Some Things You Need To Know About Your Chimney

Why is my Chimney Breaking Down?

The primary culprit for chimney breakdown is the acidic moisture that comes from condensed flue gases. This acidic moisture attacks the chimney from the inside. Years of normal use with hot and cold cycles and seasonal weather conditions all take their toll on a chimney.

“But my furnace chimney looks fine on the outside.”

Many chimneys venting gas or oil furnaces or hot water heaters may appear to be in fine condition on the outside. That is why a chimney may look good from the outside, but the inside can be totally different story! Yesterday’s chimneys were not designed for venting today’s more energy efficient appliances. Inside of the chimney is where most of the problems are!

A look at the inside of this same chimney shows how acid-laden residue from the furnace attacks the flue. The original clay liner erodes away and pieces of it start falling. (Old chimneys might not even have a liner.) While the mortar, bricks and/or clay lining is loose and falling, moisture has leeched through to the home’s interior walls. With continued use, more erosion will take place, possibly leading to leaks in the flue, complete flue blockage, or possibly even carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s occupants.

Q. Where does the moisture come from inside chimney in New Jersey?

The advent of high efficiency furnaces have helped conserve the use of earth’s natural resources, and has also meant lower heating bills for the homeowners. New furnaces extract more heat from a given amount of fuel than the older furnaces. The combustion process is more thorough and less heat is lost up the chimney. Since less heat is sent up the chimney, the flue has seldom opportunity to “dry out” as less efficient furnaces of the past have allowed. Once flue gases drop to 120 degrees F, condensation begins. Herein lies the side effect of high efficiency furnaces – excessive moisture in the flue. Traditionally built chimneys with clay liners will not last under this moisture assault.

Q. What’s the Big Deal with a Few Cracked Flue Tiles in New Jersey?

It happens thousands of times each year. Damaged chimneys resulting in disaster. Carbon Monoxide leaks through cracks in flue lining and into your home. Even small amounts can make you and your family sick. There is also the risk of a chimney fire into a house fire. Highly combustible creosote can leak through even small cracks in the clay lining. Once ignited, a creosote fire can find its way though cracks, and dangerously increase chimney heat. Or the flames can simply penetrate cracks in the mortar and lining and ignite a home. In severe cases, the chimney erosion will lead to partial or complete internal collapse, blocking the flue and sending these poisonous gases into the home. A few cracked flue tiles is serious business!

But fortunately, the problems of a deteriorating gas or oil furnace flue can be corrected without completely rebuilding your chimney. Trust HomeToRoofing Specialists with your chimney repair!

Does Your Shingle Roof Needs to be Replaced or Repaired ?

Wondering if your shingle roof needs servicing? Check for any of these five warning signs…

1. Curling or Clawing Shingles

Curling or clawing shingles are a sign of both an aging roof system and excessive heat. Curled or clawing shingles are highly susceptible to wind uplift and ice damage. Shingles will become rigid and can break easily and lose tab edges.

2. Missing Granules and Bare Spots

Poorly placed downspouts, lack of eavestrough, or poorly designed valley drainage on a second storey can cause a waterfall effect that washes away granules over time. Aging of a roof system or physical damage can also cause bare spots and a loss of granules. When the protective granules of a shingle are lost the shingle begins to harden from heat and sun exposure. Granule loss on a roof system will accelerate aging and shingle decay and can become an entry point for water.

3. Broken or Missing Shingles

Broken and missing singles greatly weaken a roof system’s ability to shed water and can be an entry point of water. Two common causes of damaged shingles are excessive wind and physical damage.

4. Buckling Shingles

Buckling shingles are visible waved distortions that usually run vertically up a roof slope. Buckled shingles are highly susceptible to wind and ice damage and can be torn off easily. Overall roof age and wet or poorly installed underlayment are common causes of buckling shingles.

