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Does installing a metal roof increase home value?

Silver Green Metal roof on a wood sided home

What are the pros and cons of a metal roof?

So, it is time for a new roof, and you’ve been considering a metal roof for the house. After some price shopping for metal roofing, but you keep asking yourself, “Is metal roof worth the money?”  Roofing experts will tell you that the metal roof benefits are well worth the extra money metal roofing may cost you. This is what we will cover here today and provide you information that will help you decide if metal roofing is for you.

Metal roofing has become an option for many homeowners because of its longevity and minimal maintenance. What many people do not realize about metal roofing is the energy efficiency it offers.  Other pros of metal roofing are:

  • Lifespan. Metal roofs are known to have a lifespan of forty to seventy years, dependent on the metal type used. Traditional asphalt roofing materials have an estimated life expectancy of roughly up twelve years to twenty years.
  • Stability. Metal roofing can withstand 14 mph wind gusts. It won’t crack, resists corrosion, and most types of metal roofing are impact resistant. While metal roofing isn’t prone to being damaged, it is recommended by professional roofing contractors to have periodic inspections.
  • Safety. Metal roofing is fire resistant, even amid a lightning strike or wildfire. When it comes to lightning striking metal roofing, it will not attract lightning any more than any other roofing material.  
  • Energy efficient. Metal roofing reflects the sun’s radiant heat, reducing cooling costs up to 25%. When an ample amount of insulation is installed correctly in the attic, the energy efficiency increases.
  • Environmental. Metal roofing is 25% to 95% recycled content when manufactured, and it is 100% recyclable when no longer viable as a metal roofing material.

With these pros in favor of metal roofing, there are cons to this roofing material too.

  • Metal roofing is two to three times more expensive than other materials.
  • Metal roofing can be noisy during a hailstorm or heavy rain if not installed properly.
  • Metal roofing is contracts and expands with the temperature.
  • Metal roofing can be difficult to match the color when installing repair pieces.
  • Metal roofing not installed properly can have puddling areas of water that will rust the metal.

Do Metal Roofs need gutters?

Meticulously, metal roofing does not require gutters. Metal roofing can resist any possible damage that other roofs can’t.  While your metal roofing doesn’t need a gutter system, your property around the house can benefit from a gutter system.

Red metal roof with a white siding

How do you maintain a metal roof?

Metal roofing isn’t any different from other roofing material – regular maintenance is a must preserve your investment. Who would want to have metal roofing installed, only to have to replace before its end-of-life? With the following regular maintenance steps, you will have your metal roofing or years to come, starting with surface maintenance:

  • Clean the Surface: Removing the dirt, mildew, stains, and other elements that could be potentially harmful if left on your metal roofing. This includes cleaning the valleys and dead spots on the roof where branches, debris, leaves, and sticks that get stuck on the roof. 
  • Clean Gutters & Drains: Over time, leaves, limbs, sticks, and debris will build up in your gutters, clogging them and then the water accumulates and stands in the gutters on your metal roofing. If not cleaned out, that standing water will corrode the metal, making holes and backing up to clog the drains. 
  • Check for Chipping, Fading, Scratches, Scuffs: Make sure there isn’t anything rubbing like metals. Different metals sometimes have adverse reactions when touching and can cause your metal roofing early failure.

Performing structural maintenance on your metal roofing is important as well and always recommended that a professional roofing contractor should do it.

Things that they will check and address with repair or replacement are:

  • Fasteners, Rivets, Screws
  • Loose or Separated Panel Seams
  • Loose or Damaged metal roof flashing Materials
  • Replace Sealant
  • Check Penetration Points
  • Check for and Repair Punctures

Do metal roofs keep house cooler?

Metal roofing reflects heat and light instead of absorbing it because of their low thermal mass. When coated with a specialized reflective coating available on the market, metal roofing will re-emit heat, keeping the attic cool through the hot summer months. This will lower your energy bills because your cooling system won’t be working as hard.

If you’re still not convinced you want a metal roof or not after reading this, talk to several roofing contractors. Some areas may have roofing restrictions, there are cities that have limits on metal roofing. A professional roofing contractor that is experienced with metal roofing will know those things. Request a written quote from each and ask their advice and recommendations for metal roofing on your house. You should request copies of their license and insurance. 

Want to get started on your metal roof today? Reach out to the experts at Gleason Home Improvements when you dial (336) 823-6156!

What is the Purpose of Soffit and Fascia?

vented soffit and fascia

What is the Difference Between a Soffit and Fascia?

When you bring up either term to most people, there can often be a common misunderstanding by what you mean. The soffit serves as a cover from the exterior wall of the structure to the underside edge of the roof. It covers the interior of your roof, such as the rafters, from moisture and helps maintain the condition of your rafters. On the other hand, the fascia is the board supporting the gutter, commonly known as the roofline. While relatively lesser known than other parts of the roof, both serve a purpose to the overall structure and are entirely different. Soffit have both a conventional nature as much as they have an aesthetic appeal, being positioned in such a way to appear supportive and extending out of the home. Fascias have little aesthetic use to them, only matching the color of the home when not holding gutters close to your home.

What is the Best Material for Soffit?

