Roof Proposal

Roof Proposal

Why is My Roof Proposal Higher than My Neighbor's?

When calculating a roof proposal total, there is much more involved than the size of the roof. When comparing roof estimates with friends, family, and neighbors, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Layers

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Additional layers of roofing raises the price. When the layers are removed, this calculates more waste. The removal of multiple layers is more labor intensive. There is also a higher cost for disposing of old shingles. Most townships will only allow two layers of shingles on a roof. Sometimes an older roof may even have three. An additional charge is always added for multiple layers. So if your roof has two layers and your neighbor's has one, all other things being equal, your roof estimate might be higher since we have to remove more layers from your roof.


Overlay

Some homeowners may opt to cut corners and install a second layer of shingles without removing the first layer. However, if you have a problem with your roof, adding another layer of shingles will not solve it. In order to replace damaged plywood, shingles must be removed. Many times rotting plywood is impossible to spot until shingles have been removed. Flashing systems on vulnerable areas or sidewalls cannot be installed correctly on a second layer of shingles. A reputable shingle manufacturer will not extend their warranties to overlaid shingles, as adding a second layer will drastically decrease the life of the roof.


Underlayment

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Many roofs built before the 1950s have a material underneath called "cedar shake". Current building code does not allow shingles to be nailed to cedar shake. The cedar is not a good nailable surface and will cause shingle loss. Because of this, all cedar shakes must be removed and new wood underlayment must be installed. When getting pricing to replace a roof with this underlayment, the price for all new plywood is included. Removing cedar is a very labor intensive process and takes much longer than roofs that already have plywood.


Plywood

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While it is impossible to determine with absolute certainty if any plywood will need to be replaced, a roof that has far surpassed its life expectancy may show signs of rotting plywood. A reputable roofing company will inspect the roof and attic (if possible) before providing a proposal. If the plywood shows obvious signs of rot, the roofer will include plywood in the cost of the roofing job.


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Pitch

If two houses are both roughly 1,200 square feet but one has a steep roof and one has a more gradual slope, the roof with the steeper pitch will be more expensive. A roof with a steeper pitch needs more shingles, as it has a larger surface area. Calculations of roof estimates are done by the overall surface area of the roof. Although interior surface area may be the same, the steeper roof is actually larger.

 

Additional Services

Although it may seem obvious, it is important to take into consideration if any additional work will be done along with the roof. Very often when roofs are replaced, homeowners will opt to have additional work done, since it's a good opportunity to have everything done in one shot. Comparing a roof estimate with someone who also had gutters done will show a difference.


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All of these factors can contribute to differences in roof replacement cost. If you are wondering what it would cost to replace your roof, just give us a call at 717-898-6000! Our estimates are easy, low pressure, and free to homeowners. We find it important to take as little or as much time as you need to feel comfortable with understanding the roof replacement process and products.

Fall Installation

Fall Installation

We may still be in the dog days of summer, but fall is just on the horizon. It’s a great time for many homeowners to start looking at various maintenance tasks that need to be completed before winter comes.

Does the thought of another winter with your leaky roof bring you a sense of dread?

It’s a good idea to start thinking about replacing your roof, particularly since the fall season is the best time to do it! Here are some reasons why fall is the best time of the year to perform a roof replacement.

The Technical Side

A roof replacement project is comprised of several aspects, some of which require specific environmental conditions to yield the best results. When a roofing contractor installs new shingles on the roof, for example, they require some time to create a sealed, airtight barrier between the inside and the outside. The shingles protect your interior from harsh weather, so this step is critical to the overall successful installation of the roof. By having a roof replacement project done in the fall, the shingles get plenty of time to create this seal before the winter’s first snowfall.

The Human Side

Roofing contractors do their best work during the fall season. The weather isn’t hot and oppressive like it is during the summer, so the roofing professional is able to complete a lot of work on your roof without the risk of heat exhaustion. This allows them to complete the job more efficiently, installing the materials under optimal conditions.

Peace of Mind

Best of all, a roof replacement can ease your mind as the winter approaches. Small leaks and other problems can often lead to more serious structural problems during the winter. The added weight of a major snowfall can lead to a world of trouble for homeowners with roofs in less than stellar shape.

