Inspecting Your Roof After Hurricane Irma

Inspecting Your Roof After Hurricane Irma

Living in Florida has its advantages with the beautiful tropical climate, long sandy beaches and mild winters, however as we all know, during the months of June through November, Floridians need to beware of hurricanes. Hurricane Irma has just passed wreaking havoc all across Florida. With wind speeds exceeding 105 mph and wind gusts up to 130 mph in some areas, many home and business owners suffered extreme loss and damage to their property. Flooding from storm surge, water damage, property damage, downed trees and roof damage are things which many communities are now dealing with during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

If your commercial or residential property has suffered from roofing damages due to Hurricane Irma it is important to fix the damages in a timely manner so your property isn’t left vulnerable to the next rain storm.

How to Inspect Your Roof After a Hurricane

• Ground Inspection – Inspection of your roof can begin with a ground level inspection. By standing far enough back, you can review your roof to see if you notice any missing shingles, missing tiles, broken tiles or other damage. Using a pair of binoculars is also helpful in doing a ground inspection.
• Ladder Inspection – If you have a large stable ladder, you can use it to inspect your roof for damages. However, we suggest that you do not climb on your roof for inspection as loose shingles, loose tiles or other damages could cause you to fall resulting in injuries.
• Gutter Inspection – While inspecting your roof, inspect your gutters. Make sure your gutters are still secure and that they are not broken or damaged. Damaged or broken gutters can cause water to drain directly next to your home’s foundation which can cause problems.
• Interior Inspection – After completing an exterior inspection it is good to inspect inside as well. Using a flashlight, you can inspect your attic and ceiling for signs of water leaks. Check for wet areas on the ceiling and down the sides of the walls.

These steps can be followed for all different types of roofing such as shingle, tile, metal or flat. If your damages are minor and you feel you are able to repair them yourself, do so with extreme caution as some damages may not be so clearly visible causing slippage and injuries. For your safety, calling a professional is suggested for all repair work following a hurricane.

Who to Call

The staff at Crown Roofing hopes that you and your family have all made it safely through Hurricane Irma. If you find that your roof has incurred damages or if you find water leaks, call the professionals at Crown Roofing. We are here to provide you with roof repair services for your commercial or residential property. Crown Roofing has 5 locations across South Florida. We have offices in Fort Myers/Naples, Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach/Pompano Area. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Hurricane Irma: Preparing Your Roof

Hurricane Irma has developed into a Category 5 hurricane, according to CNN. Computers forecast the storm to turn toward Florida by the weekend. If it does, the impact on The Sunshine State could be catastrophic.  As the National Hurricane Center reports, “The hurricane will be moving through an environment of low vertical wind shear, a moist mid-level atmosphere, and increasing upper-ocean heat content, and this is ideal for some additional intensification.”

After declaring a state of emergency across Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said President Donald Trump had “offered the full resources of the federal government as Floridians prepare for Hurricane Irma.” Scott also ordered 7,000 National Guard troops to report for duty by Friday morning.  Of those, 100 were activated Tuesday to begin helping with preparations, he said. “We do not know the exact path of this storm, but weather can change in an instant and while we hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst,” Scott said in a statement.
In addition to protecting your family and loved ones, it’s critical for residents to protect both their home and business in these serious scenarios.  Unfortunately, the roof is often an afterthought when it comes to preparing for hurricane season. Most roof owners don’t take measures to preserve a roof until it’s too late. Our Fort Myers roofing contractors are here with a few simple tips to help you protect your property through the upcoming storm and though the rest of hurricane season.
Trim Your Trees
This tip is helpful year-round, not just during hurricane season. Trees that hang near or over your roof can be dangerous in virtually any storm, but especially in a hurricane. When wind speeds increase, limbs can go flying. If a tree limb flies its way onto your roof, potential damage could result and allow water into your home, causing further electrical damage or hurt someone in the structure. Trees can also cause debris buildup, especially in your roof’s valleys. Sticks, pine needles, leaves, and other debris can pile on your roof. When this ‘mulch’ gets wet – it will stay wet. The dampness can cause the roof structure to deteriorate and eventually rot.  A simple, and regular, trimming of your trees can help you to prepare and potentially avoid these problems.
Clean Your Gutters
It’s too easy to neglect your gutters. In the event of a serious storm, and especially a hurricane, it’s critical that you take the time to clean it out beforehand. You want to ensure that all your gutters and drainage systems are clear so that the rain can flow freely. If you’ve got buildup in your gutters during Florida’s rain and hurricane season, backed up water can dangerously intrude your home.
Fix Loose or Missing Shingles
While loose or missing shingles may seem like no big deal, they can lead to some serious problems if they’re not addressed before a storm. It’s critical to secure lose shingles and replace ones that are missing to help prevent storm water from leaking in to your home or business. It’s also a safe idea to check for loose eave and gable end vents, soffits, or turbines, and rusted flashing before a storm and repair these issues as well.
Secure Yard Items
Various yard decorations and furniture can turn into flying projectiles quicker than you’d think. It’s important to either move these items inside or die them down outside to help ensure they stay put during storm winds.


