What Should You do After a Storm?

We get a lot of storms in the summer in North Carolina. High winds and hail can cause damage to roofs that is often covered by homeowner’s insurance. Even though some of the storms that come through are short and fast moving, but even a few minutes of high winds or hail can cause damage to a roof. Especially since we have frequent storms, it’s very possible to have roof damage after one of these quick severe storms. If you’re concerned that you have roof damage, give Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling a call for your free inspection. There are a lot of factors that go into determining if your roof can be repaired or if needs to be replaced and we are here to talk with you about all of your options.

Get Your Roof Inspected

The best way to know if you have damage is to have your roof inspected. Lots of problems are visible from the roof that aren’t visible on the ground and it’s completely free for us to inspect your roof. After the inspection we will show you pictures of your roof and talk with you about any issues we may have found.

Age of the Roof

We get a lot of calls from people who say they have a leak or missing shingles and their roof is 10 or 15 years old and they have a 30 year shingle so they know they don’t need a new roof. Shingle warranties don’t have anything to do with storm damage. Even if your roof is new, storms can still cause damage. We’ve replaced roofs that are less than a year old and inspected roofs that are 20 years old and don’t have any storm damage. It all depends on the weather specifically at your home as well as the quality of your roof. The only way to determine if you have damage that requires your roof to be repaired or replaced is by having a professional inspect your roof.

Quality of the Roof

Certain types of roofing materials hold up storms better than others. Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling is a CertainTeed Shingle Master and chose CertainTeed as our shingle of choice due to their performance. CertainTeed architectural shingles are heavier and thicker than many other shingle brands, so they stand up better to wind and hail. Metal Roofing is also another great option to withstand severe weather over time. You can have the highest quality materials, but if it wasn’t installed correctly, your roof can still have major problems. While we can’t guarantee you won’t have storm damage to your home, we stand behind our work and provide a lifetime workmanship warranty on our roofs.

Signs You May Have Damage

Missing Shingles

Missing shingles allow a way for water to get into your home. They can also cause a zipper effect in future storms where you can lose more shingles and have more extensive damage. 

Lifted or Wind Creased Shingles

Wind can cause shingles to lift, crease, or break over time. This can allow wind driven rain to infiltrate the underlayment of the roof, which can cause more damage in the future. Lifted shingles need to be addressed before they become a more serious issue.

Leaks or Water Spots on Ceilings/Walls

Leaks are always a sign of a problem. Not only are leaks inconvenient, but they can also cause expensive interior damage to your home. Leaks can be caused by a number of factors and it is important to get them checked out before they cause more damage to the home.

Hail

If your home has been impacted by any size hail, you should have the roof inspected to ensure that the structural integrity of the roof is still intact. Hail can also cause damage to gutters and siding, so it is important to have the entire exterior of your home inspected after hail, which we will do for you at no cost.

It is important to get your roof inspected by a local company you trust. After heavy winds or hail, many companies will go door to door offering to file an insurance claim for you. A lot of these companies are not local and they move around the country to areas that have storm damage. If we think that your roof has damage that would qualify for insurance to help pay for the repairs or a new roof, we are happy to help you file your insurance claim and walk you through the process. Give Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling a call to schedule your free roof inspection.

Common Roofing Terms

When you call a company to look at your roof, there is often some new terminology that you need to understand. A lot of people who we work with have never had any roof work done before, so why would we expect them to know all the roofing terminology? At Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling, we are here to walk you through the whole process. These are some common terms that you may hear. It is our job to help you, so if you don’t understand something, don’t hesitate to ask!

ACV: Actual Cash Value. Insurance term for what your roof is worth today taking into consideration the age and condition of your roof. The insurance company determines how much it costs to replace the roof (RCV) and then subtracts the depreciation to give you the ACV.

Architectural Shingle: High quality shingle made from more than one layer for extra thickness and durability. They are made from a fiberglass mat with granules embedded in asphalt.

Bundle: A package of shingles. There are usually 3, 4, or 5 bundles per square.

