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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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A Metal Roof Can Help You Through A Baton Rouge Summer

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 @ 01:22 AM

metal roof residential Cribbs We know all too well that it gets unbearably hot in your attic during the summer months; sometimes, dangerously so. We also know that it is important to keep your attic properly ventilated to help abate that heat. Attic fans and whirly birds both play a vital role in keeping the temperature down. But, they aren’t the only things that can be helpful in fighting the heat. Your roof itself can be a tool in this battle. While they are known more for their durability and unique aesthetic appeal, a metal roof can help you through a Baton Rouge summer as well.

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Metal roofs reflect heat

Metal roofs reflect most of the radiation of the sun that hits your roof. Rather than absorbing it into the attic, a metal roof, actually sends heat back into the air. What’s more, the heat that it does absorb, dissipates faster than with other roofing materials. This means that rather than staying hot after the sun goes down, a metal roof begins cooling to start the next day at a lower temperature.

Reflecting this heat leads to a cooler attic. No Louisiana attic will ever be “cool” in the summertime, but with a metal roof, it will certainly be cooler. Having a cooler attic leads to other benefits. The biggest of these is lower energy bills. The hotter your attic is, the harder it is to maintain cooler temperatures inside your home. When your attic is cooler, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard, or as long, to cool your house. This means you are using less energy, keeping that bill from skyrocketing all summer long.

Another benefit of a metal roof during summer months in Baton Rouge, is a reduction in moisture in your attic. Since most of the heat is reflected instead of absorbed, humidity stays lower as well. With lower humidity, and proper ventilation, there is less moisture. With less moisture, there is a lower chance of mildew or mold forming or growing in your attic.

While a metal roof isn’t normally the first option considered for a residence, these particular benefits make them ideal for Louisiana heat. Metal roofs require little to no maintenance, have a look all their own, and have a life span of more than fifty years. When you add the benefit of lower energy bills, their appeal in Baton Rouge (if you’ll pardon the pun) goes through the roof. If you have any questions about metal roofs, contact our team of experts at Cribbs Inc. and we will be happy to answer them for you.

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The Importance Of The Right Credentials For A Baton Rouge Roofer

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

residential roof CribbsHiring a contractor for any work around your house requires a level of trust. This is, after all, your home that is being worked on. It is only natural to want someone with the best reputation and experience to handle the job. But, where do you turn to find that level of contractor? How do you know that the person on your property is reputable and will do the job to your satisfaction?

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Start with a roofing license

The first place to start is with the license. You want to make sure that the roofing contractor you hire is licensed, bonded, and insured. Far too often, we hear about people that hire a roofer that just appears after a storm, pay them a large deposit, and that roofer just disappears. When you hire a licensed roofer, you know you can follow up with their company should anything go wrong.

Does the company have any certifications?

But, beyond a license, what should you look for in a roofer? This is where the importance of the right credentials for a Baton Rouge roofer comes to the fore front. For us at Cribbs, we are CertainTeed Select Shinglemaster certified for residential roofing. CertainTeed has been around for over 110 years, and over that time has developed their Shinglemaster certification to recognize roofers who have, not only qualify as a specialist by passing a course on shingle technology and installation, but also roofers who sign off on an ethics agreement to make sure their knowledge is matched by their performance.

We at Cribbs are CertainTeed Select Shinglemaster certified. This is the top-level CertainTeed roofing credential, and represents the highest standards of excellence, quality and knowledge in the shingle roofing industry. A Select Shinglemaster has shown extensive knowledge of shingle installation and quality through rigorous testing, and have provided CertainTeed with proof of workers' compensation and liability insurance.

At Cribbs, your long-term satisfaction with our work is the top priority. That is why we put an emphasis on holding this level of certification. By holding ourselves to CertainTeed’s rigorous standards, we can be sure that our work will meet or exceed any expectations and stand the test of time. If you have any questions about our credentials or what goes into our work, please contact our team at Cribbs and we will be happy to answer them.

