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.

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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.

Should You Install Solar Panels on Your Roof?

Whether you are looking to lower your monthly electric bill or simply be more environmentally conscience, installing solar panels on your roof may be a viable option. The amount of sunlight your home gets is an obvious consideration however there are several other items to consider when deciding on whether or not to install solar panels on your roof.

Things to Consider

Cost/Savings/Amount of Power Generated

  • If your electric bill is at least $150 monthly you can begin saving immediately
  • Savings will usually begin immediately if you lease or make payments on solar panel installation whereas if you purchase the panels up front it will take longer to begin realizing savings
  • The amount of power generated depends on many factors including trees, roof angle, size of roof, amount of sunlight, temperature, and latitude

Types of Panels

  • There are many manufacturers of solar panels and you should thoroughly compare each manufacturer’s panels
  • The size of your roof is important in determining which panels are appropriate as larger panels are made for larger roofs and smaller panels are better for roofs with less space.

Installation

  • Only trained professionals should install solar panels – thoroughly research the help you hire to make sure they are qualified and reputable
  • Many roofers will install solar panels only on composite shingle roofs; if your roof is made of a different material such as metal, Spanish tiles or wood shingles you may have to look harder for a qualified roofer
  • Be sure prior to installation you have the proper building permits; a reputable roofer should be able to assist you

Conclusion

In order to identify whether you would save money by installing solar panels you must get an estimate on the cost of the project. The cost of solar panels over the last 3-4 years has significantly declined and there are many tax credits to consider. Every home is different and costs for home solar panels can vary. Get a free estimate on your home’s roofing needs by scheduling an appointment with Crown Roofing. Whether you are interested in solar panels, tile, or shingles, the roofing experts at Crown Roofing will assess your home’s roof and discuss the best options for you.  Call us today for a free estimate.

Southwest Florida’s Rainy Season & The Accompanying Roofing Issues

It’s that time of year again — RAINY SEASON.  While it’s great to sit at home, cuddled in bed, listening to the pitter-patter of raindrops, it’s not so great if you haven’t been properly maintaining your roof through the dry months. In these situations, where home and business owners  haven’t prepared their roof for the rainy months, a whimsically rainy day can quickly turn into a watery nightmare. Lucky for you, our Naples Roof Repair Experts understand that a quality roofing system can help to protect you, your family, your home, and your business.  We work hard to preserve the integrity of our customers’ roofs so it can safely stand up against the elements.

To avoid unnecessary and potentially costly damage to your roof, it’s critical to make sure you’re providing your property with regularly scheduled maintenance checkups. It’s critical to address issues and small leaks before they really become a burden to the budget.  While rooftops are rarely damaged by just rain, existing issues like cracked shingles, missing or broken tiles, and improper installations can potentially cause water to leak into the roofing structure and into your home or business.  If you’re not taking the proper precautions to make sure your roof is at its best condition, heavy rain will undoubtedly cause even more damage.

Our Roof Repair Specialists in Marco Island and elsewhere throughout the state understand that there are a plethora of issues that can be caused by the combination of faulty roofing systems and Florida’s rainy season.  Unfortunately, most home and business owners overlook these issues when preparing for the rain.  We’re here to help shine a little light on the issues that can result from the matchmaking of a faulty roof and the season’s rain.

LEAKS

Your roof works hard to protect your home or business from the state’s watery elements.  With the constant stress, your roof can potentially develop curling or buckling shingles. When high winds are present, shingles can tear of be torn off, leaving the membrane exposed to precipitation. When the shingles on your roof are compromised, bare spots can be created and water can seep through and cause serious damage.

If you’re dealing with a tile roofing system, broken tiles, cracked tiles, collection of debris, and/or a worn or defective membrane can cause water to leak beneath into your home or business.  If pools of water then build up in the area where a tile has slipped or cracked, a leak into the inside of the roof is increasingly likely to happen. While roof tiles can easily be broken when walking on, we don’t recommend you try to identify the specific cause yourself.

WOOD ROT & MOLD

Flashing is a roofing material that can be used to prevent water from seeping into roof joints.  On occasion, these joints do become compromised. That’s where the risk begins!  When these leaks are created and the joints are exposed to constant moisture, the perfect conditions are created for mold and rotting wood.

STAINS

If rainwater makes its way into your home or business, you may start to notice stains on your roof.  These stains are some of the most obvious indications of a roofing issue. Identifying the location of a roof leak can prove difficult to the average eye as roof leaks can travel from the point of impact.  A leak is not always directly above the stain.  Call a licensed roofing contract to help identify and address the point of impact.

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.

Surveying and Bidding

Surveying and Bidding

The thought of replacing or repairing a roof is one of the dreaded aspects to home ownership. Because of the significant cost, time, and project scope, roof replacement is one of the largest home improvement projects many homeowners will endure. As with any large project, there are multiple stages in the process. The first stage of roof replacement is surveying and bidding. The below items will alert homeowners to the items a roofer will be looking at during the surveying and bidding stage of roof replacement.

  • Roof Size: Getting accurate dimensions are important so a roofer knows the amount of materials needed to purchase and the length of time the project will take to complete.
  • Materials Being Removed: The more layers to a roof the longer it will take to complete the project. Additionally, heavier materials add time to the project duration.
  • Roof Slope: Steeper roofs are more time intensive for replacement and may have additional layers. This adds additional time for project completion.
  • New Roofing Material: More expensive materials will drive up the cost of the roof replacement and may require additional time for installation.
  • Other Components/Repairs: Oftentimes, there are other repairs that need done when replacing the roof, adding time to the time required to complete the roof replacement.
  • Roof Access: The easier it is to access a roof the easier and less time-consuming the project will take.
  • Time Required: Finally, a roofer will determine the length of time the project should take. On lengthier projects portable restrooms may even be necessary.

Home ownership is a dream many participate in or will so down the road. It is important to be aware of possible pitfalls when purchasing a home to avoid any large unseen expenses such as roof replacement. If you are in the unfortunate situation of needing a roof repair or replacement it is best to have some knowledge on the thought process of a roofer. The above items illustrate a roofer’s considerations in the first step of roof replacement, the surveying and bidding stage.

Who to Contact

If you need a roof replacement, new roof, roof repair or roof maintenance, the roofing specialists at Crown Roofing are here to help. Crown Roofing offers regular inspections and can help to repair current roofing systems, perform a roof replacement or install a new roofing system to keep your family or business safe. We have offices in Fort Myers, Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando, and Pompano Beach. Call us today for a free estimate.