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Home Insulation

Winter is here and so are higher utility bills.  There are ways that you can save on rising energy costs and adding insulation in your attic is one of the main ways.  First, hire a professional that knows the right way to install insulation within the attic space. There is more to it than blowing it in.  You must make sure that your insulation is not covering your soffit intake vents because this can have an adverse effect on the life of your shingles. Along with the various steps, you need to have the proper R-Value based on your geographical area ...
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You think you need a new roof…

You think you need a new roof. Now what? First things first, check your local Better Business Bureau to find reputable and local roofing contractors.  Secondly, look for longevity.  If a roofing company has been in business over 10 years, then chances are they are installing new roofs with the idea of sticking around.  Lastly, see who of those long time roofing contractors are factory certified.  If a roofing contractor has taken the time to become certified they understand the importance of training and how much their installation dictates the warranty a homeowner receives. Replacing a roof can be a ...
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shingle nailing

Common Shingle Nailing Problems

In the world of residential roof replacement shingle nailing, some homeowners are intrigued by roofing contractors that claim to be the fastest.  That is fine should the roofing crew be large enough, skilled enough and supervised.  However, there are 4 common shingle nailing problems that occur.  These issues can be due to rushing through a job or simply lack of training. So, what are the four most common shingle fastening problems? Under-driven nails The main problem comes with winds that lift up the shingles that are not properly fastened causing "blow-off." They can cause a lifted appearance  as well due ...
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winter home preparation

Winter Home Preparation

Winter Home Preparation Fall is here and Winter will be here before you know it.  Here are a few things you can do to get your home prepared for the Winter months ahead. Check the potential for Ice Dams... Ice dams can form at the gutter edge of your roof when interior heat causes the snow/ice to melt and refreeze. Once an ice dam forms, it blocks water from draining off the roof and forces the water inside of your home. Things to Do: Make sure your roof is properly ventilated and the attic is well insulated to minimize the ...
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Fall Roofing Tips

Fall Roofing Tips

Fall Roofing Tips Fall is upon us and the air is soon to be cooler.  A relief for many, especially bringing a close to a very active hurricane season.  Now that summer is behind us here are some things you can do to make sure the roof over your home is ready to battle the elements at hand. Fall Check List: Keep your gutters clean.  The last thing you need is to have a roof leak simply because your gutters are not draining properly.  This is a common reason for leaks and plywood damage as the water backs up under ...
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Residential Roofing

Residential Roofing Residential roofing ...is a process that should not be taken lightly when looking to replace your roof.  There is a process that is set as a guideline but shingle manufactures that work.  Therefore, those roofing contractors certified by the shingle manufacturers are held to a higher standard and preform to that level.  From the warranties provided to the way they set up and take care of your home.  You are sure to see a difference when a factory certified roofing contractor replaces your roof versus the fly by night storm chaser that replaces your neighbors. Not to say that ...
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home improvement

Best Home Improvement Return on Investment

Home Improvement What is the best return on investment in the world of home improvement?  The Real Estate market across the country, for the most part, has been moving along quite well.  There are DYI and Home Improvement tips, shows and commercials every where you look.  As today’s home owners become more savvy with “reno’s,” and some with their budget, the reality can set in quite fast when pricing out what is a want versus a need. What do Home Owners want most? According to recent survey’s a home owner is less likely to recoup their investment from a full kitchen ...
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Roofing Estimate

Roofing Estimate Roofing estimate is something that is necessary but most homeowners would rather avoid all together.  It's not the roofing estimate portion as much as it is sorting through the roofing contractors that appear online.  Angie's List and Home Adviser (aka: Service Magic) were ways most homeowner found their way to a contractor that others have recommended.  However, with the growing popularity of "ratings" on Google and other search engines, those companies have found themselves going to free services in an ever growing world of diluted reviews. I say diluted because many companies online often have less than real ...
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synthetic roofing underlayment

Roofing Underlayment

Roofing Underlayment Roofing underlayment has been a part of the installation process since the Gold Rush of the early 1800's in California.  Tar or felt paper has been the staple until the evolution of synthetic underlayment came along in the early 2000's.  There are many roofing contractors that still swear by 15 lbs felt and others, like us, that exclusively use a synthetic underlayment in one form or another.  Many prefer the cost of felt over synthetic underlayment but when you look at the linear feet per role it actually is not that much more. Titanium UDL 30 At Consolidated ...
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Blistered Roof Shingles

Blistered Roof Shingles

Blistered Roof Shingles Blistered roof shingles are a cosmetic defect and an indicator of reduced shingle life. Blistering shingles are a common problem with asphalt shingles. There are two main reasons that asphalt shingles blister.  If the shingles on a roof have trapped moisture, they are highly likely to start blistering. As the air heats up the shingles the trapped moisture heats and can cause blisters to rise up on the shingle.  Roofs that do not have an adequate ventilation system is another cause of blistering. When the heat builds up in an attic it then transfers through the plywood decking and ...
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Horizon Shangle

