Hurricane Season 2020: Brief Overview & What to Expect

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 system (HWRF).  They in…

Common Roof Problems: Know What To Look For!

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 above shows extreme blister…

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

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 as 20 years (poss…

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

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? 
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 building our clientele l…

2019 Hurricane Season: Predictions & Preparedness Tips!

Every Summer & Fall, we can all look forward to vacations, football season, a new school year and more. However one thing we don't look forward to, is another devastating hurricane season. All of us at Clyde Nettles want to keep you well informed, so you can remain prepared and safe heading into the 2019 hurricane season. Check out the predictions and preparedness tips below!

Hurricane Season: Quick Facts

The season goes from June 1st through November 30th Areas included: Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean SeaHurricanes are rated 1-5 depending on the intensity of sustained windsCategory 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane with a potential for a large amount of damage (wind gusts in excess of 110 mph)Hurricanes are named from six rotating lists updated by the World Meteorological Organization. Storm names are retired only when they are particularly deadly or costly.

Know the difference between a 'WATCH' and a 'WARNING'

A watch means that a region c…

The Roof Is On Fire!! (Fireworks and how to be careful this July 4th!)

“The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire!”

Please don’t let your Independence Day activities end up with you singing this popular 90's dance song. Fireworks are a fabulous way of celebrating Independence Day, and we all know that children love seeing them. However they can be a very dangerous liability to your roof and home.

If you plan on setting off any airborne fireworks this July 4th, please keep a few things in mind:

Many times, when fireworks “land” they are still burning.Asphalt shingles may help protect your roof, but not if they are older, possibly damaged or missing (think about the recent storms)Under the asphalt shingles, lies very flammable felt paper and wooden frameworkAnd last but not least, fireworks can sometimes go awry and not go in the direction they were pointed to at all Don’t worry though; you can certainly take precautions. Here are some suggestions to keep your roof safe:

Inspect your roof prior to July 4th hazards (and repair any damaged or missing shingle…

3 Ways Extreme Heat Can Damage Your Roof!

South Carolina Residents: It's HOT. As we approach Memorial Day Weekend, we are expected to hit high temperatures that will match or break records dating as far back as the inception of our own company, 1950. 

And it's only May. Let that sink in.

We’ve still got June, July, August and most of September to endure sweltering heat, humidity, and scorching sunshine. While you’re (hopefully) sitting inside in the AC, or on the lake enjoying the summer, remember that your roof is taking the full force blunt trauma known as “Summertime in South Carolina.”

Now that we’ve got that warning over with, let’s take a look at the three main ways this heat can lead to damaged roofs. We want to make sure you’re informed about how to make the right decisions about your most valuable investment: your home.

1. Flashing
Flashing is the roofing around the chimney, pipes or vents that protrude from your roof. In the summer, hot temperatures can cause wood roof rafters, roofing joists and roof decking to …