Does Roof Color Really Impact Your Homes Temperature?

Does Roof Color Really Impact Your Homes Temperature?

Does Roof Color Really Impact Your Homes Temperature?

Being energy efficient is important to any homeowner so that you can cut down on the costs of running your household.  Maybe you installed new windows and doors to start your journey to becoming more eco-friendly. Or maybe you upgraded your appliances, but now you are thinking about the exterior.  Owens Corning offers what they call “cool” roofing colors that provide an energy star rating.  Does a cool roofing color really make a difference on how hot it gets inside your home?

A Package Deal

While there is no factual data to prove that the Owens Corning cool roofing colors offer a higher energy efficiency than a warm color, there may be ways to get that desired effect.  When you choose to use their roofing materials, paired with a trusted roofer and a proper ventilation correction, your home’s energy efficiency will improve.  To make it even better, using Owens Corning blown-in attic insulation, you can actually save hundreds of dollars over a ten-year period on energy costs.

Insulation

Having the blown-in attic insulation alone can help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.  The insulation not only helps provide a higher energy efficiency desired by all homeowners, but it helps to reduce moisture that can lead to mold.  For a small investment upfront, it can save you significant money in the long run.

When you need a new roof, looking at all of your options is vital, focusing on what may help improve the efficiency of your home. Using the top manufacturer of roofing materials is a step in the right direction.

Contact our team of trusted roofers today so we can discuss the cool roofing colors from Owens Corning with ventilation correction coupled with their blown-in insulation for your attic.  Bealing Roofing & Exteriors services South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland homeowners with their roofing projects.

How Do You Know You Can Trust a Roofing Company?

How Do You Know You Can Trust a Roofing Company?

How Do You Know You Can Trust a Roofing Company?

Knowing who to trust to install a new roof on your home can be a real dilemma.  There are many roofing contractors in Southern Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland ranging from small roofing companies that seem to pop-up and then go out of business almost overnight to professional roofing businesses with a longstanding reputation for quality and reliability.

How can you feel good about the roofing contractor you hire and trust with your hard-earned money? How can you know they will deliver a quality roof installation that protects your home and family?  We recommend asking these three questions along with doing your homework so you can have peace of mind that you hired the best roofing company:

Does the roofing company follow sound business practices?                                                             

Reputable roofing companies are stable. They have a business address, website, long work history; and they are accountable. The better roofing companies are registered with local municipalities, have the required certifications and/or licenses and willingly provide copies of such documents as well as current insurance certificates to customers when requested.

In addition, as required by the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act that took effect on July 1, 2009, professional roofers must be registered with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.  This law also requires that contractors maintain insurance coverage and utilize contracts that are in compliance with the consumer protection specifications outlined in the law.  The enforcement of these requirements is the responsibility of The Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. You can verify a specific contractor’s compliance by calling the Bureau at 717- 772-2425.

What is the roofer’s reputation within the local community?

Reputable roofers have a solid reputation in the community and have established valued relationships with their customers and suppliers.  They belong to civic groups, participate in local events, and demonstrate concern for their neighbors.  They are happy to provide references (past customers) who can attest to their dependability, affordability, quality of workmanship, and overall performance.

Reputable roofers also have a history that can easily be traced through the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor, the local Chamber of Commerce, and professional organizations such as:  National Roofing Contractors Association, National Association of Minority Contractors, and Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trade Council.

 Is the roofing contractor certified by roofing manufacturers?

In order to gain certification from leading manufacturers like Owens Corning, roofing contractors must undergo a vigorous process which requires confirmation of their business history, financial stability, insurance coverage, BBB rating, customer satisfaction surveys, and commitment to ongoing training and excellent customer service.  This gives you the assurance that you’re dealing with a professional roofer of character, knowledge, and skill.

Placing your trust in a roofing contractor is not easy; however, by asking the right questions, conducting the necessary research, and interviewing several roofing companies before reaching a final decision, you will be able to find the best roofer for your project.  If you live in the Southern PA or Northern MD areas and would like to speak to a trusted roofing professional, contact the team at Bealing Roofing and Exteriors.

 

How Long Should a New Roof Last?

How Long Should a New Roof Last?

How Long Should a New Roof Last?

