Things You Need to Know About Hiring A Roofer

what you need to know about hiring a roofer

Many homeowners like to tackle some projects on their own. There’s a certain amount of pride that comes at the end of a project and being able to tell family and friends that you did the work. However, there are a few projects that are best left to the experts. One such project is roof replacements. A lot can go wrong while you are up on your roof if you do not have the experience and tools to get the job done. Hiring a local roofer is your best option for this type of job. Here are six things you need to know about hiring a roofer. 

1. Save Costs

Attempting to tackle roofing projects on your own can result in costly mistakes. Hiring a professional, local roofer to repair or install your roof is always a smart move. Additionally, local contractors have working relationships with local suppliers. These kinds of connections will save you big on materials. And let’s not forget, roofers have the right tools to get the job done safely and efficiently.

2. Save Time

An experienced roofer can get your job done quicker and free you up to do other items on your to-do list. Experience counts when it comes to roofing projects. Roofers understand different kinds of roofs and the best approach to completing your job efficiently. 

3. Safety

You’ve likely heard the saying “safety first.” When it comes to your roof, it’s no different. Professional roofers have the right tools to safely do the job so you do not put yourself at risk. As much as you may love doing your own work, one look at your roof and it’s hard to deny the potential for a bad accident if the job is not done correctly. Avoid potential injury and hire a roofer. Not only will you protect yourself, but a roofer carries insurance in case something unexpected does happen. 

4. Expertise

What does a roofer do that you can’t? A professional roofer has experience in the trade and can deliver high-quality work. They also know where to look for hidden damage that the average homeowner may not. 

5. Access to Your House

For most roofing jobs, a roofer will not need access to the inside of your home. However, if something more complex pops up like a hidden roof leak, they may want to come in and assess any further damage that potentially occurred. 

6. When to Pay

A roofer will likely require a deposit of up to half your job before beginning work. This gives them the capital within your job to purchase the materials needed. Upon completion and a satisfactory walkthrough, they will want the balance paid. Regardless of how the payments are structured, make payments via check or credit so you have a payment trail. Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., is an established local roofer that values our customers. Our commitment is to you, and we think that will show in our pricing, methods, and workmanship. 

Everything You Need to Know About Siding Repair & Replacements

siding repair and replacements what you need to know

As sure as the sun will rise eventually, you will have to face doing something with your siding. The big question is, do you repair it or replace it? Well, that depends on what you are trying to deal with. Here are a few scenarios, and the best course of action for each.

Problem: Minor Holes and Cracks

Occasionally you may find a small hole or crack in your siding. This can result from stones kicked up during mowing or a stray baseball hitting your siding.

Solution: This type of damage can be repaired. Using exterior caulk is your best bet for filling in small holes. Overfill the hole, let the caulk set up, then trim off the excess. 

Problem: Larger Holes

Sometimes something larger may hit your house’s side, causing a much larger siding defect that will need to be addressed. 

Solution: This type of damage can be repaired in most cases. If you are dealing with a one-to-two-inch size defect, you will want to cut it out and patch it with another siding piece. The challenge is finding the right color siding, and even if you do, the question is, will it match the older faded siding of your home. If the color is unique or your siding has faded significantly, you may want to consider replacement siding. 

Problem: Missing Siding

Yes, this happens. Nails loosen over time, and with a good gust of wind, off comes your top row of siding. 

Solution: This can be fixed. Retrieve the siding piece that has dislodged and nail it back into place. If the siding cannot be found, you will need to try and find matching siding. As noted above, if you are dealing with a unique siding color or serious color fade, your best option may be replacement siding. 

Problem: Warped Siding

As your siding faces the sun’s constant beating, vinyl may warp over the years, particularly on sides of your home that are in direct sunlight all day. 

Solution: Replacement. Warped siding is unsightly and usually occurs in large sections, making it difficult to simply repair with a few siding pieces. 

Problem: Bubbling

If you see bubbling, you have a potentially serious issue on your hands. Bubbling occurs when water has infiltrated behind your siding and has caused the subpanel below your siding to bulge. 

Solution: Replacement. You will want to get this addressed with a siding replacement so the entire area can be exposed and properly dealt with. 

Problem: Color Fade of Vinyl Siding

As time passes and your siding is subjected to the sun’s rays’ daily pounding, it will fade. 

Solution: Replacement. Color fade is a curb appeal issue. If you have had your home and siding for ten years or longer, it has likely faded badly. Take the leap with replacement siding, and you’ll have a house that looks brand new.

Is siding replacement or repair in your future? You can trust Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. to get the job done right at a price you can afford. 