Horizon Shangle

Horizon Shangle There are a lot of homes with the CertainTeed Horizon Shangle on them to this day.  What is a "Shangle" you ask?  the Shangle by CertainTeed is described below from a definition pulled from page 2 of their 2003 warranty.  (Click on the script below to go to the Warranty handbook) WHAT IS A “SHANGLE® ”? The “Shangle®,” an idea conceived by CertainTeed over 30 years ago, is the original “laminated shingle.” The Shangle features a full-size, one-piece shingle as a base, to which individual shingle tabs or overlay pads are applied, providing extra protection and aesthetic enhancement ...
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roof cleaning

Roof Cleaning, the good and bad

Roof Cleaning Roof Cleaning - good or bad? Roof stains can occur from several areas. Algae, lichens and moss growth due to a compost base are the most common. None of the three are good for a roof what so ever. As with everything, there are different opinions about roof cleaning. Below are three of the most common ways to roof keep a roof clean. 1. Use a non toxic and "green" solution to soak and gently wash off with a very low pressure water hose. This is a quick way to see instant results but are a bit more ...
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leak barrier

Does your Roofer use a Leak Barrier?

Does your Roofing Contractor use a Leak Barrier? A leak barrier product in roofing is known as Ice and Water Shield.  It has become like the term Kleenex is the world of tissue even though there are many brands.  CertainTeed has a leak barrier commonly used known as WinterGuard.  GAF has one known as Weather Watch.  Regardless of the brand, it is most important that your roofing contractor is using it.  Sure, it’s building code from the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia North.  But, do you know why?  Ice damming is the primary reason for the use of ice and ...
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roof leaks

Roof leak? Water stain on your ceiling?

A spot on your ceiling most always prompts the thought of a roof leak which can be a dreaded thought to most.  Many times in the winter or summer months it is due to condensation.  A spot on the ceiling that looks like a roof leak could be from an A/C duct.  When there is a leak that causes the cold air to meet the hot air in the attic you are sure to see a water stain on your ceiling.  We have even seen this on cathedral ceilings.  The drywall has a gap that allows air conditioning or heat to ...
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nailing

Hand Nailing Shingles Versus Gun Nailing

 Nailing Roofing Shingles  Nailing shingles to your new roof can be a bigger topic than you may think. There is a continued debate as to which technique is better when it comes to installing shingles on a new roof.  Many will say that hand nailing provides more accuracy and that installers get sloppy with pneumatic nail guns. Having ran residential re-roofing projects where the crews installed the roof with both techniques, there is no doubt that the better of the two depends on the crew that is doing the roof installation.  If you’re using a factory certified roofing contractor it is always good to ask how ...
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Home Energy Loss

With record temperatures across much of the U.S. the “hot” topic of today is home energy loss, or better yet, energy savings!  There are many ways to assess your roof, attic and home to make sure your house is ready to beat the heat and save energy and not loose it through your roof. Does your roof have the proper intake and exhaust roof ventilation?  It has been documented that the majority of energy loss in a home is through the roof.  Up to 40% that is!  Having the proper intake at the lowest point of the attic floor (i.e.: ...
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New roof ads value to home

So you need a new roof for your home?  There are many improvements that can, and need to be done to a home as it ages.  Some are simply cosmetic while others are simply unavoidable.  As per a December 9th, 2015 article in the National Association of Realtor's "Realtor" magazine titled "New Roof Is Greatest Remodeling Value", a new roof is the #1 remodel of choice by adding appeal to buyers, return on investment and owner joy. There's no doubt that when listing your home to sell that an aging roof will be one of the first things to come ...
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Roof Repairs

Roof repairs can happen 8-10 years after roof installation. Roof leaks can be due to typical pipe boots or even gutters that are clogged. Pipe boots can leak because the rubber gasket dries from UV rays and splits. This allows water to run down the PVC vent pipe into the home. The same goes for chimney flashing, if not installed or caulked properly. The gutters can be your friend or worst nightmare depending on how many tress canopy your home. At CRS, we recommend Rain Drop Gutter guard if you have falling leaves and debris. This product has a 20 ...
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Hail Damage to Your Roof

It seems as though the "topic of the day" within roofing over the last few years is hail damage.  This epidemic has spread into every community in a widespread manor causing insurance rates to increase due to "high claim rate area status" and has given many homeowners a false sense of getting something for nothing.  Many home owners have had their door bell ring only to be told that they may have hail damage and, if so, that they could get a roof free of charge.  Then you are left wondering when in the world did it hail?  Well, there ...
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Shingle Recycling

