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    Welcome to M&K Roofing and Siding, your premier roofing and siding company in the Philadelphia area. We are a family-owned licensed and insured custom home remodeling company for all your roofing and siding needs. 

    At M&K Roofing and Siding, we understand that any type of home service is a major decision and we’re more than happy to provide an initial consultation at your home free of charge. We can provide samples of materials and designs to provide a launching point for any ideas you have concerning your exterior home remodeling.

    Take a look at the convenient financing options offered to help you get going with your DREAM PROJECTS. Learn more!  To get started, simply call M&K today to schedule a free consultation right at your home. Your new home is waiting!

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    Your Roof and Its Warranty

    Your roof is one of the biggest investments you’ll make. It protects your home and takes the brunt of the weather, the sun, and falling limbs, and because of this daily beating, the quality of the products has to be top-notch. Manufacturing warranties can help ensure the highest quality roofing materials. 

    What is a manufacturer’s warranty?

    Manufacturer warranties cover the roofing product against defects in materials, but they vary tremendously. For instance, some are lifetime and some are limited warranties; some warranties will allow you to transfer the warranty to the next owner; limited warranties vary in what they will cover. So it’s very important to read the fine print. At M&K Renovations, we make sure our customers understand the different warranties associated with different types of roofing materials so they can choose what’s best for their needs. 

    How long do warranties last?

    Again, this varies from product to product; however, there are some general rules. Generally, architectural shingles carry a “lifetime” warranty, meaning for as long as you own your home. Some will allow you to transfer your warranty to a new owner, although sometimes that transfer incurs a fee. Most 3-tab shingles carry 20-30 year warranties. Normally, roofing materials will last as long as their warranties, but it’s important to be covered for the unlikely event that something goes wrong. 

    What is not covered in a manufacturer’s warranty?

    Typical limitations to a manufacturer’s warranty include:

    • Damage to other parts of the home from leakage caused by manufacturing defects
    • Damage caused by improper installation or by repairs specifically excluded under the warranty
    • Weather-related events, such as high winds, storms, lightning, etc.
    • Structural problems with your home that caused the damage to your shingles
    • Damage caused by installing solar panels or satellite dishes, etc.
    • Discoloration due to algae, mold, paints, or stains
    • Inadequate ventilation that caused damage to shingles
    • Damage caused by other components of the roof, such as gutters, flashing, etc.

    What are extended warranties or system warranties?

    Some manufacturers offer a variety of levels of warranties. These super-warranties go by different names, such as “extended” or “system” warranties, and may cover many of the issues above. Some may even cover the cost of repairs.

    In addition, installers and contractors should provide clear warranties for their workmanship. At M&K Renovations, we offer our customers a workmanship warranty to give them peace of mind knowing that we stand by our work. 

    What other coverage options are there?

    Many times, homeowner insurance policies will cover or partially cover damage to your roof, depending on the cause. “Home warranties” are a fairly new form of warranty that help cover the costs of repairs to major systems in the house, such as electrical, plumbing, and appliances. Depending on the policy, a home warranty may also cover your roof. 

    Do you have any other questions about a new roofing project? Contact us today at (610) 353-2895 for a free initial consultation to help you get started. As we partner with you, we’ll discuss your vision and your style, go over all the best roofing options to reach your goals, and help you choose the best warranties to protect your biggest investment – your home. 

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    Cracked Vinyl Siding – What Should You Do?

    Vinyl siding is one of the most popular sidings for homes. It’s low maintenance, can last decades, and comes in various price points. But it also comes in various degrees of quality. 

    Vinyl can vary in thickness and flexibility, which determines how well it withstands impact and the effects of the weather. But eventually, most vinyl siding will experience a dink, crack, or hole that will need to be repaired. Quick action on your part can prevent bigger and more expensive problems later. 

    What causes damage?

    As mentioned, quality plays an important role in how well your vinyl siding holds up, with thicker and sturdier siding withstanding more stress. Nonetheless, problems can occur. 

