Kick out flashing

Everything You Should Know About Roof Flashing

Roof flashing is an incredibly important component of your home’s construction. If it was improperly installed, to begin with, or has already started to deteriorate in some way, you could find yourself facing a host of problems. Water damage is an especially likely issue in the humid, wet regions that comprise much of North Carolina and South Carolina. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about roof flashing. You are not alone!

As a matter of fact, most homeowners are unfamiliar with what flashing truly is and how it actually functions. In the rest of this guide, you’ll find some key questions and answers that will help you better understand roof flashing. By the time you’re done reading, you may have come to the realization that you need to have your flashing replaced or, at the very least, inspected. If you find that this applies to you, we hope you’ll give the Hatch Homes team the opportunity to provide assistance.

What exactly is roof flashing?

Roof flashing is a product that is designed to eliminate the risk of water damage by protecting the areas where roofs meet exterior walls and chimney edges. Flashing, it is worth pointing out, also has a variety of other uses, including underneath siding and behind deck rails that attach to houses.

There are many materials that can be used to make flashing, including galvanized steel, rubber, copper, and PVC; copper is generally the most costly option. As long as flashing is installed correctly, however, any of these materials will do the job effectively, so don’t blow your budget!

What can be done about existing leaks?

If part of the reason you’re concerned about the state of your flashing is that you’ve recently noticed leaks in your home, you are right to be worried. The best thing to do in this case is to schedule a professional inspection. Any Carolina roofing professional should be able to locate leaks and tell you what the best course of action is. The majority of the time, they are likely to tell you that your current flashing needs to be replaced. Or, in rare situations, you may be told you don’t currently have flashing, and it must be installed as quickly as possible.

How can I keep flashing in good condition?

There are several steps you can take to make sure your home’s roof flashing remains in good condition for as long as possible. First, you can periodically check to make sure it is properly attached. Flashing has a tendency to pull away over time, which means it occasionally needs to be screwed or nailed back into place.

You also need to fill any holes that may have developed in older flashing. Even though flashing is meant to be durable, metal styles sometimes corrode. The best way to fill your flashing is to use high-quality roofing cement. If you aren’t sure how to do this, make sure you contact a local roofing contractor to make sure the job is done the first time correctly. The last thing you need is to have to pay to have work redone!

As mentioned earlier in this guide, the team at Hatch Homes looks forward to helping you repair or replace your roof flashing. We know that roofing issues can be daunting, but with our expert crew on your side, you never have to worry about whether or not projects will be completed properly. We take great pride in our work and look forward to working with you soon.

Metal Roofing

A Guide to Warm Climate Roofing Materials

While some regions of the Carolinas, such as mountain towns like Asheville, NC, experience cold autumns and winters every year, other areas, like Charleston, SC, tend to stay temperate in every season. If you happen to live in one of the hottest areas of the Carolinas, you might be wondering what the best roofing materials are for your home. The information in this guide will help you make an informed decision before you have a replacement roof installed. 

    1. Metal roofing – Metal roofs are an excellent choice for warm climates. One of their major perks is that they reflect sunlight rather than absorbing it. This can lead to lower utility bills all year long. There are even special coatings and paints that further increase metal roofs’ energy efficiency. Another benefit of metal roofing is that it is extremely long-lasting. The majority of products are rated for three decades! Finally, because metal roofing materials are fire-resistant, they are considered a wise option for hot areas, where wildfires tend to be most prevalent. 
    2. Slate roofing – Slate roofing is the creme de la creme of roofing materials, with a price tag to match. It can last for over a century; in fact, some historic homes still have their original slate roofs! Slate tiles are resistant to extreme temperatures, fire, and most forms of precipitation. If you have the budget to invest in slate roofing, make sure you talk to your contractor about its weight prior to installation. These tiles are incredibly heavy, so some homes may not be able to support them. 
    3. Clay roofing – Clay roofing is another optimal choice for warm-weather residents. Although these tiles are most popular in the Southwest, where their warm colors coordinate perfectly with the landscape, they are also a good option for Carolina homeowners. Clay tiles are not susceptible to fire and are more eco-friendly than many other roofing materials, making them ideal for families who are making an effort to go green. 
    4. Rubber roofing – Rubber roofing is a budget-friendly option for families who want to increase their homes’ energy efficiency without spending a fortune. Many rubber roof manufacturers offer products that are designed to imitate the looks of more expensive materials, such as wood shakes and ceramic tiles. 

