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Common Roofing Mistakes


Knowing when a roof needs replacing is the easy part  – a visual inspection by the homeowner often yields telltale signs. But identifying roofing mistakes once that new roof is installed isn’t as easy, given that issues aren’t always visible to the untrained eye. This is why hiring a reliable roofing company, one you know you can trust, is crucial. Below are the top five roofing mistakes to look out for.


  1. Nail Pattern and Number per Shingle

A consistent nail pattern is crucial, and the installer must make certain that no single nail is either under or overdriven. Moreover, scrimping on the number of nails is not wise. Typically, a manufacturer will require five to six nails per shingle. We use six.


  1. Improper or Lack of Counter or Step Flashing

Flashing is a primary means of preventing water leakage into the home. The installer should utilize step flashing where roof meets siding and counter flashing where the roof comes into contact with masonry such as the chimney. Often an installer will caulk these seams – we utilize reglet flashing for optimized assurance. Here, a groove is added at the seam in order to provide a greater seal.


  1. Not Thoroughly Inspecting the Home’s Ventilation/Insulation

Intake occurs at the soffit located at the bottom of the roof with exhaust at the ridge via a ridge vent or exhaust fan. However, the installer should also take a peek inside the home to make certain that the attic is properly insulated. The balance between ventilation and insulation is a fine one; an improperly insulated attic can compromise the life of the shingles and may negatively impact the roof’s warranty. Remember to vent the home by way of either a ridge vent or attic exhaust fan, but not both.


  1. Improper Placement of Ice and Water Shielding to Drip Edge

Delaware Code minimally requires a waterproof membrane be installed two feet in from the warm wall of the house to the drip edge. While soffits can be as wide as three feet, this is not a sufficient barrier. “We install a minimum of four-and-a-half feet,” said Jake Domanski, senior project consultant at G. Fedale Roofing, adding, “We go well beyond the rakes, valleys, and peaks of the roof to include all penetrable areas.”


  1. Failure to Use Capped Nails or Staples

A 2012 International Residential Contractors (IRC) code strengthened the means by which a roof’s underlayment is attached. The synthetic paper commonly used as the underlayment cannot be installed utilizing nails or staples that have not been capped. Moreover, staples must have a head diamond no smaller than an inch. Capped nails have been a longstanding feature of a G. Fedale installed roof.


“Our job is to educate the homeowner about how we install all these things making sure it’s done properly to code and for warranty,” Jake said.


Glenn Fedale Encourages Youth at Ferris School In Wilmington

Giving back to our community doesn’t always involve physical labor like free roof replacement. Sometimes, all it takes is our encouragement. This was evidenced by a visit earlier this spring to the Ferris School in Wilmington by Glenn Fedale Jr., president and owner of G. Fedale Roofing and Siding. Glenn spoke to a group of 60 teens housed at the detention center, sharing with them how he went from working as a roofer to owning his own business in just a handful of years. He was even featured on CNBC’s Blue Collar Millionaire program. This was Glenn’s third invitation to share his experience with Ferris School detainees.

“My encouragement was simple, and I told them that they create their own future. If you really want something, it’s important that you work harder, stronger and smarter than anyone else,” he said, adding that proving one’s dedication early on is important if the goal is to take the place of managers or overseers someday.

Speaking from personal experience, Glenn also reflected upon the situations that have hindered his own progress, and offered pointers on how to avoid mistakes these teens may make.

Glenn’s visit was greatly appreciated by both the young men housed at Ferris and its staff.

“Thank you so much for coming to Ferris School and speaking to the young men. They were so impressed and encouraged by your presentation. … Thanks again for all you do to positively affect the lives of young people, “ wrote Glenroy Powell, volunteer services coordinator and chaplain for the Ferris School and Stevenson House Detention Center.

Glenn has agreed to speak again to Ferris School detainees as well as to those housed at the New Castle Detention Center in Wilmington and the Stevenson House in Milford.


How To Choose The Right Roofing Shingle Color

Choosing the right roofing shingle color.

When it’s time to replace an aging roof, it’s important not to overlook aesthetics. Choose a shingle color that’s complementary to your home’s exterior whether it’s sided in vinyl, finished in stucco, or constructed with brick or stone.


