Family owned and operated
since 1948

6608 Federal Blvd. 

Lemon Grove,

CA, 91945

Ph: (619) 287-6860

Fx: (619) 287-7537

Lic: 253402

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Look for (FAQ's Below)

What to know when hiring Roofing Company for your next project is important. The following are questions you should ask your contractor before you hire them.

1.      Does your contractor have a current roofing contractor’s license (c-39) issued by the state of California and a current city license (where applicable)?
2.      Does your contractor have both Liability and Worker’s Compensation insurance? Can they furnish original certificates of insurance for each?

 3.      Can they provide you with a list of former customers?

 4.      Is your contractor a member of the San Diego Roofing Contractors Association? Call 619-283-1225 or visit their website at

5.      Is payment due upon completion? NEVER give full payment until the job is completed! The law states that the contractor can only receive 10% of the contract price or $1000, whichever, is less, as a down payment.

 6.      Will your Contractor furnish a written contract with explicit payment instructions and total price?

 7.      Does your contractor have a start and completion date?

8.      Will they furnish you with their own written guarantee?

9.      Will they furnish you with a manufacturer’s warranty?

 10.  Be leery of a Contractor that asks you to obtain the required reroofing permits!

Martin Roofing Company, Inc. is a properly licensed and insured corporation that is committed to high- quality work. We are an established, reliable, and service-oriented company that is willing to stand behind our work. Martin Roofing is committed to safety and the roofing industry as a whole and our employees are trained and experienced in the roofing craft.

Can I replace my shingle roof with tile?

Yes, however, you need to have a structural engineer assess the roof and make sure it can sustain a heavier payload.

I want to get solar, do I need to reroof before or after?

Depends on the life of the roof. Less than 10 years, assess but probably okay, 10-20 get it assessed, 20+ get assessed but expect to reroof BEFORE.
Our solar contractor has shown us how to get a rebate for reroofing wherever solar panels are to be installed, saving you hundreds or even thousands. 

It doesn't rain during the summer, can I wait until the rainy season to fix tiles/do maintenance? 

You can wait, but it is not recommended and this is why. What causes leaks isn't just water; in fact, exposure to the sun and animals is what is needed to cause the leak, the water simply travels through the hole created by the sun and/or animal. Remember, the underlayment IS your roof, not the tile. The tile is just there to protect the underlayment and for aesthetic reasons. This underlayment is made with oil's, which get eaten away relatively quickly by the sun and drying it out, causing it to crack/tear. Animals also enjoy roofing products to create nests, etc.   
How long should a roof last?

Life expectancy differs from roof to roof. Some factors determining life expectancy include: roof slope, type, weather, location (near ocean, etc), and underlayment. In broad terms, a roof should typically last 25-30 years.

What kind of maintenance/repairs should I be doing and what should I be paying for?

Knowing the dangers of roofing, we recommend you do minimal to no work on the roof. You can however, clean easy to get to gutters. If you have concrete or especially clay tile, stepping on these can cause them to break quite easily. With composite shingles, we are a little more liberal with DIY maintenance. Cleaning out valley's and resealing pipes are important. In most cases, you should have an insured professional do your repairs and maintenance.

Why do my tiles break?

 It is hard to say what specifically broke your tiles but the most common reason is foot traffic. Satellite dish installers, window washers, painters, Christmas light installation, gutter installers, and other trades often break tiles and sometimes they do not report it in fear of repercussions. Sometimes, the movement of the house can break tiles as well. Regardless of the reason, it will eventually cause a leak so it is important to do annual maintenance/inspection by a professional to avoid costly leaks.