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Spring Roof Inspection Tips from your Baltimore Roofer

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Spring is in full swing (finally)! The weather is warming up, the flowers are in bloom, and it is time for you to step outside and begin those home improvement projects you have been dreaming about all winter long. But where do you begin? Well, how about your roof?

Spring Roof Inspection

A spring roof inspection will help uncover any damage that may have occurred during winter and the constant freezing and thawing that takes place. This freeze / thaw effect can have a negative impact on your roof.

Be sure to check the following areas of your roof for damage:

  1. Interior: Before even moving to the outdoors, climb into your attic and look for signs of a roof leak. Warning signs include ceiling spots, mold, and obvious water damage.
  2. Gutters: April is here, which means one thing: April Showers. Are your gutters ready for the increased workload? If your gutters are clogged, rain water will not be properly directed off the roof. As a result, water may back up under your shingles and into your home.
  3. Shingles: Conduct a visual inspection of your shingles. Do you notice any missing, damaged, or curled shingles? If so, it is important to address these issues in a timely manner. Your shingles are designed to protect your roof from the elements. When these shingles are damaged or missing, your roof is exposed.
  4. Flashing: Flashing, the metal strips that seal gaps and prevent water from seeping into your home, are one of the primary culprits of roof leaks. Examine your flashing for any signs of damage.
  5. Chimney or Skylight: Check around chimneys or skylights to ensure the seals between them and roofing surfaces are still intact.

If you notice any warning signs during your spring roof inspection, pick up your phone and call Garner Roofing, your local, Baltimore Roofer as soon as possible.

Garner Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor serving the Greater Baltimore, MD. area and beyond, specializing in roof repair and gutter replacement. When you call us, we will send one of our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified representatives to your home to inspect your specific situation.

If you are interested in scheduling a free roofing consultation, please contact Garner Roofing by calling 410-753-2322 or visit GarnerRoof.com today! Estimates are free for all services, including roof repair, siding repair, and more.

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The Benefits of Roof Replacement from Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Roofer

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Spring has finally sprung. As we mentioned several weeks back, this means spring cleaning season is upon us. This is also the perfect time to inspect your roof for any signs of damage, such as ceiling stains, missing or damage shingles, damaged flashing, and more. After all, winter can wreak havoc on a roof.

If you notice any warning signs of damage, it is important to call Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Roofer, as soon as possible. We will send one of factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified representatives to your home to inspect your roof. You may be surprised to learn that more than half of the roofs we inspect do not need replacement. Still, there comes a time when every roof needs to be replaced. When this happens, it is important to act. Delaying roof replacement could actually cost you more money in the long run. On top of delaying the inevitable you will also have to fork out money for increasingly frequent roof repairs.

Can you afford multiple roof repairs and a roof replacement 3-5 years down the road? Sometimes it just makes more sense to opt for the roof replacement now.

Benefits of Roof Replacement

  1. Long Lasting: While roof repairs may cost less, roof replacement is a long term solution. Did you know that the average asphalt shingle roof lasts between 15 and 20 years?
  2. Return on Investment: Roof replacement has an ROI of 67%.
  3. Resale Value: A new roof will help boost the resale value of your home.
  4. Energy Efficiency: A new roof could help solve your energy efficiency woes. Old roofs let warm air escape during the winter and let warm air in during the summer. The result: pricey energy bills.
  5. Curb Appeal: Realtors estimate that as much as 40% of a home’s curb appeal is directly linked to the roof.

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 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+!

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+!

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
roof replacement

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+!

 

Is it time to replace your roof? Your Baltimore County Roofer has an Answer

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Over the years, your roof takes a beating. From severe weather like Hurricane Sandy to the slightest summer breeze, Mother Nature is constantly working against you to the point where regular roof maintenance and repairs are not enough. Eventually, you will be left with one option: roof replacement.

Before you jump to conclusions, anticipating the worst, give Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Country roofer, a call. Our factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified roofing technicians will inspect your roof and provide you with an honest assessment. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that more than half of the roofs we inspect do not need to be replaced! However, sometimes roof replacement is the only option.

Don’t worry; there are several benefits to roof replacement, including:

1. Enhanced Curb Appeal: Realtors estimate that as much as 40% of your home’s curb appeal is directly tied to your roof.

2. Improved Resale Value: Roof replacement will not only make your home more visually appealing, but it will also increase your home’s resale value.

3. High Return on Investment (ROI): Roof replacements boast an average ROI of 67%, making them one of the top home improvement projects to undertake.

4. Greater Energy Efficiency: Your roof plays an integral role in the overall energy efficiency of your home. Your old roof may be the reason your heating and cooling bills are abnormally high.

5. And More!

Call Garner Roofing Today!

Your roof protects everything; your family, your possessions. So 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, a contractor like Garner Roofing. Our representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified. So give Garner Roofing a call today!

If you have any questions about Roof Replacement in Baltimore County 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 New Year from Garner Roofing!

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