction

10381 Singleton Rd
San Jose

Call My Guy!

582 Tawny Lake Pl

Campbell Roofing Inc

2695 Moorpark Ave
San Jose

Cardenas Roofing

1746 Mocking Place Way
San Jose


Mountain View

CDL Construction

732 Gettysburg Way

Certified Roofing

1565 Willowbrook Dr
San Jose

Certified Roofing

1565 Willowbrook Dr.
San Jose

Christopher Carlson Construction

730 w verano ave

Chuck's Handyman Service

6918 Freedom Blvd.

CJ's Roofing

9672 Camassia Way
San Ramon


270 N 27TH ST
San Jose

CleanLine Painting

929 Walnut Dr.

Cliffhanger Home Repairs

388 Montclair Dr
Santa Clara


San Francisco



Comfibuild, Inc.

515 Bay Rd
Palo Alto

Cosmos Roofing

1901 Old Middlefield Way Ste 4
Mountain View

Cruz 4 Construction

PO Box 693641

Customized Roofing Company

5346 Montecito Ave
Santa Rosa


1067 S 11th St
San Jose

Dish Disposal

4851 S Sedgewick Rd

Elevate Construction Inc

1000 S Fairfield Drive

Ellenson Roofing

1438 Darryl Dr
San Jose

Everything Handyman

1701 North California Boulevard
Walnut Creek

Facility Maintenance Service

5111 Telegraph Ave



Gazal Landscaping

903 E El Camino Real Ste#6-200
Mountain View

Green Builders

215 Commercial Street


PO BOX 3762
Santa Cruz


1430 Auseon Ave.

Handyman Dan

San Jose

High Tech Construction

PO BOX 1126
Morgan Hill

Hill & Company Property Management

1700 Jackson St
San Francisco


1671 Marina Way
San Jose

House Prep Home Services

1572 Mission Drive

HRC Roofing and Solar Inc.

15808 Hesperian Blvd.
San Lorenzo

iBuild Construction

2765 Hunter st.
Palo Alto

Illuminate Palace Power Wash Service

156 Chynoweth Ave
San Jose

J Cross Roofing

2114 Lynnhaven Dr
San Jose

J&N Services LLC.

1213 Estudillo ave
San Leandro

J.M.L Cleaning Services. LLC

3367 kelly st.

J.T.S Tree Service

P.O Box 50157
Palo Alto


740-A Sierra Vista Ave.
Mountain View

Jeffrey R. Tucker Construction

789 Knoll Drive
San Carlos

Jim Koch Painting

PO Box 1217

Joe Ruelas' landscaping

4398 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose

Kelly Roofing

5100 Raymond Rd

Kennedy Roofing

207 Plum Hill Dr

KRB Construction

707 Continental Circle

Landeros Roofing Solutions

1680 Hurley Ct

Limey Roofing

342 San Carlos Ave
Redwood City

LL Roofing

277 El Divisadero Ave
Walnut Creek

Maciel Roofing

21780 Meekland Ave

Martinez Roofing

2876 Plumas Dr
San Jose

MB Chimney Sweep & Home Services

821 N.Branciforte Dr.
Santa Cruz

McDaniel Metals

200 Davey Glen Rd Apt 613


1696 Trowville Ln.

Miller's Roofing

2246 Los Gatos Almaden Road
San Jose

Miranda's Roofing

742 W. Francisco Blvd
San Rafael

MJB Gutter Cleaning & Roof Services

5980 Tuscarora Court
San Jose

Modern Green Power Washing, Inc.

1048 Lewis Street
Santa Clara

Mooresolutions Handyman Services San Jose

2246 Los Gatos Almaden Road
San Jose

Nationwide Secure inc.

3215 Calhoun Ct

Newcastle Construction

130 Lewis Rd
San Jose

Noble Construction

1670 S. Amphlett Blvd Suite 214
San Mateo

Northern California Roofing Co

859 Cotting Court

Nushake Inc

319 S Parallel Ave

On Time Construction

207 N 5th St
San Jose

Pacific Roof Cleaning

139 Darwin St
Santa Cruz

Pacific Roof Solutions

139 Darwin St
Santa Cruz

Peninsula Mobile Service

2701 Spring Street
Redwood City


4820 East 2nd Street

Pro Seal Roofing

1278 17th ave


2028 Woodard Road
San Jose

Professional Gutter Service, Inc.

2995 Woodside Road
Redwood City

Quality Clean Express

70 Laurie Meadows Dr STE4
San Mateo

R & J Roofing

515 Jackie Dr
San Jose

R & R Roofing and Restoration

50 Woodside Plaza,Suite 217
Redwood City

RCS Services

2261 Market Street #248

Repair Wizards

20 E. Main St.
Los Gatos


San Leandro

Rivera Roofing Systems

2632 Sleepy Hallow

Roof Doctors

414 Reis Ave.

Roving RV Tech

PO Box 3027

Ruff's Enterprises

3643 Eastridge Dr
San Jose

S & R Roof Maintenance

130 Mathilda Ct
Morgan Hill

S.H. Roofing

Palo Alto

S.H. Roofing Company

P.O. Box 50354
Palo Alto


349 POPLAR AVE. #5
Redwood City

Santa Cruz Roofing

1720 A Commercial Way
Santa Cruz

Serenity Property Maintenance

12970 Highway 9
Boulder Creek

SG Electric

Pleasant Hill

Shelton Roofing

135 Aviation Way

Shelton Roofing

4040 Campbell Dr. Suite 120
Menlo Park

Silverline Services

14938 Camden Ave
San Jose


1999 S. Bascom Ave

Smart Remodeling & Design

1501 19th Ave
San Francisco

Solar-Klean LLC

PO Box 667
San Mateo


55 admin road
Santa Clara



Superior Window Cleaning

375 Willowstreet
San Jose


333 Willow Avenue

Vasona Construction

4120 Business Center Dr

Vic-Rod Construction Co.

3rd Lane
South San Francisco

Vieira & Sons Home Services

1161 Steinway ave

Wedge Roofing

5 Casa Grande Rd


San Mateo

Westshore Roofing Inc

2245 A Fortune Dr
San Jose

William Eppler Roofing Company

1648 Lark Ave
Redwood City


7275 National Drive

Zumwalt & Associates Inc

3301 Sunrise Blvd
Rancho Cordova

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