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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Growing Trending: Garden Roofs

While the ideal vegetation to grow on your garden roof will change from one region to another, the types of plants are generally of the low-growing. Additionally, the optimal plants will also be tolerant of harsh temperatures and of natural elements. Naturally, the best plants for your rooftop garden are those which grow on cliffs since they can naturally withstand the high winds and intense sun. But, that’s not the whole story.

When we talk about garden roofs (also known as vegetative roofs or green roofs), the first things we hear about them are their benefits - from reduced storm water runoff to giving a better energy performance and having a lesser urban heat island effect, among others. What you don't generally hear, however, is that growing one is an extremely beautiful and surreal experience. You may have imagined a roof covered will grasses and moss but, modern garden roofs are not so limited. Those who have grown one (or at least toured one) can live to tell how it is very much like standing on a mountaintop, where there's greenery everywhere and the birds and chirping.

Transforming an asphalt and gravel rooftop into lush green oasis may not be as simple as digging a few holes and planting trees and flowers but, it is possible with professional assistance. Before adding a garden to your commercial building or home, carefully consider your plant options and layout design. Do you want to keep things simple with ground covers or do you want the feeling of an exotic escape? In many cases, people and companies choose native plants that will support native animals including endangered birds and butterflies.

Once you have a vision in mind, share it with your local roofing company. Palmetto Outdoor Solutions, also know as Palmetto RSG in Rock Hill SC, can get your garden roof growing! Keep reading to learn how they do it.


How to get Growing and Start Benefitting

Now that we have covered what can be grown, you probably want to know how plants can be grown on your roof. In most chances, roofs are not ready-made for gardening and a professional roofer is needed to add this feature. Structural integrity, proper drainage, and safety will all have to be taken into consideration when planning and installing a rooftop garden or vegetated roof. 

With a LiveRoof® roofing partner, this can be done fast and efficiently thanks to their innovative systems. LiveRoof® systems get installed in the form of trays or modules, which nullifies the requirement for any sort of filter fabric, drainage layer, or drainage mat-like conventional systems.

Additionally, the system gives a range of options for plant variety and system depths. Whatever your requirement, the LiveRoof® system gives you the option of pre-vegetated units while also offering a broader plant selection. This systems do not need any extra watering or maintenance that typical vegetative roof systems need.

Many people are looking to save money where they can especially with the increasing cost of living and others are looking to improve upon current investments. Everyone can benefit from a garden roof as it will help better insulate a building while adding to its appealing making it more marketable. However, these are only a few of the advantages to having a vegetated roof installed and we encourage you to contact a local LiveRoof® roofing partner to learn more.

Friday, May 26, 2017

How to Recycle Your Shingles for the Roads

Thanks to my stellar reputation of having worked extensively on promotion of asphalt shingle recycling, I often have a number of people asking me what exactly recycled shingles can be used for. And today, I've decided to explain.

Believe it or not, the ingredients that make up asphalt shingles for roofing in Columbia SC are the same as that of a highway pavement. Furthermore, once broken down, these shingles are actually quite an effective addition for paving roads. As a matter of fact, it is quite commonplace to use recycled asphalt shingles in state and municipal highway paving projects, especially after its proved capacity to serve a long, useful life on roofs. Recycled asphalt shingles, which are generally used at 5% by weight (and more for sub-base layers), can in fact help reduce costs involved in paving projects, in addition to giving other performance benefits.

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With the sudden drop of prices in crude oil having reduced the prices of virgin asphalt, however, using recycled asphalt shingles for municipal paving hold much less of an allure. In turn this has led to a drop on the demand side as well. On the other hand, residential paving businesses still have a large, though seemingly untapped, potential outlet for them. Perhaps one of the best places where one can use recycled shingles would be a driveway, since it does not face the load and the usage challenges that a highway does.

In order to verify this fact, I got my own driveway paved using a blend that included recycled asphalt shingles from roof replacement SC. As expected with any up-and-coming market, this was no easy task, and had me making plenty of calls and drawing upon the extensive network that I had made over a course of time spent in the promotion of recycling asphalt shingles.