4 Steps to Take After a Storm Damages Your Home

steps to take after a storm damages your home

A storm has just blown through your area, and you step outside to assess the damage. Your heart sinks. There has been visible damage that has occurred to your home. This scenario has happened to many homeowners just like you. Heavy winds have caused a tree to fall on your home. Pounding rains have leaked into your home from roof damage. Your basement has flooded in a torrential downpour from what many labeled a “100 year rain.” Your instincts kick in, and you want to jump right in and start repairing the damage. Hold tight. Here are the necessary steps to take after a storm damages your home to ensure you end up with the best possible outcome. 

1. Take photos

First and foremost, be safe! Make sure the storm has passed completely. In the case of a fallen tree, keep your distance until you can be certain it’s stable. If the damage includes power or cable lines being yanked down, steer clear. If you are dealing with a flooded basement, stay out of the water. Be careful! It’s not worth hurting yourself or losing your life over material property that can be repaired. 

Grab your smartphone or camera, and start taking pictures. Do a video walkaround of your home, highlighting the damage. This is very important documentation that you will need to hand into your insurance company. 

2. Stop the bleeding

If you have a situation where an opening has occurred to your home, take some steps to close it. Secure some tarps over the opening to prevent further damage from wind and rain. Cover broken windows with plywood. Get a sump pump and start pulling water out of flooded areas of your home. If you do not have a sump pump or you are looking at an excessive amount of water, call your local fire department to assist. 

3. Call your insurance company

Get in touch with your insurance company as soon as you can. Stay in contact with them throughout the repair process as well. Find out what documentation you need to proceed with repairs. Find out if they want multiple quotes for the work that needs to be completed. Remember, your insurance agent is there to help you; that is what they are for. 

4. Contact a reputable contractor

A word of caution. Once people see damage to your home, you will have questionable pop-up contractors knocking on your door. Avoid these “fly by night” contractors. They will come in with a low price, quickly do the work, and disappear, never to be seen again. This is simply bad news. Their work is usually shoddy, and if a problem arises down the road, you will not be able to find them to have repairs made. Always go with a trusted local contractor. Gather a couple of quotes even if your insurance company does not require them. 

If your home has recently suffered, give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. We pride ourselves on our trustworthiness and experience. 

Hail & Wind Damage What You Need to Know

hail and wind damage what you need to know

If there is one thing we can predict, it’s that the weather can be unpredictable! Strong winds and damaging hail can spring up during a heavy storm within a moment’s notice and often without warning. Let’s take a look at each, and point out some ways to spot hail and wind damage. 

First, we must mention one thing. Be safe! After the storm has wound down and left your area, you will want to survey for damage. Be mindful of any downed trees or wires. If there are wires down, stand clear of them, and call your utility company to safely remove them. If a tree is down, make sure it’s entirely on the ground. If it has hit your home, take pictures before beginning the removal process. You will need documented evidence for your insurance company. Make certain that the tree is secure, and if you are going to cut it up, be careful. As limbs are removed from the main part of the tree, it will tend to move. 

Hail Damage

Hail can be particularly destructive, especially to your roof. You will want to look at a few things to see if any damage has occurred. 

Cracked shingles: Hail impact can be so bad that it can crack your shingles. You will see cracks in the tab and even small chunks knocked out of the granules. If the impact was significant enough, portions of or entire shingle tabs will break off. These you may find laying in your yard. 

Granule loss: Granules are what cover your asphalt shingles. Take a look in your gutters. Over time, but particularly during a severe storm, granules will wash off your shingles and collect in your gutters. 

Wind Damage

Everyone likes a cool summer breeze, and it’s hard to imagine how that wind can be so damaging. During a storm, as wind speeds increase, a number of things can occur to your roof. 

Missing shingles: Much like hail, wind can do a number on your shingles, particularly older ones. If the shingles are no longer securely adhering to the ones below them, wind can lift them, even tearing entire tabs off. Again, these may be laying in your yard. 

Lifting shingles: As mentioned previously, the wind can get under shingle tabs and lift them. Survey your roof and see if any shingles are curled up and otherwise not laying flat. These could easily pull and break off in future storms and should be addressed. 

Gutter damage: If debris such as tree limbs have been flying around, check your gutters. If struck hard enough, they will become dented, or worse, pulled off the fascia.

We’ve pointed out several potential issues you should know about when it comes to hail and wind damage. If climbing around on your roof is not your thing, you should consider calling a local roofing company. Many have come to trust Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. to assess the damage and recommend repairs. We pride ourselves on our trustworthiness and experience. Give us a call the next time mother nature strikes. 

