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Does the Sun Affect Your Roof?

Wind, rain, hail and snow are among the chief concerns when it comes to weather-related roof damage. One often overlooked cause of weather-related roof damage is a roof’s direct exposure to sunlight. The UV rays in Florida can be especially damaging with the year-round sunshine. The following will explain 3 types of sun damage that can occur to your roof and what you can do about them.

Asphalt Damage: Shingles with asphalt coatings are especially susceptible to UV radiation from the sun. Asphalt quickly heats under the sunlight leading it to warp, run, or wear out. Shingles under direct sunlight more quickly corrode and have a shorter lifespan.

Cracking and Warping: Plastic and metal components to your roof and home are highly susceptible to sunlight damage. These materials heat more quickly and can eventually become warped or cracked. Brackets and flashings are two examples of components that may crack or warp under intense sunlight.

Bleaching: Long-term exposure to sunlight can also lead to bleaching. Bleaching is when the color begins to fade or change due to sunlight exposure. This process can leave you with a visually unappealing roof causing a decline in your home’s value.

What You Can Do

While your roof will undoubtedly be exposed to the sun and its harmful UV rays over the course of its lifetime, there are precautions you can take to extend the life of your roof. First, conduct regular roof inspections to identify and fix minor issues before they become major headaches. A few repairs today may help you avoid a costly roof replacement down the road. Also, stay on top of maintenance: ensure drains are working, gutters are unclogged, and surfaces are debris-free. Finally, consult with a reputable roofer to determine if the materials being used can handle the full brute of Florida’s sunlight.

While there is no way to avoid the sun’s rays affecting your roof, it is important to be aware of the types of damage it can cause and the best ways to prepare.

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.

6 Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season which officially runs from June 1st through November 30th can be devastating to both your roof and home. With hurricane season fast approaching it is important to be prepared. The following 6 tips will help prepare your roof for hurricane season.

Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

Get an Inspection: Annual roof inspections by a reputable roofer are a must. Schedule your inspection prior to hurricane season to ensure there are no issues dealing with storm season. At a minimum the roofer should inspect the roof’s flashings, membrane, downspouts, and mounted equipment.

Trim nearby Trees: Overhanging tree branches and even full trees can fall victim to high wind and seriously damage your roof. It is important to trim back on dead or oversized trees or branches, so they do not end up on your roof during a hurricane.

Use Tie-Downs if Necessary: Roof tie-downs, sometimes referred to as hurricane straps, can help save your roof during a hurricane. While a not needed for every roof, a reputable roofer can advise you whether tie-downs are necessary for your roof.

Clear Gutters and Drains: Prior to hurricane season it is vital that you check your gutters and drains to make sure they are debris-free, and water can flow smoothly through. Blockages can lead to water buildup which can eventually end up in your home.

Conduct Regular Maintenance: Being proactive and conducting regular maintenance will help prepare your roof for hurricane season. It is important to address minor issues before they become major problems.

Keep Current with Insurance and Warranties: The aftermath of a hurricane can be hectic and stressful. In order to be better prepared keep the following items in a secure location with easy access: warranty information, insurance documents, photos of your roof before the storm, and contact information for contractors and your insurance agent.

While hurricane season is inevitable, the above 6 tips will help you proactively protect your roof and home.  If you need to have your roof inspected or are in need of roof repairs, our team at Crown Roofing are here to help.  The professionals at Crown Roofing have years of experience maintaining and repairing residential and commercial roofs. 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.

Crown Roofing: Olde Cypress

(Many) Advantages of Tile Roofs

When it comes to your roofing system, there are more layers to it that no one really enjoys discussing. For the everyday homeowner, especially for those who are aesthetically driven, the most important element of a roof is the type of visible roof materials used. Our Naples roofing contractors understand the exotic romance associated with tile roofs, we understand the aesthetic appeal. We understand the appeal of longevity associated with their lifespan, and we understand that these individual tiles (whether made of clay, concrete, or slate) are much more than just their looks.

