Happy Labor Day! | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

With free and accurate estimates and written guarantees for all workmanship it’s no wonder that Housetop Roofing is Raleigh, North Carolina’s favorite home improvement and roofing company. We offer a full complement of top quality home improvement services with guaranteed craftsmanship that is second to none.

We’d like to say Happy Labor Day from our family to yours! We hope that you’re having a relaxing day with your family and friends, maybe grilling up some burgers, or soaking up the sun somewhere. Once the long weekend ends, and it’s back to reality, we are here to help you with all of your roofing needs in the Raleigh, NC area. Here are some reasons why you can put us to work and trust in the quality of our labor:

  • We offer award winning service. In fact, we’ve won the Best of the Best Award in our community NINE times!
  • We offer a wide array of home improvement and roofing services, which means we can be your one-stop shop for all that you need done around your home.
  • As a locally owned and operated small business, we value your community, which means we do everything the right way and the honest way.
  • With decades of experience, we can offer our roofing and home improvement expertise to all of our clients, and we are able to answer any questions you may have.
  • We are fully insured and licensed, and we are happy to offer our customers proof upon request.
  • We offer free and accurate estimates so that you know what to expect before the job starts.

If you’re looking for a roofing and home improvement company that you can trust, look no further than Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.

Eco-Friendly Roofing | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

When it comes to roofing companies in Raleigh, NC, Housetop Roofing can’t be beat. 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.

If you’re looking for a roof that’s more eco-friendly, you’re in luck because there are a number of eco-friendly roofing options available. 

Metal roofing is one of the more eco-friendly roofing options. Not only does it last 2-3 times longer than asphalt shingles, it can also make your home more energy efficient and help to reduce your home’s heating and cooling costs. In addition, metal roofing can be recycled.

If you’re not looking to replace your existing roofing, you can still make your current roof more eco-friendly by adding solar panels. While solar panels can be expensive to install, they can save you a lot of money on energy costs in the long run. On top of that, you can receive tax breaks if you have solar panels, saving you even more money.

A less traditional but also super eco-friendly roofing option is a green roof. These are flat roofs that have an added protective membrane for watering. From there, you can grow plants, trees, fruits, and vegetables on top of your roof. Green roofs are especially ideal for urban areas where yard space is limited and pollution rates are higher.

If you’re interested in making your roof more eco-friendly, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC today.

Rooftop Safety | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

With free and accurate estimates and written guarantees for all workmanship it’s no wonder that Housetop Roofing is Raleigh, North Carolina’s favorite home improvement and roofing company. We offer a full complement of top quality home improvement services with guaranteed craftsmanship that is second to none.

If you’re planning on cleaning your roof or your gutters yourself, it’s important that you practice safety in order to prevent a fall and/or injury. So, here are some rooftop safety tips to help you out:

  • When using a ladder, always make sure that it is on level ground.
  • Make sure that your ladder is sturdy and safe for use.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes with strong traction.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning your roof or gutters.
  • Don’t try to clean your roof if it has rained or snowed recently, as wet shingles can be extremely slippery.
  • Don’t wear loose or over-sized clothing that can get caught on your ladder or that you can trip on while working.
  • Have an extra person on the ground to keep an eye on you while you work and warn you if you get too close to the edge.
  • If it’s going to be a sunny day, be sure to wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Also wear a hat and/or sunglasses to shield your eyes from the sun’s glare.

If you don’t have previous experience cleaning your roof and gutters, then it’s probably a good idea to have a roofing professional do this for you.

For all of your roofing needs, including roof cleaning, in the Raleigh, NC area, be sure to give us a call at Housetop Roofing today.

Attic or No Attic? | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

When it comes to roofing companies in Raleigh, NC, Housetop Roofing can’t be beat. 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.

Not all houses have attics. In fact, attics are becoming less and less common with newer homes. While new homes without attics technically have space above their rafters, it’s not usable for storage or anything else. The reason that less and less homes have attics is that the way houses are built has changed over the years. Nowadays, it is more common for homes to be built with trusses rather than rafters. Trusses make the building process easier, but they cannot support the weight of storage like rafters can. Therefore, many new homes don’t have any usable attic space.