5. Damaged Flashings

Flashings located around skylights, valleys, eaves, rakes, wall details, stacks, and chimneys are all subject to separation, lifting, and dried out caulking. The flashing details can lift and separate due to general expansion and contraction. Expansion and contraction will cause fasteners to become loose and the bottom-flashing flange to lift thus allowing water to enter.

If you notice any of the signs noted above you may need to have your roof repaired or replaced by a certified roofing contractor. A roof leak is not always apparent immediately on the inside of a home; it can damage insulation and deck sheathing causing replacement costs to grow. Call US at 1-(800) 364-7561 before your problem grows.

4 Reasons for a New Roof in New Jersey Area

The need for new roofing is more obvious in some cases than others, but the decision is always important. Roof installation or replacement is a significant investment that has a big impact on the appearance, value, and function of your home.

There are many reasons to install a new roof, which is why our expert roofers will inspect your home’s roof and help you decide if roof replacement is necessary and worth the investment.

If you rent out a home, are planning on selling your home, or if your roof is more than 20 years old, Bone Dry Roofing suggests having your roof inspected to assess any damage and determine if the roof can be repaired or if it’s time for a new roof.

It’s important to replace your roof at the right time. Waiting too long to replace your roof or installing a new roof before it’s necessary could end up costing you.

Unless there are obvious signs that you might need a new roof, like water coming into your home, you may be unsure whether roof replacement is the answer. Besides having a leaky roof, there are other reasons why it might be smart to consider roof replacement.

Here are four reasons to have new roofing installed on your house:

  • Repairing storm damage: Storms can damage roofing in several ways. High winds sometimes blow roof shingles off the roof, creating obvious empty areas that need to be re-roofed. Indirect damage is also common: Wind causes tree branches or entire trees to come down on the roof, often damaging the roof structure as well as roof shingles. Rather than make spot repairs following storm damage, it’s often smarter to replace the roof.
  • Increasing home value: Even if your asphalt shingle roof isn’t worn or damaged, it can make sense to replace your roofing to increase curb appeal and real estate value. Some homeowners decide to install new roofing as part of their preparation for selling a house. When combined with new exterior siding or an exterior paint job, new roofing can really make an older home look brand new. Apart from its aesthetic impact, a new roof offers a great deal of financial security to a prospective home buyer. The new owner won’t have to worry about roof replacement or common roofing problems for a long time.
  • Replacing a worn roof: Asphalt roof shingles typically last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. Unfortunately, factors such as storm damage, low slope, ice damming, and mold or moss growth can significantly shorten the life of an asphalt roof. If your roof has any of the characteristics described in the “signs of damaged roofing” sidebar, it’s a good idea to replace the roof. Otherwise, you risk even more severe problems like rotted roof framing and leaks that can damage the house and its contents.
  • Completing a major remodel: Are you planning to build an addition? How about adding some dormers or skylights? These major remodeling projects involve changes to your roofline and the installation of new roofing. Rather than have an unattractive mix of new and old roofing, many homeowners elect to have a total re-roof done as part of the project.

Trust the experts to install your roofing system

You can expect your roof to last somewhere around 20 years, but over time, your roof takes a significant beating. We understand that replacing your roof is a big investment, which is why our experienced roofing professionals will provide you with a high-quality roofing system that will give you peace of mind. From the inspection to the roofing installation, to the cleanup, you’ve come to the right place for roofing services that you can trust.

Give us a call at 1-(800) 364-7561 or fill out our online form for a roof replacement quote today! We proudly serve all New Jersey Areas!

The Best Time To Install a New Roof is NOW

When it comes to roofing, there is really no time like the present. We’re now entering winter,and if you don’t start doing it now, then your current roof damage could go from repair to replacement.

As long as you are prepared for the work and know what kind of roof you want installed, there’s no reason to wait. It’s a pretty big job, so it’s not one that you want hanging over your head, no pun intended. If your old roof is in particularly bad condition, the need is even greater. The longer you have a damaged roof in place, the more problems it will cause for you. So, here’s what you should do to get that roof installed as quickly as possible.

