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. 

Types of Roofs

Types of Roofs

What type of roof do I have?

No matter what kind of roof your home has, it's important to understand your roof and how to watch for warning signs. As you start thinking about your roof, it's best to start with the basics. Once you know what type of roof your house has, you can begin to keep an eye on it, understand the maintenance it needs, and you can ask the important questions when it comes time to replace your roof.

So, what type of roof do you have?

3-Tab Shingles

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These are the classic asphalt shingles that you'll see on most older homes. They're easy to spot because they come in separate tabs for that traditional shingled look. Always have your shingles inspected to ensure it isn't time for replacement.

Architectural Shingles

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These sharp-looking shingles are becoming more popular for their look and their durability. Most contractors recommend architectural shingles. You'll see them on recent construction and newer re-roof projects.

Metal Roofs

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Your home, business, or outbuilding might have a metal roof, since metal roofs are on of the most versatile options. These roofs are durable and attractive.

Slate Roofs

Many old homes on the east coast were roofed with slate. While this is one of the best-looking roof options around, slate is fragile and brittle, and may require quite a bit of repair. It's best to stay current on maintenance to make sure the roof isn't leaking, and to preserve the look of the slate.

Wood Shake Roofs

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Wood shake roofs look great, have been around forever, and have a rustic look. Unfortunately, they do not age well and require to be monitored closely for signs of leaking and broken shakes. Also as the wood ages and is exposed to the elements, the color of your roof will change.

Most Vulnerable Parts of Your Roof

Eaves

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Eaves - the bottom edges of a roof - are prone to leaking if water runs up under the first shingle or behind the fascia. Even if you don't see any leaks, water can still damage your roof decking and weaken your roof. Over time, leaks can damage the wood of your eaves, and you may see sagging in the roof, or rotting in the fascia wood behind your gutters.


Ridge Vent

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If your house has a vent system at its peak, that's another area to keep an eye on. One-piece metal vents, especially, will leak over time and need to be replaced. If you have attic access, it's important to examine your roof from the inside to check for signs of leaking under the ridge vent. Wet or stained wood means your ridge vent should be replaced.


Valleys

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Depending on how it was originally shingled, a valley can be a weak point in your roof. Combining that with water converging from two roof faces makes valleys another high-risk part of your roof. Watch out for dips, bulges, and cracks in the shingles, and if you have attic access, make sure to check the valley area for signs of leaking.


Flashing

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Anywhere metal is used to make vertical surfaces watertight, leaks are possible. Flashing is used around chimneys and skylights, and any time the roof connects to a wall. If flashing isn't correctly installed, it's definitely a leaking hazard. Look for flashing that is misshapen or has come loose from the wall, as well as leaks inside your home.


Pipe Boots

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The rubber boots used to seal vent pipes usually have a limited lifespan. Eventually, the rubber will become brittle and crack, allowing leaks. If your pipe boots are more than ten years old, or if you see cracking in the rubber, they should be replaced with new pipe boots.

Choosing a Roofer

Choosing a Roofer

Avoid These Mistakes

When Choosing a Roofer

Is your roof in need of replacement?

Investing in your roof is a major expense which makes it important to do your research and choose a reputable, experienced company to complete the work. For many homeowners, the options can seem daunting. Many individuals who call themselves professional roofers are actually "fly-by-night" contractors, swindling homeowners before disappearing.

So how can you be sure you're making the right choice?

When choosing a residential roofing contractor, make sure you avoid these common mistakes:

1. Not Researching the Roofing Companies Reputation

It's important to do your homework on the residential roofers you're considering.

Make sure you pay attention to:

  • Location: Beware of door-to-door roofers. A legitimate, well-established roofing company will have a physical location out of which they operate. Greenawalt Roofing has an established office in Lancaster!
  • Read Customer Reviews: There's no better barometer than the experiences of previous customers. Many residential roofing companies will post customer testimonials on their website. Check out Greenawalt Roofing on Facebook and Google for our positive reviews!

2. Hiring an Unlicensed or Uninsured Roofer

If something goes wrong, whether your home suffers damage or a contractor is injured, you can be left on the hook if the company is uninsured. Greenawalt Roofing is both insured and licensed!

3. Not Getting a Warranty on Work Performed

Securing a good, comprehensive warranty is a smart decision. Reputable roofers who take pride in their work will offer a warranty to back it up and will offer advice on available manufacturers warranties like lifetime warranties on shingles. Greenawalt Roofing offers a 12 year workmanship warranty and has information regarding manufacturer warranties as well!

Time to Replace Your Porch Roof

Time to Replace Your Porch Roof

Most homeowners focus on the main roof of their homes, but porch roofs need special attention because of the important purpose they serve. Porch roofs withstand wind and water damage throughout the year and often provide shelter for outdoor relaxation and recreation.

Major considerations when determining if it is time for a new porch roof include the age of the roof and the material, the condition of the roof valleys, the condition of the shingles, interior inspection, and proper drainage.

