Top 3 Deck Maintenance Tips

Did you know that at Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC, we pride ourselves not only on building quality roofs, but also on offering a number of unbeatable home improvement services? Among those services, we build and repair decks.

Decks are a great space to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with some of the comforts of the indoors. You can make your deck space extra comfy with outdoor furniture, rugs, and cozy lighting. 

Because of its constant exposure to the elements, your deck can really take a beating from the wind, rain, snow, and harsh rays of the sun. So, we’d like to share some deck maintenance tips with you to help you get the most life out of your deck. Here are our top 3 deck maintenance tips for you, our valued customer:

Tip #1: Seal Your Deck Every 1-3 Years

Sealing your deck is one of the most important things that you can do to take care of your deck. Sealant protects your deck from water, ice, and sunshine. However, after a while, your sealant will wear off, which is why you need to seal your deck every 1-3 years, depending on the amount of exposure your deck gets to the elements.

Before you seal your deck, you should clean it thoroughly and then sand any uneven areas. Also, make sure that you remove all of your furniture and anything else from the deck. You can use a paint roller or paintbrush to apply the sealant. Then, allow a day or two for it to dry before you replace your deck furniture. 

Tip #2: Use Outdoor Furniture to Protect Your Deck

Outdoor furniture such as tables, chairs, sofas, outdoor rugs, and umbrellas can all add personality and comfort to your deck. In addition to that, they can also help protect your deck from the harsh rays of the sun.

To keep any part of your deck from receiving too much sunlight, you should periodically rearrange your furniture so that certain areas don’t become more faded than others.

If you use an outdoor rug, make sure that you use one that’s maybe specifically for outdoor use so that it won’t trap in moisture and cause warping or mold growth. Plastic outdoor rugs are usually the best for this reason.

Tip #3: Clean and Repair Your Deck Regularly

One of the simplest and most effective things you can do is to sweep your deck regularly. This is especially important once leaves start to fall. As wet leaves can stain your deck and cause water damage. Depending on the time of year, you may only need to sweep your deck every few weeks, but sometimes it may need it a few times a week. Just keep an eye out for yard debris.

For a deeper clean, you can use warm water and dish soap with a scrub brush. For an even deeper clean, you can pressure wash your deck, and it’s a good idea to do this before you want to stain or seal your deck.

If you notice any loose or warped boards, you should repair and replace them as soon as you see them. This is important not only for your deck, but also for your own safety as loose boards and nails can pose a tripping hazard.

If your deck needs a professional touch, or if you’d like to build a new deck, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Housetop Roofing

Let’s face it, in the age of the internet, there are so many options available to us. Hungry? Would you like sushi, pizza, hamburgers, or tacos? Do you want it delivered? How about carryout? Dine in? The choices can really be overwhelming. 

Now, just imagine that instead of making a minor decision like what’s for dinner, you’re trying to decide who’s going to install your new roof. That’s a major choice that’s going to impact you and your home for years to come. That’s why we encourage you to not take this decision likely. But, how do you know which roofing contractor is the right one for you?

A simple Google search is going to bring up dozens, if not hundreds, of roofing contractors in your area. You might search their websites, call a few contractors that seem promising, compare costs, and then make your choice. However, even then, you might feel unsure that you’re making the right choice. Well, we’d like to help you in your decision-making process. So, here are the top 5 reasons why you should choose Housetop Roofing:

  • We have years of roofing experience in the Raleigh, NC and Wake Forest, NC area.

Housetop Roofing’s president, Robert Williams, has over 30 years of experience in the roofing industry. Robert is also a Wake Forest, NC native, which means he knows and values the Raleigh, NC and Wake Forest, NC

community. When you choose Housetop Roofing, you can rest assured that you’re choosing a contractor that will treat you like a neighbor (the good kind of neighbor, that is).

  • We offer free and accurate estimates.

There’s nothing worse than having unexpected expenses popping up. Some, like car trouble, are unavoidable and often unpredictable. However, that shouldn’t be the case when it comes to having a roof installed or a home improvement project done. That’s why we offer free and accurate estimates, so that you know what to expect upfront without any secretive costs popping up out of the blue. In fact, we’ll also give you a written guarantee of all workmanship.

