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Are Amish Roofers Cheaper

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Are Amish Roofers Cheaper?

You already know that when hiring a residential roofer to replace the roof on your home, you should acquire multiple roof quotes to compare pricing. If you have gone through the process, or you have started to think about it, then you may wonder “are Amish Roofers cheaper?” We go over this and look into why Amish Roofers are cheaper but also why that shouldn’t alarm you when you go to sign the contract.

Are Amish Roofers cheaper?

Yes, Amish Roofers are cheaper, and while there are different variables that go into a residential roof replacement, an Amish Roofer will normally be cheaper than the average residential roofing contractor. While they are cheaper they also will provide you with a better experience and even do significantly better work than the normal residential roofing contractor. Less equipment, trucks, and insurance are some of the things that play into why an Amish Roofer is cheaper.

Why Are Amish Roofers Cheaper?

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Owner-Operated

Many Amish Roofing businesses are owner-operated. This is of great advantage to you and affects many aspects of the project you want to be done. If you hire an owner-operated residential roofing business, you can enjoy a significantly lower price due to less overhead. With only a few employees, this requires fewer trucks and fewer tools to complete the job.

An owner-operated business with only a few employees means less money that is spent on insurance. All of these savings get passed on to you and that is why Amish Roofers are cheaper to hire.

Hard Working

Amish Roofers were generally raised on the family farm where they were taught how to work hard from morning to dark. With many summers being spent in the fields working through the hot days without modern farm equipment, replacing your house roof on a hot day is just another day as an Amish Roofer.

With that background in mind, there is no wonder an Amish Roofer can replace your residential roof for cheaper than a lot of your normal residential roofing contractors. While being known for your ability to work hard doesn’t mean that you do quality roofing work, so while you are searching for a roofing contractor don’t automatically fall for the Amish Roofer line. Do your research.

Well Trained

Still wondering why Amish Roofers tend to be cheaper than other residential roofing contractors?

Like we mentioned earlier, many Amish grow up working on farms. This gives them a great advantage when it comes to working. Often times by the age of 15 or 16 they have built odd things around the farm and are used to working with construction tools. They have also become acquainted with the ability to problem-solve and fix different issues they encounter throughout the day. This is extremely helpful and will potentially save you a lot of money because roofers encounter different things on each roof.

Amish Roofers are easy to train and are usually well-trained because of their background on the farm. This means you are getting a better quality roof while also getting it for cheaper. Well-trained roofers mean they will be able to work more efficiently while still giving you the quality you deserve.

Why Hire an Amish Roofer

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Quality Work

When looking for a residential roofing contractor to replace the roof of your home, it is very important that you hire a residential roofer that is known for their quality work. When you hire an Amish Roofer there is a very good chance that there are known to do quality roofing work. This doesn’t excuse you from doing your own research. Look at their Google reviews or their reviews page on their website to see what everyone else is saying about these Amish Roofers. You should also look them up on Angie’s List to see if they have a profile there.

While being known for high-quality workmanship, Amish Roofer’s are also able to do a lot of roofing projects for cheaper than most roofing contractors.

Honest Workmanship

Hiring an Amish Roofer to do your residential roof, gives you the peace of mind that you are partnering with a roofing contractor that is founded on honest workmanship. It is a part of the Amish lifestyle to operate their businesses and lives with honesty at the forefront.

For us at Elmer’s Roofing, this means that our “New Roof No Mess Guarantee” is truly a guarantee and when we say we don’t consider the job complete until you are 100% satisfied, we are committed to it.

While we do understand that in the world we live in, false promises are made by people and businesses each and every day, you need to find a business you feel you can trust. We hope that what our past customers have said about us will help you to be able to trust us as a business.

Less Hassle

When you hire an owner-operated Amish Roofer to do your residential roof, you get the opportunity to work directly with the owner of the business. This is considerably less hassle for you. When the owner of the business comes to your home to check on the job, orders the materials for the job, and communicates directly with or even works alongside his crew that puts a new roof on your home, this can save you a lot of money and hassle. After the job is completed you also will get a bill that the owner of the business compiled specifically for you and your project instead of someone that sits in the office and only knows you as a name on a paper.

