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Roof Maintenance and Your Business

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Roof Maintenance and Your Business

We know that it’s hard to think ahead.

 Especially in our fast-paced and ever-changing world, planning for the next storm can be difficult. Often, we’re still repairing damage from a different crisis by the time the next one rolls around. That’s why you must take preventative action when you can. If there’s anything you can do to ensure you don’t have extra costs down the road, even if that means spending a little money now, you should do it.

 This brings us to our main point: you need to invest in roof maintenance to invest in your business. Sure, it’s not as glamorous as a life coach or a new snack vending machine, but it will save you so much money in the long run. Having someone come by and make sure everything is sturdy and safe can prevent a collapse in the winter. Patching up a few things is always less expensive than a massive crisis repair. At Just Leak’s, we specialize in:

 Leak Repair. Let us come out to help you fix up any leaks or weak spots. We also offer 24-hour emergency repairs!

  1. Roof Maintenance. Maintenance is essential for preventing any future leaks or damage.
  2. Roof Assessments. We can determine what repairs or changes might be most cost-effective and beneficial to your roof.  

 That isn’t to say we’ll judge if everything does come crumbling down. If you need us, we’re here for you. We’re more than happy to check out whatever drips or leaks are threatening the safety of your business. If you are interested in learning about the various roofing systems or installing a solar system on your commercial or industrial building(s), call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646 for an in-person consultation. Or visit us online at our website or our Facebook page.

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Springtime in San Jose!

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Springtime in San Jose

Springtime in San Jose is unlike anything in the world. The Rose Garden is beginning to bloom, the Giants are gearing up for a new season, and the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo has activities in full swing. Warmer weather is just around the corner, and we’ve almost gotten to the end of the rainiest season…while noticing some leaks we hadn’t noticed before. 

In San Jose, we’re more likely to see heavy rain in February or March than in other Spring months. That makes April the perfect time for those tiny leaks to have fully grown into ceiling damaging, furniture destroying, can’t-fix-with-duct-tape leaks. Preventative maintenance is vital, but that’s an unimportant sentiment after the fact.  

What To Do When You Spring A Leak 

As a business owner or maintenance manager, we know there’s a lot on your plate. Beyond things going on with your building, you’re probably busy with things going on at home, too. We hope you could get some preventive maintenance done before it started to rain this Spring. But we won’t judge you if you forgot. If you’ve noticed a leak now, you can give us a call for drip and leak assistance. 

In the meantime:

  1. Put something under the leak to catch any falling water, like a bucket, bowl, trashcan, or pot
  2. Use towels to remove any standing water from the floor and add “Wet Floor” signs around the leak area
  3. Cover or move furniture that is exposed to the leak
  4. Call us! 

Remember, Just Leaks is here for your commercial roofing needs. We specialize in leak repair, roof maintenance, and roof assessments. We’re more than happy to check out whatever drips or leaks are threatening the safety of your business. If you are interested in learning about the various roofing systems or installing a solar system on your commercial or industrial building(s), call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646 for an in-person consultation. Or visit us online at our website or our Facebook page

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Now is the Time to Report a Drip

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April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring Spring leaks. That’s why March is the perfect time to report any drips you spotted in your house during our rain season.

A drip is a pretty blatant warning sign that you’ve got a leak. You know the damage is forthcoming when you see, hear, or feel a drip coming from your roof. But there are other more nefarious signs of a leak that you may be walking past every day. Some common signs that you have a leak in your roof are:

  • Water spots on ceilings or walls
  • Sagging in your ceiling or walls (especially if you poke these sags and you can feel the water in them)
  • Damaged, distorted, missing, or broken shingles (which may be where your leak is coming from)
  • Inexplicable standing water or water stains 
  • Gunk in your downpipes (could be pieces of your damaged shingles)

We all get busy, and calling a roofer to get a drip checked out probably isn’t the most glamorous thing on your to-do list. But when you let a drip go, you risk the damage staying the same (best case scenario) or getting worse. Unfortunately, the damage will never get better on its own, no matter how many DIY innovations you attempt. Long-term damage to your roof might mean a total replacement rather than a quick patch fix by a professional.

