Home Landscaping and Roof

Keeping Trees At Bay To Help Avoid Costly Roof Repairs

Trees and other vegetation can help offer stunning curb appeal to your home, but they can be dangerous to the roof of your home if placed improperly.  Oftentimes, trees that are planted too close to a home can cause severe damage to the roof and other structural components of your home.  Our roofing contractors in Fort Myers recommend you consider the tips listed below to help you avoid dangerous and costly repairs to your Lee County home.

According to the National Storm Damage Center, trees that are damaged by severe weather cause over $1 billion in property damage in the US every year.  Broken branches and trees that have fallen can damage structures, roofs, siding, windows, cars, and virtually everything in their way.  While it may not be the fault of a weak tree, healthy branches that are continuously blowing in the wind and continuously rubbing on your roof will eventually cause damage.  When the outer layer of your roof is compromised, leaks can happen.

Our Lehigh Acres roofing contractors remind you that it’s not only the branches of your trees that you’ve got to worry about, but the leaves they hold.  If trees are too close to your home, your home’s gutter system can easily get clogged with these leaves, allowing an accumulation of rainwater and an increased probability of leaks in your attic and/or other moisture damage.  If you’re interested in learning how to keep your home safe from trees and the related dangers they can cause to your roof, read on for some helpful tips that can help to avoid costly repairs.

Hire An Arborist:

If you’ve got a lot of trees and other tall-standing vegetation in your yard, it’s an excellent idea to recruit the expertise of an arborist.  With a professional perspective, you can more easily identify any current problems your yard may have, many of which you may never have noticed without a trained eye.  These can include infections or growth problems, which oftentimes lead to serious damage and costly repairs.

Trim The Limbs:

To help to protect your home and to keep squirrels and other tree-climbing pests away from your home, it’s recommended that you keep your yard’s trees trimmed and away from your home.  While some homeowners and renters opt to do these chores themselves, the do-it-yourself approach can come with a number of risks.  For example, your trees man be unbalanced upon trimming completion.  In these cases, trees are much more likely to shed branches, or even topple over, during extreme winds.  While the thought of the up-front savings of doing it yourself may appeal to you now, it’s important to remember that it will usually pay off better in the long run to hire professional help and avoid potentially costly roof repairs or a complete replacement.

Clear The Roof:

It’s important that you clear leaves and other debris from your roof on a fairly regular basis.  Gathered leaves can clog your gutters, and when leaves and other debris gather they can disrupt the flow of rain.  When this happens, water can slip under the shingles and cause serious damage and/or roof leaks.

If your home’s trees have gotten the best of your roof, call our roofing contractors in Bonita Springs at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate. Not only do we provide regular inspections, but 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. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Florida Hurricane

Is Your Home and Business Ready for Hurricane Season?

National facility managers, local property managers and our South Florida roofing contractors understand that hurricane season is here and coastal facilities, companies and homes are facing some serious risks for dangerous hurricane winds, rains and floods.  According to a recent release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we have a 70 percent likelihood of seeing 10 to 16 named storms throughout this year’s season (June 1 through November 30).  Of these 10 to 16 named storms, 4 to 8 of them are expected to transform into hurricanes – with winds of 74 mph or higher.  These calculations include 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3-5, with winds of 111 mph or higher).

As many of us Floridians know, predicting the weather hasn’t been boiled down to an exact science.  With that, we face a level of vulnerability.  According to the NOAA, this hurricane season will be especially challenging because of the difficulty in determining whether there will be competing or reinforcing climate influences on tropical storm development.  Still, a near-normal prediction shows us that this season could (and probably will) experience more lively hurricane activity than that of the last three years.

Our Coral Gables roofing contractors understand that one of the most beneficial moves you can make before a hurricane rolls in is to establish a solid relationship with a trusted partner – a qualified roofing contractor in your area.  Not only are we experts in new roof installation, but also in roofing service and maintenance.  Serving as a local roofing contractor across Central, Southwest and South Florida, we’re here to save the day when disaster strikes.

With hurricane season upon us, both homeowners and business owners should review the following before a storm hits:

  • Are you in contact with a roofing contractor that can respond within 24 hours?
  • Does your roofing contractor have a 24/7 call center?
  • Does your roofing contractor know how to work with insurance for storm claims?
  • Does your roofing contractor have teams in your area that can be mobilized quickly?
  • Can your roofing contractor provide the proper documentation and technology access to understand the damage to your roof and to provide the repairs needed?

