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Roof Repair | Roof Replacement

By: Cassie Findley
May 16th, 2022

To everything, there is a season. Unless you’re living in Florida, then you get the rainy season, and the hot, sweltering, “my face is melting” season. No in-between. Both of these seasons have something in common, though, and that’s roofing problems. The blistering heat causes your shingles to crack and curl, and the intense rain causes storm damage and roof leaks. How lovely.   The Sunshine State may be a misunderstood beast, but RoofCrafters knows that any good roofing company can conquer whatever Florida may throw at them. With over 28 years of experience in the roofing industry, we’ve never shied away from a weather-related roofing challenge, nor should any company you’re scoping out. With that being said, we’re glad you’re here because that means you’re in the process of finding the best roofing company for your next project.   Whether you’re wondering if your roof has what it takes to survive another Florida storm, or whether you just want to know if it’s better to repair or replace your existing roof, there are a few things you need to know before you start searching for local roofers. In this article, you’ll learn how to find the perfect roofing company for your project. Let’s dive in!   Who Should I Call?   Finding listings for local roofers isn’t all that difficult. Making sure a roofer is honest, conscientious, courteous, and experienced is another matter.  That’s because it’s all too easy to advertise online these days. I may sound like my mother, but it’s true! Everyone from experienced roofers to brand new roofing companies and even roofing brokers vie for visibility on the web.   While you can look for reviews and testimonials online, the only way to know whether you’re dealing with a reputable roofer is to ask for and contact previous customers.  Ask them if the roofer they hired did the job on time and on budget. Ask if the crew was neat and courteous or if the customer spent days cleaning up the yard and picking up nails.   Talk to Your Neighbors   If you see any homes in your neighborhood that have a new roof, not only can you get a sense of the quality of work done by a roofing company, but you can also ask your neighbors what kind of experience they had with the roofer.     Consider asking: How professional and timely was the company? How responsive was the staff to any concerns? Would they recommend the roofing company to their family and friends?   How Much Should I Pay? While nobody wants to spend more than they need to when it comes to replacing a roof, that doesn’t mean that the lowest bidder always represents the best deal for the consumer. Just as there is no one-size-fits-all roof, the same can be said for roofing contracts.  The last thing you want to do is hire a roofing company only to find out after the job is started that flashing, insulation, and replacement of rotten wood that lays beneath your old shingles are going to cost you extra.   You also want to make sure that the roofer uses quality fasteners instead of the cheapest that money can buy. This last fact alone could mean the difference between a roof that lasts for decades, as opposed to one that needs to be replaced in ten years.  You should also find out who is going to pull the needed permits, you or them.   Of more concern to a homeowner should be how much they need to pay in advance for the project.  Most roofers will require up to half of the quoted cost to be paid in advance. A customer should never be required to pay the balance until the job is finished. This also provides the roofer with an incentive to complete the job.   How Will I Be Protected? Roofing has risks, both to the crew as well as to you and your home. You need to find out up front who is going to be liable if a worker falls off a ladder or the roof.    Are the workers required to wear safety harnesses while the job is underway? What happens if someone falls through the roof or is hit on the head by something dropped from it? Who’s responsible if your home or your car gets damaged by the crew? What is the company policy regarding the policing of castoff nails on your property?    Make sure the company is licensed and insured with both liability and worker’s comp before you let anyone up on your roof. Also, pay attention to the warranty. A roof warranty is vital to the longevity of your roof, but it could also have a more immediate impact on your home should a leak pop up shortly after it’s replaced.  In actuality, a roofing job should contain two warranties: one for the materials and one for the workmanship.   As for material warranties, make sure they not only include the shingles, but the labor and installation costs should any part of the roofing system fail before the warranty runs out. Also, be wary of “Lifetime Warranties,” since this can be defined in a number of different ways, including as short as 5-years. Look for exclusions and any other conditions that can cause the warranty to be voided.    Is The Company Reputable? Need I remind you that the well-dressed young man or woman who shows up to give you a roof quote isn’t going to be part of the crew that performs the actual service. You need to ask how long the roofing company has been in business. If you search the company name followed by the word “complaints,” how many negative reviews pop up? If you query the Better Business Bureau, what kind of rating does the company have?  A flashy website does not make for a quality roofing company. Just like a home warranty, you need to carefully read the roofing contract before you sign on the dotted line. Some of the things you should be concerned with are the start and end date of the project, a list of all included material and supplies, building permits, scheduled inspections, the schedule for every stage of the project, the cellphone numbers of the supervisor, construction manager, and the general contractor, plus the terms of payment, right of cancellation and any potential liens that could be placed on your property.   Am I Ready to Find a Great Roofing Company   Once you’ve found several companies that deserve your gold star, then it’s time to gather some quotes. Again, the lowest quote isn’t going to equate to the best service. Just as the most expensive quote isn’t going to mean you’ll be getting top-notch materials and warranties. Trust your gut, and choose the company you believe is the best fit for the job.   If it’s staying within you’re budget that you’re concerned about, a reputable roofing company will offer you a financing option. RoofCrafters believes that a beautiful new roof that protects you and your family shouldn’t have to break the bank. Check out our financing page to learn more.   If you’re ready to begin the journey to finding the roofing company that’s best suited for you, download our “Top 10 Most Critical Questions You Want To Ask Your Potential Roofing Contractor” to get started. In this free guide, you’ll learn the most important questions to ask your potential roofing contractor, along with the most frequently asked roofing project questions and their answers.