Leaks are common and are probably no fault of your own. They could be caused by an HVAC system that was just too heavy, damaging the integrity of your roof. Or, it might be the weather, which is really out of our control. But calling a professional is within your power, and you should do so immediately.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Fix the roof when it’s sunny, not when it’s raining?” As much as we appreciate the figurative sense of this idiom, it’s so important to take it literally this time of year. In San Jose, our wettest months are in the Winter (December, January, and February), so it’s likely you’ve already noticed your damages. Now is the time to report a drip and get to the source before even more damage occurs next season.

With the proper support, you can get your leak fixed and prevent the damage from occurring again. Fixing the leak will surely stop any dripping, but you can also get your deck waterproofed and correct any drainage issues, so you’re not at risk again anytime soon. And though it’s a long-term commitment, getting a roof assessment to see why your roof isn’t protecting you from damage can provide you with even more options for protecting your business from water damage. 

At Just Leaks roofing in San Jos, we’ve got you covered (and we mean that literally and figuratively!). Just Leaks is here for your commercial roofing needs. We specialize in leak repair, roof maintenance, and roof assessments. We’re more than happy to check out whatever drips or leaks are threatening the safety of your business. And while we’re out there, we can talk to you about waterproofing your deck or doing drainage correction on your commercial or industrial building(s). If you are interested in learning about the various roofing systems or installing a solar system on your commercial or industrial building(s), call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646 for an in-person consultation. Or visit us online at our website or our Facebook page.

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Showing Love (To Your Business)

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Here’s a question for you to mull over: How much love do you show for your own business? 

No matter the scale of your business, your company is a living, breathing organism. It is part of an interdependent market environment, and within your business are similar interdependent environments, working towards a specific goal. Your subordinates depend upon you to lead the way in showing love for the company! 

Like you have a relationship with your spouse, pet, or car, you have a relationship with your business. It needs support, love, trust, and respect to thrive. Here are three ways to show love to your business: 

  • Appreciate it – You know that you don’t want to be transactional with your customers, but are you transactional with your employees? Do you let them know you value the work they do? 

  • Foster it – It’s vital to build a work culture that feels competitive, fun, and wholesome. Do you work to create a good atmosphere, with special events like company lunches and parties? Do you recognize birthdays and work anniversaries?

  • Protect it – Many people quit their low-paying jobs in the pandemic due to feeling put at risk by uncaring management. Are you doing enough to make your coworkers feel safe and secure? Are you handling maintenance issues, getting problems with the air conditioning looked at, addressing leaks, and other anomalies? Because a long-neglecting problem like a faulty AC can turn into a crash during the hottest days of summer and your employees refusing to work in high-temperature areas.

  • Participate in it – Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, the Just Leaks team participated in a rally called “Save Our Solar Jobs”. The goal was to help the California Public Utilities Commision and Governor Gavin Newsom understand just how unpopular the idea of putting utility profits over people is in California. Solar energy is a terrific way for consumers and businesses to utilize power in a sustainable way. That is why our team traveled to L.A. to actively participate in the rally and demonstrate our passion for supporting solar energy options.

Here are some photos and updates from the successful Save Our Solar Jobs event. Thank you to everyone who turned out for it! Solar energy is a step forward, and it is important for all California voters to protect this growing industry. To find out more, visit SaveCaliforniaSolar.org

Just Leaks is here for your commercial roofing needs! If you are interested in learning about the various roofing systems or installing a solar system on your commercial or industrial building(s), call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646 for an in-person consultation. Or visit us online at our website or our Facebook page.

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Is Your Business Losing Money Through Your Roof?

