4 Ways to Winterize Your Roof

4 Ways to Winterize Your Roof

Weather has been pretty unpredictable in the year 2018 and you may see springlike temperatures one day and need your heaviest winter coat the next! That’s why it’s important for you to prepare your roof for these types of extremes.

Greenawalt Roofing is here to help!


Here are four ways you can winterize your roof:

  1. Get your roof inspected – Give us a call to inspect your roof for leaks, storm damage, or other issues. The sooner you catch a roof leak or other problems, the better chance you’ll have of preventing damage to your home.

  2. Insulate and ventilate – Proper insulation and ventilation in your attic will help prevent snow from re-freezing after it melts.

  3. Clean out downspouts and gutters – Be sure to keep your gutters and downspouts cleaned out. It’s the best way to ensure that water flows away from your home and your roof.

  4. Cut overhanging tree limbs – Tree limbs are prone to falling on your roof and damaging your shingles, especially when snow, ice, and wind are involved. Trim tree limbs to prevent shingle deterioration and damage.

Call Greenawalt Roofing so you can have peace of mind knowing that your roofing contractor will inspect and replace your roof to keep your home and family safe and secure. Get a free estimate for services in Lancaster, PA and surrounding areas.


Greenawalt Roofing is a residential and commercial roofing contractor and can be contacted for a free estimate on your roof replacement at 717-898-6000.

Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

The holidays are right around the corner, and for many homeowners, that can mean only one thing: hauling out the strings of lights and turning your home into a show-stopping, fuse-blowing winter wonderland as seen in that holiday classic, “Christmas Vacation.”

Sure, Santa Claus makes it look so easy to navigate a rooftop with an overflowing sleigh full of gifts and eight sure-footed reindeer in tow. But for many homeowners, holiday decorating can lead to accidents.

Holiday Injuries & Decorating Disasters

On average, there are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season. Adding safety to your checklist can keep a holiday tradition from becoming a holiday tragedy.

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but a trip to the emergency room because of a decorating accident will make any homeowners’ holidays a lot less jolly. That’s why it’s important to keep these basic roof safety tips in mind before you start channeling your inner Clark Griswold.


1. Prep your materials.

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting all the way up to the roof and finding out that your lights aren’t working, or even worse, getting zapped from a short in the cord. It’s worth the extra few minutes to check your outlets and power sources, as well as your lights and cords.

Untangle and plug in all your lights while you are on the ground, and replace strings that are out or even blinking with lights and extension cords rated specifically for outdoor use.

2. Pick a light/clear time of day.

It may be tempting to wait until dusk so you can see the lights all lit up as you go, but don’t. Set aside a good chunk of daytime so you don’t feel rushed and check the weather forecast to make sure there’s no rain, snow, or wind expected. You don’t want to wrestle with an inflatable snowman on a windy day or try to secure a plastic sleigh on an icy rooftop.

3. Clear the roof.

A clear and clean roof is important for many reasons, including preventing decorating accidents. No matter how many decorations you want to put on your roof—heck, the more the merrier—you should always start by making sure your roof and gutter system is clear of dirt, debris, leaves, and other materials that could present a tripping or slipping hazard.

Scrape off any moss or lichen, and check for any signs of unwanted animals (squirrels, rodents, birds, insects) looking for a place to ride out the winter months.

4. Stay safe on the ladder.

The CPSC says that 36 percent of holiday decorating injuries are the result of falls, half of which are falls from ladders. In fact, so many people have fallen off ladders while decorating that the CPSC posted guidelines on how to use one safely. A few things to keep in mind: Make sure you have a sturdy ladder designed to support your weight.

Set up your ladder on a flat, level surface, such as a driveway or walkway, and away from power lines, electrical equipment, and doors that could be opened. Speaking of electrical, a fiberglass or wooden ladder is preferable to an aluminum one.

Your ladder should be set at a 75-degree angle, extended at least three feet over the roof line or working surface, and you should not stand on the top three rungs of the ladder. Also, consider getting a spotter or helper.

5. Gear up for safety.

Wear shoes with a soft rubber sole for extra traction and keep the bottom of your shoes free of mud and dirt. Use a tool belt to carry your tools and decorating essentials. Speaking of tools: leave the staple, nail, and glue guns on the ground. You should never use staples, nails, screws, or other penetrating fasteners to attach holiday decorations to your roof.

Instead, use removable plastic clips and hooks that can be put back in the toolbox come January. There are even magnetic clips and lights that can easily attach and detach from metal gutters and roof eaves.

6. Don’t be a holiday hero.

Finally, know your limits. Don’t get on the roof unless you’ve done it before, you’re in great shape, and you have excellent balance.

