Roof Repair or Replacement: Signs of Shingles Distress

When it comes to home renovations, few things are as intimidating when it comes to matters of the roof. Because the roof protects your house from the outside elements, it’s important to take care in maintaining your roof. Storms, trees and vermin all take a toll on your roof as time goes on. The average lifespan of a roof is 20-25 years. If you are unaware of the age of your roof or have concerns about the integrity of your roof in its current condition, there are signs to look for that can help in your consideration of needing roof repair or a total roof replacement.

Consult Your Shingles

roof repairs magnoliaRoofing shingles can be made of materials like wood, slate or clay, but asphalt shingles are economical and easy to install, making them popular and the most commonly used roofing material in the United States. Making sure your roofing materials are intact and performing well, will secure the integrity of your roof and home in general.

Curling, Clawing & Cracking– Curling is evident when the edges of your shingles are curled or cupped. Clawing can be noticed if the edges of the shingles are laying flats, but there is bubbling or budging in middle of the shingle. These conditions indicate signs of weathering and can lead to problems such as leaking. Cracked shingles typically are the result of wind damage. If cracking is evident in an isolated area, you can opt to repair the affected area. But if you notice cracking occurring across your roof in random locations, it may be time to consider a replacement.

 Missing Shingles– If you have bare spots on your roof, your home will be vulnerable to the outside elements. You can opt to patch the areas that need fixing, but it may be difficult to fully match the new and old shingles due to coloring and weathering.

Granule Build– The granules on asphalt shingles are meant to help deflect the sun from the asphalt. While extra granules will fall off, as time and weather take its toll, an excess of loose granule buildup can be a sign of an underlying problem. This buildup could indicate that your roof is halfway through its lifespan. If there are significant bald spots exposing the asphalt, “the sun can cause the shingles to bake and cause deterioration,” said Claude McGavic, Executive Director of The National Association of Home Inspectors.

Moss or Algae– Aesthetically moss and algae aren’t pleasant to look at, but if it doesn’t bother you, these growths aren’t as threatening. Algae can cause dark spots on the roof which can be washed with a gentle water and bleach spray. Moss growth can retain water, which over time can affect the shingle granules. If you decide to treat your roof, make sure not use a power washer as the force can remove the granules, essentially rendering your shingles useless. Installing zinc strips on the peaks of your roof, is another method that can help eliminate the growth.

If you have any questions about the shingle or structural integrity of your roof, contact Century Construction Services. Our qualified roofing professionals can provide you with information and solutions to protect your home with fast, honest and reliable services.

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New Business Construction Pinehurst: What to Consider

new business addition pinehurstAssessing the Need to Expand Your Business & How to Make it Happen

Business growth in Pinehurst is scary – and exhilarating all at once. There are a lot of things to think about when you’re considering expansion – from employees and departments to logistics and space. While Century Construction can’t really help you with your HR or marketing problems, we certainly can help you create a new workspace in the Pinehurst area that is perfect for your company’s needs.

So how do you know when it’s time to expand your footprint? Here are five steps to consider:

  • Assess the situation. Look at the pros and cons, look at your cash flow, and take a solid look at your expectations of a possible expansion.
  • Build your team. You have to have a great team around you to help the vision you have for your company transform into reality.
  • Grow your customer base. It’s possible that this has already happened, which is why you need to expand in the first place! And once you do expand, imagine how much more room for growth you’ve open up for your company.
  • Raise the capital. This is a big one. Just like adding an addition to a house, or building an all new home, there is a major price tag attached. Depending on your current location, expansion could be an option. Or, it might be time to invest in a new piece of property and start from scratch. Either way, having a good construction team on your side from day one will help you determine what route you should choose, and what kind of investment you’re looking at to make it all happen.

So let’s say you choose to start from scratch and build a whole new location for your company. There are some proven ways to make the whole process go much more smoothly.

First, begin planning for the project with a reputable construction company like Century Construction. It is important to look at the scope of the project, funding, design, proper permits that are necessary, and so on. Do not settle for a contractor that is going to try to cut corners to save a few bucks. If they’re willing to go behind the city’s back and work without the proper permits, what else could they be doing wrong on your brand new building?

If you are concerned about the prices of some of the materials, don’t be afraid to ask about alternatives. There are always new innovations in building coming into the marketplace, and also some tried and true classics that can keep your initial design and vision intact, while making a few adjustments to the budget.

Plus, if there is a feature you really want now, try to work it into the budget now rather than hoping to add it down the road. It is easier to add it during the initial construction process than to do it later.

And most of all, work within your budget. You want to be able to enjoy your new space when it is all said and done, and being in debt up to your eyeballs is not a great way to start.

When you are ready to move into a new space contact Century Construction Services to help you create a commercial building that fits all of your needs.

