How Much Does it Cost to Replace Gutters?

How Much Does it Cost to Replace Gutters?

If you are reading this, there is a pretty good chance you are keenly aware of how important properly functioning gutters are. Gutters are a critical component to maintaining the long-term health of your home’s foundation and the landscaping around your home. 

Leaky gutters often result in damage to your home’s foundation through leaks in the basement, erosion of landscape, rotting roofs, and mold in your attic. If your gutters are damaged and leaking, then it’s time to consider replacing your gutters. You may be wondering how much does it cost to replace gutters? Let’s explore a few factors that will impact the overall cost. 

Materials

There are two main options for gutter replacements: vinyl and aluminum. Let’s take a look at both. 

Vinyl

Vinyl is the least expensive option. It is also easy to work with for the average handyman, but that comes with a significant drawback. Vinyl is by far the least durable material in gutters. Vinyl tends to warp, break, and crack easily, especially in colder regions. You are looking at about $1 to $3 per linear foot.

Aluminum

Aluminum is the best option available and a significant upgrade from vinyl. There are two types to choose from for aluminum – sectional and seamless. Sectional aluminum gutters have seams where sections are connected. Those seams can be problematic as your gutter ages, as seams tend to leak over time. Sectional guttering will run $5 to $10 per foot. 

Seamless Aluminum

An even better investment is seamless aluminum gutters. As the name implies, seamless gutters are made from one single coil of aluminum. Pieces are made onsite and made to fit your home perfectly. There are no seams in straight runs, which means you will not have to worry about connections leaking down the road. Because seamless gutters do not have seams, they are also stronger than sectional gutters. Seamless gutters can run around $15 per foot. 

Hiring a local contractor

Installing gutters might seem like an easy job, but there is some skill needed. If you determine a seamless gutter is the way to go (as many do), you will definitely need to contact a local gutter contractor. Shop around and find the contractor that’s right for you. More importantly, find one that has experience with seamless gutters. Experienced gutter contractors will work with you to find the best product for your home in a color that closely matches your siding and roof. 

If you are looking for a local gutter contractor with the experience to get the job done right, give Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. We’re a trusted local resource for all your gutter, roofing, and siding needs.

What are the Pros of Metal Roofing?

What are the Pros of Metal Roofing?

Metal roofing in recent years has become more common. Sometimes called the “forever roof,” metal is an excellent choice for roofing. It has several advantages over the more commonly used asphalt shingles. You may be wondering what are the pros of metal roofing? Here are a few reasons why metal roofing may be the right choice for you: 

Durable and Long-Lasting

Compared to asphalt shingles, metal roofing wins hands down when it comes to durability and lifespan. Most homeowners who invest in metal roofing will likely never have to go through a re-roofing again. Why? Metal roofs typically last 2-to-3 times longer than asphalt. You can expect a 50-to-60-year lifespan from a coated metal roof.

Moss and Fungus Proof

One positive of metal roofing is that it is 100% resistant to unsightly moss, mold, and mildew. Commonly found on roofs in moist areas such as woods, moss and fungus are particularly harmful to asphalt shingles.

Pest Proof

Live in the woods? Have you had issues with animals such as raccoons and rodents in the past? With metal roofing, you can rest assured pests won’t be able to damage your roof and break into your attic.

Fire, Wind, and Hail Proof  

A huge advantage of metal roofing is that metal is a fire-retardant material. Another huge advantage of metal roofing is that it can withstand wind speeds up to 110 to 120 mph. Asphalt shingles, in contrast, are rated for around 70 mph. And often after severe weather, you will find tabs broken off. Lastly, metal roofs hold up very well in a hailstorm compared to asphalt.

Sustainability

If you are environmentally conscious, you’ll be happy to know that metal has some great environmentally friendly characteristics. As noted earlier, the lifespan of a metal roof can last 2-to-3-times longer than asphalt. This means less material going to a landfill. Metal roofs are also commonly made of 30% recycled material. Also, all metal roofs can be completely recycled at the end of their service life. 

