Front Door Styles

Front Door Styles

A front door is a home’s first chance to make a good impression. After all, your front door is the first thing visitors see when they approach your home, so it’s important that it makes the right statement.

In addition to enhancing the exterior of your home for your own enjoyment, a sturdy and attractive front door can also help with curb appeal when the time comes to sell your home.

According to Remodeling Magazine, replacing your front entry door is a high-value project, as homeowners generally recoup 91.3 percent of the costs upon resale. 

Finally, a quality, durable replacement door can provide an added level of safety and security for you and your family. According to the FBI, a burglary takes place about every 20 seconds in the United States and 34 percent of burglars are able to enter through the front door. Built tough, today’s solid wood, fiberglass, and steel doors tend to feature door handles and high-quality locking mechanisms constructed of superior metal for extra durability.

Whether modern or classic, a well-crafted front door is the perfect marriage of form and function. With today’s wide variety of styles and materials, it’s easy and economical to transform a basic front door into a grand entrance.

  • Entry doors. Your entry door gives visitors to your home a glimpse of your personality and your style! There are a wide variety of classic and modern looks that provide practical solutions as well as the aesthetics that make your home stand out. From classic wood grain to decorative glass doors, there are endless ways to customize.

  • Double entry doors. Unlike a simple front entry door that opens to one side, double doors part in the middle, leading guests into the center of your entryway. Double entry doors work particularly well on larger homes where the overall scale of the home won’t be overwhelmed by such a large and dramatic entry point.

  • French doors. Composed of panels of glass, French doors are particularly beloved because they allow for some privacy, while letting in a ton of sunlight and blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors. Popular for both exterior and interior use, French doors traditionally come in pairs (like double entry doors), open from the middle and either swing in or swing out. To provide an extra level of privacy, homeowners often install curtains or blinds.

  • Patio doors. Beautiful as well as functional, patio or sliding glass doors bring the outdoors inside. These space-saving sliding glass doors come in many styles and colors, and feature triple weather stripping for improved insulation and energy efficiency.

  • Storm doors. Adding a storm door to your entryway door is a wise investment. Storm doors create a barrier against bad weather, protecting your front door from the brunt of bad weather. They can also help reduce air leaks and be used for ventilation in the summer. Storm doors can also be customized with numerous screen and glass options.

Maintaining Your Asphalt Roof

Maintaining Your Asphalt Roof

6 Steps to Maintain Your Asphalt Roof

There's a reason why "At least we have a roof over our heads” is a popular expression. A good, sturdy roof means safety and comfort for you and your family. On the other hand, a roof that’s not doing its job can cause costly damage to the home and its contents.

Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type of roofing in the United States. They’re economical, long-lasting, and they do a great job keeping the roof weather-tight. But they also cover hundreds or thousands of square feet on a house and they’re exposed to strong sun, wind and hail over the course of many years. Of course, things can go wrong over time.

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1. Inspect Indoors

Start your roof inspection inside the house by examining your ceiling. If you see dark areas on ceilings, damp spots near a fireplace or wood stove chimney, peeling paint near roof overhangs, or water stains on pipes that vent your furnace or water heater through the roof, you may have roof leaks.

2. Examine Shingles

After every major storm and at least once a year, inspect the asphalt shingles themselves. Using binoculars to view the roof from the ground, look for shingles that are missing, torn, or shifted out of place. Look also for shingles that are warped, curled, or lifting at the bottom edge. Any of these problems could allow water to get to the roofs underlayment during the next hard storm, causing leaks and rot.

3. Check Flashing

Flashing is narrow strips of metal or vinyl around skylights, chimneys, and attic vents. Make sure the flashing is all in place and that caulking around its edges is intact and not cracked. If you have steel flashing, look for signs of rust as well.

4. Inspect Boots

Check to see if the rubber boots around vent pipes are cracked or torn, and that caulking around them is sound too. If the boots are beginning to deteriorate, it's time to replace them.

