The Complete Guide to Roof and Gutter Safety

The Complete Guide to Roof and Gutter Safety

A man taking leaves out of gutters

There would be fewer accidents, fatalities, and severe property damage if more property owners learned how to properly maintain their roof gutters

Gutter cleaning typically takes place in the fall to prepare them for the next wet or snowy season. Costly repairs may be necessary due to rainstorm damage or freezing if the gutter and downspout system is not functioning correctly.

However, keeping your gutters safe and clean year-round is a much better idea. If you are looking for a complete guide to keeping your roof and gutters safe and clean, keep reading Housetop Roofing’s complete guide to roof and gutter safety. 

If you are short on time, you can skip ahead to any of these tips below:

  1. How do I clean my rooftop safely?
  2. How can I unclog my downspouts?
  3. Should I invest in Gutter Guards?
  4. How can I practice ladder safety when cleaning out my gutters?
  5. How can I be safe around power lines?

How Do I Clean My Rooftop Safely?

Clean off the roof by power washing or raking all the debris. If not, the next rainstorm will wash all the trash into the cleared gutter, blocking it once more. 

Furthermore, debris that is left on the roof can cause water to pool in valleys, around chimneys, or close to heating, and AC (HVAC) systems, resulting in erosion and roof leaks over time.

If you plan to use a garden hose to clean off your rooftop, follow these tips: 

  • Use a standard garden hose with a trigger spray gun and a pistol grip.
  • With this spray nozzle, you can control the water pressure with one hand.
  • It is simple to hang a pistol-grip nozzle over the gutter’s front edge while relocating the ladder or employing a gutter scoop.
  • You can get this kind of spray nozzle at any hardware shop.

How Can I Unclog My Downspouts?

Check to make sure that the downspouts are clear. After cleaning the gutters, run the water hose down the downspout at maximum strength. A blockage is present if water backs up from the top. 

Typically, it may be unclogged by tapping on the downspout’s side. If it doesn’t work, the downspout and back should be removed and flushed from the bottom. 

If there is a clog and the downspout is attached to an underground drain, the bottom of the downspout should be disconnected from the underground drain. Otherwise, the obstruction might spread to an underground drain.

Technician cleaning a gutter

Should I Invest in Gutter Guards? 

Using a proper gutter guard can minimize the need for gutter cleaning. Before choosing a gutter protection system to keep out leaves and pine needles, carefully consider the manufacturer’s claims because many warranties are made that cannot be fulfilled. If the claims sound too good to be true, they most likely are. 

How Can I Practice Ladder Safety When Cleaning Out My Gutters?

If you are ready to clean out those gutters, here are some ladder safety tips to consider first: 

  • Always notify someone if you want to use a ladder to clean your building’s roof or gutters.
  • To collect gutter debris, use a safe and robust ladder, preferably one with a small shelf strong enough to accommodate a five-gallon bucket, and secure the bucket with a rope.
  • A four-legged step ladder is appropriate for a single-story building. An extension ladder is suitable for a two-story or taller construction.
  • An orchard ladder should not be used since it only has three legs for stability and can become imbalanced.
  • A wooden ladder is also not advised since it is frequently unsteady and difficult to balance correctly.
  • Fiberglass ladders appear to be the most durable but also the heaviest.

How Can I be Safe Around Power Lines?

When cleaning gutters surrounding a power line cable that lowers from a power pole to a building’s roof, examine the electrical cable where it attaches to the roof. 

This is to check that the protective wire insulation hasn’t worn away over time due to weather and adjacent trees. If the cable looks damaged, do not attempt to repair it yourself; instead, contact a qualified professional electrical contractor. 

If it is raining and there is a wiring problem, do not attempt to clear up the gutters until the wires are repaired; water is a deadly electrical conductor. Before clearing up your gutters, you should get the electrical wiring fixed, whether it’s raining or not.

Final Thoughts

Maintaining your roof and gutters sounds like a chore, but proper maintenance will save you thousands in future repairs. 