A roof typically lasts between 20 and 25 years when kept in good repair and maintenance. Valleys account for the most leakages and buildup of gutter debris. They need to be kept well shingled. Once they are broken or falling apart, a new roofing system is required. Shingles that are dried out, curled, or broken need to be replaced and are clear indicators a replacement is needed.

Gutters should be checked for debris and if there are pieces of shingles found, it means the shingles are becoming weak and breaking apart – another sign of needing to re-roof. An interior inspection can also detect when a roof is in need of replacement. If rays of sunlight are visible through the ceiling, it means leaks are present. Left untended, ongoing breakdown in materials will lead to the need for a completely new roof.

Climate is a big factor affecting the lifespan of a roof. The heavier rainfall and higher winds can easily reduce the lifespan of a roof by five years. Dark streaks or trails on the underside of porches are signs that leaks are present, and possibly mold, too.

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Porch roofs that provide shelter for outdoor activities need to be checked for structural integrity to make sure people are safe when underneath them. Concave spots point to unseen leaks where rotting wood may be present, with the potential for collapse.

Contact Greenawalt Roofing today at (717) 898-6000 to discuss all your residential roofing needs in and around the Lancaster area. Our professional roofing representatives are available to do an on-site check of your porch roof and provide a free estimate for replacement.

4 Questions You Should Ask About Your Gutters

4 Questions You Should Ask About Your Gutters

Are you worried about the state of your gutters? This season is the perfect time for you to consult with Greenawalt Roofing Company.

Here’s a list of questions based on common gutter problems homeowners encounter:

1) What should I do with clogged gutters?
The most common problem you may experience with your gutters is blockage. Gutters can fill up with leaves, twigs, branches, pests, standing water, and other things, which in turn can disrupt the gutters’ functionality. You must inspect the gutters regularly. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow on the roof, which can damage the roofs infrastructure.

2) Is it normal for gutters to be separated from the house?
Gutters also have a tendency to become detached from the house, and this is normally called “sagging.” This could be the result of the passage of time, the wear and tear from being exposed to various weather conditions, or improper installation. It is important for sagging gutters to be fixed immediately to avoid a gutter system collapse.

3) Are leaks easily repaired?
Leaks are also common ailments of gutters. There are products out there that could allow you to fix the holes in your gutters yourself. However, a professional roofer will be able to repair holes more effectively, and they can spot certain problems you may have overlooked.

4) Is the pitch essential to the gutter? What must I do to make it more efficient?
The pitch of your gutters also contributes to their overall performance. If the gutters are not appropriately pitched toward the downspouts, this can cause water buildup that could affect the stability of the roof.

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Storm Damage

Storm Damage

5 WAYS A STORM CAN DAMAGE YOUR ROOF

1. From Hail

Hail stones can be the size of a marble or bigger, pounding down on your rooftop with enough force to cause tiny indentations in your roof or dents in the roof’s metal flashing. While not immediately evident, this damage could compromise the roofing membrane and its ability to prevent water from seeping into your home. Persistent hail also removes the granular surface on shingles that protects your roof from UV rays and premature aging, leaving the shingles bald and at risk for future storm damage.

2. From Severe Winds

Strong winds have been known to blow shingles off a roof. If left undetected, water from future storms can damage the underlayment and cause roof rot to the decking. Eventually, the water will begin leaking into your home. Strong winds can also lift or break the sealing strip on shingles. Without this strip, water or ice can get underneath the shingles and if not fixed immediately, could cause mold growth, roof leaks and damage to interior insulation, plywood and drywall.

3. From Snow, Sleet, or Ice

The sheer weight of a snowstorm that dumps six or more inches, a blizzard that blows snow on your roof into foot high or more drifts, or frequent small snowfalls where the snow doesn’t have a chance to melt can be extremely stressful for a roof. So can sleet or below freezing temperatures that freeze the water from melting snow. Snow or ice dams caused by ice buildup can cause significant water leaks or even roof collapse from overloaded roofing elements, if not removed promptly.

4. From Heavy Rains

Torrential downpours can wash away the granular surface on shingles, or seep under missing sealing strips or damaged flashing. If temperatures drop and the water freezes, roofing materials will expand and crack. This type of water damage compromises the integrity of your roofing system and is likely to cause major mold growth and interior water leaking in years to come.

5. From Fallen Trees

When trees or tree limbs fall on your roof, they cause damage far beyond the obvious hole in your roof. If the damage occurs during a storm, the hole could cause water to flow into other areas of the roof, weakening them or creating mold or mildew problems. Even if a fallen tree doesn’t open the roof, the extent of damage can range from punctures in roofing materials to cracked rafters in your attic.

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We’ll provide a free assessment and give you honest feedback on your roof’s condition. We’ll even tell you if your roof is still able to provide adequate protection for a few more years. We can help you make an informed decision. Give us a call today at 717-898-6000 for your free roof replacement estimate and/or hail inspection!

