Can a New Roof Save You Cash?

Can a New Roof Save You Cash?

A new roof is one of the biggest things you will ever have to purchase for your home. What most homeowners do not realize is that a new roof is also an investment that can actually help save you money.

New Roofs Have New Underlayment

The layer underneath the shingles is what you call the underlayment. It’s a synthetic system that acts as a secondary moisture barrier, which protects the wooden parts of the roof below the shingles. Old roofs will probably have most of their underlayment worn down. With a new roof, you can ensure that your roof and the rest of your home has better moisture protection, allowing it to better handle water intrusion coming from the shingles.

Storm-Proof Roofs

An old roof will probably have an outdated method of “strapping” it onto the house to make sure that it doesn’t get damaged by a storm or hurricane. As such, failing to replace an old roof in time might end up disastrous for you. New residential roofing systems have updated straps that keep them safe from storms and better equipped to handle strong winds.

Better Shingle Wind Rating

Similarly, installing a new roof nets you with shingles with increased shingle wind rating. Considering that wind ratings for shingles have increased dramatically in the last ten years, your home’s existing shingles might be at an even greater risk from wind damage if you do not replace the roof.

New Roofs Comply With Building Codes

Finally, replacing your old roof means you are guaranteeing that your property is up to current building codes and standards. This can positively affect your home’s insurance rates on top of ensuring the safety of your family.

Greenawalt Roofing offers quality roofing services. Give us a call at (717) 898-6000 to learn more about our new roof installation services, to schedule a free hail inspection, or a free roofing estimate. We serve Lancaster, Pa and the surrounding areas.

Roofing Contract Guidelines

Roofing Contract Guidelines

Understanding a Roofing Contract

Make Sure Your Contract Has All the Details

Your roofing estimate needs to be detailed. If all it says is “replace existing roof with new underlayment, flashing, and shingles,” that simply won’t cut it. You need to find out more.

Details you should pay attention to include:

  • The number of layers that need to be stripped. Some roofs only have one or two layer of shingles, while others have three. That subtle difference can make a cost difference in the contract.

  • Applying ice and water shields in the valleys. Valleys – the areas where two roof planes meet – need to be properly sealed to ensure water can’t penetrate the roof deck below. Your contract should contain specific information about the type of ice and water shield your roofer will use.

  • The type of underlayment used. Pay attention if your roofer plans to use synthetic underlayments, as most don’t breathe. If moisture becomes trapped underneath, it will be unable to dry and can lead to mold problems down the road.

  • Installation of drip or metal edge. Drip or metal edge should be placed under the shingles where they come off the roof, helping direct water away. Some less reputable roofers, though, won’t install drip or metal edge unless the homeowner asks.

  • Whether or not new flashing is to be installed. These pieces can be time consuming for roofers to make, but it’s important they be replaced. Old flashing are not designed to integrate with new shingles, and they’ll also wear more quickly than the rest of your roof if not swapped at the same time.

  • Shingle Type and Brand: Your roofer needs to specify the manufacturer and color of shingles they’ll be using.

Clarify the Schedule

It’s worth acknowledging that a precise schedule might be difficult to pin down ahead of time, since start and end dates can be easily affected by fluctuating weather.

Confirm the Right to Terminate or Rescind

Your contract should outline details about when you can cancel your contract without incurring a penalty. 48 hours is common, but it will vary between roofers. Don’t forget to pay attention to the details about what happens if you cancel after that window. Some roofers will opt to hold your deposit, while others will ask for a certain amount of money – whether a flat fee or percentage of the estimate – for compensation.

Read Over the Payment Terms

Most roofers require a deposit, whether a consistent amount or a percentage of your estimate. Be sure you’re clear about the details of the deposit and other relevant information, including how you’ll need to pay and when.

Find Out How Your Roofer Will Look After Your Property

  • Inspecting Your Property: Before beginning any work, your roofer should take time to assess the property’s condition and find out if there are any areas they need to be cautious around. Remember to be realistic in expecting any roofing project to produce debris, including some that might land on your lawn. By highlighting sensitive areas, however, your roofer can be extra careful when and where they need to.

  • Taking Caution while Working: Your roofer needs to take steps to protect your home – especially eavestroughs using tools like ladder or trough stabilizers. They also shouldn’t strip more than they need to. If there are any areas left open, your roofers need to cover them before leaving for the day.

  • Cleaning Up After the Job is Done: Your roofer needs to remove all tools, supplies, and debris to leave your property looking just as it was (if not better with its new, improved roof!) before they arrived.

