The Roofer Winston Salem NC Homeowners Depend Upon
Feb 20, 2021
One of the first things passersby notice about your home is the roof, especially if it looks worn. It’s no surprise since your roof makes up approximately 40% of your visual exterior. Not only is a deteriorating roof an eyesore, it probably isn’t protecting your home very well either. Rather than putting off getting a new roof, call the roofer Winston Salem NC residents trust, Xterior, LLC. There are dozens of residential roofing contractors to choose from in the Winston Salem area. Thus, you may think it will be hard to find one that provides quality work and meets your needs. However, we’re the contractor of choice for many residents of North Carolina. We have over 45 years of combined experience in the home improvement industry and are BBB accredited. Plus, we’re fully insured to protect you during the installation. Our roofing company can install both metal and asphalt roofing. As an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor, we can offer some of the strongest warranties in the roofing industry. Owens Corning is a market leader in asphalt roofing systems. Moreover, the company earned the 2020 Women’s Choice Award® as America’s Most Recommended™ Roofing Products.
Periodically Do An Interior CheckWhile some roofs last longer than others, at some point all need replacing. Often, you can find the first sign of roof damage on the inside of your home. Certainly, water stains on your ceiling or walls may be an indication of a roof leak. Even if you don’t have any water stains, it’s a good idea to check your attic every so often. Look for streams of light penetrating from outside. Shine a flashlight around to look for any dark stains, water spots, or sagging. Additionally, take notice if your attic has a musty or mildewy smell. This can also be an indication of a damaged roof. As moisture encourages mold growth, a musty smell could be a sign of a leak. Certainly, any visible signs of water or sagging need immediate attention. Call your roofing contractor right away. Delaying replacing your roof may only cause further damage.
Routinely Perform An Exterior Check As WellMother Nature is particularly harsh on rooftops. Your roof bears the brunt of her fury battling wind, snow, hail, and extreme heat. Certainly, you should check your roof after experiencing strong weather elements for storm damage. However, you should also be checking your roof periodically. Hail is especially damaging to rooftops. It can cause punctures or tears in your asphalt shingles. A hailstorm can also loosen granules. Unfortunately, hail is quite common in North Carolina. In 2019, we claimed a spot in the top 10 states ranked by hail claim losses. Although some parts of North Carolina experience light snow, the mountainous areas do receive quite a bit. Snow on your roof can be problematic as it enters a thaw-freeze cycle. The thawing of snow during the day and melting at night has the potential of creating ice dams. These blocks of ice prevent water from draining off your roof, backing up underneath your shingles. If you live near the coast, you understand the power behind hurricane winds. However, further inland, you can still experience strong winds during a thunderstorm. Moreover, these storms will occasionally produce a tornado. Strong winds can rip shingles from your roof. Even milder winds can blow damaging debris onto your rooftop. Even the sun will damage your shingles. UV radiation causes chemical changes weakening and degrading asphalt shingles. Plus, the heat of the day and cool of the night causes expansion and contraction. Over time, this too causes decay. If you suspect a problem, don’t hesitate to call your roofing contractor for an inspection. Sometimes a problem will begin without any visible damage. Often, an issue may be developing that an untrained eye can’t detect. An experienced roofing company can examine your roof and can determine if a leak is likely to happen.
Do Metal Roofs Offer The Strongest Protection Available?While a metal roof is indeed stronger than an asphalt shingle roof, it’s not impervious to Mother Nature. Thus, it’s just as important to inspect your metal roof periodically and after a storm. Notably, metal is tougher against hail and flying debris. While these things may dent metal panels, it’s rare either will penetrate through. Whereas certain hail would damage an asphalt shingle roof, it would only scuff a metal roof. Snow will just slide off your metal roof before ice even has a chance to accumulate. Thus, you won’t have to worry about ice dams. Moreover, metal is unaffected by UV light from the sun. Unlike asphalt shingles, metal roofing will not chemically break down like asphalt shingles. Many metal roofing products have wind and uplift resistance above new building code requirements. Plus, the strength of metal makes it ideal to resist high winds associated with severe storms. However, even though metal roofing is more durable, sometimes roof leaks can happen. Expansion and contraction of metal panels still occur. Checking the integrity of panels and fasteners can expose potential problems before a leak develops.
Some Signs You May Need A New RoofYou may have been lucky and severe storms have avoided your area. However, you should still periodically check your roof. Doing so can help detect potential problems. Spotting minor issues can prevent an emergency roof replacement. If you have an asphalt roof you should consider a roof replacement when you notice any of these conditions:
- Granules in your gutter
- Damaged flashing
- Curling or cupping of shingle edges
- Cracked shingles
- Your asphalt roof is more than 20 years old
- Rusting or severe fading of the paint finish
- Loose panels
- Any damage like scratches to the paint finish
- Failing fasteners
- Your metal roof is more than 50 years old
How Much Will A New Roof CostVarious elements, including roof slope, combine to reflect a home’s architectural style. Often reflecting trends, wealth, or the mood of the era, roof slopes change with the type of house. Some designs like the ranch, have a low-pitched roof. Other styles like the Victorian, have high-pitched roofs. These particular characteristics of a roof, help determine the cost of a roof replacement. For example, a single-story ranch house with a low-pitched roof presents a simple roof installation. However, a two-story, high-pitched roof with many angles is more complex requiring more labor. The combination of several factors determines the price of a roof, hence the varying cost among contractors:
- Roofing material
- Quality of underlayment and fasteners