What are the Pros of Metal Roofing?

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?

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!

How to Finance A Roof Project

Finance Roofing Projects

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?

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?

Roof repair or replacement

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.

Storm Damage and Roof Repair: What Will Your Insurance Cover

storm damage and roof repair what will your insurance cover

A storm rips through your area. You go outside to assess the damage and your worst-case fear is a reality. A tree has fallen on your home. Perhaps it was a hailstorm, and you have suffered pretty severe roof damage. Where do you turn, and what do you do? What are your next steps? Perhaps the biggest question is, when you are faced with storm damage and roof repair, what will your insurance cover? 

Homeowners insurance may cover roof damage depending upon what the cause of the damage was. Many times, homeowners insurance will help cover the cost of repairs from hail or a fallen tree. Here are a few things to consider.

What Kind of Roof Damage Is Covered?

Dwelling coverage included in homeowners insurance policies helps protect your home’s structure. That coverage includes your roof from specific causes of damage. The most commonly covered perils include fire, wind, and hail damage. In the unfortunate event that your roof is damaged by hail or a tree topples onto it during a windstorm, you may find your dwelling coverage will help cover the repair costs. How much is covered is determined by your specific policy. Additionally, if contents within your home suffer damage, your personal property coverage may help repair or replace them.

Meanwhile, if a roof to a shed or other unattached structure is damaged, you may be in luck as well. This type of damage would fall under other structure’s protection. Not every insurance policy has this, so if you have sheds or detached garages on your property, you may want to check your policy.

It’s important to keep in mind that you will likely have to pay a deductible before homeowners insurance kicks in. Your coverage limit in your policy will also apply. Review your policy to learn exactly what coverages you have, your coverage limits, and how much your deductible is. 

Will Insurance Cover Leaks?

Homeowners insurance may cover a leak if it’s caused by one of the perils we discussed above. Say your roof is damaged by fire, wind, or hail, and a leak occurs due to that damage. Your policy may cover this. What your policy will not cover are leaks as a result of a lack of maintenance or general wear and tear. 

Has your home recently been damaged by hail, wind, or a fallen tree? Give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc,. a call. We can work with your insurance company to facilitate the necessary repairs to get your roof looking like new!

Why Hire a Local Roof Repair Company

why hire a local roof repair company

Your roof has several critical functions it addresses including protecting your home and making sure your home is energy efficient. You need to keep your roof in the best shape possible. The best way to accomplish that is to choose local. You need to be careful though. When you need a repair done fast, the last thing you want to do is pick the first name you find. You might be wondering ‘why hire a local roof repair company?’ Here are a few reasons.

Follow Local Code

When you have a roof repair or replacement, you must adhere to local building codes. If not, you will likely run into an issue with the municipality you reside in. Experienced local roofing companies know what the local codes are. They also know what permits may be required for your specific municipality.

Quick Response

Are you facing a roofing emergency? Has a storm rolled through the area, and you now have hail or wind damage or, even worse, a tree has toppled onto your home? When disaster strikes and you are faced with a large roof repair, you want someone nearby who can react quickly. A quick response can make the difference between mild and severe property damage. Having a local roofing company you can rely on will give you peace of mind no matter what the weather. 

Local Resources

Local roofing companies are embedded in the community and have a solid network of resources to pool from. This includes the businesses they use for materials and home contractors such as plumbers, electricians, and others. Tapping into this local network is a huge cost advantage for you, the homeowner. 

Support Your Community

When you hire a local roofing company, you are hiring more than a faceless contractor. You are hiring a fellow resident of your community. You are hiring someone whose kids go to the same school as yours. Consistently choosing local helps build your community. It puts money into the local economy and helps your community grow.

Local Experience

Local contractors established in the community have years of experience under their belts. They also have a good understanding of how homes in your area should look and the popular roofing choices in your neighborhood.                    

Has your home recently been damaged by hail, wind, or a fallen tree? Give Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., a call. We can work with your insurance company to facilitate the necessary repairs to get your roof looking like new!

Are Metal Roofs Energy Efficient?

are metal roofs energy efficient

The roof of your home is exposed to the sun more than any other part of your home. This alone makes the roofing material you choose a critically important factor. Metal roofs are an excellent choice when it comes to dealing with the sun’s heat. Metal roofs reflect heat up and away from buildings. The big question is, are metal roofs energy-efficient?

Metal Roofs vs. Asphalt Shingles

When it comes to modern-day roofing materials, the most energy-efficient option available is metal roofing. The next question is, are metal roofs more energy efficient than their asphalt shingle counterparts? The answer is yes, and there are two good reasons for this. Metal roofing provides excellent insulation during the cold winter months. Additionally, during the hot days of summer, metal reflects sunlight, keeping energy costs down during the season.

Asphalt shingles tend to trap heat from the sun. On average, this will increase indoor temperatures up to 25 degrees. As noted earlier, metal roofs reflect that heat, keeping it outside the building and saving you potentially 45 to 50 percent on your energy bills. The surface temperature of metal roofs also can be up to 100 degrees cooler than asphalt shingle roofs.

