Are Your Old Windows Hazardous to Your Family’s Health?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 2, 2016 10:42:00 AM


Your windows protect your family from the wind, snow, rain, and cold. They help keep your home insulated from winter’s chill and summer’s heat. They can even help keep out the sun’s harmful UV rays! But if your windows are old or poorly maintained, they can help create a dangerous condition that poses a threat to your family’s health: mold.


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Topics: Windows, home maintenance, ventilation

How Architectural Shingles Can Help Your Bottom Line

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Nov 18, 2016 3:10:18 PM



If you need to replace your roof, you have many different roofing options. One stylish, economical, and durable choice is architectural shingles. This option is a great choice for roofs in Iowa because of the way it looks,  performs, and can save you money.


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Topics: shingles, roofing, energy efficiency, steel roofing

Should I Have Roof Heat Cables Installed for Ice Dam Prevention?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Nov 11, 2016 8:24:31 AM

As the weather grows colder, it’s a good time to perform some routine maintenance on your home—like cleaning out your gutters—to get ready for the winter season. Is your roof in good shape and ready for another snowy, icy winter in the Midwest?


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Topics: roofing, downspouts, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency

What You Need to Know About Roofing Underlayment

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Nov 4, 2016 10:28:00 AM


A beautiful roof is one of the most important features of your home. It improves your home’s curb appeal, keeps you warm and dry, and protects your home from the damaging effects of hail and other rough weather. But underneath your home’s asphalt or architectural shingles is something that’s even more important to keeping your home safe and secure: its underlayment.

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Topics: roofing, energy efficiency, ice dam prevention

My Roof Is Leaking! Can I DIY or Should I Call a Pro?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Oct 28, 2016 8:37:31 AM


You’re stuck inside because the weather has been downright nasty. Lying on the couch binge-watching a marathon of the newest Netflix exclusives, your gaze drifts to your ceiling…and your heart sinks. Is that a water stain? Jumping up, you investigate further and realize that the top of your walls are damp and the paint is starting to bubble. You likely have leak somewhere in your roof. What do you do next? How do you know whether you can fix it yourself or whether you should hire a roofing professional?

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Topics: roofing

How Roofing Maintenance Helps Prevents Home Flooding

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Oct 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Storms can wreak havoc on your home. In addition to causing damage to your roof, siding, and general home exterior, high winds and heavy rains can contribute to another threat: flooding. Water infiltration into your home can ruin your personal possessions, cause damage to your home’s foundation, structure, or interior walls and finishes, and contribute to the growth of dangerous mold. Your roof is one of the main barriers to water infiltration, keeping your home dry from top to bottom. Regular roofing maintenance can help your roof perform at its best to keep water out.


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Topics: roofing, gutter cleaning and repair, gutter covers, downspouts

FAQ: How to Deal with Storm Damage Insurance Claims

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Oct 17, 2016 3:17:28 PM

As storms tear up Iowa neighborhoods, homes can suffer damage due to hail, rain, high winds, lightning, and falling trees or debris. During a storm, your first priorities should be to make sure that your family is safe and secure and notify the authorities if you have downed power lines or other dangerous conditions on your property. Once it’s safe, you need to investigate the damage as soon as possible and report it to your insurance company. Although this process can be nerve racking, knowing what to expect can relieve some of the stress.

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Topics: roofing, siding, Windows, steel roofing

Top 5 Ames Roofing Concerns and Solutions

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Oct 11, 2016 11:00:59 AM


Iowa’s volatile weather can wreak havoc on your roof. Whether you own a home or business, having a roof that keeps out the elements and keeps your home secure is essential. These five problems are the most common for Ames-area property owners—do any of them sound familiar?


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Topics: roofing

Can I Use Architectural Shingles to Replace My Historic Home's Roof?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Oct 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM


Repairing and updating historic homes in the Des Moines metro area and its surrounding towns helps preserve the unique look and feel of our communities. But older homes often need significant upgrades to be safe, habitable, and economically practical for homeowners. Frequently, historic homes need a complete roof replacement. Roofing materials that are historically correct may be extremely expensive, difficult to find, or impractical. In some cases, architectural shingles may be an option to replace your roof in a manner that preserves the historic look of your Iowa home.


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Topics: shingles, roofing, ice dam prevention

How to Prevent Ice Dams and Roof Leaks this Winter

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Sep 19, 2016 1:33:12 PM


An “ice dam” is another name for the thick ridge of ice that can form around the eaves of your roof. These devilish buildups can cause damage to your gutters and leaks in your roof (which can lead to structural damage, mold formation, and damage to the inside of your home).


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