Homes Through the Decades

Homes Through the Decades

White trim around doorways and windows, against a darker hue on the body of the house was a popular look in New England during the early 1900's. This time also marked the era of the beginning popularity of craftsman style homes. Craftsman style homes often use triangular columns, wide porches, muted porches, and gabled roofs.

By the 1920's, using mixed materials to design the exterior of houses became a popular concept. Lots of texture was provided by creating walkways and stairwells made of different stones or bricks. Metal details and a texture rich home continue the tradition as the eye is drawn up. As the era moved toward the 1930's, sophisticated farm house styles became a trend. Painting homes red with white trim like a barn became popular. Barn doors and other farm stylized accessories added charm. The 40's and 50's were nearly opposite, being separated only by World War II in 1939-1945. During the war, the home building trend was understated details. The homes were neutral colored, usually cape cod or cozy cottage looking, nothing too loud. The most contrasted detail of the homes were white shudders. By 1950, the trend was to paint the exterior kitschy and uplifting colors such as yellow, light blue, and teal.

The 1960's were all-American looking and employed the most classic, colonial elements. White clapboard siding, shudders, and decorative roof domes called cupolas were especially popular. The 1970's were all about earthy and natural colors, both in fashion and in home style. Brown being the go-to choice!

The 1980's ushered in styles unrelated to every other decade in every sense. “Contemporary” style began then and interiors as well as exteriors became more eclectic, but are still embraced widely today. Neutral colored stucco replaced traditional siding options and a variety of different shaped windows became popular. The 1990's tended to trend backward, reverting back to some older styles such as using streamlined columns and the 2000's brought about curated color palettes for the home’s exterior to accentuate its best features. Bold paint colors for front doors became a cool, yet subtle way for your home to stand out and have a personality.

The 2010's to today have trends that aren’t as easily visible, as technology has blown up over the decades. Standing out from the crowd is in the details, maybe the homeowner only knows about. Statement shingles such as staggered patterns and innovative materials are a newer trend, and having entire window walls open up to the outside landscape is a growing favorite.

Tax Refund Season

Tax Refund Season

Are you receiving a tax refund this year?

Like most people, you may find yourself tempted to splurge and spend it on something frivolous and fun. However, why not make a smart investment into something beneficial, such as your most important asset: your home. Is your roof coming to the end of its life? Did you discover new leaks this winter? You may need a roof replacement.


Roof Replacement

It’s no secret that a roof replacement is a major expense. However, having an extra chunk of cash from your tax refund can soften the blow and make now the perfect time to undertake this project. Missing shingles and tiles often lead to further damage of your roof’s structure.

Common signs that you may need a professional roofer include:

  • Discolored, worn, missing, or damaged shingles

  • Damaged flashing

  • Deteriorated plywood

  • Poor ventilation

  • Rusting, or damaged eaves or gutters

Contact Greenawalt Roofing today at 717-898-6000!

We’ll provide a free estimate for a roof replacement whether you have asphalt shingles, rubber, or metal roofing. We also have services such as spouting, siding, doors, and windows.

 
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Factors of Shingle Color

Factors of Shingle Color

IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A ROOF COLOR

A roof replacement is a great opportunity to transform your home’s look. When planning for this project, one of the things you’ll have to decide on is a color for your new roof. This can be a daunting task, as this color will be part of your home’s exterior for decades.

Here are the top factors to consider when selecting a roof color:

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THE LOCAL CLIMATE

Aside from aesthetic appeal, your roof’s color also has a significant effect on your attic’s temperature. This, in turn, makes a huge difference in your heating and cooling expenses. Light colored shingles reflect sunlight best, helping to keep your home’s temperature cool during hot weather. Meanwhile, dark-colored shingles absorb more heat, which makes your home warmer. Choose a color that will not only look beautiful on your home but also contribute to your comfort.


