Winter Roof Repair

Winter Roof Repair

Winter Roof Repairs: Yes or No?

Most home improvement projects, including roof repair, are scheduled for spring and summer months because of the warmer temperatures. Whether you neglected to schedule a roof inspection this summer or you’ve noticed some moisture on your ceiling, winter roof repairs and inspections are possible. If you do have a potential leak, it is vital that you contact a roofing professional immediately to create a plan and prevent your home from water damage. If you’re thinking about ignoring your roof this winter, take a look at the pros and cons of winter roof repairs first.

Pros of Winter Roof Repair

Be Proactive in Fixing Issues

Ignoring roof problems only leads to bigger and more expensive projects later on. By scheduling a roof inspection and small repairs now, you can prevent having to do an emergency roof replacement or mold removal from constant leaking in the attic.

Keep Your Home Warm

A home’s roof is one of the key components that keeps the home warm through the winter months. If there is a hole, not enough insulation in the attic, or the roof needs replaced, any heat will quickly find its way outside. As a result, your heating expenses will skyrocket until completing the necessary repairs.

Prepare for Spring Rainfall

The spring season (and all of 2018) in PA and MD is known for heavy spring showers. To avoid a waterfall inside your house, schedule roof repairs now.

Better Scheduling Options

Roofers are not as busy in the winter as they are in the summer. Since they are not as busy, you have a better chance of scheduling appointments and repairs at a time that best suits your winter schedule.

Cons of Winter Roof Repair

Unpredictable Weather

While a roofer’s schedule isn’t as crowded during the winter, there is always the chance of a winter snowstorm in the northeast. Most contractors won’t work when roofs are slippery from rain and snow. There is always a chance you will need to reschedule repairs after the weather has passed and the roof is free of snow and ice.

Shingles Need Certain Temps to Seal

Asphalt shingles require a certain temperature to seal properly which can be difficult in the winter. However, if you hire a quality roofing contractor, they will be honest about completing a roof replacement in the winter and help you plan on the perfect time.

Bealing Roofing & Exteriors is a full service roofing company in Hanover PA that serves surrounding communities and northern Maryland. Schedule a free roof inspection today.

New Years Resolutions for Your Home

New Years Resolutions for Your Home

Home Improvement Tasks for 2019

2019 is a year full of energy and potential and while many of us are declaring New Year’s resolutions for ourselves, it is also a great time to focus on changes to your house. The best part about setting resolutions for your home is you don’t have to tackle them every single day. Instead, these are tasks you can schedule on your calendar now for once a quarter and still reap the benefits of positive results.

  • Declutter Every Room.

This task is often a popular one for homeowners at the beginning of a new year; it is also one that gets brushed aside once you feel overwhelmed. However, once you get through the initial phase and commit to it throughout the year, it is a lot easier than you think. Start by walking through each room in your house or apartment. Collect the items that you don’t use, haven’t touched in six months, and no longer match your style tastes in a bin or box. From there, open drawers and closets and remove items you don’t need. Schedule a time every quarter to get rid of clutter by adding it as an appointment to your calendar. By tackling it throughout the year, the process is much more manageable.

  • Cut Energy Costs.

The good news about cutting energy costs is you don’t have to invest in solar panels to see results. Energy can be wasted in a number of ways depending on how old your home is. Start by sealing HVAC ducts you can reach with duct sealant or mastic to reduce leaks. Other ways to cut energy costs is to install insulated windows and checking your attic for adequate insulation and holes that let heat out. Other ways to reduce costs include turning the lights off in rooms that are not in use, turning computers off nightly, set the heat or AC at a different temperature when you are away, and install LED light bulbs.

  • Schedule Necessary Inspections.

Calling on the professionals to inspect appliances, systems, and the structure of the home is essential to maximizing the life of the home’s key components. Homeowners should schedule HVAC checkups twice a year along with roof inspections. Doing both of these regularly will help assure your home isn’t wasting energy.

  • Organize One Space Every Month.

Make a list now of the spaces that need help with organization. Set aside time every month to tackle one of these spaces. Once you have a list, create a wishlist of items you need to properly organize including bins and storage systems. Price them out now and set aside a portion of your budget each month.

  • Decide on Big Projects Now.