In today's environment of aging homes and cyclical boom of new construction asphalt shingle recycling has become a hot topic.  There are many roofing contractors who have pledged with various manufacturers to recycle most, if not all, of the shingles that are torn off during re-roofing projects.   Every year 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste is generated. Did you know that 3000 square feet of roof, when recycled, can help make 50 linear feet of road?  That's far better than sitting in a landfill!  There are now 30 states in the US of A that have approved recycled ...
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Designer Shingles

Once upon a time the typical upgrade from a traditional three tab shingle was to an architectural, or laminate, shingle.  As trends change and supply meets demand, prices change and things once costly become affordable.  The once costly architectural shingle is now very affordable.  To the point, it has nearly replaced the three tab shingle and by many standards has become the starting point in shingle selections for homes across the nation.  What has replaced the architectural as today's upgrade?  Is it slate or clay tiles?  Metal perhaps?  The designer shingle is now step two in may roofing contractors offerings ...
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Ice Damming

With the massive east coast snow storm that just blew through there can be signs of leaks that have never before been seen.  These leaks are most likely a result of roof ice dams.  What are ice dams you ask?  When there is a buildup of snow and ice in the gutters along the eves of a home water can no longer drain.  As the snow and/or ice melts above the gutters it hits the ice dam, freezes and continues to build.  As this water backs up it can enter under the first several courses of shingles and the leaks ...
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History of Shingles

Roofing materials have evolved over the decades, if not centuries, to give homeowners many options for design and performance.  However, few people realize just how long the asphalt shingle has been around.  Asphalt shingles were invented in America and first used in 1901.  This replaced materials such as clay tiles which are documented to have been used as early as 10,000 B.C. in China, Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome. The first tar composite roof was in the mid 1800's but there's no doubt that today we see more homes sheltered with asphalt shingles than any other material.  They are cost ...
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Keep your fireplace ready for winter

Winter is now upon us and though El Nino has had it's warming effects on most of us, there are still chilly nights ahead.  Many homes have gas fireplaces but many still have the traditional wood burning areas that keep the room cozy.  Below are a few tips on how to make sure that your fireplace is as energy efficient as possible during the winter months. Look into having your chimney cleaned by a certified chimney sweep to prevent creosote build up.  The cleaner the chimney, the more energy efficient it is. Make sure there are no areas around the ...
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Roof Algae Staining

Dark, stained roofs are what most homeowners imagine when they think of an old roof.  Today's shingles are algae resistant to a degree against blue-green algae.  According the CertainTeed's Shingle Technology Manual, there is no proven effect that algae has on the life of a roof. (pg. 22, 10th edition)  In the manufacturing process of AR, or algae resistant, shingles there is a mix of granules that are wrapped in Copper before entering the Ceramic coating process.  These copper-containing granules are mixed throughout the shingles intermingling with standard granules.  Thus, when it rains, the copper produces a wash that helps ...
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Preparing your roof for winter

Granted, some areas of the country experience much more severe winters than others.  In central North Carolina where our company is located, we have mild winters for the most part with the occasional snow and ice storm.  However, our snow and ice does not compare to that of the North East.  That being said, even in the most southern regions where snow falls in states to the north rain falls in the warmer climates.  So, water intrusion can still be an issue.  The quickest and easiest way to check your roof is: Make sure your roof is free of debris ...
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Finding Roof Leaks

Finding roof leaks can be a frustrating task for many.  As water is pulled by gravity it's best to use a process of elimination first.  First, check in the attic with a flash light to look for active traces of water running down rafters and trace the water trail up to the entry source. This may not be such an easy task as water can transfer from one area to another as it runs downward to its ultimate entry point inside your home.  Typically the first areas of leaks are water vent pipes, vent covers, chimneys and skylights.  As materials break ...
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Ridge Vent and Hip Roofs

Ridge Vent Ridge Vent is the choice As many people replace their roofs today, the exhaust ventilation of choice is . There are many manufacturers and types of ridge vent just as there are with power fans and turbines.  However, not all homes are created equal.  A very important aspect that should determine if you choose ridge vent is the amount of ridge your home has.  Even today we see large hip roofs with very little ridge having ridge vent as the roof exhaust and a power fan under the ridge vent is also very common to see.  This combination ...
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Choosing a shingle color for your home

Roofing decisions can be hard enough.  From choosing a roofing contractor to shingle type and color.  When deciding on a shingle color there are plenty of choices from standard to artisan color pallets.  One thing is for sure, decide on what your goal with the home is first.  Are you going to sell within 2-5 years or will you be there for the long haul?  If selling then consider a more basic color pallet such as charcoal or weathered wood. If you are staying for the long haul then you should consider shingle types first.  There are options now more ...
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What to look for when hiring a roofing company

