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Home Maintenance During The Fall

Home Maintenance During The Fall

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The cold months are just around the corner. Before they arrive, you want to ensure that you have made the necessary preparations for the winter that will protect your home from unwanted damage. Fall home maintenance can also go a long way to keep you and your family warm when the cold temperatures arrive. Here are some fall preventative home maintenance measures that you should put in effect to gear up for the cold weather.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts can accumulate leaves and debris, and if not removed, can lead to wood rot issues, pest infestations and ultimately damaged gutters. You also want water to drain freely and not flow behind the gutters, and also ensure that support brackets are securely in place. Pooling can have a damaging effect on your foundations.

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Check Windows and Doors

Make the rounds and remove summer screens, and install cool weather storm windows and doors. Do a thorough check of windows to uncover any damage that needs repair. Seal windows and doors with stripping or caulking to prevent drafts that could cause heating bills to soar.

Inspect Heating Systems

Don’t wait for winter to arrive to discover that there is an issue with your heating system.

Hire a heating professional to perform an inspection of your heating system to ensure optimal performance at a time when you need it the most. You’ll be made aware of any problems that need to be addressed before they balloon into expensive repairs.

Prepare Your Plumbing

Protect both indoor and outdoor pipes by insulating them, which can prevent heat from escaping and stress on your plumbing system. This will also prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, which could do significant damage. Detect and stop leaks, and check your water heater and drain it of any sediments. You want your plumbing in tip-top shape before the cold brings freezing temperatures.

Greenawalt Roofing Company can help you identify potential problems and fix them before they become costly. We have the expertise needed to prepare your home for the cold months ahead. Call today for your FREE estimate, 717-898-6000.

Fall in love with your home's exterior

Fall in love with your home's exterior

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Fall is one of the best times of the year for decorating the home. From pumpkins and corn husks to friendly scarecrows and rich colored mums, fall is all about dressing up your home’s exterior. If you are looking to make some new exterior changes, here are some quick tips to improve your overall curb appeal. The outside of your home is the first thing others see and there are plenty of simple changes you can make to fall in love with your exterior.

Liven your Landscaping: It is important to go above and beyond when landscaping your home. A planned landscape can make your home go from dud to stud at a relatively low cost. Putting down new sod can make your exterior shine. Also, using planters and flower beds can add much needed colors and interest to your house. Landscaping can make or break a home's curb appeal.

Add interest with Accents: Update the details! New house numbers, a fresh mail box, and luxurious light fixtures can be simple updates that give your house a fresh face. It can also create charm and differentiate your house from the rest of the neighborhood.

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Wow with Windows: Making sure your windows are up to par is essential in having an exquisite exterior. While replacing older windows can be costly, it is an investment worth looking into. Updated windows and matching window treatments will give your exterior the finishing touches.

Perk up with Paint: One of the simplest ways to change the persona of your house is with a fresh coat of paint. If your home has fiber cement siding, changing the color will be a breeze and will remain looking beautiful for years to come! Be sure to find a color that pairs nicely with the other building materials used on your home. Also, stay on trend with the colors and tones throughout your neighborhood. It is important that your home does not look drastically different from the surrounding houses.

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Stand out with Siding: A fix that is guaranteed to give an entire new look to your house is replacing the siding. It is an update that will not only make your home beautiful, but also add value for resale. At Greenawalt Roofing, we recommend and install CertainTeed siding products. The company offers vertical siding, horizontal siding, shake and shingle siding for the look of shake without the maintenance and even insulated siding with the look of natural wood that can help reduce your heating and cooling bills.

These are just a few tips to help you fall in love with your exterior, but there are always more updates to make.

Contact Greenawalt Roofing Company today for a Free Estimate!

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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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Preparing for Autumn

Preparing for Autumn

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The kids are trudging off to school again with their backpacks, and leaves are falling from the trees. Fall is here. Now’s the time to finish up any last-minute maintenance projects and get your home and yard ready. Get your home ready for the cool days to come.

Leaf Buildup On Roof

As we begin buttoning up our jackets, we should give thought to doing the same for our homes. Before the first freeze, here are a few things you should do to prepare your roof for the cold, wet weather ahead.

Trim The Trees

Most species of trees grow steadily all year long. Those tiny branches hanging barely above the roof could become a real nuisance by the time spring is here. Trimming back any branches near the house now can help prevent damage, as well as reduce the volume of leaves that will fall on the roof within a few weeks.