    An impact is often the cause of damage. Philadelphia and nearby areas can experience some pretty harsh weather that can beat on your siding. Higher quality and newer siding can often withstand the assault of Mother Nature, but debris from high winds or a falling limb may be too much to ask from any siding. Sometimes a rock thrown by a lawnmower or a misdirected baseball can cause a nasty dink. 

    The changing seasons also take their toll. Strong sunlight can weaken and fade siding, but around here the bigger culprit is the cold. When the temperatures drop below freezing, vinyl gets brittle, and it takes much less to cause it to crack and break. 

    Problems can also occur with your home or installation. The shifting and settling of your home can cause your vinyl siding to shift and possibly crack, and poor installation causes all sorts of problems. Finally, it could just be that your siding is getting old and it’s time for it to be replaced.

    Can I repair it?

    Many homeowners can save themselves money and future problems by quickly addressing small dinks or damage to siding. It’s critical to act quickly, though. Your siding’s job is to keep your home watertight, warm, and safe. Openings of any kind in your siding or around windows or doors invite in a host of problems, including mold, mildew, leaks that can damage the house’s structure, and pests that can do serious damage. 

    If you see a small crack or dink in your siding, or if you notice when it happens, you can fix it yourself if you’re handy. You can fill a small hole with caulk or repair a larger hole with a spare piece of siding. To patch a broken area using extra siding, cut a piece of matching siding larger than the hole or dink. Apply caulk all the way around the damaged area as well as to the back of the patch. Carefully cover the broken siding with the patch and apply pressure to ensure a good seal. 

    If you don’t know how long the hole or crack has been there, or if you see several damaged areas, it may be best to carefully remove the damaged sheet of siding and look for signs of moisture or damage underneath, which would indicate a larger problem. 

    When should I get professional help?

    If you’re handy and the problem is small and new, you should be able to patch the damage yourself. However, if you don’t know how long the damage has been there, the damage is extensive, or you have reason to believe moisture has seeped into your home, it is best to call us for a free consultation. We will determine how extensive the problem is. A small repair job is not very expensive, and you will have peace of mind knowing that it was done right and there is no further concern. However, if we do find additional problems, you’ll know that we have the expertise to fix them and prevent further damage to your home. Call us here at M&K Renovations, (610) 353-2895, for all your siding and home repair or renovation needs.

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    What Goes into Your New Roof Installation (or What Should)

    The various aspects of a roof work in concert with each other to make the roof waterproof, long-lasting, and attractive. The materials and hardware must be chosen by an experienced, high-quality roofer to ensure that your roof lasts for decades. 

    Here in the Greater Philadelphia area (including the Main Line), there are many older/historic homes and larger custom-built homes that need special care when replacing a roof. Be sure to work with a reputable roofing company so the job is done correctly.


    The major materials of a roof installation include:

    • Decking/sheathing
    • Ice and water shield
    • Flashing
    • Underlayment
    • Drip edge
    • Top roofing material, usually shingles or metal
    • Vents and piping
    • Pipe boots

    The general roofing process

    As any highly-skilled, experienced roofer knows, every roof is a little different and needs its own special attention, especially in the small details. That said, the typical roofing process for a home is as follows:

