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.

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.

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6 Common Mistakes You Might Be Making with Your Roof

One of the most important components to your home is the roof.   The roof is your protection from weather elements and mother nature; therefore, it is important for it to be kept in top condition.  Many homeowners are unsure of how to maintain their roof.  Some of the most common mistakes you might be making with your roof are as follows:

  1. Not keeping it clean: It may not seem like a big deal, but debris and dirt buildup can ruin your roof by causing the roofing material to decay.
  2. Over insulating your home: A common mistake is over insulating your home. This can lead to ventilation issues such as in an attic.  The ventilation issues in turn cause moisture buildup and mold which can lead to structural damage.
  3. Power washing your roof: Pressure washers can loosen tiles or shingles or even leave water underneath your roof.   A standard hose with a good scrubbing should keep your roof clean.  If not, a knowledgeable roofer can help.
  4. Covering shingles: Avoid taking this common shortcut and make sure to replace old shingles rather than just covering them.
  5. Not inspecting it regularly: In addition to regularly inspecting your roof, you should also be checking the attic.  Mold growth and excessive humidity in your attic are signs you may have a roofing issue.
  6. Ignoring leaks or water damage: A tiny drip or a little watermark may not seem like a big deal but when it comes to roofs a small fix can quickly become large replacement.

The above mistakes are some of the more common mistakes you may be making with your roof.   The biggest mistake you can make however is not hiring a trusted, reputable, experienced roofing company.   Attempting a DIY project or having a friend take a look is rarely a good idea.  While a few of the strategies in upkeeping, your roof may appear to be simple, others may warrant a call to your local roofing contractor. At Crown Roofing, we have the knowledge and expertise in working with all types of roofing systems. If you need roof repair, roof maintenance or a new roof, our expert professionals can take care of it for you. 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.

Top 5 Benefits of Hiring a Local Roofer

Your home’s roof is what protects you and your loved ones from potentially hazardous weather conditions, therefore it should be a priority to ensure your roof is in top working condition. A small crack or leak can lead to devastating consequences it should be addressed as soon as possible. Roofing projects, such as repair or replacement, are one of the most expensive home improvement projects homeowners can face. When dealing with a roofing project one of the most important decisions you’ll face is choosing the right roofing contractor for your specific needs. Choosing a local roofing company versus an out of town roofing company has several benefits that homeowners should be aware of.

Benefits of Choosing Local

Local References: One of the most important steps to choosing the right roofing company for your needs is to check the references of the company. When choosing a local roofing company, you will be able to see the work they’ve done around town and talk to locals who have used them. This means you won’t need to travel far to get a feel for the quality of work they do.

Local Familiarity: A local roofer will have a good feel for weather conditions and the best types of roofing materials for the local climate. Additionally, qualified local roofers should be familiar with local rules, regulations, licensing, and permits, allowing the project to be completed with fewer delays and issues.

Reduced Travel: A local roofing company does not have far to travel to begin work. This means they’re more likely to be on time and finish the project on schedule.

Greater Accessibility: Should you be in the unfortunate situation of needing follow up service on your roofing project a local roofer is far more likely to be there quickly than an out of town company. A local roofer is only a quick phone call and a short drive away.

Better Workmanship: While it is not guaranteed a local roofer will do better work, they are certainly more incentivized to do so. A local roofer relies on word of mouth in the community, therefore, is more cognizant of the reputation they are trying to build and maintain.

Roof repair/replacement projects are stressful and expensive. Before choosing a roofing company, make sure you do your due diligence on the contractors you are looking to hire. A local roofing company certainly has its advantages over a corporate out of town company.

Call our roofers in 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, Tampa, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Why does my roof have stains?

Water stains found on a roof can be visually unappealing and are oftentimes indicative of a larger roofing problem. These stains can affect your home’s property values, and if they are left untreated can leave your roof and home vulnerable to mother nature. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of dealing with water stains on your roof it is important to be aware of what the various colored stains mean and how to properly deal with them.

Black or Green Stains
Black or green stains found on your roof are evidence that actual organisms such as algae or moss are surviving on your roof. The sunlight, heat, and moisture make roof conditions ideal for the growth of these microorganisms. The buildup turns to mold and mildew and leaves streaks that become eyesores. The buildup can even turn to moss and lift shingles leaving your home vulnerable. A simple solution would seem to be to scrub or power wash the stains, however this method may further damage the roof leaving irreparable damage.

White or Yellow Stains
White or yellow stains provide evidence of a hard water buildup from an air-conditioning system or cooler. Oftentimes these stains are found underneath the air-conditioning and are highly visible. These stains also indicate a ripe climate for buildup of funguses that can eat an entire roof.

Remedies
Regardless of the color of roof stain, it is important to act quickly to avoid further unnecessary roof damage. The first step is to identify the root cause of the stain so you can properly deal with the issue. Next you should treat the stain with either vinegar or bleach. Vinegar will fade the damage whereas bleach will kill the growing organisms. Please note: stronger chemicals can be dangerous and toxic and are not recommended as part of a do-it-yourself project. Finally, you should apply a stain resistant primer before applying any paint.

