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30 Jul 2021

Home projects, especially roofs, are big investments. You want to make sure you choose the right people who will get the job done correctly. Here are a few questions you can ask contractors when getting an estimate:

1) Who will be in charge while the job is being completed?

There should always be a project manager or contact person present that you can go to with any questions or concerns. They should understand every step of the project from start to finish and make themselves available to you. At Advanced Roofing Solutions that person is our owner, Jim Keating.

2) Is there a warranty?

Any large home project should come with a warranty, whether it be on materials, workmanship, or both. Advanced Roofing Solutions uses primarily Owens Corning materials, which have a limited lifetime warranty. We also offer an in-house one-year workmanship warranty.

3) Do you have references?

A quality contractor will be proud of the work they do and will be happy to provide you with a list of homeowner references. If a contractor refuses to give references, it might be a good idea to look elsewhere.

4) How will you protect my lawn and landscaping?

You’ve put a lot of time and money into making your yard look nice. The last thing you want is for a contractor to come along and ruin all your hard work. Be sure the company you hire has plans in place to protect your landscaping. We recommend moving any outdoor furniture, grills, potted plants, etc., be moved as close to your home as possible. Our crew will also lay down tarps over your landscaping to protect it. Your property will look the same as it did before we arrived!

5) How long will the job take?

Depending on the size of the job, it may take several days to complete. Be sure to ask your contractor about the expected completion time so you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.

Hopefully, these questions will make it easier for you to select a contractor on your next home project. If you need an estimate on a new roof, give us a call at 980-446-2009!


14 Jul 2021
 1) How long do roofs last on average?
Generally, an asphalt shingle roof has a life expectancy of 20 years. Climate (such as heavy snowfall or high winds) and maintenance affect the roof’s lifespan.

2) How much does a new roof cost?
Since everyone’s home is different, it is next to impossible to give a ballpark figure. Give us a call at 980-446-2009 to schedule an inspection and estimate.

3) Is my roof covered through my homeowner’s insurance?
In most cases, your roof is protected under your homeowner’s insurance policy from major unexpected damages such as storm damage, vandalism, and fire. If you’ve noticed minor issues such as cracking or curling shingles, check to see if your roof is still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.

4) Does the entire roof need to be replaced if it’s leaking?
Your best bet is to call a roofing professional and have them assess the damage. Sometimes, minor leaks can be repaired. If your roof is leaking in more than one area, however, it is recommended to replace the whole roof.

5) What about re-roofing?
There is always the option of installing a new roof over the old one. It is less expensive, but it has its disadvantages. If the existing shingles aren’t removed there is no way to assess for further damage. Re-roofing also adds weight to your home, which can cause structural damage down the line.

6) What should I look for when assessing for roof damage?
The starting point is knowing how old your roof is. If it is older than 20 years, it’s due to be replaced. When performing a visual inspection, look for missing shingles, shingles that are curling, cracked, or missing the granules on top. If you have an attic, go up and check for wet spots in the ceiling.

7) What is flashing?
Flashing is the material that is used over joints in roof construction. It adds an extra layer of protection from leaks. Most flashing is made of metal, such as aluminum, steel, or copper.

8) How long does a roof installation take?
It depends on the size and shape of your home. Some roofs take just one day to install while others can take weeks.

9) Can a roof be installed in the winter?
Absolutely! As long as it’s a clear day a roof can be installed.

10) I have black and green stains on my roof. What is it?
It’s normal for your roof to develop stains over time, especially in wet and humid climates. It’s actually not a stain but rather moss and algae. This plant growth needs to be removed as it can eat away at the asphalt, and eventually into the roof decking itself.  
23 Jun 2021

Hail can cause severe roof damage. It can bruise and crack shingles, which leads to water damage. It is important to inspect your roof after a storm so that hail damage is detected early, before any problems arise. You may be able to see some roof damage from the ground, especially if you’re able to use binoculars. Check for the following types of damage:

·         Small divots

·         Round black areas

·         Bruises

·         Loss of granules

If you notice any damage, call a roofing contractor immediately. They will be able to inspect your roof more closely and look for hidden damage, such as split shingles, damage to flashing, roof vents, skylights, gutters, and chimney caps.

It is important to fix hail damage as soon as possible so that it doesn’t cause further damage to your home. Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover hail damage so it may cost you little to nothing to replace your roof. It may be a good idea to check your policy now, before a storm occurs, to make sure you’re covered.

