Winter Roofing: 5 Shingle Repairs You Can Handle

Winter weather can be hard on your shingle roof. High winds, flying debris, ice dams and the freeze/thaw cycle can all cause significant damage.

Winter Roofing: 5 Shingle Repairs You Can Do Now

If an entire roofing system needs to be replaced, most homeowners choose to wait for warmer weather before having the work done. Spring is a great time to handle replacement – installation cost is lower than in summer and fall months as contractors offer better deals during slow spring season, plus the mild temperatures create optimal conditions for installing a new roof while allowing the materials to settle before summer’s arrival.

However, if common winter roofing problems develop and you need to handle some repairs, those can be handled at any time of the year, and winter is no exception. Addressing minor shingle roofing repairs now can help prevent big problems later – leaks can be stopped in their tracks, costly decking damage that would sure develop can be avoided, and minor fixes can be dealt with before they become bigger problems.

Winter Roofing: 5 Shingle Repairs You Can Do Now

If you need to repair your roofing, the best course of action is to seek out an experienced roofing contractor who can inspect your roof and address any issues. However, if you’re a more hands-on homeowner, there are a few winter roofing repairs you may be able to tackle on your own.

Important to note: Before starting any project, be sure to look into any needed building permits. In some cases, an inspection may be required after you’ve made repairs. Also, make sure you’re following all of the manufacturer’s instructions, particularly with regard to outside temperatures during the repair or installation.

Roofing repairs you can handle in winter

  1. Small holes or cracks in shingles can often be repaired with roof sealant, applied with a caulking gun. Use your hand to pull up the cracked shingle, and place a lump of sealant underneath the crack. Press down on the shingle and hold it in place for about 30 seconds. Then, apply additional sealant on the top of the shingle, using a putty knife to smooth the sealant evenly in place.
  2. Torn shingles can be fixed by applying roofing cement on the back of the torn section with a putty knife. Then press the two pieces together so they bond and adhere to the shingle underneath. Next, nail the shingle into place.
  3. Curled shingles can often be cemented back in place.
  4. Badly damaged individual shingles may also be replaced. Use a pry bar to carefully remove the nails, and slide the shingle out. Replace the shingle and apply roofing cement to the new nail heads and to the bottom edge of the new shingle, and the shingle above.
  5. If ice dams are a problem, look into installing or improving ventilation in the attic, which is the root cause of ice dams.

Anything beyond minor repairs listed above should be handled by your local roofing contractor – repair mistakes can lead to significant damage down the line and winter roofing sure has its own risks and challenges.

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Contact LGC Roofing today to schedule a comprehensive roof inspection or request a repair estimate to fix your damage. Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

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3 Most Common Winter Roofing Problems And How to Prevent Them

There’s no doubt that winters can wreak havoc on roofs, especially older or not regularly maintained ones. Significant snowfall combined with melting and re-freezing, which East Coast residents are all too familiar with, can lead to ice dams, leaks, and costly damage.

In this article, we’re discussing three most common winter roof problems—and the preventative steps you can take to avoid frustrating and costly roofing repairs in spring.

3 Most Common Winter Roofing Problems And How to Prevent Them

3 Most Common Winter Roofing Problems And How to Prevent Them

ISSUE #1: ICE DAMS

Ice dams form when snow and ice build up inside gutters and along roof ridges. This ice prevents additional water from draining properly, and as it pools, it may infiltrate shingles, underlayment, ceilings and walls. While there’s no way to completely prevent ice dams, proper insulation and roof ventilation are your best preventative measures when it comes to ice dams formation.

First, it’s important to have your roof regularly inspected to ensure its integrity and confirm that water cannot seep underneath roofing materials. Second, it’s important that you have high-quality ceiling insulation, and an effective roof ventilation system. These precautions will help to maintain a constant roof temperature, lowering the chances of ice damming.

ISSUE #2: FLASHING LEAKS

Roofs can leak in many locations, but they’re most common where flashing is involved. On sloped roofs, leaks often occur along flashing sections—where metal flashing is installed to safeguard roof corners, ridges and edges. If flashing is not properly installed, or if it is blown loose during high winds or storms, it may pull away from the shingles or underlayment. As it pulls away, it leaves your roof’s underlying structure unguarded against water seepage. Additionally, flashing may simply corrode or become loose over time so inspecting it regularly is critical.