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3 Benefits To Having Your Baton Rouge Roof Inspected After A Storm

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Fri, May 12, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

roof inspection CribbsSouth Louisiana gets more than its fair share of violent weather. From squalls that pop up seemingly out of nowhere to hurricanes that we can track for days, it’s no wonder that Louisiana is in second behind Hawaii for the rainiest state in America. After the storms roll through, we are left with whatever damage was left in their wake. When it comes to your roof, many people just give it a cursory glance, and if they don’t see anything wrong, they move on to something else. This is a mistake that is easily corrected and could lead to further damage. In fact, here are three benefits to having your Baton Rouge roof inspected after a storm.

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What does a roofer look for in an inspection?

Anyone can see major damage done to a roof from their vantage point on the ground. A roofer knows how to spot bald or blading shingles, loose shingles or tiles, damaged flashing, and several other problems that may seem small at the time, but could worsen if ignored.

A roofer will inspect inside and out.

While minor damage may be difficult to spot by the untrained eye on top of the roof, it is even tougher to discover in your attic. Inside your attic, a roofer will make sure all your ventilation is intact, check for structural damage, and make sure moisture is not a problem. It is possible that there will be visible condensation, but more likely that it is much subtler.

A roof inspection will help your insurance claim.

Filing a claim with your insurance company can often be an arduous task. You need to be able to tell your insurance company what kind of damage you have and how extensive that damage is. Having your roof professionally inspected gives you the benefit of your claim being backed by a professional. This lends credibility to what you are asking for in your claim. It also provides the benefit of being thorough and making sure you are asking for the right amount. The last thing you want when filing an insurance claim is to overlook something and be forced to go back and amend or ever refile that claim.

If your damage is obvious and visible, of course you will want to hire a roofer you can trust immediately. But, just because you don’t see anything doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to see. Call our team at Cribbs and we can help give you the peace of mind of knowing exactly how much, or how little, damage you have.

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Spring Cleaning For Your Baton Rouge Roof

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

Worker cleaning up the driveway from autumn leaves.jpegThe weather is getting warmer, the afternoon rain showers are becoming more frequent, and before you know it, summer will be upon us. Spring time in Louisiana means so many things; LSU Baseball, crawfish season, and outdoor festivals to name a few. But, it also means spring cleaning in and around the house. To most people that means packing up the winter clothes, decluttering by throwing away underused or unwanted items, and getting the yard in shape. But, what about spring cleaning for your Baton Rouge roof?

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There are five main points of emphasis when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your roof. All five points are relatively easy to perform, and they will go a long way towards extending the life of your roof.

Remove tree limbs

If there are any tree limbs touching your roof, or hanging above your roof, they need to be cut back. The reason for this is two-fold. First of all, anything touching your roof is basically a bridge for termites, wood eating ants, Asian beetles, or any other pests to find their way into your home. The standard pest control contract usually covers the base of your house, but overhanging limbs give insects another way in. Secondly, tree limbs either touching or hanging over your roof allow excess moisture to stick around longer than it should. This can lead to mold, aging, or even rot. Removing the limbs allows sunshine to get in and do its work.

Remove leaves and debris

Just like tree limbs, excess leaves on your roof can lead to excess moisture. They also pose a problem when heavy rain storms come through. Leaves, pine needles, and other debris will get pushed down to your gutters, clog them, and weigh them down causing damage (more on that in a second). Along with trapping moisture, leaves also have the potential to stain your roof. Actually, the moisture they trap causes the growth of algae or mold, and that can leave a black stain on your roof.

Clean your gutters

The combination of heavy rains and a build-up of leaves and debris in your gutters can lead to significant damage. When you don’t regularly (twice a year) clean your gutters, they get heavier than they are supposed to be. When this happens, they begin to pull away from the house, leaving the fascia exposed. Also when they pull away, and the nails that were used to install them begin to give, this leaves what’s behind the fascia unprotected as well.

Remove any mold or discoloring

If you see any black spots or black streaks on your roof after you remove all the limbs, leaves, and everything else, you should remove them as well. The sun will do its job of stopping the growth of any mold, but the stains themselves are unsightly and will make your roof appear more aged and damaged than it is. You can use a number of homemade or store bought solutions to remove these stains. The only thing we warn is that you do not want to pressure wash anything on your roof, as that can do serious damage to your shingles.

