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DIY Roof Replacement vs. Professional Roofing Replacement

There are certainly merits to both DIY roof replacement and professional roofing replacement, but which ones has more benefits? Our team at Just Leaks will break it down for you, so you can understand why professional roofing replacement is the more logical, advantageous option.

It is always tempting to go the DIY route, as you think you would end up saving money in the long-run. Having a new commercial or industrial roof installed by professionals is not an expensive procedure, and there is no way around it. There is a difference in price between doing it yourself and hiring a professional.

However, if you plan on completing the project on your own, you, most likely, miss out on important steps that are vital to ensuring the reliability of your roof. This could jeopardize your roofing system and expose your business to many safety risks. In the end, it is the clear the better option to opt for a professionally-performed roof replacement, as when it comes to the safety and reliability of your commercial or industrial roofing system, it is always better to safe than sorry.

If you think your roofing system is in need of a replacement, the team at Just Leaks would be happy to help. To schedule an appointment for a free roof estimate, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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What’s The Big Deal About Solar?

Did you know that solar panels installed on a flat, commercial roof can not only save the building owner money, but they can make that same building owner money? Solar panels are a terrific investment for commercial property owners that have flat, industrial roofs. Trouble is, a lot of commercial building owners are not aware of the advances the solar industry has made, so our goal at Just Leaks is to help building owners cut through the noise and find clarity.

It’s no secret that the solar industry has exploded over the past decade. When oil and electricity costs are high and summertime heat taxes even the toughest HVAC systems, switching to solar energy is a no-brainer. But now that oil prices have steadily dropped and energy costs are more affordable, the solar energy industry is seeing “solar fatigue” among prospective clients. Solar fatigue happens when a commercial building owner is approached by a solar panel installation company, receives a quote — or multiple quotes — from the seller, and is not impressed with the Return On Investment. The most common disappointment is the “Solar Power Purchase Agreements” (also known as PPAs) – where the system is leased to, but not owned by, the client.

Many of the building owners and property managers going through “solar fatigue” tell us something like this:

“Yes, we looked into installing solar panels in 2016, but the owner decided against it. He did his research and found it was too much work and wasn’t worth the investment.”

But in 2018, we have great news. The solar energy industry has reached a tipping point that greatly benefits the buyer. As a result, Just Leaks offers the ideal opportunity to save folks some substantial $$$.

  • There is now an option that allows us to:
  • Install a solar panel system with no money down
  • Take payments that are less than your old electrical bill
  • And then give ownership of the system to the client when the system is paid for – usually within 8 years.
  • After that – free power on a system that, with the new micro-inverter technology, is rated at 30 years!

Just Leaks has access to a software estimate system that will configure a solar panel system that is ideal for your commercial room and provide accurate cost and savings profiles. All we need from you are copies of your winter and summer electrical bills, plus the address of the commercial building.

Saving money…. Better yet. Making money off of solar is a smart investment for forward-thinking commercial property owners and property managers. This means you won’t have to solely rely upon your tenants for positive cash flow on your property!

Who knew the solar energy tipping point could be so exciting? Please spread the word. Solar is the big wave of the future!

Below are photos of the Just Leaks team working atop one of our Cool Roofs with our racking and solar system. A solar panel installation project like this requires extensive roofing experience. When the Just Leaks team performs solar panel installation, it is absolutely not going to leak, the roof will remain unencumbered, and the panels will be installed correctly. We guarantee it.

If you are interested in learning about the installation of a solar system on your commercial or industrial building, or would like to hear more about the financial benefits of this system, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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Yes, Solar Panels Pay for Themselves!

There are numerous benefits for installing solar panels on your commercial or industrial roof, but one of the more significant advantages is its cost-effectiveness. At Just Leaks, we firmly believe that solar panels will essentially pay for themselves, and we would be happy to go over the options for your specific roofing system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Just Leaks, we recommend installing a solar system with a cool roof system. Both of these roofing systems will substantially lessen the cost of the overall installation while ensuring the quality and durability of solar support and penetration flashings. The solar systems we recommend include a sloped elevated racking system, which makes long-term maintenance and repairs easy and accessible.

Currently, we are in a pricing “sweet spot” for solar panel installation, as there are both federal and state incentives, along with a dramatic drop in the price of panels and equipment. These incentives are expected to continue through 2018. Many of our clients throughout the Bay area have experienced their solar panel system seemingly paying for themselves.

At Just Leaks, we will perform a full analysis on your energy bill and available solar energy on your roof. In most cases, we can offset almost all of your energy needs, and you will save quite a bit of money each year. In fact, it will take as little as 3 years to pay back the installation of a solar system.