Seasonal Benefits

During the hot summer months, metal roofs are excellent at helping keep your home cool. The coating on metal roofs gives them the ability to reflect radiant heat away from your home. This will keep the surface of your roof cooler and in turn, reduce the amount of heat absorbed into your home. Metal roofs also have an advantage during the cold winter months. Ice dams can be problematic with asphalt shingles. As the ice melts, it seeps under shingles, refreezes, and causes leaks within the home. Metal roofs are great at mitigating the formation of ice dams and eliminating this headache. 

Are you considering a metal roof for your home? Give Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., a call, and let’s discuss the options available to you!

How Do You Fix a Leaking Roof?

How Do You Fix a Leaking Roof?

As your roof ages, the likelihood of a roof leak increases. Despite the advances in shingle manufacturing, roofs are not indestructible. So, when the inevitable happens and it’s time for a roof repair, how do you fix a leaking roof? Here are a few tips to get a roof leak under control. 

Emergency leak repair with plastic sheeting

  1. Unroll and unfold a section of heavy six mil polyethylene sheeting. This is commonly found in home improvement centers. You will want a piece long enough to cover the leaking area of the roof from the eaves to the peak, plus an additional 4 feet. Cut the sheeting using a utility knife. Wrap a 2 x 4 (cut to the width of the sheeting) with one end of the sheeting. Place a second 2 x 4 on top of the wrapped one. Nail or screw the two boards together, securing the sheeting in place.
  2. Set the sandwiched end along your roof eave (the section the gutter is attached to). Stretch the length of sheeting up and over the roof ridge and down the other side.
  3. Sandwich the opposite end of the sheeting between two 2 x 4s, in the same manner as the other end. The weight of the 2 x 4s will keep the plastic sheeting in place. DO NOT nail any part of the sheeting to your roof. 

Quick fix

If you know a hole is causing a leak and you can locate the exact location of the hole, a temporary fix can be done with a piece of metal flashing. 

  1. Lift the damaged shingle where the hole is with one hand.
  2. Slide a piece of 12-inch square sheet metal flashing under the shingle, covering the hole. 
  3. Push the sheet metal back far enough to be wedged in place and lower the shingle over it. 

About do-it-yourself roof repairs

Both of the techniques outlined above are temporary fixes. After completing a roof repair such as these, contact a local roofing company to assess the extent of the damage to your roof and get a more permanent repair made. Also, when conducting any roof repair, be careful. Working on a roof can be difficult and dangerous.


If your roof is leaking and has seen better days, you need a local roofing contractor you can trust. Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., is a trusted roofing company that can get the job done right at a price you can afford. Give us a call and find out why so many people trust their homes to Bealing!

Siding Replacement: 5 Things to Consider

Siding Replacement: 5 Things to Consider

Has the time come to consider replacing your home’s siding? Have you recently inspected your siding only to find some cracks or areas that are warped? It may be a very good time to think about addressing these issues with a siding replacement. Are you curious about the process? Here are five things to consider for your potential siding replacement. 

1. Do you need new siding?

There is a difference between needing siding repaired, and needing siding replaced. If your siding has simple cracks or small holes you may be able to repair these issues on your own. You can also contact a local siding contractor to assess the damage for you, and they can either make the repairs or recommend if you need to do a siding replacement. 

Another thing to take into consideration is the age of your siding. As siding ages, the color fades, making it difficult to match up with newer siding. Replacing your siding adds to your home’s curb appeal and resale value. 

2. Is it the right time?

Believe it or not, some times of the year are better for siding replacements than others. This has to do with how vinyl siding reacts to extreme heat and cold. Moderate temperatures tend to be the best time to have siding installed, making fall and spring the best time for this project. 

3. Will insurance cover the replacement?

Was the siding on your home damaged due to a hailstorm or fallen trees? Making a few phone calls is important. First, call a trusted local siding contractor to assess the damage, particularly from a fallen tree. A knowledgeable contractor will also be able to tell if damage has occurred from recent storms in the area. Second, call your insurance company to see if the damage is covered under your homeowner’s insurance. 

4. Should I hire a professional?

Saving money is always foremost on everybody’s mind. Siding replacement may look like an easy job on the surface, but it can be complicated. There are many advantages to hiring a skilled siding contractor for this job. These include having the right tools for the job, access to materials at a lower rate, and the ability to complete the job quickly and efficiently with few if any mistakes. 

