When it comes to protection, few features are as important as the roof above your head. Your roof is much more than just a hat for your house - it keeps outside elements like rain, sleet, snow, and wind outside so you and your family can stay comfortable and dry inside. A properly maintained roof also helps protect your home's structural integrity, keeps critters out, and insulates your home during cold months. With all that said, it's easy to see why your roof plays such a crucial role in your everyday life. That's why, when your roof needs maintenance or replacement, you need to work with experienced, trustworthy roofers in Kiawah Island, SC.
Hixon's Roofing has been Kiawah Island's go-to contractor for new roof installations and repairs for nearly three decades. As locals in the Kiawah Island community, we pride ourselves on honesty, hard work, and being a business that you can count on consistently. There's no secret as to why our company is successful. The bottom line is that we do right by our customers and treat them the way we would like our own family to be treated. That's why, when you hire Hixon's Roofing, you'll be greeted with a warm smile and provided the highest quality roofing services in South Carolina.
When you work with Hixon's Roofing, you're not working with a mediocre roofing company in Kiawah Island. You're working with a team of experts who are fully insured, bonded, and licensed for your peace of mind. If you're looking for the best service and the best products in the roofing industry, look no further than Hixon's Roofing.
There's a reason why Hixon's Roofing is considered the best roofing company in South Carolina. Instead of talking about why it would be our pleasure to show you in person. Whether your residential roof needs inspecting or your commercial structure needs a replacement, we're here to serve you.
Hixon's has seen and done it all when it comes to residential roofing services in South Carolina. Whether you own a small, secluded ranch-style home or a sprawling mansion in the suburbs, we have the expertise and tools to accommodate any job. Do you need a small leak fixed on your asphalt roof? No problem, we've got you covered. Are you in need of a brand-new roof built from scratch? We can help you with that, too. At Hixon' Roofing, we pride ourselves on combining top-notch roofing services with family values. Trust, honesty, and hard work mean a lot to us. We treat your home and yard just like we would treat our own. If we create trash or debris in your yard, we clean it up. It all goes back to treating our customers how we would like to be treated - something that Hixon's has been doing since 1984.
What types of residential roofing services do we offer in Kiawah Island? Here are some of our most common job requests:
Our team specializes in all forms of roof repair, from minor leaks to major structural issues.
We will build you a new roof from scratch, using high-quality materials. If you have a vision, we can make it a reality.
Depending on your needs, we can remove your old roof and install a new roof on your home.
We will replace your old, worn-out shingles, metals, and other roofing materials.
We provide quality craftsmanship and products because we believe in what we do. We want happy customers who refer their friends and family. You may not see flashy internet ads everywhere for our company, but that's by design. Our word-of-mouth referrals are so frequent and far-reaching that we don't need to pay for ad spots. We would rather invest that money into the best tools and most knowledgeable roofing experts available. That way, we can better serve our customers.
Because, at the end of the day, your satisfaction is our #1 priority.
Your home's roof is exposed to the elements 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. As a homeowner, you probably do your best to keep your roof in good condition with regular maintenance and inspections. However, even properly maintained roofs can be damaged without notice. Mother Nature has her own set of rules, and when she chooses to unleash her power on your roof, there isn't too much you can do.
If your roof is leaking, growing moss, or your shingles are cracked, it's time to call the pros. You need contractors that are efficient, effective, and on-time. That's where Hixon's Roofing comes in.
Hixon's Roofing will provide quality roofing repairs for homes and businesses with all types of roofs. Whether you have a small, single-story home with a minor leak or a sprawling estate with multiple roofing issues, Hixon's will get your roof back to new in no time. It doesn't matter if we installed your roof or not, Hixon's will provide top-notch customer service and the highest quality roofing repairs in Kiawah Island.
While some situations like downed trees require obvious roof repair, it's not always clear when your roof needs some TLC. Keep these common signs in mind the next time you do a visual inspection of your roof:
If the shingles on your roof are cracked or curling, you can safely assume that they are nearing the end of their lifespan. If you notice shingles missing, it's an obvious sign that your roof needs some repair.
Asphalt and composite shingles will shed granules over time, especially when they're starting to wear out. Often, these granules find their way into your gutter system. When you're cleaning your gutters this quarter, keep an eye out for this course, black grit. It's a telltale sign that your roof may need attention or repair.
