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Outdoor Christmas Decorations – All You Need To Know!

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It’s that time of year again! Before Thanksgiving leftovers disappear, people all over are already decorating their home for Christmas. If you’re like many of the friends we know, there is nothing more satisfying than having one of the best holiday light displays in the entire neighborhood. These elaborate outdoor creations almost always include lights, inflatables and more on the side of your house or roof. Clyde Nettles has been safely navigating on top of roofs all over the state for 70 years – so please take some pointers from us and be as safe as possible this season while making your home a fantastic holiday display! 1. Be Cautious of Weather Conditions Do not attempt to hang any lights/decorations when snow, ice or wet weather conditions exist. We do realize we’re in the south, so snow and ice are highly unlikely. But rain is always possible, and wet roof shingles can be very dangerous especially on steep-pitched roofs. Not to mention it's never safe to be plugging electroni

Fall Leaves: Beautiful Everywhere Except On Your Roof!

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Fall - what a wonderful time of the year!  Football is back in action, the summer heat subsides and the foliage starts turning amazing colors. If you've ever wondered what causes this event in nature, check out this article on how leaves stop their food-making process and the chlorophyll breaks down (for all you science-lovers). For the rest of us, we can just revel in the beauty of it all. However, being South Carolina's most trusted roofing company since 1950, we do need to make sure you enjoy those leaves on the trees or in the yard - versus piling up on your shingled roof. Leaves on your roof – not good. Leaves can clog your gutters, clump up against chimneys, and form piles in tight corners on your roof. And leaves are organic. Organic material decomposes and also retains water and moisture. As more and more leaves begin to pile on top of other decomposing leaves, they will collect even more moisture.  Your roof is designed to repel water, but asphalt shingles are not de

Does Your Roof Need To Be Inspected? Here's How To Tell

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Keeping Your Home Safe And Protected From The Elements Begins With Roofing Maintenance “What? Roof maintenance,” you may ask. YES. Even though roofs typically are guaranteed to last for years and years, you still need to contact Clyde Nettles for regular roofing inspections to keep the quality of your roof up and solve any small problems before they become big problems. When you should have your roof inspected depends on several key factors  Obviously, there are the visible signs: • missing/displaced shingles • leaking roof • spot/stains on your interior ceiling • visible storm damage (limbs, hail, etc) • overall condition of your shingles Beyond the visible signs, you also need to take into consideration the age of the roof and any recent conditions that it has been through. High heat, hail, massive rainfall... these do not necessarily have to show visible signs of distress, but can severely impact the lifetime of your shingles. Missing Shingles on a home after a storm. What Clyde Ne

Hurricane Season 2020: Brief Overview & What to Expect

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Wow. What a crazy year it has been so far in 2020. I know many of you probably don't want to even think about natural disasters with the way this year has been going, but as we barrel into June and the summer months, it's inevitable.  Being South Carolina's most trusted roofing company since 1950, we wanted to do a little research and dive into what the experts are saying so you and your roof can know what to expect over the next several months. How Many Hurricanes? In years past, most hurricane seasons included an average of 12 major storms. However, over the last 4 years, this number has surpassed the 12 mark so they are predicting 13-19 named storms for 2020. Based on the NOAA's website , predictions include 6 to 10 of these could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3-6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater). A great link to check out when there is the beginning of activity is the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast syste

Common Roof Problems: Know What To Look For!

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We just got called out to a friend’s house (this rain has been brutal) because he noticed a stain in his kitchen ceiling. His roof (not our work, he bought a new construction home 15 years ago), appeared to be in good shape still. No visible missing shingles, no limbs, holes, flashing issues, etc. So, what could be the problem? Well, truth be told, there are MANY problems you can encounter with a roof, especially one installed with poor quality and cheaper supplies. So BEFORE we tell you what his common problem was, let’s go over ALL of the common issues you may encounter over the lifespan of your roof (don’t worry, we’ll tell you about our friend’s roof at the end).  Common Roofing Problems: 1. Cracked and blistering shingles Cracked shingles are a result of extreme temperatures drying out the asphalt in your shingles. This is usually a normal aging process of most roofs and shouldn’t be a major issue unless it leads to tears or splits in shingles. This photo

The Great Roofing Debate: Metal or Shingles? What You Need To Know About Metal Roofs

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At Clyde Nettles , we get a lot of customers inquiring about metal roofs . Years ago, metal roofs seemed to be the way to go for longevity and durability. But with the technological advancements of shingles over the last 25 years, metal roofs are not always the most cost-effective way to protect your home. And while we absolutely do install metal roofs (as well as shingles), we believe you should have all of the necessary information to determine if this is the best route for your next roof replacement . If you are considering a metal roof, we outline all of the items you will need to consider below. 1. Metal Roofs: Different Types of Installation Metal roofs basically fall into two different categories: installed with screws/ neoprene washers /exposed fasteners or standing seam where clips/fasteners cover the next sheet of metal. The standing seam is more expensive, as it takes more labor to install. The exposed fastener system may eventually wear out or fail in as little a

Why You Should Absolutely Compare Estimates; Your Home is Counting On It

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There’s Way More to Look at On a New Roof Quote than just the Price. We know there are a lot of roofing companies out there, way more than there were when we started in this business back in 1950. However, just because there are more companies that provide similar service, it doesn’t mean the quality of the work is the same. Let’s break down some of the misconceptions about roofing in 2019, and we’ll tell you why each of them are very important: 1. A new roof quote is basically the same no matter who it comes from, right?  Wrong.  You’ve heard the old comparison line, “apples to oranges.” But did you know this also applies to your new roof quote? There can be underlying problems that many roofing companies won’t point out, they use cheaper materials (more on this below) and are less concerned about the lifetime of your roof and more concerned about finishing it and moving on to the next job. They rely on quantity of jobs not quality. At Clyde Nettles, we’ve been buildin