Do you have a wishlist of renovation projects for 2019 and beyond? Put your ideas on paper at the beginning of the year and prioritize what you want to accomplish. By having a plan, you will spend less time later analyzing, stressing, and deciding what to do first.

  • Create a Space You Enjoy.

Lastly, make your home a space you enjoy spending time in. Add plants, flowers, energizing scents, and beautiful focal pieces that inspire you and make you smile.

Bealing Roofing & Exteriors is a roofing company in Hanover PA. Contact our office to schedule a roof inspection today.

5 Reasons to Replace Your Siding in the Winter

5 Reasons to Replace Your Siding in the Winter

Winter Siding Replacement? Why It is a Good Idea

Northeast winters in Pennsylvania and Maryland are unpredictable when it comes to the type of weather and amount of snow and ice that fall. Massive snow, windy days, and extreme chills are all elements we have seen in past winters. And each can take a toll on a home’s exterior. Having quality siding on a home is one of the best ways to keep your home warm all winter long.

Wintertime isn’t the most popular time to replace siding, but there are 5 benefits to replacing siding in the winter.

No need to worry about landscaping

Most homeowners don’t spend countless hours maintaining landscaping throughout the winter because the majority of shrubs, plants, and flowers don’t survive the winter cold. This makes it a great time for contractors to replace siding because they (and you) have less to worry about or look out for during the process.

Siding contractors have more time

During the winter months, contractors slow down and have more available times in their schedule. This makes it easier to schedule a reputable siding contractor to complete the siding removal and installation at a time that is convenient for you.

Increase your home’s curb appeal

Replacing a home’s siding is a great way to improve its curb appeal and increase the property value. This is especially true if the siding is worn out, cracked, or falling off.

Keep warm temperatures indoors

Giving your home a facelift not only makes the house look better from the outside, it also makes it feel better inside. One of the biggest benefits to installing siding on a home is that it keeps the warm temperatures in during the winter and cool temperatures inside during the summer months. Many homeowners experience fewer drafts after new siding is installed.

Ideal temperatures for the siding

While it may not be the ideal temperature for you outside, it is the ideal temperature for the siding. If siding is installed in the middle of summer heat and humidity, it can buckle or warp when nailed to the house. In the cool temperatures of winter, buckling is less likely to occur, making the siding easier to install.

Bealing Roofing & Exteriors is ready to help you with your siding installation needs. Contact us today to schedule a meeting with our siding consultant. Our office is located in Hanover PA, but we service surrounding areas including northern Maryland.

The Basics of Roof Replacements

The Basics of Roof Replacements

Understanding Roof Replacements

Replacing a home’s roof is one of the biggest and costliest home improvement project homeowners encounter. It is often not a project that is thought about until an existing roof fails, leaving homeowners pressed for time to install a roof quickly. Replacing a roof is also a project that should never be rushed or completed haphazardly.

Why is a Roof Important?

A roof is arguably the most important component of a house because it keeps water, wind, pests, and extreme temperatures outside so families can live comfortably and property remains intact. While the roof protects the inside of the home, it takes the brunt of these various elements. Over time, the roof experiences normal wear and tear and eventually needs to be replaced.

The average lifespan of a roof is 15 to 30 years depending on where you reside if ongoing maintenance was performed, and how well the roof was initially installed. One of the biggest reasons homeowners have to replace a roof early is failure to perform ongoing roof inspections and maintenance.

3 Steps to Take Before Replacing a Roof

Before hiring the first roofer to offer a quote or tackling a roof replacement on your own, consider these three steps to make sure it is completed the right way.

 

  • Understand the Work Involved

 

If you are considering tackling a roof replacement as a DIY project, you first need to understand the amount of work involved. A roof consists of more than choosing a shingle type. A roof replacement can also include replacing the sheath or boards under the shingles, repairing rafters or trusses, installing new flashing, updating attic ventilation, and repairing and drainage issues. There is a science behind properly installing a new roof that often makes it easier to hire a roofing professional.

 

  • Request Multiple Quotes

 

Request proposals from multiple local roofing companies so you can be sure you hire one that is knowledgeable, delivers a quality end product, and fits your budget. According to Angie’s List, the average cost of a roof replacement is $11,000, but prices can vary between $8,000- $20,000.

