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Five Signs Your Roof Could Be In Danger of Springing A Leak

By knowing the warning signs of roof problems that may lead to leaking, you can save yourself from facing more serious home damage and repair costs. Here are 5 signs to look for:

1) Buckling Shingles: areas of your roof will look wavy; this may be caused by movement in the deck of your roof or improperly applied felt.

2) Missing Shingles: easy to spot; often caused by storms or high winds, usually related to improper fastening.

3) Algae and Mold: will create large areas of discoloration; caused by growth of airborne fungi or algae deposited on roof.

4) Damaged Flashing: this is the metal area around the bottom of your roof penetrations (air vents, plumbing vents skylights, etc.).

5) Curling Shingles: this when your shingles start to smile at you- curling up on the edges; can be caused by water absorption or hot air in the attic.

Recognizing the potential signs that your roof may be at risk of leaking is a good way to avoid bigger problems later. But the best thing to do to make sure your roof is in top shape is to have a yearly roof inspection scheduled by a trusted roofing company.

Joel Johnson Reflecting on 20 Years in Business

Joel Johnson, Owner/President – I was raised in Southern Illinois, hunting and fishing for a living, not for fun – if we wanted to eat, we’d hunt. Our house was a trailer on stilts. It had to be on stilts because we lived close to a river, and if they closed the dam at the wrong time and it rained a lot, we had to boat into our house. Believe it or not, it was not a lot of fun being a teenager and worrying about water getting in your house. 

I’ve worked in construction my whole adult life, starting out with commercial roofing in 1990. There were many times I wondered why customers were replacing roofs that only had a few problem areas. It seemed like those roofs could just be repaired. Another thing that bothered me was all the older guys doing the same job I was doing being, “fresh” on the roof. Picking up trash is not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So, I decided to find a way to get “off the roof” to learn how to lead and move up in the roofing business. 

In 1994, I was promoted to technical representative where I inspected roofs and helped the salesmen put together estimates of what was needed – repairs, replacement, or a little of both. I continued this journey until 2001 when my wife, Veronica, and I decided that I needed to quit my job and become my own boss. I bought a truck on credit and we formed our own company, P.I. Roof Maintenance.

We had no idea what we were getting into. But we knew what we wanted to do. My main focus was to be a “roof leak detective,” the Magnum P.I. of roofing without the Ferrari… plus, I wasn’t that tall either!


Two of the reasons why we started P.I. Roofing

I wanted to take a different approach to the roofing business by really investigating the customer’s roof, determining what problem or problems they had, and then decide on the best approach. Maybe they didn’t need to replace the entire roof. Maybe I could help people fix the leak now and allow them to budget for a new roof down the road. I wanted to do what was best for the customer, to serve people, not to just look for the quickest way to make a profit.

Looking back on the past 20 years, I would change a lot of things if I could have a “do over,” but I did the best I could with what I knew at the time.

Having finally gotten off the roof after 30 years, I want to make it an easier and a quicker transition for new people getting into the business to find their “why” and live a long, happy life. You can learn the business, be very productive for a time and then train others on how to do what you’re doing. This way, everybody makes a little money and builds loyal customers. 

Working smarter, not harder, and sharing the knowledge is the future. We continue to hone the idea and processes as we hire more people and expand into new locations. 

Joel Johnson
Owner/President

2015 Small Business Person
of the Year
U.S. Small Business Administration
2014 Book Published – “The Roof Leak Detective: Never Pay for Another Roof”
2012 The Compass – “P.I. Roofing – Flying by Faith”

Thank you for trusting in us for 20 years! Joel & Veronica Johnson

Merry Christmas from P. I. Roofing

Christmas time 2020 will not be like any Christmas in my history. Christmas is the time to enjoy your family and friends in fellowship, reminisce about all that has happened throughout the year and always find things to be thankful for. Christmas is a time for giving.

The ability of Giving is such a great gift in itself. What a wonderful feeling it is to give a gift to somebody that appreciates the gift and can actually utilize the gift.

I am thankful for the gift that Christmas brings in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Jesus brings the gift of salvation through Himself, all we have to do is receive that gift. I hope that you will appreciate the Gift of Christmas and allow Jesus to give you the gift of heaven. 

I pray for a very Merry Christmas to you and your family as well as our nation and the world. As we end this 2020 season, we look forward to a happy and healthy 2021.

Joel Johnson

President, P.I. Roofing

Choosing The Right Roofing Contractor

We know that choosing a roofing company is a big decision. When deciding on which company to go with, take into account several things.

  1. Ensure the company has warranties and guarantees.
  2. Find out how long the roofing contractor has been in business.
  3. Compare the costs among the companies. The cheapest is not always best. Your roof is the only thing standing between you and Mother Nature so you want the highest quality work and products.
  4. Read reviews and talk to people who have used various companies.
  5. Choose a company with experience.
  6. Ensure the company is licensed and carries all required insurance.

