Top 3 Ways a Storm Can Damage Your Roof

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Whether it’s rain, wind, hail, or snow, a heavy storm can wreak havoc on the roofing of any building. While nothing can stop the forces of Mother Nature, residents can protect their homes by recognizing the most common ways a heavy storm can do damage.

At Carey Roofing, we know that storm damage can be brutal. If a client’s roof has been damaged by a heavy storm, we can help assess and fix the damage. 

The most common damages to homes caused by heavy storms are: 

  1. Hail Stones: Hail can cause severe damage to the roofs of homes. Hailstone size ranges from the size of a penny to the size of a baseball. They also vary in hardness and shape. These factors all contribute to the amount of damage hail causes upon impact. Hail creates indentations on the roof which may not always be visible to the untrained eye. That is why it is important to have your roof inspected after a heavy storm.

  2. Heavy Rain: Many roofs have a granular surface which can be washed away by heavy rains and flooding. Rain can also seep under any damaged seals on the roof. If the water from the rain freezes, any roofing material may crack or expand, causing further damage.

  3. Severe Winds: Strong winds have been known to blow shingles off of roofs. Missing shingles leaves the underlayment of the roof exposed to the elements. Rain can cause water damage and rot, which would eventually lead to water leaking into a home. Shingles are held by a sealing strip that is also susceptible to wind damage. A broken seal can lead to water going under the shingles and causing mold to form.

It is important to know that when storm season comes along, a roof is easily exposed to damage. If you're worried about any damage to your roof, our team at Carey Roofing would be glad to come out and inspect it. Contact us today and we can get started. 

What Shingle Is Right for Your Roof?

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When it’s time to install a new roof in Apex, you will likely face the daunting task of selecting one of several types of shingles. Choosing the right shingle depends on multiple factors, such as composition, weather conditions, cost, and even house architecture. But how do you know if a shingle is right for your Apex home?

At Carey Roofing, we offer different types of shingles along with a wide range of colors and special features that demonstrate the durability and strength of our roofs.

3 types of roof shingles that may be right for you are:

  • Slate shingles. This type of shingle is known for its longevity, lasting anywhere from 80 to over 100 years. Made of natural stone, slate shingles are high-density, making it waterproof and noncombustible. Though a slate rooftop is pricey to install and repair, it is highly resistant to temperature fluctuations and is environmentally friendly.
  • Architectural shingles. Also known as laminate or dimensional shingles, these shingles bring interest and texture to a roof because of its layered appearance. Unlike other styles, these shingles are less likely to crack or curl due to heat and time, and architectural roofs can last up to 30 years. While these shingles are waterproof, they’re not recommended for roofs with a low slope that is susceptible to wind-driven rain.
  • Three-tab shingles. Inexpensive to install and repair, three-tab shingles are lightweight and designed to deflect UV rays, keeping the house cool while protecting it from damage. The only downside is that three-tab roofs last up to 20 years, and bad weather such as hail or high winds can easily damage the shingles, which will require repair.

Being informed about the quality and effectiveness of each style will help you make the right decision when you’re choosing a shingle for your roof. If you still don’t know which shingle the best fit for your home is, contact us today or visit our website to learn more about the styles we have to offer.

3 Signs It Is Time to Consider Replacing the Roof

The average shingle roof will last 20 to 25 years. This means if a home was built before 1995, there is a good chance the roof needs to be replaced. But, how is a Raleigh homeowner supposed to know if their roof is ready to be replaced?

As the owner of Carey Roofing in Willow Springs, we help our clients answer this question every day. And we love sharing our quick tips with homeowners across the Raleigh area.

3 signs that a Raleigh home needs a new roof are:

  1. Check the Attic: The attic is one of the least visited room in the entire house. But, any homeowner can quickly head up to the attic to see the underside of the roof. Take a flashlight with you and see if it shines through the eaves. If it does, it might be time for a new roof.
  2. Head Outside: Head out to the street and look up at the roof. Are there any loose or missing shingles? Are there any growths like funguses on the roof? Are there vines covering shingles? That’s a great sign that it is time for a new roof.
  3. Discoloration: If you look at the shingles and they look discolored, that is a good sign that it has been around a long time. The more discoloration that you see, the more of a sign that it could be time for a new roof.

Did you just go look for these items? Are you now worried it is time for a new roof? Don’t panic.

Our team at Carey Roofing would love to come out, inspect the roof, and make an action plan with you. Contact us today to get started setting up a time.

4 Things to Consider When Getting Solar Panels on Your Roof

The prices of solar panels are continuously falling, meaning that homeowners are seeing larger benefits to installing them. As more homeowners are getting these solar panels installed, they are starting to notice the concerns that come with putting this technology on their roof.

The Carey Roofing team has been building and protecting homes throughout the Willow Springs area of NC. Your roof does more than just cover your head, it protects your home.

4 questions homeowners need to ask when getting solar panels are:

  1. How old is your roof? Homeowners have to consider how much time is left before they need to start looking at roof repairs. To have solar panels put up when it would have to be taken down and reinstall 3 years later is a loss. The reinstallation would be thousands of dollar versus either waiting or getting the roof replacement earlier.
  2. Who is installing the solar panels? Many homes are suffering from poor solar panel installs that lead to leaks in their roof. These leaks can lead to a number of issues later on, so ensure that your installer is experienced, has great reviews, and is using the right flashing or caulk for your roof.
  3. Will this void the roof’s warranty? In most cases, the answer is no. If the answer is otherwise, homeowners need to check with their solar panel installer or provider to see what type of warranties come with their product.
  4. What type of solar system is being installed? There are 3 main types of residential solar installations: grid inter-tied power systems, grid inter-tied with battery backup, and off grid power. Each of these have benefits and drawbacks. The main consideration many weight between is reliability and upkeep of extra parts.

There is a lot to consider when looking at solar panels and your roof. If you have any questions about your roof, contact our experts at Carey Roofing.