So are Amish Roofers cheaper? Yes, they are but don’t sound the alarm because you get the chance to work with an honest roofing crew that cares about your home and your property. Like we have said before, do your research before you sign any contracts.

Why Is My Roof Leaking?

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Why is my roof leaking?

One of the aspects of the home people most commonly take for granted is their roof. The fact that you take your roof for granted is not even really thought of until in the middle of a rainstorm, and you see a brown water spot forming on your ceiling. Now you have a problem.

For the common home and homeowner, roof leaks are normally caused by damaged or improperly installed shingles. Shingles most commonly become damaged from Hail, Wind, Extreme Temperatures, and people walking on your roof. Other causes for roof leaks can be an improperly sealed roof, i.e. bad roof vents and flashing.

Homeowners rarely think about their roof leaking until it leaks one time, then you quickly realize the importance of a professionally installed and maintained roof.

What are the Common Causes of a Leaking Roof

While damaged shingles headline the most common causes of a leaking roof, other problems like damaged flashing, poorly sealed skylights, and bad weather can also cause problems for you and your roof. Following this, we will go over each one of these problems.

Compromised Shingles

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Compromised shingles are one of the main reasons your roof will leak. By saying compromised, we mean the shingle was not properly installed or has deteriorated over time. Let’s talk about shingles being properly installed first.

The biggest mistake homeowners make is hiring some random roofing contractor to install the roof on their home. While we realize many homeowners have limited knowledge about shingles, roofs, and flashing. This doesn’t mean you can’t do your own research about reputable roofing contractors in your area. You can also ask your neighbors and friends about whom they would recommend as a residential roofer for their home.

You should be very skeptical of the roofing contractor that comes knocking on your door asking if you want your roof checked. A majority of the time these guys are bad news and are just out looking for an easy dollar. Storm chasers will usually show up at your home after a big storm, that involves hail, has passed through your area.

While the concern about your roof after a hailstorm is valid and definitely something you should think about, it would be in your best interest to call a roofing company that you have worked with, in the past.

The lifetime of an asphalt shingled roof is 10-15 years. This lifespan may be longer or shorter than this, depending on a few different factors.

Are there trees that hang over your roof? Do you properly maintain your roof? What is the weather like at your home? Each one of these scenarios and more can affect the lifespan of your roof greatly.

Friendly Tip: Don’t walk on your roof more than you have to, this can damage your shingles.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing is a thin piece of metal that is used to direct water away from critical spots. Mostly used by a vertical object sticking out of the roof like a dormer, wall, or chimney. This flashing is bent in the middle and installed half on the dormer and half on the roof, helping to seal any openings there. Flashing is also used in the valleys of your roof to help with proper water runoff.

Damaged flashing causing a leaking roof can happen because of a couple of different reasons. Poorly installed flashing or poorly repaired flashing are two of the main reasons flashing will start to leak. Since flashing is such a thin piece of metal, it needs to be properly installed otherwise it will crack and let water in.

Damaged flashing can also happen because of humans or animals stepping on or catching their foot on a piece of flashing. This may bend or even break the flashing causing it to leak water.

Weather can also be a big reason why your roof flashing is leaking. If your shingles are not properly installed around your flashing, heavy rain and winter storms can cause moisture to pool up around the flashing causing your flashing to break down and crack.

Friendly Tip: Don’t try to fix cracked or bent flashing yourself, get a professional.

If you are suspicious of leaking flashing, get a professional roofing contractor to come to your home and inspect your roof.

Weather

It is proven in history that people without roofs over their homes, don’t feel like they are secure or safe in their home.

A roof adds security that we often take for granted. When this security is taken away or even breached, we soon can start to feel helpless or uneasy. As humans, we need a warm, dry place to rest our heads and relax. The roof is an important part of this.

The weather does play a significant role in if your roof leaks or not. When there is a leaking roof, oftentimes the weather had a part to play. Severe weather can damage your shingles and flashing to the point where they need to be replaced or your roof is going to only leak worse.

