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What You Should Consider Before Hiring a Roofing Service

December 26th, 2014 3:00 am

Installing a new roof or repair your existing roof are two very important tasks that you do not want to entrust to just anyone. You need to find a good roofing service to make sure that this crucial part of your homes’ infrastructure is in good hands. There are a few things that you should consider before hiring a roofing service:

Good reputation. Ask everyone you know, and you will probably hear a few of the same names repeated again and again. Chances are that these are the best companies in your area. If you can arrange to go and look at some work done by a named contractor, it is all the better. That will give you a chance to see what this company or person is really capable of.

Good communication. If the client and the contractor do not understand each other, it can lead to potentially very expensive mistakes. You want a contractor that returns your calls, takes the time to explain what must be done and why, respects agreements and keeps appointments, and doesn’t go back on a word given. Insist that the person you hire signs an actual contract – with a detailed specification of what must be done. The quote you are given should also go into detail with what you can expect will get done for your money. Anything less is not to be taken seriously in my opinion.

Ncessary experience to work on your roof. Don’t hesitate to contact specialist roofing services if you suspect your roof is a little bit different from all the rest. For example – a roofer used to working with roofing felt might not be the best for the job – if the job is to give a copper roof a major overhaul. You certainly would not want to hire a copper roofer to thatch a roof either, would you?

Required certificates and licenses to install certain roofing systems covered by a warranty. Some roof products are covered by a warranty of 10 years or more – but only if installed by qualified personnel. If you end up using someone not quite qualified, you may end up not quite getting any money from a product warranty – or your insurance company.

Finally, you want to try to find a roofing service company that offers other services for the home as well. In addition to yearly roof maintenance, it is also important to do yearly gutter cleaning, siding power washing, deck cleaning, etc. Many roofing companies have diversified their offerings in order to satisfy more of their customer’s needs. People are more likely to bring you back for roof maintenance if they can also get their siding and gutters washed and cleaned.

Stay Dry Roofing Company serves all South OC and Orange County areas. From tile roofing in Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, Coto de Caza, Lake Forest, Irvine and also providing shingle roofing services in Fullerton, Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Brea, Orange! We also work on slope roofs, torch downs and deck coatings. Being a 3rd Generation roofer with 16 years experience we have the newest and most up to date technology for your roofing needs. We provide great service since you deal directly with the owner and not a salesman or corporate company that just sees you as a number.

Six Tips for Renting an Apartment

December 10th, 2013 9:11 am

When considering if house rental is your best option, you must carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of apartment rentals.

1. Weigh your privacy needs. While apartments do usually have good sound-proofing, there is no way to completely separate yourself from noisy neighbors. If privacy is very important to you, then a secluded home property may be more fitting for your lifestyle.

2. Compare the utility expenses at each location. In most instances, apartment rentals will feature lower utility bills than home rentals, saving you more on your bottom line. Apartment buildings often feature thicker, more heavily insulated walls. The purpose of these walls is to dampen noise from neighboring apartments, but an added benefit is increased heating and cooling efficiency.

3. Consider the amenities. The amenities included in apartment and home rentals are distinctly different, each catering toward different lifestyles. House rentals are more likely to have larger yards and garages. If you have a dog or several vehicles, then these amenities make home rental a more enticing option. Conversely, many apartment complexes have complimentary gyms, community pools or other recreational amenities, according to "First Apartment Smarts" by Ann Byers. Those who work out regularly usually find apartments more suitable.

4. Look at rent-to-buy options. If you think you’ll be renting long-term, but cannot afford full mortgage payments, some locations offer rent-to-buy leases that culminate in eventual property ownership. House rentals are more likely to include rent-to-buy clauses in the lease. The only time that you’l likely be able to buy an apartment is if the building is already in mid-transition from an apartment complex to a condominium complex.

5. Consider centralization needs. Apartment buildings are more likely to be centrally located near public transportation, local attractions and area businesses. Houses are more commonly found on the outlying areas of cities or in suburban areas, farther from the center. Of course, houses do exist within centralized city limits as well, just not as prevalently as apartments.

6. Consider customization differences. Apartment complexes typically prefer that each rental unit remains consistently laid out and designed. This means that your lease will likely prohibit painting the walls, adding new kitchen amenities or other modifications. House rentals will usually require landlord permission prior to customizing the premises, though they are more prone to allowing unit modification. If you want to create a customized interior design scheme, a house usually offers better options.