We’d like to familiarize you with the selling points of these luxurious roofing materials to help you better weigh the pros against the cons. That way, you can gauge whether or not these materials are a beneficial upgrade to your home, whether it’s for a roof replacement project or for a new construction structure.

Advantages of Tile Roofing

Durability

Slate, concrete and clay tiles are impermeable to fire and can remain strong in the fight against rot, insects, and other pests. These roofing materials can withstand extreme temps (both hot and cold), making them ideal for nearly any climate. For the Floridians, it’s highly appealing that these clay tiles are much more resistant to corrosion caused by salt air than other roofing materials. That makes them even more suitable for coastal homes and businesses.

While they can stand up against the temperamental elements, their biggest threat can be people. These roofing materials are not designed to stand up against heavy foot traffic and can be easily chipped or broken when handled (or walked on) by inexperienced individuals. If you need assistance with your current tile roof system, it’s highly recommended that your call the roofing professionals at Crown Roofing to carry out the job with care and ease.

Crown Roofing: Olde Cypress

Longer Lifespan

Tile roofing systems can cost more (upfront) than your average shingle roof, but they can offset the initial charge in terms of overall lifespan. Because of their high thermal mass, they can work more efficiently in regulating the temperature of your home or business. Because of this, you’re looking at more cost-effective heating and cooling bills. Added Bonus: These materials are typically environmentally friendly, meaning that they can be easily recycled.

Aesthetic Appeal

Often, you’ll see familiar earth tones on tile roofing systems. They’re usually the classic curved shape and they can be either an unglazed or sand-cast finish, too. But there’s much more aesthetic versatility to these roofing materials than most people think. Clay and concrete tiles come in a wide variety of colors and even come in a number of finishes. Whether you’re looking to add the look of a woodsy cabin, a European structure, or a Victorian palace, roof tiles are your way to go as they come in a plethora of colors, shapes, and finishes.

At Crown Roofing, all our estimators and service technicians are fully trained and are provided hands-on experience with all roofing materials, including roof tiles.  If you’re looking for pricing on a roof replacement, interested in laying tiles on your new construction roof, or have a current tile system that needs to be repaired, we welcome you to call us now. Answering calls 24-hours a day, we’re ready to help you with any and all roofing issues. With offices in Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Pompano Beach, and Orlando, we are your local, full-service roofing contractor. Call today: 855-276-9655

How to Analyze a Roofing Estimate

Replacing a roof can be a daunting task and to make matters worse, the quotes or estimates roofers provide you can be just as difficult to understand and decipher. The following are 4 tips to use in analyzing a roofing estimate.

Tips

Shop Around: The first step to analyze a roofing estimate is to compare it to the competition. In order to do this, you should contact and request an estimate from at least 3 reputable roofing companies. While in the process of shopping around there are a multitude of questions you should be asking and research you should be doing. Find out which suppliers the company works with and how long they have been in business. Also, research what their customers say through reviews and double check the company is in fact licensed and insured. Finally, ensure they have a physical location, as many fly-by-nighters will only offer a phone number or e-mail to reach.

Determine Costs & Markup: Prior to determining costs you will need to decide which materials are going to be used in the replacement. Once you are aware of the materials being used you can contact suppliers directly to be determine the actual cost of the materials. This will help you be aware of any hidden markups added to your bill.

Labor and Incidentals: Roofing estimates come in various formats however each estimate should list labor and incidental costs. There can be many hidden expenses such as transporting supplies, cleanup, waste disposal, and permits; all of which should be listed.

Warranties: Last but not least you should ensure that your investment is protected under the warranties. Workmanship warranties will cover the labor, and installation, whereas material warranties will cover defects in the materials used. When analyzing the warranties be aware of the company’s history in honoring warranties and check to see if warranties are transferrable when selling your home.

Dealing with a roofing issue can be very stressful, however the above tips will help you better analyze each roofing quote to determine which option is best for you.

If you are searching for a trustworthy local roofing contractor to provide services for your residential or commercial roof, Crown Roofing is the place to call. You can count on us to provide the highest quality of roof repair, re-roof, roof maintenance or new construction roof for your home or business. 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.