  • We pay attention to the little details with your roofing.

When it comes to roofing, getting the job done quickly isn’t always a good thing. At Housetop Roofing, while we work efficiently and effectively, we also make sure not to rush through the job and do it halfway. That’s why we pay attention to the little details when we install your roof, like hand nailing each shingle. Does that take a little more time? Sure, but it also ensures that every single part of your roof is installed correctly so that it can last you for years to come.

  • We don’t use any subcontractors.

A number of roofing and home improvement contractors use subcontractors for some of their work. That means that they’re using people whom they have not personally employed. At Housetop Roofing, we only use our in-house employees so that we can guarantee that every aspect of the job is done to our high standards. We hire top-notch employees and train them to perform every task at a top-quality level. So, when you hire Housetop Roofing, you can know that everyone who works for us is the best of the best.

  • We offer a number of other home improvement services as well.

In addition to top-quality roofing, we also offer a number of other home improvement services like gutter installation, repair, and cleaning. We also do vinyl siding installation and repair as well as carpentry and masonry work. That means that when you hire Housetop Roofing, you are beginning a professional relationship that could last you for years to come. Need your roof repaired? Give us a call! Need someone to build you a new deck! Call us! Need your gutters cleaned or your windows replaced? You guessed it, call us at Housetop Roofing.

So, now that you have the top 5 reasons why you should choose Housetop Roofing, what’s next?

You can contact us by calling us at (919) 556-8556 for Raleigh, NC or at (919) 556-2480 for Wake Forest, NC. Or, you can visit our website and fill out our contact form

From there, we can schedule a time to come out and give you a free estimate. We’re also happy to answer any questions you might have about the roofing process. So, contact us today at Housetop Roofing to get the process started!

 

Let us Clean Your Gutters | Roofing Contractors Wake Forest, NC

When it comes to roofing contractors 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.

The weather is starting to cool down, and that means that leaves will begin falling from trees before too long. While fall leaves can be beautiful to watch, they can wreak havoc on your home’s gutters. That’s why it’s important to have your gutters cleaned regularly– at least twice a year.

If you haven’t had your gutters cleaned this year, then you definitely need to have them cleaned before fall is in full swing. When your gutters get too full, they can sag, leak, overflow, or fall. This can damage not only your gutters, but your home’s exterior as well, including your roof and your vinyl siding.

If you had your gutters cleaned this spring, then you should have them cleaned again after the fall season is over. That way, your gutters will be light and clean before the winter months weigh them down with snow and ice.

If your gutters typically fill up pretty quickly, it might be a good idea to trim the trees close to your home. This helps alleviate some of the yard debris that falls on your roof and ends up in your gutters.

While we are cleaning your gutters, we can also check to see if any of your gutters are damaged. If we do notice something that needs fixing, we can help you out there too, since we offer not only gutter cleaning but gutter repair and replacement as well. 

For all of your roofing needs, including gutter cleaning and repair, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC today.

 

Solar Panels on your Roof | Roofing Contractors Wake Forest, 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 contractor. We offer a full complement of top quality home improvement services with guaranteed craftsmanship that is second to none.

Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular on residential roofs, and for good reason. Solar panels are a great way to make your home more eco-friendly and energy efficient, which saves you money and helps the planet all at the same time. Before you have solar panels installed, there are a few things that you should know:

  • Make sure that you are using a solar panel specialist to install your panels. If done incorrectly, solar panel installation can damage your roof, but if done by someone knowledgeable, you should be fine.
  • Solar panels can actually help to protect your roof, as they create a protective barrier between your roof’s shingles and the direct rays of the sun.
  • You will only install solar panels on the portions of your roof that get direct sunlight throughout the day. If most or all of your roof is covered in shade, then solar panels won’t do you much good.
  • If you have any trees close to your roof, then you’ll want to keep them trimmed so that they don’t block the sunlight from your solar panels.
  • Solar panels typically last 25-30 years, which is about the same amount of time that an asphalt shingle roof lasts.

