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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

Keep those Buzzards off of Your Roof

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According to the United States Department of Agriculture, vultures (also know as “buzzards”) have even been known to eat and damage roof shingles. Their feces on the roof can emit a strong odor, and their destructiveness can cause expensive damage on shingles and rubber roofs. Fortunately, there are several simple and effective ways to encourage the vultures on your roof to relocate.

  • Keep your property as sanitary as possible. Vultures are attracted to dead animal carcasses and the afterbirth of farm animals. If you live on a farm, remove or burn dead animals and afterbirth quickly. Check wooded property for deer carcasses and other deceased wildlife that may be attracting the birds.


  • Hang a realistic vulture effigy from the roof or a nearby tree. If you have a flat roof, you can hang the effigy from a tripod sitting directly on the roof. If the birds believe the dead vulture is real, they will assume the area is unsafe and stay away.


  • Stretch a piece of wire or fishing line tightly across the roof, 6 to 8 inches above the area where the birds perch. Stretch the line tightly enough that the birds are unable to push it down and perch on top of it. It must also be high enough that the vultures can’t straddle it.


  • Make frequent loud noises at dusk when the birds are getting ready to roost for the night. You can yell or clap your hands loudly to try to disturb or frighten the vultures. Firecrackers and shotgun blasts can be used to more strongly encourage the birds’ departure, but check with your local authorities first to make sure that you are not violating any local laws. Warn your neighbors of your intentions as well.


  • Stay within the law. Vultures are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. This means that you may not use any lethal means of control without first trying other methods and then acquiring legal permission to terminate nuisance birds. Permits are also required to trap and relocate the birds or disturb their nests.


Turkey Vulture roof damage


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