Can You Replace Your Roof During the Winter in Iowa?

Posted by Tyler Scott on Jan 21, 2017 10:30:00 AM

 

Has your roof been besieged by the harsh winter weather? If your roof has suffered hail damage, lost shingles, or been struck by lightning, it may be in critical condition. If your home has ice dams—buildups of ice along the eaves of your roof and gutters—you may experience roof leaks and resulting damage (including the possible formation of dangerous mold). You may not be able to wait until the spring to replace your roof, but how do you do that work in Iowa in the winter? Is it even possible?

 

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Topics: roofing, energy efficient, energy efficiency, steel roofing, ice dam prevention

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Posted by Tyler Scott on Jan 13, 2017 9:24:31 AM

 

During the winter, when the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, many homeowners worry about their pipes freezing. You may have heard advice about how to prevent your pipes from freezing like letting your faucet drip but still be confused as to how (and when) you should do that. Here are the facts about when pipes freeze, how you can best prevent frozen pipes, and what you should do if your pipes do freeze.

 

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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency

Weekend Project: How to Fix Drafty Windows in Your Home

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jan 6, 2017 12:07:17 PM

 

Winter weather is here, and you may be feeling the chill—inside your home as well as outside. One of the biggest ways that cold air enters your home (and warm air leaks out of it) is through old, poorly insulated and poorly sealed windows. Single-pane windows are notoriously poor at keeping heat in and cold air out. The long-term solution is to remove old, drafty windows and replace them with new ones, such as highly energy efficient double pane windows, but that can be expensive and particularly difficult during the icy, snowy winter weather. These fast, low-cost tricks can help you improve the comfort of your home before the weekend is over.

 

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Topics: Windows

Is the Water on Your Ceiling a Roof Leak or Condensation?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 23, 2016 10:58:00 AM

 

When temperatures warm up after plunging below freezing for a few days, a lot of homeowners notice what seems to be evidence of water infiltration on their ceilings and walls. Although this kind of moisture can indicate a roof leak, when the temperatures rise after a deep freeze, the culprit is more often condensation in the attic than a leaky roof. How can you tell whether you have a roof leak that should be dealt with immediately or a relatively harmless condensation issue?

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Topics: roofing, blown in insulation, insulation

Beautiful Roof Icicles Are Actually Harmful Ice Dams

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Dec 16, 2016 11:06:00 AM

 

As a kid, waking up on winter mornings meant romping through the fresh fallen snow, building a fort, and maybe starting a snowball fight. As a homeowner, opening the door on a snowy morning more likely evokes some dread: of having to shovel driveways and walks, drive in wintery conditions, and worry about whether the roof will leak. Even the glistening icicles hanging off the roof, while beautiful, can be hazardous to your home’s health.

 

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Topics: roofing, ice dam prevention

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