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Why You Need Gutters To Go With Your Roofing System

Why You Need Gutters To Go With Your Roofing System

So many decisions come with building a house or remodeling your current house. Although most people think of these decisions as inside things like which cabinets and fixtures you might want, there are also very important issues outside as well. Roofing and gutters are one such crucial decision and this article will answer the question of whether you should have gutters along with your roof or not. The Purpose Of Gutters Along With Roofing Lots of people think that if your soil is sandy or you have big overhangs on your existing roofing, then you don’t need gutters. This is not true, however, and you should know why gutters are important. The sole function of gutters is to collect rainwater from the roof and direct it to a specific location. They are designed to control this water, rather than let it all fall from the roof to the ground all at once. Without gutters, you could have a real mess on your hands when it rains, depending on the landscape and design of your home. One problem is water splashing onto hard or flat surfaces and then splashing up on another structure. This can cause water damage on that structure over time. Another problem without gutters would be that all the rainwater falling from the roof and come down and wash out your landscape. It can wash away mulch or destroy flowerbeds. If you have lots of wet wood, this can create termite problems. At its worst, rainwater can even cause the foundation of your house to be weakened. How many times have you walked into a building with... read more
Questions and Answers About Solar Roofing

Questions and Answers About Solar Roofing

With so much growing concern about the environment and our impact on it, more and more of us are trying to “go green” in as many areas as possible. Options for your roof are no different and there are lots of choices to choose from. Great technological advances in roof installations have made it possible to cut down significantly on our power grid use. This is perhaps the most evident in solar roofing. A solar roof isn’t the same thing as solar panels on top of the roof. A solar roof is far less conspicuous than the solar panels we’ve seen in the past. Some Common Questions About Solar Roofing Q: How does a solar roof differ from solar panels? A: Solar panels are usually what we think of when we think of solar power. These are the big dark tiles that are mounted on top of the roof in racks. They are covered in dark glass and can be difficult to blend in to your home’s appearance. Solar roofing however, consists of photovoltaic tiles, which can be interlocked with the roof tiles you already have in order to create a much nicer result. Q: What are the advantages of a solar roof? A: The biggest advantage is that it blends in with your existing roof and provides your home with a good power source. The tiles are made to blend in well with other roofing materials, creating a clean look. Q: What are the disadvantages? A: Probably the main disadvantage for most people will be the cost. Tiles for a solar roof are more expensive, due to the... read more
Tips For Staying Warm and Dry this Winter

Tips For Staying Warm and Dry this Winter

As the weather turns cooler the potential for winter storms increases which increases the chances that you will have leaks from your roof.  Myrtle Beach roofing specialists Contract Exteriors has a few tips to prevent these leaks before they happen. Roofing Preparation Tips Check your flashing and make sure that it is intact.  The metal lining of your roof is the flashing and is installed into roof joints as a sealant for the roofline and is there to prevent leaks from occurring.  You will usually see the flashing around the chimneys and vents of your roof.  If your contractor installed the flashing properly, it will send the water off the roof to the ground.  If you have an older roof, you will want to call a roofing professional to inspect the flashing as it is hard for the average person to know if it is in good shape for the upcoming winter months. Remove Roof Debris.  Unfortunately our roofs tend to collect a lot of debris over time.  Accumulation of leaves can cause water to pool in the winter which may lead to a roof leak.  The more likely situation is that it will cause moss to build up on your roof and if the moss is not dealt with it can compromise the structure of the roof.  A good practice is to power wash your roof at least once a year.  A good handyman can assist you with this project. Keep Your Gutters Clean.  During the fall months your gutters will get clogged with leaves and other debris and this will cause the water to back up which... read more
Common Questions About Roof Repairs and Replacements

Common Questions About Roof Repairs and Replacements

When it comes to major investments in your home repairs, few will come close to the cost or importance as your roof. However, it is possible to really extend the life of the roof with good maintenance on a regular basis. Your roof not only protects you from the elements, but also protects all your belongings from potential water damage in the event of major storms. In this article, we are listing some commonly asked questions about keeping your roof in tip-top shape to get the maximum life out of it. When Should I Think About Getting My Roof Replaced? Most people don’t really think about roof replacement unless you already have a leak or some other damage. There’s no magic number as to when to replace the roof, but there are signs you should look for to help you know if it’s time. They include peeling or cracked shingles. You should also check for shingles that are missing and just do a general look over you roof from time to time, especially after a storm. If there are leaks, you may be able to just do a repair. You should talk to a good roofing contractor to help you decide whether replacing or repairing the roof is the best option. What Are The Things I Need To Consider When Replacing My Roof? Consider first which materials you would like for your roof. There are several to choose from and each of them has a different look and style. You also should think about the climate in the area you live. This can impact the roof greatly. These things will... read more
How To Prevent Costly Roof Repairs After A Storm

How To Prevent Costly Roof Repairs After A Storm

According to many homeowners and roofers, among the most common causes of costly roof repairs are damages from storms and strong rains. These natural weather occurrences can impact a household in several ways depending on how strong and severe it is. Primarily, however, a home’s roof is one of the first ones to be affected by storms. Unfortunately, most of the damages a storm can inflict to one’s roof can be hidden for a long time. Some of the damages can be difficult to detect. This is what makes the effects of a storm to one’s roof more deadly. Although signs of wear and tear can instantly be seen, some of the more severe damages are not obvious at first, unless a proper and thorough inspection is conducted. For example, storms and strong rains and winds can loosen up roof shingles. When this happens, it creates small gaps in between the shingles where rain water can seep through and cause further damage not only to the roof but also to the entire roof structure and home foundation. Keep in mind that when water seeps through, it can cause mold and mildew to develop in the attic and, thus, cause wood rotting. Inspecting your roof to prevent roof repairs Professional roofers suggest conducting an immediate roof inspection to identify and detect areas of your roof that need repair. The inspection should be conducted immediately after the storm or rain and when it is safe for the home owner to come out and check the extent of the damage to their roof. Although, you can always call in a professional roofer,... read more

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Contract Exteriors kept us informed and educated from start to finish in regards to the creek cottage siding and window projects. We continue to get favorable responses from our family, friends and neighbors in regards to keeping with the traditional look o the cottage with modern material upgrades. Thanks Contract Exteriors!
Lee W. Pawleys Island, SC

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Eugenia Marshall our sales person was great to work with. She was informed, listened, and was 100% focused on exceeding our expectations with the project from start to finish. I would work with her again.
Pawleys Island, SC

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Our sales person Eugenia was very responsive to our request/questions and communicated very effectively. I believe that Eugenia listened to our ideas, was very open to sharing "what if's" and was very customer centric.
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Our sales agent, Eugenia Miller, did a great job on our project. She was out here almost everyday!
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Murrells Inlet, SC


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The project manager and the Hardie Plank installers.
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Mt. Pleasant, SC


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The quality of the work and the timeliness of the project.
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Mt. Pleasant, SC


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Eugenia was very pleasant and professional and always returned our calls.
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Conway, SC


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The quality. They took their time and did it right.
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