If you are looking for the most trusted roofing contractor in North Carolina, look no further than Housetop Roofing. Call our experts today if you have questions about your roofing or gutters. 

All About Vinyl Siding

All About Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular exterior housing materials, and for good reason! Not only is vinyl siding affordable, it is also durable, and customizable. That means that you can find something within your budget that fits your home’s style and your unique tastes.

At Housetop Roofing, we not only offer roofing services but vinyl siding services as well. We can install, repair, and replace your home’s vinyl siding. If you’re interested in vinyl siding for your home, be sure to contact us for a free and accurate estimate.

Some of the many benefits of vinyl siding include:

  • It’s low maintenance
  • It’s durable
  • It’s affordable
  • It’s energy efficient
  • It’s eco-friendly
  • It’s customizable

If you already have vinyl siding, it’s fortunately easy to clean and maintain. To clean your vinyl siding, you can use a washcloth and/or a soft brush along with some water. For tougher stains, you can use mild household cleaning products; just be sure not to use harsh or abrasive cleaning products like bleach and liquid grease removers, as these can end up damaging your vinyl siding.

For tougher stains, you also might want to pressure wash your vinyl siding from time to time. Unless you already have experience using a pressure washer, it’s probably a good idea to have a professional pressure wash your vinyl siding. If done improperly, a pressure washer can damage and/or loosen your vinyl siding. 

Sometimes, vinyl siding will get small holes and cracks. A common culprit for this minor damage is stray rocks and debris that your lawn mower or weed eater shoots out at a high speed while you’re doing yard work. Strong winds from storms can cause similar damage as well. For these smaller holes and cracks, you can easily repair them yourself using exterior caulking; just be sure to find one that matches the color of your vinyl siding.

For larger holes and cracks, it’s usually a good idea to have a professional, like our vinyl siding experts at Housetop Roofing, fix the damage for you. If you notice any loose or missing siding after a storm, this is also something that you’ll need professional help with. 

Vinyl siding is a great choice for your home’s exterior for a number of reasons. If you’re interested in getting vinyl siding for your home, or if you’d like to repair or replace your existing vinyl siding, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC and Wake Forest, NC.

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Make Your Roof More Eco-Friendly

Make Your Roof More Eco-Friendly

At Housetop Roofing, we are dedicated to helping you make your roof and your home more eco-friendly. So, here are some green tips from our roofing contractors.

More and more people are trying to go green these days to help protect our planet. Going green doesn’t mean you have to sell all of your possessions and live off the grid. Instead, you can make small daily changes that when added together can make a big difference; for example, you can start using reusable bags when you go grocery shopping instead of disposable ones; or you can carpool to work with a coworker who lives in your neighborhood.

Another way to go green is to make some changes around your home. These changes will not only help you to save money on energy costs, but they can also help you take a step towards living a more eco-friendly life. We’d like to explore here some ways to make your roof specifically more eco-friendly.

Metal Roofing

If it’s time for a new roof, look into more eco-friendly options. Metal roofing has been around for quite some time, but it’s seen a surge in popularity in the past decade or so, and for good reason. Not only are metal roofs an attractive stylistic choice for your home’s exterior, they are also one of the most, if not the most, eco-friendly roofing options out there. Metal roofs are often made from recycled materials and are also almost 100% recyclable when you’re done with your roof. In addition, metal roofs are more energy efficient than many types of roofing. On top of that, metal roofs are extremely durable and can last upwards of 50 years.

Give our roofing contractors a call to discuss the pros and cons of installing metal roofing on your home.

Green Roofs

Another eco-friendly roofing option are green roofs, which are flat roofs with a waterproofing system and then a layer of vegetation. Some people use flat roofs to grow gardens, while others use them to grow wildflowers and trees. Green roofs come with a number of benefits: not only do they add color and vibrancy to your home, they also provide space for vegetation (especially in urban areas where this space is limited), and they can improve the local air quality.


Skylights are another great eco-friendly option for your home. You can add skylights to your existing roof. They help you cut down on your energy use and let in natural light and warmth into your home. Skylights come in a number of shapes, sizes, and varieties. You can get skylights that open to let in the breeze on a warm day, or you can get tinted skylights that keep your home from getting too warm from the sunlight.

