You know how they say when it rains, it pours? Well... El Nino Rains plus our 30+ Year Old House equals ROOF LEAK. We needed a Roofer. We got three referrals here on Thumbtack. Of those three referrals, it was obvious that Erik Havens and his Advanced RoofLeak Solutions business was the roofer we should go with.
Doing our own research on the referrals, we found that Erik's business Advanced RoofLeak Solutions Inc. is definitely a licensed contractor whose contractor's license is, yes, actually for roofing. The state contractors database confirms this. Also, we noted that Erik's roofing business is an "Inc." meaning his business is incorporated as a corporation. We liked that because to us that meant Erik most possibly had a smart stable business. The state corporate database confirmed his business' active corporate status.
As for Erik himself, don't let his youthful looks make you wonder about his experience. This 30 year old guy knows his stuff. Roofing runs in his family. Erik has been working in roofing since high school. My impression is that Erik knows how to run a quality roofing business. He is very respectful and honest when dealing with his customers. And he takes pride in his work and is thankful for his customers hiring him to do the work. We never met Erik before. But if you talk to him for a while, then you may see the same forthright excellence that we see in Erik.
So, what did Erik do for us? We had a leak in the roof. This was for the roof on top of the garage for our 30+ year old house which has a red tile roof. Erik went up onto the roof with his ladder and immediately pointed out a row of tiles that were sliding down opening up an exposed area where the rain came in. That exposed area then affected an 8-ft by 8-ft area. That effect was obvious to us from inside the garage looking up at the underside of the roof where we can see a big wet stained area. Erik's work included disassembling the tiles for that section on top of the roof, putting in new underlayment material, applying roof mastic sealant, and then reassembling the red tiles back in properly aligned rows. (And there were lots of hammer pounding and other loud noise while he was working up there on the roof.) And afterwards, while he was still up there, Erik additionally checked the rest of the roof, he resealed any vent pipes (and whatever else) that needed new sealant, also checked the stability of the sun roof up there, and looked for any other potential problem tiles that could possibly be sliding out of place. There were a few other tiles beginning to slide down a bit. Sliding tiles seem to be a typical potential problem for old tile roofs. Erik secured those few other tiles pushing them back into place. Erik said the underlayment for those few other tiles was still fine. One other thing that Erik did was to clean out the gutters and make sure they were secure. Yes, imagine that: a 30+ year old house with gutters that have never been cleaned out until now. One of the gutters on the second story roof was full of leaves. Erik cleaned that out.
So, Erik did a really complete job and more!
My impression is that Erik is a busy roofer who is in demand. In my conversations with Erik while he was up on the roof, with myself watching him from down below, Erik mentioned how the El Nino Rains and Winds have been bringing him so much business going his way. (My guess is that this was even before El Nino as people wanted to secure their roofs in time for when El Nino arrives.) Yeah, Erik is apparently very very busy. Meanwhile, our neighbor was also looking up watching Erik and was apparently interested in also hiring Erik to work on his roof, and ended up having their own conversation as to when Erik would look at the neighbor's roof. So, Erik is apparently a busy guy, who does quality work, and is in demand. He works on roofs all over San Diego County. He goes wherever the work is located.
If you are considering whether to hire Erik, we would strongly say that based on our experience to give him a call or to send him a message here via Thumbtack. Also, definitely give him your phone number and your address so he can figure out when to schedule a visit to actually look at your roof in order to give you a proposed written estimate.
Erik's proposal for fixing OUR roof was a good reasonable fair price. My suggestion is to NOT go cheap in repairing your roof. The two other referrals that we got from Thumbtack would have been cheaper and would have undercut Erik's proposal where one thumbtack referral was from an unlicensed roofer who was not in the state contractors database and the other thumbtack referral was from a solar guy whose contractor's license was for electrical. For our roof, we were willing to pay a little more for a quality roof repair by a licensed experienced roofer (whose contractor's license was actually for roofing) and we expected the roofer to stand behind his work. And we indeed got a qualified licensed experienced roofer in Erik Havens and his Advanced RoofLeak Solutions business. Thanks Erik.