The longer asphalt shingles are exposed to direct sunlight, the more they age, causing them to weaken, curl, and break. Over time, the aging process inhibits their ability to protect your home from the elements. On the other hand, metal roofs are much more resistant to the elements and last a lot longer than asphalt roofing.

One of the biggest reason’s homeowners hesitate to take the leap on metal roof installation is the installation cost. Metal roofing requires a certain skill set to install properly, which leads to a higher price. Energy savings and durability make up for this initial investment. Depending on your home’s size and your annual heating and cooling needs, making the leap to a metal roof can realize substantial savings in your energy bills. 

If you are curious about the potential savings you can obtain from a new metal roof, contact us at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. Our commitment is to you, and we think that will show in our pricing, methods, and workmanship. Give us a call, let’s discuss if a new metal roof is the answer for you. 

Preparing My Roof for the Winter

preparing my roof for the winter

With winter weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to assess your roof and prepare it for winter. Maintenance is critical to ensuring the longevity of your roof all year but particularly in the winter. We are often asked, ‘how do I go about preparing my roof for winter?’ Here are several tips to help.

Assess the framework

Find a local roofer to inspect your roof’s framework. They can address any signs of sagging before the heavy snows of winter arrive. A professional will be able to detect other issues with your roof as well. Have this inspection performed annually. 

Check flashing

One of the most common areas for leaks to occur is along flashing. Check your flashing once a year to make sure it has not come loose and that it is completely sealed. 

Inspect the roof valleys

Roof valleys are prone to leaks. Keep these areas clean of debris to ensure reduced wear and tear on the surrounding shingles.

Examine shingles

This is another inspection best performed by a trusted roofer. When rough weather occurs, your shingles can become loose. Granules can wash off over time as well. Also, as shingles age, they will begin to curl. A roofer will know what to look for and what repairs to suggest, if any.

Clean and examine your gutters

Make sure any leaves and grit are removed from your gutters to ensure proper flow of melting snow. While performing this task, also check to make sure the gutters are securely fastened.

Replace sealant

If your roof has plumbing stacks, check the sealant. Overtime, sealant breaks down and becomes loose. Scrape away all old sealant, and add new. This might be a task you have a roofer perform. 

Check the chimney

Ask your roofer to take a look at your chimney. If the mortar is missing, you will want to have this repaired. Another area of concern is the seal around the flashing. 

Look around your attic

Many homeowners fail to inspect their attic area. Check your insulation to ensure it is still properly placed. Not only will it keep heat in your home, it will help ensure the heat doesn’t get trapped under your shingles, leading to the development of ice dams. Ice dams can be particularly harmful to your roof.

If all this sounds like a lot to look for, we can help by performing a thorough roof inspection. Give Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., a call. We’ll give you an honest assessment, and we can discuss any repairs that may need to be made to get your roof through this winter and beyond.

Can you Replace a Roof in the Winter

can you replace a roof in the winter

As we head into the winter season, one of the last things you probably are thinking about is a roof replacement. However, sometimes things occur that necessitate replacing your roof right away. When you wake up one morning, and your home is far from delightful, and the weather outside is frightful, you may be asking ‘can you replace your roof in the winter?’ The short answer is yes. An experienced roofing contractor can help you install your roof as quickly as possible to help protect you and your home. Here are a few things to consider.

Why is it okay?

If you call around asking roofing contractors this question, you may get different answers. Some contractors will tell you it’s never okay to install a roof in winter. They will throw out several excuses like adhesives not sticking and that caulk will not work in the cold. Frankly, they are wrong. Not only is it okay, but winter might even be better for your new roof’s longevity. 

Sealant Used for Shingles

The majority of homeowners in the U.S. have asphalt shingles on their homes. These shingles have a sealant strip on the underside that helps them adhere to the shingle below. This sealant interacts with warm temperatures – which happens in the warmer months of late spring, summer, and fall – to create an automatic seal. 

In cold temperatures, an experienced roofing crew can still make the installation work. Since they cannot rely on the sun’s natural heating properties, they will hand-seal each shingle to ensure the sealant bonds properly. This process takes a bit longer, but it does work, and it works well. 

Roofing Crew Experience

One of the most important things to do, regardless of when you need a roof replacement, is to hire the right roofer. A knowledgeable roofer will know when and, more importantly, how to hand-seal shingles. They will pay close attention to the shingle manufacturer’s recommendations for installing shingles in colder temperatures. 

While it may be tempting to jump at the lowest quote you get, it’s very important to do your homework. The last thing you want is to have a rush job done on your roof in winter only to find there are multiple installation issues you have to face in the spring. If your roof needs replaced in the dead of winter and it cannot wait until spring, make sure your contractor will take the time to hand-seal every shingle. Ask them for references on other cold-weather roofing installations they have done. Also, make sure to ask about any warranties they have on their work. 

If you’re concerned about how long your roof will last, and you should be, you want to make sure you hire an experienced roofing contractor. When the weather outside is frightful, and your only choice is a new roof, give Bealing Roofing &Exteriors, Inc., a call. We will inspect your roof and give you a recommendation on the best path to take.