How to Check a Roofing Company’s References

How to Check a Roofing Company’s References

Hiring the right roofing company isn’t as simple as using the first company in Google search or one that a friend of a friend referred. Checking their references is a vital part of the interview process. Some roofing companies may not be willing to provide a list of references. If you find yourself interviewing a contract like this, it is best to move onto the next roofer on your list. Reputable roofing contractors are happy to offer a list of references that you can contact.

To find out if the roofing company is right for your project, you will want to call these past customers and ask questions about their quality of work and overall experience. The nine questions listed below will help you confirm if the roofing company is one worthy of your roof repair or replacement.

8 Questions to Ask Roofer References

What type of roofing work did the contractor complete?

It is essential that you gain an understanding of the type of roofing project the reference had completed. If you are looking to hire a roofer for a full roof replacement, you will gain a better insight on the process from somebody that had a roof replacement than somebody that had a minor roof repair.

Would you hire the roofing company for future projects?

When a reference isn’t willing to hire the company again, it says a lot about their workmanship and business practices. Be sure to ask why to gain further insight. Hearing no from multiple past customers is a red flag and you should move onto the next contractor on your list.

Were you happy with their business practices?

Business practices includes the overall process from initial consultation to the completion of the project. If they were not happy, ask what they wish would have been different. Remember that just because one person doesn’t like how something went, doesn’t mean everybody will say the same thing because everybody’s expectations vary.

Did you have any struggles with communication during the project?

Communication is key in any business relationship. Make sure the project manager adequately communicated with the homeowner through multiple steps of the process. Communication is especially important if something goes wrong or the project is delayed.

Did the roofing company take steps to protect your property?

Roof replacements are a messy job. Not every roofing company takes precautions to protect your home and the bushes and trees around your house. You will want to work with a roofer that uses a tenting technique to keep falling debris from hitting the siding and landscape on the way down.

Was the job finished on schedule?

If not, asky why. Certain situations are out of the roofing company’s control such as weather. If the project was delayed, ask how the delay was communicated with the homeowner.

Did the final cost match the original proposal?

When it comes to roofing projects, there is room for error in the proposal because you can’t see what is happening under the shingles. If the roofer finds rotted plywood, there may be a cost increase. However, if no additional issues were brought to the homeowner’s attention, then the final cost should be close to the proposal.

Did the roof leak?

If a roof leaked after the repair or replacement, ask how the roofing company responded to the situation.

Bealing Roofing & Exteriors helps homeowners in Pennsylvania and Maryland with roof inspections, repairs, and replacements. Contact our team today for more information.

How to Hire the Right Roofing Company

How to Hire the Right Roofing Company

Tips to Hire the Best Roofing Company

Are you ready to schedule a roof inspection before the spring rain arrives? Or have you already noticed a leak on your ceiling and want to know if you need a roof replacement or repair? Hiring a professional roofing company is one of the best decisions homeowners can make when it comes to their house. Too many times what seems like a small roofing project can quickly turn into a serious and time-consuming project depending on what awaits you under the shingles.

Hiring the first roofer you talk to or find online isn’t always the best choice. Choosing the right roofing company, one that is honest and trustworthy, will result in less stress and a better final project. Here are six tips to help you hire the right roofing company:

Check Manufacturer Designations

Manufacturer designations are a top achievement many roofers strive to gain but few succeed. Manufacturers such as Owens Corning identify the elite roofing companies that meet and maintain high standards of workmanship with special designations like preferred or platinum preferred contractors.

Research Local Roofers

Choosing a well-known local company assures that you don’t get scammed by a pop-up roofing company only around for a few months. Local roofers are also more aware and knowledgeable about codes and have stronger relationships with local suppliers. It’s also easier to connect with local roofing companies if something goes wrong or you have a question a few months after the project.

Look for Responsive and Direct Communication

Look for a company that responds promptly to your initial call, asks questions, and listens to the answers before interrupting you. Lack of communication leads to more mistakes and lack of trust. It is also vital that you only work with roofing companies willing to provide a written proposal detailing the roofing project. Reviewing this is the best way to determine if they fully understand your needs and expectations.

Ask About Insurance and Licenses

Don’t risk hiring a roofing company that is willing to skip the important things like insurance. Skipping insurance to save money makes them more likely to take shortcuts during the roofing project to save a few dollars as well.

Check References

Ask for past customer references and make sure you contact them to ask about the experience. Was the past customer satisfied with the project results? Would they hire the contractor again? What didn’t they like about working with them?

If you have additional questions, contact the team at Bealing Roofing in Hanover PA today.

