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.

 

5 Dangers of a Leaky Roof

5 Dangers of a Leaky Roof

Dangers of a Leaky Roof

As a busy homeowner, it is no secret that your time is valuable. From time to time, it makes sense to put off home repair projects so you can focus on more important activities. One task that should never be ignored is repairing a leaky roof. A roof leak can cause serious damage to your home if left alone too long.

Roof leaks develop for various reasons including poor roof installation, weather damage, or lack of ongoing preventative maintenance. The best way to minimize the damage from a leak in your roof is by scheduling roof inspections annually. Yearly roof inspections increase the chance of the problem being found before it causes severe damage.

Roof leaks can result in a number of dangers to your family including:

  1. Mold & Mildew Issues

If water continues to seep in through your roof over time, it will cause mold and mildew to grow. While initially, mold will remain in the attic, over time it can spread through your heating and cooling system and into the air you breathe causing mold to grow on fabric, walls, and carpet.

Eliminating mold once it has taken over is a costly task that often requires hiring a professional mold removal company. It can also cause health concerns including asthma and severe illnesses.

  1. Potential Fire Hazards

Water and electricity don’t mix. If you have electrical wires in your attic or ceiling that get wet, it can cause shorted wires and ultimately a house fire.

  1. Increase in Utility Expenses

Constant water leaking into your attic can damage the insulation which is a key component of keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Once insulation is damaged, it doesn’t perform the way it should, and your home will use more energy to maintain the temperature you set.

  1. Structural Damage

Just like water can damage insulation, it has the same effect on the structure of your home. If rafters, ceiling joints, or the frame of your house are constantly wet, they will begin to rot making it unsafe to reside in the home.

  1. Damage to Belongings

Many homeowners use their attics to store belongings and family heirlooms that can’t be replaced. If you store belongings in your attic, it is important that you inspect it regularly to avoid unnecessary damage to prized possessions.

If your roof is leaking, contact the Bealing Roofing & Exteriors team today for a consultation. We help homeowners in Pennsylvania and Maryland with roof repairs and full roof replacements.

How to Clean Your Vinyl Siding

How to Clean Your Vinyl Siding

Steps to Clean Vinyl Siding

Installing vinyl siding is a popular choice for homeowners because it is highly durable and low maintenance. Because it is outside and subject to various elements, siding still needs the occasional cleaning to remove dirt and filth and keep your home looking presentable. Southern Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland homeowners should also be concerned about potential mold or mildew forming thanks to the humid summer climates.

Cleaning vinyl siding is a relatively easy task to cross off your to-do list. Before you start the cleaning process, check with the manufacturer or warranty for recommended cleaning guidelines. If you don’t have this information readily available, consider using the steps outlined here to clean your vinyl siding.

Spray the Dirt Off

You don’t need to rent or buy a pressure washer to get rid of the dirt buildup on your siding. A garden hose with a spray nozzle will work too. If you choose to use a pressure washer, don’t set it to the maximum setting. Instead, choose the medium spray setting.

A few tips to remember when spraying your home:

–          The spray pattern should be wide enough so too much pressure isn’t on one specific area.

–          Keep the nozzle moving at all times to avoid damage.

–          Work your way up from the bottom and back down to thoroughly rinse the area.

–          Avoid water seeping behind the siding by spraying evenly with the alignment.

Cleaning the Siding

There are numerous vinyl siding cleaning solutions on the market to choose from. There are also some DIY cleaning solution recipes you can follow. Whichever you decide on, you will need a bucket and long-handled soft bristle brush.

Start by mixing the solution in the bucket. Dip the brush into the solution and gently scrub the siding working your way from bottom to top. Rinse off the solution and then work your way with the brush from top to bottom. Rinse again.

Handling Mold and Mildew

If you notice mold or mildew on the siding, you will need a special solution known as a mold and mildew remover.

Safety Precautions

Since you are using chemicals, it is best to always wear gloves and clothing that covers your arms and legs. Follow the instructions on the labels and never mix chemicals.

If you have questions or concerns about your siding, contact the roofing and siding professionals at 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 Do You Need Gutters

Rain gutters are a small but essential part of your home’s roofing system that protects your investment for many years. These troughs collect rainwater as it runs off your roof and channels it away from your windows, siding, doors, and foundation, thus preventing serious damage to your home.

Clogged gutters can lead to foundation cracking and settlement, basement flooding, soil erosion, mold damage, and much more. There are several types of gutter systems available but understanding the differences can be challenging.  Here is some important information about the most common types of gutter systems:

Open Gutters

These are the most commonly used gutters (and most affordable) but are high maintenance because, in addition to collecting water, they also collect various kinds of debris like leaves, acorns, and dirt that can cause clogs throughout the system or downspouts.

Open gutters need to be routinely cleaned of debris in order to do their job properly.   During heavy rains, your home, basement, and landscaping can suffer considerable damage from clogged gutters and downspouts that cause rainwater to overflow.  Clogged gutters in dry conditions pose a fire hazard and the debris can actually cause water to back up under your shingles, accelerating wear and tear.

Add-on Systems

Add-on systems are attached to your home with nails or screws under the shingles and into your roof or screwed into your fascia or gutter directly.  They hang over or cover open gutters and allow water to flow through to the trough, deflecting leaves and debris from entering the gutter.

Add-ons are two-piece systems available in pre-cut lengths and are not seamless.  Both open gutters and add-ons are two-piece systems and are subject to seams splitting apart, ice formation, and pest infestations.

Gutter Guards, Screens, and Inserts

Gutter guards are a form of leaf protection that prevent debris from falling into the gutter and interrupting the flow while allowing the free flow of water.

Aluminum or plastic screens, sold in pre-cut lengths, are attached to the top of an open gutter with screws or clips and serve to keep debris from going into the gutter bottom.

Inserts, also sold in pre-cut lengths, vary from foam to rounded bristles and are inserted into the gutter trough to repel leaves and other debris while allowing rain to pass through.  Of all the leaf protection options, inserts are the least effective.

Seamless Gutters

Bealing Roofing & Exteriors believes in using the best supplies and resources so you can trust that once the project is complete, your gutter and roofing system will last. That’s why we only offer seamless gutter systems. Seamless gutter systems are the most efficient in preventing leaks and clogs over their lifespan and are connected directly to the downspout.

Investing in a good quality system prevents overflow, increases proper drainage, and assures your gutters can handle various rain speeds.

For a thorough assessment of your gutter needs, from repairs to replacement, contact the roofing team Bealing Roofing and Exteriors today!

Does Roof Color Really Impact Your Homes Temperature?

Does Roof Color Really Impact Your Homes Temperature?

Does Roof Color Really Matter?

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.