Cedar Shake: Shingles made from natural wood used to cover walls or roofs.

Clay Tile: Roofing tiles made of clay baked at high temperatures. Durable in warm climates, but tend to crack with temperature fluctuations and freezing temperatures.

Closed Cut Valley: A method of valley construction in which shingles from one side of the valley extend across the valley while shingles from the other side are cut 2” from the valley centerline. The valley flashing is not exposed.

Counter Flashing: The portion of the flashing attached to a headwall or chimney to prevent water from seeping behind the base flashing.

Course: A row of shingles or roll roofing running the length of the roof.

Decking: The wooden boards that make up the framework of the roof. This is the base layer on which all the other roof components are installed.

Deductible: A homeowners insurance deductible is the amount that you pay out of pocket to the company doing the work on your home before the insurance company will pay a claim. This is an amount that you choose when you sign up for your insurance policy and the amount of the claim you are responsible for paying.

Depreciation: The value of your roof declines over time. The depreciation is the amount that the value of your roof has decreased since the roof was put on your home.

Discontinued Shingles: Shingles that are no longer manufactured. This can be for a variety of reasons such as a manufacturing defect, recall, or a lack of sales. 

Dormer: A framed window unit projecting through the sloping plane of a roof.

Drip Edge: A corrosion-resistant, non-staining material used along the eaves and rakes to allow water run-off to drip clear of underlying construction.

Eave: The horizontal, lower edge of a sloped roof.

Fascia: The long, straight board that runs along the lower edge of the roof.

Field of Roof: The area where most of the components of your roof are installed. This includes decking, underlayment, shingles, tiles, etc., but does not include the perimeter of the roof or flashings.

Flashing: Pieces of metal used to prevent water from leaking into a building around intersections or projections in a roof such as chimneys, adjoining walls, and dormers.

Gable: The upper triangular portion of a sidewall that comes to a point at the ridge of a double sloping roof.

Granule: Typically ceramic-coated colored crushed rock that is applied to the exposed surface of asphalt roofing products.

Hail Damage: Hail will shorten a roof’s lifespan or may require a roof replacement. Hail damage is noticeable in soft metals on the roof as well as dents in shingles if the hail is large enough. This often isn’t visible from the ground.

Hip: The inclined external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes. Runs from the ridge to the eaves.

Hip & Ridge Cap: These are special shingles, that are specifically designed to cover the more aggressive angles of hips and ridges without cracking or breaking and also give the roof its full wind rating.

Ice & Water Shield: Self-adhering rubber membrane underlayment applied to vulnerable areas of your roof to prevent water from penetrating your roof. Applied in valleys and all potential leak points, such as around chimneys, pipe boots, vents, and headwalls. Helps to prevent leaks from wind-driven rain and ice dams.

Nail Pop: Nail has lifted out of the roof and is causing a shingle to lift. These can be caused by inadequate attic ventilation, improperly installed nails, or temperature changes. Can lead to water penetration and leaks if not addressed.

Open Valley: Method of valley construction in which shingles on both sides of the valley are trimmed along each side of the valley. Shingles do not extend across the valley and the valley flashing is exposed.

OSB: Oriented Strand Board is the most common type of decking used on roofs today. It’s made from compressed wood chips/strips and an adhesive to form a sheet.

Penetrations: Anything that penetrates a roof deck, such as vents, chimneys, or pipes.

Pipe Boots or Pipe Jacks: Placed over vent pipes on your roof to prevent water from leaking into your home. 

Plank Decking: Decking made up of long rectangular boards. This is most commonly found on older homes and is made in 1×6 and 1×8 sizes.

Plywood: Composite-wood product for construction purposes.

Rake: The inclined edge of a sloped roof over a wall.

RCV: Replacement Cost Value. Insurance term for how much it costs to replace your roof today without subtracting depreciation. That means they pay you the amount it costs to get a new roof, not what your current roof is worth.