Roof Repair | Maintenance

By: Cassie Findley
May 11th, 2022

One of the things every homeowner wants to last the longest is the roof. It’s one of the most expensive parts of the home to replace, and who wants to do that before it’s necessary? The key to making sure your roofing system thrives all the way up until the bitter end is routine maintenance. We get it, nobody likes to do this part, but it’s maintenance that’s going to make your roof last longer. Still, for the most part, all too many homeowners ignore their roofs.   Maybe it’s due to the fact that the roof is out of sight and that it’s out of mind. This philosophy works until you detect a leak, or worse when you finally get around to replacing your roof and the roofing company finds a lot of rotted roof decking, which could’ve been prevented by proper maintenance.   At RoofCrafters, we’ve been repairing and installing roofs for nearly 3 decades, and one of the most common comments we get from homeowners is that they regret not taking proper care of their roofs when they still had the time. We’ve seen our fair share of nightmare roofing situations, and it’s sad to say that a majority of these problems were preventable if the homeowners did their due diligence in roof maintenance.   All of this being said, if you’re reading this article, you are doing your due diligence because you’re educating yourself on prolonging the life of your roof. Go you! It’s a good thing you’re here because in this article you’ll learn how to make your roof live up to its full potential by following the top maintenance tips provided to you by the experts here at RoofCrafters. Let’s get started!     Remove Leaves and Debris   Leaves and tree litter might not seem like such a big deal, but it’s the number one cause of water intrusion on any roof.  That’s because leaf litter and twigs can act as a dam that backs up water.  When shingles can no longer shed rain efficiently, the water will try to find another way out, usually by slipping under shingles.   Wet leaf litter adds weight to your roof which can eventually cause it to sag or even fail.  If you do nothing else to maintain your roof, make sure you sweep away the leaves and twigs that pile up on your roof every autumn.   Clear Your Gutters   Clogged gutters can cause leaks and added stress to your roofing system. Just as with leaf litter, clogged gutters can and will cause water to back up into the house.  If left unchecked, the gutters of your home will turn into terrariums where everything from grass to shrubs and trees will take root and begin to grow.   Once the leaves turn into dirt, the water that should run down the downspout will have nowhere else to go but out on the roof. This could eventually cause the gutters to collapse under their own weight. If you haven’t checked your gutters in a year or more, don’t wait until it causes your roof to leak. If you live in a heavily wooded area, you should consider getting gutter guards installed to keep your gutters from clogging.   Trim Your Trees   Another way you can protect your roof from unnecessary damage is to have your tree limbs trimmed every year.  In Florida, some trees can grow as much as two feet in a year. If any of the branches of your shade trees happen to touch your shingles, you can rest assured that in no time they will begin to scour or even scrape the shingles they touch right off your roof.   Don’t think that because a tree limb isn’t in direct physical contact with your roof that it’s no threat. The next time you have a passing thunderstorm, watch how your trees whip around.  If limbs are within 3-6 feet of the roof, a windstorm can cause them to come into contact with your shingles.    Be Mindful of Moss   Moss loves damp places.  When it comes to a roof, these slimy green or black growths are prone to take root under the eaves where there’s less direct sunlight or in places that remain wet the longest.     If you see any kind of growth on your roof, mix up a solution of equal parts water and bleach to spray on the offending areas.  An even better solution is to install a zinc strip along the ridge of your roof. As the rain washes over the strip, zinc particles are released to coat the roof with a protective layer that prevents fungus, moss, and algae from growing.    Check Your Flashing and Skylight   Roof flashing needs to be undamaged and properly installed to prevent leaks around chimneys and vents.  If you notice even minor damage to the flashing, ignoring it will only make things worse.  Most minor flashing damage can be repaired with a polyurethane sealer.  If the damage is more significant, call a roofer to repair or replace the flashing to prevent or stop a leak.   As for skylights, their seals are notorious for cracking over time.  Since they live in direct sunshine, you can’t expect them to last forever. Before water starts dripping from a compromised seal, it would be a good idea to inspect any skylight on a yearly basis and repair or replace any cracked seals.   Flat Roof Maintenance   If you have a flat roof, you need to be cognizant of any cracks, blisters, or seam failures that can give water easy access into your home.  For smaller cracks or holes, you can buy roofing sealers from any hardware store.  While it won’t last forever, it can prolong the life of a flat roof.     For blisters or seam failures, your best bet is to call on a professional roofing company to assess and repair the damage. Bent or missing shingles are the quickest ways for a leak to get started.  After the next passing squall, go outside and take a look up at the roof. If you see any missing, broken, or bent shingles, you need to have someone replace them sooner rather than later.    Can I Maintain My Roof to Extend its Lifespan?   Yes, you absolutely can maintain your roof to extend its lifespan. In fact, everyone should! Your roof is one of, if not the most, important components of your home. It protects you, your family, and your precious belongings from the elements. Whether you want to or not, you need to take care of your roof. If you don’t, you’ll be dishing out some serious cash on a new roof prematurely.   Even though you’re a roof maintenance guru now, you still need to keep up with your yearly professional maintenance inspections. If you’re due for your yearly check-up, schedule an inspection with RoofCrafters today, and an eager professional will set up an inspection at your earliest convenience.   In the meantime, feel free to browse through the extensive resources located in our learning center. They’re free to you and are a wonderful educational resource for all roofing services. I recommend reading “5 Maintenance Tips to Extend Your Roofs Lifespan” so that you can keep your roof operating at its very best.

