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    Clogged Gutters Among Common Causes For Charlotte Home Wood Rot

    Despite all efforts taken to protect your Charlotte home from rotting wood, in all likelihood some measure of decay fungi is currently at work on your home. It can happen anytime and anytime and anywhere, even on new homes. And it is not limited to outdoor decking or other exterior areas that come into regular contact with water. Moisture can find its way into the most inconspicuous places. If you haven’t recently cleaned and secured your roofing drainage system, clogged gutters may at this very moment be a breeding ground for wood rotting fungi.

    The first signs of rot or decay usually show up in the form of cracks or at seams where two pieces of wood meet. Rot is most commonly discovered along the trimmings of doors, window frames, windowsills, and etc. Caused by minute fungi, wood decay can become one of the most expensive home repairs in your budget. And even though the fungi are mere microscopic threads, noticing a cluster is rather easy. Not all fungi induce wood decay, but all should be treated as quickly as possible. This means you must:

    • Eliminate the cause
    • Repair the damage
    • AND take reliable preventive measures to stop future occurrences.

    Replacing clogged gutters is expensive, but not near so costly as repairing rotted fascia, soffit, rafters and other exterior and interior Charlotte home roofing components is far more costly. Better still: Clear your gutters and install a reliable gutter guard system.

    Repairing Wood Rot

    The process of repairing wood rot can be a bit too involved and possibly too dangerous for the average homeowner. If you’ve only performed basic home repairs, you may be better off hiring a home repair contractor. In order to prevent water from re-entering affected areas, the pros work with special wood epoxy products. First the wood rotted surface needs to be removed completely. Second, the putty-like wood epoxy is filled in and sanded down to the appropriate size.

    When it becomes too difficult to remove all of the wood rot, there is an alternative product known as a “consolidant.” This material is injected into the fibers of the wood using a highly advanced liquid compound, which reinforces the infected wood. Rightly applied “consolidant” essentially replaces the damaged portion of the wood with a higher density and water-resistant material. In order for “consolidant” to perform as expected, rotted wood must be completely dried out before work begins.

    If you do decide to undertake this repair on your own, be very careful when utilizing these epoxy formulas. They can cause very serious skin damage and are toxic when inhaled. These industrial-strength super glues will also ruin any surface that they were not intended to come in contact with.

    Preventing Future Wood Rot

    No matter how well the repair goes, if you don’t fix the problem creating the symptom in the first place, then you’ll just end up with wood rot sometime again in the future. Check all cracks and trimmings that have caulking, make sure the seal is strong, or replace it with acrylic latex caulking. Problematic plumbing or fixtures may also need attention if the wood rot is located nearby. Moisture can travel some distance if there is a leak that can run along a compromised seal or cracking. Replacing of any moldings with more water-resistant versions in the kitchen, bathrooms, or laundry rooms can also keep moisture in-check. If poorly installed or clogged gutters are causing the problem, that too must be corrected.

    Further Considerations

    If your experience with leaks and wood rot is one with extensive history, it might be worth investing in new pressure treated wood solutions for the outside as well as the inside the home. Borates have been discovered to be a safe, non-toxic solution to protecting your wood, and this solution can be applied as simply as using a spray-attachment on your garden hose. Borates is an all-natural mineral solution that coats the wood to prevent moisture from entering, as well as borrowing insects like termites and carpenter ants.

    If you need additional information, gutter cleaning or any other guidance, contactRight Way Exterior Solutions. From roofing to siding, and all the in-betweens, we have a thirty-plus year history of providing quality Charlotte home exterior repairs and installs.



    Ice Dams: Which Comes First, the Law of Gravity or an Unstable Roof?

    Before dipping into the depths of this particular Charlotte roofing tip, Zimmerman Enterprises Kanga Roofing of Charlotte would like you to consider a strange phenomenon concerning ice dams: Water doesn’t always flow down hill. At times it backs up, accumulates and only then submits to the power of nature and gravity. The result may be a slow trickle that can be addressed and managed before major structural damage can accumulate. Or…

    The submission to gravity may force your roof leak to explode with devastating and costly consequences to your home and to your health.

    Ice dams can make water flow uphill. So too can clogged drains, gutters and downspouts. Back in 2006 while reconstructing the old Charlotte IRS building, a local Metrolina construction company encountered a major leak issue (1). It came about shortly after a summer downpour dumped inches of water throughout Mecklenburg. Within the hour, stories of flash floods, structural damage and leaky roofs dominated the news.

    Next morning in the old IRS building on Albemarle Road, water leaks had sprung up all across the southeastern wing of the structure. Rather than mere drips, the leaks were like minor springs of continuous water flow. Ceilings, walls and carpets got damp, then soggy and then ruined. Repair costs mounted quickly as did material requirements.