“What people want to think about is what is the focal point of their home? That’s often the front door, or garage door. You want to create contrast that complements trim, shutters, and fascia,” said Joe S., a senior project coordinator here at G. Fedale. Transitioning the roof-line to the home’s exterior is also crucial. “I think a common mistake is when roofers don’t match accessories to the home,” Joe said. “White drip edges will stand out if the fascia board below it is cream colored.”


While browns and grays remain as popular shingle choices, there are myriad shades within those two basic colors. With names like weathered wood, bark wood, and charcoal, color options are plentiful. Today’s architectural shingles – we use product from GAF’s Timberline Series – offer both shade variation within the shingle itself and dimension for a more aesthetically pleasing style.




Questions To Ask A Roofer

Questions To Ask A Roofer

When searching for the best roofing contractor, you want to make sure that you, as a competent consumer, are asking the right questions. Listed below are 17 questions to ask during the roofer hiring process.

  1. Are you properly insured? Prove it.
  2. How long have you been in business?
  3. Are you in good standings with your Distributor/Supplier? May I call them?
  4. Are you Certified/Preferred by any Roofing Manufacturer? If not, why?
  5. Do you have references? May I call them?
  6. Do you offer extended warranties?
  7. What is your opinion of my ventilation needs?
  8. Do you use pre-cut starter strip shingles? Up the rakes and eaves or just eaves?
  9. Do you use leak barrier? If so where?
  10. How many nails do you install on Laminate shingles?
  11. Are you using 3-tab shingles for my ridge cap or are you using the recommended Ridge Cap Shingle by the Manufacturer? If not why?
  12. How are going to address my landscape?
  13. What time will you get started? What time will you finish each day?
  14. Do you require a down payment? If yes, why?
  15. Do you install the laminated shingles according to manufacturer specs or install straight up the roof?
  16. What is your clean-up procedure after the job is complete?
  17. Why should I choose you?
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2nd grader tells teacher he wants to be a roofer when he grows up – Find out why..

Police officer, firefighter, or teacher: These are some of the responses one may expect to hear from a child when asked about community helpers. But when Kai Domanski, a second grader at Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington, was given the assignment he chose a roofer – specifically, a roofer at G.Fedale Roofing & Siding.

Roofs from the Heart Program

“After I read him the suggestions listed, he shook his head and said, ‘None of those. I want to work at G. Fedale like my dad,’ and that it’s the first school project he’s ever been excited for,” said Kai’s stepmom Colleen. His response was completely unprompted, she said.

Through his father, Kai has seen firsthand the difference G. Fedale Roofing & Siding has made in the community. In his essay, Kai mentions the Roofs from the Heart program and the company’s philanthropic efforts during the Christmas season.

“It’s an honor to work at a company that goes out of its way to give back to our community and people in need. We are able to set a great example of giving back for our children,” said Kai’s dad Jacob.

Roofs from the Heart Program

“The reasons I want to work at G. Fedale Roofing is that I like to build things, I want to help others, and I want to work with my Dad.”


G. Fedale provides roofs for those who need

When the holiday season rolls around, people think about presents, parties and family get-togethers.

But there are those who do not have resources for even necessities like shelter.

It was at a leadership team meeting at G. Fedale Roofing and Siding when members realized that they have helped a lot of individuals who could not afford housing get a roof over their heads.

The business is owned and operated by three brothers, Glenn, Adam, and Allen Fedale. It has focused on charitable giving as one of its core values since they began in 2002 and decided they wanted to do something more consistently for their community.

That is when Roof Benefiting Individuals program (RBI), now known as Roofs from the Heart Foundation, was born.

“We wanted to do something proactive,” said Andy Hudson, the chief operating officer. “We could somehow put the word out there and give one roof away.”

After pairing with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the company was able to spread the word and ended up receiving over 400 applications and nominations this past summer. Applicants were narrowed to three finalists and their stories were posted on the company’s Facebook page. The nominee with the most shares, likes and comments on their story would win the contest.