Finally, though, I did achieve my aim, and I have to say that it was quite the successful project. The blend used on my driveway contained 20%, which is way higher than the standard 5% that is used on highways. Safely said, the venture was successful, so much so that the paving company which I had hired now actually prefers to use the blend containing shingles due to its cost-effectiveness and fast setting time, which helps them finish their job quickly yet effectively. Plus, there was no visible difference.

Needless to say, recycling asphalt shingles is easy on both the economy as well as the environment. What's more interesting are the endless possibilities for recycled materials to be used in everyday industry and across the globe for a better, cleaner future. Maybe the next time you're getting roofing repairs or replacement, you could use your old shingles to refinish or extend your driveway!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Common Roof Problems

Whenever there is an issue with a roof, there are some common causes that are likely to be the root of the problem. Here is a look at some of the most common Charlotte roofing problems that call for some type of repair or replacement.

Leaks – The most obvious sign of a roofing problem, leaks can be caused by a variety of issues. Bad flashing on a roof frequently leads to leaks and can also cause a significant amount of mold and rotting. It is also important to note that the leak is not always located where water drips from your ceiling. The source of that leak could be quite a few feet away from that spot.

Blistering – It is not uncommon for asphalt shingles to blister. This could be caused by improper ventilation or a buildup of moisture. Direct exposure to sunlight over stretches of time can also cause blistering. The blisters look like actual holes in the shingles. This proves to be an eyesore and while small blisters may not threaten the integrity of your roof, it is a good idea to fix the problem before it can turn into a major one.

Punctures – Shingles are not immune to damage and can develop punctures which lead to an array of problems. Hail is the most common cause of punctures in shingles according to local Charlotte and Rock Hill roofing companies. Keep in mind that rays from the sun can start to deteriorate shingles over the course of time. That can soften them up and when a hail storm occurs and the result could be one or many punctures.

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Moisture – Inside a home, moisture is intended to escape out of the roof. This occurs with the help of proper ventilation. When moisture becomes trapped, it can develop into mold and leave a musty smell. Another sign of moisture problems are spots of water on the ceilings or rotting of the actual roof. Moisture that gets trapped can be very problematic and many times, adding a fan or unclogging a roof vent can do the trick.


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Animals – Birds, small animals and even some insects can do significant damage to a roof. If an animal gets into your attic through your roof, it could mean there is a small hole somewhere up there. Once inside, animals can then chew up insulation, wiring and even damage a home’s foundation.

You can trust Palmetto Outdoor Solutions to fix whatever type of roof problems you are having. Charlotte, NC roof repair and Rock Hill, SC roof installation are available with a simple phone call. Palmetto Outdoor Solutions has a team of experienced roofers ready to provide you with an affordable and long-lasting roofing solution.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Palmetto Outdoor Solutions now a Master Elite Roofing Contractor

Palmetto Outdoor Solutions has a long-standing history of quality workmanship and that has earned an esteemed reputation in the local community. The company has now added to that reputation by
earning the distinction of GAF Factory-Certified Master Elite® Roofing Company. This is a highly-coveted title only given out to top roofers. In fact, as little as three percent of roofing contractors throughout the US and Canada can certify due to GAF’s strict requirements.

In this article, we review the steps Palmetto Outdoor Solutions had to take to achieve Master Elite® status and how the program works. This will also include the benefits it provides a roofing company as well as its customers.

GAF is a well-known name in the roofing industry and created a way of guaranteeing high quality workmanship and long-lasting roof installation. GAF introduced three levels of authorizations for roofers, with Master Elite being the highest.

The first step is to become an authorized installer. In order to do this, a contractor must be licensed by their state for roofing and show a valid insurance policy then begin working on either residential or commercial roofs. Authorized roofing contractors are not able to offer any GAF benefits. However, once an authorized roofing company establishes a consistent record of success, GAF may extend an invitation to become a certified installer.

