Why does my roof have stains?

Water stains found on a roof can be visually unappealing and are oftentimes indicative of a larger roofing problem. These stains can affect your home’s property values, and if they are left untreated can leave your roof and home vulnerable to mother nature. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of dealing with water stains on your roof it is important to be aware of what the various colored stains mean and how to properly deal with them.

Black or Green Stains
Black or green stains found on your roof are evidence that actual organisms such as algae or moss are surviving on your roof. The sunlight, heat, and moisture make roof conditions ideal for the growth of these microorganisms. The buildup turns to mold and mildew and leaves streaks that become eyesores. The buildup can even turn to moss and lift shingles leaving your home vulnerable. A simple solution would seem to be to scrub or power wash the stains, however this method may further damage the roof leaving irreparable damage.

White or Yellow Stains
White or yellow stains provide evidence of a hard water buildup from an air-conditioning system or cooler. Oftentimes these stains are found underneath the air-conditioning and are highly visible. These stains also indicate a ripe climate for buildup of funguses that can eat an entire roof.

Remedies
Regardless of the color of roof stain, it is important to act quickly to avoid further unnecessary roof damage. The first step is to identify the root cause of the stain so you can properly deal with the issue. Next you should treat the stain with either vinegar or bleach. Vinegar will fade the damage whereas bleach will kill the growing organisms. Please note: stronger chemicals can be dangerous and toxic and are not recommended as part of a do-it-yourself project. Finally, you should apply a stain resistant primer before applying any paint.

When in doubt, a qualified, reputable roofer can help. An experienced roofer will generally work more quickly, more efficiently, and provide you with a solution that will last longer than work done on your own. And finally, let’s not forget the potentially dangerous trip up the ladder you will save yourself. Roofing projects are costly and important and should usually be left to the professionals.

Who to Call
While taking care of the water stains on your roof may appear to be simple, for safety reasons a call to your local roofing contractor may be warranted. At Crown Roofing, we have the knowledge and expertise in working with all types of roofing systems. From roof repair and roof maintenance to a new roof, our expert professionals can take care of it for you. Crown Roofing handles all types of roofing systems from tile, shingle, slate and metal. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown Roofing has offices across Central, South and Southwest Florida. Contact us today for a free estimate.

5 Tips to Help Avoid Roofing Scams

Roof repairs or replacements are expensive home improvement projects that can leave homeowners with huge headaches should they be ripped off or scammed. While many roofers are honest, hard-working, and knowledgeable, the high costs incurred in roofing projects make it ideal for scammers to try and take advantage. Whether your roofer is professionally dressed and speaks intelligently, or shows up in dirty work gear, the appearance of a roofer won’t tell you everything. Following our 5 tips to help avoid roofing scams will help ensure you are not being swindled by a scammer rather than serviced by a professional roofer.

Repair vs. Replace
Repairing a roof is certainly the less expensive option as opposed to a full roof replacement, however if your roof is old and in poor condition repairing it may not be enough. Additionally, because of the high cost, a roofer may unnecessarily recommend a full replacement when only minor repairs are needed. Be sure you are getting what you needed. A second opinion never hurts.

Repair Only Roofers
Roofers that only do repairs as opposed to full replacements have an extra incentive to encourage you to repair your roof as opposed to replacing it. Be leery of repair-only roofers and ALWAYS research the roofing company you choose to utilize.

Fly-By-Nighters
Fly-By-Nighters often show up after major storms or natural disasters such as hurricanes. An easy way to tell if your roofer is a fly-by-nighter is to request their license number.

Added Fees
A reputable roofer will not leave you in the dark regarding unforeseen damages or open-ended costs. If you find these items in your contract it is best to get further clarification on possible unforeseen damages; otherwise send the roofer back up there to further survey the roof.

Payment Plans
The upper echelon of roofers will not ask for any type of payment before work begins. Be leery of any roofer that asks for a deposit as it is a red flag you may be getting ripped off. Many reputable roofers offer payment plans that involve paying for the roof in installments upon the completion of various stages of the project.

Because of the immense costs of replacing or repairing a roof, scammers and con artists will always be lurking. By following the above tips, you can reduce the chance you are their next victim.