Our team at Advanced Roofing Solutions are knowledgeable when it comes to filing insurance claims. We will walk you through the entire process, start to finish, and can answer all of your questions. Give us a call today to set up your no cost, no obligation inspection.


15 Jun 2021

Your home is your largest investment so its value should always be a huge concern. Should you ever want to sell your house, you’ll obviously want to make a profit. To do that, you have to add equity. A new roof will add quite a bit of equity to your home.

If you are looking to sell your home, a new roof will add a considerable amount of value to its resell price. Prospective buyers are willing to pay more for a home that will require less repairs. One study showed that a roof replacement can provide 105% return on investment, meaning you will make back the money you spent on the roof upon closing and then some.

A new roof is better insulated, preventing heat from escaping in the winter and deflecting the sun’s rays in the summer. This makes your home more energy efficient, saving you money on your utility bills. A more energy efficient home will also add market value to your home.

By replacing your roof, you automatically increase the salability of your home. Not only will a new roof add equity to your home, but it will also decrease your energy bills. In fact, just by improving the appearance of your home you add resell value to your home. If you’re planning on selling your home, give us a call at 980-446-2009 for your free roof inspection and estimate. 

2 Jun 2021

Depending on the size of your home, roof replacement generally takes one to three days. While we try to keep the disruptions minimal, there is a lot of noise. If you work from home or just don’t want to deal with the noise, you might want to consider getting out of the house while the crew is working. However, if you can’t leave, there are a few things to take into consideration.

If you have children, explain to them what is going on and set rules for the length of time that the roofers are there. Since they will not be allowed to play outside, have fun activities planned to keep them from getting bored.

All the noise and strange people can be frightening for pets. If you have a quiet room, keep them there for the day. If that’s not possible, consider having someone pet-sit or board them so they won’t be stressed.

Make sure your vehicles are parked away from your home, preferable across the street if possible. Falling debris can hit and damage vehicles. If you normally park in a garage, bear in mind that all the banging and commotion could possibly knock tools and other materials off walls and shelves.

Our crew will put down tarps over your landscaping to protect it from falling debris. We recommend moving outdoor furniture, grills and any other valuables inside or move them as close to the home as possible. Once your roof is complete, our crew will clean up all debris on the ground. Someone will walk the property with a magnet to pick up any stray nails. Your property will look the same as it did before we started!

If you’re considering a roof replacement, give us a call at 980-446-2009 to schedule your free inspection. He will give you an honest assessment and go over all your options. Our team will walk you through the entire process, start to finish!


21 May 2021

A roof replacement is an expensive investment. To protect your investment, there are several things you can do to extend its life.

Cleaning your gutters at least once a year will prevent water from seeping into the roof, which can cause mold and wood rot. It’s also a good idea to sweep or blow leaves off of the roof itself if you live in a wooded area. Leaves hold in moisture, again allowing mold to grow.

If you have any overhanging branches, make sure to trim them back. Broken limbs can slowly wear down or pull up shingles and create leaks. They also provide easy access for rodents and other small animals to get onto your roof and into your home which creates a whole other set of problems.

Lastly and most importantly, fix damages as they occur. This prevents a small problem turning into a much larger one, which will save you in the long run.

Call us at 980-446-2009 to schedule your free roof inspection today!  


13 May 2021

When deciding to replace your roof, you want to know all your options. There are two methods of roof replacement: tear off and overlay. A tear off involves tearing everything off your existing roof, down to the wood, and replacing it with all new materials. An overlay means a new layer of shingles will be installed over the existing shingles. There are pros and cons to both methods:

While a tear off installation is more expensive, there are many benefits to this method. Not only will you have all new materials, but the roofers will be able to see the decking and replace any wood that is rotted or leaking. They will also make sure that new flashings are installed if needed, making the roof watertight. A tear off installation will last longer than an overlay and increase your home’s resale value.

An overlay may be cheaper and take less time, but the cons far outweigh the pros with this method. It’s not likely that your homeowner’s insurance will cover an overlay either, for several reasons. An overlay roof won’t last as long as a tear off due to extra heat trapped by the added layer of shingles. It also adds extra weight, which is something to think about if your home is older as it may put the structural integrity at risk. Since the old materials aren’t being torn off, there is no way to check the decking for rotting or leaks. This method may give your home a negative resale value as well.

Not sure which option is best for you? Give us a call at 980-446-2009. We will do a free inspection and let you know what’s best for your home, go over your options, and walk you through the insurance claim process. Our team is here to make sure the entire process runs smoothly.


