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(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.

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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

Roof damage caused by hail

What You Need To Know About Roof Damage Caused by Hail

As the inclement weather continues to pummel through major Florida areas, it’s important for you to understand the serious problems that pummel along with it. You may not see obvious damage to your roof from the ground, but our rooftop specialists can both understand and identify hail damage in Stuart and elsewhere throughout the state resulting from recent (and severe) storms.

As recent headlines read, “Fast-moving storms caused blinding rains, strong wind gusts and hail late Monday afternoon in areas of Martin County,” residents and visitors to the area were unprepared in the arrival of the damaging weather.

“The weather just got progressively worse so I wasn’t sure if I should keep driving or stop. Then the hail got really big. I couldn’t see anything in front of me. Then the car started rocking and then the tree came out of nowhere,” described Palm City resident, Melissa Knox.

Roof damage caused by hail

In this blog, Crown Roofing (your local Florida roofing contractor, specializing in roof repair and roof replacement) will discuss a few (very important) reasons why you should never ignore hail damage on your roof. Remember, hail damage is oftentimes not apparent until years later when it has turned into leaks and other severe and costly roofing issues. The full-life damage process is a slow, but almost sure, process. It all starts the moment hail slams into your rooftop and knocks off (or chips) the protective outer layer. This can cause deeper layers of your roofing system to become exposed, making them more susceptible to leaks. For these reasons, it’s critical to have your rooftop examined and inspected by a roofing professional in Port St. Lucie or any nearby areas immediately following a Florida hail storm.

Once damage is identified, insurance companies will prefer you to make a claim as soon as possible.  This helps to ensure that repairs are completed in a timely manner and that more problems will not arise. By allowing a hail-damaged roof to remain exposed to the elements, the risks for more severe (and more costly) problems skyrocket. Weather and storm-related roofing issues carry a number of characteristics as they pass through seasons and only get worse as they pass through time.

While hail may be more prevalent in our friendly states to the north, recent weather events in the Sunshine State prove we’re not in the clear. Just across the US, there were 5,382 major hailstorms in 2019, according to the NOAA’s Severe Storms database. In 2018, 4,610 major hailstorms occurred, resulting in $810 million in property and crop damage.

At Crown Roofing, all our estimators and service technicians are sent through extensive training and, therefore, possess the knowledge to identify storm damage and assist with any necessary insurance claims, working with homeowners to fight for the compensation they deserve. Answering calls 24-hours a day, we’re always ready, willing to work with your insurance company to get you rooftop restored as soon as possible. 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.

COVID-19 Safety Updates from your Favorite Florida Roofing Contractor

Crown Roofing remains open for business and we are committed to our longstanding policy of maintaining a healthy, hygienic environment for all team members and customers. 

We continue to take proactive measures related to COVID-19. We have implemented additional cleaning protocols in our office, warehouse, fleet vehicles and work locations. We have also equipped field staff with the necessary equipment to ensure safe working procedures in our customers’ homes.

Crown Roofing is following the strategies that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended in their Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers.

In addition, in order to protect our customers and technicians, we have enacted the following protocols:

  • If any service technician is feeling ill or is caring for someone that is ill, they will not report to work
  • We are asking COVID-19 related health questions when booking an appointment. Please let us know if anyone at the home/business is ill prior to our service technician arriving
  • Our service technicians will arrive to your home with gloves, eye protection and shoe covers – we’ll confirm with you if we should wear our PPE (Person Protective Equipment) upon arrival
  • Crown Roofing service technicians will be adhering to social distancing guidelines

If there are any significant changes to current CDC guidelines, Crown Roofing will update our website and social media to provide our customers with the latest information. We appreciate your understanding and patience should this cause any interruptions to our team or business as usual. We encourage everyone to stay healthy by practicing social distancing, washing your hands frequently and staying informed.

Thank you for your support,

The Crown Roofing Family

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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

Preventative Roof Maintenance Programs

In today’s economy, companies are more likely to spend capital on fixing machinery, ensuring constant power, or upgrading safety infrastructure as opposed to less dynamic equipment such as a roof. While on the surface this may seem like a good idea, the contrary is true. By not performing routine maintenance on an important item such as your roof, you are shortening the lifespan of one of the most important components to your business/home. A sturdy roof is important because it protects us from Mother Nature. A new residential roof can cost in the tens of thousands and a commercial roof can cost much more. By undertaking a preventative maintenance program, you can help ensure your roof lasts as long as possible.

Study

The Roof Asset Management Program (RAMP) was undertaken by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. In 2005, the pioneer program placed the roofs of 6 sites across the country under its care. The program emphasizes strategic, preventative maintenance and proactive repairs in order to save money. The results are clear. As of today, the program has saved $7 million in construction costs, added $19.3 million in value to the roofing portfolios through preventative repairs, and increased the average life of the roof inventory by 25%.