Most homeowners would prefer not to go through the headache of finding a "roofer" to re-roof their home.  If they could do it themselves, most homeowners would to avoid the common misconceptions that most have when they think of the word "roofer."   Sure, there are still plenty of your stereotypical fly by night roofing "companies" that are out of business within 8-24 months from opening.  This leaves a very uneasy feeling amongst homeowners when thinking of the "what if's" down the road.  What if I have a leak, will they be in business?  Thanks to many resources and a ...
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Roof Ventilation

Roof Ventilation Proper roof ventilation, or lack thereof, is the reason many asphalt shingle roofs reach the end of their life spans early.  Many homeowners think the elements on the outside is the reason for a roof aging when in reality it's the heat in the attic space that is to blame.  The FHA (Federal Housing Administration) recommends 1 square foot of attic ventilation (intake and exhaust) for every 300 square feet of attic space.  Many homes do not have the proper ventilation.  Many times in re-roofing we will find that the only means of both intake and exhaust are ...
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A leak that you may never know you had…from toe boards.

Hidden Roof Leaks Hidden roof leaks are on many roofs that look great from the outside.  However, many times during the new construction process roofing crews will use toe boards as a means of safety and stability on steep roofs when installing the shingles.  This is a common practice along with other means of safety such as roof jacks and harnesses.  However, many times the roofing crew will get in a hurry upon completion for the day or simply forget one very important item before getting off of the roof.  The nails that hold the 2 x 4 boards and ...
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Where is the best value in home remodeling?

Roofing - Best Home Value According to a recent article in Remodeling Magazine, Home Sellers will see a better return on their investment when roofing or installing new siding than they would with a major kitchen renovation. Many times people think that what they immediately see visually is far more important than those less glamorous items such as HVAC and Roofing.  Not to mention the fact that tastes among home buyers differ so much.  What may be worth the thousands of dollars to one buyer, could be worthless to another.  With an average price for these mentioned renovations running in ...
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Newly listed home where buyers see added value in roof!

Home value and your roof Home owners across the country are seeing amazing gains in value.  A recent poll conducted by the National Association of Realtors stated that having a new architectural shingled roof on your home adds 5% to the value.  Have a designer shingle installed on your roof and they saw a 7% increase in the home's value.  That's quite a return on your money considering the low difference in cost to upgrade from a flat three tab shingle to an architectural. Shingle Upgrades By today's standards, most reputable roofing contractors are passing along their wholesale cost to homeowners ...
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How to Download and Use the Homeowner’s Ultimate Shingle Guide from GAF

Planning a new roof is easy, but choosing the right materials has proven to be a challenge for many homeowners. The sheer number of roofing material options, for example, can be overwhelming. We recommend looking at three things: your area's climate, your home's architecture, and your own budget. In the United States, asphalt (or composition) shingles are the most popular roofing type. The standard shingle consists of two layers of asphalt with a fiberglass mat in between. The surface is protected by a layer of tiny stones meant to fend off harmful rays from the sun. Here are a few ...
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roof repair

The Benefits of Timely Roof Repair and Replacement

Roof Repair Roof repair is the one thing that seems to be on the mind of most homeowners prior to roof replacement. We’ve met homeowners who postpone repairing or replacing their roofing in Raleigh NC, believing that they’re saving a significant amount of money by doing so. But trust us, in many cases, the opposite actually happens ...
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Consolidated Roofing Systems: From Design to Installation

Many homeowners see roofing replacement as a one-time event. That’s not the case at all! It’s much more accurate to think of it as a complete experience that begins way before your contractor climbs up your roof and replaces it ...
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The Low-Down on Low-Slope Roofs: Tips on Proper Maintenance

Low-slope or flat Raleigh roofing has been a popular choice for commercial and industrial buildings for years. Nowadays, we're seeing more of it on houses as well ...
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Contractor Hiring Tip: Angie’s List and BBB Accreditation

Finding the best roofing contractors in Raleigh NC and the surrounding areas can be tough. How do you differentiate those who are trustworthy from those who are not? Here are two hiring tricks to help you out: ...
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Roofing Checklist for 2015: Inspect, Repair, & Clean

The year 2015 has arrived. Do you have plans for your Raleigh roofing? Follow this checklist to ensure a superbly functioning roof this year: ...
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3 Effective Tips to Find the Right Roofing Contractor

Are you planning a roof repair, replacement, or maintenance job? Any roofing project requires precision, expertise, and attention to detail. Whom do you trust with the project? Next time you’re on a hunt for quality Raleigh roofing contractors, here’s how to tell the good from the bad: ...
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4 Roofing Terms: How Well Do You Know Your Roof Parts?