Tips to Prepare Your Home for Storms

tips to prepare your home for storms

As the hot summer heat continues to dominate the weather pattern, we face the near-daily potential for severe weather. With the risk elevated, it’s always a good idea to make sure you are prepared for the worst Mother Nature can bring. Here are six ways to make sure your home is ready when storms or heavy rains are in the forecast.

1. Clean gutters and downspouts

As time goes by, your gutters and downspouts can become clogged with leaves and debris and grit from your shingles. Clogged gutters and downspouts prevent stormwater from being directed away from your home. Instead, water will overflow your gutters, potentially causing damage to your walls as well as foundations. If your house is beneath trees, it’s a good idea to clear gutters early. 

2. Inspect your roof

The roof of your home is the surest point of water entry. During a heavy downpour, you will quickly discover if you have a problem as evidenced by water leaking inside your home. You will want to check for broken or missing shingles as well as failing sealant and flashing around chimneys, pipes, and skylights. If you are not comfortable climbing up onto your roof, call your local roofing company to check out things for you.

3. Repair gutters and downspouts

Inspect your guttering, looking for loose, sagging, or leaking gutters. Seal up any leaks you may find with caulking. Refasten the guttering, so it is hanging against the facia correctly to promote proper rain runoff. 

4. Inspect your siding

Once a year, it’s a good idea to walk around your home, paying close attention to your siding. Check for cracks and small holes that could be entry points for water. This is also an ideal time to see if your siding is experiencing warps or bubbles due to age.

5. Weatherstrip windows

Check the weather stripping and caulking around your windows to ensure they are in optimal condition. If they need to be replaced, be sure to do so. Scrape off and replace old caulking that is shrinking away from the area it is supposed to seal. 

6. Check your sump pump

Those prone to a wet basement know just how important a reliable sump pump can be. There is nothing worse than a flooded basement. The damage that can be caused to finished basements can be particularly upsetting.

6. Consider investing in a generator

In the event of a power failure, a generator can be a huge asset, particularly during extended power outages. Portable emergency generators are available in a wide variety of sizes and can be sufficient for temporary use. If you want reliability, a whole-house standby generator is the ultimate answer. 

Following these six tips will help ensure that after the next storm blows through, your headaches will be minimal. Need some help inspecting your roof, guttering, or siding? Give us a call at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. 

How to Hire a Deck Contractor

how to hire a deck contractor

Adding a deck to your home can be one of the best projects you can undertake. Decks are the ultimate place for relaxing and eating with friends and family. They also make a great place to kick back and relax outdoors after a long day. Before your dream deck becomes a reality, you will want to hire a contractor to move your deck from an idea in your head to reality. Here are a few tips on how to hire a deck contractor.

Things to consider

You can take two routes here. Either you design the deck yourself or you can have a contractor tackle that for you as well. Even if you design the deck yourself, you will want to have your chosen contractor review what you have designed to ensure it meets local code requirements and is feasible. When planning a deck, consider the following.

1 – Size: Measure the area where you plan on adding your deck to get a rough idea of what you have to work with. This will help give your contractor a good idea of the project scope. 

2 – Levels: Do you want a deck that is all one level, or do you want to mix things up with multiple levels. 

3 – Materials: Review the available options with your deck contractor. Pressure-treated wood is a common option but needs maintenance and upkeep every few years with stain or sealant. More advanced composite decking is more expensive upfront, but you save on the maintenance requirements. 

4 – Features: This is where things get interesting. How about a fire pit? Waterfall feature? Metal, wood, or composite railings? The only limit is your creativity.

Finding your contractor

Before seeking out a contractor, have a clear idea of what your ballpark budget will be. After establishing your budget, ask around. Talk to family and friends who have had decks constructed and see who they chose. Word of mouth is always the best way to find out who good choices in contractors are. You will quickly find out how certain contractors work with their clients, how they perform on a timetable, and their quality of work. 

Once you have narrowed your list down, then it is time to ask potential contractors some questions. First and foremost, ask to see a copy of their state license. Next, ask for their proof of insurance. Third, you will want to find out what warranties they offer on their workmanship. After addressing these items, the fun begins. Have an open discussion with each contractor on your list about what you envision for your new deck. Make certain they have a clear understanding of what you do and do not want. Finally, ask for a quote in writing. 

At Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., we have been part of many deck designs and projects. Give us a call and find out how we can help you make your outdoor dream deck a reality!

Benefits of Metal Roofing

benefits of metal roofing

Historically, metal roofing has been reserved for commercial and agricultural buildings. In recent years, more and more people have decided to redo their residential roofs with metal roofing. If you are looking to replace your existing roof with a new metal roof, you might be anxious to hear about metal roofing benefits.

