Fall Roof Replacements

Fall is 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!

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Why Hire Local

Why Hire Local

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THERE ARE 4 DISTINCT BENEFITS OF HIRING A LOCAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR

Run a quick online search for roofing contractors and you’ll get results of all kinds. There are unique advantages, however, that hiring a local contractor can offer. Let us share with you some of the benefits that you’ll enjoy when you go local.

1| VERIFYING LICENSE, INSURANCE, & REFERENCES IS EASIER

Obtaining a contractor’s license and insurance information, as well as contacts for references is easier when you work with a local contractor. You might even be able to visit homes in the area that your roofer has worked on before and examine their handiwork first-hand.

2| LOW CHANCE OF ISSUES WITH NON-COMPLIANCE

Local contractors are more familiar with local building codes, which means you won’t have to worry about your roof being torn down because of compliance issues.

3| YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO RELY ON IN CASE OF ROOFING EMERGENCIES

Even if you haven’t hired one before, having a local roofing contractor’s number in your contacts list can be helpful if you need assistance after a storm. Dealing with storm damage doesn’t just include replacing damaged roofing systems, but also providing a temporary tarp after initial contact until the work can be done. Handling documentation from your insurance provider is also a benefit of working locally.

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4| YOU RECEIVE OUR FULL ATTENTION

Every home has its own unique requirements and, therefore, deserves the full attention of the contractor working on it. Local roofers are simply better at providing that kind of attention, and not just on compliance level; we devote all the time needed to ensure the success of the roofing project. Being a small team, the owner and crews are knowledgeable about roofing work and take a hands-on approach to each project.

Experience the benefits of hiring local roofing contractors. Call Greenawalt Roofing today at (717) 898-6000. We serve many areas in and around Lancaster, York, Reading and Harrisburg, PA.

4 Signs You Need to Replace Your Windows and Doors

4 Signs You Need to Replace Your Windows and Doors

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While windows and doors tend to last for a couple of decades, eventually you will need to replace them to ensure that your home continues to operate efficiently.  However, if your windows or doors appear to be in working condition, you may be wondering why you would need to replace them. Take a look at 4 signs you may need to replace either your windows, doors or both:

DRAFTS

The most obvious sign that you need to replace your windows and/or doors are when you begin to feel drafts around them.  While drafts can potentially be fixed by installing weatherstripping, sometimes that won’t fix the issue.  Drafty windows and doors can significantly increase your heating and AC bills, so it is important to address drafts when you find them.  Oftentimes, replacing your windows and doors is the easiest way to fix the issue, and the cost of installation will at least partially offset by the savings on your bills.

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WATER DAMAGE

Another issue your windows and doors may have that won’t be as obvious as a draft is water damage.  If your window seals aren’t working properly, you could end up having some moisture seep into your window frames which can cause your frames to rot.  Additionally, if your window frames begin to rot, it could also end up seeping into the frame of your home where it could cause significant damage and lead to expensive repairs.  If you notice even a small amount of rot damage around your windows, be sure to have it assessed by a exterior remodeling professional like Greenawalt Roofing Company.

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NOISE

If you find that you are hearing a lot of outside noise even when your windows and doors are closed, you should consider replacing them.  Older windows tend to have thin panes of glass, or even a single pane rather than double, which can lead to noise from the street.  If you find yourself unable to sleep at night from the noise of traffic driving by your home, replacing your windows could make a big difference.

DAMAGED

While this issue isn’t as pressing as the previous ones, if you notice that your windows or doors have some chipped paint or edges, you should also consider replacing them, especially if you plan on selling the home in the near future. Windows and Doors add a significant amount of curb appeal to your home, and having damaged windows and doors could be hurting your homes value. 

Have more questions about whether you need to replace your windows and doors? Reach out to our team at Greenawalt Roofing Company, 717-898-6000.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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ROOF COLOR MATTERS

ROOF COLOR MATTERS

As a homeowner, it’s safe to assume you know the color of your roof. But do you know the color of your next-door neighbors’ roof? Or how about three doors down? The color of your roof has more relevance than just aesthetic appeal.  The color of your roof shingles can affect the overall efficiency of your utilities throughout the year. This article will help shed some light on the benefits of having either light or dark colored shingles.

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How do Light Shingles Affect Your Home?One of the most important things to realize about roof shingles, is they are your roofs’ first line of defense against harsh UV rays from the sun. The light-colored shingles help to reflect heat rays more than they absorb. That might not sound like such a big deal, but you can save a lot of money in the long run, especially during summertime. This will result in your air conditioner using less energy, which means less money spent on utility bills. If you live in an area that is prone to lots of sunshine and heat, it might be worth it to consider getting a lighter colored roof, if you don’t have one already.