Study the Warranties Your Roofer Includes

When push comes to shove, the right warranty makes a big difference. There are two kinds of warranties your contract should include:

  • Workmanship Warranty: Offered by the roofer themselves, this warranty covers the work they perform.

  • Supplier Warranties: These warranties are offered by suppliers to cover defects or issues that arise with their products. They’re typically valid for anywhere between five to fifty years.

Don’t forget to read the fine print to find out if the warranties are transferable. Alongside a quality, reliable roof, this can be an excellent selling feature if you need to sell your home in the future.

Damage to Windows

Damage to Windows

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When the weather changes, windows can get stress cracks. Stress cracks can occur with drastic changes in outside temperature. These can also occur when the inside of your house has a large temperature difference from the outside.

You may also notice that some windows in your home have fog or condensation between the glass. This means that the seal is broken and moisture is getting between the panes. A broken seal on a window will remove almost any energy efficiency features from the window. The solution for this issue is to replace the whole window unit.

These days vinyl windows can be customized to anything you want. The outside part of the vinyl can be customized to match the color of your home. The outside can also be capped in any accent color. Your grid pattern can also be custom created, giving the exact feel that you want. Windows should only be installed by someone who is experienced in window installations. Otherwise you could end up with the same problems with your windows that you had before, or worse.

 

At Greenawalt Roofing, we can review all the options and styles to help you make the best choice for your home. We recommend and install MI windows which are manufactured in the United States and backed by a Limited Lifetime Customer Assurance Warranty.

Budgeting Your Roofing Project

Budgeting Your Roofing Project

Roofing project costs vary from one situation to another, but one thing’s certain: you need to budget for them wisely. Planning your roofing budget takes a lot of consideration to avoid making a hole in your savings.

Outline Costs

Materials will account for most of your roofing budget, but you ought to include the costs of labor and permits into the equation. Otherwise, you can’t prepare your finances for the job.

Say No to Allowances

Allowances are line items in the estimate yet to be determined. To come up with the bid, a roofer would use certain numbers as placeholders. But since there’s a broad range of price points for different roofing components, there’s a great chance that you wouldn’t get an accurate estimate if you leave some things to chance. Sort out everything from the start to receive an itemized bid for the job.

Avoid Last-Minute Changes

Change orders can affect not only the project’s timeline, but also its overall cost. They’re sometimes inevitable, but try to avoid them as much as possible.

Have a Buffer

Experienced roofing contractors would attest that budgeting with contingencies is paramount. Ideally, you should reserve one-fifth of your total funds for any additional necessary work.

Pay in Installments

Taking out an interest-free loan can make your roofing project more manageable. Not only will it break what you owe into smaller payments, it can also give you access to costlier products that you otherwise can’t afford.

Greenawalt Roofing Company can plan your project without making your budget a disaster. Call us at (717) 898-6000 to schedule your free roof replacement estimate today!

Exterior Home Improvements to Sell Your Home

Exterior Home Improvements to Sell Your Home

Update Roofing

The exterior of the home is the first impression you will give to potential buyers. When you clean a home, you clean it top to bottom and when you improve your exterior, you do the same. The roof is going to draw the eye first, especially if it has some sores. If you can’t avoid the roof problem inexpensively, consider investing in and advertising a “brand new roof” by getting a full roof replacement.

Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Make sightly repairs to the front of the home and frame the walk way and porch with attractive and low maintenance plants, surrounded by an attractive, contrasting mulch. It’s been proven that potential buyers sometimes drive by in the evening or night, so consider adding new lights that will showcase your home nicely. A popular trend that has charmed home buyers has been to paint the door a bright color and change its fixtures.

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Add a Deck

Adding an extra place for a family to gather and make memories, such as a deck, serves all the new residents, no matter their age or interests. For you, it can be an investment that almost pays for itself but may be the element that turns a buyer’s maybe into a resounding ‘yes!’.

Replace Windows

If you live in a large city, it’s said that replacing the windows will more than be returned on your investment in the end. Otherwise, the investment typically returns 90% back. It’s apparent that researching which investments to make is wise. Ask your listing agent for recommendations on replacements, and do your own online research before making any decisions. If you are on a limited budget for making your home as appealing as possible to buyers, always make the necessary repairs first; leaks, broken windows, structural integrity issues, etc. Home buyers will much more appreciate a structurally sound home than an attractive one!

Skylights & Sun Tunnels

Skylights & Sun Tunnels

Skylights and sun tunnels are a perfect way to bring natural light into your home or building. Not only does a skylight or sun tunnel bring daylight indoors but is also energy efficient. In order for the skylights and sun tunnels to be beneficial they must be installed correctly. Our sales representative will walk you through the variety of styles and sizes that fit your room or space that needs to be brightened up.

