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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

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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.

Three Things New Homeowners Should Know About Their New Roof

Purchasing a new home is a big deal.  It’s not only one of your biggest investments, but it’s one of your biggest responsibilities as well. To help ensure an increasing home value, you’ll want to make sure you properly protect and maintain your property.  Our Sarasota roofing contractors understand that homes require a lot of patience and planning. Your plan should not only include seasonal maintenance to-dos, like cleaning out the gutters and trimming back the trees, but it should also include a plan to ensure that you’re able to cover the costs of proactive repairs before damage gets too bad and your house becomes a neighborhood eyesore.

As many homeowners know too well, moisture is one of the most serious threats to a home.  Your roof is the first line of defense in this watery war.  But it’s more than water that can compromise the effectiveness of your roof and the safety of your home underneath. Our Bradenton roofing contractors are here to help to keep you informed, proactive and preventative, helping to keep your home safe, functional and profitable for years to come.

Roofs Don’t Last Forever

The lifespan of residential roofing systems can vary tremendously.  Typically, tile, copper and slate roofing systems can last roughly 50 years.  Homeowners who have wood shake roofs can typically expect about a 30-year lifespan.  Fiber cement shingles usually make it to about 25 years, while asphalt shingle/composition roofing systems last for roughly 20 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  Remember: Both weather and climate conditions can significantly cut the lifespan of all roofing systems.

Be Proactive with Known Deficiencies

With both home and business roofing systems, it’s best to take care of issues as soon as they’re noted.  Procrastination is not an option here.  Leaks and other deficiencies don’t fix themselves. There are times when it may appear that a leak has corrected itself. For example, you may notice water penetrating your ceiling during and shortly after an afternoon storm and days later you may notice that the same area is dry.  Do not assume, for even a moment, that the leak has been rectified.  Oftentimes, rain or moisture from a roof penetration can be diverted from its original point of entry to an entirely different area.  (Tip: It’s also important to remember that a leak in a roof is not always located above ceiling moisture.)

Know the Warranty

If the previous owner of a home recently replaced the roofing system, there’s a good chance that it may still be under warranty and that warranty may be transferable to any future owners.  When a warranty is transferred to new owners, it’s critical for new owners to obtain the proper paperwork and information to clarify proof of transfer and warranty conditions. In some cases, the warranty is not transferable and in these instances, it’s critical to make sure that problems are noted and corrected before completing the sale of the home.

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 roofing professionals can take care of it for you.  Crown Roofing handles all types of roofing systems, including 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 Central, South and Southwest Florida.  Call us today for a free estimate. 855-276-9655.

New Year’s Roof Resolutions

As we wrap up 2016 and gear up to ring in the New Year, it’s an excellent time to look past the holidays and focus in on the health of your roof in 2017.  With the New Year approaching, most of us will be creating lists comprised of New Year’s Resolutions to achieve on a personal level.  Some of the most common resolutions include losing weight, giving up smoking, saving money and vacationing more.  But have you considered focusing your resolution efforts on your home or business and making some money-saving roof resolutions?

Our Fort Myers roofing contractors are reminding home and business owners across the state of the importance of the roof over their head.  Because your roof is one of the most aesthetic and functional aspects of your home or business it makes perfect sense to keep an eye on it to keep it in the prettiest, most functional condition possible.  We’re recommending that you add your roof to this year’s important list of New Year’s Resolutions and if you’re not quite sure what that entails, we invite you to keep reading:

Schedule a Professional Inspection:  The truth of the matter is that most home and business owners are unable to spot faults on their own in a roofing system until it’s too late — or until water has penetrated the surface.  By scheduling an inspection with one of our roofing experts, we can help to pinpoint potential problem areas before it’s too late.  Preventative action always pays off.

Consider Roof Cleaning: Cleaning your roof not only helps to please the eye, but it also helps in keeping it in efficient working order.  Eliminating leaf and debris buildup can reduce the risk of mold and mildew that can seriously threaten the functionality of your roofing system.

Replace Broken Shingles and Tiles: If your home or business has loose or missing shingles or tiles, you may wind up facing much more than an aesthetic problem.  With missing or damaged shingles or tiles, your roof is much less likely to remain weatherproof.

Keep An Eye on Your Gutters:  It’s critical to keep your gutters in working order to allow water overflow to drain from your roofing system.  You want to ensure that water flows away from your roof without pooling in corners.  You can also check your gutters to find out if you have significant and threatening shingle or tile breakage as well.

Consider A Roof Replacement: Do you the age of your roof or what its expected lifespan is?  You never want to wait too long to replace a roof.  Catching problems before they occur can help to preserve your interior and belongings as well and can wind up saving you some serious cash.

If you don’t know where to start with your roofing resolutions, allow the roofing specialists in Naples and the surrounding areas 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 Central, South and Southwest Florida.  Call us today for a free estimate at 855-276-9655.

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.

The Importance of Regular Roof Cleaning

There’s never a bad time to tend to the cleanliness of your roof in Fort Myers and surrounding Florida cities.  Here in Florida, we’re provided with ideal weather for year-round roof cleaning.  Costly repairs and higher-than-average cooling expenses are just a couple of ways that business and home owners can expect to overspend on resources when roof maintenance is neglected.

