How to Keep Your Roof in Tiptop Shape

Roofing Maintenance Certain roofs seem to last longer. Why is that? There are several reasons one person’s roof stays in good shape while another person’s roof needs repairs or replacement sooner than later.

For starters, if your roof is near leafy trees, you’ll probably notice the leaves end up discoloring your shingles over time. Moss and other stuff may end up growing on roofs where wet leaves congregate over time. One solution to keeping your roof in good shape is to have any trees close to the house cut down or at least trimmed so their branches and leaves don’t interfere with the roof’s overall well-being. Imagine a giant branch overhanging onto your roof, hitting it every time the wind blows– that’s bound to do some damage, right?

If tree leaves and branches don’t mess with your roof, then water’s another potential problem that could cause you to need a whole new roof. Water needs to be whisked away off the roof rather than linger there. Your downspouts and gutters need to be working properly at all times, including during cold, icy winters, in order for your roof to function at its best. Anytime water accumulates on a roof, that’s not a good thing!

While you may feel you can see your roof from down below, the reality is that it’s better to have a professional climb up there once a year or so and take a look around, seeing if there are any problems or potential problems, such as a raccoon making a nest up there or some missing shingles you cannot see from down below. People who have their roofs checked by a professional on an annual or semi-annual basis are bound to have roofs that stay in good shape over the years simply because they’re being checked instead of forgotten.

Finally, ventilation is truly key if you want to maintain a good roof over time. For instance, if you notice cracking or curling of shingles, then something’s amiss with your ventilation.

Want to have Roofing by Bruce come and inspect your roof to assess how it’s currently doing and whether or not it’ll need repairs or replacing anytime soon? Please call Roofing by Bruce today at 570-424-7250.

 

The Advantages of Adding Skylights to Your Home

Skylights Are you making an effort to make your home as energy efficient as possible? Installing skylights is one great way to do it. When you have skylights in your home, you won’t have to worry about turning the lights on during the day. This will help cut down on the amount of energy that you use, and it will save you money in the process. In some cases, skylights can also be used to trim your cooling costs since opening them can make a big difference in a warm home. Here are some of the other benefits that you will enjoy when you have skylights installed.

Your home will get lots of natural light.

There are a lot of people who wish that they could get more natural light in their homes. Nevertheless, this can be difficult in certain rooms. Skylights allow for more natural light to enter homes because of where they are positioned. They can also make rooms feel more open and airy once they are installed.

Your home will be ventilated better.

Many homes feel warm and stuffy during the spring and summer because they don’t get enough ventilation. Even when the windows are open, warm air ends up getting trapped inside of homes and making them uncomfortable. Skylights provide for better ventilation because they push warm air up and out of homes and allow for cooler, fresher air to replace it. You will notice an immediate difference when you have skylights installed in your home.

Your home will be more private.

There are certain rooms in your home, like bathrooms, where you want a lot of natural light but you don’t want large windows that allow for all of your neighbors to look into your home. Skylights make it easy to get as much natural light into rooms as possible without using regular windows. You can maintain your privacy in bathrooms, bedrooms, and other rooms without having to sacrifice light.

Would you like to install skylights in your home, or do you have existing skylights that need to be repaired? Roofing by Bruce can assist you with all of your skylight needs. Call us at 570-424-8891 today for more information on the services we can provide for you.

The Importance of Having Your Chimney Inspected

Chimney There’s nothing like coming home at the end of a long day and building a fire in the fireplace inside of your house. It can create a relaxing environment for you and your family and keep your home warm in the wintertime. Nevertheless, if you plan on using the fireplace in your home on a regular basis, you need to have your chimney inspected and maintained properly every year. It could prevent a catastrophe from taking place. Here are three reasons you need to have your chimney inspected.

A chimney inspection can prevent a chimney fire from taking place.

Over time, the inside of your chimney can get clogged up with creosote, a substance that looks a lot like tar and is a byproduct of burning pieces of wood in a fireplace. If this creosote builds up enough, it can actually catch on fire and produce a chimney fire that you may not even detect until it’s too late. Chimney fires can cause damage to the walls of a home and the roof, and if you don’t catch them in time, they can even burn down your entire home. A chimney inspector will be able to detect the buildup of creosote and do something about it.

A chimney inspection can keep carbon monoxide out of your home.

If your chimney is clogged up with creosote or the flue inside of your chimney isn’t working properly, the carbon monoxide that is created when you start a fire won’t have any way to get out of your home. Therefore, it will often build up inside of your house, and it can cause serious illnesses and sometimes even death. Thousands of people die due to carbon monoxide poisoning every year, and many of those deaths are tied to chimneys. It’s why you should have your chimney inspected before using your fireplace regularly.

