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4 Reasons to Choose a Standing Seam Metal Roof for Your Baton Rouge Home

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 12:25 PM

standing seam metal roofOnce used nearly exclusively for commercial roofing, standing seam metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular for homes in Louisiana and around the country.  Not only are these options beneficial across many key areas, they also provide an in-demand, industrial roofing aesthetic.

 

What is a Standing Seam Metal Roof?

A standing seam metal roof uses continuous columns of sheet metal that are connected at a seam by fasteners.  These stand higher than the roof itself, usually by about 0.5”-1.5”. These seams are hidden so that the only thing left to observe is a smooth and uninterrupted ridge from top to bottom.  The benefits for this style of roofing are many, but here are four that all homeowners would be wise to consider:

Standing Seam Metal Roofs are Cost Effective

Although a metal roof will have a higher ticket price, they are safer and more durable than shingles. Shingles warp and break over time which can cause leaks in the roof, and potentially damage on the inside of your home. The seams are airtight in these roofs, and water or wind stand no chance of creating a leak.

Standing Seam Metal Roofs are Energy Efficient

Shingled roofs absorbs sunlight and heat, making your home much hotter in the summer and more difficult to cool. With a standing seam roof, the metal is reflective, so it does not absorb nearly the amount of heat and sunlight that asphalt tiles do.

Standing Seam Metal Roofs are Durable

Metal is a much safer alternative than asphalt. Its durability provides far more security in case of fire or natural disaster. In the case of fire, asphalt roofs are prone to collapse, worsening an already extremely dangerous situation. Steel will not melt so your roof will stay intact a lot longer. They are also more structurally sound which will keep you safer in the event of storms, hail, hurricanes or tornadoes.

Standing Seam Metal Roofs are Ecofriendly

The steel used in sheet metal roofing is often made from recycled materials. This means that metal roof construction is better for our planet.  Also, as previously mentioned, this style of roof will keep your home cooler, allowing you to operate your air conditioning unit less frequently.  Both the environment and your checking account will thank you!

If you are thinking about replacing the roof on your Baton Rouge home or are considering options for a brand new roof, Cribbs Inc. is happy to answer any questions that you may have. With a variety of styles to choose from and a skilled installation team, Cribbs can put a roof over your head that you are proud to have on your home.

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Is Your Roof Summer Ready?

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 @ 01:02 PM

Exterior of single family house with terraceHate it or love it, summer is nearly here. It’s time for spring cleaning and getting your outdoor projects done while we still have some temperate spring weather ahead of us. While many are focusing on pressure washing the house, planting flower beds, or redesigning patio space, taking just a little time to do some home inspection is a great idea as well.

Among the first things you should inspect is your roof. With the freezes we had at the beginning of the year, and the humidity and rainfall that are always a factor in Louisiana, your roof may have incurred some damage or need some attention before the summer months arrive.

Check your gutters

One of the first things you should do is make sure that drainage from your roof is efficient. Louisiana experiences a lot of rain throughout the spring and summer making properly functioning gutters a necessity.

Use a ladder to get eye level with your gutters and down spouts. From there, you will be able to see all the debris and trash that has accumulated. If you see that there is anything that could potentially clog your gutters, go ahead and remove it. Blocked drainage could produce standing water on the roof which can cause rot and leaks.

Look for Signs of Damage to Your Roof

If you are comfortable getting on top of your house, it would be a smart idea to inspect your roof. Signs like damaged or missing shingles, warped or soft spots in the roof, or any other physical indications of structural damage can be seen from an inspection performed by climbing to the roof.

Check Ventilation in Your Attic

If you notice that your heating bill has increased drastically from last year, you may have problems with insulation in your attic. Accessing your attic through the house or garage can help you look at your roof from the inside. If you notice any damaged or missing insulation, replace it to keep your roof safe and your energy bill from spiking  

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and inspecting it is the best way to actively prevent severe structural damage. If you suspect that you may need repairs on your roof, call Cribbs Inc of Baton Rouge for a professional inspection and unmatched customer service.

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Why Add Skylights to Your Baton Rouge Home?