Check all flashing areas during your bi-annual roof inspection, and replace damaged or missing flashing. Flashing is relatively inexpensive to fix and replace, and you could prevent thousands in repair damages by attending to it.

ISSUE #3: MATERIALS DAMAGE

Even the most high-quality roofing material can be adversely impacted by severe storms, pooling water and ice buildup. To protect slate, tile or shingle roofing, hire a quality roofing contractor to install a high-performance attic ventilation system. Attic vents help to circulate air in and out of your home’s attic, reducing interior condensation and preventing snow and ice from remaining on your roof for long periods. Again, this is relatively inexpensive when you consider the cost of replacing interior valuables. Roof ventilation systems together with adequate insulation levels can also lower your heating and cooling bills over the long term

If your roof is showing signs of damage otherwise, know that some repairs can be handled even in winter.

Don’t Let Winter Ruin Your Roof!

To protect your home’s exterior and interior structure during winter, remember to have your roof checked by a professional on a regular basis. Fall is ideal time to handle a roof inspection – and the prime time to take care of any minor roofing repairs that may be needed to keep your roof shingles healthy during the long, bitter cold.

At LGC Roofing, we’ve been offering residential and commercial roofing inspections, repair and maintenance services throughout New Jersey and Bucks & Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania for 30 years. We pride ourselves with expertise at making your home energy efficient, affordable and ready to withstand the elements.

Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

Preparing For a Home Sale: Do I Replace Or Repair My Roof?

A damaged or unsightly roof is a serious problem when you are trying to sell your home. This is a huge red flag in the eyes of potential buyers, and it may cause them to ask for reductions or concessions because of the high cost of roof replacement.

If your roof has issues, and you know you will be planning to sell your home soon, it may be time to consider whether you want to invest in a new roof or simply try to repair the damage that is there. This article explains how to make an informed decision.

Preparing For a Home Sale: Do I Replace Or Repair My Roof? by LGC Roofing

Preparing For a Home Sale: Do I Replace Or Repair My Roof?

Evaluate the True Extent of the Damage

If you are seeing visible damage to your roof, chances are high that there is additional damage that you can’t see. If you have a leak, there are probably many underlying problems contributing to this. Have a roofing professional check the roof, chimneys, pipe towers and flashing to determine if there are any problems that can’t be seen from the ground.

When evaluating the extent of the damage, consider the granular loss on the shingles. If the granular loss is minimal, repair may be the more cost-effective solution. If the shingles are in poor condition, then you need to consider replacement, because no amount of repair is going to solve your problem.

Consider the Expected Lifespan

Even though you’re considering selling and moving, you need to consider the expected lifespan of the roof. If you know you should get at least 10 more years out of your roof, then repair may be the wiser choice. The roof won’t be a deterrent to potential buyers if it has plenty of life in it. On the other hand, if the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, your buyers will know, making this improvement project a high priority for any seller. In fact, that’s often one of the first questions a buyer will ask when seriously considering a home. Even if you have it repaired, it may still detract from the value of the home, because your buyer will know that a roof replacement is coming in the near future.

Is It Truly Repairable?

Before making your final decision, consider whether or not you can truly repair the roof. Some types of damage aren’t easily repaired, and if you do repair them, the repair can be quite obvious.

For example, if you lost some shingles during a windstorm, you would need to replace those with the exact same shingles, which may not be possible. Even if you have the shingles on hand, they won’t be weathered like the ones that have been on your roof for a few years, leaving you with a visible patch on the roof. This can be a drawback in the eyes of a buyer. In this case, you may wish to replace all of the shingles, or at least the shingles on one side of the roof, rather than just in one small area.

Consider the Return on Investment

Finally, make sure you consider the return on investment of a new roof. A new roof can increase your home’s value significantly. Buyers know that roofs are an investment, and knowing the roof has at least 20 years of good wear left in it will make your home seem more appealing. Yes, a new roof is a sizable investment, but roof replacement has a high return on investment, and if yours needs to be replaced and you don’t do the job, you will simply be “paying” for the roof with reduced value when you do sell.

