When Should You Replace Your Roof?

March 7th, 2017

When Should You Replace Your Roof?
A lot of homeowners take their roofs for granted. As long as it’s keeping the rain out, then the roof goes unnoticed.

However, your roof is actually one of the most important parts of your home, and homeowners need to make sure their roofs are in peak shape.

You may be asking yourself “how to tell if I need a new roof?” or “how long does a roof last?” These are important questions that can guide your future roofing plans. That’s why we’ve decided to put together a guide on roof repair and replacement. We will discuss the various signs indicating you need a roof replacement, ranging from roof leaks and tired-looking shingles to addressing storm damage.

So if you’ve recently found yourself asking “what are the signs I need a new roof?” join us as we help you decide!
 
Lifespans of asphalt shingles, cedar shake shingles, synthetic shingles, natural slate shingles, synthetic slate shingles, metal, and rubber roofs.
 

Start With Age

While there are a number of visual cues that indicate the need for a roof replacement, your first consideration should always be the age of your roof.

Of course, the type of roofing installed on your home will determine its life expectancy. Consider these recommendations:
 

  • Asphalt Shingles: These are the most common roof type and they generally last 20 to 30 years depending on the shingle type and quality. However, if you live in a sunny, warm climate, you may find your asphalt roof can age much faster. Some types of modern asphalt shingles are designed to last much longer.

 

  • Cedar Shakes/Shingles: This beautiful roofing material typically lasts approximately 25 years

 

  • Synthetic Cedar: Considering the cost of traditional cedar, this alternative increases the lifespan to 50 years

 

  • Natural Slate: This is a very durable roofing material, as slate roofs can easily last 70 to 100 years

 

  • Synthetic Slate: A more affordable slate alternative, these roofs last about 50 years

 

  • Metal: You can expect 50 years out of a modern metal roof

 

  • Rubber: Used primarily on flat roofs, modern rubber can last 30 to 50 years

So how old is your roof? If your roof is reaching its life expectancy, even a small issue may still warrant a full replacement, as repairs are no longer cost-effective.

You also want to keep roof age in mind if you are putting your home on the market. Most home sales today involve a roof inspection so the age and condition of your roof can really help or hurt you. A new roof with a transferable warranty will make your home more attractive on the market and give you a better chance of finding a buyer willing to pay your asking price.
 
Roofers laying new shingles on a roof.
 

Perform Regular Inspections

While there are certain roofing issues that are usually only visible to a professional, you should be performing cursory inspections at least two times a year.

We suggest performing these inspections in the fall and spring. That way you can catch issues before the punishing summer sun or the weight of winter snow.

While you might expect a roof inspection to require going outside onto your roof, we actually recommend doing your inspection from the inside. Take a flashlight and head up to your attic. Look for places where you might see water staining, wood decay, noticeable sagging, dark spots or even points of light shining through the attic ceiling. All of these things can be signs of roof problems.

If you spot any of these warning signs, call a professional to give your roof a more thorough inspection. Not only will you be getting a better sense of repair or replacement needs, but by keeping your inspection indoors, you will eliminate the significant risk of injury that comes with venturing out onto your roof.
 
Large tree laying on top of a roof and causing damage to the home after a storm.
 

Storm Damage

For many homeowners, their first experience with roof repairs or replacements come as the result of obvious storm damage. Whether high winds tear off shingles or a fallen tree lands on your roof, storm damage is easy to spot and important to address right away.

Storm damage also presents unique considerations. First and foremost, storm damage means insurance companies are likely to be involved. As such, you will want to have your roof inspected first by an insurance adjuster. The adjuster will determine the amount of insurance reimbursement you are entitled to.

Of course, insurance companies will always opt for a repair if it is cheaper than a total replacement. Even if they only cut you a check to cover a significant repair, you can still put that money toward a completely new roof.