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

skylight.jpegSkylights are a growing trend in the world of architecture and for good reason. These "windows for your roof" serve many functions, both aesthetic and practical, and their benefits are numerous.  Here are just two that homeowners should consider:


Energy efficiency of Skylights

Skylights can help you save on your utility bill. By using the sun’s natural light, you can decrease your use of electric lighting during daylight hours. This is also great for the environment as the sun is a renewable and pollution-free source of energy.

There are also electric skylights that can decrease the amount of air conditioning required to keep your house cool. These use a chimney effect. Warm air will circulate out of the room if as it rises over cool air, keeping the cooler, more dense air inside.

 Visual Aspects of Skylights

Use of skylights is a great idea to harness natural lighting and add an open concept to the rooms of your home while still maintaining privacy. Natural light is not only a more energy efficient means of electricity but adequate usage can provide even more brightness and beauty to a room than electric lighting.

Skylights create a feeling of openness which helps with the fact that many people are buying smaller homes. They do not actually create more space but instead give an illusion of it, helping eliminate the claustrophobic feeling that can often accompany small quarters.

 While windows provide many of these same benefits, they do take away your feeling of privacy. Skylights can be used in bedrooms and bathrooms that are facing high traffic areas or neighbors' homes in order to provide openness without forsaking privacy.

Whether you are looking to decrease the amount of electricity you are using or you simply enjoy the appeal of natural light, skylights offer many benefits and can be a fantastic addition to your home. Cribbs Inc. can provide an estimate and answer any questions about whether skylights are right for you, along with providing quality installation and craftsmanship should you choose to move forward with the addition.  Contact us today to learn more!

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Baton Rouge Roofing: Inspecting Your Roof After an Ice Storm

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 03:26 PM

Winter at a glance Roof with cedar shakes and snow.jpegLouisiana has had record low temperatures throughout these final months of winter. The good news, however, is that it’s almost over!

As warm weather approaches, it is always a clever idea to inspect your roof for any possible damages that may have occurred from the ice, snow and the freezing temperatures.

How Does Ice Damage a Roof?

Damages to roofs are not uncommon following winter weather. This is caused from the extra weight of wintry precipitation sitting on top of the roof for days or even weeks at a time.  Additionally, rapid temperature changes cause pieces and parts to expand and compress, ultimately weakening them and leaving the roof in less than sound condition.

How to Inspect a Roof for Ice Damage

You do not have to be a professional to identify many common indicators that your roof needs repair. If you are not comfortable with heights, simply grab a pair of binoculars and look for signs like:

  • Loose or missing shingles
  • Pulled nails that may be sticking up from the roof
  • Flashing around chimneys and vents
  • Gutters and downspouts are attached properly and not full

If you feel comfortable getting a closer look, grab a ladder, but be sure to have another person keep it steady and secure. Once on your roof, walk its length, starting with the lower parts and working up to the crown looking for indications including:

  • Damage to shingles
  • Warped shingles or soft spots in the roof
  • Missing or loose shingles

The most effective practice in protecting your home is to act quickly.  If you see any of the above signs or anything out of the ordinary, have a professional such as Cribbs Inc. come to inspect your home. A second opinion from a skilled roofer could save your house and prevent further damages which could cost a fortune.

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Attic Insulation can Extend the Life of Your Roof

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 04:20 PM

attic insulation.jpegWhether your attic provides your home with an extra bedroom, storage unit, or frightening mystery space, it is important that it is properly insulated. Although not all homeowners are readily in-touch with the conditions of their attic, it is important to note that poor insulation could be the root of various other problems within your home. Just as insurance is a critical component of home buying, it is time we begin thinking of attic insulation the same way!

