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Roof Replacement Tips from a Baltimore Roofer: 10 Signs you need a New Roof

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Over the years, every roof begins to show its age. Still, with a little preventative maintenance and the occasional roof repair, you can easily prolong the life of you roof. Eventually, however, it is an inevitability that your roof will need to be replaced.

So how do you know when your roof needs to be replaced?

10 Signs you need a New Roof

1. Damaged or Missing Shingles: Your shingles are your home’s first layer of protection from the elements. So when these shingles are damaged or missing, it puts your roof and your home at risk.

2. Roof Leak: Roof leaks are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Not only is there a problem with your roof, but the issue has most likely caused water damage inside your home.

3. Sagging Ceiling: If you notice the ceiling in your home beginning to sag, it is a clear sign of a roof leak.

4. Water Stains: If you notice any wet, dark spots on your roof decking, this is an immediate indicator of a larger problem.

5. Granule Loss: The granules of your asphalt shingles play an important role in the protection of your roof. So when you notice an excessive amount of granules in your gutters, this could be cause for alarm.

6. Dark Streaks: Dark streaks require immediate assistance from a roofing professional.

7. Damaged Flashing: Damaged flashing is one of the most common causes of roof leaks.

8. Algae or Moss: Moss will eat away at your asphalt granules, putting your home at risk.

9. Drip…Drip…Drip: What’s that noise? If it is dripping and it is coming from above, you should check it out right away. It could very well be an indicator of a leaky roof.

10. Age: If you notice any problems with your roof and it is older than 15 years, roof replacement may be your best option.

Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore Roof Replacement Contractor

Eventually, every roof will need to be replaced. What about yours? Well, you may be surprised to learn that more than half of the roofs we inspect do not need replacement. We can actually repair most roofs, forgoing a complete roof replacement. So before you start to panic, give the roofing experts at Garner Roofing a call. We will send one of our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified to inspect your roof and provide you with an honest assessment.

If we determine that you do need a new roof, don’t panic. We will help make the process as painless 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+!

Roof Replacement Return on Investment (ROI) explained by a Baltimore Roofer

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Before you pick up that hammer or call your local contractor, remember that not all home improvement projects are created equal. It pays to prioritize your projects, picking and choosing those home improvements that will add value to your home and money in your pocket. So what are some of the best projects in terms of Return on Investment (ROI)?

  • Kitchen Remodeling
  • Bathroom Remodeling
  • New Deck
  • New Siding
  • Window Replacement
  • Roof Replacement
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Roof replacements are a great home improvement project to tackle, with an average return on investment between 60 to 65%. Not only that, but roof replacement also…

  1. Protects your home from the elements. Your old roof may have developed a leak ro two over time. Your new roof will better shield your home and your loved one’s from Mother Nature.
  2. Enhances your home’s curb appeal. In fact, Realtors estimate that as much as 40% of your home’s curb appeal is linked to your roof.
  3. Improves the resale value of your home.
  4. Makes your home easier to sell. Homebuyers look for several things when purchasing a home, including updated kitchens, remodeled bathrooms, and new roofs.
  5. Improves the energy efficiency of your home.
  6. Saves you money. There comes a point when replacing your old roof makes more sense than constantly paying for roof repairs.

Garner Roofing: Your Source for Baltimore Roof Replacements!

If you are interested in investing in your home and replacing your old, worn out roof, give Garner Roofing a call today. We will send one of our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified representatives to your home to examine your roof. Then, we will provide you with an honest assessment of your roofing needs.

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: Overlay vs. Complete Tear Off

Friday, January 11th, 2013

When the need to replace your roof arises you will be faced with a tough choice: overlay or complete tear off? Each has its advantages and disadvantages. The choice is yours, but to help you make a more informed decision, we at Garner Roofing have decided to outline those advantages and disadvantages for you.

Overlay: An overlay is when new shingles are placed directly on top of the old roof.

Benefits of Overlays

  1. Save Time
  2. Save Money
  3. Save on Labor
  4. Save on Disposal Costs
Disadvantages of Overlays

  1. Shorter Lifespan
  2. Doesn’t address the Underlying Issues
  3. Can only be done if certain conditions are met

Complete Tear Off: A complete tear off is exactly what it sounds like. The old roof is removed and a new roof is installed in its place.

Benefits of Complete Tear Offs

  1. Longer Lifespan
  2. You will get a New Ice/Water Membrane, New Felt, and New Flashing
  3. Addresses any Underlying Roofing Issues
Disadvantages of Complete Tear Offs

  1. Costs more Money
  2. Takes Time
  3. You have to dispose of the Old Roofing Materials

Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore Roof Replacement Expert!

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. That is what you get when you call Garner Roofing. Our representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified. We provide you with an honest assessment and, more than half of the time, we can actually repair your roof, forgoing a complete roof replacement.

If you have any questions about Roof Replacement in Baltimore 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!

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Baltimore Roof Replacement: Replacing Asphalt Shingles

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Your home is probably the largest investment you have ever made and will ever make. So it only makes sense to protect that investment. You have purchased homeowners insurance, you have purchased a home warranty, and you have installed a security system, but is that enough?

What many homeowners fail to realize is that the physical protection of their home begins and ends with their roof. So when the need to replace that roof arises, it is important to call a roofing contractor you can trust, a roofer like Garner Roofing! We install, replace and repair most common types of residential roofing systems.

Replacing Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of residential roofing material used today, accounting for just around 80% of all U.S. home. These roofs last for 20 years or more, but like all roofs they will eventually need to be replaced.