Materials used for soffits vary depending on the homeowner. The general purpose for this part of your roof as mentioned is to keep the moisture out and prevent mold and deterioration from happening in your rafters. With that in mind, the right material will be capable of fulfilling that role while also being somewhat customizable in appearance to fit the basic look the structure has been built up to fulfill. Here are some of those materials:

  • Wood – such as red wood or plywood
  • Aluminum 
  • uPVC 
  • Vinyl

Each material has their own benefits, most being easy to maintain and have a significant lifespan. As a rule of thumb, a homeowner should give both their soffit and fascia a look over every time the clean out the gutters of their home, having them examined by a professional roofer in part with an annual roof inspection. Fascia and soffit repair are reasonably priced when it comes to repair as well as replacement. A good thing to remember that damage appearing on your soffit may also detail further damage on the interior of your roof. While not as talked about as other parts of the roof, soffit and fascia for that matter present themselves as important in the long term maintenance of your home.

How do I Clean House Fascia?

Soffit and fascia cleaning tends to be much simpler than what can be perceived. Like many surfaces on the exterior of your home, both can accumulate a surface of pollen, dirt, and nests made by various insects or sometimes birds. Such cleaning can be taken care of in a similar fashion to something like a table in your home or even like the outer surface of your car. The first point of interest should be to remove anything that a towelette or cloth will not get, then soap it down before rinsing off the surface. While pressure washers can be used on this surface of your home, it is often recommended against. The reason being that if either surface is breached by the force that accompanies the pressure washer, your soffit and fascia could be compromised without you knowing.

home with fascia and soffit

Should I Replace Fascia?

As seen in our soffit and fascia services, we understand that there is a need for soffit and fascia repair every so often. Due to the nature of both parts of your home, we understand when the need arises. The fascia board often receives little credit in helping a home run at top capacity during storms and other inclimate weather that can send rain or snow water racing off of your roof. For that reason, here are our suggestions when thinking of fascia replacement: 

  • If the fascia connecting your drains are wood or a material easily damaged by moisture
  • When damage is obvious and extensive
  • In occasions where repairs become consistent 

Upon a roof inspection, one of our certified roofers will always be up front about whether a part of your home will need a repair or replacement of any kind. We value our work and craftsmanship, making it no secret that Gleason Home Improvements has every interest in seeing your home function at the best possible capacity. 

That is why we cater to customers that require soffit and fascia repair in High Point, NC and the surrounding areas. Don’t let another roofing company pass your problems to someone less qualified, trust Gleason Home Improvements to get the job done with roofers that have years of experience under their belts. We fix your soffit and fascia so your home remains resistant to the weather. 

Customers should also consider when adding soffits to consider vented soffits to their home as well. Vented soffits provide the customer with another method to keep their home in a climate controlled state, helping in both warm and cold months. Vented soffits serve multiple purposes, two particularly important are they help insulate the top part of your home where the soffits are concerned and also assist in the overall airflow. With vented soffits, the interior will have an intake and exit point for air without taking on moisture that can prove damaging for some parts. For more information about how Gleason Home Improvements can help you in High Point, NC, call (336) 823-6156 today to set up an appointment.

Should you repair or replace your roof?

shingles and roof with damage

Damage to your roof

Is there anything worse than to have a rainy, stormy night and wake up to find a section of your roof shingles are missing? Maybe getting woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a tree limb coming through the roof could be worse. Either way, you will need a roof repair or maybe complete roof replacement, and that is a headache no homeowner wants.

A roof repair for leaks is not a fun thing to deal with. First, you must file a claim for roof repair with your insurance company, then find the best roof repair contractors that are available. Then, the contractor you choose to work with tells you that you the options between a roof repair vs replacement, strongly recommending the replacement option. What to do, what to do!!

How do you know if your roof is damaged?

If you aren’t sure what to do about your roof, just climb up the ladder and look at your roof. If there is a huge tree branch laying on it (or in it), then yeah, a roof repair may be a fix it.  Or if your house has had a fire recently, a new roof is probably in order.  

How do I know when my roof needs to be replaced?

Here are 10 things to look for and pay attention to:

  1. Shingles that are cracked, curled, or missing – The first two are indicators that your roof’s asphalt shingles have served their purpose.  If you don’t see some shingles, they are MIA, then you should investigate a roof replacement, at the very least, a roof repair will make do.
  2. Shingles that are dark, dirty, or appear wet when it hasn’t rained– The dark, dirty shingles probably have algae, lichen, mold growing on them and that needs to be removed, or a roof replacement is in order. Any shingles that appear wet when it hasn’t rained are probably holding moisture, and that isn’t the job they have assigned!  
  3. Gutters and downspouts full of shingle granules – Asphalt or composite shingles will shed their granules some, but when your gutters and downspouts are full of those granules, it is time for a roof replacement.   
  4. Wear and tear around Chimneys, pipes, vents – These areas will have metal flashing and/or rubber boot around them for sealing. Deterioration often develops and roof repair in those specific areas is enough. 
  5. Blistering or peeling paint – A poorly ventilated attic will build up moisture and increased humidity near the roofline. The paint on the exterior of the house will blister and peel.  Often a simple roof repair is needed, such as fixing (or adding) vents. This can also show your gutter system needs repair or replacement.   
  6. Ceiling or walls stained – Dark circles or discoloration on the ceiling or walls can show different things, but it is the underlayment of the roof has gotten wet, it is allowing moisture in and causing those dark spots and discoloration.  Roof replacement is usually the only way to fix this. 
  7. Leaking attic after rain – If rain is leaking into the attic a roof repair like replacing flashing will usually stop that. But if it is coming through the underlayment, this will require a roof replacement. 
  8. A sagging roof deck – If the decking or rafters in the attic are sagging, they probably have gotten wet. If you or a roofing contractor can locate a specific area of the roof with a leak, a roof repair may fix the issue. If not, we recommend a total roof replacement. 
  9. Daylight coming to the attic – If you see daylight coming into the attic, water can come in there too.  A roof repair will often fix this by replacing a few shingles, maybe some flashing. 
  10. Increased energy bills –  If you have an increase in your energy bills or the air conditioning isn’t keeping the house cool or the heat isn’t keeping the house warm, then all your cooling and heating are going through the roof – literally. Roof repair would have new insulation added to the attic, make sure the venting is working right, or you may need a new roof.

