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Why the Los Angeles Roofers are Raining Business

What a conundrum. Los Angeles roofers are raining business this year. Why? First of all, as of the beginning of February, downtown LA had gotten more rain in 2017 than the average norm in an entire year. This is pretty much the tale across Southern California. Since December the rain stats have been almost two times the average throughout much of the state. According to the Western Regional Climate Center, the period from October 2016 to February 2017 was wetter in California than any other years since the records began in 1895. KTLA reported:  “The National Weather Service on Monday …

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Is Energy Efficient Roofing in your New Year’s Resolutions?

Energy efficient roofing is indicated by its Solar Reflective Index (SRI). The SRI designates a roofing material’s ability to stop the material from absorbing the sun’s heat by how it reflects the sun. You can save quite a bit of money over the years by covering your home with a high quality, energy-efficient roof. Of course, if you have a poorly insulated, low-efficiency roof your heating bills in the winter might be higher and your cooling bills quite a bit more – leading to exorbitant energy bills. A “cool roof” is an energy efficient roof that has been constructed so …

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How Do You Know if You Have a Roof Leak?

Sounds like a silly question, if there’s water dripping from your ceiling you probably know the answer but it’s not always so simple.  A lot of times a roof leak doesn’t show up inside the home and you simply may not be aware of it.  There can be many causes for this. A lot of homes have extensive overhangs and any roof leaks there probably will not show up inside the home. Most homes have insulation and a roof leak that drips down onto the insulation will get soaked up and may not actually show up on the ceiling. Leaks …

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SoCal Drought Affects Roofing Your Home

Roofs in the Southern California area are worn out. The drought affects roofing — I see it every day and some roofs are so bad, it’s unbelievable. Our sun is the great destroyer of roofing materials, leaching the petroleum oils out of the membranes causing them to dry up and crack and cause leaks. Why is this happening now?  What is different? Isn’t this normal? Well it’s nothing new but the drought affects roofing is fairly epidemic now and that is because over the last 10 years we have had a far greater quantity of days filled with sunlight than …

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Checking for Roof Damage Because Winter is on the Way

It’s not a good idea to put your roofing interests off to the last minute. Checking for roof damage annually is so important. And when is the last minute? …as soon as it might start to rain. So summer is “officially” over – we are slipping into fall and (hopefully) that means that the rains are gonna’ come! If you put off your roofing needs, you will have to stand in line with all the other Southern California homeowners and building managers who assume that they can just phone a roofing company a few weeks before the rains begin and …

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TPO Roofing as a Solution for a Flat Roof

If you have a predominantly flat roof, you need to know about TPO roofing. TPO is a chemical acronym for ThermoPlastic-Olefin. Basically, it’s a somewhat stiff, white plastic that is rubber-like. It’s been around longer than you think (roughly 20 years) and in the genre of roofing is known as “single-ply”. The first single-ply product was EPDM, and then PVC which came about several decades ago. For most applications, TPO became the go to product and most all single-ply installations are now constructed using TPO. TPO is great because it comes in many colors. Especially white which is the most …

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Is a New Roof a Good Investment?

There are different scenarios that answer the question in different ways. These include a leaky, worn roof. Also, upgrading to a new roof for aesthetic purposes will have another answer. A homeowner should know the different choices in roofing materials in order to make an informed decision. Of course, if your roof is leaking and obviously worn out, you must get a new roof, because the investment in the purchase of a new roof will certainly keep your home from decreasing in value. Failure to replace a worn roof can result in interior damages to your attic or home. It …

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How Can I Tell If My Flat Roof Is No Good?

The first step is to identify what sort of flat roof you have.  The most common flat roof is smooth and white with a mineral grit surface, known as either torchdown (applied with flaming torch) or hot tar.  This flat roof  is also known as a gravel roof, also applied with hot tar but increasing in popularity are rubber or plastic roofs, known as single-ply, commonly called TPO (in the past, called EPDM). If you have a mineral grit roof, and the grit hasn’t come off, then it’s in reasonably good shape and probably not in dire need if replacement …

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Questions to Ask To Decide to Hire a Roofer

Now a few roofers have come and gone, inspected your roof and now you must decide to hire a roofer. What do you do before you decide on a roofer, what questions should you ask? Who will remove my old roof? This should be understood in advance and the same safeguards should be in place with that company as above. It is possible that the bid will be based on not removing earlier shingles, in that case, make sure you understand why this decision is being made. When the job begins, who will be my on-site contact? Usually the person …

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Questions to Ask Your Roofer Before Making an Appointment

How do you choose your roofer? Most likely you have already called a roofer. You know the rains are coming and let’s be honest, in SoCal we don’t really consider roofing a high priority – until El Nino is forecast. So before you choose your roofer, what questions should you ask? How long have you been in business? It’s always best to choose a company that has been around a while. This is something you can use to compare one company to another when making a final decision on which company to use. Are you a licensed roofing company? You …

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