Crown Roofing: Madeira Beach

Crown Roofing: Business Observer’s TOP Roofing Contractor

It’s one of the most anticipated publications of the year: Business Observer’s Top 50 Contractors.  This year, the published top contractors looped in $6.5 billion in revenue, proving the region’s construction sector continues to speed without signs of a slowdown.  We’re proud to say that your favorite Naples roofing contractors, Crown Roofing, made the list — not only in the top 20 of the entire list, but as the highest-ranked roofing contractor as well.

In 2019, the top 50 posted a total of $6.45 billion in revenue, up 15.1% over $5.6 billion in 2018. That comes on top of 15.4% growth in 2018 over 2017. (To make the Top 50 Contractor list, companies must be based in the Business Observer’s coverage area, from Polk County south to Collier County. Companies must be in some type of contracting field: electrical, general construction, roofing and more. Data is self-submitted.)

We not only offer new construction, roof replacement, roof maintenance, and roof repair in Port Royal and elsewhere throughout the state, but we provide top-notch customer service and competitive pricing to help ensure our clients are getting the most personalized and efficient customer service available.  With offices in Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Pompano Breach, and Orlando, we’re just a phone call away, 24/7.

Crown Roofing: Marco Island Marriott

Crown Roofing was founded out of the realization of the need for a company that could fill an ever-expanding gap in the market. Customers are demanding low pricing but are unwilling to sacrifice service and quality. A leaner, more efficient model was needed and each current owner felt that with their roofing and corporate management experience, along with advances in technology for more streamlined and automated office operations, they could fill this need. Each owner of the organization came to Crown Roofing with unique sets of skills and years of experience in the marketplace. Crown Roofing has managed multi-million dollar roofing operations for over 10 years and collectively have more than 75 years of roofing and corporate management experience.

Crown Roofing services all of Central, South and Southwest Florida, specializing in new construction, re-roof, maintenance and all of your roof service needs. We look forward to helping you with your residential or commercial roofing needs. With five offices and more than 600 employees across the state, we’re ready to handle your toughest projects. Call today to schedule your free estimate. We’re answering calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 855-CROWN-55

4 Signs Your Roofing Contractor May Be Ripping You Off

With new roofs costing thousands of dollars, it should come as no surprise con artists posing as professional roofers do exist. In order to reduce your chances of falling prey to roofing rip off you should be aware of the following 4 signs your roofing contractor may be ripping you off.

Storm Chasing

Severe storms can leave homeowners with significant roof damage. During these times of destruction, scammers appearing to be professional roofers tend to come out of the woodwork and prey on concerned homeowners. Homeowners should be aware of roofers appearing after storms and not rush into any immediate decisions. The work done by storm chasing roofers is often poor quality since they are trying to do as many roofs as possible in a short amount of time. Always check for references and with the Better Business Bureau to ensure you do not fall victim to this scam.

Bait & Switch

The bait & switch is used by contractors and roofers alike. The roofer or contractor will start with an extremely low bid and the price will only go up from there. Materials may be changed, unannounced upgrades will occur, and additional costs will be added to the bill. Homeowners can avoid the bait and switch by making sure any changes are spelled out in the contract and that all changes must be agreed to by the homeowner before they are executed.

Low Starting Bid

Like the bait and switch, a low starting bid is presented to the homeowner. After work begins, unforeseen problems and higher than anticipated costs quickly add up. The safest way to avoid this scam is to abide by the rule “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” If a roofer’s quote is significantly lower than his competitors there is a good chance you may be getting ripped off.

Shoddy Work

By rushing jobs and reducing labor time roofers can make more money. Far too often roofers will perform faulty prep work such as not properly reinstalling gutters, flashing, and skylights. You can minimize the chances of falling victim to this rip-off by requesting the roofer go over everything they’ve done each day before they leave. Also, be leery if your roofing project is completed significantly earlier than promised. This can mean shortcuts were taken.

By being aware of these 4 signs you can lessen the chances you are their next victim.

Crown Roofing is your trusted friend for all your roofing needs. You can count on us to provide the highest quality of roof repair, re-roof, roof maintenance, or new construction roof for your home or business. 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.

