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Roof Maintenance Tip #1: Cleaning the Gutters really does matter

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

When it comes to protecting your roof and extending its life, regular roof maintenance is the key. And while this may seem like a daunting task, preventative maintenance is actually fairly easy. And the first step involves cleaning your gutters.

Keeping your gutters clear is extremely important. If your gutters clog, water can back up under your shingles, damaging your roof and eventually leaking into your home.

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Roof Maintenance Tip #1: Cleaning the Gutters

All you will need is a ladder, gloves, a wire brush, roofing cement, and a garden hose.

Step 1: For starters, it is important to remove debris, like leaves, twigs, birds’ nests, and anything else, from your gutters. This debris could prevent water from efficiently flowing through your gutters. And be sure to wear gloves. You don’t want to cut your hands on anything.

Step 2: Next, using the garden hose, wash any remaining debris from your gutters and watch to make sure everything is flowing properly.

Step 3: If you notice standing water, then you need to fix the slope of your gutters right away. You can eliminate sags by simply lifting the gutter some and repairing any loose hangers. You could also try bending the hanger up with some pliers. If these solutions don’t work, you may need to install a new hangar.

Step 4: If you notice any rust in your gutters, scrape it away using the wire brush. Then apply a thin layer of roofing cement.

Step 5: While cleaning your gutters, if you notice any damage to your roof, call your local roofer as soon as possible!

Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore County Roofer

If you notice any damage to your roof, give Garner Roofing a call. We will send one of our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified roofing to your home to inspect your roof. We will then provide you with options based on our findings.

If you have any questions about Roof Maintenance 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!

Happy Holidays from Garner Roofing!

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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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Leaf Relief Gutter Guards: Protect your Home & minimize Maintenance

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Tired of climbing up and down that ladder every few weeks, cleaning stick, leaves, bird nests, and other debris from your gutters? Then you need the Leaf Relief gutter guard from Ply Gem.

Gutter guards keep your gutters clear of debris. Not only will this cut down on maintenance and your time on that pesky ladder, but it will also protect your home. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up under your shingles and into your home, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

Benefits of the Leaf Relief Gutter Guard by Ply Gem

  1. Keep Debris Out & Water Flowing: The Leaf Relief gutter guard keeps debris out of your gutters, allowing water to flow normally.
  2. Reliable: The Leaf Relief gutter guard can drain 29.7″ of rainfall an hour. That is more than the highest rainfall ever recorded.
  3. Fits Existing Gutters: The Leaf Relief gutter guard is available in 5″ and 6″ sizes to fit new and existing gutters.
  4. Discrete: Worried about your home’s curb appeal? The Leaf Relief gutter guard lays flat and fits snugly on top of your gutter, out of sight.
  5. Easy Installation: The Leaf Relief gutter guard mounts directly to the gutter, making installation quick and easy.
  6. Durable: The Leaf Relief gutter guard is made of solid aluminum, ensuring it can withstand everything thrown its way.
  7. Weather Resistant: The Leaf Relief gutter guard is built to last. It mounts securely to your gutters, resisting high winds, heavy snow, ice, and so much more.
  8. Pest Resistant: The Leaf Relief gutter guard is designed to keep your gutters free of not only debris, but also pests.
  9. 10-Year Limited Warranty: The Leaf Relief gutter guard is covered for a duration of 10 years.

 

If you have any questions about Gutter Guards, 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 Company, LLC is a Maryland Licensed, Bonded, and Insured Contractor offering Residential and Commercial Roofing, Siding, and Gutter Replacement services to Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, and Northern Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Garner Roofing is also a Certified ShingleMaster Company through Certainteed. You can verify our credentials by visiting the Certainteed website.

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