With the certified authorization, roofing companies can offer extended warranties on the materials that are used. This allows them to utilize only a small portion of GAF’s offerings. The next step is to become a Master Elite installer, although roofers must have at least five years of top-level service as a certified installer.

The roofing jobs done by certified installers are examined by GAF specialists as they actually go to those sites to conduct proper evaluations. During those evaluations, roofing contractors must earn a 95% or better customer satisfaction rate. That rating must also remain at 95% or better for five years before even being considered for Master Elite Status.

Once Master Elite Status is achieved, the customer perks really start rolling in. Master Elite contractors are the only roofing companies permitted to sell GAF’s Golden Pledge Warrantee, which is good for up to 20 years. This warranty covers shingle replacement as well as workmanship. If a problem arises within 20 years and it is through some type of worker error, GAF will send someone out to fix it for free. This is essentially a type of insurance policy and a great way homeowners can protect their investment.

The Golden Pledge warranty is also considered to be elite and perceived as the best asphalt shingle warrantee available to the public. And only the best roofers are able to offer this warranty.

For close to 10 years, Palmetto Outdoor Solutions has provided premium residential and commercial roof replacement and repair services in Rock Hill SC, Charlotte NC, and the surrounding areas. With their commitment to quality, safety, and customer satisfaction, Palmetto Outdoor Solutions SC is the Factory-certified Master Elite® contractors you should trust to work on your roof.

Contact us today if you have questions about the special GAF warranty options we now offer.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Repairing or Replacing a Damaged Roof

Roof damage can creep up unexpectedly and when that occurs, homeowners are faced with a couple of choices. They can choose either to repair the damage or replace the entire roof. There are some pros and cons that go along with each of those options.

A damaged roof does not always call for a complete roof repair. Some situations just require a partial repair to attend to the damages. However, that does not always come with a cheaper cost. There are occasions when it can actually be cheaper to purchase an entire roof replacement as opposed to individual roof repair. That is because some repair work can get rather complex.  The first step is to get an estimate from a trusted roofing company such as Palmetto Outdoor Solutions Charlotte NC and consider the options.

When making that decision, it is also important to consider the age of your roof. Even when repair work has been completed, it does not renew the life of your roof. Repairs can be a quick fix that simply prolongs the inevitable roof replacement.

Roof repair is sometimes just a temporary holdover for roof replacement. Roofing Rock Hill has a specific life expectancy and when they start to reach that age, it is only a matter of time before the roof is beyond repair.

By choosing an overlay that consists of new shingles, the cost is cheaper. However, this type of repair will not compensate for any underlying damage.

That does not always mean that roof replacement is the solution. There can be cons with this option as well. It is not a completely inexpensive process. When choosing a new roof, the decision making process is important. Roof replacement is a major project and many homeowners will attempt to keep costs down, but there can be a major disadvantage as well.

A roof is one of the most important purchases anyone can make, so it is key not to be duped by cheap shingles that will not stand up to the test of time. Sometimes simply adding new shingles might be nothing more than fitting your roof with a Band-Aid.

Roof replacement is also a great advantage if you will be living in your home for years to come. If you are planning on selling the home, roof repair might be the better option. A home inspector will check out the roof and condition before the sale, and let the prospective buyers know if it will need to be replaced or is in working condition.

When it comes time for roof repair, replacement, or commercial roofing in Charlotte NC, contact the team of experienced professionals at Palmetto Outdoor Solutions. Roof repair in Rock Hill, SC is also as easy as making a quick phone call to Palmetto Outdoor Solutions.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Why Vinyl Siding is a Popular Choice among Homeowners

There are plenty of choices when it comes to the siding on a home, although many homeowners continually choose vinyl. Here is a closer look at why vinyl siding continues to be a popular choice in all kinds of neighborhoods. 