 
 

In order for the skylights and sun tunnels to be beneficial they must be installed correctly. Our sales representative will walk you through the variety of styles and sizes that fit your room or space that needs to be brightened up.

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Living Room: Velux skylights with blinds allow full control over the light in your living room, from sunny and inviting gatherings to theater-like dimness on family movie night. Controlling the light as needed also helps control the electricity bill.

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Kitchen: Choose "Fresh Air" skylights to release warm, moist air and clear out cooking odors. Light from above adds natural daylight without eating up your cabinet space and provides balanced lighting for delicate cooking tasks.

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Bathroom: Choose Velux No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights for beautiful natural light and relaxing fresh air that won’t compromise your privacy. An easy remote control allows you to open the skylight to release moisture accumulation when you shower. And with no electricity requirements, it beats any bathroom fan.

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Bedroom: Sleep under the stars, wake up to plentiful sunshine or drift off in total darkness. Choosing skylights with blinds such as the Electric “Fresh Air” Skylight allows total control over the light in your bedroom without sacrificing privacy. And with blackout blinds, you can block the light – 98% to be exact – for light sleepers in need of deep sleep.

Hallways: Just because they don’t always have a view doesn’t mean hallways and stairways don’t need natural light. Choose Velux Sun Tunnel Skylights to funnel daylight through a reflective tunnel to illuminate the spaces below. 

Benefits of Installing Velux Skylights & Sun Tunnels:

  • Adding natural light to your dark spaces

  • Electrical remote control options

  • Lower energy cost with free lighting and venting; allows warm air to escape cooling off your home

  • Can visually expand interior space making small spaces feel bigger

Interested in getting a quote?

 
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Call Greenawalt Roofing at 717-898-6000 or fill out an estimate request form to set up an on-site consultation to bring daylight into your dark room or space today!

Successful Roofing System

Successful Roofing System

A roof failing only a few years after being installed would be a nightmare scenario for any homeowner. A new roof is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your home, and you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible.

So how can you make sure your new roof looks and performs its best for decades to come?

1. Use the Highest Quality Roofing Materials

Quality roofing materials last a long time and keep your home protected from the elements.

When assessing different materials for your roof, make sure you take into account factors like:

  • Fire Ratings: Roofing materials can be given one of three grades ranging from an A (effective against severe exposure) to a C (only effective against light exposure). Keep in mind that not all materials (like untreated wood shingles, for example) can be rated.

  • Weight: Roofs are only designed to carry a certain amount of weight. If you want to exceed the maximum for your roof, you’ll need to strengthen the substructure (framing). This takes more time and adds additional costs.

  • Lifespan: This varies between materials. Laminate shingles typically last 25 to 35 years, while cedar shakes can make it to 30.

  • Durability: Your roof needs to be ready to stand up against whatever conditions Mother Nature throws at it including high winds, snow, rain, hail, and sleet.

2. Ensure Proper Installation

To get the best performance out of your roofing materials, they need to be properly installed. You want to find a professional roofer to work on your home, one who stands behind the quality of their workmanship. Greenawalt Roofing offers a 12-year workmanship guarantee. At the completion of your installation, we’ll provide you with a certificate of craftsmanship for the work performed.

When you’re evaluating different roofers, consider things like:

  • The Company’s Reputation: Find out how long they’ve been in business, and ensure they have a fixed physical address out of which they operate. What do past customers have to say about them? Consult customer testimonials on their website and third-party reviews from sources like Google or Facebook.

  • Insurance: Your roofer needs to have both General Liability and Worker's Compensation insurance to keep you, your home, and their crews protected.

  • Warranties: Most reputable roofers will offer workmanship warranties (these cover problems that are associated with the work they perform).

3. Install a Good Attic Ventilation System

Your attic needs to be well ventilated to prevent heat and moisture from damaging rafters, shingles, and insulation. Roofing experts and building codes typically recommend one square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space, though the exact ratio will depend on your roof structure and climate.

4. Use Flashing to Waterproof Your Chimney & Skylights

Flashing is pieces of material that are installed around potential weak spots such as chimneys, vents, or skylights to keep water from sneaking in:

  • If your flashing is still in good condition, your roofer might be able to reuse them. This is especially the case if they are stepped into a wall. Your roofer might also be able to apply additional caulking, which will help strengthen your roof’s water-tight barrier.

  • If your flashing is older, they’ll need to be replaced. An experienced roofer will remove and measure the existing flashing, and then custom bend new parts before installing them securely and correctly.