5. What are your siding options?

This is a great question. There are various materials to choose from, with vinyl being the most common. There are also different styles of vinyl siding to choose from. And the sky’s the limit when it comes to color choices. Siding contractors will have multiple samples and color swatches to help you choose the right look for your home. 

Siding replacements can be a big job with a number of things to consider. If you are looking for a trustworthy local siding contractor, give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors a call. Let’s talk about the possibilities for your home.

How to Finance A Roof Project

How to Finance A Roof Project

Are you in the market for a new roof? Likely, your first concern that comes to mind is cost, followed closely by how you will pay for it. Several factors affect what your final cost will be. We’ll take a look at those factors and then discuss how to finance a roofing project. 

Factors that will affect cost

Time of Year

The busiest time of year for roofers tends to be late summer through early fall. If you need your roof replaced during that time frame, you will likely pay extra. If your roof replacement is not an emergency, it’s best to schedule when roofers are less busy and looking for work. 

Size of Home

Your roof replacement is based on the square footage of your roof. The larger your home, the more you will pay.

Labor

 Every roofing company charges different rates for labor. Get multiple quotes to find how each impacts your final cost. 

Disposal

A disposal fee will be included in your roof replacement to get rid of your old shingles. This includes the rental of a dumpster. 

How to save

If you are like most homeowners, you will want to minimize your cost. Here are a few tips to help you save.

Shop Around

Make sure you get multiple quotes from trusted local roofing contractors. Costs can vary widely, so take your time and compare everyone’s quote. 

Consider Materials

Metal roofs may look nice, but traditional asphalt shingles are often cheaper. That being said, do not skimp on quality. Spend a little extra now on quality shingles with longer warranties so you can put off another roof replacement as long as possible.

How to Finance A Roof Project

If you are ready for a new roof, here are a few ways to ease the pain and finance your project.

Insurance Coverage

If your roof needs replaced due to storm damage such as hail damage or a tree falling on your home, your homeowner’s insurance will likely foot the bill minus your deductible. Your insurance also covers fire damage. Contact your insurance agent to discuss the possibilities and what steps you need to take. 

Personal or Home Equity Loan

If you have good credit or have equity built up in your home, a loan is a great option. As with any loan, make sure you can afford the monthly payments and not fall behind. 

Finance Through Your Roofing Company

Some roofers offer payment options to make your roof replacement more affordable. Take advantage of this option to spread your cost out over time. At Bealing, we offer financing, and you will have an answer quickly on whether you qualify. Contact us today to learn more!

How Do I Find a Good Roofing Company?

How Do I Find a Good Roofing Company?

As a homeowner, at some point, you will be faced with needing a repair to your roof or a total roof replacement. This can be an overwhelming experience. With so many options out there, homeowners often ask, “how do I find a good roofing company?” Here are a few tips to help make the selection process easier. 

Check for insurance

Before hiring any roofing company, make certain they are covered by workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Don’t be shy. Ask to see the actual certificates to confirm they do indeed have the proper insurance coverage. It is even a good idea to call their insurance carrier and confirm their coverage is current. 

This is extremely important and a great way to protect yourself and your home. You want to make certain the work done to your home is covered, and that the workers on your property are covered in case of injury.

Choose local 

Your best option for a roofing company is always the one down the street. Local roofing companies are far easier to get hold of in case something needs to be resolved. You may get a great warranty on paper, but it does not do you any good if you can’t track them down. Local companies also have spent some time building up their reputation in the area and will not perform shoddy work to sacrifice that reputation. 

Don’t hire based solely on price

We all want a good deal, that’s human nature, but price should never be your sole determining factor. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Fly-by-night contractors issuing cheap quotes harm the local market. Most of these types of contractors swoop into an area after a storm and are commonly referred to as storm chasers. Just as quickly as the storm arrived, they hurry up, do shoddy work, and leave, never to be heard from again. In the event of repairs needing to be made, you are out of luck. You will pay more by hiring the reputable local roofing company you should have hired initially to repair their work in the long run.