If you just installed a new roof on your home, your next question may be “How long will it last?”  It’s a good question, but one that doesn’t come with an easy answer.  There are a variety of roofing materials available and each offers unique advantages and a different lifespan. How long your new roof lasts also depends on the climate in which you live.   Living in the northeast, your roof is prone to all types of weather including snow, ice, hail, and wind that can cause severe damage depending on the severity of the season. However, if you hired a professional roofer to do the roof replacement, you should be able to rest assured under that roof for at least 20 years.  Here are some common factors affecting the longevity of a new roof:

Roofing Materials Matter

Roofing materials such as composite roofs and torchdown roofs will last for 20 years after installation; however, if you choose wood shingles, that lifespan expands to 30- to 40-years. In the reverse, if you choose inferior materials, you can expect a much shorter lifespan.  Your climate, roof’s design, and the quality of installation all play a vital role in the longevity of your roof.

Roof Warranties Matter

 Roofing warranties vary just as materials vary. The best roof warranties range from 30 years to the lifetime of your home.  The length of warranty offered matters because if your warranty is inadequate, you may end up replacing your roof earlier than expected and paying more money out of pocket.  Keep in mind that a warranty varies based on the material used and the manufacturer of the product. Some warranties can be void if the roof installation was faulty. Be careful to choose a reputable roofing company by checking reviews online and asking for references.

Quality Roof Installation Matters

 Quality installation by a professional roofer is the best way to ensure that your new roof enjoys a long and healthy life.  Scheduling a semi-annual inspection of your roof in the fall and spring can identify weather-related damage that may have occurred during the extreme summer or winter temperatures.  A roof inspection helps to prevent small problems from becoming bigger issues and keeps your home’s interior and family safe and comfortable.

When it comes to your home’s “top” priority—your roof—what covers your home matters as much as what is under it.  For expert roofing replacement using quality materials, warranties, and installation in Southern Pennsylvania or Northern Maryland, contact the professional team at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today.

 

DIY Roof Installation vs Hiring a Professional Roofer

DIY Roof Installation vs Hiring a Professional Roofer

DIY Roof Installation vs Hiring a Professional Roofer

Deciding you need to replace your home’s roof is easier than determining if you should do it yourself or hire a professional roofing company.  Even if you consider yourself pretty handy around the house, it may not be wise to forgo the expense of hiring a professional roofer in order to do it yourself. There are many reasons to carefully consider the pros and cons of a DIY roofing project.  It involves much more than just a trip to the home improvement store and slapping on some shingles.  Roof replacement is a complex, time consuming, and dangerous undertaking that can end up costing you more in the long run than if you chose to hire a professional roofer.

Here are some pros and cons to consider regarding DIY roof installation vs. hiring a professional roofer:

Pros of DIY Roofing:

If you have the right skills, tools, and physical stamina to do the job, it can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars. You can do the work according to you and your family’s schedule and not have to worry about conflicts with a contractor’s schedule.

Cons of DIY Roofing:

Roof replacement by yourself is a long-term commitment. Considering the amount of time required to do the work, it may make more sense to hire a professional roofer.   Plus, if you work full time, you can forget about weekend golf outings or trips to the beach until you get the job done.  You may want to reconsider now whether saving the money is worth sacrificing your precious free time with family.

It’s dangerous. You need to consider if you have a fear of heights and/or whether you can carry heavy materials up and down a ladder.  Are you comfortable and steady on your feet?  Falls from roofs result in thousands of serious injuries and deaths each year.  Plus, there’s the risk that comes from roofing in rain or other inclement weather that could be better left to the professionals.

Tools can be expensive. You may think you’ll save money on labor, but, if you don’t already have the right tools, you may end up spending a hefty chunk of your budget to purchase the right gear and equipment for the job.  Plus, you may never use these specialized tools again once the roofing work is complete.

It requires physical strength and endurance. Roofing involves a great deal of physical labor:  climbing up a ladder with heavy gear and shingles and the grueling work of tearing off the old shingles.  It also means doing all of this physically demanding work for hours under the hot sun which presents risks for dehydration and even heat stroke.  Professionals are trained and equipped for such intense challenges.

A warranty won’t cover damage caused by improper application or installation.  If your mistake results in a leak, you will have to hire a contractor to fix it.

If you decide to hire a professional, contact our trained, licensed, insured, and professional Bealing Roofing and Exteriors team today for a free roof replacement estimate!

Things to Know Before Replacing a Roof

Things to Know Before Replacing a Roof

Things to Know Before Replacing a Roof

What can be beautiful, practical, durable, and “priceless” in protecting your home and family?  Your home’s roof!  Maintaining and, when necessary, replacing a roof is an investment that shouldn’t be ignored. If you have reason to believe your roof needs replacing, here are 5 things to know before you get started:

  1. Remove or not to remove

If your roof only has one layer of asphalt shingles, you are allowed to install a new layer right on top; however, if you already have two layers, you cannot add a third layer.  This is due to the excess weight for the underlying roof framing that could cause structural problems.