Are you still uncertain about which choice is right? Talk to a trusted roofing professional for expert guidance. With the insight of a roofing pro, you can know the true state of your roof and whether replacement or repair is the most cost-effective solution as you prepare to sell your home.


Ryan Tollefsen is the founder and team leader of Unity Home Group.

Emergency Roofing Repairs: 3 Steps to Dealing with Wind Damage

High winds can wreak havoc on most types of residential roofs, and they can strike at any time, during any season.

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) stresses that most wind damage starts around the roof’s perimeter. Once perimeter roofing elements have come loose, subsequent exposure to high winds can cause the damage to spread further and further toward the center of the roof as more and more elements loosen.

Prevention is the key to avoiding a costly repair job. You should always check your roof immediately after a major windstorm to see if there are any signs of damage. That way, if you spot problems, you can fix them immediately rather than running the risk of having the damage spread.

Emergency Roofing Repairs: 3 Steps to Dealing with Wind Damage

Emergency Roofing Repairs: An Easy 3-Step Process to Fixing Wind Damage

Step #1: Roofing Inspection

After a windstorm, your first step should be to perform a careful and thorough inspection of your roof. Here are some helpful tips to help you spot wind damage, depending on what type of material your roof is made from:

  • Composite or asphalt shingles: Broken, cracked, curled, or missing shingles accompanying a loss of granulation can mean your roof is damaged.
  • Wooden shake roofing: Split or curled shakes or shingles can signal wind damage, as can general decay and the presence of mold.
  • Flat roofs: Look for blisters, cracks, and tears around the edges of the roof. Also, check your attic to see if there are any signs of interior damage to patched areas.
  • Metal roofs are resilient, and have high levels of wind resistance. Still, it’s worth a look to see if any tiles are missing or out of place.

Be sure to check other roof elements for signs of damage:

  • Chimneys: Look for damaged bricks, and especially for signs of damaged flashing. Caps and joints can also become cracked or worn.
  • Flashing: Buckles or torn elements around penetration areas can signal damage.
  • Gutters: See if any gutter sections are bent, loose, or missing. While you’re up there, check for rust and signs of decay, and clean out your gutters – clogged gutters can cause all kinds of serious problems.
  • Roofing cement: Crumbled cement and excessive cement buildups signal that things have loosened up and require repairs.
  • Soffits: Check for clogs, decay, and stained areas.

Next, move indoors to check for signs of roof damage that may have left telltale signs in your home’s interior. Remember: not all roof leaks result in detectable drips of water. Look for peeling wallpaper or paint on your walls and ceilings, as well as brown, gray, or yellow stains. Also, roof damage can be behind soaring home energy costs that you can’t otherwise explain.

Step #2: Filing Insurance Claim

If you discover you roof sustained damage due to the windstorm, contact your insurance agent to determine whether you should file a claim. Coverage is not guaranteed and depends on the age of your roof, the area you live in, your insurance type/details, and many other factors, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the policy, preferably before you need to file a claim.

There are certain steps you should take to make your roofing repair claim process smooth and easy, so ensure you’re following the rules and best practice. Bottom line: be proactive, know insurance claim pitfalls to avoid, ask questions, and provide adequate documentation. Your roofing contractor should also guide you through the process, so pick the right one.

Step #3: Handling Repairs

If you detect problems, you can repair them yourself if you’ve got the confidence and know-how. DIY roof repairs can save you some money, so long as you have the skills to get the job done properly. If your roof needs only minor repairs, chances are you’ll be making an affordable investment in preventing much more costly problems down the road.

However, and especially if you’re filing an insurance claim, it’s best to leave storm repairs to professionals who have the right skills and are experienced in handling these types of problems. Hiring a professional contractor will provide confidence that your roof is restored to its full functionality and will protect your home for years to come.

Looking for a Reliable Contractor? Give Us a Call!

If you’re looking for a reputable, honest and skilled roofing contractor, consider LGC Roofing, a family owned and operated NJ & PA roofer with over 30 years in the roofing industry!

Serving residential and commercial customers throughout New Jersey and Bucks/Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania, our team of highly skilled and experienced roofers can quickly and reliably repair your roof as we have for our many happy customers over the last three decades!

Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate.

Roofing Replacement: Understanding Your Estimate

Every homeowner will go through a roof replacement at some point in their lives. It’s one of the largest projects around the house, and so it requires thorough research and planning.

