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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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Roof Inspection Time is Now

Fall is here and winter is on the way. In SoCal – especially over the past few years – this has not really meant much difference as far as the weather goes, but it is still an important time to have your roof inspection done. While your roof is one of your building’s most valuable assets, it is also one of the most vulnerable parts of your home or office. You don’t want a leaky roof when the rains come. Believe me. When you wait to phone a roofer after a few inches of rain and the pitter-patter of raindrops …

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Is roofing ventilation and insulation worth the money?

As a fourth third generation roofer, I’ve seen just about every possible roofing, insulation and ventilation scenario there is.  My last segment talked about ultra reflective roofs, but I consider ventilation and insulation just as important and much more so depending upon your situation. Ventilation: Ventilation is important in hot climates because it can reduce transmitted heat to the dwelling.  In colder, wet climates, where this is not important, it still has some importance insofar as removing moisture from an attic, but has little to no value heat-wise. Since I operate in SoCal, we’re chiefly concerned about heat and I …

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It’s Important to Understand Roofing Materials When Choosing A Roof

If you are going to be choosing a roof anytime in the near future, this article is for you. Other than choosing a reputable, licensed and insured roofer the most important factor in having a roof installed is to understand roofing materials. The roofing materials from which your roof is made are incredibly important. Understand, that even in mild SoCal, your roof will bear the “brunt of nature’s wrath”. While we don’ t have much hail, sleet, never any snow or freezing temperatures, the blistering sunlight can be the biggest problem for your roof. That and rain are the forces …

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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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