Having one layer in place already and adding a second layer will save you some money, but it isn’t the best decision. Layering shingles doesn’t allow for inspecting and repairing the decking and flashing underneath.  Only a professional roofing contractor is trained to conduct a thorough roof inspection and recommend the best options for your climate, roof pitch, and budget.

  1. Understand the basics.

Being an educated consumer is essential to a successful roof replacement.  Research basic roofing terminology such as square, bundle, roof pitch, weight issues, telegraphing, etc.   The more you know about the process and expertise necessary, the more confident you’ll be in interviewing roofing contractors.

The same goes for knowing about the different types of roofing materials available including pro and cons of each.  The cost, specific materials, and length of time to replace your roof will depend upon your location, roof pitch, and wallet. You might want to know whether wood shake shingles can be used for low-pitched roofs or is a high-end, highly attractive slate roof a better choice or should you go with a metal roof? Professional roofers are best equipped to answer these questions for you.

  1. Shop around.

Search the internet or pick up the phone and ask for referrals from neighbors, lumber yards, and other trusted sources to find qualified, professional roofing contractors in your area.  They are NOT all created equal and their prices, past performance, and customer reviews are all important in your decision-making process.  Investigate several different roofing companies using Home Advisor, Angie’s List as well as through your local and state licensing boards.

Keep in mind that cutting corners by going with the lowest bidder may “cost” you more than you bargained for in substandard materials, shoddy work, and poor customer service. As with most major purchases, you get what you pay for.  The more homework you do in the beginning, the more likely you’ll get the quality materials and workmanship you require at the finish line.

  1. You don’t have to wait until summer to replace your roof.

In general, most homeowners elect to have a roof replacement between late spring and early fall in South Central Pennsylvania; however, a well-coordinated roofing team can perform roofing work year-round.  Experts know how to get the job done efficiently and effectively under a variety of weather conditions.

  1. Have your paperwork in order.

You’ll need a building permit for the roofing project, a written contract from your contractor specifying all details, products, and costs, and a letter from the contractor’s insurance carrier addressed to you that confirms your project is fully covered under the contractor’s liability and worker’s compensation plan.

If you live in Southern PA or Northern MD and need a roof inspection performed by a respected, reliable professional prior to replacing your roof, contact us today!

Tips for Avoiding Storm Chasers

Tips for Avoiding Storm Chasers

Tips to Avoid Storm Chasers

The most prevalent and most publicized roofing scam is “storm chasers.”  This sort of roofer chases major storms from state to state or town to town to find work on damaged homes.  They watch weather or news reports for areas where recent storms have caused significant hail or wind damage, understand what insurance companies will cover for roof replacement in the affected areas, and canvas the area’s homeowners with flyers or unexpected visits offering a free inspection.

The unsuspecting homeowner who succumbs to this kind of roofing scam ends up with a substandard roof. Since these fraudulent companies are not local there is no one to contact after the fact if there are questions or complaints about the roof installation.

If you want to avoid being an easy mark, follow these tips for avoiding storm chasers:

Do your research

If you get a knock on your door after a major storm from someone offering you a free roof inspection at a seemingly too-good-to-be true price to repair or replace it, beware!  Ask for identification, proof of insurance, and the roofer’s license number, and then call the insurance company and your local licensing agency for verification.  Storm chasers usually work without liability insurance or worker’s comp and have little care for quality workmanship.

Visit the roofer’s office

Ask for the company’s address, phone number, website, etc.  If the only address given is a post office box, again—beware!   Research them online using multiple reliable home improvement referral sites and always check reviews. Don’t forget to ask for a reference from other homeowners in your area and visit their locations to see if they really exist.

Don’t pay up front

The worst of this type of roofing contractor demands a big upfront deposit and then, instead of showing up to work, skips town with your hard-earned money.  Legitimate, reputable roofing contractors may ask for a good-faith deposit of up to 20% upfront; however, if a roofer demands 50-75% upfront, that is a clear sign you’re being scammed.

Even with the abundance of news stories about storm chasers and the fraud they perpetrate on homeowners nationwide, thousands of people still fall victim every year.  If you live in Southern PA or Northern MD and recently experienced roof damage after a severe storm, contact a local roofing company you can trust. Bealing Roofing and Exteriors, LLC is ready to give you an honest quote, professional roof installation, and continued service long after the sale.