Your roof protects you every day from all the elements and it is important that you know the parts of your roof and their functions. How familiar are you with the parts of your Raleigh roofing? Let us see how many roofing terms on this list you know ...
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Mold Prevention through Proper Roof Maintenance and Repair

While mold plays an important role in the ecosystem as a natural decomposer, indoors, it can be detrimental to both your health and the structural integrity of your home. Mold reproduces by releasing spores into the air that can have adverse effects such as allergies and asthma. It can cause structures to rot over time ...
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How You Can Select the Best Roof Color for Your Home

According to Better Homes and Gardens, your roof accounts for 40% of your home’s overall curb appeal. If you’re looking for a way to give your home a new look, a new roof color could have an instant effect. Beyond that, there are also performance considerations. How do you select the best color? Here are a few things that you have to keep in mind: ...
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Consolidated Roofing Systems Has Gone “Green” as a GAF Certified Green Roofer™

Consolidated Roofing Systems is committed to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable practices. To achieve this goal, we participate in GAF’s Certified Green Roofer Program education program, and we’re happy to announce that we are now a Certified Green Roofer™ ...
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Consolidated Roofing Systems: Proud to be a Certified GAF Master Elite™ Roofer

Professional service starts with professional training. This is why many contractors undergo training from different roofing manufacturers. One of the most well-regarded certifications in the industry is the GAF Master Elite™ program. What does it take to become a Master Elite roofer, and what can certified Master Elite contractors offer you? ...
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Protect Your Family From Harsh Temperatures, Insulate Your Roof Now

In Raleigh, residents enjoy taking their dogs for an early morning walk every day. However, just in case you are going somewhere quite far and you are bringing your pets with you, you might want to leave them at home instead, especially when it is hot. Letting them stay inside your car for a while can be very dangerous, according to an article from wral.com: ...
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Adding Color to Your Roof? You Might Want To Have An Inspection First

Isn’t it nice to look at a house painted with lively colors and blooming flowers all around? That look inspires a lot of homeowners to undergo renovations, and if you’re one of those who are trying to find inexpensive ways to spruce up, painting is definitely the way to go. Before starting, take a look at these tips from diynetwork.com: ...
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Spring Cleaning: Your Home’s Roof Needs Utmost Attention

Spring cleaning in its general sense is about thoroughly cleaning up a home; but it’s not just about dusting or airing out stuff, it is also a time to replace or repair faulty parts of your house in preparation for the seasons to come. Your roof is your primary line of defense against outside elements so it is safe to say that among all the parts of the house, it is the only one that usually needs repairs or in more severe cases, a replacement ...
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The Dual Purposes of Home Insulation

Heating costs must be ‘raising the roof’ out of your household’s budget with utility bills getting higher than ever. While you have heard several home tips on how you can lessen these expenses, ‘attic ventilation’ may come as rather uncommon. But know that this home improvement option is highly recommended if you want to maximize the ventilation of your house. This keeps cold air out and heat and inside, and allows a natural flow of air in your attic preventing ice dams and moisture buildup, which are common in Raleigh during and after winter. Factsfacts.com shares this information about attic ...
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Hail Season’s Here! Call Raleigh Roofing Contractors for Advice

Spring in North Carolina is a heavily anticipated season, especially in Raleigh where the locals are looking forward to Hoop Jam and the Spring Break, Pretty Music, and World Beer festivals. But spring is also hail season in the area—a fact that’s got locals and visitors saying prayers for good weather and has Raleigh homeowners worried about their roofs from March to July of every year. Roofing contractors in Raleigh NC never fail to remind locals how huge an impact hailstones smaller than tennis balls can have on their roofs. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes has more to say ...
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Yes to Spring Home Improvement Projects: Call the Raleigh Roofing Experts

Are you one of the many Raleigh locals who are looking forward to seeing blooming azaleas, dogwoods and Bradford pear trees once again? North Carolina’s refreshing winter-spring transition weather is here. The arrival of spring marks the best time to begin several long-shelved home improvement projects. Many homeowners see the season’s warmer weather as the best time to get a move on with their roofing chores. But it looks like Raleigh roofing contractors and homeowners will have to keep the business of fixing up homes on standby despite the arrival of spring, because rain and snow just keep on visiting ...
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Ice and Water Shield

In the Northeastern region of the United States it is standard, even building code, to have some type of leak barrier or ice and water shield on the roof deck before shingles are installed.  Due to the amount of ice damming that occurs there is a much higher chance of water damage to occur due to the melting of the under portion of that ice seeping under the first course of shingles and causing rotten wood.  Ice and water shield is also a requirement with shingle manufacturers on low slope application of shingles from a 4/12 pitch down to a ...
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Roofing Shingles