 

  • Ask Specific Questions

 

After reviewing multiple quotes, homeowners should take the time to interview roofing contractors. Two important questions to ask include “Will you remove the old shingles before installing new ones?” and “What type of warranty is included?” It is critical that old shingles be removed before installing new ones. It is also important that a roofing company backs their work with some form of warranty.

Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, LLC is locally owned and operated out of Hanover PA. Contact us for a roof replacement quote today.

Steps to Make Gutters Work Better This Winter

Steps to Make Gutters Work Better This Winter

Winter Maintenance Tips for Gutters

Gutters tend to get ignored during the winter months. Considering the extreme temperatures South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland tend to experience along with the shorter days, it comes as no surprise to professionals at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, LLC. While gutters play an important role in your home’s roofing system by diverting water away from the foundation year-round, they are more important in the winter than they get credit for.

Winter in the northeast means freezing and thawing of snow, ice, and rain. When these elements freeze, they also expand, pushing on any surrounding surfaces which can cause damage. When snow in your gutters melts and then freezes, gutters experience pressure from the expansion which can result in gutter damage. Homeowners can’t control the weather, but there are steps that you can take to keep your gutters working properly all winter long.

 

  • Clear the debris.

 

When gutters are filled with debris, there is no room for water to flow freely towards a downspout and away from your home. During the winter months, debris increases the chances of water pooling inside the gutters, freezing, and damaging the gutters. Using a sturdy ladder, heavy gloves, and a mini garden shovel, homeowners can remove the debris rather easily.

 

  • Properly insulate the attic.

 

A properly insulated attic impacts more than just the home’s interior. Having the right insulation maintains the roof temperature and prevents water from freezing in gutters before draining off the roof. It also keeps snow from prematurely melting and draining into the gutters. Double check attic insulation or hire a professional roofing company to inspect it and assure the right amount of insulation is present.

 

  • Check for leaks.

 

Inspect gutters for leaks at the seams or holes in the metal. This is also a good time to ensure all bracings and anchors are sturdy and attached to the house properly.

 

  • Inspect downspouts and diverters.

 

In addition to clearing debris from gutters, downspouts and diverters should be checked for clogs. Inspect the area where water drains away from the house to confirm water flows freely and doesn’t pool at the base of the downspout.

 

  • Don’t ignore damage.

 

If homeowners find damage in any area of the roof or gutter systems, they should tend to it quickly. Some tasks can be completed without help; some should be completed by professionals that thoroughly understand roofing and gutter systems.

A professional roofing company will also be able to suggest whether or not heating elements for gutters or the roof would be helpful. When installed properly, gutter heating cables melt snow and ice during the winter and prevent freezing from occurring.

Contact the professionals at Bealing for a free roof and gutter inspection this winter. Our team thoroughly inspects the roof, gutters, and attic to make sure you are ready for the cold temperatures and minimize unexpected mid-winter projects.

Winter Home Improvement Projects

Winter Home Improvement Projects

Home Improvement Projects for the Winter Months

As the temperatures continue to fall, many homeowners in Pennsylvania and Maryland find themselves stuck indoors more than usual. If you’re looking for something to do that leaves you feeling accomplished, there are plenty of home improvement projects that you can tackle indoors this winter. Before you forge ahead, the professional roofing contractors at Bealing Roofing in Hanover PA put together a list of home improvement projects that increase property value and decrease energy costs year-round.

Enhance Walls with Modern Touches

Are your walls still the same dull white from the day you moved in or that popular mustard yellow from the 1970’s? Adding a coat of fresh paint can take your home from drab to warm and inviting overnight. For some creative inspiration, take a look at these top 15 paint colors for 2018.

If painting isn’t necessary, it might be time to update trim, add crown molding, or additional accents to give your home a more modern appearance.

Add a Backsplash in the Kitchen

Adding a backsplash in the kitchen is a great way to spruce up the area without spending thousands of dollars. The best part of this project is that homeowners get to channel their inner personalities with the endless number of tiles available at local home improvement stores.

Add Insulation in the Attic

While adding insulation to the attic isn’t as exciting as painting or designing a backsplash, it is a valuable task. Not having the proper amount of attic insulation is often times the culprit of high energy bills in summer and winter. Contact a professional roofing company to inspect the roof as well as the attic insulation to find out how much insulation they recommend you add.

Replace Windows

If windows are more than 20 years old, they might be letting unwanted air into your home and valuable heat out of your home during the winter months. Fall and early winter is a great time to replace windows with energy-efficient versions that will help with energy costs year-round.

