Is your ceiling leaking? Are you noticing water damage on your ceiling? Has the plaster on the ceiling started to warp and fall off? If that’s the case, then it might be time for a new roof. Investing in a new roof is probably one of the most important things a homeowner will do to ensure the longevity of their home. This whole process may seem daunting.  But don’t worry. With our help, it will be the easiest thing you’ll do in your home improvement journey.

How do I get a new roof installed?

This is a great question. It might seem like a simple task, but by yourself, it could be very hard and costly. If you’re thinking of installing the roof yourself, try a few simple steps to see if you’re prepared for it.  Practice going up the ladder multiple times in a row. Then go stand up on the roof and see if you can do it comfortably. If those two things work out, try lifting a few 60 lb weights over your shoulder. Imagine doing all this the ENTIRE day, or over the course of several days. Instead of trying to do all of this alone, possibly causing more work for yourself, look into having it done professionally.

Start the process

First thing you will want to do is contact a verified inspector to come look at your roof. They’ll be able to give you a fair assessment, which will help you get started on a new roof. The next thing you will want to do is contact several contractors and get bids on the job. Once you find a contractor you feel comfortable working with, have them draw up a contract and go over it together.

A few things to look for in the contract is start and end date, itemized description of costs and total amount for the bid. Make sure to ask all your questions before signing the contract. During this process, ask about any permits that might be needed before you get started. The company installing your roof will be able to answer this question. In most cases, they will get the permits for you.

After that, the only thing left to do is wait for the roofing company to install your new roof. On the day of installation, the foreman will contact you and let you know that they will begin working on your house. He or she will be your advocate and your source of information. Make sure that your children and your pets maintain a safe distance from the workers while they install your roof. This is not only for your family’s safety but that of the workers as well.

How long does this process take?

This question won’t have the same answer for everyone. This depends on several things that all factor into the finished product. If your roof doesn’t have any serious damage done by water, moisture, pests or old age, you should be able to expect a one-day installation job. It will also depend on the size of the roof and possibly weather conditions. Your installer should be able to give you an estimation on how long the installation will take.

How much does it cost?

This is also different for everyone. Some people might have more damage to the roof foundation than can be seen before tearing the old shingles off. In this case, this will affect the total amount that you were first quoted. Most companies will plan for this, and might be able to give you a hypothetical price, in the event they’ll require more materials. It also depends on the size of your roof, and the roof of your garage if it’s unattached.  A standard-sized house should cost between $10,000 and $16,000. With financing options available, this would be a great way to maintain or even boost your credit.

Conclusion

If it looks like YOUR house needs a new roof, contact us today to get a consultation visit scheduled! We have licensed professionals ready to help with all your roofing needs.

As a homeowner, it’s safe to assume you know the color of your roof. But do you know the color of your next-door neighbors’ roof? Or how about three doors down? The color of your roof has more relevance than just aesthetic appeal.  The color of your roof shingles can affect the overall efficiency of your utilities throughout the year. This article will help shed some light on the benefits of having either light or dark colored shingles.

How do Light Shingles Affect Your Home?

One of the most important things to realize about roof shingles, is they are your roofs’ first line of defense against harsh UV rays. The light-colored shingles help to reflect heat rays more than they absorb. That might not sound like such a big deal, but you can save a lot of money in the long run, especially during summertime. This will result in your air conditioner using less energy, which means less money spent on utility bills. If you live in an area that is prone to lots of sunshine and heat, it might be worth it to consider getting a lighter colored roof, if you don’t have one already.

How do Dark Shingles Affect your Home?

Since light shingles reflect heat, its only logical that dark shingles absorb it. This fact might not make dark colored roofs ideal for sunny states. However, it would make them ideal for places that don’t get as much sun, or that have long winters. Just like light shingles help lower utility bills in the summer, dark shingles can do the exact same thing in winter.  During the fall and winter months, they can help lower your monthly heating bills, by absorbing the heat from direct sunlight. Since they can absorb heat, that means that they can help melt the snow off your roof faster, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work like that. For the dark shingles to absorb the heat, they must have direct exposure to the sun. This can be a problem in the winter months, as the days seem shorter due to lack of sunshine.

Should You Get Light or Dark Shingles?

