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Sloped Roofs: What are the Types of Roofs To Choose From?

Many residential roofs are shingle (made from asphalt) because it is generally the least expensive and a great looking choice, you can also choose slate, tile or metal, and in some places wood is still allowed. Other than making sure to choose a licensed and insured reputable roofer, the most important thing when buying a new roof, is to understand as much as you can about roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are also most recommended by roofers for durability, ease of installation as well as the wide selection of styles and colors. They are very effective for many temperatures and provide …

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Flat Roof Repair Basics

In order to understand flat roof repair, you must know what style of flat roof you have. Most common is found to be the smooth white roof with a mineral grit surface. This roofing has either been applied with flaming torch (torchdown) or applied with hot tar. The other most used flat roof type is found to be a gravel roof, which is also applied with hot tar. You can tell that your roof is getting old when you notice the granules wearing away. The black membrane will begin to show through. If it’s just a spot or two where …

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New Roof or a Roof Repair? How Do I Know?

The rains came. There’s more on the way. And you heard the dreaded drip, drip… Now you need to know if you need a new roof or a roof repair? You know you can’t just climb up on the roof and check for yourself. You first need to find a reputable roofer. Either ask friends and relatives, check Angie’s List and YELP or do a Google search, check for reviews. Ideally you do all of that AND find a local roofing supply company and ask them for a referral. A reputable roofer has a lot of experience – seeing various …

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Roofing and “El Niño” Conditions

Roofing and “El Niño” conditions go hand-in-hand. When it pours, all roof leaks are exposed and roofers can be so busy it takes weeks or months to get an appointment. Which can make for a very messy scene inside your home. NOAA, in partnership with NASA, monitors “El Niño” conditions.  The chief element in dictating an El Niño is the size and position of the annual warm water mass off the Pacific coast.  It is now of almost unprecedented size, rivaling even the 97/98 El Niño. Indications for a large El Niño event are +90% – they probably don’t really …

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How Much Does a Roof Leak Repair Cost?

Anyone facing a roof leak wants to know what a roof leak repair cost will be and roof leaks can be pretty hard to figure ahead of time. There are some guidelines you follow. If you have composition shingles, or a typical flat roof, a single leak should usually cost $350 – $600.  These are usually temporary repairs that will last anywhere from 3-5 years. Permanent repairs almost always cost more – the $650 – 1100 range. For example if you have a leak around a drain on your flat roof, usually this will cost about $800 to totally re-roof …

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How Long Do Roofs Last?

A common question for the home  or building owner is “how long do roofs last?”. The two most common roofs are sloped roofs with composition shingles which generally last 30 years or flat roofs with some kind of white roll roofing which last around 20 years. There are several other different kinds of roofs which can have variable life expectancies depending upon how well they are constructed (leaving aside poor workmanship). For example a concrete tile roof or a slate roof or a clay tile roof, if it is installed with excellent, high quality, thick rubber underlayments can easily last …

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Good Roofer with Positive Reviews

Are you searching around for a roofer with good recommendations and positive reviews? The J and J GOOGLE Rating is 4.6 with 32 reviews. And the YELP Rating is 4.5 from 70 reviews. Here are some reviews… These people are the real deal! John Glass is a roofing expert! He has been able to fix what no other roofer tried to do countless times! I have no hesitation recommending J&J Roofing to everybody and anybody. They are fair, honest and courteous. Rock on roofers! R.S. “I appreciated you taking the time to do the work, as it was a small …

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Getting the Right Price for a Roofing Job

When you shop around to find the best deal you can get on a new car it makes a lot of sense. We know that a brand new car is going to be the same no matter what dealer you buy it from. Shopping around to find the cheapest roofing contractor to do your roofing job is a totally different story. In this case you are more likely to get what you pay for. But of course the solution is not to run around and find the most expensive contractors – an equally poor solution. In dozens upon dozens of …

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How to Choose a Good Roofer

I’ve talked a little in the past about how to choose a roofer – a good roofer and here it is again in a nutshell because let’s face it, this is the most important decision in getting a new roof. If he is among the top rated roofers (at least 4 stars) on Yelp and Google, this is a good start though you should really choose someone who has at least 20 reviews, many of which are older. Of course Angie’s List is also an excellent source but not everyone is a member. Once you’ve narrowed it down to 3 …

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New Re-Roof Mandate in City of Los Angeles

LA City has just ambushed its property owners and the roofing industry with a new re-roofing ordinance (#183149) mandating that ALL property owners must install ultra-reflective roofing when re-roofing more than 50% of their building, or for any new construction (whereas previously this was limited to very specific circumstances which made a lot more sense). This applies now to all roofs; shingle, tile, flat, slopes, slate, etc. It happened overnight, with no real warning to anyone.  In essence, everyone must now install special, expensive, ugly and difficult to purchase roofing which reflects the sun. Ordinance 183149 will cost property owners, …

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