Hailstorms have caused major damage to roofs over the years. Usually, a hailstorm is accompanied by high winds, this combination can cause your roof to be severely damaged to the point where you may have to replace your roof instead of just repairing it. This is where the age of your roof and the quality of the materials installed are sure to make a big difference.

You will also soon find out how “professional” your previous roofer actually was. Like we have said before, a professionally installed roof can be the difference of thousands of dollars in the long run.

Friendly Tip: Don’t hire “storm chasers” to check your roof. This is the term for “roofers” that knock on your door wanting to check your roof after a big storm.

Poorly Sealed Roof Valleys

The “valley” in a roof is where two different roof sections come together at a low point. This is a place where water will run down and if installed properly, will drain down into the spouting or other roof section. These spots on the roofs are highly volatile spots, in large part due to the amount of water that will flow through here.

Due to the high-water traffic here, the valley of the roof can often be a problem spot for roof leaks. The valley is also susceptible to damage if people are walking on it. It can be very easy to catch a shingle on your foot, and then you are dealing with a broken or messed up shingle that needs to be replaced.

While a valley in a roof may be more aesthetically appealing, it will be more susceptible to broken shingles or flashing which will lead to leaks in the roof.

Improperly Installed Roof Vents & Skylights

While skylights are nice for letting in natural light, they can so often be the reason why your roof is leaking. Whenever you interrupt a nice stretch of shingles with something like a skylight or a vent, you have to be sure that your roof is still properly sealed. Too often skylights aren’t installed properly, leading to a leak in the roof which can be a very expensive fix.

This is also another place where flashing is needed, it is just one more place for your flashing to become compromised over years of wear and tear. This is a big reason why skylights have to be replaced after years of use.

Roof vents are one of those things that you can’t get away from having to be installed. With the roof boots that are made nowadays, they can remain leak-free unless not installed properly. This is just another reason why your home’s roof shouldn’t be worked on by someone you don’t trust. Hire a roofing contractor with a good reputation.

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Cracked Chimney

If your roof is leaking in the vicinity of your chimney, then chances are you either have a cracked chimney or you are dealing with flashing that has become broken or deteriorated. A roof inspection from a professional roofer is a must, he can tell you what needs to be fixed and possibly fix it while he is there.

The roof inspection will also tell you if you need to get a chimney expert out to fix your cracked chimney.

Cheap Roofing Materials

Cheap roofing materials aren’t worth it! Just ask your neighbor who is having problems with his roof after only replacing it a couple of years ago. Any reputable professional roofer will tell you that your upfront cost may be more, it is worth it in the long run. While any shingles and flashing can become damaged, cheaper materials often wear down and break easier than the shingles we use.

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This is exactly why we use GAF shingles. While they might be more expensive upfront, the high-quality materials can’t be compared to. When it comes to roofing materials make sure your roofing contractor knows that you want reliable, proven materials to be installed on your roof.

This can be the difference of you needing a new roof in 5-10 years instead of 15-20 years like the normal person. Remember the roof on your home is security to you, no one wants a leaking roof and especially not a new roof.

What to Do if Your Roof is Leaking

If your roof is leaking, don’t hesitate. Call a reputable roofing expert that you can trust. Get them to come to your home and do a roof inspection. Preferably, this would be done by a roofing contractor you or someone you trust has used before.

Don’t procrastinate fixing a leaking roof. The leak is only going to get bigger and cause more damage to your home.

Friendly Tip: Don’t hire someone you don’t trust.

When you are looking for a roofing contractor to do work on your home, do your research. Look up their reviews on Google and Angie’s List or check out their website to see what they are all about.

A Clean Roofer?

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What’s the top complaint about roofers? Well, it’s not the price. It’s not even the quality of work (even though there should be more complaints about that!).

No, it’s about the mess left behind when the roofing job is done.

All too many roofers seem to forget that what they leave behind says a lot about what they put on their customer’s house.  Tar paper in bushes, nails in the yard or driveway, pieces of shingles and metal in garden beds or ponds… these all add up to an unhappy customer.  They also mean that the roofer could not possibly have been as careful as he should have been on the installation of the roof itself.  After all, if he doesn’t care about what you CAN see, how much do you think he cares about what you can’t see under the shingles.