The easiest way to decide which color of shingle to have installed is to consult with a reputable roofing agency. A technician can come out and go over the options, pros and cons for your area and so forth. It is also largely based on your personal preference and any restrictions you might have from your HOA. Another thing to consider is how a dark roof might benefit your family in the spring and fall months. Depending on where you live, there might not be much snow during these times. This will mean more exposure to the sunlight, which will help to heat your home in a natural way.

Ultimately, it is up to you when choosing between light and dark shingles. If you have questions about what color shingles you should put on your house, contact us today! We would be more than happy to help you on your home improvement journey.

 

Have you ever looked at your neighbors’ roof and wondered why it’s so shiny? Have you driven through a neighborhood with futuristic-looking roofs and wondered what in the world their roof is made of? While it’s possible that what you saw were solar panels, it could also have been a solar tiled roof. In this article, we will discuss what solar tiles are, what they are made of, how they work and are installed, and a short list of pros and cons. Buckle up and let’s go!

What are Solar Roof Tiles?

solar tiles on roofMuch like their cousins, the solar panels, solar tiles are thin, photovoltaic sheets that can either replace or lay on top of your shingles. Just like the solar panels, solar tiles harness the energy they create from sunlight to power your home. A very interesting fact for this type of shingle is that it can be installed in any climate. This type of roof shingle is really a testament to how far technology has advanced and opens doors for even more possibilities for the future of roofing.

How do they work?

Great question! The sunlight hits a solar shingle that has been coated with a special surface that knocks off an electron from particles of light. Then, the free electron goes through an electrical circuit where other electrons are being stored. This compilation of electrons is then used to generate a current. That is how all our solar electricity works, no mater what form the photovoltaic device is in.

What are they made of?

They are about 12 inches wide and 86 inches long and weigh about 13 pounds per square foot. The thin-film solar cells are made from copper indium gallium selenide. This is a semiconductor that allows the cells to be thin and flexible. They are usually less than an inch thick, so they won’t look big and bulky like a solar panel.

How are They Installed?

Since these high-efficiency energy savers are so high-tech, it is best to have a professional roofer install them for you. Having a professional do it also helps assure the best return out of your investment. The way they are installed requires a lot of labor and TLC. Your roofer will put in shingle after shingle while wiring each one inside your home. This is a tedious job that should be done ONLY by professionals. There are a lot of permits and paperwork that go into owning solar powered anything. This is something professionals can handle for you, as well as saving you time and energy on doing the project yourself.

 

Pros and Cons of Having Solar Tiles

The benefits of installing solar tiles to your home are awesome! But as with a lot of things in life, nothing is perfect, which means there are some downsides to installing solar tiles. Below is a list of just a few pros and cons to having solar tiles:

Pro: Save Money! Like the solar panels, solar tiles will help cut your electricity bill in half, and you may even be able to make money from your electric company for excess power that your roof supplies back into the grid.

Pro: Solar tiles bring a certain je ne sais quoi to your overall home aesthetic. They have a more modern to futuristic look to them that a lot of prospective homeowners will find appealing. This is something to keep in mind if you envision yourself moving in the future. These tiles are designed to match existing roofing, so they will blend in making a nice finish on your roof.

Con: It’s true that solar tiles are quite energy efficient, but they cannot completely compare to the solar panels. Panels can be tilted for best sun exposure whereas tiles cannot. This may result in purchasing more tiles down the line to reach the same energy output as your neighbors with panels.

Con: While they will save you tons of money in the long run, the initial cost of installation can be quite a hefty chunk of money. This can cost anywhere from 10k to 20k. However, most states have grant programs to help with initial costs.

Ultimately it is your decision whether solar tiles are right for you. We would be more than happy to help you with your home improvement journey, so call us today!

There is a lot more to roofing shingles than most people think.

roofing shinglesChoosing the right type of shingle and material is crucial to any homeowner. Not only do your shingles protect your home from water, snow and ice, but they also add to curb appeal — an important factor in determining your home’s value.

Roof shingles also affect household temperatures and energy efficiency. A  cool roof will generally be lighter in color to reflect heat from the roof surface. This, in turn, helps maintain cooler temperatures inside the home.

The type of shingles you choose also affects the lifespan of not only your roof, but your home as well. In this article, we will discuss the most common styles of shingles, and what they are typically made from.  Remember, types of shingles are not the same thing as shingle material.

