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Category Archives: Roofing Repair

What You Need to Know About Repairing or Replacing a Roof

Your roof protects your home against the elements. To keep rain, snow, wind and heat out, you need to be sure it stays maintained. In addition to the work it does to keep Mother Nature at bay, it’s also an architectural feature that the overall look of your home depends on.

Over time, the surface of your roof can wear down, making it less effective at keeping the elements out. To avoid damage to the inside of your home, you must know when it is time to repair or replace your roof. Additionally, events can arise that can damage your roof, such as a serious storm or fire. So how do you know when it is time to call in the roofing experts?

“There are a few things you should look for,” says Ed Heller, owner of Montgomery County builders Heller’s Building. “Paying attention to the state of your roof can prevent damage to the interior of your home should an issue go unnoticed.”

If your home has an asphalt shingle roof, look for curled or cracked shingles. If the majority of your shingles look like this, your roof probably needs to be repaired. If the roof is more than 15 years old, it is probably time to replace it because it will most likely be showing signs of wear.

Do you have stains on the outside walls of your home, on the rafters or on decking beneath the shingles? This can indicate that wood rot and/or excess moisture. This can make your home vulnerable to the elements. You should call Lansdale roofing contractors to repair or replace your roof.

Excess sagging can be caused by either poor workmanship or a roof that isn’t ventilated properly. If your roof is visibly sagging, it’s time to replace it.

“A new roof should be considered and investment,” says Heller, whose company does building repair and remodeling work. “The average roofing replacement will have a 62 percent return on investment, according to Remodeling Magazine.”

Additionally, a new roof could result in energy savings for you should you opt for a more energy efficient roofing surface.

There are more types of roofing surfaces than ever before, and in a wide range of colors. The experts at Heller’s Building can help you choose between traditional shingles, tiles, wood shakes and metal roofing. Asphalt shingles are their most popular product.

When it comes to choosing a roofing company, you want to be sure you choose one whom you can trust. Heller’s Building has been in business for 25 years. That means they have proven experience. They have the proper licensing and insurance, so you can trust that no matter what accidents or emergencies may arise during the process, your home will be taken care of. But even more than that, they have earned a reputation as a trusted company, with professional courtesy and excellent customer service.

If you think your home may be in need of a new roof, or want assurance that your current roof can continue to protect your home for years to come, schedule an appointment with Heller’s Building today.

Inspect Your Roofing and Siding After Winter

If you’re like the rest of the country, you’re ready to see winter come to an end. But when it does, make sure you properly inspect your roof and siding to see if the cold, wet winter caused any damage.

“This winter wreaked havoc on our lives,” says Lansdale roofing contractor Ed Heller. “Not only was the snow a nuisance, it can also cause a lot of damage to our homes’ roof and siding. You may not think your home suffered any damage, but don’t wait until the first rain of the spring to realize you have a leak or loose shingle, or damage to your siding.”

If this happens, water could get inside your home and cause damage, making the repairs much more costly than they would have been, had the problem been caught right away.

So how can you make sure your home didn’t suffer damage from all of the snow and ice of winter? By simply calling your trusted building and remodeling contractors at Heller LLC. Some problems require a trained eye to spot, and it may be more cost efficient for you to hire an expert to hunt out the problem. Contractors will know the places to look for damage, saving you time.

“Did you know that two feet of snow can result in up to 38,000 pounds of pressure on your rooftop?,” says Heller. “That amount of weight can cause serious issues and even collapse. But the weight of the snow isn’t the only thing you need to think about.”

Ice dams are a common problem we can encounter during the winter. They occur as melting snow refreezing, building up as ice in gutters. It can then create a clog, leaving nowhere for additional snow and ice to go. As the water freezes, it expands and can sometimes break the seal between the drain pipe and gutter. Additionally, ice dams can be created under the shingles of a roof, which can lead to leaks in your home.

Once the snow starts to melt, water can seep through your roof, leading to rotting of roof materials, damage to your insulation, destroyed gutters and flooded attics.

It is also important to remember that the older the roofing or siding is on your home, the more likely there is to be damage after a particularly bad winter. They are more susceptible to damage from high winds and a roof’s shingles will become brittle as the age, making it easier for them to blow off or break.
Just as they will with your roof, a licensed contractor will be able to carefully inspect your home’s siding for damage caused by the winter weather. Small cracks or gaps can happen that may only be visible to an expert, but if not repaired, could cause serious damage to you home.

Once the sun shines brightly again and temperatures start to rise, don’t wait to call your roofing and siding experts to inspect your home. They can quickly repair any issues the snow and ice may have caused, giving you peace of mind.

