Let’s take it from the top. How often do you actually look up at your roof? Are you in need of a repair? How do you know what to look for? How often should your roof be inspected? That fact is, you are busy with running around Baton Rouge with yours kids, or grandkids. You're swamped with work or traveling the globe. Who even thinks about properly inspecting their roof?... So how do you know what daily weather condtitons in Baton Rouge can have on your roof? Should you should be saving for a roof full replacement or just a repair? Let’s see if we can’t answer a few of these questions for you.
Let’s first examine a few of the important warning signs that your roof may be damaged by checking out the exterior of the roof. Grab a pair of binoculars and look for toubling signs like rust spots or cracks. Also be attentive for buckled shingles and worn areas, especially around chimneys. Check your gutters for loose grit from shingles. Some early indicators can be found on the interior as well. Discolored areas on the ceiling, paint where the roof overhangs might be peeling, wets spots around the fireplace, and water blemishes on pipes, all of these are signs of roof damage or wear. Catching it early is the key. If caught early enough this may only qualify for a repair. It all depends on the level of wear and tear on your roof.
Baton Rouge roofs are especially subject to all kinds of physical force such as hurricane force winds, thunder and hail storms, hot summers and fallen trees. All these occurrences happen fairly often in Louisiana and all weather disturbances can quickly cause damage to shingles and expose your home to the elements. In most cases this causes for repair, unless your roof is a decade or older, then it may call for a full replace. The only issue might be the look. The shingles style that are on the rest your home may no longer be available. Which would make your repair appear imperfect, as the new shingles may not match and correspond with the existing shingles.
There are some situations where a full replacement might become necessary after a minor incident with your roof. If only a few shingles were displaced during a storm, and you didn’t catch it for a few weeks or months. This could have caused a lot more damaged than just losing a few shingles. The wood was exposed to wet, warm or cold weather conditions. Therefore the wood might get damaged itself or perhaps it rotted or molded due to overexposure. This could mean a very hefty replacement job. Rot and mold can completely ruin your home. If mold and rot hit the framing of your house, it can completely ruin it from the inside out. The only option is replace all of the damaged wood as well as the shingles on the roof as well. This very moment, your roof is wearing down.
At this very moment, your roof is wearing down. Hot Louisiana sun rays are baking your shingles to a brittle crisp. Baton Rouge summers take more years off your roof’s life than a hurricane. Asphalt shingles and fiberglass shingles have a much more shortened lifespan as compared to clay, slate and metal roofs, which can last decades, even centuries. If it has become obvious to you that your roof is not worth the repair, then have it double checked by Cribbs Roofing. They will detect and inspect, then give you a complimentary estimate for a repair or a partial to full replacement. Give them a call at 225-344-0422. For more information download the free guide book below by click on the image "10 Signs That You May Need A New Roof"
Hiring a lackluster roofing company in can get you more than just a poor quality roof; it can affect your insurance coverage and liability for workers' injuries, as well as simply costing you more money. When you are considering a roofing contractor, be sure to ask these key questions:
- What is the estimated cost? Once the roofing contractor inspects the size, shape, and current condition of your roof, he or she can offer you a price estimate. Be wary of companies who offer you estimates over the phone - only on-site inspection can reveal what work needs to be done. The contractor should give you a written price estimate, but be sure not to pay the full amount up-front - the deposit should not exceed 25% of the total estimate.
- What is the expected timeline and work schedule? Again, the contractor can give you this estimate after examining the roof. Be sure to ask when the workers will be at the site, as well as how long the project will take.
- Do you have liability insurance? If workers get injured on your property, you may be liable for worker's compensation unless the roofing contractor insures its workers. This is an absolute must-have, so don't be afraid to ask for proof of insurance.
- Is there a labor warranty? The manufacturer's warranty should cover most materials, but make sure your contractor is willing to stand behind the work done.
- Are you licensed? The company must have the appropriate state and local licensing. This information is publicly available. The employees should be certified, as well.
- What are your references? Your roofing contractor should be willing to give you at least 3 recent references for jobs similar to yours. Feel free to call references and ask about their experience, and see if you can visit past sites to see the work that was done.