Vinyl siding often seems the best fit for most homeowners. One of the reasons it is such a popular choice is because it is practically maintenance free. In order to clean vinyl siding, there are no special types of sprays, washes or scrubs that need to be purchased. All it takes is a hose and some running water. Hose down your vinyl siding a few times a year and the extent of the maintenance is done.

Adding to the convenience of vinyl siding is the fact that most brands come with warranties that last a lifetime. That means there will not be the worry or inconvenience of having to replace your siding.



When some people think of vinyl siding Charlotte NC or in Rock Hill SC, they conjure up images of ordinary appearances. That is not at all the case. In fact, there is some vinyl siding that looks identical to cedar shake. The good part is that it is not priced the same as cedar shake. Homeowners can purchase vinyl siding that looks like cedar shake for just a fraction of the cost.

Some homeowners may want to change up the look of their home. Vinyl siding lets them do that without any major renovations, or without spending a good deal of money. Vinyl siding also lasts for long stretches of time. Painting a home leaves the exterior susceptible to weather as it is not uncommon for paint to chip.

Vinyl siding is also durable and can withstand high winds and precipitation. It is also an option for homeowners looking to sell their home in the near future. As part of the siding installation process, the addition of insulation helps energy efficiency while house wrap serves the same purpose.

The options really are widespread when it comes to vinyl siding. There is an extensive amount of colors to choose from. That allows homeowners to be very selective when deciding on the perfect color for their home. They can mix and match an abundance of samples until they find the right color.

Palmetto Outdoor Solutions offers siding installation in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. Our team of experienced technicians can also take care of all your residential siding in Rock Hill, SC and its neighboring communities. Palmetto Outdoor Solutions is the top choice for the installation of siding, roofing, and seamless gutters.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Commercial Roofing Tips for Businesses

Businesses have plenty to worry about in regards to their day-to-day operations. Adding in the expense of roof repair is one more worry they do not need. Here are some Carolina commercial roofing tips that will help maximize the life span of a commercial roof.

Regular Inspections

It does not always take a professional to conduct an ordinary inspection. Getting up on the roof and taking a look around could expose some minor problems before they turn major. It is always good to be on the lookout for bad flashing, punctures or any other things that are out of the ordinary. Random moss, algae or discolorations of any kind may be issues to look out for.

Keep a Clean Roof

Some commercial roofs are far from empty as there are various protrusions. The more things that are on the roof, the greater the chances they have of becoming dislodged. That could present a danger not only to the roof, but to people on ground level. Removing excess snow from flat roofs is also recommended in the winter.

Eye up the Drainage

There are a good deal of commercial buildings not equipped with overflow drains. This could pose structural problems if left unattended to. By keeping an eye on the building drainage, businesses could prevent a potential disaster. If there are signs of a drainage problem, get a professional up on the roof just to be safe.

Know the Basics

Certain types of roofing are only expected to last for a certain amount of time. Certain roofs also incur some common problems. Commercial business should get familiar with their particular roof and know what to anticipate in the years to come. Knowing what components of a roof need a little extra TLC could preserve a commercial roof for a long time.

Professional Maintenance

Just like a business maintenances its equipment, it should also perform regular maintenance on its roof. A professional roofer will know exactly where to look for problems. That means checking small details like ensuring all of the seams are sealed. The pros can identify issues and recommend adjustments that the casual observer would be inclined to miss.

Palmetto Outdoor Solutions in Rock Hill SC has years of experience performing all kinds of work when it comes to commercial roofing in Charlotte, NC. Our team of professionals also services commercial roofs in Rock Hill, SC and the surrounding areas. Businesses can take advantage of all the commercial roofing services offered by Palmetto Outdoor Solutions.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Pros and Cons of Different Roof Types

There are a lot of different types of roofs, some of which are more conducive to certain regions and environments. Here Palmetto Outdoor Solutions roofing contractors provide a closer look at the pros and cons of some of the more popular roof types.

Gable roof

Pros: Since these roofs have quite a few peaks water runs off rather easily, and the design also allows for an ample amount of ventilation.

