Charlotte Roofing and Construction Blog

Blog entries on this site have been posted by Earl Fremin, the president of High Top Roofing – a fully licensed and bonded roofing contractor with an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau and an “A” rating on Angie’s list.

High Top Roofing serves the Charlotte metro area including Union County with residential and commercial roofing services including new installations and repairs.

High Top Roofing’s parent company is Fremin Construction, Inc. which offers residential and commercial construction services in the Charlotte metro area.

The company’s service offerings are featured on its web site at www.hightoproof.com.

It’s never been harder to select a contractor you can trust.

And it doesn't help when you're relying on someone that perhaps you just met to help you decide whether or not to repair or replace your roof.

Finally, the industry is constantly changing due to new materials, government regulations, competitive pressure and the usual bad business practices that smart consumers need to stay out in front of.

Blog posts on this site will help keep you informed on the latest industry trends in both the roofing and construction industries.

Don’t miss out on critical information you need to be an informed customer of roofing and construction services in the Charlotte area.

Visit this site often or subscribe to our RSS feeds to see the latest topics posted by Earl Fremin.

Call High Top Roofing at 704-989-3189 or Request a free estimate today!

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09/29/2020

Let's face it.

Does any homeowner with a roof leak wake up get excited about spending thousands of dollars on a new roof?

No.

But when you have a leak and contact a Charlotte roofering company, there's a good chance you'll want to consider repairing your roof instead of replacing it.

If you contact High Top Roofing, you should know that we're putting our name and reputation on the line each and every time we repair or replace a roof in Charlotte.

So we're not about to recommend a new roof if we think a roof repair will work for you.

But what if you've contacted several roofing companies and can't make up your mind on whether to repair or replace your roof.

Here are some things that may help you decide:

1.How old it the roof?

Most shingle roofs in the Charlotte metro area have a life of 20-30 years. So if your roof is 19 years old, it might make more sense to replace the roof especially if other sections of the roof are about to fail. If your roof is only 4 years old and has a leak, there's a good chance that your original roof wasn't installed properly. Start by contacting the original installer of the roof to see if they have a warranty on their workmanship or labor.

2. How big is the area of your roof that's leaking?

If the leak is contained to a small area, it might be possible to repair it at a reasonable cost. A smaller area may also give you the option to replace all of the shingles in the section of the roof that's leaking - not just in the immediate area of the leak. That will help ensure a good color match in that section of your roof. When roof damage is limited to a small area, a roof repair should be possible.

3. How visible is the area of the roof that's leaking?

If the location of the leak is not prominent or highly visible from the street, a repair might make sense even if the color match isn't perfect. 

4. What's happening with the roofing materials?

Are shingles missing? Are the shingles curling or starting to buckle? Are a large number of granuals starting to accumlate in your rain gutters or on the ground? Installing a few new shingles as part of a roofing repair is not going to be a good long term solution if those shingles are surrounded by other worn shingles that are a roof leak just waiting to happen.

5. Is the roof felt or decking damaged?

Roof felt acts as an additional moisture barrier to prevent water from entering your home. If the felt is damaged in a widespread area, your going to have other roof leaks in the future even if you repair the area of the leak. Sometimes roof decks become damaged as well and the boards need to be replaced. If there is extensive damage to your roof deck, it may be better to tear the roof off and replace any deck boards that are damaged.

6. Is it possible to repair the roof by putting shingles over your existing roof?

While most building codes allow up to 2 layers of shingles, it's generally not a good idea. Shingles are heavy and another layer of shingles could add too much weight to your roof. If you decide to put off installing a new roof by adding another layer of shingles, you will pay for it later because when you finally have to install a new roof, the roofing contractor will have to charge you for the extra time needed to tear off 2 layers of shingles instead of just 1. Finally, installing shingles on top of shingles will typically void the manufacturer's warranty on the original shingles installed.