 

How Do I Fix My Leaky Gutters

How Do I Fix My Leaky Gutters

Tips for Fixing Leaky Gutters

Leaking and sagging gutters can cause serious water damage to your home’s siding and foundation as well as your yard. In many cases, the damage can equal thousands of dollars in repairs.  Proper gutter maintenance and repairs early prevent these extensive damages. Here are some helpful tips for fixing leaky gutters:

Clean out the clogs

Gutters that are in good condition can still have water leaking from the sides as a result of being clogged with leaves, twigs, and other kinds of debris from storms and animals.  Keeping your gutters clear of clogs is tiresome and time-consuming, so if you don’t have much time or energy for this sort of thing, you might consider hiring a pro to clean them out or having a new seamless gutter protection system installed.  These systems are connected directly to the downspout and have fewer leaks and clogs over their lifespan.

Seal the holes

Sealing leaky gutter joints and small holes is relatively inexpensive.  You can purchase a tube of sealant for around $5 and apply it from the inside the gutter.  For larger holes, you can use a gutter patch kit found at home improvement stores for about $10 or try gluing sealant to a scrap of metal flashing. If the hole is very large, replacing the gutter is the best solution.

Re-fasten gutters

Sometimes the hangers, nails, or screws used to fasten your gutter to the roof come loose, allowing runoff water to flow over the edge and damaging your facia boards. If this happens, you’ll need to grab the ladder and re-attach the gutter to the roof.  Use a stronger fastener or several for security; however, if your fascia boards are deteriorating, the gutter won’t stay attached and you’ll need to replace them.

Properly space hangers

Hangers are used to properly mount gutters onto your home. For best results, hangers need to be placed a maximum of 3 feet apart. Any further apart, and you risk sagging from the weight of the rain and melted snow. As the water settles and builds up over time, the gutter system can rip away from your house, leaving you with a hefty bill to install another gutter system.

Replace weak joints

The joints in a gutter system are the weakest areas and are prone to clogging and causing leaks.  The obvious fix for this is replacing the joint, but sealing/caulking it might not be enough to get the job done based on the exact type of leak.  If the gutters are sagging at the joint, the leak may return.

 Fix the seams

Welding or soldering your gutter system together is sometimes beneficial; but if you use too many seams or don’t secure them properly, the gutters can break.  A seamless gutter system is the best way to prevent this from occurring.

Schedule an appointment with the gutter professionals at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today by calling 717-634-3355 or filling out our online request form.

Types of Roofers to Avoid

Types of Roofers to Avoid

Avoid These 4 Types of Roofers

Home maintenance and repair contractors are a “dime-a-dozen” but reliable, reputable contractors, especially professional roofers, are worth their weight in gold and sometimes as hard to find.  In spite of the abundance of internet home improvement referral websites out there, homeowners continue to fall prey to scammers posing as roofing contractors because they fail to follow a few basic guidelines.  If you want to save time, aggravation and money on your next roofing project, steer clear of these 4 types of roofers:

The friend of a friend or handyman next door.  

While it may be tempting to hire a friend of a friend or the neighborhood handyman who does roofing jobs on the side for half what the pros charge, resist the urge. These types of “contractors” typically work without liability insurance or workers compensation, exposing you to all kinds of legal problems.  Since they are likely only working on the weekends, there’s no guarantee they will finish your roof on your schedule. If work is left unfinished and results in damage to your home (i.e.-flooding), your homeowner’s insurance may not cover it.

A company that uses subcontractors

Hiring a large company that primarily uses subcontractors increases the likelihood of getting sub-standard work.  Do your homework online by researching the roofing company, reviewing the subcontractors reputation, how long they’ve been in business, and what customers say about them.  You’re better off hiring a quality roofer in your local area with a proven track record than a big company with lots of negative reviews.

Storm Chasers. 

This “unsavory” sort chases major storms from state to state or town to town to find work on damaged homes.  They usually work without liability insurance or workers compensation and have little care for quality workmanship since they’re not local and are “here today and gone tomorrow.”  Some of these roofing contractors demand a big upfront deposit and then, instead of showing up to work at all, skips town with your hard-earned money.

A “regular” roofer vs. a “specialist” for complex systems.

Among professional roofers, you’ll find many who offer the standard asphalt shingle roof, but only a small number who are trained in special systems like: PVC, TPO, slate, tiles, cedar shakes, metal and EPDM rubber.  If you hire a “regular” roofer to install one of these specialized systems, you are setting the stage for disaster.

If you’re wondering “how do I find a quality roofer near me?” look no further than Bealing Roofing & Exteriors.  We’re small, local, reliable and ready to meet all your roofing needs.  Call us today for a free estimate!

