Winter Is Coming!


Winter is coming whether we like it or not, and it is imperative that you make sure you do not have storm damage before it’s here.  Below we will explain why and how this can impact your roof if you do have hail damage.



First, we need to understand what happens when hail hits your roof and how it can cause serious damage.

Take a look at the picture above.  Once the hail hits your shingle it forms a dent and it can also crack the shingle all the way through.  The granules on the top of the shingle are used to protect the mat; and they have now been damaged, taken off or pushed down.  No matter what, the shingle has lost its protection and it’s integrity has been compromised. Over time, water will continue to work its way down and eventually leak into your home.  A lot of times homeowners will not know this is happening until it finally makes its way to your ceiling- causing stains and discoloration.

So why is it so important to find this before winter?  We have had record-breaking rain this past summer which can cause the leaks to worsen much quicker and create damage in your home at faster rates.  When the cold winter temperatures come, it will cause that water that is getting in to freeze. We all know when water freezes it expands, so look at the picture above and think about what that would look like.  Inside that crack, the water will freeze and expand causing a larger hole for more water to enter and potentially cause more damage when it warms up.

R.L. Groves and Sons offers FREE exterior home inspections.  We will send a company representative out to your home and look over the entire exterior.  At that point we can give you piece of mind- your home is not damaged and you will be fine for the upcoming winter months, or you do have damage that we need to have taken care of before it could get worse.

For your FREE exterior home inspection, please call (717) 420-2154 or you can fill out our contact us form on our website.


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Why Choose R.L. Groves & Sons?

There are many construction companies out there.  Choosing who to trust with your home can be a difficult decision, but here is why you can feel confident in going with R.L. Groves & Sons.

When choosing the right contractor for your roofing project, proper licensing and an impeccable reputation in the industry, as well as in the community, are very important. The right combination of expertise and experience will also ensure the best service you can get for your home improvement investment.  So how can you tell that R.L. Groves has all of that?  Simple.  We’re GAF Master Elite.  We have won the 2018 GAF Double Excellence Award for Consumer Protection Excellence and Training Excellence.  Go and check out our reviews!  We have excellent reviews on Angie’s List, BBB, Facebook and Google.

Being a certified roofer simply means the company has been trained to install a particular product. A GAF Master Elite roofing contractor, on the other hand, means that we have gone through a strict screening process and have been trained by GAF, the leading roof manufacturer in North America, to ensure proper handling and installation of GAF’s quality products.

Why do we use GAF? They are the nations leading roofing manufacturer in North America.  GAF has more homes and businesses in the U.S. that are protected by their roofing system than any other roofing manufacturer.  GAF is part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world.  GAF makes all of their materials right in their own plants, and even mine their own granules.  The warranties offered are some of the best in the business and truly protect their customers!

So rest easy knowing that you have a Master Elite contractor on your side that will do everything in their power to provide excellent customer service backed by the highest quality installation and products.

See How Hail Affects Roofing Shingles

Did your area get hit by a major storm last year? Did you know that most insurance companies only allow ONE YEAR from the date of the storm to fix the damage you may have received?  If you do not fix your home within that year, you may be held liable for any damage that has happened or will happen as a result from a storm.  All you have to do is call us and ask for a FREE exterior home inspection.  Our Storm Specialists will be able to tell you if you have enough damage to file an insurance claim so that you will not be held liable in the future.

This is exactly why we believe it is important to share the post below from GAF’s ProBlog that was written by Liza Barth, about how hail can affect roofing shingles.

How Hail Affects Roofing Shingles

Weather can be unpredictable, and turbulent weather—especially hail—can damage shingles.  Contractors should explain to homeowners how hail can affect shingles and what they should watch out for.

A manufacturer’s warranty typically will not cover damage to your roof caused by hail, however you should review the details of the warranty covering your shingles in order to determine whether any such coverage is available. Here are some answers to common questions regarding hail damage.

Is damage immediately noticeable? Not always. Hail impact may cause latent damage that can, over time, result in premature aging of the shingles. Without obvious visual damage, there is no real way to be sure how much, if any, damage shingles have encountered. Latent damage caused by hail or severe weather may not be apparent until months or years later and may cause the shingles to age prematurely.

How can I tell if the roof was damaged? Generally, damage can be seen as indentations and/or fractures on the shingle’s surface. Hailstones vary in size, shape, and hardness and can create a random pattern of dents or depressions. If this is not evident, look for indentations on metal flashings, siding, chimney caps, or even skylight flashings. After some time, clusters of granules may come off (at the point of impact) in a random pattern and expose the asphalt.

