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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!

A Failing Roof

A Failing Roof

Our roof isn’t something that we think of often. In fact, we rarely even look at our roofs and usually only become aware of them when we discover a leak in our ceilings. Greenawalt Roofing offers these helpful signs of a failing roof in order to help you save yourself a lot of trouble and expense in the long run.

If your roof is over ten years old there are telltale signs you can look for to spot problems before they damage your home and your wallet. Most of those signs are obvious if you glance up at your roof at least once a month. Algae is very common in humid, warm climates and appears as dark streaks on the shingles. It can impair the integrity of your roof and damage the shingles that protect your home over time. If you live in a damp climate and need a new roof, algae resistant shingles are available.

You may notice curling shingles or ones that are bent or twisted. This can be caused by poor ventilation or because the original work crew did not fasten the shingles correctly. If you have missing shingles they may have been improperly fastened when they were installed or loosened by high winds during a storm.

If you have a new roof you might notice fine grains, like sandpaper grit, coming out of your downspouts after a rain. This is normal, but if your roof is older it may mean your roof is failing. You might also notice buckling, which might appear as a raised line on the roof when viewed from the ground. Buckling can be caused by felt backing that is not properly applied or by a lack of ventilation.

Look at your ceilings, too. Water spots usually mean your roof is leaking. Look in your attic, if you have one, to see if you can spot the leak. If you’re lucky the leak might be caused by damaged flashing around the chimney but if not you may need a new roof. Humans can have symptoms of a failing roof, too. If you or your family has a lot of colds or chronic fatigue it may be due to inhaling mold spores from a failing roof. If you notice any of these signs and symptoms of a failing roof, call Greenawalt Roofing at 717-898-6000 to schedule a free roof replacement estimate today!

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.

Choose the Perfect Shingle Color for You!

Choose the Perfect Shingle Color for You!

A new roof isn’t something you invest in every year, which is why you want to make sure that the one you choose—the shingle type, style, and color—will be suited to your needs and preferences.

1. Choose the Right Type of Shingle

One of the first things you’ll have to decide is what type of shingles you want for your roof. Greenawalt Roofing has the option between Certainteed Landmark shingles and TAMKO Heritage shingles.

2. Select the Style of Shingle and Features That Will Be Best

Factors to take into account include:

  • Appearance: How much dimension do you want your shingles to have? Architectural shingles are designed to provide a shadow effect that gives your roof an ultra-dimensional look.

  • Algae Defence: If you live in an algae-prone area, look for shingles that feature built-in guards against discolouration.

  • Fire Protection: To keep your home and everything in it safe, your shingles should have a Class A fire rating (the most effective against severe exposure).

Don’t forget to think about environmental conditions as well. If you live in an area that tends to get buffered by high winds or dumped with snow, your shingles need to be ready to stand up to the challenges Mother Nature has in store for them.

3. Find the Ideal Color

After you know the type and style of shingle you want, it’s time to choose the color. It sounds simple at the start, but don’t be surprised if this is the hardest part of the process:

  • Think about Your Home’s Aesthetics: While one type of shingle might work on a Tudor-style home, you might find that it clashes with other fashions (like Ranch or Colonial).

  • Don’t Forget Curb Appeal: If you might be selling your home in the next few years, going with a neutral color for your shingles is a good way to keep your roof current. Don’t be afraid to add some flare with a more striking pallet, though, if that suits your home’s overall personality.

  • Survey Your Neighborhood: Does one of your neighbors have a roof that catches your eye? Ask them what type of shingles they have and who installed them. Knowing what your neighbors have can also make it easier to figure out what unique routes you can take if you want your house to stand out.

Keep in mind that if your home is part of an association, there might be rules in place surrounding appropriate shingle colors.

In addition to speaking with your roofer about what will look best on your home and roof, you can also use online tools like the Certainteed Colorview or TAMKO StyleSelect. These tools help you explore different color combinations before visualizing them on your own home.

Whatever type and color of shingles you choose, the key is to find ones that are well matched to your home and will deliver lasting performance for many years to come.