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Importance of a Roofing Contract

Roofing jobs are complex, expensive undertakings. Many homeowners have questions regarding roofing and contracts and whether they are necessary. While many customers view contracts as a negative thing, a roofing contract is an important document crafted to protect the homeowner and the roofer. The days of undertaking a roofing project with a simple handshake are over and a clear roofing contract spelling out the scope of the work, materials, and payment is necessary. Having a clear, detailed contract allows both the roofer and homeowner to have protections should a problem arise. A roofing contract provides peace of mind to both parties and should include 5 important items.

Names & Addresses – Both parties’ names and addresses should be included as well as the roofer’s business address.

Scope of Work – Scope of work should be clearly articulated and specific. Examples include: layers tear off, products used, new flashing, cleanup, etc. The scope should also include what will not be done such as change orders.

Change Orders – Change orders do happen, and it is important to spell this out in the contract. If extra work is required on the project, it is important for the homeowner to know the additional hourly rate to be charged.

Contractor’s Information – A reliable roofing contract includes the contractor’s insurance certification, license number, worker’s comp, and Liability.

Project Duration – The length of time to complete the project should be clearly stated in the contract. Also, a payment schedule should be documented stating how and when the roof will be paid for.

Roofing contracts eliminate disagreements, help solve problems, and provide homeowners and roofers with deserved protections. A well-articulated contract will help ensure the roofing project is completed timely and eliminate hard feelings and frustrations resulting from the project. Because roofing jobs are so complex, a contract is vital to ensuring both parties are satisfied.

We are Your Trustworthy Roofer

As you wouldn’t let just anyone in your house, you shouldn’t let just anyone on your roof. Make sure you contract with a company that is local and will be there in your time of need. You want a roofer who can stand behind its warranty and who can provide the property insurance and licensing as well. You want a team that is trained and experienced in all roofing systems and a team that can handle any and all repair, replacement, and diagnostic issues.

Crown Roofing looks forward to helping you with your residential or commercial roofing needs. With five offices and more than 600 employees across the state, we’re ready to handle your toughest projects. Call today to schedule your free estimate. We’re answering calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 855-CROWN-55

Top 4 Tips on Hanging Holiday Lights Without Damaging Your Roof

The holiday season is underway, and many homeowners will be installing holiday lights while decorating their homes. Holiday lights can give your home a festive, holiday feel, but if the proper precautions aren’t taken this can be a dangerous endeavor for your safety and the safety of your roof. According the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are over 15,000 injuries each year related to holiday decorating. Before you begin hanging those decorative lights this holiday season, it is important to be aware of the safety measures you can take to reduce the chances of sustaining an injury or causing unnecessary damage to your roof.

Tips on Holiday Lighting Without Damaging Your Roof

  •  Avoid going on the roof if possible: First and foremost, if at all possible, avoid going on the roof all together. The less time spent walking on the roof, the longer your roof will last. If you can’t resist placing the lights or decorations in locations that require going on the roof, make sure you wear safe footwear and use a sturdy ladder. Also, avoid the part of the roof with the highest pitch (slope).
  •  Ladder safety: Make sure the ladder you are using is dry and not missing any pieces or broken. Avoid placing the ladder directly against the gutters as this can cause damage. While on the ladder avoid extending beyond your natural, comfortable reach.
  •  Preplan: Untangle lights and have decorations ready before you go up on the ladder or roof. Check for frayed wires or bad bulbs that can lead to a potential fire hazard. Ensure that any extension cords used are safe for outdoor use.
  •  Use Light Clips and Ensure Lights and Decorations are Secure: Light clips are a must! Do not use staple guns, screws or nails. When taking the lights down do not pull because you can rip the gutter off with the lights. Also make sure rooftop decorations are secure so they do not fall over or blow around and leave unnecessary damage to your roof.

Decorating your home for the holidays should be a fun, fulfilling project that leaves your home looking beautiful for the holidays. By following the above tips, you can reduce the chances that you sustain an injury or your roof gets damaged in the process.

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 to schedule your appointment.