- How often do you do jobs like mine? The contractor should have done several similar jobs in the past year or so. If not, look for a company that better suits your needs; this may include seeking out a specialist.
- Where do I sign? Don't settle for a verbal contract - there should be a written agreement in place between you and the contractor (be sure to read and understand it fully). This will protect you if any issues arise.
In addition, take some steps to make sure that the company is both legitimate and high quality. Choose a company that has been in business for several years, and make sure they have an address, phone number, and tax ID number. You can check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints lodged against the company, and talk to the contractor about how they addressed any such complaints.
With all this in mind, please feel free to put us to the test! Call Cribbs, Inc. at 225.344.0422, or download the free ebook below for to see if you might be in need of a new roof.
So, you are building your dream home in Baton Rouge, should you use a metal roof? Or perhaps your want to spruce up your old home, should you use shingles? The roof is one of the most important parts of a house, and it is vital to only hire a professional roofing contractor for this service. Don't forget that a beautiful, sound-looking roof is also part of the curb appeal of your home
There are several different types of roofs, and a lot of factors to consider when getting a new roof installed. Here are some of the different types of roofs :
Metal roofing now comes in a lot of different styles and colors. It comes in the shape of shingles, and also has styles that look like barrel clay tiles. You can even buy metal shingles with the look and texture of shake wood shingles. One of the main benefits of metal roofing is that it can last for a very long time without leaks or deterioration. Some styles of metal roofs can last for 50 years. It also requires little maintenance, and looks new for a long time. In a climate zone that has hot and humid summers like Baton Rouge, metal roofs will reflect the heat away, serving to keep the attic area cooler in summer.
Metal roofing requires the services of a reputable roofing contractor to install. It is definitely not a project for the homeowner to do. The installation of a metal roof costs more than other roof types, and the materials involved also cost more. But, it is a case of "you get what you pay for ", because a metal roof is built to last.
Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Asphalt Shingle roofs are very common. Asphalt shingles are probably the way to go if you are on a tight budget. Both installation and materials are inexpensive when compared to other types of roof.
A drawback to using asphalt shingles for your roof is that the shingles absorb a lot of the sun's heat in summer, causing the attic of the house to become very hot. Another factor to consider is that asphalt shingles will sometimes come loose,or even be blown off the roof in a weather event involving high winds.
Clay barrel tile roofs
Clay barrel tiles are beautiful for the roof of your Spanish or Mediterranean style house. The only drawback is that clay barrel tile roofs will sometimes leak if they are not installed by a professional roof contractor. However, clay tile roofs,like metal roofs, will usually stay put in high winds. Clay tile roofs are more expensive regarding both materials and installation than asphalt tile roofs.
These are a few of the most common types of roofs here in the Baton Rouge area. Cribb's is here to help with all of your roofing needs. Whether it be a minor repair or a full on replace. After all, you and your family deserve to enjoy your deam home.
Your roof protects your home. Not taking care of it could potentially cause a disaster and affect your family’s health. The best way to protect your roof is to be informed. Make sure your roof stays in great condition by inspecting it after severe weather has gone through your area. Below are tips to help you find any trouble spots:
1. Begin your inspection from the ground or from upstairs windows where you can view the roof surface easily. Use binoculars to zoom in on areas you can’t see well from the ground level.
2. Remove any fallen leaves, pine needles, twigs and other debris to allow rain, or snow to drain freely. Always use a soft-bristled broom when trying to remove leaves, snow or ice from roof areas.
3. Don’t walk on your roof unless it is necessary to avoid any damage to your shingles. Never climb onto a wet or snow-covered roof.
4. Make sure your trees are trimmed so branches don’t reach the surface of your roof. This will keep your roof dryer and the growth of algae, mold or fungus are less likely to occur. Keep climbing roses, vines and ivy trimmed away from the roof, as well.
5. Don’t void your warranty by painting or coating asphalt roofing materials to change the color. If you are seeing discoloration or staining, always check with your roofing company for your manufacturer’s cleaning recommendation.