Who to Call

If you are searching for a trustworthy local roofing contractor to provide services for your residential or commercial roof, Crown Roofing is the place to call. You can count on us to provide the highest quality of roof repair, re-roof, roof maintenance or new construction roof for your home or business. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown Roofing has offices in Central, South and Southwest Florida. Call us today for a free estimate.

Top 7 Tips to Prepare your Roof for Rainy Season

Rainy season in Florida can have devastating effects on a home’s roof.   It is important for homeowners to be aware of common roofing issues and how to prepare your roof for rainy season.   While the safest way to begin preparing your roof for rainy season is to get a full inspection by an experienced, licensed roofer, there are several things homeowners can do to prepare.

  • Check your gutters –Make sure your home’s gutters are free of debris to avoid water backing up. Also check your downspouts for blockage and clogs and make sure water can flow smoothly through.  Make sure all drains are free from impediments.
  • Check for and remove and roof debris. Also inspect the roof for cracks on the roof’s ridges and cracked or damaged shingles.
  • Make sure the flashing does not have any holes, cracks, or rusted spots. Ensure the flashing is properly sealed and has no holes.
  • Inspect skylights to make sure they are properly sealed and secured
  • Check flat roofs for standing water, deterioration and discoloration. Inspect tile roofs for missing tile and shingle roofs for missing or cracked shingles.
  • Trim nearby trees and bushes – Dead trees and overhanging branches can damage a roof if they fall on it. Make sure any overhanging tree limbs are trimmed before rainy season begins.
  • Prevent leaks before they start – Many large roof issues could have been avoided by fixing small leaks and defects before they worsened. Fix the small issues to avoid larger issues later!

An important tip to remember when preparing your roof for rainy season is that water runs downhill and anything that impedes the waterflow can cause a leak and lead to roof damage.   Gutters, downspouts, and the roofs condition should always be monitored to avoid major roof damage.   Homeowners are always advised to get a roof inspection prior to rainy season to avoid major leaks and roof damage.   An experienced, reputable roofer can help ensure your roof is ready to handle the heavy Florida rainy season.

Who to Call

As many of our Florida residents know, June marks the first full month of Florida’s annual rainy season.  Before this year’s rainy season begins, be proactive and give Crown Roofing a call to schedule your appointment for a roof inspection or roof repairs.  Our expert roofers can make sure that your roof is ready to handle the heavy rainfall this season to ensure that your family and your home is protected.  We can help to repair current roofing systems that may be failing, or we can install new roofing systems to best help you and your family stay safe. There’s no job to small and no task too big. Crown Roofing has offices across Central, South and Southwest Florida. Contact us today for a free estimate.

5 Important Reasons to Maintain Your Roof

Your roof is one of the most important components to your home because it is what keeps you safe from adverse weather conditions outside. It is also one of the most expensive home improvement undertakings homeowners will encounter. A well-built roof can last upwards of 30 years if it is properly maintained. Below are five reasons maintaining your roof is such an important part of owning a home.

Increases Lifespan of Roof: The outside weather can seriously damage or even ruin a roof beyond repair. By continuously monitoring and maintaining your roof there is a good chance you can catch minor roof repairs before they become a major roof replacement.

Financial Savings: The financial savings realized by maintaining your roof can be significant. By routinely having your roof inspected you can avoid a large unnecessary bill of replacing a roof. Additionally, professional roofers are expensive in emergency situations, and when a roof begins to leak or need fixed you won’t have time to shop around for the best price. Roof service bills add up; therefore, it is important to be proactive in regard to roof maintenance. Finally, many roof warranties are not honored due to improper maintenance among other reasons.

Curb Appeal: Most homeowners care about their home’s outward appearance, but the curb appeal of a visually appealing, sturdy, well-constructed roof is important for another reason – property value. A knowledgeable realtor will tell you the condition of your roof can make or break a home’s sale and has much to do with the price your home will sell for should you decide to move.

Environmentally Friendly: The majority of old roofs end up in landfills. By properly maintaining your roof you can avoid an entire roof replacement and help conserve the environment.

Unnoticed Damage: Water damage, insulation damage, structural damage, mold, and more can be the result of a roof leak. By monitoring and maintaining your roof you may be able to avoid some or all of this damage.