7. How does the cost of a repair compare to the cost of a roof replacement?

As a general rule, once the cost of a repair exceeds $1,000, it's important to compare the repair cost to the cost of a roof replacement. If the roof repair is going to cost $2,800 with only 3 years of remaining life in the shingles, it would be better to spend $10,000 on a brand new roof.

If you've spoken to a roofing company and you're still undecided about whether to repair or replace your roof, call High Top Roofing at 704-989-3189 or request a free estimate today!

 

 

 

05/26/2020

If you're considering a new roofing installation project or a roof repair project in Charlotte, North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic, here is some information to help you.

As Governor Roy Cooper moves forward with opening North Carolina in phases, roofing projects continue to be a permitted activity.

That means there's no reason to delay a Charlotte roofing project you might be considering.

High Top Roofing has been actively working on new roofing projects as well as roofing repairs during the pandemic.

Here's what you can expect from us as our customer during this situation:

  • When you fill out our Roofing Contact form or call us at 704-989-3189, we'll capture as much information possible for your project.
  • We'll schedule an appointment to visit your home and prepare your free estimate.
  • When we're at your home, we'll take measurements and gather more information about your project and follow social distancing guidelines at all time.
  • The roofing crews assigned to work on your project will social distance and maintain safe working distances away from each other and anyone at your home.
  • In the unlikely event that you ask us to enter your home, we'll use hand sanitizer and a mask before entering and we'll maintain safe distances at all times.

At High Top Roofing, we take the safety of your family and our roofing crews seriously.

As a result, there's really no reason to delay your Charlotte roofing project during the COVID-19 re-opening in North Carolina.

 

 

 

06/03/2019

When you're looking to replace a roof on a home in the Charlotte Metro area, you probably know that asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing solution.

They can be found on 70 to 80 percent of all homes in the United States.

There are a lot of reasons for this.

One of the main reasons for their popularity is due to their relatively low cost, ease of installation by a skilled crew, and their decent life expectancy.

Asphalt shingles use a fiberglass mesh base that is covered with asphalt, while the upward facing surface exposed to the elements is covered with granules that provide color and reflect some of the sunlight away from the roof.

Shingles made with fiberglass are lightweight and they resist tearing.

Some of the reasons to choose asphalt shingles in Charlotte include:

  • They look good on just about any home style in this area.
  • In general, they're the most affordable roofing solution.
  • You'll have a broad selection of colors and styles including three-tab as well as architectural shingles.
  • Depending on the weather in your area, you can also opt for high-wind shingles that are great for heavily wooded areas as well as areas where large hail is possible.

If you select asphalt shingles here are some areas where some caution is warranted:

  • Maximize the lifespan of your Charlotte asphalt shingles by selecting high quality shingles and avoid walking on them.
  • Keep your shingles free of moss and avoid applying too much water pressure on the shingles when cleaning your roof.
  • Be sure you have adquate attic insulation to that avoids trapping heat which could lead to the cupping or cracking of asphalt shingles.

When you're ready to repair or replace your Charlotte asphalt shingles, call High Top Roofing at 704-989-3189 or request a free estimate.

We'll help you pick the right shingle for your roof and offer you an extensive list of options to choose from.

Learn more about High Top Roofing or give us a call today!

 

04/02/2019

If you're a homeowner in the Charlotte metro area, one of the areas that can be ignored during your new roof installation is making sure that your new roof is properly ventilated.

If this isn't done, over time even the best roofing installation and materials could fail.

The truth is that a new roof needs a continuous flow of outside air in order to ensure that the roofing structure stays in excellent condition over the life of the roof.

When a roof is properly ventilated, there will be an equal balance in the attic between air intake and air exhaust.

Without a consistent flow of air, over time problems with temperature and moisture can arise.

The goal is to ensure to prevent extreme temperature and moisture levels with proper attic insulation.

