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.

‘Snow’ Big Deal: Understanding the Actual Weight of Snow on Your Roof

Snow on Roof Winter means snow, and here in Pennsylvania it can mean a lot of snow. This snow, particularly if it is wet and heavy, can mean problems for the roofs on buildings and homes. Fortunately, there’s a calculation that’s done when building roofs that takes snow into account.

The East Stroudsburg area receives nearly 40 inches of snow each year, according to Sperling’s Best Places. As this snow piles up on roofs, it can become very heavy. In some cases, the snow load may exceed what the roof can safely support, which can result in costly structural damage to the building.

Roof snow load is calculated using a formula to determine how much the snow weighs per square foot. This formula is used when designing roofs to ensure that the materials used and construction methods can support the additional seasonal weights, but this same formula can give you an idea of how much the snow on your roof actually weighs.

The formula starts with the ground snow load, which can be determined by carefully collecting snow from the ground to be weighed. Snow in the Pennsylvania area can weigh 30 pounds per square foot or more. Wet snow, or repeated melting and freezing cycles, can increase the weight per square foot, although typically more snow blows off on a roof.

The second step in the formula is to consider the exposure of the roof. Values are assigned based on whether the roof is completely exposed or is sheltered by trees or other structures. The more exposed your roof is, the more snow will be carried away by wind and the more sun will strike your roof after the storm clears, improving the speed of melting.

The third step involves calculating the thermal factor for the roof. The thermal factor will vary depending on whether the building is heated or unheated. Last, you must calculate the roof slope factor. Roofs with a steeper pitch are able to withstand more snow because the snow tends to slide off the roof quickly.

The roof snow load can be calculated by multiplying 0.7 x Ground Snow Load x Exposure Factor x Thermal Factor x Roof Slope Factor.

The easiest and safest way to make sure your roof will be safe this winter is to contact a roofing professional. Having your roof inspected periodically is the only way to be sure it is in good condition and ready for winter weather and is the best way to identify early signs of structural issues or leaks that could allow moisture to get inside and damage your structure.

At Roofing by Bruce, we know what winter is like in Pennsylvania. We can perform an inspection on your roof and alert you to any potential issues before they become a larger problem. Contact us today by calling 570-424-7250 to learn more about our services or to schedule a roof inspection for your home or business.

What Is Roof Flashing?

Dormer Window Flashing

Everyone has a roof on their home, and it’s essential that your roof keeps you protected from the elements of the weather. One major component that helps your roof to do its job is flashing.

What Is Flashing?

Roof flashing helps prevent water from getting beneath a roof around openings. Flashing is usually used where two sections of roof meet, such as at a corner, or where deck roofs attach to the house or around any feature in the roof structure, such as along chimneys or skylights.

You might be thinking to yourself that all of this sounds good, or you might be asking what’s the point? Well, if you don’t have flashing, water can seep in around these areas, eventually leading to moisture damage, insulation degradation, and even mold or mildew issues. Properly installed roof flashing keeps these problems at bay, directing water away from the home.

Where Should Roofing Be Installed?

So now that you know about the potential problems, let’s discuss where and what you can use to install flashing. Here are four common areas where roof flashing should be installed:

Dormer Window FlashingAround Dormer Windows

Around dormer windows, metal flashing is often most common material for dormer windows is metal flashing. Metal flashing is generally installed where the roof of the dormer meets the rest of the roof, as well as along the edges that run around the dormer.

Around Skylights

Flashing around skylights is typically one big continuous piece. Skylights are usually raised up using a large wooden curb which allows you the room you need to install flashing. Some skylights are manufactured with flashing, but often it’s best to install additional flashing to provide extra moisture protection.

Around Roof Vents

Most of the time when you install a hood or pipe vent, you are carving a hole in the structure, which also means that flashing needs to be installed around this new fixture. Whether a roof vent, pipe vent or hood exhaust, adding flashing around the pipe allows the vent to send air up while keeping moisture out.

Around the Chimney

Similar to roof vents, chimneys also leave a gap around a roof edge. Installing metal or PVC-based strips of flashing can cover the area between the roof and the chimney, keeping the rainwater or snow melt where it belongs – outside.