Neglecting your roof before a storm can result in a significant amount of damage. Leaking water risks roof collapse as well as damage to the attic, insulation, walls, and your possessions. Prepare your home and business before it’s too late. After a storm, it’s critical to have your roof addressed. Do so by calling a certified roofing contractor in Naples to assess the damage and recommend the best steps for you to take to recover. Crown Roofing will take care of the rest.

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

Crown Roofing LLC NOT affiliated with Crown Roofing Contractors, Inc./Roland Price

Per the Florida State company registry, Sunbiz.org, there are two companies in Florida that have the words “Crown Roofing” in their legal business name. Crown Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a small roofing company in Saint Petersburg, owned and operated by Roland Price. Crown Roofing LLC and Crown Roofing Contractors, Inc./Roland Price are not, in any way, related.  Still, we are saddened by the recent headlines involving a home’s yard signs in St. Petersburg and their various derogatory, offensive, and disheartening messages.  

Please do not confuse our company, Crown Roofing LLC, with the owner of this other company.  Crown Roofing LLC is a statewide roofing contractor with 350+ employees, four offices throughout the state, and a diverse workforce.   His opinions are not shared by our firm.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Drainage Systems for Flat Roofs

Drainage Systems for Flat Roofs

Due to gravitational forces, flat roofs have the potential to collect and hold water.  Without an effective drainage system, different problems may arise.  These problems can include debris buildup, standing water (which can cause a roof to buckle), the ruining of seals in rooftop systems, stress on the building’s structure, or leaks in various places.   There are three main types of drainage systems for flat roofs: drains, gutters, and scuppers.  Each drainage system has its pros and cons.

Drains

  • Similar to shower drains, usually placed where water needs to be drained from
  • Connected to pipes, drains water in opposite direction of the structure
  • Pros: visually appealing because no gutters or downpipes are necessary, can be placed in ideal position on roof
  • Cons: Debris can clog strainer, more costly than gutters or scuppers

Gutters

  • Used to catch water on the edge of a roof and funnel it away from building using downspouts
  • Pros: Inexpensive, Controls water flow away from the structure
  • Cons: Regular cleaning and maintenance required from debris such as leaves that block water flow

Scuppers

  • Work similarly to gutters, funnel water away from building
  • Used when a building’s roof is located over flower beds, water is directed from the roof towards them
  • Pros: Keeps water away from walls and foundations of building
  • Cons: Don’t work as well on flat roofs as pitched roofs

It is important to be aware that in Southwest Florida heavy rains and wind are especially difficult on a roof.   Drains, gutters, and scuppers are the three primary drainage systems used for flat roofs.  A knowledgeable roofer can advise and recommend specific solutions for your roofing needs.

Your Trustworthy Roofing Contractors

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 flat roof.  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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What to Consider When Replacing Your Roof

What to Consider When Replacing Your Roof

Most homeowners dread the thought of roof replacement; however, your roof is what is keeping you and your family safe.   Replacing a roof is a major home improvement project that costs thousands of dollars.   Because roofs last for years, the decisions you make regarding roof replacement will affect you for a long time.   There are several important factors you should consider when replacing your roof.

Cost

While there is no quick way to know the cost of a new roof, replacing a roof will definitely be costly.  The cost of roofing replacement varies by region, material type, tear off cost plus other factors.  It is important to be prepared in the event you need to replace a roof as cost is such an important factor in the decision.

Timing

Waiting too long to replace a roof or replacing a roof too early can have negative consequences.  Leaks have the potential to damage other parts of your roofing system or even your home itself.  Additional damage to your roof or home can be expensive, therefore it is important to realize the importance of timing when replacing a roof.

Interruption/Noise

Replacing a roof is both a lengthy and noisy process.   When replacing a roof homeowners should be aware of the length of time the project will take and plan their days accordingly.  Homeowners should consider whether they should move for the short-term or tolerate the loud noises that come with replacing a roof.

