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.