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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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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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What’s the Best Time of Year to Fix the Roof in Los Angeles?

The short answer is in the summer and early fall. The worst time to fix the roof in Los Angeles is in the winter. Winter rains bring work to Los Angeles roofing companies. When it’s not raining, it’s slow, when it’s slow, like any business, prices go down. It’s difficult for roofing companies to schedule larger jobs during the unpredictable rainy season. Jobs get postponed, cancelled, moved around, interrupted, extra costs come into play and this is all beside the point that one doesn’t want an open roof to get rained on. One factor that isn’t always known is that, …

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Why an Annual Roof Checkup is a Good Idea in Los Angeles

The technical side of Roofing in Los Angeles is a rather unknown subject for most homeowners. An annual roof checkup seems unnecessary. In reality, we are not worried about pelting rainstorms in the summer or inches of snow over our head each winter, so what’s the big deal? J and J Roofing owner, Matt Glass, describes the big deal here… While some homeowners may know a thing or two about plumbing, carpentry and so forth, most homeowners don’t know a lot about roofing. There is so much to understand in order to determine its condition, analyze problems and so forth. …

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How Can Roofing Cool Down your House or Building?

What does cool down your house have to do with roofing? Summer is here. It’s hot in Woodland Hills, Pasadena and most local cities. The beach towns like Santa Monica and Malibu might be cooler but can you cool your home with your roofing? There are a few ways to help control the temperatures inside your house, and yes, chief among these is via your roof. If you have a flat roof, assuming it’s a smooth surface (and not a gravel roof) – you can paint it with white elastomeric roof paints that reflect the sun. This isn’t rocket science …

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How to Choose a Roofer Whether you are in Pasadena, Malibu or the San Fernando Valley

J and J Roofing, servicing Pasadena as well as Malibu and all of the San Fernando Valley, is known for their premiere work as a roofer. Here, one of the owners, Matt Glass, explains how to find a roofer that you can trust – for cost, quality and service. This is the second in our series about this important factor of choosing a roofer for your home. Remember you only need a roof every 30 years or so, so you must choose your roofer wisely. At J and J Roofing we have been fixing and replacing roofs for over 20 …

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How to Choose a Los Angeles Roofer

At J and J Roofing (a premier Los Angeles roofer) we have been fixing and replacing roofs for over 20 years. Based out of the Los Feliz and Silverlake area of Los Angeles, our roofing company services the entire LA area. Our family-owned business is operated by John, Mike and me, Matt Glass. Eighty percent of our business comes from customer referrals. Getting a referral from a friend or business you trust is, bar none, the best way to choose a roofer. But if you had a referral, you probably would not be reading this blog. You would be scheduling …

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How Long Does a Roof Repair take?

Roof Repair in the Los Angeles area is typically a simple job – which is rarely needed – due to the mellow weather in the area. In the past year there have been a few wind storms through Pasadena, ripping up roofs. But this is the exception, not the rule… Repairing a typical roof leak can take as little as thirty minutes.  Roof maintenance usually takes at least an hour or so, and can include things such as: re-sealing all vent pipes, cleaning out gutters, removing any debris, clearing away tree branches and checking roof for random penetrations, cracks, damage, …

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