Tag: roof installation

  • When is it Time To Call In the Roofing Contractor?

    Courtesy of Huffington Post

    Courtesy of Huffington Post

    There are many home improvements that we think we can tackle: upgrading the kitchen, planting a garden, repainting the dining room.  But there are some things that deserve some extra attention: roof repair. Because neglecting your roof or trying to do the repairs yourself can lead to high energy bills, damage, and the high costs of fixing it.

    Here are four things you should know about maintaining your roof, courtesy of Huffington Post.

    1. When to go pro. Alyssa Hall from GAF roofing, an expert on all things related to our houses' shingles, says to do a visual inspection of your roof several times a year. Call a professional if you see streaking stains on the shingles, curled or buckled shingles, areas on the roof missing granules or rusted flashings. Water stains in the attic or moss or mold on the roof are also signs of potential problems. It may be time for a new roof if you are noticing higher than average energy bills, moisture or mold in the attic, or leaks after extreme weather.

    2. It's all about maintenance. Once a year, you should clean the cobwebs and dust from your ventilation system and exhaust vents. Then, caulk with a high grade sealant around pipes and vents and paint any exposed metal to prevent rust. Also, remove leaves and other debris from the gutters so they don't dam up and overflow. Home Tips offers a helpful tutorial.

    3. Once choice can make it last forever (almost). Redbeacon reports that asphalt shingle roofs tend to last approximately twenty years. Although, Halls says if a roof is installed correctly with the right components, it can last a lifetime.

    4. People do notice. Your roofing material can actually enhance your home's curb appeal. (Hall confirms that, on average, 40 percent of what you see from the road is the roof!) And Realtor Mag includes roof replacement in the top ten valuable home improvement projects and reports that homeowners can expect to recoup 56.7 percent of these costs when selling.

    Exterior Specialties of PA is a roofing contractor that is here to help with all of you roofing repair, roofing installation and roofing maintenance needs.  Call us today at (215) 453-9180 for your free estimate!




  • Roofing 101: Black Roof Stains

    Courtesy of BobVIla.com

    Courtesy of BobVIla.com

    Have you noticed black marks on your roof?  Chances are it's black algae.

    According to BobVila.com, "The black spots discoloring your asphalt roof are more than likely the pervasive and prevalent algae known as Gloecapsa Magma."

    This algae likes to grow in a dark moist environment, usually from dew and shade. According to the site, this algae usually starts on the north-facing sides of a roof because those sides usually receive the lease amount of light.

    And, since it travels through the air, it could've come from a neighboring home, and unfortunately, black algae thrives on calcium carbonate, which is used in most asphalt shingles.

    While the algae is not necessarily harmful (it's primarily an aesthetic issue) it can prematurely age shingles.

    DON'T use a high pressure washer to remove algae as it can harm the shingles.  It's best to gently spray the shingles with a solution of, " one cup of trisodium phosphate (available at most hardware stores), one gallon of bleach, and five gallons of water" and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.  Be sure to apply the treatment on a cloudy day so the solution doesn't evaporate.

    While this cleans the existing algae that's there, it doesn't prevent it from coming back...

    In order to prevent algae from forming, a solution "can be created by installing copper or zinc strips under the full course of shingles at the ridge of the roof.  As rainwater washes across the metal it will create an uninhabitable environment for future spores."

    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help with all or your roof stains, roof repair and roof installation needs.  Call us today at 215-453-9180 for your FREE estimate!




  • Roofing Warranties - Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty

    It is uncommon for a roof to be installed without a warranty, but oftentimes these warranties go unread because they aren't exactly fun to read and are difficult to understand. However, these warranties are extremely important for homeowners and facilities owners because the fine print can be surprising.

    According to FacilitiesNet, there are two types of warranties:

    1. Implied
    2. Express

    Express warranties are:

    written documents issued by the roofing materials manufacturer or roofing contractor. They are contracts between the issuer of the warranty and the purchaser of the roof system that define the limits of liability that the issuer will assume if there are problems with the roof system.

    While the term of the warranty is important, there are many other aspects of a roofing warranty that are important to consider:

    The Issuer

    Roof warranties are generally issued by the roofing materials manufacturer and are written by the issuer’s attorneys for the issuer’s benefit. Sometimes, however, especially in less-expensive installation schemes, the roofing contractor provides a warranty for workmanship and provides a materials-only warranty from the manufacturer. It’s important to be aware of who has provided the warranty since the ability of the issuing entity to fulfill the terms of the warranty is directly tied to the solvency and strength of the issuer.

    A roofing contractor warranty is usually not as valuable as a manufacturer’s warranty because roofing contractors come and go much more quickly. Once the contractor’s corporation is dissolved, the warranty is worthless. So unless the contractor has been in business for a long time or has a lot of assets, be cautious about relying on the contractor’s warranty as the sole remedy for potential problems.

    Materials and Labor

    If the roof needs to be replaced, a materials-only warranty means the manufacturer will only supply the replacement material and the facility executive will have to pay for the cost of installing it. Because labor is usually at least half of the cost of a new roof, the facility executive ends up spending a lot of money getting the roof replaced.

