Asphalt Shingle Roofing In Wilmington North Carolina
Asphalt roofing shingles are an excellent option when it’s time to replace the existing roof on your house. At Excel Roofing Company, We work with GAF and CertainTeed roofing shingles. Both of these brands have excellent warranty options that range from 25 years to a 50 year full system labor and materials warranty when installed by a certified roofing contractor.
Architectural shingle roof with ridge vent system
The most important part of any roofing system is the installation or better said the installer. When you hire a professional roofing contractor that is certified by the shingle manufacturer, you will pay a little more for your new roof but you will save time and money in the future and have peace of mind knowing that your new roof has a labor and materials warranty by the manufacturer and a reputable roofing company. Small roofing details such as metal flashing corners, pipe flashing, roof vents and chimney flashing are sometimes overlooked by roofers trying to rush a roofing project.
Chimney wiht new Cricket and new aluminum flashing
Another cause for premature roofing shingles aging is poor attic ventilation. Building codes require a minimum net free ventilating area for attic vents be a 1 to 150 ratio of the area of the attic space being ventilated. However, we have seen it so many times when a roof is replaced because the shingles are brittle, curling up and braking apart (signs of poor ventilation) but no consideration is given to the attic ventilation system.
Ridge vent system installed over architectural shingles
Given the weather in Wilmington, North Carolina, we always perform an attic ventilation assessment and include on our estimates the minimum ridge or static vents needed for a complete roofing system. We include a very important line on our roofing proposals (Tear off existing shingles down to bare wood deck) and that’s a very important step on replacing a roof.
Shingle and Felt Paper tear off.
By removing the old shingles and felt paper, we can actually inspect the wood deck and replace any rotted plywood or broken wood planks before the roof installation. Another factor is the nailing pattern and method of nailing the roof that will affect the life of the roofing shingles. We insist on hand nailing with six nails per shingle, giving your roof the maximum wind uplift resistance. Asphalt shingles have a limited line on the shingle where they can be nailed and any deviation from the nailing line will result on either leaks because the shingle was nailed too low or shingles falling off the roof because they were nailed too high. We have trained our crews to respect the nail line and our on-site supervisor inspects every individual’s nailing pattern to ensure a high quality roofing job. Don’t settle for the bare minimum when replacing your roof and take into account the small details that will prolong the life of your new roof. Contact Excel Roofing Company today at (910) 685-7102 and we’ll inspect your roof, provide you with a complementary roofing inspection report and estimate.
By Sady Escalante
Excel Roofing Company
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