6 Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season which officially runs from June 1st through November 30th can be devastating to both your roof and home. With hurricane season fast approaching it is important to be prepared. The following 6 tips will help prepare your roof for hurricane season.

Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Get an Inspection: Annual roof inspections by a reputable roofer are a must. Schedule your inspection prior to hurricane season to ensure there are no issues dealing with storm season. At a minimum the roofer should inspect the roof’s flashings, membrane, downspouts, and mounted equipment.

Trim nearby Trees: Overhanging tree branches and even full trees can fall victim to high wind and seriously damage your roof. It is important to trim back on dead or oversized trees or branches, so they do not end up on your roof during a hurricane.

Use Tie-Downs if Necessary: Roof tie-downs, sometimes referred to as hurricane straps, can help save your roof during a hurricane. While a not needed for every roof, a reputable roofer can advise you whether tie-downs are necessary for your roof.

Clear Gutters and Drains: Prior to hurricane season it is vital that you check your gutters and drains to make sure they are debris-free, and water can flow smoothly through. Blockages can lead to water buildup which can eventually end up in your home.

Conduct Regular Maintenance: Being proactive and conducting regular maintenance will help prepare your roof for hurricane season. It is important to address minor issues before they become major problems.

Keep Current with Insurance and Warranties: The aftermath of a hurricane can be hectic and stressful. In order to be better prepared keep the following items in a secure location with easy access: warranty information, insurance documents, photos of your roof before the storm, and contact information for contractors and your insurance agent.

While hurricane season is inevitable, the above 6 tips will help you proactively protect your roof and home.  If you need to have your roof inspected or are in need of roof repairs, our team at Crown Roofing are here to help.  The professionals at Crown Roofing have years of experience maintaining and repairing residential and commercial roofs. 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.

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(Many) Advantages of Tile Roofs

When it comes to your roofing system, there are more layers to it that no one really enjoys discussing. For the everyday homeowner, especially for those who are aesthetically driven, the most important element of a roof is the type of visible roof materials used. Our Naples roofing contractors understand the exotic romance associated with tile roofs, we understand the aesthetic appeal. We understand the appeal of longevity associated with their lifespan, and we understand that these individual tiles (whether made of clay, concrete, or slate) are much more than just their looks.

We’d like to familiarize you with the selling points of these luxurious roofing materials to help you better weigh the pros against the cons. That way, you can gauge whether or not these materials are a beneficial upgrade to your home, whether it’s for a roof replacement project or for a new construction structure.

Advantages of Tile Roofing

Durability

Slate, concrete and clay tiles are impermeable to fire and can remain strong in the fight against rot, insects, and other pests. These roofing materials can withstand extreme temps (both hot and cold), making them ideal for nearly any climate. For the Floridians, it’s highly appealing that these clay tiles are much more resistant to corrosion caused by salt air than other roofing materials. That makes them even more suitable for coastal homes and businesses.

While they can stand up against the temperamental elements, their biggest threat can be people. These roofing materials are not designed to stand up against heavy foot traffic and can be easily chipped or broken when handled (or walked on) by inexperienced individuals. If you need assistance with your current tile roof system, it’s highly recommended that your call the roofing professionals at Crown Roofing to carry out the job with care and ease.

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Longer Lifespan

Tile roofing systems can cost more (upfront) than your average shingle roof, but they can offset the initial charge in terms of overall lifespan. Because of their high thermal mass, they can work more efficiently in regulating the temperature of your home or business. Because of this, you’re looking at more cost-effective heating and cooling bills. Added Bonus: These materials are typically environmentally friendly, meaning that they can be easily recycled.

Aesthetic Appeal

Often, you’ll see familiar earth tones on tile roofing systems. They’re usually the classic curved shape and they can be either an unglazed or sand-cast finish, too. But there’s much more aesthetic versatility to these roofing materials than most people think. Clay and concrete tiles come in a wide variety of colors and even come in a number of finishes. Whether you’re looking to add the look of a woodsy cabin, a European structure, or a Victorian palace, roof tiles are your way to go as they come in a plethora of colors, shapes, and finishes.