It is also important to have your roof inspected after any potential storm damage, even if you cannot see any visual issues. Minor storm damage often requires a professional eye, and these kinds of issues can become much bigger problems if left unaddressed. An unseen hole in your roof can grow, leading to significant water damage further down the line.

 

Leaky Roofs

Even if you haven’t recently experienced storm conditions, you may eventually find a leak in your home. You may wonder whether repairs or replacements are in your future.

So when does a leak require a simple repair and when does it warrant a full replacement?

If this is your first leak, mostly likely a repair will be sufficient. There are a number of potential causes, but a single leak is usually an isolated incident. The same is true if the water spotting is located in a specific area of the home. If so, you have a single problem that can probably be addressed with a simple repair.

You should also consider when the leak occurred. Was it after a heavy rain? If so, your roof may not be the problem, but rather a faulty gutter system or an issue in your siding. Keep in mind, heavy rains are a worst-case scenario for leaks, so a small issue can still result in noticeable leaking.

yep!However, if you have had a number of leaks or the water damage seems to span a number of areas in your home, that is a symptom of much larger problems. If numerous leaks are coupled with an aging roof, you are probably witnessing the general failure of your roof as a whole. Even with a newer roof, if you have multiple leaks, the cost of repair can escalate quickly to approach the cost of replacement.

 

Unsightly Stains and Streaks

Can you spot dark streaks on your roof? They are unsightly and many homeowners go to great lengths to remove them.

The most common cause of staining comes from airborne algae. The algae won’t harm the functionality of your roof, but if you are worried about curb appeal or resale value, it is still worth addressing.

If you have an asphalt shingle roof, you can use a water/bleach solution to remove the staining. However, you have to be careful not use a high-pressure hose to rinse the roof and do not scrub the shingles with anything abrasive because you don’t want to remove the protective granules from the surface of your shingles.

Furthermore, you always want to be careful when doing any roof work, so if you can’t spray the solution without venturing out onto your roof, we recommend consulting a professional.
 
A roof with damaged and missing shingles.
 

Shingle Replacement

Another common issue for homeowners is missing shingles. When do missing shingles require repairs and when do they require a full roof replacement?

If you are only missing a few shingles and they are restricted to one area, you most likely only require a repair. There are a lot of reasons why a couple of shingles may be missing. A few individual shingles may have been defective, or perhaps they were improperly nailed. Regardless, replacing a few shingles when they are not indicative of a larger issue is an easy and affordable fix.

Furthermore, if you are missing shingles in multiple areas, this is a sure sign of larger roofing issues. Those shingles have most likely failed because they have aged to the point that they are no longer effective or they are defective in some other way. If so, it is likely your remaining shingles are in similar condition and your best bet is a complete roof replacement.

 

Other Signs of Significant Shingle Issues

There are a number of other indicators of larger roofing issues. In each case, these symptoms usually indicate the need for a full roof replacement.
 

  1. Curling
  2. There are a number of issues that could cause your shingles to curl. Most of the time they will curl upward and other times they curl under.

    This could be due to nails inching out of your roof. As temperature and moisture cause expansion and contraction of your decking, the nails will slowly be pushed out of the wood. As they do, they push up the shingles that overlap them.

    Improper roofing installation can also cause significant curling. There are two common installation issues that are usually the result of amateur work. The first is a misalignment between the adhesive strip and the overlapping shingle. With asphalt shingles, there is a small adhesive strip that is designed to seal the lower shingle to the backside of the upper shingle. When this strip doesn’t line up with its intended point of contact, curling is likely to occur.

    The second most common installation issue is skip nailing. This occurs when a roofer, in an effort to move more quickly, does not adhere to manufacturer recommendations and uses fewer nails per shingle.

    Finally, if your attic ventilation is insufficient, you may also experience shingle curling. If this is the case, you will likely still need to replace your roof, but you also want to make sure to address the ventilation issue at the same time, as you do not want your new roof to suffer the same fate.
     