THE OTHER COMPONENTS OF YOUR EXTERIOR

When choosing a color, it’s important to take into account your current exterior color palette. You don’t want your roof to stick out like a sore thumb. Take inspiration from the colors of your windows and siding, and choose a shade that complements them. For more visual impact, you can choose contrasting colors. Remember, however, that your roof is one of the biggest surfaces of your home so choosing a bold shade may not be the best approach. You can consult with one of our sales representatives for color and material suggestions.

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YOUR HOME’S ARCHITECTURAL STYLE

Not all colors work on all home styles. For instance, traditional homes look best with dark, classic roof colors rather than bold shades. Determine your home’s style and choose a color that will best highlight its unique features. Your color choice also affects your home’s architecture. Light colors can visually enlarge your home, while dark ones do the opposite.

Beware Common Roofing Scams!

Beware Common Roofing Scams!

Are you aware of the common roofing scams that many people fall victim to every year?

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home – it keeps the elements out, it keeps your home’s structure intact, and it protects the things that matter most.

If you're in need a full roof replacement, you’ll want to find a reliable roofing contractor who will do the job with care and attention to detail.

The unfortunate reality is that while most roofing contractors are honest and dependable, there will always be those looking to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. These scam artists, or ‘fly-by-nighters’, want nothing more than to take your money (and your neighbors’ money, too) and get out of town.

One of the common red flags you need to be on the lookout for is when a roofer or roofing company gives an unusual, unbelievably low bid for completing the work. Sometimes this scam is called the “elevator ride” because that initial low price will soon start to go up-up-up.

Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Reputable roofers have fair prices and they are upfront about costs.

How the Scam Works

You solicit quotes from a bunch of roofing companies when your home needs a roof replacement. After all, you want to find a good roofer and a good price. When you get the bids for the work, one bid stands out because it is significantly lower than all of the other quotes you’ve received.

Since a roof replacement is an expensive job, you take the low bid, thinking you’ve found a great deal.

After you have signed on for the work and the roofer begins the job, unexpected costs start cropping up over and over again. The roofer says that the materials have gone up in price, that they found unforeseen problems on your roof, that the labor will cost more than expected, and so on.

At this point, your roof project is halfway through and you will need to come up with the extra money before the roofer finishes the job (or they’ll just leave your roof unfinished).

By the end of this, you’ll end up paying much more than that first low bid – and probably much more than the other companies’ more accurate and truthful bids as well.

Note: It is difficult for a roofer to inspect your roof’s decking (the bottom layer of your roof) before they start the work. Legitimate companies may come upon decking damage that requires an increase in price, but they will be transparent about this.

How to Protect Yourself from This Scam

Legitimate roofers can offer deals or lower prices; however, it will typically not be drastically (unbelievably) lower than any other reputable company. They offer fair prices – not “cheap” prices.

Get quotes from several roofing companies. If one is strangely below the range of the others, ask yourself why.

Here is how you can avoid being scammed:

  • Ask the roofer how unforeseen problems will be addressed.

  • Ensure the cost for replacing damaged decking is included in the contract.

  • Ensure the roofing contract includes the cost of labor and the costs of the various materials that will be used.

  • Do not fall for high-pressure sales tactics.

  • Research the roofing company’s reputation – are they credible, do they have good customer reviews online?

  • Do not give a large deposit on the work upfront if you are uncomfortable doing so.

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Greenawalt Roofing Company is happy to visit your home, perform an assessment and prepare an estimate with no cost or obligation to you. The price you pay for a new roof is affected by many variables including the size of your home and roof area, the roofing material, and the amount of labor needed to install the roof. Greenawalt Roofing is fully licensed and insured and we will provide a Certificate of General Liability and Worker’s Compensation for every job we perform. We’ve worked hard since our founding to build a reputation for excellence that has allowed us to continue to grow over the years. We have a long history of satisfied customers. See what they had to say about us. Give us a call today to schedule your free roof replacement estimate at (717)898-6000. We also offer other services such as gutters, gutter guard, downspouts, windows, doors, siding, fascia, and more!