    When work crews reached the roof of the building, they discovered knee-deep water in all the lower sides of the flat roof building. Three roof drains were completely stopped up. The water pressure had backed up, amassed pressure and then forcibly found new ways for obeying the law of gravity.

    Having a sturdy roof is essential to home protection from the weather and from the elements. To maintain the stability of your roof unhampered water drainage is an absolute necessity. You need to know how and when to check your roof. Regular roof inspections ensure that rainfall, sleet and ice do not backup, build up and eventually explode beneath the overwhelming law of gravity.

    Ice Dams and Charlotte Roofing Tips For Reliable Prevention

    Although often used in office and industrial construction planning, flat roofs are not standard on residential Charlotte homes. Most of you live in “A” frame structures. You have asphalt shingled or metal roofs – sometimes tile or wood shakes. Thus ice dams can be a common problem.

    According to the University of Minnesota, the ridge of ice that accumulates at the edge of your roof is called an ice dam (2). Every article with a focus on Charlotte roofing tips mentions the roofing dangers associated with backed up water. When an ice dam prevents melting show from draining off your roof, the water temporary flows up hill. As a result of the backup, water eventually begins to seep, leak or explode into your home. The damage to your Charlotte residence can include structural collapse of the roof, ceilings or drywall. The accumulated damage associated with ice dams also includes wet attic insulation, electrical shorts and even exterior wall damage.

    Stopping water leaks is critical to the stability of your roof and the protection of your Charlotte home. Preventing water from flowing uphill is one component of proper roof management. Don’t risk the dangers of ice dams, water backup and explosive leak damage. Act now to correct known problems in advance of the coming winter snows.

    Even when explosive and immediate damage doesn’t occur, rainwater under your shingles results in long-term roof rot. Even when melting snow doesn’t create a technical “ice ridge,” trash in your gutter can result in blockage, refreezing and water backup. High winds sometimes lift shingles. Debris gets forced underneath. When the rain falls the wind forces the water into the gaps.

    Preventing the Ice Dams and Ice Dam Damage

    To prevent roof damage due to ice dams, follow two courses of action: 1) Immediate response to the situation and 2) Long-term solutions.

    Immediate ice dam prevention demands that you get the snow and ice off your roof. In order to prevent shingle damage, use a push broom or a roof rake. But be very careful, for your own safety and for the safety of your existing roofing materials. If water is already flowing into your home, break channels in the ice dam. It’s a touchy job. Consider hiring a professional Charlotte roofing contractor.

    Long-term ice dam solutions require special considerations. Start by eliminating any interior leaks of warm air into the attic. Moist interior heat on the inside of your roof structure promotes melting and refreezing of snow and ice. Have your attic inspected by a professional Charlotte roofer. Adding ceiling/roof insulation may eliminate all of your leakage problems related to ice dams. Don’t forget to repair the existing roof damage.

    Zimmerman Enterprises is always on hand to provide you with free estimates on any full-home roof replacements or roof installations.



    Charlotte Roof Repair: Tricky If Not Correctly Diagnosed

    Correctly diagnosing your need for a roof repair Charlotte expert can be tricky. Not all signs of roof trouble are obvious to homeowners. Finding the right solution compounds the issue. Physical leaks may be evident by plain signs of water damage. However other evidence of roofing failure can be subtle

    Look for anything in the following three categories:

    Changes in Colors Often Reflect Damaged Roofing

    • Discoloration – The causes of shingle discoloration are many. For example: Excessive moisture nearly always promotes the growth of algae and mold. Likewise, color fading indicates excessive loss of shingle granule. Either of these indicates your need to contact roof repair Charlotte services.
    • Mold – Inadequate attic ventilation often results in moisture buildup. This can cause mildew and mold to show up on your ceilings and/or walls.
    • Interior Stains – A leaky roof nearly always ends up causing stains on the ceilings of your home. The causes can be many, but a misaligned shingle underlayment is something that the average Charlotte roof repair inspection may miss.

    Roofing Compromise Evidenced By Appearance

    • Blistering – Also marked by peeling paint on the inside or outside of your home, blistering is an earmark of increased humidity due to poor attic ventilation
    • Dents – Also including chips out of the shingles or dings in metal roofing, dents indicate hail damage
    • Siding Issues – Sometimes linked to attic ventilation problems that trap heat, buckled, decayed or discolored siding can reveal the presence of roof trouble
    • Missing Roofing Materials – Although common to homes roofed with short-life asphalt shingles, wind and storm can damage or strip away metal, wood and even tile roofing
    • Shingle Separation – When shingles age, heat and weather can cause a widening in the spaces between shingle tabs. Eventually water will find an entrance into your attic.

