Monthly Archives: August 2015

We are Eco-Friendly!

Our team at Truline Roofing can take on virtually any type of residential roofing project. One of the things that make us unique is that we are committed to being environmentally friendly. That means when we remove old shingles from your home, we transport them to a location where they can be properly recycled. The truline philosophy is that there is absolutely no reason to keep adding to our landfills when we can find ways to reduce trash and pollution.

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We have representatives who cover Charlotte, Greenville, NC,   Wilmington, Charleston and Greenville, SC as well as surrounding areas. You’ll find the folks at Truline Roofing, the Carolina’s most trusted Roofer, to be friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced.

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Roofs For Troops

We have many active military personnel and veterans in North and South Carolina.  truline is extremely grateful to you for your service to our country.  We have extended our Roof for Troops offer. With our thanks, take advantage of a $300 rebate on a new GAF roofing system installed by truline.

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Here in the Carolinas, there are countless numbers of citizens among us who have served in our nation’s military, and they have our profound gratitude.  Installing a new roof is an important investment in the life of your home. That’s why, in conjunction with the GAF Corporation, we are offering a $300 rebate toward a new GAF roofing system to active military and veterans.  As a GAF factory-certified installer and sales representative, the team at truline will help you select the best roofing product that meets your style preferences and budget.  Limit one rebate per qualifying individual.  Valid until December 31, 2013. Ask your truline Roofing representative for details. And again, our thanks to those who have made sacrifices to serve our country in times of war and peace.

Truline Roofing standards

Truline Roofing, the Carolina’s most trusted roofer, would like to let you know that this is National Severe Weather Preparedness week. We’d like to outline some ways to prepare your existing home to withstand hurricanes. The ASHRAE Guide for Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates recommends designing and constructing buildings in hurricane-prone areas using the following steps in order of priority: keep the building from blowing away; keep the rain out; elevate the structure above the flood plain; building with materials that tolerate soaking; and design the wall assemblies to easily dry when they become wet.

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The ASHRAE priorities might not be practical when retrofitting an existing house. Therefore one should consider using the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Fortified Home Hurricane Standards for upgrading your house. The minimal standards for this are focused on the roof. If your roof has less than five years life left, in most cases it should be replaced. When Truline Roofing replaces your roof, the existing shingles will be removed, then recycled and the new truline roof will comply to the following:
The roof deck should be a minimum of 7/16-inch plywood or OSB which is a truline standard
The roof should be attached with 8d shank nails spaced nominally at 6 inches on center which is also a truline standard.
The roof should be sealed with a qualified system such as a full layer of self-adhering polymer modified bitumen membrane covered with No. 15 building felt. Another truline standard.
The drip edge must be installed and the new roof must be high-wind rated and installed per manufacturer’s installation instructions.
If the roof does not need to be replaced, it can be structurally reinforced and sealed with a two-part, closed-cell, polyurethane foam applied to the underside of each roof rafter or truss. Replacing attic insulation with closed-cell polyurethane foam at the underside of the roof deck solves other problems as well. It keeps hot humid air out of the attic, therefore creating a more efficient building envelope and heating and air conditioning system. Call truline Roofing to get an estimate.
More advanced solutions include stabilizing gable walls and installing connections to prevent uplift. All doors with glass and windows should be pressure and impact rated. If the existing opening does not meet the requirements, you can protect the opening with qualified opening protection systems. This can be as simple as pre-cut 5/8-inch marine grade plywood to custom made shutters.

Another important preventive measure is to keep trees trimmed of dead wood. Dead wood is the first to become detached and a potential missile attacking the house. We appreciate Jane Frederick of Frederick Architects for this article and information.

Jane Frederick is an architect and co-owner of Frederick + Frederick Architects in Beaufort.

Time to replace your roof?

Here are some tell-tale signs to look for:

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For any homeowner or building owner, discovering a wet or stained spot on their ceiling is potentially terrible news concerning their home or building envelope. The newly discovered stain might possibly only be a leaky plumbing line or a condensation line off of the air-conditioning system but more probably means you have a leak in your roof system and the likelihood exists that, by the time you see the evidence, you may have already suffered more damage than just the visible stained area. There could be rotting sheathing or joists which if left unattended will only deteriorate further as well as create the potential for mold growth. Call truline Roofing to provide you with a free roof evaluation and find out where your roof system stands.

If your roof is 10 plus years old you should definitely consider hiring an expert to evaluate the condition of your roof as you definitely want to know of any water intrusion issues before they develop. Spending a little money for an inspection beats spending a ton of money when the problem is finally discovered.  #GotDamage?

There are also ways for you to keep up with your roof’s condition so that you don’t get blindsided by that brown spot on the ceiling. Most can be done with a visual assessment from the ground by walking around the structure looking for anything that might seem out of place such as missing or displaced shingles. Other signs include a dull, flat appearance. The granules should give the shingles a shiny surface. When the granules wear off, the shingles lose a lot of their water-shedding capability. Sometimes a hail storm will create an abundance of granule loss as well as bruises in the shingle.

