Archive for March, 2013

Baltimore Roof Repair: The Benefits of Professional Leak Repair

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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+!

Ice Dams & Roof Repair Tips from Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Roofer

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Considering the strength of today’s snowstorm, Garner Roofing, your Baltimore roofer, thought this would be a good time to revisit the topic of Ice Dams and roof leaks.

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a roofing issue that forms after a significant snowfall.

When the temperature of your roof is above freezing, the snow on your roof begins to melt. However, if the temperature at the roof’s edge is still below freezing, the melted snow can then refreeze at your roof’s edge, creating an ice dam. This prevents water from reaching the gutters. As a result, water collects behind the ice dam and, with nowhere else to go, leaks into your home.

Preventative Maintenance & Roof Repair Tips

  1. Gutter Maintenance: If your gutters are clogged, they cannot direct water away efficiently. 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 warm, it could cause underlying snow to melt, before refreezing once it reaches your roof’s edge, where the temperature is below freezing. To help prevent this, insulate your attic 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.
  4. Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore Roofer: If you notice any signs of a roof leak, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call Garner Roofing, your Baltimore roofer. We specialize in Leak Investigation & Repair. Our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified technicians have the experience and knowledge to diagnose and repair even the most stubborn roof leaks as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Every year, ice dams cause millions of dollars of damage to homes. Don’t let your home be one of them! Call Garner Roofing at the first sign of trouble.

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 Replacement Tips: Installing New Shingles is not a DIY Job

Friday, March 1st, 2013

In today’s technologically advanced society, more and more homeowners are choosing to take on home improvement tasks they would have outsourced to professionals in the past. Why? Well, nowadays, there is a “How to” video for just about everything on the Internet, from how to fix a leaky pipe to how to replace shingles. However, not every task can be sufficiently completed by watching a 10-minute long how to video. Installing new shingles is one of those tasks.

There are numerous reasons why you should leave your roof replacement to the professionals. These reasons include:

  1. Safety: According to the National Center for Health and Statistics, 890,000 people were rushed to the emergency room for fall-related injuries between 2008 and 2009.
  2. Save Money: Improperly installed shingles can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars in future repairs. When a roof is not installed properly, it cannot shield your home from moisture. This can result in costly roof leaks, water damage, and mold.
  3. Time: Odds are that it will take you much longer to replace your shingles than it would for a professional roofer to complete the task. Do you have the time needed to complete the job the right way?
  4. Training & Experience: Professional roofers have the training and experience to not only replace your roof quickly and efficiently, but also correctly!

Do yourself a favor and call a professional roofer. You will thank us!

Baltimore Roof Replacement from Garner Roofing

Eventually, every roof requires replacing. When the need to replace your roof arises, it is important to choose a contractor you can trust, a contractor like the ones found at Garner Roofing. Our representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified.

Garner Roofing delivers value by performing professional installation using high quality products at a reasonable price. Quality does not have to cost a fortune!

If you have any questions about Roof Replacement or 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+!