Clean Your Gutters

You may not associate the summer months with clogged gutters and downspouts, but don’t be tricked by Mother Nature. Summer storms may have driven leaves, needles, twigs, and other debris into your gutter system. As the autumn leaves begin to collect on your roof and in the gutter system, there is a greater risk that they will block the downspouts. Rain water then overflows the gutter, and can damage your trim and siding. With the added weight of soggy, decaying leaves and water buildup, there’s also a chance the gutters could actually pull loose from their anchor points and collapse.

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Clear Off Any Debris

It’s equally important that you remove leaves, evergreen needles, branches, and other debris from the full surface area of your roof. The gunk loves to collect in the valleys, the place where two roof-lines meet. Even the smallest deposits will hold moisture, and could lead to a mold and rot condition that may damage your roof. If you are experienced in walking on the roof, and feel confident, you should be able to remove any debris with a bristle broom or leaf blower.

Check For Damage & Deterioration

When your roof is cleaned, check the surface for missing or curled shingles. If yours is a tile roof, you’ll be looking for some that may be loose or cracked. Leaks often begin at the flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights. If you discover any defects, or areas that may be suspect, this is the time to have a roofer check the integrity of the roof, before the heavy rain begins. A damaged or deteriorating roof could produce leaks when the rains come, and also drive up energy costs as temperatures drop.

Check The Attic Insulation & Ventilation

You will also want to take a peek in the attic. Here you’re looking for areas where moisture has built up, and excessive heat. It’s a good idea to check the vents, to make sure none of the local critters have found a refuge from the elements. Also when heat is allowed to build up in the attic, it can lead to condensation buildup and moisture damage. Attic heat can also cause the formation of ice dams in the winter. This invites leaks when snow accumulates on your roof. When the hot air has nowhere else to go, it can seep into the living space below, encouraging you to turn on the air conditioning during the cooler months.

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Contact Greenawalt Roofing Company today for your FREE estimate, 717-898-6000!

Hail Damage: How to spot it, and what to do next

Hail Damage: How to spot it, and what to do next

Thunderstorms are always a threat this time of year, but we are in the middle of an exceptionally stormy season in Lancaster County. Nearly every week has brought the threat of severe weather, from damaging winds and even tornadoes to flooding downpours and large hail.

While some storm damage is obvious – your basement is flooded or a large tree limb falls onto your home – other damage can be harder to detect. That is often the case with hail, especially when it comes to your roof.

That’s why it’s important to take these steps after a hail storm hits your neighborhood:

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Don’t assume your roof is OK

Just because you can’t see a torn or missing shingle or a hole in your roof doesn’t mean the damage isn’t there. While hail 2 inches and larger is almost guaranteed to cause visible damage, even hail smaller than a quarter can leave its mark on your asphalt shingles or protective metal flashing. Hail can crack shingles and loosen the granules that form their protective top layer, making them more vulnerable to additional damage in the future from storms or the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Even the smallest puncture in your roof’s waterproofing layer can allow rainwater through the roof deck and into your attic, causing significant damage. And don’t forget: Hail damage can void the manufacturer’s warranty on your roof.

Consult a professional roofing contractor

Most homeowners lack the safety knowledge and roofing expertise to adequately inspect and repair a roof themselves. In fact, they can actually make matters worse. Choose a contractor who is Haag certified, meaning they have been specifically trained to inspect and assess roof damage. An experienced professional knows the difference between normal wear and tear and the damage caused by hail. They can detect hard-to-find damage, especially on textured roofing materials like dimensional or architectural shingles, and they can spot shallow dents in the outer roofing material that may be deep enough to bruise the waterproofing layer. 

Get an inspection

Professional roofing contractors are qualified to work directly with your insurance company to find the best options to get your roof back in shape. Once your roofing contractor inspects your roof, they can determine whether it should be repaired or replaced.

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File an insurance claim

If your roofing contractor’s evaluation warrants filing an insurance claim, do it promptly. The insurance company will send an adjuster to your home to inspect the damage and process the claim. Make sure to schedule the adjuster’s visit at a time when your roofing contractor can also be present. An insurance adjuster will follow a home inspection checklist when determining the damage to your roof. Your roofing contractor will represent your interests and ensure that the adjuster is aware of all damages so you are only left paying your deductible. A hailstorm is considered an “act of God” and is covered under most homeowner’s insurance policies, no matter the age of the roof.

