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.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

Roofing Contractor

Your roof is obviously one of the most important parts of your home, so you shouldn’t trust just anyone to work on it. Before you hire a roofing contractor to repair or replace your roof, there are a number of factors that you should consider when making your selection. Keep the following factors in mind when shopping for a roofing contractor.

Roofing ContractorInsurance

Unfortunately, there are many homeowners who don’t take the time to check to see what kind of insurance a roofing contractor has before hiring them. A roofing professional should have liability insurance, as well as worker’s compensation insurance. If something happens to your home or to one of the people working with your roofing contractor on your property, you could end up with a big bill on your hands if your contractor doesn’t have the proper insurance to protect you and his or her business. Always ask a roofing contractor for proof of insurance before allowing them to proceed with a job.


The roofing contractor that you hire to repair or replace the roof on your home should know exactly how to get the job done without running into any major problems. To ensure that you are working with a reliable contractor, you should ask them for references and check up on their past work. It will give you a better idea of what you can expect from them when it comes to your roof.


You are probably going to have quite a few questions about your roof when you work with a contractor. Your contractor should be able to answer these questions every step of the way and should be prepared to communicate with you on a regular basis about the job you need done. Make sure to get an estimate and a detailed scope of the work you need done in writing so that you can refer back to it as you work with your contractor throughout the process.


Price is not the only thing that you should consider when hiring a contractor. Like with most other things in life, you often get what you pay for when it comes to roofs, and the last thing you want is to cut corners for the sake of cost when it comes to protecting your family and one of your largest investments from the elements. That said, cost is still an important aspect of comparing contractors. Look for a company that offers you a fair price for your roofing needs and supports their workmanship with a guarantee.

Roofing by Bruce specializes in new roof installations, inspections, repairs, and more. We provide free estimates, and have proudly served customers throughout the Poconos. Learn more about us, our experience and our full range of roofing installation and repair services today by giving us a call at 570-424-7250.

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.

Six Most Common Roofing Problems

Roof Leaks

Most homeowners’ worst nightmare involves something with the roof of their house. At the end of the day, your home shields you from the elements, and the roof is the most vital part of that protection. If there is an issue with the roof, your home is not doing its job. That is where we at Roofing by Bruce come in. With our years of experience, we can identify any issues that you may have with your roof. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common roofing problems.

Roof LeaksLeaks

A common roofing issue is a leak or any type of moisture. That makes sense – after all, your home is designed to protect you from rain and wind. Most problems with leaks occur in the areas around your vents and pipes. Water in these areas can seep in through small gaps, eventually leading to mold or rot inside your home. Make sure that your roof is properly sealed around edges, ventilation or chimneys and there should be no issues.


Flashing that is not installed correctly can cause other issues. For example, improperly installed flashing can also have issues with wind resistance. Ultimately, this can also result in a blow-off if heavy winds can get beneath flashing where roof sections meet – and having your roof fly away isn’t something most homeowners want. If the seams are not sealed correctly, this can also lead to moisture issues.

Shrinking or Blistering

Shrinkage is also an issue. If your roof is not properly sealed, parts of your roof could actually decrease in size in area. In turn, this could lead to deterioration of your roof, notes On the other hand, blistering is another common issue. If the asphalt used for your roof was brought to an improper temperature, it will cause blistering. This can mean that your roof will age prematurely, leading to an expensive roofing project much sooner than you would like.


Obviously, no one wants critters getting into their home. Small animals and insects love wood and will often to get into the wood beneath a roof overhanging – the soffit. For birds, this can become a protected nesting space, while many bug species can make it into a meal. Make sure to look for any cracks, holes or potential rot around your roof edges.


Gutters are also prone to water and debris buildup, especially during the fall season. It’s vital to keep gutters cleaned out to ensure proper water flow. If this is not addressed, this could lead to mold and mildew growth, ice dams, excessive weight on your roof and many other problems.

If you think your roof may have one of the aforementioned issues, call Roofing by Bruce today. We will work with you to identify your problem and make recommendations on the best options to resolve your roof’s issue. Learn more or request an estimate today by calling 570-424-7250.