It's a good idea for every homeowner to check their attics for signs of leaks and general disrepair. While you're up there, look at the ceiling in your attic. If you notice the rafters or decking is sagging towards the ground, you could have a serious problem on your hands caused by a leak. If your roof deck is sagging, call Hixon's as soon as possible for an inspection. If the damage is localized, you can often avoid a full roof replacement.
As a full-service roofing company, our team of expert roofers has installed hundreds of new roofs in South Carolina. Whether you need a metal roof for your secluded home in the woods or a new roof for your commercial business, we're here to make the installation process easy and streamlined.
It all starts when you call our office for a free estimate. We'll take all the time you need to go over your new roof installation options to customize the structure and style to your needs. Once we have defined the project's details, our roof installation professionals will get to work on your home or business. Unlike some roofing companies in Kiawah Island, Hixon's is transparent about every step of the installation process. We keep our clients informed at all times and are happy to provide updates as we make progress on your new roof. While we are installing your new roof, we treat your home or business like our own. You can always count on friendly interactions and a clean and tidy work area. After your new roof is installed, we'll clean up behind ourselves so it's like we were never there.
When you hire Hixon's Roofing to install a roof on your home or business, know that we only use the highest-quality materials and the best construction techniques available. That way, you'll have a fantastic-looking roof that will last for decades. On top of our unmatched workmanship, clients also receive a 10-year labor warranty on architectural shingles and a 5-year labor warranty on three-tab and metal roofs.
Residential and commercial roofing are similar in that they both require experienced contractors to perform quality work. However, unlike residential roofing (a more straightforward process), commercial roofing projects can be complicated and lengthy. In our experience, there can be dozens of factors to be considered to complete the job correctly. Commercial roofing contractors in Kiawah Island, SC, must account for rooftop HVAC systems, external piping, external utilities, and more. Because commercial roofing structures typically have many layers, it's more difficult to find and remediate leaks. As such, our commercial roofing contractors have different skillsets than residential roofing pros.
Like the residential side of our business, we have completed hundreds of commercial roofing projects in South Carolina. We know exactly what it takes to repair, install, or inspect a commercial roof. When businesses in South Carolina need roofing work, they come to Hixon's Roofing because they know that we will get the job done right the first time. They know that our team is dependable, friendly, and highly qualified to accomplish any commercial roofing project. We're talking roof repairs for small offices to new roof installations on huge, multi-building industrial complexes.
If you're starting a commercial roofing project, don't settle for mediocre roofing contractors. After all, a commercial roofing project can be a huge investment, and you need to get your money's worth. Hixon's is here to exceed your expectations and take on any commercial roofing needs you may have, whether they're minor fixes or major roofing replacements.
At Hixon's Roofing, we make it difficult for any other roofing company to compete with our helpful and professional services. For more information about our company and what we can do for your home or business, contact our office in Kiawah Island. Our customer service reps have the knowledge and information to answer your questions and get the ball rolling on your roofing project in South Carolina today.Contact Us
Hurricane Ian’s strong winds and heavy currents caused swarms of sea stars and other small marine animals to wash ashore on South Carolina beaches since last week.The strandings normally happen coastwide a couple of times a year and almost always coincide with big offshore winds that push the animals onshore.But Ian was so powerful the critters came in a crush.Erin Weeks, spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources, fielded multiple inquiries about sea stars for the agency, with social media posts sur...
Hurricane Ian’s strong winds and heavy currents caused swarms of sea stars and other small marine animals to wash ashore on South Carolina beaches since last week.
The strandings normally happen coastwide a couple of times a year and almost always coincide with big offshore winds that push the animals onshore.
But Ian was so powerful the critters came in a crush.
Erin Weeks, spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources, fielded multiple inquiries about sea stars for the agency, with social media posts surfacing within the past week that have primarily included photos and video of the animals along the shores of Folly Beach.
The Kiawah Island Beach Patrol reported a handful of sea stars onshore this week as well, said Jim Jordan, the town’s wildlife biologist.
These invertebrates are commonly known as starfish but aren’t really fish. Instead of blood, seawater pumps nutrients through these animals’ star-shaped, symmetrical bodies.
Small ones can span less than an inch in diameter. And bigger sea stars reach up to 3 feet in length, according to the National Aquarium.
Common sea stars and gray sea stars washed up on Folly Beach. They are among the most common species and prefer shallow waters, Weeks said.
Which marine animals stay in the water or get pushed to land during a storm all depends on how strong of a swimmer they are, Weeks said. So it’s not just sea stars that face this predicament.
