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.

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.

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, Inc. 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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.