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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Although metal roofing has a number of benefits, it is also costlier than asphalt shingles and it can get dents in it over time.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Housetop Roofing, we are not only top-notch roofing contractors, we also offer a number of other home improvement services for our customers in the Wake Forest, NC area. Some of these services include siding repairs, carpentry work, and window replacement. We can also clean, repair, and replace your gutters.
If you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient, we can help you with that. Making changes around your home can save you money on your energy bills and help out the planet in the process. There are a number of ways that you can make your home more energy efficient, but here are some ways that Housetop Roofing can help you do just that:
- Install new windows. If your windows are 15+ years old, then you should think about replacing them. Windows are one of the main areas where air can escape, leaking your heating and cooling outdoors and bringing in unwanted temps from outside. Updating your home’s windows can help make your home more energy efficient and cut down on your utility bills.
- Install storm doors. Storm doors are a fairly low cost way to make your home more energy efficient. They had an extra layer of protection to your home from the outdoor temperatures, making your home easier to keep hot or cold according to the season.
- Install skylights. Skylights are a great way to let in natural light and cut down on your energy use. In cold months, they can also help to heat your home naturally. In warmer months, certain skylights can be opened to let out the hot air that tends to rise towards the ceiling.
- Replace or repair your vinyl siding. If you have any loose or damaged vinyl siding, you should have it repaired immediately, as this can cause your home to heat and cool less efficiently. If your vinyl siding is 20+ years old and starting to show signs of wear and tear, it could be time to replace it altogether.
- Repair or replace your roofing. Just like with your vinyl siding, loose or missing shingles can lead to air leaks; in addition, damage to your roof can also lead to water damage. So, it’s important to repair any damage to your roof as soon as possible. Even without noticeable damage, an older roof becomes less energy efficient over time, so if your roof is 20+ years old, and you’ve noticed an unexplained spike in your utility bills, your roof could be the culprit.
If you’re looking to make your home more eco-friendly, and more budget-friendly, there are a number of improvements you can make around your home to do so, and we can help you. Just give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC today.
This weekend, much of North Carolina finally got a taste of some winter weather, and the forecast for next weekend is calling for even more snow and ice. While the snow can be beautiful, the combination of snow, ice, and rain can wreak havoc on your home, especially your roof.
While you can’t control Mother Nature, you can take some steps to help protect your home from the dangers of winter weather. When it comes to your roof, fallen trees and limbs often cause the most damage. The extra weight from snow and ice can cause these to fall and break, landing on your roof and causing extensive damage. To help keep this from happening, trim back any overhanging branches in your yard during the fall.
If a tree or branch does fall on your roof, don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, call us as soon as possible. We can come out to perform emergency roof services. Depending on the extent of the damage, we may be able to repair and replace missing or damaged shingles. However, if the damage is extensive, your entire roof may have to be replaced.
If a winter storm damages your roof, you’ll also want to contact your homeowner’s insurance. Oftentimes, any damage done to your roof during a storm will be fully, or at least partially, covered with your insurance. We have extensive experience working with these insurance companies, and we are happy to work with you as you work with them.
Sometimes snow and ice leave less serious damage, like a few loose or missing shingles. If you notice this, you should give a roofing contractor a call once the storm is over. While a few missing shingles often aren’t a very big deal, they can turn into one if you ignore them for too long. So, be sure to have them repaired as soon as you can.
Gutters are another part of your roof that is often affected by winter storms. Damage to your shingles will not probably need immediate attention, but you should call a roofing contractor as soon as you can to have them fixed, or they could lead to more extensive damage. Oftentimes, gutters begin to sag or fall off during a winter storm because they are overloaded with the additional weight of snow and ice. That’s why it’s important to have your gutters cleaned several times a year.
Whatever happens to your roof during a storm, it’s important to remember that you should not try to repair and inspect the damage yourself. Climbing on a roof is dangerous enough, but add in the snow and ice, and you’re just asking for an accident. Instead, let professionals handle the job.
Winter weather is beautiful, but it can also be damaging to your roof. If a winter storm leads to roofing damage, call the roofing contractors at Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC.