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Safely Hang Holiday Lights

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The holiday season is here, whether you are ready or not. Lights and holiday films are iconic parts of the season, especially Christmas Vacation. Please keep your safety and your roof’s well-being in mind while you’re decorating this year. Don’t be like Clark Griswold. If you’re unfamiliar with this unsafe method of hanging lights, Clark uses, he decorates alone, balances on an unstable ladder, uses a staple gun, almost gets electrocuted and falls off his roof. While this has certainly made for great holiday entertainment over the years, there are much safer ways to hang lights on your roof.

For the integrity of your roofing system, do not use staples or nails. Staples and nails can damage your shingles and/or void your roof’s warranty. Additionally, they may lead to leaks in the future. Light clips are the best way to ensure both your roof and your lights remain undamaged during your holiday decorating this year. These clips are designed to clip on to your shingles or gutters. To purchase these clips, check your local home improvement store in their holiday section. Clips in this post can be found online or in stores at Lowe’s and come in packs of 100. 

How UV Rays affect your Roof

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On a hot sunny day, the temperatures of a traditional roof can be more that 50 degree Fahrenheit warmer than the outside temperature making it very easy to make an egg over medium above your home. This intense heat on the roof can contribute to higher inside temperatures, higher energy costs and uncomfortable indoors conditions for anyone without air conditioning.

As UV rays breaks the down the molecular structure of your roof extremely slowly, other evident damages occur. These include shingle discoloring, and warped/ crumbling shingles. When warping occurs, the roof shingles will curl and loosen. When crumbling occurs the material begins to decay and fall apart. A roofing technician can provide an accurate diagnose of possible damage and extend the life of your roof with regular maintenance. Contact us today! 919-906-3791

Roof Cost

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We specialize in asphalt shingle roofing and depending on the size of your home, this is a round about cost for replacing a roof. (Mansions are a little more of course.) Artisan can provide you with a FREE roof replacement estimate so you can find out how much your replacement will cost and simply just call us when ever you’re ready! 919-906-3791

Roof Shingle Types

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Roof Shingle Types

Asphalt roofing shingles are available in two primary forms: three-tab and dimensional.

  • Three-tab asphalt shingles are a linear, traditional style that is rapidly declining in popularity and gradually disappearing altogether.
  • Dimensional roofing shingles are preferred by today’s discerning homeowners. These laminated shingles come in a wide variety of colors, styles and profiles, each designed to fit a range of looks and budgets.

High-end dimensional roofing shingles can mimic the designer look of natural slate tiles or genuine cedar shakes without their associated expense or maintenance worries. In areas where local fire codes prohibit the use of wood shakes, these Class A, Fire- Resistance-rated dimensional shingles can help you achieve the look of real wood.

Asphalt shingles are less expensive than other types of roofing materials, which explains their popularity. Asphalt operates as a sealant that waterproofs the ceiling of your home. Due to the solidity of asphalt, it also increases the strength of the shingle itself. The length of time you can expect the shingles to perform will depend on your climate, installation, and a variety of other factors. Note that asphalt shingle warranties vary considerably from one manufacturer to another. Many companies offer limited lifetime warranties and assorted pro-rated periods.

Protect Your Most Valuable Investment with our Roof Maintenance Program!

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* Triangle 919-906-3791 – areas we serve include Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Morrisville, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Durham, Chapel Hill, PittsboroA Roof tune up can help save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs. Ensuring a yearly routine maintenance program is an essential step in maximizing the life-span of your roof.

Year after year, the roofing structure is damaged by Earth’s natural elements. In the summer, a roof takes a beating from heat and UV rays. It is during these hot summer months that most damage occurs to underlayment, roof tars and penetration seals. When cold and rainy weather comes, it can result in costly leaks, mold and other expensive home repairs.  Build up of debris on your roof can also accelerate the deterioration of your roof.  Leaves, dirt, droppings, pending water, or backed up gutters also contribute to the weakening and breakdown of the roof structure.    However, most leaky roofs can be repaired if regularly maintained –  but if left unrepaired, this could create more excessive and more expensive damages.

It’s possible to have roof damage without even knowing it – so call for an inspection today.  Free estimates are given at the end of our appointment if repair work is needed. Keeping your roof clear and clean not only extends its life, but keeps your manufacturer’s warranty valid and your roof from creating a leaky disaster.  


Your Maintenance Package includes…

  • Inspection of entire roof
  • Repair nail pops
  • Reseal around pipe collars & exhaust fans
  • Replace boot flashing and secure loose flashing
  • Nail down loose shingles
  • Replace broken shingles*
  • Inspect for interior leaks
  • Inspect Ventilation Penetration Seals
  • Inspect Chimney and Valley Seals (if applicable)


* $399 for homes up to 1200 SF, singled story residents only.  Price varies depending on the height and steepness of the roof.

* Up to 10 tabs for homes under 1880 SF.
* Up to 20 tabs for homes under 2400 SF.
* Up to 30 tabs for homes under 3400 SF.

* Triangle 919-906-3791 – areas we serve include Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Morrisville, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Durham, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro

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