If this isn't done, you may may experience:

  • Higher utility bills
  • A build-up of mold and mildew that could threaten the health of everyone in the household
  • Damage to siding, wallpaper, and paint
  • Ice dams and melting snow that can cause your roof to leak during the winter
  • A roof that just won't last as long as it should

When High Top Roofing installs a new roof in Charlotte, we'll take the time to ensure that your roof is properly ventilated.

We'll do this by getting to the root cause of the poor airflow.

This could include anything from removing obstructions blocking your ventiliation system, adding or modifying intake and exhaust vents, recommending more insulation, and in some cases installing attic fans.

If you choose us, you'll meet the president of High Top Roofing - Earl Fremin, who will bring over 30 years of roofing experience to your project.

He'll know the best way to ensure your roof has the right ventiliation to help it last for many years to come.

Contact us or call High Top Roofing today at 704-989-3189!

 

07/29/2018

High Top Roofing was recently invited to become an Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor.

We're now part of an exclusive network of roofing professionals who meet the highest standards and strict requirements for professionalism and reliability.

In order to become part of this network, a roofing contractor must:

  • Be invited to join the network by Owens Corning.
  • Have years of roofing experience as an established business.
  • Carry at least $1,000,000 of general liablity insurance.
  • Must meet established standards for financial stability and customer service.

 

The Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor designation, is just one more way you can relax with confidence when you hire High Top Roofing for your next Charlotte roofing project.

Call High Top Roofing at 704-989-3189 or request your free estimate today!

Learn more about Charlotte residential roofing or Charlotte construction companies.
 
The company’s service offerings are featured on its web site at www.hightoproof.com.

04/02/2016

High Top Roofing brings nearly 30 years of residential roofing installation and repair service experience to the Metro Charlotte, North Carolina area.

We believe that maintaining your Charlotte residential roof is a critical part of keeping you home looking its best while maintaining its value.

When you request a free estimate from High Top Roofing, we’ll be sure to coach you on best practices for Charlotte shingle maintenance after the installation of your new roof. The following steps will add years to the life of your new roof long after we’ve finished the work.

Keep your roof clean

Clean leaves, debris, and garbage off your roof at least twice a year. Removing these objects on a regular basis will ensure that water doesn’t accumulate and lead to deterioration of the asphalt shingles.

Check for Algae and Moss

Algae and moss formations can lead to the deterioration of asphalt shingles. Algae and moss must be promptly removed and shingles should be sprayed to discourage the return of this growth in the future.

Inspect your roof for loose shingles

Over time, roof shingles can become loose. If you find loose shingles, secure them by applying a small quantity of cement to the underside of the shingles and by using nails to secure them. Damaged and missing shingles should be repaired or replaced as quickly as possible.

Keep your gutters clean

Keeping your gutters free of debris is essential to ensure that water flows properly off your roof. You should check both the gutters and the downspouts to ensure that all potential blockage is removed.

Inspect your roof for overgrown tree branches

Look for tree branches that may have grown onto the roof and might be creating unnecessary wear on your roof as the branches are blown by the wind. Any branches that are scraping your roof need to be removed.

Learn more about:

Poor Charlotte Residential Roofing Work on Very Expensive Homes

Unexpected Causes of Charlotte Residential Roofing Leaks

The Proper Way to Nail Shingles on Charlotte Residential Roofs

When you hire us, you should expect that we’ll help you with the best ways to maintain your Charlotte asphalt shingle roofing.

This post was written by Earl Fremin - the president and owner of High Top Roofing and the author of the Charlotte Roofing and Construction Blog. High Top Roofing is a fully licensed and bonded roofing company with an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau and an “A” rating on Angie’s list. The company serves the Charlotte metro area including Union County high quality residential and commercial roofing services.

Fremin Construction, Inc. is the parent company of High Top Roofing and offers residential and commercial construction services in the Charlotte metro area.

Call High Top Roofing at 704-989-3189 or get a free estimate today!

Learn more about Charlotte residential roofing or Charlotte construction companies.
 