If you think your roof may need to be replaced soon, don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact Greenawalt Roofing to have one of our roofing professionals assess your situation.

Let Greenawalt Roofing Handle Your Roof Replacement Project This Fall!

Siding Curb Appeal

Siding Curb Appeal

Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Old style aluminum siding can be easily dented or buckled from age and normal wear and tear. Since vinyl siding is now the norm, replacement boards of aluminum siding can be very difficult to find. Over time, aluminum siding can "bake" in the sun. This can cause a chalky residue to build up on the siding. The sun can also alter the color of the siding. Vinyl siding is much more durable and will not dent the way aluminum does. It holds it color and will never need to be painted. Certainteed's Mainstreet vinyl siding is a good value with the benefits of premium panel. They are available in woodgrain clapboard and dutchlap, and brushed beaded and clapboard styles.


New vinyl siding can make a world of difference in the appearance of your home. Listed below are two fine detail options to add along with your new siding.


White Corner Posts

Installing white corner posts may be the way to go when looking to give your siding an update. New white corner posts can be installed right over your old corner posts. This is also a great way to have white downspouts blend in, instead of being an eyesore. Although this is a simple project, it is best to have a professional siding installer take care of it for you.

Siding Accents

New siding styles can help add texture and appealing accents to your home. These styles of siding can be installed on the entire house or one specific area. Adding scallops or vinyl shakes adds instant curb appeal.

Our Payment Options

Our Payment Options

As the trusted roofing expert, Greenawalt Roofing believes in offering different payment options to suit the different financial needs of our clients. We put the needs of our clients first, and we want to ensure complete customer satisfaction by providing smooth and efficient roofing projects. With our competitively priced services, anyone can enjoy a new, high-quality roofing system for their home. Here are some of our payment options:


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Cash

Our cash payment options are simple and upfront. If you can afford it, paying cash is a good choice, as you won’t have to worry about any interest charges or fees. Planning on paying cash but can’t afford the entirety of the project? If your roof is still in great condition, but nearing the end of its service life, we recommend saving up for the impending replacement. This way, you end up with a great roofing system and no accumulated debt at the end of the project.


Check

We also provide this payment option for our roofing services. The benefit of using a check is that it’s easier for you to provide proof of payment. This makes it easier for us to keep track of payments and records. Checks are also quite safe to send through the mail because of opaque safety envelopes. In case it’s lost, you can easily cancel the check to protect your finances.


Select from one of these payment options and invest in a roof replacement from Greenawalt Roofing today! Our high-quality roofing products are installed by a specially trained professional team to help you maximize your investment. Call us today at (717) 898-6000 to learn more about our payment options. You can also request an estimate or/and hail inspection. We serve Lancaster and the surrounding areas.

How to Leave a Google Review

How to Leave a Google Review

On the Google Maps app or directly on your computer desktop at Google.com, you can write reviews for places you’ve visited or places that provided you a service. A gmail address is not needed to leave a review but a google account (any email address can be used such as yahoo, hotmail, etc.) would need to be created.

Create a Google Account

A) Go to Google.com and type in the [business name][city] and click Write a Review.

B) A box will pop up to sign in. Click Sign In.

C) New page will show sign in location with an option to create an account. Click Create Account.

D) Click "I prefer to use my current email address" (blue link within form) to create a Google account without a gmail address.

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E) Fill in remaining form such as your name and a password. Click Next Step.

F) A window will pop up to agree to privacy and terms. Scroll to bottom and click I Agree.

G) Next, you will need to verify your email address. Click Verify Now.

Once verified, you are now ready to sign in to your new google account and leave reviews!


Add a Rating or Review

Open the Google Maps App on your iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or tablet.

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A) Type in the [business name][city]. You can also use your current location to find a business listing if you are at the place of business while leaving the review.

B) Select the Business listing.

C) Scroll down and click on the “Rate and Review” section.

D) Write a review about your experience, service, and so on.

E) Finally, click on the “Publish” button.