Aside from improving your roof, there are a number of ways you can make your home more eco-friendly, and we can help you with those improvements too. From your rooftop to your basement, we are the roofing contractors that can help you with all kinds of home improvement.

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For a new, more eco-friendly roof, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC and Wake Forest, NC.

How to Clean Your Roof

How to Clean Your Roof

If you’ve lived in North Carolina for any amount of time, you’re aware that every spring, a thick yellow cloud of pollen descends over the entire state, settling on every nook and cranny in sight. You might have noticed the pollen on your roof, or perhaps you’ve seen some stains starting to form up there, and you’re wondering how exactly you should go about cleaning your roof.

Many roofs get stains over time, and this is often from algae growth. Not only are these stains unsightly, certain stains can also be a sign of a bigger problem that can lead to more serious damage over time if left unchecked.

Cleaning your roof is tricky business, and we suggest that you have your roofing contractor do it for you. Not only is it a safety risk to be climbing around on your roof with cleaning supplies, but it also takes special measures to clean your roof in the right way without damaging it.

If you have an asphalt shingle roof, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you should NOT pressure wash it. The strong streams of water from pressure washing can remove the small granules on your shingles, and these granules work to protect your shingles and your roof from the elements. In addition, pressure washing can loosen and/or remove shingles altogether.

Soft washing, which is a cleaning method that uses low pressure washing, is a safer alternative to pressure washing. You can contact a pressure washing professional or a roofing contractor to ask them about soft washing.

Asphalt shingle roofs can also be cleaned with a good ol’ garden hose and a spray nozzle. You can also find cleaning products made especially for your roof. Be sure not to use household cleaning products, as they may contain chemicals that could harm your roof. Again, if you choose to clean your roof on your own, you need to do so with caution and only if you have prior experience working on your roof, as it can be very risky. 

If you have a metal roof, you can clean it with your garden hose, some mild soap and water, and a cleaning brush. If you have tougher stains that need something stronger than soap and water to be removed, we recommend that you reach out to a roofing professional to ask for their expertise. Like asphalt shingles, we also recommend that you do NOT pressure wash your metal roof.

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If you notice any stains forming on your roof, reach out to the roofing contractors at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC and Wake Forest, NC.



Popular Types of Roofs

Popular Types of Roofs

If you’re on the market for a new roof, you might be wondering what your options are. First, you’ll want to decide what type of roofing material you want to use, and from there you can choose the finer details like the color and style.

Some common types of roofing materials include asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and metal roofs. Each of these kinds of roofs have their own pros and cons, and some are better suited for different regions and climates. We’ve provided some information about each of these 3 types of roofing materials below, but if you’d like to sit down to talk with us further about your options, we are always happy to help you make the best decision.

Popular Types of Roofing Materials

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular types of roofing materials, especially in North Carolina, and for good reason. Asphalt shingles are both durable and affordable. In addition, they come in a number of styles and colors, making them easily customizable for your home’s unique style.

Of the 3 types of roofing materials listed here, asphalt shingles have the shortest lifespan, averaging about 20 years. However, with that said, they are also the most affordable and versatile of the 3 roofing materials.

Clay tiles are extremely durable, lasting about 100 years. In addition, they are fire resistant, with the highest level fire rating of Class A. This makes clay tiles ideal for areas that are subject to forest fires. Also, clay tiles are very energy efficient and can help keep your home warm or cold accordingly. Both of these reasons are why you’ll see clay tiles more often in drier regions, especially in the US Southwest and West Coast. 

With that said, clay tiles are the most expensive of these 3 options. Because of their weight, they also require extra structural support when they’re installed.

Metal roofing is becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. For one, metal roofs last for 50+ years. In addition, they are one of the most, if not the most, eco-friendly roofing materials out there, as they are often made partly from recycled materials and can then be recycled once you’re done with them. Not only are they eco-friendly, they are also energy efficient, and can help you save money on energy costs for your home.

