Ditching The Roof Dinge

Ditching The Roof Dinge

Has a dingy roof got you down?  Is your roof suffering from those dreaded black streaks?  If you answered no, consider yourself lucky because there is quite a number of residents in the area who are suffering from the algae-infested eyesore.  Luckily, our Lehigh roofing company is prepared for the battle.

These black streams are actually caused from airborne algae that is driven by humidity.  Typically, this will happen on asphalt shingle roofs.  Although many homeowners attribute the streaks to an accumulation of dirt or mildew, the culprit is most often a blue-green algae called Gloeocapsa Magma, an algae spread by airborne spores.  Algae-infected roofs can wind up increasing the owner’s energy bill and will most likely decrease the life of the roof.  If black streaks appear on your home, it’s important to take action!

Although most shingles come with algae resistant (AR) options already built in, our Fort Myers roofers understand that their typical 10 to 15-year warranty may not be enough to fight the funk.  Once that time runs out, the streaks are bound to return due to the nature of airborne.  While this condition is cleanable, the risks of damaging a roof are pretty serious.  For example, you never want to use a pressure washer on your roof as it can seriously compromise the life of your shingles – not to mention it’s a recipe for a roof leak.  (Remember – it’s reasons like this that explain why we have “hot” warnings on coffee cups.)

If your roof is due for a replacement, your best bet is to move ahead with the upgrade.  Not only will your roof look much, much better, but it’ll be engineered to better protect you and your family.  In recent years, shingle manufacturers have raised the bar in the fight against the dinge.  For example, some even offer a limited lifetime warranty on algae streaks.  In most cases, these manufacturers will clean or completely replace the roof for you should the problem persist.

When mold and mildew aren’t removed and left to build up on a roof, moss – a thick green spongy material – can develop.  Like algae, moss thrives in a humid environment.  When moss isn’t removed, it keeps roofing shingles damp, allowing moisture to erode the shingles.

If you’ve spotted any of these conditions on your home’s roof, it’s critical to take action!  Algae spores, since they’re airborne, can quickly spread across your roof.  While it may not be especially dangerous to your home, it can be devastating to the resale value of your home.

If you’re looking for a new roof and are selecting a shingle for your home, it’s an excellent idea to choose a dark enough shingle to disguise the staining should it return.  You can also look into shingles laced with copper granules, which are lethal to algae.

It’s a fight when it comes to algae and we refuse to lose.  If your home is suffering from an algae infestation and it’s compromising the life of your roof and the safety of your family, call our Naples roofers at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate on repairs and reroofs. 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, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

The Don’ts Of Roofing Decisions

With any investment, especially when investing in the roof of your home, you should seriously consider weighing the options before making any major decisions on how you’re going to install or maintain it.  Our roofers in Sarasota are here to help you with those important decisions and we’ve got some serious pitfalls to avoid when making decisions about installing, maintaining and preserving your home’s roof.  Check our list of the top no-nos when it comes to your roof:

Taking On A Major Roof Repair or Replacement On Your Own:

Unless you’ve got some serious roofing knowledge, we don’t advise taking on this job alone.  This is a job for the professionals.  Tearing off a roof can be a seriously dangerous and difficult task.  Oftentimes, brave homeowners who have chosen to tackle a roof removal on their own wind up calling in a roofing contractor to “rescue” them from the trouble and the mess they’ve created.  It’s not long after the start of a project like this that the do-it-yourselfers realize this is a task better left to the professionals.  All too often, homeowners will attempt roofing tasks on their own in an attempt to save a few bucks and wind up with more damage and more costs than when they started.  Roofing is a detailed task and requires precise knowledge and skill.  This is why a certified roofing contractor is your safest and most reliable move.

Purchasing Your Own Materials:

Money can be tight and we all are inclined to shop around to save a little cash.  When it comes to finding someone to properly install your roof system, it’ll pay off to bring in a qualified contractor with competitive prices to purchase the materials for you.  This is more beneficial for a number of reasons.  First, you won’t wind up with incorrect products or quantities.  A qualified contractor may not only have access to better quality products but may also have access to competitive pricing because of already-established relationships with their suppliers.  Your best bet is to carry out your roof repair, or a complete installation, as a package deal with your contractor.  Remember, a good contractor will not only be able to provide you with excellent workmanship, but you can get the manufacturer’s warranty as well.

Using A Roofing Product That Will Cause More Damage Over Time:

Contrary to popular belief, not all roofing products are actually good for your roof.  For example, rain diverters can actually wind up causing more damage, forcing rainwater to back up under your roof’s shingles.  When this happens, the damage can be awfully costly.  Another example of a potentially damaging product are flush mounted skylights.  In these cases, most don’t have a very wide flange and can tend to give way under high volumes of water.  During heavy rain, water can seep beyond the flange and can wind up penetrating beneath the roof, causing serious leaks.  When you enlist the skill of a qualified contractor, they can then help to guide you to the most trustworthy of products.

Not Hiring A Solid Contractor:

A solid contractor is your safety net.  It’s critical that you do your homework.  You always, in any trade, want to seek a reputable and qualified contractor to perform any kind of installation or repair to your home. It’s also important to look beyond price when doing your research.  Talk with friends, family and coworkers.  Find out who they’ve used before and how they’d rate the service and production.  You can also do some digging through the Better Business Bureau, through various online review sites, and even on the company’s website to get a feel for how they do business.  You want to ensure that you’re selecting a company with integrity that can deliver a great finished product.

