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For nearly a decade, things have been shaping up for a large El Niño event which could significantly affect Southern California residents. Though it is hard to believe as we sit in one of the worst droughts on record, all you have to do is look at the current meteorological forecasts in the news, talk to local fishermen, or have a discussion with local farmers and almost all predictions and models point to an El Niño event this fall or winter.

If you’ve lived in the Los Angeles or Orange County areas long enough, you’ll know that it eventually rains in Southern California. Almost always, property owners are caught with their pants down, scrambling in an emergency, reactive manner as their roofs begin to leak, rain gutters begin to clog, and overgrown trees begin to fall. But it doesn’t have to be this way... In fact, proactive preventative roof and gutter maintenance will drastically save you money, time and heartache in the end.

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Listen to the Experts

El Niño is a phenomenon characterized by warmer sea surface water in the equatorial Eastern Pacific Ocean. It is often associated with greater rainfall on much of the U.S. West Coast and frequently enhances the encroachment of storm surges by raising regional sea level for several months at a time. An El Niño is defined by a seasonal sea surface temperature anomaly in the eastern/central equatorial Pacific greater than 0.5° C (0.9° F) warmer than historical average temperature. The opposite phenomenon known as La Niña is defined as a seasonal sea surface temperature anomaly 0.5° C (0.9° F) colder than the historical average.

Currently NOAA forecasts a probability of El Niño conditions 70 percent during the Northern Hemisphere summer and reaching 80 percent during the fall and winter. Additionally, the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), which is considered one of the most reliable of the 15 or so prediction centers around the world is predicting an El Niño in 90% of their forecasting scenarios. “It is very much odds-on for an event,” states Tim Stockdale, principal scientist at ECMWF.

The reports and forecasts do not end there however, as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego seems to support these findings with their El Niño forecast model predicting since last December an El Niño occurring in the winter of 2014.

These grim forecasts are leaving federal funding agencies and local Southern California communities scrambling to prepare for the “Great Wet Hope”. As Scripps physical oceanographer Dan Rudnick put it, “If an El Niño is brewing at the equator, we’re going to feel the effects pretty much immediately here in Southern California.”

Learn from the Past

Though El Niño patterns tend to occur every 7-10 years, their degree and intensity directly correlate to the temperature of the Pacific Ocean and which way the winds blow. Predicting the potential intensity or damage is fairly difficult, but we can learn from the past. According to national Geographic, the last major El Niño event occurred in 1997-98, causing at least 33 billion (U.S) dollars in property damage world wide. Prior to that, it was the 1982-82 El Niño which went largely undetected by scientists until it was well under way. That event caused more than $13 billion (U.S.) in economics loss worldwide.

Knowing that our Pacific Ocean temperatures are at highest since the last 1997-98 El Niño, and knowing what the potential for damages could be, it makes total since for property owners to get prepared for this winter and fall.

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Be Prepared

Though much of the economic damages in Southern California of a major El Niño occur due to infrastructure damage, crop loss and manufacturing production loss, a significant amount of the losses due to property damage and flooding. The California Coastal Commission has put out a General Checklist for Property Preparedness for El Niño which Los Angeles and Orange County residents should follow. We’ve taken that list below and expanded upon it for your convenience:

Yard Clean-up: Make a general inspection of your entire yard for dead trees, dead limbs, yard debris, outdoor furniture, or other objects that could be blown by storm winds. An afternoon spent tidying up the yard and either storing furniture and other loose items indoors, or securing them can prevent frantic scrambling to collect items that have landed on your roof or in your neighbors’ yards.

Roof Inspection: Thoroughly inspect your roof, or hire a licensed roofing contractor, to check for loose tiles, shingles, shakes or holes. Consider a thorough roof maintenance in preparedness for the El Niño, ensuring your contractor repairs visible leaks, reseals all roof penetrations and inspects your chimney and skylights. Be prepared and have a licensed roofing contractor who performs 24/7 emergency roofing service in your cell phone or black book. Though an expensive and dangerous proposition, an emergency tarp or roof leak repair in the middle of an El Niño storm by a licensed professional can prevent thousands of dollars of additional interior damages from flooding and leaks.

