Posts

Top 3 Benefits of Flat Roofing

Flat or low sloped roofs are often debated in roofing conversations due to their unique advantages and disadvantages in comparison to other types of roofs. Flat roofs are defined as having a pitch (slope) of 10 degrees or less. It is important when making a decision regarding what type of roof to install to be aware of the positives and negatives of installing a flat roof.

Flat Roofing Benefits

The benefits of installing a flat roof can be broken down into 3 main benefits: expense, space, and access.

  • Expense: Between the materials used and the installation costs, flat roofs are often generally less expensive than other types of roofs.
  • Space: The additional space a flat roof generates is significant. The rooftop space can be utilized for living space, gardening, air conditioning units, solar panels, and more. Furthermore, a flat roof will provide more interior space for attics or other floor plans.
  • Access: Because of the minimal or zero-degree slope, flat roofs are much more easily accessed than sloped roofs. This is especially helpful for when your roof needs repaired or the gutters need cleaned. The access is also helpful should you choose to install solar panels or a satellite dish.

While there are many benefits to flat roofs, there important disadvantages that need to be considered as well. Flat roofs have difficulty draining because of the lack of slope which can lead to water puddles and leaks from the roofing material breaking down. Finally, there is a lack of material options for flat roofs. The material options that are available such as rubber, EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), hot asphalt modified bitumen, and TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) are all reasonably inexpensive, however have a limited lifespan (10-15 years).

Replacing or repairing a roof is an expensive undertaking for any homeowner or building owner. It is important to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of roof in order to ensure you make the right decision for your needs. A qualified, experienced roofer can help assist you in making your final decision should you face the predicament of needing to install a new roof on your home or building.

Know Who to Call

Crown Roofing specializes in the installation and design specification of many different hot asphalt modified bitumen roofing manufacturers and systems. We are one of South Florida’s leading roofing contractors when it comes to advising you on what system works best for you. We work with most major manufacturers such as GAF, Johns Manville, Firestone, Soprema, Certainteed and more.

Contact us today for a free evaluation of your projects specific needs and allow us to develop a specification and solution for you.

5 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lighting

With the holidays quickly approaching many Americans will be scrambling to decorate the interior and exterior of their homes before their family and friends arrive. While some families are content placing a few outdoor decorations on their lawn, there are others who enjoy going all out to create a holiday display that the whole neighborhood envy’s. While hanging your holiday decorations and lights may be an enjoyable festive activity, if not done so correctly, the price of doing it the wrong way could put a damper on your holiday season.

  • Check your Lights and Equipment – Before grabbing the ladder and climbing up to your rooftop to hang your lights, make sure that your strands of lights are rated for outdoor use, in good working condition and that you have the proper length of lighting to cover the area you are decorating.
  • Secure your Ladder – When hanging holiday lighting, your safety should always come first! Make sure your ladder is set up properly and is on level ground. To ensure your safety while on the ladder, it’s always a good idea to hang the lights with the help of a family member, friend or neighbor. Having a helping hand to hold the ladder steady can help prevent it from shifting and help to avoid injury.
  • Protect your Roof – When hanging holiday lights on your roof, do not use nails. Trying to pound nails into your roof could be damaging not only to your rooftop, hammering nails to hang lighting could also cause damage to the siding and fascia. This damage could result in roof leaks which could become costly. Put the nails aside and opt for a safer solution such as holiday lighting clips which can be hooked onto your gutters or eaves. These options are not only inexpensive, they are safer to use on your roof.
  • After the Holidays – Once the holidays are over, don’t be in such a hurry when removing all your holiday decorations. We all know that taking down the decorations is not nearly as fun as hanging them up, but don’t be hasty. If you rush through and start yanking or pulling on the strands of lighting, you could end up damaging the components that they are attached. Remove all lighting and decoration with care to avoid accidents and damage.
  • Be Proactive – While you are decorating your home for the holidays, if you will be hanging outdoor lighting on your roof, keep your eyes open for loose or missing shingles, cracked or broken tiles, holes, leaks or other roof problems. If you should have any roofing issues, the professionals at Crown Roofing are here to help. Catching roof issues when they are in the early stages can save you lots of money in the long run.

While Crown Roofing offers services for all 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.

Drones and the Roofing Industry

Drones and the Roofing Industry

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are small aircraft that operate without a pilot. While drones have been around for quite some time, their application into new industries is becoming more prevalent. Specifically, drones have recently proven a valuable technology for the roofing industry by providing accurate roofing estimates, reducing liability for roofers, and saving roofers time and money.

Providing Estimates

Through photos and video, drones are able to provide roofers and their clients with accurate estimates. Additionally, some roofs have inaccessible areas which can be surveilled by drone. Drones have the ability to gather measurements, pictures, and videos of a roof to provide accurate, timely estimates.

Reducing Liability

Every time a roofer goes on a roof he/she is at risk of falling or sustaining injury. Drones can reduce the liability by performing many of the tasks a roofer would do while on the roof. Storms can also leave roofs with questionable integrity. A drone will reduce the risk by surveilling the roof before a roofer goes up.

Saving Time and Money

Drones can save roofers time and money by completing many of the tasks roofers typically undertake. Instead of constantly going up and down a ladder to the roof, a drone can more quickly find the answers by surveilling the roof. Newer drones even have the technology to send the desired information directly to e-mail or an office.
Drone rules and regulation are everchanging because of the increased utilization of drones for personal and business use. With the application of drone technology to various industries it is important to be aware of the pros and cons to incorporating a drone on your next roofing project.

As with any type of project involving your roof, your safety always comes first. While many individuals have started using drones for their personal recreational use, caution in using drones is advised as injuries may occur. When handling issues or concerns with your roof, it is best left to the professionals who are knowledgeable and experienced in the industry.

Who to Call

If you need a new roof, roof repair or roof maintenance, the roofing specialists at Crown Roofing are here to help. Crown Roofing offers regular inspections and can help to repair current roofing systems or install a new roofing system to keep your family or business safe. We have offices in Fort Myers, Sarasota, Orlando, and Pompano Beach. Call us today for a free estimate.