5. Look for Moss and Lichen

If you find clumps of lichen or moss or any other plants growing on your roof, it might mean that the roof is suffering from major decay. Have the roof inspected by an expert. Moss killer is usually applied in the fall, and moss swept off the roof in the spring.

6. Schedule Professional Inspection

There’s a lot you can’t see from the ground, so it’s recommended that homeowners have their roof inspected annually by a roofing professional.

Give Greenawalt Roofing a call at (717) 898-6000 for your free roof inspection!

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Homes Through the Decades

Homes Through the Decades

White trim around doorways and windows, against a darker hue on the body of the house was a popular look in New England during the early 1900's. This time also marked the era of the beginning popularity of craftsman style homes. Craftsman style homes often use triangular columns, wide porches, muted porches, and gabled roofs.

By the 1920's, using mixed materials to design the exterior of houses became a popular concept. Lots of texture was provided by creating walkways and stairwells made of different stones or bricks. Metal details and a texture rich home continue the tradition as the eye is drawn up. As the era moved toward the 1930's, sophisticated farm house styles became a trend. Painting homes red with white trim like a barn became popular. Barn doors and other farm stylized accessories added charm. The 40's and 50's were nearly opposite, being separated only by World War II in 1939-1945. During the war, the home building trend was understated details. The homes were neutral colored, usually cape cod or cozy cottage looking, nothing too loud. The most contrasted detail of the homes were white shudders. By 1950, the trend was to paint the exterior kitschy and uplifting colors such as yellow, light blue, and teal.

The 1960's were all-American looking and employed the most classic, colonial elements. White clapboard siding, shudders, and decorative roof domes called cupolas were especially popular. The 1970's were all about earthy and natural colors, both in fashion and in home style. Brown being the go-to choice!

The 1980's ushered in styles unrelated to every other decade in every sense. “Contemporary” style began then and interiors as well as exteriors became more eclectic, but are still embraced widely today. Neutral colored stucco replaced traditional siding options and a variety of different shaped windows became popular. The 1990's tended to trend backward, reverting back to some older styles such as using streamlined columns and the 2000's brought about curated color palettes for the home’s exterior to accentuate its best features. Bold paint colors for front doors became a cool, yet subtle way for your home to stand out and have a personality.

The 2010's to today have trends that aren’t as easily visible, as technology has blown up over the decades. Standing out from the crowd is in the details, maybe the homeowner only knows about. Statement shingles such as staggered patterns and innovative materials are a newer trend, and having entire window walls open up to the outside landscape is a growing favorite.

Tax Refund Season

Tax Refund Season

Are you receiving a tax refund this year?

Like most people, you may find yourself tempted to splurge and spend it on something frivolous and fun. However, why not make a smart investment into something beneficial, such as your most important asset: your home. Is your roof coming to the end of its life? Did you discover new leaks this winter? You may need a roof replacement.


Roof Replacement

It’s no secret that a roof replacement is a major expense. However, having an extra chunk of cash from your tax refund can soften the blow and make now the perfect time to undertake this project. Missing shingles and tiles often lead to further damage of your roof’s structure.

Common signs that you may need a professional roofer include:

  • Discolored, worn, missing, or damaged shingles

  • Damaged flashing

  • Deteriorated plywood

  • Poor ventilation

  • Rusting, or damaged eaves or gutters

Contact Greenawalt Roofing today at 717-898-6000!

We’ll provide a free estimate for a roof replacement whether you have asphalt shingles, rubber, or metal roofing. We also have services such as spouting, siding, doors, and windows.

 
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Factors of Shingle Color

Factors of Shingle Color

IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A ROOF COLOR

A roof replacement is a great opportunity to transform your home’s look. When planning for this project, one of the things you’ll have to decide on is a color for your new roof. This can be a daunting task, as this color will be part of your home’s exterior for decades.

Here are the top factors to consider when selecting a roof color:

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THE LOCAL CLIMATE

Aside from aesthetic appeal, your roof’s color also has a significant effect on your attic’s temperature. This, in turn, makes a huge difference in your heating and cooling expenses. Light colored shingles reflect sunlight best, helping to keep your home’s temperature cool during hot weather. Meanwhile, dark-colored shingles absorb more heat, which makes your home warmer. Choose a color that will not only look beautiful on your home but also contribute to your comfort.