  3. Buckling
  4. Buckling occurs when sections of your shingles start to lift off your roof and form a ridge. There are a number of related causes of buckling, and most are the result of improper roof installation.

    There is a layer between your shingles and your roof. For many roofs, a felt layer – alternatively known as a tar paper layer – is installed. This serves as a vapor barrier between your plywood decking and your shingles. In high moisture areas, an underlayment which is adhesive may be installed. These work much the same way, but are even more effective at keeping out moisture.

    However, if either of these layers is improperly installed, either because they were not stretched taut or not properly nailed to the decking, they can cause your roof to buckle.

    Your decking could also move over time, again because it was improperly installed. This will also cause buckling.

    Either way, if you want to repair buckling, you must first address the cause, which can usually only be done with a complete roof replacement.
     

  5. Blistering
  6. The most common cause of blistering is poor attic ventilation, although manufacturing defects with the shingles or the use of improper caulks or other sealants during installation can also be the cause. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that blistering is isolated to just a few shingles, so this is usually a sign of a full roof replacement.

 

Rubber Roof Replacement Signs

Not everyone has asphalt shingle roofing. If you happen to own a rubber roof, the various signs of larger roofing problems are different.

The most obvious sign is bulging. Bulging in a rubber roof is caused by a warped or bowed insulation board. This indicates that moisture has begun to penetrate the roof.

You may also notice low areas on your rubber roof. Those are typically caused by the deterioration of the insulation board. Again, this is often a sign that moisture has penetrated the insulation layer. However, keep in mind that there can be several other causes. Depending on the type of material used in the insulation layer, it may have become compressed physically, in which case a roofing replacement is not necessary.

Does your rubber roof look wrinkled? If your rubber roof is properly adhered, you should be able to see the outlines of the plates holding down the insulation beneath the roof. If moisture has penetrated the roof, you will notice the adhesive has been worn away, causing the roof to wrinkle and detach from the insulation layer.

Finally, if you notice water emerging from the seams of your rubber roof, there can be only one cause: leaking.

If you spot any of these issues, make sure to have your rubber roof professionally inspected. While there may be repair options available, it is likely that a roof replacement is the best option.

 

Count on Garner Roofing

If you are looking to either have your roof repaired or replaced and you live in Harford or Baltimore County, Maryland, look no further than Garner Roofing.

Our company is family owned by native Marylanders, so we understand the specific needs of Maryland homeowners. We can ensure your roof is installed in a way that is tailored to the unique weather conditions and climate of the Chesapeake Bay.

Considering how many roofing issues are caused by improper, amateur installations, it is important that you have a roof that is properly and professional installed. In fact, this will save you money in the long run, as a properly installed roof will last longer and require fewer repairs down the road.

Whether you are in need of a professional repair or replacement, contact us today. You can count on us, because we always deliver on what we promise!

Let the Light In: Skylights and Improving Atmosphere

December 5th, 2016

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To take advantage of the many benefits of natural lighting, more and more homeowners are choosing to add skylights to their new home plans or older home renovations. From a single skylight in an isolated room to dramatic skylighting in a larger living space, the options are nearly endless. Looking at the multiple benefits of skylights in your home, we can see why this trend is growing and why you too might be interested in bringing the outdoors indoors.

There are obvious economic benefits to using natural lighting in your home. Using skylights to allow natural light into a living room, kitchen, bedroom or hallway means lower energy bills. Some estimates suggest that you can also reduce up to 10% of your artificial lighting bills by using skylights and panels that take advantage of daytime light, reducing your dependence on electrical lighting. It’s easy to see how that initial cost of installation can be offset over time with these serious energy savings.