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5 Signs of a Fake Contractor after a Natural Disaster

disaster reconstruction magnoliaNatural disasters are something that brings whole communities together – and attract people with ill intentions. After every major natural disaster, there are stories of bogus contractors offering to fix people’s homes, but taking the money and never returning to do the work. Likewise, there are stories of looters storming into damaged homes and stealing what they can. While some people lose everything they’ve worked hard for over the years, others are quick to take advantage of people at their worst.

While your emotional strength may be weakening quickly in the days after a disaster, knowing a few simple warning signs of bogus contractors might help keep you from an even bigger disaster.

  1. Unmarked Vehicles

All of Century Construction’s trucks are clearly marked with our logo, and any other reputable local contractor – big or small – should also have clearly labeled vehicles. A crew pulling up in an unmarked or unkempt vehicle could be a warning sign this contractor isn’t from Magnolia, and may not have the best intentions.

If you do hire a crew that shows up in an unmarked vehicle, or with an out-of-state license plate, it is a good idea to jot down the license plate number and vehicle description just in case. If something does go awry at some point during the disaster reconstruction project, that information will help law enforcement track down the dishonest contractor.

Other warning signs when there is no visible logo would be not having a local phone number, not having a website, and not even having labeled business cards.

  1. No proof of insurance or licenses

In many states, contractors have to be licensed to work in that area. Not having a license is another major red flag. For reputable contractors, it is a minor business detail to have all the appropriate paperwork in the vehicles – including licenses, proof of insurance, etc.

You should ask similar questions about any subcontractors the company will use at your home or business.

  1. BBB Complaints

While you might feel pressured to hire a contractor on the spot, if there are some warning signs, doing a quick check on your smartphone of the company’s ratings on the Better Business Bureau’s website could be very telling. Be on the lookout for any negative or unresolved reviews.

  1. Offers to do work for

If you’ve been speaking with multiple contractors and suddenly meet someone guaranteeing to do the work for far less than the other guys, beware.

  1. Demanding the project is paid in full at the start.

Never ever ever ever pay  a contractor in full before they even get to work. It is normal for the contractor to ask for a 20 percent or less deposit to get to work, then request perhaps another percentage as the project progresses. But you should never be asked to pay in full until the entire reconstruction is complete, and you are pleased with the outcome.

Plus, whenever you do pay any money toward the project, be sure to get a receipt for your documents.

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8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Remodeling Contractor

professional house remodelingChoosing to remodel your Pinehurst home is a big decision, and one of the biggest investments you will make. Once you’ve made the decision to remodel, it’s very important to do your due diligence and choose a good, reputable contractor to do the job. Of course, we hope you will choose Century Construction, but don’t take our word for it!

There are some obvious basic things you should look for in a good contractor – like their reputation around town, the professionalism of their crew, and the quality of their other handiwork. We have all heard horror stories of kitchens being demoed, and the contractor never coming back to finish the job – or doing a very poor job that ends up needing to be completely redone. There are even TV shows about this stuff because it happens so often.

Please, before you sign on the dotted line, do a little research! Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your home from a possible manmade disaster.

  • Interview several contractors. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to get a firm grasp on what a company stands for, and the quality of their work!
  • Get written bids from every contractor you interview. Compare apples to apples – but remember to also consider the quality and reputation of the contractors you are interviewing. Sometimes, paying a little more for a service will guarantee higher workmanship, and it is wise to find elsewhere to cut costs.
  • Don’t be offended if they can’t start right this second. A busy contractor is a successful contractor! They will work with you as best they can to get the project started and finished on a tight timeline. After all, they want to make money too!
  • Ask around! Word of mouth is a big way many contractors are able to grow into big businesses in local communities. It is a tried and true marketing technique. So ask around at work, church, yoga class, etc. to see if anyone you know has experience with a local contractor – and what they have to say about them, good or bad.
  • Check licenses and BBB complaints. You can go to the Better Business Bureau’s website and easily find if any contractors have had unresolved customer complaints. Likewise, take a gander at their social media pages – what are current and former customers saying? However, keep in mind someone just having a bad day might decide to go off on a contractor without good reason – and there are two sides to every story. If there is a contractor you like, but see a concerning comment or review somewhere, just ask them about it!
  • Get the proper permits. There are some contractors out there who love to cut corners and ignore the need for permits. Doing a home renovation project without the right permits can violate local ordinances and open you up to fines and a heap of trouble! Legitimate contractors are easily able to get the right permits from the right entities because they work with the organizations every single day.
  • Make sure there is wiggle room in your budget! It is so easy to spend, spend, spend when you see all the wonderful options on the market for your remodel, but remember it’s pretty common for projects to cost a little more than you might expect. Having a little wiggle room, and working with a contractor who doesn’t push you to spend your max (or more) is important to enjoying the remodeling process, and finished project.

Century Construction in Texas can help you with your home remodeling project in Pinehurst from start to finish. We don’t cut corners or skimp on quality!

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