A chimney inspection can stop smoke from doing damage to your fireplace.

In addition to putting your family at risk for a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning, a malfunctioning chimney can also cause smoke damage to your fireplace. A chimney that is backed up with creosote and soot will often send smoke back into a home. This smoke can damage the front of your fireplace as well as any furniture and carpeting surrounding your fireplace. It can result in a big mess inside of your house.

All of these chimney issues can be very serious. Fortunately, you can prevent them easily by having a chimney inspection done. Roofing by Bruce can inspect your chimney for you, clean it, and perform any repairs that need to be completed. Call us at 570-424-7250 today to set up a chimney inspection.

Should You Be Concerned About Moss on Your Roof?

Moss on RoofMoss on your roof can be a common occurrence, especially during rainy, humid weather. While moss may seem harmless, it can actually cause serious damage to your roof.

What Is Moss?

Moss is a plant that thrives in wet environments and can grow just about anywhere. When its spores become airborne, they often land on roofs and collect in the spaces between shingles. Moss will grow the most in areas of the roof that are shaded and/or do not receive much sun exposure. If these areas are not dried out, the moss will soak up the rainwater like a sponge.

What Does Moss Do to Roofs?

Because of all the moisture it holds, moss can cause mold and decay. Depending on the severity of the moss growth, the damage could even affect the structure of your house or cause leaks, which can lead to mold and decay inside the home. From major roof issues to cosmetic repairs, treating moss on your roof can be extensive and costly if left unchecked.

How Can I Get Rid of Moss On My Roof?

There are several methods for removing moss from your roof. If your moss issue is not severe, you can try using a brush or broom to remove it. If you have a more significant amount of growth, you can try installing zinc or copper flashing, which dissolves in the rain and kills the moss.

The best way to assess and treat moss on your roof, however, is to contact a professional. If you’re in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, enlist the help of your neighborhood experts at Roofing by Bruce. From inspections to installations, Roofing by Bruce can handle any of your roofing needs. Contact us today!

Situations that Could Lead to Emergency Roof Repairs or Replacement

Rubber RoofingRoofing by Bruce keeps in contact with roof material manufacturers in order to know and understand the best ways to install today’s roofs as well as see what current material improvements are available. Serving the people, homes and buildings of the Poconos, Roofing by Bruce is located in East Stroudsburg, PA, and often gets calls about potential emergency situations that require a roof repair or replacement. What are some of those situations?

Examples of Emergency Roofing Situations

If your roof gets struck by lightning, you might need a roof repair, right? Lightning storms roll through Pennsylvania and occasionally mess with roofs creating fire hazards that require quick fixes. Furthermore, if and when there’s a fire in a person’s home, that fire could negatively affect the roof, requiring a visit from Roofing by Bruce to assess any damage and figure out what needs to be done to ensure the roof stays safe and doesn’t collapse. \When gutters go bad and flashing doesn’t work as intended, water on the roof can get out of control to the point where shingles are ruined. If you notice curled or loose shingles on your roof, you might have a water problem up there. Water damage to the roof can lead to dangerous leaks, so it’s important to have a professional assess what needs fixing or replacement so no one gets hurt and/or rooms in the house aren’t ruined by terrible water leaks.

No one likes natural disasters, especially when they’re too close to home. If and when a tornado comes through town, and/or an intense storm filled with wind, rain, hail or snow hits the Poconos, nature could (and often does) wreck havoc with roofs. Nature is responsible for plenty of calls to Roofing by Bruce.

Finally, while most roofs are well-made and installed properly, sometimes faulty manufacturing or improper installation creates an emergency situation that calls for roof repair or replacement. It’s important to choose wisely when picking people to work on your roof– a guy in a van going around the neighborhood, knocking on your door and offering to do roof work at rock bottom prices often leads to calls to Roofing by Bruce to fix the poor workmanship.

 

Tips For Selecting a Roofing Company

Roofing ContractorsIf and when you want to have roof work done, you’re going to need to hire a roofing company. Not all roofing companies are equal. Some are professional and legit, while others are “fly by night” and will scam you out of your hard earned money. What, then, are some tips for selecting a roofing company?

According to the BBB (Better Business Bureau) a legit roofing company should be able to show you several things, including their business license, local references, as well as evidence that they have both general liability and workers comp insurance. Furthermore, they should show you written manufacturer warranties and offer you their credentials.

Only Work With Licensed and Insured Contractors

When looking for a roofing company, you’ll want to work with licensed and insured contractors. Don’t be afraid to ask to see written testimonials of their past work, and, if available, phone numbers or emails of past clients so you can check with them and get their opinions. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau as well as online review sites to see about their overall reputation in the community.

