What is Gutter Guard

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Gutter Guard: Why You Need It

Cleaning out the gutters is usually not a favorite household chore. However, if you don’t, your gutters can become clogged allowing water to overflow which can cause your roof to deteriorate and leak. Luckily, there is a better way to maintain your roof and gutters with gutter guard.

What is Gutter Guard?

Gutter guard is a type of shield that is installed over your gutters. It allows water to filter through into your gutters and out the downspouts while preventing leaves, twigs, seeds, and other debris from collecting in the gutters. Gutter guards can be made from many materials including:

  • Mesh – metal sheets with tiny holes that fit over gutters
  • Reverse Curve – positions water to fall down while positioning leaves to fall to the ground
  • Bottle brush – bristles that face upward, allowing debris to rest on top while water drains away
  • Nylon – prevents snow and ice buildup
  • Foam – a type of plastic that fits directly into gutters and keeps debris out

Contacting a gutter and roofing professional can help you to determine which type would best suit your home based on current gutters, weather conditions in your area, and type of debris needed to be deterred.

Why is it Important?

Installing gutter guards is important for many reasons including:

  • Minimal Maintenance – Gutter guard helps to keep your gutters clear of debris, minimizing time spent cleaning gutters and on a ladder.
  • Home Protection – It helps to protect your home, walls, foundation, landscaping, and roof from deterioration created by overflow of water from clogged gutters. If water overflows onto your roof or home, leaks can occur.
  • Reduces Insect Breeding Grounds – Insects tend to build nests and homes in stagnant water created by overflow when gutters can’t drain properly.
  • Saves Money – While there is a cost associated with purchasing the gutter guards and installing them, since it helps to improve the life of your home and roof, there is less money spent fixing or repairing damage.

You want to keep rain flowing through your gutters and into the downspouts to keep it off your roof. Installing gutter guards can help by keeping your gutters clear and your roof and home safe for your family.

How to Prevent & Remove Ice Dams on Your Roof

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Homeowners in Maryland and Pennsylvania are used to managing snow and ice in the winter months. While icicles in the wintertime look pretty, they are actually a sign that there is something serious happening with your home’s roof. The good news is icicles or ice dams can be avoided or fixed when you know how to fix the underlying problem.

What is an Ice Dam?

Ice dams occur when melting snow freezes into large icicles at the end of your roof, near the gutters and soffit. This ice buildup acts as a dam and prevents melting snow from properly draining off your rooftop. If not taken care of, the excess water can seep under the roof shingles and leak into your attic damaging your home’s interior.

What Causes Ice Dams

There are three necessary factors that cause dams to form. The first is snow on your roof, which is unavoidable in PA and MD. The next two factors are variations in your roof temperatures. The top peak of the roof is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit while the lower surface is below. When this happens, the snow at the top of your roof begins to melt and drain. But, when it reaches the lower temp, it freezes mid-fall causing icicles.

How to Identify a Problem

You may have a problem if you notice:

●      Large icicles hanging from your roof or gutters

●      Ice is coming through the soffit or behind the gutters

●      Water is leaking into a door or window frame

●      There is water or ice on the exterior of your home

How to Prevent Ice Dams

The underlying factors in roof temperature variations is poor ventilation and insulation in your attic. Both are things that you can fix and control with the right knowledge. To make sure this process is completed the right way, you should contact a roofing expert for help.

Proper winterization of your roof includes:

1.      Adding insulation to your attic to prevent heat from rising to the roof.

2.      Installing roof and soffit vents to allow heat to escape.

3.      Insulate lighting fixtures and stairwells to the attic to eliminate escaped heat.

4.      Plug any holes or cracks in the ceiling or drywall.

Now is the perfect time to take a look at your roof and attic because the heat is more bearable during cooler months and our first snowfall has yet to arrive. Have questions? Contact the expert roofing team at Bealing for a free roof inspection.

5 Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

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As the leaves change colors and start to fall in Pennsylvania and Maryland, there is no denying that harsh temperatures are quickly approaching. The cold temperatures will inevitably bring snow. As a homeowner, you know it’s time to start prepping your home for the winter months. Roof maintenance is often overlooked during this process. But, snow and ice are harsh elements that you need to properly prepare for in order to minimize roof damage.

Here are five steps to prepare your roof for winter from the roofing experts at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors:

Do a Roof Inspection.

Inspecting your roof is the only way to find problem areas before they cause significant damage. You can choose to do the inspection on your own or have a professional roofing company tackle the task. In many cases, roof inspections are offered at no charge to homeowners.

Check to make sure shingles are in place, there is no visible damage such as staining, no soft spots, and all ventilation is clear. It is also important to inspect flashing, which can be found around joints, chimneys, plumbing pipes or skylights. Flashing is a critical component of your roofing system because it assures water runs off your roof instead of leaking into your home or remaining on the rooftop.

Fix Leaks or Damage.

If there are roof leaks or damage, repair these immediately. In the event you need repairs, it is always best to contact an experienced roofer . Less than quality repairs can cause you greater problems and create unnecessary expenses in the middle of winter.

Remove Debris.

