Can You Have Your Roof Repaired in the Winter?

Roofing in the Winter

Roofing in the Winter It’s 29 degrees in East Stroudsburg, PA. There’s snow covering the houses, stores, restaurants and motels in the area. Meanwhile, there was an ice storm last night, and some of the trees have lost their branches because they couldn’t handle the weight. The wind is howling and even the dogs don’t want to go outside. It’s winter in Pennsylvania. People are dreaming of a Florida vacation.

For some reason, there’s something wrong with your roof. Do you even call Roofing by Bruce to come take a look? The answer is yes… you can… even in the winter.

While most roofs get repaired when the weather is “nicer,” even in the dead of winter you can have yours fixed. There might be a couple material limitations and some “challenges” to get the job done if the weather is particularly bad, but suffice it to say that roofers work in all types of weather conditions.

If you had, say, a big hole in your roof that suddenly appeared in February and it was letting all the heat out of your home, obviously you’d want to get it fixed right away. This can be done by Roofing by Bruce. You don’t want to “let it wait” ‘til Spring, because even a small leak lets moisture in, and when moisture gets in the house, bad things happen.

Interestingly, some roofers prefer working in the winter compared to summer, when the temperatures “up there” can get uncomfortably hot! Did you know, for instance, that if it’s around 90 degrees in PA some summer day, then it’s 120 on the roof? Yikes!

In the winter, if there is snow on your roof, it usually takes the guys about a half an hour or hour to shovel it off.

If you have a rubber roof, in that case it makes sense to wait ‘til the weather warms up to make repairs, because adhesives that seal it freeze under 40 degrees and do not bond. Most people, however, have asphalt roofs, and those can be repaired/replaced in the winter. Please contact Roofing by Bruce if you’re concerned about your problematic roof right now. Use this online form:

Why You Should Have Your Roof Periodically Inspected

Roof Inspections The roof is a vitally important part of your home, though it is easy to forget about since it is mostly out of sight and out of mind. Despite the fact that roofs are often easy to ignore, there are real benefits to having it inspected by a roofing professional. These are a few reasons why you should have your roof periodically inspected:

  • Planning

Roof repair or replacement often involves a considerable investment. Routine inspections allow you to plan for major repairs and to budget accordingly. Periodic roof inspections help you avoid unpleasant and expensive surprises.

  • Exposure

The roof on your home is subject to the worst conditions the weather can throw at it. Blazing summer sun with UV exposure and heat, frigid cold with ice and snow loads, and wind that tries to shred the roof to pieces. All of these and more are experienced by your roof each year. Periodic roof inspections look for damage that may have occurred over the previous year and allow you to take steps to prevent any problems from becoming worse.

  • Prevention

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, according to one old proverb. This holds true with the roof on your home as well. The best way to make your roof last as long as possible, and to avoid unnecessary repair bills, is to maintain your roof to prevent larger, more expensive problems from developing. Of course, the best way to know when there is a developing problem that needs your attention is with a periodic roof inspection.

  • Warranty

Most professionally installed roofs now include a warranty. This is great news for homeowners since replacing the roof on their home is a significant investment. The manufacturer’s warranty may be affected or even voided if you fail to maintain the roof, however. The best way to prevent problems and to be sure the roof warranty will be honored is to have the roof inspected periodically by a professional.

At Bruce’s Central, we understand that home maintenance is an important investment. We aim to provide professional, cost effective services. Contact us today at 570-424-8891 to learn more or to schedule a roof inspection for your home.

How to Prevent Ice Dams From Forming On Your Roof

Ice Dams Do you have ice dams forming on the edges of your roof? At first glance, they might look very pretty. Ice dams will make your home appear wintry, which is why many homeowners don’t give them a second thought. However, they can also cause extensive damage to your home’s roof and your gutter system, so you should do whatever you can to prevent them from popping up after a big snowstorm. Check out some tips for preventing ice dams on your roof below.

Learn more about why ice dams form in the first place.

Before you start trying to prevent ice dams, you need to learn about why they form. Ice dams form when snow melts on your roof as a result of a warm attic. Water from the snow trickles down the roof, but before it makes it to your home’s gutter system; it encounters the cold roof edge and freezes again. Once there, it collects other water from melting snow and eventually forms a large block of ice known as an ice dam. It can quickly spiral out of control and end up being very large, depending on how much snow you have on the warmth level of your roof.

Find better ways to insulate your attic.

To prevent these ice dams from forming in the first place, you need to reduce the temperature in your attic in the winter. You can do it by checking your insulation levels and replacing insulation. You can also do it by making sure warm air from your home isn’t seeping up into your attic space through cracks or other entry points. Sealing your attic from the rest of your home will make it colder up there and stop warm air from melting snow on your roof.

Add venting to your attic, if necessary.

In addition to checking your insulation and sealing off your attic, you should also add venting to it if you don’t already have enough venting up there. Vents can bring cold air into your attic space and push warm air out before it’s able to melt the snow on your roof and encourage the growth of ice dams.