 “We got so many amazing stories,” said Hudson. “How could we say no to any of them?”All three finalists were given free roofs, worth between $10,000 to $15,000.

The winners were Sophia Denisio, an ambulance worker in Philadelphia diagnosed with colon cancer; Erin Ryan, a mother of two who just lost her husband to Ewing sarcoma; and Nancy Lemus, a mother of a disabled 11-year-old boy.

Lemus, from New Castle County, wrote G. Fedale telling her story. She cares for her son, Christopher, and his health issues led her to quit her job.

“I lost 80 percent of my income and ended up having really bad credit because of it,” said Lemus. “It took me seven years to recover.”

Originally, Lemus saw on Facebook that she did not win, but later was told that all three finalists had won. Caring for her son has been her biggest priority and the roof was last on her list of things to try and fix, she said.

“It was something I did not have to worry about, because I don’t have a penny for anything,” said Lemus. “Now I know my child has a safe home to live in.”

The people at G. Fedale treated her like any paying customer, said Lemus. She signed a contract for zero dollars, was given the same choices as any other customer, high-end shingles, and a 50-year warranty.

Lemus spread the word about G. Fedale and how fortunate she was for winning. She told a friend, Diana Bandak, and encouraged her to apply for the next contest.

Lemus was a previous caregiver to Bandak’s sister, Lily, who has multiple sclerosis and is a quadriplegic. Now Bandak is the primary caregiver of Lily and their mother who suffers from stage seven Alzheimer’s.

Bandak and her family have lived in their Newark home for 50 years. She moved to California for work and brought her mother and her sister out there for a few years until the house came back up for sale. They then decided to move back to their family home because they missed Delaware, said Bandak.

She is now on an unpaid leave of absence from her job working with adults with disabilities in California and spends her time caring for her mother and sister. One day her roof began to leak, and after receiving estimates that she could not afford, she wrote to G. Fedale asking for help.

With the assistance of the community and a network of previous businesses and employers, the Bandak family was awarded the free roof for the fall cycle of the program.

“The company is all about family,” said Bandak. “They do so much for the community because of how fortunate they are and I could not be more grateful.”

Read the full article at Delaware Online.



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G. Fedale RBI Press Release

Three area families are beneficiaries of new roofs courtesy of G. Fedale Roofing & Siding thanks to winning the Wilmington company’s RBI contest. While the original intent was to giveaway one roof, the personal stories of the contest’s three finalists struck a chord with the Fedale team. All three received new roofs this summer with G. Fedale Roofing & Siding picking up the $30,000 tab. In kind donations of materials also came from ABC Supply’s local distributor in Elsmere and G. Fedale’s preferred roofing manufacturer GAF for materials. Republic Services donated waste removal services.

Roof Benefiting an Individual (RBI) was aptly announced at a Blue Rocks minor-league baseball game in the spring. Both the Wilmington baseball team and G. Fedale Roofing & Siding strongly rely on the local community, said owner Glenn Fedale, so the partnership was a natural. The Fedale team narrowed a field of 400 applicants to three finalists and then asked the three to post their individual stories and pictures of their current roofs on social media. The finalist with the most likes, shares, or comments would be declared the winner.

With over 4,000 respondents, Erin Ryan of Wilmington was the winning recipient according to the contest rules. Her husband Tim had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in the fall. Prior to his diagnosis, replacement of the family’s roof had been a priority for this summer.
“It’s something I don’t have to worry about when I have so many other things to focus on,” Erin said, referring to her new roof. She added, “I felt like God blessed us with their generosity.”

While the Ryan’s situation was heartbreaking, the personal stories of the Lemus family and the DeNisio family equally moved the Fedale team. Nancy Lemus had drained her finances renovating her New Castle home in order to make it handicapped accessible for her special needs son. Meanwhile, 29-year-old Sophia DeNisio of Philadelphia had to quit work once she learned she had been diagnosed with colon cancer. The leaky roof of her 1979 row-home had caused damage to an interior wall and her bedroom floor.