Your review will be visible in Google Maps until you take it down. After your review is published, you can edit what you wrote, or change the rating and pictures you included. 

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House Styles

House Styles

When you have the chance to upgrade your home's exterior, either by necessity or by choice, you will face the tough challenge of choosing a new style. While some homes have distinctive style, others may be a blank palette that can adapt to any style by changing just a few design aspects.


Classic

For those who like a uniform look and to fit in with a neighborhood where most homes are neutral, a classic style is best. The most classic and neutral look is black and white. This can be achieved by a neutral colored roof such as Certainteed's Landmark Moire Black or Charcoal Black. These are shingle colors that suit any color home. They look great when paired with new crisp white siding. Black shutters complete this timeless and classical look.


Beach House

Inspiration for beach style homes can be found in your nearest shore town. Bold colors, white trim, and big contrasts are the staples to this style. These homes also frequently utilize the rugged and textured style of vinyl shake siding. These homes often have siding in deep blue, yellow, turquoise, or even pink colors. Some colors frequently seen on beach homes are Certainteed's Mainstreet Oxford Blue or Autumn Yellow.


Farm House

For those who want their home to stand out, the typical farm house may be the perfect look. There are several shades of brick red that create a bold and daring image such as Certainteed's Mainstreet Autumn Red. This siding color will look best with a neutral gray roof or a roof that incorporates a brick color. There are a wide selection of grey shingle colors such as Certainteed's Landmark Cobblestone Grey, Pewterwood, or Birchwood.


Modern

To create a modern and stylish exterior, wood accents are a great option. Wood siding can be installed either horizontally or vertically. Neutral colored wood can be added to any home to transform the exterior and make the home seem more modern. This wood pairs well with dark contemporary siding like Certainteed's Mainstreet Flagstone or Hearthstone.


Cape Cod

Dormers on a Cape Cod add dimension and texture to the front of a home. Adding shake or scalloped siding helps draw attention to the aspect that defines the character of a Cape Cod style home. Due to the steep slope of the front of the home, it is important to make sure there is no discoloration or missing shingles.


Tudor

Typical Tudor style homes have unique details that are inspired by a time when homes were hand crafted works of art. Many have brown accents that look best when paired with off white clapboard style siding. These trims tend to be the star of the show, so it is best to go with subdued roofing and siding to not draw focus away from them. A good option would be Certainteed's Landmark Driftwood or Weathered Wood.


Victorian

One of the most distinctive and eye catching home styles is the Victorian. These homes date back to the late 1800's. They stand out with bold turrets and wide trims. It is also very common to see scalloped siding on these homes.

Can I Have Both?

Can I Have Both?

Can I Have Both a Power Fan

and a Ridge Vent System on My Roof?

When the hot days of summer are upon us, this is a question our customers frequently ask us.

Having both a power vent and ridge vent on your roof can short circuit the attic ventilation system. When the power vent goes on, it can pull air from the ridge vent, which can cause an imbalance of airflow along the underside of the roof deck. When the power vent goes off, it acts like a roof louver (an opening on the roof without a motor); in this case, the ridge vent pulls its intake air from the power fan which can lead to "weather infiltration" and poor ventilation along the underside of the roof deck.

In most cases, it's best to have only the ridge vent and remove the fan.

If you have a hip roof with very little ridge, a power fan with both a thermostat and humidistat (for both temperature and humidity) should be installed, with no ridge vent.

With any attic ventilation system, the attic can be 20 degrees hotter than outside. Attic ventilation should protect the roof sheathing, insulation, and shingles from temperature and moisture extremes. However, many variables can affect the attic temperature, such as shingle color (black shingles absorb more heat and can make the attic hotter than white shingles). Other factors are the geographical location, sun intensity, orientation of the primary roof plane, and amount of total ventilation.

Replacement or Repair?

Replacement or Repair?

Why You Should Choose Replacement Over Repair

Roofing repair -- while being the cheaper option upfront -- is often like placing a band-aid on your roof. Most times, when your roof is in need of repairs, there is often underlying damage that threatens the structural integrity of your home.