    Facility executives should be wary of materials-only warranties that exclude or are in lieu of implied warranties, as such warranties may actually reduce the legal protection against problems.

    Even if the warranty is a materials and labor warranty, facility executives should still scrutinize the terms carefully. If the warranty does not specifically say that it is a no dollar limit (NDL) warranty, the remedy may be pro-rated over the life of the roof. In such cases, if the roof fails in the fifth year of a ten-year warranty, the manufacturer may only be liable for 50 percent of the roof replacement costs. The warranty may also limit the issuer’s liability to the initial cost of the roof installation, which means that after inflation, the facility executive is still liable for a portion of the roof cost.

    Other Side of the Coin

    Most facility executives fail to understand that once they have signed the warranty they are contractually responsible for regularly maintaining their roof. Every warranty stipulates that the roof requires periodic maintenance to keep the warranty in full force and effect. This is the most overlooked portion of a roof warranty.

    At a minimum, this means twice-yearly inspections, prompt repairs if defects are found, good records kept of the inspections and the repairs performed, debris removal on a regular basis, and maintenance of coatings and surfacings.

    In addition,  it is important to examine exclusions in the warranty as well as the notification procedures if you do end up having an issue with your roofing system.  Usually these warranties are provided for free, but there are some cases where you may have to pay in order to extend the term of your warranty or to cover more than the warranty covers.

    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help you with all your roofing installation, roofing maintenance and roofing repair needs. Call us today at (215) 773-9181 for your FREE estimate!

  • Types of Roofing Materials

    Here is an interesting video from Roofing FAQ on different types of roofing shingles.


    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help you with all of your roofing maintenance, roofing installation and roofing repair needs. Call us today at  (215) 773-9181 for a FREE estimate!

  • What to Consider When Buying a Roof

    Courtesy of metalbuilding.com

    When choosing a new roofing system for you building or house, all the aspects of a roofing system might be difficulty to analyze. Here is a checklist, courtesy of FacilitiesNet, for you about important things to consider when buying a new or replacing a current roofing system.

    • Geographic Location:  This includes whether the property is located on the west coast or east coast, the north or south. But it also includes local considerations, such as the building's orientation and if there are nearby trees.
    • Local Environmental Laws: What is allowed as far as applications, odors, VOCs.
    • Building Characteristics: These include the slope of the roof, the shape of the building, the elevation and the level of accessibility to the roof.
    • Appearance: Is the roof visible from the ground or visible from other buildings such that you have concerns about looking industrial or maybe want more of a green look to it with vegetation?
    • Use of the Roof: How much foot traffic is going to be on the roof?
    • Use of the Building: A hospital or a resort has different concerns with roofing and reroofing than an office building or a shopping center, as far as disturbance to the inhabitants. A library or a bank many times have concerns with the equipment set up, the noise, the disturbance to the customers. It's another thing to look at environmentally. One roof may be easier and quieter to install than another, all things being equal.
    • Weather: Does a particular roof type have a vulnerability to hail, ice or snow damage? A particular type of roof may not be selected because of the incidence of hail in that area. Even if the owner is insured against hail damage, what is going to be effect of the inconvenience of having to go through a reroof?
    • Quality of Maintenance: What is the quality of maintenance that will be available? Will there be an in-house maintenance crew that can be trained and is interested in the condition of the roof?
    • Utility Costs: Is a reflective/cool roof important? For example, is the facility an office building where the owner is paying the utility cost or is the tenant paying the utility cost? It's a whole different animal. Some owners are very concerned about their tenant's utility costs as a selling point to keep their occupancy. Others don't care what their tenants have to pay; they just want a cheap roof.

    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help you with all of your roofing installation, roofing repair and roofing maintenance needs. Call us today at (215) 773-9181 for a FREE estimate.

  • Roof Maintenance is Key to Saving Money in the Long Term

    A roof that isn't maintained properly may only last half of the time it was meant to. This could cost a great deal of money when it comes to replacing it. If you put aside 2 percent of your roof's overall cost every year for roof maintenance, you will most likely save a great deal of money, according to FacilitiesNet. Karen Warseck of FacilitiesNet explains:

    Say you have a 50,000-square-foot roof, with a 10-year design life. The cost to install it was $10 a square foot. That means the roof cost $500,000 to install. The cost per year of the roof is $50,000 per year. If the roof is not maintained, and it only lasts half of its design life, the yearly cost of this roof jumps to $100,000 a year. If that happens, in 5 years, you will need another $500,000 to replace it.

    The cost to maintain a roof averages about 2 percent of the roof installation cost per year. In our example, that means $10,000 a year. Over 10 years, that means $100,000. Spending that money to keep the roof maintained means the roof should last its full service life, which in turn means that you will only have to spend that $500,000 once. So even though you have spent $100,000 over the roof's service life, you may well have saved $400,000 by not having to replace the roof prematurely.

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