What causes roof damage?

To have a healthy infrastructure for your home, the roof is an important element. When it is defective, it can lead to significant problems and expenses. That is why it is necessary to maintain a steady watch over your roof. You can often find things that could or have been damaged that an easy and fast roof repair could be all you need.  Five of the most common things that can be avoided are:

  • Maintenance. This is on you, the homeowner.  We cannot stress enough how important regular inspection is needed. Look for minor damages, missing flashing or shingles, anything that can go from a small issue that a quick roof repair fixes to a major leak in just the matter of a heavy rainstorm or high winds that requires a roof replacement.
  • Ice.  Ice and snow can create a lot of problems for a roof and shorten its lifespan.  When ice and snow thaw on the rooftop, small amounts of water settle under the shingles and refreezes. That will lift flashing and shingles which makes room for more water damage, roof corrosion, and deterioration. Many times, this problem has happened because the gutters are blocked. Twice a year, having the gutters cleaned, and the roof inspected can prevent this from happening.
  • Wind. High winds will catch a weak spot of a shingle ad pull it and the nails holding it up and out. Again, a regular roof inspection is the chance to check these things, make the roof repair needed will keep this from becoming a bigger problem.
  • Weather Conditions. Mother Nature is hard on roofs, from the ice, rain, snow, and high wind, then there is the constant UV ray that weakens the shingles over time, which will eventually wear them down and expose the interior sheathing to the raw elements, which leads to leaks.
  • Installation. When the original installation, replacement roof, or roof repairs are not done properly, this leaves your roof subjective to the elements and roof.

Can the shingle roof be repaired?

It depends on how what, and where the damage is on your roof.  An asphalt shingled roof can easily be damaged by hailstorms, high winds, and falling tree branches and limbs. A damaged asphalt roof can sometimes have a roof repair for one or a few shingles, and sometimes it needs a whole section of shingle replaced. A professional roofing contractor will advise you once he/she has inspected your roof.

brand new shingle roof on a brick home

What do roof inspectors look for?

Roof inspectors are always looking for what is wrong, like leaks, loose or missing flashings or shingles, unusual wear and tear, debris damages, organic growths, and install or repair issues of the past. Your home is important to you and your family, you have made a large investment when you buy a house. It only makes sense to keep up with maintenance and make roof repairs as they come about instead of letting things fall by the wayside. That is when things become more expensive and extensive. Reach out to Gleason Home Improvements at (336) 823-6156 when you need roof repair in High Point, NC.

What Causes a Metal Roof to Leak?

Metal roof material

The popularity of metal roofing

Maybe you’ve noticed a trend in houses with metal roofs, even in the city? There was a time that metal roofs were for barns and industrial structures only, not for a home. Yet, today, metal roofs are on every size and type of structure today. Why is there a sudden popularity in metal roofing?  Could it be the lack of metal roof repair needs or the unique look they offer a home? 

For anyone that is considering replacing their current roof with metal, there are many more questions than those. In this article, we will dive into this subject and find out just what is this metal roof craze all about.   

What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?

There is not a perfect roofing material for every structure. As popular as metal roofing has become, it has a few disadvantages that you should consider before having a metal roof installed on your home:  


Installation Cost:
  While metal roofing is not as expensive high-end tile, slate, or wood shakes, but when comparing metal to asphalt shingles, it is more expensive. One major offset to this is the long lifespan metal roofing offers compared to asphalt shingle.  So, while the immediate expense of installation may be high, think about the future and the amount of metal roof repair you’ll have (or not have).

Install Longer: Metal roofing can be complicated to install. In some cases, it can take two times as long even for the most experienced and skilled contractor. However, a metal roofing installation time is about the same to the sophisticated roofing materials like slate or wood shake.

Non-Resistant to Saltwater:  Metal roofing corrodes faster in an area where there are saltwater and fog.  If you live in a saltwater area, review the warranty and its specifications before going with a metal roof, which in most cases is 1500 feet or further. If you choose to ignore the specifications of saltwater proximity, you can expect to need metal roof repair in the future, sooner than later.

Limited Availability: The number of roofing contractors experienced and skilled at installing a metal roof isn’t as common as those with asphalt roofing shingles. Because most of the problems with metal roofing stem from the installation weren’t done correctly, it is important to find a roofing contractor with metal roofing experience. Choosing an experienced metal roof contractor will give you the reassurance they will be around for any metal roof repair you may need in the future.

