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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

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. 

The Most Important Inspection of the Year

Cold air has begun to set in, and along with it will likely come some winter weather – which calls for a roofing inspection. While Arkansas is not known for heavy snowfall or frequent ice storms, we do typically experience some sort of frozen precipitation, and if the roof on your home or business isn’t in good shape, it only takes a small amount of ice, snow and/or wind to cause major damage. A roof inspection during the most wonderful time of the year is potentially the most important one you’ll have all year, especially if it’s been awhile since a professional has been on your roof. Below, we’ve listed out a few of the most common winter roof problems that can be preventively addressed by an inspection. Continue reading

Winterizing Your Arkansas Roof

When you’re a student, life revolves in segments of time separated into semesters and breaks. When you’re an adult, time takes a bit of a shocking turn into the nine to five world. After having kids, you pull a complete 360 and go back to semesters, sports, after-school activities, and birthday parties. Time reminders like daylight savings and wrinkles affect us all, but there are individual dividers of time for each person and occupation, as well. Continue reading