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3 New Year’s Resolutions for your Roof

Each year millions of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions as they ring in the new year. Most of the resolutions that are made involve personal goals such as eating healthier and weight loss, others may involve jobs, financial situations or personal relationships. What many people do not realize is that New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be just about self-improvement. Resolutions can and should include taking care of investments, such as the roof of your home or business.

Your property is one of the biggest investments made. As a home or business owner, taking care of one of your biggest assets should be part of your New Year’s Resolutions.

3 New Year’s Resolutions for your Residential or Commercial Roof

Inspection – Inspecting your roof is one of the simplest ways of keeping your roof in good shape. Doing a visual inspection from the ground is a great start as it may help you to see damages such as broken or missing tiles or shingles. However, sometimes damages may not be so visible and most home or business owners will be unable to notice these faulty areas on their own until it’s too late, or until a leak has already happened. Scheduling a yearly roof inspection with a professional allows you the chance to catch any minor roofing issues before they spiral out of control. Our experts can pinpoint potential problems in the early stages which will keep the repair cost down and will protect the integrity of your home or business.

Clean and Maintain – Cleaning your roof and maintaining the areas surrounding your roof is an important factor in protecting your roof and prolonging the longevity of your roofing system. Cleaning your roofing system, whether it be tile, shingle, metal or flat, will not only please the eye, it will help to keep it in efficient working order. Eliminating the buildup of debris from your rooftop can help to reduce the risk of mold and mildew. Maintaining the areas surrounding your roof is important as well. Trees which are too close to your roof can cause many issues if unattended. Large trees not only leave your structure vulnerable to having branches fall on your roof causing damages, the leaves can clog gutters causing rain water to not properly drain away from your roofing system. Large trees and branches may also block the sunlight from your roof, providing dark and damp areas where mold and mildew can thrive.

RepairRepairing small roofing issues at an early stage can help you to save money in the long run. While a cracked or missing tile or shingle may not cause much of an aesthetic problem, especially if it appears in an unnoticeable area, they should not be ignored. With missing or damaged shingles or tiles, your roof is less likely to remain weatherproof. Things such as cracked or broken tiles, missing shingles or wear and tear around chimneys or vent pipes can turn into larger issues if left unattended to.

Overall, the key to keeping a healthy roof is with regular upkeep – inspection, cleaning and maintenance, and repair. While a few of the strategies in upkeeping your roof may appear to be simple, others may warrant a call to your local roofing contractor. At Crown Roofing, we have the knowledge and expertise in working with all types of roofing systems. 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.

Storm Damage Roof Repair South Florida

Most Common Causes of Roof Damage

Roofs are a major part of a home. They protect us from the sun, weather, precipitation and outside debris. As such, roofs are expensive to fix or replace. It is important to be aware of the common causes of roof damage so you can prevent or reduce the risk of roof damage.

Improper Maintenance

• Roofs should be checked 1-2 times annually
• What to look for: missing shingles, flashing, raises or dips, discolored areas
• Gutters should always be clean and clear

Wind Damage

• Even weak storms can destroy weak roofs
• Verify shingles, flashing, and other roof components are secure
• Utilize a perimeter fastener strip to secure the roof’s edges

Trees

• Ensure trees are safe distance from home; remove ones that are too close
• Remove limbs and branches that could strike the roof
• Keep roof clear of debris

Wet Weather

• Consult a roofer to determine the best type of materials for your weather
• Keep roof and gutters free of debris so water can flow and drain properly

Pests

• Animals and insects can damage a roof
• Damaged areas can provide a path for pests into your home
• Keep branches at a distance from your roof – pests will use them to get to the roof

New roofs cost thousands of dollars. Even fixing or repairing a roof can be a costly endeavor. In order to prevent or reduce roof damage you must be aware of the causes. While many things can cause roof damage the above list are most common.

If you believe that your home may have roof damages it is important to take care of the damages as soon as possible to prevent small damages from becoming larger ones.

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.