Upgrade your Doors

More than likely, if you have 20-year old windows, your doors are just as old causing some of the same issues including unnecessary drafts. Installing new entry doors go a long way in reducing energy loss in the winter and summer. If doors just need a little sprucing up, consider replacing knobs or painting.

 

Mold versus Mildew

Mold versus Mildew

What to Do If you Spot Mildew in Your Attic

The terms mold and mildew are often used interchangeably, and while they have similar characteristics like thriving in damp areas, they are not the same. Mildew is considered surface fungi that can be treated and removed fairly easily. Mold is more dangerous and difficult to manage. Finding either one in your home’s attic is cause for concern and can be a sign of faulty roofing system.

Understanding the Difference

Mildew can grow on a variety of surfaces including food, paper, and wood. It typically appears in a gray or white patch on a damp surface. To combat mildew, homeowners can use specialty cleaners and a scrub brush to remove it from the impacted surface.

Mold is usually black or green in color and sprout from air-borne spores. In many cases, mold isn’t limited to one surface area because the spores float through the air and can land anywhere in a home. Once mold makes an appearance, homeowners should contact a professional mold removal company to uncover how severe the mold infestation is.

Removing Attic Mold

Whether you hire a mold removal company or decide to tackle the project on your own, there are a few key things to remember. In addition to being physically apt to work in small attic spaces, understand that not all molds will be readily seen at first glance. Mold infestations usually spread behind drywall and insulation and even throughout heating and cooling systems.

What Causes Mold to Grow in an Attic?

Removing mold from an attic is the just the first step in the remediation process. It is also important to identify what caused the mold in the first place because removing it won’t keep it from coming back if you don’t fix the cause. Attic mold can be caused by a few culprits including:

  •         Leaky Roof
  •         Faulty Siding
  •         Poor Attic Ventilation
  •         Not Enough Insulation
  •         Incorrect Venting

Once you confirm there is mold in the attic, it is essential that you schedule a roof inspection to uncover which of the above culprits is the cause of attic mold. A professional roofing company will inspect the roof as well as the attic and ventilation system to check for faultiness and leaks. Mold removal should only begin after the cause of the mold is found and fixed, so mold doesn’t continue to grow.

When was the last time you had your home’s roof inspected? Contact the roofing team at Bealing Roofing today. We offer free roof inspections and service Gettysburg, York, Hanover, and surrounding northern Maryland areas.

The Importance of Insulating Your Attic

The Importance of Insulating Your Attic

4 Reasons You Need to Insulate an Attic

 When most homeowners think of an attic, they most likely think about storing unwanted items, family heirlooms, and holiday decorations. A home’s attic serves a far more important purpose than housing belongings. An attic is actually part of a house’s roofing system and protects the rest of your home from extreme cold, heat, and humidity. If an attic isn’t insulated adequately, it can’t protect your house.

According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), 90% of homes in the United States are under-insulated. That means 90% of homes are wasting energy, money, and battling living in discomfort. Homeowners who are not sure if they should invest in insulation for their attic should consider the significant benefits listed below:

  1. Lower Utility Bills

One of the most noticeable benefits of a properly insulated roof is the lower utility bills. When an attic has an adequate amount of insulation, the cost to heat and cool a home is less. Some homeowners report an average savings of $780 per year.

  1. Less Wear and Tear on HVAC Unit

Depending on the age of your home, you may experience drafts caused by subpar attic insulation. When a home has drafts, the HVAC unit has to work overtime to maintain the set temperature. The harder it works to counteract any drafts, the more likely it is to experience premature damage or breakdown because it is working harder than intended. Adding insulation to the attic prevents the HVAC unit from going into overdrive and requiring extra maintenance and care.

  1. Better Quality of Living

Lack of insulation in the attic makes room for harmful elements to find their way indoors like smog, dust, dirt, and mildew. Overtime, these airborne pollutants can impact the quality of air you and your family are breathing in daily. Having the right insulation in an attic minimizes these from taking over the air inside a home.

  1. Increase Lifespan of Roof

As we stated earlier, the attic is actually a component of your home’s roofing system. Having the right amount of insulation keeps the temperatures in the attic cool which prevents shingles from cracking or swelling. Keeping shingles in the top-quality shape is essential because once they are damaged, they can allow moisture to seep inside the attic and cause mold to grow.