Full Roof Replacement

Full Roof Replacement

Think you might need a roof replacement but aren’t sure why?

Roof replacements often come at times when homeowners least expect them. After all, roofs are often neglected. But, like every part of your home, the roof is subject to wear, tear, degradation, and damage. At Greenawalt Roofing, our roof replacement team have helped hundreds of homeowners get the roof replacement they need.

Reasons You Need a Roof Replacement

Many homeowners request an inspection only once serious damage has happened. That is why frequent roof inspections are so important – they identify minor damage before it goes too far. This saves you considerable time, stress, and expense. You should consult a roofing contractor if you notice any of the following emergent problems on your roof:

  • Damaged or missing shingles

  • Loose seams

  • Accumulated shingles in gutters

  • Damaged flashing

However, roof damage can take many other forms, too. For example, cracked paint and peeling wallpaper indicates the beginning of serious roof damage. Homeowners not skilled at identifying these problems are encouraged to consult one of our sales representatives today – we offer a free estimate for your roof replacement.

Even though it might seem that your roof is in good shape, very often it isn’t. This often comes down to age. If your roof has not been replaced for twenty years, it might be time to consider a thorough inspection. Most roofs last two decades before a replacement is needed. However, some roof materials, such as slate and copper, may last significantly longer.

Roof replacements may be partial or full, depending on the extent of the damage. Again, once these problems emerge, such as leakage, they tend to deteriorate the roof further until a full roof replacement is required.

Cost of Roof Replacement

There is no fixed cost for a roof replacement.

Cost depends upon many factors, such as the size of your roof; the extent of the replacement, the materials chosen to re-roof your home, and the pitch of the roof itself. When these factors are considered in full, our sales team can come to an accurate and fair estimate. If you’d like to receive an estimate today, fill out our online form or give us a call at our office number 717-898-6000.

Roofing Materials

Roofing Materials

A roof is something we all have. It is the first line of defense between our house, apartment, business, or retail space against the weather. If your roof fails, your house is open to the elements, which can cause extensive damage, mold, and a variety of other problems that can be expensive and time consuming to fix. Keeping a roof at its best means choosing the best roofing materials for not only your home’s architecture and the curb appeal, but also the weather.

Depending on where you live, roofing materials can be as diverse as slate, tile, wood, or the most popular; asphalt shingles. In the Southwest of the United States for instance, tile roofs are the norm, as they soak up the heat from the sun and keep the interior cool and dry.  But if you live in a climate like those of us in Pennsylvania who see extremes of heat and cold on a yearly basis you will need a heavy duty roof to keep your house and its contents safe.

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We need roofing materials that last a long time, that have a good warranty against damage, and that not only look good but are capable of passing all the building and fire codes to boot. It is not a coincidence then that asphalt shingles are what many opt for. They are the cheapest, they are easy to install and they come with a long warranty. They are made for winters and summers alike and hold up well to the elements. They also come in a vast array of colors and styles from simple 3 Tab to the more modern look of Architectural Shingles.

Stone or slate roofing materials are all natural and non-absorbent, meaning that rain, snow, slush, and the like simply roll off without penetrating the stone. These roofs can last for generations. The downside to slate or stone is that it is heavy, with most homes not being able to support its weight without additional support structures built in. Today, engineered slate is used which is about one third of the weight of traditional slate and cheaper as well, all while giving that sophisticated and timeless look to your home.

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Wood shake, rubber, felt, and even metal are now all being used as roofing materials. To figure out what is best for you, schedule your free estimate today with us at Greenawalt Roofing Company! We can be reached by phone at 717-898-6000 or on our website at https://www.greenawaltroofing.com/contact.

Roof Decking

Roof Decking

What is roof decking?

Roof decking is the foundation of your roofing system that connects the roof to your house. It’s the base that lays on top of the structural trusses—the “bones” of your attic—to cover the rafters and support the weight of the roofing shingles.

Most roof decking is made from plywood or a plywood composite known as OSB (oriented strand board).

