Roofing Contractor

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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Not Raining, No Roof Troubles, Right?

I know it stopped raining. It seems like August in LA. But that does NOT mean you have no roof troubles. Now is the time to check to see what it is that needs help on your roof. If you wait for the next rain – you will get a long line of others in SoCal who have ALSO waited for Mother Nature to remind them of the troubles. Put it on your HoneyDo list or add it to your weekend schedule. Maybe just pick up the phone and call a roofer. Make an appointment. Most roofers will come out …

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Tips on Hiring a Roofer

As a roofer I’ve spoken with thousands of clients over the years about what they need and want when hiring a roofer. From time to time I’ve noticed they seem to have difficulty describing what they want, either because they are concerned they are asking for too much and feel I may take liberties with how much I do or for some other reason but it usually boils down to money. First and foremost, make sure you’re dealing with a roofer that you trust. If you trust your roofer and he knows what he’s doing then for the most part …

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Roof Trouble – What Does That Mean?

Winter is upon us and (someday) the rains will come to SoCal. And with the rain comes roof trouble. Of course, a leaky roof is the most troublesome and common problem that home and business owners deal with. But what else might need your attention? Roofing shingles, tiles and other materials are susceptible to blow-offs when not properly installed from the beginning. Where flashing is not correctly attached, open seams and laps can cause such problems. Lack of regular roofing maintenance is the main cause of roof trouble. For most people, the knowledge of how to maintain a roof is …

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Flat Roofing for the 21st Century

Flat roofing has come a long way in the last 20 years. While hot tar still has its place, it’s slowly becoming a dinosaur. One of the more exciting roofing alternatives is silicone. We’ve all heard of silicone, but little is broadly known about its application as a roofing system. That’s mostly because there have been few manufacturers making liquid silicone products making it very expensive.  However there are several manufactures now, prices have subsequently come down. Why should you consider silicone? Here are a few reasons: A silicone flat roof is almost always cheaper than a traditional tear off …

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Roof Leaks – A Common Reason

One of the most common reasons for roof leaks is due to the vent pipe seal. Most homes have an average of around 6 vent pipes though larger homes with several bathrooms can have well over 10. These pipes are connected to various objects in the house, such as sinks, toilets, bath tubs, water heaters, and various other heater vents and kitchen stoves. These pipes project through the roof, usually about a foot, and when you’re roof is installed a metal flashing which looks like a cone is installed around the pipe and then sealed. The roof leak problem is …

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Roofing Felt Underlayment – its Origin and Purpose

What’s interesting – remarkable even, is that, in perhaps 90% or more of instances, the installation of this paper is a waste of time and resources.

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Steps to take to prepare for a reroof

If you’re about to get a new roof then no doubt your roofer will explain certain things to you so that you’re better prepared but not all roofers are very conscientious about explaining what to prepare for. Generally speaking the following does not apply to minor roof repairs. The first thing to know about most roofing jobs is that they are usually very noisy, dusty, and dirty and as a necessity, they start early (7am). In fact most roofers would prefer to start earlier, to beat the hot sun even more, but the law in most places will not allow …

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Hiring A Good Roofing Contractor

While there is no exact science to hiring a good roofing contractor there are a few things that you can do to improve your chances of avoiding a bad one.

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