Get documentation

This is your home, and this is their job. You have every right to ask for everything to be documented in writing. Any reputable company will provide you with a complete quote detailing all the work to be done. Make sure the work performed matches what was quoted before handing over the final payment. 

At Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., our desire is to serve you. If you are looking for a local roofing company you can trust, give us a call today!

Should I Repair My Roof or Replace it?

Should I Repair My Roof or Replace it?

Have you been walking in your yard and found shingles lying in the grass? Are you spotting water spots on your ceilings or visible leaks when it rains? If your answer was yes to either one of these scenarios, then it’s time to seek out a professional local roofing company to take a look at your roof. The exact solution to your scenario can vary. The inevitable question will be, “Should I repair my roof or replace it?” 

Before determining the right course of action, there are a few things to consider. Let’s cover a few of the top factors that might sway your decision one way or the other. 

How old is your roof?

When it comes to asphalt shingles, there are a number of factors to consider. The age of the roof is most important. If you do not know when your roof was installed, a local roofing contractor can give you a very close estimate. Lower quality three-tab shingles last in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 years. Higher quality architectural shingles can last up to 40 years in ideal conditions. Due to how heavy they are, they can also withstand winds up to 130 mph!

Some signs of an old roof include:

  • Shingles curling
  • Shingles with excessive granules missing
  • Shingles missing
  • Moss on your roof
  • Granules in your gutters

How long do you plan on living in this home?

If the current home you live in is not your forever home, it might not make sense to invest in a whole roof replacement. The flip side is that when you go to sell your home, it may be harder to sell depending upon the overall roof condition. If you plan to sell your home in the near future and your roof has visible signs of wear, this is undoubtedly a red flag to potential buyers. This may sway you to move forward with a roof replacement. Remember, any money invested now in your roof typically sees a 68% return at the time of sale

If you plan to stay in your home and your roof is anywhere between 15 to 20 years old, it’s a good idea to call a local roofer and have them perform a roof inspection. They can point out what they find and give you their professional recommendation on your best course of action. 

What fits your budget?

Of course, as with many things, the final determining factor will be money. Perhaps you are in a situation where you simply cannot afford an entire roof replacement. Working with a local roofer in this situation can be very helpful. They can make the necessary repairs to try and help stretch as much life out of your roof as possible. 

If you are looking for a trustworthy local roofing company with experience and know-how to handle your roofing situation, give us a call today.

Is it Really Cheaper to Build Your Own Deck?

Is it Really Cheaper to Build Your Own Deck?

You have decided you want to build a new deck or replace an existing one. This seems like a great opportunity to try your hand and test your skills on a do-it-yourself project, doesn’t it? That may not be the best avenue to take on this one. Let’s explore the question homeowners may ask themselves, “Is it really cheaper to build your own deck?” To answer that, let’s explore some factors that go into deck construction.  

Design

This can be the fun part of any deck build, but it is also the most critical. Make a mistake in the design phase, and you could be paying more to fix what was designed incorrectly. Some things to consider when designing decks include: Where do you want to put it? How tall will it be? What railing and steps are necessary? How will you tie it into your existing home? What do local codes require for deck construction? An experienced deck builder can help you answer all these questions and save you significant cost. 

Time

Constructing a deck is not for the faint of heart. You are going to need plenty of time for this project. Plan on working evenings and weekends and giving up a few months of those until your deck is completely built. A local deck contractor can work on your new deck consistently, saving you precious time. 

Materials

Decking materials are not cheap. Additionally, an upfront decision needs to be made if you will be using lumber (which will need regular maintenance) or composite lumber. Your natural inclination will be to go to your local big-box store for supplies, but a local contractor can help you save money. Contractors will have working relationships with suppliers, and since they are frequent visitors with multiple projects requiring supplies, they will often get materials at better pricing than you can on your own. Another thing to consider is installation methods. Techniques to install traditional pressure-treated lumber do not necessarily work with composite lumber. 

Tools

A variety of tools are necessary for building a deck successfully. Some of these are simple hand tools, but more expensive power tools are needed as well. If you do not own the right tools, this project will become more difficult and more costly. A local contractor has all the tools to get the job done right and efficiently, saving you time and money. 