What causes a metal roof to leak?

Yes, metal roofs are almost indestructible, but nothing is 100% indestructible. Here are six possible causes of leaking metal roofs that require metal roof repair:

Roofing Screws

Metal roofing is durable and leaks are few, but when they do leak, it is common that the roofing screws are the culprit. The metal roofing screws have a rubber washer under the screw head that is compressed into the metal when installed to create a waterproof gasket. However, things can go wrong such as:

  • Overdriven: A contractor can be overzealous in tightening the seal and break the rubber washer, pushing it out the sides of the screw. 
  • Under driven: This is the opposite of the overdriven screw and the contractor did not seat the rubber washer to the metal panel, thus it wasn’t compressed to create the seal.
  • Wrong angle: When a metal roofing screw is installed at the wrong angle the rubber washer isn’t flat to the metal and can’t create the seal needed.
  • Screws missed the frame or strut: When metal roofing screws miss the intended target of the wood frame or metal strut, they can’t create a seal the metal sheets. These are the most difficult leaks to identify.

Even correctly installed screws aren’t infallible. Areas where the summers are hot and the winter is bitter cold make the rubber washers degrade, losing their seal, something to consider when looking at a metal roofing and future possibility of metal roof repair.  

Stack Flashing

The stack flashings around the piping on metal roofing are susceptible to leaks. The piping is where the air vents, HVAC vents, and plumbing come through. If those pipes aren’t waterproofed correctly with rubber or rubberized material, they don’t create the needed seal. Because metal roofing contracts and expands with the weather, that sealant is necessary and must be flexible to move with the movement. 

Because these flashings degrade with exposure to the sun, they need to be resealed occasionally. However, when caulking, sealant, or tar is done incorrectly or too much, it can cause water ponding, which can create a leak. The best way to avoid the need for metal roof repair is to totally replace the stack flashings periodically. 

Sealant missing 

Sealants are installed in union with a metal roof rarely have the same lifespan as the metal roofing panels, therefore, they need replacing as part of roof maintenance. This includes any sealant under trims like counter flashings, metal ridge caps, pitch pans, reglets, roof transitions, and Z flashings. Periodically, these areas should be “topped off” as they wear down with specific metal roof sealant. Using any other caulk, like silicone, won’t adhere. Sealant for metal roofs will move with the metal panels in contracting and expanding, keeping their seal.   

Curb Flashings 

The HVAC unit installed metal roofs require a curb and there is little to no room for any error during the fabricating of the flashing for the curb to be kept dry. The uphill side and the 2 upper corners are difficult areas for the curb, especially for larger HVAC units because this is where water gets trapped and stands, eventually eroding the sealants, and starts leaking.

The more you caulk, seal, or tar the uphill side, the more water it will hold and require metal roof repair. Just like the stack flashing, the best way to avoid any possible leaking here is to replace the curb flashing periodically instead of resealing them. 

Overlaps and seams

Where two metal roofing pieces meet and create a seam by overlapping each other, creating a capillary draw can be susceptible to leaking. A Capillary Draw makes water travel uphill between the two joined metal pieces. This can be avoided or repaired with butyl tape or sealant, but again, if not applied properly, it can make matters worse, requiring a metal roof repair.

In any of these instances described above, it can cause the seams to be loose. High winds raising a loose seam and bending it or even remove a metal roof panel. Creating the need for a metal roof repair insurance claim

How do you fix a leaking flat metal roof?

As with any roof leak, you need to find the source of the leak first and the location will determine what method should be used for a metal roof repair. An experienced metal roofing contractor will use fasteners and will begin by inspecting each nail/screw row by walking on the row to keep from bending the metal.

Because walking along a roof is dangerous to the inexperienced, it is understandable why metal roof repair cost is high because it is best left to be done by an experienced roofing contractor who will have all the property metal roof repair products, supplies, and safety equipment. The process will go something of this order:

  1. Any nail/screw that is raised needs to be removed and replaced with a 1 1/2-inch aluminum metal roof repair screws with a hammer to drive it down.
  2. A urethane roof cement is then applied to the new screw-nail with a putty knife.
  3. Caulked seams and upper edges are then inspected and repaired or replaced as needed after removing any loose caulking with a wire brush. A urethane roofing cement is applied to the upper portions with a putty knife.
  4. Where gaps are found on the edges of the panel overlaps, and debris needs to be removed using a wire brush. Then apply a uniformed layer of metal-roofing base six inches in each direction of the gap using a paintbrush and overlap the strokes.
  5. Covering the base coat with a glass-membrane fabric next and then a top coat of urethane cement needs to be applied, six inches to either side.
red metal roof

What is the best sealant for metal roofs?

If you find that you’re needing a metal roof repair for your home, there are several products on the market and an experienced, qualified roofing contractor that works with metal roofing will know the best one for your home. Factors that they will take into consideration would be the age of the roof, the sealant used when the roof was installed, and the climate where your house is located.

While metal roof isn’t perfect and will never need maintenance or repair, it is a durable product that has withstood the hands of time for years. It has a lasting character that never goes out of style and will blend with any exterior décor. Dial (336) 823-6156 today for metal roof installation in High Point, NC.