At Crown Roofing, all our estimators and service technicians are fully trained and are provided hands-on experience with all roofing materials, including roof tiles.  If you’re looking for pricing on a roof replacement, interested in laying tiles on your new construction roof, or have a current tile system that needs to be repaired, we welcome you to call us now. Answering calls 24-hours a day, we’re ready to help you with any and all roofing issues. With offices in Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Pompano Beach, and Orlando, we are your local, full-service roofing contractor. Call today: 855-276-9655

Roof damage caused by hail

What You Need To Know About Roof Damage Caused by Hail

As the inclement weather continues to pummel through major Florida areas, it’s important for you to understand the serious problems that pummel along with it. You may not see obvious damage to your roof from the ground, but our rooftop specialists can both understand and identify hail damage in Stuart and elsewhere throughout the state resulting from recent (and severe) storms.

As recent headlines read, “Fast-moving storms caused blinding rains, strong wind gusts and hail late Monday afternoon in areas of Martin County,” residents and visitors to the area were unprepared in the arrival of the damaging weather.

“The weather just got progressively worse so I wasn’t sure if I should keep driving or stop. Then the hail got really big. I couldn’t see anything in front of me. Then the car started rocking and then the tree came out of nowhere,” described Palm City resident, Melissa Knox.

Roof damage caused by hail

In this blog, Crown Roofing (your local Florida roofing contractor, specializing in roof repair and roof replacement) will discuss a few (very important) reasons why you should never ignore hail damage on your roof. Remember, hail damage is oftentimes not apparent until years later when it has turned into leaks and other severe and costly roofing issues. The full-life damage process is a slow, but almost sure, process. It all starts the moment hail slams into your rooftop and knocks off (or chips) the protective outer layer. This can cause deeper layers of your roofing system to become exposed, making them more susceptible to leaks. For these reasons, it’s critical to have your rooftop examined and inspected by a roofing professional in Port St. Lucie or any nearby areas immediately following a Florida hail storm.

Once damage is identified, insurance companies will prefer you to make a claim as soon as possible.  This helps to ensure that repairs are completed in a timely manner and that more problems will not arise. By allowing a hail-damaged roof to remain exposed to the elements, the risks for more severe (and more costly) problems skyrocket. Weather and storm-related roofing issues carry a number of characteristics as they pass through seasons and only get worse as they pass through time.

While hail may be more prevalent in our friendly states to the north, recent weather events in the Sunshine State prove we’re not in the clear. Just across the US, there were 5,382 major hailstorms in 2019, according to the NOAA’s Severe Storms database. In 2018, 4,610 major hailstorms occurred, resulting in $810 million in property and crop damage.

At Crown Roofing, all our estimators and service technicians are sent through extensive training and, therefore, possess the knowledge to identify storm damage and assist with any necessary insurance claims, working with homeowners to fight for the compensation they deserve. Answering calls 24-hours a day, we’re always ready, willing to work with your insurance company to get you rooftop restored as soon as possible. With offices in Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Pompano Beach, and Orlando, we are your local, full-service roofing contractor. Call today: 855-276-9655

 

COVID-19 Safety Updates from your Favorite Florida Roofing Contractor

Crown Roofing remains open for business and we are committed to our longstanding policy of maintaining a healthy, hygienic environment for all team members and customers. 

We continue to take proactive measures related to COVID-19. We have implemented additional cleaning protocols in our office, warehouse, fleet vehicles and work locations. We have also equipped field staff with the necessary equipment to ensure safe working procedures in our customers’ homes.

Crown Roofing is following the strategies that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended in their Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers.

In addition, in order to protect our customers and technicians, we have enacted the following protocols:

  • If any service technician is feeling ill or is caring for someone that is ill, they will not report to work
  • We are asking COVID-19 related health questions when booking an appointment. Please let us know if anyone at the home/business is ill prior to our service technician arriving
  • Our service technicians will arrive to your home with gloves, eye protection and shoe covers – we’ll confirm with you if we should wear our PPE (Person Protective Equipment) upon arrival
  • Crown Roofing service technicians will be adhering to social distancing guidelines

If there are any significant changes to current CDC guidelines, Crown Roofing will update our website and social media to provide our customers with the latest information. We appreciate your understanding and patience should this cause any interruptions to our team or business as usual. We encourage everyone to stay healthy by practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently and staying informed.

Thank you for your support,

The Crown Roofing Family

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Crown Roofing: Business Observer’s TOP Roofing Contractor

It’s one of the most anticipated publications of the year: Business Observer’s Top 50 Contractors.  This year, the published top contractors looped in $6.5 billion in revenue, proving the region’s construction sector continues to speed without signs of a slowdown.  We’re proud to say that your favorite Naples roofing contractors, Crown Roofing, made the list — not only in the top 20 of the entire list, but as the highest-ranked roofing contractor as well.