Attics come with advantages and disadvantages. So, if you’re searching for a home, or you’re building a new home, you’ll want to consider both sides of the coin before deciding whether or not you want an attic.

One of the main advantages of attics are, of course, the added storage that they provide. Without an attic, people often find themselves filling up their garages with their belongings and/or renting out storage units for extra space. 

In addition, attics are often typically less expensive to build than basements. However, basements tend to stay cooler and are also easier to access. So, the additional construction costs may be worth it in the long run. 

If you’re wondering whether or not your new home should have an attic, speak to the roofing professionals at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.

Prepare Your Roof for the Fall | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

With free and accurate estimates and written guarantees for all workmanship it’s no wonder that Housetop Roofing is Raleigh, North Carolina’s favorite home improvement and roofing company. We offer a full complement of top quality home improvement services with guaranteed craftsmanship that is second to none.

While fall may seem like a lifetime away when you’re in the middle of the NC August heat, the cooler temperatures and falling leaves will be here before you know it. Late summer/ early fall are great times to have routine maintenance performed on your home’s roof to have it in tip-top shape before the harsher winter weather hits.

If you haven’t had your gutters cleaned in a while, it’s a good idea to have that done before fall is in full swing, because your gutters can get full with yard debris and falling leaves during that time of year. Full gutters can lead to sagging gutters and/or water leaks that can damage your roof, gutters, and home’s exterior. 

If you have any trees that hang over your roof, then it’s a good idea to have those cut back to prevent any damage to your roof and gutters. Depending on the location and size of the trees, you may be able to do this yourself, or you might want to have a professional do it for you.

If you call a roofing professional to come out to perform routine maintenance on your roof and gutters, they can not only clean out your gutters and check for damage, but they can also clean debris off your roof before it ends up in your gutters. This will help to lighten the load that your gutters will handle during those fall months.

Fall is a beautiful time of year, but it can wreak havoc on your roof and gutters. So, have a roofing professional come out to inspect your roof and clean your gutters before fall hits. If you’re in the Raleigh, NC area, give us a call at Housetop Roofing today.

Types of Shingles | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

When it comes to roofing companies in Raleigh, NC, Housetop Roofing can’t be beat. 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.

When it comes to your roof, there are a number of options available, from materials to colors to style. The most common type of roofing material is asphalt shingles. However, there are a number of different types of shingles out there.

There are 3 main types of asphalt shingles. The most common and affordable type are 3-tab shingles. Architectural asphalt shingles and fiberglass asphalt shingles are both more expensive than 3- tab shingles, but also more durable.

Did you know that you can also get metal shingles? We often see metal roofs that are large pieces of metal, but smaller metal shingles are also an option. They offer the same durability as more traditional metal roofs, but with a more modern feel.

If you’re looking to save money on utility bills and help the planet in the process, then you can get solar panel shingles. These shingles aren’t installed over the entire roof, so you’ll need to choose another roofing material to install for the rest of your roof.

Shingles can also be made from wood, plastic, and rubber. Each option comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. So, we’d be happy to discuss roofing materials with you to help you choose what’s best for your home. Just give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC today.

Sunroom or Screened-in Porch? | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

With free and accurate estimates and written guarantees for all workmanship it’s no wonder that Housetop Roofing is Raleigh, North Carolina’s favorite home improvement and roofing company. We offer a full complement of top quality home improvement services with guaranteed craftsmanship that is second to none.

If you enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, but you’re not such a big fan of the huge North Carolina mosquitoes, or you could do without the blazing summer sun burning you up, then a sunroom or a screened-in porch could be for you.

A screened-in porch provides you with shade from the sun and rain. The netting of the screens also helps to keep out unwanted visitors like bugs, birds, and rodents while still letting in those cool breezes and the sound of crickets. However, while a screened-in porch will have more moderate temperatures than the outdoors themselves, they still can’t fully protect you from the summer heat or the winter cold. Installing a ceiling fan in your screened-in porch can help to cool down the space during the summer.

A sunroom is an area in your home that is typically insulated and connected to your home’s HVAC system. That means that you can stay as cool or as warm as you’d like. Sunrooms typically have wall to wall windows to allow in the maximum amount of sunlight possible. These are great areas to enjoy year around. However, do keep in mind that sunrooms are more expensive to build than screened-in porches.