    1. Remove old shingles (or other top layer), underlayment, and flashing.
    2. Inspect existing decking for any damage. Decking, also called sheathing, is the layer of material laid on top of the roof frame – usually wood panels for residential homes.
    3. Repair any damaged existing decking. Severe damage may have affected the framing below, which would need to be addressed.
    4. Install ice and water shields in the roof valleys (the low area where two roof surfaces meet) and other vulnerable areas.
    5. Install an ice and water barrier around the edges of the roof and nail it down for extra stability.
    6. Install drip edges (this is installed in two phases – before the underlayment along the eaves, that is, the hanging edges of the roof, but over the underlayment along the rake edges, that is, the flat sides of the roof that don’t overhang).
    7. Install the underlayment. The underlayment is generally a material made of felt, sometimes with synthetic, and rolls out looking something like tar paper. It comes in various thicknesses and designs and its purpose is to waterproof your roof, protecting the wood decking below.
    8. Install pipes and vents (depending on the pipes or vents, some may be installed before underlayment or after roofing) and paint them to match the roofing material.
    9.  Install flashing around chimneys, along walls, skylights, and other features. Flashing is generally a thin, rust-resistant material, such as copper, aluminum, or galvanized steel, and is usually – but not always – installed under the top roofing material. Different kinds of flashing are used for different features, are installed differently, and have varying costs.
    10. Lay the top roofing material, usually shingles or metal roofing.
    11. Install the ridge cap.
    12. Clean up thoroughly. 

    Where some poor-quality roofers cut corners

    Some inexperienced or unscrupulous roofers may attempt to cut corners in order to keep the costs low. They may low-bid in order to get the job, or they may pocket the savings themselves. Watch out for these typical areas where a roofer might cut corners:

    • Reusing old flashing material and old vents – new holes won’t go into the old holes in the old flashing or vents and new material may not fit snug around them, thus allowing water to seep below the surface.
    • Cutting corners with the amount of roofing materials used
    • Using the wrong types or sizes of nails or nailing techniques
    • Not thoroughly checking existing decking and not replacing damaged parts
    • Using 3-tab asphalt shingles for ridge capping instead of shingles designed specifically for the cap
    • Not sealing vent and pipe boots properly under the shingles or metal roofing materials and ensuring a tight fit
    • Using the wrong types of flashing

    Cutting corners could significantly compromise the waterproof quality of your roof, decreasing its lifespan and possibly causing substantial damage to your home. You may be able to identify some of these issues by looking at the detailed estimate and the Scope of Work that should come along with the estimate. For instance, if the estimate doesn’t include flashing and the scope of work doesn’t include laying new flashing, you know they’re cutting corners. But it won’t be easy to tell if they are shirking on materials unless you compare their estimate to that of another, more reputable roofer.

    To prevent the risk of falling prey to the wrong roofer, we recommend you only get estimates from roofing companies that are well established, local, and can provide you with a list of satisfied customers to contact. 

    Keeping the roof over your head in great shape will protect your home for years to come. When you hire a local, certified, reputable, and experienced roofing expert, you can avoid roofing problems. Contact us at (610) 353-2895 today from anywhere around the Main Line area so we can get started on your new, beautiful roof to enhance the value and safety of your home. 

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    What Can Go Wrong with Gutters

    With the hot and humid summer weather in Southeast PA comes the threat of heavy rains and thunderstorms. If you took care of your gutters in the fall, as a good homeowner should, you may think you’re set for another year. However, gutters should really be checked and cleaned twice a year, in early fall and early spring, to prepare for the extreme weather that each season of the year can bring. 

    If you haven’t yet taken time for this important task, we recommend having it done as soon as possible.  

    Signs your gutters need attention

    We recommend you clean your gutters whether you see problems or not, because once you see a problem, a lot of damage may have already been done. Signs you may have a bigger problem:

    • Rainwater is overflowing from the gutters
    • Gutters look crooked or sagging
    • There are leaks in the gutters when it rains, or icicles hanging from them on cold mornings
    • You notice standing water near your foundation
    • Mold is growing along the edges of your gutters
    • Squirrels and birds like your gutters 

    Things that can go wrong if gutters aren’t right

    Several problems with gutters that we often see are:

    • Clogged gutters: Clogging allows water to seep under roofs and behind walls, creating mold and causing wood rot. It can cause waterfalls to land on your foundation and your landscaping, harming plants and doing potentially serious damage to your home.
    • Gutter leaks: Old gutters can begin to leak at joints, causing rusting of your gutters and a possible slow dripping along walls that may go unnoticed for too long.
    • Backflows: When a gutter is improperly installed, instead of water flowing off the roof into the gutter, it flows from the edge of the roof underneath the roofing material or down the side of the house. As with clogged gutters, serious water damage can occur.
    • Improper gutter slopes: Gutters should gently slope toward the downspouts. If they do not slope, the water stands in the gutters. If they slope too much, water gushes and overflows. Additionally, if gutters get loose, they sag outward, again causing a waterfall over the gutters instead of down toward the downspout. Either way, water pours down onto your foundation.
    • Clogged or leaky downspouts, drainpipes, or run-off areas that don’t direct water away from the house: When the downspout is the problem, the damage is usually found on the lower level, in the basement, or along the foundation. Water should not just pour out of the downspout and land a foot or two away from the house, thus seeping into the ground right near your foundation and causing untold long-term damage. Rather, it should be directed at least 6 feet away.
    • No gutters: Yes, this is a serious problem, because it can lead to all the issues listed above.

    There are many seemingly insignificant issues our experts can spot before it’s too late when we come out for a gutter inspection. Having your gutters professionally cleaned twice a year is not very expensive or time-consuming, and it’s a lot safer than trying to do it yourself. It’s also a lot cheaper than the very serious problems that can occur if a gutter problem remains undiagnosed and unfixed. 

    Most of the water damage repair work we do could have been easily prevented with regular maintenance of gutters, windows, and roofs. We’d like to see you before any damage is done. Call us today at (610) 353-2895 for a free consultation.

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    Roofing Materials that Last the Longest

    We have four full seasons of weather here in the Greater Philadelphia area and your roof is one of the biggest investments that will protect your home.  It is also one of the most important. A properly installed, well-insulated roof using quality materials will last decades and will protect your entire home from moisture damage and heat loss. But different roofing materials have different life expectancies. It’s important for you, the homeowner, to know all your options. At M&K Renovations, we have industry knowledge about all the materials needed in building your roof and the different grades of quality available. We’ll help you sort it out in order to choose the best combination of materials within your budget to help your roof last as long as possible. 

    Parts of a roof

    There are many parts of a roof, including:

    Frame (rafters): These are the wooden boards over which your roof is laid. Unless water damage has occurred, your rafters and framing do not usually have to be touched when laying a new roof.

    Decking (sheathing): Wooden sheets are laid over the roof frame to provide support for the roofing material and a nailbed for the shingles.

    Underlayment: Underlayment is a waterproof material that protects the shingles against resin from decking and protects decking from moisture.

    Roofing material (shingles etc): This is the upper layer of your roof, the part you see.

    Eaves: Your eaves are the parts of the roof that overhang the side of your house. They include the soffit (the part underneath that is parallel to the ground) and the fascia (to which gutters are usually attached).

    Flashing: Flashing is the material installed around roof features such as vents and chimneys in order to prevent water from penetrating and to direct the water off the roof and into gutters.

    Gutters: The gutters are attached to the eaves to catch rain and melting snow that runs off your roof. 

    Choosing quality materials

    While most homeowners only consider the top layer – the visible roof – when choosing materials, the materials used in each layer of your roof will have a significant impact on the longevity of your roof. 

    Decking: Any parts of your current decking that show wear and tear or moisture damage should be replaced. The most common form of decking today is sheet decking, either plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). Plywood is sheets of solid wood and comes in various thicknesses, from 3/8 inch to 3/4 inch. OSB consists of wood chips that have been pressed into flat 7/16 inch sheets. OSB is slightly less expensive and considered stronger than plywood, but plywood is stiffer and holds fasteners better. 

    Underlayment: New underlayment will be laid for your new roof. Options are asphalt-saturated felt, rubberized asphalt, and synthetic. All three are waterproof, although the asphalt-saturated felt becomes less waterproof over time. It is the least expensive and easiest to install, but it tears easily and gradually deteriorates. Rubberized asphalt underlayment is 100% waterproof and seals better than felt, but is more labor-intensive to install. The synthetic underlayment is becoming the most popular underlayment because it has the longest lifespan, is resistant to UV penetration, tearing, and fungal growth, and withstands the widest temperature swings.