Your #1 job is to find a quality roofing contractor to handle the replacement. To get a good idea of the process and cost involved, it’s best to contact and request estimates from a broad range of companies—large firms to mom-and-pop operations. But, before you tackle the task of comparing the cost and qualifications of roofing companies, make sure you understand the repair or replacement specifics.

QUICK TIP: Some roofing contractors may give you a roofing estimate over the phone, but it’s a good idea to ask for a written copy of the proposal. In the event that something goes wrong, it’s essential to have contractual details spelled out. This also ensures that both parties understand the nitty-gritty contents of the document, and what’s included/not included in your quoted price.

Roofing Replacement: Understanding Your Estimate

New Roof Installation: Understanding Your Estimate

  1. Your choice of roofing material will make up the bulk of the roofing installation cost. To avoid surprises, get a detailed list of materials that will be used to complete the roof. This typically includes type/color of roofing material, protection membrane, flashings and vents.
  2. Remember that the cost of roofing installation may also depend on the time of year it’s installed, so ask your contractor if there’s a discount for winter or spring projects.
  3. Know the installation methods and breakdown of labor costs. This includes man hours for removal of old materials, potential overtime or holiday hours.
  4. Make sure the roofing estimate includes a timeline of start and completion dates without interruptions or delays. The last thing you want is an open roof that exposes your home to the elements while your contractor disappears to another job site.
  5. Require your contractor to outline the condition of your property and what steps would be taken to protect your landscape. In addition, make sure you agree upon cleanup expectations after completion.
  6. When obtaining a roofing estimate, inquire about the types and lengths of warranties or guarantees for materials and workmanship. These warranties should be detailed in writing within your final contract.

Selecting the Right Roofer

Your budget may dictate your final choice, but don’t let the lowest bid be the sole factor that guides your decision.

Other factors you may also want to consider when selecting a contractor to install your new roof:

  1. A Proven Record—Ask for references of satisfied clients and check with the Better Business Bureau to properly investigate a company before hiring them.
  2. Skill and Experience—Not all roofers are the same. Each will come with different training and installation methods—and some may have more expertise with your material of choice.
  3. Certifications—Only hire local roofers who are bonded and licensed. A reputable contractor will have proof of liability insurance and worker’s compensation for their laborers, as well as documented industry certifications.

New Roof Installation: Understanding Your EstimateSome roofers may ask up to 50 percent in down payment upfront, but never pay the full price until you’re satisfied with the completed project. A roof is an investment that will improve your home’s appeal and value, so only trust roofing contractors with a proven record.

Need New Roof – We Can Help!

When it comes to roofing replacement, conducting due diligence upfront will save you time, money and trouble in the long run.

If you are looking for an experienced roofing inspection contractor, contact LGC Roofing. With over 30 years of experience, our roofing crews are highly skilled and factory trained. Whether your roof needs a little patchwork or an overhaul, our insured and licensed professionals are trained to get the job done right—and our work is always guaranteed!

Call (609) 712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA for your FREE ESTIMATE today!

10 Things To Check Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor

When it comes to roofing replacement, one of the most important decision a homeowner will make is selecting a roofing contractor for the job. The success of your re-roofing project depends largely on who you pick and what they bring to the table, therefore, it is important to take your time and know what to look for in a roofer.

Replacing a roof can be an overwhelming process and the search for the right roofer rather daunting, but you won’t regret the time you spend researching, checking references or verifying qualifications. If you do your homework right, you won’t have to worry about re-roofing for decades to come.

10 Things To Check Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor - LGC Roofing

Few important points to keep in mind:

  • spring and summer generally represent the busiest time of the year for roofing contractors so plan accordingly,
  • covering a few important questions up front will save a lot of potential headaches later on, so don’t be afraid to ask,
  • and remember, compare contractors based on long-term value, not simply short-term cost.

Here are several tips for finding the best contractor for your roofing job.