    Water – A Leaky Roof is the Horror of Every Homeowner

    • Water Condensation – Typically seen on the underside of your roof sheathing, water condensation is a sign that your attic is trapping moisture.
    • Leakage In the Attic – Poor metal flashing, torn shingles, missing shingles, faulty underlayment and host of other roofing failures can be associated with leakage in the attic. Call for a roof inspection ASAP.
    • Leakage That Reaches the Interior Ceilings – Everything from a leak in chimney flashing to missing nails and from torn sheathing to missing shingles can result in serious damage to your interior ceilings. Don’t permit such a problem to go untreated.

    Questions to Ask Your Roof Repair Charlotte Contractor

    Before leaping into the process of finding a reliable roof repair Charlotteprofessional, consider one final and often overlooked sign of roof trouble. Though it seems strange, an unusual increase in your energy bill can reflect roofing problems. For example: An increase in summer cooling costs may indicate that your attic ventilation system is failing. Likewise, an increase in your heating costs may indicate moisture in the attic and water accumulation on the installed insulation resulting in a reduction in R-value.

    But what do you look for in a Charlotte roofing contractor? How do you know who is earnest, local and stable? Start by avoiding any roofing contractors that show up randomly at your doors. Don’t even permit them to inspect your roof: Some scam-roofers have been known to create damage in order to make a sale. Also follow these tips:

    • Get and check the company’s license, insurance and bonding information
    • Get a functional local contact number
    • Ask for and check referrals
    • Get the contract in writing
    • Never permit your contractor to arrange your lending contract. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the “Home Improvement” loan scam is a primary way that shady contractors rip customers while still managing to slip within the limits of legal theft (1).
    • Get the names and identity information of any subcontractors
    • Get evidence that the Charlotte roofing contractor is experienced in projects that involve the same materials and services as are needed on your home.



    Siding Repairs Service – Importance of a Written Home Improvement Contract

    A siding repairs service contract defines the terms of agreement between you and a given siding contractor. Although some homeowners and contractors are willing to come to terms via a verbal siding service contract, such a venture often lacks legal protection for either party. On the other hand, a written contract for siding services indicates, through text assumed legally binding, the full scope and pricing of the expected siding repairs.

    Furthermore, the written home improvement contract also defines responsibilities associated with each party of the siding repairs service contract as well as the relationship between the two parties. By getting all the details documented via a written home improvement contract, the homeowner hopes to avoid:

    • Nasty disagreements
    • Unexpected charges
    • Delayed services
    • Poor contractor behavior
    • Sloppy work
    • Uninsured accidents
    • AND much more.

    Reaching an agreement in advance of any siding repair services helps both the homeowner and the home improvement contractor know what to expect from self and from the other party. Getting it in writing helps ensure that the siding contractor strives to uphold his or her reputation, prevent delays, and use quality siding materials..

    Keeping Up With Payment Schedules and Schemes

    Although most home improvement contractors follow a reasonable approach to payment schedules and schemes, the Charlotte homeowner should never sign papers based upon an assumed payment plan. As a rule of thumb, avoid working with any exterior services contractor who seeks up-front payment before work begins or is completed. On the other hand, some home siding installation and repair companies seek stage-payment wherein you pay along the way according to a predefined job-stage completion plan. For small Charlotte siding contractors, a scheme for stage-payment provides reasonable builder protection while also ensuing that the homeowner receives services rendered for services paid.

    Whether working with an established incremental payment schedule or paying only after the job is fully completed, get it all in writing. And read the small print. Even with the best intentions, a homeowner may encounter events that force late payment. Make sure you understand the costs and effects of missing your side of the home improvement contractor’s agreement.

    Hidden Costs For A Charlotte Siding Repairs Service Job

    Don’t get caught in the hidden costs scam. Honest home siding contractors are upfront with pricing and additional costs. Watch the pre-job inspection. Maybe you don’t understand all that is happening, but much can be determined by how through seems the inspection. Contractor’s who are concerned about a “No Surprise” siding repair service take time during the inspection to ensure that nothing gets missed or overlooked.



    Six Wonderful Tips For Avoiding The Cost of Professional Roof Service

    Although professional roof service remains among the most reasonably priced areas of exterior home improvement, following these tips can help you save even more cash. Roofing-related horror stories abound wherein homeowners share the tales of encountered problems and accumulated roof and interior home damage. A compromised roof can lead to tons of problems – problems that extent throughout your home. The following tips are designed to help you prevent and/or reduce the need for professional roofing repairs.Bonus tips cover critter damage to your entire home as well as the roof.


    Roof Service -- Not Just keeping out water

    1) Ventilation Pipes

    Even on a relatively new roof, the boots around ventilation pipes can result in water seepage into the interior of your home. So do a yearly inspection. Even a little seepage around the pipe boots can result in long-term serious water problems. If your inspection turns up a problem with the boot on any of your ventilation pipes, roof service becomes an immediate necessity. For best assurances of a proper repair, call in a pro roofer, but if you do choose to do the roof repairs on your own, make certain that you get the right sized boot for the pipe in question.