Choosing a roofing material for your house may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. The more time you spend researching each of the options you’re interested in, 

If you are thinking about having your North Carolina or South Carolina home re-roofed soon, the Hatch Homes crew would love to oversee the project. We are skilled at installing a wide range of roofing materials and can help you understand what options are best for the area in which you live. No matter what questions you have about your upcoming roofing job, our entire team is here to help!

Top Drapes For 19

4 Awesome Bedroom Window Treatments

No matter where you live in North Carolina or South Carolina, from a mountain cabin to a beachside bungalow to a historic mansion, there’s no doubt that you want your bedroom to be a space that relaxes and renews you. Many people don’t initially realize how important bedroom window treatments are to the overall looks of their spaces until they’ve lived with unattractive drapes or blinds for a while. If you are on the hunt for new window treatments for your bedroom, look no further. This guide features four great ideas that are sure to spark your creativity!

    1. Floor-to-ceiling drapes – There’s nothing subtle about floor-to-ceiling drapes, but they don’t have to overwhelm your space. To keep floor-to-ceiling window treatments visually light, use translucent curtain panels in a dusty gray or taupe hue. Translucent drapes are ideal for bedrooms because they block enough light that daytime napping is possible, but also keep the ambiance as cheerful as possible on dreary days. They also allow homeowners to enjoy beautiful Carolina scenery. It is important to note that floor-to-ceiling window treatments work best in houses that have high ceilings. 
    2. Plantation shutters – Although plantation shutters have quite a history (they’ve existed for well over two-hundred years!), they are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Some historic Carolina homes have original plantation shutters, but this type of window treatment certainly doesn’t have to look old-fashioned. As a matter of fact, contemporary plantation shutters are perfect for homeowners who don’t want to add more fabric to their bedrooms yet. They provide a sleek, streamlined look that appeals to people who have a modern sense of style. 
    3. Patterned curtains – Patterned curtains don’t work in every space. If, however, you have chosen neutral walls and bed linens or you have an extremely eclectic room, a bold print may be the perfect choice for your window treatment overhaul. People who live in converted loft spaces in Charlotte or Raleigh, for instance, can usually find patterned curtains that complement their spaces, which may include exposed brick and industrial piping. 
    4. Nothing at all – Both North Carolina and South Carolina are naturally gorgeous. Depending on how close you live to your neighbors and where your bedroom is located in your home, you may not want to use any window treatments at all. Bare windows can work, especially if they are large picture windows or bay windows. If you’re truly concerned about privacy, consider investing in windows that have built-in shades you can control with a remote when you need them. You can also look into purchasing smart window film, which can be installed on existing windows and can generally be controlled via a smartphone app built by the manufacturer. 

At Hatch Homes, we offer a variety of window installation services. If you are interested in having new windows put in before you go to the effort of selecting the perfect window treatments, give us a call. A member of our crew will be happy to provide you with a no-obligation quote at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you and answering your questions!

Clear Snow From The Roof

A Guide to Snow Insulation

If you live in an area of North Carolina or South Carolina where snowy weather is prevalent in the winter, you might have questions about snow insulation. This term refers to snow that lays on a roof, essentially providing an extra layer of insulation. Some homeowners think that snow insulation is a critical part of keeping their winter utility bills down, while others have never even heard of this concept before. No matter where you fall on the snow insulation spectrum, the questions and answers in this guide are sure to be useful to you.

Isn’t snow on my roof a bad thing?

You may have heard that it is unequivocally wrong to allow snow to pile-up on your roof. This is, however, not necessarily true in all cases. As a matter of fact, seeing some snow on your roof is actually a good thing! It means your roof is doing its job and isn’t allowing too much heat to escape through your attic area. If excess heat was present, the snow on your roof would melt.

