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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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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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Why is Vinyl Siding Popular?

Why is Vinyl Siding Popular?

There are plenty of choices when it comes to the siding on a home, although many homeowners continually choose vinyl. Here is a closer look at why vinyl siding continues to be a popular choice in all kinds of neighborhoods. 

 
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Vinyl siding often seems the best fit for most homeowners. One of the reasons it is such a popular choice is because it is practically maintenance free. In order to clean vinyl siding, there are no special types of sprays, washes or scrubs that need to be purchased. All it takes is a hose and some running water. Hose down your vinyl siding a few times a year and the extent of the maintenance is done.

Adding to the convenience of vinyl siding is the fact that most brands come with warranties that last a lifetime. That means there will not be the worry or inconvenience of having to replace your siding.

 
 

There is some vinyl siding that looks identical to cedar shake. The good part is that it is not priced the same as cedar shake. Homeowners can purchase vinyl siding that looks like cedar shake for just a fraction of the cost.

Some homeowners may want to change up the look of their home. Vinyl siding lets them do that without any major renovations, or without spending a good deal of money. Vinyl siding also lasts for long stretches of time.

Vinyl siding is also durable and can withstand high winds and precipitation. It is also an option for homeowners looking to sell their home in the near future. As part of the siding installation process, the addition of insulation helps energy efficiency while house wrap serves the same purpose.

The options really are widespread when it comes to vinyl siding. There is an extensive amount of colors to choose from. That allows homeowners to be very selective when deciding on the perfect color for their home. They can mix and match an abundance of samples until they find the right color.

 
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Greenawalt Roofing offers siding installation in Lancaster and surrounding areas. Our team of experienced installers can take care of all your residential needs.

Call Greenawalt Roofing at 717-898-6000 to schedule your free estimate today!

Window Replacement Contractor

Window Replacement Contractor

4 Qualities to Look for in a Window Replacement Contractor

Now that you’ve chosen a potential window replacement contractor, it’s time to drill down and have a real conversation about their products, processes, and procedures. The answers that they give will tell you a lot. 

1. Quality Materials

Who has time to research all the window options available? You’re already busy vetting your window replacement contractor.

A quality window replacement contractor should be ready and willing to walk you through all the sizing options, frame materials, glass panes, opening methods, and locking systems. They should also explain how products differ and help you find the solutions that are right for you based on your unique needs, wants, and budget.

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2. Exceptional Customer Service

From the first contact to the final installation, a good window replacement contractor should have a driving need to put the customer’s needs first. 

At Greenawalt Roofing, we can review all the options and styles to help you make the best choice for your home!

3. Transparency

Part of exceptional customer service is open and honest communication, from getting an accurate quote and sticking to timelines to returning all of your phone calls. If something goes wrong, a reputable contractor should be up front with you, and be willing to discuss all of your options with you.

4. Solid Warranties

Greenawalt Roofing recommends and installs MI windows which are manufactured in the United States and backed by a Limited Lifetime Customer Assurance Warranty.

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Ready to talk about new windows?

If it’s time to replace your windows, contact Greenawalt Roofing today. We are happy to come out to your home to take a look at your existing windows and offer recommendations — while offering the customer service, product knowledge, and project customization that you need. Simply visit us online or call (717) 898-6000.

Building A Roof

Building A Roof

Do you know what your roof is made of and how it has been affixed to the top of your house?

On an ordinary day, we do not think about our roof until there is an issue such as a leak.

When your house was built, it was framed into the shape that you see today. On top of the framing or rafters, sheets of plywood are attached which is then referred to as the roof deck. This will be the area that the roofing material such as shingles will be applied, but before the shingles come out, there are some other steps when building a roof.

We all know that water is the mortal enemy of the roof. Roofs are designed to keep water in the form of rain, sleet, hail, and snow away from your home and also designed to withstand wind that can pick up the shingles and render them useless. To help with that, a roof is designed in layers. The layer that goes onto the roof deck is a piece of felt, a thick material that intercepts water that may get past a damaged shingle. Next goes the drip edge, strips of aluminum or galvanized steel that helps block the wind and rain from the edge of the roof surface in addition to helping to maintain a tight seal.


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Now it’s time for the shingles. Shingles can come in all colors, sizes, and shapes. They can be made of slate, wood, metal, and even recycled tires. By far the most popular shingles are made of asphalt. These shingles have been used for over a hundred years and are beloved by many because they are easy to install, easy to repair, have a great warranty, and are by far the cheapest option available. These shingles start with a felt mat that is then impregnated with asphalt. Granules are then added to the outer layer that helps to prevent UV light damage as well as giving them their unique look. These shingles are placed on the roof deck over top of the felt layer and nailed to each other and the roof deck. A factory applied adhesive that is heat sensitive then allows the shingles to be further attached to the roof and they become self-sealing with the summers hot sun beaming down on them. A roof is only as good as the sum of its parts. Everything overlaps to work together to resist the weather, shedding water, and resisting wind. If a piece of the roof is compromised, it could mean weather gets into the house causing interior damage.


If you are interested in a quote to see what your roof will cost for replacement, give Greenawalt Roofing a call at 717-898-6000 to schedule an appointment with one of our sales representatives.

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WITH GREENAWALT ROOFING, YOU CAN EXPECT AN HONEST ASSESSMENT AND FREE ESTIMATE!

Insurance Claim Myths

Insurance Claim Myths

Many homeowners believe is that all damage is covered by their insurance policy. This is a common misconception. Below are a few myths debunked.

Myth: Roof Insurance Leads to Roof Replacement

Say, your roof is dilapidated and needs to be replaced. You might consider calling the insurance company for this. However, this doesn’t always play out as most homeowners hope. The point of a roof insurance claim is to restore the roof to its original condition. It doesn’t necessarily mean a roof replacement.

Myth: No Deductible Fees

You might encounter some insurance agents who tell you that you won’t have to pay anything for the claim. However, you actually do need to pay an agreed deductible fee to redeem the insurance. This happens before your insurance is validated. Once you do, then the insurance company handles the rest of the payment when you need it.

Myth: Stains Indicate a Leaking Roof

Stains inside your home aren’t an automatic sign of leak damage from the roof. Check if other sources of water, like your air conditioning or plumbing, are at fault.


Having a good insurance policy is beneficial when you file a roof insurance claim. This way, you can cover different types of damage, including storms and disasters.

When your home needs a new roof, choose a contractor experienced in residential roof replacement. Since 2004, Greenawalt Roofing Company has specialized in roof replacement for residential homes throughout Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, and Reading.

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Replacing the roof on your home doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Greenawalt Roofing Company will work with you to explain everything you need to know about getting a new roof on your home and the steps going through insurance. Give us a call at 717-898-6000 to set up an appointment today!