Get your roof back in shape

Once your claim is approved, it’s time to review the details of the insurance coverage with your roofing contractor and make sure you understand the work and the warranty your contractor will provide. With all your questions answered, you can sign a contract and get that new or repaired roof over your head.

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5-Star SELECT ShingleMaster and TAMKO Pro Certified contractor. Our Haag-certified storm team experts are trained
to inspect and assess hail damage. Call 717-898-6000 to schedule a free hail inspection with one of our hail damage experts.

Finding a Quality Siding Contractor

Finding a Quality Siding Contractor

Siding is a significant investment in your home. Hiring the right siding contractor can mean the difference between a smart investment and a disaster. There is no shortage of contractors available. However, locating a great one takes a bit of searching . It is crucial that you locate a trustworthy, professional, and qualified siding contractor.

Here are some tips to help you find the best siding contractor:

License

Make sure your contractor has the proper licensing in place. Check that the license is current and valid. A siding contractor with correct licensing has proven his qualifications. He has the education and experience that the job requires. Do not be afraid to ask for proof of this information. A solid contractor will have no problem sharing this information with you.

Insurance

A quality siding contractor is insured. In the rare event that something goes wrong, you want your contractor and home to be protected. This is simply a safety net. Its importance should not be overlooked.

Reputation

The best way to find out if a siding contractor is of high quality is to speak with previous customers. Ask for references or look online for reviews. Getting a referral from a trusted source, such as a friend or family member, is a great way to find the best siding contractor.

Contract

Read the contract thoroughly before signing it. Ask the siding contractor to clarify anything you may have questions about. Make sure that you understand both parties role and responsibilities. It is much easier to correct an issue in a contract before the work begins. Once you have signed, you are locked in. So make sure you are comfortable with all aspects of the contract. An honest and qualified siding contractor is happy to discuss all of these factors with potential customers.

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We want to be your home exterior specialist and can help you enhance the appearance of your home through the installation of quality siding. Greenawalt Roofing Company can help you select the best siding options and colors that are well-suited for your home. Call us at 717-898-6000 to schedule your free estimate today!

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!

Time to Replace Your Siding

Time to Replace Your Siding

If you have owned your home for a while then you have probably learned the significance of having good siding on your home. Siding is not just to decorate the exterior of your home; though it offers a variety of ways to do that. It serves a very important purpose in protecting your home and your possessions from exterior elements. Harsh weather, insects, and moisture are examples of things that siding is meant to keep on the outside of your home. It is critical that you maintain your siding or it will become ineffective and you may find yourself making frequent repairs or needing to replace it.

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Top 5 Signs That Your Siding Needs To Be Replaced

1. Mold and Mildew

Sadly this is an all too common problem that a lot of homeowners have to deal with; though certain types of siding are more susceptible to it than others. It becomes a serious problem if it reaches the interior of your home. You should be warned that as soon as it becomes visible on the outside then the moisture has begun to penetrate the siding. No matter what part of the siding it is on you will have to look behind it in order to determine the extent of the damage. If it is only in a small area then you might be able to just replace a small section of the siding. If it is widespread then the siding on the entire house will likely need to be replaced.

2. Cracking or Peeling

When you see your siding start to peel, crack, or develop holes then you should plan to replace it. Also if it develops a chalky texture it will need to be replaced soon. Often these signs are symptoms of damage beneath the siding. Be aware that some types of siding are more susceptible to harsh weather than others and will need to be replaced more often.

3. Bending and Twisting

If you see any siding boards that are buckling, bulging, or warping, they will need to be replaced. This is usually caused by moisture that has penetrated the siding and is causing damage behind it. As the problem continues it will begin to rot and push the siding out even further.

4. Peeling on Inside Walls

If you notice the paint or wallpaper on the inside of your home beginning to peel off, this could be a sign of outside damage allowing moisture into your home. If the siding is aging, rotting, beginning to decay, or was incorrectly installed it can let moisture into the interior. This will cause the problem to multiply and create more damage.

5. Separating Seams

Siding that is in good condition should fit together tightly. You should barely be able to see any seems. If the seams are showing signs of separation, the siding needs to be replaced. Seam separation is usually caused by either faulty installation or significant aging. As the cracks develop they will let moisture in and ruin both the siding and your outside walls. You will want to replace your siding at the first sign of separation.

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!