When in doubt, a qualified, reputable roofer can help. An experienced roofer will generally work more quickly, more efficiently, and provide you with a solution that will last longer than work done on your own. And finally, let’s not forget the potentially dangerous trip up the ladder you will save yourself. Roofing projects are costly and important and should usually be left to the professionals.

Who to Call
While taking care of the water stains on your roof may appear to be simple, for safety reasons a call to your local roofing contractor may be warranted. At Crown Roofing, we have the knowledge and expertise in working with all types of roofing systems. From roof repair and roof maintenance to a new roof, our expert professionals can take care of it for you. 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.

5 Tips to Help Avoid Roofing Scams

Roof repairs or replacements are expensive home improvement projects that can leave homeowners with huge headaches should they be ripped off or scammed. While many roofers are honest, hard-working, and knowledgeable, the high costs incurred in roofing projects make it ideal for scammers to try and take advantage. Whether your roofer is professionally dressed and speaks intelligently, or shows up in dirty work gear, the appearance of a roofer won’t tell you everything. Following our 5 tips to help avoid roofing scams will help ensure you are not being swindled by a scammer rather than serviced by a professional roofer.

Repair vs. Replace
Repairing a roof is certainly the less expensive option as opposed to a full roof replacement, however if your roof is old and in poor condition repairing it may not be enough. Additionally, because of the high cost, a roofer may unnecessarily recommend a full replacement when only minor repairs are needed. Be sure you are getting what you needed. A second opinion never hurts.

Repair Only Roofers
Roofers that only do repairs as opposed to full replacements have an extra incentive to encourage you to repair your roof as opposed to replacing it. Be leery of repair-only roofers and ALWAYS research the roofing company you choose to utilize.

Fly-By-Nighters
Fly-By-Nighters often show up after major storms or natural disasters such as hurricanes. An easy way to tell if your roofer is a fly-by-nighter is to request their license number.

Added Fees
A reputable roofer will not leave you in the dark regarding unforeseen damages or open-ended costs. If you find these items in your contract it is best to get further clarification on possible unforeseen damages; otherwise send the roofer back up there to further survey the roof.

Payment Plans
The upper echelon of roofers will not ask for any type of payment before work begins. Be leery of any roofer that asks for a deposit as it is a red flag you may be getting ripped off. Many reputable roofers offer payment plans that involve paying for the roof in installments upon the completion of various stages of the project.

Because of the immense costs of replacing or repairing a roof, scammers and con artists will always be lurking. By following the above tips, you can reduce the chance you are their next victim.

Who to Call

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.

Top 7 Tips to Prepare your Roof for Rainy Season

Rainy season in Florida can have devastating effects on a home’s roof.   It is important for homeowners to be aware of common roofing issues and how to prepare your roof for rainy season.   While the safest way to begin preparing your roof for rainy season is to get a full inspection by an experienced, licensed roofer, there are several things homeowners can do to prepare.

  • Check your gutters –Make sure your home’s gutters are free of debris to avoid water backing up. Also check your downspouts for blockage and clogs and make sure water can flow smoothly through.  Make sure all drains are free from impediments.
  • Check for and remove and roof debris. Also inspect the roof for cracks on the roof’s ridges and cracked or damaged shingles.
  • Make sure the flashing does not have any holes, cracks, or rusted spots. Ensure the flashing is properly sealed and has no holes.
  • Inspect skylights to make sure they are properly sealed and secured
  • Check flat roofs for standing water, deterioration and discoloration. Inspect tile roofs for missing tile and shingle roofs for missing or cracked shingles.
  • Trim nearby trees and bushes – Dead trees and overhanging branches can damage a roof if they fall on it. Make sure any overhanging tree limbs are trimmed before rainy season begins.
  • Prevent leaks before they start – Many large roof issues could have been avoided by fixing small leaks and defects before they worsened. Fix the small issues to avoid larger issues later!

An important tip to remember when preparing your roof for rainy season is that water runs downhill and anything that impedes the waterflow can cause a leak and lead to roof damage.   Gutters, downspouts, and the roofs condition should always be monitored to avoid major roof damage.   Homeowners are always advised to get a roof inspection prior to rainy season to avoid major leaks and roof damage.   An experienced, reputable roofer can help ensure your roof is ready to handle the heavy Florida rainy season.

Who to Call

As many of our Florida residents know, June marks the first full month of Florida’s annual rainy season.  Before this year’s rainy season begins, be proactive and give Crown Roofing a call to schedule your appointment for a roof inspection or roof repairs.  Our expert roofers can make sure that your roof is ready to handle the heavy rainfall this season to ensure that your family and your home is protected.  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. Crown Roofing has offices across Central, South and Southwest Florida. Contact us today for a free estimate.