It is, however, important to note that there is a line you shouldn’t cross when it comes to letting snow build-up on your home’s roof. At some point, it moves from being a sign that your roof is functioning correctly to a structural damage risk. A good rule of thumb is to start removing snow when approximately 20 pounds per square foot have amassed.

“How can I know how much snow that is, though?” you are probably wondering. Typically, you should begin considering snow removal once two feet of heavy, wet snow or four feet of light, fluffy snow have amassed on your roof. Too much snow can result in broken shingles, interior leaks, and even wood rot.

How do I remove snow from my roof?

A lot of Carolina homeowners have never actually had to remove snow from their roofs before. While it is certainly possible to do this chore yourself, it is generally best to leave it to a professional roofing contractor. Not only are experts more experienced at snow removal, but they have special equipment that will make the job significantly easier. A roof rake, for example, is a tool that slashes the time it takes to clear roofs.

How much will I have to spend?

If you are worried about breaking the bank to hire a professional snow removal team, don’t fret. Depending on the size of your roof, it will probably run you $100 to $500 and, fortunately for Carolina residents, shouldn’t need to be done more than once a year. In the event that you are on a shoestring budget, talk to your preferred contractor to find out if any financing options are available.

The Hatch Homes team performs roofing jobs throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Whether you think your roof has damage from past snow build-up, you are interested in snow removal, or you would like to invest in a whole new roof for your house, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to working with you soon!

Todays Top Windows

A Comprehensive Guide to Smart Windows

Nowadays, homeowners throughout the United States are making their homes more high-tech than ever before. Long gone are the mid-century days when having a microwave and a countertop dishwasher made you the talk of the neighborhood. In this day and age, everything from doorbells to kitchen appliances are available in “smart” models. Smart devices generally connect to not only one another but your smartphone as well. This makes using them a breeze even when you’re away from home.

If you’ve been thinking about having smart windows installed in your Carolina home, you are not alone. An ever-increasing number of homeowners are going this route when they build new homes or have window replacement projects done. Although the overall benefits of smart windows haven’t been studied in-depth at this point, professional contractors, manufacturers, and energy experts all agree that these windows can lower utility bills all year long. Furthermore, these windows are usually very aesthetically pleasing. Here, you will learn more about several common types of smart windows so you can make a more informed decision. 

    1. View brand dynamic smart glass windows – View’s dynamic smart glass windows are among the most popular on the market today. This style easily connects to wi-fi, allowing users to set whatever tint is most appropriate for them at the moment. This is especially great if you need to change the mood in a space on the fly. One thing to note about View’s products is that they do not come cheaply. The brand specializes in luxury goods, and dynamic smart glass windows are typical $50 to $100 per square foot. 
    2. Sonte Film brand smart window film – If you have sticker shock after reading the average price of View’s smart windows, Sonte Film might be the ideal solution for you. This brand manufactures a product known as smart window film, which can be attached to existing non-smart windows. Smart window film has numerous capabilities, including tints you can control from your smartphone. To get a quote for this product, you’ll need to contact a local Carolina installer, but full sheets often cost about $199 apiece. 
    3. Invisi-Shade brand self-adhesive film – Invisi-Shade offers conventional smart glass window replacements, but their self-adhesive film is their most popular offering. With numerous colors available, each kit includes a remote control and all of the electrical goods you’ll need to get it up and running successfully. Invisi-Shade’s film is also affordable on many budgets, with a single sample running a mere $99 and a sample pack of three different hues costing just $249. 

If you are interested in having smart windows of any kind installed in your home, contact the Hatch Homes team before making any significant decisions. Our skilled crew will be able to answer any questions you may have about what product is right for your lifestyle. We can also teach you anything you want to know about the installation process and how your new windows will impact your utility bills, if at all. Having smart windows installed is a great way to upgrade the look and feel of your home without doing a major renovation. 

