Roofing Inner BannerRoof Replacement:

There are times when we recommend a full roof replacement as your best option, especially if a lasting roof repair cannot be made any other way.

A roofing system that protects your home and family year after year depends on the use of quality roofing materials and proper installation performed by trained and certified roofers. At Master’s Construction we focus on a whole lot more than just shingles.  We install durable, lasting roofing systems that the shingle manufacturers require in order for them to honor their warranties.  A properly designed roofing system consists of  shingles (or tiles or metal roofing), breathable underlayment, moisture barriers, edging materials, ventilation devices, fascia, soffits, flashing material, gutters and downspouts.  All of these components can be a point of failure in your roofing system if any one component fails. Failure is expected with age and storm damage, but it should not be expected with a new roof unless the contractor skimps on material, uses inferior grade products or improperly installs one or more components.

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You certainly don’t want to find out the hard way that your contractor cheated you or was incompetent – like after the first heavy rainfall or major storm.

Repair Or Replace?

If your roof is starting to age and is perhaps beyond its warranty period, you may face the decision to replace it completely or make repairs to try to extend its useful life.  If a complete replacement is called for, you may also need to determine if the old roofing materials need to be removed before new materials are put on.  Some contractors may neglect to tell you that shingle manufacturers often will not honor a warranty if the new roofing materials are put on top of old materials.  Then if the new roof fails, you will not be able to be compensated by the manufacturer.  And understandably, there are not very many roofers who want to fix a failed roof if the materials costs have to come our of their pockets.

Whatever you do, you don’t need to figure this all out yourself.  You can do what many Lehigh Valley and Poconos homeowners do… Simply call a trusted, licensed, insured contractor who offers free inspections.  Master’s Construction is the contractor of choice when it comes to companies that get the job done right the first time and that offer their customers several options based upon the type of home, preferences of the homeowner, and financing considerations.  Master’s provides accurate, detailed assessments that allow you to make the best, most informed decision.
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Some guidelines to use when considering repair versus replacement



Only a few shingles are missing Large amounts of shingles are missing or worn
Small impacts on roof (hail, tree branch, etc.) Significant hole or multiple holes in the roof
Gutters are sagging Gutters leak, are hanging down or fell off
Flashing material is only loose Missing flashing material, worn “valleys”
Ventilation is inadequate No ridge vent exists
Ice dams occur only occassionally Ice dams occur frequently

We Install Completely Integrated Lifetime Roofing Systems

A properly designed roof is actually a set of interacting parts that work together to protect your home and family. As an experienced Pocono and Lehigh Valley roofing contractor, Master’s Construction can help you understand how your roofing system is constructed so that you will be able to make more informed decisions about repairing or upgrading your roof.

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Roof Deck
   Starter Strip
Cobra Attic
Ridge Cap

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The Major Parts Of Our Roofing Systems

Lifetime Shingles

Master’s offers many shingle options, including Timberline, Designer, Slateline and others. We’ll evaluate your home and make several recommendations for your needs, then install products that are top quality and come with full warranties including some that are available with a Lifetime warranty.

Roof Deck Protection

Roof deck protection is simply an engineered felt paper layer is installed on all exposed roof decking.  The advanced materials we offer are designed to prolong the life of your roof.

Leak Barrier

Also known as ice and water shield, this material provides watertight integrity at critical roofing areas. The leak barrier is installed approximately 6 feet up your roofline from the edge of the roof.  It is wrapped over the fascia board at gutter and eaves, at junctions where two roofing planes meet, around chimneys, and where a roof meets a vertical wall.  Leak barrier is also used around any penetration through the roofline (skylights and vents for example).

Starter Strip Shingles

Starter strip shingles prevent wind and water from creeping up under the first/bottom row of shingles. It is securely fasted along all edges of the roofline and does a much better job of sealing roof edges than regular shingles that some contractors use for this purpose.

Cobra Attic Ventilation

Often overlooked by inexperienced or “budget” roofers, ventilation may be the single most important component of a roofing system. Proper ventilation provides temperature equalization between the attic and the roof exterior. This helps to prevent the build up of heat and moisture in the attic and on the roof decking, prolonging roof life. It also helps prevent the formation of dangerous “ice dams” that can cause leaks and structural damage in the winter. It’s not surprising that without proper ventilation most manufacturers void any warranty claims.

Beware of roofing companies who offer roofing warranties and yet neglect to mention anything about adequate roof ventilation.

Ridge Cap Shingles

Ridge cap shingles are special shingles made to cover the peak of your roof, enhancing your roof’s overall look.  They also are necessary to comply with some roofing system warranties.

Flashing (not shown in above diagram)

Objects that break the plane of the roof (chimneys, skylights, vents, etc.) are weak spots that have the potential to allow water and wind to enter the home. At Master’s Roofing, we seal these openings with high quality flashing that is custom fit and installed.


No roofing system is complete without a reputable warranty.  Our GAF roofing components come with their manufacturer’s warranty against defects. In addition, Master’s Construction offers our own 100% satisfaction workmanship warranty to further protect your investment.

New Roof? No Mess!

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An important benefit of hiring Master’s Construction – over other contractors in the Poconos and Lehigh Valley – is because of the innovative “New Roof No Mess®” equipment we utilize. Our self-propelled buggy (Equipter Roofers Buggy) allows us to collect roofing debris neatly and cleanly. This in turn protects your lawn, shrubs, flower beds, decks, sidewalks and landscaping which according to a recent GAF survey is the number one concern that homeowners have when they are having a new roof installed.

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Call Today For A Free Roof Estimate!
We look forward to hearing from you!


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