Is Vinyl Siding a Good Investment?

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Quality Siding for Your Home

The siding on your home is there to do more than just look good. It is necessary for providing protection and structure from the elements. For the most bang for your buck, you need a material that is durable, reliable, and long-lasting. Of course, it still needs to look good for your neighborhood and for yourself. One of the best and most commonly used options on the market are vinyl planks. They provide incredible beauty, protection, and value. For more information, dial (336) 823-6156 to be connected with Gleason Home Improvements. We’ll go over vinyl siding in High Point, NC with you, among other things.

Vinyl Siding Installation

Residential Siding Options

As a homeowner, you are going to have a variety of options to choose from when you decide it’s time for new siding. The whole point of exterior siding is to provide structure, curb appeal, and protection from the elements. For that, you are going to need a truly dependable material. One that will last and be reliable for years to come. You can choose from options such as:

  • Stucco
  • Vinyl
  • Hardiplank
  • Brick
  • Metal
  • And More!

More often than not, homeowners go with vinyl siding. It is a tried and true option that everyone knows. Contractors can install it with easy and it is relatively easy to maintain. With vinyl, though, it’s important to ensure you are working with high-quality vinyl. Something like Royal Crest siding is a great option for inexpensive, yet high-quality vinyl siding. There are a number of things to consider with this siding option. You can contact a Gleason Home Improvements to go over your options.

Vinyl Siding Pros and Cons

Vinyl is a trusted option because of how well it does perform when exposed to the elements. That being said, if you have the opportunity and budget to do so, it is best to consider all your options. Do a comparison of vinyl siding vs wood or vinyl siding vs fiber cement. Know all of the pros and cons before you make a decision.

Pros

  • Resilient: Vinyl is incredibly resilient and durable. It won’t rust or corrode like metal and it won’t rot like wood. The material could even be hit with a baseball and be perfectly fine. 
  • Versatile: This is one of the few siding options that come in a large variety of options. You can choose between just about any color, texture, and style. Vinyl can also be produced to look like other siding options, such as cedar. 
  • Maintenance: There is surprisingly very little maintenance needed with this option. You’ll need to go through and clean the boards on occasion, but you won’t need to keep a watchful eye on it like you would with other options.

Cons

  • Cheap: An unfortunate drawback of vinyl is that it can be produced very cheaply. This reduces everything. The installation, the longevity, and the appearance. 
  • Repairs: Another major drawback is the fact that repairs are hard to do. That’s because you can’t really just repair a small section. Entire planks will have to be replaced if there is damage.
  • Commonality: Because vinyl is popular, it can be found on something like 90% of homes today. This can make it hard to have your home stand out from the rest, especially if you are trying to sell.

What most homeowners want to know is, will vinyl siding increase home value? And the answer is, yes! Updating the siding on your home will increase your property value, your curb appeal, and your ROI if you are considering selling the home. It’s not like if you need a pipe leak repair, which is often necessary. That won’t provide an almost instantaneous increase to the look and value of your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best vinyl siding?
    • There are a variety of top brands for vinyl siding. You have options from brands like Certainteed, Crane, Alside, Vaniform, and our personal favorite, Royal crest. We work with Royal regularly because it is dependable, reliable, and looks great.
  • How long does vinyl siding last on a house? 
    • The longevity of vinyl siding will be dependant on the quality of the planks themselves. Cheaply made vinyl planks will crack, fade, and fail just a few years after installation. Even with maintenance, you’ll find the need to replace them sooner than you may think. 
  • Does vinyl siding add value to your home?
    • Any update to your home will more than likely add value to it. Using high-quality siding will guarantee a better return of investment than using a cheaper alternative. Vinyl is an option that will increase the value of your home. 
  • Is cedar siding better than vinyl?
    • Cedar will always be an aesthetically pleasing option for homes. It is always a reliable siding option, though it does require more maintenance. That being said, vinyl can be made to look very similar, if not just like, cedar siding. And vinyl will cost you significantly less than cedar. 
  • What are the benefits of vinyl siding?
    • Of course, vinyl is going to enhance your curb appeal and add value to your home. It will also protect from insect and animal infestations. Vinyl siding can resist mold and mildew growths, it comes with a variety of options and so much more.
Installing Vinyl Siding

Schedule an Appointment With Us Today

When you are ready to learn more about vinyl siding in High Point, NC, give Gleason Home Improvements a call. We’re happy to help in any way we can. Dial (336) 823-6156 to get started.

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Siding and Roof Repair Services You Can Use

For anyone with a home, you know the struggle that comes with upkeep and maintenance. As soon as you get one area under control, something else seems to come up and pull your attention. What many homeowners don’t realize is that there is one, sure-fire way to quickly update your home is actually with the siding. The siding on your home plays an important role. Not only does it need to look clean and maintained, but it’s necessary to protect a large part of the structure of your home. When you need help with siding installation in High Point, NC, contact Gleason Home Improvements. We’re available now at (336) 823-6156.

The Best Siding for Houses 

When it comes to home repair, there are a lot of things that you have to consider. One area that can easily get overlooked is the siding. Home siding is a critical area that can instantly improve the appearance and value of your property. Siding repair is a great way to update and improve your home, but it can be difficult to know what the best options are for you. Let’s go over them. 

  • Vinyl: Vinyl is the cheapest and quite possibly the most readily available home siding on the market. It’s a manufactured option that provides a decent amount of reliability, protection, and durability. It is subject to rot if water gets behind the boards, but so is wood siding. 
  • Metal/Aluminum: The next cheapest option for homes is metal or aluminum siding. This is great because it provides all the reliability and durability of vinyl without the rot. That being said, metal siding without insulation can create problems. 
  • Brick: The majority of homes today are manufactured with brick siding. Brick is a sound investment for home siding, but it can have its problems. For example, when the weather heats up, the brick will retain heat and warm up your home. But it is a stylish choice that provides incredible reliability and durability. 
  • Wood: Probably the most stylish and fashionable siding option for homeowners is wood siding. While wood siding is beautiful, it can be quite a bit to keep up with. There are synthetic manufacturers out there that can create similar effects, but wood siding is not seen much anymore. 
  • Stucco: Perhaps the most popular and the most reliable home siding is none other than stucco. This material has been used for decades and offers incredible longevity, reliability, and beauty. It can be painted or mixed to match your aesthetic without compromising the protectivity of the material.

Depending on your budget, you have several siding options to choose from. For any of the choices, many homeowners want to know, “Can siding be painted?” And the answer is, yes! Whether you have vinyl or stucco siding, it can more than likely be painted to match your style and your needs. That’s typically why most homeowners choose vinyl as their siding since it does offer the most for versatility.

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Siding Repair or Replacement

There will come a time for every homeowner when they need to answer the question: repair or replace the siding on their home? Either answer comes with different options and different price tags. Repairing the siding could mean that only the surface level is damaged. Things like hail, wind, sprinklers and more can cause a certain degree of damage that would only require repairs. 

However, if the underlying structure and insulation are damaged, then you may need a complete replacement. Siding with insulation should be on every home, but that also means that you have a greater risk for damage and replacement needs. When the insulation becomes infested with mold growth or completely damage, then repairs may not be enough. You may need a total siding replacement. The best way to determine that is to hire a professional contractor for an inspection. Just like you would hire a professional technician for water heater repair. They can help you determine the extent of any damage and what the best course of action is. For that, rely on Gleason Home Improvements.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to put siding on a house?
    • The cost will depend on what siding material you choose. Vinyl siding on average could cost homeowners about $6,800 for a total replacement. If you were to choose wood or aluminum, the cost could increase or decrease. 
  • Does siding increase home value?
    • Yes, by updating and repairing the siding on your home you could easily increase the overall value of your home. Several publications suggest that you could see an increase of about 78.2% of the overall project cost. 
  • How long does siding a house take?
    • It will depend on the overall square footage that needs to be repaired or replaced. Generally speaking, though, it will more than likely take between 10 and 12 days to complete a siding job. 
  • What is the cheapest siding for a house?
    • Vinyl is going to be the most inexpensive siding option. It also offers the most colors and texture options. The next most inexpensive option for homes is metal or aluminum siding. 
  • What is the most durable siding?
    • The prevailing idea for many years was that while vinyl was inexpensive, it wasn’t the most durable siding for a house. As the years have shown, vinyl is just as durable as metal or wood siding. So really, it’s your personal preference.
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Does a Metal Roof Add Value to a Home?

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Residential Metal Roofing

For homeowners considering a metal roof this summer, there are several things to consider. The most important for many is “How expensive is a metal roof installation?” And that’s a great question! But cost shouldn’t be the only thing keeping you from a metal roof. There are numerous advantages metal roofing can provide that asphalt and even clay roofing tiles can’t beat. So when you want to discuss a metal roof installation in High Point, NC, contact Gleason Home Improvements. We’re available now at __PHONE__.

Metal Roof Installation vs Shingles

When you are considering a metal roof, there are a lot of things to look at. For many homeowners, they are comparing metal roofing to asphalt shingles, trying to determine which is better. So let’s take a look

Metal Roof Installation

  • Energy Efficient: Metal roofing can really help with the energy efficiency in your home. The material will reflect heat away, rather than absorbing it. Which means your HVAC system will be able to operate more efficiently.
  • Long-lasting: One of the best benefits of metal roofing is that it is long lasting. Most installations can last upwards of 75 years! And most manufacturers offer 50 year warranties on all products.
  • Expensive: But one of the biggest downsides is the expense. A metal roof can cost a pretty penny that many homeowners don’t have and can’t afford. The cost does depend on a lot of things, but comparatively it is more expensive than asphalt shingles.

Asphalt Shingles

  • Trusted Material: Asphalt shingles have been used for decades upon decades because we know they work. They will get the job done, look good, and be consistently reliable on any home, anywhere.
  • Anyone Can Install: Unlike metal roofing, asphalt shingles can be installed by any roofer, even the most inexperienced. Metal roofing requires expertise that most roofers won’t ever have, while asphalt shingles do not.
  • Inexpensive: Comparatively speaking, asphalt shingles are cheaper to purchase and install. But in some cases where the square footage of a roof is smaller or larger, asphalt shingles could be more expensive.

If energy efficiency is what you are after, then maybe instead of investing in a metal roof, you could consider an energy efficient HVAC system. That being said, a metal roof can provide so many more benefits than energy efficiency. No matter what, take the time to contact a reliable roofing company to discuss your options.

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How Metal Roofing Adds Value to Your Home

Just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it will automatically add value to your home. Unless it’s a metal roof. Generally speaking, metal roofing can add significant resale value to your home when it is installed properly. More than that, it can increase your current property value as well as the property value of the homes around you. How is this accomplished?

Mainly because metal roofing just looks good. It provides a clean and beautiful aesthetic that can’t be replicated by any other material. Metal roofing is also fire and corrosion resistant, making it extremely durable. That durability makes it worthwhile for insurance providers who may want to offer you lower premiums for completing a metal roof installation process. At the end of the day, residential roofing really can benefit from metal roofing. This structure and material offer a unique, modern look that asphalt shingles don’t provide. Now, there are many metal roof installation do’s and don’ts to consider in order to preserve your value increase. Don’t walk on your roof with certain shoes, don’t ignore damage, and do invest in regular maintenance and repairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it cheaper to get a metal roof or shingles?
    • It will actually depend on the type of metal roof you want and the square footage of coverage. For the most part, however, metal will be more expensive per square foot, but in the long run it can provide significant money saving benefits.
  • Can you put a metal roof over shingles?
    • Yes, a metal roof can be installed directly over shingles without removing them. Local building codes will need to be reviewed before doing so, but in most cases, metal can be installed over any other material.
  • Are metal roofs good?
    • It depends on what you need, but on a residential property, a metal roof is very good. This structure provides a level of protection and durability that just aren’t matched by another other material.
  • Which is better metal roof or shingles?
    • While metal is considered one of the better materials for a residential roof, asphalt shingles do have their place. Deciding what is better for you home will depend on what you need and what you can afford now as well as long term.
  • What is the best type of metal roof?
    • Generally speaking, a standing seam metal roof is one of the best metal roofing structures for both residential and commercial purposes. It has hidden fasteners that prevent it from rusting or corroding with extended exposure to the elements.
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What Energy Efficiency Is All About

Changing light bulbs is just one way people can make homes more energy efficient.

How energy efficient is my home

Many homeowners today are concerned with energy efficiency and making their homes more energy efficient. In general, when you are trying to make your home more energy efficient, you are trying to reduce the amount of energy consumed without sacrificing output. The main reason you want to do this is to save money. You may already have some strategies in place to make your home more energy efficient such as insulation or you’ve installed an energy efficient roofing system like a metal roof.

But there are other strategies you can apply to may your home more energy efficient and save money.  

Energy efficient at home

To make your home more energy efficient, you have to think of your home as a system and each component, from roofs to the appliances you choose, works as a network to improve energy efficiency and save money. Here are some tips so you can be more energy efficient at home.

Energy efficient tips

Some ways to improve energy efficiency include:

  • Installing effective insulation: Adding insulation slows down heat outflow in the winter and inflow in the summer, putting less strain on your heating and cooling systems.
  • Upgrading windows: You can replace your older windows with newer ones that designed for better energy efficiency. You can also insulate your windows with weatherstripping to stop drafts and leaks.
  • Planting shade trees and shrubs: Trees and shrubs, especially those planted on the west side of a home, help with cooling especially in the summer months, by blocking out sunlight in the hottest areas of the home.
  • Replacing old roof with energy efficient system: Roofs can be some of the hottest areas of your home, since they are exposed daily to the sun’s heat and since heat rises from interior to the top of the house. One energy efficient option is a metal roof because of their high reflectivity. For metal roof installation in High Point, NC, Gleason Home Improvements is your reliable source.
  • Replacing HVAC system with a newer high-efficiency system: Older heating and cooling systems become less efficient as they age, and there are newer high-efficiency systems that will save you money. No matter how old your HVAC system, if you have clogged or damaged air ducts your system won’t run efficiently. Air duct repair is necessary to keep your system running at peak performance.
  • Improving hot water usage: You can improve your hot water usage to lower energy usage by turning down the heat and installing low-flow fixtures.
  • Replacing incandescent bulbs: Incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy. Replace them with LED or compact fluorescent lights which produce stronger light and last longer.

Does a new roof help energy efficiency?

New roofs are much more energy energy efficient, especially when you install energy efficient materials like clay tiles or synthetic shingles because these systems are highly reflective of sunlight. Because of their reflectivity, metal roofs are considered energy efficient. They can be painted in a variety of colors to fit your home’s style and the climate in your region. Lighter color roofs, for instance, cool better in warmer climates, while darker roofs are great for those living in cooler climates. Backed with rigid foam insulation, a metal roof’s energy efficiency is even further enhanced.

Metal roofs can improve a home's energy efficiency.

Is a metal roof more energy efficient?

Metal roofs have gained a reputation for their inability to insulate homes, but this reputation is not well-founded. While metal roofs do tend in some cases, depending on the quality of the installation, to allow warm air to escape, they do reduce energy consumption because of their reflectivity. They are especially valued when it comes to cooling your home because they absorb less heat from direct sunlight. Different colors can increase energy efficiency as well. So can a backing of rigid foam insulation, which can be applied directly to your metal roof when it’s installed.  

What are the advantages of a metal roof?

Besides being energy efficient, metal roofs offer several advantages over other roofing systems. There’s little question, for instance, that metal roofs are some of the sturdiest around. Whether they are steel, aluminum or other metal, they are highly fire resistant and hold up to the worst Mother Nature can throw at them when it comes to high winds, snow and ice. They even hold up well against hail and while they may get dented by it, they are less vulnerable to punctures caused by hail. Metal roofs are lightweight as well and easy to install.

What is the most energy efficient roof color?

When it comes to roof color, much of your energy efficiency will depend on where you live. In hotter climates lighter colors will help cool your roof by as much as 50 to 60 degrees, which in turn, put less strain on your air conditioner. Similarly, darker roofs will absorb heat more, which may be better in cooler climates, although this heat absorption can contribute to the Urban Heat Island Effect in dense urban areas in which heat gets trapped and making the area warmer.

Is a dark or light roof better?

Again, much of how roof color affects your home will depend on how hot or cold it is outside, though, as mentioned above, darker roofs tend to be warmer and can trap heat in urban areas. While roof color can help with energy efficiency, probably the most important way to save energy with your roof is through quality insulation installation.

Energy efficiency for all

No matter where you live, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency from simple steps like changing light bulbs to replacing appliances like heaters and air conditioners with newer models. Anyone can improve energy efficiency.

If you want to improve your home’s energy efficiency, one place to start with is your roof. Even small repairs can help. Whether you need repairs or you’re considering a new roof in High Point, NC, you can rely on Gleason Home Improvements to ensure your roof is an energy efficient part of your home. Call us today at (336) 823-6156 to find out what we can do for you.

Dedication to Service

Gleason Home Improvements

We Put Our Heart and Soul Into Every Job.

From day one, we wanted our focus to be on our clients. Grounded on the idea of service, upholding the responsibility of honesty, and putting our heart into every job, we worked hard to get where we are today. Over 20 years later, Gleason Home Improvements is one of the leading roofing contractors in the business. We have expanded our skills to other areas of home improvement, such as siding and window installation so that we are able to serve our clients more. 

Our dedication to service has granted us several awards, such as an A+ in customer satisfaction, and the Master Shingle Applicator award from Certainteed. We are not about the awards though, our reward is seeing the smiles on our client’s faces and watching them flourish in their renovated homes. We want to continue the relationship we have with our clients, as we believe that they are not a sales opportunity, but a human being in which we can serve by using what our skills in what we know best, roofing and home improvements.

The Voices of Our Clients

We know that the real proof of the quality of our services does not come from our own mouths but by the end product of our job and the voice of our clients. Here are a few testimonies as to the caliber of our work.

“Great Customer Service! We are so pleased and cannot wait for you to do our sides and gutters!” – Shelia F.

One of the major reasons we have expanded our field base into being a company that was more than just a roofing contractor was so that we could cater to all of our client’s home improvement needs. We didn’t just want to be their roofing company, we wanted to be their partner in all of their home improvement needs. This way, they knew that there was someone to turn to that they could put their full trust in, and feel confident about the services they were paying for.

“From the very first call to the end result, the experience was wonderful, they went above and beyond…” Shawna G

We only offer the highest quality materials and only use the best techniques in the trade. This is to ensure the expert craftsmanship of our services. We also help you check for other damages, as our job is to ensure that you and your family have a secure home to grow together in.

We also offer services in insurance claim assistance. We understand the ends and outs of insurance companies, having dealt with them for over twenty years, and we want you to feel comfortable when making your insurance claim to cover emergency damages on your roof. We take the time to do a thorough inspection of the damaged area, making sure to clearly label all affected areas and then we take pictures and draw up our estimate. We then give you two copies of the estimates, so that way you can give one to the insurance company when you file your claim. This is so that they can see a detailed list of what damages were done and how much it is going to cost to fix them. This eliminates any confusion that can come from trying to understand the fine lines of your insurance policy.

Hurricane Florence

Our call to service doesn’t just stop there. When hurricane Florence devastated the North Carolina Coast, the destruction left behind was unfathomable. We knew we had to do our part to help restore the homes of these people back to an inhabitable state. Our crew went to aid in the reparations, and we worked hard to ensure that our work wasn’t just passable, that it was high-class. We wanted to give the people affected by hurricane Florence hope that their life could be rebuilt from destruction, and all of that started with helping to rebuild their homes.

“Big shout out to Chad Gleason and Gleason Home Improvements! They have dropped everything to come to Atlantic Beach to help us and many other families. Every house in our neighborhood of 50 homes lost their roof. We have all been in desperate need for reliable help post-Florence.

I’m grateful for their big heart and willingness to go the extra mile (no pun intended since they have driven 5 hours with all their equipment to be here). Thank you, Chad” – Josh Gleason

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Our Clients Love Our Work.

If you are looking for a home improvement specialist or a roofing contractor that you can trust in High Point, NC, then call your trusted team of roofers at Gleason Home Improvements. Our work speaks for itself and the reviews from our clients speak volumes. We are proud to serve our clients and we show them our respect in every job that we do. We make sure that we show professionalism, by showing up on time, regularly cleaning up our job site to make sure your home looks better than the way we found it, and by putting our heart and soul into every job. If you would like a free estimate or have any more questions, call us at (336) 823-6156