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18 Feb 2021

Construction jargon can be confusing. If you’re considering replacing your roof it may be helpful to learn some of the common terminology used in the industry. This will make it easier to understand what your contractor is talking about. The following list contains some frequently used words used in the roofing industry:

  • Asphalt: the most commonly used material to make shingles
  • Downspout: large, metal pipes that run down from the gutter system
  • Eaves: the lowest edge of the roof; hangs over the side of the house
  • Fascia: the board that runs along the edge of the roof; gives the house a finished look
  • Flashing: a thin piece of metal used to seal areas where the roof meets a vertical surface (such as chimneys, dormers, skylights, etc)
  • Ridge: the peak or highest point of a roof
  • Sheathing/Decking: material that makes up the surface of a roof; usually consists of plywood or OSB
  • Square: the amount of roofing material need to cover 100 square feet
  • Slope/pitch: the steepness of a roof
  • Underlayment: a waterproof barrier installed on top of the sheathing/decking and under the shingles
  • Valley: the area where two slopes meet and channel the water off the roof

Still confused? Give Jim a call at 704-359-7672. He can explain everything when he does your free roof inspection!

18 Dec 2020

Christmas will be here in a week which means Santa is giving his sleigh a tune-up and making sure it is in tip-top shape. He only has one night to deliver toys to children all over the world, so make sure your roof will be a safe reindeer runway! Otherwise Santa’s trip around the world could have delays, which will make for some very unhappy children on Christmas morning.

Take a few minutes to look at your roof. Are there damaged or missing shingles? Not only can this cause water damage but poor Rudolph could trip and hurt himself! Also make sure there are no branches hanging over your roof. These can cause damage if they fall as well as block the reindeer’s runway!

Check your gutters for debris and clean them out if necessary. Clogged gutters trap water, which can cause leaks. Not only that, but rotted leaves may give reindeer upset tummies if they decide to snack on them.

If you’re concerned about the condition of your roof and are worried about slowing down Santa, give Jim a call at 704-359-7672 for your no-cost, no-obligation inspection. Our elves will work with you and your insurance company to make sure your roof is reindeer runway ready!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Advanced Roofing Solutions!  

15 Dec 2020

A home that is beautifully decorated for Christmas raises holiday spirits. However, if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken and an accident occurs it could ruin the holidays for the person doing the decorating. The following tips will help you stay safe as you hang your holiday lights.

Before you begin, test your lights for shorts and burnt out bulbs. This will ensure that you 1) don’t have to replace any lights after you finish and 2) don’t have to make as many trips up and down the ladder. Also, it’s best to avoid putting decorations on the roof itself. This will prevent them from being blown off the roof and possibly damaging them.

NEVER ATTACH LIGHTS TO YOUR SHINGLES! Instead, use clips to attach lights to the gutters. Attaching lights to the shingles will damage your roof and cause leaks to form. Use a clip for each light and attach them to the lights before you install them. Make sure your ladder is tall enough and that you move it as you go. Never reach when working on your roof!

While you’re up there, take a quick look of your roof. If you notice any possible damage, give Jim a call at 704-359-7672. He will perform an inspection and give you his professional opinion. If you need a replacement, he will go over your options and get the insurance claim process started.  

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