Getting Ready for the Fall | 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.

This past week in North Carolina, we’ve gotten a sneak peek of that wonderful fall weather, with cooler days and beautiful foliage. While the fall season can offer a picturesque landscape for us to enjoy, it also means that the leaves are going to start falling on your roof and in your gutters. So, what should you do to prepare for this fall season?

Before fall fully hits, it’s a good idea to have roofing professionals come to your home to clean out your gutters. This will help prevent any clogs from happening when the leaves start to fall and fill your gutters. Overloaded gutters can lead to water leaks as well as sagging or falling gutters. Preventative cleaning helps your gutters from overflowing and causing extensive damage to your roof and your home.

This time of year is also a great time to do some landscaping around your home. If you have any branches coming within a few feet of your home or actually touching your home, it’s a good idea to trim these back. This helps prevent leaves and branches from falling on your roof and damaging your home.

Whether you’re getting your roof and gutters ready for the fall, or you’re looking to repair any damage caused by the fall foliage, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.

Should I Get Shutters? | 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.

Nowadays most homes that have shutters have artificial shutters. This type of shutters add curb appeal and personality to your home, but they don’t actually function open and close like functional shutters. If you simply want shutters for their aesthetic qualities, then artificial shutters are a great way to add personality to your home’s exterior. On top of that, they’re fairly inexpensive and easy to install.

One style of shutters that are becoming increasingly popular are plantation shutters. This style of shutters is typically installed inside the home. These shutters offer you privacy from your neighbors and shade from the sun. They are also a beautiful addition to your home’s interior. Many homeowners are beginning to replace their blinds with plantation shutters since these shutters are much more durable than typical blinds.

If both types of shutters sounds like a good idea, you can certainly install both in your home, and it’s not uncommon to do so. In fact, it’s a great way to spruce up both the interior and exterior of your house.

For a roofing company that creates quality roofs and provides a number of quality home improvements, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.

Waterproofing Your Deck | 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.

Over time decks will begin to show wear and tear because of their repeated exposure to the elements. There’s no way to avoid your deck’s exposure to sunlight, rain, and ice, but there are ways to help protect it from these elements and slow down the process of aging. At Housetop Roofing, we are happy to help you with a number of home improvement needs, including deck work. 

Here are the steps involved in waterproofing your deck:

  • The first thing you want to do is clear your deck of all furniture and plants. Then, give your deck a good cleaning with a broom to remove loose dirt and debris. 
  • Once you’ve done that, you’ll need a pressure washer to remove any dirt that’s caked in as well as any stain or waterproof coating that is left on your deck.
  • After your deck is thoroughly clean, you’ll want to use a sander to even out any splinters or rough areas on the deck. The cleaner and smoother that your deck is, the better sealants will adhere to your deck’s surface.
  • Once your deck has been cleaned and prepped, the next step is to actually apply the sealant. When you do this, you want to be sure to use a brush made for staining and sealants, and you want to move your brush lengthwise in the direction of the boards.
  • Once you’ve applied your sealant, allow 48 hours for it to dry.

If you’re curious about whether or not your sealant is still working, pour some water onto your deck boards. If it beads off, then your sealant is still good to go. If it soaks into the board, it’s probably time to apply some more sealant.

For a roofing company that can help with a number of your home improvement needs, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC. For more information on waterproofing your deck, visit True Value’s website.

Preparing Your Roof for Hurricane Season | Roofing Companies Raleigh, NC

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’re well aware that hurricane season is upon us. In North Carolina, we are no strangers to hurricanes and the damage they can cause. While you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to help prevent damage to your home.

One of the most important steps to preventing roof damage is routine maintenance. Have our roofing professionals come out to inspect your roof at least once a year. While we’re there, we can spot and replace any loose or missing shingles, which are the main culprits for roof damage during severe weather.

It’s also important to clean your gutters, twice a year at the very least. Again, our roofing professionals are happy to do this for you. Full and overflowing gutters are more likely to fall during severe weather. Full gutters can also cause water damage to your home.

If you have trees in your yard, it’s important to keep them trimmed and to have any dead trees removed. Overhanging trees, no matter the time of year or the weather, can cause serious damage to your roof and your home overall. With this said, be sure to remove branches and any other debris from your yard if a hurricane is in the forecast.

If your roof does get damaged from a hurricane, be sure to give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC. When it comes to roofing companies in the Triangle, we can’t be beat. 

Pre-fab Chimney Work | 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.

At Housetop Roofing, not only do we provide excellent roofing services, we also offer a number of home improvement services, including the construction and maintenance of pre-fab chimneys.

Pre-fab, or pre-fabricated, chimneys are chimneys made from metal as opposed to the traditional brick and mortar chimneys. Pre-fab chimneys are a great alternative to traditional chimneys, because they can be installed in the pre-existing layout of your home, meaning that they can save you both time and money.

Pre-fab chimneys are also more sleek and compact than traditional brick chimneys. So, if you want the benefits of a fireplace, but you don’t want the outside eyesore of a big chimney, then pre-fab chimneys could be a great choice for you.

If you’re interested in having a chimney installed, give us a call at Housetop Roofing, and we can install your chimney and repair your roof all at the same time!

Missing and Loose 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.