Spotting Roof Repairs

Spotting Roof Repairs

Purchasing a home is easily the most expensive purchase many adults will make in their lifetime. When homeowners purchase homes they often drain their savings accounts, and tie up much of their income on mortgage payments. With budgets stretched thin it can be difficult to afford unforeseen home repairs. A roof repair is one of the most expensive home improvements a homeowner may encounter. There are ways to minimize this likelihood however.

Tips

• Pay for a building survey by a professional
• Learn common roof issues and how to spot them
• Use binoculars from a distance to observe roof
• View roof when no agent is present; agents will distract you from studying a roof in poor condition
• Check nearby roofs for their condition – they have experienced the same weather
• Perform external inspections

External Inspections

External inspections are crucial to determining if you may need a roof repair. The following inspections are most important.

The Ridge – The ridge is the very top of the roof where the apex is formed. The tiles that form this spine should be straight and slightly upturned at the end. When inspecting the ridge be sure to look for missing cement, unevenness, and missing tiles. Missing tiles indicate the roof may have had previous repairs.

The Verge – The verge is the side of the roof where it meets side of the building. It should be smooth. Upon inspection you should look for missing mortar, cracks, and exposed woodwork.

General Surface – The general surface of the roof should also be inspected. Homeowners should look for missing tiles, crooked tiles, sagging on the surface, and cracks. You should also inspect the nearby area for trees or other structures that could present an issue to the roof.

Spotting a potential roof repair before purchasing a home can save you a lot of time, stress, and money. If you are purchasing a home, it never hurts to have an experienced roofer perform an external inspection of the condition of the roof before buying. The above tips will help increase your chances of spotting a roof repair before purchasing a home.

Who to Call

The roofing specialists at Crown Roofing are here to help you with all of your roofing needs. We handle all types of roofing systems including tile, shingle, metal and flat low slope roofing. 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.

Inspecting Your Roof After Hurricane Irma

Inspecting Your Roof After Hurricane Irma

Living in Florida has its advantages with the beautiful tropical climate, long sandy beaches and mild winters, however as we all know, during the months of June through November, Floridians need to beware of hurricanes. Hurricane Irma has just passed wreaking havoc all across Florida. With wind speeds exceeding 105 mph and wind gusts up to 130 mph in some areas, many home and business owners suffered extreme loss and damage to their property. Flooding from storm surge, water damage, property damage, downed trees and roof damage are things which many communities are now dealing with during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

If your commercial or residential property has suffered from roofing damages due to Hurricane Irma it is important to fix the damages in a timely manner so your property isn’t left vulnerable to the next rain storm.

How to Inspect Your Roof After a Hurricane

• Ground Inspection – Inspection of your roof can begin with a ground level inspection. By standing far enough back, you can review your roof to see if you notice any missing shingles, missing tiles, broken tiles or other damage. Using a pair of binoculars is also helpful in doing a ground inspection.
• Ladder Inspection – If you have a large stable ladder, you can use it to inspect your roof for damages. However, we suggest that you do not climb on your roof for inspection as loose shingles, loose tiles or other damages could cause you to fall resulting in injuries.
• Gutter Inspection – While inspecting your roof, inspect your gutters. Make sure your gutters are still secure and that they are not broken or damaged. Damaged or broken gutters can cause water to drain directly next to your home’s foundation which can cause problems.
• Interior Inspection – After completing an exterior inspection it is good to inspect inside as well. Using a flashlight, you can inspect your attic and ceiling for signs of water leaks. Check for wet areas on the ceiling and down the sides of the walls.

These steps can be followed for all different types of roofing such as shingle, tile, metal or flat. If your damages are minor and you feel you are able to repair them yourself, do so with extreme caution as some damages may not be so clearly visible causing slippage and injuries. For your safety, calling a professional is suggested for all repair work following a hurricane.