If ice dams are giving you and your family fits and you aren’t sure where to begin as far as getting rid of them, Roofing By Bruce is here to help. Call us at 570-424-7250 today, and we will help you come up with effective ice dam solutions.

What to Look For In a Roof When Buying a New Home

Asphalt ShinglesSo you’re thinking of buying a new home– that’s great. However, it’s also a little scary, isn’t it? After all, this is one big– no, make that HUGE– purchase. In the process of looking for and then buying a home, you’re going to want to get all the details you can about the place you have in mind to call home for the foreseeable future. Moreover, one of those things to take a closer look at is the house’s roof.

Did you know a house’s roof is one of its most expensive features? That makes sense, though, since it is what covers the place, keeping out the extreme weather. What are some things to consider about your new home’s roof before you sign the bottom line and buy the place?

Roofing Considerations to Keep in Mind

First, use your eyes to examine parts of the roof you can see from the ground. Look to see if it’s in great, good, fair or bad condition. You’ll know it’s in bad condition if you see colorful mold growing on it, or there are strange bulges where you don’t think bulges should be. Furthermore, notice whether shingles are missing– if they are, that’s a bad sign. If there’s a written record of the age of the roof, that’s important to know. Younger roofs are typically in better shape than older roofs.

Next– and this is where you might need a professional like “Roofing By Bruce”– you’ll want to consider how well ventilated the roof is, as well as how well the roof’s seepage system functions. Basically, you want to know whether or not the rain that pours down on the roof can easily make its way off the roof via intact and properly functioning downspouts, gutters and drainage pipes. Also, have a professional inspect the hard-to-see areas for any leaks– in valleys, creases, chimney areas, plumbing vents, etc.

Also, examine the home’s foundation and look for any unusual puddles of water right next to the base of the home. If downpipes are leaking or not working right, water could be pooling at the foundation walls, which could lead to foundation cracks and further problems.

In the East Stroudsburg, PA region you can call Roofing By Bruce for help in determining the current state of a roof— the number is 570-424-7250. It’s highly recommended that you have the roof inspected before you buy a new house so you know its true condition.

 

How to Work Safely on Your Roof

Working on RoofWorking on the roof of your home can be very dangerous. Whether you have a roof with a steep slope or a relatively flat roof, there are a number of things that can go wrong when you’re up that high. You could potentially injure yourself or others if you aren’t careful. Let’s take a look at some steps you should take to stay as safe as possible.

Stay off your roof if it’s wet.

When your roof is wet, it can be very slippery and difficult to navigate. Therefore, you should never attempt to do any work on a roof if it has rained or snowed recently. You should also clear a roof of leaves and other debris before working on it since they can also lead to slippery conditions.

Avoid working on your roof when it’s extremely hot or cold.

Outside of the fact that very hot or cold temperatures can make it unbearable on a roof, extreme weather can also impact any repairs that you make on it. For example, if you attempt to put down new shingles or seal your roof when it’s too hot or cold, the job probably won’t get done right. The hot or cold will prevent seals from setting and could do damage to shingles.

Wear the proper footwear.

You would be surprised by how many people attempt to work on a roof while wearing average sneakers or even open-toed shoes. When you are working on a roof, you want to wear shoes that will provide you with good traction so that you don’t slip and fall.

Hire a professional if you aren’t sure what you’re doing.

The roof on your home is one of the most important parts of it. Therefore, if you find that you aren’t 100 percent sure what you’re doing when you’re on your roof, stop and call for help. A professional roofer will be able to inspect, repair, or replace a roof for you in the safest manner possible.

At Roofing by Bruce, we understand how important it is to be safe when working on a roof. We can come to your home and work on it while keeping safety in mind. Call us at 570-424-7250 to speak with us about the roofing services we offer.

Don’t Forget to Clean Your Gutters This Fall

Cleaning Gutters The fall season is quickly come to a close, and if you haven’t taken the time to get outside to clean your gutters yet, you should strongly consider doing it right away. If you don’t clean your gutters out every fall–and in some cases, depending on where you live, every spring—you could potentially be forced to deal with a litany of issues in the foreseeable future. Clogged gutters can do thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home and ruin everything from your roofing to your siding.

When you fail to clean your gutters out, leaves, sticks, dirt, debris, and more can build up in the them and prevent water from running cleanly through your gutter system. This water can build up in your gutters over time and stay there. It can spill out over the sides and run down the side of your home, and it can also freeze when the temperatures dip below zero and result in ice dams and icicles forming. These things can cause your gutters to pull away from your home, and they can also cause your gutters to fall off due to all of the extra weight they bring.

In addition to damaging the gutter themselves, clogged gutters can cause issues with your roof. Your roof can sustain damage and start to rot when it’s exposed to water all the time. The water from your gutters can also spill and land below, pooling around your foundation. This can lead to foundation troubles down the line, which can be incredibly costly and put the structural integrity of your entire home at risk. Standing water in gutters can also attract pests and make your home very unpleasant.