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How do Dark Shingles Affect your Home?Since light shingles reflect heat, its only logical that dark shingles absorb it. This fact might not make dark colored roofs ideal for sunny states. However, it would make them ideal for places that don’t get as much sun, or that have long winters. Just like light shingles help lower utility bills in the summer, dark shingles can do the exact same thing in winter.  During the fall and winter months, they can help lower your monthly heating bills, by absorbing the heat from direct sunlight. Since they can absorb heat, that means that they can help melt the snow off your roof faster, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work like that. For the dark shingles to absorb the heat, they must have direct exposure to the sun. This can be a problem in the winter months, as the days seem shorter due to lack of sunshine.

Should You Get Light or Dark Shingles?

The easiest way to decide which color of shingle to have installed is to consult with a reputable roofing agency. A technician can come out and go over the options, pros and cons for your area and so forth. It is also largely based on your personal preference and any restrictions you might have from your HOA. Another thing to consider is how a dark roof might benefit your family in the spring and fall months. Depending on where you live, there might not be much snow during these times. This will mean more exposure to the sunlight, which will help to heat your home in a natural way.

Ultimately, it is up to you when choosing between light and dark shingles. If you have questions about what color shingles you should put on your house, contact us today! We would be more than happy to help you on your home improvement journey.

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Call today for your free estimate 717-898-6000!

THINKING ABOUT REPLACING YOUR GUTTERS AND WINDOWS?

THINKING ABOUT REPLACING YOUR GUTTERS AND WINDOWS?

Have you checked your home’s windows and gutters recently? It’s the perfect time of year to get those projects completed before the harsh winter weather hits.

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Replacing your gutters and windows may be advantageous for a number of reasons. Making these exterior improvements can save time and money you would otherwise have to spend on costly future repairs, and it can give your home’s energy efficiency a big boost. New, modern gutters and windows can also drastically increase the longevity of your home, while giving it a fresh new look.

Replacing windows and gutters is a significant project; one that will require a substantial investment depending on the improvement you are wanting to make. Also, there are a lot of contractors and retail stores out there, so just be sure to do your research before making an investment. Choosing high-quality materials and the right professional installer usually yield optimal results. It helps to ensure that your new gutters and windows will provide a long and useful life of service, while enhancing your home’s overall appearance.

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When choosing the right gutter replacement, be sure to ask a lot of questions in regards to style, material used, and what colors are available. Also, ask about leaf protection systems that they offer. This addition may add to the overall cost of the project, however will save you time and money later on.

When compared to selecting gutters, choosing the right windows is a bit more complicated. Window styles will have a big impact on the appearance of your home. No matter which style you prefer, always pick a window with the best energy efficiency rating.

Before selecting a company to hire, do some comparison shopping. Ask neighbors and friends who recently completed work on their homes. They should be more than happy to discuss companies they have used. In addition, companies in your area should have a list of previous clients who are satisfied with their work.

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Always verify that your prospective contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. The contractor should be able to provide that information to you very easily. Also, make sure the company has workman’s comp and liability insurance coverage. If they don’t have adequate insurance, you could be held financially liable in the event of an accident or injury that occurs on your property.

When choosing gutters or windows, it’s best to select a contractor with good references, an excellent reputation and insurance coverage. Replacing your gutters and windows with quality products will enhance the value of your home.

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Preparing for Autumn

Preparing for Autumn

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The kids are trudging off to school again with their backpacks, and leaves are falling from the trees. Fall is here. Now’s the time to finish up any last-minute maintenance projects and get your home and yard ready. Get your home ready for the cool days to come.

Leaf Buildup On Roof

As we begin buttoning up our jackets, we should give thought to doing the same for our homes. Before the first freeze, here are a few things you should do to prepare your roof for the cold, wet weather ahead.

Trim The Trees

Most species of trees grow steadily all year long. Those tiny branches hanging barely above the roof could become a real nuisance by the time spring is here. Trimming back any branches near the house now can help prevent damage, as well as reduce the volume of leaves that will fall on the roof within a few weeks.

Clean Your Gutters

You may not associate the summer months with clogged gutters and downspouts, but don’t be tricked by Mother Nature. Summer storms may have driven leaves, needles, twigs, and other debris into your gutter system. As the autumn leaves begin to collect on your roof and in the gutter system, there is a greater risk that they will block the downspouts. Rain water then overflows the gutter, and can damage your trim and siding. With the added weight of soggy, decaying leaves and water buildup, there’s also a chance the gutters could actually pull loose from their anchor points and collapse.