Recoverable Depreciation: On many insurance policies, the depreciation (amount subtracted from RCV) is recoverable after the work on your home is complete. The insurance company will send you a check for that amount once the work on your home is completed (which you then have to pay to the company who did the work).

Ridge: The uppermost, horizontal external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.

Ridge Vent: Air exhaust vent installed along the peak of the roof. 

Scope: An insurance scope is the report received from the insurance company with an estimate of what it will cost to put your home back to pre-loss condition and what they will pay for the insurance claim. This is also referred to as scope of work. Insurance companies will often send the first insurance check (ACV) with the scope.

Screw Down Metal: Corrugated metal roof with many exposed screws that hold the roof in place.

Slate: Stone roof shingles. Aesthetically pleasing and durable, but are very expensive and the heaviest roofing material, so it will add to structural costs of your home to support the added weight.

Slope: The degree of roof incline expressed as the ratio of the rise, in inches, to the run, in inches. For example, roof slope of 6/12 has a 6 inch rise every 12 inches.

Soffit: The finished underside of the eaves.

Square: A unit of roof measurement equal to 100 square feet.

Standing Seam Metal: Roofing system where roofing panels are connected at their seams and fastened in place by clips and hidden screws.

Starter Strip: The first course of shingles that are installed and designed to work in tandem with the roof shingles above for optimal shingle sealing and performance. The starter shingles are designed to provide water and wind protection at the eaves and rakes of the roof.

Step Flashing: Metal flashing that is installed where a roof meets a headwall to prevent water from getting underneath the shingles and leaking into the house.

Synthetic Felt: Roof underlayment made from long-lasting polymers for enhanced protection from the elements and water resistance.

Tab: The exposed portion of strip shingles defined by cutouts.

Underlayment: Material used beneath roofing to provide additional protection for the deck.

Valley: The internal angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.

Wind Damage: Damage to roof caused by wind is often noticeable as missing shingles, lifted shingles, creased shingles, and lifted ridge vent or ridge cap. 

Woven Valley: Method of valley construction in which shingles from both sides of the valley extend across the valley and are woven together by overlapping alternate courses as they are applied. This installation method is more likely to leak.

3 Tab Shingle: Single ply non-laminated asphalt shingle with a flat “brick like” appearance. Has a lifespan of 20-25 years, but are easily damaged by storms even when they are new, so most need to be replaced prematurely.

Introducing Next Generation Metal Roof Tiles

When it comes to protecting your home and our environment, True Nature and Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling have you covered.

Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling wants to elevate the beauty of your home with a roof that withstands the elements and looks beautiful for a for lifetime. True Nature metal roofs not only look beautiful, but are also an excellent investment. With the lowest average lifecycle cost per year of any other roofing material, you can rest assured your forever home will have a forever roof. This impressive metal roofing collection, featuring three popular styles, blends effortlessly with the environment. Shake, Slate and Barrel tile – designed to perfectly match the look you want combined with performance you never thought possible.

Beauty that Lasts

Realism captured through their industry leading tile stamping process provides a true-to-form surface finish that is indiscernible from a shake, slate or clay tile roof. Available in a full range of complementary colors and finishes to enhance the beauty of your home with a modern approach to natural textures. True Nature is an innovative and elegant metal roofing collection that’s natural appearance and curb appeal will last 50+ years. Whether you desire the classic look of cedar shake, natural slate or Mediterranean inspired clay tile, True Nature offers life-like realism and lifetime protection without the drawbacks of traditional high-end roofing materials.

Cedar Creek Shake

Unlike traditional cedar shakes, True Nature’s Cedar Creek Shake metal roof tiles will never split, warp, mold or rot. Cedar shake roofs require regular maintenance, but True Nature’s Cedar Creek Shake roof requires zero maintenance.

North Ridge Slate

True Nature’s North Ridge Slate metal roof tiles feature a thicker profile and shadow line that makes them indiscernible from slate. They are a fraction of the weight and price of a traditional slate roof.

Coastal Wave Tile

True Nature’s Coastal Wave barrel tiles are lighter than concrete or clay, delivering substantial savings in structural costs. Coastal Wave metal roof tiles overlap and fasten with screws that are discreetly placed in shadowed areas to mimic the look of natural clay – but still offer unprecedented water-tightness and protection from high winds and driving rains. It is the only metal barrel tile that filters water over the tile and away from the underlayment, eliminating damage to the roof-deck from rust and rot.

Sustainable Roofing

True Nature metal roofs have zero environmental impact and zero waste. Metal roof tile is 100% recyclable at the end of it’s 50+ year life. This reduces waste, unlike asphalt shingles that go to the landfill. Every ton of steel they use in the manufacturing process is made from 70% recycled North American made steel.

Protection from Extreme Weather

For the past 90 years, Vicwest has engineered and manufactured innovative metal roofing and wall systems designed to withstand North America’s harshest climates. True Nature’s QuadraLoc technology locks the tile in place on all four sides, resulting in unprecedented water tightness and virtually eliminates uplift from high winds and driving rains. This protects your roof from hurricane-force winds surpassing 180 MPH. Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling uses 7 screws to attach each panel to achieve the max strength in storms. A True Nature metal roof is watertight. Their unique profile is the only metal tile that filters water over and away from the underlayment, eliminating damage from rust and rot, keeping your home dry.

Optimized Energy Efficiency

True Nature only uses top rated Sherwin Williams paints. Cool Roof paints help reflect heat during the hottest months, while retaining energy during cooler months, reducing energy costs and increasing your home’s overall value.

What is a Harbeck Roofing roof?

When most people are looking for a construction company, the two things they find most important are quality work and affordability. Our goal at Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling is to provide superior construction at a fair price. We only use the best materials and experienced crews, but we charge a fair price for the high quality of the work we provide. We stand behind the quality of our work, which is why we provide a complimentary lifetime warranty on our roofs. We offer free upgrades to architectural shingles and never charge for roof inspections.

CertainTeed ShingleMaster

Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling is proud to hold the CertainTeed ShingleMaster credential. “This credential requires a commitment to professionalism and dedication to quality craftsmanship that few other roofing companies demonstrate. Only companies who focus on superior workmanship and customer satisfaction earn the ShingleMaster credential.” Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling employees participate in educational programs from CertainTeed to gain installation and product knowledge. “The ShingleMaster agrees to abide by a code of ethics that covers compliance with applicable laws and requires high standards of workmanship, customer service and business administration.” We are dedicated to providing the highest level of work and service to all of our customers. Source: CertainTeed

Lifetime Warranty

We offer a lifetime workmanship warranty on our roofs. If there is a problem with your roof that was caused by a mistake that we made, we will fix it for you at no cost. Because we are a CertainTeed ShingleMaster, we are able to include the SureStart PLUS 4-Star Warranty on all of our roofs installed with the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System (our preferred method of installation). We include this warranty at no cost to our customers. In the event of a manufacturing defect, the SureStart PLUS 4-Star Warranty fully covers materials, labor, tear-off, and disposal expenses for up to 50 years. We stand behind that quality of our roofs, which is why we offer these warranties at no cost.

What is the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System?

CertainTeed says that their integrity roof system is “a complete approach to long lasting beauty and performance. It combines key elements that help ensure you have a well-built roof for long-lasting performance.”

1. Waterproofing Underlayment

We install a self-adhering underlayment called an ice and water shield to all vulnerable areas of your roof. This is a rubber membrane that prevents water from penetrating your roof. We apply an ice and water shield in valleys and all potential leak points, such as around chimneys, pipe boots, vents, and headwalls. This is not a building code requirement in central or coastal North Carolina, but we know that applying the ice and water shield results in a superior long-lasting roof, which is why we do this upgrade on our roofs. It helps to prevent leaks from wind-driven rain and ice dams.