We learned a long time ago that cleanup is every bit as important as the work we do on the roof.  We train our teams to do the best possible job installing. Naturally, we also train them to do the best possible job of clean up.

We don’t want to ever get that phone call that says a child or pet got a nail in his foot. With that in mind, we go over your property the same as we would at our own homes.

Here’s a tip for how you can find out how good a job a roofer does: Ask for references, and then ask that customer what they found in their bushes, plants, and gardens after the job was done. If you’re really serious, find out where they are about to do some work, and go by when the job is done and ask that customer the same question.  (That way the roofer is not filtering out the problem jobs.)

Sure, everyone makes a mistake once in a while. It is impossible to guarantee that every nail, every scrap of paper, and every tiny piece of metal is cleaned up, but it is possible to guarantee that in the rare event of a mistake you will get back within 24 hours and make sure it is done right.

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If you already have chosen a roofer, be sure to do this: Before they leave at the end of the job, make them go around your property with you and carefully inspect every bush, every garden, and every pond for any sign of left trash. Don’t let them leave until they have taken care of everything and if you find more later, make them come back to take care of it. Many will resist coming back because that’s a costly trip, but don’t give up. It’s your yard and your safety. Make them care as much as you do.

Is My Roof Ready For Winter?

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Old man winter can become too “oh man” winter when an old or damaged roof can’t compete with the cold, wet seasonal climate. While a new roof can be a significant investment, being proactive about replacing or fixing your roof can save you from expensive home repairs due to leaks and mold, especially when paired with the cost of the roof itself.

Why are the winter months so hard on your roof you might ask? Snow and ice, that is the problem! When these heavy elements accumulate on your roof, it can lead to water leaks because of the added weight each brings with it.

Instead of waiting for a problem to develop, evaluate the condition of your roof and replace or repair it before it gets worse than it is.

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Look for cracked, broken, or curled shingles as these are warning signs of an aging roof. Be sure you are ready because we are!

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When cleaning the leaves out of your gutters, watch for granular (small stones that adhere to the surface of roof shingles to protect them from weather) because they indicate a wearing roof. Clear gutters can not only prevent heavy fall debris from damaging your gutter and your roof but help reduce the formation of icicles and ice dams.

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Proper insulation and ventilation in your attic can also minimize the damaging effects of winter weather.

While we provided a few of the telltale indicators above, only an expert can spot all the signs of an aging or deteriorating roof. Don’t let the winter get the best of your roof this year! 

Contact Elmer’s Roofing for a free estimate. We’ll help you evaluate the quality of your roof, identify problem areas, tell you when it should be replaced, and offer an affordable solution. We will answer your question, is my roof ready for winter?

When you plan ahead and replace or repair your roof before winter, you can avoid the headache of fixing leaks this year and for many seasons to come.

⛈ Spring Means Roof Leaks…

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Hey friends,

Yes, it is safe to say a vast majority of us are ready to say goodbye to old man winter and hello to the spring weather. We understand that with the excitement of warmer weather and bright sunshine in the air, your roof, and its condition is the furthest thing from your mind. That is, of course, until your roof starts leaking.

As the warmer temperatures arrive, rain usually comes with it. Rain means a significant increase in the chances that your roof will leak.

During the winter, high winds and cold weather can greatly affect the integrity of your roof. Lifted shingles, broken “flashings”, and poorly sealed vents are just the beginning of how water can start to leak into your home.

The Good NewsRoof leaks, if caught right away, can usually be fixed easily and at an affordable cost. They do need to be recognized and taken care of right away because you don’t need to give water much time to cause a big mess.

The Bad NewsIf you wait to do anything about a leak in your roof you are pretty much asking for a big mess. The water you could have to replace water-damaged wood, walls, or ceilings. Trust us, this is no fun for you or for anyone involved. It can also put quite a hurting on your wallet.

