South County Roofing Qualifications
Owner began roofing full time in 1987
Licensed with the CSLB (Partnership) in 1992
Sole Proprietor Licensed (737515) with the CSLB in 1997
Achieved Industry Expect Certification with the CSLB in 1999
Certified by Owens Corning in 2002
Certified by Mull-Hide (low sloped roofing specialty manufacture) in 2003
Certified at the highest level Certainteed offers in 2004
Certified at the highest level by Elk roofing (manufacture) 2004
Certified at the highest level by GAF (manufacture) 2004
Service Magic Professional and Member since 2004
Awarded the Crystal Cove Historical Cottage rebuild contract (for the roofing of 21 cottages) 2004
Project managers now get certified by Certainteed 2005
southcountyroofing.com website 2007
Accepted by allexperts.com as a roofing expert 2008
Best of Lake Forest Award by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) 2008
Lifetime Exemption from Certainteed for the Quality Master Program 2008
Accredited by the Better Business Bureau with the highest rating possible A+ 2008
Certified By Eagle Roofing to Install their Solar Roofing Panels 2009
Best of Lake Forest Award by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) 2010
Achieved the “10 Review Badge” from Yelp.com 2011
Best of Lake Forest Award by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) 2011
Celebrating our 15th Year in business (License Number 737515) 2012
Dry Rot Repair - Where does it happen?
It is easy to walk around our houses and spot some boards with dry rot damage. If you look carefully at your window trim or fascia boards (especially the corners) and under your eave portion of your home you probably will find some damage. Dry rot damage can appear to be paint that is pealing or a bad paint job that needs to be redone. Upon closer examination if you touch dry rotted wood you will notice that it has become soft or hollow. These soft or hollow boards become a feeding ground for termites. It is not uncommon for the wood to be so weak that you can poke your finger right through a piece of dry rotted wood.
Eave boards under the roof get dry rot damage when the original roof edge has not been properly treated with edge metal and eave riser metal for tile roofs. If your tile roof is missing these metals there’s a good chance you will be finding some dry rot around the roof edges. Window trim is also a common place for dry rot damage to appear. Often the door or window contractor installs the trim with inexpensive caulking that can quickly shrink, dry, and crack. These conditions make the wood around your window susceptible to dry rot and termites. Also, you should be careful of your sprinklers. They may be watering the grass and plants and at the same time they may be watering your wood trim. It is very important that they point away from the house at all times and are they should not be allowed to spray or keep wet any wood trim.
Why does it happen?Seeing and finding the dry rot damage itself can be easy but can be difficult to find the reason the dry rot occurred. Why dry rot is damaging some wood around your house and not other wood pieces around your house? Identifying exactly what caused the dry rot is critical to dry rot prevention. What is even more critical is hiring the right person to do and oversee the job. If a contractor simply removes the damaged wood around your home and replaces it with new wood it will appear that the problem is solved. But, if the source of the dry rot was not found and properly corrected you may have made matters worse in the long run. Identifying exactly why the dry rot has occurred can be one of the most important tasks involved when repairing dry rot. Just about any contractor with some simple wood working skills can replace the wood but what you really need is a contractor with the skills to locate exactly where the problem originated and properly address and repair the area. This takes a great deal more skill, effort and time.
When it comes to wood moisture content matters. Wood is unstable when it is green, meaning that it will shrink, bow, and twist as it dries. The purpose of kiln drying is to stabilize the wood. Not using the correct wood will mean problems down the road and premature replacement. It can get really expensive trying to save money by hiring a cheaper contractor. It is critical your contractor know when to use kiln dried wood and where to get it.
Who should repair the dry rot or termite damaged wood on your Orange County home?
How Long have we been doing this? -
Orange County Eave Board Replacements -
To the left you see some dry rot damaged eave boards. Dry rot damage like pictured to the left is typical for tile roofs to have on the edges and around the perimeters of the roof. Most roofers do not water proof the edges properly. Because of this lack of detail on the edges of your roof your eave boards and fascia can suffer. The continued wetting and drying that the wood endures starts the dry rot condition. The dry rot condition in turn eats away and softens the wood. The softening of the wood combined with the wetness due to a lack of proper water proofing attracts termites. When you get active termites and dry rot damage in the same location the damage gets really bad. What most contractors don’t do is remove a lot of tile in the area of the termite and dry rot in order to expose the damage roofing felt that has been allowing the water to come into contact with and damage the wood. With the felt exposed we can then cut out and remove the damaged felt and replace it with new. But, this is only the half of it. If you are not experienced with tying new felt into an old roof you can cause more damage and ongoing leaks. It’s not as easy as just putting some new felt down on or around the existing felt as I quickly learned when I started doing this type of repair 20+ years ago
Orange County Dry Rot and Patio Repair -
Does your Orange County home need fascia or beam repair? Are you wondering if your fascia be removed without destroying your roof or having to replace it?Most people don’t realize that your roof is where a lot of dry rot damage originates. Taking off the boards that surround the roof, are under the roof, or connected to the roof in any way should be done by an experienced carpenter and water proofer. Another very important detail most people don’t know is that if you hire a termite repair contractor to remove any boards attached to or located under your roof it is possible that the roof will need to be significantly repaired in that same area. If not, the dry rot will return to that same area and you will have to replace it again much sooner than you would think.
The customer who owns the house below had a good roof. But, the original contractor did not install some key components and the roof was having issues because of it. The structural beams that supported the weight of the roof were getting dry rot on the tips and they needed to be repaired and protected. As part of their wish list they wanted new fascia installed all the way across the front of the house and asked us how this can be done without completely redoing the whole roof or at least damaging the roof. They had numerous opinions from all the various roofers but in the end they decided our approach was the best for them. What you see as follows is something we do all the time and they way we do it is unique to us.