Who to Call

The staff at Crown Roofing hopes that you and your family have all made it safely through Hurricane Irma. If you find that your roof has incurred damages or if you find water leaks, call the professionals at Crown Roofing. We are here to provide you with roof repair services for your commercial or residential property. Crown Roofing has 5 locations across South Florida. We have offices in Fort Myers/Naples, Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach/Pompano Area. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Identifying a Roof Leak

Identifying a Roof Leak

The first step to repairing a roof leak or determining whether or not a roof needs replaced is to identify the source of the roof leak.  The process of determining where a roof is leaking is no small task.   Because rainwater or other forms of precipitation can penetrate a roof in one location before showing up in another spot on the ceiling, determining the leak location is challenging.

Common Sources of Roof Leaks

  • Roof Flashing – thin waterproof material is used to prevent water from entering a structure at a joint. This is the most common area of roof leaks.
  • Skylights – Take note if water is accumulating at low points
  • Shingle Damage – Older roofs are less durable than today’s roofs because of the quality of material used to make them. Older roofs need to be monitored for shingle damage
  • Plumbing, pipes, and vents – Holes drilled for installing pipes, vents and ducts can cause holes leading to roof leaks
  • Condensation in your attic – look for mold or mildew to identify attic condensation

Dummies.com, a Wiley Brand offers a step by step process to identify the source of a roof leak.

  1. Go into your attic on a rainy day. Bring a flashlight.  If you do not want to wait for a rainy day you can use a standard garden hose as the source of water.
  2. Water will reflect the light to identify the source of the water. Mark the source.
  3. Have an assistant tap the source of the water while you are on the roof.
  4. Pinpoint the location of the leak and use roofing cement or replace shingles as needed.

It is important to remember that if you are not experienced or trained in roofing it can be a dangerous task to climb a roof.  Although difficult, identifying the source of the roof leak is a necessary first step in roof repair.  If there is any doubt about your safety in climbing a roof, it is best left to a professional.

Who to Contact

Your safety should always come first.  If you feel that your roofing task is too challenging to take on yourself, and are in need of a professional to locate the source of your roof leak and make the necessary repairs, Crown Roofing is the place to call.   We handle 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 5 offices across South Florida.  We are conveniently located in Fort Myers/Naples, Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and the Pompano Beach.  Call us today for a free estimate.

What to Expect from Your Roof During Heavy Rain

What to Expect from Your Roof During Heavy Rain

Wind and rain are the two greatest contributors to roof damage in Southwest Florida. While wind can blow shingles off a roof, rainwater has the potential to collect and eventually break through the roof. Skylights, chimneys, erosion, and poor maintenance can contribute to roof leaks during heavy rain. Keeping roofs maintained, free of debris, and draining properly will help ensure your roof will survive a heavy rain. Heavy rain may result in the need for emergency patching or covering however.

Emergency Roof Patching

Emergency roof patching may be necessary should you encounter a roof leak during heavy rain. If patching is necessary you should first identify the source of the leak. Next you will need to make a temporary patch at the source of the leak using roofing tar and a shingle or plywood. Using a putty knife place the roofing tar on the underside of the roof deck and push the shingle or plywood into the tar. Finally tar around the shingle or plywood. Being familiar with how to patch a roof in the event of a leak will lessen the damage incurred from a roof leak during heavy rain.

Emergency Roof Covering

An emergency roof covering may be necessary during heavy rain. If so, you may need a roof tarp or heavy-duty plastic covering. Polyethylene is recommended should you need to build a temporary roof cover. Be sure to cover more of the area than necessary as it is always better to be safe than sorry.
While Florida may be known as the Sunshine State, it frequently encounters heavy rain. It is especially important to have a strong, durable roof that is maintained, free of debris, and properly draining. While a knowledgeable experienced roofer can assist you in fixing or replacing a roof, patching or emergency roof covering may be necessary during a heavy rain storm.

