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Tree Branches VS Your Roof

Tree Branches VS Your Roof

Can Tree Branches Really Damage My Roof?

After bad storms and tornadoes, you’ve probably watched the news and seen roofs caved in by toppled trees. But it’s much more common for a single branch to wreak havoc on your home, and you might be surprised how. Branches can be putting your home in danger for more than one reason when they grow too close to your roof.

1. Branches could fall.

Gravity is the law that never changes: if there’s a branch hanging above your roof, it’s going to fall one day. Better to cut it down and control when and where it falls than to pay the price when you least expect it.

Be sure to cut down a branch using all the right safety equipment and precautions. The idea is to prevent property damage, not cause it.

2. Animals can access your roof.

A tree branch is like a one-way ticket from the ground straight onto your roof. From there, critters like squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, and possums can have a field day. Don’t be surprised to wake up to scratching in your attic one morning because a raccoon family invited themselves in.

3. Moisture can accumulate.

Branches that shade your roof or lie on top of it will prevent moisture from evaporating quickly–meaning moisture soaks into your roof. Over time, this moisture causes rot and decay of your roof, which will ultimately lead to leaks and higher energy bills as air escapes.

4. Leaves can clog your gutters.

Gutters exist for one reason: to take water from your roof and send it as far away from your house as possible. That way water doesn’t leak down into your foundation or rot away your siding.

Gutters clogged with leaves will eventually overflow with rainwater, sending water cascading down your siding, where it will leave ugly stains, rot the siding, and slowly cause your foundation to shift and become unstable.

5. Branches can scratch and damage your shingles.

Most shingles nowadays are made of little asphalt granules. These shingles will lose granules gradually over time from rainstorms, sun exposure, and dust. But they can also be scraped off your roof by tree branches. When the wind blows branches across your roof, your shingles get worn down much faster than usual, putting your roof at risk for leaks or shingles that fly off during a storm.

All in all, tree branches near your roof cause nothing but trouble. It’s always best to cut them down before they turn into a real problem, and if you don’t feel comfortable with a saw you can always call a professional to take care of it.

Take Your Home Exterior Up a Notch

Take Your Home Exterior Up a Notch

If you noticed your home looking worn out or if you’re ready to make your house stand out in the neighborhood, there are several ways that you can take your home’s exterior curb appeal to the next level. The improvements that you make to your home’s exterior are more than cosmetic. They will also raise the value of your home while making your house the best looking one in the area.

Check out these smart home exterior upgrades that also look great:

Roofing

If you want to make a dramatic change to the look of your home, replacing your roof shingles is a fantastic way to give your house an upgrade. Whether you choose traditional asphalt shingles or choose some of the innovative new roofing products that are on the market right now, changing the color of your roof will make your house look new. If you have noticed that your shingles have dark green algae streaks or if you have seen a few that are curling or coming lose it’s the perfect time to give your home a style upgrade with new shingles.

Siding

Another way to give your home’s curb appeal a boost is to put new siding on your home. While your roof protects your home from the elements, the exterior walls also play a key role in shielding your home and typically do so through the use of siding. The number of siding choices and materials have advanced beyond just aluminum siding with a growing variety of affordable vinyl and polymer siding options for every house. Because of the many types and wide variety of colors and styles, siding plays a key role in the aesthetic appeal of your home.

Doors/Windows

Windows and doors are an important part of your home. Their job is to let in outside light, provide access to the outdoors and protect your home from the elements. They affect the aesthetic appearance and curb appeal of your home. A bold entry featuring a distinctive exterior door paired with a unique window style can be used to make a bold impact.

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These improvements are a great way to invest in your home. But, none of them are very DIY friendly. Call the experienced professionals at Greenawalt Roofing at 717-898-6000 to schedule a free estimate for upgrades and improvements that will boost the value of your home as well as the curb appeal.

Updating Your Home's Exterior

Updating Your Home's Exterior

Your home exterior says a lot about your personality, and if you feel the character of your home doesn’t accurately reflect your own, then you can completely change, update, and revamp the look of your house with exterior remodeling. Redoing the outside of your house is a big job and requires a lot of decisions regarding materials, style, architecture, and design, so there are some important things you should keep in mind when planning your remodel. And in case you’re not sure where to start, here are three important rules to consider when you decide it’s time for an exterior update.

1. Don’t Stand Out Like a Sore Thumb

If you were to look around your neighborhood right now, you’d probably be able to pick out a few elements that pop up over and over again in different houses. These are themes, and every neighborhood will have its own unique design themes. When you’re updating your home’s exterior, you don’t have to make your house look identical to your neighbor’s, but you also don’t want it looking entirely dissimilar.

For instance, if all your neighbors have painted their homes in muted Earth tones, then your home would stand out if you opted to repaint it bright pink. Similarly, if all the homes around are century homes in a traditional style, your house would be very conspicuous if you modernized the exterior. You can still express your own style and individuality through your exterior remodeling, but try to keep the look and style of the rest of the community.

2. Understand How Siding Will Change the Look of Your Home

Siding doesn’t just protect and insulate your house: it makes a statement. The material and siding style you choose can completely change the look of your home, and picking one siding over another will produce very different results for your exterior remodeling. When it comes to siding materials, here are a few of your choices:

Vinyl siding is affordable and low-maintenance, it cannot be painted over, and it’s available in a variety of styles, including shingles, board and batten, and dutchlap.

Fiber cement siding is resistant to fire, wind, termites, and rot, it looks like wood but is lower maintenance, and it can be textured to look like brick, stone, and other materials.