Rather than rely on oral promises, get everything in writing so there’s a paper trail should something come into question– or if something goes wrong. A lot of times people go with the cheapest offer from one company (after checking with a couple of them) but remember this: you get what you pay for.

Before “the job” begins, get a copy of the final, signed contract so you have it in your possession. If a contractor asks you to pay for the whole thing first, before any work is done, steer clear of that; it’s better to pay a one-third deposit initially, and then pay in full after the work is completed and to your satisfaction. Avoid paying in cash.

As for roofing repairs, ask someone you trust to look over the repair contract before you sign on the dotted line. It’s always a smart idea to have a second set of eyes look over contracts.

You’re welcome to ask around and see what people say about Pennsylvania’s Roofing by Bruce. And, if you have any questions, feel free to call the office at 570-424-8891.

Reasons to Have Your Roof Inspected

Roof Inspections“If you can feel raindrops in your living room, you might need to have your roof inspected.” Somehow that sounds like a Jeff Foxworthy joke right there. Indeed, a hole in a roof is no joke, and unless you want to get wet every time it rains, you might need Roofing by Bruce of East Stroudsburg, PA, to come take a professional look.

Roofs, like most things, wear out over time, and eventually they need repairs and/or replacements. Generally, though, people don’t pay too much attention to the roof on their house. Oh sure, it’s there, but it’s high above them, they generally don’t see it up close– ever– and as long as it seems like everything’s a-okay, then a roof tends to be forgotten.

So what would be some reasons to have your roof inspected? For starters, roofs should be checked on in order to extend their life. After all, a quick inspection today could find a small problem that can be fixed before it turns into a big problem, right? Roofs, ideally, should be checked twice a year– after the coldest weather and after the hottest weather. In reality, that doesn’t happen often, but in theory, it’s a good idea.

As for inspections, people like the folks from Roofing by Bruce are going to climb atop the roof and check for signs of extreme weathering as well as aging.  Are there any openings in the roof that a person can’t see from down below? What about storm damage up there? Wind, hail, snow, and ice can damage a roof and a professional knows what to specifically look for when he or she’s on the job. They also look for rotting wood, mold, wet insulation and signs of leaks. Inspectors also examine how well a roof is performing with regards to its slope and its drainage.

There are a couple other reasons to have a professional roof inspection. Insurance companies may require that a professional inspect a roof. For security purposes, skylights and hatches may need proper securing to prevent thieves from getting into the building. In addition, finally, if warranty repairs are needed, they’re found out by inspectors who can verify that yes, the repairs really do need to be done.

To schedule a roof inspection in the East Stroudsburg area, email Roofing by Bruce today at info@brucescentral.com.

Five Leading Sources of Roofing Leaks

Roof LeaksIf you’ve ever suffered a roof leak, you know what a problem it can be. There are many reasons that leaks can form, and the truth is that even the most structurally sound new roofs can have a problem after a few years on the job. Let’s explore the five leading causes of roof leaks so that you can keep watch for these issues and prevent them from happening at your property.

Shingles

If you notice a leak inside your home, missing, cracked or loose shingles may be the culprit. Shingles have a pretty tough job to do, considering they’re exposed to the elements at all times. If you have asphalt, tile or clay shingles on your roof, it’s important to give them a visual inspection regularly to look for damage. Fixing a crooked shingle or replacing a few that were blown off in a storm can save you from a major headache down the road.

Chimneys

Chimneys are vital ventilation structures, but are designed to extend through the roof at many homes and businesses. That means your roof needs to be properly sealed around the chimney to prevent water from getting in. The mortar could also crack in the brickwork of the chimney and allow water to penetrate into the home. Prevent chimney leaks by regularly checking the area around the chimney and take any crack in sealant or your chimney seriously – even a hairline crack – as it could quickly become a serious problem.

Vent Flashings

Vents in your roof are often held together with rubber seals, and if they become lose or the rubber starts to erode, you’ll have a leak. Keep an eye on the roof area underneath these vents, and if you see signs of water, have it repaired quickly. Like chimneys, these are purpose-built holes in the roof, so make sure to check the area around vents regularly and take action at the first sign of any cracking, wear or damage.

Valleys

Valleys, according to Freshome, are the areas where two planes of your roof come together. They have to be sealed tightly, or rainwater and even leaves, sticks and other debris can collect behind them and cause a nightmare of a leak. Heavy rains and ice can cause valley leaks to happen more readily, so keep an eye on these sensitive areas.