Materials

Choosing the materials for your new roof is another important aspect to consider when replacing a roof.  The climate of your home, the quality of your new roof, and your budget are the most important factors in determining which materials to choose.   An experienced roofer can help you understand your options and help you make an educated decision based off your individual needs.

Contractor

Replacing a roof may seem like a daunting expensive task.  Considering these five factors will help you in the process of replacing your roof.  As with all roofing decisions, it is important to choose a qualified, experienced, reputable contractor.  The professionals at Crown Roofing knowledgeable and experienced with all areas concerning roof replacement.  We handle all types of roofing systems including tile, shingle, metal and flat low slope roofing.  There is no job too big and no job task too small for Crown Roofing.  We have offices in Central, South, and Southwest Florida.  Call us Today for a free estimate.

 

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Types of Roofs in Florida

Types of Roofs in Florida

Florida features a unique climate that presents many challenges to the roofing industry. The constant sun, rain, wind, and tropical storms make the weather especially hard on roofing materials. Florida homeowners should be aware of several types of roofs and the differences between them to help choose the best roofing option.

Types of Roofs

Composition Shingles
• One of the most popular types of roofs; made from fiberglass or asphalt; affordable
• Warranties on shingles can vary from a 25- to a 50-year shingle.
• Choosing the right roofing contractor for your shingle project can mean a difference between getting 5-10 years out of your shingle roof, and getting the full life expectancy

Clay and Concrete Tile
• Popular Florida roof because of its longevity and easy maintenance; Resistant to insects and rotting
• May require extra support because of its weight; Fragile if walked on
• Expensive; Issues with the material breaking, curling, or becoming discolored
• Warranties on tiles can range from 50-75 years

Metal
• Usually made of steel; can resemble other types of roofs; durable and maintenance free
• Popular choice for both residential and commercial roofing applications
• Costs can vary significantly based on which metal roof is best for your particular project needs.

Single Ply Roofing Systems (Flat – Low Slope Roofing)
• Can be installed in both residential and commercial roofing projects
• Most commonly available in highly reflective (SRI) white. Can reflect up to 77% of the sun’s rays
• The light colors tend to show dirt which can cause flat roofs to lose reflection; Cleaning maintenance required

The Importance of the Right Roof

Deciding on the best type of roof is an important aspect of home ownership. According to HowStuffWorks.com’s Home & Garden section, a roof is the first barrier to the hot Florida sun. A quality roof should be releasing rather than absorbing the sun’s rays. Additionally, choosing a light-colored roof color can drastically save on your monthly electric bill. Former United States Energy Secretary Stephen Chu estimated that painting all roofs and roads light colors could reduce electricity costs by up to 15%. Much in the same way that black leather attracts the sun, a light-colored roof will reflect the sun’s rays keeping your home cooler.

Your Roofing Contractors

Choosing your type of roofing material is a big decision to make. Luckily the roofing specialists at Crown Roofing are here to help you with this decision. 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.

Benefits of Tile Roofing

Tile Roofing

When choosing the type of roofing material for your home many homeowners in South Florida choose tile roofing.  Tile roofing is a popular choice for Floridians because it’s architectural appeal is very pleasing to the eye.  Tile roofing also has a long lifespan which makes it a great investment for your home.

What is Tile Roofing?

Tile roofing is roofing material that is made of concrete or clay.  Concrete and clay roofing tiles have been used as a roofing system for thousands of years.  Tile roofing may cost a little bit more than roofing shingles but it will outlast most other steep slope roofing products when properly installed.

Tile roofing is available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, and are typically installed on top of a 1 or 2 ply underlayment system.  Warranties on the tiles can range from 50-75 years, making it a quality investment for your home.

Benefits of Tile Roofing

  • Clay and Concrete tiles are resistant to fire, hail and moisture.
  • Roof tiles are available in a variety of styles and colors.
  • Tile roofing has a long lifespan which can outlast other steep slope roofing materials.
  • Tile roofing is good for insulation. Since air is able to circulate under the tiles, it helps to conserve energy in cold and warm weather.

Tile Roofing Maintenance

As with all types of roofing systems, regular maintenance is beneficial for expanding the lifespan of your tile roof.  Some of the common maintenance tips for a tile roofing system include:

  • Cleaning – Keeping your tile roof clean and clear from algae aides in extending its lifespan.
  • Gutters – Removing debris from your gutters to ensure that rainfall can flow easily will help avoid overflow on your roof which can cause leaks.
  • Inspections – All roofing systems need to be inspected during the year. Broken or missing tiles may cause leaks.
  • Repairs – Making repairs during the early stages helps to prevent further damages and more costly repairs.

 

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.

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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.