Christmas Light Hanging Safety

Christmas Light Hanging Safety

1. The Safest Supplies

The first step in outdoor holiday decorating is choosing the lights you’ll use. There are traditional string lights, lit-up figures, net lights for trees and shrubs, and large ornaments for hanging from trees. You should always purchase outdoor grade lights. These will be waterproof or resistant and have a tag marked underwriters laboratories (UL) which means that they meet national industry standards. This rule also applies for the extension cords you’ll need. Always get outdoor grade/water-resistant cords and materials labeled for outdoor use. If hanging lights, you’ll need a plastic hook product to wrap them around or hang them on, rather than severing and exposing electrical cords with nails.

2. A Grounded Outlet

Essentially, a GFCI outlet is a grounded outlet with the capability of shutting off when its overloaded which can easily happen when our family goes holiday-decor-happy. The GFCI should ideally have its own fuse. Having this outlet in place may be the most important element of your holiday decorating safety regimen because in case of an overcurrent, it can prevent your home’s lights from turning off and in the worst circumstances, can prevent a fire.

3. Placement of Extension Cords

Again, make sure you are using outdoor grade extension cords. A lot of these precautions are especially for those who live in extreme cold climates with rain, ice, or snow. When placing extension cords, you want to make sure that they are secured above any ground, water, or snow. Be sure to avoid high traffic areas where people may be walking. Tape them as necessary to keep them out of the way of anyone’s feet or hands.

4. Ladder Safety

The best ladders have a wider spread between the legs, rust-proof hardware, heavy side rails, and a firm stance when opened. When using a ladder, make sure it is locked in place, don’t climb too high (above 2nd step from the top), always be facing the ladder, and don’t place it near doors.

Be safe this and every winter with these safety tips!

What to Look for on Your Roof this Winter

What to Look for on Your Roof this Winter

During the winter season, homeowners should pay special attention to their roofs and problems caused by winter weather. Snow, sleet, ice, and rain will all test the fortitude of a roofs construction, materials, and their installation. A roof can experience ice dams, icicles, avalanches, and even collapse under the impacts of the season.

The colder winter months will primarily test the insulation and ventilation of a home. Proper insulation and ventilation of an attic will keep heat inside of a home, and may help homeowners save money on heating costs. The right combination of insulation and ventilation will also prevent ice dams from forming on the roof.

An ice dam is a layer of ice that forms at the edge of a roof when heat from an attic can cause snow on the roof to melt. The melted snow can then reach the cold overhang at the eave and re-freeze, causing an ice dam. Large, prevalent icicles can be one indicator that an ice dam has formed. The key concern with ice dams is that water from melting snow can back up behind the dam and find its way under shingles, then leak into your home.

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Another problem that homeowners may experience under certain weather conditions are roof avalanches. On some steep slopes, snow packed on a roof can release off all at once. The weight and sudden slough of snow during roof avalanches can be very dangerous to areas directly below the eaves.

In the rare instance that winter storms load a roof with an exceptionally large amount of snow and ice, roof collapse may become a concern. If a roof requires snow removal, contacting a roofing professional with a roof rake is advised. Roof rakes are specially designed tools for safe snow removal. The rake, when used properly, from the ground, will not endanger the remover or damage the roof. Improper use of the roof rake can cause premature granule loss to the shingles and may create damage that could lead to leaks.


Exterior Checklist

Exterior Checklist


Windows & Doors

  • It is best to remove all screens and replace them with storm windows and doors.

  • Make sure you properly store the screens in a dry area.



  • Check for peeling or blistering paint on your exterior walls, as that's a sign that the paint is no longer protecting the siding.

  • Loose siding shingles should be addressed as to not become a hazard during fall and winter storms.


Roofing & Gutters

  • Don't neglect to check your roof and your gutters.

  • Look for missing or loose roof shingles.

  • If your roof is not functioning properly, you are risking deterioration to your insulation, wood, and drywall.

  • This also puts your electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems at risk.

  • Make sure to clean out all of your gutters and downspouts after the leaves have fallen.

  • Broken gutter systems can lead to dangerous ice dams in the winter.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22nd


On this day, we are counting our blessings and are incredibly thankful for the amazing crew we have, our friends, and family. We extend our gratitude for being provided the opportunity to work on customers homes and businesses.

- Greenawalt Roofing Staff

Thanksgiving & Your Roof

Thanksgiving & Your Roof

Are you thankful for your roof this thanksgiving?

When counting your blessings this week, don’t forget to be thankful for the roof over your head. Having a safe place to protect your family should be one of your most important priorities. Often it isn’t until your roof begins to leak that you find yourself being grateful for the shelter you once had. So don’t wait until your roof leaks to appreciate it. One of the easiest ways to take care of your roof is to maintain and clean it every year.