New Stucco

A Guide to Handling Brick & Stucco Siding Problems

Both brick and stucco siding are popular exterior coverings for homes. Both are, in fact, among the oldest materials used in residential construction. Bricks have been used since ancient times (just look at the pyramids in Giza!), and stucco is nearly as old. Although both of these materials are quite durable and long-lasting, it is possible for them to develop issues. As you read this guide, you will learn about a few of the most common problems Carolina homeowners have with brick and stucco siding. You will also discover some helpful tips for dealing with these issues if they happen to affect your house.

Inward solar vapor drive – Although it is not extremely prevalent, inward solar vapor drive can cause major problems within the walls of brick and stucco residences. This issue happens when air-conditioned interiors cause condensation to adhere to the house wrap on the back of your home’s brick or stucco siding. Then, when it rains outside, and the sun dries the moisture, it ultimately causes water to sink deeper into your walls, leading to a variety of problems.

Both brick and stucco exteriors tend to gather dampness. You may have noticed raindrops and morning dew sticking to your home’s outside walls, for instance. This propensity for wetness means that building crews have to take extra care when they are installing brick and stucco exteriors. They generally create a complex drainage plane and air barrier behind the siding. This helps to prevent moisture buildup.

In some instances, though, permeable house wrap still allows moisture to seep into the brick or stucco itself. There is a complicated series of steps that allow this to happen, but suffice it to say that it generally ends with an inward solar vapor drive and a host of structural problems. If you are concerned that inward solar vapor drive may be impacting your residence, call a professional to take a look. He or she will also be able to help you understand precisely what is happening in your unique situation.

    • Algae – As you’ve already learned, brick and stucco attract moisture. This means that, particularly in humid regions of North Carolina and South Carolina, they are prone to algae growth. Certain types of algae can actually be bad for your siding, but most sorts just look unattractive. The simplest way to get rid of algae is to fill a spray bottle with two parts water and on part vinegar, then scrub the algae patches with a brush.
    • Crumbling areas – If you’ve noticed areas of crumbling brick or stucco on your home, you should call a professional mason right away. This can signify structural issues that need to be dealt with as quickly as possible. A mason will be able to help you understand precisely what is going on with your siding and provide you with solutions.

As a general rule, brick and stucco are exceptional choices for siding. If you do find yourself dealing with any of the problems outlined in this guide, though, the very best thing you can do is hire an expert to take a look at your house. There are numerous masons throughout the Carolinas, and, in some situations, a general contractor might be able to do your job.

Smart Thermostats

How to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

If you are like many modern Carolina homeowners, improving your home’s energy efficiency is high on your list of priorities. Not only are green initiatives good for the environment, but they can lower your family’s energy bills all year long. Knowing where to start when it comes to more effective energy usage can be difficult, though. The goal of this guide is to help you understand more about some of the most popular steps you can take to go green at your house.

    1. Consider solar panels – Solar panels were once considered an extremely costly way to reduce energy bills, but as they’ve increased in popularity, they have fallen in price. Today’s solar panels are more lightweight than their predecessors, making solar energy attainable for more Carolina families. If you are thinking about going this route and your installer says your roof can’t handle the added weight of a solar panel rig, you might be able to use a ground mount instead.
    2. Upgrade your HVAC appliances – Even if your home is only 10 years old, HVAC appliances have come a long way in the past decade! If it has been longer than that since you purchased a furnace and a central air conditioning unit, you absolutely need to look into upgrading your HVAC appliances in the near future. New units are significantly more energy-efficient than older models, and, in most cases, they will pay for themselves in a couple of years. 
    3. Research replacement windows – Often, homeowners don’t realize just how much heat loss they deal with via their windows. If it has been a while since your home’s windows were replaced, or if they haven’t been since you moved in, now is a great time to look into energy-efficient options. Window manufacturers have begun making many styles that can significantly reduce energy bills while reducing noise and offering UV protection. 
    4. Evaluate major appliances – In addition to updating your Carolina home’s HVAC units, it is also smart to consider the age of your other major appliances. Refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens that are over half a decade old, for instance, aren’t nearly as efficient as the models that are being produced today. If you’ve already been thinking about upgrading some of your appliances due to repairs or other issues, the potential to save money on your bills for years to come might be enough to persuade you to take the plunge. 
    5. Invest in a smart thermostat – Smart thermostats help homeowners save money in a variety of ways. Not only do they allow you to control the temperature of your house from your smartphone, but they can be set to automatically adjust to weather changes when you are away from home. Investing in one of these thermostats is a great way to save money and do your part to conserve energy. 