Types of Roofing Scams

Types of Roofing Scams

Beware of These Common Roofing Scams

Spring and summer storm seasons bring heavy rains, tornadoes, hurricanes and hail storms –all of which can cause damage to your roof and require repairs. In turn, it is also peak season for storm chasers and roofing scams. Here are 4 common types of roofing scams to recognize and avoid.

Promising fast and cheap repairs

In the aftermath of a major storm, you may get a knock on your door by a roofing “salesman” offering you a fast and cheap quote for your storm damage. Unless you have an appointment with this person or were notified by your insurance company that they’re sending a roofing contractor out to inspect the damage, don’t let him in. Ask for identification and confirm the information with your insurer. Ask for their license and an insurance certificate and research the salesman and the company on the internet.

If the contractor gives you what seems to be a really low quote, be wary. Request bids from several contractors so you’ll have an average quote. Going with the cheapest bid may cost you in the long run if the work is shoddy or not done at all.

 Demanding a big deposit up-front

Reputable roofing professionals may require a small, upfront “good faith” deposit of $500 or even $1,000 and then the balance of payment at the end of the job. If a roofer asks for more than 20% up-front, be suspicious.  Research the company online and if you can’t find the company, or see bad reviews, walk away. Charging for a quote or asking for a 50% or 75% deposit in advance is a sure sign that a scam is in the works and once the dishonest contractor has your money, you’re out of luck.

Offering to pay your insurance deductible

If a roofing contractor offers to either fix your damage at a cut-rate cost if you pay in cash and side-step the insurance company OR pay your insurance deductible to win the bid, just say “No!”  Legitimate contractors don’t engage in insurance fraud or need to bribe customers for their business. Help other homeowners by calling the Better Business Bureau or state’s attorney’s office to report these types of contractors.

Phony, inadequate or unnecessary repairs

These are scams that are hard to identify and avoid. Disreputable roofers can create or increase damage to your roof after a storm by using a concealed tool and claiming the storm caused the problem. They can claim to have repaired the damage, but you won’t know until the next storm if that’s true and then it’s too late. Dishonest roofers can also trick you by saying you need more work than you do to inflate their fee. Having your insurance adjuster involved from the very first contractor inspection to job completion can help to avoid roofing scams like these.

If you need to hire a professional roofer this storm season, contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors for a fast, free and honest quote.

Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your Home

Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your Home

Check These 12 Items off Your List This Spring

Now that Old Man Winter has finally gone into hibernation, you are probably ready to use the warmer weather to tackle projects around the house.  We all know about the basics of cleaning house inside, such as dusting cobwebs, washing windows and floors, and vacuuming, etc.; however, there are more areas, both inside and out, that need attention.  Here are 12 must-do items for your spring cleaning checklist:

Inside:

 

  1. Replace air conditioner filters and make sure AC unit is free of leaves/debris.

 

  1. Replace all smoke and carbon dioxide detector batteries.

 

  1. Touch up paint on interior doors, trim, and wood.

 

  1. Repair or replace torn window and door screens and wash those not needing repair.

 

  1. Clean and organize closets and other storage areas inside your home. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it or used it in a year, get rid of it. Have a yard sale or donate old but wearable clothing, shoes, and jewelry along with hardly used furniture and household items to a local charity or family shelter.

 

  1. Inspect the attic. Over the winter months, animals may have taken up residence in your attic away from winter weather. Check for animal nests and remove any, as well as animals, that you find. If you find holes, contact a roofing contractor to inspect and repair.

Outside:

  1. Check your roof for damaged or missing shingles. Inspect your roof for debris as well as siding, doors, and windows for dirt and/or damage. Clean and touch up with paint where needed.

 

  1. Clean gutters and downspouts. You may have cleaned out your gutters in the fall but since some leaves fall late, there may be more waiting now that winter is over.

 

  1. Sweep and power-wash your siding, decks, garage door, door fronts, and sidewalks. This will brighten up your home’s exterior and prevent deterioration. Make sure you have the correct power-wash nozzles to ensure minimal damage.

 

  1. Clean porches/entryways. Wipe away cobwebs, shake out entry mats, and clean outdoor light fixtures and porch and/or patio furniture. Also, clean outdoor trash cans.

 

  1. Stain decks, wooden porch railings, etc. If you have a wood deck or porch, check to see if it’s time for staining. Wood decks/porches with high sun exposure tend to need staining more often than those in shade.

 

  1. Landscape. Plant flowers and shrubs.  Weed and mulch flower beds. Check for tree branches that are about to fall and make sure you remove them so the branch does not drop on someone or on your home. Also, trim back any overgrowth of trees or bushes from your home to protect paint from scratches and moisture.