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We didn’t mean to scare you or make you paranoid about your roof leaking, we just want to inform you that it is a serious problem and should not be taken lightly. If you aren’t sure about what to look for to see if your roof is leaking then you are in luck because we compiled a list below to give you the information you need to identify a leak before it gets out of hand and costs you thousands of dollars.

Here are some common roof leaks signs to look for:

  • Discoloration on your ceiling or walls (that’s where water has already started to soak into the ceiling material, so there’s more damage than you think) – especially watch bathrooms where special vent pipes go through the roof and can be a source of leaking
  • Light fixtures that mysteriously blow out periodically (that’s where water is leaking in and causing a short – NOT GOOD!)
  • Lifting shingles on the roof (we can fix them relatively easily if you catch them early)
  • Sagging parts of the roof, especially along the leading edge above the gutters or in “valleys” (the places where two roof lines meet to channel water down to the gutter)
  • Missing shingles (that’s an easy one)
  • Metal flashing around the outside base of chimneys that is bent or pulled away from the chimney, allowing water to get behind it (this is typically caused by ice expanding outward)

If you see any of these signs, don’t wait to give us a call. Any of these can be signs of growing damage that will increase in cost to repair. Like a bad disease, catch them early and fix them, and you can save yourself a lot of heartache and money!

Enjoy your spring but keep your eyes open for potential roof problems. That way you won’t ruin your spring with expensive roof leak repairs.

Can I Get a Winter Roof Replacement?

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If the weather outside is frightful, do you know a contractor to make your roof delightful?

At Elmer’s Roofing, we are not your fair-weather roofers. We have the experience to work in cold temperatures through most of the winter and provide quality, affordable roofing solutions to residents of Lancaster, Chester, York, Harrisburg, and Lebanon Counties in Pennsylvania.

It all starts with a free consultation; we’ll tell you how much it will cost to replace your roof and when you need to do it. Some materials should not be used in low temperatures, we’ll discuss your options and explain how weather, like rain or snow, play into the process. We’re here to help you select the right materials for this winter roof replacement.

Our materials are reliable and installed the way manufacturers intended. We don’t cut corners and leave your property as clean as we found it, regardless of the temperature outside.

When you work with Elmer’s Roofing, you can rest assured that your roof will stand up to nature’s elements, like high wind, rain, and snow. The finished product will not only protect your home or business, it will add curb appeal as well. All this goodness also comes with a 7-year No-Leak guarantee. Let us provide you with a worry-free experience and get you ready for winter roof replacement.

If you run out of time in the spring, summer, or fall to replace your roof, there’s no time like the winter to get the job done right with Elmer’s Roofing. Let professionals get you ready for winter and save you money before it gets worst!

Do I Need a New Roof?

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Not sure if you need a new roof? Here are some things to look for:

 
It’s not always easy to tell if you need a new roof.  Sometimes a really bad-looking roof doesn’t need to be replaced at all.  Sometimes one that seems to look good is already a disaster.  So how can you tell the difference?
 
Fact is, you can’t absolutely tell the difference without climbing around your attic, scrambling across the roof, and knowing what you’re looking for.  For instance, I have seen roofs where entire sections lift in the rain and cause terrible leaking damage that is completely invisible from the yard or even from a quick look in the attic.  But there are many things that you can see pretty easily that are sure signs of current or imminent trouble. 

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Curling shingles – shingles that look like the edges are starting to “curl” or lift are a sign of serious wear that is either already allowing water into your attic or is about to start doing so.  Curling shingles are just waiting for the right storm to hit either to take a flight into another county or to just allow water into your attic to cause damage to your insulation, roof plywood, or the things you have stored in the attic. They need to be replaced.

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Cracking or broken shingles – this is a sign of brittleness, which is unpleasant. It is usually caused either by age or by excessive heat created by inadequate ventilation in the attic.  You see, your attic needs to “breathe” in order to cool down your shingles, which are being beaten daily by the sun.  Most people don’t realize that a shingle roof can burn your hand even on a sunny winter day, because it soaks up so much energy from the sun.  Brittle shingles will disappear to another yard on a windy day and leave your roof open to rain and other damage.  They need to be replaced, and your attic ventilation needs to be addressed.

