Archive for the ‘Roofing’ Category

Get Your Roof Done Right: How to Hire the Right Roofing Contractor

Monday, November 7th, 2016

1Garner-Roof-Get-Your-Roof-Done-Right-Repairing or replacing your roof is a big job, both in terms of scope and importance. A leaky roof can be a headache and can cause great damage to your house as a whole. Choosing a roofer can be a daunting task, given the stakes involved and the available information. So how can you be sure to choose the right roofing contractor for your job? We will run down everything you need to know, including expected costs, tips on finding potential contractors, advice for negotiating the contract and information on what to expect after the job is complete.

 

What Does a New Roof Cost?

We cannot give you any more than a ballpark estimate to know what your roof replacement cost will be, but it can be helpful to start planning your savings and budgeting strategy as far ahead as possible, so nice round numbers can be helpful.

According to HomeAdvisor.com, the average cost of a new roof is almost $6800. The cost of roofing will vary geographically, but you probably have a good idea of how the cost of living in your area compares to the national average. To get a better idea of your specific costs, use an online roofing cost calculator.

The cost of replacing your roof is right in line with other major home renovation projects. With this big of an investment, it makes sense to take your time and do your homework. So what should you know before you begin your contractor search? We will discuss several important tips and strategies below.
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Top 5 Roof Problems to Look For

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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You don’t give the roof on your home much thought, until the day it leaks. Then all of a sudden it gets all of your attention! Your roof keeps the elements out and insulates you, helping to keep your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Instead of waiting until you have a leak, it’s a good idea to put a little bit of thought into your roof from time to time to ensure there are no problems.

We’ve put together a list of the top 5 roof problems you should keep your eye on.

 

 1. Major Leaks

This is an obvious one. If your roof has a leak, there’s a good chance you’ll see it right away. Any wet spots on your ceiling need to be dealt with quickly, because they will only get worse over time. Letting a roof leak go unrepaired can turn a small roofing repair into a huge drywall and ceiling replacement, which can even damage the contents of your home.

 

2. Minor Leaks

These are more difficult to spot. A small leak in your roof may go undetected at first, especially if the water seeps in slowly and doesn’t pool on your ceiling or floors. One sign of a minor leak is the presence of increased humidity, discoloration on your ceiling or walls, or moisture and mold problems. The best way to detect minor leaks is to have an expert inspect your home.

 

3. Physical Damage

Some damage to your roof is obvious. Missing shingles or tiles, punctures from branches or debris, sagging or warped sections of your roof, and fascia or soffit damage are all types of damage that indicate a problem with your roof. As soon as you detect any of these, it’s important to react, because left unrepaired they can all become worse and result in major roofing repairs.

 

4. Water Pooling or Improper Flow

Roofs on some older homes may not have been designed to properly protect your home or encourage water to flow properly. This is often the case when repairs or additions have been made to the home. Water that pools in certain areas or doesn’t flow properly down the roof and into the gutters will eventually find its way into your home.

 

5. Old, Inefficient Roofing Material and Design

The roofs on many older homes may have been adequate when they were built but are showing their age today. Even if there are no leaks or major damage, an older roof won’t protect your home against the elements as well as a modern roof with more resistant materials and installation techniques. A new roof will also help insulate better, providing savings on heating and cooling.

From obvious water leaks to inefficiencies that are harder to detect, it is useful to put some thought into your roof. Our expert team at Garner Roofing would be happy to come and inspect your roof, and offer you a no-obligation quote for repair or replacement. Contact us today, and we’ll help you ensure your roof is doing its job, keeping your home dry and comfortable.

Garner’s Guide for Choosing the Right Materials for Your Roof

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Time and weather elements take a toll on roofs, eventually requiring replacement, but choosing new roofing material requires more than just picking something that looks good. Several factors go into choosing between the various types of roofing materials. Different types of roofs and roof angles play a role in selecting the best options for your roofing project.

Understanding the pros and cons of each roofing material and how those features fit with the type of roof on your home helps you narrow down the options.

 

Roofing Considerations

You know looks aren’t everything, but what does matter when it comes to choosing roofing materials? The features of your home, and in particular your roof, play a role in the material that will work best. Here are some considerations when choosing materials for various types of roofs:

What are the environmental or climate issues that might affect the type of roofing material? Hurricanes, wildfires, snow and salty air are examples. A local roofing expert is a great resource for recommending materials suitable for your specific location.