2. Water-Resistant Underlayment

We use a synthetic felt underlayment that provides a protective layer over the roof deck and is a secondary barrier against leaks. A synthetic felt underlayment is more expensive than a traditional felt underlayment because it is a more durable superior product. A felt underlayment is prone to tearing in wind during a roof installation and will absorb water and moisture. Synthetic felt underlayment holds nails better than traditional felt, repels water instead of absorbing it, and has a non-skid surface that makes if safer to walk on the roof during the installation process.

3. Starter Shingles

“Starter Shingles are the first course of shingles that are installed and designed to work in tandem with the roof shingles above for optimal shingle sealing and performance.” The starter shingles are designed to provide water and wind protection at the eaves and rakes of the roof. Many companies will not buy the specialty starter shingles and will take regular shingles, flip them upside down, nail that down as the starter, and then start to install the shingles over that. The problem with this method is that it doesn’t allow the first row of shingles to adhere properly and will often result in leaks or lifting shingles in high winds.

4. Shingles

“CertainTeed has a broad line of shingles. The right shingle can mean the difference between an average, everyday look or a beautiful roof that’s the talk of the neighborhood.” The two types of shingles that we use the most are CertainTeed Landmark and CertainTeed Landmark Pro. Landmark shingles have a 10 year algae resistance warranty and Landmark Pro has a 15 year algae resistance warranty. Because we use a 6 nail pattern on all of our roofs, both the Landmark and Landmark Pro shingles have a 130mph wind rating.

5. Hip & Ridge Caps

These are special shingles, that are specifically designed to cover the more aggressive angles of hips and ridges without cracking or breaking and also give the roof its full 130 mph wind rating. Shingles not designed specifically for hips and ridges can reduce the wind rating of the whole roof.  “These shingles when used on the roof’s hip and ridge line provide a distinctive finishing touch on your new roof.”

6. Ventilation

“A roof that breathes is shown to perform better and last longer. Ridge Vents, in combination with Intake Vents, allow air to flow on the underside of your roof deck, keeping the attic cooler in the summer and drier in the winter.” We replace the existing ridge vent on all roof replacements. We know that proper attic ventilation is one of the key aspects to a long lasting, which is why if you do not already have ridge vent, we install it at no additional cost. Source: CertainTeed

Project Managers

Quality workmanship and customer service is extremely important to us at Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling. We have experienced and highly trained Project Managers on site at all roof installs to oversee the installation process. We extensively vet our crews, and we only work with the most experienced crews. Our crews have an eye for detail, have pride in their work, and will not do anything less than perfect.

Winter Storm Roof Damage

It’s been cold in central North Carolina for days and now we have snow, sleet, and freezing rain. These are the perfect conditions for roof problems caused by ice. Living in the South, we don’t often have to worry about roof damage from winter weather, so you may not know what to expect. Roofs here are not required to be built to the same codes as in areas prone to snow and ice, so your roof may not be able to withstand this weather. Here are some of the leading causes of roof damage from winter storms.

Ice Dam

Many people know that ice dams can form on your roof with snow, but you may not know that you can get an ice dam without snow. Sleet, freezing rain, and even just rain in cold temperatures can cause ice dams, and these can be less obvious than ice dams caused by snow. When the freezing rain falls on your roof in cold temperatures, some of the rain will freeze on your roof, but most of it will run down your roof and collect and freeze on the eaves of your home (overhangs that extend beyond the walls of your home). The water may also pool and freeze around skylights, chimneys, valleys, gutters, or any other roof penetrations such as bathroom or kitchen vents. This will cause a buildup of ice called an ice dam. The ice itself is not the problem. The problem occurs when the water tries to run off your roof and hits the ice and pools. The water can then start to penetrate your shingles and get into your home. This can cause water damage inside your home.

Roof Leaks

Ice can turn existing roof problems into roof leaks. Lifted shingles, exposed nail heads, lifting nails, and improper flashing are all areas where water can start to penetrate your roof and leak into your home. You may already have these issues and are not aware because you don’t have an active leak yet. When water freezes in these areas of your roof in cold temperatures, it expands in volume. When ice expanding lifts shingle seals, the shingles will not reseal and will allow water to penetrate your roof. You may notice a leak right away, but often it will cause a problem that won’t be immediately visible. If you see water or ice coming out of your siding or soffit, the water has already penetrated the vapor barrier (roof underlayment) and it is only a matter of time before you start noticing leaks in your house.