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This is the most common shingle style in North America. It is usually made of asphalt, and they create the rectangular shingle style you see. One of the reasons this type of shingle is so popular is it is a simple design, and it is also cheap and virtually hassle free to install. They come in a wide range of colors which is great for homeowners on a budget.

Architectural Roof Shingles

roofing shingles architechturalThis style of shingle is a jack-of-all-trades in the roofing industry. These shingles are also typically made of asphalt and come in a great variety of colors and shapes. The Architectural Roof Shingle would be the perfect choice for virtually any type of roof. This style of shingle is more aesthetically pleasing than a basic 3-tab roof shingle.

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These roof tiles are mainly found in the Southwest due to them being more energy-efficient compared to asphalt shingles. This terracotta clay tile is typically used on historical homes and buildings with old world, California mission architecture stylings. They are most easily recognized by their “wave-shaped” Spanish tile, they are readily available in different styles and colors. Higher quality tiles can last anywhere from 50 years or even longer than 100 years.

Wood Roof Shingles

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Wood shingles are also a very common type of shingle. These sustainable shingles have been used for centuries because they offer better insulation than asphalt. When its used on eclectic construction styles, it can drastically change the ambiance of your home. There is a difference between wood shingles and wood shakes. While wood shakes are split on either one or both sides, to make a textured grain effect, wood shingles are sawn on both sides to make a smoothed tapered shape.

Shake Roof Shingles

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Like the wood roof shingles, these shingles have also been used for a very long time. Wood shakes are different from wood shingles because they are more rustic and textured in appearance. In recent years, there have been new types of composite materials that are used to make more durable and longer lasting shakes that maintain their color and have better resistance to wind and fire.

Slate Roof Shingles

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These tiles are quite popular because they make a stone roof that is natural and provide colorful distinctions in the surface of the stones. They are eco-friendly, fireproof and very durable. Some of our oldest structures still have the original slate roofing. Large slate deposits discovered in the colonial Northeast prompted the development and refinement of these beautiful and distinctive roofing materials

Metal Roofing

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This type of roof is made up of flat or corrugated metal panels. It is usually referred to as the standing seam roof  and is the most common style of metal roofing systems. These types of roof systems are typically made from coated steel or aluminum, but can also be made using copper, steel, zinc alloys and stainless steel.

 

 

 

2 story home curb appealHopefully this article gave you heads up that a roof is more than just a roof. Your roof provides shelter, adds aesthetic appeal and helps regulate temperature in your home. One major factor in putting on a roof is the choice of shingles to be used. Whether it’s time to put a new roof on your existing home or you’re having a home built, we have experts standing by to help you make the best choice of roofing shingle for your home. Give us a call today!

Do You Know When Its Time For A Roof Replacement?

The roof of your home protects you from the elements that surround you, whether wind, rain, direct sun or snow. Eventually, the roofing material that covers your property will wear out. The problem is to determine exactly when it should be replaced so that you do not have to repair any underlying wood.

Years

Obviously, the older your tiles are, the sooner they will have to be replaced. If your roof is less than 20 years old, then it’s probably fine. However, inadequate ventilation can cause the material to wear faster. Also, it matters if you have several layers attached to your ceiling or not. Most likely, if the material is reaching 20 years of age and you have a layer or two under it, then you probably have to replace it.

Valleys

There are valleys on each roof. This is the way snow and rain travel towards the ditches. However, if the tiles around the valleys are beginning to crumble, then it’s time for a replacement.

Buckling and curling

If you see tiles that appear to be curled, it is a sign that you must replace them soon. Buckling on the surface is also another indicator. The best way to know if it is a single tile or the entire surface is to verify those that are under direct sunlight. If they show signs of curling or buckling, you should contact a roofing company licensed to make repairs. If the roof is relatively new, it may indicate a defect in the material.

Missing Shingles

If you notice that tiles are missing, it could indicate that the materials should be replaced. Often, this happens after the house is hit by a storm. While you may think it would be easier to replace the missing items, there could have been more damage to the roof than you think. Before nailing the new chips in place, have a licensed professional check the area to make sure no other damage has occurred.

Missing Granules/Balding Shingles

As the tiles age, they begin to lose the granules of their surface. Those who have gutters installed in their homes can see that these particles accumulate in the gutters. This is a sign that the fiberglass cover is wearing out. However, it is not necessary to have an accumulation of granules to see this effect. If you are looking at the tiles and see a color that is not the original color of the surface or you are starting to see the white that enters, that is the fiberglass underneath and it is time to replace your roof.