Which Energy Efficient Roofing Material is Right for You?

Using the right roofing material has a major impact on the energy efficiency of your building. Reducing energy waste is possible when you choose the most reflective surface that meets your needs. However, not all roofing materials are created equal.

Some roofing materials may be better suited to certain homes or businesses than others. Whether you are replacing an old roof, covering a new building, or building additions onto an existing one, these types of materials can help you save energy over the long term.

Tile roofs are environmentally friendly and may be made of recycled or reclaimed materials which can be a major resource when it comes to saving energy while cooling your building. Tiles molded with a corrugated pattern encourage air flow, which allows heat to dissipate more easily during summer. Certain manufacturers offer tiles that are given a special coating to reflect sunlight.

If you live in an area that experiences severe weather, these tiles are not the best choice for your building. They are more brittle and can shatter under large hailstones or heavy snowfall. This reduces their efficiency as they frequently need to be repaired or replaced. Tile roofs are best for buildings that need the additional airflow to help them reduce cooling costs and in areas that are not likely to experience severe hailstorms.

Foam roofing gives a huge boost to a building’s energy efficiency. It is a fantastic insulator, provides a protective UV barrier, and the unique application techniques used means it seals gaps and is not likely to develop leaks. This type of roofing material is best suited for flat roofs since it requires professional installation to ensure even, proper coverage.

Typically, foam roofing is not recyclable. Foam roofing is best used for situations that require a very high level of energy efficiency when it can be properly applied.

Metal roofing is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials available. It resists fires and harsh weather, is recyclable, lasts a long time, and is excellent at reflecting sunlight. On the other hand, thermal expansion and contraction over time can cause some metal roofs to begin to leak and become less efficient.

Metal roofing is great for situations where durability, longevity, and resistance to rough climates are necessary, and in areas where other types of energy efficient roofing may not be appropriate.

Energy efficient roofing materials are not a one-size-fits-all solution. No matter what kind of situation you are dealing with, Heller’s Building and Remodeling, a Lansdale roofing contractor, can help you find the right energy-saving roof for your home or business.

Navigating the Insurance Claims Process after a Hail Storm

The coming of spring brings many things that homeowners can be grateful for. Unfortunately, hail storms are not one of them. Each year, thousands of homes in Pennsylvania have their roofing damaged by those softball-sized balls of ice that fall from the sky at speeds up to 110 mph.

While it might be obvious to a homeowner that their siding, fence, or deck have been damaged by hail, the damage to their shingles is less obvious. In part, this is because shingle manufacturers have designed their products to withstand a certain amount of inclement weather. The only way to really know if a roofing surface has been damaged by hail is to inspect it up close and that means getting on the roof, something many people are not comfortable doing.

A licensed contractor can help you assess any possible damage to your roof. Heller’s Building and Remodeling, a roofing contractor in Collegeville, has experience helping homeowners decide what they need to do if they suspect there roof has hail damage. Owner Ed Heller says, “Requesting a free inspection is the first place to start. A professional roofing expert will understand the difference between hail damage and normal wear and tear.”

Depending on your homeowner’s insurance policy, you may want to consider filing a claim to have any hail damage repaired. Many factors can affect this decision such as the type of policy you have, the amount of your deductible, and the extent of the damage. Whether or not you file a claim is your decision, but once you do, it can be helpful to have an experienced Collegeville siding and roofing contractor to work alongside you during the claims process.

Depending on your homeowner’s insurance company, the claims process may be a little different. Typically though, the insurance company will assign an adjuster who will come out to inspect your property for hail damage. A competent adjuster will not limit their inspection to just your roof though. They will also look at the siding, window screens, window sills, fences, decks, sheds, and other items that were in the path of the hail storm. All of these items together will paint a picture of how the hail may have damaged the roof. It is quite common for the homeowner to have their contractor present during the inspection to discuss the damage with the adjuster and make sure nothing is overlooked.

In the best cases, the adjuster will review their findings with you and then send you their estimate and a check to cover your repairs, less your deductible. Once you have settled your claim with your insurance company and signed a contract with a licensed contractor, the repairs can begin. Choosing a company that is responsive and easy to work with will make the whole process go more smoothly.

A benefit to having your roofing or siding replaced after a hail storm is the opportunity to upgrade these parts of your house to a higher quality material. You may also use this as an opportunity to complete those home additions you have been dreaming about. After all, if the roofing and siding are already coming off, why not add a new room or deck before you put them back on?

If you suspect there is hail damage to your home, contact Heller’s Building and Remodeling, bathroom and kitchen remodeling in Bucks County for a free consultation.