Cons: In Rock Hill SC roofing repairs should be expected. Gable roofs are very susceptible to damage from severe wind and weather which could result in shingles being torn off or an entire collapse.

Flat Roof

Pros: This kind of roof is relatively inexpensive and serves as a perfect base for the installation of solar panels. It also provides extra space for something like a rooftop deck.

Cons: Because of the design and lack of water runoff, flat roofs can experience their share of leaks. There is often more maintenance required on flat roofs.

Arched Roof

Pros: This design is considered very chic and has a lot of aesthetic appeal. It also has a lot of structural integrity and is not a common sight in all neighborhoods.

Cons: It is typically only used on parts of the home and because of it is so unique, an arched roof can be costly to install.

Mansard Roof

Pros: These types of roofs offer more living space and are excellent for homeowners considering an addition. The attic space in a mansard can actually be converted to a bedroom or office.

Cons: The unique design of a mansard roof has made it more expensive than other common roof types. These roofs do not hold up as well in areas where there is a lot of snowfall.

Pyramid Roof

Pros: These types of roofs are very energy efficient and stand up well to high winds. Its design can be used on parts of a home to differentiate its overall appeal.

Cons: Because of the unique design of pyramid roofs, the overall cost is typically high; which may be one of its only drawbacks.

Hip Roof

Pros: The way the slopes are designed on a hip roof makes it extremely durable. Outside, snow and rain slide off very easily and inside, there is plenty of room for high vaulted ceilings.

Cons: This is not always a cost-efficient option and the excess amount of seams make hip roofs susceptible to leaks.

Still unsure which roofing option is best for you? It is best to seek out expert advice from a local and reliable roofer like Palmetto Outdoor Solutions. They provide trustworthy Charlotte, NC roof repair and installation on all roof types for neighboring homes. They are also well experienced with Charlotte commercial roofing repairs and installation. For the best roof replacement Rock Hill, SC has to offer, contact the team at Palmetto Outdoor Solutions today.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Protecting Your Seamless Gutters From Ice Dams

Investing in seamless gutters is something that should not be taken lightly. That investment provides an added appeal to homes and should not be wasted. There are ways of ensuring unwanted problems do not occur and here is a look at how to prevent ice dams from damaging your seamless gutters.

Ice dams form because of heat loss in the attic. What happens is the heat escapes onto the roof and melts snow. That melting snow then drips down into the gutters and refreezes, forming what is known as ice dams. Palmetto Outdoor Solutions warns that these ice dams can cause a variety of problems, which include water leaks inside the home, many of which can bring a fair amount of damage to the foundation.

The ice dams can also get very heavy and even pull down entire gutters. That could ruin a homeowner’s investment in seamless gutters and tack on the cost of replacement gutters. Ice dams also present the possibility of dangerous pieces of jagged ice falling on anyone walking underneath. When the ice drips downward, it can create slippery walking conditions below.

The best way to prevent ice dams is to ensure that your home’s attic is properly ventilated. The temperature in your attic is important and that can often be a direct cause of ice dams. Fitting your attic with proper ventilation can also help out with your home’s energy efficiency. Adding insulation beneath the roof deck will also help control those temperatures. A roofing contractor can help you determine the best remedy for your roof and gutters.

Another way to prevent ice dams is to remove snow from the roof after a snowfall. Purchasing a long broom with an extended handle will allow homeowners to clear the snow without having to actually get up on the roof. However, be wary of roofs that are too high as that could present a danger. If there ever is an occasion to climb on the roof, take the necessary precautions, or just call on a professional.

It is also important to not use rock salt when attempting to melt any ice dams. This can have a negative effect on paint and the salt water can kill plant life down below.

Palmetto Outdoor Solutions is ready to install seamless gutters in Charlotte, NC homes of all kind. Also providing service for seamless gutters in Rock Hill, SC, Palmetto Outdoor Solutions relies on a team with years of experience that provides top-notch workmanship when it comes to roofing, siding and more.