When hard onshore winds blow, animals like jellyfish that normally live on the seafloor or drift in the water columns, can get pushed onto the beach en masse, too.
Most of the social media posts Weeks has seen this week from the Folly Beach have been about sea star species. But there also have been posts about urchins and mass strandings of jellyfish along the Grand Strand post-Ian.
Weeks said she even spotted a large number of marine worm burrows on Morris Island on Oct. 2.
“There’s really seasonality to the strandings,” Weeks said. “There are just, at any given time, a lot of sea stars out on our sea floor. And if there’s a storm out there pushing with onshore winds, they can end up on the beach.”
Sea stars are typically dried out, desiccated and dead by the time a human would spot them on the beach.
It is important to try to identify the animal before touching it, to ensure it doesn’t sting. And after that, there is no harm in picking it up and throwing it back in the water, Weeks said.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — This week it’s all about the bobcats on Kiawah Island. It’s a chance to celebrate the species by holding several educational events open to the public, with plenty to celebrate as there have been recent positive trends for the bobcat population.A 100% survival rate this year and catching bobcats more easily are pros for the Bobcat Guardian Program on Kiawah Island.It began two years ago when town biologists discovered that rodenticides being used on the island negatively affected t...
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — This week it’s all about the bobcats on Kiawah Island. It’s a chance to celebrate the species by holding several educational events open to the public, with plenty to celebrate as there have been recent positive trends for the bobcat population.
A 100% survival rate this year and catching bobcats more easily are pros for the Bobcat Guardian Program on Kiawah Island.
It began two years ago when town biologists discovered that rodenticides being used on the island negatively affected the animals.
“We came up with a strategy to address that issue, and that was to have folks voluntarily stop using these products on the island,” said Jim Jordan, wildlife biologist on Kiawah Island.
“They were fairly widespread used all across the island, so that first save Kiawah Island bobcats week kicked off our guardian program. Which was just a voluntary pledge that residents, businesses, entities...everyone on the island could take not to use these second-generation products.”
These products, known as anticoagulant rodenticides, control rat and mouse populations and are likely to move up the food chain.
More than half of the companies pledged to switch to other products since they have a large footprint on the island. Jordan said it made a huge difference overnight and among more than just the bobcats.
“We test raccoons, possums, alligators, birds of preyany animals we get our hands on, we take a sample and send that off,” said Jordan. “In those animals, pretty much across the board, we are seeing lower concentrations of SGAs, which is obviously a positive trend.”
But Jordan realizes that the SGA issue isn’t just on Kiawah. The bobcats have been tracked on Seabrook Island as well as Johns Island.
“It was eye-opening when we figured out this was the issue,” said Jordan. “Once we started looking into it, it’s like look how prevalent this is here at Kiawah and certainly just as prevalent in about every community in SC, but no one is looking at it.”
That’s where Meaghan Keating, a Ph.D. student at Clemson University, comes in.
“I’m trying to dig in and understand how these bobcats are responding to SGAs and human development and try to understand future directions for the population and what the town can do to try to mitigate some of those threats,” said Meghan Keating, Clemson University Ph.D. student.
Part of the process is tracking the bobcats every year.
“The GPS tracking collars take 5 points a day, and it shifts throughout the day so that they are getting different times, and every night it connects to the Iridium satellite and sends us those points on the web,” said Keating.
This year, there has been plenty to track, as all six bobcats are still alive and well. “We have got six different bobcats with working collars right now, so each color is an individual bobcat,” said Jordan.
Keating will continue her fieldwork until 2024 and hopes these positive trends will continue. She estimates that the number of bobcats on the island is probably in the 20s. Historically, there are usually 30 to 35, so the number has increased since the decline in 2017.
Seabrook Island has its own Bobcat Guardian Program, which has also been very successful. Beyond the islands, no other programs are in place across the state.
If you are interested in learning more about this issue or bobcats, the last event of Save the Bobcats week is an hour-long walk to discuss bobcat habitat, livability, and how the community can support the town.
Visit the Town of Kiawah Island's website for more information about bobcats.
Do you enjoy traveling for Thanksgiving? I much rather have a family trip for Thanksgiving than dinner at the house, it’s such a fun way to spend some time together. We eat good and have fun when we’re on vacation. I have been on about 6 Thanksgiving vacations with my family and we’re hoping to continue over the years.Being that we’re from South Carolina, crazy to think one local island was named one of the best spots to spend Thanksgiving. Granted, we tend to leave the state but this spot could be a winner one...