When to Replace your Asphalt Roof

If you notice any problems with your roofing and it is older than 15 years, roof replacement may be your best option. Still, before committing to a total replacement, give Garner Roofing a call. Our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified roofing technicians will inspect your roof and provide you with an HONEST assessment. In fact, more than half of the roofs we inspect do not need to be replaced!

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

Happy New Year from Garner Roofing!

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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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Baltimore County Roof Repair Tips: How to save Money on Roof Maintenance

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

With the economy still in shambles, homeowners do not have the money to pay for expensive roof repairs. Because of this, it is important to adopt a proactive approach to roof maintenance. This will allow you to catch small roof problems early and prevent them from becoming major issues. This will help extend the life of your roof, saving you money in the process.

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Proactive Roof Maintenance Tips

1. Be Proactive: At a minimum, you should inspect your roof and perform maintenance annually. Ideally, you would do this bi-annually or more frequently. Remember, the more proactive you are, the less likely you will experience a major roofing problem.

2. Know the Signs: If you don’t know what you are looking for, there is very little point in looking. So what should you look for when inspecting your roof? 1) Roof debris can damage shingles puncture your roof. If you notice and excessive roof debris, like large branches, remove them immediately. 2) Inspect your gutter. If your gutters are clogged, then they cannot do their job properly. This could cause water to back up into your attic. 3) Look for dark spots. This could be a sign of more serious damage. Do not approach the dark spot and call your local roof immediately. 4) If you notice any leaks, try and find the source. Hint: the source of the leak is not always directly above the leak itself. Leaks are tricky. 5) Do you notice any missing or damaged shingles? If so, have them repaired right away. If a shingle is damaged or missing, it can obviously not do its job properly.

3. Hire an Expert Baltimore County Roofer: Do you know how to fix your roof problem? If not, don’t even try. You may end up doing more harm than good, which could cost you more money in the long run. So sit back and leave the roof repair to the professionals.

Garner Roofing: The Easy Choice for Roof Repair in Baltimore County

When the need to repair your roof arises, it is important to choose a contractor you can rely, a contractor that will not try to milk you for all your worth, 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 budget.

Our factory trained and certified roof mechanics can extend the useful life of many roofs without breaking the bank!

If you have any questions about Baltimore County Roof Repair 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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Roof Repair from your Baltimore County Commercial Roofing Contractor

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Over time, even the toughest commercial roof will sustain damage. After being bombarded by heavy rain, high winds, snow, hail, hurricanes, and more, your commercial roof will eventually need to be repaired.

Commercial Roofing Repair

1. Gradual Damage: Over time, your roof will inevitably develop a leak or some other minor issue. This is not a big deal…if you address the issue as soon as it arises. Left unattended a small leak or other minor issue in your roof will develop into a major problem, requiring expensive roof repairs. So instead of letting a small problem snowball out of control, call Garner Roofing, your Baltimore County commercial roofer, at the first sign of trouble. Through the use of our systemized approach to leak investigation and repair we maintain a high first call success ratio.

2. Emergency Repairs: If your commercial roof experiences a catastrophic failure, requiring you to close your business, timely repair is essential. After all, no business owner can afford a lot of downtime, especially in this economy. So when disaster strikes, call on Garner Roofing, your Baltimore County commercial roofer, to help restore your business to normal.

3. Preventative Maintenance: Of course, the best way to deal with commercial roofing problems is to prevent them. And Garner Roofing can help with this, as well.

Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore County Commercial Roofing Contractor

The commercial roofers at Garner Roofing have decades of combined experience, are highly skilled, factory trained, and utilize the finest tools and equipment in the industry, ensuring you receive the highest caliber workmanship. Best of all, all our work is guaranteed and warranted.

If you have any questions about Commercial Roof Repairs in Baltimore, Maryland 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!

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Common Roof Problems and Roof Repair from your Baltimore County Roofer

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Over the years, your roof takes a beating. Between falling branches, clogged gutters, high winds, torrential downpours, sleet, snow, ice, and everything else Mother Nature throws your way, your roof sustains a lot of natural wear and tear.

It is okay, though. Your roof is made to handle these issues. But sometimes, your roof needs a little help. And this is where you come in.

In order to keep your roof in tip top shape, it is important to fix any small roof problems before they become big issues. This requires periodic roof inspections (both interior and exterior) on your part, as well as timely action.

Common Roof Problems to Look Out for

1. Missing Shingles: The most common of the common roofing problems, missing shingles are easily fixable. But if ignored, missing shingles can lead to roof leaks and other damage.

2. Valleys: Low lying areas of your roof, known as valleys, allow water to flow in one specific area. Over time, this fast-moving water can cause serious damage.

3. Damaged Head Wall Flashing: A head wall is where your roof meets the flat face of a wall. Because of this, rainwater comes to a near stop before finally flowing off the roof. Head wall flashing is a common culprit of roof leaks.

4. Damaged Wall Step Flashing: Similar to head wall flashing, wall step flashing is where the slope runs alongside a wall. Damaged wall step flashing can not only cause roof leaks, but because of the unique nature of this flashing, leaks can appear far from where they originate, making them hard to identify.

5Chimneys: Unless they are on the peak of the roof, chimneys have both head wall and wall step flashing.

6. And More!

Garner Roofing: Proactive Roof Repair in Baltimore, Maryland

Don’t let small roof problems become major issues. Call the roofing experts at Garner Roofing at the first sign of a problem! We will inspect your roof and provide you with your best options based on your specific situation. Garner Roofing install, replace and repair most common types of residential roofing systems.

Our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified roof mechanics and installers can extend the useful life of most roofs without the expense of total replacement.

If you have any questions about Common Roof Problems and 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!

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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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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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