Metal roofing is also becoming more and more popular because of its aesthetic appeal. The farmhouse style of home is reemerging as a popular exterior style, especially in North Carolina, and metal roofs look great with this style of home.

Although metal roofing has a number of benefits, it is also costlier than asphalt shingles and it can get dents in it over time. 

Let Us Help You Decide

With that said, when it comes to choosing the right roofing material, there are positives and negatives for each of the available options. That’s why it’s important to weigh the pros and cons and decide which option is best for you. Again, we’re happy to help you make that decision by answering any of your roofing questions.

Once you’ve chosen your roofing material, we can also also help you choose the finer details like color and style.

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As you can see, each of these 3 popular types of roofing materials comes with its own pros and cons. If you’re still undecided about which direction you should take for your new roof, we are happy to help you weigh your options. Just give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC and Wake Forest, NC.

Gutter Upgrades

Gutter Upgrades

When it comes to roofing contractors in Wake Forest and Raleigh, NC, Housetop Roofing can’t be beaten. We make sure that your roof is done right by hand nailing all of the shingles, only using in-house employees, and having a foreman on site. We don’t stop there with our quality work: We also offer a number of home improvement services, where we provide the same quality service.

All gutters are the same, right? Wrong! There are a number of ways that you can upgrade your gutter system and keep your home in tip-top shape. At Housetop Roofing, we are happy to discuss your options with you. We install and repair a number of gutter systems in the Raleigh, NC area.

Gutter Upgrade Services

When you think about your home’s exterior, gutters are often something that goes unnoticed. However, they are an integral part of your home. They help to protect your roof, siding, and even your foundation from water and storm damage. Without properly functioning gutters, your home is subject to serious damage.

Gutters have come a long way in recent years. One popular new type of gutters is seamless gutters. Seamless gutters are made of one, continuous piece of metal or plastic. Traditionally, gutters are made up of multiple, smaller pieces joined together. With traditional gutters, there are more joints and connections, and thus more potential for leaks, cracks, and sagging gutters.

Not only are seamless gutters less likely to have leaks, but they’re also easier to clean and maintain. In addition, they increase your home’s curb appeal and resale value if you ever decide to sell your home. Furthermore, seamless gutters are longer lasting than traditional gutters and usually only need to be replaced every 20 years.

Upgrade Your Gutters With Gutter Guards

Aside from seamless gutters, gutter guards are another great way to upgrade your home’s gutter system. Gutter guards are metal, plastic, or rubber grates that go on top of your gutters to prevent yard debris like leaves and twigs from entering your gutters and causing clogs.

Gutter guards are made from various materials, and some attach to your gutters, while others lay on top of them. If you’re interested in adding gutter guards to your gutters, we can help recommend which type will work best for your gutter system.

With gutter guards, you need to clean your gutters much less often– typically about once every 2 years. You’re also less likely to get clogged gutters, and thus less likely to have leaks, overflows, or sagging gutters.

Another way to upgrade your gutter system is to get black gutters and downspouts. Traditionally, gutters and downspouts have been white. However, in recent years, black gutters and downspouts have become increasingly popular. They are a great way to add a bit of contrast and crisp lines and edges to your home. 

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If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s gutter system, we are here to help. Just give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC, and Wake Forest, NC.





Spring Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior

Spring Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior

The official start to spring is less than a week away, and we’re already starting to experience some of that beautiful spring weather here in Raleigh, NC and Wake Forest, NC. This time of year, with its moderate temperatures and sunny days, is perfect for cleaning your home’s exterior. 

When many think of Spring Cleaning, they think of mopping, organizing, dusting– things that go on inside the home. However, spring is also the perfect time to clean up your home’s exterior. From your roof to your gutters to your windows to your vinyl siding, there are a number of areas that could use a good cleaning.

Springtime is a great time to have your roof inspected. When we come out to look at your roof, we look for signs of damage, and any need for routine maintenance around your roof. We can also check out your gutters to see if they need to be cleaned or fixed in any way.