Clear Drains and Gutters: Make sure all scupper drains, overflow drains, leader heads, downspouts and rain gutters are cleared of debris and functioning properly before storm season. If buildings do not have gutters and drains, consider having them installed. Storm water run-off from impermeable surfaces (e.g., sloped roofs, flat roofs, driveways, decks and patios) should be directed into a collection system to avoid soil saturation and directed away from the property. A thorough roof maintenance by a licensed roofing contractor, aside from checking for roof leak areas, should include the clearing of debris from your rain gutter system.

Retaining Walls: Visually inspect all retaining wall drains, surface drains, culverts, ditches, etc. for obstructions or other signs of malfunction, before the storm season, and after every storm event.

Slopes: Visually inspect all sloped areas for signs of gullying, surface cracks, slumping etc. Also inspect patios, retaining walls, garden walls, etc. for signs of cracking or rotation. Such signs might be indications of slope movement and if you notice any problems, it would be prudent to have the site inspected by a geotechnical engineer.

Bare Ground: Make sure your yard does not have large bare areas which could be sources for mudflows during a storm event. The fall is a good time to put down mulch and establish many native plants; it may be possible to vegetate these bare areas before the storm season.

Storm Drains: Visually inspect nearby storm drains, before the storm season and after every rain; if the storm drains are obstructed, clear the material from the drain or notify the Department of Public Works or public agency responsible for drain maintenance.

Plan of Action: If, after taking prudent steps to prepare your property for winter storms, you still have some concerns about slope stability, flooding, mudflows, etc., consider stockpiling sandbags and plastic sheeting. The sandbags can be stacked to form a barrier to keep water from flooding low areas. Plastic sheeting and visqueen can be placed on slopes and secured with sand bags to prevent water from eroding the surface. Prepare for power outages by having food, water, candles and matches. Additionally, keep your property insurance paperwork at the ready in order to contact your carrier for any emergency losses. A terrific resource for storm damage information is the National Storm Damage Center, an independent organization that provides consumer education and resources to property owners.

As with other natural events that are seen here in Southern California, such as earthquakes and fires, being prepared, remaining proactive and having an emergency plan of action tend to diminish your risks and potential for property losses from an El Niño event. We urge you to share this information with your friends and family.

This post is authored by Trevor Leeds - president of Chandler's Roofing

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Beautiful home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

We hear it all the time, “I don’t have any signs of a leak!” or “Can’t you just slap some of that black stuff on it to fix it?” In all reality, roof leaks, mold growth and structural damage could be occurring to your property and you don’t even know it.

This story of a beautiful home, slow little roof leaks and several poor quality roofing contractors in Los Angeles, California is no different. This not-so-little, multi-million dollar home is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and is meticulously maintained. It has a terrific two piece tile roof, though it was installed on a very low slope, with inboard gutters that were never properly waterproo...

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This is an absolutely true story, which just occurred with one of our Los Angeles roofing clients. Several months ago, this client had a "roofer"come out to "fix" a leaking skylight and do some minor roofing repairs. Supposedly repairs were done, roof leaks were fixed and the customer paid good hard money assuming it was done correctly. We finally got a little rain here in Southern California last week and this clients roof and repaired skylight are leaking like crazy! Ironically, the "roofer" is nowhere to be found now and can't be reached on their phone. Sad, but we hear this every single day in our roofing industry and it's one of the number one complaints to the Better Business Bureau and Contractors State License Board.Customer call...

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As the President of Chandler's Roofing, I wanted to personally reach out to you and wish you a happy and successful 2014! We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to earn your previous business and I hope we've been able to establish a level of trust with you as a client. I would like to take this time at the beginning of the year to ask you this simple question..."Would you turn a blind eye and allow someone to use a rusty old can to repair your expensive roof?"

I know, seems like a crazy question, but it's common sense...

