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Roof Replacement in Bluebell, PA

A long-time customer decided to go through with a full roof replacement on her home in Bluebell, PA.  The existing roof is cedar shingles, which are heavily weathered and unhinged.  The roof is a 2900 sq. ft. project.  We will need to tear off the cedar shingles and replace any broken or rotted rafters.  We will then plywood the roof, cover with water & ice shield and roofing felt.  Finally, the customer chose CertainTeed Landmark Pro Heather Blend, which will protect her home for many years to come and add new life to the aesthetic of the house!

Tearing off cedar shingles and inspecting each individual rafters for wear.

Measuring to fit plywood over insulation and rafters.Plywood is installed and now moving onto ice & water shield and roofing felt, which are the layers right under the shingles.Hip and ridge shingles are carefully lined up and fitted to the ridges of the roof.Measuring plywood and shingles to perfectly fit around chimneys and vent collars. Here’s a shot of the shed with the original cedar roof compared to the brand new CertainTeed shingles on the main house.  The shed was also torn off and shingled to match the main house.  The house looks brand new and this roof will stand the test of time.  Another very pleased customer!


Two sections of this roof have persistent leaks into the home.  Replacing both sections with new decking and EPDM to stop leaks and repair roof:

  • EPDM stands for: ethylene propylene diene monomer.  This is an “M” class rubber, which has many applications.  Here, it has been used on a flat roof, which we will remove sections of to fix a leak and instal new EPDM.
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    Original rotted decking

    Old material removal.  Isolating the areas that are damaged and fully removing each section of the leak under the roof, including the decking.

Replacing rotted decking underneath both sections of the roof to ensure the leak is entirely gone. (This is the first section).

Here, you can see the new black rubber roofing material is now in place!

Both sections are tightly sealed off with brand new materials.  No more leaks into the home!  If you or anyone you know has a new leak or a leak that has persisted into their home for years and they can’t find the source, give XL Home Improvements a call immediately!  We have helped hundreds of home owners stop thousands of leaks and we won’t stop until the problem is properly resolved!  Check out our testimonial page!


Another great roofing job by XL Home Improvements!

Roofing Replacement in Perkiomenville PA. Roof had 3 layers and very bad plywood on one side. The plywood had delaminated due to the lack of ventilation. In addition to the ridge vent system, edgevent was installed at the eaves therefore creating air flow. New 5/8″ Decking installed on he rear of the roof, exterior walls had to be tied back into the main structure along with bad wood replaced as necessary on the rest of the roof.

Flintlastic self adhered roofing system installed to front porch.

Eaves completely rebuilt in Two areas, capping, vinyl soffit and seamless gutters installed.

New Velux skylights and porch ceiling installed to finish the job off!


De laminated plywood removed from under three layers of roofing.

img_5204This plywood was obviously really shot, between no ventilation and three layers of roofing it didn’t have a chance. Installed new 5/8″ sheathing along with soffit vents and ridge vents.



Damaged 3/4″ roof deck boards removed and replaced



Two Velux curb mounted skylights installed. Flintlastic self adhered roof system installed to porch roof.

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Certainteed Landmark “Heather Blend”  shingles installed. Copper counter flashings cut into the chimneys.

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Lots of ventilation created from eave to ridge. This will help out immensely.




Eaves rebuilt new facia boards, capping, vinyl soffit and seamless gutters to finish it off.


img_5273All new soffit and rake capping all around the house. The house really came back to life when complete.


Vinyl soffit and capping to all gables on the house.

img_5241New Velux skylights installed and new bead board ceiling installed to finish it off underneath. Trimmed out with pine 1X3 and painted with primer sealer. Came out nice!


img_5285 img_5293Homeowner was super happy with the job and he is ready to install a new kitchen after the roof has been replaced.


Complete Roofing Removal and re-deck in Harleysville PA.

Replaced rafter tails and installed new 1/2″ CDX exterior grade plywood,

 all new facia and rake boards.

Installed Certainteed Landmark Charcoal Black roofing shingles

Looks Great !!

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Leaks were found all over the house coming from the old style aluminum ridge vent. These vents come loose with time and wind. Water penetrated and damaged the OSB sheathing. This house needed a new roof install.

Ice and Water Shield was installed to the eaves, sidewalls, penetrations and the entire rear gusset area that tends to hold ice and snow for long periods of time.

Certainteed Landmark shingles were installed in the color “weathered wood”

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 XL Home Improvements performed the following renovations , Removed the old basement entrance door and installed a new interior solid wood door,  along with a steel Bilco exterior entrance door. 









New Basement windows were also installed 


Aluminum capping installed on the outside.


A new custom cut slate stoop was installed to dress up the front entrance.







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Homeowner called XL Home Improvements in to find out why window was failing and water was damaging the ceiling and walls of a bedroom.

After removing the drywall and carpet the damage was quite extensive. Window had failed due to moisture infiltration. Surrounding framing and sub floor was also damaged.

Had discussions with the homeowners at every turn to keep them informed of additional costs. VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROCESS!!!!

Damage was caused by a roof leak, caused by aluminum capping that was made to big by a siding contractor hired by the home owners years earlier. The capping had pushed up the first course of shingles so water could not drain off the roof. 


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Capping 1″ higher than the roof deck. Not Good……!

Cut down the capping and installed Ice & Water Shield to the area. Installed the shingles back to what it should have been.

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Window was removed and damaged framing replaced along with rotted sub floor.

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All insulation and sheetrock removed from walls and new installed.

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 Rotted sub floor that was under the window.

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New sheetrock on ceiling as well.

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New window, tyvek underlayment, insulation board and siding installed.

Also 6″ Seamless “K” Gutters and 3″X4″ oversized downspouts installed to this entire side to help with water drainage.


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Finished up with new crown molding and paint.

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New Ceiling fan installed as well.

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