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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.

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.

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.