Bucks and Montgomery County residents contend with weather challenges throughout the year. Summertime humidity, frigid winters, and ample precipitation make it necessary for people to stay prepared. Roofs experience these same environmental conditions, and the need to keep them strong and maintained is what ensures the entire house stays safe. At Dennis and Sons Contracting, our team has helped home and businesses keep their properties protected since 1909. Our clients rely on our full roofing services, valuable warranties, and more.
A full professional roof inspection should take place whenever a property changes hands and following any extreme weather events. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that property owners perform at least a self-check on their roofs twice a year. Additional inspections should occur if any concern arises. A variety of warning signs may cause these concerns.
Property owners that want annual inspections from a professional can establish a regular maintenance schedule that includes a complete roof inspection. Spring and fall roof inspections in Bucks and Montgomery counties prevent unexpected problems and help property owners to avoid many emergency repairs.
An inspection in the spring will look for any damage that may have resulted from the weather extremes that took place during winter. A second inspection in late fall will reassure homeowners their roof is winter-ready.
Maintenance appointments help to keep the roof clean, safe and may extend the life of the roofing materials. Regular maintenance makes it possible to resolve any problems before water leakage occurs. Even a small leak can cause extensive damage to the roof and inside the house. Inspections enable roofers to reattach loose shingles or replace damaged ones.
The repair or replacement of shingles is not all an inspection will enable a roofer to correct. Homeowners may not realize their roof has loose flashing or that unsealed gaps exist. People cannot always see the problems from the ground, and most homeowners will not feel safe climbing onto their roof to check for these types of issues. A roofing technician can provide a list of any damage found during the inspection and provide a price quote before the maintenance work begins.
A full roofing company will offer comprehensive roof repairs and replacements. Minor roof repairs are common needs for residential and commercial properties. Newer roofs, just like older roofs, may need some repair each year. Damage can occur during storms from a fallen tree branch, heavy winds, or damaging hail. A prior installation of a faulty set of shingles may cause a need for a section of new shingles. These types of tasks are basic repairs and resolving them soon after they begin helps the homeowner to avoid future expenses.
Recommendations for a roof replacement occur when extensive wear or damage exists across a large part of the roof. The type of work performed during a roof replacement can vary, based on the age of the home and the condition of the existing roof. Some replacements may include the removal of the shingles and the replacement of underlying structural materials. Customers should expect to receive a detailed quote for the materials and labor the job requires, so they understand what the job will entail and how long the process will take.
Roofing services should involve clear communication about pricing, and attention to the safety of the people and property during any project. Responsible roofers do all they can to keep their work areas safe. Expect protection of the surrounding landscape, complete clean-up after the work ends, and much more.
There will always be some interruptions to the people in and around the building due to the noise and ongoing work. Commercial customers should discuss their concerns about possible interruptions so the contractor can minimize the distractions and avoid any loss of business. Homeowners should discuss what schedules work best for them based on their work hours and needs.
A complete roof replacement enables the property owner to use the same types of materials or to choose something new. Modern roofing materials offer reliability and beauty regardless of the type selected, but they do have various maintenance needs and lifespans. All customers need to learn about the materials available, so everyone gets a roof they love, and one that fits their budget.
Asphalt shingles are, by far, the most popular option for homeowners in the United States. The popularity of the product continues because of its reliability, durability, and reasonable cost. About 80 percent of residential properties use this type of shingle. The inventory available includes multiple colors so homeowners can choose something that looks good with nearly any color and style of siding. Asphalt shingles come in three styles with varying durability and cost.
Metal roof systems continue to gain popularity as they offer a much longer lifespan than most asphalt shingles. Metal may also offer some fire protection for homes in areas where wildfires are a concern. The smooth texture of the material can also make it easier to keep a roof free from the buildup of ice and snow in the winter. Metal roofing costs about the same as asphalt for installation, but the material cost will make the project more expensive than if using asphalt. Buildings that cannot support the weight of a traditional metal roof may be able to use metal shingles.
Additional product options can include wood shingles, fiberglass, and slate, and tile. The quality of the shingle types can vary, and the lifespans range from 20 years or less to up to 100 years. Home and business owners should request more information on the shingle products they prefer and discuss with their roofer what would work best for them.
The best option depends on the needs of the client and the style of the home and roof. Options exist for nearly any budget. Property owners can work with their contractors to meet their budget restrictions while also receiving a reliable and attractive option.
It is common for issues to arise with other exterior materials at the same time as a roof replacement becomes necessary. Many homeowners or builders install all exterior materials at the same time. Since all the material experiences the same exposure to the environment they will often degrade at the same time. An inspection that finds enough concerns with the roof for the contractor to recommend replacement could mean it is also time to inspect the rest of the exterior for potential problems.
A new roof can help to make a home more attractive, safer, and energy-efficient. The same benefits take place when people replace outdated windows and doors on their property. Older doors and windows may allow drafts and water leaks to compromise the comfort and safety of the home. Even if the doors and windows pass inspection and do not appear to have any maintenance issues, they may lack the energy efficiency of modern versions. Updated windows and doors offer energy savings and they instantly add curb appeal to any home. The value of the property can increase along with its desirability to property buyers.
Property owners that want to upgrade an older building may want to consider the benefits of new siding. Upgraded siding does not only make a building look fresh and better maintained, but it protects the entire structure from pests, water, wind, and airborne debris. Modern siding may also offer a boost in energy efficiency that older siding cannot provide.
Replacement of the siding can change the appearance of the property and enable it to blend with any surrounding buildings or houses, or to fit in better with the landscape. Updated siding can also make a dated home look younger and more modern. Some siding choices even make a home or business more resistant to termites and fires. The options when shopping for siding include vinyl, wood, and stucco, and fiber-cement. The range of styles and colors makes it easy for every homeowner to get the look they prefer.
Property owners instantly benefit when they invest in a new roof and other exterior components. The right products will protect the property for decades. Commercial and residential customers will appreciate the open communication, comprehensive quotes, and attention to detail they get when they work with us. At Dennis and Sons Contracting, we offer reliability, expert service, and quality materials on every job. Our 100+ years of experience in Bucks and Montgomery counties enables us to help our customers make the best choice for their needs and the climate.
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