Understanding the reasons why a new roof can fail will help you choose a professional and trustworthy roofer who will leave you confident in the durability of your new roof. Give Greenawalt Roofing a call at (717)898-6000 to schedule your free roof replacement estimate today!

Front Door Styles

Front Door Styles

A front door is a home’s first chance to make a good impression. After all, your front door is the first thing visitors see when they approach your home, so it’s important that it makes the right statement.

In addition to enhancing the exterior of your home for your own enjoyment, a sturdy and attractive front door can also help with curb appeal when the time comes to sell your home.

According to Remodeling Magazine, replacing your front entry door is a high-value project, as homeowners generally recoup 91.3 percent of the costs upon resale. 

Finally, a quality, durable replacement door can provide an added level of safety and security for you and your family. According to the FBI, a burglary takes place about every 20 seconds in the United States and 34 percent of burglars are able to enter through the front door. Built tough, today’s solid wood, fiberglass, and steel doors tend to feature door handles and high-quality locking mechanisms constructed of superior metal for extra durability.

Whether modern or classic, a well-crafted front door is the perfect marriage of form and function. With today’s wide variety of styles and materials, it’s easy and economical to transform a basic front door into a grand entrance.

  • Entry doors. Your entry door gives visitors to your home a glimpse of your personality and your style! There are a wide variety of classic and modern looks that provide practical solutions as well as the aesthetics that make your home stand out. From classic wood grain to decorative glass doors, there are endless ways to customize.

  • Double entry doors. Unlike a simple front entry door that opens to one side, double doors part in the middle, leading guests into the center of your entryway. Double entry doors work particularly well on larger homes where the overall scale of the home won’t be overwhelmed by such a large and dramatic entry point.

  • French doors. Composed of panels of glass, French doors are particularly beloved because they allow for some privacy, while letting in a ton of sunlight and blurring the boundary between indoors and outdoors. Popular for both exterior and interior use, French doors traditionally come in pairs (like double entry doors), open from the middle and either swing in or swing out. To provide an extra level of privacy, homeowners often install curtains or blinds.

  • Patio doors. Beautiful as well as functional, patio or sliding glass doors bring the outdoors inside. These space-saving sliding glass doors come in many styles and colors, and feature triple weather stripping for improved insulation and energy efficiency.

  • Storm doors. Adding a storm door to your entryway door is a wise investment. Storm doors create a barrier against bad weather, protecting your front door from the brunt of bad weather. They can also help reduce air leaks and be used for ventilation in the summer. Storm doors can also be customized with numerous screen and glass options.

Maintaining Your Asphalt Roof

Maintaining Your Asphalt Roof

6 Steps to Maintain Your Asphalt Roof

There's a reason why "At least we have a roof over our heads” is a popular expression. A good, sturdy roof means safety and comfort for you and your family. On the other hand, a roof that’s not doing its job can cause costly damage to the home and its contents.

Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type of roofing in the United States. They’re economical, long-lasting, and they do a great job keeping the roof weather-tight. But they also cover hundreds or thousands of square feet on a house and they’re exposed to strong sun, wind and hail over the course of many years. Of course, things can go wrong over time.

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1. Inspect Indoors

Start your roof inspection inside the house by examining your ceiling. If you see dark areas on ceilings, damp spots near a fireplace or wood stove chimney, peeling paint near roof overhangs, or water stains on pipes that vent your furnace or water heater through the roof, you may have roof leaks.

2. Examine Shingles

After every major storm and at least once a year, inspect the asphalt shingles themselves. Using binoculars to view the roof from the ground, look for shingles that are missing, torn, or shifted out of place. Look also for shingles that are warped, curled, or lifting at the bottom edge. Any of these problems could allow water to get to the roofs underlayment during the next hard storm, causing leaks and rot.

3. Check Flashing

Flashing is narrow strips of metal or vinyl around skylights, chimneys, and attic vents. Make sure the flashing is all in place and that caulking around its edges is intact and not cracked. If you have steel flashing, look for signs of rust as well.

4. Inspect Boots

Check to see if the rubber boots around vent pipes are cracked or torn, and that caulking around them is sound too. If the boots are beginning to deteriorate, it's time to replace them.

5. Look for Moss and Lichen

If you find clumps of lichen or moss or any other plants growing on your roof, it might mean that the roof is suffering from major decay. Have the roof inspected by an expert. Moss killer is usually applied in the fall, and moss swept off the roof in the spring.

6. Schedule Professional Inspection

There’s a lot you can’t see from the ground, so it’s recommended that homeowners have their roof inspected annually by a roofing professional.

Give Greenawalt Roofing a call at (717) 898-6000 for your free roof inspection!

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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.