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.

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.

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.