Tips For Winterizing Your Roof

Winterizing Your Roof The winter months can wreak havoc on the roof of your home. Between dumping snow on it and subjecting it to freezing-cold temperatures, you can run into all sorts of roofing issues in the wintertime if you aren’t careful. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your rough survives another winter. Check out a few tips for winterizing your roof below.

Clean debris out of your gutters.

During the fall, your gutters can quickly fill up with leaves, sticks, dirt, and other debris. This can create clogs in your gutter system and make it difficult for water to make its way out of them when it rains. In the event that the water doesn’t leave your gutters, it will often freeze once winter starts and block your gutters completely. It can then cause snow and water to pile up on your roof and pull your gutters away from your home. This can lead to a lot of damage, which is why it’s easier to just clean your gutters out in the first place.

Check the insulation in your attic.

Does your attic have enough insulation in it? If not, it can affect the ventilation in your attic space and lead to heat loss through your roof. This can cause ice dams and icicles to form off your roof and do damage to it. The fall is a good time to inspect your attic to see if the insulation is doing its job. Replacing your insulation might save you from issues with your roofing in the winter.

Trimming trees hanging over your roof.

When snow and ice forms on tree branches, it can make them very heavy and cause them to break and fall during the winter. Therefore, you don’t want to have any branches hanging over your house in the winter. If you notice them in the fall, you should take the time to trim them so that your roof isn’t at risk of getting hit by a falling branch in the winter. A small amount of trimming can prevent a giant issue with falling branches.

Do you need help with any aspect of your roof before winter hits? Bruce’s Central has experienced roofers who are ready to inspect and repair roofs prior to the winter season. Call us at 570-424-7250 to schedule our roofing services.

The Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal RoofBuilding a new roof or replacing an existing one is a major and important undertaking. With several kinds of materials to choose from, picking the best option can be overwhelming. While the idea of a metal roof might not immediately come to mind, its popularity is on the rise because of its durability, longevity, and versatility.

Durability

Roofs need to be able to stand up against the elements and metal is a great resilient material to do just that. Metal roofs have been proven to survive everything from heavy rain and snowfall to fire to pests. Some can even sustain wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour! Metal roofs are also resistant to erosion and cracking, and depending on the type of metal you select it can even be impact-resistant. Because of these durable characteristics, metal roofs also don’t require as much periodic maintenance that other roofing materials do.

Longevity

Metal roofs are the perfect choice for the long haul. While your average wood or asphalt shingle roofs will last anywhere from 15-30 years, metal roofs can last for 60-70 years! Since metal roofs are less likely to rot, crack, experience mold growth and other harmful issues that most roofs are, metal roofs end up having a much longer lifespan. That longer lifespan will save you from costly repair and replace costs. Metal roofs can even help you save on energy costs during the warmer months, as metal will reflect heat from the sun.

Versatility

Metal roofs have come a long way from their industrial beginnings. Today, you can customize the color and design of your metal roof to achieve just the look you’re hoping for. Metal roofs can even mimic traditional styles like shingles and slate.

If you have any roofing questions, contact Bruce’s Central today.

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.