    TIP! Aside from leaks and other roof problems, you also have to worry about unwanted critters stopping by to visit or even to stay for a spell. On occasion, go through the foundation and roof of your house to ensure that there are no cracks or holes that pests can get into. If you find any, make sure you seal them up as soon as possible.

    2) Attic Inspection

    Whether your attic is roomy or tight, yearly inspections from inside the attic may help you avoid the expense of a major inside/outside interior/exterior home repair job. One great way to identify slow leaks:

    A) Wait for a rainy night
    B) Go into the attic at night
    C) Turn out the attic lights
    D) Use a flashlight and look for the glimmer of falling water, glittery beams, and even spot flashes on the insulation.

    Respond with purpose and authority over any sign of leakage. If you can’t pinpoint the source of the leak on your own, call in a reliable roof service or exterior solutions contractor.

    TIP! Rats, mice and bats. Avoid  planting trees near the house. When trees are too close, rodents can climb them and get into your attic and roof. Next thing you know, roof service becomes a necessity.

    3) Choosing a Roofing Contractor

    As in any business, experience plays almost as great a role as does licenses and insurance. When checking out a roofing company, question their level of experience as well as their legal documentation. Ask for older references so that you can physically confirm the age of the business. Run a WhoIs Domain check to see how long the company website has existed. Look for the line labeled “Creation Date.” And don’t go by the images displayed in the website portfolio. Online reviews, testimonials, images of previous jobs can be easily faked. The longer a roof service company has been in business, the less likely that the website displays incorrect information. So just use every-day common sense.

    Even on work performed via insurance coverage, legitimate roofing or exterior solutions contractors do not demand upfront payment. Also, legitimate roof inspectors don’t mind working under the eyes of the homeowner. Finally: Legitimate roof service contractors never do random door-to-door sales and they always put the contract on paper.

    4) DIY Roofing

    Wet roofs can be deadly roofs. Avoid any DIY roofing services during bad weather – including high winds as well as rain, sleet, and snow. Plan your job with wisdom. Sometimes installing a tarp for temporary protection is better than making roof repairs in a rush. One fall can set you back far more than any DIY roofing project will ever save. If you don’t have the right equipment, proper safety devices, and reliable climbing aids, call for a professional roof service company. It will make your life easier.

    TIP! Make sure your home’s roof and water sills are draining properly. Standing water can lead to pests.

    Roof Damage Watch For Critters5) Other Signs of a Leaky Roof

    Although some roof leaks are difficult to track, many leaks result in telltale interior home damage. If you notice water stains on your ceilings, bubbled paint in the upper regions of the outer walls, or sponginess along any wall or ceiling, check for a leaky roof. Spotting these warning signs early may save you bundles on interior repairs as well as exterior roof service work. A postponed roof repair is a guarantee of higher future expenses.

    6) Roof Repair

    Before beginning your roof repair project, inspect the entire roof. At first glance, damage may seem limited to an area around a skylight or a venting fan, but this may merely be the most obvious trouble spot. Walk the entire roof. A localized leak can be the breakout point of a problem that begins elsewhere. A careful and complete outside roof inspection helps ensure that your roof service project doesn’t come up short on solving the problem.

    Also, when working on the roof, siding, windows or any other exterior region of your home that requires use of ladders, off-ground services or any other risky home repair activities, work in teams. Even if you work alone in the high areas, plan that someone remains available to keep routine check on your safety. An ounce of prevention is the best medicine, but quick discovery goes far toward preventing the need for even longer-term medical treatment.

    TIP! When you find earwigs in your home, this means there is a point of entry they’ve located outside. Fill any cracks or holes you see on your home, from roof to foundation, to stop them from getting inside.

    Roof Service Is Never a Minor Issue

    It may seem that a slight drip that produces minor damage does not require immediate repair. That is an error in thinking. Once a shingle or two have blown off, it’s much easier for the wind to get underneath the rest and blow them off too, one-by-one. Service your roof quickly. Minimize the damage. Save yourself money in the short-haul and the long haul.

    Many a sad homeowner can tell a painful tale of delayed roof service and the costs thereof. Heeding the tips in this article can help keep your roof intact, secure, and reliable. When it comes to home exterior solutions, a little care goes a long way toward reducing the need for more serious home repairs and home maintenance expenses.

    TIP! Carpenter ants are attracted to damp wood; therefore, if you notice an increase in carpenter ants, check your pipes and roof for leaks. Once you have found where your problem is located, fix the leak and replace the wood to help quickly rid your home of carpenter ants.