10 Things To Check Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor

  1. Insurance. Make sure the contractor can provide proof of both indemnity and worker’s compensation insurance. Ask to see them; note the coverage-end dates to ensure policies will be in effect through the duration of your job. Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective contractor for proof of licensing, bonding, liability insurance, workers’ comp and industry certifications.
  2. Permits. A knowledgeable roofer will be familiar with the permitting process in your area, and should include any related costs in their bid.
  3. Warranties. A reputable roofer will provide warranties covering both materials and workmanship. When it comes to materials warranty, its duration varies from company to company and depends on the type of material you choose. A workmanship warranty covers the installation of the materials, but not the materials themselves, or the components used to install them. Some contractors also offer systems warranties that cover each and every component that is installed in your roof. These are comprehensive and provide you with excellent protection.
  4. Local address. Beware the “traveling roofing contractor”, or fly-by companies that spring up one day only to disappear next week. Only work with an established professional with a permanent address in your area.
  5. Written estimates. Look for a comprehensive estimate of work, including materials, labor, permits, warranties, disposal of old materials, and clean-up. Getting multiple roofing estimates is key – only when facing comparable choices, you will know who’s the best fit for the job and what the project is going to involve.
  6. References. An experienced roofer should be able to provide several local references. Once you get them, follow-up with phone calls. Checking online reviews is also a good idea.
  7. Breadth and depth of knowledge. Look for a contractor with enough knowledge and experience to consult with you about the various options available to you.
  8. Qualifications. We’re not just talking about a valid contractor’s license, which is obviously a must. Be sure your roofer is actually qualified to install your roof as well. This may sound obvious, but some roofing manufacturers require certification (DaVinci, for example) and training in the installation of their products.
  9. Trade organization membership. Most established roofing contractors will be members of relevant trade organizations, adhering to strict rules, regulations, and codes of ethics. Good standing with the local Better Business Bureau (BBB) is also a plus.
  10. Clean-up. Be sure that any bid you receive includes removal of any old and excess material, as well as a clean-up of the site upon completion.

Looking For A Reputable Contractor? Give Us a Call!

If you’re considering replacing your old roof, give LGC Roofing a call. We are a leading NJ and PA roofing company with over 30 years of experience in installing all types of roofs, from shingle to metal and slate. Family owned and operated, we’re fully licensed and insured to handle all types of roofing replacements.

Serving residential and commercial customers throughout New Jersey and Bucks & Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania, our team of highly skilled and experienced roofers can quickly and reliably replace your roof as we have for our many happy customers over the last three decades!

Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate.

5 Tips for Filing a Roof Replacement or Repair Insurance Claim

You may be surprised to learn that roofing replacements may be covered under your home insurance policy, depending on the cause of the damage. For example, if your policy includes extreme weather as a named peril and your roof is damaged during a severe storm, your insurance should cover the cost of the repairs in part or in full, depending on how your policy works.

The best way to know what’s covered and what is not, of course, is to call your insurance provider. Coverage will often depend on the age of your roof, the area you live in, and many other factors, so it’s important to know the specifics of your policy.

5 Tips for Filing a Roof Replacement or Repair Insurance Claim

Filing a Roofing Replacement or Repair Insurance Claim: The Easy Way

Here are five keys to making your roofing repair or replacement claim easier:

#1: Check for damage as soon as possible

If you suspect that a storm or other event has resulted in damage to your roof, invest in a comprehensive inspection as possible. Your may be subject to restrictions or limitations if you fail to report the damage within a specified (and often fairly narrow) time frame.

#2: Take pictures

When you’re dealing with insurance claims, every bit of evidence helps. You should carefully document the damage using pictures, and ideally, you should have recent photos on hand that verify the condition of the roof prior to the damage. It shouldn’t disrupt your claim if you don’t have photos that show what the roof looked like “before the damage,” but you should definitely make a record of what happened after the damaging event.

#3: Contact your insurer right away

You should contact your insurer as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not you are sure that your policy covers the damaging event. If you’re not sure whether or not your policy will cover the cost of the repairs, call an insurance company representative and ask. If the event is covered under your policy, review the language and wording of your policy to see what, if any, restrictions or limitations apply.

For example, many insurers offer limited reimbursement if your roof is older (more than 10 years old in most cases), or was previously damaged. You should also keep deductibles in mind, as you will have to cover those costs out of pocket.

#4: Shop around for the right contractor

It’s important to hire a roofing repair contractor who has proven experience with insurance claims. Specialized contracts and paperwork may be necessary, and experienced roofers may be able to provide you with case-specific tips for filing and following up on your claim.