Who to Call

Your safety should always come first if you are in need of roof repair, roof maintenance, or a new roof. If you feel that your roofing project is too challenging to take on by yourself contact the professionals at Crown Roofing to take care of your roof for you. We handle 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 in the state of Florida. Call us today for a free estimate. 855-276-9655

Roofing Contractor

Hiring a Professional Roofer vs. Doing It Yourself

Hiring a Professional Roofer vs. Doing It Yourself

Taking on home projects can sometimes be a fun activity to do, but when it comes to roof repair it is often best to leave that job for a professional roofing contractor.  Repairing your roof is much different than painting a room.  Repairing your roof can be a very dangerous task, especially if you do not have the knowledge, experience or skills needed for roofing projects.  If you are not experienced in repairing roofs, there are many things which can go wrong when attempting to take on this task.

  • Climbing on top of your roof is dangerous and puts you at risk for falls.
  • If shingles or tiles are not aligned properly they may cause further leaks or cause the underlying wood to rot.
  • Shingles or tiles which are not attached properly may just fall off during the next storm and may cause more damage than the initial task.
  • The quality of materials you would purchase at the hardware store may not match the materials on your roof and may not be of high quality like materials from a professional.
  • Many times the source of a roof leak is not where the water stain on your ceiling is located.  A professional has knowledge to pinpoint the source and repair it properly.

Your roof is a huge investment in your home and taking proper care of your roof should not be taken lightly.  The roof of your home provides shelter and safety to you and your family.  It can save you money by being energy efficient and adds to the value of your home.  Hiring a roofing specialist to repair your roof can offer you many benefits such as:

  • Assurance that your roof will be repaired properly.
  • Roof repairs or roof replacements are likely to have a warranty.
  • You save yourself from the risk of injury by not having to climb on a ladder or on your roof top.
  • Roofing professionals have access to top of the line roofing materials from manufacturers which can give you better quality at a better price.
  • Professional roofing contractors have the knowledge and experience to get the job done correctly and efficiently.

Who to Contact

If you are in need of roof repair, roof maintenance or a new roof your safety should always come first.  If you feel that your roofing project is too challenging to take on by yourself contact the professionals at Crown Roofing to take care of your roof for you.   We handle 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 South Florida.  Call us today for a free estimate.

Storm Damage Roof Repair South Florida

Residential Roof Repair

Living in Florida has its benefits with the beautiful, sunny weather and the mild winters, but as Floridians, we are all aware of the heavy rains and hurricane season as well.  One of the things that most homeowners will be faced with at one point in time is the need for roofing services.  Obviously, if your roof has been damaged due to hurricane winds or downed trees, roof repair or possible roof replacement is inevitable.  As a homeowner,  there are several other reasons as to why your residential roof would need to be repaired and it is important to know what some warning signs are.

Signs that You are in Need of Roof Repair

  • Roof Leaks – Water spots or stains on your ceiling are typically a sign of a leaky roof. Small leaks can turn into big problems.  If you notice discoloration in your ceiling, you may have a leak.  Contacting your roofing professional can help save you from turning a small repair into a costly one.
  • Shingle Granules – Asphalt shingles are made from a fiberglass roofing mat which is saturated in asphalt and impregnated with ceramic granules which provides UV protection.  If you are noticing an excess of roofing granules in the gutter or around your home contact a roofing specialist.
  • Mold – Mold typically grows in areas where the sun does not shine very often, but it can also be a sign of improper drainage from your gutters or downspouts.  If water does not properly drain from your roof it can lead to roof damage and cause roof leaks.
  • Cracked or Missing Shingles – Sometimes the severe weather can cause damage to your roof.  If you notice any cracked or missing shingles or tiles it is best to seek help from a professional.  Holes or open areas can cause moisture to build which can cause rotting to areas of the roofs structure.

The roof of your home is there to protect you and your family against the outdoors and the harsh elements of the weather.  Keeping your roof in tip top condition is important for the safety of all in your home.  If you are noticing any of these signs of needing roof repair, or any signs of deterioration, it is important to give this your fullest attention and contact a roofing specialist.  Spotting these signs and catching a roof leak before it happens or in the early stages can save you from large costly repairs.

Your Roofing Specialist

The roofing specialists at Crown Roofing are here to help you with all of your roofing concerns.  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 South Florida.  Call us today for a free estimate.