Water Penetration in Valleys

Since we do not often get this type of weather in central North Carolina, ice and water shield in the valleys is not required by building code. An ice and water shield is a waterproof membrane that is put in the valleys of a roof to protect your roof from ice and water damage. Many homes do not have this barrier and that will allow the water from ice dams to leak through the valleys into your home. Because at Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling we believe in superior construction at a fair price, we put an ice and water shield in all of our valleys at no extra charge. Many new construction homes will not have this in the valleys, so even new roofs can have leaks or damage from one winter storm.

Gutter Damage

When water freezes in your gutters, it expands and can cause gutters and downspouts to crack. The weight of the ice in your gutters can also cause gutters to become loose or detach from your home completely.

If you have a roofing problem caused by the weather, call a professional to come out to address the problem. Often damage caused from ice is not immediately visible. Even an ice dam from one storm can lead to costly repairs down the road. The best thing to do is have your roof inspected by a roofing professional after a winter storm to ensure that you don’t have a problem or fix it before it becomes a bigger issue later. You can give Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling a call and we will come out and inspect your roof for you for free.  

How to Avoid Roof Damage from Hanging Christmas Lights

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many people are getting ready to put up their Christmas lights. While getting in the holiday spirit, don’t let your decorating cause expensive damage to your home. We’ve seen serious damage caused to roofs by putting up Christmas decorations with nails and staples, so we have some tips for how to decorate without harming your home.

Don’t Put Holes in Your Roof

If you’ve seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you know that Clark Griswold attaches his Christmas lights with a staple gun. That’s a bad idea. Staples, nails, screws, and anything else that causes a hole in your shingles can cause serious damage. Putting holes in your roof will void a roof warranty. When you take your Christmas lights down, those holes allow water to penetrate the shingles and cause your roof decking to rot. You do not want to put holes in the fascia (wood around the perimeter of your roof) either. The water will also get into those holes and cause your fascia to rot. Making holes in your gutters will cause your gutters to leak as well. If you put holes in your house it causes expensive problems down the road, so don’t do it!

Use Plastic Clips

You can get plastic Christmas light clips almost anywhere you buy Christmas lights this time of year. There are a lot of different types of clips depending on the type of lights you are using and where you are trying to attach the lights. They make clips that attach to the edge of your shingles or gutters as well as clips that work to attach lights to the ridges of your roof. Whenever it is possible, it is better to attach the clips to your gutters or drip edge instead of your shingles. If you must attach the clips to your shingles, make sure that you are not lifting the shingles. Lifting the shingles can break their bond to the roof and can sometimes cause the shingles to break depending on the age of the shingles. When you take down your lights, it may be tempting to just pull on the cord to save time, but that can also cause damage to your roof. You need to make sure you take them down the same way you put them up, carefully one clip at a time.

Avoid Walking on Your Roof

Walking on your roof can be very dangerous, so it is important to have someone with the proper safety equipment and knowledge of roofs on the roof. Walking on the roof too often can cause damage to shingles, so it is best to only have a professional walk on your roof. The best way to hang your lights is from a ladder instead of on the roof.

If you think a Christmas decoration might cause damage to your roof, don’t risk it. There are lots of fun exterior holiday decorations that will not damage your home. Enjoy your decorating and Merry Christmas from all of us at Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling!

How to Prevent Water Damage

One of the main reasons to get your roof inspected regularly is to prevent leaks into your home. Once you notice that you have a leak, you’ve really waited too long. By the time you see water coming into your home, the decking under the shingles has often started to rot. Waiting to repair leaks can cause expensive and preventable damage.