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Dark streaks – this is actually NOT a big problem.  Those streaks are just algae.  While they look terrible, they are not harming your roof.  You have three choices to solve this:  1) ignore it, 2) have a professional wash it (never power wash or scrub a shingle roof), or 3) install zinc strips along with the ridge vent (these strips leach zinc when it rains, which kills the algae for years).
 
Lifting shingles – this is usually only visible on windy days, so most people don’t notice them until after they have blown away.  The adhesive that holds shingles down can only hold so much, so if shingles were not installed with the proper overlap, wind can easily stress them to the point that they lift and no longer hold to one another properly.  In some cases where the problem is isolated to a small area, a roofer may be able to re-adhere those shingles and you are good to go.  If the entire roof was installed without proper overlap, it may require a replacement.  Sadly, this often occurs on younger roofs that should not have needed either repairs or replacement for a long time.  It was often the laziness or lack of skill of the roofer that caused this, but don’t expect too many roofers to stand behind this problem because it usually occurs soon after the “warranty” runs out.
 
Granular in your gutters – “granular” is the small stones that are adhered to the surface of a roofing shingle to protect it from the weather.  It also gives grip for anyone climbing onto the roof.  If you start to find lots of these small stones in your gutters, your roof is wearing quickly.  Without granular, your roof cannot protect your home as required.  It is also a sign that shingles are starting to get brittle, which we discussed above.   These shingles are going to need to be replaced before long, so start planning for that cost now.
 
These are certainly not all the things you could look for, but they are by far the most common things a homeowner notices which means it’s time to call a competent roofer.
 
Then it’s just a matter of figuring out which roofer is going to give you the best roof at a fair price,… but that’s a post for another day.

Free Roof Inspections

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Have Elmer’s Roofing give you free roof inspection when you notice wear or leaks, before more damage occurs.

As spring arrives, you may notice that the extreme winter took a toll on your roof. All winters are hard on roofs and the evidence will show up in the spring this year as the snow and ice begin to thaw. You may notice cracked shingles or even leaks.

At the first sign of damage, it is in your best interest to consult an honest, professional roofer to assess your roof. Waiting to repair or replace a damaged roof can be more costly and could result in damage to your home’s interior. When it comes to your roof, an ounce of prevention could save you both money and headaches.

If you notice any of these issues with your roof, please schedule your free roof inspection right away!

Dark, “Dirty-Looking” Areas on Your Roof

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Possible cause: Loss of granules due to age of shingles

Missing, Cracked, or Curled Shingles

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Possible cause: Shingles have reached the end of their useful life

Leakage in Attic After Ice Build-Up

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Possible cause: Inadequate shingle underlayment allows water from ice dams to leak into attic

Elmer’s Roofing offers free roof inspection, so if you have questions about your roof, this is a risk-free way to get the answers you need. And it isn’t all doom and gloom if you do need to repair or replace your roof. First, you are in great hands with Elmer’s Roofing. From the communication of options to the quality of workmanship, you will be pleased. If you do need a new roof installed, Elmer’s offers a great selection of roofing shingles styles and colors as well as start to finish service including the cleanest roof installation you have ever seen!

What Will Designer Roofing Shingles Do for My Home?

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Achieving Incredible Curb Appeal

Not only can you protect your home, but you can also bring the character of your home to life with designer roofing shingles.  When it comes to the curb appeal of your home, details matter. Compliment your home’s color scheme and give it a stylish look with the best shingles installed by a quality roofing contractor, Elmer’s Roofing.

For homes with modern, architectural styling to colonial, Victorian, and tutor, we offer a large selection of roofing shingles styles to choose from.

Here are some of our favorite designer roofing shingles for your roof:
This favorite shingle style is from the Timberline Ultra High Definition® Shingles collection. This line is the thickest, most ultra-dimensional wood-shake look for your roof. For perfect installation, contact Elmer’s Roofing

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Pictured Above: GAF Timberline Charcoal Shingles

Another gorgeous home topped off with shingles from the Timberline Ultra High Definition® Shingles collection. Get this roof from Elmer’s Roofing where workmanship and the quality of the service you receive are unbeatable.