If you want something to perform, you have to maintain it and maintain it correctly. After all, you wouldn't expect:

  • a smoke alarm to work if you never change the battery
  • your furnace to perform efficiently if you never change the filter
  • your car to run if you never change the oil

Yet, property owners install a new roof and think that's the end of the story. It's not.

Simply put, regular roof maintenance (or roof tune-ups as we like to call them) and quality repairs are a responsibility of property ownership. If you don't do it, you're putting your property at risk of costly damage from leaks, not to mention the risk of your manufacturer's guaranteed coverage being jeopardized.

The good news is, regular preventative maintenance can help you to preserve your roof, while ensuring many years of optimum performance to your property. And we can help, even if it's not a roof we initially installed!

Whether it's your personal residence, commercial property, or home owners association, our highly trained roof maintenance teams will perform the following preventative maintenance services:

  • Clearing of all gutters, scuppers and drains
  • Fascia inspection
  • Thorough roof field inspection
  • Resealing and repainting of all roof penetrations
  • Removal of any debris from rooftop
  • Inspection of AC ducts and curbs
  • Filling of all pitch pans
  • Check for signs of any abnormal deterioration, or leaks
  • Complete any repairs as necessary

Call us today to schedule your yearly roof tune-up before the next big rain of the season comes.


Chandler's Roofing Partner and President - Trevor Leeds

Trevor Leeds


Chandler’s Roofing

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”


Year in and year out, we hear in the news about another local southern California restaurant going up in flames. All too often the cause of the fire is due to grease fires and the restaurant owners lack of cleaning and maintenance of their grease traps, duct work and roof top. As a roofing contractor in the Greater Los Angeles area, we won’t attempt to have the solution for cleaning and maintaining your interior grease problems, but we do have the best roofing solution when it comes to your restaurant or industrial roof design... ChemGuard™ by IB Roof Systems.

ChemGuard is the world’s only true grease and oil resistant roofing membrane. Oil, grease, dirt, and the elements can take their toll on roof longevity, which is specifically why ChemGuard was created and why we are proud to offer and install this product by IB Roof Systems. As today’s only single-ply PVC roofing membrane for industrial and restaurant use, ChemGuard is designed to surpass ASTM standards and protect against such roofing hazards as animal fats, cooking grease, motor oil, gasoline, acid rain, and numerous other harsh chemicals and acids. Plus, its dirt release formula makes it safe and easy to simply wash away residue and build-up. Having installed well over 500,000 square feet of IB’s single-ply PVC roofing system for over a decade now, we are very confident in the performance of this membrane, as well as the track record and support that IB provides to both the roofing contractor and the client.

Here is why you should consider ChemGuard for your restaurant or industrial building:

