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.

5 Easy Steps to Winterize Your Home

5 Easy Steps to Winterize Your Home

How to Winterize Your Home this Fall

Winterizing your home is one of the most important steps to make sure your living environment is comfortable through the cold months we experience in Pennsylvania and Maryland. If you have the right system in place, winterizing your home won’t take as much time as you expect and preventative maintenance is more cost-effective than having to repair or replace something in the middle of the cold.

While there are more steps you can take to thoroughly winterize your home, here are the top five that we recommend.

  1. Schedule an HVAC tune-up

Prior to turning on your heating system this winter, contact a trusted HVAC contractor to do a thorough inspection and cleaning. For less than $100, a contractor will do multiple safety checks including carbon monoxide, gas lines, and assure the blower and motor work properly in addition to cleaning the dust and buildup from not being in use. They will be able to share any concerns about needing to replace the furnace so you can plan in advance instead of being stuck with no heat unexpectedly.

While the contractor is at your home, ask if he can inspect the heating ducts too. Heating duct leaks can cost you significant money in energy bills during the winter. Finding and repairing leaks early will help lower these bills and keep your home comfortable.

  1. Trim trees on your property

If you have trees on your property, now is the best time to trim them. In PA and MD, we typically experience snow or ice during the winter. Both of these can cause tree limbs and branches to break and fall on nearby structures like your home. Trimming trees in the fall helps you avoid roof, gutter, and window damage when a storm occurs. 

  1. Schedule a roof inspection

A roof inspection before the winter weather arrives is crucial. Professional roofers will check your attic to make sure the insulation is adequate and assure there are no leaks in addition to reviewing your roof and gutters for signs of deterioration. The best roofing companies will also take pictures to show you areas of concern that require immediate repair or a full roof replacement.

  1. Clean your gutters

Gutters are an important piece of your roofing system and guide water away from your home’s foundation. Clogged gutters in the winter result in ice dams on your home’s roof which blocks any of the melt from moving down the gutters. In many instances, this backup of water leaks into your home causing damage to the interior walls, ceiling, and flooring including mold and mildew.

  1. Check the exterior windows and doors.

Take a walk around the exterior of your home checking windows and doors for cracks, holes, and gaps that allow cold air, moisture, and pests inside. Fill these areas with new weather stripping or caulk when possible or contact a contractor that specializes in window and door replacement if necessary.

These are just a few of the steps you should take as a homeowner to prepare for the winter season this fall. What other tips do you have for homeowners?

If you need help with your roof, windows, or doors this fall, contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today. We service South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland.

 

Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Windows

How to Tell it’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Just like your roof, windows are an essential part of your home that offers more than a backyard view. They protect your family and property from outside forces including the unpredictable weather we experience in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Even though windows are important, they often get pushed aside as one of the lesser thoughts about home improvement tasks.

High-quality windows that are installed properly should last twenty years. If you not sure how long ago your home’s windows were installed or think it may be time to consider installing new windows, here are six common signs to look for.

It is a Struggle to Open or Close Them

Listen for squeaks when you open your windows this fall to let some cool crisp air inside. If your windows make some unwelcoming noise or are hard to open and close, it is a good sign they may need replaced. You will also want to pay close attention to how well they stay open. If the window slides down, there may structural damage that requires the help of a professional.

You Feel a Draft

Do you ever walk past a window and feel a draft of cold or hot air? Drafts are a sign that the window is not properly installed or sealed. When air can find its way indoors, it is difficult for homeowners to maintain a comfortable temperature and can lead to increased energy bills.

Energy Bills are on the Rise

Even if you don’t notice a draft right away, you may see a spike in your monthly energy bills when windows aren’t working properly. Unexpected energy bill increases can also occur from a faulty roof or entry doors. It is best to contact a professional to do a roof inspection as well as check your windows and doors.

Water is Leaking Inside

If air can find its way inside so can water, especially during a storm. Rain leaking into your home over a period of time can cause severe damage to the structure and floors. Ignoring this problem long-term will result in mold, mildew, and rotted floors and walls.

Condensation Appears

Condensation on your windows isn’t always a bad thing. If you notice condensation between your window panes, this is a sign that your window seals are not working properly and need replaced.

They are Warped or Broken

Some broken windows can be fixed or replaced including weather stripping and hardware. However, if you notice windows or frames are warped or rotting, it is time to replace them.

Are you ready to replace your home’s windows? In addition to free roof inspections, roof replacements, and roof repairs, Bealing Roofing & Exteriors helps PA and MD homeowners with window replacements too. Contact us today for a consultation.

 

What to Expect from a Roof Inspection

What to Expect from a Roof Inspection

What to Expect from a Roof Inspection

There may be many times in which you need a roof inspection completed on your home: when you buy or sell a new home, after a harsh summer or winter, or just for peace of mind periodically throughout homeownership. Having a trusted roofing company who knows what they are looking for is imperative. Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, LLC, is a full-service roofing company located in Hanover PA and offers roofing inspections by our highly educated team. Here is what you can expect from a roof inspection.

What we look for

When a roofing company comes out to climb on your roof and take a look, they look for several things. Inspecting the roof for signs of apparent damage is the first thing and then signs of damage not seen to the naked eye.  There are several techniques to doing this and each company may be different so be sure to do your research before selecting the company that suits your needs.

A roof inspection will also review issues such as peeling shingles, signs of water damage, how your gutters are holding up, any gaps around important areas such as chimneys and skylights, and missing or raised nails.  All of these items may not be obvious, so it is essential to have a professional roofing company perform the inspection.

Why you should get it done

If you are buying or selling a home, the lender may require you to have a roof inspection.  Even if they do not, and you have lived in your home for some time, a periodic roof inspection is a good idea.  It is the primary source of protecting your home from the elements so you want to make sure it is in tip-top shape.