To help to prevent issues from becoming an unplanned and unwanted expense, our Naples roofing contractors are here to provide you with a few simple actions you can take to help keep your home and business roof clean:

  • Frequently inspect for damage. It’s a good ideal to inspect the structure and the roofing membrane periodically for damage.  You will want to keep an eye out for tears and punctures in the membrane.  Inspect and ensure that wind and recent storms have not compromised the reliability of the membrane.
  • Remove debris. It’s critical to remove leaves, branches, trash and other materials from the roof.  If you neglect to remove such items, they can blow around and potentially cause tears and punctures to the membrane.  They can also clog drains, which can create puddling and other water drainage issues that can lead to even more serious roofing issues.  Make sure you’re inspecting and cleaning all of your gutters, overflow drains, roof drains and scuppers to make sure you’ve got a free flow of rainwater on your roof.
  • Clean your roof. Not only is a clean roof an aesthetically-pleasing roof, but it can also help to improve the performance of your roofing membrane.  When the membrane is dirty, you run the risk for a higher surface temperature.
  • Consider enlisting a qualified roofing contractor to help ensure that your roof is not only clean but efficient. With Crown Roofing, we can help you to obtain the quality protection of your roof through online roof management software, periodic roof inspection and maintenance services, and annual budgeting reports with dedicated service technicians.

Flat roofs, by design, are more likely to be compromised by the elements of weather because of their positioning.  Remember that energy consumption is a serious expense that helps to keep the inside of your home and business comfortable for residents, guests and workers.  A clean roof is a cheaper roof.  Keeping up with the cleanliness and the maintenance of your roof can help you to better avoid costly issues and can help to keep your roofing standing strong through the tough Florida weather for years to come.

We recommend all home and business owners to keep a close eye on the condition of their roofing system, and the best way to do that is through a thorough and comprehensive Bonita Springs roof inspection and maintenance agreement with Crown Roofing.  Call us 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 too 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.

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Routine Roof Inspections and Maintenance

Keeping a close eye on your roofing system is imperative for all home and business owners.  It’s easy to scrutinize a home or business during a quick inspection of its interior, but it’s not so easy to spot problems on the roof.  Repairs to a roofing system can be some of the costliest of home or business repairs that an owner may face.  This is why regular inspections and routine maintenance can wind up saving you lots in long run.  Roof inspections in Naples and elsewhere throughout the state of Florida can be one of your best, and most rewarding, investments.

Crown Roofing’s approach to your roof inspection is clear, simple and straight-forward.  For new roofing systems, we recommend our roof inspections and maintenance programs to be implemented at the beginning of your roof’s life cycle.  For older roofing systems, it’s equally important to ensure regular inspections and maintenance to help to prolong your roof’s lifespan.

Our thorough roof inspections in Fort Myers and the surrounding areas can help you to identify your roof’s problem areas.  We can pinpoint the exact needs of your roof and help you to determine the most effective plan of action to help to correct any problems.  During the course of a Crown Roofing Maintenance Agreement, our skilled roofers will visit your property regularly, according to your custom maintenance plan selection, and offer you with recommendations for both preventative and corrective repairs to help keep your roof at optimal performance.

Why maintenance for your roof?

There are a number of things that can cause deterioration of you roof, including severe weather conditions, normal wear and tear, age of the roof, shifts in the building frame/foundation and improper design.   Regular inspections will lead to early detection of any potential roofing problems and will not only help to protect assets, but will help to maintain safe work and living environments for the building’s occupants.

Crown Roofing’s Objectives:

  • Determine if your roofing system is performing in accordance with its intended function
  • Identify any signs of deterioration, hazard or weakness
  • Identify, record and present needed repairs
  • Maintain the roofing system to help keep our clients’ minds at ease

Unfortunately, many home and business owners in Florida neglect to keep up with the maintenance of their roof.  Perhaps it’s the ‘out-of sight/out-of-mind’ theory that allows these inspections to fall by the wayside.  In these cases, when many of these home and business owners identify a problem area in their roofing system, the damage has been done and the repairs can be costly.  Keeping up with the condition of you roof can help to avoid these expensive surprises.

We recommend all home and business owners to keep a close eye on the condition of their roofing system, and the best way to do that is through a thorough and comprehensive Bonita Springs roof inspection and maintenance agreement with Crown Roofing.  Call us 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.

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Crown Roofing Featured in Business Observer

Crown Roofing was recently featured in Business Observer, the weekly newspaper for business leaders on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  Through an interview with the paper’s Managing Editor, Mark Gordon, the story unfolds, showcasing drive, talent, experience and exponential growth.

Starting just three years ago with $75,000 in savings, Guil Geneau and Chris Copeland launched a business and a dream.  Reaching for the company’s third-straight banner year, Crown Roofing predicts $50 million in sales this year.  In 2013, Crown did $6 million in sales, jumping to $18M in 2014 (up 200% from the previous year) and doubling to $36M in 2015.  Currently, Crown has 300 employees spread across four offices throughout Central, Southwest and South Florida.

Click here to check out the full story.

Crown Roofing in Business Observer

Guil Geneau, Sarasota-based Crown Roofing co-founder