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Clear Off Any Debris

It’s equally important that you remove leaves, evergreen needles, branches, and other debris from the full surface area of your roof. The gunk loves to collect in the valleys, the place where two roof-lines meet. Even the smallest deposits will hold moisture, and could lead to a mold and rot condition that may damage your roof. If you are experienced in walking on the roof, and feel confident, you should be able to remove any debris with a bristle broom or leaf blower.

Check For Damage & Deterioration

When your roof is cleaned, check the surface for missing or curled shingles. If yours is a tile roof, you’ll be looking for some that may be loose or cracked. Leaks often begin at the flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights. If you discover any defects, or areas that may be suspect, this is the time to have a roofer check the integrity of the roof, before the heavy rain begins. A damaged or deteriorating roof could produce leaks when the rains come, and also drive up energy costs as temperatures drop.

Check The Attic Insulation & Ventilation

You will also want to take a peek in the attic. Here you’re looking for areas where moisture has built up, and excessive heat. It’s a good idea to check the vents, to make sure none of the local critters have found a refuge from the elements. Also when heat is allowed to build up in the attic, it can lead to condensation buildup and moisture damage. Attic heat can also cause the formation of ice dams in the winter. This invites leaks when snow accumulates on your roof. When the hot air has nowhere else to go, it can seep into the living space below, encouraging you to turn on the air conditioning during the cooler months.

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Contact Greenawalt Roofing Company today for your FREE estimate, 717-898-6000!

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Gutters

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Gutters

You may need to consider replacing your spouting and calling Greenawalt Roofing if you have any of the following issues:

1. A Growing Number of Holes, Rust Spots, and Cracks

Even though you can fix a few of these using a sealant and flashing, fixing a bunch of them is not possible. You need to get someone for gutter installation duty fast. There are no ifs or buts about it as replacing sealants and flashing is the only option.

2. A Bunch of Broken Fasteners

Fasteners, which are pieces of metal, fasten your gutter to your roof and keep it level. You can repair the broken fasteners, but if you keep running into problems even after you have fixed them, the problem lies with your gutters. Get them replaced.

3. Loose Screws or Nails on the Ground

Do you see any loose and falling screws or nails on the ground? If you do, replace them with new ones. The purpose of nails or screws is to attach the gutter to the fascia. If you keep finding them fallen on the ground, you are looking at a bigger problem, which is gutter wear and tear.

4. A Divided Gutter System

Together, the gutter system will work, but divided, it will not. For a gutter system to function properly, fasten its parts together. If they start to separate from each other, replacing your gutter is the only thing you can do.

5. Peeling Paint on the Outside of the House

If your gutters are pulling away from the roof of your home, it can ruin the appearance of your house from the outside, causing paint to peel off. If the paint has been peeling off for a while, it may time to invest in a new gutter system.

 
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Greenawalt Roofing can schedule you a free estimate for spouting replacement with one of our sales representatives. We can be reached at 717-898-6000 or on our website at https://www.greenawaltroofing.com/contact.

Four Great Reasons to Replace Existing Skylights When You Replace a Roof.

Four Great Reasons to Replace Existing Skylights When You Replace a Roof.

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Save Money and Time

During a skylight replacement, a roofer removes the shingles around the skylight to re-flash and seal the window to the roof deck or curb. Therefore, the most ideal cost-efficient time to replace a skylight is when you re-roof and are removing all the old shingles to lay down new ones.

Biggest Promise, Strongest Warranty

VELUX is the only skylight company to implement three layers of protection in our product design, giving you peace of mind against leaks. Our comprehensive, industry-first, No Leak Warranty covers your skylight and its installation against leaks for 10 years*

*VELUX FLASHING REQUIRED.

Improved Energy Efficiency

VELUX continually develops and tests our skylight to ensure we maintain our high standard of design. We offer clean, quiet, safe glass that provides the best balance of daylight and heat control, improving the energy efficiency of your window.

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Go Solar, Save Big!

The sun provides us with more energy in a single hour than the entire world uses in a year. So, why depend on energy from anywhere else? Go Solar with VELUX and see how you can save big, both on your home’s energy efficiency and in your pocket!

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Everything You Need to Know about Shed Roofing

Everything You Need to Know about Shed Roofing

When you decide to build a shed, you probably have a million things running through your mind, from the type of lumber you’re going to use to the framework and structure of the shed. However, is the most important aspect of your shed is the roof.

The roof serves as the first line of defense for any structure, keeping your shed safe from all the elements. The roof is also a major contributing factor to the overall look and aesthetic of your shed. Here are some key factors you should keep in mind about the different types of roof materials.

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Before you select the material of roof you want for your shed, there are some questions you should ask yourself.