Look for missing, damaged, or worn out shingles

You want to look over every slope, angle, and corner of your roof to make sure that none of your shingles are showing signs of significant wear, or are missing altogether. If the pitch of your roof is too steep to walk around, perusing everything from your ladder should suffice. While you’re up there, make sure your flashing and vents are in good shape as well.

Whoever said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure could have easily been talking about roofs. Taking care of these simple preventative measures can extend the life span of your roof. If you find along the way that you are already closer to the end of your current roof’s life, please give us a call and a member of our team can come assess just how close you are to needing a new roof.

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Popular Baton Rouge Commercial Roofing Options

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 @ 04:02 PM

Storage warehouse at outdoor.jpegWhen it comes to selecting a new roof for your commercial business, there are several factors to consider to make sure the roof you choose serves your needs. The largest of these factors is the angle, or slope, or the roof. More often than not, when talking about commercial roofing, you’re talking about covering a lot of square footage with little to no slope at all. Whether it be a showroom, warehouse, or any other facility that has a flat or slightly sloped roof, there are a few popular Baton Rouge Commercial roofing options available.

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Modified Bitumen Roofing

If you have a flat roof, drainage may be a problem. Therefore, making sure your roof is waterproof becomes the number one priority. A modified roof system is basically broken down into three parts. There is a base layer, a modified membrane, then a granular cap sheet. These parts work in tandem to make sure the roof is waterproof. So, if you experience any puddling, it won’t lead to seepage or damage in the roof.

Single Ply Roofing

Single ply roof systems are made of a single layer of roofing membrane made of compounded synthetic materials. At Cribbs, we use either a rubber based membrane or heat welded PVC based membrane. They provide many benefits in that they are flexible, heat resistant, and waterproof. Single ply roof systems are recommended for either flat roofs or a roof with a very low slope.

Metal Roof

The main benefits of a metal roof are that they are lightweight, visually appealing, and very durable. Metal roofs also offer the versatility of being available in multiple colors. If you opt for a metal roof, you have the choice of either an architectural of structural system. The difference between these two is largely based on the level of protection from moisture, as well a solid decking under the metal itself.

All three of these roofing types are easy to install, easy to maintain, and can last for a long time. Of course, if your building has a much higher slope, like a residential building, you may consider other options. But, if you want what works best for a flat or low sloped roof, these three are the most popular Baton Rouge commercial roofing options out there. If you would like to learn more about any of them, please call our team at Cribbs Incorporated.

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Is Installing A Metal Roof A Good Baton Rouge DIY Project

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 02:06 PM

metal roof.jpegA standing seam metal roof is a roof whose seam that joins the adjacent panels of the roof are standing upright and perpendicular to the roof itself. The benefits of this roof structure are the superior watertight seam and the pleasing architectural appearance. Another benefit of the standing seam metal roof is that, unlike shingles, installation appears far less tedious. However, that doesn’t mean it is ideal for the do it yourselfer. There are several things to consider when asking, “is installing a metal roof a good Baton Rouge DIY project?”   

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Why should you hire a professional to install your standing seam metal roof?

- It generally costs less. Professional roofers can get materials for less and usually will already have all of the necessary tools. They also know proper measuring, installation, and safety methods because they are seasoned professionals.

- Professional roofers know what parts of your previous roof can be reused and which need to be replaced, saving you money again.

- When it comes to roofs, faster is better. Professional roofers can install new roofs much faster than one can alone. Most roofing companies offer warranties so you can be assured that your project will be completed.

- Last but not least, you do not have to worry once a professional roofing company takes over. They handle everything from the beginning to the end so that you do not have to.

Problems associated with installing your own standing seam metal roof:

While installing a standing seam metal roof yourself is an option, there are risks involved. Shingles that were already on your roof may puncture the vertical sheet metal roofing panels and cause dents. In addition, if asphalt shingles are not properly removed, they can rub against the metal roofing panels, causing them to rust. It can become even more difficult to measure and install correctly if your roof contains chimneys, skylights, dormers, or valleys where you may need flashing.

Simple mistakes can become very costly when installing your own standing seam metal roof. And it’s only natural that a few mistakes would be made. After all, this isn’t something you do every day. But we do. If you would like to learn more about what metal roofs have to offer, or would like to talk with someone about purchasing a new roof, our team at Cribbs would love to hear from you.

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