Protection and Weather Resistance

Many roofs suffer roof damage due to strong winds and hail. As homeowners seek out the best value for their dollars, the newest options available come down to two. Architectural shingles and metal roofing. When it comes to resistance to wind and hail damage, metal roofing wins out hands down. 

All roofing materials rely heavily on proper installation. The key advantage of metal roofing is materials. It does not rely on tar or sealant to hold it together. Metal roofing panels interlock, whereas asphalt shingles rely on adhesives to keep tabs in place. This alone makes metal roofs much more wind resistant. 

Another consideration for weather resistance is aging. As asphalt shingles age, they dry out, become brittle, and ultimately curl and crack, leaving them more susceptible to failure. Metal roofing does not have these characteristics. You can expect a metal roof to be just as wind resistant 50 years after installation as it was on day one. 

Longevity

As metal roofing production advancements have occurred, there has been a whole new advent in metal roofing. Modern metal roofing systems can easily last fifty years or more. Innovations and developments in paint add additional enhancements like UV protection that help protect your roof and home. A new metal roof can easily outlive the equivalent of 3 non-metal roof material installations over its lifespan. 

Lower Maintenance Costs

As more and more metal roofs have been installed, it has become apparent that maintaining a metal roof is significantly less than traditional asphalt roofs. This is due in large part to their durability. Though numerous factors impact a roof’s lifespan, it is not unrealistic to expect greater than 50% savings over a lifetime compared to other non-metal roofing materials. 

Environmentally Friendly

Metal is considered the most environmentally friendly roofing material available. Metal roofs are 100% recyclable and are composed of 25% recycled metal. Metal roofs can be installed over existing roofs, eliminating the need for removal and disposal of these roofs. A typical asphalt roof contains hundreds of gallons of crude oil and, on average, needs replaced every 12-20 years. These replacements usually require the old shingles’ disposal, resulting in approximately 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles being dumped into U.S. landfills annually. 

Now that you know the advantages of metal roofs, give Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. We have the experience and know-how to get your home under a new metal roof in no time!

How Do You Repair Broken Siding

how do you repair broken siding

As a local siding contractor, we have seen it all and heard it all. Sometimes we are asked, “How do you repair broken siding?” Here are a few scenarios that require repair and how to go about completing the job.

Occasionally, you may find that a mysterious nail hole or crack has appeared on your vinyl siding. This could come from several things such as stones kicked up during mowing, or perhaps a stray baseball hit the house’s side. There are three methods of repair that can fix this issue. Which one you choose depends on how bad the damage is. 

Method 1: Making MINOR repairs with caulk

1. Purchase a suitable caulk

Exterior caulk made for vinyl can be used to fill in nail holes and small cracks. Shop around as you may be able to find a caulk that closely matches your siding color. If you cannot find a matching caulk, find one that can be painted.  

2. Fill the area in

Using a caulk gun, push the tip into the hole or crack you are filling. Dispense caulk from the caulk gun until the hole is filled, and caulk begins to emerge. Be certain to fill the entire hole as well as the area behind the panel you are working on. Take a damp rag and wipe off the excess caulk until it is flush with the siding surface. 

3. Final clean up

After letting the area sit for a few days to cure, use a razor blade to cut away excess caulk.  

4. Paint non-colored caulk

If you could not find caulk that matched your siding close enough, you will want to paint it. If you have a small piece of your siding, take it to the hardware store, and they can closely match your color. Clean the area to be painted thoroughly. Take a small brush and paint the repair area. 

Method 2: Repairing a LARGE hole

For a larger hole that caulk cannot fill, you will want to cut a piece. 

1. Cut

Use a straightedge and mark out approximately a 2-inch square around the area you need to be replaced. Use a utility knife with a fresh blade to cut along the lines. Your cut should extend to the bottom of the panel you are working on.  

2. Remove the section

Use a zip tool to remove the section you cut out. A zip tool is also called a siding removal tool. Pull slightly downward and unhook the section from the panel below.  

3. Cut a patch

Cut a new section of siding from a spare piece that is 2 inches wider than what was removed. Be sure to keep the bottom lip intact.  

4. Caulk the area 

Hold the repair section up to the area you will be replacing and trace it with a pencil. Add some caulk approximately one inch in from your pencil marks.  

5. Install the patch

Snap the new section of siding in place. Use some duct tape to hold the section in place until the caulk has time to cure. After the caulk has cured, the tape can be removed. 