Leaks

Probably the most obvious way to say that you need to replace the surface of your house is to discover leaks. If water drips through the roof on a rainy day, you have waited too long to make the necessary repairs. Now there is damage to the plywood below the surface. Of course, you can still have this damage without having any leakage. If you are in your attic looking up and seeing the light of day, you need to replace your roof.

Learning these sign’s will ensure that your house stays out of the elements.

Update/repair roof and improve home’s exterior

The exterior of the home is the first impression you will give to potential buyers. When you clean a home, you clean it top to bottom and when you improve your exterior, you do the same. The roof is going to draw the eye first, especially if it has some sores. If it’s obvious some places within the roof need repairing, patch them. And if the roof has dark spots that you can either pressure-wash or repair, do that. If you can’t avoid the roof problem inexpensively, consider investing in and advertising the “brand new roof”.

Landscaping and curb appeal

Make sightly repairs to the front of the home and frame the walk way and porch with attractive and low maintenance plants, surrounded by an attractive, contrasting mulch. It’s been proven that potential buyers sometimes drive by in the evening or night, so replace and consider adding new lights that will showcase your home nicely. A popular trend that has charmed home buyers has been to paint the door a bright color and change its fixtures to be more charming.

Add a deck

Adding an extra place for a family to gather and make memories, such as a deck, serves all the new residents, no matter their age or interests. For you, it can be an investment that ALMOST pays for itself but may be the element that turns a buyer’s maybe into a resounding ‘yes!’. In the West, you can expect the investment to pay for itself 100%, but in the South, about 90% of the investment is returned upon resale.

Replace windows

If you live in a large city, it’s said that replacing the windows will more than be returned on your investment in the end. Otherwise, the investment typically returns 90% back, however, replacing windows if you live in hot climates does not return as much (62% in the Las Vegas area).

It’s apparent that researching which investments to make is wise. Ask your listing agent for recommendations on repairs and replacements, and do your own online research before making any decisions. If you are on a limited budget for making your home as appealing as possible to buyers, always make the necessary repairs first; leaks, broken windows, structural integrity issues, etc. Home buyers will much more appreciate a structurally sound home than an attractive one!

Repairing or replacing your home’s roof can be one of the most daunting home repair projects a homeowner can face. On the one hand, you’re probably not qualified to do the job yourself, so you’ll have to hire a professional roofing company to do it.

One of the most important things to do to find the best roofing company is to ask around for recommendations. Some of the best advice you will get will come from local friends and family. Here are some questions you should ask every potential roofing contractor:

Do you offer the services that are required to do the job that I need?

It’s not enough to assume that every roofing company can tackle every roofing job. Be specific about what you need (ideally by showing the roofer where the damage is) and ask whether the company feels they can handle the job. If you detect hesitation or get a vague answer, move on to another candidate.

Do you offer a free quote?

You should never have to pay for a quote or sign anything up front to get a quote. Reputable companies will be confident enough in the quality of their work that they will happily provide you with a free quote.

What kind of warranty is offered on the job?

Does the warranty cover labor and products use? Get this information in writing, too.

When can you start the work?

If your roof is leaking, you need it fixed urgently. But what if the company you are considering does not have an opening in their work schedule for another six weeks? Be sure they can tackle the job on the timetable you require.

How long have you been in business?

It may be a good idea to do business with a company that has been established for a while rather than a new start-up.

By taking the time to ask for recommendations from people you trust and by asking the right questions, you should be able to find the best roofing company.

Your roof is a simple, yet valuable investment for your home, as any reputable roofing company will tell you. The roof’s sole purpose is to keep your home safe from the wind, water, and the sun. What if the sun could be converted into a natural resource for your home? That is the purpose of solar roof panel shingles: to turn this sustainable resource into energy. But how do you know if such an investment is right for you?

1. You are a permanent resident in your home and plan to live there for many more years.

Solar shingles are a large investment. Homeowners who intend to live in their home for many years to come will often find that the purchase of solar shingles will benefit them in the long run.

2. It meets your HOA restrictions

Depending on where you live, your home might fall under the purview of a homeowners association. If this is the case, you might want to check with the organization to make sure that solar shingles will not violate any restrictions or rules. Some gated communities may not allow solar panels of any kind. Other HOAs may have restrictions about the types of shingles you may use. Be sure to check with your local association if you have one when working with your roofing company.