What are the most common types of damage?

  • Granule loss at points of impact, which may be accompanied by surface depression. Loss of mineral granules as an immediate or gradual consequence of storm damage can lead to the asphalt coating being directly exposed to the elements. This may lead to accelerated aging of the shingle. Therefore, granule loss is NOT just cosmetic damage, and “sugaring” — the process of adding loose granules to damaged shingles with asphalt cement — is not a permanent solution.
  • Cracks in the granule-asphalt surfacing, which may radiate outward from points of impact. Cracks may be present especially if high winds blew the shingles back.
  • Exposed fiberglass mat, where hail shattered the granule-asphalt surfacing causing it to break away from the fiberglass mat.
  • Fractured fiberglass mat, which may or may not be immediately visible. A fractured mat may result in tears radiating out from the points of impact. Furthermore, hidden damage to the mat may later develop into cracks and tears in time as the shingles age.
  • Loosening of the self-seal strip. This damage may or may not be immediately visible and may weaken the seal integrity, creating the possibility of future shingle blow-off.

Can several individual shingles be replaced or should the entire roof be replaced?

While it is possible to replace individual storm-damaged shingles, latent damage to the surrounding shingles caused by a storm can be difficult to assess. Because of the potential for the surrounding shingles to also have experienced storm damage, complete roof replacement is sometimes recommended for the long-term performance of these roofs. If the damage is confined to one plane of the roof, replacement of just the damaged roof plane may be possible. If individual shingles are being replaced, any nails that were removed from surrounding shingles must be replaced and the surrounding shingles must be resealed by hand for the best results.


Eight Tips For Finding A Trustworthy Storm Roof Contractor

It can be very difficult to figure out which contractor to use when you have storm damage- especially when your neighborhood is inundated with door knockers and flyers from 10 different companies.

Recently, Rob Calhan and Artie Hendricks from Pasadena Voice explained eight tips for finding a trustworthy storm damage contractor.  

After a storm, it’s important to perform any necessary roofing repairs quickly to help protect your home from further damage.

But that doesn’t mean you should choose the first contractor who knocks on your door. Finding one who is trustworthy, honest and professional will make all the difference in protecting your roof investment. These eight tips will help protect you, your home and your wallet.

1. Get local referrals. There is less chance of disappointment when you choose a contractor from your community who is likely to be familiar with local rules and codes and who has a relationship with area crews and suppliers.

2. Look for manufacturer designations. The contractor must pass certain minimum requirements to be factory-certified for handling certain companies’ products. For example, look for a company that is designated as a Master Elite contractor, because GAF is strict about who can handle its product line, and these are usually high-quality and dependable roofing contractors.

3. Research Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings. Check that the roofing contractor has an A+ BBB rating.

4. Get an extensive warranty. Most manufactures will cover the workmanship warranty for factory-trained installers if the chosen contractor is no longer in business. Without a workmanship warranty, you might be on the hook for mistakes that show up years later.

5. Check for proper licensing and insurance. The contractor should have insurance for all employees and subcontractors and be able to provide a copy of their insurance certificate for validation.

6. Pay your deductible. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to pay their deductible to the contractor once contract is agreed upon. This should be the only cost to the homeowner unless they decide to upgrade any products.

7. Resist pressure. Watch out for a contractor who pressures you to sign a contract before the insurance company has estimated the damage.

8. Ask about material choices. The style and color of the shingle you install can affect the resale value of your home. If the insurance company is paying for a new roof, consider upgrading to a style that better suits your taste. Knowledge is power.






Article written by  Rob Calhan and Artie Hendricks; Pasadena Voice.


RLG Awarded GAF Master Elite 2017 Double Excellence Award


R.L. Groves & Sons, Inc. Awarded GAF Master Elite 2017 Double Excellence Award

We are extremely excited to announce that R.L. Groves & Sons, Inc. has been awarded GAF’s 2017 Master Elite Double Excellence Award! The two annual performance awards won are Consumer Protection Excellence and Training Excellence.

Customer Protection Excellence is awarded to those contractors who provide superior protection for our clients with outstanding systems and warranties.

Training Excellence award is given to those contractors that are committed to training and continuous improvement as a company.

R.L. Groves & Sons works hard to give our customers the very best from start to finish, and the awards we were just presented on Monday night, prove that we always have and always will strive for excellence.

Thank you for all of your support!

The R.L. Groves Team