How does severe weather affect what’s happening with my roof?

According to a report by the National Climate Center, there are going to be more frequent events known as: “Very Heavy” precipitation.
The trend has been rising for sixty years. These Very Heavy events can be accompanied by high-speed, localized winds.
These Very Heavy events have been defined by experts as precipitation over a two day period that only happens once in five years. These events have risen in the South by almost 30 percent over the last few decades. So, the stress on your roof, and on your gutter and downspout systems, is not getting any better.storm-damage-roof
Heavy rainfall events have already, and will continue to, become more frequent and severe as climate continues to change. The intensity and rainfall rates are projected to increase, and the strongest storms keep getting stronger.
Since 1991, the number of Very Heavy rain events has been significantly above average, and it is projected that we will see more of them, more often, and they will have more rain volume and intensity.
What does it all Mean?
Make sure your roof is built well and of good quality materials. The workmanship should be well recommended and local. ( You don’t want to try to find your contractor in Atlanta or Arkansas if your roof springs a leak.)
Your gutter system should not be the puniest available. We have always recommended full 6” gutters and 4” downspouts. [The smaller but more common 5” X 3” systems just cannot handle the downpours that the South generally experiences.] Avoid the expensive but utterly useless gutter guard systems, like the “fender” system that suggest that your rain run-off will somehow go around an edge to drop smartly into the gutters. That theory may hold water in London, England or Seattle, where there may be a drizzling sprinkle that will drip around a bend. But here we get the gulley washers that will sweep straight down the roof and off any fender.
All that water soaking the ground around your foundations makes it unstable and likely to settle and to crack your walls.
These times require a strong roof and smart drainage… call today for free pricing on both!

 

How to find a Good Roofing Contractor in Charlotte NC

You shouldn’t just google contractors and pick the first one you find, because there are a lot of things that you need to consider before you hire someone to do your roof. In order to ensure that the job is done right and you and your property are properly protected there things you need to check into.

 

404-oopsSome of the most important factors to consider are:

  • How long they have been in business.
  • If they are Licensed
  • If they are Certified
  • If they are Insured.
  • If they have good ratings and follow up with unsatisfied customers
  • If they are in the BBB

It is a good idea to get estimates from more than one company, probably at least three, and always be sure to get an estimate in writing. By getting multiple estimates you can make sure that you are paying a reasonable amount. It may be tempting to go for a lowball offer, but don’t! If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

If an offer comes in too high or too low you will want to look closely at what services they are offering to make sure that there aren’t hidden fees that will come out to bite you later. It is also essential to make sure that a company is not only insured, but insured enough. Do not take for granted that every company you look at is licensed and certified, because a large number aren’t and you will be the one saddled with the consequences with no recourse. Especially in a place like Charlotte, you don’t want to wind up with a bad roof that won’t hold up to the weather so research your roofing contractor thoroughly!

With the potential to be duped by so many disreputable contractors, you may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself. Well, when you are researching a roofing contractor there are a few basic steps to start with to ensure that they are a trustworthy business. First, check if they show their contractors license info on their website. Also, follow up and find out if they are in the BBB and if they have good ratings. Additionally, see if they follow up on complaints and bad reviews from other clients in Charlotte. If they haven’t had good business practices in the past, chances are it will be the same in the future.

What are those White Plastic Vent pipes sticking out of my roof?

Those white plastic PVC pipes jutting out of your roof have little to do with your roof, and a lot to do with your home’s plumbing system.  Without that vent, and there’s one connected to every drain in your house, the water leaving your sinks, showers and toilets would slow and hiccup and not have smooth operation.

PlasticPipeRoofThe roof worries begin when the seal and “boot” around the vent leaks water into your attic, onto your insulation or through your ceilings sheetrock.

Such leaks, which often are seen as tea-colored stains, may be just a symptom of a roof with other evidence of failure, or it may be that you just need these boots serviced or replaced.

Call a reputable  roofer with your concerns. Find more tips on Charlotte Roofer Blog!

PROTECT HOMES FROM HAIL DAMAGE

The average lifespan of many roofs can be as long as twenty years and some will last twice that long. But roofs in hail and windstorm prone areas must be replaced every seven years on average! That can cost you plenty!Architectural shingles

When it’s time to replace your roof, Carolina Storm Roofing will show you several varieties in numerous attractive colors. Try to take advantage of the specials to upgrade your shingle towards one that is more resistant to hail and high wing damage.

It will save you money in several ways: will help to keep insurance premiums from increasing, will protect your home and property and a better shingle will help you avoid the out-of-pocket costs that a new roof requires of every homeowner, like your deductible and upgrade costs.

In addition to the advice from experts at your Charlotte Roofing Company, ask your Insuror if your provider has any suggestions of what grade shingle to use on your replacement roof. Most national insurors will have brochures or websites with guidance on “high wind” and hail-resistant shingles. And almost all of them support the insurance research in South Carolina.

In general, a 30-year architectural, laminated shingle will outlast a 20-year standard asphalt, 3-tab production shingle. And realtors and home designers agree, the better shingle looks much better for your “curb appeal” should you ever wish to market your home.