Any penetrations into the house are potential leak points that need to be inspected regularly to ensure there is a proper seal between the interior of the house and the roof. Examples of these potential leak points are chimneys, flashing, skylights, bathroom vents, kitchen vents, and pipe flashings.

If you already have a leak, we can fix your roof and all of your interior damage. Leaks will often cause damage to decking, insulation, drywall, flooring, molding, and paint. Fascia (where the roof decking meets the perimeter of the home) can be damaged by prolonged exposure to water. The two best solutions to preventing fascia rot are drip edge and gutters. Drip edge is metal flashing installed under the shingles on the edge of your roof that routes water away from the fascia around your home. Gutters route water into downspouts and away from your home.

The best thing that you can do to prevent leaks and water damage to your home is to have regular roof inspections. Your roof should be inspected twice a year or after every major storm event. Give Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling a call to schedule your free roof inspection, before you have a leak.

Best Ways to Upgrade Your Roof

At Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling, we only use quality products. We stand behind all of our work, which is why we offer a lifetime workmanship warranty on all of our roofs. While our basic roof is a high-quality roof, there are several ways that you can upgrade your roof to have the best roof possible.

Hand Nailing

Hand Nailed roofs are superior roofs. Nail placement and nail penetration are important when it comes to wind ratings on roofs. While you can be very accurate with a nail gun, the best way to have perfect nail placement is by hand nailing. With hand nailing, the nails are perfectly flush with the shingle because they can feel the perfect spot for the nail every time. Hand nailed roofs can often withstand storms better than roofs nailed with a nail gun.

Upgrade Your Shingle

Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling upgrades everyone with 3-tab shingles to high quality architectural shingles, free of charge, because everyone needs to have a quality roof.  Architectural shingles are superior to 3-tab shingles, but there are different grades of architectural shingles. We only use architectural shingles that have a minimum wind rating of 130 miles per hour. We primarily use Certainteed Landmark Shingles, which are warrantied to be algae resistant for 15 years. A better shingle that you can put on your home is the Certainteed Landmark Pro. Landmark Pro shingles are heavier than Landmark shingles, are warrantied to be algae resistant for 20 years, offer more variegation in color, and gives your home more depth.

Drip Edge

Drip edge is metal flashing on the edge of your roof that routes water away from the fascia around your home. It directs the water either into the gutters around the eaves or off the rakes to the ground. It helps prevent rot to fascia and siding and extends the life of the exterior of the home. Adding drip edge to your home can save thousands of dollars in potential repairs to your home in the future.

Perma Boots

Perma Boots cover pipes on your roof to prevent water from leaking into your home over time. Neoprene and even EPDM collars can deteriorate quickly with wear and tear from the sun and extreme temperature fluctuations. Perma Boots extend the life of your existing pipe flashings and are warrantied to last the life of the roof.

Gutters

Gutters are meant to divert water away from your home. When the water pools at the base of your home during heavy rains, it can seep into areas where there shouldn’t be water and cause damage. Water running off the edge of your roof can also cause erosion to flower beds and landscaping around the home. Gutters can also help to keep you drier when leaving your house during a rainstorm. Water is diverted through downspouts instead of pouring off the roof directly onto you.

Gutter Helmets

Gutter helmets are a permanent solution to keeping your gutters clean. They are permanently attached to your gutters and are made out of aluminum and can be matched in color to your gutters. You will never need to clean your gutters again. This one time investment is a great way to save money if you are paying someone to clean your gutters, and they save you valuable time if you were cleaning your gutters yourself. We see that many people, who are no longer comfortable climbing a ladder, turn to gutter helmets as an alternative to paying someone to clean their gutters.

We stand behind every roof that we install for life. We use the best materials available on the market today, we only use crews that have worked with us in the industry for many years, and we have a long track record of quality work. These are all upgrades that we believe give you the best roof possible and increase the longevity of your roof. All of these options are things that the owner, Ben Harbeck, would do when putting a new roof on his own home. We will never recommend subpar products or perform work on someone’s house that we will not perform on our own home.

