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  • Corbett Announces No Insurance Deductibles Applied to Sandy Damage

    Courtesy Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    Pennsylvania homeowners will get a little bit of relief from the costs of repairing damage to their homes from Hurricane Sandy.

    According to the Perkiomen Valley Patch, "Governor Tom Corbett advised insurance companies that deductibles, which can be up to five percent of the insured value of a home, should not be applied to any Hurricane Sandy homeowner insurance claims."

    Here are some tips courtesy of Patch to help you file a claim:

    • Before calling your insurance company, try to locate your policy number and other relevant information. Your company representative will prepare a "Notice of Loss" form and an adjuster will be assigned to assist you.  Ask for a timeline on when your agent can help you.
    • Take photographs/video before clean-up or repairs. If you have already taken your damaged items out of the house, take pictures of the debris. After you’ve documented the damage, make the repairs necessary to prevent further damage, but do not make any permanent repairs until an adjuster or company representative is able to inspect the damage and your carrier approves the repairs.
    • Save all receipts. Keep a diary of all discussions with your agent or carrier. Cooperate fully with the insurance company.  Ask what documents, forms and data you will need to file the claim.

    If you have any other questions, visit www.pa.gov or www.insurance.pa.gov. Consumers with insurance questions or complaints can call the Insurance Department’s toll-free, consumer hotline at 877- 881-6388.

  • Fire Safety

    When it comes to your home one of the first thing on your mind should fire safety since one mistake can ruin your home and everything inside.

    Make sure that when your roof is being built or replaces that all materials being used are fire resistant. You should also be aware of the safety and protection rating that the roof has.

    When is comes to fire safety ratings there are three different classes. Class A, B and C. Class A had the best and highest protection where Class C offers the least protection. These classes could be the difference from repairing your home and roof after a fire or having to rebuild it from scratch.

    When having work done on your roof make sure you are in conversation with your contractor and understand which type of class rating is best for your home situation.

    Exterior Specialties of PA is always here for your repair and needs. Call anytime for a free estimate.



  • How To Walk On A Roof Safely

    One of the most important things when it comes to roofing is safety. Being on top of a roof can be a very dangerous thing if the correct precautions are not taken.

    The first step is to make sure you have a safe access to the roof. If you are using a ladder make sure it is sturdy and reaches 3 feet above the roof line.

    Another thing to keep in mind is the type of shoes you are wearing. Shoes with rubber soles or gum sole work boots with give you the best traction. Never wear flip flops or sandals!

    Make sure while you are walking on roof tops to stay away from the edge line and do not look over to edge, this may cause someone to become dizzy.

    Avoid walking on shingled or tarred roofs in hot summer heat as well as roofs with snow or frost on them

    Lastly always have a partner. Someone who is on the ground that can call for help if needed. Never walk on a roof top by your self.

    As always Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help you with all your roofing problems.

  • Should My Chimney Be Inspected Before I Repair or Replace my Roof?

    Having any time of roof work done is a big project, whether you are repairing or replacing make sure you are taking all of the precaution and doing it the right way.

    Your Chimney should always be inspected or check before your begin repairing or replacing your roof. The best way to have your chimney inspected correctly is to call a chimney mason to do a  thorough check and fix any problems before the roofing work begins.

    Always hire a professional. The best way to make sure the job is getting done right and have less of a chance of damage call a professional.

    Like any other part of your home, chimneys should be inspected regularly. They should not only be inspected for maintenance and ventilation, but also for fire safety.

    Here we are all about saving money. Having a properly working chimney will cut back on your energy costs.

    As always Exterior Specialties of PA is here for all of your questions. Call anytime for a free estimate 215-773-9180.

  • Energy Efficient Windows

    Energy efficient windows have come a long way in helping home owners cut back on their electric bills. Today saving money with energy savings is easier than ever.

    When it is time to buy new windows one of the key things you want to think about is where you live. Do you live in a cooler climate where you want to cool out and heat in. Or do you live in a warmer climate where you want the heat out and cool in. Energy Star has a great map helping you figure out what climate zone you are in (See image below).

    Next you want to pick your window rating, U-Value is the measurement of how much heat escapes from your home. The lower the number the better is cooler climates. The other rating is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), this measures how much solar radiation enters the home. Here the lower the number is best in warmer climates.

    With energy efficient windows you not only save money on electric bills but you can get tax benefit too. If your windows have a U-Value or SHGC rating of .30 or lower you are eligiable for a tax credit. So you are always saving money with energy efficiant windows.

    As always Exterior Specialties of PA is always here to help you with any questions, call us today for a free estimate.