  1. Grease Fires:
    ChemGuard is a Class A rated, single-ply PVC roofing system, engineered to meet the most stringent of rooftop fire ratings. Most fires in a restaurant start over an improperly maintained stove area, quickly accelerating with the grease in the ductwork and then following oxygen to the rooftop exhaust vent where it again accelerates at the grease trap or where grease has spilled out onto the roof itself. If a fire occurs on a ChemGuard roof, the material is designed to extinguish itself, not spread and accelerate.
  2. Durability:
    There’s a reason why over 90% of all IB Roofing Systems are still performing after more than 30 years. They’re built to last by both Chandler’s Roofing and IB Roof Systems! In fact IB backs their roofing systems with a 25-year 100% non-prorated warranty and backs Chandler’s labor and workmanship with warranties for the same 25 year period. And for added assurance, all details around pipe penetrations, HVAC units, scuppers, drains and other dimensional objects are prefabricated, not field fabricated to ensure a professional, custom look, and flawless installation.
  3. Ease of Maintenance:
    Future maintenance costs of your building and roofing assets are an important factor to any restaurant business. ChemGuard’s dirt release formula makes it safe and easy to simply wash away residue, build-up and grease. With no coatings necessary or asphalt seams to maintain, ChemGuard holds up to the toughest of climatic conditions and is one of the easiest roofs to maintain longterm, lowering the overall lifecycle maintenance costs of your restaurants roof.
  4. Cool Roof:
    ChemGuard meets California’s stringent cool roof, Title 24 compliant status and carries one of the highest solar reflectance ratings of any roofing system in the industry. A ChemGuard roof actually works for you by helping to keep your restaurant cooler, thus lowering your annual AC and electrical usage.
  5. Walk Treads:
    ChemGuard roofs can be installed with IB walk treads for rooftops that see heavier than normal foot traffic. These walk treads provide protective areas for service professionals such as industrial cleaning and maintenance companies, AC repairmen, etc.
  6. Future Additions:
    More often than not, a restaurant or building owner will add-on to their business, or incorporate new mechanical units such as an AC unit down the line. A ChemGuard roof maintains it’s original characteristics longer than almost any other roofing system we’ve dealt with, making it very easy to tie-into with a new addition or future AC or skylight curb without having to do more costly prep or repair work to the roof.
  7. 100% Recyclable:
    As part of your restaurant groups sustainability initiative, it may be important to note that the ChemGuard roof is 100% recyclable at the end of its useful life. You can have the added peace of mind in knowing that 30+ years from the day you install your ChemGuard roof, that it does not have to go into our communities landfill, but rather can be recycled into usable products such as vinyl siding, PVC pipes, etc. Take a look below at how IB Roof Systems recycled the East portion of a high school in Harrisburg, OR.

Chandler's Roofing Bringing Modern Roofing Applications to Los Angeles and Orange County

This post was written by Trevor Leeds - President of Chandler’s Roofing

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It sounds quite ridiculous to clean and inspect your chimney in the middle of summer when it is 90 degrees outside, right? The fact is, a chimney is a part of your roof and the summer months are the downtime for chimney sweeps in areas like Southern California. There is never a better time to do flashing repairs or chimney pan replacements than in the summer months when the risk of rain is minimal.

If your fireplace is used in the winter months, it is a very good idea to do an annual chimney sweep and inspection once a year to ensure your family’s safety. We recommend having a certified chimney sweep do the inspection and cleaning.

This is also a great time to coordinate having your roofer do an annual roof tune-up on your roof. Your professional roofer and chimney sweep can coordinate any necessary repairs where the roof ties into the chimney, and together they can help in prolonging the life of both your chimney and roof.

Below are a few chimney related things that we recommend you have your certified chimney sweep and licensed roofer inspect when doing your annual chimney cleaning and roof tune-up:

  • Check the damper to ensure it is working properly.
  • Inspect the bricks, stucco or stone of the chimney and repair any cracks, including the mortar cap of the chimney. From our professional experience, this is a major cause of many roof leaks.
  • Inspect the chimney pan and spark arrestor and ensure they are sealed properly and are not rusted out.
  • Inspect the roof to wall flashing and counter flashing around the base of chimney and clear any debris around the base of the chimney. It is our recommendation to have any roof to wall flashings or counter flashings repaired by a licensed roofing contractor, ensuring it is done properly.
  • Ensure there is proper slope and drainage on the back side of your chimney. Consider having your licensed roofer install a chimney cricket or metal chimney saddle if it is determined there is not proper slope. The backside of your chimney becomes a damn for water running off your roof and is a common weak point of a roof if not flashed and waterproofed properly.
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Certain parts of the country face regular high wind events and the Santa Ana winds of southern California are no exception. Ranging from moderate gusts to sustained winds, any high winds can bring havoc to your property’s roof.

Most roof systems, if installed properly, are built to easily withstand common wind events, sustaining little to no damage. However, it’s usually the less obvious cracked, missing or damaged roof tile, shingle or pipe flashing that causes homeowners the biggest problems with the next rainstorm. Poor workmanship from a previous roofing contractor and flying debris are the two leading causes of roof, skylight and gutter damage in a high wind event.

Once winds have passed, we encourage every homeowner to safely walk their property front to back and inspect their roof, ensuring that nothing is out of place and there is no visible damage to be seen on the roof or gutter systems.

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