Signs It May Be Time For A New Roof

With the weather in North Carolina, a lot of people hear about storms causing damage to roofs creating the need for a roof replacement. Many people do not know that a roof could not have storm damage and need to still be replaced due to age. Depending on the type of materials used on the roof, the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is between 10 and 25 years. There are several signs that your roof is reaching the end of it’s lifespan and you should call Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling for a free roof inspection.

Roof Degranulation

Excessive amounts of granules running off your roof into gutters, driveways, or yards is a sign that your roof is past it’s lifespan. Degranulation of shingles causes your roof to lose water shedding capabilities and can potentially allow water to penetrate through the raw fiberglass matting remaining. This is typically a sign that your roof is due for replacement.

Brittle Shingles

Older shingles can become brittle and break over time. This is a problem because the missing shingles can allow water to penetrate your roof. If the shingles on your roof are brittle, it is not possible to do repairs on that roof without causing more damage, so it is time for a new roof.

Roof is 15+ Years Old

Even if you don’t see any problems with your roof, if your roof is more than 15 years old, you need to get it inspected. It is recommended that all homeowners get their roofs inspected twice a year and after every major storm event. This is even more important if you have an older roof because older roofs are usually more susceptible to damage.

Algae Growing on Roof

Algae resistant shingles have been around since the 1960s, but due to advances in shingle manufacturing, only newer shingles are truly algae resistant. Older shingles were not made the same way they are today and over time algae may start to grow on the roof. Many homeowners will try to clean the algae off of their roof, but that is never a good idea. The brushing, scraping, or power washing needed to remove the algae can actually cause more damage to your roof than leaving it alone. If you have algae growing on your roof, it can be a sign that your roof is reaching the end of it’s life.

When your roof has worn out, it is always important to get it replaced in a timely manner. When a storm hits a roof that is past it’s life, it can cause serious and expensive damage to the interior of your home. The rating listed on your shingle may not be the realistic lifespan of your roof. While many shingles are rated for 20 to 50 years, the weather conditions that your roof will face may cause your roof to wear out much faster. The best way to tell if it your roof is past it’s life is to call Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling for a free roof inspection. We will take pictures of any problems we find and explain to you why that is an issue or potential problem.

Signs Your Home May Have Storm Damage

You should have your home inspected after any severe weather event. Storms can cause damage to your home that can lead to costly repairs if the damage isn’t fixed in a timely manner. Homeowner’s insurance will cover the costs to repair storm damage to your home. Here are some signs that your home may have suffered storm damage, and it’s time to call Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling for a free home inspection.

Missing Shingles

When there are shingles missing from your roof, it is very important to call for a roof inspection. Missing shingles allow a way for water to get into your home. They can also cause a zipper effect in future storms where you can lose more shingles and have more extensive damage. 

Lifted or Wind Creased Shingles

Wind can cause shingles to lift, crease, or break over time. This can allow wind driven rain to infiltrate the underlayment of the roof, which can cause more damage in the future. Lifted shingles need to be addressed before they become a more serious issue.

Lifted Ridge Vent or Missing Ridge Cap Shingles

Improperly installed ridge vent can be prone to lifting in the wind due to storm events. Ridge vent is key to proper attic and home ventilation, but lifting ridge vent can allow water to enter your home with wind driven rain and cause interior damage. If you notice that your ridge vent is lifting, you need to call for an inspection. 

Leaks or Water Spots on Ceilings or Walls

Leaks are always a sign of a problem. Not only are leaks inconvenient, but they can also cause expensive interior damage to your home. Leaks can be caused by a number of factors and it is important to get them checked out before they cause more damage to the home. 

Hail

If your home has been impacted by any size hail, you should have the roof inspected to ensure that the structural integrity of the roof is still intact. Hail can also cause damage to gutters and siding, so it is important to have the entire exterior of your home inspected after hail.

Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling offers free inspections for the entire exterior of your home. If you had hail or strong winds at your house, it’s always a good idea to call for a free home inspection to verify that you don’t have damage.