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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.

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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