5 Interior Signs of a Roof Problem

The safety and comfort of your family and employees is important and having a roof you can rely on is essential. While Florida is a beautiful, sunny, and warm state to live, heavy storms and the occasional hurricane can cause damage to your roof. Keeping a close eye on your roof and taking care of any roofing issues during the early stages can help home and business owners prevent costly roof repairs. Below you will see five interior signs of a roof problem.

Signs that you may have a roof problem

Stained or Sagging Roof: If you notice yellow stains or a sagging roof this may be a sign of a roof leak or poor ventilation. Without proper ventilation the lifespan of your roof will be reduced, and you could potentially face an expensive roof replacement project.

Musty/Moldy Odors: It only takes a small leak to lead to mold growth. Mold grows in areas with high moisture, therefore if you smell a moldy or musty odor you should assume there is moisture present.

Water Presence: It’s safe to say if you see water dripping from your ceiling you most likely have a roof problem. Water in other areas such as the corners or floors can also indicate a roofing issue as the water can travel through a building or home. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and have a reliable roofer check your roof anytime you see water.

Ceiling or Attic Damage: If the ceiling paint changes color or expands you may have a roof problem. Also, any light that passes through your attic is sure indication you have a roofing issue.

Higher Energy Costs: If you notice a rise in your energy bills there is a chance you may have a roof problem. A well-insulated, sturdy roof will allow a building to maintain its temperature without placing undue stress on the HVAC system.

The signs above can easily be identified by the average homeowner. It doesn’t take roofing knowledge or a ladder to notice the items listed above. By being aware of these interior signs you can potentially save money on your next roof repair/replacements.

Your Local Roofing Contractor

Crown Roofing excels in installing high-quality, new roofs and replacing roofs damaged through age, weather and other events. If you have noticed any of the interior signs of a roof problem which are listed above, it is best to contact your local roofing contractor for a roof inspection. Occasionally, when a home or business has roof damage, they need more than roofing repair, Crown Roofing will remove old roofing materials and replace it with the roof material of your choice. Crown Roofing has been providing premier quality roofing repairs and replacements for commercial and residential clients across the state of Florida for many years. There is no job too big and no task too small for Crown Roofing.

Can a Rooftop HVAC Unit Hurt Your Roof?

Rooftop HVAC units can be found on many commercial buildings. While an HVAC unit is necessary, the units and the work done on them can leave your roof damaged. Below you will see how HVAC units can hurt your roof.

Tech Issues

HVAC technicians and roofers have different knowledge and interests. HVAC technicians can unintentionally cause significant damage to a roof while working on the unit. With a bulky unit and heavy tools, it is easy to see how damage can be done to the roof. To combat this, you should place walkpads around the HVAC unit and have a professional roofer supervise the process.

Condensation

When an HVAC unit is running it produces condensation which must go somewhere. The condensation builds up and forms a pond of water. The ponding collects debris and grows mold which will shorten the life of your roof. The solution for this is simple – installing interior discharge lines or directing the water to the closest roof drain. While a properly working HVAC unit will vaporize the water, older, faulty units can produce excess condensation.

Adding Units

It is much easier to install HVAC units during the construction phase as opposed to after a building is built. During the construction phase tubing, curbs, and drainage lines can be installed. When adding units wind uplift can occur at the separation site and cause tears in the roof’s membrane. Additionally, the extra weight added to the roofs from the units never helps the roof’s longevity.

Solutions

To minimize the possibility of damage to a roof from HVAC units there are a couple precautionary measures you can take. First, make sure sealants and curbs are installed properly. Next, minimize the amount of walking on the roof and use walkways and walkpads as much as possible. Furthermore, have a professional roofer supervise any work done on rooftop HVAC units. Finally, and most importantly, be proactive with your roof and don’t allow minor roof repairs to become major roof replacements.

If you have discovered a leak or any type of damage in your commercial roof, look no further and contact the professional roofers at Crown Roofing. Crown Roofing has been providing premier quality roofing repairs and replacements for commercial and residential clients across the state of Florida for many years. There is no job too big and no task too small for Crown Roofing.