    Roofing materials: In Southeast Pennsylvania, the most common roofing materials used are asphalt shingles and metal. Other roofing materials include wood, slate, clay tiles, and concrete tiles. These are often used as accents or for houses of a very specific style. 

    Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles come in a dizzying array of styles, levels of quality, and cost. They can be the least expensive roof or one of the most expensive. Typically asphalt roofs can last from 15 to 40 years, depending on quality and weather conditions.

    Metal roofs: Metal roofs vary in lifespan, as well, but almost all metal options will outlast the asphalt shingle option. The least expensive, steel, lasts for 30 years or more. Copper roofs can last more than 70 years, but they are expensive and subject to expansion and contraction. Zinc roofs are the most durable, last over a century, and are the most expensive.

    Wood shingles: Natural wood looks wonderful and generally lasts 25-30 years with regular upkeep. They are more expensive than asphalt but less expensive than metal.

    Clay and cement tiles: Tiles look stunning, can last up to 100 years, and are comparable in price to steel roofing. 

    Gutters and flashing: These two elements are absolutely critical to preventing water penetration below your roof and into your home. High-quality materials should be considered for these elements, especially since the extra expense would probably not significantly impact the overall cost of your roof. 

    At M&K Renovations, we’re your roofing experts on the Main Line and in the surrounding Southeast PA area. Contact us today at (610) 353-2895 so we can help you choose the right materials within your budget to help your roof last for generations.

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    Solar Panels and Your New Roof

    Many homeowners are considering adding solar panels to their roofs in order to decrease their electric bills and to utilize a renewable energy source to help reduce negative effects on the environment. Adding solar to your home can add significant value – some suggest as much as $15,000, which would offset much of the cost of installation. Some real estate agents also believe houses with solar sell faster than houses with traditional energy only. 

    There are several downsides to solar, however, the first being cost. Adding solar panels or solar shingles can be quite expensive, even if the cost can be offset by resale value and savings on your electric bill. Some homeowners take out a loan or use a home equity line of credit to help with the upfront costs. Another option is to lease panels through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a solar company. In this arrangement, the company owns the solar power, collects the energy, and sells it back to you at a rate lower than your utility rate. 

    The other drawback to solar energy is that it only works when the sun is shining. Therefore, solar panels are more worthwhile in areas of the country with consistent sunshine than in areas with shorter summers and significant cloud cover. In our Philadelphia area, solar energy can provide savings on your energy bill, depending on the number of peak hours of sun and the current cost of your electricity. 

    What to do with your current roof

    Solar panels can be installed on an existing roof if the roof is in good condition. Not only the top layer – shingles, tiles, metal – but also all the underlayers need to be in good repair – no warping, water damage, or poor installation. Solar panels are heavy and need a strong foundation. 

    If your asphalt shingles are 10 years old or more, you should probably replace the roof when adding solar panels, which will last about 25-30 years, around which time their energy output will have significantly diminished. Since asphalt tile roofs have a similar lifespan, your roof will begin to deteriorate before the panels and may require replacement before the panels do. This would require the added expense of removing and re-installing the panels, with the risk of some being damaged in the process. 

    Therefore, it is often more convenient to install a new roof and solar cells at the same time. This also gives you the flexibility to choose the best options for you: solar panels, tiles, or shingles. 

    Roofing options

    Solar materials can be installed over part or all of the roof. Solar panels are raised above the existing roof, while shingles and tiles often replace the roofing materials, in whole or in part. There are many solar panel companies, providing many options of size and style. There are several leaders in the solar shingle/tile industry, especially Tesla, CertainTeed, and SunTegra. 

    Tesla’s roof tiles are glass-faced with water-transfer printing, which makes the tile look similar to slate, clay, or shingle. These tiles replace asphalt shingles or other roofing material; the tiles are your roof. Tesla calculates your annual power use and only installs up to 100% of your average use, so you may also have some non-photovoltaic tiles that do not collect energy. A Tesla roof is beautiful and energy-efficient, but it is also very expensive. 