6. Do not allow water from a downspout to pour onto the roof below as this will create additional wear to your roof. Make sure all upper story downspouts are connected to a lower level gutter with drains installed on the lower roof.
7. Go into your attic and make sure to look at the underside of the roof deck to detect leaks. Flashings are the most vulnerable points, so make sure to inspect all flashing points for water stains.
8. Anytime you have contractors on your roof - chimney sweeps, tree trimming, etc. – always make sure they protect the roof before they start their work.
As always Cribbs Roofing is here to help guide you through all your roofing needs. Whether you are buying a new roof, or just repairing an old one, Cribbs is always around to help.
Storm damage is a far too common occurrence in South Louisiana. Large trees and strong storms are a dynamic one-two punch for roof damage in the Baton Rouge area. One sure bet in this beautiful state of Louisiana is that the weather will be nearly impossible to predict. Obviously, most storm damage that occurs to the roof of your home is out of your control. And, we certainly understand that one of your first concerns, after the storm has passed, is to make sure your roof is repaired right away. The roof is the protective umbrella of your home. If the roof is damaged, there certainly can be a domino effect to the condition of the rest of your home. So, at Cribbs Incorporated Roofing and Sheet Metal, we understand that repairing the roof of your home is a crucial step to ensuring that your home and family are safe and protected. Roof damage from a hurricane in Baton Rouge can be a very stressful challenge. So, turn to the experts in this field, Cribbs Incorporated Roofing and Sheet Metal.
Storm damage on the Gulf Coast after hurricanes can be a very sensitive and chaotic time. Powerful storms can wreak havoc on the region. In the Baton Rouge area alone, many roof tops are affected and damaged due to these storms. A substantial storm can blow shingles off roofs, and it can cause trees to collapse on the roof tops of homes. Whether you need a quick roof repair or a whole new roof, we now how urgent it is for you to have your problem addressed.
If you find that your home has been affected by a recent storm, then we are here to help you. At Cribbs Incorporated Roofing and Sheet Metal, we have been servicing the area for over sixty years. So, the weather of South Louisiana is no stranger to us. But, there are some companies that may be strangers to our neighborhood. Storm Chasers are companies who follow severe weather from state to state. The number one goal of storm chasing companies is to collect homeowner’s insurance claim checks, perform the work (often sub-par), and move on to the next state. So, the next time you find your home has suffered damage to the roof due to a storm, we encourage you to contact a local roofing company, like Cribbs Incorporated Roofing and Sheet Metal. We have been in the South Louisiana area for over sixty years and plan to be here for a very long time. And, as a consumer, this means that we will be around in case anything ever arises for you in regards to your roof. We do not plan on chasing the next storm out of state. So, take comfort in knowing that your roofing job will be done right the first time.
There are several small repairs you can do on your roof without involving a professional. However, there are times when you should consult with a roofing company. We have listed out 5 reasons to consult with a Baton Rouge Roofing company. Here are some of the top reasons you should call a local roofing company:
1. You have a leak in your home. This is the most common reason homeowners need to call right away and make an appointment for roof repairs. The longer the leak lasts, the more damage it will cause to the ceiling and structure of your home or business.
2. You have storm damage. After a big storm goes through your area, you should definitely have your roof looked at – just to make sure there is no damage. Roofers can do a thorough inspection for damage and let you know if you need any repairs.
3. You have ice damage: When the heat from a structure melts snow, it can freeze again and turn into ice on the edge of the roof, causing ice to form - and possible damage.
4. Your roof is old. As your roof ages, it may show signs of wear and tear that make your home vulnerable to damage. To find out if your roof needs replacement, call a local roofing company to have a look at it.
5. You want an estimate. There are many local roofers in Baton Rouge that will come to your property and give an estimate for your job, big or small.
How do you find a good roofing company? What should you look for, and what makes them special? Check out our 10 “insider” tips on finding a contractor you’ll feel good about, and get the service you deserve from someone who says they’re the best.
Find out how long the company has been in business. After the company has been in business for a few years they should have established business practices and have a good understanding of the roofing systems.