    Decking Material – Distinctions in Decks Styling

    Decking material, not always an obvious choice. Having a deck in your home provides a comfortable place to stay when you want to enjoy the outside environment. It can also be a great addition to increase the value of your house. Constructing a deck however requires several factors that should be considered in purpose as well as material types. You can either contact deck builders to do the job or build the deck yourself.

    Types of Decks

    • Barbecue Decks – instead of having all the cooking done in your kitchen, you can build a barbecue deck for your home where you can grill barbecue and steaks. Barbecue decks became very popular after the recent revival of grilling activities in most parts of American suburbs.
    • Porch Decks – the most popular type of deck as an addition to home. It is usually placed in front of the house so you could just step out of the front door if you want to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Porch decks are very ideal for houses in rural areas and those with wide yard.
    • Pool Decks – these are structures build around the pool if you have one at home. Pool decks must be comfortable to the feet since you will walk barefoot. It should have a smooth and satin-like surface. There are decking contractors that make deck pools out of composite materials which are designed specifically for easy walking around the pool even if barefooted.
    • Free-Standing Decks – these decks are perhaps the easiest one to build. They do not require siding or being attached to the home that can possibly damage the house during the construction. This deck will only require structural support from all the sides.

    Common Decking Materials Used in Building Decks

    Wood is the traditional material used in building decks. Among the most common is redwood, pressure-treated southern pine or western cedar depending on the place where you live. However, the major choices can be the natural wood or the composite wood. Deck builders are the best resource person whom you can inquire about the most ideal materials you can use for your home deck.

    When building your home deck, you must consider the durability and the life span of the deck materials.

    • Wooden planks can be vulnerable to splintering and cracking due to varied weather conditions as well as to water damage that can lead to deterioration. Composite decks can fade or distort but won’t splinter or crack. However, they can get stained easily and prone to scratch.
    • The redwoods with high grades are valued for their durability as deck materials. Redwoods are very constant as well as have natural resistance to insects and rot. Working with redwood is also easier and has excellent performance in holding finishes.
    • The Alaska yellow cedar and the Western red cedar are also ideal decking materials because they are resistant to rot, stable, easy to work with and straight grained. The western red cedar is lighter compared to the Alaskan redwood or cedar. The yellow cedar is heavier but stronger and it comes in clear and brought color. It is resistant to stain due to its density.
    • Perhaps the best decking materials, when it comes to durability, are the tropical hardwoods. A South American hardwood called Ipe is extremely resistant to insect damage and decay. Because it is exceptionally durable, Ipe is considered the finest decking product but also comes in very high price. At present, this hardwood is considered endangered because of exploitation for many years.

    If you want to build the most ideal deck for your home, it is better left to the hands of professionals. Deck builders will determine the best material to use as well the design of the deck that is very ideal for your home. For more information, contact Right Way Exterior Solutions.



    6 Pre-Construction Stages As You Plan New Deck Projects

    Decks constructed without forethought… Ugly. Short-lived. And Untrustworthy. We’ve all seen it, the results of what can happen if a homeowner fails to plan new deck projects. Complications develop. Poor ground preparation results in one corner sinking lower than the rest of deck. Lousy choices in material result in a nasty mismatch in the décor of the associated home. Shoddy craftsmanship ends up with stumped toes, floating nails, and oversize drainage gaps. Failing to plan your new deck may be a home disaster in the making.


    Before starting deck construction, take a look at the following 6 pre-construction thoughts and objectives. Besides, planning for a new deck before you make contact with Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC assures that can relay to our sales team a more perfect idea of your goals for the finished deck project.

    Step 1 – Purpose for the Deck

    Sometimes people think that all decks are crafted for entertainment, relaxation, or weekend cookouts. But what if you like to observe the stars, maybe even plan to setup a telescope on the deck? Ah… Now the availability of darkness becomes a major factor in the plan new deck projects scenario. For some folks, those who live on the waterfront, a deck must be designed to double as a boat dock. For others, a deck may be crafted with plans for future expansion into a sun-room.

    Before ever starting on the plan for how to build your deck and what materials must be used, determine the purpose of the deck.

    Step 2 – Ideas for Deck Designs

    Simple Deck LayoutTo get ideals for deck designs, take a stroll around your own neighborhood. Observe the various home styles and the choice of deck design and decking materials most popular within your community. You don’t have to copy anyone, but fact be known, the homes in many Mount Holly and regional areas tend to follow a standard community design that conforms to the given neighborhood. Thus you need a good understanding of what works best on a similarly styled home. Pay attention to the shape of the homes and the associated deck styles. Notice how each style works in the attachment to the house. Put together a mental image of how to fit the same deck to your own home, as well as how you could modify it to make your home unique.

