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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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