Attic Insulation and Ice Dams

With vast weather changes and various parts of the country experiencing record temperatures (both low and high), many homes risk the loss of their structural integrity. Homes up North (and sometimes South) can experience damage from excessive ice dam formation. While these formations may mark the change of seasons for some, they have the potential to cause extensive roof damage. Ice dams are formed by rising heat from the inside of the home. The warming of the attic causes snow on the roof to melt, some of which will cause condensation in the attic, and some form ice dams on the side of the home. So next time you are admiring those long icicles on the side of your house, be sure to add an attic inspection to your to do list!                                                                                                        

Attic Insulation and Condensation

Condensation in the attic can be disastrous for the structural integrity of your home or business. Rust forms on metal with the presence of constant moisture. This leaves the nails and bolts holding your home together at risk for decay. Constant moisture will also negatively impact the wooden frame of the roof. As beams sit soaking in moisture day in and day out, mold forms, and eventually the beams will begin to rot. With proper insulation, these worrisome problems can be avoided. Insulation can eliminate the risk of roofing decay and in turn, extend the life of your roof. But, the benefits do not stop there.

Attic Insulation and Cost Savings

As you flip your AC unit from cool to heat (or vice versa), energy bills can become as frightening as that abandoned attic! A home that lacks proper insulation is more likely to experience higher energy bills.  This is due to the inability for your home to keep the cool air in and the hot air out (and vice versa). This inability causes uneven temperatures throughout the home, drafty rooms, and cold/hot ceilings and walls. By maintaining proper insulation of your attic, you give your HVAC system a break from working over time to stabilize the temperature in your home. And, a break for the system means a break for your wallet!  

Building a home with proper attic insulation is a sure way to avoid bothersome roofing problems down the road! The insulation of your home carries so much weight on not only your pocket book, but also on your comfort and safety in your home or business. If you are interested in saving hundreds per year and immediately seeing a return on your insulation investment, it is important to contact the right people. At Cribbs Inc., we are devoted to serving our customers with both quality and safety in mind. Give us a call today for more information on your roofing needs.   

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Baton Rouge Gutters: Cleaning and the Consequences of Neglect

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

cleaning gutters.jpegGutters are easy to overlook.   They aren’t readily visible in your line of sight, and it’s impossible to know the full extent of their condition without climbing a ladder for closer inspection.  It’s an important task, but unfortunately, it is also one that may frequently slip your mind.  Still, remembering to keep gutters free and clear of debris will go a long way in helping extend their longevity and avoiding early replacement or repairs.

When Should You Check Your Gutters?

Most experts recommend checking and cleaning gutters at least twice per year.  The spring and fall are ideal, as this is when the majority of gutter-clogging leaves are falling from the trees.  However, if you have several trees near your home or species such as pine that tend to shed frequently, quarterly cleanings may be in order. 

How to Clean Your Gutters

When cleaning your gutters, you’ll want to ensure safety with a sturdy, extendable ladder and protective gloves.  Move your ladder as necessary to reach areas comfortably without the need to stretch or lean.  Use a gutter cleaning scoop or similar tool to remove all debris, and dump onto a plastic tarp or into a bag to aid in the clean-up process.  Don’t forget to check the openings of downspouts for leaves and other sources of clogs as well.

Once your cleaning is complete, flush your gutters and downspouts with a hose to remove smaller materials and to check for clogs.  If the water does not drain properly, it may be necessary to use a plumber’s snake tool to locate and clear any remaining blockages. 

Consequences of Neglecting Gutters

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for a few leaves to turn into a heavy, soggy mess that can wreak havoc on your gutters.  When not cleaned regularly or properly, clogs can develop and water may no longer be able to drain properly.  Not only is this an ideal environment for the development of mold and mildew and a contributor to rodent and pest infestation, it also places undue strain on your roof deck and may lead to roof leaks.  In turn, your roof and other exterior or interior features of your home can suffer damage that easily results in costly repairs.

Just a couple of gutter cleanings each year is generally all it takes to maintain the integrity and lifespan of not only your gutters and downspouts, but your roof as well.  Concerned that you may already have existing damage due to gutter neglect?  Call in a roofing contractor to conduct a complete roof inspection at your earliest convenience.  Doing so will not only provide peace of mind, but it will also allow you to catch and correct problems before they result in the need for more expensive repairs.