#5: Don’t sign until you’re sure

Contingency contracts are something you should be wary of. Some roofers – unscrupulous ones – may ask you to sign off on an inspection report when you are really signing a contingency contract. A contingency contract is an agreement stating that you will hire the contractor in question if your insurance company agrees to cover the cost of the repairs (in part or in full).

There’s no reason to bind yourself to that kind of commitment before your claim is approved. Instead, make sure you’re just signing off on an estimate, which your insurer may require in order to process your claim.

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To make the claims process go as smoothly as possible, use the tips above when filing your claim and dealing with insurance company representatives. Bottom line: be proactive, ask questions, and provide adequate documentation. Your roofing contractor should also guide you through the process, so pick the right one.

Replacing a roof  can be a time-consuming and expensive process. That’s why it’s important to ensure you do your part to prevent damage from occurring in the first place:

As always, should you need assistance with your roof, whether repair or replacement, contact LGC Roofing, a family owned and operated NJ & PA roofer with three decades of experience. We will help you navigate your way through the roof insurance claims process!

Call 609-712-8157 in New Jersey or (215) 932-7850 in Pennsylvania for assistance or to request a free estimate on your next roofing project!

Spring Roofing Maintenance: 10 Money-Saving Tips For Homeowners

Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about the condition of their roof. But, the old expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies when it comes to roofing maintenance.

The costs associated with routine inspection and maintenance of your roof don’t amount to much; the costs of ignoring routine maintenance, however, can be significant. Too often, the out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach can turn into a costly roof maintenance strategy. The fact remains, during the winter months your roof takes a significant beating, and spring maintenance is critical to the longevity of your roof.

Preventative maintenance is an important part of home ownership. In the long run, you will save money with regular maintenance done now!

Spring Roofing Maintenance: 10 Money-Saving Tips For Homeowners

Save Money With Spring Roofing Maintenance: 10 Things You Can Do Now

Here are a few tips for keeping your roof in tip-top condition:

  • Trim back trees. To prevent damage to your shingles, trim back and remove overhanging tree branches or those getting close to your roof.
  • Keep gutters clear. Leaves and other miscellaneous debris can clog your gutter system, allowing water to back up into the attic or living areas of your home. Additionally, a gutter full of water is heavy and can damage the fascia boards on your roof. It’s a good idea to check and clean your gutters once or twice per year. While you’re at it, inspect your gutters for sagging or other signs of damage and consider installing leaf-guards as a way of keeping your gutters clog-free for life. To stay safe, make sure the ladder is on solid, level ground, and it is secured at the top to prevent it from slipping.
  • Check downspouts. In addition to the gutters, make sure your downspouts are also free of congestion. If they are clogged, they can’t channel water and snowmelt away from your home.
  • Examine any wear near the roof valleys. Water runs down roof valleys and into the gutter, so they are prone to water damage.
  • Ensure proper ventilation. This is one of the most important elements in extending the life of your roof. Without proper ventilation, heat and moisture can accumulate in the attic, leading to roof rot and deteriorating insulation.
  • Ensure adequate insulation. A properly insulated attic space will allow your roof to perform at peak efficiency.
  • Look for storm damage. After a big storm, inspect the interior of your home for water stains. Check the outside for missing, cracked, blistered, curled or otherwise damaged shingles.
  • Check for moss or algae. Install zinc or lead control strips if your roof is starting to collect moss or algae.
  • Inspect flashings. Many roof leaks begin at flashing points, where the main body of the roof meets up with the home’s siding, chimneys or skylights. Examine the area surrounding the vent pipes and chimney. Look for gaps, cracks or missing caulk. Check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration.
  • Invest in a professional inspection. An experienced roofer can provide a comprehensive repair estimate to help you in maintaining and caring for your roof. Take advantage of their skill and know-how to keep your roof performing its best. If possible, call the same contractor that installed the roof as they’ll likely have the most in-depth understanding of your roof’s intricacies.

Need Help Maintaining Your Roof?

Call LGC Roofing, your experienced NJ & PA roofing contractor, if you need help with post-winter roofing maintenance or need a spring roofing inspectionWe are a family owned & operated contractor with 30 years of experience in the roofing business!