    CertainTeed Apollo II is a roofing system that lies almost flush on top of your existing asphalt shingle roof. It looks sleek and could actually extend the life of the shingles beneath because they are protected from the elements. This option is less expensive than Tesla, but also has a lower watt output per square inch. The product is very sturdy and can hold up against heavy storms. 

    SunTegra comes in tile or shingle options. The shingles can be applied directly on your asphalt shingles, blending in nicely if the roof is dark. Tiles are meant to replace concrete roof tiles. They have very good watt output and have a 25-year power warranty and 10-year product warranty. 

    Solar shingles/tiles are considered more attractive and have a higher home value than solar panels, but they are expensive, less efficient than conventional panels, and more difficult to install. Thus, panels continue to be more popular, and come in many more options, as well. 

    At M&K Roofing and Siding, we have worked with many homeowners to add solar energy cells to their homes. We will walk you through the many alternatives and help you choose the best option for your needs. Contact us today at (610) 353-2895 to get your solar energy project started.

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    Fixes For a Leaky Roof

    If you have your roof regularly inspected for damage or deterioration, you may be able to catch minor issues before they become major problems. At M&K Renovations, we will do a free inspection to make sure your roof and materials are in good condition and we’ll recommend repairs if we notice any problems developing. 

    Typical roof problems

    Deteriorating roofing material: Sometimes this is fairly easy for you to spot just by looking at your roof, but usually, if you can see it easily, it’s not a small problem anymore. We look for bare spots, loose shingles or tiles, debris in gutters such as granules from asphalt shingles, and cracks along junctures.

    Cracked or deteriorating flashing and sealants: Flashing is a metal barrier (sometimes rubber) installed under shingles or tiles and around roof elements such as chimneys and vent pipes to prevent water penetration. Sealants may also be used in the sloping valleys where two roof planes come together. Over time, metal can corrode or deteriorate and rubber and sealants can shrink, harden, or crack from the elements or general age. When this happens, water can get under the roofing and cause leaks, rot, and mold.

    Clogged gutters: This is pretty easy to fix, and if caught early, we can prevent backed-up water from rotting your roofing material.

    Ice dam buildup: This is common when gutters are clogged, but it can also be a function of roof design or just the result of a long, cold winter. Ice builds up on the edge of the roof, preventing melting snow from draining. Both the weight of the ice and the standing water can damage the roof’s surface and/or allow moisture to penetrate.

    Sagging roof: Some sagging may be visible from the ground, but we can look at the various roof planes of your home from more strategic angles to detect the beginning of a sagging or drooping roofline, which could be evidence of underlayment deterioration or even improper installation.

    Possible repairs

    How we fix the roof depends on the type and the extent of the damage. 

    • Loose shingles can be easily and quickly replaced if caught before underlayment is damaged by moisture. 
    • Flashing and sealants can be easily repaired and replaced, but again, we will look closely for any damage to the underlying materials. If water has damaged the underlayment or the roof deck (the wood sheets upon which the roofing material is laid) we would recommend replacing those materials. 
    • Clogged gutters can be cleaned out by the homeowner, or we can do it. Ice dams should certainly be broken up and their cause determined and rectified if it has something to do with the design of the roof or gutters. 

    A poorly-installed roof does not always need to be completely replaced. We will evaluate the real problems and correct what is critical to keep water from working its way under the roofing material and into your home. 

    However, if your roof is over 20 years old and has a variety of problems, it may actually be more cost-effective to replace it. Starting over again with new materials can not only give your house a great facelift, but it can also make it more watertight and eco-friendly. Roofing products have improved dramatically in the last 20 years, giving homeowners an almost endless variety of choices, with materials that are more weather-tight and energy-efficient than ever before. 