    But even if you have a custom designed Charlotte home, a look around the neighborhood can help you develop an eye that enables you to plan new deck projects with vision and imagination. And remember: Right Way knows how to help you work up a great looking layout for the deck of your choice, no matter how distinct the layout of your home.

    Likewise, take time to review current and old home improvement magazines. The styles of yesterday have a tendency to come back over and over again. Thus you could, in yesterday’s home improvement magazine, find the new style for today.

    Things to look for:

    • Kit based deck railing versus custom designed deck railing
    • Location of stairs, both the deck stairs and existing house stairs
    • The use of post caps, rail lighting, and lighting on the deck steps
    • Choices of materials and how those materials fit into the décor of the associated home
    • Mode of craftsmanship: Is the deck freestanding or is it attached to the house, and why the distinction in a given situation.

    Step 3 – Testing the Layout of Your Deck

    You know the purpose and that defines the primary shape of your planned new deck project, the best on-site location for the deck, and any considerations that must be included to enable perceived future expansion, modifications, or further deck construction and perhaps even a new roof. You also now have the ideas that define the desired characteristics for lighting, rails, roofing and stairs.

    Now you need to calculate the best size. Aid the process by cutting out some cardboard silhouettes of benches, chairs and planters. Also weigh in for a fire pit, grill, and hot tube as the case may be. Use twine toe mark out the outer perimeters of the purposed deck’s framework and then place the silhouettes as necessary to suit your goals and living style. To get final measurements, modify the visual as necessary.

    Step 4 – Selecting Deck Materials

    Time has arrived for deciding on types of deck materials. During the stages of layout and location selection, Lay Deck Constructionyou likely gathered some key thoughts about types of materials best suited for your deck. But situations differ and not all types of decking materials suit every planned new decking project. So keep in mind that your choice in materials may force a modification or reshaping of your perceived outdoor sunning deck.

    The most common deck building products include:

    • Green Treated Pine – Least costly and easy to stain or pressure wash and re-stain
    • Cedar – More expensive but long lasting and stainable if desired but also weathers to a beautiful gray.
    • Redwood – Weathers nicely, but can also be stained or treated
    • Composite Decking – Noted for low maintenance but not to be considered maintenance free. Also has a bit of a reputation for crumbling over time.

    Step 5 – Deck Lighting Options

    Time to consider deck lighting options. Concerning color and style, choices abound thus you can easily match any home décor scheme. Consider low voltage deck lighting to the post caps, the deck railing, and the deck steps. You can also include recessed deck floor lights. Keep in mind that installing deck lighting will affect the deck construction process, and may even force certain design changes.

    Step 6 – Starting Deck Construction

    3D Deck Design Software by Big hammerWhether making this a DIY deck building project or ensuring polished quality by hiring in professional carpenters, consider dropping $79 for the HGTV Ultimate Home Design with Landscaping & Decks or just make use of the free online Home Improvement3D Deck Design Tool.

    These programs and others like them use a simple drag and drop interface to enable plan new deck projects customers to see their visions in various sizes and styles. Most of them even enable users to calculate the ballpark cost of before starting deck construction.

    Professional Deck Design, Deck Repair, and Deck Construction

    Perhaps these six tips have triggered your desire to get your deck project on the move. Right Way Exterior Solutions can make your vision of a new deck on your home into a real world Charlotte home deck solution. Call for further details. Or merely complete the attached contact form. We are certified reliable, price efficient, safety minded, and focused on complete customer satisfaction.



    Repairing Roof Damage – Simple Advice From a Charlotte Roofer

    Weather in the Charlotte/Gastonia area can be erratic and damaging to roofs and other home components. Rain, sleet, snow, and hail come at random intervals, in season and out. Many Charlotte area homeowners can bear first-hand witness to the dangers of high winds, downed trees, and hail the size of golf balls. They have seen dimpled shingles and dented copper. They know what happens when the wind rips away a roof crown.

    But how many people really pay attention to the less obvious sources of roof failure?

    This article addresses the obvious roof problems, but it also provides advice concerning the overlooked issues such as poor maintenance routines, basic exposure to long-term weather patterns, airborne chemicals, and the things that kids throw into the sky. Shoddy craftsmanship during an initial roof installation can also cause problems. Incorrectly installed Flashing may result in a slow leak that takes months or even years to become self-evident. Eaves and overhangs are also points of difficulty. These are the places where leaks sometimes go unnoticed for long periods of time.

    Roof Damage That Springs From Immediate Conditions

    Homeowners in the vicinity of Charlotte, Gastonia, and the surrounding areas can expect an extended share of high winds, hail storms, flying debris, and fallen tree limbs. These problem sources can generate an immediate situation of roof failure, or an impending condition of roof failure. Winds can rip away the cover ridge, chimney caps, roof vents, flashing, and/or shingles. Broken tree limbs or some other type of airborne debris can strike the roof with sufficient force to puncture shingles, felt, and even the wood beneath. Any of these damage types can permit an instantaneous leakage of rainwater.