Not cleaning your gutters out in the fall can lead to a real nightmare. So you should make time to do it. You should also call on Roofing By Bruce at the first sign of trouble with your gutters or roofing. We can make repairs and help you with all of your gutter needs, including gutter repairs, gutter guards, gutter cleaning, and gutter repitching. Call us at 570-424-7250 today to schedule an appointment.

 

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The Benefits of Cedar Shake Roofs

Cedar shake roofs You can choose from many different types of roofing when it comes time to install a new roof on your home. One of your options is cedar shake, which is a kind of roofing that will make the exterior of your house look rustic. Whether you prefer red, brown, or gold cedar shake, you can totally transform your home’s appearance and enjoy a bunch of great benefits that come along with having a cedar shake roof. Check out some of them below.

Weather Resistance

The weather can wreak havoc on a roof. Wind can blow shingles all over the place, the sun can beat down on a roof and force it to fade and heavy rain and snow can compromise the integrity of it. However, when you have a cedar shake roof, you won’t really have to worry about any of these things since cedar shake is very resistant to the weather. It can deal with moisture, UV rays, and even insects that might try to damage it. It will stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws its way.

Strength

Cedar is one of the toughest woods on the planet. So why not put it in the one place on your home where you will definitely value the strength it will provide? Cedar shake roofs are built to last, and they will prove their durability over time. You will get the peace of mind that comes along with having a strong roof over your head when you opt for cedar shake.

Insulation

Outside of providing strength, cedar is also known for being a natural insulator, which comes in handy when you install it on a roof. During the summer, your home will be cooler because of your cedar shake roof, and in the winter, it will stay warmer. You can expect to see your heating and cooling costs go down significantly when you rely on cedar shake roofing.

Does a cedar shake roof sound like a good option for you? Let Roofing by Bruce tell you more about installing one. Call us at 570-424-7250 today to hear about why cedar shake is such a good choice.

 

Here’s Why You Should Consider Window Replacements

Window Replacements When is the last time that you replaced the windows in your home? If you don’t know the answer, there’s a really good chance that it’s been entirely too long since you’ve had window replacement done. And that means that you are missing out on all of the amazing benefits that go along with doing it. Here are just a few of the benefits that you can enjoy when you decide to have your windows replaced.

They will be more energy efficient than your current windows.

Windows have come a long way over the course of the last decade or so. Just about every window manufacturer puts a premium on making their windows energy efficient these days, which means you will be able to save money on your electric bills by installing windows that control the climate in your home effectively. You won’t have to worry about cool air escaping in the summertime or warm air leaking out in the wintertime when you have new windows installed in your home.

They will keep the sun’s harmful UV rays out of your home.

Much like they have made energy efficiency more of a priority when it comes to creating new windows, window manufacturers have also found ways to make windows that offer improved levels of UV protection. This will prevent your carpets, furniture, walls, and more from fading due to sunlight coming in through your windows. There are so many great options available when you start shopping around for new windows for your home.

They will increase the value of your home.

Regardless of which windows you ultimately decide to install in your home, they will have an instant impact on your home’s value. Home buyers love to see new windows in homes, especially windows that offer things like energy efficiency and UV protection. So your investment in new windows will pay off quickly.

Regardless of whether you want to replace one window in your home or all of the windows, Bruce’s Central is here to help. Call us at 570-424-8891 today to find out about our window installation services.

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Reasons to Have Your Chimney Professionally Inspected

Chimney ServicesWhen is the last time you had your chimney checked by a professional? For most people it has been “a while.” What are some key reasons to have your chimney looked at?

First, consider this: over time cracks may occur in your chimney’s flue, which is the inside liner of the chimney unit. The flue normally carries heat, smoke and toxic fumes up and out of your house. If there are cracks in the flue, guess where all that’s going to end up? In a nutshell, it won’t be a good thing! Meanwhile, sometimes the flue cap at the top goes missing or gets damaged. When that happens, water drips down into the flue and this can cause it to deteriorate– again, not good.

Speaking of cracks, sometimes cracks develop in the masonry that’s essentially “holding it up.” Brick chimneys’ masonry should be checked periodically in order to ensure there aren’t any cracks that could cause the whole thing to fall down. Furthermore, a chimney’s damper should be checked, too, to make sure it’s able to open and close properly.

Be Aware of Creosote

Have you heard of creosote? It’s basically a substance that builds up over time, coming from burning wood. Too much buildup of creosote could lead to a fire within the chimney. Professional inspectors always check for creosote buildup, and can clean it out if needed. It’s a main reason people get a “chimney sweep.”

Did you know animals like squirrels and raccoons often like to find their way into chimneys and make a nest? Obviously, their nests should be removed before you decide to light a fire. A professional can check to see if any animals have burrowed into parts of your chimney unit.

Bruce’s Chimney Service of East Stroudsburg, PA, does chimney cleaning as well as chimney repair. Would you like an experienced contractor to come talk a look at your chimney to make sure it’s in good working order? Please schedule an appointment. Bruce’s Chimney Service offers digital evaluations and can then do relinings, repointings, and flashing/flue repair as necessary. For more information, please call 570-424-7250 or email info@brucescentral.com.

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.