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Revealed: Does Your Roof Need To Be Repaired Or Replaced?

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 10:54 AM

baton rouge roof repair roof replaceLet’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.

The Damage:

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.

The Age:

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" 

Need A New Roof

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Types of Roofs | Is Metal Roofing Right For Your Home In Baton Rouge?

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 @ 02:58 PM

metal roofing baton rougeSo, 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

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. 

10 Signs That You May Need A New Roof

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