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.

Cedar or Shingles: What’s the Better Roofing Option?

Cedar Shake Roof

Are you currently in the market for a new roof for your home? There are many different roofing options that you can choose from, but two of the most popular types are asphalt shingles and cedar shake. If you are trying to decide which of these options is the best choice for your home, let’s take a look at the advantages of each to help you make the best decision.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have been used on residential homes for about a century now, and they have become one of the most common types of roofing for homeowners. Simply take a look at the homes in your neighborhood – no doubt that many feature asphalt shingles. Shingles are one of the most affordable options for roofing and are available in a variety of different styles. Easy to install, these shingles will provide your roof with the protection that it needs. As long as shingles are properly installed and fastened, they can last for two decades or longer with only minimal maintenance required.

Cedar Shake RoofCedar Shake

Cedar shake roofing has also become very popular for a number of reasons. Cedar is a very beautiful type of wood, which means that cedar shake roofing will serve as a decorative feature of your home once it’s installed. Cedar shake roofing is also very durable and resistant to even the worst weather and storm conditions. While cedar shake generally comes at a premium compared to asphalt shingles, it will last significantly longer and will also make your home more energy efficient, providing better insulation than other roofing options. That means you will recoup some of the initial upfront costs of installing cedar over time.

Regardless of whether you opt to install shingles, cedar shake or another type of roofing option like slate, metal or rubber, Roofing by Bruce can get the job done for you. We can speak with you about the different roofing material options that might be best for your home or business and provide you with complete tear off and installation of your new roof. All of our projects are backed with our knowledge and expertise in roof installation that means you can trust the safety and protection of your roof for years to come. Call us at 570-424-7250 to schedule a roofing consultation today.

Roof Inspection: How Often Should You Inspect?

They always say that it is a blessing to have a “roof over your head,” and that is certainly true, but what happens when that roof fails? The answer is nothing good.

Roof InspectionYour roof protects you, your family and your belongings from the elements and it must be cared for properly so that it can continue to offer shelter for years of use and abuse through rain, wind, snow, hail and more. Even a small leak in a roof can lead to major issues, so it is important that you keep it well maintained and in good condition. How can you know if your roof is in need of repairs, though, with it largely out of sight? Regular roof inspections.

Having your roof inspected professional is a first step in making sure that your roof is in good shape and ready to weather any storm. As a general rule, you should have your roof inspected twice every year – once in the spring to assess any damage from the winter snow and ice and again in the fall to ensure that your roof is prepared to handle the next cold season. These times fall between the hot extremes of summer and the bitter cold of winter, and give you an opportunity on either end to make improvements or repairs that might be needed to prepare you for the season ahead.

Roof inspections are necessary because the elements regularly impact it. There doesn’t have to be a major hail storm for your roof to take a hit. Your roof’s exposure to regular sun, rain, wind and temperature fluctuations will eventually lead to wear of shingles and degradation of the roof membrane over time, requiring regular repairs and maintenance to prevent issues from worsening.

Performing inspections at these regular bi-annual intervals is also important simply for your ability to detect problems. Roofing issues can often be hidden until they aren’t, such as a slow leak that has allowed mold to grow in your attic for years but never been detected until staining appears on your ceilings. You can’t repair problems you aren’t aware of, and you don’t want to let even the smallest threat to become a major issue down the road.

When you or an expert inspects your roof, it is essential that you check for any and all warning signs or roofing issues. Be sure to caulking and sealant around skylights or chimneys, look for missing, broken or blistering shingles, inspect chimney caps for damage and even look inside at the attic space for any signs of mold. Beyond the two annual visual inspections, you should also have a formal moisture survey done at least once a year to ensure that mold does not become a major issue.

If you want to get a roof inspection by a company that you can trust, then look no further than the experts at Roofing by Bruce. We will provide a full review and give you a comprehensive report with our findings. We can also make repairs, perform maintenance work and – if needed – perform full roof replacements. Don’t put your dwelling at risk. Call us today at 570-424-7250 to schedule an inspection appointment this spring.

Fascia: What Is It and Why Does It Matter

Fascia plays a very important role in the overall well-being of your home’s roof. But unless you’ve experienced a problem with your roof in the past, there’s a pretty good chance that you don’t actually know what fascia boards are or what purpose they serve when it comes to your roof. It’s important for homeowners to learn more about fascia boards and what they do so that they can identify any early signs of issues and avoid the problems that can come from faulty, rotten or failing fascia.