The company’s service offerings are featured on its web site at www.hightoproof.com.

04/02/2016

High Top Roofing brings over 30 years of roofing installation and repair service experience to all of the residential and commercial roofing projects we work on in the Charlotte, North Carolina market.

Because of our extensive experience, we believe strongly that best practices should be followed when installing Charlotte residential roofing shingles.

When you contact High Top Roofing for your next project, you should expect straight forward advice and a customized recommendation for your home. And we’ll take the time to explain the high quality workmanship methods we use to ensure that your Charlotte residential roofing shingles are properly attached.

Shingles have a fiberglass mat and have asphalt applied to both the bottom and top of the shingle. Proper nailing techniques are essential to ensuring that the integrity of the shingle is maintained at all times in order to prevent leaks. These techniques also help prevent premature failure, blistering, and blow-offs.

Here are some of the best practices that we use to ensure that your new roofing shingles will last for many years to come.

Shingle Nails Must be the Right Length

The shingle nails must be long enough to ensure that they penetrate the roof deck by a minimum of ¾ of an inch.

Shingle Nails Must be Driven in Straight

It sounds like Roofing 101 doesn’t it? Yet you would be surprised at how often we find roofing leaks that have been caused because the nails were driving in at an angle. Nails that are driven in at an angle tear the fiberglass mat and compromise the integrity of the shingle. Whenever we discover shingles installed this way, we have to replace them with new ones.

The Right Quantity of Nails per Shingle Should be Used

As a general rule four nails per shingle are required. However, in high-wind zones, six nails per shingle may be required.

Nails Must be Placed  in the Proper Location on the Shingle

The type of roofing shingle used will determine both the precise location for the nails. When nails are not placed in the proper location, it’s possible that the bottom ply can come unglued and fall off the roof leading to roof leaks. When nails are not properly located, the shingles can also become loose leading to leaks as well.

Nails Must be Driven in to the Proper Depth into the Shingle

It is not uncommon for us to find residential roofs in Charlotte that have nails that have been driven in too deep into the shingle. This can typically happen with inexperienced roofing crews who just hammer in the nail too deep or if the compressor pressure is set to high on a pneumatic hand gun. Regardless of how it happens the fiberglass mat of the shingle is torn and the shingle needs to be replaced.

Learn more about:

Why our pneumatic hand gun installation process produces a higher quality roof

Poor Charlotte Residential Roofing Work on Very Expensive Homes.

Unexpected Causes of Charlotte Residential Roofing Leaks

Charlotte Residential Roofing Shingle Maintenance

We’ll take the time to explain how each of the above best practices for nailing shingles to your Charlotte residential roof will produce the best long term result for you.

Earl Fremin is the author of this post. He is the president and owner of High Top Roofing and the author of the Charlotte Roofing and Construction Blog. High Top Roofing is a fully licensed and bonded roofing company with an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau and an “A” rating on Angie’s list. We offer the highest quality residential and commercial roofing services to the Charlotte metro area including Union County.

The parent company of High Top Roofing is Fremin Construction, Inc. . The company offers residential and commercial construction services in the Charlotte metro area.

Call High Top Roofing at 704-989-3189 or request your free estimate today!

Learn more about Charlotte residential roofing or Charlotte construction companies.
 
The company’s service offerings are featured on its web site at www.hightoproof.com.

04/02/2016

High Top Roofing brings over 30 years of installation and repair service experience to the problems associated with Charlotte residential roofing leaks.

One question we’re asked often by our customers is “why after so many years without any issues, did our home begin to experience Charlotte residential roofing leaks?” This is a common question we receive typically during the winter when accumulated snow and ice begin to melt and leaking occurs.

When you contact High Top Roofing for your next roofing project, you should expect that we’ll have an answer to this question and provide you with a custom game plan to address the residential roofing leaks you may be experiencing.