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Pictured Above: Timberline HD Barkwood House Shingles

Select a roof style for homes with brick and wood that compliments the textures and features of the home. We will help you select the right color and quality to give your home great curb appeal.

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Pictured Above: Timberline HD Weathered Wood Shingles

We offer a full selection of roofing shingles with many color options. This photo is from the Camelot® Lifetime Designer Shingles collection of lifetime designer roofing shingles. Elmer’s roofing can sell and expertly install this series for your home. Many additional options are available.

“Combining uncompromising performance with timeless beauty, Camelot® may be the finest designer asphalt shingle ever made.”

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Pictured Above: Camelot San Gabriel Shingles

The style of your home will help determine the roof style that you choose. Colonial and Victorian-style homes are steeped in the traditional and look great with a thoughtful modern touch too. The home pictured uses Timberline® Cool Series Shingles – Shingle Features to complete the perfect blend of character and timelessness. Need help choosing the right roofing shingles for your home? We are here with great advice

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Pictured Above: GAF Timberline Cool Series Barkwood Shingles

We’ll help you match the color and style of roofing shingles to your home for the best look and value. Whether you have a craftsman style, ranch, French country, Mediterranean Tuscan, or modern contemporary styled home.

What Do I Need to Know About Roofing Contractors?

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Yes, we understand that over the years roofing contractors, in general, have obtained the best reputation. To often known for taking advantage of the homeowner by overcharging or underperforming, we have spent the last 25+ years building a roofing business that you can trust.

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Don’t Settle for A Messy Roofer

Quite possibly the biggest problem and liability has been the fact that many roofers have built a reputation of leaving the job a mess. While the big shingles and other larger items get picked up to make it look like it is clean, the real mess is left in the flower beds or grass. Many homeowners have come outside after their new roof is installed, only to find pieces of shingles or shingle residue all over the flower beds, ruining plants and leaving dead spots in the grass.

We haven’t even mentioned the nails that often were found strewn across the yard and in the corner of the flower beds. These nails were too often found after someone stepped on them causing injury.

Yes we are a roofing company, and we are here to say that it doesn’t have to be like this. You don’t have to put up with the roofing contractors that only want your money and leave before you are 100% satisfied.

Beware of these Roofing Contractors

Beware of so-called contractors who tell you the things you want to hear. The weight you place on investing in a roof can either save you or run you down thousands of dollars. We at Elmer’s Roofing believe strongly in performing the job once and right, completely and with integrity. We do not think it necessary to spend a fortune to get a roof that will last and keep your home dry for decades. Here are some things about the trade we think you should have the right to know. Beware of roofing contractors who claim the following:

  • Let’s talk about storm chasers. Often the “roofing expert” that shows up at your home after a severe storm passes through. Normally a one or two-man operation, these guys will move to your area and go door to door looking for work. We highly advise staying away from them because it seems like as soon as they come they also can leave. Maybe you even hire them and your roof is fine for the first 5 years, and then it starts leaking, well these storm chasers are long gone and couldn’t care less about you or the reputation they left behind because they aren’t even trying to come back.
  • “You will not find shingles cheaper than these!”
    Beware of flimsy shingles. Most roofing companies purchase their shingles from the same suppliers. If a contractor is quoting you a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Please feel free to ask us about our suppliers. We will gladly show you our references.
  • “It is hard to quote you at this time. We will have all the paperwork for you after the job is done”
    BEWARE! This is a red flag. All paid material receipts and lien waivers should be conducted, viewed, and signed before the job even begins, arranging potential provisions for extras or changes as well. There are many cases of contractors attempting to charge their customers DOUBLE the cost of the project simply because the two parties never fully agreed to total costs and litigations. Right off the bat we at Elmer’s want you to know what you are getting yourself in for. We will discuss with you all options, costs, pricing, and timing before we lay the first shingle.
  • ‘Your homeowner’s insurance will protect you from any potential mishaps during our contract.
    BEWARE! Oftentimes this is not at all the case. If you choose to hire an unlicensed, uninsured individual or firm, you run the risk of having no financial safety net when they take untrained shortcuts. Moreover, you could even be liable for injury of the roofing individual(s). At Elmer’s Roofing, we have no reason to have reservations. We are licensed to serve customers in Pennsylvania (#PA118414), and will gladly share with you all of our proofs of licensure.
  • ‘I don’t even have to go up there. I can tell right away what you need for that roof.’
    BEWARE. There are some roofs whose damage is so evident a simple glare could take notice. However, to really take a holistic damage report and a complete quote requires physical contact. At Elmer’s Roofing, we always set up our ladders and step on up. This is the only way to really see what is going on. That way we can most easily and accurately let you know our options for repair or total replacement.
  • ‘We’ll get this finished for you in no time, it’s a simple job!’
    BEWARE! No job is too simple. All roofing repair and replacement take time and patience. Roofs protect one of your most valuable and precious investments, your home. For the job to be done right, it’s got to be done completely and with honest skill. We are trained professionals with 20 years of roofing experience. By virtue of our “No Mess” Guarantee, we promise to do our best to leave nothing behind. No scrap materials, no nails. If we accidentally do miss something (which is extremely rare), we will be back out there within 24 hours of your call and make sure we have removed everything. And we won’t leave until you say it is clean.
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So Who Do I Trust?