We recommended they let us cut the beams, remove the damaged eave boards, fix the roof over that area, install new felt, baked enamel drip edge metal, and a custom clay bird stop that would replace the old, bent metal eave closure strips. When we finished the house was looking just it should have looked in the first place. A factory finish and look for their home.
Here’s how we do it –
The first thing that needs to be done is the tile has to be removed and very carefully stacked aside for later re-use. This must be done slowly and purposely or the roof around the areas we are working will sustain minor amounts of damage. If this step is not properly done your roof will get damaged. Probably not enough damage that you can see it from the ground but it will be the type of damage that will come back and haunt you and regret hiring that person. Then you must cut the dry rot off all the beams. This is where it can get tricky. I have personally seen contractors pull out their trusty skill saw and start sawing. That’s where we differ big time. The standard skill saw does not have a wide enough blade to cut cleanly through the wood in a single pass. This means you will need to cut every beam twice and you will notice the cuts get very rough because of it. If the wood is left in this rough state before the newly hung fascia will not go on straight. Using a beam saw is the option we like. It may cost more to have the right tools but it sure does pay when quality counts. And to us, quality always counts. Not to mention it is much quicker when only having to make a single pass. In the end it just pays to have the right people on the job.
When you cut back beams the wood surface that is left will need to be sanded. Even though we use a special saw we like the surface as straight as possible so that the fascia doesn’t look “wavy” when you look at it. Now, getting a roofer to go back and sand each beam before they install the fascia is going to be almost impossible unless you hire us. I don’t think most roofer’s would bring a sander to work with them or even own one. After all, roofers in general are not very experienced at doing wood work. But, they don’t seem to have a problem bidding and accepting these types of jobs. But, just because they need work does not mean you should expect it to come out looking like this. The wood work experience most roofers have is cutting plywood and replacing a few pieces of eave board. It considered rough carpentry. Those tasks do not require the use of a level, triangle, slider, or other special equipment and they can be done by just about anyone. Fascia removal and replacement, large beam cut backs, and patio installation requires a framing specific background with some finish and detail wood work experience to make it look nice. We have all that and more.
When doing a job like this the devil is in the details as they say. It’s the little things that count. Anyone can tear down boards and put them back up but do they do it in a professional manner? Will their work stand the test of time? The answer for most contractors is no. The problem is if you ask them they will tell you yes but that is just not the truth. The truth is most contractors don’t have any idea that someone is actually doing work like this. They think everyone does the same thing. Most contractors believe all contractors do everything as cheap as possible and as fast as possible. Just ask them. They think that is what you want. We know differently. Yes, we know that you the customer is going to be price conscience. But, we also know you want the job done right and you don’t want short cuts taken on your home. Here, at South County Roofing we have it down to a science because we have done it so many times. This didn’t come naturally for us and it doesn’t for anyone. It was through a lot of doing it over and over and us concentrating on doing the best job we possibly could. Every job we do makes us a little bit better. Even the smallest details are not taken for granted. Every corner we cut is expertly mitered. Even the large beams will be carefully mitered even though it takes a lot more time and expertise.
This is not a normal detail cut to see. I usually inspect homes with new fascia installed and most beams with fascia attached to it have a simple butt joint used to join them. Let’s face it, most roofers (even the ones who say they are detailed oriented) are not detailed oriented. Most roofers, window guys, or contractors do not have high carpentry standards even though they want to or claim to. It is because of our standards that your job comes out the way it does. And, it all begins when we pick out your wood from the lumber yard. The fascia we used for this and every job was handpicked and delivered to the job by us personally. We will select kiln dried wood as necessary and closely inspect the wood before it is loaded into the truck and delivered to the job. We always pick and deliver our own wood. I know we could have the lumber company or whoever deliver it but we are very concerned about the quality of the wood we use. We rather hand pick each piece of wood we use for your house that way we know it is as straight as possible and free of any obvious defects or disease. This ensures that every piece of wood meets our scrutiny. When the project is done and all the wood is painted and replaced it will look like a factory install instead of a “after the fact repair”.
By doing the stucco repairs and painting ourselves we can save you from hiring another contractor. This can save you a great deal of time, money, and hassle. It’s just another service we do that makes us stand apart and show how dedicated we are to doing every part of the job as best we can.
When we finished this job Chris and Margerie couldn’t believe the results. We have been able to duplicate these results over and over for Orange County customers. Doing the little extra things and our attention to detail have given us an excellent reputation here in Orange County.
Looks like we were never even there
Done on time, on budget, and another excellent reference
Real Qualifications -
When you call us out to inspect your home in Orange County, CA for dry rot, roof repair or a roof inspection you will quickly see why it is so important to be dealing with a contractor who is certified by every major manufacture that you will need and is A+ rated with the BBB.
This job is just one of the many that shows our dedication to our work, demonstrates our diverse skill sets, and showcases our integrity and the honest desire to make your project come out beautifully. You can get all that and no doubt the best warranty in the business. Our dedication to our job and profession is proven by our 20+ year old track record of doing business in Orange County.
Thank you for taking the time to read so far into our website. We hope we were able to convey that we really care about what we do, we are very detailed oriented, and we do have the skills that are necessary to make a job like the one described above come out looking like it should have the day it was built.
South County Roofing is your local Orange County Roof Repair and Roof Inspection specialist is providing Roof Repair estimates for Orange County customers who need roof maintenance or leak repair or leak detection
If you would like the 30+ years expertise of either Brian or William on your job personally contact us at 949-597-0192, leave the appropiate information as the recording states and mention you saw our website and you would like a call back from Brian or William and we will return your call and get out to your job as soon as possible