Another important benefit to skylights in your home is the positive effect light has on the human body. Sunlight is naturally more pleasing and relaxing than artificial light, and creates less glare and eye strain. It is also a source of Vitamin D, an important factor in our sense of well-being. Providing your family with natural light can have a marked effect on their attitude, which goes a long way to making them happier and healthier. Many studies show that workers and students who benefit from natural lighting in their office or school environments can maintain focus longer and feel more alert and attentive, and feel less stress. This extends to the home, where the sense of ‘connection’ with the outdoors keeps us in a state of relaxation while we go about our regular home activities.

If you’re designing a new home or addition, including skylights is simple. Your architects and designers can plan your rooms and hallways to include large skylights for maximum sunlight. They can also include various shades and panels to allow for dimming if required, in bedrooms or TV rooms, for example. Lighting for nighttime can be included, as well as spot lighting for specific uses (such as dining areas and study areas).

Having an older home that that doesn’t currently have any skylighting isn’t a problem, however. There are many solutions for existing structures that allow us to bring natural light in. They include roof skylights and panels that can be added to any type of existing roof, or light wells that can bring light down a floor below the roof. Many of our customers find that when installing skylights, they’re encouraged to remove walls and partitions and create a more open, harmonious home. The idea of letting more light in goes hand in hand with opening up your home for a more flowing, inviting space, instead of the small, dark rooms many older homes feature.

Whether you’re building a new home or looking to revitalize your older home, we can help shed some light on the subject! Contact Garner Roofing today and we’ll sit down and discuss your home skylighting project with you. Together we can find the perfect solution that incorporates skylights in the right locations to maximize the amount of natural light getting in, allowing you to enjoy the economical and well-being benefits natural lighting provides.

Get Your Roof Done Right: How to Hire the Right Roofing Contractor

November 7th, 2016

1Garner-Roof-Get-Your-Roof-Done-Right-Repairing or replacing your roof is a big job, both in terms of scope and importance. A leaky roof can be a headache and can cause great damage to your house as a whole. Choosing a roofer can be a daunting task, given the stakes involved and the available information. So how can you be sure to choose the right roofing contractor for your job? We will run down everything you need to know, including expected costs, tips on finding potential contractors, advice for negotiating the contract and information on what to expect after the job is complete.

 

What Does a New Roof Cost?

We cannot give you any more than a ballpark estimate to know what your roof replacement cost will be, but it can be helpful to start planning your savings and budgeting strategy as far ahead as possible, so nice round numbers can be helpful.

According to HomeAdvisor.com, the average cost of a new roof is almost $6800. The cost of roofing will vary geographically, but you probably have a good idea of how the cost of living in your area compares to the national average. To get a better idea of your specific costs, use an online roofing cost calculator.

The cost of replacing your roof is right in line with other major home renovation projects. With this big of an investment, it makes sense to take your time and do your homework. So what should you know before you begin your contractor search? We will discuss several important tips and strategies below.
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Top 5 Roof Problems to Look For

October 10th, 2016

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You don’t give the roof on your home much thought, until the day it leaks. Then all of a sudden it gets all of your attention! Your roof keeps the elements out and insulates you, helping to keep your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Instead of waiting until you have a leak, it’s a good idea to put a little bit of thought into your roof from time to time to ensure there are no problems.

We’ve put together a list of the top 5 roof problems you should keep your eye on.

 

 1. Major Leaks

This is an obvious one. If your roof has a leak, there’s a good chance you’ll see it right away. Any wet spots on your ceiling need to be dealt with quickly, because they will only get worse over time. Letting a roof leak go unrepaired can turn a small roofing repair into a huge drywall and ceiling replacement, which can even damage the contents of your home.

 

2. Minor Leaks

These are more difficult to spot. A small leak in your roof may go undetected at first, especially if the water seeps in slowly and doesn’t pool on your ceiling or floors. One sign of a minor leak is the presence of increased humidity, discoloration on your ceiling or walls, or moisture and mold problems. The best way to detect minor leaks is to have an expert inspect your home.