As you can see it is very important to maintain your roof so small repairs to not become a major replacement. With new roofs costing thousands of dollars, it is much wiser to be proactive in roof maintenance than waiting for a major irreversible roof replacement project. An experienced and reputable roofer can assist you in maintaining your roof. If you are in need of roof repair, roof maintenance or a new roof, our expert professionals can take care of it for you. Crown Roofing handles all types of roofing systems from tile, shingle, slate and metal. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown Roofing has offices across Central, South and Southwest Florida. Contact us today for a free estimate.

Top 3 Benefits of Flat Roofing

Flat or low sloped roofs are often debated in roofing conversations due to their unique advantages and disadvantages in comparison to other types of roofs. Flat roofs are defined as having a pitch (slope) of 10 degrees or less. It is important when making a decision regarding what type of roof to install to be aware of the positives and negatives of installing a flat roof.

Flat Roofing Benefits

The benefits of installing a flat roof can be broken down into 3 main benefits: expense, space, and access.

  • Expense: Between the materials used and the installation costs, flat roofs are often generally less expensive than other types of roofs.
  • Space: The additional space a flat roof generates is significant. The rooftop space can be utilized for living space, gardening, air conditioning units, solar panels, and more. Furthermore, a flat roof will provide more interior space for attics or other floor plans.
  • Access: Because of the minimal or zero-degree slope, flat roofs are much more easily accessed than sloped roofs. This is especially helpful for when your roof needs repaired or the gutters need cleaned. The access is also helpful should you choose to install solar panels or a satellite dish.

While there are many benefits to flat roofs, there important disadvantages that need to be considered as well. Flat roofs have difficulty draining because of the lack of slope which can lead to water puddles and leaks from the roofing material breaking down. Finally, there is a lack of material options for flat roofs. The material options that are available such as rubber, EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), hot asphalt modified bitumen, and TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) are all reasonably inexpensive, however have a limited lifespan (10-15 years).

Replacing or repairing a roof is an expensive undertaking for any homeowner or building owner. It is important to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of roof in order to ensure you make the right decision for your needs. A qualified, experienced roofer can help assist you in making your final decision should you face the predicament of needing to install a new roof on your home or building.

Know Who to Call

Crown Roofing specializes in the installation and design specification of many different hot asphalt modified bitumen roofing manufacturers and systems. We are one of South Florida’s leading roofing contractors when it comes to advising you on what system works best for you. We work with most major manufacturers such as GAF, Johns Manville, Firestone, Soprema, Certainteed and more.

Contact us today for a free evaluation of your projects specific needs and allow us to develop a specification and solution for you.

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6 Benefits of Shingle Roofs

Roof repair or replacement is one of the most expensive home improvement projects homeowners can expect when deciding on purchasing a home. There are many types of roofing materials to choose from, therefore it is important for homeowners to be aware of the different types of materials and the advantages and disadvantages to each material. Shingle roofing is one of the most commonly used roofing materials because of its low material cost and simplicity to install. There are several other benefits to shingle roofing as well.

Shingle Roofing Advantages

  •  Easy to install – cutting, fastening, and fitting shingles is easier than other roofing materials which help keeps installation costs lower than other materials
  •  Affordable, versatile, and sturdy
  •  Lightweight and low maintenance
  •  Easily usable on steep-sloped structures
  •  Most have Class A fire protection ratings
  •  Shingles come in many styles, colors and textures to easily match your home

While there are many advantages to shingle roofing there are a couple disadvantages homeowners should be aware of. Shingles can be uplifted and ripped off during high winds. Also, shingle roofs can be damaged from the heat and sun they absorb and can rot from mildew if moisture is present. Finally, it is important to note that shingle roofing material does not last as long as most other roofing materials such as slate, metal or tile.

Today’s market for shingles offers many different types and styles such as 3-tab shingles and newer shingles that appear to resemble wood or slate material. While style is an important consideration when shopping for shingles homeowners should also be aware of each shingle’s warranty.

Finally, when undertaking any type of re-roofing project, it is most important to select a qualified, reputable roofer. A skilled an experienced roofer can help you analyze the various types of roofing materials and determine which option works best for you. As always, verify any roofer is licensed, insured, and can provide references for previous work before hiring them.

Who to Call

If you are searching for a trustworthy local roofing contractor to provide services for your shingle roof, Crown Roofing is the place to call. You can count on us to provide the highest quality of roof repair, re-roof, roof maintenance or new construction roof for your home or business. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown Roofing has offices in Central, South and Southwest Florida. Call us today for a free estimate.