Method 3: Give Bealing, Roofing and Exteriors, Inc. a call 

If this sounds like a job beyond your capabilities or the repair is more extensive, give us a call. We have the experience to make any repair you need and get your siding looking like brand new!

The Basics of a Roof Replacement

the basics of a roof replacement

Replacing a home’s roof will likely be one of the largest and most expensive home remodeling projects you will encounter. This is a job best suited for a local roofing contractor. But, before you make the first call for prices, it’s helpful to understand the basics of a roof replacement. This basic knowledge will be invaluable when it comes time to make your final decision on a contractor.

Different kinds of material

Here in the Northeast there are basically 2 common types of roofing material used today. All vary in pricing, and a lot depends on personal preference when it comes to look. 

  1. Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common option as well as the most inexpensive. There are two styles of asphalt shingles today and they come in a wide variety of colors: 

  • 3-tab Shingles – These are the most basic style of shingle available. These are manufactured by the factory as a single row, about 3 feet long, and separated into 3 tabs (as the name alludes to).   
  • Architectural Shingles – These have become a popular choice. These shingles are manufactured in such a way that they give a 3D effect on the roof. Architectural shingles are more expensive than 3-tab shingles. 
  1. Metal

Metal roofs are somewhat rare but have become more popular in recent years. Metal roofs, when installed correctly, offer a number of advantages.

  • Durability – When installed properly, metal roofing can last up to 50 years or more. They are much more efficient at sealing out water, standing up to high winds, and shedding snow than the average asphalt roof. Metal roofs are also resistant to fire, mildew, and insect infiltration. 
  • Lower Energy Bills – Most modern metal roofs come with Energy Star finishes that are certified to reflect sunlight. This feature will help keep your home cooler than other materials. 

Weight concerns

Before finalizing your roofing plan, one must consider weight. Installing new roofing over existing asphalt shingles is a common practice, but this can also become too heavy for the underlying framing. This is something to be particularly aware of in older homes. The maximum amount of layers of asphalt shingles commonly installed is two.

Telegraphing

Another point to consider is what the surface below your new shingles looks like. When installing over a previous layer, keep in mind that any irregularities will be repeated. If you are considering replacing an old roof, there’s a very good chance that it will have bumps and depressions you will want to eliminate. 

The best course of action to avoid telegraphing is to remove the previous layer of shingles. This also gives you a good opportunity to check the integrity of the roofing deck under the shingles.

When it comes to choosing your next roofing contractor, choose local. Choose Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., where we treat every job like our own.

Tips for Customizing Your Deck

tips for customizing your deck

Decks are a fantastic addition to your home. Their uses are almost limitless. From outdoor family gatherings to a place to relax and kick back for some alone time, decks are an ideal home improvement project. There are a number of things to consider while designing your dream deck. Review the following tips for customizing your deck and you will be well on your way to having a vision to relate to your contractor. 

How will you be using your deck?

What are you using the deck for? Whether you plan on having numerous cookouts to entertain family or friends or just a place to relax and have a cold drink, your deck’s use will determine a number of things. If you are leaning towards hosting barbecues or parties you will want to make sure you have the room for a prep area, a serving area, and certainly room for  a grill. Creating an oasis for relaxing? Make sure you include plenty of room for lounge chairs, perhaps a low table, and a fire pit for chilly nights (if local codes allow it).  

Location

This one is really important. The last thing you want to do is put your deck on the wrong side of your home. Be aware of any bushes or trees that may be in your way. They will need at minimum trimmed and worse case removed entirely. Keep an eye on where the sun rises and sets during the summer. This will be the peak usage season for your deck so you want to make sure you know how the sun will impact your new outdoor living space. 

Some general guidance for the sun. South-facing gets the most sun all day. East-facing gets morning sun. West-facing will have sun in the afternoon. North-facing gets very little sun. Also remember if your options are limited you can always add trees to shade the deck or purchase an awning to serve as a shelter from the sun. 

How tall?

Consider height when you are customizing your deck design. Too tall and it may conflict with other structures. You may also put yourself in a position where the neighbors see too much of you or you see too much of them. 

Decking patterns

There are countless patterns you can use when laying decking. Standard, diagonal, herringbone, nested square, the list goes on and on. Consult with your contractor who can give you some ideas and show you some examples of various decking patterns.

What materials to use

How much time do you want to spend maintaining your deck? If you go with standard pressure treated wood you will need to seal it every few years. Cedar has a more natural look and is also rot resistant. Composite decking has become more popular as it has become more affordable. Install it and you’re done with little maintenance required. 

If you are looking to custom design the deck of your dreams, Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. has expertise to make your dream a reality. Give us a call today.