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With the arrival of 2022 comes a moment of deciding where a business has been and where it is going. The new year marks an excellent time to evaluate what systems work in our companies and where we need help. With the future open before us, it’s an ideal time to make long-term decisions. 

There’s a lot to look at: what systems work for your business, identify where you need help, and what best options might be closed down. As you look into your overhead and building practices, your commercial roof is an area that might get overlooked. But it has a tremendous effect on your business. 

Damage to the roof means a loss in the air control for the building. Rot, termites, and strain can leave your roof with holes, letting out air conditioning and costing you every day. And should you have a roof collapse, think of how much infrastructure could be destroyed in a single night of a storm.  

While insurance might replace it, it doesn’t cover the weeks of productive work you could potentially lose to a fatal oversight. Getting your roof repaired and recovered when the only sign is an increase in air conditioning costs is a wise investment. 

Even if your roof is fit as a fiddle, remember that your roof will sit out in the sun all day on the hottest day of the year. Are you taking advantage of this with solar power? If not, the time may be suitable to get a price on upgrading your roof to a solar panel system that collects energy for your business. Often, switching to solar power will pay for itself in under a year and still allows your business the assurance of electrical coverage all year round, day or night. 

Just Leaks is here for your commercial roofing needs! If you are interested in learning about the various roofing systems or installing a solar system on your commercial or industrial building(s), call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646 for an in-person consultation. Or visit us online at our website or our Facebook page.

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Christmas Wishes from the Team at Just Leaks

Season’s Greetings! It’s amazing that we’re already in December again. This year has had its ups and down, and after such a slow 2020, it’s been a fast-paced 2021. We’re glad to have a moment to stop and to catch our breath.

 We hope you and your family have great plans for the holidays, whether snuggled in at home or off to see family and friends many miles away. 

 If you’re staying in San Jose for Christmas this year, we hope you will check out Christmas In The Park, which Just Leaks is sponsoring this year. It’s a great series of Christmas-themed events. If you missed the tree lighting on November 26th, there’s still the Toys for Tots “Stuff the Bus” event on December 4th or the Santa Run Silicon Valley on December 12th.

Our hours for Christmas this year are as follows:

Christmas Eve: Closed

Christmas: Closed

But don’t despair if you run into an emergency. Emergency service is still available, and can be reached at 408-249-4646!

We hope you and your loved ones will have an amazing holiday together. Just Leaks is here for your commercial roofing needs! If you are interested in learning about the various roofing systems or installing a solar system on your commercial or industrial building(s), call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646 for an in-person consultation. Or visit us online at our website or our Facebook page.

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Holiday Activities in the Bay Area

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It’s the beginning of another holiday season! San Francisco will soon light the Bay up with twinkling lights and an air of celebration and cheer. The Bay Area has many wonderful events before and after the winter equinox for everyone to enjoy. 

Once we get through Thanksgiving, there will be several holiday events for the whole family. San Francisco has plenty of holiday cheer in November and December, from annual traditions to new opportunities. Here are a few of our favorite upcoming events: 

SF Broadway Theater in December: A Christmas Carol
November 26th – December 26th
Golden Gate Theater
Charles Dickens’ tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s visitation by the three spirits of Christmas comes to the stage for most of December! 

Pier 39 Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, November 26th
Pier 39
Watch the iconic tree being lit on for the first time of the season on Black Friday at 5:00 PM.

 The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Dates to be announced
Union Square
Enjoy a Victorian Holiday Party and Christmas market! Tickets go on sale on November 1st, with dates to be announced. 

Ice Skating
All December
Union Square
Come down to Union Square for a winter ice skate in the midst of it all!

San Francisco Ballet presents: The Nutcracker
December 10th to the 30th
War Memorial Opera House
It’s an annual tradition! Join Clara’s magical journey against the mice to save the gingerbread men with the help of her enchanted Nutcracker! 

And Just Leaks is proud to sponsor San Jose’s own Christmas in the Park this year!