There are ample choices when looking to re roofing your home.  Statistics show that homeowners on average on roof a home once or maybe twice in a lifetime.  That being said, this is an important decision that you will make because once the roof is replaced, unlike a paint color, the cost to change your choice can be costly.  Shingles, like everything, have cycles.  From the 70's through the early 90's the flat three tab 20 or 25 year shingle were the standard choice in roofing.  From it's introduction in 1982, the architectural shingle was on the increase and has ...
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Southeastern Snow

The recent snowfall in the southeast was quick to come but is slow to leave.  Snowfall can be picturesque on a home but that pretty white roof can also be causing damage that most homeowners are not aware of until it's too late.  Ice Damming is not common in the Southeastern United States but given a quick accumulation of snow built up on a roof at the eves and gutter areas and then back to normal temperatures will lead to similar effects that is seen in the Northeast due to low insulation and heat from the interior of homes.  Once ...
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Energy Star Shingles

According to the Energy Star website, Americans spend about $40 billion annually to air condition homes and commercial buildings alike.  Many homeowners ask about the tax credit available when purchasing a new roof thinking an Energy Star rated shingle will be worth the either "white" shingle or the investment of a solar reflective shingle.  The 2013 availability was 10% of cost up to $500 and expired December 31, 2013.  It is still not published what will be available for 2014 but one would need to way out the cost versus the savings before making the decision.  It has been proven that Energy Star ...
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Tame high utility costs by re-insulating your attic.

It’s not too late to make your house as energy efficient against the cold winter air. When is the last time that you checked your attic to see how much insulation you have?  Rarely do homeowners go into their attic space and even fewer know what to look for once they’re there.  When homes were built over the last 10 years the general rule of thumb was to install R-30 in the attic space.  That equates to about 10” of insulation in the attic floor.  Most of that would be cellulose or batten insulation rolls.  Over time that ten inches ...
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Fighting Ice Damage with Reliable Roofing Contractors in Raleigh, NC

Winter in Raleigh, North Carolina is nice. It does get cold, but not as cold as the cities and municipalities that are located way up the hemisphere. It also only gets a smaller amount of snow in comparison to cities like Chicago or Detroit ...
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Prevent Further Winter Damage with Efficient Raleigh Roofing Services

A WSILTV.com article by Stephanie Tyrpak and Randy Livingston published last December 13, 2013 details the effects of a snowstorm’s aftermath on the homes of Southern Illinois residents: ...
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Clean gutters equal a happy roof.

During this time of year in the triangle of North Carolina we have seen, and continue to see, a lot of leaves and pine straw falling.  Though we rarely see ice damming as a problem during our winter months, the fallen debris from our trees can cause a tremendous amount of damage to a home just the same if the gutters on our homes are not kept clean.  Many times homeowners will think that they will wait until all of the leaves have fallen to tackle the task of cleaning out their gutters.  The problem is that the rain doesn't ...
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Time for a new roof….now what?

A new roof will help determine the value of your home as well as offer curb appeal. Nationally, Realtor's say that 40% or more of a home’s curb appeal is determined by the roof. So, deciding what type of shingle and who puts the shingles on are two very important choices. First you will want to look at your options for shingles. In 2011 the industry changed when GAF changed its architectural shingles to “Limited Lifetime” across the board. Prior to that change, architectural shingles came in a 30 year, 40 year and 50 year option. Now the “Limited Lifetime” ...
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What is the best roofing sheathing?

When re-roofing your home there is always the chance that you may need to replace wood on the deck surface (ie: sheathing). If you have an older home then you probably have plank board. Otherwise, you will be looking at plywood as the decking surface or sheathing. Whether due to water leaks, delamination or from an impact, that damaged section will need to be replaced. This is the number 1 reason why "roof overs" are not a good idea. Why put a band aid over a weakness in the top of your home? Sure, save money now but pay for ...
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Consolidated Roofing Systems, Inc. commercial on youtube.com!

See the latest Consolidated Roofing Systems Commercial on youtube.com When looking for the best roof for your home, look to the Triangle's leader in residential re roofing.  CRS is a factory certified roofing contractor with over 30 years serving the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas east to Wilmington, NC.  If you're looking to put a new roof on your home, look to Consolidated Roofing Systems because "we've got you covered." ...
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What does “Lifetime” mean?

Since GAF chose to move the industry of architectural asphalt shingles towards the word "lifetime" in 2011, there seems to be misconceptions, misunderstandings and, quite simply, loose use of the term.  For many homeowners they hear from many roofing companies that they will use a lifetime shingle.  What we find in many of the homeowners we speak with have only heard the word but have not been explained just what the term means as far as their warranty is concerned.  What were once upon a time 30 yr, 40 yr and 50 yr architectural shingles have since all received the designation as Limited Lifetime and the terms of 30, 40 and ...
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What affect does a “roof over” application have on a roof?