Sticks, leaves, and debris fall on your roof year-round. Any debris should be removed now to keep it from clogging gutters. Clogged gutters keep water from draining properly which attracts unwanted pests and creates flooding on your rooftop.

Trim Trees.

If trees line your property, it is crucial to check branches before winter arrives. Heavy snow and ice causes branches to break off and, if they are close to your home, can create roof damage. Walk around your property and remove overgrown branches from trees close to your home, outside buildings, and electrical wires.

Check Your Attic.

Proper attic insulation is an importance piece of your roof ventilation system and helps prevent ice dams during winter months. Check your attic for proper insulation in addition to signs of moisture that can help you identify roof damage early on.

The winter season brings many destructive elements that are harsh on your roof. Taking these steps before snow, ice, and storms arrive are the best way to maintain your roof and minimize damage.

5 Signs You Need a New Roof

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Having a superior roof on your home keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Over time a roof ages and the protection it once provided starts to deteriorate, especially if you don’t conduct ongoing roof maintenance. A faulty roof can cause a spike in energy bills, leaks, unwanted rodents, and a decrease in your property value. When a damaged roof goes too long without attention, it can collapse causing greater damage to your property and potential harm to those at home.

The key to protecting your family and your finances from a catastrophe like this is to fully understand what to look for. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 signs you need a new roof:

Age of the Roof.

The majority of roofs last 20-25 years depending on the type and quality of roof shingles. If your roof is 20 or more years old, contact a roofing professional to complete a thorough roof inspection. They’ll provide a detailed report with pictures of where your roof is in its lifecycle. There’s a good chance they’ll be able to spot problems early enough to repair instead of replace the entire roof.

Missing or Curling Shingles.

Shingles are a vital part of a good roof and need to lay flat against your roof. If they start to fall off or curl, the shingles may be too old to properly protect your home. A professional roofing contractor will be able to tell you if the shingles can be replaced/repaired or if a full roof replacement is necessary.

Shingle Debris in the Gutters.

When you clean out your gutters, check for shingle granules. If shingles are too old, they will start to deteriorate and crumble. If this goes unnoticed too long, water will start to seep under the shingles causing leaks inside your home.

The Roof is Buckling.

Have you taken a walk on your roof lately? Chances are that you haven’t. Avoid an unwanted surprise before hanging up this year’s Christmas lights by checking it yourself or contacting a roofer. Soft spots on your roof means there may be rotting and decay under the shingles.

There are Dark Spots.

Drive through almost any neighborhood, and you’ll notice dark spots on rooftops. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a full roof replacement immediately. These spots can be algae, mold, or rust spots. If it’s algae or mold, it can be washed off. Don’t be tempted to scrape the impacted areas though. Scraping can damage your shingles and cause repair work that you might not have needed.

Routine roof inspections are the best way to prevent roof deterioration and an expensive roof replacement. Schedule an appointment online with one of our roofing consultants today. Not only are they free, but you’ll have the peace of mind you need to sleep at night.

5 Benefits of Roof Inspections

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Benefits of Roof Inspections

Your home is  typically the biggest investment you make in a lifetime. Proper home maintenance is a necessity if you want to maintain its value and keep your family and belongings safe. One of the biggest pieces to your home is the roof. Too often, its  is overlooked because even though you use it daily, you don’t actually see it.

A great way to maintain your roof and maximize its longevity is through a professional roof inspection. The best roofing contractors offer home roof inspections free to homeowners. Here are five benefits of roof inspections:

Find Water Damage.

A roofer will check your roof for shingle condition, flashing installation, soft spots, and leaks. In addition, they should review the interior of your roofing system. Roofing contractors check your attic for the right insulation, ventilation set-up, leaks, mildew, and mold. Water damage usually begins long before you see a wet spot on your ceiling. A professional will be able to catch these leaks before they cause major damage to your home.

Save Money.

Since you don’t check your attic or roof regularly, it’s impossible to know when something is wrong without a roof inspection. Professional roofing contractors can make recommendations for minor repairs that help you save money. If damage isn’t repaired quickly, it continues to fester and cause major damage which can often turn into a full roof replacement.

Simplifies Insurance Claims.

Reputable roofing companies provide detailed reports with their findings and recommendations from the inspection. These reports make insurance claims easier to file and receive approval for because they explain the type of damage, what is needed to fix it, and an estimated cost.

Increases the Life of Your Roof.

Getting a roof inspection annually can help extend the life of the roof because you are aware of the damage and can make minor repairs as needed. When roof maintenance is pushed to the bottom of your to-do list, it can cause a premature roof replacement. On average, a full roof replacement costs $10,000 and should last 30 years. If you need a roof replacement prior to that, consider adding an inspection to your yearly home maintenance checklist.

Rested Mind.

Getting a roof inspection annually gives you peace of mind that you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect your family and your well-being. Even if a roofing contractor finds damage, you will have a plan in place on how to repair it, the cost, and how to maintain it moving forward.

Having a roof inspection completed annually is a decision that will save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Contact the roofing professionals at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors to schedule your free roof inspection today. We serve homeowners in Hanover, Gettysburg, New Freedom, and Littlestown, PA, as well as northern Maryland communities like Timonium and Parkton.