 

3. Physical Damage

Some damage to your roof is obvious. Missing shingles or tiles, punctures from branches or debris, sagging or warped sections of your roof, and fascia or soffit damage are all types of damage that indicate a problem with your roof. As soon as you detect any of these, it’s important to react, because left unrepaired they can all become worse and result in major roofing repairs.

 

4. Water Pooling or Improper Flow

Roofs on some older homes may not have been designed to properly protect your home or encourage water to flow properly. This is often the case when repairs or additions have been made to the home. Water that pools in certain areas or doesn’t flow properly down the roof and into the gutters will eventually find its way into your home.

 

5. Old, Inefficient Roofing Material and Design

The roofs on many older homes may have been adequate when they were built but are showing their age today. Even if there are no leaks or major damage, an older roof won’t protect your home against the elements as well as a modern roof with more resistant materials and installation techniques. A new roof will also help insulate better, providing savings on heating and cooling.

From obvious water leaks to inefficiencies that are harder to detect, it is useful to put some thought into your roof. Our expert team at Garner Roofing would be happy to come and inspect your roof, and offer you a no-obligation quote for repair or replacement. Contact us today, and we’ll help you ensure your roof is doing its job, keeping your home dry and comfortable.

Garner’s Guide for Choosing the Right Materials for Your Roof

September 12th, 2016

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Time and weather elements take a toll on roofs, eventually requiring replacement, but choosing new roofing material requires more than just picking something that looks good. Several factors go into choosing between the various types of roofing materials. Different types of roofs and roof angles play a role in selecting the best options for your roofing project.

Understanding the pros and cons of each roofing material and how those features fit with the type of roof on your home helps you narrow down the options.

 

Roofing Considerations

You know looks aren’t everything, but what does matter when it comes to choosing roofing materials? The features of your home, and in particular your roof, play a role in the material that will work best. Here are some considerations when choosing materials for various types of roofs:

What are the environmental or climate issues that might affect the type of roofing material? Hurricanes, wildfires, snow and salty air are examples. A local roofing expert is a great resource for recommending materials suitable for your specific location.

 

  • How much weight can your existing roof hold? Some materials, such as slate, are very heavy and need a strong support system to work. This may require additional reinforcements for proper installation.

 

  • Is the roof’s slope steep or low? Certain roofing materials won’t work on a roof with a very low or very steep roof.

 

  • What style of roof does your home have?

 

  • What is the existing roofing material? Does that material fit your needs? If you aren’t happy with the durability or look of your current roofing material, explore the other options to see if they are a good fit for your roof type.

 

  • What is the expected life span of the materials you are considering? Choosing a material with a long life span saves you money overall and keeps your roof looking great, which boosts your overall curb appeal.

 

  • What type of maintenance does the material require? Are repairs easy, or do you have to replace the entire roof if something goes wrong?

 

  • What is your budget? Keep in mind that a new roof is an investment. Spending a little more upfront can save you money in the long run by giving you a long-lasting durable roof.

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Spring Roof Inspection Tips from your Baltimore Roofer

April 12th, 2013

Spring is in full swing (finally)! The weather is warming up, the flowers are in bloom, and it is time for you to step outside and begin those home improvement projects you have been dreaming about all winter long. But where do you begin? Well, how about your roof?

Spring Roof Inspection

A spring roof inspection will help uncover any damage that may have occurred during winter and the constant freezing and thawing that takes place. This freeze / thaw effect can have a negative impact on your roof.

Be sure to check the following areas of your roof for damage:

  1. Interior: Before even moving to the outdoors, climb into your attic and look for signs of a roof leak. Warning signs include ceiling spots, mold, and obvious water damage.
  2. Gutters: April is here, which means one thing: April Showers. Are your gutters ready for the increased workload? If your gutters are clogged, rain water will not be properly directed off the roof. As a result, water may back up under your shingles and into your home.
  3. Shingles: Conduct a visual inspection of your shingles. Do you notice any missing, damaged, or curled shingles? If so, it is important to address these issues in a timely manner. Your shingles are designed to protect your roof from the elements. When these shingles are damaged or missing, your roof is exposed.
  4. Flashing: Flashing, the metal strips that seal gaps and prevent water from seeping into your home, are one of the primary culprits of roof leaks. Examine your flashing for any signs of damage.
  5. Chimney or Skylight: Check around chimneys or skylights to ensure the seals between them and roofing surfaces are still intact.

