Types of Asphalt Shingles | 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.

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in the US. Not only are they durable and affordable, they also come in a number of styles and colors, making them perfect for any style of home. There are 3 main types of shingles, and here’s what you should know about each one:

  • 3-tab shingles: Also called strip shingles, 3-tab shingles come in thin, flat strips. They are the most affordable of the 3 main types of asphalt shingles and have been around for years.
  • Dimensional shingles: These are also known as architectural shingles, and are the most common type of asphalt shingles now-a-days. Dimensional shingles are heavier and more durable than 3-tab shingles, but also more costly. These shingles give your roof a textured, or dimensional, look (hence their name).
  • Luxury shingles: As their name suggests, luxury shingles are the highest quality of the asphalt shingles and also the most expensive. These shingles add a textured, traditional look at any home.

If you’re interested in asphalt shingles for your roof, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC. We’d be happy to sit down with you and discuss your roofing options.

Signs That You Have a Roof Leak | 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 North Carolina in the midst of hurricane season, your roof is more at risk for a roof leak than ever. With regular maintenance by a professional roofing company, you can lessen your chances of having a leak, but even with the best of care, sometimes Mother Nature has a mind of her own. So, what are some signs that you have a roof leak?

  • If you notice any water stains in your home (usually on your walls or ceiling), there’s a good chance that a roof leak is to blame.
  • If any of your roof’s flashing is loose or missing, your roof is extremely vulnerable to a leak. Be sure to have this flashing fixed right away and have a professional check for any leaks.
  • If your gutters are overflowing or sagging, the excess water could damage your roof and other parts of your home.
  • Missing, loose, or broken shingles could also be a sign that you have a roof leak. So, be sure to call a roofing professional ASAP.

If you suspect that you have a roof leak and want to do more investigating, take a flashlight up to your attic and look for any gaps, cracks, or holes in your roof. Keep an eye out for any standing water, puddles, or leaks as well.

Whether you’re looking to repair a roof leak, or to perform routine maintenance in order to help prevent any leaks from happening, Housetop Roofing is here to help. So, give us a call today for all of your roofing needs in the Raleigh, NC area.

What is Roof Flashing? | 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.

Your roof is made up of a number of  layers of different materials. Aside from shingles, you can also see flashing on your roof’s outermost layer. So, what is roof flashing?

Roof flashing is thin metal material (usually copper, aluminum, or galvanized steel) that is placed on various areas of your roof to help water flow down towards your gutters in order to prevent leaks from entering into your home. Roof flashing is installed around areas like your dormers, chimney, vents, skylights, your roof’s edges, and any areas where the roof meets at an angle.

If you notice that any of your roof’s flashing is loose, missing, or damaged, you need to call a roofing professional ASAP. Because flashing protects your home from leaks, damage to your flashing cannot be ignored, and repairs need to happen immediately before other areas of your roof and your home’s interior are damaged.

In addition, if you have a leak in your roof, and you’re unsure of where it’s coming from, it’s like your roof’s flashing. That’s why it’s important to have a roofing professional perform routine maintenance on your roof. However, even with regular care, a strong storm or some other unexpected event can damage your roof’s flashing. So, always keep your eyes out for signs of damage. 

For all of your roofing needs, including flashing repairs, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.

Learn More About Metal 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.

While asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing, metal roofing is becoming increasingly popular. Both of these types of roofing have their advantages and disadvantages, so we wanted to give you some key information about metal roofing to help you make an informed decision.

Advantages:

  • Metal roofs are extremely durable with a lifespan of 40-70 years, while asphalt roofing typically lasts 15-20 years.
  • Metal roofing is available in a number of materials and colors, making it customizable for your unique style and needs.
  • Metal roofing is made to withstand the elements, including winds of up to 140 MPH.
  • Metal roofing is both energy efficient and fire resistant.
  • Lastly, who doesn’t love the sound of rain on a metal roof? Just imagine the peaceful sleep you’ll be getting on stormy nights.

Disadvantages:

  • The main disadvantage that metal roofing has compared to asphalt shingles is the cost. Metal roofing comes with a higher upfront cost, but if you’re willing to foot the bill, your investment will more than pay off in the long run. 
  • Depending on the type of metal that you use, your metal roofing could be susceptible to denting if it’s hit by large yard debris or hailstones.
  • Metal roofing is not ideal for beachfront properties since the salt water can corrode the metal over time. 

Overall, metal roofing is a great choice for your new roof. If you’re interested in installing a metal roof, give us a call today at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC for a free estimate. 

Signs You Need a New Roof | 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.

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home since it protects you and your loved ones from the elements so that you can enjoy the comfort of your home. With that said, roofs really take a beating over the years. Between winds, snow, rain, and even more extreme weather, even the most quality roof will begin to show wear and tear over time.

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roof in the US, so we’ll be talking about these types of roofs for this article. So, here are some signs that you might need a new asphalt shingle roof:

  • If you notice any missing, loose, or cracked shingles, you need roofing repairs in the very least. Depending on the age of your roof and the extent of the damage, you might need a new roof altogether.
  • If you notice the granules from your shingles coming off, that’s another tell-tale sign that your roof is reaching the end of its life.
  • If any parts of your roof are sagging, it’s definitely time for a new roof, and sooner rather the later. The longer you wait, the more you risk serious damage to the rest of your home.
  • If you see any mold growing on your roof, there’s something going on that needs to be checked out.
  • Lastly, if your home’s roof is more than 20 years old, it’s time for an upgrade. Even without any visible damage, roofs become less energy efficient and more susceptible to damage as they pass the 20 year mark.

Routine maintenance can help extend the life of your roof, but sometimes replacement is inevitable. Fortunately, we are here to help you both with repairs to your existing roof and installation of a new roof when it’s time. Just give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.

How Pollen Affects Your Home’s Exterior | 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.

It’s actually beginning to feel like fall this weekend with the cooler temperatures! If you’re like me, you’ve been feeling the effects of the approaching fall season for the last few weeks. Right now is the peak time for ragweed pollen, which causes many to experience fall allergy symptoms. Not only does pollen affect your sinuses, it can also damage your home’s exterior.

As you’re probably aware, pollen will cling to just about anything, from your car, to your shoes, to your home’s exterior. During pollen season in the spring and fall, pollen can coat your vinyl siding, your windows, your roof, your deck, and your gutters…just to name a few areas.

Most areas of your home, like your siding, windows, and deck can be cleaned of pollen with a garden hose. Do this periodically throughout pollen season and especially towards the end when pollen is beginning to disappear. For a deeper clean at the end of the season, have your home power washed.

Pollen and mold from falling leaves can stain your roof. However, you probably don’t want to power wash these areas. Instead, call Housetop Roofing to have use come out and clean your roof and your gutters. While we’re there, we can also perform routine maintenance to make sure nothing else is going on with your roof and gutters.

If you’re tired of yard debris and pollen getting stuck all over your roof, maybe it’s time to update your asphalt shingle roof to a metal roof, which makes cleaning easier. We can talk to you about your options for roof replacement.

For all of your roofing needs this fall season, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Raleigh, NC.