    However, the same things that cause on the spot emergencies can also cause long-term, unseen water damage. For example: A tree limb may not create an immediate leak. Yet if the limb is not promptly removed and the area of impact properly treated, the future effects may demand extensive roof care.

    Whenever a heavy storm passes through the Charlotte area, you should take the time to examine your roof. Even if there are no obvious leaks, certain roof components may yet be missing or damaged. Furthermore, you should check to ensure that no foreign object is blocking the roof valleys or the gutter tracks. Here are some basic methods of checking:

    • Examine the roof, either from a distance that enables a full view of the housetop, or by a physical presence on the roof.
    • Look around your yard for any roof components that may have blown to the ground.
    • Question neighbors. They may have noticed something during the storm that affects the condition of your home.
    • If it seems reasonable, check the attic space for any signs of leakage.
    • If necessary, or for the assurance of adequate preventative measures, contact a Charlotte, Gastonia, or Kannapolis roofing specialists.

    Roof Damage Related to Poor Maintenance

    Too many homeowners ignore the obvious. Periodic roof inspections are critical to home maintenance. Be quick to repair problem or damaged areas. Stopped up gutters cause foundation damage as well as roof and wall damage. Applying leaf guards to rain gutters is one of the easiest fixes available. If you are unable to handle the installation yourself, hire a pro. The cost of maintenance is much less than the cost of major repairs. Here is a list of other primary maintenance issues:

    • Trees growing too near the home should be trimmed or removed
    • Although common in regions of high humidity, any sign of algae, fungus, or mold should be investigated.

    Roof Failure Due To Inferior Craftsmanship

    Flashing is designed to establish a watertight boundary between roof components, including roof sections, roof projections, and the joints of roof and external walls. Sometimes flashing gets damaged due to wind or hail or other force. Sometimes a contractor fails to install flashing. And sometimes a “craftsman” blotches the installation. Educate yourself concerning your home. Learn which areas of your roof require flashing, and then make flashing inspection a part of your routine home maintenance process.

    Of course, flashing is not the only roof element that may involve inferior craftsmanship. Shingles do not always last as long as they should. A shady contractor may get a bargain deal from a local salvage yard. Whether building a new home, or replacing an old roof, make certain that you know from whence the materials were purchased.

    Roofing Options

    When purchasing roofing materials, homeowners typically seek durable products, aesthetic appeal, and quality installation at a reasonable cost. The options in material choices are many, ranging from cheap but popular asbestos to the unique beauty of copper shingles. Asbestos is typically low cost and easy to apply yet some roofers believe that metal roofing is a better choice. Several forces drive this conclusion. Metal roofs provide:

    • Efficient heat deference
    • Durability
    • A fire retardant nature
    • Low maintenance
    • Energy efficiency
    • Materials that can be painted
    • Resistance to mildew and algae.

    Other roofing choices include:

    • Clay tile
    • Concrete tile
    • Hot mop roofing
    • Slate
    • Wood Shakes.

    Certain evidences indicate that many of the high-end roofing materials are failing to live up to the stated warranties. If you are thinking of utilizing one of the new man-made products, take care to investigate the issue. Ask your Charlotte area roofer to confirm the track record of your chosen materials.

    Roof Repairs and New Roof Installs

    Although the correction of minor roof issues is not beyond the capabilities of many Charlotte homeowners, it may be wise to consult with a roofing specialist before moving ahead with the work. A structurally sound roof installation is critical to the stability of your home. Utilizing the right materials in the right way will protect your home and reduce the risk of future water problems.



    Roof Protection – Dealing With High Winds

    Weather related home damage, including flooding and roof destruction, is no stranger to the Metrolina region of North and South Carolina. Thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, and powerful winds have wrecked havoc in the past, and will likely continue to be a yearly threat throughout the Charlotte metropolitan area. Recent months have seen an increase in hailstorms and vicious wind forces. Many homeowners have been caught off guard and ill prepared. Here are some points that can help you avoid the high cost of wind related roof damage.

    Understanding Roof Design

    Perhaps you have never considered how the shape of your roof affects the possibilities of wind damage. Windstorms create outside pressure against your home. The force of the moving air passes along your roof, down the exterior walls, and lastly against the very foundation of your home. If this energy is not managed correctly so that the blunt of the wind force gets transferred to the ground, your home can suffer major damage.

    Simple designs would seem less susceptible to problems, yet gabled roofs are the most likely designs to experience wind damage.

    Ok. So what is a gabled roof?

    Think of a rectangle or box shaped home with a roof that sits on it like an elongated “A.” The outside wall on each end of the house extends to the top of the roof. On a home with a gabled roof, the end walls take the blunt of any wind force. Reliable roof protection requires a right-crafted roof structure. If not adequately braced, the end wall can collapse, taking with it part of the roof.