Make sure you have the answers to these important questions and make sure that you have a trusted roofing contractor on your team before the big one strikes.  When it comes to fixing roofing damage after a major storm, you want a roofing contractor who can respond quickly and seamlessly to help you, your home, your family and your business bounce back.

Call our roofers in Miami Beach at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate. Not only do we provide regular inspections, but we can help to repair current roofing systems that may be failing or we can install new roofing systems to best help you, your family and your business stay safe. There’s no job to small and no task too big. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Roof Maintenance

Six Things You Need To Know About Your Roof

Does the thought of Fort Myers roof maintenance and upkeep overwhelm you?  Fear not!  We’re here to help and we’re starting you off with our list of six of the most important things that every homeowner should know about their roof to help make it as easy as possible to prepare for any and all situations involving your roof.

Our Naples roof maintenance experts strive to reduce roof life cycle costs for you.  We work tirelessly to get you the longest roof lifespan possible.  Regular roof inspections, roof maintenance and emergency service are all a part of our lifetime roofing service agreements.   All major roofing manufacturers require that roofing systems with NDL (No Dollar Limit) warranties receive regular roof maintenance in order to keep the guarantee in good standing. We’re here with a few tips and tricks to help you elongate the life of your roofing system.

Know The Lifespan Of Your Roof:

Do you know how old your roof is?  Do you know what kind of roof system protects your home or business?  Surprisingly, many commercial and residential property owners don’t know the answers to these questions.  Knowing the age of your roof, the type of roof you have and when the last inspection was conducted will help you to prepare for future maintenance and potentially avoid costly and unexpected repairs.

Know Your Roof Ventilation System:

It’s important to know the status of your roof ventilation system.  Poor ventilation can lead to some serious problems and even more costly repairs.  Roofs that are not properly ventilated can lead to dramatic mold issues here in Southwest Florida.  A simple roof inspection can quickly show you if your roof is properly ventilated.  If not, installing the proper roof ventilation system can wind up saving you thousands in the long run.

Know That Leaks Aren’t Always From Physical Holes:

Water damage can result from a plethora of problems, not just a hole in your roof.  Leaks can oftentimes happen because of poor workmanship, sidewalls, boots, flashing, skylights and/or valleys.  Holes in your roof are almost always obvious, but leaks are rarely obvious.  Regular inspection of your roof by a trained technician can help you to identify problem areas in your roof susceptible to leaks.

Keep Your Gutters Tidy:

Although it can be a tough chore, it’s important to make it a priority.  We’re talking about cleaning your gutters.  At least twice a year, you should be clearing debris and other problematic materials from your home’s gutters.  Buildup can wind up causing both mold issues and leaks.  Gutter leaks can not only damage the exterior of your home, but can result in some awfully costly repairs.  If you wait until it’s too late, damage could be irreversible – and expensive.

Know When Your Roof Needs An Inspection:

Having a professional inspect your roof routinely can save you both time and money.  We recommend, at minimum, a yearly inspection by one of our roofing specialists.  In this case, we can catch leaks and/or potential problem areas in your roof and perform the repairs before a costly accident.

Call our roofers in Bonita Springs at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate. Not only do we provide regular inspections, but 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. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Roofing Relationships

The Perks Of Long-Standing Roofing Relationships

As roofers, we don’t expect property owners, whether commercial or residential, to have complete knowledge of their roofing system.  Roof owners could have single-ply, APP/SBS, built-up, or a number of any other roofing types over their head.  When you’ve got the luxury of a long-lasting relationship with your selected roofer, they come to know your roof like the back of their hand.  Knowing a roof so well may sound silly to you, but it’s what we strive for.  This familiarity of your roof can help to save some serious time and money.

Crown Roofing has logged in years in the roofing industry and has thorough knowledge of all roofing systems, including asphalt roofing, slate, metal, shingles, tile and more.  Our roofers are also well-educated in helping you get the longest lifespan of your current roofing materials.

There’s no better way to jeopardize the security that your roof provides than to hire a different roofing contractor in Pompano Beach year after year – after year.  When you lock in a reliable roofing company, your roof can be better monitored and maintained and you can better avoid costly mishaps.  When you’ve got a reputable roofing company on your side, you can work together to plan for a future roof replacement without feeling the constraints of finances and time.