 

  • How much weight can your existing roof hold? Some materials, such as slate, are very heavy and need a strong support system to work. This may require additional reinforcements for proper installation.

 

  • Is the roof’s slope steep or low? Certain roofing materials won’t work on a roof with a very low or very steep roof.

 

  • What style of roof does your home have?

 

  • What is the existing roofing material? Does that material fit your needs? If you aren’t happy with the durability or look of your current roofing material, explore the other options to see if they are a good fit for your roof type.

 

  • What is the expected life span of the materials you are considering? Choosing a material with a long life span saves you money overall and keeps your roof looking great, which boosts your overall curb appeal.

 

  • What type of maintenance does the material require? Are repairs easy, or do you have to replace the entire roof if something goes wrong?

 

  • What is your budget? Keep in mind that a new roof is an investment. Spending a little more upfront can save you money in the long run by giving you a long-lasting durable roof.

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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 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+!

Don’t put off that Baltimore Roof Replacement because of Cost

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

As a roofer, I hear it all the time: “We don’t want to replace our roof right now because it costs too much. We will just wait for a little while.” While this is definitely your right as a homeowner, let me caution you. Putting off an inevitable roof replacement could end up costing you more money in the long run. How?

1. Roof Repairs: While the occasional roof repair is okay, paying for repairs every few months just doesn’t make sense. When roof repairs become more and more frequent, that smaller price tag can quickly add up.

2. Roof Emergencies: Putting off a roof repair could put your roof and your home at risk. Older roofs are prone to larger and more catastrophic failures, which could put a pretty serious dent in your wallet.

3. Energy Efficiency: Are your energy bills inexplicably rising? If so, it could be because your old roof just isn’t energy efficient. A new roof could be the solution to your energy woes, drastically improving the energy efficiency of your home.

Eventually, every roof will need to be replaced. What about yours?  If your roof is 15-20 years old and is starting to show its age, you may be the prime candidate for a new roof.

Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore Roofer

If you think it may be time to replace your roof, give Garner Roofing a call. We will send one of our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified roofers to your home to inspect roof and provide you with an honest assessment of your roofing needs. You may be surprised to learn that more than half of the roofs we inspect do not need replacement. However, if you do need a new roof, don’t panic. We will work with you to make the process as affordable 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 Repairs vs. Roof Replacements: A Baltimore Roofer explains the Considerations

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Roof replacements and roof repairs. One sounds scary and the other, not so much. However, you may be surprised to learn that sometimes roof replacements are not only a necessary decision, but also the most beneficial choice you can make as a homeowner.

There will come a time when you seem to be calling your local roofer every month or so to repair a roof leak, some damaged flashing, missing shingles, or some other roofing issue. This may seem like the most cost-effective way to maintain your roof, but these small repair costs add up. Eventually, there will come a time when roof repairs are just not a cost-effective way to maintain your roof. This is when roof replacement becomes not only necessary, but beneficial.

Roof Repairs vs. Roof Replacements

Roof Repair

  1. Cost: Occasional roof repairs are much more economical than a complete roof replacement. However, when these repairs become more and more frequent, you may need to re-evaluate your plan of action.
  2. Time: It is typically much easier and less time consuming to fix a roof issue, like a few missing shingles or a leaky roof, than it would be to completely replace the existing roof.
  3. Put off Roof Replacement: In today’s economy, homeowners are leery to spend thousands of dollars on a new roof. For this reason, roof repairs are much more appealing.

Roof Replacement

  1. Long-term Solution: While roof repairs are nice, a complete roof replacement is a much more long term solution.
  2. Great Investment: Not only do roof replacements have a great return on investment (67%), but a new roof will also increase the resale value of your home.
  3. Increased Energy Efficiency: A new roof could be the solution to your energy woes. Old roofs let warm air escape during the winter and let warm air in during the summer. Your new roof should drastically improve the energy efficiency of your home.
  4. Curb Appeal: Last but not least, new roofs just look good!
Garner Roofing: Your Baltimore Roof Replacement (and Roof Repair) Expert!

When a roof replacement is your best option, you need to call a roofer you can trust. You need to call Garner Roofing. Our representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified.

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 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+!