In 2019, the top 50 posted a total of $6.45 billion in revenue, up 15.1% over $5.6 billion in 2018. That comes on top of 15.4% growth in 2018 over 2017. (To make the Top 50 Contractor list, companies must be based in the Business Observer’s coverage area, from Polk County south to Collier County. Companies must be in some type of contracting field: electrical, general construction, roofing and more. Data is self-submitted.)

We not only offer new construction, roof replacement, roof maintenance, and roof repair in Port Royal and elsewhere throughout the state, but we provide top-notch customer service and competitive pricing to help ensure our clients are getting the most personalized and efficient customer service available.  With offices in Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Pompano Breach, and Orlando, we’re just a phone call away, 24/7.

Crown Roofing: Marco Island Marriott

Crown Roofing was founded out of the realization of the need for a company that could fill an ever-expanding gap in the market. Customers are demanding low pricing but are unwilling to sacrifice service and quality. A leaner, more efficient model was needed and each current owner felt that with their roofing and corporate management experience, along with advances in technology for more streamlined and automated office operations, they could fill this need. Each owner of the organization came to Crown Roofing with unique sets of skills and years of experience in the marketplace. Crown Roofing has managed multi-million dollar roofing operations for over 10 years and collectively have more than 75 years of roofing and corporate management experience.

Crown Roofing services all of Central, South and Southwest Florida, specializing in new construction, re-roof, maintenance and all of your roof service needs. We look forward to helping you with your residential or commercial roofing needs. With five offices and more than 600 employees across the state, we’re ready to handle your toughest projects. Call today to schedule your free estimate. We’re answering calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 855-CROWN-55

Preventative Roof Maintenance Programs

In today’s economy, companies are more likely to spend capital on fixing machinery, ensuring constant power, or upgrading safety infrastructure as opposed to less dynamic equipment such as a roof. While on the surface this may seem like a good idea, the contrary is true. By not performing routine maintenance on an important item such as your roof, you are shortening the lifespan of one of the most important components to your business/home. A sturdy roof is important because it protects us from Mother Nature. A new residential roof can cost in the tens of thousands and a commercial roof can cost much more. By undertaking a preventative maintenance program, you can help ensure your roof lasts as long as possible.

Study

The Roof Asset Management Program (RAMP) was undertaken by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. In 2005, the pioneer program placed the roofs of 6 sites across the country under its care. The program emphasizes strategic, preventative maintenance and proactive repairs in order to save money. The results are clear. As of today, the program has saved $7 million in construction costs, added $19.3 million in value to the roofing portfolios through preventative repairs, and increased the average life of the roof inventory by 25%.

3 Preventative Roof Maintenance Program Tips

Three things that should be found in every roof maintenance program are:

  • Regular Inspections: It is recommended to have your roof checked annually for spots, leaks, cracks and other problems. Be sure to get these fixed before they become even bigger problems.
  • Clean and Clear Surface: Make sure your roof is clear of any debris. Ensure the surface is clean from mold, algae, and black stains.
  • Functioning Drainage System: Always check for clogged gutters. Make sure there are no leaks and water is able to flow freely away from the structure.

A preventative roof maintenance program will save you money over the long run. By allocating time and resources towards regular roof maintenance you will be rewarded by an increase in the longevity of your roof. It’s much easier to spend a few bucks today than a lot of money tomorrow.

Know Who to Call

The professionals at Crown Roofing have years of experience maintaining and repairing residential and commercial roofs. 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.

Crown Roofing New Year Resolutions

New Year’s Roof Resolutions

As we wrap up 2019, it’s time to start thinking about the year ahead — 2020.  Once the ball drops, it’s time to get serious and focus on the health of not only your body, but of your roof, too.  Add it to that Resolution List, you know, with losing weight, or quitting smoking, or saving more money, or that big career change.  Pencil in money-saving roof resolutions, and make sure you include the contact information for our specialists of roof repair in Naples, Marco Island, Port Royal, and elsewhere throughout the state of Florida.

Crown Roofing New Year Roofing Resolutions

We don’t stop there though. Whether it’s a roof replacement in Orlando, Winter Haven, or any of the other major surrounding Florida cities, it’s important to team up with a roofing contractor that can handle all your properties. With offices in Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Pompano Beach, and Orlando, we’re ready and equipped to help all our neighbors in The Sunshine State.  Let’s get back to what’s important though — your roof.