Christmas In The Park
Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park (Downtown San Jose)
Since the early 1950s, when the display was originally set up on the front lawn of the Lima Family Mortuary, through its placement on the front lawn of City Hall during the 1970s and where it has been since 1980, the Christmas in the Park display is a tradition for our community. In 2021 we are excited to bring the tradition back to downtown San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. We also have a few new surprises as well including new light displays, a brand new 65′ tall walk-through Christmas tree, and Blinky’s Tavern – an all-new inflatable beer and wine garden! As always, admission is free to our downtown event. The theme for this year’s event is “A Very Beary Christmas.”
The fun begins on November 26th with the Christmas Tree Lighting!

Thanks for reading, and good luck with your holiday planning this year! If you are interested in learning about the various roofing systems or installing a solar system on your commercial or industrial building(s), call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646 for an in-person consultation. Or visit us online at our website or our Facebook page.

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How To Decide Which Roofing System is Right for Your Business

If you own a commercial building in the San Francisco Bay Area, we extend you sincere congratulations and condolences. The COVID Pandemic has been hard on commercial property owners since many businesses have been hesitant to staff their offices in 2020 and 2021 fully. With that said, your property still stands, and it requires regular maintenance and occasional roof repair.

 Just Leaks is a commercial roofing company that specializes in flat, industrial roofs. Our family-owned business has served the San Francisco Bay Area for several decades, and we have seen many different commercial roofing systems throughout our careers.

 One of the most frequent questions we get from commercial property owners and commercial property managers is: “How do I decide which roofing system is best for my building(s)?

 The answer is often, “It depends.” Essentially, the roofing system you choose for your business needs to fit your business tenants’ needs, what you want your power bill to look like, and how much Return On Investment you want from your commercial property.

The truth is that we recommend an in-person meeting at your commercial property so we can fully assess the size of the building, the current state of your rooftop, and discuss your goals over the short and long term. After the Just Leaks team meets with the property owner and property management company, we can dial in the best roofing system for your industrial roof(s).

 With that said, here are a few things to consider when evaluating roofing systems:

 Are you trying to lower the power bills for your commercial property(s)?  If yes, consider a cool roof system that makes the roof’s surface white and reflects a lot of the sun’s heat. To add, you can turn your roof into a quasi-profit stream if you add solar panels on your flat, industrial roof(s).

 Just Leaks has access to a software estimate system that will configure a solar panel system 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 wise investment for forward-thinking commercial property owners and property managers. This means you won’t have to rely upon your tenants for positive cash flow on your property solely!

 Are you remodeling an old, rundown commercial building?  If yes, you may want to consider installing a brand new industrial roof. If your property experiences frequent leaks and the roof shows signs of extensive decay, a new roof on your business property could be the best solution. You may decide to make it into a cool roof system with solar panels as well.

 Is your roof in good shape, but your budget doesn’t allow for a new roofing system yet?  If yes, annual or semi-annual roof maintenance may serve as your best solution. Just Leaks works with commercial property owners and property management companies to inspect the roofs, service the roofs in preparation for the rainy season or soaring temperatures, and make repairs as needed. 

 When we see issues that endanger your roof, such as moss, algae, debris, pooling of water, and areas that cause leakage, we can clean, repair, and maintain your rooftop, so you don’t have to worry about incurring more damage later. To add, our team would be delighted to help you find ways to get more ROI from your flat, industrial roof so you can further help your business tenants as we continue to navigate this global pandemic. 

 If you are interested in learning about the various roofing systems or installing a solar system on your commercial or industrial building(s), call Just Leaks at (408) 249-4646 for an in-person consultation.

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Biden Administration’s Solar Blueprint and California’s Fight To Continue The Growth of Solar

Biden Administration’s Solar Blueprint and California’s Fight To Continue The Growth of Solar

Climate change is a hot topic that is not going away anytime soon. With record-breaking temperatures, storms, droughts, and flooding events, the Biden Administration published its Solar Blueprint. This document outlines the studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to envision a decarbonized grid and solar’s role in it.