Choosing the right company to work on your roof is a decision that will follow you for decades.  Make sure you’re choosing a company that meets your every need.  Call our Miami roofers at 855-276-9655 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, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Choosing A Professional Roofer

Picking the right roofer to meet your specific needs may seem like an endless and confusing task.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help simplify the process for you to make sure you get the reliable and affordable service you deserve.  Our roofers in South Florida are equipped to help you get the job done right in moderate time.

While there’s no predetermined checklist to help you choose the roofer of your dreams, keep reading for some very important guidelines to follow to help ensure you’re getting exactly what you need to meet your roofing needs.

Choose A Local Contractor:

Our Miami roofing company advise homeowners and commercial property owners to choose a reliable and local contractor. You want to make sure that your roofer has an established business and a solid reputation in the community.  Unfortunately, property owners have fallen victim to fly-by-night roofers who, after installing or repairing a roof, seemingly move, close or vanish.  In these cases, warranties can be useless.  It’s important to remember that a roof’s warranty is only as good as the reputation and the longevity of the roofing company.

Price Isn’t Everything:

Price should never be the determining factor.  While Crown Roofing strives to provide you with the best quality roof at the most affordable price, it’s important to remember that the two coincide.  Unfortunately, cheap bids can drive down the market and any company with overhead and with the proper insurance must establish pricing to cover these kinds of costs.

Avoid The Storm Chasers:

You should always avoid the knock-on-the-door companies.  These out-of-town storm-chasing roofing companies are the most publicized, yet people from across the state fall victim to them each and every day.  Also referred to as roofing gypsies, these companies travel across the state following the paths of storms looking for homeowners to exploit.  Your best bet is to select a roofing company from a referral or a sign posted in your neighborhood that has a happy, satisfied client on the other end of it.  You should never be pressured into selecting a roofer by forceful tactics and you should never seal the deal with an out-of-town company.

Get It In Writing:

It’s critical to make sure that you have a contract or a detailed proposal from a roofer before agreeing to the project.  Remember to clarify details pertaining to the project’s estimated date of completion, daily starting and ending times, materials expected to be used, enacted safety procedures, payment details, and don’t forget to ask about clean-up methods.

Check The Credentials:

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), you want to make sure that your chosen roofer has all of the proper documentation to perform their services.  It’s important to seek the company’s business license, roofing credentials, workers’ compensation insurance, general liability insurance and written manufacturer warranties.

Communication Is Key:

It’s critical in the early stages to establish a communicative relationship with your roofing company.  Are they returning your phone calls?  Are they getting you’re the proper documentation you’ve requested?  Are they following through?  Is the answer to any of these questions is “no”, it’s critical to communicate these concerns to a company representative.  If the problem isn’t solved then, it’s time to walk away.  As with all businesses, communication is key.  If a company isn’t getting you want you need on the front end when they’re still trying to get your business, what do you think will happen once they’ve already locked you in as a client?

When choosing a roofer, it’s important for you to choose a company that can help ensure that your family and your home is protected and that you’re getting the best service possible. Call our roofers in Fort Lauderdale at 855-276-9655 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, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Rain, Rain Go Away

Your roof serves as the first line of defense against the elements. Our roofers in Fort Myers can help keep the Florida afternoon showers from penetrating any of the weaknesses you may have in your roofing system. We pride ourselves in our ability to install quality roofing systems proven to stand up against the Florida climate year after year. When unfortunate damage does occur, we’re here to help fix the problem in a timely and affordable manner.

One of the toughest problems a homeowner may have with a leaking roof is locating the problem area. When a drip or stain in the ceiling is spotted, many homeowners are inclined to believe that the leak has originated directly above that point. Unfortunately, a leak can travel. It can travel down a rafter or can even result from the accumulation of condensation. In some cases, homeowners falsely diagnose AC leaks and plumping problems as roof leaks.

From the smallest to the largest of roof leaks, we recommend you contact a professional. Our Naples roofers are available and provide free estimates to help solve leak issues.

Identifying the source of a roof leak can be tricky. No one knows better than Crown Roofing technicians that leaks in a roofing system can be cause by a variety of problems. Once you get yourself up to speed and can identify common causes of leaks, you can better determine the source of the problem. In any case, we recommend you contact our reliable and professional staff at Crown Roofing to help.

You can typically spot a leak in your roof through the attic. In this area, leaks will usually appear as dark stains located on your insulation or wood or the plywood board found under the shingle, metal or tile roof system. Once this stain is located, you may want to investigate further. Water leaks can sometimes travel along the top or underside of the roofing membrane before it physically penetrates the sheathing. Even then, water must seep in through a penetration before it enters your home.

Common Causes of Roof Leaks:

• Failing Penetrations (Vents)
• Punctures Caused By Nails Or Screws Backing Out
• Cracked Flashing
• Damaged Shingles
• Clogged Gutters (Causing A Damming Condition)
• Roof Debris
• Storm Damage
• Improperly Sealed/Installed Valleys

As many of our Florida residents know, June marks the first full month of South Florida’s annual rainy season. According to the South Florida Water Management District, our rainy season is comprised of five very wet months that accumulate close to 75 percent the region’s rainfall average over the entire year.

As we sit in Florida’s rainy season, it’s critical for you to ensure that your family and your home is protected. Call our roofers in Estero at 855-276-9655 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, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

Service Area Update

Crown Roofing now services all of South Florida including Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota County.  Specifically Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Lakewood Ranch and LongBoat Key.