Serving residential and commercial customers throughout New Jersey and Bucks & Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania, we are fully licensed and insured and can handle all aspects of roofing and siding work!

Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate.

7 Critical Questions You Should Ask Your Roofing Replacement Contractor

A roofing replacement is a major investment, and for better or for worse, the results will last for years–possibly decades–to come.

Homeowners should always be thorough and vigilant from the very beginning of the re-roofing process, and that process starts by collecting and comparing estimates from local roofing contractors and carefully interviewing selected roofers before making a decision.

There are many roofing contractors out there, so choosing the best roofer for your next project might be overwhelming at first. That’s why we’ve compiled a roofing contractor question checklist you should start with!

7 Critical Questions You Should Ask Your Roofing Replacement Contractor, by LGC Roofing

7 Critical Questions You Should Ask Your Roofing Replacement Contractor

Here’s a list of seven key questions you should ask when searching for your next roofing replacement contractor, along with an idea of the answer you’re looking for.

Question: Do you have a valid contractors’ license?

Answer: Yes, and it’s up to date.

Why it’s important: In most jurisdictions, roofing contractors require valid licenses to legally practice their trade. Check your local laws, then make sure any roofing company you’re considering follows them. Otherwise, you’ll have limited recourse if something goes wrong, and you could end up in hot water with your insurance company if someone is injured on the job.

Question: Do you carry your own insurance?

Answer: Yes, including liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

Why it’s important: If your roofing contractor doesn’t carry both types of insurance, you could be on the hook if your home is damaged during the project, or if one of the contractor’s workers is injured on your property. If you’re in doubt, ask to see a copy of their insurance certificates and verify their authenticity independently.

Question: Do you employ subcontractors?

Answer: If the answer is yes, ask the contractor to supply subcontractor contact information, and ask the subcontractor all the same questions.

Why it’s important: Subcontractors are not fully regulated employees in the same sense that they would be if they were an actual part of the contractor’s company. Thus, the contractor is not responsible for ensuring that they are licensed and insured, so you need to verify this yourself for the aforementioned reasons.

Question: Can you provide references from homeowners whose roofs you have replaced?

Answer: Happily.

Why it’s important: All reputable contractors, unless they’re newly created companies, will have satisfied customers who would be happy to vouch for the roofer’s work. If the roofer is reluctant to provide references or gives you the runaround, consider it a significant red flag.

Question: What kind of warranty do you offer?

Answer: The contractor warranty covers my work for at least one year, and the materials are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

Why it’s important: The work and the materials are covered under separate warranties. Roofing contractors who are confident in their skills will offer better, more inclusive warranties. A minimum warranty of one year is standard for the roofer’s labor. Longer is better.

Question: What measures do you use to take care of my property while you work?

Answer: Tarps are used to cover the roof during rainy weather, storage bins are used to collect waste, and we remove all waste from your property when the job is complete. Our crews won’t unnecessarily tread across your lawn, and we won’t discard materials where they might cause damage.

Why it’s important: Where’s the value in getting a new roof if the behavior of the contractors necessitates other repairs? Your contractor should take the necessary steps to protect your property throughout the replacement process, and perform a thorough cleanup upon its completion.

Question: Can you provide me with a written estimate?

Answer: Yes.

Why it’s important: If you don’t get a detailed quote in writing, you open yourself up to a whole host of potential problems down the road. The contractor could charge you far more than he or she initially stated by adding all sorts of extras you didn’t anticipate, and you’ll be bound to pay since the work will already be done. Get your estimate in writing, so you can understand the cost and process breakdown fully, before committing to any roofing contractor.

Invest In Your Roof!

If you’re considering re-roofing your home this spring, be smart and take the time to research roofing companies thoroughly – this is the most important thing YOU can do to ensure the quality and integrity of your new roof!

And remember: cost isn’t the sole consideration. You should also consult online customer reviews, and take the value you’re getting into account. It’s better to pay a little more for a job well done than it is to cut corners and end up dissatisfied.

We offer 30 year workmanship guarantee on full roof replacements!

If you’re looking for a reputable, honest and skilled roofing contractor, consider LGC Roofing, a family owned and operated NJ & PA roofer with over 30 years in the roofing industry!