Fascia BoardsFascia boards are located below the edge of your roof, and they run along the entirety of your roofline. These are the front-facing boards that give your roof a finished look and to make your roofline aesthetic clean and even. Many homeowners even paint their fascia boards to match the color schemes of the rest of their houses or roofs, providing a more complete look to the home.

But this is far from the only reason for fascia to be installed in the first place. In addition to making homes look great, fascia boards are also used to offer support for a home’s gutters and drainage. Without fascia, the gutters and drain pipes wouldn’t have a place to attach to. These boards also seal the edges of the roof frame work, preventing strong winds from driving snow or rain into the substructure. They also prevent birds, squirrels or other animals and insects from gaining entry, keeping your roof area moisture and pest free.

Fascia boards can be damaged as a result of inclement weather, downed trees and more. They can also weather and wear, leading to rotting or weakened boards, which can make supporting gutters impossible. We offer fascia board replacement and other roofing repairs and new roof installation. We would be happy to give your roof a look and make any necessary repairs. If you suspect that your fascia has been compromised, reach out to Roofing by Bruce at 570-424-7250 today to find out about our fascia repair services.

Rubber Roofing: Advantages for Your Business

Winter is in full swing, but soon spring will be upon us, exposing your roof for the first time in months and allowing you to see how well it fared the cold and snowy season. If you find that your roof is in shambles after a season exposed to ice and snow, you may be able to make piecework repairs, but it may be better to replace your roof altogether. If you’re thinking of replacing your worn roof or if you’re constructing a new building, one leading option to consider is a rubber roof.

Rubber Roofing A perfect option for structures with a low sloped or flat roof, rubber roofing offers a range of benefits for commercial and industrial structures. To start, rubber roofing is incredibly easy to repair. Unlike many traditional roof styles, where you may need to tear up worn tiling before placing new material down, you can simply cut out worn or damaged areas of a rubber roof to make quick and easy fixes to your roof.

Rubber roofing is also a great option for another reason: cost. Rubber roof materials are typically much less expensive, both at installation as well as during maintenance and repairs. It also is incredibly waterproof, meaning you will have a far reduced concern about water penetration than you would with tar or shingling. Finally, rubber is also a very durable and long-lasting option, as well, with roofs often lasting 30 years or more before needing to be replaced. This provides you with a reliable roof that will last for decades.

The professional team at Roofing by Bruce can handle the roofing installation, maintenance and repair needs at your business in East Stroudsburg or elsewhere in the Pennsylvania Poconos. Our team can assess your situation on site, advising you on your options and providing you with a quote for your needs. Call the Roofing by Bruce team today at 570-424-7250 to learn more or to schedule an appointment for an estimate.

Soffits: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Today we’re going to look at the reasons soffits are so important. Before we get into that, though, let’s back up and clear up something more important: What really are soffits?

Soffits A soffit is the area between the outer wall of a house and the overhang of the roof. It is usually made of aluminum and vinyl. Most of us see and benefit from the presence soffits on a daily basis, but not many of us know their name or why they are important.

While it may seem that soffits exist to help make a roof edge look more complete, their purpose is actually more than simply aesthetics. While they can be decorated and painted to enhance a home’s look, they also provide an important finishing touch to a building. Without soffits, rafters and structural beams would be visible and exposed from below. This could allow these foundational innards of the roof to be exposed to the elements. An open rafter is much more likely to become rotten, mold ridden, water damaged or simply worn down.

Soffits also protect you and your family from unwanted wild animals that might otherwise decide that your roof and attic area might be a nice place to live. Soffits prevent raccoons, squirrels, bats and birds from entering your attic and setting up a home. A well-constructed and closed soffit can save you the money you would have otherwise spent on animal control. In addition to keeping pests out of your attic, soffits also facilitate efficient attic ventilation, too. These simple overhang areas do so much more than provide a finishing look, providing a combination of important function and home design.

Soffit installation and repair is one of the many services offered through Roofing by Bruce. By keeping an open line of communication with our manufacturers, our workflow is fast and reliable. We cover soffits, fascia, flashing, ridge vents and flat and low sloped roofs and can handle anything from minor repairs to major replacements. To find out more, give us a call today at 570-424-7250.

 

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