Although you can’t see it, roof decking is very important to the structure of your home. And if a home’s roof decking is rotting and unable to support the weight of the roof, it can cause some very serious structural issues. In fact, one of the most common issues found during a roof tear-off is soft or rotted roof decking.

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What causes roof decking to rot?

Water is your roof’s number one enemy. Since roof decking is made from wood and wood composites, it is particularly susceptible to rotting and water damage when continuously exposed to sustained or excess moisture.

Water seeps into your roofing system in many different ways. Old and worn out roofing shingles, overflowing roof gutters or spouts, torn flashing around chimneys, ice dams or snow accumulation during the winter season, excessive humidity and rising heat in the attic, and inadequate roof ventilation can all allow water and moisture to slowly make its way into your roofing system and lead to rotted roof decking.

What are the signs of rotted roof decking?

One of the most common signs that a roof’s decking is damaged is a roof leak.

Water leakage can lead to ceiling spots or leaks, stains on interior walls, cracked paint, or peeling wallpaper. A quick inspection of the attic might uncover dark water stains on the rafters or in the insulation, or even light passing through holes in the roof. If left undetected, mold and mildew will develop in the walls, ceilings, and insulation.

A sagging ceiling or roof line is another clue that there are major problems with a roof’s decking and the roofing structure. Soaked or waterlogged decking can warp, which can lead to a bowed or wavy roof line and ceiling.

Because your roof is so important and yet, so vulnerable to exposure and weather, the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you have your roof inspected twice a year—once in the fall, after hot weather has subsided, and once in the spring, after the danger of ice and snow is behind you. You should also have your roof inspected after a big storm, hurricane, or other potentially damaging weather event.

Repair or Replacement?

Thinking about trying to extend your roof’s shelf life by doing a quick patch job? Think again.

Rotted roof decking can’t be repaired. It must be fully replaced.

While replacing a roof is an expensive undertaking, it’s certainly less costly in the long run than replacing stained drywall, waterlogged framing and joists, or water-damaged electrical systems.

Think you have rotted roof decking?

 
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It may be time to replace your roof. When you need a new roof, contact Greenawalt Roofing at 717-898-6000 or visit us online to request an estimate.

Attic Ventilation Basics

Attic Ventilation Basics

If you’re a homeowner with an unfinished attic, you might not have considered that its proper ventilation is essential for your home’s optimal energy efficiency and to prevent some common conflicts.

Consequences By Season

Depending on your climate, seasonal temperature changes can cause serious damage to your home without proper ventilation. During hot summers, the temperature outside reaches 70-100 degrees or higher depending on where you live, and more importantly, your attic can reach as high as 120-150 degrees. If the attic is not properly ventilated, that trapped heat can penetrate your ceilings and keep the whole house warm during summer time. This problem will cost you because you will run your air conditioner more to cool the house. The cost won’t end there because this additional use will shorten the life of your air conditioner unit or system.

 
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In the winter, air that you’ve paid to heat can escape to the attic and not have sufficient ventilation and the consequence of this is the cold air outside meeting the warmth of your attic and causing condensation. This moisture is the ideal environment for mold growth and will ruin your attic’s insulation and corrode wiring and building material. If the heat inside the home causes ice or snow to melt on top of the roof and then refreeze, it can lead to the building of a dam that causes water backup and more damage to your roof.

What To Do

There are two types of ventilation that allow enough circulation and release of excess heat or moisture and they are soffit vents and ridge, box, or power vents. Soffit vents are installed low on the underside of the roof overhang. Ridge, box, or power vents are placed high in the attic, near the roof’s peak and allows excess air to escape where it will cause the least amount of damage.

Animals Invading Your Home

Animals Invading Your Home

Homes often tell you when there is a problem with sounds. You can hear a home’s pipes calling for maintenance, walls and foundation settling, and where air is escaping in or out. But the most common sound heard in a home that needs your attention is the sounds that animals make when they are making your home their home. You can annually inspect your attic, walls, ceiling gaps, crawlspaces, and other places animals love to live. Look for obvious signs of homing such as damage or odor. And always listen for the distinctive noises nesting animals make; moving, scratching, thumps, and scurries of tiny feet.

