Three Benefits of Installing a New Roof

Three Benefits of Installing a New Roof Winter weather can do quite a bit of damage to our homes, and especially to the roof. This can lead to many homeowners going back and forth on whether to install a new roof or not. Before you decide, though, consider three of the major benefits that come with a new roof.
 

Safety

 
It’s no secret our roof protects us from the weather and other outside disturbances. After a while, though, it starts to break down, which can expose your home to water damage. That can lead to mold growing in places of your home you can’t see, such as the inside of your walls or your attic space. The water can also cause drywall to buckle and paint to peel off the walls, and in extreme instances cause rot in roofing structures, potentially leading to extensive damage. Getting a new roof will give you brand-new protection and go a long way in preventing all this from happening.
 

Warranty and Guarantee

 
If you hire Roofing by Bruce to install your new roof, we offer a long-term guarantee on workmanship in addition to the product warranties offered by the manufacturer. Depending on the specific product and maker, this warranty could be a few years or even a lifetime. Backed by our dedication to performing only high-quality work, you can rest easy in knowing that if there is a problem with materials or with the integrity of the performed work, you’re protected from having to make costly repairs or remediations with your warranties and our guarantee.
 

Maintenance

 
Roofing by Bruce can also set up a regular maintenance plan to maintain your roofing after it’s installed. This means our team can come out and check for things such as leaks, damage or soft spots on the roof as part of an annual maintenance, and even perform a roof and gutter cleaning to remove leaves, dust, dirt and grime. Properly maintaining your roof will help extend its life and ultimately save you more money in the long run.
 
Roofing by Bruce offers new roofing installation, roofing repairs and inspections for homes and businesses throughout the Pennsylvania Poconos from their base in East Stroudsburg. To learn more about our roofing services or to set up an appointment, call us today at 570-424-7250.
 

The Truth Behind Roof Rot

36257606_SAny kind of water penetration into a house allows the rapid growth of wood dry rot, molds and mildews. It is the rapid onset of molds and the later development wood rot or dry rot, which makes recovering houses that have stood in flood waters so problematic. It’s not so much the mud, garbage or silt that ultimately destroys the building as it is excessive moisture.

Dry Rot (which is actually several different species of wood-eating fungus) breaks down the inner fibers of the wood which causes it to become weak and brittle. For example, this is why some lumber is “pressure-treated” with fungus killing preservatives which will prevent or slow down most fungal growth. All treatments weaken with age and must be constantly reapplied.

But the root cause of all dry rot and mold is excess moisture. Water penetration from a roof leak, if allowed to continue unchecked will eventually increase the moisture and humidity levels in your home. Water not only seeps into wood but also into insulation and other building materials as well. Dry rot is such a big deal because the wood-eating fungus digests or absorbs the parts of the fibers that make wood timbers and beams both rigid and strong.

The wood damaged by rot is usually somewhat dry and crumbly in appearance, hence the nickname “dry rot”, although the fungus spores only thrive in a damp or moist environment. This in turn causes the areas of your home affected by dry rot to suffer structural problems such as weakening of load-bearing beams, rafters, ceiling and floor joists, girders and other critical building components.

It only takes a 20% moisture level for dry rot to begin “fruiting” and to start sending out fine, microscopic strands of grey fungus into surrounding fibers. And once established in an ideal setting, dry rot can grow as fast as 9 -10 feet in a year and pass through cracks inside brick! So an uninterrupted source of water, no matter how tiny, can quickly accelerate the spread of this woodeating fungus effectively destroying your home’s structure. So putting