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Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition buildings – sixth of all electricity generated in this country.

  • ENERGY STAR qualified roof products reflect more of the sun’s rays. This can lower roof surface temperature by up to 50F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 percent.
  • Although there are inherent benefits in the use of reflective roofing, before selecting a roofing product based on expected energy savings consumers should explore the expected calculated results that can be found on the Department of Energy’s “Roof Savings Calculator” website at www.roofcalc.com (link is external). Please remember the Energy Savings that can be achieved with reflective roofing is highly dependent on facility design, insulation used, climatic conditions, building location, and building envelope efficiency. Read about here…https://www.energystar.gov/products/certified-products/detail/roof-products

Energy Star Rated Roofing Product

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We’ve been really busy replacing a bunch of roofs around the Triangle but here’s a roof color that stands out and is great for the summer heat of NC. It’s the beautiful eye catching gray shingle called Silver birch by CertainTeed. It’s an Energy Star rated roofing product and does an excellent job at reducing roof temperatures. We think it looks GREAT too!

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Asking about our energy saving roofing products today! 2015-03-28 23.14.08Serving Cary, Apex, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas!

Don’t wait for your roof to leak!

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Roof leaks can cause significant damage to a home if the underlying cause isn’t discovered and repaired promptly. Since water can travel outward from the point where a leak occurs, it may be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Check your roof for some of the most common causes of leaks to stop an existing leak or to prevent future problems. Don’t wait for your roof to leak. Give it a roof up or replace it – if it is time.

Age
Roofing materials deteriorate with age and become less effective at keeping water out. Temperature fluctuations and weather conditions may cause roofing materials to become brittle and crack over time. Exposure to direct sunlight can melt the tar that seals shingles together.

Roof Vents
It’s important for any penetration through the roof to be sealed properly to prevent leaks. Inspect the gaskets around vent pipes for cracks or gaps and check for missing nails. Plastic vents may crack after years of exposure to the weather.

Slope
If the roof slope is too shallow, wind can lift shingles and drive rain underneath. Roof slope, or pitch, is measured as a ratio of its vertical rise, in inches, over a horizontal distance of 12 inches. The International Building Code stipulates that the roof slope must be at least 2:12 for installation of asphalt shingles. If the slope is between 2:12 and 4:12, a double layer of underlay material must be used. Ensure that your roofing materials are appropriate for the roof pitch and have been installed properly.

Debris
Buildup of debris such as twigs, leaves or pine needles can trap water against the roof and allow it to seep in by capillary action. It’s important to keep the roof clear to permit water to run off quickly. Trimming overhanging tree branches will make it easier to keep your roof free of debris.

Flashing
Metal roof flashing seals roof transitions where large amounts of water run down or where absorption may occur. Flashing is placed where the roof joins a dormer, where a chimney penetrates the roof and around the edges of skylights. Flashing sections may slide out of place if nails are missing and caulk may dry and crack over time.

Ridge Cap
The ridge cap covers the gap at the peak of a roof where the two slopes meet. Contractors who use rope and harness systems without protecting the ridge cap can create holes in the roofing material, allowing rain to enter.

Gutter Backup
Gutters that are clogged with leaves or other debris can slow the water flowing off the roof, giving it time to soak through. Gutter covers can help keep gutters clear of debris to ensure that water flows freely and quickly off the roof.

Holes
Holes remaining after the removal of a TV antenna or some other rooftop installation can draw water into the house. Inspect the roof for holes and seal any that you discover.

Excess Moisture
Draining upper roof gutters directly onto a lower roof can lead to the lower section becoming overly saturated, which can cause leaks. Extend the downspout to the next gutter or down to the ground instead.

Missing Shingles
Strong winds can rip shingles from the roof, and you may have an exposed area where you can’t see. Climb a ladder to inspect hidden areas and check for missing shingles.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/ten-common-reasons-roof-leaks-84644.html

Office Sheds

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Why drive to work? Build one of these office sheds in your backyard and be home on time for dinner! If it’s made of roofing, siding and windows, we can build one for you! Just call us for details! 919-906-3791 or email [email protected]roofing, siding and windows

New Roofs in Cary and Raleigh

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We thought last year was busy! We’re off to an AMAZING start this roofing season! These are just SOME of the homeowners in Cary and Raleigh that gave their roof a makeover this week. If the weather cooperates, we can keep this roof replacing trend going. No wonder Cary and Raleigh is so beautiful! Homeowners care!
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