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.

Experience

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.

Communication

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

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

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 Buildings.com. 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.

Animals

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

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.