The most common areas where unexpected Charlotte residential roofing leaks occur are valleys, flashings, eaves and areas with low sloping roofs. These areas tend to accumulate water, ice, and snow buildup. Standard shingles in these areas are not enough to prevent leaks in these areas and additional protection is usually required. Valleys in particular are a prime area that is subject to leaks.

One solution that has provided outstanding results to our customers has been to use an underlayment material such as Owens Corning’s WeatherLock Ice and Water Barrier product.

We’ll assess the areas on your roof that are the most likely areas where roofing leaks typically occur and we’ll recommend that an underlayment product such as WinterGuard be installed underneath the new shingles on your roof.

This underlayment material will give you added protection for the areas on your roof that are most susceptible to nasty build-ups of ice and snow that can cause trapped water to seep through your roof causing damage to both your roof deck, insulation, and the interior of your home.

While it is not cost effective to install this type of product everywhere on your roof, we’ll recommend that it be installed in the areas that are most susceptible to water pooling and intrusion.

Learn more about:

Poor Charlotte Residential Roofing Work on Very Expensive Homes

The Proper Way to Nail Shingles on Charlotte Residential Roofs

Charlotte Residential Roofing Shingle Maintenance

When you contact us, you should expect that we’ll take the time to recommend a custom roofing solution for your home – one that may blend a combination of traditional roofing shingles along with underlayment materials to give you the best long term protection.

This post was contributed by Earl Fremin - the president and owner of High Top Roofing and the author of the Charlotte Roofing and Construction Blog. We are a fully licensed and bonded roofing company with an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau and an “A” rating on Angie’s list. We serve the Charlotte metro area including Union County high quality residential and commercial roofing services.

Fremin Construction, Inc. is the parent company of High Top Roofing and offers residential and commercial construction services in the Charlotte metro area.

Call High Top Roofing at 704-989-3189 or get your free estimate today!

Learn more about Charlotte residential roofing or Charlotte construction companies.
 
The company’s service offerings are featured on its web site at www.hightoproof.com.

04/02/2016

High Top Roofing brings nearly 30 years of roofing installation and repair service experience to the Charlotte metro area.

You might be surprised at what we encounter on a daily basis as we follow in the footsteps of other Charlotte roofing companies as we continue to deliver outstanding residential roofing projects on some of the most expensive homes in the area.

When you contact High Top Roofing for your next roofing project, you can be assured that we’ll be recommending the best ways to avoid these commonly observed residential roofing issues.

Shingles That are Not Gauged Properly

Nothing is more important than good workmanship when it comes to installing and spacing shingles. However, it is not uncommon for us to find homes where the shingles are not gauged properly resulting in shingle seams that are too close together. This can lead to unexpected leaks. It’s also important to make sure that no more than 5 ½ inches of each shingle is exposed. If a larger area of each shingle is exposed, it is more prone to leaks.

Improper Shingle Nailing
You’d be surprised at how often we run into shingles with nails that are driven in at an angle or nails that have been driven in too far.

Improperly nailed shingles causes tears to the fiberglass mat and compromises the integrity of the shingle. That’s why shingles that have been installed in this manner need to be removed.

Learn more about:

Why our pneumatic hand gun installation process gives our customers a higher quality roof

The Proper Way to Nail Shingles on Charlotte Residential Roofs

Charlotte Residential Roofing Shingle Maintenance

Leak Barrier Protection Not Installed

There are a number of areas on a roof that can be subject to water, ice, and snow buildup that need additional protection beyond standard shingles. Areas with valleys, flashing, eaves, and low sloping roofs are often susceptible to leaks especially during the winter. High quality Charlotte roofing companies will take the time and explain to you the best ways to protect these highly vulnerable areas.

Learn more about:

Unexpected Causes of Charlotte Residential Roofing Leaks

Roof Sections With Shingles Installed That Don’t Have Enough Slope

Charlotte roof shingles are not intended for use as a waterproof roof layer. Shingles are designed to work with gravity to keep water moving down the roof. If a section of your roof isn’t steep enough to keep the water moving, shingles should not be used. And yet we continue to observe roof sections where shingles have been used instead of alternative methods that are better able to prevent water seepage.