If you notice any warning signs during your spring roof inspection, pick up your phone and call Garner Roofing, your local, Baltimore Roofer as soon as possible.

Garner Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor serving the Greater Baltimore, MD. area and beyond, specializing in roof repair and gutter replacement. When you call us, we will send one of our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified representatives to your home to inspect your specific situation.

If you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today! Estimates are free for all services, including roof repair, siding repair, and more.

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The Benefits of Roof Replacement from Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Roofer

April 3rd, 2013

Spring has finally sprung. As we mentioned several weeks back, this means spring cleaning season is upon us. This is also the perfect time to inspect your roof for any signs of damage, such as ceiling stains, missing or damage shingles, damaged flashing, and more. After all, winter can wreak havoc on a roof.

If you notice any warning signs of damage, it is important to call Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Roofer, as soon as possible. We will send one of factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified representatives to your home to inspect your roof. You may be surprised to learn that more than half of the roofs we inspect do not need replacement. Still, there comes a time when every roof needs to be replaced. When this happens, it is important to act. Delaying roof replacement could actually cost you more money in the long run. On top of delaying the inevitable you will also have to fork out money for increasingly frequent roof repairs.

Can you afford multiple roof repairs and a roof replacement 3-5 years down the road? Sometimes it just makes more sense to opt for the roof replacement now.

Benefits of Roof Replacement

  1. Long Lasting: While roof repairs may cost less, roof replacement is a long term solution. Did you know that the average asphalt shingle roof lasts between 15 and 20 years?
  2. Return on Investment: Roof replacement has an ROI of 67%.
  3. Resale Value: A new roof will help boost the resale value of your home.
  4. Energy Efficiency: A new roof could help solve your energy efficiency woes. Old roofs let warm air escape during the winter and let warm air in during the summer. The result: pricey energy bills.
  5. Curb Appeal: Realtors estimate that as much as 40% of a home’s curb appeal is directly linked to the roof.

If you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today! Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and Hang out with us on Google+!

Baltimore Roof Repair: The Benefits of Professional Leak Repair

March 27th, 2013

When your car leaks oil, do you ignore the problem? Of course not. You shouldn’t trust just anyone to fix it either. A roof mechanic like an auto mechanics is a very specialized field requiring years of training and experience. The average do-it-yourselfer or neighborhood handyman has no business handling roof leak investigation and repair.

The Benefits of Professional Leak Repair

While repairing a roof leak may seem like an easy task, trust us…it’s not! Water is tricky. It can travel long distances from a leak source. Just because you notice water stains on an area of your ceiling does not mean that the roof leak is nearby. This is why leak investigation and repair can be very difficult.

Trusting your roof repairs to anyone other than a professional roofer could end up doing more harm than good. Professionals are professionals for a reason. They have the experience, the tools, and the know-how to get the job done right!

Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore Roof Repair Experts

At Garner Roofing, we specialize in Leak Investigation & Repair.  Our leak investigation and repair process is as follows:

  • Interior Inspection: We send one of our roofers to your home to inspect the leak from the inside.
  • Interview: Next, we ask a series of diagnostic questions to help us understand the nature and frequency of the leak.
  • Exterior Inspection: We then perform an exterior inspection, focusing on probable causes of the roof leak.
  • Consultation: Using photographs taken during the exterior inspection, we will make recommendations on repairs.
  • Perform Repairs: Repair work is scheduled and completed. (95% of leaks are solved at this stage)
  • Follow up: If the leak persists, we will perform water testing to help determine the exact location of the leak.
  • Second Repair: Once leak area is confirmed a second repair is performed. (99.5% of leaks are solved at this stage)
  • Follow up: If the leak continues additional water testing is performed along with a process of elimination and a progressively expanding scope of work until the leak is repaired.