If you are interested in learning about the installation of a solar system on your commercial or industrial building, or would like to hear more about the financial benefits of this system, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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Trees, Moss, and Algae, Oh My! Stuff That Endangers Your Roof

It starts off when you notice something unusual growing on your commercial and industrial roofing system. Upon closer inspection, you realize it is something from Mother Nature. This situation is a very common scenario, as at times, trees, moss, and algae can wreak havoc on the roof of your commercial building.

 

  1. Moss: In more humid and rainy weather, moss tends to grow on rooftops. Most of home and business owners will ignore this green mess, until it starts to ruin the appearance of your property. While it doesn’t immediately damage your roofing system, it does hold in moisture, which can result in expensive repairs in the long-run. It’s important to get rid of this green nuisance before it’s too late.
  2. Algae: Similar to moss, algae is attracted to wet and humid areas. It’s not as harmful as moss, but it still can cause problems and should be taken care of. THe amount of algae accumulating on your roof can depend on the sunlight exposure.
  3. Trees: Trees bring a myriad of problems, as fallen overhanging branches to leaves and pine needles can create an issue. Don’t forget about your gutters too, as leaves and pine needles are especially prone to get in this area.

 

Either way, from trees to algae, our team at Just Leaks will thoroughly examine your roofing system for any signs of disarray. If we notice too much moss, leaves and pine needles, or algae, we will quickly eliminate the problem.

 

One of the ways we can get ahead of Mother Nature is to provide annual inspections and repairs. For most of the industrial and commercial buildings in the Bay Area – we have found that a single roof maintenance call during Autumn before the rainy season is extremely effective in minimizing the frequency and severity of roof leaks, moss, algae, and trees. Similarly, we find that industrial roof inspections performed in the Spring allow us to service and repair roofs that have withstood storm damage, collection of debris, and water pooling.

 

If you want to remove unnecessary roof hazards from your commercial property, schedule an appointment for an inspection, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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New Year's Resolutions for Your Roof

Did you know that 45% of Americans make New Year Resolutions, and the top four categories are self-improvement, weight/health, money/job and personal relationships? At Just Leaks in San Jose, we don’t want you to forget about your commercial or industrial roofing system. We have compiled 3 resolutions you can easily complete, especially when you have us on your side.

  1. Inspect: Annual roofing inspections and reports are incredibly important in protecting one of our biggest investments. A roof inspection on your commercial roof can save you time and money in the long run, and in California, we see many problems arising on neglected flat roofs. Many of this issues could have been prevented with a simple inspection and report.
  2. Clean: Many commercial roofing systems are afflicted with tons of debris, such as leaves and foliage. To ensure your roofing system doesn’t start to degrade prematurely, it is important to have your roofing system cleaned on a routine basis by professionals.
  3. Maintain: It’s common for business owners to think about their commercial roof as often as they do of their windshield wipers, and usually, it’s only in the rainy season. Our team can tailor a roof maintenance program to your operation and roofing system. This way, we ward off preventable, and typically, expensive problems.

With Just Leaks at your service, we think accomplishing these three roofing resolutions will be seamless. Not only will you feel empowered after knocking resolutions off your list, but your commercial or industrial roofing system will be ready to withstand virtually anything that comes its way. To schedule an appointment, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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What To Do In A Roof Leak Emergency

During the colder months, including December, your roofing system can be prone to a leak caused by heavy rains or even hail storms. In one of these situations, your damaged roofing system on your commercial or industrial building can severely affect the stability of your operation. A roof leak emergency calls for drastic measures. Fortunately, our team at Just Leaks offers 24-hour emergency roof leak service.

Before we arrive at our operation, there are several things you can do to prolong and protect your building from any further damage:

  • Take cover. To ensure your precious items are minimally damaged, cover them up or move them out of the way as quickly as possible.
  • Try and catch water. Use towels and old newspapers to soak up any water emerging from the leak. For heavier leaks, you can utilize trash bins.
  • Alleviate heavy water pressure. If you see a bulge in your ceiling, it could be possibly a large pooling of water. It’s much easier to repair one hole in your ceiling, compared to several, so while being very careful, you can poke a hole in the bulge to release the build-up of water. Make sure you have a large container handy to catch all the water.
  • Contact a professional as soon as possible. To put it simply, you can’t mess around with roof leaks. Contact capable roofings experts to fix the problem, so you and your operation are not comprised.