4 May 2021

A major factor in determining the cost of a new roof is the roof’s pitch. Pitch refers to how steep a roof is. The steeper the pitch of a roof, the more time, materials, and skill it will take. A steeper roof will also require more safety precautions, such as scaffolds and harnesses.

The pitch of a roof is calculated by the number of inches it rises vertically for every 12 inches it extends horizontally. For example, a roof that rises 6 inches for every 12 inches of horizontal run has a 6-in-12 pitch.

A roof with a higher pitch presents more of a challenge when it comes to a replacement. Hiring a roofer with a lot of experience is of utmost importance to ensure the job is done correctly. When you are ready to move forward, give us a call at 980-446-2009. We will provide a free inspection and quote and most importantly, make sure you have a quality roof.  


21 Apr 2021

Replacing your roof can be quite expensive. There are several factors at play when determining the cost of a roof replacement. The size, pitch and materials make up most of the cost.

Roof size is the largest component when it comes to pricing. Your roof is measured in 10x10 foot areas (100 square feet) also known as squares. The larger the roof, the more squares of material will be needed.

Pitch (also known as slope) plays another role in the cost of a new roof. If your roof is steep or high, it’s a more complex job. Not only do they require more time to complete, but they are also more dangerous. This means that the roofing crew will need to take extra precautions to ensure safety, such as wearing harnesses.

The material used accounts for a lot of the replacement cost. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material and are also the least expensive. Metal roofs as well as other types of shingles (architectural, wood, clay, and slate) become progressively more costly.

Other factors such as water damage, chimneys, and skylights are also considered when pricing a new roof. All of these require more labor. A tear-off job (removing and replacing old materials) will be more expensive than an overlay job. Overlays, however, make it difficult for the roofers to find any additional damage or structural issues.

While it may be a huge investment, replacing your roof is necessary to ensure your home and family are safe. If you are unsure of what you need and have questions, give us a call at 980-446-2009. We will answer all your questions and provide you with a free quote  


8 Apr 2021

There are many benefits of a new roof. Not only does it increase your home’s property value, it also increases the physical appearance of your home. What’s more, it can decrease your energy bills and improve your family’s quality of life.

Investing in a new roof will increase the look and value of your home. This is particularly important if you are planning to sell your home in the foreseeable future. A prospective buyer will see it more like a new home. They can rest assured that they won’t be buying a home that will need major repairs.

A new roof will also help reduce your energy bills. Any holes that were present will be fixed and any damaged plywood will be replaced. New energy efficient materials will also be used. This means your heating and air system won’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your home.

Lastly, if your roof has sustained water damage you may have a mold problem. A damaged roof can also be physically unstable, putting your and your family in danger. A new roof will solve both issues, making your home and family safe again.

If you’re concerned about roof damage or are unsure whether or not you need a new roof, give us a call at 980-446-2009. We will come out and do a thorough inspection, assessing and documenting any damage that may be present. From there, our team will guide you through the process from start to finish.


26 Mar 2021

·         Roof Ridge: The roof ridge, or ridge of a roof is the horizontal line running the length of the roof where the two roof planes meet. This intersection creates the highest point on a roof, sometimes referred to as the peak. Hip and ridge shingles are specifically designed for this part of a roof.

·         Ridge vent: A ridge vent is an exhaust vent that runs horizontally along the peak of the roof allowing warm, humid air to escape from the attic. Use our ventilation calculator to calculate your attic ventilation requirements and determine how much exhaust ventilation you would need to properly ventilate your roof and attic.

·         Flashing: Flashing is a metal material installed at joint openings, around chimneys, and any dormer windows or skylights to help prevent water intrusion. You may recognize flashing as metal stair steps alongside a chimney or side walls on a roof.

·         Hip: The hip on a roof is the intersection of two roof planes that meet to form a sloping ridge running from the peak to the eave. Hip and ridge shingles are specifically designed for this part of a roof.

·         Roof Deck: The roof deck is the structural foundation base for the roof system and is usually made of wood or plywood.

·         Roofing Underlayment: Roofing underlayment is a layer of material, usually synthetic or felt, that adds extra protection on top of the roof deck and under the shingles. Synthetic underlayment helps repel moisture and provides protection against water infiltration. Synthetic underlayment is becoming a popular material choice over felt due to proven water-resistance performance and long-lasting durability.

·         Roof Valley: The roof valley is the V-shaped intersection between two sloping roofs joining at an angle to provide water runoff.