Ice Dams

Ice dams occur when a ridge of ice forms at the edge of your roof, which prevents the melting snow from dripping off the roof. Water sitting idle on your roof’s surface can wreak havoc, leading to leaks. The longer an ice dam exists, the more time that water has to penetrate into and underneath roofing materials where it can refreeze, expanding and leading to greater damages. To prevent ice dams, make sure your roof is properly vented. If you see a dam forming, you can break it up with a roof rake or use an ice melting product, but be careful to choose a substance that is noncorrosive that won’t cause further damage to the roof.

For more information on how to prevent roof leaks or to speak to the experts at Roofing by Bruce to have a leak fixed or your roof inspected, call us today at 570-424-7250.

 

Four Reasons to Invest in Metal Roofing

Four Reasons to Invest in Metal Roofing

Installing a metal roof on your home or business isn’t always the cheapest options, but that extra investment price can pay off greatly in the long term. There’s a range of benefits associated with making the choice to install metal roofing versus other conventional materials. Let’s explore four ways that metal roofing can benefit your building today and well into the future.

They will last significantly longer than other types of roofing.

If you’re going to invest in a roof, shouldn’t you invest in one that will last you for a long time? Traditional shingles are only designed to last for about 15 or 20 years. At best, you will probably only get up to 30 years out of other roofing options. But metal roofs can last 50 years or longer. That means you won’t ever have to worry about replacing it once you’re put one on and can get a roof that lasts two or even three times as long as a shingled roof.

They can be made to look like a variety of different surfaces.

One of the biggest knocks on metal roofing, outside of the price, used to be the look of it – it didn’t necessarily look like it should be one of the most expensive roofing options. But these days, metal roofs can be made to look like wood, stone and many other materials instead. There are so many options for home and business owners to choose from when it comes to the aesthetics of their metal roofs.

They are fire-resistant.

If safety is a major concern for you, you really can’t go wrong with a metal roof. They are fire-resistant, so in the event of a fire in your home or business, your roof will be protected. It also means that if neighbors are having bonfires or if people are shooting off fireworks near your business, the roof will resist any stray sparks and keep your property secure.

They will shed water and snow very easily.

Here in Pennsylvania, snowy roofs are common in the wintertime. With a metal roof, you won’t have to worry about that snow sticking around for very long. Metal roofing sheds water and snow better than most other roofs, so that snow and rain will slide right off and help reduce the load on your roof.

Are you thinking a metal roof might be the best option for you? Roofing by Bruce can fill you in on everything you need to know about metal roofing and its many advantages and work with you on your roof replacement or new installation project. Reach out to us at 570-424-7250 today and discover why metal roofs are becoming more popular than ever.

All About Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are so common on roofs today that it is hard to imagine roofing before these shingles became popular. However ubiquitous they are today, asphalt shingles didn’t begin to be widely used for roofing until the early part of the 19th century. Let’s take a look back at the history of the development and evolution of asphalt shingles.

Asphalt ShinglesThe style of asphalt shingles that are used today actually evolved from an earlier, mid-19th century style of roof coating. Around 1840, a roofing material was developed that used layers of felt saturated with coal tar. This material was produced as a rolled sheet, as the Canadian Asphalt Shingle Manufacturers’ Association notes, and the surface of the tar-soaked felt was covered with ground shells or sand to form a protective layer.

Around the turn of the 20th century, this rolled felt roofing material began to be cut into strips to form individual shingles. Cutting the tar-saturated felt into shingles made it easier to handle and install.  This development was the predecessor to today’s asphalt shingles.

Through the early part of the 20th century, the process for manufacturing shingles continued to evolve. The coal tar that was originally used to saturate the felt was replaced with asphalt, and throughout the middle of the 20th century, various attempts were made to improve the wind resistance of these asphalt shingles. The first attempt used a diamond cut pattern, which later evolved into shingles designed to be placed in an interlocking configuration. By the 1950s and ’60s, the original rag felt was replaced with a cellulosic felt, while additional color options and single strip shingles started to appear on the market in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Modern asphalt shingles continue to build on this history that dates back to the 19th century. Today, asphalt shingles are offered in two primary styles. These are dimensional or architectural shingles and the more traditional three-tab shingles. Another modern development is that the organic felt that was used as a base for asphalt shingles for several decades is being replaced with a fiberglass base, while new laminate shingles are offering even greater protection and waterproofing.

Modern shingles are more durable and reliable than ever, and today’s three-tab shingles may last 15 years or longer, while architectural shingles may last 30 years or more. Of course, a professional installation is essential for a roof to perform as expected. At Roofing by Bruce, we are experienced in installing roofs that will hold up to winter in the Poconos. We use a Nor-Eastern nailing pattern that provides additional resistance to the sever ice, snow, wind and rain that’s common in this part of the country, helping ensure your roof lasts through anything that nature throws at it. Contact us today at 570-424-7250 to learn more or to request a quote for a roof repair or replacement.