If you have problems with leaks, a flashing issue could be to blame. To learn more or to request an estimate for repairs or reinstallation of flashing at your home, call Roofing by Bruce today at 570-424-7250.

A Strong Hurricane Season Predicted – Is Your Roof Ready?

Late summer and early fall is often a time to think of last-minute summer getaways, fall festivities and preparation for the coming winter. It is also a time to think about hurricanes.

Hurricane SeasonThe full hurricane season lasts from June 1 through Nov. 30, but the peak of the season is usually from about mid-August through October, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The administration’s researchers are now predicting a strong hurricane season, according to the Asbury Park Press. Is your roof ready?

Hurricanes cause an estimated $28 billion in damage each year, and the amount of damage from these storms is expected to increase in the coming years, according to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Most of this damage is caused by flooding and high winds that damage windows, siding and roofs. While there is no way of knowing in advance how many hurricanes will actually make landfall or if the path the storms take will lead them to our region, there are steps that property owners can take to reduce their risk when a storm does hit.

Roofs are often damaged or destroyed during hurricanes and other severe storms. Once a roof is damaged, it may allow water into the building as well, causing considerable damage to the building and contents before an emergency repair can be made.

The best way to protect your home or business from damage during a hurricane is to have a professional inspection performed in advance. Some roof problems are obvious and easy to spot, but other signs require a thorough inspection by a trained and experienced professional. Identifying weak spots or trouble areas before a storm can cause damage can save money and a lot of trouble.

The professionals at Roofing by Bruce are experienced in inspecting, repairing and installing roofs that will stand up to harsh weather. Call us today at 570-424-7250 to learn more about our roofing services or to schedule a roof inspection.

Removing Mold and Moss from Your Roof

No one likes to have a roof covered in mold or moss. Not only is it unsightly and have the potential to drive your property value down, but it can also be seriously damaging to the structure of your home if left untreated for a long time. There are health risks that could affect you and your family, too, if it’s not taken care of quickly.

Roof MossIf you are noticing dark green or black spots on your shingles, it’s likely caused by algae growth. Algae spores like to grow on wood and asphalt shingles in places that don’t get a lot of sunlight. If left untreated, the algae growth can eventually lead to completely rotted shingles – an expensive repair, especially if these rotted sections allow water to get inside your home.

If there are fuzzy or filmy black, brown or green spots on your roof, you could have mold growth. Mold likes to live in humid environments. Since it thrives on wood and drywall, if your roof has mold growth, it could quickly move into your home and become a greater problem inside.

Moss is recognizable by its green coloring and unique plant structure. Moss is attracted to moisture, like mold and algae, but moss can actually start to retain more and more moisture as it grows, which will quickly lead to compromised areas on your roof and further water damage.

Mold infestations on your roof or inside your home can also cause serious health problems, notes Angie’s List. People who are prone to respiratory issues, like someone who has asthma, will at increased risk of complications such as congestion and inflammation, symptoms that mimic the feeling of a common cold. The only way to improve someone’s health is to remove the mold.

There are some steps you can take to prevent algae, mold or moss from damaging your roof. First, keep your gutters clean so that after it rains, all moisture can be properly drained from your roof. You should also make sure your roof is properly ventilated, says This Old House, and trim back any trees or plants that are touching your roof.

If you are already dealing with growth on your roof, there are a few steps you can take to clean up the mess. Try washing your roof with a bleach and water mixture (one part bleach to one part water). Make sure to pre-rinse any plants that are in the splash zone with water, and then rinse them clean afterwards with water. Bleach will get rid of algae and mold, but may not prevent it from growing back.

Use copper flashing underneath the shingles closest to your roof’s peak can help stave off mold, moss and algae build up, and replacing any damaged shingles immediately will help remove any spores that may be embedded in the roof.

For serious infestations, you might need to get in touch with the experts at Roofing by Bruce. We’ll be able to replace any damaged areas, and treat your roof to prevent future growth. To learn more, give us a call today at 570-424-7250.