    Give us a call at (610) 353-2895 for a free inspection to make sure your roof is keeping your home dry and warm.

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    Hiring a Roofing Company

    Maybe you’re reading this post because you searched online for “roofing company near me” or “best roofing company.” We know you want a great roof that is going to last for years and protect your home right down to the basement. You want it at a fair price from a trusted company with years of experience and many happy customers. At M&K Renovations, these are our goals for our customers, too. We have 40+ years of experience providing high-quality home renovations in the Philadelphia area and neighboring communities. 

    Steps in Choosing Your Roof

    When we begin the reroofing process with you, we design the project with you every step of the way. We come out to your home and take pictures, then superimpose different options onto your house so you get a true sense of the look and feel of each until you find what you want. We review your budget and evaluate with you the various colors and roofing options – asphalt shingles, metal, tile, and slate. We discuss what may be best in your situation and what will achieve the look and feel you want, increase curb appeal, and protect your home – all within your budget.

    Once you’ve chosen your design, including flashing options that may enhance the look of your roof while preventing moisture from penetrating below the roofing material, we will work around your schedule to begin the roof replacement process. 

    Steps in Replacing Your Roof

    If there are no additional problems, such as wood rot or deterioration in decking below your existing roof, the process should go very quickly, only 1-2 weeks. Our pre-inspection usually identifies existing problems, which allows us to factor the time and the cost of repair into our estimate. By repairing any damage, we can ensure the longevity and waterproof quality of your new roof. 

    First, we will prepare the job site, protecting the landscaping next to your house as much as possible. We will remove the old roofing and inspect the deck for any problems we may not have been able to see in the initial inspection. It is common for older decking to begin to deteriorate somewhat.

    We prepare the deck by replacing or correcting any warped or uneven surfaces in order to ensure a flat, smooth, finished roof. At this point, we are prepared to apply the flashing around all joints and edges and around any features such as chimneys and vent pipes. Flashing is critical to prevent the entrance of water below your roofing system and to direct water off the roof and into your gutter system. It is installed under your roofing material. 

    Once everything else is prepared, the final roof material is laid. During the process, we clean up the area every evening before we leave so that you don’t have to look at a mess. And of course, when we finish the job, we do a final clean-up and take all our equipment with us, leaving you with no signs of our presence except a beautiful new roof. 

    What About Gutters?

    A final note: Now is a great opportunity to rethink your gutters. You’ll probably want your gutter system repaired or replaced in order to enhance your new roof and improve the system of water removal. With your permission, we’ll inspect them and recommend any repairs or replacements. New gutters can be very affordable and worth the cost.   

    Contact us at (610) 353-2895 today from anywhere around the Main Line area so we can get started on your new, beautiful roof to enhance the value and safety of your home.

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    Metal Roofing vs. Shingles

    The two most popular roofing materials in Southeast Pennsylvania are asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Both come in a wide variety of styles and colors, and either would work well on most homes. There are pros and cons for each material, so we work with our clients to walk them through the differences and help them choose just the right product to produce the desired look at the best price.

    Range of available styles

    Shingle roofing has a classic look and can be manufactured in almost any color and style, even to mimic the look of wood shakes, slate, or terra cotta tiles. Metal roofing has come a long way since the early days of limited standing-seam roofing options made of corrugated tin. Now it comes in a variety of metals for different needs and looks, such as zinc, tin, steel, aluminum, and copper. 

    Pros and cons of each product

    Let’s take a look at the differences between these two products in cost, durability, installation, maintenance, and energy efficiency. 

    Cost: The price of metal roofing varies significantly among the different materials, with tin and aluminum being moderately priced and the others being rather expensive. Asphalt, however, is generally less expensive than the metal options. 

    Installation and maintenance: In addition to the cost of the product itself, roofing installation is more expensive for metal roofing and less expensive for asphalt. The difference can be significant, depending on the type of metal roofing you choose. Asphalt is also easier to repair, and simple repairs can be performed by the homeowner. Asphalt shingles are small and easy to handle, while metal sheets are large and cumbersome. In fact, trying to repair a metal roof yourself could void its warranty.