Common Questions About Roof Replacements

Common Questions About Roof Replacements

5 Common Questions About Roof Replacements

Replacing a roof may not be the most exciting home improvement project but it is one of the most important ones. A roof protects a home’s interior from being damaged by rain, wind, hail, storms, and other outside elements. Too often homeowners don’t think about a roof until they spot a leak on the ceiling or some shingles in the yard. When it’s time for a roof repair or replacement, many homeowners have questions about the process.

We’ve put together a list of common questions about roof replacements to help homeowners understand the process. It also helps them get the answers necessary to make better decisions for the roof replacement.

How do I know if I need a roof replacement or a roof repair?

While a minor leak may not require a roof to be replaced, it is more likely that a roof will need updated in the near future once a leak occurs. Typically a roof lasts 20-25 years depending on the quality of installation. If a leaking roof is in this age range, roof replacement is likely. The best way to know for sure is to have a roofing company conduct a roof inspection.  

How much does a new roof cost?

Since every home is different, this is a difficult question to answer. The cost of a new roof depends on the size, quality, type of supplies used, and brands of products. Don’t shy away from contacting a roofing professional – the majority offer free quotes and inspections.

How long will the roof replacement take?

In most cases, a roof replacement only takes one to two days depending on the size of the roof and the weather or outside forces. If there is inclement weather, expect the process to take longer as we need to keep our roofing teams safe.

Do I need to hire a roofing company?

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to want to try and tackle a roof replacement project on their own. However, it is better to hire a professional roofing company. It is hard to predict what lays underneath the shingles on the roof. Sometimes, the plywood is rotted and unsafe to walk on. Hiring a professional roofing company assures that you have somebody working on the project that can handle bigger surprises when they arise.

What is the best type of roof?

Asphalt and metal roofs both have different advantages and disadvantages. Which roof is better depends on your home, area, and expectations. Contact a roofing expert to discuss your options.

If you have additional questions, contact the team at Bealing Roofing in Hanover PA today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ice Dams

Frequently Asked Questions About Ice Dams

Do You Have Questions About Ice Dams?

Pennsylvania and Maryland are subject to an unpredictable amount of snowfall and freezing temperatures. Pair that with the freeze and thaw that we experience throughout the winter season and you have probably seen a few ice dams on your roof over the years. While they are pretty to look at, they can cause significant damage to a roof if not properly taken care of. Read the below guide to understand what ice dams are, how they form, and what you can do to minimize or eliminate future ice dams.

What are Ice Dams?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice found at the edge of a roof. Homeowners may notice icicles hanging from the gutters or roof which is a sign of an ice dam. The ice barrier takes longer to melt than the snow or thin layer of ice on a roof and prevents the melt from running off the roof. As the water backs up in the gutters, it can spill over and leak behind the siding or under the roof shingles into the home causing water and mold damage inside.

Are Ice Dams Covered By Insurance?

In most cases, ice dam removal and damage is not covered by insurance policies. A homeowners insurance policy provides coverage for roof damage for falling objects (tree), wind, and hail. Ice dams are not considered a covered peril on homeowners insurance policies. It still never hurts to contact the insurance company and ask.

How Do I Prevent Ice Dams?

To prevent ice dams, a home’s roof must always be the right temperature during the winter months. To determine if your roof is the right temperature, look at it after a snowfall. If the roof gets too warm too quickly, there will be bare spots with no snow; but if it is the right temperature, it will be covered by a blanket of snow.

Here are three tips for controlling a roof’s temperature:

  • Close any leaks- Approximately one-third of a home’s heat is lost through cracks and holes in ceilings, drywall, access areas, and chimneys. Thoroughly inspect these areas to assure no air is escaping.
  • Check attic insulation- Every home should have 12-14 inches of fiberglass or cellulose insulation in the attic.
  • Install roof and soffit vents-The purpose of attic ventilation is to draw in cold air and flush out warm air, cooling the attic and the roof in the process. Ventilation areas need about one square foot of vent for every 300 square feet of attic floor.

How Do You Get Rid of Ice Dams?

  • Remove ice and snow. Use a snow rake to remove loose snow from the roof by standing on the ground and pulling the rake towards you.
  • Chip away ice. Using an ice pick, chip away at the ice build-up in the gutter until there is a big enough gap for the melt to travel through.
  • Use a chemical de-icer. Found at local home improvement stores, this can be sprinkled on the ice dams to melt the ice slowly.

Ice dams can cause significant damage to a home’s roof if ignored for too long. To assure your roof is in excellent condition for the winter, contact the roofing consultants at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. today. We service South Central PA and Northern MD.

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, Inc. 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.