We can not stress enough how you need to research. Research. Research.

Use the internet to your advantage! Check out the contractor’s online profile before you decide to hire them. Check out their reviews to see what other people like you are saying about them. Ask your friends and neighbors if they ever heard of them or who has done work on their house. Every contractor knows that the best way to get business is by word-of-mouth referrals.

Do your homework to make sure you are getting the proper contractor you deserve.

What Do I Do About Roofer’s Mess

As we talked about before, one of the biggest complaints homeowners have, when a new roof is installed on their home, is that the roofing contractors left a mess? This is the last thing you want to do deal with! Hire a residential roofer that will treat your property the way they would like their property to be treated.

Everything from nails to fragments of shingles from the old roof that was removed in the process of installing the new roof can often be found. The debris litters the lawn, the shrubbery, and the surfaces surrounding the home. From children playing to lawn mowing, the hazards to homeowners and their families are real when roofing materials are not cleared away.

Roofers are notoriously messy! That’s why Elmer’s Roofing uses an ingenious invention, the Roofer Buggy. This is so effective in keeping the mess from the roof off your lawn. This also has greatly improved our work efficiency, so you can get a higher quality job at an affordable price.

At Elmer’s Roofing we are committed to our New Roof No Mess guarantee, so you can have the peace of mind that your property will be returned to normal when we are finished with your job. We also won’t consider your job done until you are 100% satisfied.

Elmer’s Roofing key to happy customers is three-fold. It involves First a high-quality roof. Second, experienced team members with professional installation from start to finish. Third, a clean yard and area around the home once the roof is installed. To guarantee satisfied homeowners.

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Elmer’s Roofing based in Lancaster PA with service in Lancaster County, Chester County and Lebanon County always promises quality workmanship and to leave as little behind as possible. It is what makes the company stand out against competitors and what customers like best.

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The roofing buggy in action.

 Elmer’s Roofing ensures a clean, efficient roofing installation by using a roofing buggy to slide debris from the old roof removal process into the bin.

The No-Mess Guarantee

We promise to do our best to leave nothing behind…no scrap materials, no nails. If we accidentally do miss something (which is extremely rare), we will be back within 24 hours of your call and make sure we have removed everything. And we won’t leave until you say it is clean.

Elmer’s Roofing Is Right for You If…

  • You Want a Clean Roofer: Our New Roof No Mess guarantee is our commitment to you.
  • You Support Small Businesses: We are an owner-operated business that is focused on giving you high-quality work at an affordable cost.
  • You Care About Reputation: With 25+ years in the residential roofing business, we are proud of the hard working, commitment to our customers, reputation we have built.

With Elmer’s Roofing being an owner-operated business, that gives you the luxury of being in direct content with the owner so you will know for certain that you are getting the absolute best experience possible.