If you are thinking about getting solar panels on your roof, be sure to talk to a roofing professional and a solar panel specialist first to weigh all of your options.

For all of your roofing needs in the Wake Forest, NC area, give us a call at Housetop Roofing today.

Metal Roof Maintenance | Roofing Contractors Wake Forest, NC

When it comes to roofing contractors 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.

Performing routine maintenance on your roof will help to extend its life and prevent potential damage. Maintenance for your metal roof is a little different than maintenance for an asphalt shingle roof. Fortunately, metal roofs are extremely durable and require very little maintenance. However, you should still have a roofing professional come out at least once a year to inspect your roof and perform routine maintenance.

While the roofing expert is performing routine maintenance, they can look for any dents, corrosion, rust, or leaks. If caught early on, these can be fairly easy to fix. However, without routine maintenance, these can go unnoticed and develop into a larger and more expensive problem.

In addition to routine inspections, you should also clean your gutters at least 2 times a year. You can do this if you’re comfortable with a ladder. Otherwise, we suggest that you have a roofing professional clean your gutters for you. Clean gutters help prevent not only damage to your gutters but to your roof and your home’s exterior as well.

For all of your roofing needs, including routine roof maintenance, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC.

The 411 on Roof Stains | Roofing Contractors Wake Forest, 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 contractor. We offer a full complement of top quality home improvement services with guaranteed craftsmanship that is second to none.

You may have noticed some unsightly stains on your roof recently. A number of roofing materials are prone to staining for a number of reasons. If you notice any roof stains, it’s a good idea, for a few reasons, to contact a roofing professional to come out and look at them instead of trying to clean them yourself. For one, trying to clean your roof yourself can be hard and dangerous work, and the risk of injury is great if you’re not used to working on a roof. For another reason, you have to clean certain roofing materials in certain ways so as not to damage your roof. Lastly, your roof stains might be the sign of a larger issue, which a roofing professional will be able to stop and fix for you.

Black streaks on asphalt shingles isn’t an uncommon sight. These streaks come from a common type of algae that lands on your roof and feeds on materials in your shingles. Over time, as the algae accumulates, it turns your roofing black.

Brownish red streaks and stains on your roof are often a sign of rust. This can come from your roof’s flashing if you have an asphalt shingle roof, or it can appear in a number of places if you have a metal roof. 

If you notice any stains on your roof, it’s usually best to have a roofing professional to come check them out. If you’re in the Wake Forest, NC area, give us a call at Housetop Roofing for all of your roofing and home improvement needs. 

Update Your Basement | Roofing Contractors Wake Forest, NC

When it comes to roofing contractors 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 your basement is dark and dingy and just a place that you altogether avoid, then it’s time to update your basement! Basements can be used for so much more than storage, and we want to help you make the most out of this often underrated space in your home.

Basements are a great place to make a guest site with a separate entrance. Whether you want to rent this space out, or you’d like to reserve for out-of-town guests, the options are endless. With a kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, and living area, you can turn any basement space into a little home of its own, perfect for a number of uses.

Basements are also perfect for game rooms and man caves. Do you have some rough and rowdy kids? Create a fun and spacious play room for them to hang out. What about smelly teenagers? Let them hang out downstairs and watch movies and play video games with their friends. Obnoxious husband? Send him down to the basement to watch the game or play pool in his man room. 

Basements can also be used for top-of-the-line storage. The cooler temps in a basement make it an ideal space for storing a number of things. However, you don’t have to throw some boxes down there and hope for the best. You can build shelves and units to keep your storage organized and everything easy to find when you need to get to it. 

Don’t let such a useful space as your basement go to waste. Let us help you update your basement so that you can use it for your exact needs. Give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC today.

Happy Labor Day! | Roofing Contractor Wake Forest, 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 contractor. 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 contractor that you can trust, look no further than Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC.

Eco-Friendly Roofing | Roofing Contractor Wake Forest, NC

When it comes to roofing contractors in Wake Forest, 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 Wake Forest, NC today.

Rooftop Safety | Roofing Contractor Wake Forest, 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 contractor. 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 Wake Forest, NC area, be sure to give us a call at Housetop Roofing today.