One of the most common roofing repairs our customers contact us for are for missing and loose shingles. Whether a strong wind knocked a few shingles from your home, or you’ve noticed some shingles get looser over time, it’s a good idea to have these shingles repaired and/or replaced before any serious damage occurs.

While missing and loose shingles on their own are a minor roofing issue, they can lead to more extensive (not to mention more expensive) damage to your home if left unchecked. The main result of missing and loose shingles are roofing leaks. These can damage the interior of your home if not addressed as soon as you notice them.

A great way to prevent missing and loose shingles from going unnoticed and unfixed is to contact us for routine maintenance on your roof. We can take preventative steps to keep your roof in great shape, and if shingles do come loose and/or fall off, we can repair and replace them before any more serious damage takes place.  It’s also a good idea to take a look around your home after any storms to see if any roofing damage has occurred; if you notice that is has, give us a call as soon as possible.

For all of your roofing needs, from routine maintenance to emergency roofing repairs, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.

Making the Most of Your Space | 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 strapped for storage space, don’t worry– you don’t have to add on an expensive addition to your home to make more room. There are a number of simple and inexpensive ways to make the most use of your space. Here are a few:

  • Utilize your walls for storage space. Whether it’s built-in bookshelves or floating shelves, there are a variety of options to help you store things without using up floor space.
  • You can also use furniture that serves multiple purposes. For example, you can find ottomans that open up for storage or coffee tables with a number of shelves, just to name a few. Sofas that turn into fold-out beds are another great example of multi-purpose furniture.
  • You can hang hooks on the back of your doors to hang towels, coats, and robes– all while saving storage space.

 

For all of your home improvement needs, call the roofing company you can trust– Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.

Sunrooms and Screened Porches | 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.

At Housetop Roofing, we can help you bring your indoor spaces outdoors by installing sunrooms and screened porches. Either option is a great way to enjoy the beauty of your backyard from the comfort of your home.

The major difference between sunrooms and screened porches is that sunrooms are fully enclosed, meaning that they are also typically connected to your home’s air conditioning and heating. Screened porches are enclosed by screens, rather than the typical wall-to-wall windows found in sunrooms.

In North Carolina, either option can be a great choice for you. Screened in porches are the more affordable choice, but they aren’t available for use year-round like sunrooms. So, it really just depends on your budget and your personal needs.

If you want to enjoy the sights and sounds of summer nights and fall afternoons, with protection from those pesky mosquitoes, a screened porch is the perfect choice. If you’d like to sit in a cozy room, curled up with a book, while you watch the snow fall, then you can’t go wrong with a sunroom.

Whether you decide you’d like a sunroom or a screened porch, the professionals at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC are here to help.

Choosing Exterior Color Combinations | 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.

With all of the available options for your home’s materials and colors, it can be overwhelming to make stylistic choices for your home. Should your roof be metal? What color metal? Are you going to use brick or vinyl siding on your home? What would go best with your roof? What about your shutters and your door? What about your trim?

When it comes to picking colors for your home’s exterior, you want to make sure that all of the elements coordinate with one another for a smooth, cohesive look. For example, you probably don’t want an orange door with green shutters and purple vinyl siding.

The best way to go when choosing colors is to pick the color that will cover the largest area of your home: your siding or stone. Once you have this color picked out, you can then choose roof and shutter colors that will complement the dominant color of the house.

Vinyl siding is the most common material used to cover the exterior of the home. Neutral colors like gray, tan, and white typically go best because they are so versatile and don’t overpower your home’s exterior. Once you have picked out the color of your vinyl siding, you can then move on to the color of your roof.

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material, and they come in a variety of colors. When choosing the color of your shingles, pick one that adds contrast to your home without clashing with your vinyl siding. For example, if you have white vinyl siding, a dark grey or black shingle could provide appropriate contrast, while a light tan or beige shingle might blend in with the rest of the home, making it all look like one big blog of color.

Once you’ve decided on the vinyl siding and shingle colors, you’ve made the two largest decisions when it comes to your home’s exterior. From there, you can choose shingles, trim, and doors that all coordinate with your home. It’s not uncommon for these three elements to all be the same color to provide a cohesive look for your home.

For more detailed information and advice on choosing color combinations for your home’s exterior, visit plygem.com.

For all of your home improvement needs, including roofing and vinyl siding, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.

Damage from Thunderstorms ǀ 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.

With summer thunderstorms in the forecast, damage to your home is a real threat. From broken windows to missing shingles, whatever havoc the weather wreaks, we are here to repair it and get your house back in tip-top shape.

There are a few types of storm damage that are more common than others. Some of them include broken windows, missing shingles, and fallen gutters: all of which we can repair. Keep your yard free of debris and regularly trimming your landscaping can help prevent all three of these things from happening. However, sometimes, even with every precaution, damage still occurs.

If a window in your home is broken during a storm, the first thing that you want to do is clean up all of the broken glass to prevent a potential injury. Next, cover the window with a piece of cardboard or plywood. Then, give us a call, and we will come out to install a new window for you.

If you notice any shingles missing from your home after a storm, be sure to give us a call sooner rather than later. If you neglect missing shingles, you could end up with more extensive damage to your roof like a leak.

To prevent your gutters from falling or sagging, you need to clean them regular. This is a home service that we are happy to do for you. If you notice water overflowing from your gutters after a storm, chances are that they are clogged and need to be cleaned as soon as possible.

For all of your home repair and improvement needs, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.