    Metal roofs are very sturdy and are not easily damaged, but being hit by a tree branch or heavy hail could dent the metal. And if not properly installed, metal sheets could lift off or bend up in strong winds. Asphalt shingles can also blow off in strong winds, but as mentioned, they are easier to replace and repair. However, asphalt shingles do not weather well; over time they deteriorate from the sun’s UV rays, there are many more opportunities for water to seep under the roof between damaged shingles or around flashings, and they can grow mold or lichen in the shade, whose roots will further retain moisture and break down the shingles. So while asphalt maintenance is fairly easy and inexpensive, metal generally requires less maintenance. 

    Durability: Metal is more durable than shingles. While the average asphalt roof for a home is expected to last 15-20 years, metal can last 40-70 years. This can be a significant factor when considering the relative cost of each product. How many times would you be likely to replace your asphalt roof in the 40-70 years that your metal roof would last? 

    Energy efficiency: Contrary to what we might think, metal roofs are actually cooler than asphalt roofs. Metal reflects heat rather than absorbs it, which can potentially translate into lower utility bills for you. In addition, metal roofs are often made from recycled material and can easily be recycled again. While it is possible to recycle asphalt, it is a laborious process and therefore asphalt usually ends up in a landfill. 

    Which roof is best for you?

    We encourage you to look at many pictures of houses similar to your own to see what colors and styles you like. Then drive around your neighborhood and town, looking at how different roofs look in real life. When you have an idea of what you like, come in with a few photos or online images so we can get a feel for your preferences and help you choose the best product at the best value. Call us today at (610) 353-2895 to get started.

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    What to Do When a Tree Falls on Your Roof

    If a tree or large branch falls on your roof, do not try to fix it yourself, and do not take it lightly. While every situation is different and sometimes there is only minor damage, the damage may also be significant, and you may not be able to tell right away. It’s best to have an expert survey the situation as quickly as possible. You should take immediate action if a large branch or a tree falls on any part of your house. 

    Steps to take

    1. Make sure everyone is safe. It may be best to get everyone out of the house, or at least away from the part of the house that the tree landed on if you felt a significant impact. If anyone is hurt, call 911.
    2. Check that power lines and gas lines have not been affected. If they have, turn off your gas at the meter and/or call your electric company immediately. If you believe there are any other possible hazards, call 911.
    3. Inspect the visible damage outside. You may have noticed cracked walls or broken windows inside, but also try to see what exterior damage may have occurred. However, do not climb up on the roof or use a ladder to get closer! Please leave that to the experts. Try to stand at a distance, or maybe ask neighbors who have a good view from the second story of their house if you can survey the situation from there. If major damage has occurred, or if you feel unsafe, lock up your house and find somewhere else to stay until the house is repaired.
    4. Call your insurance company and report the damage. Take as many pictures as you safely can in order to document the situation as thoroughly as possible.
    5. Contact a reputable tree service and roofing or renovation company. At M&K Renovations, we have vetted licensed tree experts who have a long list of satisfied customers. We can quickly provide you with the best tree service for your needs and expertly assess the damage to determine the next steps for your particular situation. 

    What M&K can do for you

    As a general contractor with deep ties to the very best subcontractors in the region, M&K will coordinate the quick repair of your home, relieving some of your stress and helping you feel confident that your house will be as good as new – or better – when we’re done. 

    We will manage the removal and clean-up of the tree and other debris, provide you with the assessments you need for your insurance company, and suggest the best approach to fixing the damage. We will then dive in to make those repairs quickly and efficiently. We have even had clients who see the unexpected damage as an opportunity to make some long-desired upgrades. Be sure to discuss that with us when we evaluate the needed repairs. 

    Our number one goal is to see that you are safely back in your home as quickly as possible. If you experience damage to your property from fallen trees or other accidents, contact us so we can start right away.   

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