THE OTHER COMPONENTS OF YOUR EXTERIOR

When choosing a color, it’s important to take into account your current exterior color palette. You don’t want your roof to stick out like a sore thumb. Take inspiration from the colors of your windows and siding, and choose a shade that complements them. For more visual impact, you can choose contrasting colors. Remember, however, that your roof is one of the biggest surfaces of your home so choosing a bold shade may not be the best approach. You can consult with one of our sales representatives for color and material suggestions.

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YOUR HOME’S ARCHITECTURAL STYLE

Not all colors work on all home styles. For instance, traditional homes look best with dark, classic roof colors rather than bold shades. Determine your home’s style and choose a color that will best highlight its unique features. Your color choice also affects your home’s architecture. Light colors can visually enlarge your home, while dark ones do the opposite.

Beware Common Roofing Scams!

Beware Common Roofing Scams!

Are you aware of the common roofing scams that many people fall victim to every year?

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home – it keeps the elements out, it keeps your home’s structure intact, and it protects the things that matter most.

If you're in need a full roof replacement, you’ll want to find a reliable roofing contractor who will do the job with care and attention to detail.

The unfortunate reality is that while most roofing contractors are honest and dependable, there will always be those looking to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. These scam artists, or ‘fly-by-nighters’, want nothing more than to take your money (and your neighbors’ money, too) and get out of town.

One of the common red flags you need to be on the lookout for is when a roofer or roofing company gives an unusual, unbelievably low bid for completing the work. Sometimes this scam is called the “elevator ride” because that initial low price will soon start to go up-up-up.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Reputable roofers have fair prices and they are upfront about costs.

How the Scam Works

You solicit quotes from a bunch of roofing companies when your home needs a roof replacement. After all, you want to find a good roofer and a good price. When you get the bids for the work, one bid stands out because it is significantly lower than all of the other quotes you’ve received.

Since a roof replacement is an expensive job, you take the low bid, thinking you’ve found a great deal.

After you have signed on for the work and the roofer begins the job, unexpected costs start cropping up over and over again. The roofer says that the materials have gone up in price, that they found unforeseen problems on your roof, that the labor will cost more than expected, and so on.

At this point, your roof project is halfway through and you will need to come up with the extra money before the roofer finishes the job (or they’ll just leave your roof unfinished).

By the end of this, you’ll end up paying much more than that first low bid – and probably much more than the other companies’ more accurate and truthful bids as well.

Note: It is difficult for a roofer to inspect your roof’s decking (the bottom layer of your roof) before they start the work. Legitimate companies may come upon decking damage that requires an increase in price, but they will be transparent about this.

How to Protect Yourself from This Scam

Legitimate roofers can offer deals or lower prices; however, it will typically not be drastically (unbelievably) lower than any other reputable company. They offer fair prices – not “cheap” prices.

Get quotes from several roofing companies. If one is strangely below the range of the others, ask yourself why.

Here is how you can avoid being scammed:

  • Ask the roofer how unforeseen problems will be addressed.

  • Ensure the cost for replacing damaged decking is included in the contract.

  • Ensure the roofing contract includes the cost of labor and the costs of the various materials that will be used.

  • Do not fall for high-pressure sales tactics.

  • Research the roofing company’s reputation – are they credible, do they have good customer reviews online?

  • Do not give a large deposit on the work upfront if you are uncomfortable doing so.

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Greenawalt Roofing Company is happy to visit your home, perform an assessment and prepare an estimate with no cost or obligation to you. The price you pay for a new roof is affected by many variables including the size of your home and roof area, the roofing material, and the amount of labor needed to install the roof. Greenawalt Roofing is fully licensed and insured and we will provide a Certificate of General Liability and Worker’s Compensation for every job we perform. We’ve worked hard since our founding to build a reputation for excellence that has allowed us to continue to grow over the years. We have a long history of satisfied customers. See what they had to say about us. Give us a call today to schedule your free roof replacement estimate at (717)898-6000. We also offer other services such as gutters, gutter guard, downspouts, windows, doors, siding, fascia, and more!