Fortunately, if you have gutter guards, you’re much less likely to need to have them cleaned out. Without gutter guards, you need to lean your gutters about twice a year; with gutter guards, you only need to clean your gutters about once every 2 years. While we’re checking out your roof, we can check and see if it’s time to have your gutters cleaned. 

When it comes to cleaning your roof, this needs to be done with extra care. If you have asphalt shingles, you should not use a pressure washer, as the pressure from the water can remove the granules attached to each shingle and cause damage to your roof. Instead, use a more gentle sprayer attached to a garden house. However, we do also recommend that unless you have experience cleaning your roof, that you have roofing professionals do it for you; it can be a tricky and dangerous job.

When it comes to cleaning your home’s vinyl siding, you can use a pressure washer. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can still clean your vinyl siding, using a soft bristle brush, garden hose, and a cleaning solution made especially for vinyl siding. 

Your windows should be cleaned both inside and out. Inside, you can use a glass cleaner and paper towels to do the job. You can do the same outside, or you can use a gentle garden hose and some soap and water to do the job.

This time of year is also a great time to refinish or replace your home’s deck. Aside from being roofing contractors, we also specialize in a number of home improvement projects, including work on your deck. So, if you need extra hands, or a professional touch to repair or replace your deck, we can help you out.

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If you’re planning to get some spring cleaning done on your home’s exterior this season, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC and Wake Forest, NC.

3 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

3 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and if you have been, then you might be on the market for a new home), you know that the housing market is hot right now. Homes are selling for thousands more than they were only a few years ago. So, if you’ve been thinking about selling your home, now is the perfect time to put it on the market.

There are a number of factors that determine the value of your home, including its size, age, and location. In addition to these key factors, upgrades and renovations also play into your home’s value. Home upgrades, even small ones, can go a long way towards helping to sell your home, not to mention they will boost your home’s resale value.

A New Roof Adds Huge Value. 

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home; it protects your home’s exterior and interior from the elements and keeps all of your loved ones safe and sound. Your roof is also a huge selling point when you put your house on the market. 

If your roof is nearing the end of its life and you’re thinking about selling your home, it’s a good idea to go ahead and have your roof replaced before you put your home on the market. Or, if your roof is newer, but it has some missing or loose shingles, or some other forms of damage, then you definitely need to have it repaired before trying to sell your home. 

Minor Home Improvements Can Go a Long Way.

If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, there are a number of minor home improvements that will make a big difference for your home. For instance, repainting your home’s trim can make it look fresh and new, without having to repaint the entire home’s exterior.

Nailing loose deck boards and applying a new coat of wood stain can make a tired old deck look as good as new, and not for a lot of money. These are all home improvement services that we can help you with as you prepare your home for the real estate market.

Bathrooms and Kitchens are a Major Selling Point.

If you only have a select budget for home improvements, then there are a few places in your home, aside from your roof, that are major selling points when people are thinking about buying your home: your home’s bathrooms and kitchen.

Painting or staining your cabinets and applying new cabinet hardware is one easy way to update these areas of your home without having to spend too much money. New tile flooring in these areas can also make a big difference in these rooms’ appearance. 

Give Us a Call at Housetop Roofing Before You Sell Your Home.

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, give us a call for a free consultation and estimate before you do so. We can help you increase your home’s resale value so that you can make the most profit possible.

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Prepare Your Roof for Winter

Prepare Your Roof for Winter

Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is just around the corner. That means that the official start to winter will be here before we know it. In fact, we are beginning to experience more and more cold days here in North Carolina as of late. 

The below-freezing temperatures, snow, and ice of the winter season can really take a toll on your roof. That’s why it’s important to regularly maintain your roof and take precautions to prepare it for winter. The more routine maintenance you provide for your roof, the longer it’s likely to last you. 

