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Comparing Roofing Material

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The number of different roofing materials is expanding as technological advancements create new options. It can be difficult to know whether to stick with the old tried-and-true varieties or go with one of the more recent ones.

Odyssey Contracting is an experienced roofing contractor in the Triangle area of North Carolina, and we are always happy to educate and inform the consumer so you can make the best decision for your roof. With that in mind, let’s break down a few of the main options along with each of the pros and cons that come along with them.

Asphalt

These are the shingles you are likely used to seeing on most roofs in North Carolina. They are generally grayish and are the least expensive of the options. Despite their name, these shingles contain not only asphalt but fiberglass. The lifespan is a solid 25 years, and they are strong enough to be walked on without damage. All of this explains why they are the most common variety.

The downsides to asphalt shingles include the fact that strong winds can pull them up easier than some heavier options. Also, because so many people have this look, some find it to be less exciting and look for a more unique option.

Clay Tile

These half cylinder overlapping tiles are popular in the southwestern United States, Latin America and in the Mediterranean, but some opt for them here in the Raleigh Durham area as well. One advantage of tile roofs is they offer a timeless, stylish look. They also last a very long time. Tile is a bit more expensive though and can crack if repeatedly walked on.

Wooden Shake

Another classic roofing material is wood shake shingles. These are square or rectangle shingles that are cut from cedar, southern pine, redwood or other woods. They can last a long time but do require some extra upkeep and installation time. Problems include the possibility of insect infestation, mold and even rotting if not properly maintained. Wooden shingles are also more expensive.

Slate

As you can imagine, a roof made of finished stone can be a bit pricier, but it is a very attractive look. The stone slate is also known to last more than a century, making it likely the most durable of all roofing styles. Stone is by nature heavy, so you’ll also have to make sure the framing underneath was built to handle the load.

Metal

Who doesn’t like the sound of rain on a tin roof? Metal has been used for a long time for roofing and is making a comeback. While more expensive than asphalt, it can last many decades, is strong and doesn’t take much upkeep. Copper, tin, steel, aluminum and even lead roofs are available in different colors and styles.

Cement and Composite

A more modern approach is to buy non-traditional materials that mimic the look of wood, stone slate, and other styles. These can last a long time, not be quite as expensive as the authentic wood and stone and not add as much weight.

Odyssey Contracting

We hope you learned something and were able to get a better idea of what might be most appropriate for your home. Odyssey Contracting serves Raleigh, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, and Knightdale with roofing information and services. If you have any questions or are ready to discuss your next roof, please give us a call at 919-916-5640.

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The Process Of Replacing A Roof

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It’s perfectly normal and understandable to feel some anxiety when considering a roof replacement. We at Odyssey Contracting aim to have all our Raleigh Durham area customers aware of and comfortable with what is about to take place. If you are considering a roof replacement and want more clarity, here are the nine steps that you can expect to see during the process.

  1. Deciding to replace – As much as we’d love to have your business, sometimes the time is not right. If some shingles blew off in a storm, but the majority of the roof is in good condition, a repair could be all that’s needed. This is especially true if the roof was only installed 15 years ago or earlier.
  2. Selecting a roofer – Once you’ve determined to replace rather than repair, it’s time to select an experienced, trustworthy roofer to get the job done. We also are happy to enter the process even earlier when you are trying to decide whether to repair or replace. Regardless, at a minimum, you should try to find a roofer with a good reputation who is insured, licensed and offers competitive prices.
  3. Picking the roofing materials – Your roofer will help you with this decision based on your needs, budget and style preferences. There are many types of roofing materials, the most common being asphalt shingles. Other options are wood shake, stone slate, metal, and clay tile.
  4. Eliminating the old roof – Before you can start installing your new roof, you’ll need to have us remove the old one. We take everything off down to the plywood underneath. This includes not only the shingles but the tar paper.
  5. Inspecting wood for leaks and rotting – Now that we’ve stripped everything down to the plywood, we can get a good idea of what the condition of the underlying framing is. If there are rotten boards or holes and gaps, these will need to be fixed before proceeding with the roof installation.
  6. Installing important barriers – Once the plywood layer has been inspected and is in good condition, certain moisture barriers will need to be put down before the shingles are laid on the roof. An underlayment, like synthetic felt, will need to cover the entire roof surface. Flashing also needs to be placed along seams to prevent leaking. Upgrades could include a drip edge and ice and water shield for extra protection.
  7. Putting down new shingles or other roofing material – Seven steps in and we’re finally ready to put the shingles or other roofing down. A “starter course” is placed along the rakes and eaves before the rest of the shingles are installed. Laying the shingles can be a quick process as our experienced installers snap chalk lines, attach the roofing and secure it in place.
  8. Adding the finishing touches – After the shingles are down, a few last details need to be taken care of. One example, ridge vents, are placed along the peak to allow for proper ventilation.
  9. Cleaning up and breaking down – Once these last touches are done, it’s time for us to make sure we aren’t leaving nails or trash like shingle packaging around the property. Then we pack up our tools and equipment and step back and admire our work.

Odyssey Contracting provides roof replacements in the Triangle

We would be honored to help walk you through these steps. It can be daunting to realize you need to have the roof torn off of your home and replaced, but we work hard to make it a comfortable and easy process. Those in Raleigh, Knightdale, Clayton, Garner, and Fuquay-Varina wanting an estimate or to hire an experienced local roofer, please give us a call at 919-916-5640.

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How to Know Whether to Repair, Patch, or Replace Your Roof

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North Carolina has been experiencing some powerful hurricanes the past couple years, so we at Odyssey Contracting have been busy helping to rebuild. Both Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017 caused damage to parts of our state. Roofs are one of the more common types of damage to occur during a storm because tree limbs are falling and the wind is pulling at the shingles.

For those who have experienced some damage in a storm, or just normal wear and tear, it can be difficult to know whether to simply repair and patch the damage or to replace the entire roof. Here are some quick questions to ask to determine which path makes more sense in your situation.

1. What does your insurance agree to pay for? If there was damage covered by your homeowner’s insurance, and they think the entire roof should be replaced, there is no question. You replace the roof. It will have to be replaced eventually, and if it is covered, you will save on replacing it later.
2. How many years of life are left on the roof? Limited damage done to a roof that was put on ten years ago calls for repair. However, if your roof was put on 18 years ago, depending on how much damage there is, the right call is likely to be to replace the roof. The average life of a roof is around 20 or 25 years, so that’s important to keep in mind when deciding between repairing and replacing.
3. What’s the extent of the damage? Even if the roof is rather young, it may have been poorly installed or have withstood too much damage and will need to be replaced. In some cases, a warranty will still be active which would save you a lot of money. Multiple missing shingles, leaking flashing, spongy boards underneath from water damage and shedding granules are all signs of major wear.
4. How important are matching shingle colors to you? This may not be the most important factor to consider, but all other things being equal, if you don’t want to look up at your roof and see mismatching shades, you may want to opt for a replacement. Repairing the roof by adding shingles to certain areas inevitably leads to different colors on different parts of the roof. This happens because of uneven weathering and can’t easily be avoided.
5. How much longer are you planning to stay in the house? If you are likely moving in a couple of years and the roof can be made decent enough for the house to sell, you may not want to spring for an entirely new roof. Unless the homebuyer demands it as part of a deal, it would otherwise just be a gift to the people moving in.

Odyssey Contracting serves Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest, but also as far west as Greensboro and as far east as Fayetteville. We are always willing to discuss which option is best for our customers. It’s not just about recommending what will give us the biggest contract. We want to help you get the longest life from your roof. Our phone number is 919-916-5640 if you wish to discuss the best options for your roof.

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How to Find The Right Raleigh Roofing Contractor

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We at Odyssey Contracting believe we belong at the top of any roofing contractor list for the greater Raleigh Durham area, but we also don’t want you to just take our word for it. Finding a roofing contractor takes a little bit of effort to make sure you are getting someone who can get the job done well for a reasonable price. Of course, we want your business, but we want to earn it after you go through a process like the one described below.

Make a list of prospects – There are a lot of opinions on how to make this list. Some will recommend you go online and do some research; others suggest you should ask friends and family for referrals. Both of these are good, but try to get your list from a variety of sources. Online reviews are good because much of it is organic and out of the control of the contractor. The Better Business Bureau will have any complaints made against any of them and Google and Yelp reviews can often give a sense of customer satisfaction. Referrals from loved ones can be good too, but just because one friend had a good experience doesn’t mean that company is consistent. It also may be your coworker’s buddy or cousin that they are helping get work, so gather your list from a few diverse sources.

Invite each of them to the job site – Meeting them in person can tell you a lot. Do they show up in a professional vehicle with their business logo on it? Does the person who comes to meet you seem interested and knowledgeable? When they’re with you, does their phone keep ringing with other business? Can they answer questions confidently?

Ask them for some details on their company – Important details on their business include whether they are insured, whether they have the proper licensing and whether they are part of a professional organization related to roofing (like National Roofing Contractors Association). These details don’t necessarily mean they will do better or worse than another contractor, but a professional-level contractor will have all these ducks in a row and will be happy to provide them if asked.

Inquire about the company’s work dynamics – Who is going to come out to do the job? Is it just the owner and his brother or is it a full crew that will knock it out in a day? How long have they been doing this? What kind of materials do they use? There are a lot of details to consider in a roofing job, and a good company will have a system in place to make sure it’s organized.

Get a bid, not an estimate – To really know what you would get from each of these contractors, and for what price, you’ll have to get an actual bid from each of them. Estimates are fuzzier and can be adjusted later depending on if their initial impressions pan out. Be wary of both the highest and the lowest bids. A low bid could be a sign of a struggling company trying to gin-up business by cutting corners. Higher bids could be the sign of someone trying to overcharge, hoping you won’t notice. Neither of these is necessarily the case, but keep an eye on price outliers. Also, keep an eye on exactly what is included in the contract. Do you get a warranty of any kind? How about site clean-up that is included?

The last piece of advice: put Odyssey Contracting on your list. We serve Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest, but also as far west as Greensboro and as far east as Fayetteville. We have a professional, dedicated crew of roofing experts and would be honored to be included on your roofing contractor prospect list. Give us a call at 919-916-5640 to inquire or to plan a site visit.