A "roof over" is considered to be O.K. in certain areas of the US. In this form of re-roofing a crew simply nails a new layer of shingles over an existing layer or layers of shingles. However, in a "roof over" situation there is no way of telling whether the decking has damage or needs to be replaced, plus the additional weight it adds to potentially compromised decking. You also have to consider the probability that the roofing material already has aged and broken down. The felt material breaks down over time and becomes inefficient. Overlaying shingles can also cause ...
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The Benefit of Using Titanium 30 Underlayment in a Hurricane Zone

There is no doubt that at some point in your home’s life it will be impacted by a hurricane. Living here in North Carolina, a coastal state, we see hurricanes on a yearly basis. The weekend of April 16-17th 2011 wa s critical for residents of our state. In one day we learned the horrible lesson of the damages that tornados bring to the states in "tornado alley" on a regular basis. In one day 62 tornados spawned in 20 different counties spreading damage throughout our entire state. From anywhere in NC a short drive would bring you to road ...
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Choosing The Best Rain Gutters For Your Home

Choosing the best rain gutters for your home can be a daunting task. Maybe you are placing the finishing touches on a newly built residence. Or just sick of leaks springing from an existing structure. A wide array of gutters make final decisions virtually impossible. To simplify things, keep a few pointers in mind. The following are suggestions made by professionals to assist clients with gutter selection: - Think about which materials you want the gutters constructed from. Copper and zinc units are high-end pieces with a significantly higher price tag. Copper units compliment older homes, while zinc units work ...
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The Benefits Of Skylights

Skylights are quickly growing in popularity. Not only are homeowners installing them into their pre-existing roofs, but builders are also making them a standard feature in new home construction because of how many people desire them. In the past, having skylights was a luxury only enjoyed by the wealthy. However, with the installation costs dropping down, just about everyone can afford to include them in their residences. No one like to feel like they are living in a "box." Skylights are a way of bringing in some of the outdoors into the home. Four Benefits Of Having Skylights: 1. Lower ...
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Money Saving Ideas for Choosing a Beautiful Backsplash

A unique backsplash can add interest and a pop of color to almost any room. Some people create a backsplash using the same material as the flooring in their kitchen. This practice can save money by using leftover materials that were purchased for the floor, but may also make the room appear boring and mediocre. With the number of materials available to create a unique backsplash it is worth the extra effort to design one that flows with the design of your kitchen but also stands out and adds an extra design element to the room. Tile There are a ...
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What is Feng Shui? Should I Use it During My Next Remodel?

SO WHAT IS FENG SHUI, ANYWAY? Feng Shui is an ancient art form developed over 3,000 years ago in China that survives as a science dedicated to improving the functionality and fortune of one's home and inhabitants. This is theoretically done through enabling an efficient flow of energy through a living space by means of proper furniture placement, lighting conditions and use of negative space. In Chinese, Feng Shui literally translates to wind water. These elements are both considered highly fortunate and have a very beneficial effect on the health and luck of whomever are in its presence. In addition ...
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Ways to Save Energy Costs This Winter

To save money this winter on energy costs, start by turning down the thermostat and bundling up. Most of the money spent on energy during winter months goes to heating, so by keeping the thermostat low the savings can be significant. Thick socks and sweaters will make up the difference. Programmable digital thermostats can also save money by making sure the heating system is only on when someone's home or awake. A properly programmed digital thermostat means never having to remember to turn down the heat at bedtime, and you'll wake up to a warm house. Let the sunshine in ...
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Are Those New Cabinets a Good Deal?

Every smart shopper can tell you, a good deal is not always a good deal. When it comes to bargain kitchen cabinets, not all of them are the same. Cabinets vary in design, construction techniques and materials. A savvy buyer does not need to be as knowledgeable as a professional carpenter, but knowing a little bit about what goes into a good cabinet helps. Style is always a matter of personal preference. What style suits you best should help determine what you buy, no matter the price tag. Cabinets tend to come in two basic types, regardless of the type ...
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5 Steps to a Flawless Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling the bathroom will not only make you feel more luxurious in your own home, it can help the resale value of your house as well. Typically, you will recoup about 65 percent of the remodeling costs when you sell your home. Of course, that depends on how complex the project was and how much you paid for the remodel. Deciding to update a bathroom can entail a quick paint and tile job or a complete change in the layout. Below are some steps for successful results. 1. Decide whether you want to make surface alterations or do a complete ...
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Why Hardi Plank May be Your Best Choice in Siding Options