Serving residential and commercial customers throughout New Jersey and Bucks & Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania, our team of highly skilled and experienced roofers can quickly and reliably replace your roof as we have for our many happy customers over the last three decades!

Call 609-712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate.

 

Residential Slate Roofing: 7 Maintenance, Repair and Restoration Tips

Slate is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and durable of all roofing materials. Lasting between 50 and 125 years or more, slate roofs have a long history of protecting institutional buildings like churches and government structures. That’s where aesthetics and longevity were an especially important consideration in material choices.

Dating back to 1600’s, slate roofs have slowly integrated into residential roofing. At its peak production years of late 1800’s Pennsylvania quarries were the largest producer of slate in America.

These days, homeowners are realizing the indisputable value of natural slate when selecting their home’s new roof. Bottom line: Slate is a beautiful, durable and eco-friendly way to cover any structure, and homeowners are taking notice.

Residential Slate Roofing: 7 Maintenance, Repair and Restoration Tips

Residential Slate Roofing: 7 Maintenance, Repair and Restoration Tips

With the relatively high initial cost of installing a new slate roof, it’s important to invest in regular and timely maintenance, which largely increases durability. Additionally, proper repair and restoration will save you replacement money while keeping your roof in tip top shape for decades to come.

7 Maintenance, Repair and Restoration Tips

  1. Your slate’s life depends largely on its style and mineral makeup. Some slate roofing materials are prone to softening and crumbling after years of weather exposure, while others remain hard for 100 years or more. A slate roofing expert should be able to tell you which types of slate material will last longest and resist cracking or leaking.
  2. It’s natural for slate pieces on aging homes to occasionally break or fall off. The sooner you notice these missing slate pieces, the greater chance you have of simply repairing your roof rather than replacing it. Missing or cracked slates may damage your roof’s infrastructure and lead to costly interior leaks. If you take time to replace these failing pieces quickly, you’ll extend the life of your roof and protect your flooring, drywall and furnishings.
  3. Many slate roofs fail because they were not installed with high-quality decking and sheathing materials. The best roof deck is made of lumber and battens that are planed or rough-sawn, and measure at least .75 to 1.5 inches in thickness. Plywood, particle board or cheaply laminated wood should not be used, since your roof will last the longest when solid (rather than synthetic or glued) boards are used. If your existing roof was installed with a substandard decking material, contact your Pennsylvania slate roofing contractor to inquire about the most affordable repair or replacement option.
  4. Good quality flashing and proper installment is also a key to ensuring that your slate roofing enjoys a lengthy lifespan. If you’re experiencing frequent leaks, your flashing may not be the correct gauge—or it may have been improperly aligned, secured or sealed. Single pieces of flashing are usually easily replaced, but multiple pieces may require the expertise of a roofing contractor so the slate is not compromised during repair.
  5. It’s important to remember that walking on your slate roof requires extreme care, and should only be done when absolutely necessary. If you—or a negligent roofing contractor—does not take the time to protect your slate, individual pieces may crack, become dislodged or even break off entirely. If slates are to be walked on, it is best to wear soft soled shoes and to step on the lowermiddle of the exposed portion of the slate unit.
  6. Remember about roof safety. Before anyone climbs on your roof to inspect it, make sure they (A) use a padded ladder, (B) utilize roof scaffolds, roof jacks and planks, and (C) avoid placing your full weight on delicate planes of slate.
  7. Finally, while slate roofs are a beautiful, enduring way to protect your home, you should still have them inspected by an experienced slate contractor annually and after several storms. Check for cracked, broken, misaligned, and missing slates, look at the the degree to which delamination has occurred, look for failed flashings and broken or clogged downspouts.

Find a Contractor You Can Trust!

Residential Slate Roofing: 7 Maintenance, Repair and Restoration TipsSlate roofs that are properly maintained are likely to last for fifty years or more, all while increasing the curb appeal and architectural value of your Pennsylvania home for decades to come.

If you’re looking for a slate roofing contractor you can trust, call LGC Roofing. We are a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor, install both natural (original) and composite slate roofs and are fully licensed and insured to do roofing work in Pennsylvania & New Jersey!

Backed by over 30 years of experience, we have the skills and knowledge required to handle all your slate roofing installation & repair needs!

Call (215) 932-7850 or 609-712-8157 for your Free Estimate today!

 

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