It may seem like a fun project to tackle, but there is a lot to consider when building a deck. At the end of the day, a professional deck builder can complete the job quicker at less cost. If you are looking for a trustworthy local contractor with the experience and know-how to handle your deck build, give us a call today.

How to Use Ice Melt Safely in Gutters

How to Use Ice Melt Safely in Gutters

Winter storms bring snow and much more. They cover your driveways and walkways with dangerous ice. That ice can also spell trouble for your roof and gutters. The added weight that snow and ice bring to gutters can be a significant problem. Add to that to ice dams occurring during the daily thaws and nightly refreezes, you could have some concerning issues on your hands. A lot of people often wonder how to alleviate this hazard. Have you considered how to use ice melt safely in gutters?

Before we tackle how to use ice melt in gutters, we should first take a look at why. Ice dams are large sections of ice that form on the edge of your roof and prevent melting water from flowing into your gutters. Often as they build up during thaws and refreezes, they pack gutters solid, causing excessive weight issues. Ice dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause leaks as snow melts. 

One way to prevent them from occurring is to remove snow from your roof. You can find roof rakes at most home improvement stores that work well for this. If you start to see icicles forming, then you have waited too long, and ice dams may have begun forming. Using a ladder, carefully check to see what is going on. If the icicles are only on the edge of your gutters, with no ice buildup behind them, then you are okay. However, if ice is starting to form in the gutter and along the edge of the roof, you have ice dams. 

Do not attempt to break or chisel away the ice. This could ultimately lead to more damage. Take a nylon stocking and fill it with chloride-based ice melt. Do not use rock salt as it will damage your roof. Lay the ice melt-filled stocking vertically on the ice dam so that one end is pointed to the top of your roof. This will allow a channel to melt in the ice dam and provide a path for water to flow. Make up multiple ice melt-filled stockings to use in the area of concern. 

Are you faced with ice dams this winter? Gutters sagging or, worse yet, collapsing from the weight of ice? Give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., a call, and let us take a look and suggest some solutions. 

When to Prepare Your Deck for Spring

When to Prepare Your Deck for Spring

Coming off a long winter, one of the first things most people want to do is get outside and enjoy the spring sun on their faces. What makes that outdoor time even better is when you have an outdoor living space like a deck. To enjoy your deck in the spring, it usually takes a little bit of prep time to get things back in order after winter. You might be wondering when to prepare your deck for spring and what to do to get it ready. Here are a few helpful tips.

Timing is everything

We want winter to be over yesterday. Play it safe, and don’t start the spring prep process too soon because you are anxious for spring to be here. There’s nothing worse than getting everything ready and late season snow falls on your hard work. 

Cleaning

You will want to get your deck spic-and-span before setting your outdoor furniture out at the start of spring. Use a high-power leaf blower to get rid of dead leaves, dirt, and any other debris that has built up over the winter months. After the dirt has been removed, use a pressure washer to thoroughly clean the surfaces of your deck. This will get rid of any caked-on dirt or mold that developed over the winter. If you left any pots, planters, or furniture out over the winter, make sure you wash that as well. 

More cleaning

Just because you put your outdoor furniture away during the winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give a good once over cleaning to these pieces as well. Most furniture types require the use of a spray bottle and sponge to get the job done. After cleaning, be sure to air furniture out so it can thoroughly dry and mold does not develop.

Inspect

If your decking area includes pavers, you will want to check them for cracked or broken pieces. Additionally, make sure pavers have not settled or shifted over the winter months causing a tripping hazard. Also, check areas of your deck constructed of wood or composite decking. Winter can be particularly harsh on wood, so make sure there are no weak spots in decking. 

A little sprucing up

Spring is the ideal time to consider some freshening up of your deck area. Maybe it’s time to add a screened-in area, a pergola, or a covered roof to protect you from the sun’s rays. Screened-in decks and patios are great for keeping bugs away, protecting your valuable outdoor furniture, and adding additional privacy while still providing that outdoorsy feel.

Is it time to add some new features to your outdoor patio or deck? Maybe you are just thinking of adding a new outdoor living space. Give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., a call, and let’s see what the possibilities are together.