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The Headaches That Come With A Flat Roof

The Headaches That Come With A Flat Roof

We’ve been in the commercial roofing business for a long time, and we know that it’s rare for somebody to have meticulously planned for and chosen the roof of their office building. Many offices are inherited or built when start-up costs are low, so a “flat” roof just ends up making sense. Though they’re not impossible to work with, flat roofs do have some headaches attached to them. 

The difference between a “flat” roof and other roofs.

A flat roof is a roof that has no sloping profile. It’s also known as a “pitched” roof, in contrast to “gabled” and “hip” roofs (which have sloping profiles). Flat roofs are often used on commercial buildings because they require less material and labor than other roofs. 

Repair costs with flat roofs can vary. 

Before you decide to repair your flat roof, you should know that the costs of doing so are often higher than the cost of replacement. Flat roofs are less expensive to repair but may be more expensive to replace. If you have had a leaky or damaged roof for some time, it may be more cost-effective to replace it outright. 

Increased risk of roof damage with flat roofs.

The harsh and unforgiving environment of your roof is an epic battle of the elements, one that you can’t afford to lose. A flat roof is more likely to leak than a sloped roof because of its shape, which means you could be in for some severe damage if it’s not maintained correctly. Furthermore, a flat roof’s lack of structural support leaves it vulnerable to hail and water damage on top of any other weather-related problems.

Flat roofs also increase your risk for wind damage—even though they’re already far from the solid ground—and snow accumulation. When these issues arise with your flat roof, don’t hesitate to call a professional like Just Leaks!

Maintenance requirements for flat roofs are usually tedious. 

As you may have read above, flat roofs require regular maintenance. A clean flat roof will protect the underlying structure from water damage and ensure years of good performance.

Flat roofs tend to be well ventilated, which helps with moisture build-up and heat retention. This is beneficial in many climates where temperatures are extreme during summer. 

Still, it can lead to problems if not properly sealed or waterproofed during winter when cold air passes through cracks between panels or snow settles on them (and melts). A leaky flat roof will damage your building’s interior structure, cause mold growth inside living spaces, and pose safety hazards for residents during high winds or heavy rainstorms.

Durability issues with flat roofs.

Flat roofs are less durable than sloped roofs, which means they’re more likely to leak or crack. They also have problems with algae growth, ice dams, and other issues that can cause damage to the interior of your home. If you choose a flat roof for your business property, consult an expert like Just Leaks about ways to mitigate these problems with maintenance and inspection services.

Flat roofs aren’t all bad, though!

It’s a shame because flat roofs are so helpful. They’re suitable for drainage and easy to construct, but they come with so many problems that they might not be worth it. It’s best to avoid them if possible, but if you have one already and want to repair or replace it, there are ways of doing so without breaking your budget.

We can work with any roof because we believe in meeting you where you are.

If you have dreams of going solar or getting a new system but currently just need some fixes for your flat roof, we can help you out. Even if you have no intention of upgrading your system or rocking the boat, Just Leaks will meet you where you’re at. 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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When Summer is Beating Down

Usually, we talk about how the weather might negatively affect your roof. San Jose gets a fair share of rain all year, and it’s essential to be cautious about leaks. But this August heat has us less worried and more inspired–with all of this summer sun beating down, it’s hard not to think about the benefits of solar panels on your commercial building.

Solar panels bring energy efficiency and cost savings to the table. 

If you’re trying to get your office building energy efficient, solar paneling is the way to go. It may seem like a lot at first, but you’ll recoup that initial investment over time. To fully consider the cost benefits of solar, you’ll think about:

  • Tax rebates and savings for installing solar panels.
  • A reduction in your energy bills.
  • The ability to market yourself as a green company (which is vital in 2022!). 

Not to mention, your solar panels will last longer than you expect. Solar panels have a very long lifespan—some as long as 50 years!—This means that once installed, you won’t have to worry about replacing them for quite some time. The initial cost is the cost, except for a bit of maintenance here and there.

Besides the money it saves, solar paneling your commercial office building will also help your business make an impact. Solar panels help reduce greenhouse gasses and other pollutants in the air by generating power from renewable sources rather than burning fossil fuels or mining coal like many traditional power plants do.