Do you enjoy traveling for Thanksgiving? I much rather have a family trip for Thanksgiving than dinner at the house, it’s such a fun way to spend some time together. We eat good and have fun when we’re on vacation. I have been on about 6 Thanksgiving vacations with my family and we’re hoping to continue over the years.
Being that we’re from South Carolina, crazy to think one local island was named one of the best spots to spend Thanksgiving. Granted, we tend to leave the state but this spot could be a winner one year. Town and Country Magazine names Kiawah Island, South Carolina one of the best places to go for Thanksgiving 2022. Kiawah Island is right off of Charleston and is an island home to some great vacation homes right on the beach to spend with the family. This island is one of the most luxurious islands on the coast. Small and luxurious sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving getaway. You can stay at one of the luxury hotels or large, private villas. On the island, they host different Thanksgiving related activities that everyone can participate in. Or spend the time with your family playing fun games, bonding, and having out near the water. If you have never been to Kiawah Island in general, this Charleston native is telling you to check it out at least once!
As we slowly approach November, some people are getting ready for their Thanksgiving festivities. From hosting at their place, going to a local family member’s home, or traveling out of town. Thanksgiving weekend gives us time to embrace our families and be thankful for what we have. One thing with my family that I truly enjoyed growing up, is that we would take family vacations for Thanksgiving. Not every year, but those years we were on trips were some of my favorite holiday memories. It was not about the food, but the time we all got to spend with each other. Our top travel idea was taking a family cruise during Thanksgiving weekend. It is one of the coolest memories I have of growing up.
I slowly learned during these trips while meeting new people, tons of families took Thanksgiving weekend as their yearly family vacation as well. From cruises to road trips to local staycations, it is the best time to spend with some of your favorite loved ones. The Travel knows how popular Thanksgiving travel can be, so they came up with the best places to travel for Thanksgiving weekend. That’s right, check out the BEST places to travel and start finalizing those Thanksgiving travel plans. If you have never taken a family trip for Thanksgiving, then I HIGHLY recommend you check this list out and start the search. Start small if you want, because one North Carolina city that’s just a drive away made the top 10! See the full list below.
Follow winding, oak-shaded roads 25 miles southwest of downtown Charleston's cobblestone streets and celebrated restaurant scene, and you'll find yourself on Kiawah Island. Carved by the Kiawah River on one side and fronting the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the barrier ...
Follow winding, oak-shaded roads 25 miles southwest of downtown Charleston's cobblestone streets and celebrated restaurant scene, and you'll find yourself on Kiawah Island. Carved by the Kiawah River on one side and fronting the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the barrier island is a true escape. Here, nature reigns supreme: ten miles of beaches roll out along the Atlantic; cicadas form their own sort of soundtrack; and lights-out is often determined by the sea turtles' nesting season. Even so, there's plenty to do for travelers who like their time in nature punctuated with good food, luxurious creature comforts, and a frozen drink in hand. Here are seven things to do in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
For access to all of Kiawah's amenities, from bike rentals to pools, you'll have to stay on the island. For an experience that's luxurious but unpretentious, book a room at The Sanctuary, an oceanfront hotel known for its five-star service and elevated onsite dining. For families who want a little room to spread out (or a kitchen), villa and home rentals are a smart choice; reserve through the resort directly, or book through a site like VRBO or Airbnb.
On the west end of the island, Beachwalker Park is Kiawah's only public beach access feels like a hidden gem, thanks to its wide, unspoiled expanses of sand. It offers the best of both worlds too: in addition to the ocean frontage, you can also score views of the Kiawah River here.
Five state-of-the-art golf courses are open to the public. For avid fans of the sport, the Ocean Course alone makes Kiawah worth the trip. Host to two PGA Championships, the 18-hole course is not for the faint of heart. Raised above the dunes to capitalize on the expansive shore views, golfers are also subjected to ocean breezes (which don't exactly make for an easy or predictable trip around the green). Try Cougar Point for marsh views and a slightly less technical experience.
One of the best ways to explore the island is to leave the car in park and take a beach cruiser for a spin (you can reserve them through the resort or bring your own). Between 30 miles of paved trails and 10 miles of hard-packed beach, there's no shortage of routes to explore. Ask for directions to the Marsh View Tower, an observation deck primed for birdwatching and soaking in the marsh and river scenery.