New Roof:

The best kind of roofs are ones that are both installed and maintained by the same roofing company.  Once your new roof is installed, the crew and the manager putting down the work will record any and all details pertaining to the flashing, the insulation, the roof deck, etc.  Later, when a maintenance crew from that same company comes out for regular maintenance and inspection, the prior knowledge and record of will help speed up any potential problems that may need to be addressed.

A new roof, whether commercial or residential, is a serious investment.  It’s important that you task the job to a roofing company you trust.  By creating a long-standing relationship with your roofer for smaller roofing jobs, you’ll sleep easy with the reassurance that a new roof or any major repairs will be done correctly, promptly and honestly.

Warranty:

When you do business with a roofer you’ve built a long-lasting relationship with, you get the satisfaction of a warranty – a warranty that will last.  If you’re unable to document regular upkeep, annual inspections, or proper maintenance, the manufacturer of the roofing products may not honor a warranty claim should something happen.  Once you’ve enlisted a trusted roofer on your team, you can better protect your investment.  From any aspect – new roof, re-roof, maintenance, warranty preservation, repair records, etc. – you’re better with a roofer who’s been there though it all.

If we haven’t already, we want to build a long-lasting relationship with you and your roof. Call our roofers in Fort Lauderdale at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate. 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. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Ditching The Roof Dinge

Ditching The Roof Dinge

Has a dingy roof got you down?  Is your roof suffering from those dreaded black streaks?  If you answered no, consider yourself lucky because there is quite a number of residents in the area who are suffering from the algae-infested eyesore.  Luckily, our Lehigh roofing company is prepared for the battle.

These black streams are actually caused from airborne algae that is driven by humidity.  Typically, this will happen on asphalt shingle roofs.  Although many homeowners attribute the streaks to an accumulation of dirt or mildew, the culprit is most often a blue-green algae called Gloeocapsa Magma, an algae spread by airborne spores.  Algae-infected roofs can wind up increasing the owner’s energy bill and will most likely decrease the life of the roof.  If black streaks appear on your home, it’s important to take action!

Although most shingles come with algae resistant (AR) options already built in, our Fort Myers roofers understand that their typical 10 to 15-year warranty may not be enough to fight the funk.  Once that time runs out, the streaks are bound to return due to the nature of airborne.  While this condition is cleanable, the risks of damaging a roof are pretty serious.  For example, you never want to use a pressure washer on your roof as it can seriously compromise the life of your shingles – not to mention it’s a recipe for a roof leak.  (Remember – it’s reasons like this that explain why we have “hot” warnings on coffee cups.)

If your roof is due for a replacement, your best bet is to move ahead with the upgrade.  Not only will your roof look much, much better, but it’ll be engineered to better protect you and your family.  In recent years, shingle manufacturers have raised the bar in the fight against the dinge.  For example, some even offer a limited lifetime warranty on algae streaks.  In most cases, these manufacturers will clean or completely replace the roof for you should the problem persist.

When mold and mildew aren’t removed and left to build up on a roof, moss – a thick green spongy material – can develop.  Like algae, moss thrives in a humid environment.  When moss isn’t removed, it keeps roofing shingles damp, allowing moisture to erode the shingles.

If you’ve spotted any of these conditions on your home’s roof, it’s critical to take action!  Algae spores, since they’re airborne, can quickly spread across your roof.  While it may not be especially dangerous to your home, it can be devastating to the resale value of your home.

If you’re looking for a new roof and are selecting a shingle for your home, it’s an excellent idea to choose a dark enough shingle to disguise the staining should it return.  You can also look into shingles laced with copper granules, which are lethal to algae.

It’s a fight when it comes to algae and we refuse to lose.  If your home is suffering from an algae infestation and it’s compromising the life of your roof and the safety of your family, call our Naples roofers at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate on repairs and reroofs. 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. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Choosing A Professional Roofer

Picking the right roofer to meet your specific needs may seem like an endless and confusing task.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help simplify the process for you to make sure you get the reliable and affordable service you deserve.  Our roofers in South Florida are equipped to help you get the job done right in moderate time.

While there’s no predetermined checklist to help you choose the roofer of your dreams, keep reading for some very important guidelines to follow to help ensure you’re getting exactly what you need to meet your roofing needs.

Choose A Local Contractor:

Our Miami roofing company advise homeowners and commercial property owners to choose a reliable and local contractor. You want to make sure that your roofer has an established business and a solid reputation in the community.  Unfortunately, property owners have fallen victim to fly-by-night roofers who, after installing or repairing a roof, seemingly move, close or vanish.  In these cases, warranties can be useless.  It’s important to remember that a roof’s warranty is only as good as the reputation and the longevity of the roofing company.