You know your home needs siding, and yet, you are having a hard time making a decision about it. It is very confusing since there are so many different types and materials on the market today. Naturally, you want the best siding that will last the longest, but it also has to be affordable. After all, you don't buy siding every day, so this is a very important decision. Hardi Plank, which is a fiber-cement siding, may be your best siding option. You most certainly have heard the words "environmentally friendly" a lot lately. If you are a person who ...
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Steps to a flawless bathroom remodel

Bathroom remodeling is something everyone should have experienced, because for so many people, the bathroom is the most important room in the house. Bathroom remodels fall into three basic categories: the master bedroom or en suite bathroom, the shared full hallway bathroom, and the powder room. Each remodel has radically different needs. Powder rooms The problem with so many powder rooms is that they are in the wrong place. Too often, powder rooms are placed either directly next to the front door, or in embarrassing proximity to the kitchen. The appropriate place for a powder room is near a back ...
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Summer is here – is your insulation adequate?

Since the heat of summer sneaks up on us more quickly these days, it seems, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared. You've stocked up on sunscreen, bought a new beach umbrella, and replaced last year’s flip flops, but have you checked your attic insulation? Your air conditioning unit may be in tip-top shape, but if the cool air doesn’t stay inside your house, you’re wasting money and energy. What Kind of Insulation do you Have? One word of warning: if you suspect that the insulation in your attic is made from vermiculite, don’t attempt any projects that will disturb your existing ...
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Ready to start a roofing project? Don’t make these mistakes!

Replacing a roof can be expensive, so of course you want to repair what you can when you can. Hopefully that will correct any minor issues before they cause serious damage. But it’s important to know the difference between minor damage that can be repaired and minor damage that’s a symptom of a more serious issue. It’s also crucial to know what you’re doing. You may have a mean backhand when it comes to using a paint roller and you know your way around a carpenter’s shed, but do you have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively repair a ...
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5 Signs That You Need a New Roof

A roof is almost more important for a house than a foundation; it gives you shelter. It protects you from the sun and redirects the rain. Without a roof, you don’t have a home. A standard roof will not last forever, though. It will need to be replaced about every 20 years. Depending on the climate and type of weather, some roofs will need to be replaced more often. The quality of workmanship in installing a new roof matters too. Improperly nailed roof sheathing (the boards that lie under the roofing material) can fail during hurricanes or strong storms, so ...
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Certified Roofing Crews

Factory certified roofers are your best insurance to having a good roof in residential re roofing. GAF has an entry level into their program known  as GAF Certified where extended warranties against shingle defects are available.  The highest level of certification for GAF is the Master Elite Contractor program of which less than 10% of roofing contractors qualify for.  CertainTeed has their own programs similar to GAF known as the Shingle Master and the Select Shingle Master program.  Out of over 200 roofing companies in central North Carolina, Consolidated Roofing Systems is 1 of only 5 roofing contractors that have ...
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Attic Insulation

Spring and Summer are right around the corner.  There are ways that you can save on rising energy costs and adding insulation in your attic is one of the main ways.  First you should hire a professional that knows the right way to install insulation within the attic space. There is more to it than blowing it in.  You must make sure that your insulation is not covering your soffet intake vents because this can have an adverse effect on the life of your shingles. Along with the various steps, you need to have the proper R-Value based on your ...
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Ventilation

The key to a long lasting roof is having the proper ventilation.  It is now required by shingle manufacturers to have a full and valid warranty that you must have the proper intake and exhaust ventilation in your home.  This not only preserves the life of your roof but also goes hand in hand with the insulation in your attic to prevent the heat from settling through the ceilings of your home making it harder to heat and cool your home.  Making the right choice of what ventilation works best for your home is important.  This is where a trained and certified ...
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Shingle Warranty Upgrade!

What was known as a 30 and 40 year Architectural shingle manufactured by Owens Corning, GAF, CertainTeed and others is now upgraded to a Limited Lifetime Warranty....or 50 year warranty.  The warranties are very similar but when a factory certified roofing contractor installs your roof, the warranties change for the better across the board.  Make sure you choose a professional that can not only install a great roofing system, but make sure their warranties stand the test of time.  Call or email Consolidated Roofing Systems today to learn more. 919-851-3456 or via email [email protected] ...
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Spring Cleaning

It is a great idea to make sure your gutters are cleaned at least 2 times a year to keep debris from damming up and causing clogs. This prevents water from backing up under the first row of shingles which causes damage to your roof decking. Other factors can cause an older roof to age more rapidly.  For instance, if the granules have started releasing from the shingles and showing up in your gutters and down spouts then the UV rays from the sun can begin to dry out the asphalt and make the shingles become brittle at an faster ...
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