Our systematized approach to leak investigation and repair has allowed us to maintain a high first call success ratio. So why call anyone else?

If you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today! Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and Hang out with us on Google+!

Spring Roof Maintenance Tips from Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Roofer

March 20th, 2013

The first day of spring is almost here which means one thing: Spring Cleaning! Homeowners across the country will pick up their brooms, feather dusters, vacuums, and household cleaning products to try and whip the inside of their homes into shape. These same homeowners will take to their gardens to plant beautiful flowers, clean their wood decks, and power wash their siding. This is done to make their homes as aesthetically appealing as possible.

What about the roof!?

Spring Roof Maintenance Tips

  1. Cleaning your Gutters: First and foremost, clean you gutters. Clogged gutters back up with water. The excess weight strains the support brackets causing them to sag. Worse, the backed up water can spill into your attic or wall.
  2. Roof Inspection: Inspect you roof for damage at least once a year

Signs of Roof Damage and Potential Leaks

  1. Ceiling Stains: Inspect your ceilings for discoloration or stains.
  2. Shingles: Look for loose, damaged, or missing shingles and replace them immediately.
  3. Flashing: Damaged flashing is one of the leading causes of roof leaks. So be sure to look for loose, lifted, or cracked flashing.
  4. Granules: Granules are the tiny minerals on shingles to protect them from the sun. As shingles age they lose these granules. Heavy granule buildup in your gutters is a sign your roof may need replacing.

Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Roofer

At Garner Roofing, we specialize in Leak Investigation & Repair. Our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified technicians at Garner Roofing have the experience and knowledge to diagnose and repair even the most stubborn roof leaks as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Our systemized approach to leak investigation and repair has allowed us to maintain a high first call success ratio.

If you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today! Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and Hang out with us on Google+!

Baltimore Roofer: Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement

March 20th, 2013

As a homeowner, you are constantly faced with tough decisions. When your roof is involved, decisions can be even tougher, especially when it comes to deciding what makes more sense: roof repair or roof replacement. Roof repairs are much cheaper, but only if the roof overall is in decent condition. If not, an old roof will require repairs more frequently and these cost add up quickly especially when you consider the related damage caused by leaks. A roof replacement costs more, but with that higher price tag comes several benefits, including curb appeal, better energy efficiency, improved resale value, and most importantly the peace of mind of a solid warranty. So which makes more sense, roof repair or roof replacement?

Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement

Each specific situation is unique and a lot depends on the type of shingles. Here are some general rules of thumb:

  1. Roof Age: If your shingled roof is less than 10 years old, a repair almost always makes most sense assuming it was installed properly. A roof of this age should have plenty of problem free life left once repaired.
  2. Number of leak locations: A good roof can leak sometimes due to weather or some other isolated circumstance. Multiple leaks are an indication that the whole roof is failing for one reason or another.
  3. Future Plans: How long do you plan to stay in your home? If you plan on staying in your home for a long time, roof replacement may make more sense.
  4. Budget: What is your budget? Can you afford roof replacement? More importantly, can you afford multiple roof repairs and a roof replacement 3-5 years down the road? Sometimes roof repairs just don’t make fiscal sense.

So how do you know if roof repair or roof replacement makes more sense? Call your local, Baltimore roofer to inspect your roof and provide you with your best options.

Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Roofer

At Garner Roofing, our representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified. When you call us, we will send one of these representatives to your home to inspect your specific situation. You may be surprised to learn that more than half of the roofs we inspect do not need replacement. So why would you call anyone else?

If you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today! Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and Hang out with us on Google+!