What Is Your Roof Trying to Tell You?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jun 13, 2017 11:06:00 AM

As a homeowner, you may encounter a variety of statements you don’t want to hear, such as “your septic tank needs to be replaced,” or “your plumbing system is shot.” These statements are enough to cause anyone’s mind to race. The same thing goes for your roof. The last thing you want to hear from the contractor is that you need a complete roof replacement as well as repairs to the structure of your home due to damage caused by a faulty roof.

So, what can you do to help your roof last as long as possible and avoid costly repairs? The answer is quite simple: listen to what your roof is telling you. No, the roof won’t actually speak to you (at least not out loud), but there are several ways your roof will show that particular areas need attention sooner rather than later. From granule-filled gutters to missing shingles, here are several signs that your roof is trying to tell you something.

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Topics: shingles, roofing

Secure Your Roof and Attic to Prevent Pest Infestation

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jun 8, 2017 4:58:00 PM

The attic is one of the least visited areas of the home by humans but one of the most frequently visited places by critters such as bats, birds, and insects—especially when they're seeking shelter from the cold. These uninvited guests can cause serious and costly damage to your home as well as put your family at risk for injury and disease. If you have ever heard unexplained noises above you, you may have an infestation on your hands.

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Topics: roofing

Take Care of Your Gutters Now to Prevent Foundation Problems Later

Posted by Heather Hedrick on May 30, 2017 10:31:00 AM

How often do you clean your guttersDo you check your gutters after heavy rainstorms or other types of inclement weather? Cleaning out your gutters may seem like a daunting task, but did you know that clogged gutters can cause extensive and expensive damage to your home’s foundation? Not only that, but it can lead to a variety of other serious problems throughout the home. Here are a few of the problems clogged gutters can cause to the foundation and other components of your home.

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Topics: gutter cleaning and repair

Spring Rains Can Wreak Havoc on an Unprepared Roof!

Posted by Heather Hedrick on May 18, 2017 9:11:00 AM

Procrastination is common when it comes to household maintenance and repairs, but when it comes to routine roof maintenance and inspections, it should take high priority on your to-do list, especially during the rainy spring season. A leaky roof can develop from a wide variety of reasons, but when you have routine maintenance and inspections, your roofing contractor will be able to identify potential problems much sooner, which can save you time and money in the long run.

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Topics: roofing, home maintenance

How Can Lightning Damage My Home?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on May 11, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Spring thunderstorms can involve rain, hail, high winds, and lightning, all of which can threaten your roof and home. If your home is struck by lightning, it can sustain significant damage—both visible and hidden from view. 

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Topics: roofing, home maintenance

Why Would I Want a Rubber Roof?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on May 4, 2017 10:30:00 AM

If you’re building a new home or it’s time to replace your home’s aging roof, there are many options to choose from. Traditional asphalt shingles, modern architectural shingles, high-end (and high-priced) choices like slate, tile, or shake, and innovative stone-coated steel roofing options are all great choices. But have you ever considered choosing a rubber roof for your home?

 

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Topics: roofing, rubber roofing

How to Prevent Tornado Damage to Your Home & Roof

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Apr 17, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Iowa is part of “Tornado Alley” in the United States. The state sees an average of 48 tornadoes each year, most occurring in the spring-to-fall tornado season. It’s vital that you take precautions to protect your family from harm and ensure you’ll be safe during a tornado, but what about your home? While homeowners insurance may cover tornado damage, depending on the scope of your policy, here following these tips can help you reduce your home’s vulnerability to tornado damage.

 

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Topics: roofing, steel roofing, home maintenance

How Long Does Roof Installation Take Around Des Moines?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Apr 14, 2017 10:27:00 AM

On average, it takes approximately one to three days for Des Moines roofers to put a new roof on a small, 1,000 square foot home, and it often takes three days or more to put a new roof on a larger home. Other factors can affect how long it takes to put on a new roof, including the difficulty of the job, the weather, the type of materials used, and the experience level of the crew doing the job. 

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Topics: roofing

How Much a New Roof Can Boost Your Home's Value

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Apr 7, 2017 10:11:00 AM

When it comes to making improvements to your Des Moines, Iowa, home, replacing the roof probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, adding a new roof has many advantages, cost savings, and benefits that can all contribute to improving the overall value of your home. Replacing your roof can boost the value of your home in multiple ways.

 

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Topics: shingles, roofing, energy efficient, energy efficiency, steel roofing

Why Should You Get a Professional Roof Inspection?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Mar 31, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Most people assume their roof is well made, properly installed, and can withstand mother nature's wrath. In reality, roofs are quite vulnerable. A roof that is flawed in any manner has the potential to put you and your loved ones in harm's way. Furthermore, roof damage can result in costly repairs or even a full roof replacement that decimates your finances. The solution is to be proactive with an annual professional roof inspection.

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Topics: roofing, home maintenance