  • How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

    Homeowners ask this question a lot, how often should you clean your gutters?

    The answer is very simple, you should clean out your gutters at least twice a year. You should clean them more if they appear dirty. The best way to clean your gutters is to hire a professional. This will ensure that your gutters are cleaned properly and safely.

    By having a professionally clean your gutters you can be certain that all the dirt, leaves and any other objects are cleared from your gutters. Also they will make sure your downspout is clear and draining properly.

    If you have a routine system in place to clean your gutters it will help the life span of your gutter and roof. The Spring and Fall months are the best time to check and clean your gutters since these are the months with the most leaves, rain and debris that may clog your gutters.

    If gutters are not cleaned properly it can result in mold, fungus and or bacteria to grow in your gutters and up in your roof. Thus needing to be replaced.

    As always call us for any gutter questions.


  • Is It Time To Replace Your Roof?

    Does your roof leak, does it look damaged, Has your roof hit its life expectancy. Having to replace your roof can be a stressful time on any home owner. Can your roof be fixed with repairs or does it need to be fully replaced? Here are some great tips on deciding whether or not it is time to replace your roof.

    The first thing to consider is how old is your roof, an average roof will last up to 15 years depending on maintenance. After this life time it is normal for leaks and missing or torn shingles. If this occurs your roof is beyond repair and it needs to be replaced.

    Another thing that needs to be checked are the interior walls that touch the roof. If there are watermarks or paint damage then this is a sign of water see page and the roof will need to be completely replaced.

    Weather is also a factor when it comes to your roof, this is what will take down a life expectancy. If your roof sees a lot of direct sunlight, snow, wind, rain and or hail your roof will need to be replaces quicker than a roof that doesn't encounter a lot of weather.

    Other factors that may cause you to replace your roof are, an improper design, the wrong materials being used to installation, and or external factors.

    The decision to replace your roof is something that is inevitable. The most important thing is do not wait. At the first sign of damage call a contractor to have them give you a quote.

    And as always, Exterior Specialties is here to help! Call us today for a free estimate!

  • Skylights

    Skylights are a great way to add natural lighting into any room.

    However, just like having a sunroof in your car they can leak if not installed

    properly. It is also important that they are installed properly with proper techniques to make ensure that the skylights are working at optimum level.

    Skylights are usually installed at the bottom most layer of a roof. As long as a professional roofing contractor is installing the skylight,  you can be certain they are installed tightly to prevent any leaking from occurring. Once your skylight is installed, you want to make sure you have it checked twice a year to ensure that no leaking taking place.

    It is important that you make sure you address all questions and concerns with your roofer. The most common concern is that the skylight with become foggy or cloudy over time. The roofer will be able to ensure you that  condensation will not form on the inner panes of your skylights. Also you may want to get a warranty from the manufacturer against clouding or fogging.

    Another thing to consider about a skylight is which type to purchase. There are many types of skylights out there, even ones that protecting against UV rays.

    The most important thing about having a skylight put in is that a professional roofer instals it.

  • What Are Aging Signs In Shingles?

    It would be ideal if roofs lasted forever, but as with all things, roof shingles will age.

    Not all shingles will age at the same pace. The best way to assess how long your shingles will last is to check the manufacturer’s warranty.

    A twice yearly inspection by a professional roofer will keep your roof in good condition.


    When shingles become old or begin to show signs of aging, they begin to crack, curl or become loose. They may in fact even break off.

    Never ignore these signs. When you begin to see signs of aging in your shingles, contact a roofing contractor and have the roof inspected. Delaying roof repairs can result in expensive repairs.

    If an experienced roofing contractor determines that shingles need to be replaced, do not attempt to do the work yourself. Always have an experienced roofer handle your roofing needs, including replacing or repairing aging or damaged shingles. By repairing shingles as they become damaged, you will delay the need for a complete roof replacement.

  • Inspect for Moisture on Low-Slope Roofs

    A good roof is an investment  -- it not only shelters you, but can even save you money on energy costs. We've already looked at why it's important to get a spring roof inspection, but if you have a low-slope roof, it may even be more important.

    Facilites with low-slope roofs have a tendency to absorb moisture -- causing damage to your roof, your electrical and mechanical systems and more - so it's important to have a regular roof inspections as a precaution.

    And as facilitiesnet points out, the process for larger roofs has gotten more manageable with the usage of thermal imaging. A skilled roofer now has the ability to do a thermal scan of your entire roof and accurately locate any pockets of moisture.

    If you have a low-slope roof, feel free to contact Exterior Specialties of PA today for a free estimate!