Full Roof Replacement

Full Roof Replacement

Think you might need a roof replacement but aren’t sure why?

Roof replacements often come at times when homeowners least expect them. After all, roofs are often neglected. But, like every part of your home, the roof is subject to wear, tear, degradation, and damage. At Greenawalt Roofing, our roof replacement team have helped hundreds of homeowners get the roof replacement they need.

Reasons You Need a Roof Replacement

Many homeowners request an inspection only once serious damage has happened. That is why frequent roof inspections are so important – they identify minor damage before it goes too far. This saves you considerable time, stress, and expense. You should consult a roofing contractor if you notice any of the following emergent problems on your roof:

  • Damaged or missing shingles

  • Loose seams

  • Accumulated shingles in gutters

  • Damaged flashing

However, roof damage can take many other forms, too. For example, cracked paint and peeling wallpaper indicates the beginning of serious roof damage. Homeowners not skilled at identifying these problems are encouraged to consult one of our sales representatives today – we offer a free estimate for your roof replacement.

Even though it might seem that your roof is in good shape, very often it isn’t. This often comes down to age. If your roof has not been replaced for twenty years, it might be time to consider a thorough inspection. Most roofs last two decades before a replacement is needed. However, some roof materials, such as slate and copper, may last significantly longer.

Roof replacements may be partial or full, depending on the extent of the damage. Again, once these problems emerge, such as leakage, they tend to deteriorate the roof further until a full roof replacement is required.

Cost of Roof Replacement

There is no fixed cost for a roof replacement.

Cost depends upon many factors, such as the size of your roof; the extent of the replacement, the materials chosen to re-roof your home, and the pitch of the roof itself. When these factors are considered in full, our sales team can come to an accurate and fair estimate. If you’d like to receive an estimate today, fill out our online form or give us a call at our office number 717-898-6000.

Roofing Materials

Roofing Materials

A roof is something we all have. It is the first line of defense between our house, apartment, business, or retail space against the weather. If your roof fails, your house is open to the elements, which can cause extensive damage, mold, and a variety of other problems that can be expensive and time consuming to fix. Keeping a roof at its best means choosing the best roofing materials for not only your home’s architecture and the curb appeal, but also the weather.

Depending on where you live, roofing materials can be as diverse as slate, tile, wood, or the most popular; asphalt shingles. In the Southwest of the United States for instance, tile roofs are the norm, as they soak up the heat from the sun and keep the interior cool and dry.  But if you live in a climate like those of us in Pennsylvania who see extremes of heat and cold on a yearly basis you will need a heavy duty roof to keep your house and its contents safe.

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We need roofing materials that last a long time, that have a good warranty against damage, and that not only look good but are capable of passing all the building and fire codes to boot. It is not a coincidence then that asphalt shingles are what many opt for. They are the cheapest, they are easy to install and they come with a long warranty. They are made for winters and summers alike and hold up well to the elements. They also come in a vast array of colors and styles from simple 3 Tab to the more modern look of Architectural Shingles.

Stone or slate roofing materials are all natural and non-absorbent, meaning that rain, snow, slush, and the like simply roll off without penetrating the stone. These roofs can last for generations. The downside to slate or stone is that it is heavy, with most homes not being able to support its weight without additional support structures built in. Today, engineered slate is used which is about one third of the weight of traditional slate and cheaper as well, all while giving that sophisticated and timeless look to your home.

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Wood shake, rubber, felt, and even metal are now all being used as roofing materials. To figure out what is best for you, schedule your free estimate today with us at Greenawalt Roofing Company! We can be reached by phone at 717-898-6000 or on our website at https://www.greenawaltroofing.com/contact.

Common Questions by Homeowners

Common Questions by Homeowners

Frequently Asked Questions about Roofing Services

Question #1: When do I need a roof replacement?

