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.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material used on homes in America for several reasons. They are widely available, affordable, and last for decades with minimal upkeep. There are three main types of asphalt shingles, but architectural shingles are the most popular. Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling offers free upgrades from 3-tab to architectural shingles to offer you a superior product and give us the ability to guarantee the quality of your roof.

3-Tab

A 3-tab asphalt shingle is a single ply non-laminated shingle. This is considered a basic builders grade shingle by many industry standards. 3-Tab shingles have a 60 mile per hour or less wind rating. They have a lifespan of 20-25 years, but they are easily damaged by storms even when they are new, so most need to be replaced prematurely. 3-Tab shingles are also less attractive than other types of shingles with a flat “brick like” appearance. These shingles are also the least expensive type of shingles.

Architectural

Architectural shingles are heavier and stronger shingles that are made out of two or more layers of asphalt fused together. Architectural shingles are the most popular type of shingle due to their appearance and quality. All architectural shingles used by Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling have a 110-150 mile per hour wind rating and a 50 year warranty.  Architectural shingles are a dimensional shingle that mimic the look of a cedar shake roof. They are more expensive than 3-tab shingles, but they are a higher quality shingle.

Luxury Architectural

Luxury architectural shingles are the highest quality shingle available. They offer the most protection from weather events due to the weight and thickness of the shingle. Luxury architectural shingles are more ascetically appealing shingles that closely mimic cedar shake or slate roofing. They are the most expensive type of asphalt shingles because they are the highest quality shingle and the most attractive.

For more information about the shingles preferred by Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling, visit https://www.certainteed.com/residential-roofing/.

Difference Between Gutter Guards and Gutter Screens

Fall in North Carolina means lots of falling leaves and pine needles that will clog your gutters. That means you have to either spend a lot of time cleaning your gutters or spend money to get someone to clean them for you. If you have Leaf Sentry Gutter Guards on your home, you will never have to clean your gutters again. That is just one of the reasons why Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling recommends Leaf Sentry Gutter Guards. 

1. Cleaning

True gutter guards do not let any debris into your gutters. Screens filter out larger debris, but small things such as pine needles will get stuck in your gutter screens. With screens, it is still necessary to clean your gutters periodically. You will never need to clean your gutters again with gutter guards. 

2. Quality of Product

Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling uses Leaf Sentry Gutter Guards, which are the best gutter protection devices on the market. Leaf Sentry Gutter Guards are made out of aluminum and stand up to falling debris. Screens are not a sturdy product and can be easily damaged by debris. 

3. Permanent Solution

Leaf Sentry Gutter Guards are a permanent solution to keeping your gutters clean. They are permanently attached to your gutter. You will never need to remove them for cleaning, and they come with a cleaning guarantee. Screens can be removable because they will need to be removed to clean the screens and gutters. 

When Should You Call For A Free Roof Inspection?

Your home is your most important investment because it’s where you and your family live. The roof is what protects your home from the elements, and it is important to make sure that you have a quality roof over head. It is always better to address issues while they are still manageable, rather than letting damages get out of hand and potentially cause damage to other areas of your home. Roofs should be inspected twice per year and after any major storm event. Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling offers complimentary no obligation roof inspections to ensure that your home is in peak condition. Here are 5 signs that you should call today for a free roof inspection. 

1. 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. 

2. Lifted 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.  

3. Lifted Ridge Vent and Ridge Cap

Ridge vent can be prone to lifting in the wind due to major storm events or improper installation. 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. 

4. Leaks and Water Spotting 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. 

5. 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.