Plan ahead! It is the first and most important step to getting your roof repaired or replaced.  The first step in this process is to do your research and find the right roofing company for you. Here at Home To Roofing we are dedicated to giving you the highest quality backed by a lifetime warranty, but we may not be right for everyone. If you are going to search online make sure you are reading previous customer reviews, and make sure you are aware of exactly what that company is offering. After you have picked a company just give them a call and schedule an estimate. Many roofing companies offer free estimates, I know we do.

All that’s left is to get the work done. Construction on your home can be inconvenient and noisy. At Home To Roofing we have invested in top notch roofing materials and equipment so we can get most jobs done in less than a day to minimize that inconvenience. You’ll want to make plans for what you will do while the work is being done. It’s not always a good idea to stay in the home if a full installation is being done. Making those kinds of practical arrangements is something that should definitely be done in advance.


The weather is also very important when you are installing a new roof. It’s never a good idea to start the work when the rain is pouring, for obvious reasons. That’s why I’d recommend starting the work around this time of year when the bad weather it’s still not here. But, as we all know, just because it’s autumn , that doesn’t guarantee good weather.

You can work together with the roofers to make sure that you plan the work on a day when the weather is good. A mild, calm and dry day is the best for doing this kind of work. High temperatures won’t cause you any real problems. But the last thing you want is rain getting the materials wet and making the whole process more problematic.


The purchasing of materials is something else that should be on your mind when you’re deciding to install a new roof. You can’t get the work done unless you have the right materials at hand. At Home To Roofing  we work with vendors to have shingles manufactured to our specifications  to make sure that the quality is meeting our high standards. This makes it easy to offer our lifetime warranty on our products and services.


It’s important to make sure that you get the right help when you’re doing a big job like this. Your roof is one of the most important parts of your entire home. It protects everything that’s underneath it. So, skimping and not doing the job properly can have disastrous consequences. If the job isn’t done properly, it just means that you will have to spend more money on it later on.

Our company can offer you the professional experience that you need to get your new roof installed the right way. It’s better to take advantage of this help than to go it alone and risk doing the job in an unsafe and incorrect way.

Home To Roofing can help you with all of you ROOFING, GUTTERS, CHIMNEYS, INSULATION, and SIDING work you can contact us here and remember don’t delay!

Why Hire a Professional Roofer to Remove Snow & Ice Buildup

Trying to free your roof of ice and snow yourself is dangerous. Slippery, icy and windy conditions make climbing on your roof hazardous. And flimsy “snow rakes” simply can’t reach high enough to do any good. At Home To Home Construction, we provide professional snow and ice cleaning for roofs of all types. Our team is experienced in safely and efficiently removing snow and ice dams on any type of roofing in New Jersey.

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How Does Roof Damage Happen?

There are many reasons that a roof may need repair due to damage. In NJ, one of the biggest reasons why roofs get damaged is due to severe weather such as snowstorms, heavy rainfall, and huge wind gusts. Another major reason roofs need to be repaired is simply due to lack of maintenance such as having your roof regularly inspected by a roofing contractor.

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Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?

When a roof is nearing the end of its life, the decision to repair or replace can be a difficult one. The roofers here at Home To Home Construction bring years of experience and promise to give you an honest estimate of your roof’s condition. At the end of the time, however, the decision to repair or replace your roof is up to you. You might want to keep these factors in mind when deciding between roof repairs and replacement.

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5 Common Signs of Roof Damage

As winter is slowly turning to spring here in New Jersey with the snow turning to sunshine and warmer days, it’s the perfect time to start checking over your roof. The snow, ice, and storms of winter can leave behind destruction in its path and, when it comes to your roof, the sooner you recognize it and fix it, the better! Nip the problem in the bud before it can turn into a big (and expensive) problem!

Here are 5 common signs of roof damage to watch out for.

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