Just Leaks can help install your solar panels and guide you through the process!

So, if you’re looking for a way to save on your energy bills and help the environment simultaneously, then solar panels might be the solution. Solar panels can be installed in any office building, no matter what size or shape it might be…it’ll just take a little consulting on our end. 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 Just Leaks Can Support You (When Things Are Going Well)

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We’ve all heard this saying before (and if you haven’t heard it but read our blog, you’ve probably read it a hundred times over): fix the roof when it’s sunny, not when it’s raining. This is a metaphor for life usually, but it’s also solid advice for all things roofing. You want to get out onto your roof to ensure there are no leaks, no buildup, and no issues that may lead to a flood when the sun is still shining, and you’ve got a little extra money in the budget. Not when you’re out of funds in the third quarter and the rainy season is approaching!

We Do More Than Just Leaks at Just Leaks

Here at Just Leaks, we want to be your emergency call. When something goes wrong, you can rely on us to fix it. However, we can provide you with much more than just your emergency leak services. We support you before the leak happens, even prevent it from happening, with these offered services: 

  • Roof maintenance and repair. We offer essential roof maintenance during all seasons to ensure your roof is in tip-top shape. If we do find anything in need of some TLC while we’re up there, we have the capabilities to fix it on your timeline.
  • Roof assessment. A roof assessment will help you determine whether your business may benefit from a different type or style of roof, whether that’s to bring down repair costs or support the overall functioning of your building.
  • Deck waterproofing. It gets rainy here in San Jose! Deck waterproofing is a significant preventative factor for leaks. 
  • Cool roof. It also gets hot here in San Jose. If you’ve never heard of “Cool Roof,” you might consider giving us a call to discuss it. Cool roofing systems can help lower your utility bills. 
  • Drainage correction. Not all leaks are caused by rain storms finding holes in the roof. Some are caused by drainage that piles up and weakens the integrity of your structure. We can help correct any drainage issues that may cause a problem in the future. 
  • Equipment tie-in. It’s great news when you get new equipment added to your building–but don’t forget to give us a call so we can set up the optimal space on your roof for whatever you’re adding up there.
  • Solar installation. If you’re ready to go solar, we’re ready to help you go solar!

If you do find yourself in a pickle, don’t be embarrassed. We offer 24-hour emergency leak repairs if you come upon something that needs immediate attention.

Give Us A Call To Go Over Your Options

Roofing is not a one-size-fits-all. Your corporate or industrial building has a unique set of needs, and your business has goals, unlike any others. Give us a call for a no-pressure assessment of how we can help you. You may be surprised to find what a big difference roofing can make in your bottom line! 

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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Don’t Ignore a Problem with Your Roof

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Don’t Ignore a Problem with Your Roof

Have you ever heard the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” This doesn’t exactly apply to your roof, unfortunately. 

When it comes to your roof, you should try to get to the problem and fix it long before it actually breaks. This can be the difference between a small, easy repair and a costly renovation. Your roof will show you signs that it’s struggling even before the flood gates open up. Before your leaf has a problematic leak, it will have some other problematic symptoms of a leak. You should be on the lookout for:

  • Leaks. Even small leaks turn into significant leaks. In fact, it’s almost more rare for a giant leak to come out of nowhere–typically, all leaks have a small leak in the beginning. 
  • Cracks. If you’re noticing cracks but no leaking, it may just be because you’re in a dry season. When the rain starts to pick up again, the cracks will likely begin leaking. 
  • Droopy ceilings. If you touch a part of your ceiling and it begins to jiggle, there’s only a little time left before it completely bursts!
  • Discoloration. This could mean many things, but typically it might mean water is gathering in one place on your roof, which will put pressure on that part of the structure. A discolored patch may be the first sign that something isn’t going well drainage wise. 

We don’t have to tell you that ignored problems just don’t go away, no matter how much we hope they do. Often, they actually come back more challenging to handle than they would have been before. We understand if you don’t have the time or resources to get your roof fixed today. However, make sure it’s on your list of priorities!

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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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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