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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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What do curled shingles mean on a Baton Rouge roof?

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 01:59 PM

shingles_and_nails.jpgHave you ever seen a roof where some of the shingles start to curl upward? Obviously, this isn’t a good thing. But how did it happen? How serious is it? What needs to be done to get it fixed? Essentially, what do curled shingles mean on a Baton Rouge roof?

Let’s start with what caused it. There are a number of different possibilities, but the main four are excessive heat, poor attic ventilation, poor installation, or simply a defective product.

Excessive heat and sun – We are no stranger to this in South Louisiana. When your shingles are exposed to extreme temperatures, they can age faster than if they were in a more moderate or temperate climate.

Poor attic ventilation – This takes the problem of excessive heat and makes it worse. A poorly ventilated attic traps heat inside, raising the temperature of the shingles on top of it. Basically, the sun beats down, the attic heats up, and your shingles bake while they broil.

Poor installation – There are a number of ways that shingles can be poorly installed and lead to problems of curling, but they all come down to this; did your roofer try to cut corners? If the person who installed them tried to save money and used fewer nails than necessary; or tried to save time by not removing the old shingles, stored them in a place that forced them to retain moisture, or tried to install them while they were wet, the shingles are more likely to curl and are not going to protect your roof for as long as they should. Reading that list, you may wonder about installing new shingles on top of the old ones. Why is that harmful? The short answer is, it’s because unless the top shingles and bottom shingles line up perfectly, you are less likely to have them cover and seal the way they are supposed to. Also, once they begin to curl, new shingles on top of old ones are more vulnerable to being torn off your roof in high winds.

Defective product – Though rare, this has been known to happen. A poorly manufactured shingle may be the reason behind it curling. One of the most obvious ways to tell if substandard shingles were used on your roof is if you got your roof after one of those nasty storms where it seemed like half the block got their roof, the curling will likely happen on the new roofs at the same time. This is one of the reasons it is important to choose a local roofer. There is so much less accountability with people who magically appear after a bad storm.

Age – This is most often the case. Shingles have a lifespan, and that lifespan does run out. One of the best ways to know how far in to that life span your shingles are is to note what is in the gutters when you clean them out. If you find an excessive amount of granules from the shingles in your rain gutters, you know you’re getting close to the end.

Regardless of what the cause of the curling is, it means it’s time to replace the shingles. Curling makes your roof more susceptible to multiple problems; losing shingles in high wind, or have wind-blown rain push under the shingles. Either way, you are allowing water to get to exposed areas that should be sealed from the elements. While shingles are considered to be the most affordable type of roof, they do have the shortest lifespan, and therefore need the most frequent upkeep.

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What Goes into Building a Shingled Roof in Baton Rouge?

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Thu, May 29, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

What Goes into Building a Shingled Roof in Baton Rouge?There is a lot to be said for understanding how something is built.  For a doctor, knowing how the body works, or how a body part is supposed to look, feel and act is imperative for treatment.  Your roof is very similar.  When a problem arises, the ability to first recognize the problem, and the knowledge to correct it can save you a tremendous amount of time, money and headaches.

So whether you’ve noticed a few loose shingles, a leak over the living room or some debris after a storm, understanding how a shingled roof is built will give you the ability to understand the magnitude of a potential problem and how to fix it.  While there is definitely more than one way to skin a cat, below is a general rundown of what goes into building a roof.

First, the different layers of a roof:

1.)    Underlayment: The underlayment is the black paper that covers the plywood sheeting to protect the home from the elements.  A membrane is commonly used with this material as well for waterproofing.

2.)    Flashing: This is a key component to your roof.  Flashing is a strategically placed metal piece that diverts water away from vulnerable areas where it may collect. 

3.)    Shingles:  Here is the top layer that is visibile.  Shingles can be made of a variety of different materials, as well as a number of features.  Between the actual material from which the shingles are made to the UV reflective coating, shingles can offer efficiency and lifespan benefits for your home and roof.

 

Secondly, the different design areas of a roof:

1.)    Ridge- The highest point of the roof.

2.)    Hip- The high point, where two adjoining roof sections meet.

3.)    Valley- When two sections of roof slope downward and meet.

4.)    Pitch- How steep the roof is.

5.)    Eaves- Areas of the roof that hang over a part of the home.

6.)    Gables- These are triangular areas on the ends of the home.  They extend from the eaves to the peak of the roof.

7.)    Dormer- Areas of the home that protrude from the roof.

Just as the different layers of the roof react different ways to different elements, so do the different design areas.  Now that you are familiar with the parts and pieces of the roof, recognizing problems and finding remedies may be easier.  Cribbs Incorporated knows the various pieces, areas and materials of a roof better than anyone, they’ve been caring for roofs in Baton Rouge for over 50 years.  For a free estimate, click here.

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Is Your Baton Rouge Roof Ready for Hurricane Season?

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Wed, May 29, 2013 @ 06:18 PM

Louisiana Hurricane Roofing Preparedness

 

It’s that time of the year again, hurricane season.  We all know that means to check the generator, stock up on bottled water and locate those important documents.  But what does this mean for the roof of your home or business?  As we are all too familiar with, hurricanes bring damaging winds and devastating rains, leaving a path of shattered homes and businesses as well as chaos for the home and business owners. 

Your roof is in a vulnerable position during a hurricane.  Proper examination of your roof(s) is crucial during every season, but can be a vital step in your preparation during hurricane season.  Early preparation is essential in protecting your roof against hurricanes & tropical storms in 2013.  Strong winds, storm surges, flooding and tornadoes are a variety of the threats facing your property.  Annual maintenance and examination by a certified roofing professional can make a significant difference in your roof’s hurricane preparedness.

Your roof should be examined at least once a year to discover any missing shingles, splitting, lifting or curling shingles, and any loss of granules.  Depending on the type of wind impacting your roof, straight line or pressurized, different damages can occur.  Shingles can be lifted and thrown from the roof, and/or intense, wind driven rain and debris can be forced onto the roof.  Now is the ideal time to have your roof checked.  If it’s been a number of years since any maintenance has been performed, the materials and structures in place to protect your roof may no longer be able to endure the powerful, constant winds and rains of a hurricane.

In addition to determining what, if any, work or maintenance your roof needs, there are some other helpful steps you can take now.  Photograph or video your home and/or business, inside and out and from all angles.  Should a storm damage your property, this will help during the insurance claims process.  It is also helpful to discover any potential flaws that you can repair before a storm.  Gather the necessary supplies to have on hand should you need to prepare for an impending storm.  Heavy plastic sheeting, tie-downs, sandbags, plywood, etc. can all be crucial materials to have while preparing not only your roof, but your entire home or business against damage.

As the season goes on, if and when a hurricane watch is issued, there are further steps you can take to best prepare your roof.  Check and secure any items on your roof.  HVAC equipment, piping, fans, etc. need to be secured to keep from becoming projectiles in the storm’s strong winds.  Another important step, as minor as it may seem, is to close every door and secure every window.  According to the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI) an alarming number of roofs were compromised when doors were left open and windows were either shattered or left open allowing high wind speeds to enter the building.

Whether it’s your home or your business, taking these necessary preventative steps now, can save you time, money and headaches later this hurricane season.  The professionals at Cribbs Inc. are here to help get and keep your roof in shape for hurricane season and beyond.

 

For more information about your roof and what to look for to determine if its time for a new one, download this free resource from Cribbs.

 

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Topics: Baton Rouge Roofing, shingles, Hurricane preparedness in Baton Rouge, Cribbs inc., Gutters

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