Price Isn’t Everything:

Price should never be the determining factor.  While Crown Roofing strives to provide you with the best quality roof at the most affordable price, it’s important to remember that the two coincide.  Unfortunately, cheap bids can drive down the market and any company with overhead and with the proper insurance must establish pricing to cover these kinds of costs.

Avoid The Storm Chasers:

You should always avoid the knock-on-the-door companies.  These out-of-town storm-chasing roofing companies are the most publicized, yet people from across the state fall victim to them each and every day.  Also referred to as roofing gypsies, these companies travel across the state following the paths of storms looking for homeowners to exploit.  Your best bet is to select a roofing company from a referral or a sign posted in your neighborhood that has a happy, satisfied client on the other end of it.  You should never be pressured into selecting a roofer by forceful tactics and you should never seal the deal with an out-of-town company.

Get It In Writing:

It’s critical to make sure that you have a contract or a detailed proposal from a roofer before agreeing to the project.  Remember to clarify details pertaining to the project’s estimated date of completion, daily starting and ending times, materials expected to be used, enacted safety procedures, payment details, and don’t forget to ask about clean-up methods.

Check The Credentials:

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), you want to make sure that your chosen roofer has all of the proper documentation to perform their services.  It’s important to seek the company’s business license, roofing credentials, workers’ compensation insurance, general liability insurance and written manufacturer warranties.

Communication Is Key:

It’s critical in the early stages to establish a communicative relationship with your roofing company.  Are they returning your phone calls?  Are they getting you’re the proper documentation you’ve requested?  Are they following through?  Is the answer to any of these questions is “no”, it’s critical to communicate these concerns to a company representative.  If the problem isn’t solved then, it’s time to walk away.  As with all businesses, communication is key.  If a company isn’t getting you want you need on the front end when they’re still trying to get your business, what do you think will happen once they’ve already locked you in as a client?

When choosing a roofer, it’s important for you to choose a company that can help ensure that your family and your home is protected and that you’re getting the best service possible. Call our roofers in Fort Lauderdale at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate. 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. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Rain, Rain Go Away

Your roof serves as the first line of defense against the elements. Our roofers in Fort Myers can help keep the Florida afternoon showers from penetrating any of the weaknesses you may have in your roofing system. We pride ourselves in our ability to install quality roofing systems proven to stand up against the Florida climate year after year. When unfortunate damage does occur, we’re here to help fix the problem in a timely and affordable manner.

One of the toughest problems a homeowner may have with a leaking roof is locating the problem area. When a drip or stain in the ceiling is spotted, many homeowners are inclined to believe that the leak has originated directly above that point. Unfortunately, a leak can travel. It can travel down a rafter or can even result from the accumulation of condensation. In some cases, homeowners falsely diagnose AC leaks and plumping problems as roof leaks.

From the smallest to the largest of roof leaks, we recommend you contact a professional. Our Naples roofers are available and provide free estimates to help solve leak issues.

Identifying the source of a roof leak can be tricky. No one knows better than Crown Roofing technicians that leaks in a roofing system can be cause by a variety of problems. Once you get yourself up to speed and can identify common causes of leaks, you can better determine the source of the problem. In any case, we recommend you contact our reliable and professional staff at Crown Roofing to help.

You can typically spot a leak in your roof through the attic. In this area, leaks will usually appear as dark stains located on your insulation or wood or the plywood board found under the shingle, metal or tile roof system. Once this stain is located, you may want to investigate further. Water leaks can sometimes travel along the top or underside of the roofing membrane before it physically penetrates the sheathing. Even then, water must seep in through a penetration before it enters your home.

Common Causes of Roof Leaks:

• Failing Penetrations (Vents)
• Punctures Caused By Nails Or Screws Backing Out
• Cracked Flashing
• Damaged Shingles
• Clogged Gutters (Causing A Damming Condition)
• Roof Debris
• Storm Damage
• Improperly Sealed/Installed Valleys

As many of our Florida residents know, June marks the first full month of South Florida’s annual rainy season. According to the South Florida Water Management District, our rainy season is comprised of five very wet months that accumulate close to 75 percent the region’s rainfall average over the entire year.

As we sit in Florida’s rainy season, it’s critical for you to ensure that your family and your home is protected. Call our roofers in Estero at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate. 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. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.