It depends. What’s certain, though, is that safety is our number one priority. We encourage homeowners not to inspect their home as to do so carries the risk of serious injury.

There are several trigger signs that indicate a roof replacement may be required:

  • If the roof is between 20 and 30 years old.

  • If asphalt shingles are damaged, cracked, or bending.

  • If shingles are missing in their entirety.

You may also notice mold formation, dry rot, and peeling paint. None of the above factors mean you need a full roof replacement. A qualified roofer needs to examine the roof on a case-by-case basis – determining what the best course of action should be.

Question #2: My roofing problem appears minor. Can’t I repair it myself?

We urge homeowners not to repair roofing problems themselves. There are two main reasons for this:

  • First, while the problem may – on the face of things – appear small, there could be a major underlying, structural issue at fault.

  • Second, there are serious safety concerns about inspecting and/or performing roof repairs.

Question #3: What is the cost of a roof replacement?

This depends upon a wide variety of factors, including:

  • The type, nature, and severity of the roof replacement in question.

  • The type of roofing material you wish to use – some materials are cheap, others are considerably more expensive.

  • Where the building is located, and the challenges associated with this location.

Question #4: I’ve noticed my roof is starting to leak. What does this mean?

Identifying a leak could be an indication of one of two things. It may be self-limiting, in which case the leak has been identified before it spread and caused other damage throughout the home. Alternatively, the leak may be a symptom of a wider structural problem that has manifested in the roof.

Roof Decking

Roof Decking

What is roof decking?

Roof decking is the foundation of your roofing system that connects the roof to your house. It’s the base that lays on top of the structural trusses—the “bones” of your attic—to cover the rafters and support the weight of the roofing shingles.

Most roof decking is made from plywood or a plywood composite known as OSB (oriented strand board).

Although you can’t see it, roof decking is very important to the structure of your home. And if a home’s roof decking is rotting and unable to support the weight of the roof, it can cause some very serious structural issues. In fact, one of the most common issues found during a roof tear-off is soft or rotted roof decking.

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What causes roof decking to rot?

Water is your roof’s number one enemy. Since roof decking is made from wood and wood composites, it is particularly susceptible to rotting and water damage when continuously exposed to sustained or excess moisture.

Water seeps into your roofing system in many different ways. Old and worn out roofing shingles, overflowing roof gutters or spouts, torn flashing around chimneys, ice dams or snow accumulation during the winter season, excessive humidity and rising heat in the attic, and inadequate roof ventilation can all allow water and moisture to slowly make its way into your roofing system and lead to rotted roof decking.

What are the signs of rotted roof decking?

One of the most common signs that a roof’s decking is damaged is a roof leak.

Water leakage can lead to ceiling spots or leaks, stains on interior walls, cracked paint, or peeling wallpaper. A quick inspection of the attic might uncover dark water stains on the rafters or in the insulation, or even light passing through holes in the roof. If left undetected, mold and mildew will develop in the walls, ceilings, and insulation.

A sagging ceiling or roof line is another clue that there are major problems with a roof’s decking and the roofing structure. Soaked or waterlogged decking can warp, which can lead to a bowed or wavy roof line and ceiling.

Because your roof is so important and yet, so vulnerable to exposure and weather, the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you have your roof inspected twice a year—once in the fall, after hot weather has subsided, and once in the spring, after the danger of ice and snow is behind you. You should also have your roof inspected after a big storm, hurricane, or other potentially damaging weather event.

Repair or Replacement?

Thinking about trying to extend your roof’s shelf life by doing a quick patch job? Think again.

Rotted roof decking can’t be repaired. It must be fully replaced.

While replacing a roof is an expensive undertaking, it’s certainly less costly in the long run than replacing stained drywall, waterlogged framing and joists, or water-damaged electrical systems.

Think you have rotted roof decking?

 
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It may be time to replace your roof. When you need a new roof, contact Greenawalt Roofing at 717-898-6000 or visit us online to request an estimate.