Archive for February, 2013

Baltimore Roof Replacement Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Does my Roof need Replacing?

Are roof repairs just not enough to keep your roof in working order? If so, a new roof may be your only option. However, the only ways to truly know if your roof needs replacing is to have it professionally inspected. You may be surprised to learn that more than half of the time it is found that a roof does not need replacement.

What is the Most Common Type of Roofing Material?

For residential roofs, asphalt shingles are the roofing material of choice. Asphalt shingles provide several benefits, including:

  1. Maintenance: Asphalt shingles are not only durable, but they require little maintenance.
  2. Weight: Asphalt shingles are extremely lightweight.
  3. Cost: Because asphalt singles are manufactured in bulk, they are typically cheaper than many homeowners expect.
  4. Curb Appeal: Asphalt shingles give your home an instant curb appeal.

How important is Roof Ventilation?

Ventilation is very important! Proper attic ventilation allows a continuous flow of outside air through your attic by balancing air intake (at your eaves or soffits) and air exhaust (at or near your roof ridge) according to specific formula. This is beneficial for many reasons, including:

  1. Prevents Excessive Heat: Too much heat can be a very bad thing for your asphalt shingles. Excessive heat in your attic bakes asphalt shingles and other roof components causing them to age and fail prematurely.
  2. Prevents Excessive Moisture: Excessive moisture can weaken the wood decking that supports your roof. Over time this leads to structural failure.
  3. Roof Longevity: Proper ventilation helps keep your roof in working order.
  4. Warranty Compliance: Proper ventilation is a warranty requirement of all the major shingle manufacturers.

9 out of 10 homes in North America do not have proper attic ventilation. Is your home one of them?

How long will my New Roof Last?

Typically, asphalt roofs last 25 years or more with proper maintenance.

Garner Roofing: Your Source for your next Baltimore Roof Replacement

When the need to replace your roof arises, it is important to choose a contractor you can rely on for good advice and quality workmanship. At Garner Roofing, our representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified. 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+!

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips: Roof Leaks & Leak Repair

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Your roof is designed to repel water, keeping you and your possessions nice and dry. Still, over time, even the best roof can develop issues, including damaged flashing, missing shingles, and, unfortunately, roof leaks.

Exterior Warning Signs

Interior Warning Signs

  1. Ceiling Spots
  2. Algae Growth
  3. Missing Granules
  4. Buckling
  5. Rotting
  6. Damaged Flashing
  7. Damaged or Missing Shingles
  1. Sagging Decking
  2. Dark Spots
  3. Moisture
  4. Light Shining through the Decking

If you notice any of the above warning signs of roof leaks, contact your local, Baltimore roofer as quickly as possible. Fixing a small roof leak now is much more cost effective than allowing the little issue to become a major problem.

DIY Roof Repair vs. Professional Roof Repair

Believe it or not, locating a roof leak is not an easy task. More often than not, the location of the water intrusion is not the same location as the leak itself. It takes both knowledge and experience to diagnose roofing issues.

As you can probably imagine, if locating a leak is difficult, repairing a roof leak is no cake walk either. You will more than likely need to call a professional roofer to both locate and fix the leak.

Garner Roofing: Baltimore Roof Repair

Garner Roofing specializes in Leak Investigation & Repair. Our systemized approach to leak investigation and repair has allowed Garner Roofing to maintain a high first call success ratio. So why call anyone else?

Garner Roofing’s factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified technicians have the experience and the knowledge to diagnose and repair even the most stubborn roof leaks as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

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+!

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips: Avoiding Ice Dams

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The weather has been very erratic over the last few weeks. We have gone from freezing temperatures, ice, and snow, to 60 and even 70 degree weather and sunny skies. This has not exactly been your typical winter weather here in Baltimore, Maryland. Although the ever-fluctuating temperature may not seem like a problem, it has led to the constant freezing, thawing, and refreezing of snow and ice on your roof, which could lead to a serious condition known as ice damming. This is even more of a possibility if your roof has not been properly maintained.

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips: Avoiding Ice Dams

  1. Gutter Maintenance: First and foremost, ensure that your gutters are clear. If they are clogged, water will not be able to properly flow off your roof. This will cause water to collect at the roof’s edge, putting your home at a greater risk of ice damming.
  2. Attic Insulation: If your roof is too hot, it could cause snow to melt, before refreezing at the roof’s edge. To help prevent this, we recommend your attic be insulated to an R-value in the R-49 to R-60 range.
  3. Ventilation: Ensure that none of your home’s exhaust vents travel through your roof soffits.

Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore Roof Repair Specialists

If you are experiencing a roof leak as the result of an ice dam or other roofing problem, give the roof repair specialists at Garner Roofing a call today. We specialize in Leak Investigation & Repair. Our systemized approach to leak investigation and repair has allowed Garner Roofing to maintain a high first call success ratio. The 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.

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+!

Broken Tree Limbs and Emergency Roof Repairs from your Baltimore Roofer

Friday, February 1st, 2013

As a homeowner, you have to be ready for almost anything, from a broken pipe, a kitchen fire, or a damaged roof. Disaster can strike at any time. The trick is to stay one step ahead, removing those factors that could potentially lead to problems, including tree limbs dangling over your roof.

When severe weather hits, high winds or the additional weight of snow often cause tree limbs to snap. If these limbs are above your home, your roof could be in danger. Broken tree limbs are notorious for breaking gutters, tearing away shingles, and damaging roof decking. Because of this, it is important to clear away any tree limbs dangling over your home.

If disaster does strike, you need to call a roofer as soon as possible to fix the damage. The last thing you want is for a small repair to slowly grow into a major repair, requiring more time and money to correct.

Baltimore Roof Repairs from Garner Roofing

When roof damage occurs, it is important to call a roofing contractor you can trust, a roofer like Garner Roofing.  We will send one of our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified roofing technicians to your home to inspect your roof and provide options based on your needs.

Garner Roofing specializes in Leak Investigation & Repair. Our systemized approach to leak investigation and repair has allowed Garner Roofing 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+!