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Baton Rouge Roofing Contractors: 3 Reasons Flashing is So Important

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 04:55 PM

RoofFlashing.pngWhen it comes to layers each element plays a crucial role.  What’s a sandwich without cheese?  What’s a freshly made bed without a sheet?  How does a suit look with no jacket?  Obviously something is missing in each of these examples.  The same goes for your roof.  If you think about it, your roof is a series of layers that insulates and protects your home from the elements.  If you climb into your attic you can see the underneath side of the roof.  If you climb on top, you can see the shingles.  But what else is there to ensure that the wind, rain, hot, and cold stay out?  One of the most important layers on your roof is the flashing.  Here are three reasons why roof flashing is so important.

Roof Flashing for Energy Conservation

Your roof makes up the largest exposed surface of your home, therefore it has the greatest potential for energy loss and that can get expensive.  When warm air is allowed to enter through damaged flashing and cold air is allowed to escape, your energy bill during the summer months can sky rocket. 

Roof Flashing for Mold and Mildew Prevention

Mold and mildew can run rampant when moisture infiltrates your roof through poor flashing installation or damage.  These spores can then make their way into your HVAC system and down into your furniture, carpets, and clothes.  Prolonged exposure to these elements can aggravate respiratory problems in your household.  Good flashing installation and maintenance can ensure that no moisture penetrates your roof or other areas of your home.

Roof Flashing for Structural Integrity

Just as mold and mildew can be a threat to your home, water infiltration can also compromise its structural integrity.  Ceiling panels, rafters, beams, and framing can all be weakened by excessive moisture that is made possible by bad flashing.  Rotted wood can lead to extensive damage and expensive repairs.

These are only three reasons why the flashing of your roof is so important.  When you have your roof inspected, be sure to trust a qualified, proven roofing contractor who takes each aspect of your home and roof into consideration.  For over 50 years Cribbs Incorporated has been helping home and business owners across south Louisiana with their roofing and sheet metal needs.

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5 Questions Potential Home Buyers Should Ask about their Roof

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 07:08 PM

buying a new house.jpegBuying a new home is rarely a simple process.  First, there comes the searching for that perfectly sized, well-designed home that’s in the right neighborhood and listed at the right price.  That, in and of itself, is a very tall order, but the stress hardly ends there.  There will be negotiations, financing, and of course, inspections.

When purchasing a new home, you certainly can’t buy on looks alone.  You’ll want to make sure that everything from the bottom up is structurally sound.  This, of course, includes the roof, which requires a close inspection to determine its condition, even if all looks great from below.  As a prospective homebuyer, you’ll want to fully understand what you can expect from your roof in the coming years before signing on the dotted line.  Does it need repairs now?  Will it need to be replaced in a few years’ time?  These questions and more can be answered by first asking the ones below:

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What Type of Roof Does Your New Home Have?

There are many different styles of roofs, and which one your new home has could impact how well it will hold up in the years to come.  Asphalt shingles, for instance, are quite common, but potential buyers should look for damaged or missing shingles that could pose future problems.  Clay barrel tiles are a popular for Mediterranean style homes, but when not installed properly, leaking could become an issue.  Even metal roofs, which are quite durable, should be inspected before purchase.

How Old is Your New Home’s Roof?

Obviously, the newer a roof is, the fewer problems you are likely to encounter.  However, it is important to keep in mind that different types of roofs will have different lifespans.  A metal roof, for instance, could last up to 50 years, whereas a wood shake roof will likely need to be repaired or replaced earlier than other options.

What is the Overall Condition of Your New Home’s Roof?

Are shingles missing, loose, or curled?  Are there other visible signs of wear and tear or indicators of leaking inside the home?  All of these factors should be taken into consideration when determining the quality and durability of your roof, as such indicators could foreshadow expensive repairs.

Have any Recent Repairs been done on Your New Home’s Roof?

Whether optional or necessary, any repairs that have recently been performed on your new home’s roof should be fully disclosed.  Learn what you can about the roofing company that did the work and their reputation.  There may even be a warranty for the workmanship or parts that can be transferred to you as the new owner.

Is Your New Home’s Roof under Warranty?

The roofing company who installed your home’s roof may offer a warranty on their work, and many manufacturers offer long-term and even lifetime warranties on their products.  Your agent should be able to help you determine if any of these warranties apply to your new home and if they may be transferred to you upon purchase.