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If you are having a hard time being grateful for your roof this season, then call Greenawalt Roofing Company at 717-898-6000 to help give you a roof you can be proud of. We’ll provide a free estimate and give you honest feedback on your roof’s condition. We can help you make an informed decision.

Warning Signs Your Roof is in Disrepair

Warning Signs Your Roof is in Disrepair

Many homeowners don’t pay much attention to their roof until there’s an obvious sign of damage. This is a mistake; being able to identify and address roofing problems before they cause widespread damage can save you time and money.

Below is a list of four signs your roof is in need of a full replacement.

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1. AGE

A good asphalt shingle roofing system can last up to 30 years. If yours is reaching that point,  it’s smart to ask professionals to inspect your system and provide a status update. An expert can tell you whether it’s safe to squeeze a few more years out of your system or if you need to replace it now.


Curling, cracked, or missing shingles are a very bad sign for your roof. This problem means your underlayment is exposed to the elements, which can lead to leaks. Contact your trusted roofers if you notice this problem.


Water has a way of seeping through even in the tiniest gaps. If you notice holes that allow rain into your home, consider getting professionals to check your roof. This is a serious matter that requires prompt attention.


A sagging roof often indicates a structural issue. There could be a problem with the decking in the attic or the foundation. Failing to address this poses an actual, physical risk to you and your family.

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Greenawalt Roofing offers top-quality roofing products and services that meet your needs. Our team ensures professional roof replacement for long-lasting peak performance. You can choose from our wide range of residential roofing options. Call us at (717) 898-6000. We serve Lancaster, PA and the surrounding areas.

Roof Replacement Estimate

Roof Replacement Estimate

Getting an estimate is an important step in planning your roof replacement project. A proper roof replacement estimate needs to be detailed and thorough so you can make well-informed decisions regarding your project.


Your roof replacement estimate needs to detail the type of roofing material being used, the manufacturer, the color, and the estimated cost of all materials. The estimate also needs to have an approximate timeline for the roof replacement, a warranty for the project, and the payment due dates and accepted methods of payment.

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When reviewing estimates from prospective roofers, make sure to ask plenty of questions. A professional roofing company should be able to provide you with all the necessary information about your project. For example, you need to ask about the contractor’s qualifications. Ask if they are licensed, insured, and certified. Cross-reference their qualifications to see if they are accurate. Ask for specific details on payments and payment schedules.

It also helps if you ask the contractor about their business experience. Ask how many years they’ve been in business and ask to see references and examples of previous roof installations. Make sure to ask about the contractor’s safety record and standards as well. Ask about possible roadblocks such as property damage. At this early stage, you need to know who will be responsible for the cost of damage so everyone is on the same page from the get-go.

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Greenawalt Roofing will provide you with a detailed roofing estimate and answer all your questions during your initial consultation with us. We serve Lancaster, PA and the surrounding areas.

Call us at (717) 898-6000 to learn more about our services and products!

Dangers of Roof Moisture

Dangers of Roof Moisture

Dangers of Roof Moisture

A buildings rooftop is designed to protect its interior structures from moisture damage, but rain and snow will eventually degrade roofing materials. If moisture leaks on underlying roofing materials, then damage begins to the building gradually in several ways.

Mold Growth and Mildew Odor

When the shingles on a rooftop develop mold growth, property owners will begin to notice a foul mildew odor. Mold is a living organism that will invade underlying materials such as wood and drywall, and the people who are inside the building can experience allergic reactions from the contamination. The symptoms caused by mold allergies include respiratory distress, itchy skin, and watery eyes.

Rafters and Joists


If moisture reaches a rooftop’s rafters and joints, then the materials will begin to swell and crack during the cold winter months. By the time spring arrives, a buildings roof may have separated from the underlying frame. When materials have separated on a roof, rain and snow will enter the building, causing damage to internal materials such as drywall and wooden frames.

Softening and Weakening Roofing Materials

When roofing materials absorb moisture, the items begin to soften and weaken, making it easier for damage to occur from high winds. Dry roofing materials are less likely to blow away in a strong thunderstorm.

Structural Problems

If rainwater and snow melt continue to leak into a buildings roof, then water enters attics and wall spaces, leading to minor or major structural problems to a building. Instead of needing to spend a few hundred dollars on a simple shingles replacement, a property owner may need to spend thousands of dollars to replace an entire rooftop.

Infestations of Insects and Animals


Animals, birds, and insects are attracted to moist environments, and a wet rooftop with small holes is easy for termites, pigeons, and rats to enter. In addition to having significant damage to a building from moisture, there is a good possibility that the invasions of vermin can destroy the structure.