We’ve got “New Year, New Roof” tips for you and your neighbors to help find the best value in roofing solutions:

Take Action Now: The last thing you want to do is wait until you have a leak to pay your roof the attention it needs.  Regular roof inspections are not only critical in elongating the lifespan of your roof, but also in helping to keep down costly, emergency repairs.  Unfortunately, structural damage can severely increase the bottom line of your roof repair/roof replacement, too.  Keep all working components in tip-top shape with regular care and attention to create the most cost-efficient lifespan of your roofing system.

Know Your Options: When searching out a roofing contractor in Tampa, Lakeland, or any of the surrounding areas for either a roof repair or a complete replacement, your best bet is to turn toward a knowledgeable, experienced, and honest roofer.  There are a plethora of options, features, and upgrades available for every roof system.  It’s imperative that you not only choose the right options for your property but the right options for your wallet.

Watch Your Gutters:  If your gutters aren’t working properly, your roof will likely suffer. You want to make sure that water is able to easily flow away from your roof without any pooling or ponding. Checking your gutters is also an excellent way to tell if your roof has suffered any shingle or tile breakage.

Mind Your Landscaping: Your roof is intended to protect your home or business from the weather — not to repel trees.  You want to make sure that you’re keeping nearby trees properly trimmed to prevent any unnecessary damage. Also, you want to make sure you’re keeping your gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and other debris to help ensure proper drainage.

Find A Trustworthy Roofer: As you wouldn’t let just anyone in your house, you shouldn’t let just anyone on your roof.  Make sure you contract with a company that is local and will be there in your time of need. You want a roofer who can stand behind its warranty and who can provide the property insurance and licensing as well. You want a team that is trained and experienced in all roofing systems and a team that can handle any and all repair, replacement, and diagnostic issues.

Crown Roofing looks forward forward to seeing you in the New Year. With five offices and more than 600 employees across the state, we’re ready to handle your toughest projects.  To help jump start your roofing resolutions, we’re offering FREE, no-obligation estimates.  Call today to schedule yours. We’re answering calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 855-CROWN-55

Protecting Your New Roof Investment

The financial burden of having to replace or repair a roof is significant. New roofs cost thousands of dollars and are one of the largest home improvement projects a homeowner can face. Because roofs protect us from environmental hazards and keep us safe, it is imperative that this project not be taken lightly. Knowing what to do once the project is completed can go a long way towards increasing the longevity of your new roof investment. The following tips will give you an idea what to do and what not to do to protect your roof investment.

What to Do

  • What to look for: Upon completing a new roof project check that sealant is applied appropriately (around terminations and penetrations), check for missing fasteners, and inspect for cracks. Verify the stability of HVAC units and remove any lose items from the roof. Ensure that there are no trees or tree limbs nearby that can damage the roof. Finally, make sure that drains are flushing and remove any debris that may pose a blockage.
  • Avoid roof abuse: It is important to avoid excessive roof traffic. Lock roof access doors and install walkways for when it is necessary to walk on the roof.
  • Schedule regular roof cleanings/maintenance: By scheduling an annual roof check you can spot roof problems early and fix rather than replace a roof. This can potentially save you thousands of dollars of the roof’s lifetime.

What Not to Do

  • Ignoring moss or black stains: Moss can damage shingles, uplift tiles, and trap debris and water. Black stains are commonly thought to be caused by pollution, but, are actually a dark algae that will cause damage and shorten the longevity of your roof.
  • DIY Roof Cleaning/Spot Cleaning: Proper roof cleaning involves cleaning the entire roof because there is algae present even if you cannot see it. It is not a good idea to clean a roof yourself. Ladders can be dangerous, and if you are not an experienced roofer you can do more harm than good by damaging the components of your roof.
  • Trying to save money by procrastinating on roof cleaning: While you think your saving money by postponing roof cleaning you may be creating a larger problem. It is far cheaper to get your roof cleaned than to replace it because you didn’t maintain it.

Regular roof maintenance and inspections will go a long way towards improving the longevity of your roof. The above information will help you protect that investment.

Know Who to Call

The professionals at Crown Roofing have years of experience maintaining and repairing damaged roofs. We work with roofs of all types, tile, shingle, metal or flat. Crown Roofing offers services for both Commercial and Residential roofs. There is no job that is too big and no task too small for Crown Roofing. Call us today to schedule your appointment for a free estimate.

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 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.