The naturalists here will school you in many of the species who call the island home, from bobcats and white-tailed deer to loggerhead sea turtles and American alligators. Sign up for a guided tour, like "Back Island Birding", "Marsh Kayaking," or "Ocean Seining and Beach Combing," or ask for their recommendations for the best nature-spotting places in the area.
Built around a lush lawn, Freshfields Village has plenty of restaurants and shops to explore, plus a boutique stay, the Andell Inn. Pick up a beach read at Indigo Books; snag treats for your four-legged friends at Dolitte's; and gear up for island adventures SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters. Start the morning with coffee and a breakfast sandwich from Java Java; settle in for grilled cheese and a milkshake at retro Vincent's Drugstore & Soda Fountain; or cap off the day with house-made frosé from newly opened The Co-Op. Check their calendar for seasonal events, like summertime's "Music on the Green" concert series and farmer's market.
Make the short drive to neighboring Seabrook Island for a taste of the area's salty maritime culture. Snag a umbrella-shaded table on the upper deck at Salty Dog Café for fresh catch, a cold beer, and riverfront views of the boats coming and going from the marina.
When Nish Vartanian was named MSA Safety Inc.’s CEO in 2018 and chairman in 2020, he joined a small and select group of top executives at the 108-year-old Pittsburgh-region mainstay. And you could say he has been preparing for that moment for his entire career, ever since he joined the company as a sales intern in college. He has been there ever since and is now in his 37th year at MSA (NYS...
When Nish Vartanian was named MSA Safety Inc.’s CEO in 2018 and chairman in 2020, he joined a small and select group of top executives at the 108-year-old Pittsburgh-region mainstay. And you could say he has been preparing for that moment for his entire career, ever since he joined the company as a sales intern in college. He has been there ever since and is now in his 37th year at MSA (NYSE: MSA). Under Vartanian’s tenure, MSA has played a critical role in keeping first responders and industrial workers safe and added a new line of safety gear for health care professionals after it worked with Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I never made it a goal to work in MSA’s C-suite or become the CEO. My favorite job was region sales leader, but MSA kept providing me with new and different opportunities, which ultimately created pathways to executive management.
I am most proud of leading the successful integration of General Monitors. In 2010, Bill Lambert, my predecessor, drove the decision to make a $270 million acquisition of General Monitors. At that time, MSA’s market capitalization was only $1 billion. General Monitors was a global leader in fixed gas and flame detection technology, and I was selected as the integration leader for the acquisition. That opportunity gave me P&L ownership, as well as operations and global business experience. Our success with this acquisition changed the course for MSA. If we were not successful, my career may have been very different.
I would like to see MSA Safety recognized as the global leader in sophisticated safety technology that helps protect people at work and the environment. A key to achieving that vision lies in our ability to deploy cloud, Bluetooth and other technologies that connect customers to safety data — from any place and at any time — through our Connected Worker platform.
The greatest change would be the pace of innovation driven by technology. I began my career pre-cellphone and pre-internet. The innovation and productivity gains made possible by technology have been stunning.
I have two major concerns right now, the first being the global geopolitical instability due to the war in Ukraine and the economic implications beyond those two countries. The second is the declining rate of employment participation in our own country. The implications of both will continue to create headwinds for economic growth and advancement.
It’s pretty inspiring to know that the mission of our company has never changed in 108 years. Our people carry out that mission, to protect the lives of workers and our environment, by listening to our customers’ needs, leveraging technology to find solutions and tapping the tremendous talent that exists across all of MSA to achieve our goals.
Title: Chairman, president and CEO, MSA Safety Inc.
Family: Wife Pam, son Jake, daughter Tess, stepson Andrew
Education: B.S., management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
First job: Mine Safety Appliances Co. (today MSA Safety) sales intern
Hobbies: Golf and ski
Community Involvement/Professional Commitments: Pittsburgh Branch of Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), board of trustees; Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), board of trustees; Allegheny Conference on Community Development, executive committee; Senator John Heinz History Center, board of trustees; Duquesne Club, board of directors; Best of the Batch Foundation, wife Pam is chairman of the board
Ways to relax: Physical activity – exercise/yoga
Book: “The Changing World Order” by Ray Dalio
Restaurant: Napa Prime Chophouse
Inspirational quote or life lesson: “Never mistake activity for achievement.”
Vacation destination: Kiawah Island, South Carolina