Be sure the contractor has a permanent place of business. Make sure the company has a business phone, address, tax ID number, a business license and are bonded.
Make sure you see copies of their liability insurance. A professional roofer should always carry copies of their insurance and workers compensation papers.
Understand the written estimate. Document when the project will start and when it is estimated to be completed, also when payments will be made. (Do not pay in full up front). Make sure the warranty is clear and you understand what voids it.
Call the Better Business Bureau and check for any complaints against the roofing company. Also, ask the contractor for references and call those customers to determine if they were satisfied.
Do not let price be the main indicator of which company to pick. Sometimes the company offers discounts and rebates which will lower the price. Spend a little time making calls and looking over the written estimate and contracts and get all your questions answered so you can feel confident in your final decision.
Get multiple quotes. Not all roofing contractors are the same. Get multiple quotes from different roof contractors and compare the details of the bid. Since some states do not require contractors to be licensed it is always best to obtain your bids from licensed contractors only.
Don’t pay until the job is complete. You will likely be required to pay a small deposit. This amount should typically not exceed 25% of the full price of the job, or the base cost for materials only. Never pay for labor in advance. Always inspect the work once it is complete and get a copy of all the necessary paperwork before paying the contractor.
Understand your roofing warranties. Roof repair and replacement can be costly so it is always a good idea to find a contractor that can offer a warranty for the work. Contractors typically offer full warranties for new roof and roof replacements, but may not offer any warranty for repairs. You should always get a copy of the warranty information once the work has been completed.
Preventative maintenance. Make sure to always keep an eye on your roof for potential problems. Look for damaged or missing shingles, and replace any that are not satisfactory. The flashing and underlining should always be intact and in good shape. Just a few minutes each month can reduce the chances of needing major repair or replacement and save you thousands of dollars down the road.
We know that choosing a roofing company that is right for you can be an overwhelming task. That is why we have drafted a guide on the 10 Tips For Choosing A Roofing Company in Baton Rouge. It is a reference of sorts for you to refer to when selecting a roofing company for your next project. It is a free download. Just click on the button below and we will email it directly to you. Thanks again for your consideration of Cribbs, Inc Roofing and Sheet Metal.
When it comes to roofs there are several questions that always come up. Do you need repairs to your current roof – or do you need a new roof? Here are some answers to some of the top questions asked when it comes to roofs:
Q: Can My Roof Be Repaired?
A: To be positive, you’ll want to have a roofer do a thorough inspection. This inspection should include both the inside and outside of your home.
How old is your roof? If you are near the end of your roof’s life span, repair may not be possible. However, if you just installed your roof within the last five years, you may be able to repair your roof, instead of replacing it.
How severe is the problem? If you have a small leak, repair is likely an option. Visible signs of multiple areas of concern inside your house may mean you have a bigger issue. Look for water stains on ceilings and blistering or peeling paint inside your home. If you can see areas of damage over the entire surface of your roof the need for a replacement is more likely.
Q: How Much Will it Cost to Replace My Roof?
A: This cost of your roof is based on several factors: The square footage of your roof, the pitch (steepness) of your roof, the difficulty of your project - and of course, the materials you choose. Asphalt, wood shingles, slate, or any number of different materials are available and will range widely in price. Other things to consider are labor and permit costs. Always consult with your roofing contractor to make sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision.
Q: When Should I Replace My Roof?
A: It is ideal to replace your roof during a time of year when it is not freezing regularly. Avoiding high winds and frequent rain or snow would be ideal. These things can slow down a roof installation and lead to possible leaking during the installation process. However, timing is not always on our side. Cribbs, Inc. will help you determine when the best time is for you to replace your roof.
Q: How Long Will My New Roof Last For?
A: This depends on the material you choose. Some materials last much longer than others. Asphalt, a common choice, will generally last between 20 and 30 years. Other manufactured materials can last as long as 50. Your manufacturer’s warranty will give you information on how long your material of choice should be expected to last.
Maintenance is very important to getting the full lifespan out of your roof. Cribbs, Inc. can give you all the details on what maintenance is important for your roof.