When the edges of the shingles begin to curl that’s also a bad sign. Curling is usually the result of poor ventilation or a dried-out asphalt shingle base. When you see curling, it’s usually time to replace the roof because once this process begins; there really isn’t a way to reverse it. A truline expert can advise you as to whether your home has proper roof ventilation and how to achieve it if enough is not there.

Another sign that the roof must be replaced is when you find cracked or bubbled shingles. Finding this type of an example will require actually getting on the roof and many home repair experts recommend staying off a roof with shingles damaged to this extent. They could potentially break or come loose, not only further damaging the roof but possibly causing you to lose your footing. Hire truline to provide you with an expert roof inspection and written roof report.

Algae or mold growth on your shingles is also a bad sign that could possibly mean it is time for a roof replacement. You more than likely find this scenario on the north facing slopes or very shaded areas. Algae need moisture to grow, and if your roof has moisture it is possible that the shingles are no longer doing their designed job of eliminating water intrusion. However, just because algae or mold appear does not definitely mean you need to replace your roof. Most shingle manufacturers now provide shingles that inhibit algae/mold growth so before replacing a stained roof it might be wise to first remove the moss and determine the condition of the shingles beneath it.

Sometimes you may find one or two missing or damaged shingles. That poses a problem for the integrity of your roof but doesn’t necessarily mean the entire roof needs replacing. It will depend on the condition of the remaining shingles. Temporary tar sealing will work in the short term but is not guaranteed to fix the problem permanently.

To replace a shingle, slip a flat bar under the damaged shingle and pry out the nails that hold it in place. Next, pull out the old shingle and slip in a new one. This isn’t always easy. To nail down the new shingle you must lift the shingle that’s directly above it. That can be a problem when the old shingle is so brittle that it doesn’t bend, giving you no room to nail the new one into place. In this instance, because of the age and brittleness of the shingles a roof may be determined as non-repairable and a new roof is your only viable alternative.

If you decide it’s time to replace your roof call truline Roofing for an expert roof evaluation and estimate. In getting other estimates make sure all estimates includes removing the old shingles and disposing of the debris. Truline Roofing recycles all removed shingles.

In past years, it was common practice to simply nail the new shingles over the old ones. The industry has changed and reputable roofers won’t even offer this as an option. In fact, doing so will void many manufacturers’ warranties in many cases. Also make sure to get plenty of references and confirm the roofer has the proper insurance to protect you should someone get hurt on your property. Don’t just accept a piece of paper, call the insurance company that is listed as the insurer and confirm the policy is up to date. Also NEVER ever pre-pay a contractor for work not done. If they say they need money to buy materials, make the check payable to the supplier and for the amount of materials needed to do the job. If a contractor does not have a line of credit to get the materials for your job it is probably better to find one who does.

What should you expect to pay for a new shingle roof? There are many variables, including where you live, how many layers of shingles are currently on your roof, the square footage of the roof and the pitch. A steeper roof will definitely cost more to replace than a flatter one. And if your roof has had water intrusion issues for some time it could also mean having to replace sheathing which can be quite costly.

According to real estate site Zillow.com, a complete roofing system with tear off and disposal of all job-related debris could range from $6,500 to $15,000 on a 1,600-square-foot home. Call truline Roofing today for a no obligation estimate on your roof. Visit our website at: www.trulineRoofing.com

We wish to thank Mark Huffman for his major contributions to this article.
Mark Huffman has been a consumer news reporter for ConsumerAffairs since 2004. He covers real estate, gas prices and the economy and has reported extensively on negative-option sales. He was previously an Associated Press reporter and editor in Washington, D.C., a correspondent for Westwoood One Radio Networks and Marketwatch.

Preventative Maintenance

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truline Roof Inspection

A new roof usually represents a very sizable investment. Is this protected? Truline Roofing, the Carolina’s most trusted roofer, can help answer that question. Here at Truline Roofing, we realize the importance of regularly scheduled roof maintenance. We also realize that some manufactures warranties require yearly inspections to maintain the warranties. A regular roof inspection may not be on your mind, but during its lifetime even the best roofs are subject to wear and tear.

Consider that the number one enemy to a roof is climate change. Here in our area the weather is notorious for rapid changes throughout the year. During the winter, cold weather can mean dreaded ice storms relentlessly pounding your roof. Broken tree branches and the constant freezing and thawing can play havoc on your roof investment. During the summer, the extreme heat will cause your roof to fade, dry out and become brittle.

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Roof Inspection

There’s little you can do to protect your roof, that’s why Truline Roofing recommends a yearly roof inspection and maintenance contract. A simple inspection can save you thousands in potential damage by extending the life of your roof and identifying and repairing minor roof problems before they become major problems and emergencies.  Call truline Roofing today at: 855-790-7663

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