5 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lighting

With the holidays quickly approaching many Americans will be scrambling to decorate the interior and exterior of their homes before their family and friends arrive. While some families are content placing a few outdoor decorations on their lawn, there are others who enjoy going all out to create a holiday display that the whole neighborhood envy’s. While hanging your holiday decorations and lights may be an enjoyable festive activity, if not done so correctly, the price of doing it the wrong way could put a damper on your holiday season.

  • Check your Lights and Equipment – Before grabbing the ladder and climbing up to your rooftop to hang your lights, make sure that your strands of lights are rated for outdoor use, in good working condition and that you have the proper length of lighting to cover the area you are decorating.
  • Secure your Ladder – When hanging holiday lighting, your safety should always come first! Make sure your ladder is set up properly and is on level ground. To ensure your safety while on the ladder, it’s always a good idea to hang the lights with the help of a family member, friend or neighbor. Having a helping hand to hold the ladder steady can help prevent it from shifting and help to avoid injury.
  • Protect your Roof – When hanging holiday lights on your roof, do not use nails. Trying to pound nails into your roof could be damaging not only to your rooftop, hammering nails to hang lighting could also cause damage to the siding and fascia. This damage could result in roof leaks which could become costly. Put the nails aside and opt for a safer solution such as holiday lighting clips which can be hooked onto your gutters or eaves. These options are not only inexpensive, they are safer to use on your roof.
  • After the Holidays – Once the holidays are over, don’t be in such a hurry when removing all your holiday decorations. We all know that taking down the decorations is not nearly as fun as hanging them up, but don’t be hasty. If you rush through and start yanking or pulling on the strands of lighting, you could end up damaging the components that they are attached. Remove all lighting and decoration with care to avoid accidents and damage.
  • Be Proactive – While you are decorating your home for the holidays, if you will be hanging outdoor lighting on your roof, keep your eyes open for loose or missing shingles, cracked or broken tiles, holes, leaks or other roof problems. If you should have any roofing issues, the professionals at Crown Roofing are here to help. Catching roof issues when they are in the early stages can save you lots of money in the long run.

While Crown Roofing offers services for all your roof repair and roofing needs, the safety of you and your family is important to us. We would like you to wish you a safe and happy holiday. If you have any concerns with your roof, we can guide you and help you with our free quote.

Top 5 Advantages of Metal Roofs

Choosing the proper roofing material for your home or business can be a daunting task with the multitude of options available. It is important to be aware of the various types of roofing materials and the advantages and disadvantages to each type of material. One of the higher end options because of its durability, safety, and energy efficiency is metal roofing. Metal roofing can be steel, aluminum, tin, zinc, copper, or galvanized steel. Below you will find the top 5 advantages to choosing metal for your next roofing project.

Advantages

  • Durability – Traditional roofs last up to 20 years whereas metal roofs can last 50 years or more. Oftentimes metal roofs come with generous warranties – sometime up to 50 years! Metal roofing is also resistant to insects, rotting, mildew and more.
  • Energy Efficient – Metal roofs reflect sunlight, therefore potentially saving up to 25% on energy costs. Other traditional roofing materials may absorb and retain the sun’s heat.
  • Safety – While metal may not seem safe during a fire or lightning strike, metal roofs are surprisingly safe. Metal roofs typically come with a Class A fire rating; evidence you’ll be safe during one of southwest Florida’s torrential thunderstorms.
  • Eco-Friendly – Metal roofs are made with 25-95% recycled material and are 100% recyclable at the end of their life cycle.
  • Easy Installation – Metal roofs often come in sections or panels that are easily installed by an experienced contractor. The time savings should equate to financial savings when the time comes to foot the bill.

While there are numerous advantages to choosing a metal roof, there are a couple disadvantages consumers should be aware of. First, although metal roofs are durable and eco-friendly, metal roofing is a pricey option and can be more costly than traditional roofs. Also, during a storm, the sound of rain can be a rather noisy nuisance. Finally, metal roofs can adversely expand or contract, however an experienced roofer can avoid future problems for homeowners by properly installing the roof at the outset.

There are many considerations when choosing what type of roofing material to use on your home or business. The above information will help identify if metal roofing may be an option for you. A qualified, experienced, reputable roofer can help determine which roofing material best suits your specific needs.

