Roof repair: Licensed pros, dry weather

LOS ANGELES David Ben is on his way to work, 30 feet up from the ground. He's a roofing foreman, and when it rains he's at his busiest.

"They all call at once," said Ben.

They all call at once, and according to Ben's boss, Kevin Sarno, that's the worst time to get work done.

"It just booms," said Sarno. "It's crazy."

Not only that, roofers don't roof much when it's wet outside.

"Some repairs you can do in the rain," said Sarno. "Some you can't."

But you may not have to call them at all for repairs if you have your roof inspected once in a while.

"Call us at least once a year," said Sarno. "Have us come out, check it, we'll remove any roof debris in the gutters. We'll check and see if any of your pipes are cracked."

One job can take about three days, and at your home, it could take just as long, if not longer. So make sure that the roofing contractor knows well in advance of the rains before you hire them.

And make sure you know who's going up on your roof.

"Find a contractor that's been in business more than 10 years," said Sarno. "Find their license number. It is issued by the state, and that gives you a full report of everything about them: Whether they have insurance; how many years they've been in business; have they had any complaints?"


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