Oftentimes, screened-in porches are built on pre-existing decks. You can transform a room in your home into a sunroom, or create an addition to your home, depending on a number of factors like your floor plan, lot size, city ordinances, etc.

If you’re looking to build a sunroom or a screened-in porch onto your home, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC today.

Upgrade Your Home with Skylights | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

When it comes to roofing companies in Raleigh, NC, Housetop Roofing can’t be beat. 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.

If you feel like your home doesn’t get enough natural light, or you’re just looking to change your home for the better– skylights are the answer for you. Skylights are windows placed in your roofing structure. They can provide additional natural light and ventilation to your home.

Skylights come in all shapes and sizes. In addition, some skylights are sealed shut, while some can be opened and closed. It’s best to talk with a home improvement specialist about your options and which type of skylight works best for your home.

Some skylights are made of glass and some are made of plastic. They can also be flat or domed. You can also get skylights that are tinted to protect your home’s interior from sun damage. All of these options are, again, something that you should discuss with a professional before having your skylights installed.

Skylights can also help you save money on your utility bills. The natural light from skylights can help you to use your electric lighting less and they can also provide warmth to a space. In addition, if you have skylights that can open, then you can open them up for fresh air to cool a space down.

For all of your home improvement needs in the Raleigh, NC area, including skylight installation, give us a call at Housetop Roofing today.

Parts of a Roof | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

With free and accurate estimates and written guarantees for all workmanship it’s no wonder that Housetop Roofing is Raleigh, North Carolina’s favorite home improvement and roofing company. We offer a full complement of top quality home improvement services with guaranteed craftsmanship that is second to none.

While a roof might look like a pretty simple structure from a distance, there are actually a lot of working parts that go into making a roof work. Your roof has an important job of keeping your home and your family safe from the elements, and because of that, there are a number of pieces to a roof.

First of all, the roof itself has several layers to it. There is the frame, which is made of wood and gives the roof its shape. Then, there’s a layer called the underlayment which adds a layer of protection between the frame and the shingles. Then, there are the asphalt shingles, which are the part that you actually see. On top of the shingles, there is flashing, which is usually made of a thin layer of steel; flashing is located wherever parts of the roof meet a vertical surface like a dormer or a chimney.

Some roofs have additional structures on them like dormers and gables. A dormer is an area of the roof that projects forward and usually includes a window. A gable is a portion of the roof where two portions come together to form a triangle or an A-shape. Some roofs themselves are in a gable shape and some roofs are made up of more than one gable.

Another part of a roof is the eave. This is the area where the roof’s edge hangs over the wall of the house. It is at the eave that gutters are located. Gutters help to collect any water and yard debris that run down from the roof. Gutters help to protect your home from any damage from these elements.

A roof is a complex system with many working parts. At Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC, we’d like to help ensure that all of those parts are in tip-top shape and working properly. So, give us a call for all of your roofing needs in the Triangle area.

Emergency Repairs | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

When it comes to roofing companies in Raleigh, NC, Housetop Roofing can’t be beat. 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.

We’re in the middle of thunderstorm and hurricane season here in North Carolina, and with the sometimes severe weather, the unexpected can happen. If you have an emergency repair, like a free falling through your roof, or a branch breaking a window, be sure to give us a call ASAP, but in the meantime, there’s some steps you can take to keep your family and your home safe.

If a window breaks in the middle of a storm, you’ll want to cover it up immediately to prevent rain and yard debris from entering your home. Get a piece of plywood, or if you don’t have that on hand (which many people won’t, of course), then you can break down a cardboard box and use that to cover the window. Also, be sure to wear shoes when doing so, so as not to step on broken glass. Once you’re done covering the window, be sure to sweep up any broken glass.

If a tree falls through your roof, the first thing that you want to do is to remove everyone from that area of the home. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to leave the home altogether. Don’t try to move the tree from your home. Instead, once you know everyone is safe, call emergency services to come out and assess the situation. Next, call your home insurance company and inform them of the damage. After that, you’ll call a roofing contractor to come out and fix the damage. 

If a storm damages your home, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.