Safety Corners Cut by Budget Roofers

We’ve seen many instances where out of town, storm chaser roofing companies have used toe boards to create a walkway that the roofing crews use during the installation process. Toe boards are a cost cutting measure designed to give budget roofers the ability to avoid using proper safety equipment such as safety ropes, harnesses, and L-brackets.

While these toe boards may give your budget roofer a cheaper alternative to a safer roofing project, this practice is costing you money. Why? Because the toe boards create nail holes in freshly installed shingles – holes that don’t need to be there. And when the roofing project is finished, the nails holding the toe boards to your roof are pulled out. This leaves you with nail holes that can cause leaks long after your budget roofer has left town. We see and repair the holes left by this practice just about every week.

These are just some of the poor Charlotte residential roofing work that we’ve encountered and this is just a sampling of poor quality roofing work we’ve run into on homes with complicated roof designs in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This post was written by Earl Fremin - the president and owner of High Top Roofing and the author of the Charlotte Roofing and Construction Blog. Earl brings over 30 years of roofing experience to each and every project.

High Top Roofing is a fully licensed and bonded roofing company with an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau and an “A” rating on Angie’s list. High Top Roofing offers the Charlotte metro area including Union County high quality residential and commercial roofing services.

Fremin Construction, Inc. is the parent company of High Top Roofing. Fremin Construction offers residential and commercial construction services in the Charlotte metro area.

Call High Top Roofing at 704-989-3189 or get your free estimate today!

Learn more about Charlotte residential roofing or Charlotte construction companies.

The company’s service offerings are featured on its web site at www.hightoproof.com.

12/12/2013

If you are considering a Charlotte Residential Construction or Charlotte Commercial Construction project, it can be a daunting task to select a great company that you can partner with on your project. After all, there is always a chance that you’ll pick the wrong company.
At Fremin Construction, we’ve been in the business for a long time. So we’d like to present you with this short, easy to follow list that will help you avoid the top 5 mistakes customers make when selecting a Charlotte Construction Company:

  1. Always pick a highly rated company - when you select Fremin Construction you’ll get the benefit of company that has an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau along with an “A” rating from Angie’s List.
  2. Insist on a using a licensed, bonded contactor - Fremin Construction carries $2 million in general liability insurance to ensure that your residential or commercial construction project is properly protected.
  3. Find out whether the Charlotte Construction Company you are considering is planning on using subcontractors and the areas of your project that they’ll be working on - Every subcontractor allowed to work on your project may be an area that could lead to inconsistencies and defects. When you use Fremin Construction, you’ll get the benefit of our direct hire workforce with very limited use of subcontractors.
  4. Ask the company to tell you the types of projects they have the most experience with to ensure the best results for your home or business - At Fremin Construction, we specialize in residential and commercial renovation and remodeling projects.
  5. Look for a local Charlotte Construction Company - Fremin Construction is a local business offering personalized service, lower overhead and the best workmanship and manufacturer warranties in the business.

Following the tips above will save you a lot of headaches – we know, because we’ve been helping our customers make the right choice for over 30 years!

Earl Fremin - the president of Fremin Construction contributed this post and regularly comments on industry trends on the High Top Roofing Blog including a recent post in Charlotte Residential Roofing about the benefits of gun nailing instead of hand nailing shingles. Fremin Construction is a fully licensed and bonded construction company that offers you an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau and an “A” rating on Angie’s list. The company serves the Charlotte metro area including Union County with residential and commercial construction services.

High Top Roofing is a subsidiary of Fremin Construction, Inc. that offers residential and commercial roofing services in the Charlotte metro area.

Call Fremin Construction at 704-989-3189 or Request a free estimate today!

The company's service offerings are featured on the Fremin Construction website.

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