  1. What climate will your shed roof have to withstand? Areas that receive heavy amounts of snow will need drastically different roofs than areas with more temperate climates. As a general rule of thumb, the more snowfall your area receives, the steeper the pitch of the shed roof should be. This prevents ice damming, or ridges of ice that prevent water run-off, from forming on your roof.

  2. What level of maintenance do you want to deal with? Although all roofs should be regularly inspected and their eavestrough cleaned for the health of your structure, you probably don’t want a wood shake roof if you’re planning on a bare minimum level of maintenance.

  3. What style of roof are you looking for? A classic, “residential”-style shed would look odd paired with a metal roof. Along the same vein, a clay tile roof is most likely not the choice for a modern-style shed.

Armed with these basic questions answered, you can begin looking into the selection of your shed roof.

  • Metal: Durable and low-maintenance. They are lightweight and shed snow or rainfall easily, lowering the chances of a roof collapse. Installation, however, can be difficult and pricey.

  • Wood Shake: Helps insulate and allows air to breathe. Although varied in appearance and distinctive in character, shake roofs require proper maintenance and care for longevity.

  • Concrete: Durable and resource-efficient, concrete offers a variety of looks with long lifespans and low-maintenance. However, this roofing can be more expensive than other forms.

If you’re planning to build a shed, and you’re ever in need of a second opinion from professionals, or in need of a roof replacement, contact Greenawalt Roofing Company today, 717-898-6000!

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How Long Will a Roof Last?

How Long Will a Roof Last?

When you are in the market for a new home, one of the things you may consider is how long the roof will last. Likewise, you may have been in your home for some years, so you worry about the condition of the roof and when it may be time to replace it.

This guide will help you understand the life expectancy of the roofing systems most often used today.

Asphalt Shingles

You can expect to get 15 to 25 years out of roof made of standard asphalt shingles. However, asphalt shingles come in many different varieties, and you need to take into account the materials used in the roofing system.

 
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The cheapest and most basic asphalt shingle type is the 3-tab shingle, which typically lasts 10 to 20 years and is used for sloped roofs. This is a good choice for moderate climates but not for areas that are prone to high winds and storms because it can only withstand winds up to 70 mph.

A step up from the 3-tab shingle is the architectural shingle. Also known as dimensional shingles, these are more durable and made thicker to last longer—15 to 25 years.

They can withstand winds up to 110 mph (130 mph if roof-frame bracing and a special installation method is used). The highest quality shingles, or premium shingles, are usually found in the finest of homes and can last 20 to 30 years. They have a fancy design and are thicker than the mid-level shingles.

Metal Roofing

The most popular metal roofing system in residential roofing is a standing seam, which features concealed fasteners and has a 30-50 year life expectancy if installed properly.

 
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Depending on the thickness and profile of a standing seam metal roof, it can withstand winds of up to 150 mph, with an average uplift rating of 110. Stainless steel, titanium, zinc, and copper are premium metals that have a life expectancy of more than 100 years.

Another roofing option to consider is metal shingles, which typically cost 20-30% less than a standing seam roof and has about the same life expectancy, wind ratings, and durability.

Concrete and Clay Tiles

An outstanding option found in luxury homes is clay tiles, which requires a specific roof frame design because of the weight of the tiles. Clay tiles, if properly installed, can last 50 to 100 years. While these tiles are able to withstand high winds, they can become dangerous in a hurricane if they are cracked or missing pieces.

 
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A more affordable option to clay tiles is concrete tiles, which are similar in many ways but only tend to have a life expectancy of 40 to 75 years.

Cedar Shingles and Shakes

Homes on the beach and Cape Cod style homes often have cedar shingles and shakes. This roofing option costs about the same as a metal roof but only lasts up to 40 years, with regular maintenance. This style roof can withstand winds up to 110 mph if properly installed.

Natural Slate

A common roofing option in luxury homes is natural slate, which is known for its high cost, long life expectancy, and weight. These roofs can last up to 100 years, but they can be dangerous in a hurricane because it has sharp edges and is heavy.

 
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Composite

A cheaper alternative to cedar shakes and natural slate tiles is a synthetic composite roof. Similar in price to a standing seam metal roof, composite roofs are lightweight and durable, lasting up to 50 years and withstanding winds of up to 110 mph.

EPDM

A popular option for roofs that are nearly flat or have low-sloped roofs is an EPDM roofing membrane. Because of the seams, which are glued or taped, it is not very durable and does not have a long life expectancy—5 to 15 years.

 
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PVC and TPO

A longer-lasting and more durable alternative to EPDM is a single-ply roofing system—PVS and TPO. With thick, reinforced membranes and seams that are welded with hot air, they can last 20 to 30 years.