Roofing Contractor

Choosing Between a Repair or Re-roof

As an experienced roofer, I have evaluated thousands of roofs. Some only need minor repairs while some obviously need to be replaced.  Most are somewhere in between. It can be difficult to decide whether or not a repair or a replacement is the best option but there are some ways a homeowner can at least understand the process better. First and foremost, a good, honest roofer who is in it for the long haul is not interested in making a quick buck, he is interested in making a lifelong customer who will refer all his neighbors and friends.  So he …

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Why Hire a Licensed and Insured Roofer?

When faced with the need to re-roof, many homeowners are finding the costs to re-roof their home to be quite a bit more than they thought it would be. When looking for a way to cut costs, you may find it’s cheaper to not hire a licensed and insured roofer. Roofing material is made from petroleum which seems to increase in price with every passing year. Labor cost is driven by an ever-shrinking work force (there are few technical colleges, if any, that teach roofing) that at the same time is rife with worker’s compensation insurance fraud. And so, many …

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J and J Roofing, Los Angeles, Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service J and J Roofing has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. “Only about 5 percent of the companies J and J Roofing competes with in SoCal are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and …

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Do Ultra Reflective Roofs Really Lower the Temperature in my Home?

Reflective roofs are often chosen to lower the temperature of a home or office building. Particularly in the Los Angeles basin, everyone is trying to figure out how to save money on cooling bills. I have seen this debated just about everywhere and very often.  I am asked this question virtually weekly. In SoCal, we have a unique combination of architecture and sunny days which conspire to make some homes unbearably hot during the summer. This may not be a major issue in someplace like Seattle, but around here – it’s the topic de jour.  In some cases, the thermal …

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When is my Flat Roof no Good?

First of all there are a few types of flat roofs but the most common would be a smooth white roof that has a mineral grit surface.  This is either going to be torchdown (applied with flaming torch) or hot tar.  The other common type is a gravel roof, also applied with hot tar. The most common sign your flat roof is wearing out is pretty simple, you will start to see the granules coming off quite a bit.  You’ll see the black membrane start to show through all over.  If it’s just in one spot or another, it could …

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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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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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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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