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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.

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

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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.

Holiday Roof Decorating Tips

The holiday season is upon us and during this time many families will be joining together to celebrate the festivities.  In preparation of these celebrations, homeowners and renters will be decorating their homes from the inside out.  For many families, decorating outside includes installing lights and other holiday garnishments on the roof.  While decorating can be fun and the results are beautiful, remember to always put your safety first, especially while decorating your rooftop.

Working with any kind of electric lights can be dangerous and putting them on your rooftop or along the edge of your home can potentially result in unfortunate accidents and injuries.  According to the 2000-2003 fact sheet from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 6,000 people wind up in the emergency room during the holidays because of holiday decorating-related falls, and most of these falls (43%) were falls from from ladders.  So,  if your holiday decorating plans include climbing on a ladder and installing lights or other holiday decor on the roof of your home, learning some ladder safety tips could help to save you from a trip to the emergency room.

Holiday Ladder Safety Tips 

  • Decorate during the day to ensure that there is enough lighting while installing your holiday lights.
  • Get help. Recruiting a friend or family member hold the ladder and assist you while decorating helps to keep things safer and can also make it easier.
  • Make sure your ladder is sturdy and on level ground.
  • Follow all warning labels. Never stand on the top rungs of the ladder.
  • Wear shoes with non-skid soles.  Avoid flip flops or sandals.
  • Only hang decorations during good weather.  Avoid windy or rainy days.

Visit Holiday Safety Tips for more information and additional tips on holiday decorating safety from the National Safety Council.

While Crown Roofing offers services for all of your roof repair and roofing needs, the safety of you and your family is important to us.   We would like you to wish you a safe and happy holiday.  If you have any concerns with your roof we can guide you and help you with our free quote.  Call today at 855-276-9655.

 

 

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.