Your dream home should be perfect in more than its layout and curb appeal.  When you finally find the house that you want to call home, ensure that it’s the best fit for you with a complete roof inspection by a licensed, experienced roofing contractor.  In the Baton Rouge area, Cribb’s Roofing has just the qualifications and expertise you’ll need to determine the condition of your roof. 

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3 Things To Look For In A Baton Rouge Roofer After A Storm

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

roofer storm cribbsAs we move through the heart of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we see our neighbors to both the east and the west dealing with the aftermath of horrific storms. Rest assured, as clean-up and recovery efforts continue, we will see people start showing up in Florida and Southeast Texas looking for work as part of those efforts. We will also, unfortunately, see people looking to take advantage of the situation. That is why, in order to help you avoid that situation the next time a storm passes through Baton Rouge, we want to remind you of the top 3 things to look for in a Baton Rouge roofer after a storm.

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Having a license is vital

Make sure they are licensed and insured: This keeps all bids on a level playing field.  Some companies can offer lower prices by ignoring crucial licenses and insurance mandates. Also, if you opt for an unlicensed roofer, you have no recourse if you are unhappy. With a licensed roofer, if the job is not done to your satisfaction, you can file a complaint with the State Licensing Board.

Look for a local address

With widely publicized storms and media attention, it doesn’t take long for out-of-state and fly-by-night roofers to infiltrate an area that has been ravaged by the weather.  The established reputation of a local roofer can go a long way when it comes to trusting their work and being able to reach them should you have a problem. Plus, should you have a grievance with the worker, you have a place to turn with your complaint.

Certifications speak volumes

While licensing and a local address are important for accountability, certifications go a long way toward making sure the job is done right the first time. At Cribbs, we are Certainteed Select Shinglemanster Certified. This means we have surpassed their standards of technical knowledge, installation experience, and we live up to Certainteed’s ethics standards.

Should the next storm head our way, you will want to be ready to repair any damage it may cause. It is important to remember when someone is offering you a deal that sounds too good to be true, it often is. If you stick with looking for these three things in a roofer, you are a lot less likely to get ripped off. If you have any questions about assessing storm damage, please call our team of experts at Cribbs Inc.

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Choosing The Right Shingles For Your Baton Rouge Roof

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Cribbs Shingle RoofWith all the rain we’ve had the past few weeks, it may be time to get up on your roof and inspect it. Excessive rainfall, combined with debris like tree branches can cause your shingle roof to age quicker than it otherwise would. Since we have had so much rainfall this summer, and the forecast doesn’t appear to be changing soon, this wear and tear on your roof is likely to continue. Understanding the type of climate and the elements that our roofs face allows us to make the best decisions about the materials and methods to use for most efficiency and protection for our homes, including choosing the right shingles for your Baton Rouge roof. 

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Just as homes in the north are equipped to handle long periods of subfreezing temperatures and large accumulations of snow and ice, our homes need to be able to withstand, not just rainfall, but wind, humidity, and high temperatures for a majority of the year.  Your roof should protect your home from these and other elements. It should also be able to help your home be energy efficient.  Anything that can lower that air conditioning bill in the summer will be welcome.

For warmer climates like ours, shingles that are lighter in color will reflect light and defer the sun’s heat away from your home.  If you are relegated to a certain color by your home owner’s association or other factors, you can get darker shingles that have flecks of white that help to reflect heat away.  Heavier shingles are also ideal for your Baton Rouge roof.  As the thunderstorms roll through in the spring and summer, and the unfortunate tropical storm or hurricane, these heavier shingles can maintain their integrity better than lighter shingles.  These heavy shingles also tend to last longer in warmer climates as well.

Cribbs Incorporated has been caring for Baton Rouge homes and roofs for over 50 years.  Using a trusted roofing contractor and supplier in Baton Rouge can give you the peace of mind you deserve when it comes to the biggest element of your most valuable asset.  If you have questions about the types of shingles available, please contact our team of experts at Cribbs Inc. and we will be happy to assist you.

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