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.

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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.