In these instances, a simple patch job will not do, and you may be looking at a situation where you're in need of an emergency roof replacement, which could simply be out of your budget.

This is why it's best to instead opt for a full roof replacement, especially if you own an older home that hasn't consistently been receiving roof maintenance over the years. This is the only way to ensure your roof is built to last and withstand the elements for as long as you're in your home.

But, how do you know if you need a full roof replacement?

This starts with scheduling a free roof inspection with Greenawalt Roofing, who will perform a thorough inspection that will entail checking all of the most important aspects of your roof. Our inspectors make a checklist of all damages we come across and work closely with the homeowner to figure out if their roof is in need of an entire replacement.

We offer a wide range of roofing materials, colors, and styles, to ensure your roof fits perfectly with your home and within your budget. Give us a call today at 717-898-6000 for a hail inspection and/or free estimate.

Avoid Roofing Scams

Avoid Roofing Scams

Unfortunately, just about every industry has scams or con-artists working to prey on home owners. The lack of experience being able to identify these types of scams means it happens to more people than most would think. These kinds of scams usually show up right after heavy storms occur such as a hail storm.

As a consumer, you need to do your homework and spend the time to ensure you’re working with a reputable company.

Here is a list of a few tips that any homeowner should follow:

  • Do your research! No matter who you are looking to choose for a roofer, investigate their company, get references, etc.
  • Make sure you use a legitimate and locally owned company such as Greenawalt Roofing. We can be easily identified within the market on websites like Facebook and around the area on yard signs and billboards.
  • Do not rush the decision. The smart approach is take your time and don’t respond to high pressure sales tactics. High pressure is a huge red flag. Scams will not want you to spend time doing any research.
  • Be suspicious of requiring the full amount before any work begins.
  • Ask for copies of licensing and insurance certificates.
  • Don’t sign any contract before you have done your research on the contractor you have selected.

Also beware huge price differences from one contractor to another. Obviously as a consumer, we all want the best deal possible. But if in talking to several companies, and one of them happens to be for example $5,000 or more lower than everyone else, recognize this could be a red flag. Quality work done by skilled professionals requires a certain amount of time to be done right, and there’s a good chance a bid that’s significantly lower may not yield a quality final product. Remember that you do get what you pay for.

Be aware that legitimate local contractors may go door to door as a way to expand business, but as a consumer you need to identify a series of red flags that tell you something is off. A combination of someone that isn’t dressed professionally and doesn’t have current paperwork, may not sound as knowledgeable and wants you to make a quick decision about a big job like a new roof are all indications that something is wrong.


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All of our professionals at Greenawalt Roofing are prompt, respect your time, show up in marked vehicles, use designated forms, are dressed professionally, and follow our employee guidelines.  You should not expect anything else from any professional roofing contractor you work with!

Tips Regarding Roof Installation

Tips Regarding Roof Installation

The day of your new roof installation is upon you. You have chosen a roof type and color and now it’s time to see what it will look like. What should you do to prepare your home and yard, and what do you need to know about the roof installation process?
Re-roofing a home is a major construction project. The following outlines some things you should do to prepare your home for your new roof replacement.


1. Safety - First thing to remember is safety. The whole family, including pets, should be kept indoors.

2. Noise - The job can be noisy at certain points of install and if you work from home you may consider working elsewhere for the duration of the job.

3. Access - Remember, everything used to re-roof your house needs to be as close to the house as possible, this requires access to your yard and driveway. Please move anything of value away from the house, things such as furniture, grills, statues, glass globes, flower pots, or any other fragile items that can be broken. All vehicles should be removed from the driveway.

4. Debris - Trash will be thrown off of the roof and be present in the lawn prior to clean up. All debris will be removed from the premises before the job is done including nails with a magnet sweep.

5. Fans & Satellites - Remember to turn off any roof or attic fans. Any satellite dish mounted on the roof will need to be removed and reset. This can be done by the roof installers. Your satellite provider will need to re-calibrate the signal however.

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Always remember to use a company that inspects the job before, during, and upon completion such as Greenawalt Roofing! We take pride in our work and success of installation, customer satisfaction, and longevity of your new roof.