    The typical gabled roof is structured upon manufactured trusses. Roof sheathing is then fastened to the trusses. Plywood is the typical sheathing material, and nails or staples are the basic means of anchoring. The sheathing is topped with some form of vapor barrier. Shingles, metal, or some other roofing material provides the finished roofing cover.

    In many homes, the sheathing is the only thing that holds the manufactured trusses in place. The higher the wind force becomes, the greater is the risk that the home may suffer serious damage. This may seem a ho-hum statement. And of course we are not talking about the average thunderstorm. Hurricane force winds may not often touch the Charlotte Metrolina area, but tornados have proven to be very common. Why not consider installing additional supports and braces within your truss system.

    Inspecting The Truss System Beneath Your Roof

    Start by donning clothes that help protect you from the dangers associated with the common attic space:

    • Dust mask
    • Eye protection
    • Work gloves
    • Long sleeved shirt and full-length jeans.

    Take hold of a trustworthy flashlight. Ascend into your attic. Unless your attic is floored, be careful to walk only on the wood joists. If possible, take along a few boards to use as walking planks.

    Ok. Look overhead. You are seeking out evidence of poor construction. Pay attention to the nails and staples that are poking through the sheathing. If you see strong evidence of shoddy workmanship, of nails and staples that missed the trusses, consider calling in a Charlotte roofer to have the sheathing properly installed. Be aware that this will also involve some replacement of the currently installed roofing materials.

    Bracing Your Roof

    In the event that your roof needs additional bracing, consider the following three methods of support:

    • Truss Bracing. This involves running 2*4 studs the length of the roof. The studs should overlap across two trusses. They should be installed at three places: 1) Approximately 18 inches from the ridge of the roof; 2) Near the center of the span; 3) At the base of the truss.
    • Gable End Bracing. Consider the face of the “A”, or the inside of the wall, as the gable end. To brace the gable end, install 2*4 studs in an “X” pattern that begins with one stud running from the top center of the gable and ending at the bottom center brace on the fourth truss, and one stud that begins at the bottom center of the gable and runs to the top center brace of the fourth truss.
    • Hurricane Straps. Functional against any type of high winds, hurricane straps are designed to help retain the roof to the walls. These galvanized strips of metal are designed to overlap the truss, extend below the wall top plates, and anchor into the nearest wall stud.

    This roof protection article, adapted from an article designed for the American Red Cross by Janie Harris, Extension Housing Specialist, is purposed to help Metrolina homeowners better protect their homes from unusually high winds. For more information, contact: Right Way Exterior Solutions, LLC


    Roof Damage — Eliminating the Causes

    Damages to a roof can have many causes. Some of the causes of roof damage are connected to the type of roof you have on your Charlotte home. Whether you are trying to protect and extend the life of an existing roof or you want to protect a new roof, here are some of the main causes of roof damage.

    1. Poor Maintenance. It is important to regularly inspect your roof for small problems and damages and immediately make repairs. This is especially true if your roof has little or no slope. Regular inspection and maintenance will prevent small minor damage from becoming a major problem or leak.

    2. Wind Damage. Over time any wind can loosen nails in roofing materials. When this happens, a moderate wind can damage the roof. Strong winds and flying debris can also damage a roof, often removing some or all of the roofing material. The best way to avoid this potential damage is to check the roofing and the insulation regularly to be sure it is securely attached to the roof deck. You should also have a secure perimeter fastener.

    3. Other Weather Damage. Most roofing materials can be damaged over time by exposure to various weather conditions. If you live in an area likely to see large snow accumulations, you need to be sure the roof is adequately supported against the weight of the snow and properly sloped so the snow will not stay on the roof any longer than necessary. If you live in an area prone to hailstorms, you should know that hail can cause serious roof damage, and you should carefully inspect your roof after every hailstorm. The sun, pollutants in the air and other chemicals in the air or in the rain can also damage roofing materials. Inspection and repair of minor damages can prevent big trouble.

    4. Problems with Flashing. Because the purpose of flashing is to create a water-tight boundary between roof sections, between roofing materials and other parts of the house and between roofing materials and roof projections, problems with flashing often cause leaks. These leaks can damage the field of the roof as well as the interior of the house. Flashing problems usually happen because of either design or installation errors. Some flashing problems can also result from wind damage. Regular inspection of all types of flashing in all parts of the roof can catch problems early and correct them before there are major leaks.

    Each of these major causes of roof damage can be minimized by regular and careful inspection for early and minor problems. Immediate attention to any flaws or damages with competent repairs can help you avoid major damage to your Charlotte roof and prevent the need for early and costly roof replacement.