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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.