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Certification Matters

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

It is important to me to stay current in the industries evolving products and techniques.  As a result I believe in gaining as much education within the trade as possible and so am active in the journeyperson/apprenticeship education training for my employees.  Roofing is a certifiable trade with potential for red seal endorsement.  Below is an excerpt from red-seal.ca which helps explain a bit more what the Red Seal Certificate represents.

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program (also known as the Red Seal Program) was established more than 50 years ago to provide greater mobility across Canada for skilled workers. Today it represents a standard of excellence for industry. Through the Program, tradespersons are able to obtain a Red Seal endorsement on their provincial/territorial certificates by successfully completing an interprovincial Red Seal examination. The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program acknowledges their competence and ensures recognition of their certification throughout Canada without further examination.

Javen Simon Roofing Ltd. is locally owned and operated in Port Alberni.

Don’t Forget Your Chimney

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Having your roof repaired or replaced is a major project. Often, many people have their roofs worked on and then later find that they need to have work performed on their chimneys as well. Unfortunately, having work performed on the chimney after you have a new roof installed is not a good idea. It is much better to have your chimney worked on first and then have the new roof installed or repaired.

Roofers are not chimney masons. Your best step is to contact a chimney mason and have them inspect your chimney before you begin your roofing project. This will ensure that all chimney repairs are completed and that the roofers are free to begin their work without any unnecessary damage to your chimney.

* Any roof system can only be as durable as the weakest link permits. Regardless of the fact that you may have a good roof, If your chimney is in poor condition, it can allow water into your home.

* Just like you should have a professional roofer work on your roof, you should also hire a professional to perform any work or repairs on your chimney as well. Homeowners should not attempt to work on their chimneys themselves.

* Like roofs, chimneys should be inspected regularly as well. Not only is proper chimney ventilation an important asset to overall roof care, but it’s also a protection for fire safety as well. If chimneys are not properly vented, they can cause serious damage to the home, so make sure to have your chimney thoroughly inspected before beginning your roofing projects. Additionally, you’ll find that once your chimney and roof are operating in perfect order that you will save money on your energy costs. If you have increasing energy bills, always check the chimney and roof and have any repairs performed immediately.

When It Rains It Pours

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

In my opinion this is the best time of year. Playoffs, Temperatures are entering the double digits, we have relief from the torrential downpours associated with our notorious winters, and I can looking forward to another busy season of roofing.
Busy can be an understatement, this is usually the time when I really start booking up for the season, and this year is proving to be no exception. If you want to get your roof replaced in summer or even early fall it is really important that you book early. If you are aiming for August or September you don’t want to be calling for quote much later than May. A roofing contractor that is available short notice in summer or fall should raise red flags. Another reason to book early is typically roofing products go up in price during summer months, so by committing early it allows roofers to order the materials at a lower cost, hence saving you money.

Better Business Bureau

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Javen Simon Roofing Ltd. is now accredited by the BBB.  A member in good standing, must meet or exceed certain standards.  To learn more about these standards follow this link.  http://www.bbb.org/canada/bbb-accreditation-standards/

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The summer is motoring along at an alarming rate, I can’t believe at 5:30 AM its dark outside already! We are booking re-roofs for mid to late October, so if you are thinking of getting your roof replaced before the “rainy season” now is a great time to call and get an estimate.

For a free estimate or If you have concerns regarding your roof, call Javen Simon Roofing Ltd. 250-735-1188 or email roofing@javensimon.com

Thank you Port Alberni

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Thank you Port Alberni for choosing Javen Simon Roofing Ltd. We have had a very productive season so far, and are looking forward to a busy fall.

As we are all aware we now have to pay HST on goods and services. This serves some benefit to businesses, as we can now claim 12% HST back on business expenses rather than only 5% GST.

Javen Simon Roofing Ltd. is committed to passing these savings onto the consumer to minimize the impact of this tax.

For your convenience we are now accepting Visa and MasterCard.

Thanks again Alberni residents, we look forward to being of service.

Now Accepting Visa & MasterCard

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

As of this week I am happy to now offer residents of Port Alberni the convenience of paying for roofing services with Visa or MasterCard.


Friday, March 5th, 2010

Skylights are a wonderful addition to any home. However, when it comes to roofing, it is important to make sure that skylights are installed correctly to prevent any leaks or damage to the roof. It is very important that proper installation techniques are used to make certain that they are working at optimum level. The best way to prevent any errors from occurring is to hire a professional roofer for the installation. Skylights are usually installed at the undermost layer of the roofing surface and an experienced roofing contractor can ensure that they are installed tightly to prevent any leaking from occurring. Additionally, the areas around skylights should be regularly inspected to ensure that no leaking is taking place. This should be performed at least twice per year.

It is important to discuss any concerns that you may have regarding the installation process with your local roofer. Many people are often concerned about the possibility of skylights becoming cloudy or foggy after installation. The roofer should be experienced working with skylights and should be able to assure you that condensation will not form on the inner panes of your skylights. It is a good idea to make sure that the skylights you choose to install have a manufacturer’s warranty against clouding or fogging.

There are a number of different skylights on the market and you should choose one that blocks UV rays from the sun. It is also important to consider the type of shades you will use to cover the skylights. If your skylights need to be repaired, you will need to contact a professional roofer. Some signs that your skylights are damaged include seeing cracks, if the shades fail to operate, if the surrounding area around the skylights are leaking or look damp, and if the skylight fails to operate. Contact a professional roofer immediately if your skylights fail to work or are in need of repair or replacement.

Get It In Writing

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Get it in writing,” and when it comes to your roofing project you need to get everything in a detailed written estimate. Your written estimate is the tool that you will use to make an informed decision regarding the work that you will have done, the total cost for the project, as well as the expense of any materials and labor that will be involved. Additionally, you will use your detailed written estimates to compare between roofing contractors and choose the contractor best suited for your roofing project needs. If you receive the written estimate but find that the roofer failed to include information such as what type of materials will be used, or that they haven’t detailed each category to explain how the labor will proceed, you may need to ask them for a clearly defined estimate.

•    If the estimate simply has figures or cost estimates without an explanation of how they reached that number, it will be very difficult for you to compare estimates between roofers. You should also make certain that the roofer is making a bid for enough materials to complete the roofing project as well.

•    You may also find that once you have all of the information written down in your estimate, the company you select may not be the one with the lowest bid. When you can review the process that the roofing contractor will use to complete your project, you will be able to ask any pertinent questions regarding their choice of materials, how much material they will need, etc. and you may find that you prefer a roofer that uses higher quality products over one that offers a lower bid. However, without the detailed written estimate, you will be unable to compare roofers and make a qualified decision.

You Could Be Liable

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Under Workers’ Compensation Board legislation, you, as the property owner, are ultimately responsible by law to ensure everyone working on your property is covered by WCB.

If the worker (whether he is a window cleaner, tree trimmer, drywaller or roofer) does not have his own coverage it is up to you to take out coverage with WCB for each worker.

It is possible that the company is registered with WCB but is not in good standing or is delinquent with their account. If this is the case, they are not covered and again you become liable. Don’t just take their word that they are covered. Get the company’s WCB number and check it out. If they are delinquent or not registered with WCB it may indicate that they are a fly-by-night company or are not financially sound. This should concern you as they may not be around to back up their warranty.

To protect yourself as the home owner, this is what you do:

  • Get a clearance letter or number from WCB for the company doing the work.

This can be done on line at: