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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Should I Replace My Roof Before I Sell My Home?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Sep 16, 2016 10:41:34 AM


Your roof needs significant repairs and probably should be completely replaced, but you are planning to put your home on the market and hopefully sell very soon. Is it worth replacing the roof before you list your home? Ask yourself the following questions to help make that decision.



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Topics: shingles, roofing, steel roofing

Stone Coated Steel Roofing: Suprisingly Quiet, Satisfyingly Safe

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Sep 10, 2016 10:14:00 AM


When you think of a metal roof, what comes to mind? It’s likely you think about a warehouse or some kind of shed with a corrugated metal roof. Both of these images probably also conjure up thoughts of deafening rain or pinging hail—definitely not the kind of noise you want in your family home, especially if you live in an area where thunderstorms and hail storms are frequent.

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Topics: roofing, steel roofing

Roof Leaking? It May Not Be What You Think

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Aug 19, 2016 9:48:36 AM



After heavy storms, you may notice water coming in through your ceiling or moisture stains on your walls. Although your first though may be that your roof is leaking, this may not actually be the case. A very common cause of water infiltration, especially when outside temperatures are extreme, is attic condensation. If your attic is poorly ventilated or insulated, moisture can build up and find its way into your home.

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Topics: roofing, insulation, home maintenance, ventilation

5 Reasons to Use Architectural Shingles for Your New Ames Roof

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Aug 5, 2016 4:00:00 PM



If spring and summer storms have taken a toll on your home, or if it’s just time to get your roof replaced, you may be overwhelmed by the number of roofing options on the market. A stylish, affordable choice is architectural shingles. Here are 5 reasons architectural shingles are a great option for your Iowa roofing needs.


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Topics: shingles, roofing, energy efficiency

How House Wrap Can Reduce Your Energy Use & Save Money

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jul 29, 2016 7:25:05 AM


If you're building a new home or renovating your existing residence, house wrap is an important part of creating an energy efficient home. You may have seen the covering on new construction homes in the area. But what is that stuff, and how does it help reduce your energy use and save you money? 


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Topics: siding, insulation, house wrap, energy efficient, energy efficiency

Does My Home Have Siding Damage?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jul 8, 2016 4:00:00 PM



Your house can take a beating in the Iowa weather from the high winds, rain, and damage caused by lightning and spring hail storms. You probably understand that inclement weather and debris can damage your roof, but did you know that your siding might also be at risk?


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Topics: siding, green siding, energy efficiency, vinyl siding, home maintenance, steel siding

Should I Replace My Roof This Summer?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on Jul 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Has the Iowa spring taken a toll on your aging roof? This might be the time to look at a full roof replacement rather than simply making spot roof repairs. To decide whether you should repair or replace your roof, ask yourself a few questions.


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Topics: shingles, roofing, rubber roofing, roofing underlayment, energy efficient, energy efficiency, steel roofing, home maintenance

My Roof Has Hail Damage. Can Hedrick Construction Help?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on Jun 29, 2016 1:34:29 PM



Spring thunderstorms can be awe-inspiring, beautiful, and incredibly destructive. High winds, pounding rain, and lightning can cause power outages, fires, and property damage. But it’s a more peculiar feature of spring storms in the heartland states that is responsible for a significant amount of damage to homes and vehicles: hail.

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Topics: roofing

Does Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Save Money and Energy?

Posted by Tyler Scott on Jun 21, 2016 1:59:19 PM


Energy conservation is a hot topic right now. If your home uses electricity generated in fossil fuel-fired power plants, for every unit of energy actually used in your home, approximately two additional units of energy must be expended in producing and delivering the energy to you. Since heating and cooling together account for about half of the typical home’s total energy use, many people look to these areas to try to reduce their energy consumption (and energy bills).

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Topics: energy efficient, energy efficiency