& 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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-
- 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
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
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.
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
- 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.
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
- B L &
Associates,Inc. would hope you would consider us
for all your roofing needs.