Here are some tips to help you prepare your roof for winter:

  • Clean out your gutters. After most of the leaves have fallen in your yard, your gutters are likely to be full of yard debris. Combine the weight of fall leaves with the weight of winter snow and ice, and you’re asking for gutter damage. The overbearing weight can cause your gutters to sag, bend, or fall off altogether. That’s why it’s important to clean your gutters several times a year, especially between the fall and winter seasons. At Housetop Roofing, we offer gutter cleaning and maintenance services, so give us a call to come out and prepare your gutters for winter.
  • Have a roofing professional come to inspect your roof. This is something that you should do regularly, ideally twice a year. When you have routine maintenance performed on your roof, the roofing experts can spot potential damage and fix it before it turns into something serious and very expensive. Snow and ice can cause these small issues with your roof to turn into major problems, so it’s a good idea to have your roof checked out before the winter months hit.
  • Trim the trees close to your roof. Any trees and tree branches that are within falling distance of your roof should be trimmed before winter. The extra weight of snow and ice can cause these trees and their branches to break and fall, and if they’re close to your roof, they could fall on your roof and cause damage.
  • Check your attic. If your roof has a leak, your attic is the first place to show damage. So, head up to your attic periodically to check for signs of a leak, which include water spots and stains, as well as small puddles. While you’re looking for leaks, look around to make sure that all of your insulation is in good condition, as sound insulation helps to protect your roof as well as the interior of your home.

The holiday season is here, and winter is just around the corner. Enjoy the snow and crisp weather of this season without having to worry about what it’s going to do to your roof.

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If you’re looking for a roofing contractor to help you prepare your roof for winter, look no further than Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC.


Signs You Need a New Asphalt Roof

Are you wondering if it’s time for a new roof? Asphalt shingle roofs typically last anywhere between 20-25 years. A number of factors determine how long your roof will last, such as your home’s exposure to the elements, how often you have routine maintenance performed on your roof, and the quality of the original installation.

So, how do you know when it’s time for a new roof? Here are the top 5 tell-tale signs:

1. Your roof is approaching the 20-year mark.

Asphalt roofs typically last 20-25 years. However, once your roof nears the 20-year mark, you need to go ahead and prepare to replace your roof. That means you should have a roofing professional come out to inspect your roof to see if it’s time to replace it. 

If you moved into a preowned home and you’re not sure how old your roof is, you can contact your real estate agent and/or the previous owners to see if they can tell you the roof’s age.

If you plan on selling your home soon, and your roof is close to 20 years old, it’s also a good idea to replace it. This will increase your home’s resale value and help you get more money for your home and sell it more quickly.

2. Your roof was damaged by a storm.

No matter the age of your roof, if it received serious damage from a storm, such as a tree falling through your roof, or wind blowing off a number of shingles, it might be more cost-efficient to replace the entire roof instead of only repairing part of it.

As soon as the damage happens, you should call a roofing professional to come out and inspect the damage. They can tell you whether you can repair part of the roof or if you’ll need to replace the entire roof.

3. You have a roof leak.

If you notice any signs of a roof leak, such as water stains in your home’s interior or puddles in your attic, then you might need a new roof. A roof leak is something that needs immediate attention, so you should not wait to call a roofing professional once you suspect that you have a leak; delaying this call will only lead to more serious damage the longer you wait.

Depending on the cause of the leak, the extent of the damage, and the age of your roof, your roof may be able to be repaired, or it may need to be replaced altogether.

4. You can see sagging on your roof.

If your roof visibly sags, there is definitely going on that you don’t need to ignore. This could be a sign of a structural issue dealing with your home’s framing, or it could be that your roof deck is waterlogged, and your roof needs to be replaced.5.

5. Your shingles are showing signs of wear and tear.

There are a number of ways that your shingles can start to show wear and tear. Once you begin to notice any of these signs, it might be time to replace your roof, and you should have a roofing professional come out to see.

If you notice that your shingles are losing their granules, or you see these granules accumulating in your gutters, it could be time for a new roof. Or, if you notice any of your shingles starting to curl, warp, or crack, this may be another sign.

If you notice any of these signs of roofing damage, be sure to have a roofing professional come out immediately to inspect your roof.

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If you choose Housetop Roofing to install, repair and maintain your roof, we promise that you’ll get the most life out of your roof. So, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC.