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By JOEY PITCHFORD jpitchford@newsargus.com When it comes to kitchen countertops, stone is a popular choice for its beauty and dura- bility. And when it comes to stone counter- tops, Southern Stone in Goldsboro is the place to go. Located inside the shopping center at 501 Patetown Road, the fam- ily-owned company has been in Goldsboro for around nine years. Owners Dustin and Stephanie Myers have been in charge of the business for four years. They specialize in granite, marble and quartz countertops, and serve clients all over eastern North Carolina. Stone countertops like the ones Southern Stone creates are highly sought after for a num- ber of reasons, Myers said. "First off, the natural beauty of stone," he said. "Then, there's the dura- bility. No maintenance, and you could drop plates and knives on it all say and you're not going to hurt it. "It's already been around for a few million years, nothing you do to it is going to do much." Getting a stone coun- tertop from Southern Stone can be done in the space of a week, largely due to the fully auto- mated process the store uses to create their products. Southern Stone uses robotic cutting tools to fabricate its products — it was the first company East of Raleigh to do so — which Mrs. Myers said gives the counter- tops a level of precision on consistency that can't be attained by hand crafting. "The quality is com- pletely different," he said. "Before, we had 17 people working back there to do it. Now we can just use the robots." As for pricing, costs depend on the type of stone you want and the layout and size of your kitchen. There are multiple styles of each type of stone, and while quality does not vary between them, prices go up and down depending on sup- ply and demand. Mrs. Myers said that she has seen kitchen projects range anywhere from $1,200 to $18,000. Southern Stone imports its materials from all over the world. 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Regular asphalt shin- gles typically have a life span of around 20 years, although with proper installation and care they can last a lifetime. The first step to keeping your roof in good shape is to keep an eye on it. If you are making sure you know the state of your roof, you won't be caught off guard by issues which could have been fixed ahead of time. A visual inspection of your roof, which can be done with binoculars, is a good idea several times a year. While some issues, like having individual shingles out of place, can be handled your- self, you should call an expert if there is streaking, curling or buckling on your shin- gles. Signs of roof prob- lems also include mois- ture or mold in your attic, leaks and unusu- ally high energy bills. Especially after extreme weather, check in your attic and around any skylights you may have for leaks. Precautions like keeping your gutters clean can also go a long way towards getting the most out of your roof. When it comes time to actually fix the roof, you'll need to decide whether to fix it your- self or call an expert. While this decision largely balances on your own level of expertise in the field, there are a few things anyone can do. First off, getting on top of your rood will inevitably come with some degree of risk, so put safety first. Don't head up the ladder during rain or snow, or if the roof is icy, just to temporarily patch a leak. Take your time and get the job done right. Wear sturdy, rubber- soled shoes or boots to keep yourself from slip- ping, and use a harness if possible. Working with a part- ner is also a good idea. As for roofing styles, there is a wide range of options to choose from. Outside of making simple repairs, you can choose to install any- thing from traditional asphalt shingles a multi-layered metal roof, depending on your personal tastes and budget. An aesthetically pleasing roof will increase the overall value of your home, as it will be one of the first things passersby see when viewing the home. Local building supply stores can help you pick out the right roof for your home, as well as go about installing it. Whether a simple touch up or a full-on replacement, it's never to early to consider your roof. Photo submitted Depending on the size of your home, a professional team may be necessary to get the job done. Spend some time comparing contractors to find the best fit for you in terms of price and options. Photo submitted An example of cracked, shrinking shingles that could lead to leaks in the roof. Keep a constant eye on your roof to make sure shingles don't get too worn out. Add beauty to your home, and make it last longer with quality roofing materials ■ It's one of the more expensive parts of your home to replace. Stone can add beauty and durability to kitchen countertops ■ It's the most popular material to use for countertops. News-Argus/SETH COMBS Southern Stone offers numerous varieties and colors of granite, marble and quartz for home remodeling needs. For more ideas for your home and garden, see the Real Estate Update, which is published once a week, or the farm page in each Wednesday's News-Argus, which contains stories from your local extension agents. We're on the Internet. You can read us online at www.newsargus.com.

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