The next time you think about your home’s attic, consider how long it has been since you inspected the insulation and checked for potential leaks. By working with a roofing professional, you will be able to identify how much additional insulation your attic needs to perform better.

When you hire the roofing team at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, you can trust that we will be honest, open, and willing to talk about all of your roofing needs.

Fall Roofing Checklist

Fall Roofing Checklist

Fall Roofing Checklist: Maintain Your Roof All Year Long

It’s hard to believe that it is already October and just around the corner are the cold months of winter. In addition to football games, apples, and picking pumpkins, it is also the perfect time to take care of your roof and prepare for the potential harsh weather like ice and snow. Taking preventative measures not only increases the lifespan of your roof, it also prevents potential unwanted damages from occurring during the winter.

Here are our top recommendations to take care of your roof this fall.

  1. Schedule a Roof Inspection.

Your roof should be inspected twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Contacting a professional roofing company is ideal because they have the experience and knowledge necessary to identify any potential causes for concern. Bealing Roofing & Exteriors offers free roof inspections to homeowners in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland.

  1. Trim Trees.

Heavy rain or snowfall can cause tree limbs and branches to break off unexpectedly. Plus they give easy access to unwanted rodents like squirrels looking for a place to nest in the winter. Fall is the perfect time to remove limbs and branches close to your home or other buildings on your property.

  1. Clean out Gutters.

When gutters are clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, they can’t protect your home from water damage. Clean any build up out of gutters now to avoid clogs when snow begins to melt later. In addition, it is wise to make sure the gutters are fastened securely and repair any loose pieces so they can function properly.

  1. Check the Attic. 

The best roofing companies will check the attic when they conduct a roof inspection. You can also check the attic for signs of moisture, mold, mildew, or leaks from the outside. If you notice a leak, contact a roofing company to review the damage and provide you with a solution.

Just like your car or truck, a roof requires attention and preventative maintenance to maximize its potential. Add these four items to your October to-do list so you can enjoy more of the winter months. Bealing Roofing & Exteriors is a locally-owned roofing company in Hanover PA ready to assist you with your roofing needs including inspections, minor repairs, and full roof replacements. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

How to Tell If Your Siding is Outdated

How to Tell If Your Siding is Outdated

How to Tell if Your Siding Needs Replaced

Unless you have lived in your home from the day it was built, chances are you don’t know how old the siding is. You are not alone. Your home’s exterior is the first thing others notice when they pass by your home and is a big contributor to curb appeal as well as your home’s value. If you are unsure if it is time to replace your siding, we’ve put together a list of six ways to know now is the time.

  1. Warping or Buckling

If you notice that siding is starting to buckle, warp, or take on a different shape than usual, water is likely the cause. When water is able to seep behind the siding, it can cause two significant problems including rotting or mold and mildew growth.

  1. Dry Rot

If you have wood siding on your home, dry rot is an unsightly fungus that is hard to get rid of. Some homeowners find success in replacing only the damaged area, but once it occurs in one place, it is likely to reoccur elsewhere. If you have dry rot, it is a good idea to replace wood siding with another, more durable siding material.

  1. Fading

Fading is a natural occurrence that happens to siding due to the amount of sunlight it experiences. Small amounts of fading are normal. If your siding has severe fading, it could mean it passed its lifespan and is not able to protect your home like it is intended to do.

  1. Holes or Cracks

Siding is designed to protect your home from the various weather elements like sun, rain, and snow. In the northeast, this is especially true since we experience all four seasons. Holes and cracks in your siding allow water to seep behind it causing the boards to rot or mold to grow. With the freezing and thawing that occurs during the winter, it can also cause the siding to expand and retract creating larger holes and cracks.

  1. Increased Energy Bills

If you notice drafts inside your home in the winter or rising energy bills, faulty siding could be the culprit. Contact a siding professional to inspect the house and uncover if poor-performing siding is the cause.

  1. Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew growth can occur on the siding, behind the siding, and even inside your home as a result of outdating siding. If you notice mold growing inside, peeling paint, or bubbles on the walls, it is possible the damage stems from water leaking behind the siding.

If you think it is time to replace your old siding, contact the professionals at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors. We have a dedicated team that travels South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland for siding replacement projects.