With our 24-hour emergency roof leak service, we recognize how vital your roofing system is the overall success of your business. Upon arrival, we will quickly assess the situation and perform the necessary repairs. Also, in order to prevent a roof leak emergency, we recommend proactive maintenance of your roofing system on your commercial or industrial building. This way, we can spot and repair areas of weakness in your roof. To make sure your commercial or industrial roof is ready for those December showers, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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Roofing in Cold Weather

Winter is just around the corner, which it means it is time to pull out those winter coats and scarves to counteract those chilly temperatures. Not only do we have to struggle with colder weather, but your commercial or industrial roofing system does as well. Our team at Just Leaks takes special care to ensure your roofing system is up for Mother Nature’s challenge.

Water, temperature fluctuations, and the occasional ice can severely affect your roof. However, our team at Just Leaks will make sure your roof can withstand the brunt of winter.  We encourage you to have a team of professionals thoroughly inspect your roof at least twice a year, especially before the onset of winter. During an inspection, our roofing professionals will:

  • Look for any dark spots that could indicate potential ponding.
  • Level any low spots in your commercial or industrial roof, so we can prevent ponding.
  • Look for and seal any cracks or holes in your roof.
  • Keep all drains and gutters completely free of debris.
  • Encourage you to keep the internal temperatures of your operation consistent and stable to minimize heat loss, which can lead to thermal shock.

We provide tailored, experienced, and reliable roof service to commercial and industrial companies throughout San Jose and the surrounding communities. To make sure your commercial or industrial roof is up for the challenge of the upcoming winter, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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Why is Proper Roof Ventilation so Important?

Many of us underestimate the importance of proper roof ventilation, but 90% of properties in the United States have unreasonably high levels of moisture. With this startlingly high statistic, we think it is imperative to address how and why roof ventilation is so important for the overall condition of both your roofing system and property.

Proper roof ventilation is a complete roof-saver, and in some cases, even a complete life-saver. If your roof does not have roof ventilation, it can lead to moisture problems, especially during the colder and wetter months of winter. In the summer, a lack of proper roof ventilation can lead to decreased energy efficiency. If your operation is not properly ventilated during the summer, temperatures can rise up to 150 degrees, which means you would most likely be quickly turning on your A/C, causing your energy bill to go up. Overall, roof, lacking proper ventilation, can lead to the excessive growth of ice dams, mold, rot, and energy bill.

If you are worried about the condition of your roofing system, specifically the proper roof ventilation, leave it to us. Our team will assess the condition of your commercial or industrial roof ventilation system. We will decide on a course of action, tailored to you and your business.

We provide tailored, experienced, and reliable roof service to commercial and industrial companies throughout San Jose and the surrounding communities. If you fear there is something afflicting your commercial or industrial roofing system, you can trust us to quickly and accurately correct the problem. To schedule an appointment for a free estimate, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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Our Recent Work

Recently, the team at Just Leaks completed a roofing project at the NASA Building in Mountain View. We provide expert roofing service for clients throughout the San Jose area, and we are proud to say whenever someone has an issue with their industrial and commercial roofing system, we are their first call.  

After we completed the project, we sent our client photos capturing and detailing the repair process. For each of our clients, like this one mentioned, we take pictures of our work and caption them with comprehensive explanations. We strive to ensure our customers know what is going on at all times, so they are completely aware of the work our roofing professionals are performing. We have attached some photos and descriptions as examples:

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We provide tailored, experienced, and reliable roof service to commercial and industrial companies, such as NASA, throughout San Jose and the surrounding communities. If you fear there is something afflicting your commercial or industrial roofing system, you can trust us to quickly and accurately correct the problem. To schedule an appointment for a free estimate, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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The Lifespan of a Commercial Roof

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You may have been wondering how long your commercial roof will last, and the short answer is that typically a commercial or industrial roof will last 20-25 years. However, this time frame depends on a variety of factors. Some types of commercial roofs can last around 10 years on the shorter end, while others can last up to 50. Overall, the average lifespan of a roof will be  greatly affected by these factors:

  • Climate
  • Installation
  • System Type
  • Roof penetration
  • Routine Maintenance

It is important to have a team of experienced and educated roofers installing your roofing system, which in turn, will ensure your installation was performed correctly and to last. After the initial installation, routine maintenance also affects the longevity of your roof. To put it simply, if you don’t take good care of your roofing system, it will not last as long as you would like it to. It is imperative to ensure there is proper drainage, along with monitoring the developing of ponding. The team at Just Leaks can regularly inspect your roofing system to secure that your roofing system is in optimal condition. We can expertly inspect your commercial or industrial roof for any signs of current or impending damage.

Fortunately, there are make steps you can take to ensure the longevity of your commercial roof, and the team at Just Leaks would be happy to discuss with you what steps are necessary for your roofing system. We provide tailored, experienced, and reliable roof service to commercial and industrial companies throughout San Jose and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment for a free estimate, call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646.

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