At Hatch Homes, we provide a range of services that can make your house more energy-efficient. From installing new roofing to putting in replacement windows, we can handle just about any exterior project you have in mind. We serve families throughout the Carolinas, and we hope to hear from you soon! 

Exterior House Prep

8 Ways to Have a Successful Remodel

You are certainly not alone if you’ve longed to make certain changes to your Carolina home since you moved in. Even people who have their houses newly constructed sometimes wish they would have done things differently right after they move in. If the time has come for you to make your remodeling dreams a reality, there are certain things you can do to help the project go as smoothly as possible. Here, you’ll discover eight tips for a successful remodel. 

    1. Prepare, prepare, prepare – The best thing you can do before a renovation begins is to prepare as much as possible. The more you and your contracting team have planned your project, the easier it will be for things to go well throughout the job. 
    2. Research contractors – Choosing your contractor wisely is one of the most important parts of making sure your remodeling job runs smoothly. No matter where you live in North Carolina or South Carolina, you are sure to have several choices available to you. Make a point of doing research and picking a crew you know you can trust. 
    3. Say exactly what you want – Remember, contractors aren’t mind-readers. It is important for you to clearly state precisely what you want out of your upcoming remodeling project. This way, he or she will be able to help you achieve the results you want. It is also important for you to communicate any expectations you have, such as working hours or how much control you will have over material choices. 
    4. Carefully read documents – Before you sign any legal binding documents, make sure you read over them carefully. Some Carolina homeowners even choose to have their lawyers look over remodeling contracts before they officially agree to terms. 
    5. Separate wants from needs – While it can be easy to get caught up in home decor magazines and websites, it is important to understand what you need from your renovation and what you want. If, for instance, your budget starts getting tight, you may need to recognize that you need another bedroom for your growing family, but you don’t necessarily have to add a two-story entryway to your home. 
    6. Put valuable items elsewhere – Remodeling jobs, especially major ones, can quickly get messy. If you have any valuable belongings, such as artwork or family heirlooms, it’s a good idea to either move them to a part of the house that isn’t being worked on or put them in storage for a brief period of time. 
    7. Respect the team in your home – When it comes to renovations, respect is mutual. Just as you expect the crew you chose to respect your family’s space, make sure your family is respectful of the contracting crew and any subcontractors who are working in your house. This includes making their job as easy as possible by clearing rooms of personal possessions and clutter. 
    8. Be ready for anything – Very few renovations go precisely as expected. You should anticipate unexpected expenses and delays. As a matter of fact, many experts suggest setting aside about 20% of your total budget in another account, so you are prepared for unanticipated costs. The calmer you remain when things go awry, the easier it will be to get the job back on track quickly. 

The team at Hatch Homes would love to work with you on your upcoming residential renovation. To learn more about the Carolina remodeling services we offer, contact our office. If we seem like a good fit for you, we look forward to scheduling a no-obligation consultation with you at your earliest convenience. 

storm damage

A Guide to Homeowner’s Insurance & Window Damage

If one or more of the windows in your house recently sustained damage, you probably found this guide because you’re not sure what steps to take next. You are not alone! Many people throughout the Carolinas have never had to deal with homeowner’s insurance claims that involve window damage before. In this guide, you’ll learn what steps you need to take in order to file an insurance claim to have your windows replaced successfully. 

It is worth noting that every situation is different and, before you do anything else, you need to understand how your homeowner’s insurance policy is written. If you haven’t ever spent time truly assessing your coverage before, it would be wise for you to contact a local North Carolina or South Carolina agent who works for your insurance provider. The more you know about your personal policy, the easier it will be for you to file claims now and in the future. 

What types of coverage are there? 

The majority of homeowner’s insurance policies consist of four different parts. The amount of coverage you have in each area will depend upon the specific policy you selected. Below, you’ll see descriptions of each section. Understanding these different types of coverage will help you have an educated discussion with your insurance agent. 

