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Does No Rain Mean No Roof Leaks?

Southern California’s severe drought will eventually bring a bit of chaos that few outside the roofing trade would have ever predicted. The general idea for most people is if I don’t see a leak, I don’t have a leak. Does no rain mean no roof leaks? On the west coast we’re experiencing a severe drought, which of course means no rain. No rain means no one’s roof is going to leak but what you may not realize is that we’re headed for a real “Armageddon of Leaks” where something like 5 to 10 times the normal amount of leaks are …

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What is the Best Replacement for a Shake Roof?

If you have an old wood shake or wood shingle roof and you’re considering replacing it, there are a few things you need to know about the replacement for a Shake Roof. First of all, most cities won’t allow you to replace it with another real wood roof, particularly since most of the LA areas is considered a high fire zone. So you’ll be obliged to find an alternative.  The most common alternative is your typical asphalt composition shingle. But two other choices are a lightweight concrete tile or an artificial shake (usually a thin, cementious fiber blend or a polymer …

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Inspecting Inside the House for Signs of a Leaky Roof

Now is the time to inspect inside your home for signs of a leaky roof. Although, this is also important to do after the next big rain, you should inspect the interior of the house to verify that you have not forgotten or overlooked any evident problems.  You are looking for signs of water damage or leaking, dark spots or trails. Begin by thoroughly walking around the inside your home with the lights on and a flashlight and check your ceilings and walls for discoloration.  Don’t forget to check inside closets. You want to pay particular attention to inside the …

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You Should Know it’s Coming, The Rain Will Arrive – Do You Have Roof Leaks?

Do you have roof leaks? This past year, 2013, was the driest year in Los Angeles (downtown) since 1877. No doubt it was awfully dry at your house too. Only 3.6 in inches of rain fell at the National Weather Service station which is at USC. This was about half an inch less than was recorded in 1953 and 1947. If we are talking to you about roofing, why are we bringing up the lack of rain? Because, the way that homeowners in Southern California tend to handle their roof leaks, is jumping right onto this problem when it rains. …

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Why Hire a Professional Roofer for your Roof Repair?

Are you a DIY guy (or gal)? The past decade has created a whole new age of “Do It Yourself” guys and gals. Just open up Google, ask the DYI genie how to fix your broken ABC and viola! you have step-by-step instructions to fix your broken ABC!  So why not hire a professional roofer? In many cases you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars. From fixing a leaking pipe to replacing your broken lock and the many, many error messages on your computer… But, pulling out the ladder and climbing one or two stories to inspect and …

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How to Negotiate with a Roofer

That dreaded time has come. You need to replace your roof. Now you should know how to negotiate with a roofer. First of all, roofing is fairly different from most other trades, and certainly different from a general contractor. A GC will tell you what things cost because his pay, which is usually a percentage of the overall costs, is predicated on that in the first place. Other service trades often charge for a visit, whereas roofers don’t (unless it’s something specific, like an inspection for a property purchase). So, asking a roofer to break down his material and labor …

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Roofing Inspection DIY Checklist

Use this as a roofing inspection checklist.  The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you do a roof inspection at least two times a year — spring and fall. The best place to begin is inside your house — grab a flashlight and make a trip to the attic.   Here are four things to look for on the inside: Places where the roof deck is sagging Signs of water damage or leaking Dark spots and trails Outside light showing through the roof.     Exterior check When you take a look at the exterior of the roof, pay attention …

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Do-It-Yourself Roofing Inspection

OK, DIY people. Here’s some info about inspecting a roof. The rains are here. Why wait to notice a big leak and call after a 2-inch rain? Take some time and make sure your roof will make it through the season.  Not sure you need to? Read on… An interior inspection can be instrumental in deciding whether or not to go with a new roof. Deteriorated decking or decking that sags between the rafters (sometimes visible during an exterior inspection) is a sure sign that superficial repairs such as replacing a few shingles will not suffice. If both the decking …

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New Roof Tax Advantages Explained by a Los Angeles Roof Expert

When you get a new roof for your home, there are some tax advantages and rebates that may apply. For example, if you’ve lived in your home for a certain amount of time and do a re-roof or other remodel and add value to the home, you may be eligible for tax rebates when you sell the home in the form of capital gains deductions. When you’re an HOA, you can often obtain a large tax advantage when doing major repairs and certain kinds of new roofing that still fall under the category of repairs, such as a liquid applied …

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Roof Replacement – What to Expect

When you’re faced with getting a new roof for your house, there are a few things and terms you should know.  Roof replacement is one of the biggest investments you will make on your property and likely will only be done once in your ownership of the home or building. Sometimes re-roofing can be a nightmare, but it’s usually quick and relatively painless.  Most roofs should be completed, from start to finish, within four to five days. But once that it is done, if done right, you will not see a roofer again for many years. Make sure to choose …

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