3 Preventative Roof Maintenance Program Tips

Three things that should be found in every roof maintenance program are:

  • Regular Inspections: It is recommended to have your roof checked annually for spots, leaks, cracks and other problems. Be sure to get these fixed before they become even bigger problems.
  • Clean and Clear Surface: Make sure your roof is clear of any debris. Ensure the surface is clean from mold, algae, and black stains.
  • Functioning Drainage System: Always check for clogged gutters. Make sure there are no leaks and water is able to flow freely away from the structure.

A preventative roof maintenance program will save you money over the long run. By allocating time and resources towards regular roof maintenance you will be rewarded by an increase in the longevity of your roof. It’s much easier to spend a few bucks today than a lot of money tomorrow.

Know Who to Call

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 New Year Resolutions

New Year’s Roof Resolutions

As we wrap up 2019, it’s time to start thinking about the year ahead — 2020.  Once the ball drops, it’s time to get serious and focus on the health of not only your body, but of your roof, too.  Add it to that Resolution List, you know, with losing weight, or quitting smoking, or saving more money, or that big career change.  Pencil in money-saving roof resolutions, and make sure you include the contact information for our specialists of roof repair in Naples, Marco Island, Port Royal, and elsewhere throughout the state of Florida.

Crown Roofing New Year Roofing Resolutions

We don’t stop there though. Whether it’s a roof replacement in Orlando, Winter Haven, or any of the other major surrounding Florida cities, it’s important to team up with a roofing contractor that can handle all your properties. With offices in Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Pompano Beach, and Orlando, we’re ready and equipped to help all our neighbors in The Sunshine State.  Let’s get back to what’s important though — your roof.

We’ve got “New Year, New Roof” tips for you and your neighbors to help find the best value in roofing solutions:

Take Action Now: The last thing you want to do is wait until you have a leak to pay your roof the attention it needs.  Regular roof inspections are not only critical in elongating the lifespan of your roof, but also in helping to keep down costly, emergency repairs.  Unfortunately, structural damage can severely increase the bottom line of your roof repair/roof replacement, too.  Keep all working components in tip-top shape with regular care and attention to create the most cost-efficient lifespan of your roofing system.

Know Your Options: When searching out a roofing contractor in Tampa, Lakeland, or any of the surrounding areas for either a roof repair or a complete replacement, your best bet is to turn toward a knowledgeable, experienced, and honest roofer.  There are a plethora of options, features, and upgrades available for every roof system.  It’s imperative that you not only choose the right options for your property but the right options for your wallet.

Watch Your Gutters:  If your gutters aren’t working properly, your roof will likely suffer. You want to make sure that water is able to easily flow away from your roof without any pooling or ponding. Checking your gutters is also an excellent way to tell if your roof has suffered any shingle or tile breakage.

Mind Your Landscaping: Your roof is intended to protect your home or business from the weather — not to repel trees.  You want to make sure that you’re keeping nearby trees properly trimmed to prevent any unnecessary damage. Also, you want to make sure you’re keeping your gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and other debris to help ensure proper drainage.

Find A 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 forward to seeing you in the New Year. With five offices and more than 600 employees across the state, we’re ready to handle your toughest projects.  To help jump start your roofing resolutions, we’re offering FREE, no-obligation estimates.  Call today to schedule yours. We’re answering calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 855-CROWN-55

Protecting Your New Roof Investment

The financial burden of having to replace or repair a roof is significant. New roofs cost thousands of dollars and are one of the largest home improvement projects a homeowner can face. Because roofs protect us from environmental hazards and keep us safe, it is imperative that this project not be taken lightly. Knowing what to do once the project is completed can go a long way towards increasing the longevity of your new roof investment. The following tips will give you an idea what to do and what not to do to protect your roof investment.

What to Do

  • What to look for: Upon completing a new roof project check that sealant is applied appropriately (around terminations and penetrations), check for missing fasteners, and inspect for cracks. Verify the stability of HVAC units and remove any lose items from the roof. Ensure that there are no trees or tree limbs nearby that can damage the roof. Finally, make sure that drains are flushing and remove any debris that may pose a blockage.
  • Avoid roof abuse: It is important to avoid excessive roof traffic. Lock roof access doors and install walkways for when it is necessary to walk on the roof.
  • Schedule regular roof cleanings/maintenance: By scheduling an annual roof check you can spot roof problems early and fix rather than replace a roof. This can potentially save you thousands of dollars of the roof’s lifetime.

What Not to Do

  • Ignoring moss or black stains: Moss can damage shingles, uplift tiles, and trap debris and water. Black stains are commonly thought to be caused by pollution, but, are actually a dark algae that will cause damage and shorten the longevity of your roof.
  • DIY Roof Cleaning/Spot Cleaning: Proper roof cleaning involves cleaning the entire roof because there is algae present even if you cannot see it. It is not a good idea to clean a roof yourself. Ladders can be dangerous, and if you are not an experienced roofer you can do more harm than good by damaging the components of your roof.
  • Trying to save money by procrastinating on roof cleaning: While you think your saving money by postponing roof cleaning you may be creating a larger problem. It is far cheaper to get your roof cleaned than to replace it because you didn’t maintain it.

Regular roof maintenance and inspections will go a long way towards improving the longevity of your roof. The above information will help you protect that investment.

Know Who to Call

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.