Archive for October, 2012

Is it time for a New Roof? Roof Replacement in Baltimore, Maryland

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

new roofOver time, even the best roofs begin to deteriorate. Shingles begin to wear away, water begins to find its way into your home, and the need for immediate action becomes obvious. Unfortunately, when your roof has reached this stage, simple roof repairs and quick fixes may not be enough. And when this is the case, a roof replacement may be your only option.

Signs you need a New Roof

1. Old Roof: Roofs, while durable, do have a shelf life of roughly 20 years (this number varies depending on the roofing type and maintenance). So if your roof is 20 years old or older, you may want to think about investing in a new roof.

2. Roof Cracks: The appearance of roof cracks could be a clear cut sign that you need a new roof.

3. Repairs aren’t cutting it: Eventually, roof repairs will simply not be able to keep up with your deteriorating roof. When this happens, your only option is a roof replacement.

4. High Energy Bills: As your roof ages, it begins to lose its ability to properly insulate your home. So if you notice your energy bills rising, it may not be your HVAC system. It may be your roof!

5. Ceiling Stains: Most likely caused by roof leaks, ceiling stains are an obvious warning sign of a roofing problem.

6. And More!

The only way to truly know if it is time to replace your roof is to have it professionally inspected by a reputable roofing contractor, a contractor like Garner Roofing.

Garner Roofing: The obvious choice for your Baltimore, Maryland Roof Replacement 

When the need to repair or replace your roof arises, it is important to choose a contractor you can rely on for good advice and quality workmanship. That is what you get when you choose to work with Garner Roofing. Our representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified and will inspect your roof to provide you with the best possible options based on your needs.

You may be surprised to learn that more than half of the roofs we inspect do not need replacement!

If you have any questions about Roof Repairs and Roof Replacements or if you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation / siding consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today!

“Our roof looked fine and no one could figure out where the leak into our master bathroom was coming from. That is until Dave from Garner Roofing showed up. He figured out that the cast iron vent pipe had rusted through and was causing the leak.Technically this was a plumbing problem so we had to call a plumber to fix it and we tried to pay Dave for his time but he wouldn’t take our money.” – Bill & Wanda of Perry Hall, Maryland

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Roof Repairs from your Baltimore County, Maryland Roofing Contractor

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

roof inspectionWith winter right around the corner, now is the perfect time to perform regular maintenance and repairs. Otherwise, the harsh winter weather could turn your small roof problems into large and expensive to repair roofing catastrophes. So ask yourself: is it better to spend a little time and money now to protect your roof or would you rather wait and potentially spend a lot more in the future?

If you decide on the former (and we hope you do) then proactive fall roof maintenance makes sense and you have come to the right place.

Fall Roof Inspection, Cleaning, and Repairs

1. Roof Inspections: As we discussed last week, annual roof inspections are one of the best ways to protect your roof. These regular inspections will help identify small roofing problems, such as missing or warped shingles, clogged gutters, minor roof leaks, etc., before they become large roofing catastrophes.

2. Roof Cleaning: It is important to remove all debris, such as branches, leaves, pinecones, etc., that has fallen on your roof. This will help protect your shingles and ensure your gutters remain clear. After all, as we discussed last week, clogged gutters and winter snow can lead to ice dams and expensive roof repairs. An ice dam is formed when snow melts and then refreezes at your roof’s edge, causing water to collect behind the ice dam and, with nowhere else to go, leak into your home.

3. Roof Repairs: If you have noticed any roofing problems that require repair, fall is the perfect time to address these issues. Otherwise, you run the risk of these small problems getting worse during winter.

Garner Roofing: The Obvious choice for Baltimore County Roof Repair  

When the need for roof repairs arises, it is important to choose a contractor you can rely on for good advice and quality workmanship, a contractor like Garner Roofing. We will inspect your roof and provide options based on your needs and your budget.

Our factory trained and certified roof mechanics can extend the useful life of your roof!

If you have any questions about Roof Repairs or if you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation / siding consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today!

“Garner Roofing showed up on time for the initial estimate. They printed a very thorough and professional proposal on the spot and went over the roof replacement process step by step. We felt very comfortable with them.” – Jim, Nottingham, MD

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What is an Ice Dam? :: Roofing Repair in Baltimore County, Maryland

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The weather is quickly cooling and fall is in full swing, which can only mean one thing; winter is right around the corner. So it is time to talk about everybody’s favorite winter roofing problem…Ice Dams!

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is formed when snow melts and then refreezes at your roof’s edge. The snow at the top of the roof melts and runs down the roof, under the blanket of snow. It then refreezes at the edge of the roof, forming a dam and preventing water from reaching the gutters. As a result, water collects behind the ice dam and, with nowhere else to go, leaks into your home.

Every year, ice dams cause millions of dollars of damage to homes.

Dealing with Ice Dams

  1. Gutters: Clean your gutters before the first snowfall of the winter. This will hopefully prevent water from backing up and refreezing at the edge of your roof.
  2. Attic Insulation: Add additional attic insulation to keep warm air from finding its way into your attic and heating your roof.
  3. Air Leaks: Seal air leaks in your home. Similar to adding attic insulation, this will keep warm air from making its way into your attic.
  4. Trust the Professionals: Never try to handle an ice dam yourself. This means you should not go on your roof to try and fix an ice dam and it also means you should not try and chip away at the ice from the ground. Both can be extremely dangerous.

If you become the unfortunate victim of an ice dam and the subsequent leaky roof, it is important to call a professional roofing contractor right away to resolve your situation.

Baltimore County Roofing Repair from Garner Roofing

Through the use of our systemized approach to leak investigation and repair Garner Roofing maintains a high first call success ratio. We have the experience and knowledge to diagnose and repair even the most stubborn roof problems as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

If you have any questions about Roofing Repairs, or if you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation / siding consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today!

Garner Roofing representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified. We will inspect your roof and provide options based on your needs. We install, replace and repair most common types of residential roofing systems.

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Roofing Inspection & Repair from your Baltimore County, Maryland Roofer

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

If you’re like most people your home is the largest investment you will ever make. So it only makes sense to do everything in your power to protect that investment. And the best way to do this is with a good, quality roof.

Your roof protects everything; your family, your possessions, and your home. So it is important to return the favor and protect your roof. And one of the best ways to do this is to conduct regular roof inspections to try and identify small roofing problems – missing or warped shingles, clogged gutters, minor roof leaks, etc. – before they become large roofing catastrophes.

At Garner Roofing, we recommend conducting these inspections at least twice a year and after any major storms.

Exterior Roof Inspections

Look for the following:

  1. Missing Shingles
  2. Curled Shingles
  3. Damaged Flashing
  4. Ceiling Spots
  5. Algae
  6. Rotting
  7. Buckling
  8. Blistering
  9. Missing Granules
Interior Roof Inspection

Look for the following:

  1. Light Shining Through
  2. Dark Spots
  3. Water Damage
  4. Leaking
  5. Sagging Decking

If you notice any of the above issues, it is important to call your local area roofer before these small problems get any worse. It is also important to choose a contractor you can rely on for good advice and quality workmanship, a contractor like Garner Roofing.

Our representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified. We will inspect your roof and provide the best options based on your situation, needs, and budget. We install, replace, and repair most common types of residential roofing systems.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation / siding consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today!

Our goal is to help each customer. It’s that simple. We accomplish this by being professional in every aspect of our service process, and delivering what we promise. Our experience has confirmed that when we practice these principals our business thrives.

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