Here are some excerpts from the Solar Futures Study:

“A dramatically larger role for solar in decarbonizing the U.S. electricity system, and energy system more broadly, is within reach, but it is only possible through concerted policy and regulatory efforts as well as sustained advances in solar and other clean energy technologies.” — Solar Futures Study

If we follow this solar blueprint, we will see a drastic decrease in fossil fuels and a steep increase in solar power and other zero-carbon power production. The charts below show a progression of the U.S. Electric Grid in 2020 compared to the decarbonized grid in 2050, which is 30 years away.

When this study was published, the California Solar + Storage Association jumped into action and released this official statement on September 8, 2021:

“On Wednesday, the Biden administration’s Energy Department released a blueprint to produce 45% of the nation’s electricity through solar energy by 2050 as a critical part of the effort to fight climate change. A new report from the Energy Department clarified that meeting the goal requires the U.S. to “install an average of 30 G.W. of solar capacity per year between now and 2025 and 60 G.W. per year from 2025-2030.” That commitment means an immediate doubling of the amount of solar being built today. In 2020, the U.S. installed a record 15 G.W. of solar power, bringing total capacity up to 76 G.W., representing 3% of the national electricity supply.

At the same time, in California, the Newsom Administration’s Public Utilities Commission is moving towards a critical decision that will determine whether rooftop solar continues to grow or whether the state puts the brakes on this form of popular clean energy. At issue is the future of net metering, which makes rooftop solar affordable for everyday consumers by blocking discriminatory fees and compensating people for the excess energy they produce and share with their neighbors.” — CALSSA.org

Solar industry experts from CALSSA state that “The timing of this study couldn’t be better as some California decision-makers consider buckling under pressure from utility interests to do the opposite of what President Biden is calling for: speed up the growth of solar, not slow it down.”

The California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) released the following statement on the Biden administration’s plan from CALSSA executive director Bernadette Del Chiaro: 

“Solar consumers, workers, small business owners, and clean energy advocates all over our state applaud the Biden administration’s goal to produce nearly half of our national energy from the sun within the next 30 years. The new plan aligns with California’s established goal of getting to 100% by 2045, but puts a clear emphasis on the here and now by showing the near-term needs for solar growth today, not just in 25 years. 

No matter how you add it up, these ambitious and necessary clean energy commitments will require a lot more solar energy, not less. California, and America at large, need all forms of solar energy to grow, including utility-scale solar that investor-owned utilities prefer. But to make the transition to 100% clean energy and make that transition less expensive for ratepayers while helping conserve open space requires advancing rooftop solar in a big way. 

Because of rooftop solar’s essential role in meeting state and national clean energy goals, it is especially puzzling that the CPUC is considering drastic changes to net metering at the request of large investor-owned utilities. Proposals by the utilities would pull the plug on the expansion of rooftop solar by making it prohibitively expensive for consumers of all types to benefit from solar in their homes, businesses, and schools.  

The utility-driven effort to kill rooftop solar in California is out of step with our clean energy goals at a time when the climate crisis demands we help a lot more people go solar.” 

Additional Roof Top Solar Resources 

Cost savings: A new grid modeling report from Vibrant Clean Energy shows growing local solar and storage would save California ratepayers $120 billion over the next 30 years, the equivalent of $295 per year for the average California ratepayer. Utility proposes to curb rooftop solar would have the opposite effect. By essentially halting the local solar and storage market and turning potential savings into costs borne by consumers, the utility profit grab would cost California tens of billions over time and each ratepayer $295 a year.

Ability to scale up fast: California is currently building a power plant’s worth of rooftop solar – 500 megawatts – every five months. Rooftop solar can be up on homes and apartments in a matter of days and operating on commercial properties in weeks — faster than any other reviewable energy can come online. By contrast, utility-scale solar projects take an average of six years to complete.