      1. Dwelling – This insurance component covers your home’s physical structure. While it does not generally cover belongings, it does include built-in appliances, such as central air conditioning, windows, and doors. 
      2. Personal property insurance – This sort of insurance covers the things inside of your home. In some cases, jewelry, fine art, and other valuables require their own separate policies, but personal property insurance generally includes furniture, clothing, toys, electronics, and decorative items. 
      3. Liability insurance – This insurance area provides coverage for medical care if someone is injured on your property. If, for instance, a contractor fell off of your roof while installing a skylight, you would be glad to have liability insurance! 
      4. Additional living expenses insurance – This form of insurance, frequently called ALE insurance, helps to cover the costs of a temporary residence, such as a hotel room or a rental if your home is left too damaged to live in following a disaster. 
How do I prove my windows need to be replaced? 

As soon as you notice your windows require replacement, you should begin documenting what led to the damage as best you can. If, for instance, there was a natural disaster, you should take pictures of both the window damage and any other exterior damage. If, however, the window was broken in an isolated incident, such as a baseball being thrown, it’s a good idea to write down the timeline of what occurred in case you are asked later. 

Once you’ve documented the situation to the best of your ability, you should file your claim. Today, most companies make it easy to use their websites or their mobile apps to upload any necessary documents and photos. In fact, it may only take a few minutes to file your window damage claim. Should you have questions, don’t hesitate to call your insurance agent at any time. 

After your claim has been processed and you receive your insurance check, it’s time to find a reliable Carolina contractor to install your new windows. We hope you’ll choose the Hatch Homes team to handle your project. We are skilled at installing all types of windows and will walk with you every step of the way, helping you find the perfect products for your budget. Simply call our office to schedule a consultation. 

Window Replacement in Winter

Save Money on Wintertime Window Replacement

If you have been thinking about having the windows in your home replaced, but are worried about the fact that winter is approaching, you are sure to benefit from reading this guide. Many Carolina homeowners are surprised to learn that the winter season is actually one of the best times of year to schedule a window replacement project. If you opened this guide thinking you would need to wait until spring to have new windows put in your house, this is sure to be great news! As you continue reading, you will discover the reasons why a wintertime window replacement ought to be on your radar.

You can take advantage of sales

Because winter is not the most popular time of year for home renovation jobs, many material manufacturers and home improvement retailers run their best sales of the year when the weather in North Carolina and South Carolina turns chilly. There are a few reasons for this. First, great prices encourage consumers to purchase remodeling wares they might not have bought otherwise. In addition, winter sales help stores and brands move products before the next season’s lines arrive.

If you’re thinking about shopping sales for your new windows, make sure you check around prior to making a purchase. Even if you find a good deal right off the bat, another local Carolina company may beat that rate. Some window companies are also willing to take an additional percentage off of the lowest prices their competitors are offering!

You won’t have trouble with scheduling

Contractors, like home improvement retailers, often find themselves with much less business during the winter months. Due to this, you won’t have any trouble getting on your preferred window contractor’s calendar. In some cases, professional installers are even able to start clients’ jobs within a day or two in the winter. This is excellent news for those whose windows are starting to cause discomfort, such as letting in drafts or unwanted outside noise.

Another perk of working with window installation contractors in cold weather is that you may have to pay less for labor. Due to supply and demand, home renovation professionals are often able to charge more for labor during the spring and summer than they can when temperatures begin dropping. This is advantageous for homeowners like you who aren’t afraid of scheduling wintertime work!

You’ll start saving money right away

One of the very best things about having new windows in your home is that you’ll start saving money on your utility bills right away. As a matter of fact, many Carolina homeowners whose previous windows were quite old notice that their new windows pay for themselves within just a year or so. Today’s energy-efficient styles do wonders for both heating and cooling bills.

If you are interested in having a member of the Hatch Homes team give you a free quote, contact our office today. We offer window installation services throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. No matter what window styles you’re thinking about having installed, we can handle the job. We are excited to hear from you soon!