Steel is low maintenance, fire resistant, durable, and imparts a very modern feel to any house.

3. Look to Your Environment for Design Ideas

The geography and surroundings of your house should inspire the look and feel of your home exterior design plan. For instance, you can’t go wrong by opting for stucco siding and terra cotta colors if you live in the heart of canyon country. Similarly, blues and greens are great paint choices if you live near the ocean. Or, if you live in the country, imagine how at-home your house would look with stone siding and design elements that reflect the hills. By using nature and geography as your guide, your house won’t look out of place in its surroundings, and this will make your home welcoming and inviting.

Home exterior remodeling is a big project, and there are lots of things to consider before you start work. For more information about your remodeling options, design and style choices, and material possibilities, contact Greenawalt Roofing to schedule your free estimate today!

Important Parts of Your Roof

Important Parts of Your Roof

Most homeowners know how important their home’s roofing system is, but few actually know what makes it work, specifically, the integral parts of the roof that play a role in safeguarding your family from the elements. There are three major keys to a successful roofing system.

1. Roof Decking

The deck of your roof is the base on which every component is laid. It’s essentially the “foundation” of the entire structure. Material for the decking varies. The most common is oriented strand board or plywood, but newer homes have decking made of other materials, such as concrete, polystyrene, and even metal.

2. Underlayment

The underlayment is another integral component of your entire roofing system. This one is installed directly on top of the decking and, as its name suggests, under your asphalt shingles. This is usually made of a durable paper, and it serves as a secondary leak barrier that prevents moisture from entering the inside of your roof if it manages to go through the shingles.

Problems with the underlayment are serious due to its position under the roof surface. It’s often included in the roof replacement process since a new roof requires a new underlayment as well.

3. Flashing

Flashing is a common sight on sloped roofs, located on the front edge, corners, and ridges. These thin metal strips protect the most vulnerable parts of the roof from water damage. These components are one of the first things to look at when you’re doing a roofing project as they tend to wear out much faster than the rest of the roof. Timely replacement of roof flashing can prevent more expense roofing issues.

As your trusted local roofing company, Greenawalt Roofing will make sure the most integral parts of your roof are in good condition throughout the year. Call us today at (717) 898-6000 to schedule your free roof replacement estimate! We serve homeowners in Lancaster, PA and the surrounding areas.

Damage to Windows

Damage to Windows

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When the weather changes, windows can get stress cracks. Stress cracks can occur with drastic changes in outside temperature. These can also occur when the inside of your house has a large temperature difference from the outside.

You may also notice that some windows in your home have fog or condensation between the glass. This means that the seal is broken and moisture is getting between the panes. A broken seal on a window will remove almost any energy efficiency features from the window. The solution for this issue is to replace the whole window unit.

These days vinyl windows can be customized to anything you want. The outside part of the vinyl can be customized to match the color of your home. The outside can also be capped in any accent color. Your grid pattern can also be custom created, giving the exact feel that you want. Windows should only be installed by someone who is experienced in window installations. Otherwise you could end up with the same problems with your windows that you had before, or worse.

 

At Greenawalt Roofing, we can review all the options and styles to help you make the best choice for your home. We recommend and install MI windows which are manufactured in the United States and backed by a Limited Lifetime Customer Assurance Warranty.

Skylights & Sun Tunnels

Skylights & Sun Tunnels

Skylights and sun tunnels are a perfect way to bring natural light into your home or building. Not only does a skylight or sun tunnel bring daylight indoors but is also energy efficient. In order for the skylights and sun tunnels to be beneficial they must be installed correctly. Our sales representative will walk you through the variety of styles and sizes that fit your room or space that needs to be brightened up.

 
 

In order for the skylights and sun tunnels to be beneficial they must be installed correctly. Our sales representative will walk you through the variety of styles and sizes that fit your room or space that needs to be brightened up.

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Living Room: Velux skylights with blinds allow full control over the light in your living room, from sunny and inviting gatherings to theater-like dimness on family movie night. Controlling the light as needed also helps control the electricity bill.

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Kitchen: Choose "Fresh Air" skylights to release warm, moist air and clear out cooking odors. Light from above adds natural daylight without eating up your cabinet space and provides balanced lighting for delicate cooking tasks.

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Bathroom: Choose Velux No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights for beautiful natural light and relaxing fresh air that won’t compromise your privacy. An easy remote control allows you to open the skylight to release moisture accumulation when you shower. And with no electricity requirements, it beats any bathroom fan.

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Bedroom: Sleep under the stars, wake up to plentiful sunshine or drift off in total darkness. Choosing skylights with blinds such as the Electric “Fresh Air” Skylight allows total control over the light in your bedroom without sacrificing privacy. And with blackout blinds, you can block the light – 98% to be exact – for light sleepers in need of deep sleep.

Hallways: Just because they don’t always have a view doesn’t mean hallways and stairways don’t need natural light. Choose Velux Sun Tunnel Skylights to funnel daylight through a reflective tunnel to illuminate the spaces below. 

Benefits of Installing Velux Skylights & Sun Tunnels:

  • Adding natural light to your dark spaces

  • Electrical remote control options

  • Lower energy cost with free lighting and venting; allows warm air to escape cooling off your home

  • Can visually expand interior space making small spaces feel bigger

Interested in getting a quote?

 
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Call Greenawalt Roofing at 717-898-6000 or fill out an estimate request form to set up an on-site consultation to bring daylight into your dark room or space today!

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.