Roof Repair | metal roof | commercial roof

By: Nicole Corson
May 6th, 2022

  If you have a commercial metal roof leaking or if you are not sure if you need to have an older commercial metal roof completely replaced or repaired, you have come to the right place. Just finding someone knowledgeable in commercial metal roof repairs can be a difficult task, let alone actually doing the work!

Roof Repair

By: Nicole Corson
April 29th, 2022

A roofing contractor never wants to admit that sometimes, roofing projects can be difficult. Our egos are oftentimes as vast as our skillsets, but we all still have to acknowledge that a flat roof repair can be tricky. Very tricky.

Roof Repair | Roof Replacement

By: Nicole Corson
April 19th, 2022

  There’s been a brutal storm in Augusta, and now you’re experiencing a roof leak and all of the horrible feelings that come along with it. Is there anything worse? Obviously, you’re in need of a reputable roofing contractor to mend your roof, but how do you choose the top roof repair contractor in your area?

Roof Repair

By: Nicole Corson
April 14th, 2022

After a rainy weekend in Beaufort, you’ve stumbled upon a leak welcoming itself into your home through your dining room ceiling. As if the crack wasn’t unsightly enough in itself, it’s now causing the paint around it to bubble and chip all over your fine china. Anxiety is setting in, and you’re frantically searching for “roof repair contractors near me”, but you’re not having any luck finding a reputable roofing company. 

Roof Repair | Video | Roof Replacement

By: Nicole Corson
April 12th, 2022

You're searching for a roofing contractor with a good reputation, right? A contractor who will demonstrate integrity throughout the entire process? A roofer that you can be sure will be upfront and honest with you. One that will actually tell you if you only need a small roof repair to fix your leaky roof, as opposed to the ones that will tell you that you need a whole new roof just to fix a small leak. 

Roof Repair | Roof Replacement

By: RoofCrafters
March 8th, 2022

The idiom “to have a roof over your head” starts to make sense when your roof does not look or function the way it used to. When passersby or visitors look at a neglected roof, they are quick to assume that the overall house is poorly maintained.

Roof Repair | Roof Replacement

By: RoofCrafters
March 3rd, 2022

Into every life, a little rain must fall.  Or so the story goes.   The problem is when the rain falls on a leaky roof, your life can get complicated in a hurry.  That’s because leaks can be more than a nuisance.  If left unchecked, they can cause everything from structural damage to electrical short circuits to black mold.   That being said, the first sign of a leaky roof doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to have your roof replaced.  Sometimes all that needs to be done is to seal the leak or replace damaged or missing shingles.   To help you assess the state of your roof, I’ve come up with a checklist that can help you get a handle on what to do when you detect a leak. I also put together a short video which you can watch below:  

Roof Repair | Roof Replacement

By: RoofCrafters
March 2nd, 2022

Our roofs often face harsh weather conditions throughout the year, so it is natural for them to wear out over time. Even with regular maintenance and inspections, you will need to replace your roof at some point. Deciphering between a simple repair, or a totally new roof installation is no easy feat.   As a homeowner, you have enough on your plate to worry about. Leave the big roofing decisions up to the experts. At RoofCrafters, we have more than 29 years of experience repairing and replacing roofs, so we know a thing or two.