Who to Call

If you are searching for a trustworthy local roofing contractor to provide services for your metal roof, Crown Roofing is the place to call. You can count on us to provide the highest quality of roof repair, re-roof, roof maintenance or new construction roof for your home or business. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown Roofing has offices in Central, South and Southwest Florida. Call us today for a free estimate.

Top 5 Benefits of Tile Roofs

Tile roofing is oftentimes one of the more visually appealing roofing options available. Tile roofing material traditionally have been slate or clay, however many modern tile roofs utilize concrete. Tile roofs are heavier and more durable than other types of roofs, therefore they are ideal for the various weather elements found in Florida. Below are five of the most significant advantages to tile roofing.

Advantages of Tile Roofing

  • Choices – Tile roofing comes in many shapes such as curved, flat, or interlocking. There are also plenty of options when it comes to color and style. Some styles can even resemble other types of roofing materials.
  • Durability – Tile roofs can last decades. The clay and concrete they are made from have the ability to withstand adverse weather elements such as wind, rain, hail, and even fire. Manufacturers of tile roofs even offer lengthy warranties as evidence of their durability.
  • Energy Efficiency – Tile roofs are extremely heavy and help keep temperatures regulated in homes and buildings.
  • Low Maintenance – Repairs and maintenance are rarely required with tile roofing. Tile roofs do not rot or decay from insect damage.
  • Environment Friendly – Tile roofs are made with recyclable earth materials as opposed to less eco-friendly alternatives made with chemicals.

Although there are many advantages to tile roofing there are a few disadvantages consumers should be aware of. Although tile roofing has a lengthy lifetime, the upfront cost is higher than other materials. Additionally, tile roofing is more difficult to install and requires an experienced roofing company.  Finally, tile roofs are designed for roofs with a certain degree of slope, eliminating some roofs from consideration.

In summary, although tile roofs may be more costly than other options, tile roofs are sturdy, visually appealing, energy efficient and low maintenance.  There are many options available so if you are unsure which materials you should use for your next roof a qualified, experienced roofer can help.

Who to Call

Crown Roofing is your trusted friend for all your roofing needs. You can count on us to provide the highest quality of roof repair, re-roof, roof maintenance or new construction roof for your home or business. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown Roofing has offices in Central, South and Southwest Florida. Call us today for a free estimate.

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What to Ask Your Roofer

Purchasing and owning a home is a large investment that requires much thought and planning. Between repairs, upgrades, and home improvement projects, the additional costs other than purchasing a home can be significant. Often, the most expensive home repair project a homeowner may face is roof repair or replacement. Roof repair/replacement can leave homeowners with thousands of dollars in unexpected expenses. If you are planning on purchasing a home it is recommended you get a comprehensive analysis of the condition of the roof so you will be able to better anticipate when a roof repair/replacement may be needed in the future. Should you need to repair or replace a roof it is important to be aware of the most important questions you should ask a potential roofing company to help ensure you are working with a qualified, reputable roofer. Below are some of the important questions you should always ask potential roofer before they begin a project.

Questions to Ask

  • Are you licensed? It is important to only use roofers licensed in your state.
  • Do you carry insurance? This includes general liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance.
  • What is your company name and address? If your roofer doesn’t have a local physical address or uses a P.O. Box chances are you should look elsewhere for a roofer.
  • Is there a warranty on the roof and your work? There should be a warranty on the work and the roofing materials. The longer the better.
  • Do you have references? Follow up with previous customers to receive feedback on the roofer’s previous work.
  • Do you provide an estimate? An estimate is important to get so you know what your costs will be in advance.
  • How long will my project take? Finding out the anticipated length of the project can help you if you need to make adjustments to your personal schedule.

The above questions will help ensure that you select a qualified, honest, reputable roofer and well as help to make your roofing project run smoothly. It is important to remember to ask these questions before a roofer begins a job to avoid any additional headaches.

Who to Call

Crown Roofing is your trusted friend for all your roofing needs. You can count on us to provide the highest quality of roof repair, re-roof, roof maintenance, or new construction roof for your home or business. There is no job that is too small and no task that is too big. Crown Roofing has offices in Central, South and Southwest Florida. Call us today for a free estimate.