·         Laminated Architectural Shingles: Laminated architectural asphalt shingles contain more than one layer of tabs to add dimension, performance and durability to a roof. Architectural shingles are sometimes referred to as three-dimensional shingles or laminated shingles. The opposite of architectural shingles are three-tab shingles, which are produced as a single layer of tabs and appear flat or without the dimension of a laminated shingle.

·         Roof Gable: A roof gable is the triangular section of the outer wall at the peak of the roof between a sloping roof and eave. A roof gable is sometimes referred to as a rake.

·         Metal drip edge: Metal drip edge is a narrow strip of noncorrosive metal used at the rake and eave to help manage dripping water by facilitating water runoff to protect the underlying section of a wall.

·         Dormer: A dormer is a raised section of the roof. Dormers commonly contain a window that projects vertically through the slope in the roof.

·         Ice and water barrier: An ice and water barrier is a self-adhered waterproofing material installed along eaves, valleys, side walls, and other sensitive areas to protect against ice damage and wind-driven rain.

·         Eave: An eave is the lower border of the roof that overhangs the wall usually located in the first three feet of a roof.

·         Undereave vent: Undereave vents are intake vents located under the eaves of the roof that help draw cool dry air into the attic. Again, you can use our ventilation calculator to calculate your attic ventilation requirements and determine how much intake ventilation you would need to properly ventilate your roof and attic.

Now that you’re familiar with the basic anatomy of a roof, you’ll start to notice dormers and gables everywhere you turn. More important, you’ll be equipped to have an informed conversation with your roofing contractor when the time comes for you to get a new roof.


19 Mar 2021

If you’re like most homeowners, your roof probably isn’t on your mind very often. However, your roof is your first line of defense against weather. With that in mind, it is important to make your roof your number one home improvement priority.

If you will be selling your home in the future, consider a roof replacement. A new asphalt shingle roof can last upwards of 30 years. Not only will it increase your home’s value but it will also make the home more appealing to potential buyers.

If you think you may need a roof replacement, don’t procrastinate. If you wait too long to replace your roof it could cause more damage, such as rotting wood. Your insurance company will likely cover most, if not all, of your claim. However, if you neglect to have it replaced in a timely manner, they may not cover all of the cost. This leaves you paying out of pocket for the remaining balance.

Not sure if you need a replacement just yet? Give Jim a call at 704-359-7672 for your no-cost, no-obligation inspection. If a replacement is needed, he and the rest of the team at Advanced Roofing Solutions will guide you through the process.


12 Mar 2021

Putting off a roof inspection may be costing you money without you even realizing it. There could be leaks that you can’t see which could lead to water damage as well as mold, which could cause a multitude of health problems. You may also pay more in energy bills and be exposed to pests such as insects, bats, and rodents.

Roof leaks can develop without any obvious signs. By the time you notice dripping, water damage has already occurred. Wood that has absorbed moisture allows for mold to grow and spread. Mold can cause health issues ranging from mild allergies reactions to more serious problems that can require medical attention.

If insulation gets wet, it will begin to degrade, and you will eventually have to replace it. Insulation that can’t properly do its job also leads to higher energy bills due to your heating and air system having to work harder. Also, proper roof ventilation plays an important role in your energy bills. An improperly vented roof can trap excessive heat or cold in the attic, once again causing your heating and air system to work harder.

Wood that is compromised by water can attract insects such as centipedes, cockroaches and even ants. Rodents and bats can squeeze through holes as small as 3/8 inch! Not only can rodents chew up wood and electrical wiring but both types of pests carry diseases, some of which can be deadly.

If you haven’t had your roof inspected in a while, give Jim a call at 704-359-7672. He will be able to detect any damage that is present and help you get the insurance claim process started. 


1 Mar 2021
There are several ways in which wind can damage your roof. Wind can lift the corners and edges of your roof, making it easy for debris to get underneath. It can curl, break, crack and completely tear off shingles, leaving your roof susceptible to water damage. Wind can also knock down tree limbs and pick up other debris. In severe cases, it can blow the roof completely off!

It may be hard to spot exterior wind damage on your roof. You will definitely notice the interior damage. Some things to look for are discoloration on the ceiling, ceiling paint that is flaking, and obviously dripping.

If you notice any of these things, you need to address them immediately. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will become. Give Jim a call at 704-359-7672. He will come out and inspect your roof for free, go over all your options, and walk you through the insurance claim process.
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