A quality company

Don’t wait to get a roof inspection if you feel you need one.  Inspections are affordable, and Bealing Roofing & Exteriors will walk you through the whole process and be honest the entire way.  Rest assured that when you get a roof inspection from Bealing, we put your interests first.

 

3 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time to Schedule a Roof Inspection

3 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time to Schedule a Roof Inspection

Why You Should Schedule a Roof Inspection this Fall

An annual roof inspection is one of the items many homeowners put off for later when it is an item that should be at the top of your priority list every year. If it’s been a while since your last roof inspection or you never had one, now is the perfect time to contact a professional roofing company.

A roof inspection will identify any potential concerns for repairs or a roof replacement, giving you ample time to prepare and plan for the updates financially. When you hire a trusted local roofer, they often offer payment plans or financing available instead of requiring payment in full.

If you’ve been putting it off, here are three reasons why this fall is the perfect time to schedule a roof inspection.

Summer can be rough on a roof.

In South-Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland, summer weather can include severe storms, occasional hail, sun’s rays, and lots of humidity. All of these forces can cause damage to a roof including loose or missing shingles which open a pathway for moisture to find its way inside. Scheduling a roof inspection now gives you the chance to find and fix the damage before it gets worse.

Prepare for the winter.

Just like the summer is rough your home’s exterior so is the winter weather. Snow, sleet, rain, and wind are all likely and can all cause damage. If there is already minor damage present, these forces can cause greater damage including leaks or a collapse.

More Accessible.

Most days in the early fall are pleasant with plenty of sunshine, milder temperatures, and not as much rain. This gives roofers the ability to access your roof without having to cancel due to storms or bad weather.

If you are ready to schedule a roof inspection today, contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors. We serve Pennsylvania and Maryland communities including Hanover, Gettysburg, Dover, Dallastown, and Timonium.

 

My Attic has a Leak, Now What?

My Attic has a Leak, Now What?

Steps to Manage a Leaky Attic

Recently, rain has been a daily occurrence in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. While many of us welcome the rain, it is also the most common time for homeowners to discover they have a leak in their attic. If you notice a spot on your ceiling or see signs of water leaking into your attic, it is best to contact a roofing professional to conduct a thorough inspection and determine if you need a roof repair or a full roof replacement.

Depending on the time of day or how busy local roofers are, you may need to take steps to contain the leak until they arrive. Here are four tips you can take when an attic leak occurs in your home.

Minimize damage to your home.

This step is especially important if the water is leaking into your home through the ceiling. Gather supplies including buckets, tarps, and large blankets. Cover or move furniture in the area with a leak to keep the water from damaging it and minimize the risk of mold or mildew. Place tarps on the floor and set buckets under the leak to catch the water and avoid flooding and slips or falls. If the ceiling is bulging, it may be beneficial to create a small hole in the ceiling offering relief and allowing the pooled water to escape without collapsing the entire ceiling.

Find where the leak is occurring.

Once you have secured the impacted area, you can set out to find the leak’s location. Start by checking the attic. Be careful navigating the area. If your ceiling has signs of a leak, the plywood in your attic may be soft and dangerous to step on. Only check the roof if it is dry outside and if you have an additional person assisting you with the ladder.

Find a temporary solution.

Once you locate the leak, consider temporary solutions to keep stop or minimize the leak if it is safe. Securing a tarp on your roof or using roofing cement is often acceptable temporary fixes until a professional roofer arrives to assist you.

Check the area.

Depending on how long you have to wait for help, it is essential that you continue to check the leak starting point as well as any areas water is dripping into your home. Empty buckets, move more furniture, any tarps or temporary solutions until help arrives to eliminate flooding and water inside your home.

When it comes to repairing a leaking roof, hiring a professional roofing company to assess the damage is the best decision a homeowner can make. In addition to the above steps, it is also essential that you contact your insurance company to report the claim immediately. If you have questions about a roof leak, contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today.

Why are Gutters an Important Part of Your Roofing System

Why are Gutters an Important Part of Your Roofing System

Why Gutters are Important to Your Home

Rain gutters may not seem like an important part of your house, but the truth is they are invaluable to the safety of your home and family. Their most important function is to guide rainwater away from the foundation of a house. If you don’t have gutters properly installed on your home, you risk many dangers and ongoing home improvement tasks as rainwater and melted snow take their toll.

Erosion

When houses are initially built, they are positioned on a slope to help runoff flow away from the foundation. Without gutters, rainwater and snowmelt fall off your roof in large amounts causing the ground around your home to wear down as it washes away. Once a house is no longer positioned on a slope, the water sits or runs towards your foundation instead and can cause the foundation to settle or crack.

Ruined Flower Beds

Landscaping is a great way to increase curb appeal. We see many homes with flowers and shrubs planted along the perimeter of the house. Once soil erosion occurs, these flowers and shrubs can be washed away or pools of water can collect, destroying and drowning your landscaping efforts.

Water in the Basement

If too much water sits at the base of your house, it can push on the foundation and leak into your basement through cracks in the wall. In addition to having to manage the water in the basement, you also have to worry about items that are stored in the basement being destroyed. There is also the potential for mold and mildew to grow especially in warmer months. Mold is a serious threat to the safety and health of your family.

Stained or Rotted Siding

As water falls off your roof, it inevitably hits the siding before reaching the ground. This constant contact can stain siding, especially if it is lighter in color. It can also cause wood siding to rot or moisture to leak behind the siding causing the structure to rot which can allow water to seep inside your house.

If you are ready to install or replace a gutter system, make sure you hire a professional roofing company you can trust. Contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today for a free inspection.