Roof Designs

Roof Designs

4 Common Roof Designs for Your Home

Whether you’re looking to amplify your home’s aesthetic appeal, boost the potential resale value of your investment, or are simply overdue for a roof replacement, functionality and architectural style are essential factors in selecting a roof that is optimal for your home. Installing a roof that exemplifies your particular style and needs can not only protect your home’s occupants from the elements, but it can also provide economic advantages through energy-efficient characteristics. Here are four mainstream roofing options that homeowners are choosing for their living quarters.

Hipped Roof

Popular among cottages and bungalows, the hip roof is a defining element of popular styles like the American Foursquare, which dominated the marketplace from the mid-1890's to the late 1930's. This roofing option is comprised of sides that all slope upward and has no vertical ends. The area where each adjacent slope meets is known as the hip.

Pro: Sturdy by design, the hipped roof offers superior performance in regions that experience snow or high winds thanks to its inward sloping build. While there is a medley of materials suitable for constructing hip roofs, concrete tiles will best exemplify the natural elegance of this style, as well as safeguard your home from inclement weather.

Con: Due to the structural complexity of hip roofs, this design is not only on the pricier side, but the extra seams make it more vulnerable to leaking if inadequately installed.

Gable Roof

Simplistic in design, the gable roof mimics the shape of an inverted V. Architecturally speaking, this design can be tailored to fit a myriad of styles – Tudor, Colonial, Contemporary, Craftsman – the options are endless.  

Pro: From enhanced attic ventilation to effortless shedding of debris, water, and snow, gables can yield inexpensive labor costs compared to other roofing options due to its undemanding construction. The gable style can be leveraged purely for embellishment purposes, providing a simple framework for garages or porches.  

Con: Gable roofing is not a suitable solution for regions that commonly encounter intense storms or high winds. The design does not provide the reinforcement necessary to withstand severe weather.  

Mansard Roof

Emblematic of French architecture, the mansard is a four-sided hipped roof that has two prominent slopes on each side of the home. This style is popular among Neo-eclectic, French Manor and Country style homes, as well as in certain types of restaurants and apartment buildings.  

Pro: The mansard roof not only furnishes your home with artistic character, but it can also provide extra storage or living space in the uppermost portion of your residence due to the way it’s constructed. Additionally, mansard roofing is ideal for homeowners looking for a flexible solution that accommodates the changing needs of their family.

Con: It should be no surprise that installing this roof, with its opulent trimmings and decorative elements, can carry a hefty price tag. In addition to being expensive, the low-pitched section of the mansard is not ideal for snowy climates.

Flat Roof

Virtually level in design, flat roofs contain a maximum pitch of approximately 10 degrees. Traditionally associated with industrial or commercial buildings, the flat roof has recently become a trendy option among homes with modern or contemporary architecture.

Pro: Flat roofs are commonly used in conjunction with another design, such as the hipped roof, to highlight or accentuate certain characteristics of the home. It’s also a popular style for commercial businesses as HVAC systems can seamlessly sit on top of the flat surface of the roof.

Con: With little to no slope to speak of, flat roofs cannot effectively shed debris or snow. In addition, inclement weather can lead to subsequent erosion and damages because there is no vehicle to carry water off of the roof’s surface.

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Roof Maintenance

Roof Maintenance

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Roof Maintenance

The Importance of Summer Roof Maintenance

Summer brings some challenging weather conditions, including high temperatures, humidity, thunderstorms, and heavy winds. Taking time to perform some quick checks of your roof and minor roofing system maintenance assures you of three important factors.

  • Your roof is up to the task of handling summer heat and storms.
  • Your roof is in good operating condition.
  • You're on track to meet or extend the life expectancy of your roof.

Since we're enjoying some hot summer days, we recommend doing your roofing checklist early in the morning when it's a bit cooler. Binoculars are helpful fro getting a closer look at your roof. We also recommend wearing work gloves.

  • Inspect your roof with a complete walk-around from the ground, looking for shingle lift, missing shingles, cracked or dented shingles, moss or any other type of fungal growth, debris that has gathered in corners or roof valleys and roof damage of any kind.
  • Inspect the flashing around the chimney, skylight, vents, satellite dish, or any other roof protrusion. Flashing often loosens during harsh weather or can deteriorate over time.
  • Check the underside of eaves for debris that may have gathered and remove it. Be careful since this is a favorite spot for stinging insects to build nests.
  • Check for loose gutters. It's common for storms to loosen them. Tighten all bolts, making certain the gutters are properly angled and aligned to divert water away from the house.
  • Clean out gutters, downspouts, and roof drains. You'll be surprised at the amount of flower blossoms, twigs, seeds, and other debris that gathers in them during the spring. After cleaning the gutters, test them by running water through them using a garden hose. If the water flows freely through them with no leaks, you're good to go.