If you do discover you have an animal infestation, it’s not the end of the world and fairly easy to take care of. This article will outline some of the most common animals that nest in homes and how to go about evicting them!

Squirrels

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If you are hearing sounds in your home during the day time, it’s highly likely that there are squirrels utilizing your home, too! These pests are crafty, too. They are able to penetrate your ceiling, walls, soffits, and eaves super easily. They sound like fast, scurrying noises as they run about early in the morning and again, in the early evening before the sun sets. Sometimes squirrels sound like raccoons in the home. The distinction will be that raccoons also make noise at night, but are heavier and slower.

Raccoons & Possums

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Raccoons and possums also make chattering, voice-like noises. Most other common home dwelling animals will not make any vocalizations at all. If your raccoon infestation is especially loud, you might have baby raccoons on your hands. Raccoons can also facilitate thumping noises during the night.

Bats

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Bats typically make high pitched chirping noises, but it’s very unlikely to be heard by a human ear, so the best way to detect whether you have bats or not is by other means. Bats leave droppings at entrances and exits, and will, like other animals make scratching noises. They also have greasy coats that tend to leave stains around your home.

Rats

If the sounds are light, but fast and at night, you likely have a rat or mice infestation. Sometimes, depending on your home’s layout and acoustics, a mice infestation can make louder noises than you’d suspect, but if they are fast movements, the sound is distinctly from rodents and no other creature.

Eviction

Because of the significant damage that animals are capable of and the threat posed to your health, you’ll want to take care of these home invaders as quickly as possible. Once they’ve made your home theirs, they will not want to leave for a long time, so do not put it off- even if in the dead of winter. Call a professional home inspector or animal control specialist if you still need the animal identified. Usually you’ll never be able to catch the animal with your eyes because they are so great at hiding, but a professional will know right away based solely on its scent, droppings, and possible tracks. Next, you will need to employ a professional to kick the animals out of your home for good. Together, you can do this by trapping them or exclusion techniques such as baiting them to leave through a one-way door and then sealing up any openings so they can’t return again. There are products for animal eviction, but often times they fall short of completely ridding you of your new tenants. It’s most efficient to hire a professional. They will also be aware of any wildlife that is protected in your region so that you are not harming an endangered or at-risk species.

Common Causes of Commercial Roofing Problems

Your roof is your commercial property’s first line of defense against the elements. By understanding the types of problems your roof may have and investing in prompt and thorough roof inspection, you can keep yourself informed regarding your roofs current condition.

These are the most common problems commercial roofs face:

LEAKS AND EXCESSIVE MOISTURE

Leaks can occur in both residential and commercial roofs. While there are many things that can cause a leak, a common cause in commercial properties is the improper fastening of flashing details. Constant exposure to water can lead to excessive moisture buildup, which speeds up the degradation of the roof.

BLOW-OFFS, TENTING, AND BILLOWING

Poorly installed flashing can also lead to open seams and laps in the roof. When high winds hit your building, blow-offs occur. Compromised wind resistance also occurs as an effect of inadequate curing on the roofing system.

POOR INSTALLATION

It’s crucial to work with experienced, professional roofers right from the start. Otherwise, you run the risk of improper installation and sub-par workmanship. These two factors can lead to roofing problems down the road that will require a premature replacement.

LACK OF MAINTENANCE

Sticking to a rigid maintenance schedule is one of the most important aspects of roof care. Doing so will enable you to identify roofing problems before they escalate and cause major damage. It also helps extend your roof’s service life.

Greenawalt Roofing is the roofing contractor you can turn to for dependable services. We provide practical and affordable roofing solutions to residential and commercial property owners alike. We serve Lancaster, PA and the surrounding areas.

 
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Call us today at (717) 898-6000 for your free hail inspection or roof replacement estimate.