Save Money --
Energy Efficient Roofing
There are a few ways you can cut your cooling costs and save money this summer.
Reflect the Sun
For flat roofs (or sloped roofs that have smooth, flat roof type products on them but not shingles), there are ultra-reflective coatings (almost always white). These coatings are basically rubberized paint with highly effective UV inhibitors built in - it's "SPF 100 for your house". An ultra reflective coating will reduce the air temperature inside your attic. I have this coating on my own house (and I just redid mine last week) and my house stays quite a bit cooler. My personal experience is something like this:
Prior to coating: Outside air temp = 92 degrees @ 2pm, inside air temp 79 degrees and rising with the AC running full blast since 11:30am.
After coating: Outside air temp = 92 degrees @ 2pm, inside air temp 72 degrees. Haven't turned on AC yet!
Naturally it will be different for everyone but the point is that it does help. Coating your roof isn't rocket science but there is a technique and there are good and bad products. If you're up for it, call us and we'll tell you how to do it and what products we recommend or don't recommend. If you don't want to haul ten or twenty 50 pound buckets onto your roof and would rather have a pro do it, call us for a free estimate at (877) 7MYROOF. Again, it's not rocket science, but it's not an easy job either. It's definitely not like painting inside the house but if you're fit and don't mind ladders, you can get it done.
It's important to keep these coated roofs somewhat clean to maximize their efficiency.
Some people don't have any ventilation (and may not even be aware of it) and many either have an ill designed, inefficient or inadequate ventilation system. Some people have far too much ventilation. It's a circumstance that's been perpetrated by contractors who were not trained on the subject and simply don't understand how it works.
I've seen homes that had four power fans on their roof. They had way too much ventilation, so much so that when I lit a candle, and blew it out near an electrical outlet inside the home, they could see the smoke from the candle get sucked quickly into the outlet. The excessive power of too many fans created an imbalance and was essentially vacuuming air out of the home which is inefficient. This can happen with just one fan if there are insufficient intake vents. All we had to do was remove two fans and this dramatically improved their ventilation and efficiency.
There are countless ways to get the ventilation system wrong, and some are not obvious. We have spent years studying the proper way to ventilate and believe that in many cases we can dramatically improve your ventilation and in some cases for very little money.
Roof-Mounted Solar Powered Fans: One easy way to radically improve your ventilation without spending a ton of money is to install a roof-mounted solar powered attic fan. We can often bid these over the phone but regardless, we'd give you a no obligation free estimate. The nice thing with solar fans is they do not have an electric fan motor (costly to run) and you won't need a professional electrician to wire it up.
New roof installations
There are new and exciting ways to improve your home's efficiency when you do a re-roof so bear that in mind if getting a new roof is on the horizon for you then call us to discuss these energy efficient options.
Rebates: In many cases, improving the energy efficiency of your home will qualify you for rebates from the city, state or your power provider. Click this link http://www.fypower.org/ and visit your local power provider and/or city websites for details. They are usually easy to find and these are popular programs. You accountant can inform you of any federal programs that might apply.
We also offer the roof check-up as a service for a low price of $155.00 (which is less than our minimum service charge). We will inspect and do routine maintenance on your roof. If nothing is required there is no charge. In an instance where the roof is very large, requires much work or is not walkable (very steep), there would be no charge and we will simply send you a proposal at no charge of course. Free estimates are always available but the roof check-up service always ends up saving the customer money if taken advantage of. Simply put, if we only have to drive to your property once, we can afford to charge less than our typical minimum service charge.
Here are some contractors we recommend:
A/C & Heating
Kilowatt A/C & Electrical
Brick & Stone
Boston Brick & Stone
Boston Brick & Stone
All Weather Decking
Bryan's Prompt Plumbing
Spectrum Pool Care
Raingutters & Sheet Metal
Sheet Metal Magic
Trouble Free Skylights
If you need a different contractor than those listed, please feel free to call us at (323) 913 4190 and we'll see if we can suggest a contractor to suit your needs.
About J & J Roofing
J & J Roofing is a DBA of RamGlass Enterprises, Inc. under California License #761462, located in the Silverlake/Atwater Village district of Los Angeles and serves the majority of the Los Angeles area. It is family-owned and operated by John, Matt and Mike Glass.
For over 16 years our company has delivered all phases of roofing including: shingles, hot tar, slate, all types of shake and tile, torchdown roofing systems and tapered-insulation roofing systems, from small repairs to new residential installations to large commercial projects.
We are certified by the LA Dept. of Building and Safety, which means we are allowed to do our own inspections in Los Angeles, saving our clients money and time (waiting for an inspection can sometimes take several days).
J & J Roofing
2929 Knox Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90039
J & J Results!
"I am very impressed with their responsiveness and customer service, their commitment to making sure the job is done correctly, and the genuinely nice people who work there." -- LS
"I cannot rate these guys highly enough. They were great to deal with on the phone, arrived on time and provided a written estimate, supported by photo evidence and two options for the repair... ...Even though they were busy, J & J found a way to fit me onto their schedule and did the repair before the storm. These guys are really great and I highly recommend them to anyone out there needing a good, honest and reliable roofer!" -- TK
"J&J Roofing gave me a reasonable quote and broke down things that needed to get done NOW and things that needed to get them done later. They didn't break my bank, they did the service quickly and reasonably, and were absolutely
pleasant. Will definitely come back again when I can afford a full roof replacement." -- SC
For $155.00 we will come out, inspect your roof, do minor repairs, seal all vent pipe flashings as needed, clean any minor debris off your roof, and so on. Very large or difficult projects (e.g. very steep roofs) will cost more, and we'd give you a no-obligation quote (as always, with no pressure).
Main Line: (323) 913-4190Fax Line: (323) 913-4199
Company Email: Click here!
John Glass, President
(323) 913-4194 Matt Glass, General Manager(323) 913-4193
Blake Woodruff, Supervisor(323) 913-4192Mike Glass, Customer Services
James Capen, Office Manager
(323) 913-4190Charlie Capen, Tech Support
Ed Perea, Lead Technician(323) 913-4190Herb Burrows, Roofing Consultant
(323) 913-4195Rick Harder, Inspector
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