Land use: A new study by Environment California found that building 28.5 GW of rooftop solar, rather than utility-scale solar, would enable California to maintain existing land uses on more than 148,000 acres of land, an area about half the size of the City of Los Angeles.

Why Should I Care About This Solar Futures Study?

Simply put, if you own a commercial property with a flat, industrial roof, the financial return on your investment could be greater if you installed solar panels on your rooftop. Not only will you be helping planet Earth by reducing carbon emissions, but you could be earning money through energy credits, property appreciation, and increased rental rates.

But this fight for building out more solar power sources isn’t over. To continue the movement for the growth of solar, CALSSA has launched a $1 million fundraising campaign. They are seeking donations by September 30 to defend the initiative’s time constraints. To donate today and learn more, visit the CALSSA website.

“California’s world-renowned solar market is under siege by some of the country’s most powerful fossil fuel industry players,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar and Storage Association. “We can win, but we need everyone to stand up and help us fight.”

Just Leaks is proud to help the solar market continue its growth within California, and that is why we hope you will join us in moving solar power forward by installing solar panels on the roofs of your commercial properties.

Here are some benefits of solar energy for commercial buildings: 

  1. Solar power is an excellent return on investment. We like to think of solar panel installation as an investment, not an expense. 
  2. Solar panel installation will reduce your operating costs. We strongly believe the cost of installing solar panels will more than pay for itself over the lifespan of your solar panel system. 
  3. You can easily predict your future energy bills. A commercial solar panel system will dramatically reduce your energy costs, and you will know exactly what to expect each month. 
  4. You are eligible for tax credit and bonus depreciation when installing solar panels on your commercial or industrial roofing system, especially since we live in California. 
  5. You will now be committed to green and clean energy. Not only is this good for the environment, but you will be sharing a positive message with your customers. 
  6. Most importantly, commercial solar panels require little to no maintenance and are built to withstand rain, hail, snow, and any other elements you can think of. 

If you are interested in learning about installing a solar energy 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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What Should You Look for in a Roofing Contractor?

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When you need service on your commercial roof or a new roof altogether, how do you look for a contractor to meet your needs? Hiring a commercial roofing contractor can seem daunting if you don’t know what virtues to demand.

 Unless you have gone through some of the terrible things that can occur when you make a hasty, easy choice, you likely won’t know what kind of qualifications and measures you need for your contractor. Here are six things every business should look into when hiring a roofing contractor:

 How long have they been in business? There’s tension in repair contractors between having years of experience and the most recent training. If they’re just getting started, will they have the experience to know what kind of issues your roof is facing?

  1. Do they have the most recent training in equipment? A seasoned organization will have a better grip of your issues, but are they a bit anachronistic– can they take you forward into new technology? Your business needs a contractor that knows a lot and grows into new technology and craft.
  2. What’s their reputation? It’s essential to know what kind of local reputation a potential contractor has. Ask for examples of previous clients they are free to disclose to find out how the business feels about their work and the warrantied work they are still receiving to this day.
  3. What’s covered in an estimate… and what isn’t? There shouldn’t be ambivalence in a quote for work to be done. In any situation where you request a quote for specific work, the contractor should look through all the details and be very specific about your money and the labor that it will take to accomplish the task. Nothing should be vague or left to chance.
  4. Are they on the up-and-up? Do they have the proper coverage– are they licensed and insured? You might get a great price quote from a small independent, but if they have no accident coverage and no intention of fixing errors they cause in the course of the job, what good are they to your business?
  5. What can they do to save my company money? Are they working in the kind of materials that can provide maximum efficiency? Can they set you up with solar collectors to reduce your power costs?

  Just Leaks in San Jose, CA can tick all of these boxes. Our experienced roofers are constantly training and improving, with a stellar reputation. Our standing in the community comes from our being a licensed, insured outfit. We have a world of options to save you money over the years and help pay for the work we’re doing. Visit our website https://justleaks.com or give us a call today at 408-249-4646 to request an estimate!

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