Having your roof and home inspected is important since elements like venting can have a large impact on how well your roof holds up. Poor ventilation can be very damaging and can lessen the length lifetime of your roof significantly.
Contact Cribbs, Inc. for a free no-obligation estimate or click here for a free estimate. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you with any questions you have!
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No other roofing material has the natural beauty and durability of slate! Slate is one of the most diverse and elegant selections for a roof covering and has been acclaimed for generations as the ultimate roofing material. It is natural stone and enhances the aesthetic design of nearly any building with its variety of rich natural colors and textures. If you are researching the category of advantages to slate roof baton rouge, you will find there are so many distinct and attractive qualities to slate. There are many benefits to a slate roof from longevity and appearance to energy conservation.
Slate is a metamorphic stone and is essentially laminated rock -- which is why it has the ability to be split into slate tiles. New roofing materials have become available over the years, but slate remains the clear leader in roofing materials. It is the standard by which all others are compared.
Slates tiles come in a wide spectrum of colors in different combinations to match your current home style. Slate is extremely durable and has a very long lifespan; often up to 50 years or more. Since slate is made of stone, it is fire resistant and non-combustible. It is also very resistant to harsh weather conditions and high winds.
Another benefit of a slate roof is lower energy costs due to the increased insulation capabilities of slate. Also, due to the fire resistance, your insurance premium may be lower as well. Due to its long life, your initial investment will likely last the life of your home. Very little upkeep is needed for a slate roof – and if breakage does happen, it can be easily repaired without extensive costs, as only the tiles involved must be replaced.
The top benefit of slate roofing installation is the appearance. With a slate roof, your home stands out from others in your neighborhood. The earthy tones available make it easy to match with traditional and newer homes. The possibilities are endless. You may be surprised at how your property will transform after your roof replacement project is completed.
Our experienced staff is happy to help you make the right choice for your home. Simply fill out this contact form for more information on a slate roof.
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If you are looking to distinguish your home from others in your neighborhood while adding elements of safety and energy efficiency - you should consider installing a tile roof. Tile roofs hold up against harsh weather effects better than other materials. They also help shed solar heat in summer and insulate heat in winter. As you know, the summers can be pretty hot in South Louisiana, so tile is a great way to keep the home cool. Additionally, tiles are fire resistant – and available in many colors and designs that they will compliment any house.
Concrete and clay tiles have been used as roofing material dating back as far as 3,000 BC. This is due to their ability to last in the face of the elements, as well as the easy availability of materials such as clay.
Roofing tiles, when fired and glazed, are extremely waterproof. They are also completely resistant to mold, pests and sunlight. Roofing tiles also tend to get sturdier over the years, as they become tempered by the elements. Tile will even stand up to windy conditions better than standard shingles because of their weight and structure.
Tile roofs are highly customizable. They can be any color or pattern you desire and can be found in a variety of finishes. There are even many different shapes and styles of tile shingles, some of which are particular to certain roof structures.
In addition to the aesthetic benefits of a tile roof, there are structural benefits, as well. Tile roofs can actually increase the safety of your home. If a fire ever occurs, the roof is more likely to remain intact without flimsy shingles to feed the flames. This can reduce damage to the house and minimize the risk of a fatal roof collapse.
The sun’s heat is an important consideration when choosing a roofing material. Regular shingles soak up heat, which can make your house hotter inside. Glazed tiles will reflect the sun away during the day, potentially reducing your home cooling bill. After sundown, the accumulated heat stored in the tiles can help keep your home warmer, especially in the winter.
Homes located near the ocean are prone to faster roof decay due to the salty air. Tiles, however, are impervious to such wear which makes them perfect for marine environments.
When objects change temperature, they expand or contract. Freezing causes materials to expand, which over time can cause cracking and other damage. Roof tiles manufactured to modern specifications are able to withstand prolonged exposure to cold conditions without breaking.
Although a tile roof may cost more initially, it will save you money over time. They are low maintenance and have the ability to handle a wide range of weather conditions, which prevents the need for frequent repair and replacement.
For more information on tile roofing or to see the options available to you, contact Cribbs, Inc. at (225) 344-0422.
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