If you have any questions about P.I. Roofing’s experience or quality of work, talk to us today or scroll through our Facebook page for some client testimonials. https://www.facebook.com/piroofing1

Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

The key to making sure your roof is “winter ready” is maintenance and repair. Being proactive can mean the difference between having a small repair vs. a full tear off and replacement. Keep your roof safe throughout winter by covering a few key steps.

1. Eliminate Low-Hanging Tree Branches and Other Vegetation

During the winter, ice and snow can weigh down trees and branches. That’s a problem if they happen to be located near your home. The last thing you want to hear during a winter storm is a crash that means a branch has taken a tumble onto your roof. This could also have an impact on the cable and phone lines that go into your home. Save yourself some stress, and have branches trimmed back before Mother Nature does it for you.

2. Check for Pests

It’s a good idea to check your roof for signs of pest infestation as part of your winterization plan. That’s because things like mice, squirrels, and raccoons might see your home as a welcome respite from cold winter weather. These kinds of animals can cause big, expensive problems for you if they decide to call your house home. Check your roof for any signs that animals have already taken up residence somewhere up there. You should also check for weak spots that a chilly animal might exploit to get warm.

3. Remove fallen leaves and other debris

If you have a lot of trees and plants on your property, you may notice that during the fall your roof quickly becomes covered in leaves, acorns and branches. It’s really important that you get those things off of your roof as soon as you can. Leaves and other debris can help trap moisture on your roof, which can lead to other problems. They can also clog your gutters.

4. Clean your gutters

Even if you don’t have a lot of leafy green trees on your property, it’s important that you clean your gutters as part of your roof winterization process. Your gutters are important to the overall health of your whole home. They help ensure that water flows away from your home so that it can’t do any damage. However, if they’re clogged they can’t do their jobs. Clean your gutters yourself using some water and a hose, or bring in professionals for a more detailed gutter cleaning.

If you need to complete roof repairs, have your gutters cleaned or update your roof coatings, please contact “Your Roof Leak Detective” today.

Ladders & Lights

“Ladders & Lights: Ladder Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating”

The holiday season is about to be in full swing with many of us decorating early this year pulling our Christmas decorations from the attic and hanging lights on our trees and roofs. But before you set up your ladder and put yourself at risk, remember to follow these important steps to keep things merry and bright.

Initial Inspection: Regardless of how new your ladder might be, always inspect the conditions before climbing. Look for cracks, corrosion or loose parts, and immediately tag and discard any ladder that might be hazardous.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Different jobs require different-sized ladders. While it may be frugal to have a “catch all” size, it’s not safe. Be sure your ladder extends at least three feet above where you need to reach. If your ladder size requires you to stand on the unstable top rung in order to hang holiday lights, it’s time to go shopping.

Know Your Metals: Remember that your holiday lights are just that– lights! They have electricity coursing through them, and need to be handled properly. This means to avoid the use of aluminum ladders. When working with electricity, opt instead for a non-conductive fiberglass or wooden ladder.

No Stretching: Stretching is a good thing before and after a workout, but it can be a huge risk when on top of a ladder. Similar to some cartoon scenarios, if you over-stretch on a ladder, it’s likely to slide out from underneath you, leaving you hanging from the rooftops.

Spread the Word: Before climbing up to the skies, be sure to let your family or roommates know where you’ll be. This way, not only is your risk of being startled lowered, but the chances of your ladder being tousled underneath you by an opening door are diminished.

Proper Positioning: This may sound like the most simple of our rules, but it can also cause the greatest injury. Always place your ladder on a flat, level and solid ground, and try to avoid doorways as much as possible.

Ladder-related incidents lead to hundreds of thousands of injuries each year. Follow the above rules to stay safe, and remember to always call in professionals (that’s us!) to handle your roofing problems.

How To Choose A Roof Color

November 2, 2020

The Right Roof Color

A roof is typically considered a utilitarian asset to your home and accounts for as much as 25-40% of your home’s visible exterior. Your roof color plays a key role in how your home is perceived from the street. It has the potential to add or detract a significant amount of aesthetic value to or from your home. This makes the already weighty decisions you must make when replacing your roof even more important. That’s why the color, materials and style you pick will tremendously impact your home’s curb appeal.

Six Tips When Choosing A New Roof Color

When choosing a new roof, take these six recommendations into consideration to help you choose the perfect look to complement your house.

  1. Consider the style of your home.

The style of your home should heavily influence the colors you consider for your roof. Do you hope to create a warm, welcoming vibe or a bold, dramatic statement? Traditional homes typically look best with a dark neutral color. A French country house may look beautiful with an earthy tone. Of course, a dark, rusty red almost always completes the look of a Mediterranean home

  1. Don’t be “too monotone.”

Matching your roof color too closely to your exterior wall color will result in a boring, monotone look. Strive for complementary colors, not matching. A few suggestions would be if your house color is light grey the recommended roof shingle color would be grey, black, blue and white. If your home is white, the best matching roof shingle colors are almost any color including brown, grey, black, blue and white.

