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.

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12/31/2020

Let's face it.

There was not a lot of good news during 2020 on many fronts due to the virus.

However, the cost of installing a new roof in Charlotte during the year was not as negatively affected by the virus as much as the cost of other building materials were.

According to the producer price index report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for November 2020, the cost of asphalt roofing and siding materials increased by 3.1% over the last 12 months.

The price of nails increased .3% over the same period which also helped to keep roofing costs affordable during this difficult year.

While no one likes higher prices, the increase in these roofing materials was nothing compared to the staggering increases that other building materials experienced.

For example softwood lumber increased 37.2% over the past 12 months while soft plywood products increased a staggering 62.8% over the same period.

Prices for power wire and cable increased 9.3% which tripled the increase in the cost of asphalt in the last 12 months.

While it's been a challenging year, we're thankful that High Top Roofing has been able to continue delivering new roofing installations at a competitive price.

If you're looking for a Charlotte roofing contractor, give us a call at 704-989-3189 or you can request a free estimate.  

 

12/01/2020

When you have a roof leak or you're in need of a roofing repair, you might be very apprehensive and concerned when you begin the process of trying to find a reputable roofing contractor.

And you have good reason to be concerned.

After all, there's no shortage of horror stories out there from Charlotte homeowners who were unlucky enough to select the wrong roofing contractor.

And let's face it, while you might already have a favorite landscaper or small repair contractor, there's a good chance that you don't have a favorite roofing contractor in your address file.

Hiring the right roofing contractor is an act of faith.

Even with lots of research, this kind of decision can be nerve wracking.

So what's the best way to help you spot a bad roofing contractor? Consider the following tips.

You get what you pay for.

Your roof protects everything that is near and dear to you. If you cut corners and select a roofing contractor based on price only, there's a good chance you'll be sorry you did. And whatever savings you thought you were going to get will quickly evaporate if roofing installation problems surface after the fact.

Check for verifiable reviews, references, and credentials.

Ask any contractor you're considering to provide links to online reviews, reference phone numbers, as well as their Better Business Bureau and Angie's list profiles. Take the time to call those references and ask them in-depth questions about the quality of the roofing materials and workmanship that customer experienced. Don't rule out a company you're considering just because you see a bad review. Take the time to read the company's response to the bad review to ensure that you get a complete picture of the dispute in question.

Look to see what kind of online presence the contractor has. 

Locate the company's website, their business listings on Google and Bing, and find all of their social media accounts. A company that does not have a meaningful online presence could be brand new or it could be that they don't want potential customers to learn about their business reputation.

Check to see how long the company has been in business.

Many roofing companies are small businesses. It's not unusual for a roofing company to switch from one company name to another one over a period of time. What you need to find out is how long that company has been in the roofing business. So take the time to add up the number of years of roofing experience the company may have across multiple company names.

Choose a local company with a long track record.

There's a good chance that your new roof is going to need some follow-up work to fix some issues or possibly to make some warranty repairs. If you hire a roofing company that does not have a long-term local presence in your community, you're taking a big risk that could result in poor service after the sale.

Never pay a roofing contractor for all of the work up front.

It's not unusual for a roofing contractor to ask you for a portion of the total cost up-front to pay for roofing materials. But if you do that, ask the roofer to have those materials delivered directly to your home - not to some other location. A reputable roofing contractor generally won't have a problem with a customer making the final payment (sometimes called retention) of 10% to 20% upon completion of the project. For most contractors that final payment is their profit and a good contractor will be highly motivated to complete the job to your satisfaction in order to receive this final payment. When a roofing contractor asks you to pay 100% of the cost of a project upfront, that's a strong warning sign that you may be dealing with a bad roofing contractor. And if you do this, you're not going to have any recourse if things don't work out.

A good roofing contractor isn't afraid to walk away.

Think about it. A good roofing contractor will have confidence in the quality of their work and the price they quote you to walk away from your project if you're not going to select them. A bad roofing contractor might be overly persistent and may tend to use high pressure sales tactics and be willing to do anything to close the sale.

Look for good communication.

Bad roofing contractors are horrible communicators. The only time they may contact you or show up is when they want you to sign a contract or to pay them money at the start of the project. A good roofing contractor will return your phone calls and emails prompty both before and after the sale.

While there are never guarantees when it comes to hiring the right Charlotte roofing contractor, the list above will help you spot a bad one.

10/30/2020

If you live in the Charlotte metro area and the roof on your home has been damaged, you might be trying to decide whether or not to file a claim against your homeowners insurance policy.

You might be thinking that you should file a claim regardless of the situation.

After all, you've probably paid a lot of money to your insurance company year after year, right?

But before you do, consider the following.

You should not file a Charlotte roof insurance claim if:

  • The cost to repair your roof is less than your deductible


Since it's your responsibility to pay the cost of your deductible, it doesn't make sense to file an insurance claim for a $400 roof repair if your deductible is $1,000. Filing claims for small dollar amounts doesn't make sense because they can lead a situation where your insurance company could cancel or non-renew your policy and other insurance companies don't want to insure your home either.

 

  • The cause of your damage is normal wear and tear


Your insurance policy won't pay for a leaky roof that was caused by the fact that you did not maintain your roof or because the roof materials just wore out due to age.

 

  • You filed a claim in the last 3 years


Insurance companies share a database that tracks your claim history. If they see that you have a history of multiple claims, they might not be willing to accept the risk of insuring your home.

 

You should file a roof insurance claim in Charlotte if:

 

  • The cost to repair your roof is more than your deductible


If you have a repair estimate for $5,000 and your deductible is $1,000, file a claim.

 

  • There is a lot of damage


This is the primary reason you have insurance so go ahead and file a claim.

 

  • You haven't filed a claim in the last 3 years

If the database system doesn't show a history of claims, you won't be flagged as a high risk and stand a good chance of getting your claim paid. Plus you'll have less risk of being cancelled or non-renewed in the future.

 

So the next time you have roof damage, call us at 704-989-3189 or request a free estimate.

We'll give you a competitive estimate to repair the damage or replace your roof.

That will give you the information you need to make an intelligent choice about whether or not to file an insurance claim.

 

 

 

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.

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