Tag: Roof Replacement

  • Why You Should Consider a Metal Roof

    Courtesy of Huffington Post

    Courtesy of Huffington Post

    In considering a new roof for your home, installing a metal roof should not be overlooked.  Many have generally thought of metal roofs for commercial buildings or for barns only.  However, there are several types of metal materials, including aluminum, steel and cooper, that are more commonly used today for residential roofs.  Although each type of metal has its own unique features, they tend to have similar benefits in general.

    Benefits of a Metal Roof

    • Increased Longevity – Warranties of 50-years are routinely offered.
    • Lightweight – Can sometimes be installed directly over existing roof materials.
    • Fire Protection – Metal roofs are very resistant to burning.
    • Environmentally Friendly – Can include up to 95% recycled material and be recycled at the end of lifetime.
    • Energy Efficiency - Can reduce heating & cooling costs by reflecting radiant heat from the sun.

    Myths About Metal Roofs

    There are many myths surrounding metal roofs.  Here are the most common myths according to Bob Villa:

    • It will increase the likelihood of a lightening strike. Metal conducts electricity, but electricity is not drawn to it.
    • Metal roofs are noisy in the rain. Not so. They may even be quieter than other roof types.
    • Metal roofs are susceptible to damage by hail. While extremely large hailstones can dent a metal roof, normal hailstorms will not. With textured roofs, minor denting is not readily visible.
    • You cannot walk on a metal roof. You can, but you have to know how to do it without causing damage. Check with the manufacturer of the product you choose.
    • A metal roof will make your house colder in winter. Actually, a metal roof has no effect on the temperature of the typical vented attic in winter. It’s the insulation under (or on top of) the floor of your attic that keeps you warm.

    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help with all of your metal roofing and roofing needs.  Call us today at 215-453-9180 for your FREE estimate!

  • Tax Credits for Roof Replacement

    courtesy of houselogic

    Did you replace your roof in 2011? You may be eligible for a $500 energy tax credit, according to HouseLogic.

    The tax credit limits and deadlines are:

    • 10% of expenditures, up to $500 for the year, for all energy improvements combined.
    • A relevant roof must have been installed by Dec. 31, 2011.
    • Save receipts and labels.
    • For roofs, installation isn’t covered.
     Make sure to check out the Energy Star guidelines to see exactly what's covered.  As of  Jan. 2012, the government hasn't extended the tax credit into 2012.
    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help you with all of your roofing needs. Call us today at 215-773-9181 for a FREE estimate.
  • 10 Roofing Tips to Stay Safe and Maintain Your Roof

    There are a lot of precautions you need to take when doing things like cleaning your gutters and inspecting your roof.  Here are the DIY Networks "Top 10 Roofing Tips"

    1. Think Safety First

    Fussing to try and find a leak as soon as it happens is something that could put you in the hospital. Meddling on a roof while it's raining or covered with ice and snow isn't the ideal way to find a leak. Trying to temporarily fix a leak could be highly dangerous. If you want to do it right, there is no quick-fix. Just take your time, and be very patient and careful to wait for Mother Nature to give you the green light.

    2. Take Precautions

    Being on a roof will put the body in positions that are not comfortable or safe. Make sure to wear rubber sole shoes to prevent slipping. Also use a harness and always work with a buddy.

    3. Spray the Roof

    Take a garden hose and go up to the roof and start spraying in different locations to find the leak. Wait if it's wintertime because it's not safe to run water on the roof when it's freezing out.

    4. Keep Gutters Clean

    One of the most common areas and causes for roof leaks are clogged gutters. Gutters that have not been cleaned can cause the water to build up during rain.

    5. Avoid Dry Rot

    Dry rot isn't related to any type of water damage, but lack of ventilation. If a roof repair is right in the middle of the roof, there is a chance that the plywood might be deteriorating. The roof will actually sag in and cause the roof shingles to get brittle, crack and then leak. Preventing dry rot consists of installing a ridge vent, which will only work if there is a soffit vent. Holes have to be drilled through the soffit vents so cool air comes in through the bottom and pushes the hot air out through the top.

    6. Prevent Ice Buildup

    In the wintertime, ice has no problem building up under the roof membrane, shingles and gutters. The ice builds back up when it reaches the wall line where the house is heated and it creates an interior drip. Proper ventilation, rain and ice shields along with installing a drip edge will help prevent this problem.

    7. Fix Roof Boots

    Flashing, roofing, ice damping and skylights are all obvious places for potential leaks. One thing people often miss is the rubber boots. It's where the roof fence comes up that you find roof boots. If they dry up they will cause major leaks. It's a quick fix; purchase a new roof boot in a local hardware store. You may have to remove some of the shingles, lay a better tar under it and put it back in place.

    8. Inspect Materials

    Sometimes shingles are faulty and will begin to crack after they've been nailed down. Faulty installation with nails and shingles can also play a big part in leaks. Nails could be nailed too low and it will start pushing back up. Make sure to always check merchandise before getting on the roof.

    9. Check Valleys

    A valley is where the intersection of two roofs comes together. It is also called the ridge, which is again where two roofs meet at the top. Valleys are very common places for leaks because that's where the water from the entire roof goes to and it will start sloshing back and forth.

    10. Eliminate Leaks

    It's important not to get discouraged when a leak can't be found. It's a process of elimination. You've covered one area, installed the shingles back and sealed it watertight so at least one spot is eliminated. Now, you can try other areas.

    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to handle all of your roofing maintenance needs. Call us today at 215-773-9180 for your 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.

  • 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.



  • 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!

  • Advantages of a Roof Recovery

    The benefits of a roof recovery can sometimes eliminate the need for a total roof replacement.  The main two advantages are that recovering is faster and easier than replacing.  A roof recovery is also beneficial because of the lower risk involved with it compared to a replacement.

    There is not as much risk involved for a contractor when you choose to recover your roof.  This is a meaningful factor when it comes to making a final decision about what to do.  Add this to the fact that a roof recovery is faster and easier than a replacement, and you can see that a recovery is a very viable option.  This does not mean, however, that you should immediately rule out a roof replacement.

    Facilitiesnet reminds us that roof replacement will always give the roof a chance to be more sustainable.  You should only go with this option if you are entirely focused on getting a new roof.  If this is not the case, then a roof recovery may be the way to go for now and you can always replace in the future.

    These decisions are important for not only just your roof, but your entire home as well.  At Exterior Specialties of PA, we are ready to help you make these decisions correctly.  So, contact us today for a free consultation and we will answer any questions you have.


  • The Five Key Questions to Ask During Your Roof Assessment

    There may be nothing more important to sustaining your home then a roof assessment and replacement.  Before you perform a roof replacement, you must ask a number of key questions to make sure you get the most out of the new roof.  The main thing that you need to know is the reason why you are going to do a roof replacement.  We normally ask five key questions when performing a roof assessment:

    Are you doing this project because of leaks?

    Are you doing it because current warranties have expired?

    Is a roof replacement necessary, or is restoration an option?

    Should you consider retrofitting the roof?

    Would strategic repairs be a viable option?

    The answers to these five questions are important for a number of different reasons.  It will help you realize exactly why you need a roof replacement and the best course of action to take.  Once you figure this out, you will then be able to make the most cost-effective choice that fits your needs.  It is important to note that the cheapest solution may not always be the best option for you.  Before you make a final decision, you must make sure that you perform a total and complete assessment of the current roof.

    Contact Exterior Specialties of PA now for a no-obligation, free consultation!