3. Your home is in direct sunlight

While the idea of solar shingles as part of your roof’s single system may appeal to you, they would serve no purpose if your home is in the constant shade or only gets sunlight for two or three hours per day. If your home has high exposure to the sun’s rays from the south, it might be a prime candidate for solar shingles on your roof.

If you own a home and want to tap into this precious natural resource, look into solar shingles . These are a smooth and aesthetically pleasing alternative to regular, large solar panels. If you have questions or want to try solar shingles, Beneficial Roofing is the premier roofing company in Cumberland to offer the service.

Animals need shelter, just as humans do. When a creature is enticed by the warmth in your home and the food you might provide through garbage, per food, and bird seed they will find a way to nest in or around your home. The extent of damage these pests can do might be the least of your worries when animals can diseases, rabies, and parasites like fleas and ticks into your home. Damage can include ruined electrical wiring, insulation, damaged wood, infestation and feces. Here’s what you need to know.

Common Threats

Depending on where you live, different creatures will prefer dwelling in homes. Your State Wildlife Agency can be a resource for information about which animals to look out for and how to prevent them from being attracted to dwelling in or around your home. Common animals that can hurt your home are bats, birds, rats, raccoons, rodents, skunks, snakes, and squirrels. Common bugs that can affect your home are termites, carpenter ants, bees, wasps, and anything that nests.

Precautions

Occasionally inspect openings under your porches, basements, and your attic. If you find any evidence that an animal has been there, research further prevention and seal any openings as best you can. Keep tight fitting lids on your garbage cans and pet food containers if they are kept outside. Clean your pet’s bowls after feeding. Maintain your roof well. This includes trimming nearby trees so their branches don’t puncture the roof and allow an opening for creatures, and purchase a chimney topper that makes it difficult for animals to get in through the chimney.

After Infestation

If an animal has made a habit of coming and going from the home, has made it a permanent dwelling place, or has raised young there it’s time to get serious about preventing this problem from getting worse. Many cities and states have strict enforcement to protect certain wild life and endangered species, so check with your Wildlife Agency if you are thinking about capturing, poisoning, or killing any wild animal in or around your home. Also do proper research about your options with pesticides if you’re thinking about calling a pest control company. If at all possible use the lowest toxicity products possible first, and gradually introduce stronger product if necessary. Read labels and instructions thoroughly before handling any pest control situation on your own.

Roof Investment Is Essential To Your Home

The roof is a very essential part of your house. You will realize that it normally protects your property from damage whenever there is rain, snow and so on. You need to take care of your roof all the time. It should remain in a good condition all the time. However, most homeowners tend to neglect the roof of their houses. This can be detrimental. You need to repair your roof from time to time so that water does not damage your property in the event of rain. Roof investment is very essential to you as a homeowner. If you want to invest in your roof, Roof Roof is the solution for you. We are a team of reliable Greenville SC roofing contractors. We are actually well known for quality home improvement. The following are some of the reasons why you should hire us for roofing work:

lasting-roof-maintainence-21. Professionalism

We are professionals when it comes to roof repair and so on. If you want to install a new roof in your home, we can readily help you out. Our crew is well trained when it comes to this field. We have the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies needed to get the work done. Once you hire us, you can be assured of getting quality services.

2. Well equipped

We are well equipped with the necessary tools and equipment needed for roofing work. We normally use high quality tools so that we can get the job done well.

3. Experience

We have been offering these services for many years. Our crew has been serving customers for long period of time. You can be assured that once you hire us, you will be served by a competent team. This is because they are experienced in this field.

There are various advantages of investing in your roof. Some of these advantages include:

1. Minimize damage to property

Rainwater can actually damage your property. This can be detrimental. This is the reason why you should purpose to invest in a good roof.

2. Makes your home to look attractive and beautiful

You will realize that a good roof normally makes your home to look more appealing and beautiful. This can give some sense of prestige as a homeowner.

3. Increases the value of your home.

A good roof goes a long way in increasing the value of your home. If you are planning to sell your home in future, you should invest in a good roof. This will enable you to sell your home at a higher price.

It is advisable to use high quality materials for your roofing. The roof should withstand harsh weather conditions and so on. If you want to invest in a good roof, you can call us so that we can install the roof for you. Hire us today and you will enjoy the results.