  1. Find inspiration in similar homes.

When looking at other homes for inspiration, try to find houses in a similar style and size to your own. This helps you avoid falling in love with a certain roof color that looks amazing on one home, but doesn’t turn out well on yours. For example, you may see a photo of a smaller home with a dramatic, dark roof that looks stunning. If you put that same color on a large, highly visible roof with a steep pitch, the home will look too dark and gloomy.

  1. Ask about roof color change.

Many roofing and exterior wall materials change color over time. Before choosing your colors, ask to see examples of what the roofing and siding will look like in a few years. This will help to avoid the unpleasant surprise of a home with two different colors than what you originally pick out that in no way complement each other.

  1. Pay attention to lighting.

Look at the color you are considering in different lighting before making your decision. This tip is especially helpful in choosing the perfect color once you have your choices narrowed down to two or three.

  1. Think resale.

If you don’t plan to resale your home in the foreseeable future, you may not need to think about resale as much. But if you plan to sale your home before the roof will need to be replaced, pick a classic color such as black, brown and gray that the majority of buyers will like.

Here To Help!

We, at P.I. Roofing, recommend taking the time to pick your roof color, whether it’s for your home or for a commercial roofing project. We are here to help you make smart and aesthetically pleasing choices you’ll be happy with for years to come! Give us a call at 501-707-3542.

P.I. Roofing | Your Roof Leak Detective

The Right Roofing Company Starts With The Right Service.

How good is your roof contractor? To help determine if you’re using the right roofing company, evaluate the performance of the person working with you. Does he or she have the qualities needed to bring you the highest level of service and results? We help make it easy to find out with the checklist below.

🙾 Looks out for your best interest. Your roofing contractor should not be focused on the amount of money he/she can make from your project, for example trying to sell you a new roof when your roof only needs repair work. The main concern should always be finding the best solution for meeting your roofing needs.

🙾 Provides a complete report on your roof’s condition. If your contractor doesn’t get in your attic, your roof has not been thoroughly inspected. The PI Roofing 17-point inspection is a complete report on the state of your roof. Anything less risks overlooking something that could end up causing you big problems and expenses in the future. 

🙾 Has a “no pressure” approach. The responsibility of the roofing company is to provide a thorough evaluation of your roof and identify the service needs. That should be followed up with a detailed and easy to understand estimate for best meeting the needs. These documents should be presented professionally, making sure you have all the information needed to make a buying decision. Your final selection should be completely up to you and never be influenced by a high-pressure sales pitch. 

🙾 Loves the job. You know the people we are talking about here; they take on challenges with optimistic enthusiasm and positive energy. They are quick to offer help when a problem arises. They genuinely enjoy providing roofing results that better protect their customers.

If your current service person doesn’t earn 4 checks, it’s probably time to start looking for a new roofing company. To learn more about our experience and service quality, call us at 501-707-3542. 

Six Industry Terms You Should Know Before Making an Insurance Claim

If a storm damages your roof, you’ll need to make an insurance claim. Did you know that after these events, policyholders on the same street may not receive the same claim service from the same company? Since property insurance companies aren’t federally regulated, they are diverse in their responses to claims. P.I. Roofing has got you covered. Here are six important terms to know before you make your insurance claim.

1. Insurance Policy

The insurance policy is the contract between you and your insurance company. It tells you exactly what is covered and outlines how you will be paid for damages. It is important to read all of the policy before making a claim so you and your insurance company know what each other’s responsibilities are.

2.Adjuster

Your insurance company employs an adjuster and investigates your claim. They determine whether your claim is covered and decide whether to settle the claim with you. They may be company staff or an independent adjuster. Contrary to popular belief, adjusters are not paid more if you accept a lower estimate. The expertise and accuracy of adjusters can vary widely throughout the industry.

3.Deductible

This is the dollar amount that you must pay before coverage. Your insurance policy outlines your deductible, which you and your insurance company have previously agreed on.

4. Depreciation

Depreciation is the decrease in value due to age, weather exposure or even wear and tear. This is determined using the manufacturer’s expected lifespan for the roofing material. Usually, depreciation begins the day your roof is installed.

5. Replacement Cost

This is the cost of replacing your roof. It is the dollar amount necessary to replace the roof without deducting for depreciation. Your insurance company determines a maximum replacement cost.

6. Actual Cash Value

The value of your roof when the damage occurred. You determine the actual cash value by subtracting the depreciation from the Replacement Cost.

Getting roof damage covered by your insurance company can be a long and arduous process. While each insurance claim is unique, we’ve worked on thousands of claims submitted, processed and paid by insurance companies. By partnering with P.I. Roofing, we can work with you to submit your insurance claim correctly to your insurance company and replace your roof quickly and accurately. So when bad weather strikes, give us a call at 501.812.5164 or go to https://piroofing.com/contact. We are ready 24/7/365 to repair the roof and help you with your insurance claim!