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8 Great Tips To Protect Your Roof

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 @ 03:24 PM

Roofing Baton RougeYour 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.

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Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 @ 02:47 PM

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Are you considering a roof replacement for your home or business?  If you are like many, you are probably trying to put the investment off as long as possible.

At Cribbs Inc Roofing and Sheet Metal, we want to provide you with two critical reasons why you may NOT want to delay in your new roof replacement.

Reason #1: Roof Leaks

Obviously, the Baton Rouge Roofing risk of waiting too long is the costly and headache causing roof leaks!  Our expert team has witnessed a vast variety of roof cases while roofing Baton Rouge. Unfortunately, we have observed way too many instances where the homeowner or business owner has waited too long.  In these cases, the roof owners have to replace more than just the roof.  Therefore, the expenses and the frustration level for the owner increase dramatically. 

At Cribbs Inc Roofing and Sheet metal, we are really want to encourage our clients to not delay too long.  We want to keep both your expenses and your frustration to a minimum.

If you're not sure how long you should wait, contact one of our Baton Rouge Roofing experts. Additionally, you can read our article on the common mistakes to avoid when analyzing the condition of your roof.  Repairing roof leaks is expensive...you'll likely have to repair damaged plywood, insulation, drywall, paint, electrical equipment, hard wood floors, carpet and more.  So prevent them instead, be proactive, and make sure problems are taken care of before they cause damage.

Reason #2: Structural Damage to your home

This may be a surprise to you, but a roof can leak for years without any trace of water in your house.  Did you know that?

For example: a leak near the edge of your roof can go un-noticed nearly forever, that is until you see the mould spores poke through your living room wall.

By the time you discover the mould, it will be an expensive fix.  Also, tiny leaks in your attic can be absorbed into your homes wooden structure before it ever reaches the interior.  Leaks like these can sneak around unnoticed, causing major damage.  

So, why pay more for roof repairs when it is not necessary.  Be proactive about your roof. Please do not wait until there is a problem, because it may be too late.

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Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Mon, Apr 16, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

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Cribbs, Inc Roofing and Sheet Metal wants you to know the three common mistakes made when a homeowner is analyzing the condition of their roof.

1. Analyze the condition of the roof based on one side or section of the home.

An interesting fact that is rarely thought about is, the south facing shingles receive more exposure to damaging UV rays emitted by the Sun than North facing shingles do.  Shingles on North facing slopes will therefore indeed remain in better condition than South facing ones for a much longer time.  Additionally, signles that are in valleys of the roof have more water flowing through them, and this causes a quicker deterioration.  Therefore, the shingles in the aforementioned areas will show quicker signs of erosion than the others. 

If your roof looks great when your looking from your backyard, you may be fooled by just a small area.  Take a look at the shingles near your eaves trough in a valley of a South facing side of your upper roof. At Cribbs Inc. Roofing and Sheet Metal, we will come to your home and analyze these areas of concern for you.

Our roofing specialists have been analyzing the rooftops of the Greater Baton Rouge area for more than 60 years. Consistently,  we inspect roofs which look good in one spot, and look poor in another.  When determining the overall condition of a roof, remember to consider the overall roof, and not just a small section.

2. Like anything else, don't choose your roofing contractor because they are the cheapest.

Remember the old adage, "you get what you pay for"? When you are discussing the category of Roofing Baton Rouge, there is no statement that is more true.  There is nothing more important to your home than the investment in your roof, so please try to avoid the temptation of going with the cheapest bid on your roof.

Remember, fixing roof problems can costs a lot more than preventing them.  Read our article , Roofing Contractors Baton Rouge, to ensure your working with a professional who knows the South Louisiana area. Even if you don't choose us to do your roof, the article will help you make an informed decision.   

3. Take your time and don't rush into a quick decision

It is important to take your time when making decisions about your house.  Make sure you research the roofing company, so that the work is done right the first time.

Yes, important choices will have to be made when you replace your roof.  There's choosing materials, choosing a contractor, selecting a warrantee, overseeing the work etc.  The most annoying mistakes are the ones that were avoidable.  Take your time and do this properly, so you will have the peace of mind moving forward that you have the best contractor for the roof of your home.

There's no need to rush your decisions unnecessarily.  Take the time to educate yourself a bit about our industry.  At Cribbs Incorporated Roofing and Sheet Metal, we just want to make sure the decision you make for your home is the RIGHT one.

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