“I can’t imagine a company or person doing this for one person, let alone three. It makes you appreciate just how good people really are,” she said of G. Fedale Roofing & Siding.The experience was a win-win, as the Fedale team reaped the intangible rewards of giving back. “After meeting the families and getting to know them, the overwhelming feeling of gratitude from them was a priceless experience. I’m grateful we have the resources and outreach portals to do things like this. We will definitely do it again in the future,” Glenn Fedale said.

G. Fedale Roofing & Siding is no stranger to philanthropy, and the company name is known far and wide for its civic involvement. Examples include local little league sponsorship and American Heart Association sponsorship as well as financial contributions to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and child-abuse prevention programs. Moreover, the company donates leftover building materials to Habitat for Humanity.

With Delaware offices in Wilmington and Lewes, along with a Pennsylvania office in North Wales, G. Fedale Roofing & Siding has a regionally strong foothold in the industry. The company has received several prestigious awards, and was ranked as one of the top 100 roofing contractors in the U.S. by Roofing Contractor magazine.


Vote for G. Fedale for Best Roofer

Nominate G. Fedale for Best RooferWe’re excited to announce that G. Fedale is among the nominees for Best Roofer by The News Journal Readers Choice. Click here to vote for G. Fedale at The News Journal Readers Choice site.

As always, thanks for your support.


G. Fedale Roofing Receives GAF’s Prestigious 2015 President’s Club Award

G. Fedale Roofing Receives GAF’s Prestigious 2015 President’s Club AwardG. Fedale Roofing of Wilmington, Delaware, has received the most prestigious contractor award GAF has to offer: The GAF President’s Club Award. This highly coveted award recognizes G. Fedale Roofing as one of the “elite of the elite” residential roofing contractors in the United States.

GAF is North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, and only GAF Master Elite(R) Contractors can compete for its residential President’s Club Award. To qualify for this award, a residential roofing contractor must demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence in their business, especially in the areas of Installation Excellence, Consumer Protection, and Installer Training.

G. Fedale Roofing has been a GAF Master Elite(R) Contractor since 2008. To become a Master Elite(R) Contractor–a status that less than 2% of roofing contractors nationwide have achieved–a candidate must demonstrate proper licensing and adequate insurance, have a proven reputation and show commitment to ongoing professional training.

Starting with a few employees working from a garage, G. Fedale Roofing has grown into a multimillion-dollar company built on core values. With thousands of satisfied customers, it is a true family business that extends personalized service to every customer. “We’re relentlessly committed to being the best roofer in the tri-state area,” according to Allen Fedale, vice president and marketing director. “We are recognized for our top-notch credentials, the best warranties, and the highest safety standards, while also demonstrating unparalleled customer service.”

Superb customer service and commitment to employees go hand-in-hand at the company. “All of our employees are well-trained professionals.” explains Fedale. “We require nothing less than the best from ourselves. We seek to bring a positive atmosphere to every project, with managers and installers who are good listeners and problem-solvers. We bring solutions with a smile. Our process is truly customer-friendly, and our pricing is set to provide the best overall value on investment.”

The company’s focus on quality and service is reflected in the many awards and honors it has received. G. Fedale Roofing has been a recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics and the ATAS Metal Roofing Project of the Year, was chosen as one of the “Top 100 Roofing Contractors” by Roofing Contractor magazine, and was voted “Best Roofing Company 2015” by House and Home magazine readers in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Involved in the community, the company is a Habitat for Humanity roofer and has also donated free roofs in coordination with the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team. G. Fedale Roofing is a GAF Certified SlateCrafter(TM), an EPA-certified lead-safe firm, and holds an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau.

Looking to the future, the company is diversifying into new product lines, including solar shingles and PVC siding, and is obtaining new credentials from materials manufacturers. “This company wants to continue to receive the highest awards for customer service and satisfaction, continue learning about the newest and best products in the industry, and continue greater expansion to share the good news of G. Fedale Roofing with more of our community,” concludes Fedale. “Our best marketing is to be who we are–to demonstrate our integrity by keeping our word. Satisfied customers then become our advocates, sharing their experiences with family and friends.”

View article at http://authoritypresswire.com/g-fedale-roofing-receives-gafs-prestigious-2015-presidents-club-award/.

Click here to read the distribution report for this award.