When Quality Counts!

BL & Associates brings to you 37 years of quality experience in all kinds of roofing. Where our motto is '' When Quality Counts ''. Not only a quality job, but done with a professional attitude towards you & respect for your property.

About Us

Lynn Landsiedel, owner of B L & Associates, Inc. graduated from High School in 1978. The following day he left for a roofing job 250 miles away.

Thus his roofing career began. Since that time he has gained experience in all different types and applications of roofing. He started in built up (hot roofs) and through 37 years has learned how to do rubber roofs, torch down, slate, tile, shake, metal and compositions.

B L & Associates, Inc. is pleased to provide you with the following information as part of our ongoing effort to educate homeowners about roofing and roofing contractors. We hope the information it contains will make you a more knowledgeable consumer and when the time comes, a more knowledgeable roof buyer. A new roof is a big investment. We want to help you get a good roof at a fair price from a professional contractor.

Choosing a Contractor

  • You should insist on working with a professional roofing contractor. All roofing contractors are not alike; you should prequalify your roofing contractor to get the job done right the first time. The following guidelines will help in your decision:
  • Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax I.D. number and business license.
  • Don't hesitate to ask the roofing contractor for proof of the insurance he carries. In fact, insist on being provided with a Certificate of Liability showing the general liability, bonding and workers' compensation coverage. This is available to him at no cost from his insurance agent. Make sure the coverage runs through the duration of the job.
  • Check to see if the contractor is properly licensed and bonded. Oregon has very specific licensing requirements. You may contact the Construction Contractors Board at 503- 378-4621.
  • Look for a company that believes in the quality of a job rather than production work. Also, one who readily offers client references and a list of completed projects. Contact these clients to find out if they were satisfied.
  • Insist on a written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work, specifications, and payment procedures.
  • Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for possible complaints filed against the contractor. You may contact them in the State of Oregon at 1- 503- 212-3022
  • Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember, price is only one of the criteria in selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality of workmanship should also weigh heavily on your decision.

Ventilation is Key

One of the most critical factors in roof durability is proper ventilation. Without it, heat and moisture build-up in the attic area, combine to cause rafters and sheathing to rot, roof shingles to buckle and insulation to lose it effectiveness.

It is therefore important never to block off sources of roof ventilation, such as louvers, ridge vents or soffit vents, even in winter. Proper attic ventilation will help prevent structural damage caused by moisture, increase the life of the roofing materials, reduce energy consumption, and enhance the comfort level of the rooms below the attic.

Even Roofs Have Enemies

  • Moss and algae: Moss can grow on roofing material if they are kept moist by poor sunlight conditions, bad drainage or leaves left unremoved. Once it grows, moss holds even more moisture to the roof surface. Algae also grows in damp, shaded areas. Besides creating an ugly black-green stain, it can retain moisture, causing rot and deterioration. Trees and bushes should be trimmed away from the house to eliminate, damp shaded areas, and gutters should be kept clean to ensure good drainage.
  • Trees and leaves: Tree branches touching the roof will scratch and gouge the roof materials as they are blown back and forth by the wind. Falling branches from overhanging trees can damage - even puncture - shingles and other roof materials. Leaves on the roof surface retain moisture and cause rot, and leaves in the gutters block drainage.
  • Missing or torn shingles: The key to a roof's effectiveness is complete protection. When shingles are missing or torn off, the roof structure and the interior of the home are vulnerable to water damage and rot. And, the problem is likely to spread - nearby shingles are easily ripped or blown away. Missing or torn shingles should be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Shingle deterioration: When shingles get old and worn out, they curl, split and lose their waterproofing effectiveness. And, weakened shingles are easily blown off, torn or lifted by wind gusts. The end result is structural rot and interior damage. A deteriorated roof only gets worse with time and should be replaced as soon as possible.
  • B L & Associates,Inc. would hope you would consider us for all your roofing needs.