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Pro Tips- Part 8

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What are roof nail pops?

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Roof nail pops on a roof can be caused by a variety of reasons. During climate changes, expansion and contraction can cause to the nail to pop up. When this happens, the roof shingles become loose and start to lift. Other causes of roof nail pops can be shingles that were not nailed tightly during the roof installation.   Additionally, the roof installers could have used nails that were too short.  It really is not uncommon to have a few roof nail pops, but left unattended, the roofing system will be compromised, and water will penetrate the wood causing roof leaks and interior damage.

There are lots of reasons why roof nail pops can occur, but the important thing is to take care of them as soon as you notice raised shingles. If the roof nail pops are dealt with immediately, a fix can be quite simple.  Removing and replacing the loose nails and sealing the roof shingles down will take care of the problem and will prevent other more expensive damages from occuring.

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nail-pop can cause leaks

Winter Weather Can Damage to Your Roof

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Is your roof ready for this brutal winter? By now you should know that potholes are the result of the freeze/thaw. The rapid swings in temperature can wreak havoc on the asphalt roads and cause them to fail. Likewise, every time you see or don’t see and hit a pothole, think about your roof. It might be worth the preventive maintenance to have a professional roofer get up there and take a close look at your roof. The continual heating/cooling can cause ice dams which occur when accumulated snow on a sloping roof melts and flows down the roof until it reaches an area cold enough and then refreezes, typically at the eaves. The ice formed in such a way often grows and “backs-up” the roof pushing its way under the shingles and damaging everything in its path. This is a situation that you want to identify early. Schedule your FREE roof estimate so we can tell you if your roof is ready for this brutal winter ahead and remember to think about your roof every time you hit or avoid a pothole! Serving Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex and surrounding areas. ice damage


Certainteed’s Asphalt Roofing Shingles

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Asphalt roofing shingles are the most commonly used covering on residential properties in the market. Asphalts primary purpose in roofing shingles is to serve as a waterproofing agent.  It also holds the granules in place and adds to the overall strength of the roofing shingle.  The best asphalt will stay flexible and will not dry out or become hard or brittle for the expected life of the roofing shingle.

Three major categories of Asphalt Roofing Shingles available in the market:
Strip Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Strip asphalt roofing shingles are single-layered asphalt roofing shingles typically designed to look like slate.  Strip roofing shingles are usually the lightest weight asphalt roofing shingles available in the market.  Built on a tough fiber glass base, each shingle provides resistance to blow-off and tearing.  Strip roofing shingles are used primarily by home builders manufacturing economy priced homes or purchased by homeowners as replacement roofing shingles for homes that already have strip shingles on the roof.  CertainTeed manufactures strip roofing shingles under the product names CT™ 20, XT™ 25, and XT™ 30.
Dimensional Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Dimensional asphalt roofing shingles are manufactured as multi-layered products and provide a thicker and richer appearance on the roof (a multi-dimensional look).  Dimensional roofing shingles typically are heavier weight than strip roofing shingles and usually have improved warranty protections, which can range from 30-years to Lifetime.  CertainTeed’s Landmark™ Series roofing shingles are a prototypically design for a Dimensional roofing shingle.
Premium Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Premium asphalt roofing shingles are usually described as laminated shingles that have a differentiated appearance or functionality from traditional dimensional asphalt roofing shingles.  These products may have designs that mimic “old-world” roofing shingles, like natural slate or natural shake roofing shingles.  CertainTeed’s Grand Manor™Presidential Shake™ and Carriage House™ shingles are prime examples of premium roofing shingles that provide an enhanced aesthetic appeal.  Premium asphalt roofing shingles might also have important functional improvements such as Impact Resistance or Solar Reflectivity that can possibly extend the life of the roofing system or provide lower energy costs.  Landmark™ IR and Landmark and Presidential Solaris™ would be primary examples of premium asphalt roofing shingles that provide enhanced functional performance.
Serving Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex and surrounding areas.

Roof Elements

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Here’s a nice picture showing the different layers of your roof.

1. Roof Deck – The foundation or base upon which the entire roofing system is dependent.
2. Flashing – prevent water penetration or directs the flow of water.
3. Ventilation – used to ventilate an attic or roof cavity.
4. Eaves protection – protects the roof against ice that builds up during winter freeze/thaw cycles.
5. Underlayment – a layer of protection between the roofing materials and your house.
6. Shingles – Well everyone should know this one!

Serving Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex and surrounding areas.


The Triangle cares about their ROOF!

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This year has been a super busy one for Artisan Quality Builders! We have replaced so many roofs in the Triangle and surrounding areas.  Homeowners here know the value of keeping their homes updated and maintained. They know that failure to replace their roof as recommended by their manufacture can lead to more expensive roof damages. That’s why so many residents in Cary, Apex, Durham, Raleigh and surrounding  areas are contacting us this year to inspect their roof! So many roofs in this area will turn 20+ years old and with a possible heavy winter coming soon, expensive roof damages may be around just the corner.

Check out our Facebook page to stay tuned with some of our current roof replacements. We posts there regularly!

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